December 29, 2005

The Jackson Township Supervisors held their regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. at the Jackson Township Municipal Building. Members present were Supervisors Dave Bracken, Bruce Baker 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 Supervisors Baker & Bracken present. Manager Hirko said Supervisor Bob Stephens called him and would not be able to attend due to illness.

Public Comments Concerning Agenda Items:

Baker, second Bracken to approve the minutes of the November 17, 2005 Board of Supervisors meetings. Vote-2 yes.

Township Financial Report:







$     13,733.39

$ 164,160.86

$    142,819.29

$     35,074.96


$ 1,347,337.84

$ 118,189.51

$     71,548.03

$ 1,393,979.32


$      2,884.58

$          8.76

$              .00

$       2,893.34


$    26,448.48

$    4,301.18

$       3,482.15

$      27,267.51

Baker, second Bracken to approve the bills for the period of November 18, 2005 through December 29, 2005. Vote-2 yes.

General Fund

Highway Aid Fund

Senior Center Fund

$     142,819.29

$           .00

$       3,482.15

Township Police Report:
The November, 2005 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for November were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police were 384. Reportable Incidents were 32 broken down as follows: Harassment-6, Theft-5, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-5, Theft of Services-4, Receiving Stolen Property-3, Criminal Mischief-2, Assault-1, Burglary-1, Criminal Trespassing-1,Possible Drug Paraphemalia-1, Public Drunkenness-1, Stalking-1 and Threats-1. Non-Traffic Citations Issued-3. Traffic Citations Issued-42. Accidents Handled-15. Criminal Charges Filed were 16 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-5, Receiving Stolen Property-3, Harassment-2, Theft of Services-2, Criminal Trespassing-1, Possible Drug Paraphemalia-1, Public Drunkenness-1 and Stalking-1.

Manager Hirko
said, we received a letter from the East Taylor-Jackson Boosters Association requesting our annual donation of $1000.00 to the organization to help support the 2006 season. It says they appreciate our continued support and itís provided positive results to the youth in the community. Denny Bowers, President, ETJ Boosters. The other letter was from Dale Wyse, Wyse Cemetery Memorials. We wish to thank the Jackson Township Supervisors and the Jackson Township Recreation Commission for the opportunity to erect the Jackson Township Veterans Memorial. Special thanks to Dave Hirko and Connie Fetzer for the help they have given us. He also brought two framed pictures of the monument and he also gave two pictures to the Senior Center in case anybody wants to look at them after the meeting.

Old Business:

New Business:
Baker, second Bracken to approve Resolution 06-05 adopting the proposed budget for Jackson Township for 2006 as follows: General Fund $ 1,102,240.00, State Fund $ 140,630, Fire Hydrant Fund $ 10,500.00, Rescue Fund $ 8,500.00, Capital Reserve Fund $ 1,661,435.00, Senior Center Fund $ 57,900.00; Total of All Funds $ 2,981,205.00. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to approve Resolution 07-05 setting the tax structure for 2006 as follows: Real Estate Tax-3Ĺ Mills, Fire Hydrant Tax-Ĺ Mill, Rescue Service Tax-1/4 Mill, Earned Income Tax-Ĺ %, Real Estate Transfer Tax-Ĺ %, Per Capita Tax-$5.00 and Emergency & Municipal Services Tax-$5.00. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to appoint Barnes, Saly & Company, Certified Public Accountants, to perform the audit of Township records for the calendar year, 2005. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to approve request by the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company to add Eric Reitler and Stella Fedora to the roster of the Jackson Township Fire Police. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to accept contract with the Humane Society of Cambria County to become effective on January 1, 2006. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to enter into an agreement with Richard C. Sutter & Associates to provide planning and development services at the rate of $75.00 per hour as needed, not to exceed a maximum of $24,500.00. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to reimburse Paulette Baker, Tax Collector for registration and mileage associated with attending a Pennsylvania State Tax Collectors Municipal Training Program in Harrisburg, PA to earn credits and maintain status as a qualified Tax Collector for the State of Pennsylvania. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to transfer all real and personal assets which were part of the 2005 Pike Road Water Line Extension Project to the Jackson Township Water Authority. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to adopt Ordinance # 138 which requires mandatory tap-ins into a water line being replaced by the Croyle Township Water Authority which extends into Jackson Township. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to appoint Karl Smith to a five-year term on the Jackson Township Recreation Commission to fill a current vacancy. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to authorize request for annual contribution of $1,000.00 to the East Taylor-Jackson Little League for the year 2006. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken on transferring $ 71,548.03 from the Capital Reserve Fund to the General Fund - $30,385.61 to US Municipal Supply for Dump Body and accessories for new Township truck, $5,368.37 to Pashek Associates for work on Master Recreation Plan, $5,213.53 to American Rock Salt, $4,981.86 to Williams & Willman for line painting, $4,848.44 to Naugle Insurance for December installment, $4,547.23 to Martin Oil for fuel and heating oil, $4,307.02 to Ebensburg Office Supply for 3 fireproof file cabinets, $3,735.93 to P. Joseph Lehman for work on Comprehensive Plan, $2,972.20 to Grannas Brothers for antiskid, $2,146.00 to H.A. Thompson for Treasurers Bond renewal, $1,585.00 to Tops It Off for new window sills at District Magistrates Office, $847.50 to M & M Uniforms for police uniforms and $609.34 to C & R Motors for repairs on police vehicles. Vote-2 yes.

Motion Baker, second Bracken on approving the time sheets from November 6, 2005 through November 19, 2005, November 20, 2005 through December 3, 2005 and December 4, 2005 through December 17, 2005. Vote-2 yes.

Other New Business:

Public Comments:
Ed Nischalke
said, pretty much when we pay the bills and we transferred the $71,548, how does that relate to the budget. . . .when we did the budget, we transferred this year $370,000 into the General Fund to balance the Budget, so is this in addition to? Manager Hirko asked, Youíre talking from this yearís Budget? Nischalke replied, yes. Do you take care of that all at once here? Hirko answered, sometimes there are unanticipated expenses throughout the year. . . .I donít remember whether they were both this year, but we had two vehicle replacements. . .one was due to a tree and one was due to a Cherokee that rolled over after hitting ice. Nischalke said, the question is. . .in addition too? Hirko replied yes. . . hopefully we wonít have unexpected things this year but thereís always something that comes up. Thatís the best way I can explain it. We can only plan what we anticipate. Nischalke said, $71,000 a month is a pretty big amount. Hirko answered, thatís exceptionally high but weíre covering a month and a half because our last meeting was the 17th of November. Itís normally not that high. We actually had a couple of months where we didnít transfer anything if you look at the whole year.

Clair Michaels said, this gentleman here (Rich Wray), I want to ask him a question. How are you making out with that water with Ebensburg? Rich Wray said, the question on the billing fee was put before the steering committee where the Authorities get together to discuss the relationship. To clear up this matter, the steering committee anticipates to meet next week. Michaels asked, and theyíre going to clear up the matter with the fire hydrants? Wray answered, right. Michaels asked, by the looks of it, is the Township getting their money back or not? Wray replied, I couldnít answer that at this time. . .I really couldnít say. Michaels said, I think they should.

Chairman Bracken
announced that the Board of Supervisors 2006 Reorganization Meeting will be held on January 3, 2006 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Municipal Building.

Motion Baker, second Bracken to adjourn the meeting at 7:16 pm. Vote-2 yes.

Respectfully submitted,
David M. Hirko, Secretary