June 28, 2007

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, Guy Ellenberger along with Secretary-Treasurer / Manager Dave Hirko and Solicitor Bill Barbin. The meeting was called to order by Bruce Baker, Chairman. 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.

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:
Eugene Kist commented, on these here seven burglaries. . . I've had stolen property. Are they catching anybody or not? I've got multiple properties. Who's in charge of the Police Department? Chairman Baker responded, the Board of Supervisors. Kist continued, are they catching anybody? Also Mr. Baker, on the agenda it says two minutes per tax payer. . . as I understand in the United States if you go to a meeting you can speak and you don't have to be a tax payer. Baker said, we don't discriminate Gene, you know that. Kist said, I know, but that was called to my attention at another meeting somewhere. I was asked if I owned property there and I said yes I do. Mr. Barbin was present there. . he said are you a tax payer here and I said yes, I own property. Solicitor Barbin said, I'm not the one who asked that question. Kist said, I'm sorry. . it was asked and I got mixed up. Barbin said, you know. . you were there.

Ellenberger, second Bracken to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on May 24, 2007 and June 14, 2007. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$    112,121.90

$ 104,832.19

$       94,090.12

$    122,863.97


$  1,585,426.91

$   54,448.38

$       25,712.13

$ 1,614,163.16


$    148,000.65

$       624.44

$           955.05

$    147,670.04


$      22,470.03

$    3,249.54

$        2,839.86

$      22,879.71

Ellenberger, second Bracken to approve the bills for the period of May 25, 2007 through June 28, 2007. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$     94,090.12

$         955.05

$        2,839.86

Township Police Report
The May, 2007 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented.
The figures for May were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 280. Reportable Part I Crimes: 11 broken down as follows: Burglaries-7, Larceny-3 and Assaults-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 11 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-2, Vandalism-2, Fraud-1, Stolen Property-1 and all others-5. Calls Resulting in Cases: 27, Total Arrestees: 3, Total Suspects: 5, Total Victims: 11, DUI Arrests: 2, Traffic Citations: 6, Non-Traffic Citations: 2, Total Warnings: 0.


Old Business:

New Business:
Bracken, second Ellenberger to approve subdivision (side lot addition) of Paul Sirko. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Ellenberger to approve subdivision (side lot addition) of Wayne Vermillion. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Ellenberger, second Bracken on transferring $25,712.13 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund - $15,000.00 to Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company for annual contribution, $5,741.66 to Naugle Insurance for July installment, $1,575.00 to Richard Sutter & Associates for planning & consulting services, $1,370.47 to Richardsons Sports for Fence Crown installed at Mitchell & Leidy Parks, $775.00 to Jack Houston Construction for building repair work done at Senior Center, $750.00 to Wyse Memorials for Veterans Monument name engraving and $500.00 for contribution to the Central Cambria McMidget Football League. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Ellenberger, second Bracken on approving the time sheets from May 20, 2007 through June 2, 2007 and June 3, 2007 through June 16, 2007. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Eugene Dryzal
said, I see here that according to 911 we're going to have another road in the Township and it's scheduled to be called Weeping Willow Lane. Now. . I put a suggestion in. . .911 said it was ok but it come down here and got rejected. I want to call it Dryzal Lane. . I've been doing all the maintenance on that thing for years. Whose going to do maintenance on that road since it's going to be changed? Are you guys going to take the responsibility of maintaining that road? The only property I own. . I'm way back down in. . I'm land-locked other than that ingress - egress. That's my land other than the last 250 feet of it. How did this get called Weeping Willow Lane? Chairman Baker said, we didn't reject any names as the Township goes. Dryzal continued, according to Tim up at 911. . I said, how about Dryzal Road. . he said, I see no problem with it. . . I'll contact the Supervisors. . it's up to them. . they'll probably do it before a meeting. Tim called me just the other day and said. . no. .it was rejected. Dryzal Road was rejected. . it's Weeping Willow Lane. Baker said, I can tell you, the Township did not reject any names. This is the first we're hearing of Weeping Willow Lane. Solicitor Barbin said, they'll vote on the name when the name comes up. Barbin said, I'll call Tim and find out what happened then. Baker said, Dave. . you had no correspondence with them on a name like that? Manager Hirko said, not on Weeping Willow Lane but I did have discussion with 911. Dryzal said, with Spangler. . right?. . from 911? Hirko said, yes. . ok. . I'd be happy to discuss that with you after the meeting as to what that conversation was. Barbin said, you all vote on a name. . . it never had a name before Eugene? Dryzal said, according to Tim, he said that's what it's going to be and he was going to contact the Post Office. Barbin asked, did it have a name before? Dryzal replied, no. Barbin said, to name a road is a Township Supervisor function then they give it to 911 and then 911 carries it all out. Baker said, typically, we talk to whoever's going to be on that road or street and work with them on getting a name and apparently between you and the Gresh's, there's some discrepancy on a name of the road. Dryzal said, I don't know how they got it but they said it had to come down to you people. Baker said, we were aware of the road needing named, but not that there was a name suggested or chosen. Dryzal said, I suggested to Tim when he first called and there was going to be another party on the line and according to 911 they had to name the road. Baker said, they had to do that because they were looking for a building permit. You can't have a building permit without a legal address. Dryzal said, we were Dishong Mountain. Barbin said, yours is so old, you had it before any of these rules came in. Dryzal said, that's why I came I guess. . just to get it straightened out. We wanted Dryzal Lane. .we've maintained it for years. Hirko said, I'd be happy to talk to you about that. . as you know, there's two families up there. Barbin said, they got to work it out so that everybody's happy.

Ted Reffner said, I wanted to ask the Supervisors what constitutes nuisance burning in the Township and what can be done about it? Supervisor Ellenberger said, that's still handled by the State. . isn't it? Solicitor Barbin said, burning. . yes. . they started hammering it more and more. Do we have a burning permit? Chairman Baker replied, no. Manager Hirko said, we go by the State Burning Laws. Ellenberger said, I thought we weren't allowed to regulate burning. Hirko said, well. . with the Zoning, we do. . the issue came up at Leisure Village one time. Baker said, they were burning garbage between trailers up there. Barbin said, you can't burn garbage. Ellenberger said, you can't burn tires or anything like that. Barbin said, household garbage is not allowed to be burned. Ellenberger said, construction materials. Barbin said, you're allowed to burn logs and I believe you're allowed to burn brush. Hirko said, wasn't that compared to the dust going through the air from the dirt pile? Baker said, you can't burn garbage or household refuse. . . .that's probably what 99 out of a 100 do. Supervisor Bracken asked, are you referring to Mr. Ondriezek? Reffner replied, yes. Baker continued, I think you can burn cardboard, paper and that type of thing. . household refuse. . we have it in here somewhere. . . .if I'm not mistaken, I think you can. Barbin asked, what's your address Mr. Reffner? Reffner answered, 223 Gillen Lane. Barbin said, tell us what your concern is. Reffner answered, my concern was, this spring again, a neighbor had been vacuuming all his pine needles. . grass clipping piled up over the winter and after numerous rains lit the fires and for all day, a blue cloud just crept across the ground into my house and when I come home from work, my wife calls me and says, our house stinks. . it's full of smoke. . . this blue haze has surrounded our house all day. You know, the kids can't go out and play and I come home and all my carpet, my bedding, curtains all smell like burnt grass, leaves. . you know a blue haze. I don't have a problem of anybody burning wood or hot fires and it goes up in the air and when they're done, they're done but whenever a blue haze. . a cloud of smoke fills my house with my wife and kids in it, then I have a problem. Hirko said, what we've told people in the past when there was burning, is when the burning's occurring to call. . you could call Harry Baker, the Zoning Officer, and he'll go out. Ellenberger said, if it's a bad situation. Hirko added, yes. . if it's what you're describing, where it's into our house. Ellenberger said, it is covered under the Zoning Ordinance. . I'm not sure of the exact area where it's covered. Barbin said, yes. . I just can't tell you off the top of my head the exact place. Clair Michaels asked, did you ever think about going over and asking the guy not to burn?. . put the fire out? Maybe he didn't realize it. . you got to realize that too. Reffner said, I think it's past that. Michaels said, well, you could walk over. . first you got to start there. Baker said, you have some pretty bad issues over there in the past I've heard about too. Barbin said, we'll look of the law and inform you of the rules. . . and the answer that Mr. Hirko gave you. . when the problem occurs, call the Township. Reffner said, ok. . .I just wanted to find out before the next incident comes up as to how to proceed.

Clair Michaels said, I got one little question if nobody else has one. On this insurance. . you know. . you pay Naugles Insurance. Could you pay that at the beginning of the year in one lump sump rather than every month and save a few dollars? Manager Hirko replied, there's no discount on our insurance. Michaels said, that's what I was wondering. . a lot of times, if you can pay ahead of time you can get a discount on it. Hirko said, no. . .there's only a couple of companies that do municipal insurance.

Eugene Kist asked, gentlemen. . are you aware of or familiar with the giving away or trading land away at the dump between the State & the landfill people? Solicitor Barbin asked, in today's paper? Kist answered, I didn't see it in the paper. I heard it was 4 acres for 30 some approximately acres. Now, do you realize that this might affect somebody's water. Blasting on 22. . . I never had water in my yard for thirty years. . . I have water there now . . .coming up. . . mine water. . . it's never been there until blasting on 22. Also, that fly ash they're dumping up here. . have you gentlemen made any provisions or anything to protect us from that? Later on . . if there's any lawsuits filed against us. . . what about on the dump. . are there any provisions made to protect the tax payers? If the dump closes, it will be a liability because where's the money offer at? We're part of the solution. . . is there any provisions made whatsoever to protect us people? Barbin said, you know the Township doesn't regulate that. Kist said, yes. . we compromise and the State compromises. . .we accepted that problem so we have part of the responsibility of it which is the hell with you after this. . we took the money. You should realize that as an attorney. Barbin said, in some senses, sure. . but I don't know that we would have to spend our Township tax payer dollars to clean up water. Kist said, no, we're not talking about water. . we're talking about any other liability issues with the dump. Everything's included. . .everything's on the table. I think we should be protected to a certain point. We would be protecting our children and everybody else. . . .but at the same time, we have to fix it Baker.

Chairman Baker
announced, the Board of Supervisors next scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, July 12, 2007 at 8:00 am and Thursday, July 26, 2007 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Also the Jackson Township Heritage Festival will be held on Saturday, July 21, 2007 from Noon - 9:00 pm and Sunday, July 22, 2007 from Noon to 6:30 pm. There will be lots of food, entertainment and activities each day. On Friday, July 20, 2007 there will be an under 21 concert featuring six bands from 6:00 - 10:00 pm. Other events include: Saturday - The Fabulous Flashbacks from 7:00 - 11:00 pm and a Fireworks Display at 9:30 pm. On Sunday, a dance will be held featuring Crusade, a polka band from Toledo, Ohio from 6:30 - 9:30 pm.

Bracken, second Ellenberger to adjourn the meeting at 7:17 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary