November 30, 2006

The Jackson Township Supervisors held a public meeting concerning the Jackson Township Comprehensive Plan at 7:00 p.m. at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. The Supervisors regular meeting immediately followed. Members present were Supervisors Dave Bracken, Bruce Baker, Bob Stephens along with Secretary-Treasurer / Manager Dave Hirko and Solicitor Bill Barbin. The meeting was called to order by Dave Bracken, Chairman with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Board Roll Call was taken with all three Supervisors present.

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:
Betty Lou Shoup
asked, on Item 12 are those percentages right?. . .because that comes to 5 1/4 percent of taxes. . . are those figures correct?. . .3 ½ , ½ , 1/4, ½, ½? Manager Hirko replied, yes, but not everybody has the Fire Hydrant Tax. . . .but that’s when the County went to the 100% assessment. . . .it cut everything in half but it’s exactly the same as last year. Shoup said, it comes to 5.5 and 1/4 . . shouldn’t it be an even number like 5 or 6? Hirko replied, no. Solicitor Barbin said, 5 1/4 is better than an even 6. Shoup said, 5 is even better.

Tim Davis said, the Historical Preservation Committee. . . how did we go about picking people for that? Did we have to sign up for that?

Charlotte Blough said, I want to thank the Supervisors and everybody on the committee for donating the extra $500 to the Miners Community Food Pantry in Nanty Glo. . thank you.

Stephens, second Baker to approve the minutes of the Board of Supervisors October 26, 2006 Meeting and November 9, 2006 Meeting. Vote-3 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$     63,230.05

$ 145,958.53

$     149,686.27

$     59,502.31


$ 1,628,724.06

$   60,473.30

$       84,929.21

$ 1,604,268.15


$     33,512.18

$       146.69

$                .00

$     33,658.87


$     26,700.55

$    3,448.75

$        3,474.43

$     26,674.87

Motion Stephens, second Baker to approve the bills for the period of October 27, 2006 through November 30, 2006. Vote-3 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$    149,686.27

$          .00

$      3,474.43

Township Police Report:
The October, 2006 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for October were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police were 221. 911 Calls by Type: Were 221 broken down as follows: Business Check-50, Follow-Up-20, Assist Other Agency (Fire/EMS/Road)-13, Traffic Warning-13, Information-8, Animal Complaint-7, Suspicious Activity (Vehicle)-7, Traffic Control-7, Harassment by Communications-6, Debris on Road-5, Disabled Vehicle-5, Administrative-4, Assist Other Police Department-4, Criminal Mischief-4, Phone Call (Return)-4, Theft (Other)-4, Alarm Business-3, Citation Issued (Traffic)-3, Domestic Situation-3, Driving Complaint-3, Juvenile Matter-3, Tree on Road-3, Vehicle Accident (D.U.I.)-3, 911 Hang Up-2, Burglary (Residential)-2, Child Custody Matter-2, Detail (Other)-2, Disorderly Conduct-2, Escort-2, Found Property-2, Interview-2, Noise Complaint-2, Patrol Request-2, Theft by Unlawful Taking-2, Vehicle Accident (Non-Reportable)-2,Vehicle Accident (Reportable)-2, Check Welfare (Person)-1, Civil Complaint-1, D.U.I. (Driving While Under the Influence)-1, Domestic (Non-Arrest)-1, Filed Charges-1, Harassment-1, Neighbor Dispute-1, Psychiatric Emergency-1, Suspicious Activity (Person)-1, Terroristic Threats-1, Traffic Hazard (Lights Out, Wires Down, Debris on Roadway)-1, Trespass Complaint-1, Vehicle Accident (Fatality)-1,

Manager Hirko
said, A letter was received from the Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum & Historical Society saying, Jackson Township Supervisors; The Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum and Historical Society works diligently to preserve the area’s coal mining history. Over the years, the Society has accumulated many artifacts. These are stored in various places. . the Nanty Glo Library, an unused building in Jackson Township, and members’ homes. The artifacts, many irreplaceable, deserve to be properly cataloged and displayed with consideration given to temperature, humidity, and lighting. Photographs from the Society’s collection were exhibited at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The event attracted more than 1,500 visitors. Saint Francis University also hosted the exhibit and drew over 900 visitors. A pamphlet from the exhibition accompanies this letter. The Society has been successful in gathering historically important items. Now, the time has come to build a museum to catalog, to store, and to display these artifacts. Based on past success, the Society believes that if a museum is built, people will come. We are asking for your financial support to help us establish a museum. The Society has acquired the Blacklick Valley Community Center, the former Liberty Theater, and is moving ahead with plans to convert this historical building into a museum. The building, however, needs a facelift. The estimated cost of the first phase is $100,000. The Society is wholly operated by volunteers. Your contribution in it’s entirety support the building of a museum and the associated maintenance costs. In supporting the Society’s effort, you also support the Miner’s Community Food Pantry, Inc., which operates out of the basement of the old Theater. Please support us financially as we endeavor to bring back to life this 85-year-old building. Our vision is to create a museum that the community can be proud of and that will add to the economy of Nanty Glo and surrounding areas. Respectfully, James S. Toth, Treasurer.

Old Business:

New Business:
Baker, second Stephens to approve Resolution 11-06 adopting proposed budget for Jackson Township for 2007 as follows: General Fund $ 1,262,855.00, State Fund $ 145,955.00, Fire Hydrant Fund $ 10,500.00, Rescue Fund $ 8,500.00, Capital Reserve Fund $ 1,941,905.00, Senior Center Fund $ 56,428.00; Total of All Funds $ 3,426,143.00. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to approve Resolution 12-06 setting the tax structure for 2007 as follows: Real Estate Tax-3½ Mills, Fire Hydrant Tax-½ Mill, Rescue Service Tax-1/4 Mill, Earned Income Tax-½ %, Real Estate Transfer Tax-½ %, Per Capita Tax-$5.00 and Local Municipal Services Tax-$5.00. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to authorize Solicitor to draw up amendment to Section 4-D of Ordinance # 126 (Real Estate Transfer Tax) to provide an interest rate equal to the amount charged by the Department of Revenue for unpaid Real Estate Transfer Taxes. Vote-3 yes.

Chairman Bracken said, this motion 14 (Approve contribution of_____to Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum & Historical Society to contribute towards the establishment of a permanent museum in Nanty Glo). . . I think we’re going to make a motion to table this because we need more information so we can sit down and talk to these people about the scope of their project. . the plans. . what they’re going to do so we have an idea what’s going on so we know what they need, how much they need and we’re going to have to table this because we’re really not sure. Supervisor Stephens said, may I interject this comment in consideration for your request for a motion. . . we’re all in favor of the Historical Society. . we’re all in favor of helping in every single way we possibly can to facilitate the advancement of the historical past in relationship to our future. At this time we don’t have the necessary information. We have information considering $100,000 for the first phase. We need to know what the total amount’s going to be. We’re willing to make a considerable contribution. . . we are contributing to the Nanty Glo Food Bank. . . I want to give everybody appropriate consideration. . .all of the areas that are affected by the Food Bank including West Wheatfield, East Wheatfield, Nanty Glo, Blacklick Valley and Jackson Township. We made a contribution over and above what any of them made. . .we made a second contribution and requested. . . I think at the last month’s meeting I requested that the Township Manager get out and write a letter to all four of the other municipalities and Townships involved to get out and consider making a contribution. Based on the information I have as of yesterday, none of them responded. . . none of them. . .none of the other four. . .all four were sent letters. We’re willing to meet and exceed and go above what most people would consider reasonable to get out and help the Tri-Area Historical Society. All of us are of like mind but we need to know exactly what they’re going to do. . . what it’s going to cost . . .try to get out and get the other people in the local area involved. . .it’s only reasonable to get out and become involved to some extent. . . they maybe can’t give as much as we can but they should be able to give something. The whole idea when they didn’t give to the local Pantry in view of Thanksgiving and Christmas. . . nothing. . .absolutely nothing. . .it all gives us some indications of what they’re full intentions are. We want to exceed that. . all of us. . and we’re willing to get out and help the Historical Society. . to get out and further their efforts. . . the compassion and dedication that they’ve shown in the past and for the future, I thank you. Motion Baker, second Stephens to table the motion. A vote was then taken. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to approve Police Policy & Procedures Handbook for Jackson Township Police Department. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to hire Mark Westrick as a part-time Police Officer for Jackson Township. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to hire Charles Nagle Jr. as a part-time Police Officer for Jackson Township. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to approve contract with Richard Sutter & Associates to perform Planning & Consulting Services for the calender year 2007 not to exceed the amount of $24,500.00.

Supervisor Stephens said, I’d like to comment on this. In view of the fact that Richard Sutter and Associates get out and performed a consulting service for the Township in which they did not in my opinion as Township Supervisors get out and tell the exact truth in their findings, I vote no. A vote was then taken. Vote-Baker & Bracken-yes, Stephens-no.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to appoint Barnes, Saly & Company, Certified Public Accountants, to perform the audit of Township records for the calendar year, 2006. Supervisor Stephens commented, I don’t have anything to say other than what I did before. A vote was then taken. Baker & Bracken-yes, Stephens-no.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to accept bid of Kevin Krouse for $650.00 for Galion 4-6 Ton Roller. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to establish a Historic Preservation Committee for Jackson Township to research, gather and preserve historical information and artifacts concerning the history of Jackson Township and to appoint the following members to head up this committee; Delores Bracken, Donna Davis, Zelda Dugan, Jim Lauffer, Linda Lesko, Dick McDowell, Betty Lou Shoup, Ed Smith and Barb Teeter. Motion Stephens to make an amendment to the motion that this be tabled pending tabling a motion to vote on each person individually. Motion Stephens, second Baker to amend motion to vote on each person individually. Solicitor Barbin said, the effect of that is to take the names out of the motion. . .the motion sits without the names now. . there will be another motion to do the names. . this now is just a motion to establish without naming names. Supervisor Stephens said, in other words, we’re all in agreement to establish a Historical Preservation Society but it’s just a complex situation where we’re going to get out and vote individually on each individual member. . . not collectively all nine members at one time. . . is that correct? Barbin replied, yes, this vote coming up is just a vote to establish the committee without names of people. Chairman Bracken said, we have a motion properly moved and second to establish a Historical Preservation Committee for Jackson Township. A vote was then taken. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to appoint Delores Bracken to the Jackson Township Historic Preservation Committee. Vote-Baker & Stephens-yes. Bracken-abstained.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to appoint Donna Davis to the Jackson Township Historic Preservation Committee. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to appoint Zelda Dugan to the Jackson Township Historic Preservation Committee. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to appoint Jim Lauffer the Jackson Township Historic Preservation Committee. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to appoint Linda Lesko to the Jackson Township Historic Preservation Committee. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to appoint Dick McDowell to the Jackson Township Historic Preservation Committee. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to appoint Betty Lou Shoup to the Jackson Township Historic Preservation Committee. Vote-Baker & Bracken-yes. Stephens-no.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to appoint Ed Smith to the Jackson Township Historic Preservation Committee. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker to appoint Barb Teeter to the Jackson Township Historic Preservation Committee. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken on transferring $ 84,929.21 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund - $45,543.03 to Schultheis Electric for Veterans Park Lighting Project, $26,500.00 to Earth Shapers for Vinco Stream Bank Stabilization Project, $5,373.00 to Naugle Insurance for November Installment, $4,005.10 to Luther P. Miller for fuel and heating oil, $1,050.00 to Ronald Farabaugh for brick work on Veterans Monument Expansion, $1,000.00 to Nanty Glo Library for contribution, $958.08 to P. Joseph Lehman for work done on Senior Handicapped Ramp and $500.00 to Miners Community Food Pantry for additional contribution. Supervisor Stephens commented, in view of the fact. . .I’m in favor of paying the bills. . don’t misunderstand. . . even when the other Supervisors get out and agreed to pay out a bill that I’m not in favor of, I must be in favor of paying the bills. I think it’s well known that a couple months ago that I get out and made known in a public meeting that the Vinco Stream Bank Stabilization Project wasn’t in my opinion in the best interest of the Township in the long run. Now, we’re having to pay for it. I don’t feel that it’s right that we should have voted on it to start with, but I must get out and vote to pay on a bill collectively. We agreed to pay on it even when I didn’t vote on it. A vote was then taken. Vote-3 yes.

Motion Stephens, second Baker on approving the time sheets from October 22, 2006 through November 4, 2006 and November 5, 2006 through November 18, 2006. Vote-3 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Steve Yurasek
commented, that project that you just did down there below Riverside. . you put gravel in that ditch line that’s quite small. Now what are you going to do when you get five, six inches of rain and it washes over into the channel. Is the Township going to be responsible from here on out now to maintain this thing? Solicitor Barbin answered, yes. The Township is responsible for the maintenance. We’re responsible to maintain flows. That doesn’t always mean it’s going to be perfect. Yurasek said, so in other words, we’re responsible for the water running off the Riverside parking lot there? Barbin answered, we’re responsible for water flowing through the easement area. Yurasek said, we’re setting a precedent now where we’re going to start maintaining things on private property simply because we did it once so now we’re going to do it everywhere. . . maintaining ditch lines. . God only knows what we’re going to do. Barbin said, it’s not on private property. . it’s on a public easement. We got an easement and it became a public easement. Supervisor Stephens added, it only became a public easement when we get out and accepted it as a public easement. It was a private easement prior to that. Barbin said, but we don’t go on to private property per say unless we have a easement first. Yurasek said, but you see we’re going to do the same thing. . all these people who want their roads taken over. . .the roads ain’t up to snuff cause they’re going to turn around and once you do something on that road or help them, from then on out you’re going to be responsible to take care of the road. They’ll say, you did it once, you’ll do it again.

Tim Davis commented, I’d just like to say thanks to the Supervisors and everyone for supporting the Recreation Commission regarding the Light Up Night. We had quite a good turn-out and if you would, I have some flyers over here for the Residential Lighting Contest. I need your help to get the word out there that you must register to be judged and Steve. . we’re looking for businesses too because we need to give a business prize away so I have applications over here in case anyone wants to take them with them. . please do and thanks again. Supervisor Stephens said, Tim. . we appreciate your contribution. . .let us give you credit where credit’s due. You and the Recreation Commission have done a fantastic job and I mean beyond description, anything more than we can ever imagine. . . believe me. . . sit down and think about it though what’s happened. If you went out and saw what transpired, there’s no question about the fantastic job that the Recreation Commission played with Kelly Lundgren done in the Township and we want to compliment you, commend you and let you know we appreciate what you’ve done. Davis replied, thank you and my other eight members also who are very, very active and they all have responsibilities. . .they each have responsibilities and I’m very proud of the work they’ve taken on too so I thank you for that. Stephens said, we thank you. Supervisor Baker added, that’s right kudos to the Rec Commission but let’s not forget the Township Road Crew, the Manager and all the people who come out because without those people. . . if you weren’t there and didn’t participate, shame on ya. Davis said, yep. .that’s what I meant in the very first words by everyone. Stephens said, I think all of know where it started and everybody who participated in it. . you are to be congratulated. . .but it all started with the Recreation Commission. . . that’s where it started. We’re all in appreciation of everybody who participated in it to for everybody in the Township and to make an example for everybody around us. Sincerely, I wish every single Township around us could have been there and saw what transpired in Jackson Township. It would certainly give them something to shoot for. These people set an example and they’re to be congratulated for what they’ve done. . .it’s a job well done. . . well done.

Clair Michaels said, I want to ask Mr. Wray, how are you making out with that water. . fire hydrants. . with Ebensburg. . with the water line? I mean that’s Township money there that was throwed away and wasted in my opinion. Stephens asked, are you talking about that water line up in Salt Lick? Michaels replied, yes. . with the fire hydrants on the Salt Lick Water Line. Rich Wray asked, do you want me to tackle that? Supervisor Baker said, we’re going to adjourn the meeting. Solicitor Barbin said, after that.

Chairman Bracken
made an announcement, The Board of Supervisors next scheduled meetings will be held on Thursday, December 14, 2006 at 8:00 am and Thursday, December 28, 2006 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building.

Motion Baker, second Stephens to adjourn the meeting at 7:36 p.m. Vote-3 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary