August 30 2007

The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 7:08 p.m. at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Members present were Supervisors Dave Bracken, Bruce Baker, Guy Ellenberger 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 Ellenberger to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on July 26, 2007 and August 9, 2007. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$    136,256.06

$ 83,128.79

$     104,340.35

$   115,044.50


$ 1,659,616.41

$ 65,653.65

$       34,168.85

$ 1,691,101.21


$    139,807.83

$      632.01

$       37,744.30

$   102,695.54


$     24,061.03

$   7,043.27

$        6,572.84

$     24,531.46

Ellenberger, second Bracken to approve the bills for the period of July 27, 2007 through August 30, 2007. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$     104,340.35

$       37,744.30

$       6,572.84

Township Police Report
The July, 2007 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented.
The figures for July were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 232 Reportable Part I Crimes: 11 broken down as follows: Assaults-6, Larceny-3 and Burglaries-2. Reportable Part II Crimes: 23 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-6, Vandalism-6, Stolen Property-4, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-1, Embezzlement-1, Public Drunkenness-1 and all others-4. Calls Resulting in Cases: 25, Total Arrestees: 8, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims: 15, DUI Arrests: 1, Traffic Citations: 10, Non-Traffic Citations: 7, Total Warnings: 0.

Manager Hirko
said, We got a letter from the Nanty Glo Library about their Annual Fund Drive and they say they are currently working together with the Cambria County Library System to create a county-wide automation system and they hope to begin using the new system by early autumn and they note that nearly 700 of their registered patrons reside in Jackson Township. I also received a call from Mr. Tim Hofecker of the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company so I’d like to give Tim the floor.

Tim Hofecker said, as everyone’s aware, the Fire Company’s in the process of buying a new fire truck. We were out here in the spring and asked if it would be possible to get some money off the Supervisors and we had talked and we had a more definite figure we were to come back and the definite figure we have right now is $130,000. . . but also within that we're still waiting for approval of the 2% loan and we do have some more grant applications out there that we're waiting to hear from. There's the potential for more money but our truck is going to be produced in about 6 weeks if all goes according to schedule. . . of course it's a little ahead of schedule. Chairman Baker asked, and you're just in limbo on the grants. . the 2%? Hofecker replied, right. . .we were pretty much assured a substantial sum from one of the Representatives but he said we probably won't see that until late spring or early summer. . those funds. . and our 2% loan. . we have to wait and see on that. . we don't foresee any problems on it, but when the fire truck's done, Four Guys wants their money. Solicitor Barbin asked, can we get a letter or note from EMA on the 2% loan because they won't give you a loan to pay back the Township but if they give you a letter of prejudice, you can borrow the money elsewhere and then pay it out but only if they approve it in advance. If we could get that. . and I'll be happy to do the part of the work on the 2% loan as a donation to the Fire Company. Will Michaels commented, let's say they went for a grant and the Township itself would pay for this fire truck. . would they nullify that grant then? Baker replied, I don't know what grant they're seeking so that's a difficult question to answer. . I'm sure there's something. Michaels continued, you know myself. . I'm in favor. . .I don't see no reason why . . .since it benefits everybody in this Township. . .and I don't see no reason. . . what's a $130,000.?. . .I mean it is a lot of money. . don't get me wrong but when it benefits everybody in this Township, I feel that it shouldn't be a problem but then that's why I'm asking if this was paid for by the Township and they applied for a grant would that somehow nullify that grant? Baker said, that's a possibility. . I don't know. Manager Hirko said, it may depend on the grant. Barbin said, the grant might have to be spent on other things. You always need more safety equipment, you always need more hoses, you always need more valves. . you might not be able to pay back certain what you got out of it but there's never a shortage of gear. You get a new truck. . you got to equip it too. I'm sure you equipped it but not the "Cadillac". . . there's always more uses. Baker said, I think to clarify things too Tim. . you said that $130,000. was with the grants. . was it not? Hofecker said, that's just what we need right now. . that's without the grant and the 2% loan. Barbin said, so we could actually look at getting some back. Hofecker said, there is $75,000. on the 2% loan and grant could be $50,000. Barbin said, so we could have $75,000. on the loan coming back even if the grant doesn't. Baker added, so you want to work on that letter then? Barbin said, you need to get a letter from them. . you need to tell them we need to pay the Fire Company. . we can borrow the money from the Township but we want your permission to do that first and you may as well just tell them about the $75,000. . . just the amount that they're looking at. Michaels said, you're talking about borrowing? Barbin answered, we're talking about the State. This is between us and the State. Michaels continued, I'm in favor of going ahead and paying for it because it is benefitting this Township. It benefits everybody.

Old Business:

New Business:
Motion Bracken, second Ellenberger to approve Resolution 08-07 not permitting early or hardship withdrawals from Conseco Annuity Pension Plan to be approved and consented to by Chief Fatula. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Ellenberger, second Bracken to approve Right-of-Way Agreement & Easement between Jackson Township and John M. and Janet M. Haschak and David M. and Michelle Haschak. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Ellenberger, second Bracken to approve contribution of $1,000.00 to the Nanty Glo Public Library towards their Annual Fund Drive. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Ellenberger on transferring $ 34,168.85 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund - $13,725.00 to Richard Sutter & Associates for planning & consulting services, $8,780.66 to Naugle Insurance for August installment, $3,033.70 to Playground Concepts for new bleachers at Leidy Park, $3,070.68 to Luther P. Miller for fuel, $2,431.00 to K & C for carpet and floor cleaning at Sr. Center Building, $2,127.81 to Griffith & Petz for new air compressor at Sr. Center Building and $1,000.00 for contribution to the Miners Community Food Pantry. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Ellenberger on approving the time sheets from July 15, 2007 through July 28, 2007, July 29, 2007 through August 11, 2007 and August 12, 2007 through August 25, 2007. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Betty Lou Shoup
said, I've been reading in the newspaper about all these comments about the Townships having to redo their pipes because of the storm sewerage and stormwater going into the regular sewage system. Is that going to affect. . or do you know if it's going to affect our Township? Clair Michaels said, our Township should be ok with that because it's all new sewage systems. Solicitor Barbin answered, much less than other Townships. There's always some problems but it's going to much less. Shoup added, the remark was made by one of the politicians that it's going to affect. . raise the sewer bills by $50. a month. . I mean whenever you ask elderly people for $50. a month more for sewerage bills, they're going to scream loud and I know I'm going to be one of the first and that's the reason since we put all this stuff in lately. . do you know whether it's going to affect us? Barbin answered, that was East Conemaugh. Shoup added. . Dale. . Dale's affected also. Barbin said, yes. . Dale's the other. Both of them are going to have to completely re-build their sewer systems from scratch and that's why they're going to be $50. a month because they're going to have to rebuild them. . whatever they had before they're just going to turn into storm sewers and build all new sanitary sewer lines. . so it's like. . roughly 'ball park" 4 million dollar projects in place and that equates to $50. a month when you talk about re-paying Pennvest. There's going to be more costs on sewage throughout the whole region. . no question about that but you're not going to take a big hit like East Conemaugh or Dale. . .it's not going to be anywhere near that size but there are improvements that have to be made in sewers all over and Johnstown Plant that everything goes through is going to have to upgrade because it's got to make itself bigger. Everybody who uses sewage will pay to make the plant bigger.

Sharon Palencsar commented, I live up on Pike Road and on Dovetail Road. . the last rain we had. . we have been flooded almost every time we get a heavy rain. My neighbor here. . her wall collapsed . . her cellar wall from the rain. . the run off that we get. I have called Dave and told him about it. . I don't know if he came up and checked but we have problems all the time. . . Bracken knows about it . . he comes up with the Fire Company. We need something done up there. . people can't live in their houses being flooded every time we have a big rain. When walls are collapsing in people's houses, you need something done. We have a very small pipe at the end of the road that takes the water. . but it's only a small pipe. . . we need a big pipe. . some kind of drains up there. I've lived there for 20 some years and got flooded at least 4 times. She just moved out there. . fixed her house all up . .and the wall collapsed from the water. . it comes from the back out of Paul Thir's . . I don't know if you know where he lives and it runs down the back and everybody out there. . their yards are getting flooded constantly. We need something done about it. Chairman Baker replied, ok. . we'll come and look at it.

Steve Yurasek said, you've probably all seen this Ebensburg housing project by the golf course. We have an awful lot of R2 in this Township. This could destroy the community. Everybody screamed about the trailer park. . the trailer park is minor compared to what this would do. Chairman Baker said, we are looking at adjusting the Zoning Districts. Yurasek said, when people come in with a lot of money, they do what they damn well please. Solicitor Barbin added, you are not allowed to discriminate that way. We can protect the community and that's what we're supposed to do but we can't discriminate.

Chairman Baker
announced, the Board of Supervisors next scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2007 at 8:00 am and Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building.

Ellenberger, second Bracken to adjourn the meeting at 7:24 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary