June 26, 2008

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: (None)

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:

Wallet, second Bracken to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on May 29, 2008 and June 12, 2008. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$    147,676.82

$ 122,518.91

$     127,787.69

$    142,408.04


$ 1,604.625.86

$   43,262.98

$     139,289.14

$ 1,508,599.70


$    166,562.18

$       304.88

$                .00

$    166,867.06


$     26,743.41

$    2,426.16

$         2,149.29

$     27,020.28

Bracken, second Wallet to approve the bills for the period of May 30, 2008 through June 25, 2008. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$    127,787.69

$           .00

$       2,149.29

Township Police Report
The May, 2008 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for May, 2008 were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 306, Reportable Part I Crimes: 17 broken down as follows: Larceny-11, Assaults-3 and Burglaries-3., Reportable Part II Crimes: 50 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-9, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-6, Stolen Property-5, Vandalism-5, Public Drunkenness-4, Drugs-2, Fraud-1 and all others-18, Calls Resulting in Cases: 35, Total Arrestees: 25, Total Suspects: 7, Total Victims: 30, DUI Arrests: 5, Traffic Citations: 18, Non-Traffic Citations: 17, Total Warnings: 1.

Manager Hirko
said, we received a letter from the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development announcing that Jackson Township has received a grant for $7300.00 to pay for the conversion of street signs in Jackson Township to the large lettering which will be required to be in place by the year 2012.

Old Business:

New Business:
Bracken, second Wallet to approve subdivision of Sara Jane Leckey. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to approve a six year lease between Jackson Township and Cambria County to continue to house the Magistrate District 47-3-01 offices at the Jackson Township Senior Center Building. Vote-3 yes.

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

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to adopt model resolution 05-08 for plan revision by Module Component 3-M for Loraine Road Wastewater Collection System. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet to adopt Resolution 06-08 to apply for a LUPTAP Grant with the Pennsylvania Dept. of Community and Economic Development for Phase II Planning Initiatives with inter-governmental Cooperation between Jackson Township, Cambria Township and Ebensburg Borough. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken on transferring $ 65,583.64 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund: $ 24,000.00 to METCO Inc. for new handicapped ramp at Senior Center, $ 6,949.80 to Lane Enterprises for pipe, $ 6,825.00 to Richard Sutter & Associates for planning & consulting services, $6,000.00 to Hegemann & Wray Engineering for work done on Fords Corner Sewage Project & Swigle Mountain Road Water Project, $ 5,764.82 to Naugle Insurance for July installment, $ 4,618.11 to Luther P. Miller for fuel, $ 4,136.31 to P. Joseph Lehman for engineering services, $ 3,450.00 to Barnes, Saly & Company for performing the 2007 Township Audit, $ 2,334.00 to Land & Mapping for land appraisal services, $ 1,005.60 to Smorto, Persio, Webb & McGill for Zoning Hearing Board legal expenses and $ 500.00 for contribution to the Central Cambria Midget Football League. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken on approving the time sheets from May 18 2008 through May 31, 2008 and June 1, 2008 through June 14, 2008:

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Betty Lou Shoup commented, with the Festival coming up, did you ever consider putting an overhead sign across 271 like they do up in Richland stating this is Adams Avenue so the people know where to turn. Chairman Baker said, it's been considered. . .it's actually been done a few times. Shoup said, no. . a permanent sign because you got these concerts and things coming and people come. . do they know. . no. . . a permanent sign like they have on 56 stating the roads across Bedford Street. Solicitor Barbin asked, like on an arm hanging over the road? Shoup asked, do you know what I'm talking about because people coming. . . Barbin continued, because people don't know the street's there? Shoup added, and you're using the Veterans Park a lot more now than you did before. Barbin said, you'd probably have to check with the Chief and those standards are pretty expensive. Supervisor Wallet added, you'd have to go through PennDOT. . .it would have to be approved by them and built to their standards. Baker added, we do put out yard signs too to help direct people.

Clair Michaels asked, has the Township been approached or do you have any thoughts for this gas drilling on your property? Chairman Baker replied, yes. Michaels continued, are you going to take it or. . . I imagine you'd go for the highest bid. Baker said, we had one company come in and give their "spill" and there's a couple others but we made no decision to go one way or the other yet. Michaels said, yeah. . that's what I'm wondering. . there's lots of property. . the Township owns property and they might as well get in on it because if there's any gas there and they drill next door, they can still take your gas. Baker replied, and we learned from the last meeting we had. . one of the things I didn't know is whenever they tell you, you get 15% royalty . . .Michaels continued, that isn't everybody. Baker said, the 15% isn't . . . .Michaels said, 12% is what they want . . .Baker said, but whether it's 12 or 15% . . but there's a block of property and it's a minimum of 160 acres . . .if there's 10 people within that block of 160 acres, they get 1 tenth . . .so it's not as sweet as 15% sounds. Solicitor Barbin said, but the volumes we're talking about are so large, it's a big royalty if they hit like they hit in other parts of the State. Steve Yurasek commented, people told me that if they drill closer than 500 feet to the property line, the neighbor will automatically be partners. Barbin said, almost automatic. . you have to actually file a paper with the State. . there's a rural gas conservation law. . if you file papers you can force them to pay you even though you didn't sign a lease with them. Yurasek said, because you're in a pool. . right? Barbin replied, right and the State has to then declare what the pool is. Baker said, the last one was $160 or $200. Barbin said, I talked to all the landowners on Dishong and they were all offered $600. for five years. Yurasek said, it's higher than that now. Barbin continued, over in Croyle they got $1,100. . . .the Croyle, Summerhill and New Germany areas, they got $1,100. I've seen nobody over here that's been offered the $1,100. yet. Baker said, there were people from this Township who went to the one in Croyle and they were a part of that. . they were offered the $1,100. Barbin added, that tells everybody, don't settle for anything less than that. Michaels said, I was told by a guy. . he said he was offered $1,200. Baker said, those guys who signed for $100. are gonna be really disappointed.

Clair Michaels said, I appreciate you're cutting the grass along the road down our way but the field is kind of high. Chairman Baker said, we'll be around again shortly. . . well. . we appreciate your good words.

Chairman Baker
announced, the Board of Supervisors next regularly scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 8:00 AM and Thursday, July 31, 2008 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. A free concert at Veterans Park will be held on Saturday, July 5th featuring the Pennsylvania Army National Guard 28th Infantry Division Band at 4:00 pm. The 55 member group is one of the US Armys oldest and top performing Army National Guard Bands in the nation today and Jackson Township will be the last stop on a tour they are just completing. Please come out to show your support. The 5th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival will be held on Saturday, July 19, 2008 from Noon - 9:00 pm and Sunday, July 20, 2008 from Noon to 6:30 pm. There will be lots of food, crafts, games, activities, hay rides, petting zoo and a tractor show.  There will be Fireworks on Saturday at 9:30 and special concerts including The Johnstown Classic Rockers on Friday from 7-10 along with a Car Cruise-In, The Fabulous Flashbacks on Saturday from 7-11 and NOMAD on Sunday from 6-9 pm.

Bracken, second Wallet to adjourn the meeting at 7:15 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary