November 17, 2011

The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Members present were Supervisors John Wallet and Mark Westrick along with Secretary/Treasurer/Manager Dave Hirko. Supervisor Bruce Baker and Solicitor Bill Barbin were unable to attend. The meeting was called to order by John Wallet, Vice-Chairman with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Board Roll Call was taken with Supervisors Wallet & Westrick present. Supervisor Baker was unable to attend.

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:
Clair Michaels asked, is our tax base staying the same? Vice-Chairman Wallet replied, staying the same. Thereís no increase. Michaels said, I see you didnít have to spend any out of the Capital Reserve Fund. . it picked up a few bucks. Wallet said, thatís our goal. . to keep doing it.

Westrick, second Wallet to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors Meetings held on October 27, 2011 and November 10, 2011. Vote-2 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$   75,524.35

$ 39,046.61

$       52,883.12

$  61,687.84


$ 708,573.43

$   1,869.00

$                .00

$ 710,442.43


$ 223,147.31

$       48.03

$         2,628.45

$ 220,566.89


$   33,524.20

$   2,621.11

$         1,644.64

$  34,500.67

Manager Hirko said, the November check from the Landfill was not included in this figure since we are meeting earlier than normal. Next month weíll actually have two checks reflected in the ending balance.

to approve the bills for the period of October 28, 2011 through November 17, 2011. Vote-2 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$     52,883.12

$       2,628.45

$       1,644.64

Township Police Report:
The October, 2011 Police Report statistics were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 414 Reportable Part I Crimes: 6 broken down as follows: Assaults-4, Burglaries-1 and Larceny-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 14 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-3, Drugs-2, Receiving Stolen Property-2, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-1, Embezzlement-1, Public Drunkenness-1 and all others-4. Calls Resulting in Cases: 8, Total Arrestees: 7, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims: 2, DUI Arrests: 1, Traffic Citations: 42, Non-Traffic Citations: 5, Total Warnings: 0


Old Business:

New Business:
Westrick, second Wallet to approve Resolution 04-11 setting the tax structure for 2012 as follows: Real Estate Tax-3 3/4 Mills, Fire Hydrant Tax-Ĺ Mill, Rescue Service Tax-1 Mill, Earned Income Tax-Ĺ %, Real Estate Transfer Tax-Ĺ %, Per Capita Tax-$5.00 and Local Municipal Services Tax-$15.00. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Westrick, second Wallet on approving the time sheets from October 16, 2011 through October 29, 2011 and October 30, 2011 through November 12, 2011. Vote-2 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Cameron Hoffman along with Eddie Ritchey and Braden Hoffman were at the Supervisors Meeting to propose the idea of a skate park for area youth. Braden Hoffman presented a package of materials to the Supervisors. Vice-Chairman Wallet asked, so youíre saying this Tony Hawk Foundation will give grant money towards this? Hoffman replied, yes. . theyíll give up to $1,000 or $25,000 and I talked to the former owner of Crucified Skate Park Ministries and he said thereís a whole bunch of other non-profit organizations that donate money for our cause. He said he also knows a guy who can get us ramps and stuff cheaper. Wallet asked, where are you guys proposing for this skate park? Whatís your location? Hoffman said, we had a couple locations but Park & Rec. liked the idea of putting it right over there next to the Police Station to minimize vandalism and itís already been paved before so that would cut down the cost of shale and you can also re-pave it over with asphalt or cement. These are about the size of the skate park. This here is about the size of a basketball court. Here are some pictures of ramps and on the lap top I have how they are used. Wallet said, you guys come prepared. Hoffman said, this is how you would use a half pipe. That was a half pipe. Supervisor Westrick asked, is that from the one in the West End? Hoffman replied, itís a Woodward Park by Lewisburg. Itís about 70 by 100 or something. Westrick asked, is it a Township Park? Hoffman said, I believe itís a Township Park. Itís free to go to and itís a lot of fun. Thereís little kids there and me and my dad saw this little 4 year old kid riding a scooter around. We also saw other kids with scooters. Wallet asked, how many guys you think you got in the area interested in skateboarding? Hoffman said, thereís a lot and I have a petition here. Thatís about 30 kids and thereís another petition in Middle School with 30 on it that was lost. Up in Ebensburg youíre really not allowed to skateboard but people do it anyway which people are in danger of getting in trouble with the law. The only place to skate there is an old hockey rink which is horrible to skate in. Itís under-cared for. Hereís another look at the plan. . .would any of you like to look at the Park? Tom Beyer asked, whatís your estimated cost of this park?. . minus the asphalt and concrete. . .just your tubes and everything else? Hoffman said, he didnít give me an exact number but the estimate is somewhere around the $5,000 range. Beyer asked, and you can get Federal Grants? Hoffman said, yes, grants vary from $1,000 to $25,000. Weíre told by Park & Rec. that you guys have a license to sell like raffle tickets and stuff? This one guys has it on the Committee and said you can raise money that way too. You can make a lot of money from it and stuff like that. Beyer asked, is that a matching grant? Wallet said, itís a straight up grant. Hoffman said, as long as it qualifies. . you canít charge admission. You canít have waivers but you can get signs from this place. . theyíll arrange it. . that say skate at your own risk and stuff and just cause you donít sign a waiver doesnít mean that if you get hurt, thatís the end of skateboarding. You can use this for scootering, BMX and anything that typically involves this place and the grants are $1,000 and $25,000. Thereís another video from the Tony Hawk Foundation and it shows skate parks up in Alaska, Tennessee and the other way you can get a good grant is a low income or danger prone area and I looked it up and Johnstown is a danger prone area and since weíre right here in the central area we got Nanty Glo, Ebensburg, Summerhill and Johnstown. . we would be a central area and I believe we would get a grant. Wallet said, good stuff guys, you really did your homework. Hoffman said, thereís two videos that show how the ramps are used. Wallet said, Iím pretty up on skateboards. I had a son who was into that big time. They made their own ramps and stuff and skated wherever they could. Eddie Ritchey said, the only reason skateboarders are usually prejudiced to be bad people and get in trouble is because they have no where to skate so whenever they skate in the unallowed areas, they get a bad reputation for it. Hoffman said, on this piece of paper it shows a step-by-step from the Tony Hawk Foundation. . .get a posse means get a group of people. Wallet said, go to Park & Rec. Meeting. . ok. . thatís another good step, design. . looks like you got a good plan here. . outline. Clair Michaels asked, if you put it there, is there room for expansion. Wallet replied, I donít know. .thatís a thought there . . weíd have to consider a site. Michaels said, if you start gettin too many. Wallet said, you guys got a lot of good information to look at. Paul Kriby said, if youíre interested, weíre working on a Park in Johnstown. Hoffman said, I have a lot of friends who are into skateboarding and if there was a nice facility, it would keep them from getting into trouble. Michaels asked, did you measure that area off out there. Hoffman said, itís definitely big enough. Michaels said, what I meant was that so it wasnít too small once you get started. Hoffman said, I believe it is definitely big enough. This is only the size of a basketball court. The longest ramp is 60 but it goes over 20 and drops down to 50. This other piece is only 20 feet this way and then 40 feet that way. Itís basically a rectangle. Wallet said, ok guys. . weíll give it a lot of thought and Mr. Kirby from Keller Engineers is here and he has some background in skate parks, planning and things like that. Iím not going to make any promises to you tonight but weíll certainly consider it and you guys came here well prepared and itís good to see young men step up like you guys are doing and get this together. You did a good job and I commend you for that. Clair Michaels said, you know what I mean? Wallet said, itís not only that. . here we have plow trucks going in and out. Beyer said, youíd be better off at the bottom of Loraine Hill. Wallet said, or Mitchell. Iím all in favor of our kinds having somewhere to be active. Beyer said, well by the Police Station thereís probably not going to be anything going on. Wallet said, thatís a good point. It kind of makes a good bond with the cops and the young people. Itís a good idea but might not be the best location but weíll consider it.

Tom Beyer said, on the financial reports, can you put them in your Jackson News so everybody in the Township can see them? Vice-Chairman Wallet replied, I see no reason why not. Manager Hirko said, we only do it quarterly. Beyer said, a lot of people in the Township donít realize how much money goes through. Hirko said, Iím sure most people donít realize because they donít come to meetings the newsletter is the only communication they receive. Most people donít come in the office unless itís a complaint and usually itís something that affects they personally. Wallet said, thatís just human nature. Westrick said some people donít even know whoís on the Board. Wallet said, thatís true. . I like to see people here. . itís your Township. Hirko said, it was nice to see young people here getting involved. Wallet said, I think itís good. Everybodyís opinion is valuable whether I agree or disagree with it. Everybodyís entitled to it.

Tom Beyer said, I have one more. .on the new paver, is there something wrong with it that youíre using the old one? Vice-Chairman Wallet replied, no. . on the patchwork and stuff like that itís just easier and now weíre down to 3 guys on the Road Crew. Itís just simpler and easier to use and right now I think itís in Cambria Township. You know yourself weíre done with paving season but no. .thereís nothing wrong with it Tom. Clair Michaels asked, did you have a couple guys retire? Wallet said, Ralph retired and Buck resigned. Manager Hirko said, due to health reasons. Michaels said, so youíre gonna be looking for somebody? Wallet said, well weíre trying to run as lean as we can. I mean thatís part of cutting the Budget. Michaels said, well what I was lookin at. .plow timeís coming. Wallet said, plow time the last two years. . Bruce and I spent a lot of time plowing. . the last two years Bruce & I spent a lot of time with plows at night. Hirko said, Buck wasnít able to plow this last winter. Wallet said, no. .Buck didnít plow last winter at all. I donít mind plowing. . I enjoy it. Beyer said, you could always hire somebody part-time like PennDOT does. Wallet said, we could. . weíd consider that. . .at the same time weíre looking at the Budget too. We do not want to raise taxes at all cost. Itís bad enough people are getting hit hard everywhere else.

Vice-Chairman Wallet
announced, The Board of Supervisors next regularly scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 8:00 AM and Thursday, December 29, 2011 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Jackson Township will hold itís 6th Annual Light-Up Night at Veterans Park on Sunday, November 27, 2011 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.

Westrick, second Wallet to adjourn the meeting at 7:24. Vote-2 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary