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Jackson Township

41 Back St, PO Box 48
Millerton, PA  16936
570-537-6367

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Monthly Minutes

– SUPERVISORS MEETING --

May 4, 2021

DRAFT MEETING MINUTES 

JACKSON TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS

 

The Regular Meeting of the Jackson Township Supervisors was called to order at 7:10pm by Chairman

D Hoffman.

Present were Supervisors Walter Barnes, Frank VanDelinder, Donald Hoffman, , the Secretary, and 8 guests. 

 

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Visitors were acknowledged at this time:

Herb Dunham was present.  He was concerned about the amount sod dug up by the snowplow that was laying in his yard.  D Hoffman stated that the township would have the road crew look at it and address the issue.

 

H Dunham also thanked the board for hosting the spring cleanup.  He expressed some concern about a resident that had a large truck full of what appeared to be dirt and stone.  H Dunham felt this should not be allowed in the spring cleanup dumpster. 

 

F VanDelinder stated for had a large turnout for the spring cleanup and filled 4.5 dumpsters with waste and 3 dumpsters of tires. 

 

Sharon Rodgers, from Jackson Summit, was present she stated that she has talked to W Barnes about the odors from the pig farm on Alder Run Road last year.  She had learned that the farm had purchased property on Wales Rd that was upwind of the community of Jackson Summit and they had been dumping manure on the property causing odor issues.  They dumped manure in April this year.  She is concerned about the odor and was wondering if the board of supervisors could do anything to stop them from dumping manure on Wales Road. 

Discussion of the issue commenced.

 W Barnes explained that they were not dumping manure they were spreading manure and that they have laws that control manure spreading and that they have to report the amount of manure they spread. 

D Hoffman stated that he appreciated S Rodgers comments but that we are in an agricultural area and there are laws that protect agricultural producers.

 

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Motion to accept the meeting minutes for the Regular Meeting of April 6, 2021 and April 22, 2021 by W Barnes, seconded by F VanDelinder with the following correction.  Removing the words “one layer”   that are repeated in the April 6 Minutes under Tar and Chipping.  Unanimous Approval.

 

Treasurer’s Report:                                                             

                                                                                                                        2021                                                                2020

General Fund: 

            Checking (PLGIT)                   $   132,777.43                        $       76,459.49

            Regular Checking FCCB         $       6,809.92                        $         6,740.03

            FCCB CD#1                            $     94,361.07                        $       93,251.45

            FCCB CD#3                            $              0.00                        $       39,450.18

            FCCB CD#4                            $              0.00                        $       50,500.21

            Term                                         $              0.00                        $                0.00

            Prime                                        $   305,616.34                        $     403,583.62

            Petty Cash                                $            46.95                        $              43.05       

State Fund:

            Checking (PLGIT)                  $   351,743.63                       $      273,782.53

            Savings (FCCB)                       $          517.53                       $             517.27

            FCCB CD’s                              $       5,908.06                       $          5,892.59

            FCCB CD                                $     14,485.90                       $        14,422.40

            FCCB CD                                $       9,504.60                       $          9,462.94

            Term                                         $              0.00                       $                 0.00          

            Prime                                        $   272,719.01                       $      272,150.92

Capital Reserve: 

            Checking (PLGIT)                   $     82,511.65                       $        62,462.77

            FCCB CD                                $     20,210.92                       $        20,163.05                      

Capital Rsv Marcellus Shale:

            Checking (FCCB)                    $   192,589.79                       $      136,847.62

            BEVFD  (CD)                          $   128,905.22                       $      128,070.73

            MVFD   (CD)                           $   128,905.22                       $      128,070.73

            BEVFD (CD)                           $     14,686.76                       $        14,505.01

            MVFD (CD)                             $     14,686.76                       $        14,505.01

            BEVFD                                    $     11,365.55     

            MVFD                                      $     11,365.55

JT Investment Fund                             $          295.93  General Funds  $         290.79

            Term  (PLGIT) (11/20/19)        $              0.00                           $             0.00

            Prime                                        $   304,254.77 Marcellus Shale $ 303,621.01

JT 2015                                                 $              0.00                        $         4,586.40

Community Center-Park

            Prime (PLGIT)                                                   $     25,537.35                     $             25,484.16

 

Parks and Recreation

            Checking (FCCB)                    $     11,677.43

            Savings (SCU)                          $            27.07

            CD1 (SCU)                              $       6,533.84

            CD2 (SCU)                              $       1,951.22

           

Bills paid outside approved accts:

   General:

            Penelec                                         $      750.73                              ck#8472

            AT&T                                           $        60.82                              ck#8475

            UGI                                              $      427.60                              ck#8473

            Empire Access                              $        97.13                              ck#8474

            Robert D Rundell                         $        38.61                              ck#8483(lawnmower fuel)

            Watson Diesel Inc                        $ 27,450.00                              ck#8484(25% truck down payment)

            Big Elm VFD                               $ 11,492.80                              ck#8485(1/2 Fire)

            Millerton VFD                              $ 11,492.80                              ck#8486(1/2 Fire)

 

 

           

Motion by F VanDelinder, second W Barnes to approve the Treasurer’s Report.  Unanimous Approval.

 

Committee Reports:

Parks & Recreation:  F VanDelinder reported a Houser Park cleanup day was planned for May 7th at 9am to cleanup park for Memorial Day.

W Barnes stated that the supervisors had originally discussed the parks and recs board putting shrubs around the park and requested that parks and rec board think about planting some shrubs.

 

Sewer Agency:  F VanDelinder reported that they had a long meeting last month mostly in regards to issues the agency was having with consistency with DEP.

 

Municipal Authority:  No Report

 

Tioga Tax Collection Committee: No Report

 

Road Report:  Roadmaster was not present.  No road report.

 

Secretary Report:  The Secretary read the Secretary’s report.  Motion by F VanDelinder, second

W Barnes, to accept the Secretary’s Report.  Unanimous Approval.

 

Old Business:

Tioga County Junk Ordinance:  D Hoffman explained that complaints about a property on White Road had been discussed at previous meetings.  Documentary evidence for these junk complaints, in the form of pictures, have been provided to the board of supervisors.  D Hoffman suggested the pictures be forwarded to the solicitor and that the solicitor write a letter to the offending party.

 

F VanDelinder explained that he received a complaint about the property last week and visited the site.  Vehicles were partially blocking the road and he could barely get through.  He visited the site today and the road was clear. 

W Barnes stated that he visited the property today and the road was clear at the farm but farther down the road a trailer was parked in the road. 

D Hoffman stated that the issue needs to be addressed and action needs to be taken.

F VanDelinder expressed concern that taking legal action will cost a lot of money with little result.

D Hoffman stated that it costs money to prosecute enforcement of an ordinance.

 

W Barnes motioned to contact the solicitor to address the complaints of vehicles in the right of way.  Vote:  Yes – D Hoffman and W Barnes.  No – F VanDelinder.  Motion carried.

 

Trees on Property Line of Russ Draper and Houser Park near Walking Path:  R Draper present.  Ash trees around the walking trail and on the Draper/Houser Park property line are dying and need to be removed.  If the trees are cut down R Draper will remove them from the site.  F VanDelinder motioned to work with R Draper to clear dead and dying  trees at Houser Park. D Hoffman second.  Unanimous approval.

D Hoffman stated that R Draper and Jackson Township would work together to solicit prices to remove trees and that the road crew would help dispose of trees if not busy.

 

New Truck:  On April 22nd Jackson Township entered into a contract to order a new truck since one of the existing trucks is no longer useable.  Jackson Township will be purchasing all the accessories (plow cinder spreader, etc from Watson’s Diesel Inc. for $108,000.00.  Sherwood preordered the vehicle and the township should receive it by October.

D Hoffman stated that these items were purchased via state bid.

 

Resolution 5-21, to replace Resolution 4-21: Banner Permit:

Wording for banner location in Resolution 4-21 was incorrect:  Across SR 328 at the corner of First street and SR 328 is replaced by SR328,/0220/2066 in Resolution 5-21.

W Barnes motioned to repeal Resolution 4-21. F VanDelinder second.  Unanimous Approval.

 

W Barnes motioned to accept Resolution 5-21 to hang a banner for the Memorial Day Parade at SR328/0220/2066.   F VanDelinder second. Unanimous Approval.

 

New Business:

Old Truck:  97 Mack truck has a twisted frame and is rusted.  No longer useable.  Discussion about how to dispose of the 97 Mack commenced.

F VanDelinder suggested the township advertise it for sale along with a snow plow and cinder spreader.  D Hoffman suggested it be sold as a unit with the plow and cinder spreader. 

F VanDElinder requested the secretary make sure the statement “the supervisors can accept or reject any bid” be included in the advertisement.

Bid opening will be June 1st, 2021 at 7PM at the regular township meeting.

The secretary will advertise in the Star Gazette once and 2 times in the Penny Saver. 

 

Tar and Chipping:  F VanDelinder will be meeting with Logan from SuitKote to get estimates tomorrow, May 5th.

 

Classes:  ‘None

 

Motion to accept the bills on the Bill List by W Barnes, F VanDelinder second.  Unanimous Approval.

               $24, 561.88 out of Gen’l;    $6,564.73 out of State

 

Motion to adjourn by F VanDelinder, D Hoffman second.  Unanimous Approval.                    

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Julie Hess, Secretary

 

 

 

– SUPERVISORS MEETING --

April 22, 2021

APPROVED MEETING MINUTES 

JACKSON TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS

 

The Regular Meeting of the Jackson Township Supervisors was called to order at 7:14pm by Vice Chairman

F VanDelinder.

Present were Supervisors Walter Barnes, Frank VanDelinder, the Secretary, and 2 guests. 

 

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Visitors were acknowledged at this time:

 

 

Old Business

Bids for New Truck:

Prior to the meeting Supervisors met with salespeople and solicited bids from two State approved contractors: Bradco Supply and Watson Diesel Inc. and requested that bids be submitted by this meeting on April 22, 2021.

F VanDelinder stated that the salesman from Bradco did not think a truck would be completed until spring 2022.  A representative for Bradco did not show up for the meeting or submit a bid for a new truck.  Present is Jeff Pepper from Watson Diesel.  J Pepper informed the board Watson Diesel would have the truck completed by October 2021. 

 

Watson Diesel, Inc bid for custom upfit that includes: Painting, Lettering, 14’ Larochelle Combination Body, Force Cable Controls, Larochelle11’x42”Reversible Plow, Larochelle Patrol Type Wing Plow, Rear Towplate plus Misc Buts, Steel, Wire, Connectors, Etc.

            Materials:                               $90,000.00 – 25% Downpayment

            Labor:                                     $19,800.00

The estimate includes $1,800.00 for a topscreen which the supervisors declined.  $1,800 will be deducted from final bill.

 

F VanDelinder motioned to accept the bid from Watson Diesel, Inc for $108,000.00 with a 25% downpayment of $27,450.00 to upfit a new Tandem Western Star and a purchase of the Chassis from Sherwoods.  W Barnes second.  Unanimous Approval.

 

Resolution for Banner:

Ryan Belz present and provided the remainder of the info needed to complete the banner permit.  R Belz contacted some local businesses and collected donations to pay for the banner.  R Belz plans to purchase a banner for the Memorial Day parade with pockets to allow the section that includes the date and advertisement to be changed.  This would allow the same banner to be reused.  F VanDelinder motioned to approve the banner with the additional information.  W Barnes second.  Unanimous Approval.

 

The Millerton Volunteer Fire Department will hang the banner.

 

F VanDelinder cautioned that he may want to use a cable to hang the banner to make it more stable.  F VanDelinder stated that if a cable is necessary the township will pay for the cable.

 

 

New Business:

Boat on Lester Sheive property:

R Rundell contacted the township secretary about a boat that was abandoned along the road on Lester Sheive’s property several years ago.  If it is OK his son will bring it to the spring cleanup to dispose of it in the dumpsters.  It is fiber glass.  F VanDelinder said to bring it down the day before the spring cleanup and they would try to smash it to get it into the dumpster.

 

 

 

Motion to adjourn by unanimous consent.

 

 

 

– SUPERVISORS MEETING --

April 6, 2021

 Approved Meeting Minutes

JACKSON TOWNSHIP SUPERVISORS

 

The Regular Meeting of the Jackson Township Supervisors was called to order at 7:10pm by Chairman

D Hoffman.

Present were Supervisors Walter Barnes, Frank VanDelinder, Donald Hoffman, Solicitor Zachary Gates, the Secretary, and 12 guests. 

 

D Hoffman informed the informed visitors, for the record, an executive session was held with the solicitor to discuss the junk ordinance from 6:57PM to 7:08PM.

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Visitors were acknowledged at this time:

Richard and Shannon Gutekunst were present and wished to discuss the dust issue on Tower Hill Road.  F VanDelinder asked them to hold there comments as the issue of dust control would be discussed later in the meeting.

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Motion to accept the meeting minutes for the Regular Meeting of March 2, 2021 by F VanDelinder, seconded by W Barnes.   Unanimous Approval.

 

 

Treasurer’s Report:                                                             

                                                                      2021                                             2020

General Fund: 

            Checking (PLGIT)                   $   134,856.45                        $       67,306.96

            Regular Checking FCCB         $       3,892.03                        $         1,089.19

            FCCB CD#1                            $     94,140.55                        $       93,251.45

            FCCB CD#3                            $              0.00                        $       39,450.18

            FCCB CD#4                            $              0.00                        $       50,500.21

            Term                                         $              0.00                        $                0.00

            Prime                                        $   305,606.66                        $     403,258.06

            Petty Cash                                $            46.95                        $              43.05       

State Fund:

            Checking (PLGIT)                  $   359,805.82                       $        71,648.27

            Savings (FCCB)                       $          517.53                       $             517.27

            FCCB CD’s                              $       5,905.14                       $          5,892.59

            FCCB CD                                $     14,485.90                       $        14,422.40

            FCCB CD                                $       9,504.60                       $          9,462.94

            Term                                         $              0.00                       $                 0.00          

            Prime                                        $   272,709.78                       $      271,931.39

Capital Reserve: 

            Checking (PLGIT)                   $     82,510.15                       $        62,421.49

            FCCB CD                                $     20,200.96                       $        20,150.53                      

Capital Rsv Marcellus Shale:

            Checking (FCCB)                    $   195,556.02                       $      136,797.17

            BEVFD  (CD)                          $   128,698.95                       $      127,282.72

            MVFD   (CD)                           $   128,698.95                       $      127,282.72

            BEVFD (CD)                           $     14,686.76                       $        14,505.01

            MVFD (CD)                             $     14,686.76                       $        14,505.01

            BEVFD                                    $     11,351.56     

            MVFD                                      $     11,351.56

JT Investment Fund                             $          295.93  General Funds  $         290.32

            Term  (PLGIT) (11/20/19)        $              0.00                           $             0.00

            Prime                                        $   304,540.40 Marcellus Shale $ 303,376.09

JT 2015                                                 $              0.00                        $         4,586.21

Community Center-Park

            Prime (PLGIT)                                                   $     25,536.49                                 $             25,463.60

 

Parks and Recreation

            Checking (FCCB)                    $     11,677.43

            Savings (SCU)                          $            27.07

            CD1 (SCU)                              $       6,533.84

            CD2 (SCU)                              $       1,951.22

           

Bills paid outside approved accts:

   General:

            Penelec                                         $      866.36                              ck#8445

            AT&T                                           $        59.88                              ck#8444

            UGI                                              $      776.05                              ck#8443

            Empire Access                              $        99.38                              ck#8442

            AmTrust North America              $   1,921.00                              ck#8447

 

 

           

Motion by F VanDelinder, second W Barnes to approve the Treasurer’s Report.  Unanimous Approval.

 

 

Committee Reports:

Parks & Recreation:  Committee met April 1, 2021.  C Truman reported the next meeting will be held on May 6th.  They have scheduled a cleanup of the park for May 7 at 9AM to clean up trash, branches, etc.  C Gilbert reported that they discussed putting some of the Parks monies into a savings account but there was no difference in interest rates.  They are going to look into placing money into a CD at First Citizens Community Bank.  They are getting estimates to get some of the larger cracks in the walkway sealed. 

 

Vandalism has been occurring at the park.  Someone has broken into the concession stand, broken bat hangers in the dugout and started fires in the dugout.  Different ways have dealing with vandalism was discussed.

 

Previous vandalism at the park was discussed. Currently no reparations have been made for vandalism that occurred in July 2019.  Z Gates informed the board that there is a 2 year stature of limitation on private nuisance claims if they want to pursue the issue.  The board will follow up with Z Gates.

 

C Gilbert installed over 50 bricks at the monument, many of which were purchased by the Parks and Recs board for members of the armed services who fought in the Civil War, War of 1812, Spanish American War and Revolutionary War and are buried in our local cemeteries.

 

Sewer Agency:  No Report

 

Municipal Authority:  No Report

 

Tioga Tax Collection Committee: No Report

 

 

Road Report:  The Roadmaster read the Roadmaster’s report.  Motion by F VanDelinder, second

W Barnes, to accept the Roadmaster’s Report.  Unanimous Approval.

 

 

Secretary Report:  The Secretary read the Secretary’s report.  Motion by F VanDelinder, second

W Barnes, to accept the Secretary’s Report.  Unanimous Approval.

 

Old Business:

Materials Bids

The Board met at 2PM on April 6, 2021 to open bids.    D Hoffman read the bid results and the bids were discussed.  The accepted bids are as follows:

            Gravel—Bankrun (delivered)             Cross Excavating        (Kilmer Pit)                 $ 7.85 @ ton

                        Motion by F VanDelinder, second W Barnes to accept as low bidder.  Unanimous Approval.

            Gravel—Bankrun (FOB)                                Glenn O Hawbaker                                         $ 4.00 @ ton

                        Motion by D Hoffman, second F VanDelinder to accept as low bidder.  Unanimous Approval.

            Gravel—2RC (Tailgate Spread)         Cross Excavating  (Kilmer Pit)           $ 10.40 @ ton

                        Motion by W Barnes, second F VanDelinder to accept as low bidder.  Unanimous Approval.

            Gravel—2RC (Stockpiled)                             Cross Excavating  (Kilmer Pit)           $ 9.80 @ ton

                        Motion by F VanDelinder, second W Barnes to accept as low bidder.    Unanimous Approval.

Gravel—2RC (FOB)                                           Glenn O Hawbaker                                         $ 6.10 @ ton

Motion by F VanDelinder, second W Barnes.  Glenn O Hawbaker is not the low bidder but  proximity to jobs sites is closer so less expensive to haul. Vote:   Yes-D Hoffman, F VanDelinder, No-W Barnes. Motion Carried.

#3 & #4 Stone (delivered)                                  LJP Trkg                                                                     $ 16.54 @ ton

                        Motion by F VanDelinder, second W Barnes to accept as low bidder.   Unanimous Approval.

Coarse Aggregate—1A Stone (delivered)          Dalrymple Gravel                    $ 23.75 @ ton

     Motion by W Barnes, second F VanDelinder to accept as low bidder.  Unanimous Approval.

            Coarse Aggregate—1A Stone (FOB)             Dalrymple Gravel                    $ 18.00 @ ton

                        Motion by W Barnes, second F VanDelinder to accept as low bidder.  Unanimous Approval.

            PennDOT—2A (Tailgate spread)       Cross Excavating        (Kilmer Pit)                 $ 11.95 @ ton

                        Motion by W Barnes, second F VanDelinder to accept as low bidder.  Unanimous Approval.

            PennDOT—2A (Stockpiled)              Cross Excavating        (Kilmer Pit)                 $ 11.30 @ ton

                        Motion by F VanDelinder, second D Hoffman to accept as low bidder.    Unanimous Approval.

PennDOT—2A (FOB)                            Glenn O Hawbaker                                         $ 7.60 @ ton

                        Motion by F VanDelinder, second D Hoffman to accept as low bidder.    Unanimous Approval.

            Coarse Aggregate—1B Stone Washed          Dalrymple Gravel                                $ 23.75 @ ton

                        Motion by W Barnes, second F VanDelinder to accept as low bidder.  Unanimous Approval.

            Coarse Aggregate—1B Stone UnWashed                 Glenn O Hawbaker     $ 17.83 @ ton

                        Motion by F VanDelinder, second W Barnes to accept as low bidder.   Unanimous Approval.

Coarse Aggregate—2B Stone (Delivered)          Dalrymple Gravel                    $ 23.75 @ ton

Motion by F VanDelinder, second W Barnes to accept bidder, not low bidder.   Unanimous Approval.  Low bidder was Glenn O Hawbaker but supervisors were unclear of specifications of bid material (type A Gravel)

 

            Rip Rap—R3 (Delivered)                               Cross Excavating (Hemlock Hill)       $ 16.00 @ ton

                        Motion by D Hoffman, second F VanDelinder to accept as low bidder.  Unanimous Approval.

            Rip Rap—R4 (Delivered)                               Cross Excavating (Hemlock Hill)       $ 19.00 @ ton

                        Motion by F VanDelinder, second W Barnes to accept as low bidder.   Unanimous Approval.

            Rip Rap—R4 (Delivered)                               DeCristo                                                                      $ 19.00 @ ton

                        Motion by F VanDelinder, second W Barnes to accept as low bidder.   Unanimous Approval.

            Rip Rap—R5-R8 (Delivered)             Cross Excavating (Hemlock Hill)       $ 19.00@ ton

                        Motion by D Hoffman, second F VanDelinder to accept as low bidder.  Unanimous Approval.

Rip Rap—R3 (FOB)                                           Cross Excavating (Hemlock Hill)       $ 11.50 @ ton

                        Motion by F VanDelinder, second W Barnes to accept as low bidder.   Unanimous Approval.

Rip Rap—R4 (FOB)                                           DeCristo                                                                      $ 12.00@ ton

                        Motion by F VanDelinder, second W Barnes to accept as low bidder.   Unanimous Approval.

Type 1 Cinders State Approved  S Andrulonis Enterprises                                $ 29.95 @ Yrd

Having reviewed the sample material provided earlier today be the low bidder, McClure Enterprises and feeling the material may have some challenges D Hoffman motions to accept the bid for $29.95/Yd by S Andrulonis Enterprises. Second F VanDelinder. Unanimous Approval.

            Type 1 Cinders Non- Approved         LJP Trkg                                                                     $ 24.99 @ ton

                        Motion by D Hoffman, second F VanDelinder to accept as low bidder.  Unanimous Approval.

            Dust Control   (Brine)                                     AD Call                                                                                   $     .215 @ gal

                        Motion by F VanDelinder, second D Hoffman to accept as low bidder.    Unanimous Approval.

            DeIcing Sand (Delivered)                               Glenn O Hawbaker (Type AS1)                     $ 16.37 @ ton

                        Motion by F VanDelinder, second D Hoffman to accept as low bidder.    Unanimous Approval.

Deisel Fuel                       WOC at $ 2.067 per gal. and a rack price of $ 1.1877. 

                        Motion by W Barnes, second F VanDelinder to accept as low bidder.  Unanimous Approval.

 

Tioga County Junk Ordinance:  D Hoffman explained that the township has had some complaints about a property as a depository for junk.  At one point the board has considered repealing the Jackson Township Junk Ordinance in favor of the Tioga County Junkyard Ordinance, which strictly enforces commercial junkyards.   Z Gates explained that Jackson Township has a broad junk ordinance that covers private properties and commercial properties and if the township repeals there existing ordinance the county can only enforce commercial junkyards. Discussion commenced regarding the differences between the two ordinances.

 

D Hoffman motioned to vote to keep existing junk ordinance in affect (Ordinance 81-7) in Jackson Township.  F VanDElinder second.  Unanimous Approval.  

 

C Gilbert asked if Z Gates could add an addendum to the ordinance that would allow the township to address existing junk property issues.

Z Gates suggested the township begin by sending letters to properties of concern.

C Gilbert expressed concern about one property in which the township has already sent letters and the state police have been involved.  D Hoffman requested that C Gilbert provide all pictures and documentation he has collected to the board.

 

Repairs to Block Walls in Tribs. Along Bly Road and North Road:  Township received bids from LJP Trucking Inc. and Solid Ground Services.   F VanDelinder sought out estimates from other sources but did not receive a reply.

 

The bids are as follows.

LJP

North Road: Contractor to supply labor, materials and equip.  Remove existing 48 blocks, prep creek bed, reinstall 48 blocks 2 ft lower in stream bed, purchase and install 20 new blocks on top of old ones.  Install riprap on upper and lower sides of blocks.                                                     $15,846.50

 

Bly Road Option 1:  Dig keyway across in 8 locations along wall and place dimension stone across creek to raise creek bed to original height and stop erosion into creek bed. Place creek gravel between stone keyways to bottom row of blocks not exposed.  Install rock on upper side and lower side of blocks.                                                                                                                                                                            $10,211.25

Bly Road Option 2:   Remove existing 36 blocks, prep creek bed, reinstall 36 blocks 2 ft lower in stream bed, purchase and install 25 new blocks on top of old ones.  Install riprap on upper and lower sides of blocks.                                                                                                                                                              $16,846.50

 

Solid Ground Services

Mobilization to site:                                                                                                                $750.00

North Road:  Remove and rekey base of slope, restack existing blocks and place stone at he the upper and lower sides of block wall.                                                                                                       $9,800.00

Bly Road:  Remove and rekey base of slope, restack existing blocks and place stone at he the upper and lower sides of block wall.                                                                                                     $12,450.00

 

J Penner suggested that if the board selects Solid Ground Services they consider putting dimension stone in the stream channel bed to help stabilize the stream more and decrease erosion around the base of the block wall.

 

F VanDelinder motioned to accept the bid from Solid Ground Services for $23,000.00 to repair the block walls in the tribs along Bly Road and North Road. W Barnes second.  Unanimous Approval. 

 

Update Lighting in Equipment Shed: F VanDelinder reported that he expects Doug Wright to be on site next week to install new lighting.

 

Trees on Property Line of Russ Draper and Houser Park near Walking Path:  No update.  Wet weather has hindered ablity to get in and trim trees.  D Hoffman stated that the township will invite Mr. Draper to the next township meeting to discuss a plan for tree removal.

 

Parade Permit Application:  Secretary informed the board that the parade permit was submitted but that a statement has to be added that stated “Since the guidance on public gatherings changes from day to day and geographically, it is the sole responsibility of the event sponsor (Jackson Township) to notify PennDOT immediately if the event is canceled if necessary to conform with public health mandates, restriction, and or advisories.  In addition the event will comply with all current and applicable PA Orders regarding COVID19 safety mitigation guidance including, but not limited to, guidance from the PA Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.”

 

New Business:

New Truck:  F VanDelinder announced that the board of supervisors was planning to meet with several State approved dealers to get bids on a new truck to replace one of the township trucks that is heavily rusted and needs to be replaced.

 

QuickBooks Payroll:  Secretary reported that she has been notified by QuickBooks that if a new version of QuickBooks was not purchased and installed by May 31 QuickBooks payroll services/help would be discontinued.  Secretary wanted to know how to proceed.  D Hoffman requested that the secretary get prices and discuss it prior to installation.

Resolution for banner: R Bourdette requested permission to hang a banner over SR328 advertising the Memorial Day Parade.   R Bourdette is still awaiting information regarding the specific message on the banner and the size of the banner, which is required on the resolution that will be forwarded to PennDOT.

F VanDelinder motioned to pass a resolution to permit a banner to cross SR328 for the Memorial Day Parade if all other items are approved. D Hoffman second.   Unanimous Approval.

 

Donation for Memorial Day Parade:  R Bourdette explained that the Millerton UMC usually pays local school bands and the American Legion to participate in the Memorial Day Parade.  The Williamson High School band charges $200 and the American Legion charges $100.  R Bourdette asked if the township has a budget to pay for fees from the Memorial Day Parade.    F VanDelinder asked that personal donations be made for the parade.  F VanDelinder did not think the township could use tax dollars to donate to the parade.  F VanDelinder, W Barnes, and D Hoffman each agreed to personally donate $100 to the Memorial Day Parade. 

 

American Rescue Act Monies:  Jackson Township would be receiving $184,587.00.  Details about how money could be spent not yet available.  Cannot be spent and roads and bridges.  Can be used to replace tax funds lost due to COVID19 (base losses on 2019 receipts).  Can be used for infrastructure improvements.  Cannot be used to decrease local taxes.  Secretary will set up a separate account in PLGIT for these monies.  Will likely receive 50% of funds by June 2021.  Remaining 50% in 2022.  Monies must be spend by 2024.

 

Spring Cleanup:  April 30th – May1st:  Secretary will advertise 2x in Penny Saver.

Discussed spring cleanup fees.  Added:  first two truckloads OR one trailer load free and each additional trailer load is $20.  All other fees will remain the same.  W Barnes motioned to adopt this fee structure.  F VanDelinder second. Unanimous Approval.

 

Junk at end of Bear Cr Road:  Township has received some complaints about junk accumulation in stream channel at the end of Bear Cr Road and SR328.  W Barnes asked secretary to contact Keith Rhoul at DEP regarding the issue.

 

Tar and Chipping:  Tar and Chipping is contingent upon funding.  Historically township has been using ACT13 funds for tar and chipping but these funds are expected to be decreased this year.  D Hoffman recommended tar and chipping Tower Hill Road from Jackson Center to Maple Ridge Road, and seal coating on Middle Road and Button Hill Road and spot repairs on Trowbidge Station Road (following work to address spring in road and Baker Road.

 

S and R Gutekunst expressed concern about dust and how dangerous parts of Tower Hill Rd and asked the supervisors to explain how they prioritize Tar and Chipping.  D Hoffman explained that existing tar and chipping takes priority.  These roads need to be Seal Coated every couple of years so that we do not lose them.  This consist of adding one layer to repair the roads.

The township cannot use salt brine at this time to decrease dust because DEP does not allow it.

 

S Gutekunst stated that dust is a real issue on Tower Hill.  They have lost two expensive horses, one from COPD and one from a lung aneurism because of the dust.  Both their house and barn are within 10 ft of the right of way.  They asked if the oil could be installed earlier.

 

D Hoffman explained that the roads have to be prepared before the oil can be put down and the township is at the mercy of the distributor as to when they can get out to install oil.

 

W Barnes motioned to tar and chip section of Tower Hill in front of the Gutekunst residence, then repair Middle Road, Button Hill Road, Trowbridge Station Road and Baker Road after that.  D Hoffman second the motion depending on available funding.  Vote:  Yes - W Barnes, D Hoffman.  F VanDelinder abstained.  Motion carried.

 

J Penner suggested that prior to tar and chipping in front of Gutekunst residence on Tower Hill Road the township needs to install a good base.  F Bell stated that the road will need to be made wider and will likely travel into their yard.

 

Plywood for Spring Cleanup: F VanDelinder would like to purchase a couple pieces of plywood to cross the barrier between the dumpster and vehicles at the spring cleanup. 

 

Miscellaneous:

Received Big Elm Volunteer Fire Department Financial Statement – 2020

 

Complaint regarding township residents using township cinders:  D Hoffman was under the incorrect impression residents were not allowed to use township cinders.  Township residents may use cinders in small amounts.

 

Cemetery Complaint:  W Barnes received a complaint about a cemetery the township owns not being maintained.  This is not an issue.  B Rundell mowed cemetery last year and the road crew removed down trees.

 

AAA Grant:  Secretary reported that the GMC will be painted starting April 14th

 

Classes:  ‘None

 

Motion to accept the bills on the Bill List by W Barnes, F VanDelinder second.  Unanimous Approval.

               $4,371.23 out of Gen’l;    $8,065.43 out of State;   $100.00 out of Parks and Recs.

 

Motion to adjourn by Unanimous Consent                    

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Julie Hess, Secretary