September 29, 2011

The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Members present were Supervisors Bruce Baker, John Wallet and Mark Westrick along with Solicitor Bill Barbin. Secretary/Treasurer/Manager Dave Hirko was unable to attend the meeting. 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.

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:

Wallet, second Westrick to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on August 25, 2011 and September 8, 2011. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$   78,542.42

$ 103,308.55

$     110,572.02

$   71,278.95


$ 700,827.58

$  19,088.62

$       21,896.00

$ 698,020.20


$ 261,531.05

$  13,856.19

$       49,064.75

$ 226,322.49


$   31,585.37

$    2,620.98

$         1,438.16

$   32,768.19

Westrick, second Wallet to approve the bills for the period of August 26, 2011 through September 29, 2011. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$    110,572.02

$      49,064.75

$      1,438.16

Township Police Report:
The August, 2011 Police Report statistics were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 370 Reportable Part I Crimes: 9 broken down as follows: : Assaults-6, Burglaries-1, Larceny-1 and Robberies-1 Reportable Part II Crimes: 33 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-6, Weapons-6, Forgery-3, Fraud-3, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-2, Sex Offenses-2, Drunkenness-1, Stolen Property-1, Vandalism-1 and all others-8. Calls Resulting in Cases: 15, Total Arrestees: 13, Total Suspects: 1, Total Victims: 4, DUI Arrests: 2, Traffic Citations: 37, Non-Traffic Citations: 13, Total Warnings: 0


Old Business:

New Business:
Larry Custer
, Executive Director of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority said, I came up here this evening to ask the Township Supervisors to consider filing an application for the 2011 Community Development Block Grant Program. The allocation for this upcoming year is 9 months late and is about 15% than what it was last year. The allocation for the Township for Federal Fiscal Year 2011 is $99,208.00. That's about $17,000.00 less than what it was last year. The Budget that's probably going to be passed or they're considering passing has another 15% decrease for next year's Community Development Block Grant Program. The Township did hold two public hearings with some people in attendance to talk about a number of things and the sort of projects that we looked at were with the Jackson Township Water Authority and making some additional water system improvements on Chickaree Hill Road and we also talked with the Senior & Handicapped Activity Center where there are some structural components that need repaired. These are the two projects that we talked about at the Public Hearings and the general consensus was that these were good projects. They do show benefit to low to moderate income which is one of the components of the Community Development Block Grant Program. I'm going to make a recommendation to the Board that we file the Application and the County files it on behalf of the Township that the money be allocated for water system improvements at the bottom of Chickaree Hill Road and also for various structural components at the Jackson Township Senior & Handicapped Activities Center. Clair Michaels asked, Larry. . .what are they gonna do with the water on Chickaree Hill Road other than turnin it on. . I thought that was all done? Custer replied, there's some things that the Jackson Township Water Authority wants us to look at including the possibility of construction of a Pressure Reducing Valve but they also wanted to look at some alignment and perhaps a little bit of continuation as well to finish up the work on Chickaree Hill Road. We do have a sanitary sewer project that's going to be under construction hopefully in the springtime on Chickaree Hill. It's going to come up from the Borough of Vintondale and cover about 8 families on the lower part of Chickaree Hill Road. It's been a real wacky year as far as funding, as far as projects and what have you. Hopefully next year we'll be able to put everything back together as far as we'll know where we're at. We really didn't know this past year where we were really going to be at and I'm talking about funding from the Federal Government.

Motion Wallet, second Westrick to approve Resolution # 02-11 to approve the Federal Fiscal Year 2011 Community Development Block Grant Program. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Westrick, second Wallet to enter into an Agreement with OnDemand Energy to lock in an electric rate of 7.50 for Jackson Township through the end of 2013. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Westrick to enter into an Agreement with American Forestry Consultants to provide professional services on the select timbering of Jackson Township properties. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Westrick, second Wallet to approve Capital Reserve Fund bill list for the period of August 26, 2011 through September 29, 2011 and transfer $ 21,896.00 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund. Vote-3 yes.



Purchase Detail


Hegemann & Wray Engineers

Whitetail Road Sewage Project

$  13,900.00

Hegemann & Wray Engineers

Fords Corner Road Sewage Project

$    7,000.00

Cambria Co. Sewage Enforce. Agency

2012 Membership Fee

$      996.00



$ 21,896.00

Motion Wallet, second Westrick on approving the time sheets from August 21, 2011 through September 3, 2011 and September 4, 2011 through September 17, 2011. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:
Chairman Baker said, we received a letter from Laurel Highlands Historic Village asking us to support a little project they have going on down around the Hinckstown Reservoir to include a biking & hiking trail, possible replica of a native Indian village to be constructed on the land and maybe a small amphitheater, kayak and boat rental area have a small pavilion built similar to one that's already down there. They're not asking anything from us other than support from the three municipalities that are adjoining that. Motion Westrick, second Wallet to send a letter of support to the Laurel Highlands Historic Village for their proposed project at Hinckston Run Dam. The motion was opened up to public comments. Clair Michaels asked, does Jackson Township own that piece of property? Chairman Baker replied, no but we're close. . we're up a ways. Paulette Baker said, there's a little tiny area by the Hunts Road Bridge where the stream that belongs to our Township kind of feeds into it but that's about it. Middle Taylor and are the two bigger Townships and they've already been supporting us. A vote was then taken. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Westrick, second Wallet to end Police Officer Kristy Vaught's probation period and move her to regular Part-Time status with the Police Department. The motion was opened to public comment of which there was none. A vote was then taken. Vote-3 yes.

Public Comments:
George Burkey said, even with that last 3 inch rain we had, we didn't have to pump any stations out. Chairman Baker said, I hear you're down a half a million or million in infiltration a week. Burkey said, everybody said it's our lines that are leaking and the only thing we've done is make people quit running spring water in our Sewer System. It's like a lady called me, she pressure tested, and everything passed but on the same tank, her basement flooded. We went down and she had a floor drain and it was only about that big now and that's what happened. . when they put the plastic pipe in and took out the Terra-cotta pipe, all the water was running down the Terra-cotta pipe into the Sewer System. Now it's flooding the basement because there was no place else for it to go. She had a floor drain which we made her remove the floor drain because we can't have all that water going into the Sewer System anyway because the basement was flooded. They put a sump pump in but they didn't leave her any place to put her wash water so she called complaining they took the drain and she couldn't put a sink in there to drain it into the system. . that's just an example of what we're clearing up and all that water was going in the Sewer System and now it isn't. We had high water because we're only about 600 customers so far that completed the repairs out of 2,000 but to stop that much water out of 1/4 of it. . what are we going to have when they're all done? I doubt very much we'll get them all done but one way or another we're going to have to but the pump stations show you we're not putting as much water through them. This Johnstown Regional Sewage put two meters in our system. . flow meters. . so they can measure the water. It's what we have to do.

George Burkey commented, other than that, I was at the Cambria County Tax Collection Committee Meeting on the 22nd. They didn't allocate money for 2011. . the first year they wanted $25,000 and everybody had to contribute. Right now we still have on the Financial Report there was $11,103.35 in our treasury so they're not going to charge anybody for this year. .2011. The only bills we had was a Solicitor. . I think we paid him $1,200 . . oh it's $1,568.78 and then we have Auditors. . we have a proposal, 2 of them. One was from Kotzen and one was from Wessel & Company for $2,250. . Kotzen was $2,900 but we have to have an Auditor to audit the books at the end of the year so they went with Wessel. There was also insurance. . . they purchased insurance. . $2,070 for everybody. . that's for liability and that way we're all insured. They had meetings for the employers. One was in Johnstown and very few people attended which wasn't good because they're going to have to rely on all these employers and each employer has to have a number and each employee will have a number so if you have employees working here but they live in another county, they have to know where the money's going but every employee in Cambria County will have their money go to Berkheimer Associates starting in January. Supervisor Wallet asked, what happens to the ones that they don't know where to disperse the money to. . to what municipality? Solicitor Barbin said, that's always been the gigantic problem about Earned Income Tax Collection. . places like Indiana Borough that has the big hospital there. . they just kept everybody's money and it was almost impossible to convince them. . Barr Township would write to them and say, where's your money for this person and they said that they paid it and say, we don't know who that person is and they'd make you write a letter and another letter and if you kept after them for a year or more they might send you something. Wallet asked, they just kept the money? Barbin said, well the money is in a protected account and they can't touch it but they can take the interest and they were taking the interest. This is a giant new things and it's bigger government and maybe it's not good but at least it will solve that problem and that problem is pretty dirty. Clair Michaels said, that won't solve it. .they'll mess it up if the Government's got their fingers in it. Burkey said, if an employer has an employee, they have to fill out a form. . . an employee has to fill out a form telling where he lives and they'll have to keep copies of that. If they don't make the employee fill out a paper, the employer will have to pay the tax for that person because they didn't fill out a form to know where the money's to go. One meeting was on the 19th of September which was in Richland School District and this was like an hour and a half to teach these employers how to do this and how to fill out all those forms they they're going to have to do. They're having a meeting in October in Northern Cambria School District and they're going to have another one in the Central area somewhere for employers in this area. What they want is for you to try to get the employers in this area to go to these meetings that they know what's going on so that January 1st there will be a smooth transition and with all these smaller Townships, who knows what their taxes are like. .it's going to be a problem. You have Berkheimer already but they don't really know who all the employers are. The School Districts have better records because they do more collecting. Any employers. . try to get them to these meetings in town. .that's what they wanted them to do. If you have less than 25 employees, you can paper file. Anyone with more than 25 has to file electronically. Just an example. .there are over 200 collectors in Pennsylvania that collected Earned Income Tax and since this, there are only 20 left because they had to have only one for every County. Eugene Kist said, what about these individuals that are coming into our Township plus every Township around. . .foreign countries. . they can't speak English. . they come in and do construction jobs? Burkey said, Berkheimer is sending out information to the employers so there's forms they can get to fill out. Chairman Baker said, everyone here has filled them out already. Burkey said, self-employed people must file quarterly from now on. I don't know if that penalizes them or what but it could happen. I just wanted to go over this with you so you know what happens. Hopefully everything will go. . they don't want somebody right now sending money to Berkheimer because the last quarter is still in the hands of the collector. Berkheimer is good. It's going to be better for the municipalities and school districts but they're going to get more money.

Chairman Baker
announced, The Board of Supervisors next regularly scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, October 13, 2011 at 8:00 AM and Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company will host an Open House at the Fire Hall on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 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 27, 2011 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 Westrick to adjourn the meeting at 7:22. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary