November 8, 2007
The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 8:00 a.m. at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Members present were Supervisors Dave Bracken, Bruce Baker and Guy Ellenberger along with Secretary-Treasurer / Manager Dave Hirko and Solicitor Bill Barbin. 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 three Supervisors present.
Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:
Notification of Traffic Control Signs Place Per Ordinance # 139:
Chairman Baker announced, a 35 mph sign posted on Turkey Path Road coming from easterly side. . .that's on the Loraine side.
Motion Ellenberger, second Bracken to approve contract with Richard Sutter & Associates to perform Planning & Consulting Services for the calender year 2008 not to exceed the amount of $25,500.00. Vote-3 yes.
Other New Business:
Solicitor Barbin said, I have an item. . we have a Zoning Hearing coming up with Warren Oil on Thursday, December 11th. It was denied by Harry Baker and they have a request for approval to put about 15 new tanks in because the Zoning Ordinance says tanks with flammable materials have to be placed underground. . .you cannot place them above ground. The appealed the decision of the Zoning Officer to the Zoning Hearing Board and in order to support the decision I need expert testimony knowledgeable on flammable materials. This is a technical issue and Harry won't be able to provide this information. We need a professional engineer. I'd like to recommend hiring Steve Sewak of the EADS Engineers to provide expert testimony at the Warren Oil Zoning Appeal. Motion Ellenberger, second Bracken to hire EADS Engineering to provide that testimony at the hearing. The motion was opened to public comments. There were none. A vote was then taken. Vote-3 yes.
Steve Yurasek asked, Isn't that the State's responsibility or DEP from Pittsburgh unit. . the tank division. . . isn't that their responsibility as to the safety of the tanks and how they have to be put in? Chairman Baker answered, yes but what they're saying is our Ordinance doesn't allow these tanks and what they're saying is they can put them in so that's where the dispute is, not the tanks themselves. Solicitor Barbin said, yes. . we're just talking above ground. . below ground. . we're not arguing they have a right. . they can put tanks in if they follow DEP rules. We're saying we want underground tanks, not above ground. Baker added, our Ordinance calls for flammable liquids to be stored underground, not above ground. Yurasek said, Corey Giles in Pittsburgh region of DEP . . he's in charge of them. Barbin said, yes and we're counting on them to check the safety. Yurasek said, they come with a whole pack of safety regulations to cover that kind of stuff as well as removing one of those. Baker said, our concern or our problem is to whether or not to allow them to put them above ground vs. in-ground and that's what their dispute is. Yurasek said, they couldn't build tank farms like they used to because of being above the reservoir. That's why they want me to do permits down here and it's the same way in Mundys Corner. Once it's down, it doesn't get rebuilt. Barbin said, these are 15 year tanks. . these aren't gasoline. . these are lubricants, oils and solvents but they're right above Salt Lick and that's Ebensburg's and Adams Avenue's water. Yurasek said, they'll have to put dams and all that kind of stuff in but as far as gasoline and diesel fuel, you ain't going to put no terminal in.
Chairman Baker announced, the Board of Supervisors next scheduled meeting will be held on Thursday, November 29, 2007 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. A Veterans Day ceremony will be held at Veterans Memorial Park in Vinco on Monday, November 12, 2007 at 11:00 am. Please come out and show your support to honor our Veterans. The 2nd Annual Jackson Township Light-Up Night will be held on Saturday, November 24, 2007 at Veterans Park. The event will feature park and tree lighting ceremony, carolers, refreshments and a visit from Ho Ho.
Motion Ellenberger, second Bracken to adjourn the meeting at 8:05 a.m. Vote-3 yes.
David M. Hirko, Secretary