June 24, 2004

The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Members present were Supervisors David Bracken, Bob Stephens and Bruce Baker along with Secretary-Treasurer / Manager Dave Hirko and Solicitor Bill Barbin. The meeting was called to order by David Bracken, Chairman, with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Board Roll Call was taken with all three Supervisors present.

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:
Supervisor Bob Stephens
commented on the Hazard Mitigation Plan. He said that recently he was given a copy of the plan and made a copy of it and studied it. He said we need a Hazard Mitigation Plan. He referenced Page 23 where it mentions the pipelines crossing Jackson Township, the dangers they impose and corrective measures but on Page 54 under municipalities at risk, Jackson was left out. He said although we are glad not be considered high risk, we need to take appropriate measures to see that possible terrorism doesn’t work in Jackson Township and be prepared to take remedial action. He said the plan has a lot of good and appropriate considerations but there are also a lot of questions that should be answered. He said on page 4 it states that there will be an opportunity for the public to comment on the plans implementation made available through monthly public meetings. He said he wasn’t aware of any public meetings and that without public meetings and the publics’’ input, he believes we are premature on voting at this time to implement this plan. Supervisor Bruce Baker said for the exact opposite reasons, he would vote to adopt the Hazard Mitigation Plan because by not doing so, we would be leaving the Township and residents open in the event of a disaster and we would have nothing to receive any kind of help. Stephens said these were just guidelines and not specifics. Baker said if you want to work up a plan Bob, we’d be willing to review it and consider that for adoption but until then, we’re going to adopt this and protect our Township and the people in it. Stephens said we already have a revised Emergency Management Plan and I’ve written 5 letters to FEMA, PEMA, PSATS, Homeland Security and the Emergency Management of Cambria County and that he has not received any letters back. He then said he sent out additional letters requesting information and input into it repeatedly and he has gotten out and made knowledge on more than one occasion at a public meeting, in writing in letters to the Township Manager and also verbally at meetings that the 8 designated shelters as provided under the new revised plan from April of last year and we weren’t made aware of it until August of last year. He said those buildings should be opened to the public and the public is not generally aware of it and asked that it be put in the Township newsletter and published on the outside in an effort to help protect the health, safety and welfare of all citizens. He added that this hasn’t been done and he complained to the "powers that be" and we’ll see what they have to say. He said that the Hazard Mitigation Plan has generalization, it’s informative, offers very little specifics but it does give the guidelines for certain areas. He asked who is going to pay for the buildings it entails? He also asked who is going to pay for the training specified? He said there was a lot of things to be taken into consideration such as the cost, how it’s going to be implemented, where are the buildings going to be and these things should be pre-determined before we get out and vote on it so we know what we’re getting into. Baker said on behalf of the Townships decision to approve the other plan, Brian Fiest was here and explained why they would not recommend posting those buildings. He said that in certain situations, some buildings aren’t going to handle some disasters. Stephens said at the PSATS meeting in Hershey he talked with an official from Homeland Security. He could not believe it and said to write directly to Keith Hite of PSATS and also write letters to these five organizations and that I have done. He then said that the Emergency Management Plan adopted in August of last year was not passed by the majority of municipalities in Cambria County. He said there are 63 municipalities in Cambria County and the last figures he had was that there were very few of them that got out and signed this Emergency Management Plan so they’ve been without a revised Emergency Management Plan since August of last year.

Baker, second Stephens to approve the minutes of May 27, 2004 meeting. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:


Receipts Disbursements Balance


$        68,030.10

$     110,387.05

$       94,473.11

$       83,944.04


$   1,419,488.24

$       53,842.53

$         1,650.00

$   1,471,680.77


$      132,390.45

$             73.61

$                 .00

$     132,464.06


$        33,458.54

$        4,044.92

$         3,308.83

$       34,194.63

Baker, second Bracken to approve the bills for the period of May 28, 2004 through June 24, 2004. Vote-Baker & Bracken-yes, Stephens-no because the bills reflect charges by Solicitor Barbin and other charges not authorized by the Board.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$       94,473.11

$           .00

$         3,308.83

Township Police Report:
The May, 2004 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police were 297. Reportable Incidents were 27 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-7, Disorderly Conduct-4, Harassment-3, Assault-2, Criminal Mischief-2, Public Drunkenness-2, Drugs-1, Child Abuse-1, Fleeing from Police-1, Intimidating a Witness-1, Resisting Arrests-1, Terroristic Threats-1 and Theft-1. Non-Traffic Citations Issued-3. Traffic Citations Issued-58. Accidents Handled-10. Criminal Charges Filed were not available at this time.


Old Business:
There was a discussion of formulating a Grant Committee suggest at last months meeting by Bob Stephens. Supervisor Stephens asked Solicitor Barbin if he had done any research on this matter. Barbin replied that the specific examples you gave of using the value of existing park lands for matching funds when applying for grants is not allowed according to Dee Columbus of the Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority. He said that was the only specific thing mentioned at the last meeting but you can form a committee. Motion Baker, second Bracken that Bob head-up and formulate a Grant Committee. Stephens said he respectfully declined. He said that people that hold two jobs is improper and we already have one situation where one person holds two jobs and couldn’t be at a meeting last month and do a credible job because he said he had too much to do. He said that one job done well is enough for anybody and I respectfully decline. He said we should entertain a motion and vote on it and then select the people who are best suited and advertise to get those who are interested. He said he knew one or two people who have been involved to some extent and maybe would be willing to serve. A vote was taken on the motion. Vote-Baker & Bracken-yes, Stephens-no as he respectfully declined the position. Motion Stephens to form a committee and formulate who would be interested in serving on that committee. The motion died from lack of a second. Supervisor Baker asked if he just wanted a month to review the matter? Stephens said that he wanted to form a committee. Solicitor Barbin said that it was the right of the Board to form a committee at any time. Stephens restated his motion to form a committee that would recommend grants to the Board. The motion died from lack of  a second.

New Business:
Baker, second Stephens to approve subdivision submitted by Kevin & Carol Lieb as recommended by the Planning Commission. Vote-3 yes.

The Board reviewed paving bids received. The results were based on 1,371 tons and bid prices received were as follows: New Enterprise-$41.80 per ton, Grannas Brothers-$37.25 per ton, Derry Construction-$42.80 per ton, Quaker Sales-$39.50 per ton and HRI-$40.40 per ton. Solicitor Barbin said all of the paperwork of the bids received was proper and in order. Motion Baker, second
Stephens to award bid for paving to Grannas Brothers for Road Projects scheduled for 2004. Vote-3 yes.

The Board reviewed "Seal Coat" bids received. The results for Single Coat based on 102,744 square yards were as follows: New Enterprise-$ .547, Russell Standard-$ .516 and HRI-$ .615. The results for Double Coat based on 27,089 square yards were: New Enterprise-$ 1.094, Russell Standard-$ .979 and HRI-$ 1.23. The low bid received for both single and double seal-coat was from Russell Standard Corp. Motion Stephens, second Baker to award bid for "Seal Coat" to Russell Standard for Road Projects scheduled for 2004. Vote-3 yes.

The Board then reviewed Miscellaneous Materials Bids received. The items advertised were for ID2 Wearing Course, ID3 Wearing Course, BCBC Base Course, #2A Limestone, #8 Limestone, #1 Limestone, #3 Limestone, #57 Limestone and Anti-Skid Type 3 Modified.  Items were quoted were based on approximate amounts that could potentially be ordered. Items 1 through 3 which were for ID2, ID3 and BCBC Base Course were not quoted with delivery included in the price. The remaining items #4 through 9 were quoted FOB Plant and Delivered. Concerns were expressed about the distance to pick up ID2, ID3 and BCBC from some of the bidders. Motion Stephens, second Baker to award bid for Miscellaneous Materials to Grannas Brothers for items 4 through 9 only. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to re-advertise items 1 through 3 of the Miscellaneous Materials. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to adopt Resolution 07-04 accepting the Cambria County Hazard Mitigation Plan compiled by the Cambria County Planning Commission for the Cambria County Department of Emergency Services to address hazard identification, vulnerability analysis and risk assessment for the citizens of Cambria County. Vote-Baker & Bracken-yes, Stephens-no because the Board did not at a public meeting vote and authorize the drafting of this resolution.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to adopt Resolution 08-04 adopting revised Zoning & Land Development Fee Schedule effective July 1, 2004. Vote-Bracken & Baker-yes, Stephens-no because the Board to his knowledge did not vote at a public meeting and authorize the drafting of this Resolution.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to set rate of compensation for Harry Baker, Zoning Officer at $100.00 per week plus mileage and expenses effective July 1, 2004. Stephens said he was concerned about this from a number of angles and said he didn’t want Mr. Baker working without being paid appropriately and he knows that in the past he worked a lot of time where he didn’t get paid for and  he would like an estimated amount of time that Mr. Baker works and if we divide the hourly rate into the number of hours he works and it’s more than $100 we should pay him more. A vote was then taken. Vote-3 yes. Stephens added that this can be addressed again.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to request assistance from the DCNR (Dept. Of Conservation & Natural Resources) Bureau of Forestry to identify assistance programs and resources available to Jackson Township. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to request assistance from the Westsylvania Heritage Corporation in developing a long-range plan for recreation in Jackson Township. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to appoint Samuel R. Marchu as Alternate Member to the Jackson Township Zoning Hearing Board. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker on transferring $ 30,954.89 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund - $19,052.00 to Hoffman Ford for pick-up truck purchased on State Piggyback Contract, $8,302.89 to Naugle Insurance for June Monthly Premium & Workers Compensation Insurance, $2,600.00 for Pension Plan Payment for Officer Melanie Kline and $1,000.00 to the East Taylor-Jackson Little League for Annual Contribution. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken on approving the time sheets from May 23, 2004 through June 5, 2004 and June 6, 2004 through June 19, 2004. Vote-Bracken & Baker-yes, Stephens-no because at a previous public meeting he vocally stated the starting and ending times should be available and a matter of record for Township employees including the Roadmasters. He added that he was informed by Manager Hirko that there wasn’t a record of when a Roadmaster starts and finishes work on a given day so therefore I vote no.

Other New Business

Public Comments:
Betty Lou Shoup
said that the hospital decided not to build in Richland Township and we have all this land along Route 22 and asked if there was any consideration given about making a proposal to the hospital about bringing all those jobs into this Township? She said we’ve got the land and it would be real nice for the Township to have that. Supervisor Stephens said that was a good idea.  Solicitor Barbin said that perhaps we could write a letter showing support from Jackson Township and Nanty Glo Borough. Mrs. Shoup said we have the infrastructure, water and sewer and why not approach them since we lost those other jobs up on the mountain. Chairman Bracken said he liked the idea. Supervisor Baker said we have discussed this a little before. Solicitor Barbin said that even if the project was near the Rt. 22 interchange and not in Nanty Glo Borough it would still benefit them. He added that any area around the intersection would be desirable. Steve Yurasek asked if Dulashaw’s farm was zoned Agricultural and if so that is the big problem with the zoning. Baker added that the other issue is even if he wants to sell his property. Barbin said we could send a letter and / or go to Nanty Glo Borough and sign a joint resolution. Manager Hirko asked who was in charge of the hospital project. Barbin said the Chairman of the Board of the Hospital is Robert A. Gleason Jr. It was also mentioned that Mr. Salluzzo was the Chief Operating Officer of Conemaugh. Mrs. Shoup said we shouldn’t sit on this too long so we have a chance to get it before somebody else. Barbin said it should be done as soon as possible. Bob Albright asked if we still had that land down on Loraine? He added that sewage and water are there already. Clair Michaels stated that there are 50+ acres on top of Chickaree for sale. Motion Baker, second Stephens to authorize the Manager to contact Nanty Glo Borough and send a letter to Conemaugh on the proposed Hospital Project. The public was invited to comment. Clair Michaels said we should do it on our own and not worry about Nanty Glo and that was just more "monkeying" around. A vote was then taken. Vote-3 yes.

Tim Davis complimented the Supervisors on purchasing and upgrading their equipment. He said with the recent rain storms we had, a piece of machinery used to clean ditches out did an excellent job and if that had not been purchased, we would have seen a lot of problems in the Township. He said we should continue to purchase new and upgrade existing equipment in the future as it’s very important to the Township.

Supervisor Stephens said at last months meeting, Mr. Joe Baxter, Chairman of the Recreation Commission stated that he had too much to do to take the necessary steps to secure possible grants for the Recreation Commission, thereby denying all Township citizens and especially the children when they may be entitled. Being Mr. Baxter is also on the Sewer Authority, I propose that the Board ask Mr. Baxter to resign one position so the citizens and particularly the children are not denied any services. He then commented on the Uniform Construction Code which takes effect on July 1st. He said concerning the Building Code to his knowledge, the Township has not taken any action or made any recommendations to the Cambria County Building Codes Agency pertaining to the penalty fines for violations. He said the State provision for a maximum fine is for $1000.00 per violation. He said that the State should leave this fine up to the municipalities or their agencies that govern them.  He then said for existing homes and repairs he proposed that the Board send out a letter tomorrow to the Cambria County Building Codes recommending a fine not to exceed two cents. He was asked to repeat his previous statement. Stephens then stated that for existing homes and repairs he made a motion that the Board send out a letter tomorrow to the Cambria County Building Codes recommending a fine not to exceed two cents. The motion died from lack of a second.

An announcement was made that the next Supervisors Meeting will be held on Thursday, July 29, 2004 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building.

Baker, second Stephens to adjourn the meeting at 8:05 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary