July 25, 2002

The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the municipal building. Members present were David Bracken, Bob Stephens, Bruce Baker, Dave Hirko and George Gvozdich. The meeting was called to order by David Bracken, Chairman, with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Public Comments:
Ed Westrick - Questioned whether Direct Value Outlet had a permit and was in compliance with the Zoning Ordinance. Supervisor Bracken said he did comply with the ordinance. Mr. Westrick also asked whether police or road reports would be available to the public?

Supervisor Bracken said that they are available at any time in the Township office for
public inspection.

Eugene Kist - Stated that he was robbed multiple times and nothing was done by the Township Police.

Will Michaels - Questioned why there were differences between fees paid last year verses this year for building permits and why various people paid different amounts for permits this year. Solicitor Gvozdich explained that it was due to the value of the structures that the permits were issued for.

Clair Michaels - Stated he felt the Zoning Hearing Board should not have granted a
variance on Dishong Road for a garage on the property of Joe Miesko. Supervisor Baker said the variance was justified according to the Zoning Hearing Board.

Will Michaels & Ed Westrick both stated that the variance for the Miesko garage was filed for not meeting setback requirements and didn’t address the minimum acreage needed in the ordinance. Supervisor Bracken said the purpose of a variance is to address these issues. Supervisor Baker said all the issues questioned were addressed by the Zoning Hearing Board.

Janine Avery - Expressed concerns about a possible accident on Blackburn Road and asked that Supervisors consider posting a speed limit on the road before school starts. She stated that the road has many curves and hills and people use the road as a shortcut between Harmony Drive and Benshoff Hill Road and many drive too fast for the condition of the road.

Supervisor Bracken said the road was under study. Supervisor Baker added that the road speed limit would be a top priority. Supervisor Stephens said possibly an ordinance could be adopted to set speed limits on all Township roads.

Will Michaels Jr. - Stated that the variance for the Miesko garage should not have been granted.

Eugene Kist - Questioned how many traffic citations were issued vs. criminal complaints by the Township Police. He also questioned why a police report can’t be published in the

Nanty Glo Journal. Supervisor Bracken told Mr. Kist to check with Bob Fatula, Police Chief on both concerns.

Business Meeting:

Motion Baker, second Bracken, to approve the minutes of the previous meeting, Vote - Baker & Bracken - yes, Stephens-abstained.

Township Reports:
General Fund - 7/1/02 - $ 156,994.29; Receipts of $ 17,446.78; Disbursements of $ 57,313.33; Balance 7/25/02 - $ 117,127.74

Capital Reserve Fund - 7/1/02 - $ 669,444.47; Receipts - $ 70,290.71; Disbursements - $ 1,000.00; Balance 7/25/02 - $ 738,735.18

Letter received from the Miners Community Food Pantry in Nanty Glo. The letter requested that the Supervisors consider giving the Food Pantry a donation to help support this service which provides food for needy families in Nanty Glo, Jackson Township and East Taylor Township.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to donate $500.00 to the Miners Community Food Pantry. Vote-3 yes.

Discussed having road and weight limit studies done for all remaining Township roads that have not previously had a study done. A proposal was presented from P. Joseph Lehman Engineers in Hollidaysburg, PA. Cost for the Lehman proposal were less than rates previously quoted for this project.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to have Lehman Engineers do road and weight limit studies for the remaining Township roads. Vote-3 yes.

Bills to be paid amounted to - General Fund - $ 57,313.33; Senior Center Fund - $ 4,999.31; Highway Aid Fund - $ 70,437.85. Motion Stephens, second Bracken to approve the bills from June 28th, 2002 to July 25th, 2002 except for the bill from Plunkett & Cooney for litigation in the amount of $385.00. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to approve the bill for Plunkett & Cooney for litigation in the amount of $385.00 Vote-Bracken & Baker - yes, Stephens abstained.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to approve the time sheets for June 23rd to July 6th, 2002 and for July 7th to July 20th, 2002. Vote-3 yes.

The Supervisors went into Executive Session to address personnel issues including part-time policeman and Township employees wages and benefits as well as appointing David Hirko to the position of Township Manager. The Supervisors returned from Executive Session and decided to address these issues at the next monthly meeting in August.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to adjourn the meeting at 8:20 pm. Vote-3 yes.