Jackson Township supervisors were one supervisor and a solicitor short at their March 4 meeting. In the absence of supervisor Alan Fox, supervisors were able to approve resolutions but did not discuss old business or introduce new business.
The supervisors approved the 2013-2014 COSTARS DGS salt contract.
They authorized the hiring of part-time officer John Saranchuk as of Feb. 5. They also approved the reinstatement of part-time officer Leo Letoski as of Jan. 1.
Resident Dave Milunic, of Shavertown, asked about Meadowcrest Drive. He lives on the street and wants to redo his driveway but wanted to know if the road will be resurfaced.
Board chairman John “Jay” Wilkes, Jr. said, “We wanted to wait. Maybe this year, maybe next.”
Another resident complained about the deplorable condition of Chase Road in the township. Since this is a county and not a township road, he wanted to know if the township had sent notification to the county about its condition.
Wilkes assured him that letters had been sent.
Mary Dockeray, of Shavertown, wanted to know why more part-time police officers are being hired than full-time officers.
“A lot of townships and municipalities struggle,” said supervisor Tim Evans.
Dockeray wanted to know if the township is hiring part-timers to avoid paying into a pension fund for the officers. She asked, “What’s the wisdom in that?”
The supervisors said that is not the reason for hiring part-time officers.
Evans said that some of the officers have as many as four different uniforms hanging in their closets.
“I sympathize with them.” But he assured the residents, “These gentlemen are qualified.”
Supervisors will meet next at 6 p.m. on April 1.