October 26, 2006

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, Bob Stephens along with Secretary-Treasurer / Manager Dave Hirko and Solicitor Bill Barbin. The meeting was called to order by Dave 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:
Bob Albright
commented, concerning the Nanty Glo Library, I just want to thank you gentlemen for supporting the Library down there. There are a lot of residents here in the Township that really use that Library . . I know quite a few of them. . . you Supervisors. . .I just want to thank you Supervisors for your support of the Nanty Glo Library. It also might be a good thing to stick in the newsletter for the residents to participate in the Nanty Glo Library. . get out there and use it.

Eugene Kist commented, this Police Report. . it appears to me thereís a lot of robberies. . is there anybody ever caught? Iíve been robbed multiple, multiple times and it donít seem like anybodyís ever caught. Chairman Bracken replied, I think quite a few of them are caught. Kist asked, why ainít that listed? Solicitor Barbin said, they are under Criminal Charges Filed. Supervisor Baker said, the bottom half of the report is charges filed. Kist replied, thereís nothing in the paper of anybody caught or anything and theyíre running rampant. . . and theyíre advertising for more police. . . we have individuals here. . we have 8 policemen. Supervisor Stephens said, thereís 17 listed as Theft and under Criminal Charges Filed, thereís only 1. Kist added, this donít seem right to me. Any comments on that or anything? 1 charge filed out of 17. . something has to be wrong. Youíre asking for more police all the time. Officer Melanie Kline commented, on the retail theft which they consider theft here, we had a lot from Sheetz as they added extra security cameras around. The seventeen thefts are probably retail thefts. . I canít say for sure . . but out of those 16 come back and pay and thatís through our investigation of getting the tag. . people that own the vehicle. . .saying that they have 24 or 48 hours to pay and if you donít pay, charges will be filed. A robbery is different, burglaryís different than theft. Kist said, how manyís being caught. . .you just come back. . I realize that. . . but how manyís being caught for robbery and burglary? Kline answered, Iím working on two right now and waiting on polygraphs. Kist said, Iím sick and tired of it. . theyíre robbing me blind. I work hard for everything I got.

Stephens, second Baker to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors September 28, 2006 Meeting and October 12, 2006 Meeting. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$     92,318.84

$  72,880.44

$      101,969.23

$     63,230.05


$ 1,597,269.05

$  72,410.38

$        40,955.37

$ 1,628,724.06


$     33,227.17

$      285.01

$                 .00

$     33,512.18


$     26,602.50

$   3,446.13

$          3,348.08

$     26,700.55

Motion Baker, second Stephens to approve the bills for the period of September 29, 2006 through October 26, 2006. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$     101,969.23

$          .00

$       3,348.08

Township Police Report:
The September, 2006 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for September were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police were 323. Reportable Incidents were 41 broken down as follows: Theft-17, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-4, Harassment-3, Criminal Mischief-2, Disorderly Conduct-2, Drug Paraphernalia-2, Hand Gun Violation-2, Terroristic Threats-2, Underage Drinking-2, Attempted Rape-1, Burglary-1, Protection from Abuse Violation-1, Public Drunkenness-1 and Receiving Stolen Property-1. Accidents Handled-8, Traffic Citations Issued-38 Non-Traffic Citations Issued-6, Criminal Charges Filed were 17 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence-4, Disorderly Conduct-2, Drug Paraphernalia-2, Hand Gun Violation-2, Underage Drinking-2, Harassment-1, Protection from Abuse Violation-1, Public Drunkenness-1, Receiving Stolen Property-1 and Theft-1.

Manager Hirko
said, We received a letter from the Nanty Glo Library to conduct a fund drive during the months of October and November and saying about the various services that are offered to residents. I think Bob made a good point about the newsletter. . .thereís probably a lot of things here people arenít even aware of that they do. Theyíre asking for a donation for their Annual Fund Drive and last year we contributed $1.000.00.

Old Business:

New Business:
Stephens, second Baker to approve subdivision of Irene Toner. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to authorize advertisement of proposed budget for Jackson Township for 2007 as follows: General Fund $ 1,262,855.00, State Fund $ 145,955.00, Fire Hydrant Fund $ 10,500.00, Rescue Fund $ 8,500.00, Capital Reserve Fund $ 1,941,905.00, Senior Center Fund $ 56,428.00; Total of All Funds $ 3,426,143.00. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to approve contribution of $1,000.00 to the Nanty Glo Public Library towards their Annual Fund Drive. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker on transferring $ 40,955.37 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund - $28,055.26 to Schultheis Electric for Veterans Park Lighting & Electrical Project, $5,454.00 to Naugle Insurance for October Installment, $3,375.61 to Luther P. Miller for Fuel & Heating Oil, $2,250.00 to Richard Sutter & Associates for Planning & Consulting Services, $1,020.50 to M & M Uniforms for Police Uniforms, $500.00 to Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company for Contribution for Halloween Parade and $300.00 to Home Nursing Agency for Contribution. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens on approving the time sheets from September 24, 2006 through October 7, 2006 and October 8, 2006 through October 21, 2006. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Clair Michaels
said, since they opened that new 22 up there at Vintondale road. . or Chickaree Hill Road is what you call it. When youíre coming down off of the old road on to the new section they put in thereís a heck of a drop off there. Chairman Bracken asked, is that on both sides? Michaels said, are they going to do something about that? Youíre coming down there and thereís a couple inches there. . it drops. Bracken asked, is that where the culverts are still sticking up? Michaels replied, no. . Iím talking the whole road dropping off. . . Chickaree Hill Road. . thatís probably a 4 inch drop off there. Supervisor Baker asked, youíre talking about the shoulders? Michaels answered, no. . the road itself. Baker asked, from the old to the new? Michaels replied, yeah. Baker said, theyíre not able to put their wearing course on yet, so weíll mention it to them and maybe get them to taper it off. . .is it pretty sharp? Michaels answered, yeah. . and you got the same going up hill. Iíve already went over there twice since they opened it.

Ed Nischalke asked, on the DCNR property that was just transferred, how does that work with the tax base? Does the DCNR pay taxes? Manager Hirko answered, it would be forest lands. . .we get a payment in lieu of taxes. . . the State Game Lands pay us and we also get a payment for State Forest Lands in lieu of taxes. Solicitor Barbin added, itís probably not as much. Chairman Bracken added, probably not as much when they pay in lieu of taxes. Nischalke asked, whoís the enforcement agency now? . . . you know. . "Joe Cool" comes cruising through there on an ATV, rips things down. . . who do you call? Barbin answered, the Bureau of Forestry has an office in Ebensburg. Thereís a guy in Ebensburg in charge of all the forest lands. Baker said, itís Bob Schweitzer. Barbin added, they have an office and theyíre in the phone book.

Chairman Bracken
made several announcements. . . the next Board of Supervisors meetings will be held on Thursday, November 9, 2006 at 8:00 am and Thursday, November 30, 2006 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire company will be hosting itís annual Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 29, 2006 at 2:00 pm in Vinco. A Veterans Day ceremony will be held at Veterans Memorial Park in Vinco on Saturday, November 11, 2006 at 11:00 am. Please come out and show your support to honor our Veterans.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to adjourn the meeting at 8:15 p.m. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary