August 28, 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 was held on Wednesday, August 27, 2008 from 7 - 9 pm to discuss Police Contract Negotiations.

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items: }
Steve Yurasek commented, how come every month we pay all this money to Richard Sutter. . now here we are. . .there’s another $7,000. I remember when this guy came on board and came to speak. I even dug that paperwork out the other night just to look at. He said it will cost no more than $5000. . . .every month, 5, 6, 7 thousand dollars is going to Richard Sutter. Chairman Baker said, remember. . . he’s working on the Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan for the Coalition and we’re the lead on that so we’re the one that’s paying the bill and the grant money was issued to Jackson Township. Manager Hirko added that Cambria & Ebensburg already paid us their share so most of that has gone out for the Coalition. Baker said, and there’s actually a grant going out for Phase II and we’re still the lead on that. Yurasek said, it seems like we have an open check for that company now. . .every month we just write out a check like money growing on trees. Baker said, this is the grant money that we have received and we’re going to be applying for another one, so you’ll continue to see it but he’s doing the work on the Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan.

Bracken, second Wallet to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on July 31, 2008 and August 14, 2008. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$     90,098.92

$ 187,595.63

$     142,640.89

$   135,053.66


$ 1,502,846.66

$  36,696.58

$       87,973.58

$ 1,451.569.66


$   167,174.92

$       310.95

$     150,000.00

$     17,485.87


$     28,197.55

$    2,665.30

$         2,395.89

$     28,466.96


$              .00

$  61,800.00

$                .00

$     61,800.00

Manager Hirko noted, we received a grant for the Mitchell Park Phase I Project from the DCNR and I had to set up a new account for that and the balance is $61,800. and that’s approximately half of the grant.

Wallet, second Bracken to approve the bills for the period of August 1, 2008 through August 28, 2008. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$      142,640.89

$       150,000.00

$         2,395.89

Township Police Report
The July, 2008 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for July, 2008 were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 458, Reportable Part I Crimes: 18 broken down as follows: Larceny-7, Burglaries-6, Assaults-3 and Arson-2. Reportable Part II Crimes: 44 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-7, Disorderly Conduct-6, Vandalism-5, Receiving Stolen Property-2, Drugs-1, Fraud-1, Public Drunkenness-1 and all others-21. Calls Resulting in Cases: 37, Total Arrestees: 23, Total Suspects: 5, Total Victims: 28, DUI Arrests: 7, Traffic Citations: 60, Non-Traffic Citations: 13, Total Warnings: 0.

Manager Hirko
said, we received a letter from the Miners Community Food Pantry and she’s asking for our help once again to help support their Food Pantry until they get their funding from the Department of Agriculture. She says it cost about $1200. a month to keep in operation because of the rising cost of food and they also pay the entire electric bill for the building which also houses the Historical Society. Also she states that about half of the families they serve are from Jackson Township. Last year we contributed $1000. The other correspondence we received was an email from the Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company and they’re asking for help in defraying the cost of treats for the annual Halloween Parade and it will be on October 26, 2008 and last year we contributed $600.

Old Business:

New Business:
Bracken, second Wallet to approve subdivision of Beatrice & George Schmidt. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet to adopt Sewage Pre-Treatment Ordinance # 156. Solicitor Bill Barbin said, this was with the two changes George Burkey and I talked about last week. A vote was then taken. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to designate the Jackson Township Water Authority as Township agent for the purpose of making connections to properties pursuant to the Mandatory Tap Ordinance. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to accept the resignation of Michael Jacobs as Part-Time Police Officer for Jackson Township. Vote-3 yes.

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

Motion Bracken, second Wallet to authorize contribution of $600.00 to the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company to help defray expenses of holding the annual Halloween Parade. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet on transferring $ 87,973.58 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund: $22,336.98 to Quaker Sales for asphalt for paving projects, $19,052.81 to Lehman Engineers for engineering and design work on Mitchell Park Phase I Project, $12,000.00 to Hegemann & Wray Engineers for work on Swigle Mountain Water Project and Fords Corner Sewage Project, $9,245.84 to Naugle Insurance for September Installment & Police Liability Policy, $7,425.00 to Richard Sutter & Associates for planning & consulting work, $6,438.80 to Luther P. Miller for fuel expense, $3,388.50 to Centre Communications for new police radios, $2,664.15 to Tel-Power for work done at Chickaree Hill intersection, $2,334.00 to Land & Mapping Services for land surveying work, $1,962.50 to Rustic Tent Rental for tent rentals for the Heritage Festival and $1125.00 to the Cambria County Sewage Enforcement Agency for sewage testing on Loraine Road. Supervisor Wallet asked, did we get reimbursed for the money that we spent for Mitchell Park? Does that come out of the grant? Manager Hirko replied, actually we will incur some bills. . the total grant is about $125,000. but the project per say is about $400,000. We will be matching that amount in goods and services and the rest will be in-kind labor and things like that, so yes, we will incur some expenses but now that we got that check we can start paying some of those bills out of the grant fund. Wallet asked, the other one. . Tel-Power. . is that part of the insurance? Hirko answered, yes. . that total incident will end up being about $46,000. and we already received payment in full for that one. A vote was then taken. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken on approving the time sheets from July 27, 2008 through August 9, 2008 and August 10, 2008 through August 23, 2008. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Betty Lou Shoup said, you gave the Fire Company $600. for the expenses on the Halloween Parade. . now you’re having Trick or Treat night. . does that mean the day of the parade, they’re still going to give the treats our for $1.00 like they did before. . .you’re going to have both in the Township. . is that right? Manager Hirko replied, that’s right, nothing has changed with the Trick or Treat.

Clair Michaels said, thanks for mowing that bank there down our road. That guy did a real good job. Tell him I said so. Chairman Baker said, it was John. Michaels said, he did an excellent job. Different people have said how much nicer it looks with that junk cleaned off of there. Supervisor Wallet replied, you know he takes pride in doing it. . he really does. You think it’s just mowing but he does. . he looks after that tractor. Steve Yurasek said, that’s what counts.

Chairman Baker
announced, the Board of Supervisors next regularly scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, September 11, 2008 at 8:00 AM and Thursday, September 25, 2008 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. The last concert for the 2008 Summer Concert Series at Veterans Park will be held on Friday, August 29th featuring The Sharp Tones from 7-10 pm. Manager Hirko said, and if it rains, they will move to the Fire Hall.

Wallet, second Bracken to adjourn the meeting at 7:15 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary