June 25, 2009

The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Members present were Supervisors Dave Bracken, Bruce Baker and John Wallet 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:
Steve Yurasek asked, are we not getting any more money from the dump anymore? Solicitor Barbin said, it looks like $11,000. Yurasek asked, how does that compare with what we got last year? Manager Hirko said it's about 1/3 to 1/4 of what last year was depending on the month. Zelda Dugan said, you're only getting $11,000. in. . how do you spend $40,000.?. . . .I'm tellin you all. . . it's not Christmas anymore. Yurasek replied, I've been saying that for a long time. Chairman Baker added, that's not our only source of income. . there are operating expenses.

Wallet, second Bracken to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on May 28, 2009 and June 11, 2009. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$    164,201.40

$ 92,431.77

$     118,773.76

$    137,859.41


$ 1,063,039.91

$ 11,394.11

$       40,144.00

$  1,034,290.02


$    159,032.11

$       58.25

$                .00

$    159,090.36


$     28,049.13

$   2624.81

$         1,187.57

$      29,486.37


$     62,468.85

$      22.88

$                .00

$      62,491.73

Bracken, second Wallet to approve the bills for the period of May 29, 2009 through June 25, 2009. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$    118,773.76

$          .00

$        1,187.57

Township Police Report
The May, 2009 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for May, 2009 were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 268 Reportable Part I Crimes: 8 broken down as follows: Larceny-5, Arson-2 and Burglaries-1. Reportable Part 15 Crimes: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-6, Stolen Property-3, Vandalism-2, Drugs-1 and all others-3. Calls Resulting in Cases: 23, Total Arrestees: 12, Total Suspects: 2, Total Victims: 11, DUI Arrests: 5, Traffic Citations: 39, Non-Traffic Citations: 4, Total Warnings: 1.


Old Business:

New Business:
Wallet, second Bracken to accept the resignation of Dan Schrader as Part-Time Police Officer for Jackson Township. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to renew Amfire Mining road bond for a six month period to continue using 1.32 miles of Pike Road East. Vote-3 yes.

The Supervisors reviewed the Engineering Proposals submitted for Jackson Township Business Park Project.




Keller Engineers

$   55,590.00

Stiffler, McGraw & Associates

$   74,234.00

EADS Group

$   79,470.00

Gwin, Dobson, Foreman

$   84,920.00

H. F. Lenz

$   88,077.00

R. A. Smith National

$   98,600.00

P. Joseph Lehman Engineers

$ 105,732.00

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to table making a decision on the engineering proposals until we have time to further review them. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet to approve Capital Reserve Fund bill list for the period of May 29, 2009 through June 25, 2009 and transfer $ 40,144.00 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund. Vote-3 yes.



Purchase Detail


Cambria Tractor & Equipment

Asphalt Hauling Machine

$   18,700.00

Hegemann & Wray Engineers

Swigle Mountain Road Water Project

$   10,700.00

Richard Sutter & Associates

Central Cambria Coalition Planning
Planning & Consulting Work

$    5,475.00
$    2,175.00

Naugle Insurance

June Premiums Due

$    3,094.00



$ 40,144.00

Motion Wallet, second Bracken on approving the time sheets from May 17, 2009 through May 30, 2009 and May 31, 2009 through June 13, 2009. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
George Burkey commented, I just want to update the Township on the Sewer Projects. We have two projects that are over. . . Cherrywood. .we walked the Cherrywood section of this new sewer project today. . test all the manholes, pump stations, everything. We have a little list that they have to do. The pump stations need automatic dialers that in case something happens, you can turn on the computer and see where the level is in the water in the pump stations and you can control all the stuff and everything. It's a whole new system. . it's really going to be nice for the guys. Supervisor Wallet asked, does it set off alarms for high water levels? Burkey answered, yes. .you can check for high levels right at the office and everything right there. Wallet said, just like they do at the Water Authority. Burkey said, it's all done by satellite right now instead of dial up that we had. Those are going to be in the new pump stations. . we need to get those in and there's one valve that has to be cleaned out. On the 9th at our meeting, we'll be accepting the System as substantially complete which means that after the 9th, we'll be able to notify the people that they have 60 days to tap in on that System. On Brazil Lane, we already did that and we got 5 new customers already off of that area. Those two projects are complete. On the 13th, we have a company coming in that we awarded the bid to for the Pump Station Rehab. The Pump Stations will be rehabilitated. . we have new dialers coming in. . they'll be arranging for by-pass pumping while they're working and then they take the old stuff out of the old pump stations. We have one station that's set up for by-pass but the rest aren't so they have to do that first. . .they have to bring in pumps to pump the sewage away from the stations and they can get in there and clean them out and do whatever they have to on those. . that will be starting on the 13th. Also next week over on First Street where we connect form the new System from Cherrywood. . . all that sewage comes in to First Street where the old system started. . they're going to connect in there. We have a short 6 inch line in there because when it was first built we didn't know about future development. For the first step instead of digging it all out, they're going to come in with a pipe bursting system that breaks that pipe up and they're going to put an 8 inch line in there. The only thing they'll have to do though. . they'll have to dig up the old taps and connect them. . they'll be digging that up but they won't be digging up everybody's yards and driveways. Over on Leidy Lane where Leisure Village comes across the road there by the old mail center, we got a short section in there of 6 inch pipe which we want to replace there. There was a casing under the road so we don't have to dig it up. . we're going to pull that pipe out and run an 8 inch pipe and pull that pipe through the way it should have been done in the first place. Those two projects are coming along. We'll have 202 new customers and it will open up that whole area over there for new development instead of having all the raw sewage running down the ditches and everything. This whole Township. . you know we're getting a lot of the areas with public sewage where there never was before and needed it. . it's coming along. Chairman Baker said, I can tell you I've had a lot of people compliment the contractors on a job well done. Burkey said, we had a few complaints. Wallet said, you'll always have that. . . all in all, they did a nice job. Burkey added, yeah. . and sometimes it's all because this guy got dirt and that guy didn't. Wallet said, their restoration is nice. . they did a nice job. Burkey continued, we walked the whole area and up Brazil manhole to manhole and got it all checked out. The guys did it. . . over there at Mitchell Field they put that sewer line, water line in. Baker replied, that was a good effort. Burkey said, that was a lot of work on those guys. Baker said, the Water Authority & Sewer Authority worked hand-in-hand real good and that's greatly appreciated. Burkey said, it will be nice for Mitchell Park there. . they can get restrooms now. . public sewage. .they don't have to be messing around. I think we cleaned up a lot of the Township now. Now we've been out here with the Business Park and if we can get some money to put a sewer line up there, then that's some more development. There's a lot of areas in this Township now that can be developed that couldn't have been done before because of the sewage problems. Wallet said, good job.

Mark Sossong said, I'm a Jackson Township resident and I live out on Swigle Mountain Road and I came tonight to talk a little bit about a tank siting on Swigle Mountain Road Water Line. It's my understanding that the current proposed location for a tank is on Richard Bodenshatz's property which basically the four corners that I see that are surveyed out there are on my property line. If that is the current proposed location, I have a problem with that. . . that proposed location. It's a concern that it's going to maybe devalue my property so I wanted to talk to you guys about that a little bit and see if in fact, that is the current proposed location and maybe get an update / status on it. . where it's at and where the siting is. My main concern is. . I'm really not in agreement with that proposed location and was wondering if you guys. . Township Supervisors . . could come out and look at that with me. I can show you where it's at. I think there are better, suitable locations out in that area that have just as high elevation, if not higher that what's proposed. Supervisor Wallet said, we haven't settled on one location. That's one suggested location. Solicitor Barbin asked, you're property was the original suggestion. . wasn't it? When the project was first approached to us, the suggestion was that the tank was going to be on your property since your property had the high point. Chairman Baker asked, are you objecting to a tank location that's not on your property? Sossong replied, yes. . . right now where they're proposing it is right on the edge of my yard. I'm right out there in the middle of the woods and I just feel it's going to devalue the property. Wallet said, well it seems that the location was selected for it's elevation obviously. . that's the cheapest and most cost effect way to provide pressure for all those residents out there and the project is far along right now. . funding, planning and submission to Pennvest for a loan and there's people out there right now in dire need of water. . I don't know what your water situation is like. . I guess you must be ok. Sossong answered, I'm ok but my quality is not that good but I've been living with it for 21 years. I'm the only one out on that road that is going to have any opposition to it because everyone is getting water but I'm getting a tank. Wallet said, it's a funny thing because you work for DEP and they're a major contributor to the project. Sossong said, one of the funny things about this whole thing is there hasn't been a whole lot of communication with me as a property owner. . even that first siting. . there wasn't a whole lot of communication and then I asked if they could go over on the Bethlehem Mines property because they would probably donate the property and as far as I know they haven't even thought of pursuing it since I talked to Al Gailey. . he said he was not approached about that. Wallet said, I don't think the elevations good over there. Rich Wray replied, not as good as where we're at. Wallet continued, it's all about the elevation and maintaining pressure. . I'm sure you're aware that all of those factors come into play. Sossong said, I'm aware of it. . there's just as high of elevation over there on Bethlehem as where that tank is sitting right now. Wray asked, can you provide any substance to that? Sossong said, yes. . I have a map right here generated off the Internet. . Penn State puts it out with 2 foot contours and they have them for the whole State and right where that tanks going it's at .278 and Bethlehem is .28 and we can get higher over on Richard Bodenshatz's. I talked to Richard but Richard doesn't want it to go there because he wants to develop that. Wallet asked, so Richard and you have been talking? Sossong answered, yes. . I gave him a call because I wasn't being communicated with. Wray replied, I'm going to object to that at this point. . . for the record, suitable communications were provided to you and we met with you and Mr. Ellenberger at the time and quite franklin, more communications have been offered on this particular tank site than most normally have been offered in the past. We were aware of Mr. Bodenshatz's higher elevations and Mr. Bodenshatz said no. . he can't live with that and had he would have said ok, we wouldn't be having this discussion, would we? I need to make sure we're clear on that. Sossong replied, I want to be clear for the record to that I disagree with the engineer here that he didn't provide adequate communication with me so I could go through that if you guys need to hear that. I just think that we can find a better location than where it's at. Come out and look at it. . they're sitting this thing right there at the end of my yard. Tom Beyer asked, how close is it to the end of your yard? Sossong replied, it's about 5 feet away. Beyer asked, isn't there a setback requirement? Sossong said, what they're trying to say is the setback for a structure. . it beats that. . but the corners of the property are 5 feet away. Barbin said, so the structure isn't five feet. Sossong answered, right. Beyer asked, how far is it? Baker said, this isn't a debate. Sossong said, I don't know where the structure's going to be. . they have 100 foot square marked off. Baker said, I think there's no set location as of yet, so that decision hasn't been made. . I'm sure there's room from what we've talked. Wray said, absolutely, we'd be willing to look at Mr. Sossong's proposal. Baker said, sure. . as long as it's cost effective.

Chairman Baker
announced, The Board of Supervisors next regularly scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2009 at 8:00 AM and Thursday, July 30, 2009 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. The 6th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival will be held on Friday, July 17th through Sunday July 19th, 2009. There will be lots of food, crafts, games, activities, hayrides, petting zoo and a tractor show.  There will be Fireworks on Saturday at 9:30, Steve's favorite, 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 6-9 pm . . you got to see NOMAD. .they're a premier. . very, very good group. The Cambria County Courts will sponsor a Youth Fair with emphasis on drug and alcohol prevention at Veterans Park in Vinco on Wednesday, July 29th 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. Dalton had a great time at the one at Leidy Park.

Bracken, second Wallet to adjourn the meeting at 7:22 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary