September 27, 2007

The Jackson Township Supervisors began with a Public Hearing concerning the adoption of Pudliner Lane at 7:00 p.m at the Jackson Township Municipal Building with the regular meeting to immediately follow. 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.

Public Hearing:
Solicitor Barbin
said, prior to holding the meeting tonight, we’re having a Public Hearing on the proposed ordinance to ordain Pudliner Lane. Pudliner Lane has been proposed to be adopted as a Township Road. We’ve advertised the Ordinance, we’ve advertised the Public Hearing for 7 pm tonight. If there are any members of the public. . . . we’ve notified by certified mail all the residents and owners of property adjacent to Pudliner Lane. If there are any of those people who were notified here tonight who have comments on Pudliner Lane. . . the adoption of Pudliner Lane. . . this is the appropriate time to speak to the Supervisors. Are there any residents who were notified? Then we mark down in the minutes that there are no residents. There will be an opportunity for the rest of the public to comment on that Ordinance in the first segment of comments at the regular meeting. There is no action for the Public Hearing because no affected property owners are present.

Board Roll Call was taken with all three Supervisors present.

Executive Sessions:

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:
Betty Lou Shoup asked, may I ask on the Sirko Subdivision how he’s dividing that? What’s going to be where? Chairman Baker replied, the map will be available after the meeting if you want to look at it.

Ellenberger, second Bracken to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on August 30, 2007 and September 13, 2007. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$    115,044.50

$ 95,673.74

$     112,983.61

$     97,734.63


$  1,691,101.21

$ 71,255.97

$       33,928.30

$ 1,728,428.88


$    102,695.54

$ 14,346.02

$       89,745.37

$     27,296.19


$     24,531.46

$  2,475.09

$         1,957.74

$     25,048.81

Bracken, second Ellenberger to approve the bills for the period of August 31, 2007 through September 27, 2007. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$      112,983.61

$      89,745.37

$      1,957.74

Township Police Report
The August, 2007 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for August were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 283 Reportable Part I Crimes: 20 broken down as follows: Larceny-16, Assaults-2 and Burglaries-2. Reportable Part II Crimes: 15 broken down as follows: Stolen Property-5, Fraud-3, Embezzlement-2, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-1, Public Drunkenness-1, Vandalism-1 and all others-2. Calls Resulting in Cases: 35, Total Arrestees: 6, Total Suspects: 3, Total Victims: 22, DUI Arrests: 1, Traffic Citations: 10, Non-Traffic Citations: 6, Total Warnings: 0.

Manager Hirko
said, we received two letters. . . one from the Home Nursing Agency. . . they are a non-profit organization. It says here in Jackson Township in 2006-2007 they have 209 visits to 12 children and adults and they’re requesting a donation of $300 and I think that’s what we gave them the last several years. The next letter is from the Jackson Township Fire Company. They’re going to be holding their annual Halloween Parade and they’re asking once again if we could help support their purchase of treat bags and I think last year there was quite a few kids there and they went through a lot of treat bags.

Old Business:

New Business:
Ellenberger, second Bracken to approve subdivision of John Sirko Jr. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Ellenberger, second Bracken to adopt Taser Policy for Jackson Township Police Department and amended to add the word "manufacturers" to the word certified taser instructor and the manufacturer’s written and physical test under Item 2, Procedures. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Ellenberger, second Bracken to adopt Ordinance # 151 ordaining Pudliner Lane as a public road in Jackson Township. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Ellenberger to adopt Ordinance # 152 approving Inter-Municipal Agreement with East Taylor Township to preform maintenance on Pudliner Lane. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Ellenberger, second Bracken to adopt Ordinance # 153 which requires dye testing of all properties with structures when sold or when issues exist to determine if illegal storm or surface water is connected to the sanitary sewer system. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Ellenberger to approve each Public Sewer Authority to inspect connections within their respective systems. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Ellenberger to approve contribution of $300.00 to Home Nursing Agency. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Ellenberger, second Bracken to authorize Township Manager to place advertisement to appoint Barnes, Saly & Company, Certified Public Accountants to perform the 2007 Audit of Township Records in lieu of the Township Auditors. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Ellenberger, second Bracken 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 Ellenberger, second Bracken on transferring $ 33,928.30 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund - $8,775.00 to Richard Sutter & Associates for planning & consulting services, $6,903.18 to Smorto, Webb, Persio & McGill for zoning hearing board legal expenses, $5,741.66 to Naugle Insurance for September installment, $4,375.00 to Cambria County Industrial Development Authority for economic development consulting services, $3,250.00 to Tel-Power for school zone signals along Pike Road, $2,073.67 to Sherwin-Williams for paint for highway striping and municipal garage, $1,809.79 to Witmer Associates for 2 tasers and accessories for Police Department and $1,000.00 for contribution to Nanty Glo Public Library. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Ellenberger on approving the time sheets from August 26, 2007 through September 8, 2007 and September 9, 2007 through September 22, 2007. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Eugene Kist
said, I’ve been hearing a lot of scuttle-butt that there was an Officer under intoxication that had a wreck in the Township. Is that just rumor or is it a fact? Chairman Baker replied, this is public comments. . .is that your comment? Kist answered, yes. . I got three. Was there anything done on it? . . .or are they false rumors? Solicitor Barbin said, public comments are statements not for questions and answers and obviously, and I have no idea one way or the other, we couldn’t comment on something like that anyway. Kist said, now I’ve read up on liabilities of landfills. Did you gentlemen ever do anything on it?. . in case the landfill ever closes. I’m going to have to pay. . .so is the Township. Did you gentlemen ever look into it? Baker replied, no more than we told you last time. Kist continued, I might as well talk to myself. On these lasers. . you’re buying one of those guns. . .is that correct? Baker said, not gonna, we did. Okay now, do you realize pretty much all over the country, 80 some percent of the lawsuits filed against the Police Departments. . they’re losing and the person who files are winning. Are they going to take lessons on how to work these. Baker answered, they will get certified. . .yes. Kist said, according to last week, I heard in the news that 80% that are filed, Townships, Boroughs and Cities are losing and we can’t afford legal suits.

Steve Yurasek said, you have Mr. Stephens name instead of Ellenberger. . .that should make that vote illegal so you might want to correct that prior. Solicitor Barbin said, you’re making a point but Guy actually voted and Dave’s going to record that Guy actually voted.

Al Kalina said, I live over on Pudliner Lane and I just want to thank the Supervisors for their cooperation with East Taylor in making that Ho Chi Min trail into a public road and Ordinance # 152 which is the Inter-Municipal Agreement. . is that possible for me to take a look at sometime? Chairman Baker responded, absolutely. Solicitor Barbin said, basically it says that East Taylor agrees to maintain the road and we agree to turn over the Liquid Fuels money for the road. . .that’s what the agreement says. Kalina said, well there’s three of us here that would like to thank you.

Chairman Baker
announced, the Board of Supervisors next scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, October 11, 2007 at 8:00 am and Thursday, October 25, 2007 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company will hold their Annual Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 28th at 2:00 p.m. Parade line-up begins at 1:00 p.m. at Griffith Avenue & Rose Branch Street. The Cambria County Solid Waste Authority has added corrugated cardboard to the blue recycling bins at the Municipal Building.

Ellenberger, second Bracken to adjourn the meeting at 7:14 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary