November 20, 2003

The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Jackson Township Senior Center. Members present were Supervisors David Bracken, Bob Stephens and Bruce Baker along with Secretary-Treasurer / Manager Dave Hirko and Solicitor Bill Barbin. The meeting was called to order by David Bracken, Chairman, with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Board Roll Call: was taken with all three Supervisors present.

Public Hearing:
A public hearing was held concerning the proposed Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance concerning pornography. Solicitor Barbin explained how the public hearing worked and that every person giving testimony would have to be sworn in. A court stenographer was present and all testimony taken during the hearing would be put into a transcript for public record.

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:

Stephens, second Baker to approve the minutes of the October 30th meeting. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$      42,482.26

$    39,237.62

$      39,886.72

$     41,833.16


$ 1,226,158.54

$        104.61

$      22,834.97

$ 1,203,428.18


$     21,313.78

$          15.74

$                .00

$     21,329.52


$     34,805.16

$      3,598.96

$        1,826.86

$     36,577.26


General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$      39,886.72

$           .00

$    1,826.86

Motion Baker, second Bracken to approve the bills for the period of October 30 through November 20, 2003. Vote-Baker & Bracken-yes, Stephens abstained due to a possible conflict of interest.

Township Police Report
The October, 2003 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police were 317. Reportable Incidents were 36 broken down as follows: Criminal Mischief-11, Harassment-8, Theft-8, Assault-3, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-3, Trespassing-2 & Disorderly Conduct-1. Non-Traffic Citations Issued-3. Traffic Citations Issued-22. Accidents Handled-11. Criminal Charges Filed were 21 broken down as follows: - Burglary-4, Theft-4, Receiving Stolen Property-4, Assault-3, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-3, Criminal Mischief-1, Disorderly Conduct-1 & Trespassing-1.


Old Business:
Stephens, second Baker to approve Amendment to Zoning Ordinance regulating adult businesses in Jackson Township. Vote-3 yes. Mr. Stephens said his vote was based on Solicitor Barbinís statement that proper procedures were followed for the Amendment.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to approve a 3 year contract with Barnes, Saly & Company, Certified Public Accountants, to audit accounts of Jackson Township for the calendar years 2003 through 2005. Vote-Baker & Bracken-yes. Stephens-no.

New Business:
The first item of business was the Loretta Gilkey subdivision.. Solicitor Barbin said that the subdivision needed two things and that they were minor and just required paperwork. He recommended that the Board approve the subdivision contingent upon receiving a completed DEP Non-Building Waiver and Sewage Facilities Planning Module. Motion Stephens, second Baker to approve the subdivision of Loretta Gilkey contingent upon receiving a DEP Non-Building Waiver and a completed Sewage Planning Module. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to approve the subdivision of Daniel & Ruth Zurenda. Vote-3 yes.

The Walter Silbaugh Jr. Subdivision was discussed. Solicitor Barbin said that Mr. Silbaugh should submit a letter showing written approval from JETSA (Jackson-East Taylor Sewer Authority) and that the Board could approve it contingent upon receipt of that letter. Motion Stephens, second Baker to approve the subdivision of Walter Silbaugh Jr. contingent upon receiving a letter from JETSA. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to adopt proposed budget for Jackson Township for 2004 as follows: General Fund $ 836,272.00, State Fund $140,000.00, Fire Hydrant Fund $10,000.00, Rescue Fund $ 9,000.00, Capital Reserve Fund $ 1,523,140.00, Senior Center Fund $63,500.00; Total of All Funds $ 2,581,912.00. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to approve a three year contract with Berkheimer & Associates for collecting EIT & OPT Taxes. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to approve soliciting bids for fencing and walking track for Leidy Park Project. Vote-3 yes.

Motion on transferring $ 13,918.87 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund - $4,836.00 to Naugle Insurance for insurance premium, $3,619.31 to Luther P. Miller for fuel & heating oil, $1,615.71 to U.S. Municipal Supply for pipe and street signs, $1,168.75 to Plunkett & Cooney for lawsuit legal expenses, $1,039.68 to P. Joseph Lehman Engineers for State stormwater compliance, $800.00 for a donation to the Nanty Glo Public Library, $500.00 for a donation to the Jackson Twp. Fire Company for Halloween Parade expenses and $339.42 to Dean Jordan for police cruiser tires. Vote-Baker & Bracken-yes, Stephens abstained due to a possible conflict of interest.

Motion Stephens, second Baker on approving the time sheets from October 26, 2003 through November 8, 2003. Vote-3 yes.

The Board went into executive session to discuss a motion on the agenda to hire Melanie Kline as a full-time police officer. The Supervisors returned from Executive Session at 7:53 pm. Motion Baker, second Stephens to table hiring Melanie Kline as a full-time police officer. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Eugene Kist
asked if the Township was paving roads in Nanty Glo Borough as he seen them laying macadam there the other day. Chairman Bracken responded by saying this was a public comment period and not a question and answer session.

George Burkey complimented the Township for working with Nanty Glo and he would like to see more cooperation between municipalities. He said he started that idea with the Sewage Agency with 9 or 10 Township getting together to form an Agency that benefits everybody. He said it was similar with the Agility Program with the State where we would do things for them and they would do things for us. He said Nanty Glo actually plowed some of the streets in Jackson Township that were extensions of Nanty Glo Streets when we couldnít get to them plus they were miles and miles out of the way. He thinks itís a great idea to share services between municipalities to save each other money instead of yelling about it.

Dan Zurenda agreed with Mr. Burkey and said working together was a good idea.

Betty Lou Shoup said she has lived in Jackson Township for 47 years and has seen many changes. She said she seen the dump go from a little thing to a big thing. She added that she agrees with Clair Michaels on one thing and that is eventually the dump is not going to be there. She said itís time that we start to save some of that money and reminded people to remember what happened with Franklin Borough. She said Franklin is now bankrupt and for years people didnít have to pay taxes as they took in a lot of money from the mill. She said she doesnít expect anything and will gladly pay her fair share and is thinking about the children and grandchildren in the future. She said she tries to save money at her house and thinks the Township should do the same.

Don Allbaugh said he agreed with Betty Shoup and mentioned about the streetlights being installed in the Township. He said that no light was necessary at Benshoff Hill Road & Sharkey Road and that you could sit up there for a week and see only a few cars.

Chairman Bracken
announced that the next Supervisors Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 30, 2003 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Senior Center.

Baker, second Stephens to adjourn at 8:01 am. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary