July 31, 2008

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 and John Wallet 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: 
Chairman Baker
announced, an Executive Session held on Monday, July 28, 2008 from 7 - 9 pm to discuss Police Contract Negotiations.

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:

Bracken, second Wallet to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on June 26, 2008 and July 10, 2008. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$    142,408.04

$  89,093.05

$      141,402.17

$     90,098.92


$ 1,508,599.70

$  44,008.85

$       49,761.89

$ 1,502,846.66


$    166,867.06

$      307.86

$                .00

$   167,174.92


$     27,020.28

$    2,425,02

$         1,247.75

$     28,197.55

Wallet, second Bracken to approve the bills for the period of June 27, 2008 through July 31, 2008. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$     141,402.17

$           .00

$       1,247.75

Township Police Report
The June, 2008 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for June, 2008 were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 413, Reportable Part I Crimes: 29 broken down as follows: Larceny-20, Burglaries-6, Assaults-2 and Arson-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 35 broken down as follows: Receiving Stolen Property-9, Vandalism-8, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-5, Disorderly Conduct-2, Fraud-2, Embezzlement-1, Liquor Violations-1, Public Drunkenness-1 and all others-6. Calls Resulting in Cases: 36, Total Arrestees: 19, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims: 23, DUI Arrests: 5, Traffic Citations: 34, Non-Traffic Citations: 4, Total Warnings: 1.

Manager Hirko
said, we received a letter July 24, 2008 from Steve & Barb Yurasek and it says, Supervisors, Recreation Committee. . .we would like to take this opportunity to thank the Township for the outstanding fireworks display on July 19, 2008. It was truly awesome. . .we had 75 people at our house for the display and everyone raved about the display. It was truly professional . . Steve & Barb Yurasek. Steve Yurasek said, they were awesome. . that what they did this year where they came out of like a basket. . .we were just in the perfect location. We started out. . we had about 50 people and the next thing you know, everyone’s coming in the road and they asked, are we allowed to park back here and I said, yeah. . you’re allowed to eat too. We had people we didn’t even know come.

Old Business:

New Business:
Bracken, second Wallet to approve the Subdivision of Richard & Valory Boring. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet to accept the resignation of Janet Hagerich as an Alternate Member of the Jackson Township Zoning Hearing Board. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to acknowledge the termination of Walt George from the Jackson Township Recreation Commission in accordance with Recreation Commission By-Laws. Vote-3 yes. Chairman Baker said, we certainly with Walt well with his health problems.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to continue into 4th year of 5 year agreement with PennDOT requiring Jackson Township to perform winter maintenance on Benshoff Hill Road in exchange for reimbursement of $8,567.52 from PennDOT. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet on transferring $ $49,761.89 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund: $15,000.00 to Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company for annual contribution, $6,525.00 to Richard Sutter & Associates for planning and consulting services , $6,485.39 to Luther P. Miller for fuel & heating oil, $5,999.82 to Naugle Insurance fo August installment, $5,083.32 to P. Joseph Lehman for engineering work done on Mitchell Park Phase I Project, $4,911.00 to Advanced Office Systems for digital copier, $2,659.86 to Smorto, Person, Webb & McGill for Zoning Hearing Board legal expenses, $2,222.50 to Barco Products for garbage cans at Township parks and $875.00 to David Murphy for land appraisal services. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken on approving the time sheets from June 15, 2008 through June 28, 2008, June 29, 2008 through July 12, 2008 and July 13, 2008 through July 26, 2008. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Clair Michaels asked, have you done anything with trying to get a gas lease for some of the property that the Township owns? Chairman Baker replied, we’ve talked to them but we’ve not made a decision. Michaels said, that’s what I was meaning. . have you talked to somebody and that? Baker replied, yeah. . we talked to them. . that’s what we mentioned last month. . was you here?. . . but we’ve not done anything as of yet, but we’re taking it into consideration though. Michaels said, well, the Township has the land here so if they can get a few bucks off of it, they might as well. Baker replied, absolutely.

George Burkey said, this is in regards to that gas leasing. . there was a lady in the Sewer Authority today. She was in to pay her tap-in fee and she was talking about gas leases. . I guess they have property and she requested that the Township hold a meeting like they have in other areas to inform them. . .she was concerned about the water . . . that cracking water . . .what are they going to do with that and there were some other concerns she had. Manager Hirko added, she stopped out here too. . she writes for the Altoona Mirror. She’s a reporter. Burkey said, another concern. . we received a copy of the Proposed Ordinance # 156. . .I have a letter here from our Solicitor and some of the concerns we have on the wording of that Ordinance and I’d like to give this to the Supervisors.

Tim Davis said, I’m speaking not as a Recreation Commission member but as a citizen. Thank you for the garbage cans that you purchased for the parks. . they’re a welcome addition. We’ve always had trouble over there with those plastic cans blowing away and animals jumping inside and throwing the garbage all around. I think they’re a great compliment to the parks having a good garbage can. . I know it seems like a lot of money there but it’s well worth the investment in the long run. Secondly, I’d like to mention. . .did anyone catch the promotional video on Channel 14 from the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority about the sewage system? They did a big promotion selling their upgrades and things to the general public. . .it was a 35 -40 minute program of what they want to do and stuff like that. . I just wondered if you guys were aware of that promotional video they did? They’re trying to get all of the municipalities on board with all of the improvements they have to make and why they’re charging them. They’re after East Conemaugh and Dale Borough. . .they have to increase their rates because they’re not high enough. . .I’m not being detrimental but I just wondered if anyone else caught that on TV the other night? Solicitor Barbin said, there’s a CD or DVD of the presentation available. If the Township want’s it, the Redevelopment Authority would be happy to give it to you. . they’ve been handing out copies of it. Manager Hirko said, I would imagine we’d want to have a copy of it.

Chairman Baker
announced, the Board of Supervisors next regularly scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, August 14, 2008 at 8:00 AM and Thursday, August 28, 2008 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. A free concert at Veterans Park will be held on Friday, August 29th featuring The Sharp Tones from 7 to 10 pm. The general public is invited. Anybody and everybody who were involved in the Festival. . . we owe a great deal of gratitude. . it was a fantastic event.

Wallet, second Bracken to adjourn the meeting at 7:13 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary