July 12, 2007
The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 8:00 a.m. at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Members present were Supervisors Dave Bracken, Bruce Baker and Guy Ellenberger along with Secretary-Treasurer / Manager Dave Hirko and Solicitor Bill Barbin. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Bruce Baker.
Board Roll Call was taken with all three Supervisors present.
Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:
George Burkey commented, Iím only one member of the Sewer Authority and we never had a meeting yet concerning this. . we just got a copy of this Ordinance and the proposal the other day, so anything I say is only in my opinion as Vice-Chairman of the Board because our meetingís tonight. What I would like to ask is you hold up on this until we get a chance to look it over and be able to comment on it. Chairman Baker said, and our intentions arenít to adopt anything. . itís simply to have Bill draft that Ordinance and I told Dave, we want to send it to JETSA to get their comments and approval too. Solicitor Barbin said, this isnít advertising, itís just a draft. Baker added, Iím sure you guys and Alex would want to have comment on it. Burkey said, I think the Authority already has authority to go in and do this. Barbin said, yes. . you can do it but what happens when you find a violation. . you can refuse service and try to get their water shut off. This would be an actual violation Ordinance and you can take them and have them fined at the Magistrate. Burkey said, the way I read this. . .I only read through it once. . .it doesnít give us that authority. . .it gives the authority to the Redevelopment Authority of Johnstown to collect $2.00 from every one of our customers. Barbin said, no. . thatís not the Ordinance. . . thatís a Cooperation Agreement. Thatís a totally separate thing. The Dye Test Ordinance is a "stand alone" Ordinance that does two things. It authorizes you to go into homes over peopleís objections and do tests if you have reason to believe thereís a problem and fine them and secondly, when a person sells a house, they have to get a certificate from a plumber saying he checked and thereís not improper things going into the Sanitary Sewer System. . thatís all. Thatís all the Dye Test Ordinance is. . . Nanty Glo already adopted one for Nanty Glo. . . this Dye Test Ordinance is exactly like the Nanty Glo one. The Cooperation is a different thing and theyíre not even authorizing that. That went out for everybody to think about. . . thatís more for JETSA than the Township. . . Other municipalities where the municipalities own the sewers. . .itís sort of written for municipalities but that Cooperation Agreement would be JETSA because youíre the one that actually bills the people. . .that Cooperation would be JETSA and not the Township. The Dye Test Ordinance is not that. Burkey said, dye test would probably be the only way we could ever do it because most of the people. . .we advise them to put traps in and thereís no way you can smoke test them that way. . the only thing you can do there is waste your time. There are some that didnít put traps in but most. . .we didnít require it. . but most of them put traps in because they donít want everything else coming to their house. Weíve been working on this the whole time. We put in "I Spys" in manholes to check for infiltration. Right now, we got people coming in to redo the manholes. . 11 manholes down in East Taylor that are deteriorated from the gas thatís causing bacteria at the pump station down here and one of our main problems is our pump station down here thatís in a swamp. Weíre getting infiltration into that and theyíre going to redo that one probably this week or next week. We went up to Punxsutawney yesterday, Tim and I and Brian and this same Company is doing it there too. We got bids and the lowest bid was $14,000. and the highest bid was $70,000. We couldnít believe it. . .this Company does it and thatís all they do. Baker asked, the low bidder. . you went to see? Burkey said, right and it was a good bid. $14,000. . . and we got 11 manholes and what they do. . they go in and clean all of the old concrete out and you should see them things. . theyíre really gone. . .the concrete is shot and they go in and they spin new concrete in there and then they take epoxy and cover that and you could eat out of that thing when it was done. They put white epoxy. . they put an inch of concrete on there and theyíll spin it on and theyíre like brand new and then they put the epoxy on so the acid doesnít get in there anymore. That was my concern. . I guess I read the whole thing. Barbin said, theyíre two different things. . theyíre two different documents. Burkey said, ok, because $2.00 a head is forty some thousand dollars a year. We could hire two people to go out and check on every house in this Township pretty quick on that. Barbin said, the $2.00. . . and again thatís not for Township. . thatís for you guys to decide. . . the $2.00. . the DEP going to order televising of all lines. . mapping of all lines and itís to pay to start that program. Youíre bigger. . you have a bigger customer base than most of the ones in Johnstown. A lot of them would never be able to do it themselves. The city, the Redevelopment Authority says we will do it for you but we want to isolate this cost and account for it separately. . and if you decide to do it yourself. .and thatís fine. Burkey said, thatís my opinion anyway. . we already have a camera. . we bought the camera right away. . that would help us out there. . weíre paying it and we got the other things weíre working on. . the "I Spys". .we put them in the manholes to check where exactly weíre getting the high water and where not and you can pin-point a lot of these areas. Sure, we could use a little help because the two guys we have. .theyíre mostly kept busy just taking care of the System. Actually, one of our big problems is East Conemaugh. Our flow meter down there. . we have a flow meter that checks the water and when it rains, their water backs up and our water canít even go anywhere and if they donít fix that system. . . Barbin said, theyíve made big steps and theyíre close to fixing it. Itís way farther than theyíve ever been before and Alex is honestly leading them in a really good direction. Burkey said, good because if they donít do something, then weíre all going to pay big time. Barbin said, so is it ok to draft this out and present it. . I will send a copy to both Alex and the Authority. Youíre not opposed to drafting. . . just the Dye Test? Burkey replied, no.
Notification of Traffic Control Signs Place Per Ordinance # 139:
Chairman Baker announced, we installed two 25 mph signs posted on Hunt Road from Benshoff Hill Road to the East Taylor Township line. There were no signs on the road before.
Motion Ellenberger, second Bracken on authorizing Solicitor to draft a Dye Test Ordinance for Jackson township. Vote-3 yes.
Motion Bracken, second Ellenberger to accept resignation of Sam Marchu as member of the Jackson Township Zoning Hearing Board. Supervisor Ellenberger asked, did he give a reason why? Manager Hirko replied, heís moving. Chairman Baker added, health. . mostly health reasons. A vote was then taken. Vote-3 yes.
Motion Ellenberger, second Bracken to approve additional cost of $19,986.50 over and above a $50,000.00 grant secured by JARI towards having the low bidder, Quaker Sales pave Pennzoil Drive. Vote-3 yes.
Other New Business:
Chairman Baker made several announcements. The Board of Supervisors next scheduled meeting will be held on 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 Fireworks on Saturday at 9:30. An Under 21 Concert will be held on Friday, July 20th from 6:00 - 10:00 pm. Judge Long & Cambria County Courts will sponsor a Youth Drug & Alcohol Prevention Fair at Mitchell Park on Tuesday, July 24th 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.
Motion Ellenberger, second Bracken to adjourn the meeting at 8:10 a.m. Vote-3 yes.
David M. Hirko, Secretary