November 21, 2002

The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. in the municipal building. Members present were David Bracken, Bob Stephens, Bruce Baker and Dave Hirko. The meeting was called to order by David Bracken, Chairman, with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Public Comments:
Zelda Dugan asked if lighting was still being considered for the Route 271 - Route 22 interchange. Manager Dave Hirko said that lighting was to be included in the upcoming Route 22 project and that all additional interchanges along Route 22 in Cambria County would also be lit as well. Supervisor Stephens said that the project would probably start late Summer or early Fall of next year.

Delores Kimble asked if the Township had full hospitalization and life insurance on our policemen and volunteer firemen. Supervisor Bracken said that the volunteer firemen were covered as well as the Police Chief but no benefits were in place for the part-time policemen. Mr. Bracken said that the fire company had their own policy because they had to have malpractice insurance for those working on the ambulance.

Ed Westrick stated that there was a complaint on someone burning demolition materials and wanted to know if the Township was doing anything about it. Supervisor Baker said he thought he knew which complaint he was referring too and asked Zoning Officer Harry Baker about his findings on the complaint. Mr. Harry Baker said it appeared to be some wood burning and that there was nothing toxic. Supervisor Baker said they would look into it further.

Betty Lou Shoup asked the Supervisors to pass on a message to PennDOT that the construction work done on Route 271 has alleviated much of the water problems but that a problem still exists at the end of Anderson Road. Supervisor Bracken said he would follow up with Paul Burns of PennDOT.

Clair Michaels asked if any anti-skid was purchased for the Winter. Supervisor Bracken said it was purchased under the State Piggbyback Program and that no bidding was required. Mr. Michaels then asked on the Fords Corner mine drainage issue if Jeff Kostelic or the PaDEP was requesting to enter Township right-of-way. Supervisor Bracken said it was the PaDEP that was seeking the right-of-way.

Will Michaels Jr. asked what the letter from East Wheatfield Township listed on the agenda was about. Supervisor Bracken said it would be addressed under correspondence. Mr. Michaels then asked if the public could comment on the letter at that time and the Supervisors agreed to have additional public comment after the letter was read.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to approve the minutes of meetings on October 31st. Vote - Baker & Bracken-yes, Stephens-abstained due to pending litigation.

Township Reports:
General Fund - 11/1/02 - $ 80,301.65; Receipts of $ 34,947.14; Disbursements of $ 32,112.46; Balance 11/21/02 - $ 83,136.33

Capital Reserve Fund - 11/1/02 - $ 876,064.34; Receipts - $ 52,462.22; Disbursements - $ 0.00; Balance 11/21/02 - $ 928,526.56

Letter was received from the Home Nursing Agency Foundation, a private non-profit organization who made 108 visits to Jackson Township during the past year. The agency provides service to those in need regardless of the ability to pay. They were requesting a donation of $250.00 from the Jackson Township Supervisors.

Motion Stephens, second Bracken to contribute $250.00 to the Home Nursing Agency Foundation. Vote-3 yes.

Supervisor Baker cautioned the board that perhaps letters requesting donations should be held until they can be worked into the budget.

Letter from East Wheatfield Township stating that they were not notified when Jackson Township adopted their Zoning Ordinance and that they would appreciate being notified of any changes made to the Ordinance in the future. Public comment was re-opened so those in attendance could address this matter.

Public Comments:
Will Michaels Jr. asked if our Township was required to notify them. Supervisor Bracken said we were only required to notify them if it were a joint-municipal agreement.

Delores Kimble asked if surrounding municipalities notified Jackson Township when zoning was established or changes were made to their existing zoning ordinances. Supervisor Bracken said no.

Ed Westrick commented that it would make sense to tell neighboring municipalities as in the case of the HDA (High Density Agriculture) District bordering East Wheatfield Township. Supervisor Bracken said prior to zoning, anything could be put anywhere in the Township.

Don Knopsnyder said the only requirement he was aware of was that Jackson Township had to give the school district a copy of their comprehensive plan.

Supervisor Stephens said that he felt it was the neighborly thing to do to notify the adjoining municipalities.

Will Michaels said it was untrue that you could put High Density Farming anywhere you wanted even prior to the zoning. He stated that it was a lie and that untrue statements are being made about what zoning has done for this Township and that there is a dictatorship.

Charlotte Blough asked why anything couldn’t ever be done just out of courtesy and not always being worried about what was legal.

Supervisor Bracken said there are over $35,000 in legal fees this year because of a few people who debate everything and don’t like what is going on.

A subdivision was presented where the Mylar copy was never filed and recorded at the County Court House. Motion Baker, second Stephens to approve the original subdivision submitted by Frank and Doreen Svencer. Vote-3 yes.

A revised subdivision was also submitted by Frank and Doreen Svencer. Jerry Thomas, the surveyor explained that there was a ‘typo’ on lot number two. Motion Stephens, second Baker to approve the revised subdivision of Frank and Doreen Svencer. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to approve the subdivision submitted by Loretta Gilkey. Vote-3 yes.

An easement request by the PaDEP / Jeff Kostelic was submitted in order that they can work at the Fords Corner Abandoned Mine Site. Motion Baker, second Stephens to adopt Resolution 02-07 excluding Item # 7 which grants indemnification of the Government. Vote-3 yes.

A proposed budget for 2003 was presented as follows: General Fund-$737,840.00, State Fund-$175,000.00, Fire Hydrant Fund-$10,000.00, Rescue Fund-$9,000.00, Capital Reserve Fund-$1,319,000.00, Senior Center Fund-$75,800.00; Total of All Funds-$2,326,640.00 Motion Baker, second Stephens to approve the proposed 2003 Budget. Vote-3 yes.

Proposals were reviewed by three CPA firms which submitted packages earlier this year. The firms were Gentile, Wiener, Catanese & Vulcan, Wessel & Company, and Barnes, Saly & Company. Motion Baker, second Bracken to appoint Barnes, Saly & Company CPA’s to do an independent audit of the Township records for the year 2002. Vote-3 yes.

Ordinance # 123 was reviewed which will regulate speed limits on Adams Avenue, Blackburn Road, Kepple Road, Leidy Lane and Snyder Road. The limits were established after speed limit studies were conducted by Lehman Engineers. Motion Baker, second Stephens to adopt Ordinance # 123 which will regulate speed limits on Township roads. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to reimburse Paulette Baker for expenses incurred in attending the Pennsylvania State Tax Collectors Convention. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to transfer $ 3199.00 from the Capital Reserve Fund - $2699.00 for a Moonpaver Berming Machine and $500.00 to the Jackson Township Fire Company to help defray expenses of holding the Township Halloween Parade. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to approve the bills from November 1st, 2002 to November 21st, 2002 - General Fund - $ 32,085.94; Senior Center Fund - $ 1,974.10; Highway Aid Fund - $ 9,250.10 Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to approve the time sheets for October 27th to November 9th, 2002. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 p.m. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary