October 14, 2010
The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 8:00 a.m. at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Members present were Supervisors Bruce Baker and John Wallet along with Secretary-Treasurer / Manager Dave Hirko and Solicitor Bill Barbin.. Supervisor Mark Westrick was unable to attend. The meeting was called to order by Chairman Bruce Baker with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
Board Roll Call was taken with all Supervisors Baker & Wallet present. Supervisor Westrick was unable to attend.
Public Comments Concerning Agenda
Motion Wallet, second Baker to hire Ronald G. Allison as a Part-Time Police Officer for Jackson Township. Vote-2 yes.
Motion Wallet, second Baker to approve Road Bond Agreement with Petroleum Development Corporation for one year to continue using .10 miles of Kepple Road. Vote-2 yes.
Motion Wallet, second Baker to award bid to Sheetz for unleaded gasoline for a two year period. Vote-2 yes.
Solicitor Barbin said, Iíd like you to consider a motion to make it clear that no Township employees are to receive personal mail at the Township. Motion Wallet, second Baker to make it clear that no Township employees shall receive personal mail through the Township Office. Vote-2 yes.
Other New Business:
Steve Yurasek said, I want to say on the record, I thank you for working on that problem at my sisters. I truly appreciate it. I got a really sick sister and I appreciate the help.
Eugene Kist said, on that sewage situation on Chickaree. . what happened? Solicitor Barbin said, we got the email. . itís capped. . .the tank is plugged and the alarm is in. Chairman Baker said, Tuesday it was done. . .Deborah was out. Barbin said, she inspected the plug and the alarm. Kist said, last week, not this week, and the week before it was runnin right out on the road. Manager Hirko said, the tank was plugged this week so it should be ok now. Barbin said, two days ago it was plugged. Kist said, then theyíre allowed to use the facility yet? Barbin said, they have a sealed tank with an alarm on it and it has to be pumped. Kist replied, they said that before and it was never done. Hirko said, it wasnít plugged then. Barbin said, they did pump it but not as often as it needed and they had a pipe coming out of the tank so it flowed out. Kist asked, when was the tank pipe sealed? Barbin replied, Tuesday and she observed it. Part of the Court Order was we got to observe their plugging that tank and we didnít watch the pipe because anybody could have cut out behind the pipe but she watched the tank be plugged where the hole was in the side of the tank and the pipe came out. . .the tank is plugged. She sent us an email Tuesday afternoon. Kist asked, how long till they put another tank in? Baker said, they donít have to put another tank in. Barbin answered, thatís good enough. . itís gonna cost them a fortune to do this. They kept their original tank which is crazy. Baker said, itís too small. Barbin said, the normal DEP rule for a new holding tank is 5,000 gallons . . this is a 500 gallon tank. That means they got to pump it all the time. We tried to tell them this is not a smart thing to do and you should spend the money for the tank because you pay for every time that truck comes for a repair system, youíre allowed to have a holding tank. . for the repair of a pre-existing home, you can have a holding tank. Baker said, I think thatís on the premises that the sewerís coming up. . an extension. . thatís why the tank was allowed. Barbin said, we still canít guarantee that sewerís coming. . we expect it to. Baker said, so in other words, there should be nothing coming down the road . .itís plugged. Kist said, those people as of the 3rd of September. . there was 7 of them said they witnessed me throwin garbage out on the road at 7 to 8 oíclock in the morning so I appealed the darn thing. Baker said, we got the notice. Kist said, seven of them sittin on the porch in the morning at 8 oíclock. . they were witnesses. Barbin said, they also claimed that you were dumping toilet paper and sewage on the hillside by their house and the rain was making it come out so it was making it look like they were. . thatís one of the things they said. Kist said, I was doin what on the hillside?. . oh my. Barbin said, from our point of view, they had a problem. .itís got to be fixed. . .itís fixed. . plugged. If for some reason it does to start overflowing again, tell us and weíll send the inspector back out to re-inspect it. She said she inspected it and the tank is now sealed and thereís an alarm on it.
George Burkey said, that man that was up at the convention with that thing for electricity. Baker said, Glacial Energy? Burkey replied, yes. . heís coming to our meeting tonight and wanted to know if anybody wanted to stop down. Baker said, we talked to him. I was also approached by East Taylor. Theyíre looking to join forces with. . theyíre going to have a meeting with Adams & Croyle Township and want us to join in and try to find a provider to do the same thing so theyíre thinking thereís strength in numbers somewhere. Supervisor Wallet said, with the Water Authority, we got to have a reduction on that because our bills for pumping cost . . Baker said, for whatís it worth, when that guy from Glacial Energy came to me, Dave & I did some research one day. . . we Googled them and it come up with pages and pages of complaints. Manager Hirko said, so you donít really know who youíre getting involved with. Baker said, like any review. . you might have liked your dinner and I didnít. Solicitor Barbin said, Johnstown Water Authority and Municipal Authority of Westmoreland County and the Redevelopment Authority which runs the sewer plant are all talking to a company called Keytex. Thereís like 21 authorized companies for our area to re-sell. Theyíre dealing with Keytex . . the guy seams reasonable. Westmoreland County Municipal Authority has signed already. Johnstown Water Authority hasnít signed yet and the Redevelopment Authority has not signed yet. Westmoreland County Municipal Authority has a price thatís actually a bit lower than last yearís electric price and they got it locked in for three years. Baker said, the Chamber of Commerce is offering a program too but weíd have to join them. Hirko asked, can you send me information on that company. . Keytex? Barbin replied, yes. . Iíll email that to you. Burkey said, we had a guy stop in the office one day. . that was a couple months ago. . and he got all our information and he called us back the other day and said weíre not big enough. . weíre not using enough electricity and we use an awful lot of electricity. Baker said, thatís why if a group approached them. Barbin added, thatís probably the better approach then. Hirko said, you might be able to get some more people through the Township Association. Wallet said, the Water Authority should definitely be involved in it too. Hirko added, and Cambria Township might be interested too. I donít think theyíve done anything yet. Baker said, yeah. . Nanty Glo . . and weíve thought about doing it through the County Association. Kist said, you know Jackson Township in the archives. . .Bethlehem Steel right at the corner of Franklin . . .they did their own generating plant that took care of all of the Franklin Division. . .Franklin Wheel Plant. . that whole thing took care of all their electricity. Why canít we get somethin like that in Jackson Township to sell electricity? Understand what I mean? Bethlehem had it for years then Penelec started selling them electricity cheaper than they could make it so they said and one time, all through the car shop. . all through the mills, they used coke gas from the coke ovens. They didnít use no natural gas because of the war. Now why canít we do something like that? If there is no revenue, what will we do in the future? Barbin said, yeah, but they had fuel. . if you have fuel available at reduced cost or no cost, itís worthwhile lookin at that but if you have to buy your fuel, youíre talking about a gigantic investment and youíre at the mercy of whatever prices. Youíd need big methane producing tanks. . .someday that may be. Steve Yurasek said, if this Marsellus thing would go through and youíd put a gas fired power plant would go in. . ., itíd be the showpiece of that industrial park up there if you could get his Marsellus gas to put a power plant in. Itís only a matter of time that you run out of boney piles with the two up in Ebensburg. Kist said, we have a reserve here and we should use it. . if you let some company come in and do it, theyíre gonna benefit by it which Iíd say as taxpayers in Jackson Township, the taxpayers are gonna benefit by it. You canít keep puttin taxes on people. One community put on a recreation tax now. . you canít do that. Baker asked, whereís that at? Kist said, Clinton County. Yurasek said, thatís to pay for all that elk stuff up there. Baker said, and as remote as Clinton County is. Kist said, you canít keep puttin it on the individuals like this School Tax. I pay School Tax and I have no children in school. Bill pays School Tax. . this is not right. You have individuals in Jackson Township, Conemaugh Township and the rest of them that have 4 or 5 kids and donít have a damn thing in their pocket and they donít pay School Tax at all. Weíre payin for them. . . in a way itís not right but I believe in educating. Barbin said, I donít mind payin it but just hope they keep their cost reasonable. Kist said, itís gonna get higher.
Chairman Baker announced, The Board of Supervisors next scheduled meeting will be held on Thursday, September 30, 2010 at 5:30 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Trick or Treat Night will take place in Jackson Township on Thursday, October 28, 2010 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.
Motion Wallet, second Baker to adjourn the meeting at 8:12 a.m. Vote-2 yes.
David M. Hirko, Secretary