November 11, 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, John Wallet and Mark Westrick 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:

Manager Hirko said, we received a letter from the Miners Community Food Pantry and they’re running into the same problem they do every year with the Holiday season coming up and they’re requesting their annual donation. We also received a letter from ETJ Little League requesting their annual donation for the 2011 season.

Old Business:

New Business:
Wallet, second Westrick to accept the resignation of George Burkey as Township Auditor. Vote-3 yes. Chairman Baker said, thank you for serving George. Manager Hirko said, he’s not done yet. . he’s still serving as Zoning Officer. Baker added, you’re doing a good job George.

Motion Westrick, second Wallet to hire Rick Price as a Part-Time Police Officer for Jackson Township. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Westrick to hire Jeremy Freoni as a Part-Time Police Officer for Jackson Township. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Westrick, second Wallet to approve annual contribution to the Miners Community Food Pantry for $1000.00. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Wallet, second Westrick to approve annual contribution for 2011 to the East Taylor-Jackson Little League for $1500.00. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Westrick, second Wallet to authorize advertisement of proposed budget for Jackson Township for 2011 as follows: General Fund $ 852,450.00, State Fund $ 255,000.00, Fire Hydrant Fund $ 11,000.00, Rescue Fund $ 35,700.00, Capital Reserve Fund $ 685,000.00, Senior Center Fund $ 64,800.00; Total of All Funds $: 1,903,950.00. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Eugene Kist
said, I know you donated ten grand, what was it, down there. If you apply for some of these from the Federal Government, they’ll give you stuff that’s marked for the Federal Government . . there’s nothing wrong with it. . they give it to the military and that. You just tell them we’re a distressed area and that. I don’t know how you apply for it but it would be worth doing it. You could donate it to the Food Pantry or over here at the old people’s home and that. Supervisor Wallet asked, are you saying there’s a grant available for $10,000 Eugene? Kist replied, no. . .there’s nothing wrong with that. Wallet asked, are you saying you’re aware that there’s one? Kist replied, the Federal Government. . they’ll donate like . .food stuffs. . .canned potatoes. . canned things like that. If you apply for it, you get it and donate it to your food pantries or over to the old folks home over there or somethin. You’re eligible for it. I don’t know how you’d do it. It’s worth doing. . .lookin into to help these people who’s not working. Why doesn’t Jackson Township. . .it’s just a suggestion. . the way people look down on their police force and that. . make that place a milestone where they came in and you go to an Officer and ask them something that they don’t look down on you. Young kids hate the Police Officers and that’s no way to be. We got to start getting a better feeling between people and them. They’re here to serve. . . not to look up to but they look down on these young kids and it shouldn’t be that way. We got to get better feelings on this. Chairman Baker said, and that’s what we encourage our Officers to do. . to get out and mingle with the people and talk to the kids. I do notice too that the kids that are afraid of Police Officers have usually had Police Officers come to their homes for some reason . . but my son looks at the Police like they’re buddies and I’m sure Mark’s is that way. Kist said, they try to avoid the Police Officers today. Years ago if you called in they come to assist you and they’d go out of their way. Here you know what the kids call the Police Officers and I think that’s a tragedy. For years they were respected and now they’re not.

Chairman Baker
announced, Don’t forget about the Veterans Day Ceremony today at the Senior Center. The Board of Supervisors next scheduled meeting will be held on Thursday, November 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Jackson Township will hold it’s 5th Annual Light-Up Night at Veterans Park on Sunday, November 28, 2010 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.

Motion Wallet, second Westrick to adjourn the meeting at 8:08 am.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary