September 19, 2002

The Jackson Township Supervisors held a special meeting at 8:00 a.m. in the municipal building. Members present were David Bracken, Bob Stephens, Bruce Baker, Dave Hirko and George Gvozdich. The meeting was called to order by David Bracken, Chairman, with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Public Comments:
Steve Yurasek asked how the fuel used by the Township employees was accounted for. Supervisor Bracken said everything was automatically recorded and logged in the computer.

Will Michaels asked if our Township was paying less than surrounding municipalities for part-time policemen. Supervisor Bracken said our Township was way under and there were currently no incentives.

Clair Michaels asked if the turnover of police was due to the lower pay rate. Supervisor Bracken said it was definitely a big part of the problem. He then asked what cost was associated with training a new police officer. Chief Bob Fatula said a more important loss was the loss of knowledge the former officers had of the Township.

Steve Yurasek asked if the Township supplied firearms to the part-time policemen. Supervisor Bracken said that they did. Mr. Yurasek commented that the policemen spend a lot of time on Route 22. Chief Fatula said there used to be about 450 + accidents per year. Last year there were less than 100 reported so the speed enforcement effort is worthwhile.

The Supervisors went into Executive Session at 8:15 am to discuss personnel issues and then returned at 9:15 am.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to increase Connie Fetzer’s wages by $1.00 per hour. Vote -3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to increase the wages for part-time policemen to $8.50 per hour beginning the pay period of September 15th. Vote - 3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to adjourn the meeting at 9:30 am - Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary