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Winter, 2007

As we start out a new year with new opportunities and challenges, it is a good time to reflect over the progress, accomplishments and challenges of Jackson Township over the past year. It’s also a time when we must look at the coming year and develop a course that will lead Jackson Township into a bright future for generations to come.

Economic Development
The long-awaited Route 22 Reconstruction Project is near completion due to milder than expected weather. The 35 million dollar project widened the heavily traveled road to 4 lanes and 5 lanes on Chickaree Mountain. The project entailed the construction of a new interchange at Dishong Mountain Road, improving other intersections and the construction of "turn around" roads and service roads. Flashing signal lights have been installed at the Chickaree Road / Mile Hill Road intersection as well as the Pike Road / Fords Corner Road intersection. In addition, the Township Supervisors have previously approved the installation of street lights at those two intersections as well as adjoining roads. PennDOT has already installed interchange lighting at Dishong Mountain Road and will be adding lighting to the Route 271 interchange as well as the two "turn around" areas. According to PennDOT, traffic flow on Route 22 is averaging 17,000 vehicles per day. Several businesses have already expressed an interest in locating along Route 22 including a proposed truck terminal. Development will depend upon whether water and sewer are readily available. The long-term economic impact of the Route 22 Project remains to be seen but it is expected to lead to growth for Jackson Township. Another project completed in 2006 was the 8.2 million dollar Landfill Gas Conversion Project. The project was carried out by Keystone Renewable Energies in cooperation with Waste Management and involves converting landfill gas into natural gas that can be used for general consumption. The line originating at the Laurel Highlands Landfill continues for 1.5 miles to a Dominion Peoples line where it is distributed. The project anticipates producing 1.5 million cubic feet of gas per day. Through an agreement with JRE, a coalition of Johnstown Wire Technologies, JWF Industries, Gautier Steel and the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority, the lower cost energy will help sustain nearly 1,000 jobs in the Johnstown area as well as creating 500 new jobs. In addition the lower cost energy will be used to power the Bio-Technology Park currently under construction in the Kernville section of Johnstown. That park is also anticipated to lead to over 1,000 new jobs from new companies not currently in the Johnstown area. In anticipation of future growth, an Economic Development Committee was established for Jackson Township. The group is comprised of local business leaders and professionals and has been meeting once a month and are exploring the possibility of establishing a Business Park in Jackson Township that could lead to many additional jobs in the area. According to the recently adopted Comprehensive Plan, the number one concern of residents was that of jobs. In addition, the Economic Development Committee is also looking at other items such as commercial development, new housing, developing infrastructure and even a Farmers Market. Work continues with Babcox & Wilcox cleaning up a large "boney pile" located near Route 271 and Loraine Road. The boney is being transported to a co-gen plant in Ebensburg and used as fuel. The site will eventually be completely reclaimed. Several companies have expressed an interest in locating windmills in Jackson Township. CPV (Competitive Power Ventures) of Braintree, Massachussetts recently got a height variance to erect a test tower off of Dishong Mountain Road. The proposed test tower will gather wind speed data for approximately one year and if favorable, could lead to a proposal to construct an actual windfarm. Jackson Township passed a Windmill Ordinance earlier this year to establish rules and guidelines for potential windmill developers including a 2500 foot setback from the nearest residential home.

Planning For The Future
Jackson Township adopted a Comprehensive Plan in September after much work and input from the Planning Commission, Richard C. Sutter & Associates, comprehensive community planners and input from the public. Surveys were sent out, public meetings held and interviews conducted with key individuals in the Community. The plan addresses many subjects including housing, emergency services, economics, education, environment, population, highways, sewer, water, recreation and more. The Comprehensive Plan is a blueprint and guide and can be a useful tool to help map development and growth within the Township.  Sutter & Associates of Hollidaysburg is working with the Planning Commission in helping to develop a new Subdivision Ordinance, updating the Township’s Zoning Ordinance and map and developing a concept for a Town Center in Jackson Township. In addition the Recreation Commission has been working with Pashek
& Associates, recreation planning consultants on developing a Master Recreation, Parks & Open Space Plan. The Plan was recently approved by the DCNR who provided a $25,000 matching grant for the project. Following some finalization of paperwork, the Plan will be put before the Supervisors for adoption. The Zoning Hearing Board continues to serve the Township by presiding over various hearings and matters throughout the year concerning land use issues. Harry Baker addresses Zoning Permits as applications are submitted as well as other problems and complaints as they arise. A great effort has been made as Harry and the Township continues working with property owners to clean up their properties. Much effort has gone into getting Leisure Village Mobile Home Park cleaned up from rubbish, junk vehicles and trailers as well as having Park lighting repaired and drainage problems resolved by working with the Park owner. Several other abandoned trailers in the Township were removed including one along Adams Avenue and the other on Benshoff Hill Road at Allbaugh Park. Other properties have been cleaning up junk vehicles, tires and rubbish. Another burned-out house was demolished along Dishong Mountain Road. If a situation warrants, further action may involve action from Township Solicitor after consulting with the Zoning Officer. Every improvement made in the removal of junk vehicles, rubbish or abandoned structures helps to beautify Jackson Township. Building Permits topped 1.6 million for 2006 and many people are inquiring about building and subdividing next year. Also during 2006, one of the largest tracts of land, approximately 3500 acres, was transferred from The Conservation Fund to the DCNR (Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources) who will manage the ground as part of the Gallitzin State Forest. Governor Rendell made the announcement in May that the State would be using 7 million dollars in Growing Greener Funds to make the purchase. The ground, once privately held, was once again opened up for public hunting. With proper planning, zoning and land use, Jackson Township can have controlled growth while protecting the residents, businesses and industry that already call Jackson Township home as well as the environment.

Inter-Municipal Cooperation
Jackson took a major step this year towards inter-municipal cooperation with the primary goal of saving money by joining forces with Cambria Township & Ebensburg Borough to form the Central Cambria Coalition. Since the Coalition formed in February the group has met once a month rotating locations for meetings. Topics that have been discussed have included equipment sharing, oil and gas drilling, inter-municipal planning, regional police services, recreation, sewage and water, windmills and zoning. Projects that have gone forward included a study for sewage along the Route 22 Corridor, a Joint Inter-Municipal Comprehensive Plan for the Central Cambria Coalition area and the joint-purchase of a paving machine between Jackson & Cambria Townships. The Coalition is exploring other areas of joint cooperation where the three municipalities are able to save money by joining forces. Another example of Inter-Municipal Cooperation was the joint purchase of an Air Compressor shared by Jackson Township, Jackson Twp. Water Authority and the Jackson-East Taylor Sewer Authority. All costs involved were shared equally with each entity paying 1/3. In addition Jackson Township has been working with East Taylor on the adoption of Pudliner Lane and has written letters along with Middle Taylor Township to PennDOT supporting the improving of the "S" curve on Benshoff Hill Road where the two Townships meet. 

Roads and Related Improvements
Many local road projects were completed last year to continue a concentrated effort to maintain local streets and roads on a regular maintenance program to keep them safe and in top condition for residents to use and enjoy. The major paving project for the Township last year was Whitetail Road which badly needed redone. The road was patched for many years while waiting to see how the Route 22 Project would affect Whitetail. Roads that were seal coated entirely or in part were Adams Avenue, Newcomer Road, Ogden Street, Rohrbaugh Road and Stagers Road. Additional road paving and patching on Pike Road East was completed by the Jackson Road Department and paid for by Amfire Mining as part of a six month renewable Road Bond established. Pennzoil Drive was originally scheduled to be paved through the efforts of JARI but due to a delay in paperwork for grant funding of $50,000, it should be done in the spring of 2007. The road crew worked endlessly on improving and maintaining drainage along various Township roads as well as overall maintenance. The Vinco Stream Bank Stabilization Project was completed to resolve a problem with flooding in that area. Earth Shapers, low bidder for the project, completed the work at a cost of $54,260. This year the Township invested in purchasing a Graco Line Lazer IV 5900 Line Striping Machine from Sherwin Williams and our own Road Department was able to paint lines on 26.16 miles of Township roads. The cost savings was tremendous compared to contracting out as previously done. Another new piece of equipment purchased was a 2006 Wolfpac 6100 Roller at a cost of $29,687 from Cambria Tractor on the State COSTARS Purchasing Program. The new Roller replaces two old, inefficient rollers. Other safety improvements included erecting signs on various roads to improve safety, reducing the
speed limit on Pike Road East, making the area by the Cambria County Christian School an official "School Zone". Signs will be erected as soon as quotes are received by the Township from qualified PennDOT contractors. Approval was also given by PennDOT to reduce the speed limit to 35 mph on Benshoff Hill Road from Allbaugh Park Road to Route 271. A Roadmaster Ordinance was also passed that makes the posting and enforcement of traffic signs much easier. In the past an ordinance had to be passed to enforce speed limit or no parking signs. Now they can be erected and an announcement made at the next Supervisors Meeting stating which new signs were put up and enforcement can then begin immediately following the announcement. Jackson Township approved another year in their 5 year contract with PennDOT to be reimbursed for performing winter maintenance on Benshoff Hill Road. Pine Lock Street was added to the Township Road System after residents petitioned the Supervisors to take over the road after improvements were made by the residents. A similar effort is currently underway by residents along Pudliner Lane but takeover of that road is dependent on East Taylor adopting their portion of the road which they are in the process of doing. During 2006 several additional street lights were erected and have made a great difference in making Township intersections and streets safer for vehicles and pedestrians. Additional lights are scheduled to be installed by the end of February, 2007 as their schedule permits.

Township Remains Financially Solid
Jackson Township remains in sound financial condition with the Capital Reserve Fund finishing the year with about 1.6 million dollars, up from 1.3 million last year. Local taxes will remain the same for the new year with no increase needed continuing the trend of having no local tax increase for over 20 years. In addition to revenues from the Laurel Highlands Landfill, additional revenue averaging about $1200 per month has started coming in from the Landfill Gas Conversion Project. That income is expected to increase as more gas is produced for consumption. With the development of the Brazil-Cherrywood Sewage Project and possible other sewer and water lines, more homes and businesses can be built in Jackson adding to the Township’s tax base and insuring that our local taxes continue to be one of the lowest in the County. All Township audits conducted by Certified Public Accounts, Federal, State & Local Agencies had no findings and the detailed record keeping was praised.

Emergency Services
The Jackson Township Police Department continues to provide 24 hour police protection. More emphasis has been put on patrolling neighborhoods to help make Township residents feel as safe as possible. Other services provided by the Police are making regular security checks to Township businesses as well providing traffic control during major events in the Community. The police recently made an effort to crack down on coal trucks exceeding the speed limit after receiving several complaints from residents. The Jackson Police Department has a good team of officers. Chief Fatula directs the Department comprised of 1 full-time officer, Melanie Kline who returned home from Iraq last summer, and 7 part-time officers. Improvements made to the Department included the purchase of a 2005 Chevrolet Impala and 2006 Ford Crown Victoria. Both vehicles were purchased on the State COSTARS Purchasing Program where local municipalities can obtain the same pricing as the State would. The Jackson Township Police Department also obtained a grant through the National Drug Control Policy’s technology transfer program for a MobileSynch RMS Computer System which includes software items such as software and 2 laptop computers that can be mounted in police vehicles so that information can be recorded while out on patrol rather than returning to the police station. In addition a $15,000. grant was received from Congressman Murtha’s office which helped purchase one of the new vehicles. . Mandatory drug & alcohol testing was implemented last year and a Police Policies & Procedures Manual was approved which combined many separate policies into one easy-to-use Handbook. Two Youth Drug & Alcohol Fairs were held during the summer. The program is sponsored by Judge Gerard Long and the Cambria County Courts. Both events were well attended. Leidy had attendance of 45 while over 70 attended the Mitchell Fair. A Neighborhood Crime Watch Program began after a group of residents in the Mundys Corner led by the Mumau & Harris families expressed an interest in starting one up in their neighborhood. A kick-off meeting was held and signs posted to start the initiative in hopes that additional residents and neighborhoods would also take an interest. The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department provided another outstanding year of service to the residents. There were many activities and events scheduled including the annual Halloween Parade and a Safety Day at the Jackson Township Elementary School. Many fundraising events were held as well which were well supported by the Community. Last year the Fire Company had a 1980 International Fire Truck overturn on the ramp from Route 271 to Route 22 while responding to a call. The Fire Company received $75,000 for the truck from insurance and decided to put it towards the purchase of a new truck estimated to cost $425,000.

Recreation Plans for Growth
The Jackson Township Recreation Commission has
taken on many projects this year and is planning for many more. Pashek Associates was hired as a consultant to help develop a Master Recreation, Parks & Open Space Plan for Jackson Township. The plan was financed with the help of a $25,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources. The plan will address the current and future needs of Jackson Township. The development of the plan is based on many factors including feedback and input from residents from a survey mailed to 40% of the residents, public meetings and key person interviews. The Plan was recently approved by the DCNR and after completing paperwork will be presented to the Supervisors for adoption. The Jackson Township Veterans Monument was expanded this year to erect two new stones that will hold 820 additional names. The original monument was thought to have sufficient room with 1008 names but there turned out to be far more Veterans from Jackson Township than anticipated filling up the monument by mid 2006. Currently there are 1039 verified names on or scheduled to be engraved.  With the help of State Rep. Tom Yewic obtaining a grant of $45,000, construction began adding decorative lighting along the walking path at Veterans Memorial Park as well as lighting for the parking lot between the Senior Center & Fire Company. Another grant for this Project has been applied for from 2007 funding. Work should be complete by the end of February, 2007. As part of this grant, new electrical facilities were added to Veterans Memorial Park for various events including the Heritage Festival. Plans are underway for the 2007 Heritage Festival. In it’s 3rd year, the 2006 Festival attracted large crowds and provided some exciting additions including an Under 21 Dance, Fireworks and Community Church Service. A $25,000 CDBG Grant was received for construction of additional playground equipment to be installed this spring at Leidy Park. Another improvement was having painting done of various facilities at Mitchell & Leidy Parks including concession stands, storage buildings, fencing and the basketball court at Mitchell. Work was done by the "Renovation Crew" under the direction of Judge Long and the Cambria County Courts. Under the program, individuals can pay off their fines through a community work problem. Some of the possible projects being discussed include lighting at Mitchell # 1 Ballfield, pavilions that can accommodate large groups and a gazebo at Veterans Park where it is hoped that concerts can be held showcasing a wide variety of music. Another key focus of the Recreation Commission has been the addition of several events and activities that can involve the Community. In the spring, their first-ever Fishing Derby was held in cooperation with the Jackson Township Rod & Gun Club. Approximately 60 children turned out for the event held at Simmons Pond. In August Kelly Lundren was hired through the Americorps Program to help plan and carry out activities and events suggested by the Recreation Commission. Activities in the fall included Scrapbooking Classes, Mini-Golf League, Halloween Dance, Christmas Home Decorating & Outdoor Lighting Contest and a highly successful Light-Up Night held at Veterans Park. In addition, many other groups such as the Boy Scouts have used the parks. One of the more highly publicized events was an event sponsored by Dogs Deserve Better where 15 contestants were chained to dog houses with the winner receiving a new car.

Sewer & Water Projects Will Help Spur Growth
Sewer & Water are seen as key components to the future growth and development of Jackson Township. The Brazil Lane and Cherrywood Estates sewer line is nearing reality as the Sewer Authority (JETSA) has been busy with surveying and getting the permits necessary to approach Pennvest for a loan. A $250,000 grant was approved by the Board of Supervisors to help spur the Sewer Project forward. When completed the new line will serve approx. 200 homes, Mitchell Park and create the potential for new residential development. Studies are also being done to explore the possibilities of sewage along the Route 22 corridor and possible spur lines on Fords Corner Road, Loraine Road, Finntown Road, Mile Hill Road, Whitetail Road, Pike Road West and Ogden Street areas. Any of these areas would be in the future and would be dependent upon the need and availability of grants / funding. A survey was conducted in 2006 by Richard Sutter & Associates of the Fords Corner area which showed a majority of residents in that area favored public sewage. A new sewer line is in the process of construction and scheduled to be completed in early 2007 by the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority as a component of the new Landfill Gas Project. The new line travels along Dishong Mountain Road and will transport sewage / leachate from the Laurel Highlands Landfill to the Dornick Point Treatment Plant. The line will also make sewage available to those who wish to have it but because this is a privately funded project, tap-ins are not mandatory. Anyone wishing to tap-in will be able to do so in the spring. The Jackson Township Water Authority will be expanding to provide water service to the Wagner Road & Chickaree Hill Road areas of the Township. Community Block Grant Funds designated by the Supervisors for the last four years will help complete this project along with the possibility of other competitive block grant funding. The Wagner Road and Chickaree Hill Road water project will serve approximately 37 homes, many of whom have experienced water problems in the past. Construction should start in the spring of 2007. Two CDBG meetings are scheduled for Thursday, January 18th at 10:00 am and W
ednesday, January 31st at 2:00 pm to discuss this project and the possibility of future projects. Another water line that will serve 18 homes along Ogden Street will be hooked up to the Jackson Township Water Authority system as soon as the necessary permits are obtained from the PaDEP. Also concerning water, the Supervisors passed an Ordinance that would require any property owners within 200 feet of an existing line to tap in at the time the property is sold or changes ownership. The Ordinance would not affect any existing property owners.

Senior Center
The Senior Center continues to grow with well over 630 members. The Senior Center held special ceremonies on Memorial Day and Veterans Day and the adjoining Veterans Park serves as a host for special events including the Heritage Festival and Light-Up Night. The Center played host to a wide variety of activities including the Cambria County Senior Games Horseshoe Tournament as well as a wide variety of seminars and classes during 2006 covering issues that concern Senior Citizens and the Community in general. During the past year the computer room was equipped with new computers with the help of an $8000. DCED grant made possible by State Rep. Tom Yewcic. Additional improvements included new window sills installed and railing up the front entrance to the Magistrates Office.

Township Faces Challenging Role
Running a Township the size of Jackson is like running a large business. There are numerous challenges and administrative tasks which seem to grow more each year. The Board of Supervisors get involved in all aspects of the Township and work to insure that Federal and State laws and policies are being followed. Some of the continuing matters being addressed by the Board are sewage regulations, sewer & water line projects, stormwater management, emergency services, building code, developing ordinances and policies, planning and zoning, recreation, economic development, historic preservation and too many others to mention. During 2006 the Board approved a 3 year labor contract with the Laborers International Union who represent the Jackson Township Road Department. They also recently adopted a Police Polices & Procedures Manual which combined many old polices into one updated manual as well as many other Ordinances and Resolutions to address the ever-changing needs of the Township. The Board voted to add a second monthly meeting which is held the 2nd Thursday of each month at 8:00 am. For some items, a month between meetings was too long to wait for action.

Residents Get Involved
Obviously, it takes a host of employees to keep everything running but we are also dependent upon residents and volunteers as well. There are countless residents that are involved in serving on various commissions and boards, the Fire Company, Senior Center, churches, schools and volunteer & civic organizations. The Township greatly appreciates all of those who serve in various capacities to help make Jackson Township a better place to live. If you are interested in volunteering on an Authority, Commission or Board, please send a note to the Jackson Township Supervisors at 513 Pike Road, Johnstown, PA 15909. Your name will be considered in the event an opening would occur.

Township Alive with Activity
Jackson Township is alive with activity and considering our prime location along the new Route 22, low taxes, good school district and a family-friendly community, we are poised for growth now and into the future. A key component to keeping everyone informed on what is happening is communications. This includes holding public meetings, maintaining a website, emailing online newsletters and publishing newsletters which are mailed out quarterly to all residents. 2007 should be another busy year of growth and development in the Township. The Supervisors welcome you to be a contributing part of Jackson Township's future.

Jackson Township began the new year with a surplus over 1.6 million dollars. The Jackson Township Supervisors passed an approved a budget for 2007 of $3,426,143.00. The breakdown is as follows: General Fund-$1,262,855.00, State Fund-$145,955.00, Fire Hydrant Fund-$10,500.00, Rescue Fund -$8,500.00, Capital Reserve Fund-$1,941,905.00 and Senior Center Fund-$56,428.00. The Township Capital Reserve Fund is over 1.6 million, up over $300,000 from the end of 2006. The Capital Fund increased despite many substantial improvements and projects being carried out over the past year. Jackson Township will once again not have to increase taxes as financial growth is balanced with helping the Township move and progress forward.

The Supervisors approved Resolution 12-06 setting the tax structure for 2007 as follows: Real Estate Tax-3½ Mills, Fire Hydrant Tax-½ Mill, Rescue Service Tax-1/4 Mill, Earned Income Tax-½ %, Real Estate Transfer Tax-½ %, Per Capita Tax-$5.00 and Local Municipal Services Tax-$5.00. No changes were made in local taxes from 2006. While school and county taxes have risen, Jackson Township has not increased local taxes for more than 20 years.

If you received this newsletter and your name or address information is incorrect, or if you know of any resident of Jackson Township who didn’t receive it, please call the Township Office at 749-0725.

Jackson Township initiated a Neighborhood Crime Watch Program after a group of residents from a neighborhood in the Mundys Corner expressed an interest in establishing a Crime Watch Program. The group was led by the Gina & Dave Mumau and Justine & Alan Harris families. A "Kick-Off" Crime Watch Meeting was held featuring Chief Bob Fatula of Jackson Township, Chief Craig Foust of Johnstown along with Neighborhood Crime Watch Leaders from Moxham and the West End. In addition Robert Schirf, General Manager of the Gittings Detective Agency shared tips with those attending on what to look for in your neighborhood in the way of suspicious behavior. A special appearance was also made by McGruff the Crime Dog. In supporting this effort, the Township will post signs at the entrance to a neighborhood announcing that it is a "Crime Watch Neighborhood". In addition the Jackson Township Police led by Chief Fatula will work with any groups who are interested in starting a Crime Watch Initiative in their neighborhood. Being involved in a Crime Watch Program involves walking around the neighborhood, paying close attention to suspicious behavior or activity and reporting that information to the Police. One concern that affects everyone these days is that of growing drug use. No neighborhood or community is immune to this problem. According to Chief Fatula, more sets of eyes are always a good thing when it comes to crime.

Jackson Township’s Comprehensive Plan recommended that a Historic Preservation Committee be established and the Board of Supervisors at their November Meeting unanimously approved the formation. Members appointed include Charlotte Blough, Delores Bracken, Donna Davis, Renee Dickert, Zelda Dugan, Jim Lauffer, Linda Lesko, Dick McDowell, Betty Lou Shoup, Ed Smith and Barb Teeter. The Committee was formed to research, gather and preserve historical information and artifacts and to help preserve the history of Jackson Township for future generations to come. The Committee will work with and complement existing historical groups such as the Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum & Historical Society and the Cambria County Historical Society and represent Jackson Township’s part in the local area history. If anyone has any contributions of historical nature please feel free to contact one of the members listed above or the Township Office at 749-0725.

The Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum & Historical Society announced plans to the Supervisors that they are in the process of establishing a permanent museum in the former 85 year old Liberty Theatre Building in Nanty Glo. Over the years the group has worked diligently to preserve the area’s history and have accumulated many artifacts. These are stored in various places including the Nanty Glo Library, an unused building in Jackson Township, and members’ homes. The artifacts, many irreplaceable, deserve to be properly cataloged and displayed with consideration given to temperature, humidity, and lighting. Photographs from the Society’s collection were exhibited at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. The event attracted more than 1,500 visitors. Saint Francis University also hosted the exhibit and drew over 900 visitors. The Society has been successful in gathering historically important items. Now, the time has come to build a museum to catalog, to store, and to display those artifacts. Based on past success, the Society believes that if a museum is built, people will come. They have asked for Jackson Township to help support their effort being that they represent the Township’s history as one of the "tri-area" communities with the other two being Nanty Glo Borough and Blacklick Township. The Board is supportive but wanted to first sit down with the Society to discuss their plans in detail. The Society has acquired the Blacklick Valley Community Center, the former Liberty Theater, and is moving ahead with plans to convert this historical building into a museum. The building, however, needs a facelift. The estimated cost of the first phase is $100,000. The Society is wholly operated by volunteers. They are planning a Fund Drive and all contributions in their entirety will support the building of the Museum and associated costs. The building also houses the Miner’s Community Food Pantry, Inc., which operates out of the basement of the old Theater. According to James Toth, Treasurer, their vision is to create a museum that the community can be proud of and that will add to the economy of Nanty Glo and surrounding areas including Jackson Township.

The Jackson Township Heritage Festival has grown quite popular during the last three years and planning is underway for the 4th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival. Last year, from start to finish, the festival brought people together from Jackson Township and surrounding communities for a weekend of food, fun and entertainment. The business community supported the event and without their help it would not have been possible. The Heritage Festival will be held this year on Saturday, July 21 & Sunday, July 22. Although many details need to be worked out, some can be shared at this time. Festival hours will be Noon-9 on Saturday and 12-6:30 on Sunday. Entertainment on Saturday that can be confirmed is Tree, an Irish folk music and step dancing group, The Rhinelanders who will play traditional German and polka music. Also the Fabulous Flashbacks will be returning to pack the house with their famous oldies show. Back by popular demand, a fireworks display is planned that evening as well. Sunday will begin with a Community Church Service from 10:30 to 11:30 featuring Evangelist & Gospel Recording Artist Tom Smith. The Masters who are based in Jackson Township will return to perform their awesome style of gospel music. Also returning is Beavercreek, a real crowd pleaser who put on an excellent show with their own brand of Bluegrass Music. Clay Bowser will be back to entertain as he plays a wide variety of music and even requests from the audience. Due to a conflict in dates, the Polka Family will not be able to perform but a great band called Crusade will be on hand to top off the evening. Crusade is from Toledo, Ohio and are known as the "Bad Boys of Polka" and have won many awards.  Other entertainment not yet confirmed could include a 17 piece jazz orchestra and magic show. Usual favorites for the kids will include clowns, face painting, hay rides, games and Big Bouncy jumping area. Also a Under 21 Dance / Concert will be held on Friday, July 20th. Bands will be announced as they are confirmed. Wade James of Jackson Township has agreed to line up the bands and once again, act as concert promoter for the event. Last year’s event featured five bands including Clearview Kills, Kilowatt, Mean Streak, Migrations and Sincerely Yesterday. Admission for all entertainment is free to all those attending. For those of you who would wish to have a booth at the Heritage Festival this year, contact Dave Hirko at 749-0725 or Betty Perry at 322-0938 to receive an application. There are many expenses to hosting the festival and the budget is approximately $17,000 for 2007. In order to put on a successful festival this year we are once again counting on local support. If you or your business would like to be a sponsor, please call Dave Hirko at 749-0725 to receive an application. By being a sponsor you will be recognized in advertisements in the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat & all five Mainline Newspapers as well as flyers and posters displayed throughout Cambria County. In addition a program distributed to everyone attending will also recognize those helping to sponsor this event. We hope you’ll consider being a part of the Jackson Township Heritage Festival in 2007.

If you have a junked vehicle that needs removed from your property and you’re not sure how to go about it, perhaps the following information will help. Al Gillin who operates a licensed junkyard along Adams Avenue has agreed to tow any junked vehicles that you would like to have removed from your property. According to Mr. Gillin, in most cases there will be no charge to any Township resident for this service unless there is great difficulty getting to the vehicle to pick it up. If you wish to have junked vehicles removed from your property, you may contact Mr. Gillin at 322-4366 to see if you qualify for this free service.

Residents Cashing In On Scrap Metal
Many residents are getting top dollar on scrap metal. This includes automobiles that may be sitting on your property. EMF Industries of Franklin Borough accepts old vehicles and pays for the scrap metal value which has been up dramatically this year. The phone number for EMF is 536-5047.

Jackson Township welcomes anyone interested in serving on a Authority, Board or Commission to submit a letter of interest in the event that any openings should occur. If you are interested, your letter would be kept on file at the Township office where you would be contacted if an opening would occur. Authorities include the Sewer Authority and Water Authority. Commissions include Planning & Recreation. There is also the Zoning Hearing Board. All letters should be mailed to Jackson Township Supervisors, 513 Pike Road, Johnstown, PA 15909.

Submitted by Police Chief, Bob Fatula
September, 2006 - November, 2006

911 Calls Dispatched to Police: 785
911 Calls by Type: 289

Business Check-50
Assist Other Police Department-13
Traffic (Warning)-13
Disorderly Conduct-9
DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-8
Animal Complaint-7
Suspicious Activity (Vehicle)-7
Traffic Control-7
Criminal Mischief-6
Harassment by Communications-6
Debris on Road-5
Disabled Vehicle-5
Assist Other Agency (Fire/EMS/Road)-4
Criminal Mischief-4
Phone Call (Return)-4
Theft (Other)-4
Alarm (Business)-3
Citation Issued (Traffic)-3
Domestic Situation-3
Driving Complaint-3
Juvenile Matter-3
Terroristic Threats-3
Tree on Road-3
Vehicle Accident (D.U.I. )-3
911 Hang-Up-2
Burglary (Residential)-2
Child Custody Matter-2
Detail (Other)-2
Drug Paraphernalia-2
Found Property-2
Hand Gun Violation-2
Noise Complaint-2
Patrol Request-2
Theft by Unlawful Taking-2
Underage Drinking-2
Vehicle Accident (Non-Reportable)-2
Vehicle Accident (Reportable)-2
Attempted Rape-1
Check Welfare (Person)-1
Civil Complaint-1
Domestic (Non-Arrest)-1
Filed Charges-1
Neighbor Dispute-1
Protection from Abuse Violation-1
Psychiatric Emergency-1
Public Drunkenness-1
Receiving Stolen Property-1
Suspicious Activity (Person)-1
Traffic Hazard (Lights Out, Wires Down, Debris)-1
Trespass Complaint-1
Vehicle Accident (Fatality)-1

Total Accidents Handled: 12
Non-Traffic Citations Issued: 18
Traffic Citations Issued: 53

Criminal Charges Filed: 32
Disorderly Conduct-7
DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-7
Drug Paraphernalia-2
Hand Gun Violation-2
Underage Drinking-2
Protection from Abuse Violation-1
Public Drunkenness-1
Receiving Stolen Property-1

Hundreds turned out for the 1st Annual Light-Up Night held at Veterans Park in Vinco. The festive evening was one of many events the Recreation Commission has been working on to get people in the Community more involved. Kelly Lundgren of Americorps who is assisting the Recreation Commission, did much of the planning and "leg work" for the Event which was held on Sunday, November 26th. The event featured over 10,800 lights which were put up by Tim Davis, Terri Davis, Diane Webber and the Jackson Township Road Department. In addition to the fantastic lighting display, 12 Christmas Trees were erected by Supervisor Bruce Baker and then various businesses, organizations and churches would each sponsor a tree for $10 and then decorate it with lights and ornaments. Groups who sponsored trees were All The Right Movies, First National Bank of PA, Hagerich Auto, Hudak Realty, Jackson Elementary PTO, Jackson Twp. Boy Scouts Troop 204, Jackson Twp. Girl Scouts Troops 715 & 745, Jackson Twp. Lions Club, Mercik’s Ideal Supermarket, Neighbors Who Care, Sheetz and the Vinco Brethren Church. Those attending Light-Up Night could vote for their favorite tree. First Place was $50.00 which went to the Jackson Elementary PTO. Second Place - $40.00 was awarded to Jackson Twp. Boy Scouts Troop 204. Third Place of $30.00 went to the Jackson Twp. Lions Club and 4th Place or $20.00 went to Vinco Brethren Church. The Boy Scouts who earned 2nd place donated their prize along with money from a bake sale totaling $200 to the Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company towards their New Fire Truck Fund Drive.  Carolers were also present from Crossroads Community Church in Ebensburg led by Paulette Baker as well as a very large group from Pike Grace Brethren Church. Refreshments were sold by Mercik’s Ideal Market as well as Jackson Twp. Boy Scouts Troop 204. An elaborate model train display was in high gear throughout the evening. Phil Boyer of the Senior Center acted as engineer for the huge display. The guest of honor for the evening was definitely Santa Claus himself! A continuous line of excited children waited to see him and give him their "wish list" of presents they would like to receive this year. O’Donnell Photography was on hand to take pictures and many children colored Christmas pictures while they waited. It was a great evening and a good time was had by all. The Recreation Commission is already making plans for next year and to add additional lights and displays.

In an effort to get Community residents involved in recreational activities and events, several events have been scheduled and there is literally something for everyone. Events scheduled include a Jackson Township Night at the Johnstown Chiefs scheduled for Saturday, January 27th. For those who are fun-loving, a Snow Tubing Bus Trip is scheduled on February 17th for Seven Springs. Another event scheduled is Ice Skating at the North Central Rec. Center in Ebensburg on March 20th. Perhaps the biggest Event will be the 1st ever Annual Easter Egg Hunt to be held at Mitchell Park on March 31st. For those who wish to travel, a bus trip to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC is scheduled for April 14th. Details for all of the above events and more are include in this newsletter in the Recreation Events pages.  Other events of interest include a Kids Sports Camp for ages 10 and under where various sports will be introduced such as baseball & softball, basketball, football, soccer, etc. A date for this event will be announced as plans develop. Another bus trip is scheduled to the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC. on Saturday, May 12th. The 2nd Annual Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, May 5th. Another bus trip is scheduled for Baltimore Inner-Harbor on Saturday, June 16th. All trips and events are planned at a minimal cost to residents and their invited guests. The bus trips are already filling up with reservations so be sure to call yours in early. For additional information or to make reservations for any of the above bus trips, call Kelly Lundgren at 749-0725 or email to recreation@jacksontwppa.com

~Be sure to check your mail box and post making sure it’s secure and can withstand the weight of the heavy snow being plowed off the roads.
~Plow or shovel the snow to the right of your driveway. This will avoid the snow from being re-deposited in your driveway when being plowed by Township Road Workers.
~Use caution and slow down when driving on snowy or icy roads and be sure to leave a little earlier to arrive at your destination safely and on time.

The Board of Supervisors met on January 2nd to reorganize for the New Year. Bruce Baker was appointed to the position as Chairman and Dave Bracken as Vice-Chairman of the 2007 Board. Dave Hirko was re-appointed as Secretary-Treasurer and Bill Barbin Solicitor. Lehman Engineers was retained as Township Engineer. Harry Baker was re-appointed as Zoning Officer and Barry Rouzer as Vacancy Board Chairman. There were several re-appointments to various Township boards and commissions. Ellen Pentrack-Ocilka was re-appointed to a three year term on the Zoning Hearing Board. Supervisor Bruce Baker was re-appointed to an additional four year term on the Planning Commission. Tim Davis was re-appointed to a five year term on the Recreation Commission as well as newcomer Eric Reitler. Eric fills the position vacated by Al Slippy whose term expired at the end of 2006. Al worked tirelessly for the development of recreation in the Township and continues to do so on a volunteer basis. John Wallet was appointed to an additional five year term on the Jackson Township Water Authority. Dave Bracken & Bruce Baker were re-appointed as Roadmasters. Bruce Baker was re-appointed as Representative to the Cambria County Sewage Enforcement Agency & the Cambria County Building Codes Agency while Dave Hirko was re-appointed Alternate Member. Dave Bracken was appointed as Voting Member at the State Township Convention while Bob Stephens was appointed as Alternate. Dave Hirko was re-appointed as Driveway Encroachment Officer. The Supervisors set meetings dates for the second Thursday of every month for 2007 at 8:00 am and the last Thursday of every month for 2007 at 7:00 pm. The Board also approved the 2007 list of Fire Company Activities.

The Fire Company would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year! New officers have been elected for 2007. They are as follows: President-Tim Hofecker, Vice-President-Kevin Grove, Secretary-Angela Shoemaker, Assistant Secretary-Stella Fedora, Treasurer-Mark Sloan, Assistant Treasurer-Gary Gongloff, Financial Secretary-David Smith, Trustee-Mark Croft, Fire Chief-Tim Hofecker and Fire Police Captain-Mick Bezek. The Fire Company has several upcoming events at the Fire Hall they would like to announce. They include a Casino Night on Saturday, February 3rd which is already sold out. Tickets are available for a Golf Raffle to be held on Sunday, March 4th and Horse Racing on Saturday, March 24, 2007. For more information or tickets please contact the Fire Hall at 322-3155. A list of 2007 Activities which was approved by the Supervisors at their Reorganization Meeting included: Sub & Pizza Sales, Banquets, Street Cleaning, First Aid Courses, Fire Equipment Demonstrations, Exhibitions, Fire Training / Schools / Drills, Parades, Maintenance / Installation of Wires / Building / Equipment, Fund Drive, Miscellaneous Fundraisers, Hauling Water, Cleaning Flues, Traffic Control, Mutual Aid, Conventions, Car Washes, Practicing for Scuba Dive Team and Other Miscellaneous Activities as approved by the Board of Supervisors. The Fire Company would like to thank everyone from all the businesses for their generous prize donations for the Turkey Raffle. Special thanks go out to Jim Nichol who donated a home-made swing that was also raffled off with proceeds to be put towards the New Truck Fund. The Turkey Raffle was a great success as always! The Fire Company would also like to thank Jackson Township Troop 204 Boy Scouts for their donation of all the proceeds totaling $200 raised from a Bake Sale they held at Jackson Township’s 1st Annual Light-Up Night at Veterans Park. The Jackson Township Vol. Fire company Auxiliary will be holding their annual Fish Fries starting Friday, February 23rd through Friday, April 6, 2007. Your support is greatly appreciated as always. Two new monitors which are the state-of-the-art are being purchased with the total cost at $38,000. The two current monitors already in use saved 4 lives last year according to Angela Shoemaker, Secretary. It is hoped that by having the 2 new additional monitors, many additional lives will be saved. State Law mandates that each Ambulance be equipped with 1 monitor by the year 2008. In addition to the monitors, the Fire Company is in the process of raising money for a new Fire Truck to replace the 20 year old one that was involved in an accident two years ago. The estimated cost of the new truck is $425,000. There is approximately $145,000 in the Truck Fund to date. If you would like to make a donation to the Fire Company you can do so by mail to: Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company, 176 Adams Avenue, Mineral Point, PA 15942. If you would like additional information, feel free to contact the Fire Company at 322-3155.

The Senior Center has several upcoming events they would like to announce. Tax Assistance sessions will be offered in February and March to help individuals prepare their 2007 tax returns. Appointments can be scheduled every Wednesday from 9:00 to 11:30 am and Monday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. A Blood Screening will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2007 from 7 to 9 am. This is open to the entire Community and the cost is only $25.00 for a complete multiphasic blood screen. Conemaugh Health Priority Care will be conducting the screenings. Beginning on January 23rd, appointments can be made with Rex Davis, Apprise coordinator for Medicare Prescription Plan Part D. 15 minute sessions can be scheduled where you can discuss new prescription plans and changes in existing ones to make sure you are on the best plan for your needs. For more information or to schedule an appointment for any of the above events, contact the Senior Center at 322-3327.  Dr. Janet Grady, Director of Nursing Telehealth Applications Initiative at Mt. Aloysius College in Cresson donated telehealth units for use at the Jackson Township Sr. Center. The unit was a part of a clinical trial involving elderly patients in the community living with the diagnosis of heart failure. As part of the study, telehealth equipment was placed in the subjects' homes so that data such as heart rate, blood pressure, oxygen and weight could be remotely monitored by nurses at the College and Conemaugh Home Health Offices. The purpose was to enable intervention before problems worsened and to increase the subjects' ability to participate in their own health care. The study has now been complete and the Senior Center now has the use of the blood pressure monitors and scales thanks to the generosity of Dr. Janet Grady and Mt. Aloysius college. The Center would like to train someone on the use of them so they can be at the Center at certain times to assist members in taking blood pressure, heart rate, oxygen or weight. If anyone is interested in doing this service for our Senior Center, please contact Betty Lybarger or Frank Singel at 322-3327. Every Thursday at 1:00 pm, the Center is showing an afternoon movie donated by All the Right Movies. Members are welcome to take time to relax and enjoy a current movie in the Community Room on the Center's large screen TV. The Center has 2 old computers for sale (as is). They will be sold to the highest bidder. If you are interested in seeing the computers, stop at the Center between 9 am and 3 pm - Tuesday through Thursday. The minimum bid is $25.00 and bids will be opened at the Center's February executive meeting held the 2nd Tuesday. If you are in need of work, age 55 or over and qualify within the set income levels, you may be eligible for the Senior Community Employment Program Service. For more information on the program, contact the local National Council on Aging Senior Employment Program in Johnstown at 536-0691. The Silver Sneakers Program is still going strong with over 60 individuals taking advantage of the program. Anyone who is a Medicare-eligible member of Highmark or Blue Cross-Blue Shield can participate. For more information, contact the Senior Center at 322-3327. Since the Center opened on May 10, 1998, they just issued their 648th membership card. The Center has many special weekly events for the membership including lunch 3 times a week, parties, bingo, knitting, line dancing, weekly Pinochle Party, speakers and events on health issues concerning the aged population, monthly blood pressure screenings, weekly movies, ceramics, computer use with high-speed internet access, beginners computer classes and a exercise room with 11 machines available. In addition there are monthly CamTram bus trips to different shopping areas in Westmoreland, Indiana, Blair, Somerset and Cambria Counties. Anyone interested in visiting or taking a quick tour of the Center is invited to stop in. Membership offered to those age 50 and older is constantly growing and is only $10.00 a year. The Center relies on volunteers to operate and stay open. It's a great place to meet and socialize. If you are interested in being a member or volunteering, please contact the Center at 322-3327.

~Who’s New Around the Township
We would like to welcome those who have been recently appointed or hired by Jackson Township. Mark Westrick and Charles Nagle Jr. were recently hired as Part-Time Police Officers. Westrick currently works as a Police Officer for the City of Johnstown. Nagle is a member of the Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company and recently returned from Iraq while serving in the military. An Historical Preservation Committee was recently formed and we welcome the following charter members: Charlotte Blough, Delores Bracken, Donna Davis, Renee Dickert, Zelda Dugan, Jim Lauffer, Linda Lesko, Dick McDowell, Betty Lou Shoup, Ed Smith and Barb Teeter.

~Sewer Authority News
The Sewer Authority would like to share that Dan Carbaugh of Keller Engineers has provided their Solicitor with Easement Drafts and Corresponding Descriptions for the Cherrywood / Brazil Lane Sewer Line Project. All of the paperwork needed to move the Project forward is being put into place in order to apply for loans and grants for the project. In other news, a DCED Grant in the amount of $5,000 has been received from State Representative Tom Yewcic to construct an office inside the pole building at the Authority.

~Holiday Lighting Contest Winners
The Jackson Twp. Recreation Commission held it’s first annual Holiday Lighting Contest ever with 26 homes registering. Four judges from outside of Jackson Township agreed to volunteer to judge the outdoor lighting and decoration displays. Judges came from Hooversville, Conemaugh, Indiana County and Allegheny County and all were unfamiliar with the names or areas of the Township. Prizes were awarded as follows: Gary & Gayle Devlin of Adams Avenue took 1st place honors winning a $100 cash prize. Earning the 2nd place prize of $75 were Brad & Arlene Gorsuch of William Penn Avenue. A 3rd place prize of $50 went to Darren & Melissa Devlin of Hunt Road. 4th place honors earning a $25 prize went to Al & Karen Pagano of Old Nanty Glo Road. Two honorable mentions were made. They were Sam & Marsha Amenti of Brazil Lane and Jeff Nischalke of Sharkey Road. Congratulations to all the winners! The Recreation Commission hopes to at least double the number of entries for the 2007 Contest. Now is the time to plan your strategy to take home 2007 honors for this friendly decorating competition.

~Jackson Honors Veterans
The Jackson Township Senior Center hosted their 4th annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11th. The Ceremony was held in front of the newly expanded Veterans Monument at Veterans Park in Vinco with approximately 100 in attendance. Participating was a guest speaker from the military, Menoher VFW Post 155 Honor Rifle Team, Jackson Township Troop 204 Boy Scouts, Frank Singel, Rev. Marvin Lowry and Betty Lybarger.

~Township Adopts Pinelock Street
The Board of Supervisors adopted Pinelock Street at their September 28th Meeting after residents petitioned the Board and made improvements required for the Township to obtain Liquid Fuels Funds from the State. Another group of residents from Pudliner Lane have also gone through similar procedures according to the Jackson Township Road Adoption Policy but any action on that road will depend upon East Taylor also taking over their portion of the road. According to Bob Spanko, East Taylor Township Supervisor, they are currently pursuing that course of action and will continue to keep Jackson updated as additional progress is made.

~Twp. & Intr. Laborers Union Agree to 3 Year Contract
A three year contact was negotiated by the Township with the Intr. Laborers Union which represent the Township Road Department. Wage increases of .35 the first year and .30 for the 2nd and 3rd year along with pension and health insurance were negotiated and approved. In addition, Primary and General Election Holidays were changed to Good Friday and 1 Floating Holiday.

~Board Approves Library Donation
A donation of $1000 was approved to help support the Nanty Glo Public Library in their Annual Fund Drive. The Library is the nearest one to Jackson Township and is used by many residents.

~Supervisors Support Food Pantry
An additional donation of $500 was approved by the Board for the Miners Community Food Pantry which serves approx. 300 families from Jackson Township. The donation was above the original contribution of $1000 given earlier last fall. The Pantry found itself running out of funds to continue operation before the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season and had not yet received their grant money from the Dept. of Agriculture. In addition a letter was sent from Jackson Township to Blacklick Township, East Taylor Township, Nanty Glo Borough and Vintondale Borough who are also served by the Pantry. The letter encouraged them to help in whatever way they could to get the Food Pantry through in their time of need.

~Improvements Made at Twp. Buildings
Several improvements have been made to the Senior Center and adjacent Veterans Park. They include replacing the rotted wood at the top of the building with aluminum. The work was completed by Jack Houston, a local contractor. Another improvement was adding additional outlets in the landscaped area around the Senior Center Building to accommodate outdoor lighting. That work was done by Waltz Electric. In addition, repairs or replacement is being considered for the handicapped ramp but no decision has yet been made until further evaluation is done. At the Municipal Building, a safety railing and gate were installed in the loft area of the Municipal Garage. A Cabinet and TV / VCR / DVD unit was purchased at the cost of $325 for the Municipal Building meeting room. One of the uses will be to show safety videos to the Road Department & Police employees. Both improvements at the Municipal Building were recommended by an audit performed by the Township’s insurance carrier, EMC.

~Bio-Diversity Project Considered for Leidy
Chad Keilman and Doug Beri Jr. representing Bio-Diversity attended a November Supervisors Meeting to discuss the possibility of establishing a Bio-Diversity area at Leidy Park. The Project would be small in scale but would provide a habitat for wildlife by planting native plants and perhaps even creating a water area. The project would have the approval of the National Wildlife Federation. A children’s educational / interpretative area may also be established. A similar project is currently underway at 1889 Park in St. Michael. While most of the work would be paid for by grants and funding through the DCNR, a 25% match would be required from Jackson Township. This could even consist of volunteer labor or in-kind services such as use of a backhoe or other equipment. The areas proposed for the Project would not interfere with existing or future projects. A proposal will be before the Supervisors for review this month. Once a commitment is received from the Supervisors, Bio-Diversity would come back with specific plans in anticipation of a spring project.

~Planning & Consulting Contract Approved
The Board approved a contract with Richard Sutter & Associates to perform Planning & Consulting Services for the calender year 2007 not to exceed the amount of $24,500.00. The current projects underway include development of a Subdivision Ordinance, work on the Zoning Ordinance and new Zoning Map as well as the concept of creating a Town Center as recommended by the Comprehensive Plan.

~Jackson Vehicles & Equipment Sold
The Board of Supervisors approved advertising vehicles and equipment that are no longer being used by the Township and later accepted many of the bids received. The list of vehicles and equipment sold is as follows: 1996 Chevy Caprice to Ralph Trevorrow for $1,069.96, 1999 Ford Crown Victoria to Vehicle Outfitters for $802.13, Galion 4-6 Ton Roller to Kevin Krouse for $650.00, Prismo Universal Line Painter to Kevin Krouse for $305.00, Ohan Diesel Powered Generator to Eugene Kist for $222.22, Galion Schram Air Compressor to Eugene Kist for $176.25, Aeroil Tar Buggy & Kerosene Burner to Kevin Krouse for $155.00. In addition a video camera from a police vehicle was sold to Cresson Borough Police Department for $1000.00. The total of items sold add up to $4,380.56. The Supervisors rejected bids on several advertised items including a 2001 Ford Crown Victoria, Galion 3-Wheel Roller and Etnyre Stone Chipper. Plans are to re-advertise the items.

~Vinco Stream Bank Stabilization Project
Work has been completed on the Vinco Stream Bank Stabilization Project, a project that has developed over many years to control flooding in the area of a stream that crosses Adams Avenue. The work was done by Earth Shapers, low bidder, at a cost of $54,260.00. Lehman Engineers performed inspections on the Project. You can view pictures of the completed Project on the Township Website at:

~Waste Management Spreads Good Will for Christmas
Waste Management who operates the Laurel Highlands Landfill once again distributed turkeys for Christmas to those families in need. Churches in Jackson Twp. submitted a number of turkeys needed for families they considered to be needy. Approx. 65 turkeys were distributed to representatives of the Jackson churches. Brad Minemyer of Waste Management said "We are happy with the relationship we have with Jackson and we were more than happy to contribute the turkeys during the holiday season".

~Blind Pedestrian Study Requested
The Supervisors approved requesting PennDOT to conduct a study on whether a Blind Pedestrian Area is warranted on Route 271 in the vicinity of the top of Singer Hill. A Township resident approached PennDOT directly who said any request for a study must come from the Supervisors before they can evaluate the area.

~Want to Schedule an Event at a Jackson Park?
If you are interested in reserving a pavilion for a family get-together, party or event, please contact the Jackson Township Municipal Building at 749-0725 to make a reservation. A pavilion is available at Mitchell, Leidy & Veterans Park. Other recreation facilities that can be reserved depending upon availability include baseball fields at Mitchell & Leidy and Volleyball Courts at Leidy.

~Tire Recycling Available
The Laurel Highlands Landfill offers recycling. Tires can also be put in a recycling bin for a minimal cost of $1.00 per normal-sized vehicle tire. This does not apply to any commercial establishments

~Need to Sign Up For New Garbage Service?
Jackson Township’s garbage contract provides for unlimited curbside garbage pick-up as well as any large items you have to dispose of with a few exceptions (i.e. - hazardous items, Freon, tires, etc.)
If you are interested in signing up for garbage service you need to call 1-800-677-4884. The cost for 2007 is $37.82 per quarter.

Jackson Township has a valuable source of information to help keep you informed. If you haven’t checked out the Township Website, please feel free to visit www.jacksontwppa.com The website is constantly updated with new information. As always, you can read the monthly approved minutes of the Board of Supervisors and Planning Commission Meetings. Check out the Calendar of Events to find out what’s going on in Jackson Township. Check out the updated pages including the Links page where there are hundreds of resources for you to use. The kids have their own links section. . just click on the Jackson Township Kids Page and check out Kidslinks. To see some of the pages that have been updated recently , click on "Whats New" on the home page. If you have any suggestions of what you would like to see on the Jackson Twp. Website, please call Dave Hirko at 749-0725 or email to office@jacksontwppa.com

If you are planning on a building project be sure to visit or call either the Jackson Township Office at 749-0725 or Harry Baker, Zoning Officer at 322-1425. Your project could involve zoning, stormwater or planning. Also with the Pennsylvania State Building Code, inspections may be required as well. Be sure to allow plenty of time to get any necessary permits prior to building. By doing this, your project can be addressed in plenty of time before you actually begin construction. Also if you are planning to pave or alter your driveway, a driveway permit is required. Roadmasters Bruce Baker & Dave Bracken said that driveway permits are not to inconvenience residents but are necessary to make sure there is a swale or pipe to direct stormwater. They also make sure that driveways are not higher than the road so snow plows don’t catch the edge of the driveway. When a driveway enters onto a Township road, a safe sight distance is also very important. PennDOT requires permits for driveways entering onto State roads within the Township.

Township residents who have access to the internet can now join our new email group to receive up-to-date Township news by email. To subscribe just go to the Jackson Township website at www.jacksontwppa.com and subscribe to the Jackson Township Online News by entering your email address in the space provided. You will then be sent a confirmation verifying that you wish to subscribe to the online news. You must return the confirmation via email to be added to the newsletter list. We also encourage you to invite others to join. If you encounter any problem signing up, just email us at office@jacksontwppa.com or call us at the Township office at 749-0725 and you can be added manually.

On behalf of the Township Supervisors, staff and volunteers serving on various Boards & Authorities of Jackson Township, we extend our warmest wishes for every family to have a healthy and happy New Year!

~ Thanks! ~
We would also like to take this opportunity to recognize those who willingly served Jackson Township in 2006 and especially those who volunteer their time and talents to help make Jackson Township a great place to live.

Frank "Buck" Alexander - Road Crew
John Bahorik - Economic Development Committee
Bruce Baker - Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman, Roadmaster, Planning Commission, Cambria County Assoc. Of Township Officials Vice-President, Cambria County Sewage Enforcement Agency, Cambria County Building Codes Enforcement Agency
Harry Baker - Zoning Officer
Paulette Baker - Tax Collector
Alex Ballow - Tax Assessor
William Barbin - Solicitor
Jennifer Baxter - Recreation Commission Recording Secretary
Joe Baxter -Sewer Authority Board Chairman, Recreation Commission
Mick Bezek
- Fire Police Captain
Charlotte Blough - Historical Preservation Committee

Phil Boyer - Senior Center Treasurer
David Bracken - Board of Supervisors Chairman, Roadmaster
Delores Bracken - Historical Preservation Committee

Darrin Brown - Recreation Commission
Debra Buksa - Water Authority Secretary
George Burkey - Auditor, Sewer Authority
Tim Burkey - Sewer Authority Foreman
George Cooper - Water Authority
Jeff Croft - Emergency Mgmt. Coordinator
Donna Davis - Historical Preservation Committee

Tim Davis - Recreation Commission
Brian Daughenbaugh
- Sewer Authority
Renee Dickert - Historical Preservation Committee

Dan Ditchcreek - Road Crew
Walt Ditchcreek - Water Authority Board Chairman
Ray Dodson - Water Authority Board Treasurer
Tom Dolan Sr. - Economic Development Committee
Zelda Dugan - Historical Preservation Committee

Jetta Ehrhart - Fire Company Secretary
Guy Ellenberger - Economic Development Committee
Brian Emerson -Sewer Authority
Bob Fatula - Chief of Police
Chris Fedora - Fire Company Trustee
Connie Fetzer - Administrative Assistant, Planning Commission Recording Secretary
Rick Fetzer
- Zoning Hearing Board Chairman
Tim Ford
- Road Crew & Assistant Road Foreman
Gary Frombach - Constable
Georgia Frombach - Water Authority Secretary
Al Gailey
- Planning Commission Chairman
Alice Gary - Senior Center Vice-President
Alfred George - Recreation Commission
Walt George
- Recreation Commission
Dan Gonos
- Police Officer
Mary Govekar - Senior Center Secretary
Dave Grove - Fire Company Vice-President
Elmer Grove - Fire Company Fire Chief
Janet Hagerich - Zoning Hearing Board Alternate
Bill Headrick
- Auditors Chairman
William Hines - Police Officer
Dave Hirko - Manager, Secretary, Treasurer, Sewage Enforcement Agency, Building Code Agency, Road Encroachment Officer
Tim Hofecker - Fire Company President
Don Hrapchak - Water Authority Board Asst. Secretary-Treasurer
Jackson Township Adopt-A-Highway Volunteers
Jackson Township Election Poll Workers
Jackson Township Heritage Festival Committee & Volunteers
Jackson Township Senior & Handicapped Center Volunteers & Helpers
Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company Members
Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary Members
Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Police
Melanie Kline
- Police Officer
Don Knopsnyder - Planning Commission Vice-Chairman
Don Krens - Economic Development Committee
Jim Lauffer - Historical Preservation Committee

Linda Lesko - Historical Preservation Committee
John Letizzia Jr. - Economic Development Committee
Kelly Lundgren - Recreation Events Coordinator (Americorps)
Betty Lybarger
- Senior Center
John Lythgoe
- Recreation Commission
Samuel Marchu - Zoning Hearing Board Vice-Chairman
Regina Markovich - Recreation Commission
Ralph Mayer - Road Crew/Asst. Shop Foreman
Dick McDowell - Historical Preservation Committee

Brad Minemyer - Economic Development Committee
Debra Nagel - Planning commission
Charles Nagle Jr. - Police Officer
Nancy Oleksa - Sewer Authority Administrative Assistant
Al Pagano - Recreation Commission
Ellen Pentrack-Ocilka - Zoning Hearing Board Secretary
Rob Piper Jr.
- Water Authority Board Vice-Chairman
Jason Ponczek
- Police Officer
Ed Porada - Auditors Secretary
Laird Rager - Planning Commission
Tom Romeo - Economic Development Committee
Barry Rouzer
- Vacancy Board Chairman
Lynda Shirk - Zoning Hearing Board Alternate
Angela Shoemaker
- Fire Company Secretary
Betty Lou Shoup - Historical Preservation Committee

Frank Singel - Senior Center President
John Sirko - Road Crew
Al Slippy
- Recreation Commission
Mark Sloan
- Fire Company Treasurer
Joshua Smail - Police Officer
David Smith
- Water Authority & Fire Company Assistant Financial Secretary
Ed Smith
- Historical Preservation Committee

Karl Smith - Water Authority Foreman, Recreation Commission
Ken Smith Jr. - Police Officer
Kathy Spaid - Economic Development Committee
Bob Stephens - Board of Supervisors
Barb Teeter - Historical Preservation Committee

John Wallet - Water Authority Board Secretary
Calvin Webb
- Zoning Hearing Board Solicitor
Mark Westrick - Police Officer
Amy Willett - Economic Development Committee
Paul Wyrwas - Planning Commission Secretary
Mary Ann Zanghi - District Justice
Scott Zelek - Police Officer

There are hundreds of volunteers in Jackson Township too numerous to mention who serve in some capacity for many great organizations such as the Fire Company, Senior Center, Historical Society, Schools, Churches, Food Pantry, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H, Little League, Recreation & Sports, Nanty Glo Library, Civic Organizations, Election Boards, etc. Thanks for all the work you do and know that it is very much appreciated!