August 25, 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. Solicitor Bill Barbin was unable to attend the meeting. 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.

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:

Wallet, second Westrick to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on July 28, 2011 and August 11, 2011. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$ 105,257.04

$ 74,572.02

$     101,286.64

$  78,542.42


$ 703,137.63

$ 17,689.95

$       20,000.00

$ 700,827.58


$ 265,209.26

$       56.53

$         3,734.74

$ 261,531.05


$  32,046.65

$  2,620.92

$         3,082.20

$  31,585.37

Westrick, second Wallet to approve the bills for the period of July 29, 2011 through August 25, 2011. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$   101,286.64

$       3,734.74

$      3,082.20

Township Police Report:
The July, 2011 Police Report statistics were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 308 Reportable Part I Crimes: 4 broken down as follows: Assaults-2 and Larceny-2. Reportable Part II Crimes: 18 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-4, Stolen Property-4, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-1, Embezzlement-1, Sex Offenses-1 and all others-7. Calls Resulting in Cases: 15, Total Arrestees: 9, Total Suspects: 2, Total Victims: 10, DUI Arrests: 0, Traffic Citations: 20, Non-Traffic Citations: 6, Total Warnings: 0

Manager Hirko
said, we received a letter from the Central Cambria Midget Football League asking for permission to use Mitchell & Leidy Fields for the 2011 Season which begins August 15th and they are requesting us to consider a donation again as they are attempting to purchase an AED machine to be present at all home games.

Old Business:

New Business:
Wallet, second Westrick to approve donation to the Central Cambria Midget Football League for $500.00. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Westrick, second Wallet on approving the time sheets from July 24, 2011 through August 6, 2011 and August 7, 2011 through August 20, 2011. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Westrick to approve Capital Reserve Fund bill list for the period of July 29, 2011 through August 25, 2011 and transfer $ 20,000.00 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund. Vote-3 yes.



Purchase Detail


New Holland Auto Group

2011 Ford Explorer Police Vehicle

$ 20,000.00



$ 20,000.00

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Clair Michaels said, thank you for mowin that bank there and tell those guys they did a real good job mowin along the road. . thank you very much.

Bob Albright said, I have a question for you gentlemen on this detour when they close this intersection down. Are they going to detour over Township roads? Supervisor Wallet replied, no. Itís going to be a detour for only 48 hours and theyíll go up to the jug handle and turn and come back. Manager Hirko said, I confirmed that with Mike Bowser of PennDOT the other day and he said they never use Township roads. Wallet said, they canít do that. . if you look at the detour for the bridge in Minersville and you see the signs out on Benshoff Hill Road. . thatís because of that bridge. They canít detour people on city streets or Township roads. In this case if youíre going to be coming west bound on Route 22, youíre going to have to use the detour when the close the ramp for 48 hours. The detour for the general public and for trucks is to go up 22 to the jug handle. Albright asked, how are you going to get on 22 from Nanty Glo if you want to go to Pittsburgh? Wallet replied, youíll be detoured up to Ebensburg to the Rt. 219 interchange and then would come back. Supervisor Westrick said, thatís why they say thereís 7 mile detours. Wallet said, theyíre only going to do one ramp at a time. Albright said, I was just wondering. . the paper said theyíre going up over Mile Hill Road. Wallet said, thatís wrong and itís only a 48 hour period on both sides. They had a public meeting here and explained all that a week or two ago. Chairman Baker said, plus there will be no construction activity form November thru April so it wonít be messed up through the winter. Wallet said practically you couldnít detour truck traffic up and down Mile Hill. You'd ruin it plus youíd have an accident there. Albright said, plus got a 12 ton limit on it. I was just curious because the paper said they would detour up Mile Hill. Wallet asked, which paper was that in Bob? Albright replied, the Johnstown Tribune. Clair Michaels said, if they could use Township roads, they could just use the old 22 down there. Wallet said, thatís what the local people will do. Michaels said, thatís what Iíd do. Wallet said, and itís only going to be 48 hours and itís done.

Eugene Kist said, you gentlemen are supposed to be government, in fact youíre the first part of government. . . the second partís the State and the 3rd partís the Federal. Everything comes to the Township and you send it to the State. You gentlemen right there start it. . do you ever say anything to the State about whatís going on or do you just listen to the State? Supervisor Wallet said, we have a lot of input to the State Government through the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors who is constantly getting input from Townships, local government, to the State and to the Federal government. Thatís the way to get the word out is through an Association like PSATS. Kist said, on the State Association, who does the speaking for them. . some lawyer? Wallet replied, no we have an Association President and other officials. Kist asked, did you ever talk to the State Association? Wallet said, Iíve been to their convention twice. Kist said, this country is going downhill and youíre hurtin your children. . youíre not hurtin your children. . youíre hurtin your grandchildren and great grandchildren and yet you sit there and think about it. Secondly, how many police officers do we have right now? Wallet replied, 8. Kist said, years ago you had Chaddy Headrick and Dale Singer, part-time, not full-time and there was a lot more traffic on this road than there is now. . . ten times the amount of traffic. Thirdly, I was at an East Taylor meeting with a complaint down there and they list every one of their bills. What's our attorney make a month here? Wallet replied, it varies. Kist said their attorney made $700 last month and Mr. Barbin's their attorney also. Now our taxes are going up. Chairman Baker said, they're school taxes. Kist said, Conemaugh Valley went to 12 mills so I complained. They're part of government too. We can't afford to keep this up. They all want to build new schools. Where's the money comin from? It's comin from foreign governments. Your forefathers all come from a foreign government to get away from the kind of things we're puttin on them right now with politics. . . every one of you. . . police, fire and everything else. They got out of Europe and come to the United States and now the heads of government are doin the same thing. That's all I have to say. I think it's wrong. You better start doin somethin different. Also your school taxes are terrible. . these older people can't pay these taxes. It is a sin and a shame they can not do it. This is what happened in Europe. . .they tax their people . . police force. . they hammered and hammered. . they left the old country and come to the United States. Now the politicians are doin exactly the same darn thing to them. . .it's sinful. . .your grandchildren and great grandchildren are gonna be sufferin for this. Your forefathers fought two wars for it. . the same thing. . what did they fight for. . nothin. If I had to enlist today, I'd tell to go fly a kite but I'd say other words.

Clair Michaels said, that Act 90. . you ought to complain to the Township form of government to the State to try to get that knocked off because that Act 90 is gonna kill a lot of people. It needs to be repealed completely. You should put that in your paper there so people know Act 90 should be repealed. Amanda Deibler asked, do you want me to do that? Michaels replied, yes mam. . let the readers . . let other people realize that it needs to get repealed.

Chairman Baker
announced, The Board of Supervisors next regularly scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, September 8, 2011 at 8:00 AM and Thursday, September 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building.

Westrick, second Wallet to adjourn the meeting at 7:14. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary