June 22, 2013

DAMA presenters were interrupted with frequent questions during a presentation to Jackson Township residents at the township building. The topic was a proposed cooperative project between their company and SCI-Dallas. The meeting was held after the regular supervisors’ meeting.

According to Larry Spaciano, executive director of DAMA, the project would consist of using SCID land to install and operate machinery which creates mulch from yard waste. SCID would benefit from the project by receiving mulch to aid in its garbage composting project. Spaciano called it “the perfect cooperation between state and local government.”

One resident said of the plan, “I see no benefit to me.” She had concerns about increased traffic in the township.

Spaciano explained that the yard waste deposited at the township building would be taken away and good quality compost would be brought back for residents’ use.

Another resident wanted to know if the project would present any security issues since the project will take place close to the prison.

Presenters showed images of the proposed site and also provided their study of the noise levels which would be produced by the machinery.

Officials of DAMA met each objection with careful answers.

Finally, supervisor Tim Evans said, “If there’s not a benefit, the supervisors won’t let it happen.”

Although the presentation was made at a supervisors’ meeting, supervisors pointed out that the proposed project is a zoning issue. No application has been made to the planning commission or zoning board.

The township also moved one step closer to a drug and alcohol policy for employees. The board of supervisors gave township solicitor Jeffrey Malak the go-ahead to send the final policy to their insurance carrier.

Malak pointed out that the new policy includes both pre-employment procedures and random testing of employees.

Supervisors awarded a contract to RCH Services for a stormwater project on Timbergrove Road. The winning bid was for $7708.

Residents complained about zoning violations at several residences and supervisors said they would look into specific problems.