July 29, 2010

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:

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:
Steve Yurasek said, thank you for the fireworks. They were beautiful. Chairman Baker said, they were nice ones this year, they were exceptional

Westrick, second Wallet to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on June 29, 2010 and July 8, 2010. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$ 191,578.21

$ 61,700.04

$       98,630.31

$  154,647.94


$ 706.904.53

$ 28,937.38

$       25,812.92

$  710,028.99


$ 221,178.07

$       45.45

$         1,474.85

$  219,748.67


$  31,764.70

$  2,620.55

$         2,872.35

$   31,512.90


$     1786.17

$       13.37

$                .00

$      1799.54

Wallet, second Westrick to approve the bills for the period of June 25, 2010 through July 29, 2010. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$      98,630.31

$       1,474.85

$        2,872.35

Township Police Report
The June, 2010 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for June were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 285 Reportable Part I Crimes: 3 broken down as follows: Larceny-3. Reportable Part II Crimes: 18 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-4, Vandalism-3, Disorderly Conduct-2, Fraud-1, Receiving Stolen Property-1 and all others-7. Calls Resulting in Cases: 18, Total Arrestees: 7, Total Suspects: 1, Total Victims: 9, DUI Arrests: 3, Traffic Citations: 11, Non-Traffic Citations: 0, Total Warnings: 0


Old Business:

New Business:
Westrick, second Wallet to accept the resignation of Jeff Thomas as Part Time Police Officer for the Jackson Township Police Department. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Westrick to hire Jason Owens as a Part Time Police Officer for the Jackson Township Police Department. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Westrick, second Wallet to appoint Dave Hirko as Alternate Attending Member to the Cambria County Sewage Enforcement Agency for the remainder of 2010. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Westrick to approve 5 year agreement with PennDOT to perform winter maintenance on 3.12 miles of Benshoff Hill Road from the Middle Taylor Township line to PA Route 271. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Westrick, second Wallet to adopt Resolution 05-10 which opposes forced local government mergers and consolidations. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Westrick 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 Westrick, second Wallet to authorize Solicitor to file for an Injunction to clean up the Gresh Property located at 235 Dishong Mountain Road. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Westrick on approving the time sheets from June 13, 2010 through June 26, 2010, June 27, 2010 through July 10, 2010 and July 11, 2010 through July 24, 2010. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Eugene Kist said, The problem down there with that sewage. . itís runnin rampant. Thereís no ungodly sense in it when somebody flushes their commode on the side of the road. If I brought up a bucket of human waste and dumped it in front of your place, what would you do?. . .liquidized first. What would happen to me if I did that? Supervisor Wallet said, youíd get arrested, probably. Kist said, correct. . they liquidize and it runs down the road. . Mr. Harasty down there. . itís runnin right down there into his spring. This is terrible and theyíre not doing a darn thing. Mr. Barbin. . whenís the next hearing? Solicitor Barbin replied, August 24th. They waited till a week and a half before the hearing and the attorney said heís going to be on vacation. Kist said, the attorneyís on vacation? That makes me damn mad. I used damn at the Courthouse one time. Barbin said, I did not agree to the continuance. Normally I agree but this is one I did not agree to. Kist said, this has been going on for years now. I tried to eliminate it and didnít complain to nobody. Now itís running down the road. Barbin said, itís before County Court now. Kist asked, and whoís the Judge? Barbin replied, Judge Krumenacker. It is generally accepted that an attorney can get a continuance. . .unfortunately in the summer, that continuance lasted for almost two months. Itís been 7 weeks. . itís a seven week continuance and thatís unfortunate. Kist said, the attorney has more power than the individual human being in the United States. They can crap all over an individual and get away with it. Barbin said, they usually get a Continuance the first time. . thatís just how things are. Kist said, now whatís gonna happen at this Continuance? Barbin said, on August 24th we have to present evidence that shows the Judge that thereís a problem there. Kist said, if you go down to the road right now, thereís crap running right down the road. Chairman Baker said, we know what youíre saying Eugene but weíre tied until the Judge has the Continuance. Barbin said, the report given to me is that the pipe was discovered, it comes out to the road and the pipe was exposed and the camera was run back up the pipe and it went into the septic tank. The stuff thatís being said that itís not from the septic tank, itís not our problem. . .that argument is pretty much gone now. Kist said, so when somebody craps on you for a year, you have to stand there and say thank you. Barbin said, it took me three years with the Amish to get an order. It ended up with a padlocked house but it took 3 years. Kist said, the Amish usually clean up. . they bury their waste. . in the State of Pennsylvania theyíre doing the same thing in Clearfield County and they use lime. Barbin said, they didnít treat theirs with lime. . they offered to after they were caught. Chairman Baker said, next subject. . you know where we stand. . you know where weíre going. Will Michaels said, this issue is supposed to be resolved with the Sewer Line coming up and that. When is that supposed to happen? Barbin replied, there is no permit. Baker said, we have some of the money. . .weíre anticipating in the spring. . thatís pretty optimistic but weíre on a fast track. . weíre trying to push it. Clair Michaels said, well. . another thing. . you took out two hundred some thousand and gave to over here on Cherrywood to help them out. Why canít you take out of the Capital Reserve to help move this along a little bit and faster and you got so much of a grant. Baker replied, we have CDBG money that weíre going to use for that but thereís a process we got to go through in design. . you just canít go down there and take pipe and put in. Clair Michaels said, yeah. .if you need more money, take it out of the Capital Reserve. . you took it out already for one other one so why not take it out for this one. Baker said, we have to have the design and permitting and once that happens, we anticipate weíll have enough money with the Community Development Block Grant to correct the problem. Kist said, everyone has to bend over for one individual. Yearís ago you crapped in a corner and thatís a lot better than steppin in it every day.

Rick Fetzer said, I just want to thank the Supervisors for a great Festival. I heard a lot of people, not from this area. . they were from places like Westmoreland and Somerset Counties who came up, and they had a good time. Iíd like to thank the Supervisors and Dave Hirko for a good job and hopefully weíll do it again next year.

Betty Lou Shoup said, before the bank closed, you were able to pay one of the sewer bills in the bank. Now we have to send it in to Johnstown. We get three utility bills for 3 different places. Can you do anything to set up one place? Chairman Baker replied, that would be entirely up to each Authority, not us. . the Water Authority, Sewer Authority and the financial institution to cooperate. We have no control. Baker said, we can certainly say the people would like to have that but itís really up to them to provide that service and I thought that I heard that Somerset Trust was going to do that. Manager Hirko said, from what I understand, it doesnít work with their system. The utilities would have to set up an account and they donít want to do that. Baker said, we suggested that in the beginning and whether it happens or not. Hirko said, even Comcast. .part of the Township has that. . .I seen where First National was no longer accepting Comcast. I donít know whatís going on with that, but maybe thatís the trend. Supervisor Wallet said, part of the problem with some of these banks is when you set that up, they pass the cost off to the Authority. . .they charge . . so that charge turns back to the customers. . .and thereís software issues with whatís used at the Water Authority vs. compatibility of software with the banks. Shoup continued, the price of stamps has gone up again and maybe it doesnít seem much to you, two cents now. . but some of these people canít get to these places. . thatís 2, 4, 6 cents more a month and some of these people are on fixed incomes. . .that means a lot. Wallet said, a stamp is still cheaper than driving there. Shoup said, well. . they canít drive. . .they wouldnít mail it if they could take a drive. Baker said, there again, a stamp would still be cheaper than driving unless you happened to be at the market or something at the same time. We asked them to do that and when they were looking to come in here, we said that would be one thing that the residents would absolutely like but of course, itís going to be up to them. It might not be something that works out. Hirko said, itís between the bank and the Authorities and Utilities. Shoup said, thereís nothing that could be done? . . .a petition or anything. . do you think it would help? Baker said, if itís not financially in their best interest, I donít imagine theyíre going to want to mess with it either. Weíre not opposed to it but we canít make them do it. Shoup said, you canít write them a letter? Hirko said, Somerset Trust knows from the surveys they had that people wanted that but it hasnít been able to work out. Solicitor Barbin said, I think sheís suggesting sending a letter to the utilities? Shoup answered, to anybody. Barbin said, I think she is thinking Johnstown Regional Sewage. Shoup said, yes. Baker said, thatís one you almost half to mail in. Shoup said, thatís right. Hirko added, thatís true. . they canít drop that one off. Barbin said, you know Iím involved in that. Iíve heard that they donít want a another set of accounting and bank records to go through every month. You could send a letter from the Board asking them to consider it because Jackson Township is so far from Johnstown. Iím not saying anything is going to happen but thereís no reason we couldnít send a letter. To the bank. . itís not going to make any difference to them, but to the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority, it might. Shoup said, wouldnít it be easier for them to just get one check for whoever picks them up here? Barbin said, it would go by each payment. . they would have to deal with each individual payment anyway. They still have to get it. . they have to take it off the list for the bank and the bank does charge them for collecting and they donít like paying extra money. I donít know if the Board would consider it or not.

Bob Albright said, I want to personally thank anybody that had any input in the Festival that took place here in Jackson Township, especially Mr. Hirko, but anybody who had any input. It was wonderful. . I heard all good comments about it and I would like to see it continue down there and another question I have. . is there any update on guardrails on Blackburn Road? Chairman Baker answered, no. Another problem I have. . we have. . Old Nanty Glo Road. . .we got three properties right in the middle. One is so grown up, you can't even see the house. . . that's Mr. Petovich. . he passed away months ago. You got Mary Sabo's old place. . .weeds are about two feet high. . . you got garbage piled up all around the garage. Also coming down Demeter Street. . . I think I brought this up before. . all that water, stone and mud. . it's right across the Township Road when it rains and the residents have to drive through that. It's time that something be done with that situation. Baker said, I think we sent a letter. . did you send that to that property owner. . the Sabo property? Manager Hirko said, yes. . the person lives in North Carolina. Baker asked, was that a Walker? Hirko said, yes. . Walker. . he was going to come up and address some of the problems on his property. . . he told me. . I finally tracked down a phone number and then he never came up. . .He was going to get a Landfill Pass and never came in and he lives in North Carolina. Baker said, we'll follow up again. Solicitor Barbin said, garbage is easily dealt with. Hirko said, he's in North Carolina. .that's the hard part. Barbin said, we can send him certified mail in North Carolina. Hirko said, if you had an address. His address on the tax records still say Old Nanty Glo Road and that comes back as, left with no forwarding address. Albright said, most of the property owners on Old Nanty Glo Road keep up their places except for those properties. Take a ride down that road and you'll see what we got. Supervisor Wallet said, it is high. . I looked at it and it's bad.

Chairman Baker
announced, The Board of Supervisors next regularly scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, August 12, 2010 at 8:00 AM and Thursday, August 26, 2010 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building.

Westrick, second Wallet to adjourn the meeting at 7:23 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary