Supervisors deal with several issues

First Posted: 4/8/2012

Several ongoing issues within the township were discussed at a meeting Monday evening.

A $340,000, 4-year loan was approved for the Bulford Road sewer project. Supervisor Al Fox said a meeting was held last week to determine a plan for construction.

The project cost is being shared with 19 residents on Bulford Road. At previous meetings, Chairman John Wilkes Jr. said the sewers had “major failures” and the cost-splitting tactic helped residents save more money than what they would have had to pay on their own.

Some residents have opposed the project, but Fox has said that most understand the need for it and have been compliant.

Solicitor Jeff Malak told supervisors the township has received partial payment from Larksville Borough concerning services rendered to Steele Road.

For 39 years, Jackson Township maintained the entire road and was paid $400 in liquid fuels funds annually by Larksville Borough for work performed on the section located within the borough.

Larksville Borough has not made a payment since 2005.

Malak said the township has received a partial payment for this year’s maintenance and is setting up a payment schedule for the backlogged funds.

The board also voted to share the purchase of emergency radio equipment for the Back Mountain Regional Emergency Management Agency with Lehman Township, to be reimbursed by a gaming grant.

Lehman Township was recently awarded $975,000 in local share account funds on behalf of the Back Mountain Community Partnership to construct a regional emergency management facility on Route 118.

In other business, the board…

• Approved sending a letter of interest to other Back Mountain municipalities about the possibility of purchasing police services through an intergovernmental cooperative agreement.

Fox said one full-time police officer has left the township and the township will explore the sharing of officers instead of hiring a new one.

• Authorized a mutual aid agreement with the Back Mountain Firemen’s Association for the Jackson Township Fire Department and Ambulance Association pending the insurance company’s and solicitor’s reviews.

• Approved a resolution to support state prevailing wage reform.

The next Jackson Township Board of Supervisors meeting will be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, May 7 in the municipal building.

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