October 27, 2005

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, Bob Stephens and Bruce Baker 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:

Baker, second Stephens to approve the minutes of September 29, 2005 and October 12, 2005 Board of Supervisors meetings. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$     43,669.06

$  61,895.18

$      85,817.77

$     19,746.47


$ 1,335.301.92

$  68,614.69

$      28,823.52

$ 1,375,093.09


$       2,848.95

$       27.21

$               .00

$       2,876.16


$     28,059.08

$   4,451.02

$        4,872.24

$     27,637.86

Stephens, second Baker to approve the bills for the period of September 30, 2005 through October 27, 2005. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$     85,817.77

$          .00

$         4,872.24

Township Police Report:
The September, 2005 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for September were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police were 322. Reportable Incidents were 32 broken down as follows: Theft-10, Harassment-5, Burglary-4, Receiving Stolen Property-4, Compounding-2, Conspiracy-2, Criminal Mischief-2, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-2 and Assault-1. Non-Traffic Citations Issued-0. Traffic Citations Issued-19. Accidents Handled-5. Criminal Charges Filed were 19 broken down as follows: Theft-5, Conspiracy-4, Receiving Stolen Property-4, Burglary-2, Compounding-2 and DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-2. Betty Lou Shoup asked what compounding was. Solicitor Bill Barbin said, itís like conspiracy. . .itís taking an action further and helping somebody else out after the fact to cover something up
. Shoup asked, would that be the same under charges filed. Barbin answered, probably.

Manager Hirko
said, a letter was received from Nanty Glo Public Library and theyíre doing their annual fund drive during the months of October and November and they would like us to consider a donation and they also sent a follow-up fax saying they would appreciate it if we would increase our donation. Last year we donated $800.00.

Old Business:

New Business:
Stephens, second Baker to approve subdivision of David & Arlene Till (side-lot addition). Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to approve subdivision of Kathy Mukina, Tracie Rose & Bobbie Yonish (side-lot addition). Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to approve Ordinance # 136 authorizing the erection of no parking signs along Route 271 between Simmons Lane and Moshannon Drive and establishing penalties for violation. Vote-Bracken & Baker-yes, Stephens-no.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to approve Resolution 05-05 adopting a proclamation to implement the National Incident Management System and become NIMS compliant in Jackson Township. Supervisor Stephens said, I want to comment on this before I vote on it. . I get out and made repetitious comments concerning the fact that the County did not correspond in a proper manner. Whatís transpired is the County has come down and specified eight designated shelters within the Township and Iíve asked that those eight definitive buildings, designated and appropriated within different jurisdictional areas. . . and to date that hasnít transpired. So in other words, what we have is eight designated buildings and nobody knows which building to go to. In early spring, I talked with Mr. Ron Springer and he assured me that would be corrected and to date that hasnít been done. This NIMS Program as itís stated today. . . we received two weeks ago approximately. This was adopted by the Federal government in April of 2004. It was also adopted sometime later in 2004. If this had of been implemented prior to Katrina and the other areas of hurricanes, I donít think we would have exactly the same response. In my opinion, we have not fulfilled our obligations as elected officials to get out and protect the health, safety and welfare of all the people. I therefore at this time. . . because the people in our Township are not notified which building to go to. . . I therefore vote no. Chairman Bracken said, they sat here and explained that to you Bob that they donít know where this is going to occur or what building will be open and until that time happens. . . until that occurs. . . . then theyíll tell you which building to go to. They canít tell you to go to a building thatís already flooded and thatís the purpose of that. Stephens said, then why have eight buildings. . they already designated eight buildings. Bracken said, they can designate buildings but that donít say theyíre going to use them. Stephens replied, I know. . . .thatís what the problem is. Bracken said, you canít use them if theyíre under water. Supervisor Baker said, Actually Bob, we got that on September 16th. . . the NIMS information. Stephens answered, okay. . .what Iím talking about. . . we only got it now. Itís more than a year after the fact. Thatís my point. Baker said, but weíre doing our part. Dave and I are already certified. . . the "700". . the 16 hour class. Do you realize what youíre doing by voting no? Stephens replied, Iím voting no. Solicitor Barbin said, if that motion didnít pass, the Township would not be eligible for disaster assistance in the next disaster from FEMA. One voteís not enough to make it fail, so I guess you can say youíre voting no doesnít matter, but if it didnít pass, we or no Jackson Township resident could receive financial assistance in a disaster. Stephens said, Iím not stating that. Barbin said, well, thatís the rule. . .thatís what the law says. Stephens replied, What Iím stating Mr. Barbin is the process has not been processed properly. In the strictest sense of the word, it hasnít been processed properly and therefore Iím voting no. Iím not voting no against the intent. Iím voting no against the procedure in which it was done. Barbin said, but for the other two of you, if this is not passed, no Township resident is eligible for disaster assistance, so please donít agree. A vote was then taken. Vote-Baker & Bracken-yes, Stephens said, I vote no because itís not been processed properly as a matter of record Mr. Hirko.

The Supervisors discussed what amount of a contribution to give the Nanty Glo Public Library. Supervisor Stephens asked, last year we donated around $800.00? Manager Hirko said it was $800.00 and itís been that the last several years since Iíve been here.

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 Baker, second Bracken on transferring $ 32,262.57 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund - $12,500.00 to Wyse Memorials for final payment on Veterans Monument, $5,400.00 to William & Williams for Veterans Monument concrete work, $4,539.44 to Naugle Insurance for October Installment, $2,833.05 to Pashek Associates for Master Recreation Plan expenses, $2,000.00 to William & Williams for replacing front steps on Magistrates Office, $1,663.00 to Ron Farabaugh Landscaping for work done at Veterans Monument, $1,471.08 to P. Joseph Lehman Engineers for Stormwater Management, $606.00 to Simplex Grinnell for fire alarm system improvements at Senior Center Building, $500.00 for contribution to the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company to help defray Halloween Parade Expenses, $450.00 to Eshís Storage Barns for moving barn at Veterans Park and $300.00 for contribution to Home Nursing Agency. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker on approving the time sheets from September 25, 2005 through October 8, 2005, and October 9, 2005 through October 22, 2005. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Supervisor Baker
asked, has everybody taken notice to the flag in the back of the meeting room and the letter that come with it? It was sent to us from our Officer Melanie Kline from Iraq and it was flown over the air station over there . . .just to bring it to your attention.

Chairman Bracken
announced that the Board of Supervisors next scheduled meeting will be held on November 17, 2005 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. A second announcement was made that The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company will be hosting the annual Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 2:00 pm in Vinco. Parade line-up begins at 1:00 pm at the corner of Griffith Avenue & Rose Branch Streets. A third announcement was that The Jackson Township Veterans Monument / Memorial will be officially dedicated on Friday, November 11, 2005 at 11:00 am at Veterans Memorial Park located at 200 Adams Avenue.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to adjourn the meeting at 7:18 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary