May 30, 2002

The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the municipal building. Members present were David Bracken, Bob Stephens, Bruce Baker, Dave Hirko and George Gvozdich. The meeting was called to order by David Bracken, Chairman, with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Public Comments:
Steve Yurasek Sr. - Asked whether stormwater permits were issued on paving projects within the Township. Also questioned whether the solicitor gave legal advice concerning the Vacancy Board meeting.

Will Michaels - Asked how much the Township spent to originate and enforce the Zoning Ordinance.

Eugene Kist - Questioned whether minutes of monthly meetings can be kept using principles from Roberts Rule of Order.

Charlotte Blough - Asked how many permits have been applied for or denied since the Zoning Ordinance was passed.

Ed Westrick, Don Knopsnyder, Will Michaels asked if the Roadmaster, Chief of Police and Road Foreman could give monthly reports at Township meetings.

Betty Lou Shoup - Questioned if the independent audit of the Township records would involve the Jackson Senior Center.

Bill Headrick - Asked if the Township does stormwater reviews on Township roads or for Township properties.

Eugene Kist - Questioned if there was a conflict of interest during the Vacancy Board meeting.

Steve Yurasek Jr. - Asked if the Zoning Officer made monthly reports on non-compliant properties.

Bob Benedict - Asked who made the decision to change the place of voting from Pike Church to Rodney Paul’s Auction Barn.

Guy Ellenberger - Proposed the creation of a suggestion or problem form including action taken or outcome.

Don Hildebrand - Asked if anything was being done about the gravel problem on Brazil & Pudliner Lanes.

Bill Headrick - Asked if the Police Pension complied with Section # 1910 of the second class township code.

Business Meeting:

Motion Baker, second Bracken, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting, Vote - Baker & Bracken - yes, Stephens-no

Township Reports:
General Fund - 5/1/02 - $ 24,731.98; Receipts of $ 116,920.33; Disbursements of
$ 62,233.32; Balance 5/30/02 - $ 79,418.99

Capital Reserve Fund - 5/1/02 - $ 579,310.38; Receipts - $49,638.01; Disbursements - $ .00; Balance 5/30/02 - $628,948.39

Letter from the Cambria County Association of Township Officials concerning their objection to Cambria County paying dues for membership to COG.

Letter from Ed Smith representing the Laurel-Hinckston Conservancy stating their position on planning and zoning within Jackson Township.

Letter from Robert Stephens to Barry Rouser concerning a possible conflict of interest at the Vacancy Board meeting.

Dave Bracken on behalf of the Jackson Twp. Supervisors recognized Chief of Police, Bob Fatula for receiving an award from the Cambria County Drug Task Force for participating in the most drug arrests in the history of the Drug Task Force.

Fran Bradley, Representative from Adelphia Cable Company came to address concerns Township residents may have on Adelphia. A public comment period was opened for questions or comments pertaining to Adelphia and Cable TV only. Eugene Kist, Don Knopsnyder, Ed Smith, Bill Martin, Dick McDowell and Bill Headrick all had questions and / or comments.

Motion Bracken, second Baker to renew Adelphia’s Cable Television Contract with Jackson Township. Vote - Bracken & Baker-yes, Stephens-no

American Forestry representative, Mike Galucci presented the bids received for select timber cutting at Mitchell Park to the Township Supervisors who opened the bids.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to accept the highest responsible bidder, Georgia Pacific Corp. Of Marble, PA for $32,098.00. Vote - Bracken & Baker-yes, Stephens-no

Motion Baker, second Bracken to hire two part-time police officers, William Newman and Timothy Way. Vote - Bracken & Baker - yes, Stephens-no

Motion Stephens, second Bracken to have the Township’s 1987 GMC Dump Truck appraised by an independent dealer. Vote - 3 yes

Motion Stephens, second Baker to sell or trade the 1987 GMC Dump Truck at the appraised or higher price. Vote - 3 yes.

Chairman Dave Bracken explained that money was being transferred from the Capital Reserve Fund for the pension fund of Bob Fatula who unlike other Township full-time employees worked without a pension for 7 years.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to transfer $10,767.50 from the Capital Reserve Fund - $9260.00 for police pension fund, $507.50 for legal fees and $1000.00 annual contribution to the Jackson / East-Taylor Little League. Vote - Baker & Bracken-yes, Stephens-no

Motion Stephens, second Baker to approve the bills from April 26th, 2002 to May 30th, 2002 - General Fund - $ 82,334.43; Senior Center Fund - $ 1246.96; Highway Aid Fund - $1347.89 Vote -3 yes

Motion Baker, second Bracken to Approve the time sheets for April 14th to April 27th, 2002 and April 28th, 2002 to May 11th, 2002 and May 12th, 2002 to May 25th, 2002. Vote - Bracken & Baker-yes, Stephens-no

Motion Stephens, second Baker to adjourn the meeting at 8:48 p.m. Vote - 3 yes