October 30, 2008

The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 5:30 p.m. at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Members present were Supervisors Dave Bracken, Bruce Baker and John Wallet 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.

Board Roll Call was taken with all three Supervisors present.

Executive Sessions:

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:

Bracken, second Wallet to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on September 25, 2008 and October 9, 2008. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$   120,679.82

$ 129,419.34

$     121,692.30

$    128,406.86


$ 1,430,775.56

$  45,642.19

$       26,683.08

$  1,449,734.67


$     17,704.22

$        34.86

$                .00

$      17,739.08


$     29,876.88

$    2,672.77

$         2,106.43

$      30,443.22


$     61,800.00

$       132.92

$                .00

$      61,932.92

Wallet, second Bracken to approve the bills for the period of September 26, 2008 through October 30, 2008. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$     121,692.30

$          .00

$       2,106.43

Township Police Report
The September, 2008 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for September, 2008 were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 392 Reportable Part I Crimes: 27 broken down as follows: Larceny-16, Burglaries-9, Arson-1 and Assaults-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 74 broken down as follows: Receiving Stolen Property-17, Disorderly Conduct-10, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-8, Vandalism-5, Fraud-4, Liquor Violations-2, Public Drunkenness-2, Embezzlement-1, Drugs-1 and all others-24. Calls Resulting in Cases: 50, Total Arrestees: 31, Total Suspects: 2, Total Victims: 29, DUI Arrests: 8, Traffic Citations: 68, Non-Traffic Citations: 6, Total Warnings: 0.

Manager Hirko
said, we received a letter on October 9th from the Pennsylvania State Game Commission. It says to all supervisors, I would like to express my thanks to the Jackson Township workers that assisted in the removal of the large bear struck on Route 22 on October 1st, 2008. Without their assistance I could not have removed the bear in a timely fashion. The bear was causing a distraction on 22 and needed to be removed quickly. It required 8 people to load the 522 pound bear onto my deer rack. The bear was later transferred to a trailer by Harper Coal Company and then sold to the taxidermy school for mounting. I hope you give the individuals that helped credit for doing an excellent job assisting me with an incident that could have caused other problems along Route 22. Thank you, Shawn Harshaw.

Old Business:

New Business:
Wallet, second Bracken to adopt Ordinance # 157 which requires all structures occupied by persons within 200 feet of a new waterline extension of the public water system of the Township to tap into that new line. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet to approve Resolution # 09-08 which provides rules and regulations applying to the transition of the Hildebrand Water Line from the East Taylor Township Municipal Authority to the Jackson Township Water Authority. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken to authorize advertisement of proposed budget for Jackson Township for 2009 as follows: General Fund $ 1,428,085.00 , State Fund $ 156,444.92, Fire Hydrant Fund $ 11,000.00, Rescue Fund $ 8,700.00, Capital Reserve Fund $ 1,709,370.50, Senior Center Fund $ 59,643.00; Total of All Funds $ 3,373,243.42. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Bracken, second Wallet on transferring $ 26,683.08 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund: $9,037.75 to P. Joseph Lehman for work done on Mitchell Park Phase I, $5,764.82 to Naugle Insurance for November installment, $3,979.51 to Luther P. Miller for fuel & heating oil, $3,026.00 to Display Sales for lighted decorations at Veterans Park, $3,000.00 to Hegemann & Wray Engineering and $1,875.00 to Richard Sutter & Associates for planning & consulting services. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Bracken on approving the time sheets from September 21, 2008 through October 4, 2008 and October 5, 2008 through October 18, 2008. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Denny Mackell said, explain that water for us, will ya? . . the one on new water lines. If that comes down past my place, do I got to take that stuff? Supervisor Wallet replied, if it's a new water line extension and you're within 200 feet, yes. Denny Mackell asked, I can't just get the tap and pay a monthly payment and keep my water? Wallet replied, yes. . you can do that. Denny Mackell asked, I don't have to take the water? Wallet replied, you don't have to take the water but you have to take the tap and pay a monthly payment. Denny Mackell replied, amen. . .that's good. . that's all I wanted to know. Denny Mackell continued, and another thing. . that home behind me. .does anyone know anything about that? That's Byer's house. . it's right behind my place. . . that Mr. Findley owned it. . the young boy. . .that grass is about that high. . you can hardly see the house. Brian Mackell said, it's been vacant for two years. Denny Mackell asked, doesn't anyone check into that and ask what's going on with it? Wallet said, file a complaint. Chairman Baker said, we don't have an ordinance on high grass. Denny Mackell added, none of the neighbors around there even know what happened. . they just one day left. Baker said, so you're not complaining about the high grass. . you're just wondering what happened to them? Denny Mackell said, I'd like to know if I could buy it. I'll admit. . I don't like the way it looks. . it's a nice little house. It's the second house as soon as you turn down towards Primels on Kepple. . .it's a shame. .the boy just got up and left and noone knows a thing about it. Baker asked, are you sure he left? Denny Mackell replied, no. . no one is in there. You don't have an ordinance at all about nothing like that? Solicitor Barbin said, we don't have any kind of weed ordinance. Denny Mackell said, well don't you think you ought to have something like that? Barbin said, the Planning Commission is looking at a nuisance ordinance. We have a rubbish ordinance but that's all we have. Denny Mackell said, if the bank or somebody is involved, don't they have to send someone out there to mow it? Baker replied, if someone holds a mortgage on it. . somebody has to. Someone's paying it or the bank would be looking to get rid of it. Denny Mackell said, there ain't nobody. . all I remember is when they first moved, it was out for Sherif's Sale or something. . . it's just. . nobody ever come around like someone just forgot about it. . I don't know what happened to it. . it's a shame. Barbin said, it takes two years to go for tax sale. You got to let your taxes go for two years before a tax sale. Denny Mackell said, it was a nice place. . the basement was finished in it. . it was a cute little place. . . now . . it's a shame what it looks like. It's right behind my house. Baker said, I wasn't aware of it being vacant. Denny Mackell said, it's a shame. . it's a shame. Baker said, we are looking at addressing high weeds in the future. Denny Mackell continued. . .but how you get to find out who's in charge of the thing. . I don't know. Baker said, at the Court House, you can find out who owns it.

Chairman Baker
announced, Trick or Treat in Jackson Township will be taking place from 6:00 to 8:00 pm tonight. The Board of Supervisors next regularly scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, November 13, 2008, at 8:00 AM and Thursday, November 20, 2008 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Election Day is next Tuesday, November 4th. Please take time to vote in this important election. A Veterans Day Program will be held on Tuesday, November 11th at 11:00 am at Veterans Park to honor all veterans past and present. The program will feature Col. Marty Kuhar, special music and the Menoher VFW Post 155 Honor Rifle Team. Come out and show your support to honor our veterans. Jackson Township will hold itís 3rd Annual Light-Up Night at Veterans Park on Sunday, November 30, 2009 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. There will be over 15,000 lights, trees decorated by businesses, organizations, churches and families, model train display, refreshments, caroling and a special visit from Santa.

Wallet, second Bracken to adjourn the meeting at 5:42 pm. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary