First Posted: 1/8/2014

Vice-chairman Al Fox announced at Jackson Township’s reorganization meeting that the township is in the process of upgrading to a more interactive website which will be hosted by the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors.

Over the past few months, there have been frequent complaints about the lack of online access to police reports and zoning reports.

Chairman Jay Wilkes said the website will have more features than the township’s current one and will include the promised reports.

Wilkes said the township does not yet have a domain name for the site but hopes to announce that at February’s meeting.

Solicitor Jeffrey Malak explained the only piece of business conducted at the meeting, reporting that the township is taking out a tax anticipation loan to cover operating expenses until taxes are collected in March. Malak said this was a common practice in Pennsylvania municipalities.

The supervisors approved the first resolution of the year which authorized the loan from FNCB. The loan amount is for $150,000 at a 1.75 percent interest rate with no pre-payment penalty.

Supervisors announced that John Saranchuk, of Duryea, will replace Jerome Leedock as police chief of Jackson Township. Leedock retired in December.

Saranchuk has been serving as acting police chief of Dupont borough for the past three years. He will continue in that position while serving as chief in Jackson Township.

During their reorganization meeting, supervisors made no changes in their assignments or in township board committee appointments.

Supervisors approved a 1.75 percent raise for all non union/non contracted employees.

The township supervisors meetings will be held on first Mondays for the coming year. Meetings will start a 6 p.m. except for May, September and November meetings which will begin at 9 a.m.

An additional budget meeting will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, 2014.

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