September 24, 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: (None)

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items: (None)

Bracken, second Wallet, to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on August 27, 2009 and September 10, 2009. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$     75,557.18

$ 136,430.01

$       94,353.79

$   117,633.40


$ 1,017,034.04

$  13,504.95

$       22,208.82

$ 1,008,330.17


$     97,191.08

$        34.72

$           103.02

$     97,122.78


$     30,654.53

$    2,624.82

$         1,099.28

$     32,180.07


$     62,533.71

$        22.15

$                .00

$     62,555.86

Wallet, second Bracken to approve the bills for the period of August 28, 2009 through September 24, 2009. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$     94,353.79

$         103.02

$      1,099.28

Township Police Report
The August, 2009 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for August, 2009 were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 274 Reportable Part I Crimes: 10 broken down as follows: Larceny-4, Burglaries-3, Assaults-2 and Rape-1. Reportable Part 29 Crimes: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-7, Disorderly Conduct-3, Stolen Property-3, Drunkenness-2, Sex Offenses-2, Vandalism-2, Forgery-1, Fraud-1, Prostitution-1 and all others-7. Calls Resulting in Cases: 26, Total Arrestees: 15, Total Suspects: 2, Total Victims: 11, DUI Arrests: 6, Traffic Citations: 24, Non-Traffic Citations: 5, Total Warnings: 0.

Manager Hirko
said, we received a letter from the Nanty Glo Public Library and they are conducting their Annual Fund Drive and they would like us to consider a contribution. The letter goes on about the various programs they have and they have a lot of residents from the Township that use the Library.

Old Business:

New Business:
Wallet, second Bracken to approve subdivision of Richard & Penny Tronzo. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to approve subdivision of Richard & Kathleen McDowell and Ada Pearson. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet to approve subdivision of Elizabeth Larson. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to authorize Township Manager to place advertisement to appoint Barnes, Saly & Company), Certified Public Accountants to perform the 2009 Audit of Township Records in lieu of the Township Auditors. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet to approve contribution of $500.00 to the Nanty Glo Public Library towards their Annual Fund Drive. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to approve Capital Reserve Fund bill list for the period of August 28, 2009 through September 24, 2009 and transfer $ 22,208.82 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund. Vote-3 yes.



Purchase Detail


Hegemann & Wray Engineers

Swigle Mt. Water & Loraine Rd. Sewage

$    6,200.00

Naugle Insurance

October Installment

$    5,973.40

Luther P. Miller

Fuel & Heating Oil

$    3,522.42

Richard Sutter & Associates

Planning & Consulting - Business Park

$    2,025.00

Keller Engineers

Engineering Services - Business Park

$    1,827.00

Snyder Excavating

Landscaping - Mitchell Park Expansion

$    1,161.00

Miners Community Food Pantry


$    1,000.00

Cen. Cambria Midget Football League


$       500.00



$ 22,208.82

Motion Bracken, second Wallet on approving the time sheets from August 23, 2009 through September 5, 2009 and September 6, 2009 through September 19, 2009. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:
Chairman Baker said, I have an item here we need to address. We received some quotes through our Forestry Consultant, American Forestry. We have one lone bid received from E & E Logging & Sons in the amount of $1,500.00 for trees we removed through the clear cut over at Mitchell Park. Solicitor Barbin added, and he solicited about 5 other companies. Baker said, yes. . . there were six solicited. Barbin continued, so itís appropriate and you need a motion to award the 1,500.00 to E & E Logging and Sons. Motion Wallet, second Bracken to award the bid of $1,500.00 to E & E Logging & Sons for the Mitchell Park Pavilion Construction Project timber that was cut over there. The motion was then opened up to public comment. Clair Michaels asked, how much area does that consist of? Baker asked, you mean how much ground area? Michaels replied, yes. . roughly, how many trees? Baker said, well marketable trees. . . thereís marketable and then thereís a pile of unmarketable. Barbin said, theyíre all cut already. . .cut and stacked, so he bid on a stack of trees. Baker said, yeah. . itís what we took out . . . but to answer your question. . how much acreage . . 60 feet by 450 and another 100 by 70 feet. Supervisor Wallet said, essentially itís just a roadway back there and thereís like a cul-de-sac. Michaels asked, who cut those trees? Wallet replied, our Township guys. Michaels asked, why didnít you bid them out and being clear cut? . . you might have made better than that one. Baker said, the trees that we got a price on are only the trees that had to come out. We saved the labor of someone coming in and cutting the trees. If someone would have come in and did the timbering themselves, it would have cost us. Wallet added, they did all the work back there. . they took the stumps out. . they hauled them out. We sold the topsoil. . .we got a trade off. . .topsoil for bank shale. . .they spread the bank shale. All of that work goes toward are in-kind share, the grant that we have for that back there, so it off-sets a lot of that in-kind money. Baker said, so this is basically a bonus. Wallet said, by our guys cutting the trees and their time goes toward the in-kind money. Baker said, if they would have come in and did the timbering themselves, they would have had labor so we wouldnít have even got that much. Wallet said, probably not. . timberís really down now. Michaels said, yeah. . I know about that. . I was even wonderin why you were doing it. Barbin said, this is not a good time to cut a tree if you donít have to. Baker said, there wasnít much in the way of timber. . marketable. . .wasnít it about 7 years ago, we had a select cut of some cherry back there. Michaels said, in about 4 years, some of that will be able to be cut again. Baker said, we donít want to clear cut the whole site. . . just the pavilion area. A vote was then taken. Vote-3 yes.

Public Comments: Robert Crynock said, what I wanted to know. . I go over the public meetings online and here. . May 28, 2009. . I have a copy of them here and it has that you guys had bids from a BCS Construction of Altoona, Landserv, Capital, Capitol, Burgo, SR&G and Rhodes. What I was wondering is that on the spec. . specification for that entire job, the tree cutting and everything is supposed to be to the awarded bidder. The thing is, and I quote, it says Chairman Baker said, Iíd rather table that to see if we can have them review the bids. We have a morning meeting at 8:00 am in 2 weeks. I also have the meeting in 2 weeks and it was not brought up under old business or anything. Now, was that bid awarded to BCS Construction? Solicitor Barbin replied, no. . there was no bid. Chairman Baker said, they were all rejected. Crynock continued, they were all rejected so youíre gonna put them back out for bid then? Baker said, thatís correct. Supervisor Wallet added, with amended drawings. Crynock said, with amended drawings?. . ok. . let me clarify myself now. . so basically you guys. . not you guys but the Township took those trees out, correct? Baker answered, correct. Crynock said, now hereís the thing. . .as a PA tax payer and Jackson Township resident, shouldnít those guys have received prevailing wage for doing the grant money? Barbin answered, not a Township employee. Crynock said, but you received grant money to remove those trees? Barbin answered, no. . thatís going to be an in-kind contribution. Crynock said, so the only thing thatís going to be prevailing wage is whatís in the contract? Baker said, yes and thatís going to be anything thatís over $25,000. Barbin added, the total project. Any contract thatís over $25,000. for the Project over $25,000. has to provide for prevailing wage. . . but if you donít have a contract, like when the prisoners come and do work, thereís no contract so they donít have to be paid prevailing wage. Steve Yurasek said, if the contract is broke down where they sub out the demolition thing, sub out this, sub out that? Barbin said, you got to add them altogether to get to $25,000. . .you can not separate to keep it under $25,000. . . itís total Project cost that exceeds $25,000. Baker said, yes. . there was prevailing wages in that contract when it was bid out. Crynock said, what Iím saying is wasnít the specifications for the timber removal in the contract? Barbin said, if the contractor would have removed timber, he would have had to pay prevailing wage. Crynock said, I understand. . what Iím saying is did you have the specs with this BCS or anybody who was going to come in there to take those trees out? Baker answered, no. . if they would have been awarded the contract, they would have done it. Crynock said, while I was up there walking around, I seen our guys in there and it was a concern. Baker said, no. . thatís the reason we did it because the items came in way higher than we anticipated.

Steve Yurasek said, my only other comment is we spent twice as much as we made this month according to your sheet. Supervisor Wallet said, some of itís going to reimbursable . . .the water line project. . .pretty soon boys weíll be down below 1 million dollars. Chairman Baker said, itís pretty close. . on the border line . . we know it. Yurasek said, and you canít plan on the dump. Is the gas making any money for us up there at the dump? Wallet replied, a little bit. . we get a check every month for that. Manager Hirko said, itís usually around $2,000. a month. Wallet said, we donít make that much on the gas. Baker added, and also with that Mitchell Park. . thank you Steve. . Steve graciously let us dump the stumps back at his place. Yurasek said, Iíll grind them anyway. Wallet said, it was a good savings to us. . that was a good match. Baker added, we really appreciate that.

Chairman Baker
The Board of Supervisors next regularly scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, October 8, 2009 at 8:00 AM and Thursday, October 29, 2009 at 5:30 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. The meeting time has been moved up to 5:30 pm due to Trick or Treat Night being held that same evening from 6 to 8 pm. The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company will host an Open House at the Fire Hall on Wednesday, October 7, 2008 from 6 - 9 pm. There will be Fire Department tours and a chance to meet the firemen, check out the new truck and learn about fire fighting. Kids will be able to tour the smoke trailer or get a free fire truck ride. In addition there will be free refreshments and 911 house ID numbers. Everyone is encouraged to come out and show your support for the Fire Company. Trick or Treat Night will take place in Jackson Township on Thursday, October 29, 2009 from 6 to 8 pm. East Taylor Township will also hold their Trick or Treat Night the same date and time. Free reflective Trick or Treat bags are available at the Municipal Building, Water Authority, Sewer Authority, Fire Hall, Police Station and Senior Center. Anyone wishing to participate in Trick or Treat Night and welcome Trick or Treaters should leave their porch light on. Free treats will also be available at the Municipal Building from 6 to 8 pm on that evening.

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

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary