June 24, 2010

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

Board Roll Call was taken with all three Supervisors present.

Executive Sessions:

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:

Westrick, second Wallet to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meeting held on May 27, 2010. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$ 223,854.65

$ 53,846.08

$       86,122.52

$ 191,578.21


$ 731,639.69

$  2,577.34

$ *    27,312.50

$ 706.904.53


$ 221,131.07

$      47.00

$                .00

$ 221,178.07


$  31,379.29

$  2,721.05

$        2,335.64

$   31,764.70


$  71,786.17

$         .00

$       70,000.00

$      1786.17

* $27,312.50 represents bill paid directly from the Capital Reserve Fund to Berkebile Brothers for work done on Mitchell Park.

Wallet, second Westrick to approve the bills for the period of May 28, 2010 through June 24, 2010. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$ 86,122.52

$ .00

$ 31,764.70

Township Police Report
The May, 2010 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for May were as follows:
911 Calls dispatched to Police: 330 Reportable Part I Crimes: 16 broken down as follows: Assaults-7, Larceny-4, Arson-2, Burglaries-2 and Robberies-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 32 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-8, Sex Offenses-6, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-5, Vandalism-4, Drunkenness-2, Receiving Stolen Property-1 and all others-6. Calls Resulting in Cases: 21, Total Arrestees: 10, Total Suspects: 5, Total Victims: 14, DUI Arrests: 4, Traffic Citations: 20, Non-Traffic Citations: 0, Total Warnings: 0

Manager Hirko said, we received a letter from the Central Cambria Midget Football League and they once again request to use Leidy Field for the 2010 Season which begins on August 17, 2010. Last year they requested a donation which they used to purchase safety equipment for the children and theyíre asking that we consider a donation this year again too. Last year we gave $500.

Old Business:

New Business:
Westrick, second Wallet to approve the subdivision of Adam & Barbara Uadiski. Vote-3 yes.

The Supervisors reviewed the lone bid received for PA-21 Subbase and Antiskid which was from New Enterprise Stone & Lime.

PA-2A Subbase (Limestone) - per ton delivered



New Enterprise Stone & Lime

$ 10.80

Antiskid Type # 2 (Limestone) - per ton delivered



New Enterprise Stone & Lime

$ 13.35

Motion Wallet, second Westrick to award bid for PA-2A Subbase and Antiskid to New Enterprise Stone & Lime. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Westrick, second Wallet to approve donation to the Central Cambria Midget Football League for $500.00. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Westrick to approve Capital Reserve Fund bill list for the period of May 28, 2010 through June 24, 2010 and transfer $ 25,812.92 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund. Vote-3 yes.

CAPITAL RESERVE FUND BILL LIST (05/28/10 - 06/24/10)


Purchase Detail


Dave Rickabaugh, Esq.

Business Park Property Acquisition

$ 25,218.92


$ 25,218.92

Motion Westrick, second Wallet on approving the time sheets from May 16, 2010 through May 29, 2010 and May 30, 2010 through June 12, 2010. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Betty Lou Shoup commented, I called and I understand that there is no ordinance of any kind in the Township for grass. . how high the grass can be. Does that hold true for the corners? I came down Mile Hill to turn on to Benshoff Hill Road and the grass there is so high, I was out halfway on the road to see down the road. Shouldnít there be something done to cut the grass down at least at the intersections so you can see? Supervisor Wallet asked, you came down Mile Hill Betty? Shoup replied, yes. Wallet said, I know where you mean. It is high. . I noticed that myself. Shoup continued, you canít do anything. .I know. . with the property owners but surely there could be something done with traffic going there. Solicitor Barbin said, thereís a special thing in the Township Code for blocking intersections. Thereís a separate listed item for that. . you have the right to send a letter and declare it a curb Nuisance. Chairman Baker said, thatís coming down Mile Hill and turning onto Benshoff Hill? Wallet replied, yes. . it is high. Eugene Kist asked, thatís State, isnít it? Barbin replied, yes. .itís the State right of way. Kist asked, canít you force the State to do something on it? Barbin said, it would be easier to do it yourself with the Road Crew. It would be less time in the long run. Kist said, if it would save the Township, do it. . got to make some money somewhere. Baker said, we used to do that for them. Kist asked, did you get paid? Baker replied, yes. Manager Hirko said, it was on the Agility Program. . it was trading services. Baker said, Iíll call PennDOT and we can cut it if they donít have a problem with it. Kist said, you need to charge them. . tell them what you want. . wages is wages. Barbin said, but safety has to come first. . . .safety comes before disputing with someone. . . maybe that can be worked out but they should get it cut no matter what.

Eugene Kist said, on that Chickaree Hill down there. . on that sewage. . whatís being done with that? The stench was so bad the other day, it was terrible. Solicitor Barbin replied, thatís good because when it happens in Court I want the judge to be able to go out and smell it. Itís July 13th at 1 pm in Ebensburg at the Courthouse and itís before Judge Krumenacker.

Eugene Kist said on this paper here it says about Cambria County Courts sponsoring Youth Fairs. Are they paying for this? Are we the public paying for it? Amanda Deibler said, it comes from Judge Creanyís and Judge Longís office and the money is from all the fines from DUIís and it has to be used for educational awareness. Kist said, so the Countyís paying for it? Solicitor Barbin replied, no. . .the drunks are paying for it. They take a little bit of money out of every DUI fine and put it aside for this kind of stuff. Kist said, so the Courts are paying for it, the Judges arenít? Barbin said, in the end, the drunk drivers are paying for it. . the judges are ordering the drunks to pay for it. Clair Michaels said, as long as the taxpayers arenít paying for it, so what.

Clair Michaels said, I want to thank you for having them mow the side of that bank off. My wife said they did a real good job. She said to tell you thank you. Chairman Baker said, we just finished a round of mowing. . thatís when we did it. Michaels said, thatís good but thereís that metal stake there for the road number. . whatever . . and that there. . itís over by the grass there stickin out. You could eliminate that stake and when you cut it, you could back it off easier. Baker replied, that would be nice.

Tom Beyer said, I have a question. At Mondayís meeting of the Planning Commission I asked about the cost of redoing all this zoning. You said itís grant money. How much was this grant for? It is a matching grant? Manager Hirko said, it was a matching grant and that match was shared by the municipalities of the Central Cambria Coalition and actually Ebensburg & Cambria township paid most of that. Our part was minimal because our ordinances was fairly updated. I donít have the figures right in front of me. If you want to call me tomorrow, I have them. I donít want to say the wrong amount so I have the exact figures if you want to call me tomorrow. I can tell you what our share was of the match and the rest came from DCED.

Chairman Baker
announced, The Board of Supervisors next regularly scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, July 8, 2010 at 8:00 AM and Thursday, July 29, 2010 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. The 7th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival will be held on Friday, July 16th through Sunday July 18th, 2010. There will be lots of food, crafts, games, activities, hayrides, petting zoo, climbing wall and a tractor show.  There will be Fireworks on Saturday at 9:30 and special concerts including: Friday from 7-10 The Johnstown Classic Rockers along with a Car Cruise-In, Saturday, The Fabulous Flashbacks from 7-11 and Sunday, NOMAD from 6:30-9:30 pm. The Cambria County Courts will sponsor a Youth Fair with emphasis on drug and alcohol prevention at Leidy Park in Mundys Corner on Wednesday, July 28th from 11 am to 1 pm. Admission is free and there will be free refreshments, t-shirts, games and prizes given away including sweatshirts and bicycle helmets. All students from elementary through high school are invited to attend and bring a friend.

Wallet, second Westrick to adjourn the meeting at 7:13 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary