September 25, 2003

The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Members present were Supervisors David Bracken, Bob Stephens and Bruce Baker along with Secretary-Treasurer / Manager Dave Hirko and Solicitor Bill Barbin. The meeting was called to order by David Bracken, Chairman, with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Board Roll Call was taken with all three Supervisors present.

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:
Eugene Kist asked where the $36,060.55 amount in the Senior Center Fund came from. He asked if the amount came from rentals. Supervisor Bracken said he noted the question.

Baker, second Bracken to approve the minutes of the August 28th meeting. Vote-Baker & Bracken-yes, Stephens-no, because the minutes didnít reflect a question he asked Mr. Shaffer and his answer to it.

Township Financial Report:







$ 46,259.47

$ 133,772.08

$ 62,133.98

$ 117,897.57 41,416.25


$ 1,223,607.75

$ 43,887.46

$ 97,938.00

$ 1,169,557.21


$ 28,636.93

$ 56.25

$ .00

$ 28,693.18


$ 35,780.85

$ 2,395.79

$ 2,116.09

$ 36,060.55

Baker, second Bracken to approve the bills from August 29 through September 25, 2003. Supervisor Stephens commented on Mr. Barbins billing charge for drafting an Amendment on August 28th. He said he wasnít aware that the Supervisors or Board authorized this matter. He went on to say that he wasnít aware of any way authorization was given to draw up any Amendment except from the Board of Supervisors, not by the Township Manager or the Township Solicitor. A Vote was then taken - Baker & Bracken-yes, Stephens-no due to pending litigation.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$ 62,133.98

$ .00

$ 2,116.09

Township Police Report:
The August, 2003 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police were 376. Reportable Incidents were 38 broken down as follows: Criminal Mischief-10, Theft-7, Harassment by Communications-4, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence-4, Assault-2, Burglary-2, Disorderly Conduct-2, Public Drunkenness-2, Hit & Run Ė Occupied Vehicle-1, Reckless Endangerment-1, Terroristic Threats-1, Under Age Drinking-1 and Vehicle Theft-1. Non-Traffic Citations Issued-5. Traffic Citations Issued-190. Accidents Handled-3. Criminal Charges Filed were 13 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-4, Assault-2, Disorderly Conduct-2, Public Drunkenness-2, Reckless Endangerment-1, Theft-1 and Under Age Drinking-1.

Letter from Robert R. Packer, Chief Executive Officer of the Home Nursing Agency thanking the Board for their generous donation of $250 last year and asking if they would consider a similar donation this year. The letter stated that they had 196 visits to residents in Jackson Township last year.  

Letter from Mary Vibostok of the Pennsylvania CleanWays of Cambria County requesting that Jackson Township consider becoming a Non-Profit / Municipal Member at the cost of $25.00 per year. Manager Hirko said they help clean up illegal dumpsites and much of the work is volunteer.

Old Business:
The Supervisors reviewed the subdivision of Dorothy Wilson & Fran Decker. Solicitor Barbin said that there were questions raised and even an objection letter was received but stated that there is nothing that says this particular subdivision is wrong or improper. Motion Stephens, second Bracken to approve subdivision of Dorothy Wilson & Fran Decker. Vote-Bracken & Stephens-yes, Baker-abstain

New Business:
Stephens, second Baker on transferring $5620.92 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund - $3520.00 for repair and rebuild of 1993 Township Truck Chassis, $1600.92 for 6 truck tires and installation and $500.00 Contribution to the Jackson Township Softball Association. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens on approving the time sheets from August 17, 2003 through August 30, 2003 and for August 31, 2003 through September 13, 2003. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to authorize advertisement of intentions to enter into a 3 year contract with Barnes, Saly & Company, Certified Public Accountants, to audit accounts of Jackson Township for the calendar years 2003 through 2005. Supervisor Stephens said he understood that using Barnes & Saly for last year was to be for a special audit. He said we have elected auditors and that for the 2001 Audit, the Township Auditors were paid $1,615 and the special audit done last year was $3,100 which is almost double what the Township Auditors charged for the same audit. He said the Auditors of Barnes & Saly didnít find any discrepancies and the Elected Auditors didnít find any and felt it wasnít necessary to spend the extra money to get the same services that the Elected Auditors have done in the past. Supervisor Baker said that it was a good idea to have the Independent Auditors and that Stephens was in favor of it when he first came into office. He went on to say that it is nothing against our Auditors but these are professionals and youíre talking about a 2.3 million-dollar budget. Baker added that these people are fully independent and they donít have  an ax to grind with anybody and he thought it was a real good idea. Stephens then said the only reason he was originally in favor of bringing in Independent Auditors was the changing of the Township Managers and to protect the new Township Manager and to make sure that everything was in order. Chairman Bracken said he couldnít understand that when youíre running a business as big as Jackson Township that you wouldnít want to have professional Auditors do the auditing. He said if Mr. Stephens had a business with that amount of money, 2.3 million dollars, he would want to have a professional Auditor audit his books. Stephens then said that if the State didnít want Townships of our size to have Auditors, they wouldnít have them elected. He said they have done a good job in the past and that we shouldnít tie ourselves into a three-year contract that will cost more than double. A vote was then taken. Baker & Bracken-yes, Stephens-no.

Other New Business:
Baker, second Bracken to donate $250.00 to the Home Nursing Agency. The motion was
opened to public comment. Clair Michaels said why not give them $500.00 and be done with it. He added you never know when youíre going to need one. A vote was then taken. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to join Pennsylvania CleanWays as a non-profit municipal member. The motion was opened to public comment. Manager Hirko explained that Pennsylvania CleanWays sponsors tire and appliance clean-ups for minimal fees; road, stream & trail adoptions; illegal dump clean-ups; youth programs for tire recycling; beautification programs; free educational programs about litter and illegal dumping and some work with the West Nile Virus Program. He added that the cost was only $25.00 per year. A vote was then taken. Vote-3 yes.

Public Comments:
Zelda Dugan
wanted to say thanks for a fantastic newsletter and that she heard many good compliments about it and that she didnít know that much was going on in the Township. She also added that she was glad that the rumor was cleared up about zoning not having anything to do with taxes going up. She said the County was merely making sure that they had listed what each property owner has and was bringing their records up-to-date.

Eugene Kist said he talked to Officer Fatula about an officer being present at the Township meeting and that he felt it was intimidation. He said Fatula explained to him that two women complained to him about being harassed at these meetings and that is why the Officer is there. Kist then said he requested a letter the Township sent out to Rosemary Gillin. Mr. Kist proceeded to read the letter which gave her 30 days to have the dead animal carcasses at her Swigle Mountain Road property removed or disposed of. Kist said he was disgusted with the Supervisors sending a woman in the Psycho unit a letter like this. He said if she has problems, the woman should be pitied. He said you three people back there should be ashamed of yourselves. Steve Yurasek asked who authorized them kicking the doors in. Supervisor Stephens said there has been a lot of conflicting reports coming in as to what actually happened. He said the authorities went to Rosemary Gillin and based on the information he had, the only way to get to the bottom of something like this was to have some type of investigation and that he owed it to every citizen in this Township to look into this to preserve their best interest. He said he took it upon himself to take the following steps. He said he called the Crisis Center and was unable to get the information. He then said that he gave Mr. Hirko a letter requesting any actions taken by the Township or Zoning Officer concerning the Swigle Mountain Property as well as Police & Fire Company Reports. He received a response stating that no actions were taken by the Zoning Officer, that the Police Investigation is confidential and that the Fire Company is an independent organization from the Township. He added that he went to visit  Mrs. Gillin and was told that her sisterís teeth were knocked out when the door was kicked in. Supervisor Baker said that Mr. Stephens shouldnít be quoting "here-say".

Clair Michaels asked how comes the "high reaching" mower hasnít been used to trim along Wagner Road where he resides. He then said that the Supervisors were dictators.

Doug Simmons said he had an incident at his house on Monday and then questioned if the Township Police have a working contract with the Borough of Nanty Glo.

Genia Rutledge asked if bids were put out for the Accounting Firms. Chairman Bracken said they originally asked for quotes and Barnes, Saly was the lowest price.

n announcement was made that the next Supervisors Meeting would be held on Thursday, October 30, 2003 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to adjourn the meeting at 7:39 pm. Vote-Baker & Bracken-yes, Stephens-no

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary