August 27, 2009

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:

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:

Bracken, second Wallet, to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on July 30, 2009 and August 13, 2009. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$      74,305.93

$ 92,664.99

$       91,413.74

$     75,557.18


$  1,029,793.61

$ 16,337.81

$       29,097.38

$ 1,017,034.04


$      98,172.79

$      42.37

$        1,024.08

$     97,191.08


$      29,932.93

$  2,623.83

$        1,902.23

$     30,654.53


$      62,513.29

$      20.42

$                .00

$     62,533.71

Wallet, second Bracken to approve the bills for the period of July 31, 2009 through August 27, 2009. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$     91,413.74

$       1,024.08

$       1,902.23

Township Police Report
The July, 2009 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for July, 2009 were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 290 Reportable Part I Crimes: 3 broken down as follows: Larceny-3. Reportable Part 24 Crimes: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-6, Vandalism-4, Disorderly Conduct-1, Drugs-1, Drunkenness-1, Stolen Property-1 and all others-10. Calls Resulting in Cases: 22, Total Arrestees: 8, Total Suspects: 1, Total Victims: 12, DUI Arrests: 4, Traffic Citations: 23, Non-Traffic Citations: 8, Total Warnings: 0.

Manager Hirko
said, we received a letter from the Central Cambria Midget Football League asking to permission to use Leidy field once again. I believe this will be the 3rd year. Their season begins August 17, 2009 and they’d appreciate our cooperation. They like using the field and they’d like us to consider a donation again this year. Last year we contributed $500. We also received a letter from the Miners Community Food Pantry and they estimate that they feed 300 families a month and that half of the needy families reside in Jackson Township. They have not yet received their reimbursement from the Department of Agriculture yet so they’re asking we consider our annual donation again. Last year we gave them $1,000.

Old Business:

New Business:
Bracken, second Wallet to approve subdivision of Alex Ballow. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet to approve subdivision of James Lawson. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to approve Resolution 04-09 - Articles of Amendment for the Jackson Township Water Authority to extend it's term of existence for a period of 50 years. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet to approve contribution of $500.00 to the Central Cambria Midget Football League. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to approve contribution of $1,000.00 to the Miners Community Food Pantry. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to appoint George Burkey as a Delegate to the Cambria County Earned Income Tax Collection Committee. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet to appoint Bruce Baker as an Alternate Delegate to the Cambria County Earned Income Tax Collection Committee. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to appoint Dave Hirko as an Alternate Delegate to the Cambria County Earned Income Tax Collection Committee. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet to approve Capital Reserve Fund bill list for the period of July 31, 2009 through August 27, 2009 and transfer $ 29,097.38 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund. Vote-3 yes.



Purchase Detail


Richard Sutter & Associates

Cen. Cam Coalition - Phase II Planning
Planning & Consulting Work - Bus. Park

$    5,175.00
$    2,100.00

Naugle Insurance

August Installment & Workman’s Comp.

$    6,398.40

Chemung Supply Corp.

Brackets & Posts for New Street Signs

$    4,605.30

Luther P. Miller

Diesel Fuel & Gas

$    3,980.18

Hegemann & Wray Engineering

Swigle Mt. Road Water Project
Lorain Road Sewer Project

$    2,000.00
$    1,000.00

Keller Engineers

Engineering & Design - Business Park

$    2,738.50

Rose Excavating

Bank Shale for NAPA Building Parking Lot

$    1,100.00



$ 29,097.38

Motion Wallet, second Bracken on approving the time sheets from July 26, 2009 through August 8, 2009 and August 9, 2009 through August 22, 2009. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:
Chairman Baker said, under new business we want to enter into an agreement so Rodney, do you want to show us what you have? Rodney Paul replied, I have not officially put anything into writing as of yet but this would be what the Agreement would look like. We can do this two different ways. . I can work directly under a percentage basis and cover all advertising and labor cost or I can reduce the commission rate as far as a percentage and the Township can pick up any of the help and advertising cost. The Township can supply their own help depending on what day it’s decided that this would take place. Baker asked, how much help do you need? Paul answered, well. . basically four people. Baker said, why don’t we take care of the advertising and the help because we may be able to do it ourselves. Paul said, sure. . if that’s the case I can do it at a 15% commission rate. Baker said, yeah. . we’ll take care of the advertising and the help. Paul said, that way it can be advertised according to the Governing Body of the Township. What I would need to do is come over with one Supervisor or two, three. . .whatever and formally make a list of the inventory or items to be sold. Solicitor Barbin asked, and those are all under $1,000. . . .none of those are over $1,000.? Baker replied, no. . . if you get $1,000. for something, you’re good. Barbin said, and one other thing. . I really need to double check. . I’m not saying the Chief’s wrong. . .if there’s guns, we better make sure they’re clear. Paul said, that’s the big thing. . .to sell the guns. . . the guns can be sold as long as they’re cleared by the Courts and they can legally be sold and also at the time of the sale. . .do you still have a FFL License Dave? What they would need to for the guns to be sold totally legally is taken to a FFL Dealer to be legally transferred. Supervisor Bracken replied, I could talk to Dan. Paul continued, and at that time I’d prefer Chief Fatula to do the transporting of the firearms if possible. Legally I can sell the guns but I'm legally not allowed to transfer or possession. Baker said, you could sell them and the Chief could take the potential buyer and transfer. Barbin added, as long as it's approved that we have a right to sell them. On a gun, that's something we really need to check. Paul said, something of this nature. . I agree. . that's why I come over to you to make sure that everything we do here for the sale is legitimate. We can get together and fill this out and the reason I come over is to make sure all three Superivsors agree. . I want the majority of signatures to be legal. Any other paperwork that needs to be required like any working tickets or anything of that nature I will provide free of cost. There would have to be a date and time agreeable by all parties.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to enter into an agreement with Rodney Paul to auction surplus property of the Township at a 15% Commission with the Township paying for advertising and supplying help for the auction without further action of the Supervisors. The motion was then open for public comment.

Steve Yurasek asked, what kind of guns are we selling? Baker replied, there are 5 handguns. . a 22 9 shot revolver, a 32 calabur 6 shot, another 32 and a 22 snub-nose and another little 22 single shot. Yurasek asked, no rifles? Baker replied, no. . just these 5 handguns. Will Michaels asked, what kind of surplus? Baker answered, old computers, printers, there's an old engine that came with that paver we bought. . that's a Malden Engine, still in the crate, there's an old gas pump, some weed eaters. Michaels said, get rid of them. . that's what I say. . . havin them sittin around doesn't make any sense. Baker said, and the Police have items they confiscated . . .CD's. . I think there might have been a rake that someone hit someone with or something. Yurasek said, a Thompson. Baker said, so that's what that's about. We got a good buy on a computer Steve. Yurasek said, I'd put it in a violin case and hang it up in my house. . Elliot Ness. . .The Untouchables. There were no more public comments on the motion.

A vote on the motion was then taken. Vote-3 yes.

Public Comments:
Betty Lou Shoup asked, when was the last time the Supervisors took a walk behind the Recycling Bins over here? I was over there the other day and I use a cane. . there was a step there that you had to get up so in order to get up there when you're holding stuff. . there should be a ramp or something. . you have that step. Winter's coming and there's snow building up on that. If anybody would fall. . .these Recycling Bin's here. . you people can see from the Building. Those. . if you fall on the back of C & R Motors and you'd yell and they wouldn't hear you. . you people wouldn't hear it here. . . why can't you turn them around? Whenever I'd put stuff in, I could see the Building. . . if anybody fell or get hurt, the police wouldn't see it . . .but you could see it when you walked past the windows or maybe heard us yelling but where it is now, it's like an alley. . nobody can see you so couldn't you turn them around? Chairman Baker replied, it's the County. . .the County's the one that places them and do what they do with them. . .it's the Solid Waste Authority but they can't turn them around . . .they could move them out but then they may end up moving them back because the trucks have to get in and load them. They'd have to move them considerably this way. Shoup asked, couldn't they turn them around? Baker said, yes. . but they'd have to move them this way further because the trucks would have to get in between this side and that side of the C & R Building. We just provide the location. . the County takes care of the bins themselves. Shoup asked, aren't you insured or anything if anybody should fall? Solicitor Barbin answered, oh. . we have insurance. .yes. You don't ignore a problem though because you have insurance. Shoup said, but if anybody would fall, nobody would see them. . . I mean. . how long could somebody be there before somebody would notice that they were there? This is what I'm asking. Baker said, I'd be afraid to guess but there's somebody constantly at that thing. . . all hours of the day, night and morning they're over there but it certainly can happen. Shoup said, these here. . .when they were put in, they looked this way so you could see them when they're puttin stuff in them. . over there you're not.

Mark Westrick said, as you're all probably aware, school starts next week. Last year the Police did an outstanding job on monitoring the School Zone in the morning and afternoon. To keep our kids safe, I was just requesting that the Supervisors encourage that to continue that monitoring. Chairman Baker said, we already got the police all revved up. It's their role. . they gotta be there. Westrick said, they did a really good job last year and I'd just like to see them continue that.

Will Michaels said, I want to mention one thing. . I'd mentioned it sometime before. . we were discussing in the Township stop signs. . . people run past them accidentally. I had mentioned about a bigger sign or another sign somewhere prior to the stop sign coming up. The main thing here is if we had an accident. I brought this up before. . I don't remember seeing anything anywhere. . .some of these bad spots. Chairman Baker asked, is there one in particular you're referring to? Michaels said, probably out this way somewhere. . I can't think of the name of some of the roads. . I know somebody was mentioning it. . something about bein a bad spot. . either another stop sign or a bigger stop sign. I know like down our way, it's not a problem. . ok? . . or Dishong. . it's not a problem. . I thin out here. . what the heck's this name out here. . Swigle Mountain Road. . you know. . maybe right there at Burkhart's Crossing or something like that. Baker said, we need a red light there. Supervisor Bracken said, we need a flashing yellow light there. Solicitor Barbin added, there are some stop signs where they just come up way to quick. Michaels continued, yeah. .it does happen and you shake afterwards. . it's happened to every one of us and it's an accidental thing. . you know what I mean? Something there . . could just be aware that there's a stop sign ahead. . .Burkhart's Crossing. . it seems to me that's a good place for one. Supervisor Wallet said, it is. .it's a bad one. Steve Yurasek said, it's blind. . you can't see when a truck comes till he breaks over the hill. . you're already part way out into the cartway. Michaels said, and it's bad for somebody that lives here but how bout somebody that doesn't live here. . let's just say out sightseeing. . . and you know what I mean. . this happens to all of us. . you're out there sightseeing and all of a sudden. . boom. .you're riding right through that thing or something.

George Burkey said, the Sewer Authority completed the Brazil Lane - Cherrywood Sewer Extension. . we sent letters out to all affected residents. . they have 60 days to tap in so those two projects are finished. We have a few minor punch list items to finish but they're not that much so that will add another 200 customers to our Sewer Project and clean up a lot of raw sewage in the Township. Supervisor Wallet asked, 60 days to tap in. . from what notice. . what day does that start on. . when you sent the letter out? Burkey said, we have the right to tap somebody in but we don't do that. . after the 60 days they get a bill with a monthly fee. Chairman Baker asked, did everybody pay their taps? Burkey answered, I don't think all of them. . we have a few. . I think there's only 3 or 4 at the most that haven't paid yet. Wallet said, that's pretty good. Burkey said, we did alright. . of course they saved $1000. bucks if they paid right away so that helps them out and it helps us out. Baker added, that's a good incentive. Burkey continued, yeah. . so we still have enough money. . they started on the old Pump Stations. . they're re-habing those. . put pellets in them. .changing some of the controls so it should help us with that. We had some odor problems. Wallet said, I'm glad you brought that up . . we had a complaint at our last meeting about that and I went down by Steve's and Harmony Drive and it was bad. Steve Yurasek said, every year if you were out there at 7 or 8 o'clock in the evening you can't stand the stench. .it's like being up at the Landfill. Burkey said, well. . this year we didn't buy the chemical because we were doing the Pump Stations so it would have been wasted. They had to move that tank. . 5,000 gallons and we would have been spending money then throwing it away. Wallet said, so now that the update has been completed, you're going to put the odor control back in. Burkey said, yes if we need it. . the pellets should take care of a lot of it because once the pellets are in it won't build up. If we still need the chemical we'll put it in. I put Ozone Machines in and that helped but sometimes that's what the odor is from. That has an odor too but it's not like the sewage. We're checking into some other things too. . the one electrician that was over there working on the Pump Stations. . the new ones. . told me about a place where they have barrels. . .55 gallon drums with carbon in them or something. We're checking into that too. . we don't like to smell any odor better than anybody else does but we just couldn't do anything about this year. Wallet said, you could really notice it. Burkey replied, so could I. Solicitor Barbin added, people forget how bad it was before the sewers came. Burkey said, yeah. . it was all in the streets then.

Chairman Baker
announced, The Board of Supervisors next regularly scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2009 at 8:00 AM and Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building.

Wallet, second Bracken to adjourn the meeting at 7:25 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary