Jackson Township trustees
A look at the Jackson Township Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5. Shown left to right are trustees' chairman Greg Vogt, trustees' vice chairman Mark Wright and Trustee Mark Eshelman. 

JACKSON TOWNSHIP -- Jackson Township government got off to a fast start to open 2021, holding two meetings on Tuesday, Jan. 5 to set up their governing efforts for the new year.

At their organizational meeting, trustees Greg Vogt, Mark Wright and Mark Eshelman voted to have Vogt continue to serve as chairman of the trustees, officials reported. Wright is serving as vice chairman for the coming year.
Trustees, the township reported, also adopted a series of resolutions by 3-0 votes.
Among the actions, according to documents provided by the township:
* establishing temporary appropriations of $863,964.74 to meet the current operating needs of Jackson Township until a permanent appropriations resolution can be approved 
* continuing to hold trustees' meetings on the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. in the township building except on holidays when they would meet the following evening at 7
* reappoininting Ronald Carpenter as zoning inspector 
* approving its travel-related reimbursement policy involving township business. This includes a mileage reimbursement of 56 cents per mile
* the three trustees serving as the London Cemetery Cemetery Board. The annual cemetery board meeting is planned for 6:30 p.m. April 6. 
* conducting an annual inventory of equipment set for Jan. 10
* establishing the pay rate for township zoning inspector at $500 per month
* setting the expense reimbursement for the zoning commission and zoning appeals board members at $30 per meeting and board secretaries at $40 per meeting 
* establishing the pay rate for the township road superintendent at $25 per hour. The current part-time road assistant is to be paid $17.50 per hour in 2021.
* setting pay rates of $15 an hour for skilled township government workers with at least a Class B commercial driver's license, $12.50 per hour for experienced workers and $10 per hour for inexperienced workers 
* appointing Kevin Alt to the Jackson Township Zoning Commission for a term running from Jan. 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2025.
* appointing Jerry Roth to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a term running from Jan. 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2025.
* naming Trustee Eshelman as township safety coordinator, Vogt reported.
Check the Shelby Daily Globe upcoming for coverage of the trustees' regular meeting that followed the organizational meeting.

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