June 30, 2011

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 Held:
Chairman Baker announced, Executive Sessions were held to discuss personnel matters on Thursday, June 23, 2011 from 6 to 8 pm and on Wednesday, June 29, 2011 from 6:30 to 7:30 am.

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:
Steve Yurasek said, speaking of the Pit Stop down here. .is that to keep the PLCB out of here or something. Now aren't we going to run up with the same problem with the Fire Hall in the package of selling liquor and you got entertainment down there and God knows you could use it here. . .over at my place just like you had stepped in the Fire Hall. Now. . aren't we goin to run into the same kind of problems? Solicitor Barbin replied, but the entertainment there. . .my understand and I could be wrong. . .is the entertainment's not part of the Fire Company . .it's part of the Township. Yurasek asked, who has the liquor license. . who controls them? Chairman Baker replied, the Fire Company does. Barbin said, but we're putting on the noise. Yurasek said, I'm not talking about the Festival. . if you rent the hall out for a wedding, you come down and sit on my porch and you can hear it just as plain as can be. . . and the people up in Vinco will tell ya you can hear what's goin on in the Fire Hall plain as can be so aren't we settin ourselves up now for another situation? Barbin said, if neighbors start turning in the Fire Company to the PLCB for that, then the Supervisors might consider that request too. This is the only problem we know about now. . we're not making it more than we have to. Yurasek said, no and I don't want to make it more either. . I'm just asking. . . people have a reunion or somethin at their farm or their place and just because they have music and a keg of beer or somethin is that gonna make them. . .they're gonna come under this Nuisance Ordinance. Baker said, but the PLCB doesn't regulate them. . . not without a Liquor License. Barbin said, this applies to licensed establishments. . the rule on noise is for licensed establishments. Clair Michaels said, it would be like down here in Vintondale when they have their Festival. Barbin said, and they have a 3 day event permit for it. Michaels said, if I can hear them then I could complain. Barbin replied, yes. . you could call. Michaels said, but I ain't. Yurasek said, there's really no reason to complain. . .I'm just saying simply you're setting yourself up for something where every time somebody complains, we're gonna have to take responsibility and say, ok well. . the Township will have an Officer go over and check this stuff out. Supervisor Wallet said, no. . that's not our intent Steve. . our intent is to cure a problem. Supervisor Westrick said, the problem with the Pit Stop is if the PLCB Officer came and stood right outside the door and he could hear it five feet from the door, they were getting cited for it. Barbin said, they could lose their License and this is to protect them from losing their License. Michaels said, you don't want to run businesses out of the Township. Now I could maybe see it if they were doing it every night of the week all week long. Barbin said, and if we ever decide this was a bad idea, we always have the right to withdraw our petition so we can undo it easily. Yurasek said, a lot of times you think you're doin a good thing and then you end up with lawyer fees and everything else because you gotta have a lawyer draw papers, serve em and all this.

Wallet, second Westrick to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on May 26, 2011 and June 9, 2011. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$ 162,269.06

$ 68,407.14

$       82,309.23

$ 148,366.97


$ 715,883.00

$ 17,890.80

$       25,302.60

$ 708,471.20


$ 267,538.61

$       56.81

$             85.32

$ 267,510.10


$  30,152.15

$   2,621.10

$         1,249.76

$   31,523.49

Westrick, second Wallet to approve the bills for the period of May 27, 2011 through June 30, 2011. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$     82,309.23

$          85.32

$         1,249.76

Township Police Report:
The May, 2011 Police Report statistics were as follows:
911 Calls dispatched to Police: 326 Reportable Part I Crimes: 8 broken down as follows: Burglaries-4, Larceny-3 and Assaults-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 26 broken down as follows: Family Offenses-6, Stolen Property-5, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-4, Disorderly Conduct-4, Drugs-1, Vandalism-1 and all others-5. Calls Resulting in Cases: 18, Total Arrestees: 11, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims: 6, DUI Arrests: 4, Traffic Citations: 7, Non-Traffic Citations: 14, Total Warnings: 0


Old Business:

New Business:
Wallet, second Westrick to approve the Subdivision (Side Lot Addition) of Walter Hessler. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Westrick, second Wallet to approve the Subdivision of Nicholas Barber. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Westrick to accept the resignation from Terri Modic from the Jackson Township Recreation Commission. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Westrick, second Wallet to approve Resolution 01-11 approving the filing of a petition to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board to request an exemption from the Board's regulations regarding amplified music being heard off the licensed premises known as the Pit Stop located at 3840 William Penn Avenue. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Westrick to approve request by the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company to add Brett Hoffman and Steve Kauffman to the roster of the Jackson Township Fire Police.  Vote-3 yes.

Solicitor Barbin said, on the next motion, can you table it. . I got a letter in the mail today from the Committee asking us to change something in the Ordinance. There was a discussion that came up. . that Ordinance they asked us to pass here. . they made a change.

Motion Wallet, second Westrick to table adopting the Earned Income Tax Collection Ordinance #170 for Jackson Township as recommended by the Cambria County Tax Collection Committee. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Westrick, second Wallet on approving the time sheets from May 15, 2011 through May 28, 2011, May 29, 2011 through June 11, 2011 and June 12, 2011 through June 25, 2011. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Westrick to approve Capital Reserve Fund bill list for the period of May 27, 2011 through June 30, 2011 and transfer $ 25,302.60 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund. Vote-3 yes.



Purchase Detail


Hegemann & Wray Engineers

Fords Corner Sewage Project
Loraine Rd. & Whitetail Rd. Sewage

$   13,000.00
$    6,400.00

Naugle Insurance

July Installment

$    4,394.57

Keller Engineers

Jackson Twp. Business Park Project

$    1,508.03



$ 25,302.60

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Clair Michaels said, I see we're workin on the road there down by Rummels and that. . .getting ready to tar and chip the whole thing? Chairman Baker replied, just the lower end. Michaels said, oh. . I see you have lines there at the top of the hill by the garbage dump entrance. Baker said, the Landfill put those markings on the road. . for what I don't know. Supervisor Wallet said, I think that's because the Landfill's going to get a new water tap. I think it's marked for a PA One Call. Baker said, that's right. . that's for a water tap up there. Michaels asked, why across the road? Wallet said, that just marks the utility. .is it marked in white? Michaels replied, yes. Wallet said, the Landfill may have marked that. .that may be where they want the tap to go across or something.

Bob Albright asked, is there a cut off date for the Sportsmans Club up there to stop shooting at night? Solicitor Barbin said, we don't regulate that at all. . you mean how long at night? Steve Yurasek said, once you pass this, we may all love to shoot, but there'll be one person who says I don't like that noise after 5 o'clock. It's like your hamstrung. Barbin said, the three of them would have to agree that it's unreasonable and you elect Supervisors that you believe are reasonable. Nuisance always comes down to what's reasonable and what's not. Chairman Baker asked, are you talking about the hour of the day Bob? Albright said, when I'm sitting out on the deck at night, they're shootin up there till 10 o'clock at night. Now I have to put up with them shooting. Baker said, it's always been that way as long as I've been around. Albright continued, we have all that noise from the Jake brakes ever since they put 22 right past my house. Baker said, I know. . I hear them too. Albright said, I think sometime something should be done about it. Barbin said, we can't the Jake Brakes. The State won't allow it, we tried. Yurasek said, they did that down in East Conemaugh one time and they thought they were gonna go against Merlo and they found out that is a safety issue. Barbin said, the State law is very strong on that one. . you can't touch that. Baker said, the State should step in and make sure they all have resonators on them and you wouldn't have that. Supervisor Wallet said, our Township trucks have Jake Brakes on. Baker said, they don't sound like that. Yurasek said for doin stuff like that, they need fined but having a Jake Brake on. Baker said, Tuesday nights up there I think they shoot till about 10 o'clock. Albright said, and Wednesday night and Sunday night. Baker said, I didn't notice them Sunday night. . I usually notice them every night. . it's only a couple hundred yards. Wallet said, when I lived at home on Simmons Lane I could hear them back in the 70's. Albright asked, couldn't you regulate the time when they're done shootin there so we can enjoy the evening? When you go to 10 o'clock at night, your activities are all over. Baker said, I must be oblivious to it. People ask me, how do you stand that? Albright said, it's up to you three fellows to regulate it. All I'm askin is have a cut off time there instead of going up to 9 or 10 o'clock at night. Can you gentlemen check into it? Baker said, well we can consider it. Albright said, that's all I'm asking.

Chairman Baker
announced, The Board of Supervisors next regularly scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 8:00 AM and Thursday, July 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. The Cambria County Courts will sponsor a Youth Fair with emphasis on drug and alcohol prevention at Leidy Park in Mundys Corner on Friday, July 8th from 11:00 am to 1:00 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. The 8th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival will be held on Friday, July 15th through Sunday July 17th, 2011. There will be lots of food, crafts, games, activities, hayrides, petting zoo and a tractor show.  On Friday there will be a Car Cruise-In and on Saturday thee will be a 5-K Race at 9, Poker Run at noon, Parade at 1:00 and Fireworks at 9:30. There will be continuous music and entertainment the entire weekend.

Westrick, second Wallet to adjourn the meeting at 7:16. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary