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Source 2007 IN REVIEW PLUS A LOOK TO THE FUTURE
Planning For The Future Inter-Municipal Cooperation Roads and Related Improvements Township Remains Financially Solid Emergency Services Recreation Plans for Growth Preserving Our Past Sewer & Water Projects Will Help Spur Growth Senior Center Township Faces Challenging Role Residents Get Involved Township Alive with Activity JACKSON ADOPTS 2008 BUDGET
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.
The long-awaited Route 22 Reconstruction Project has been completed with the exception of some finishing touches along the roadway. The 35 million dollar project took 3 years to complete but the benefits to Jackson Township will be felt for decades to come. The Jackson Township Economic Development Committee continues to look at what possibilities exist in bringing new businesses and jobs to the area. The possibilities range from expansion of existing businesses to developing an industrial / business park. 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. Spanish based company, Iberdrola Renewable Energies took over CPV (Competitive Power Ventures) who applied to erect a test tower off of Dishong Mountain Road. The test tower was erected to collect and gather data on wind speed for an entire year. The results of the study aren’t known at this time.
With a new Comprehensive Plan adopted in 2006, the Jackson Township Planning Commission has turned its efforts to other projects including a new updated Subdivision Ordinance. With the help of Richard Sutter & Associates of Hollidaysburg, the new Subdivision Ordinance was developed and then adopted by the Board of Supervisors. In addition Jackson Township is working with Cambria Township and Ebensburg Borough on a Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan which will be completed in 2008. The three municipalities form the Central Cambria Coalition. Future projects of the Planning Commission include updating the Zoning Ordinance and map and developing a concept for a Town Center in Jackson Township. In addition the Recreation Commission has completed a Master Recreation, Parks & Open Space Plan by working Pashek & Associates of Pittsburgh. The plan was made possible through a $25,000 matching grant from the Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources. The plan was officially adopted by the Supervisors. In addition Pashek helped create a Master Site Plan for Mitchell Park in order that Jackson Township could apply for a grant from the DCNR. The Zoning Hearing Board continues to serve the Township by presiding over various hearings and matters throughout the year concerning land use issues. These matters cover everything from windmills to additional oil storage tanks. 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 by Harry and the Township to continue working with property owners to clean up their properties. Some progress has been made with property owners cleaning up abandoned trailers, vehicles, tires and rubbish. While some property owners make an effort to clean up their properties, others do not and require additional letters or action with the help of the Township Solicitor. An ongoing concern is Leisure Village Mobile Home Park. In the past the Township has made some progress in helping get the park cleaned up but since then additional problems have arose that are currently being addressed by Township officials. It is the hope of the Supervisors that property owners in Jackson Township will step up to the plate and take pride in beautifying their properties. Every improvement made in the removal of junk vehicles, rubbish or abandoned structures helps to beautify Jackson Township. Building Permits topped 1.7 million for 2007 and many people are inquiring about building and subdividing next year. With the Brazil-Cherrywood Sewer Project ready to construct and the Wagner Road / Chickaree Hill Road Water Project and Dishong Mountain Road Sewer Line completed, it opens up more possibilities for development and construction of new homes. 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.
The Central Cambria Coalition celebrated it's one year anniversary in March of 2007. The Coalition was formed from the three municipalities who comprise Central Cambria School District including Cambria Township, Ebensburg Borough and Jackson Township. The groups meets once a month rotating meeting locations among the three municipalities. During the first year in existence much has been accomplished.
Topics that have been discussed include equipment sharing, oil and gas drilling, inter-municipal planning, regional police services, recreation, sewage and water, windmills and zoning. Projects of the Coalition include the completion of a study for expanding sewage lines along the Route 22 Corridor. This study was completed by Keller Engineers. A study was also completed on the possibility of forming a multi-municipal police force. Although the study was completed, it was determined not to be feasible at this time due to details that were not agreeable to all three municipalities. A Recreation Map & Guide is being printed by Municipal Publications and will be available to the public early this year. This publication is made possible by 26 businesses who placed ads and will show all recreational facilities available in the Central Cambria Coalition area. Currently underway is the development of a Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan with the help of Richard Sutter & Associates and a matching grant of $45,000 from the Dept. of Community & Economic Development. A steering committee has been formed comprised of three members of each municipality who meet monthly. In 2008 there will be several opportunities for obtaining public input through meetings, surveys and interviews. The plan should be completed in fall of this year. Perhaps the biggest benefit of the Coalition is the cost savings achieved by through the sharing of equipment. Ebensburg Borough & Cambria Township had secured a $25,000 grant for the joint purchase of a Street Sweeper. Jackson Township & Cambria Township obtained a $25,000 grant for the joint purchase of a Road Paving Machine. The three municipalities are getting ready to apply for another $25,000 grant which will go towards the purchase of a Road Repair Kettle and a Crack Sealing Machine. All three grant efforts fall under the Shared Municipal Services Grant Program. The Coalition continues to explore other areas of joint cooperation where the three municipalities are able to save money by joining forces. Another example of inter-municipal cooperation is the recent adoption of Pudliner Lane with East Taylor Township. The Jackson Township portion only has four homes on it while the East Taylor has over 20. Both townships worked together and separately adopted ordinances while jointly signing a maintenance agreement. In the agreement, East Taylor will perform the maintenance on Pudliner Lane while Jackson will reimburse them in the amount of Liquid fuels monies received from the State.
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. Several major paving projects were completed last year including Rose Branch Street and Pennzoil Drive. Pennzoil Drive was paved with the help of a $50,000 grant secured through the efforts of JARI and State Senator John Wozniak. Roads that were seal coated entirely or in part were Adams Avenue, Blackburn Road, Bracken Street, Brazil Lane, Courter Avenue, Dry Run Street, Fir Street, Harmony Drive, Kissell Lane, Pike Road East, Pine Lock Street, Shepard Street, Thomas Street, Trout Street and Warrior Street. The road crew worked endlessly on patching, improving and maintaining drainage and line striping on various Township roads as well as overall maintenance. In addition they have taken over the task of park maintenance as well. Other safety improvements included erecting signs on various roads to improve safety, reducing the speed limit on Hunt Road and Turkey Path Road and making the area by the Cambria County Christian School an official "School Zone". Signs were erected by Tel Power of Hollidaysburg and in operation at the beginning of the school year last fall. Another much needed safety improvement was the relocation of two poles along Adams Avenue from the street onto a private easement area. Several years back, 2 poles were moved off of Leidy Lane. Jackson Township approved another year in their 5 year contract with PennDOT to be reimbursed for performing winter maintenance on Benshoff Hill Road. During 2007 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 Penelec - Ebensburg District in the near future including lighting at the Municipal Building parking lots and recycling bins. PennDOT also installed lighting at the Route 271 Interchange, Dishong Mountain Road Interchange and two "jug handle" or turn around areas along Route 22. In addition Jackson Township had street lights installed by REA at Fords Corner Road and Mile Hill Road.
Jackson Township remains in sound financial condition with the Capital Reserve Fund finishing the year with about 1.8 million dollars, up from 1.6 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 $1800 per month have come in from the Landfill Gas Conversion Project. With the construction of the Dishong Mountain Sewer Project and Wagner Road Water Project 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. In addition the Brazil Lane - Cherrywood Sewer Project is set to get underway in 2008. In addition several proposed projects are in various stages of development. One such project involves constructing public sewer lines in the Fords Corner Road area, which also includes Finntown Road, Loraine Road, Pike Road West and Whitetail Road. In addition, the installation of public water lines is being explored for the Swigle Mountain Road area. All Township audits conducted by Certified Public Accounts, Federal, State & Local Agencies had no findings and the detailed record keeping was praised.
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 Jackson Police Department has a good team of officers. Chief Fatula directs the Department comprised of 1 full-time officer, Melanie Kline and 5 part-time officers. Improvements made to the Department included the purchase of two tasers. Officer Melanie Kline attended a training seminar in Philadelphia in order to train the part-time officers in proper use and procedures. A Taser Policy was also adopted by the Township Supervisors. In addition the Police Department received a $10,000 Technology Grant from Congressman John Murtha in cooperation with Mountain Technologies Inc. The grant was used to purchase 2 laptop computers for use in police vehicles plus a barcode scanner for logging and tracking evidence. 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 60 while over 50 attended the Mitchell Fair. 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.
The Jackson Township Recreation Commission has taken on many projects this year and is planning for many more. Pashek Associates was hired and a Master Recreation, Parks & Open Space Plan for Jackson Township was completed. The plan was financed with the help of a $25,000 grant from the Pennsylvania Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources. The plan addresses the current and future needs of Jackson Township. The Plan was approved by the DCNR and adopted by the Recreation Commission and Township Supervisors. In addition the DCNR used the Jackson plan as a "Model Project" and featured it in their training materials which are used throughout Pennsylvania. The Jackson Township Veterans Monument continues to serve as a way to honor all veterans from the Township. When the idea of a monument / memorial was first conceived it was thought that accommodation for 500 names would be sufficient. After an expansion which added two additional granite stones, there are currently 1066 names listed. With the help of State Rep. Tom Yewic there are currently two additional grants that will be put towards the Veterans Park Lighting & Electrical Project. Each grant is for $25,000 and the money should be available soon. One grant has been approved entirely and another is pending approval after a preliminary audit is done. Prior to that a grant was received for $45,000 from the DCED. The project completed in early 2007 involved the construction of decorative park lighting along walkways as well as parking lot lighting between the Senior Center & Fire Hall. In addition, lighting was added to the Fire Hall, Senior Center and Veterans Park signs. Additional outlets and electrical facilities were also installed for events such as Light-Up Night and Heritage Festival. Plans are underway for the 2008 Heritage Festival. In it’s 4th year, the 2007 Festival attracted large crowds as the weather cooperated. New additions included a Childrens Game Program and Cutest Baby Contest. The installation of additional playground equipment was completed at Leidy Park. This $30,000 project included adding a playground activity zone as well as putting down new safety mulch and adding concrete under the pavilion. Future projects that have been discussed include adding lighting at Mitchell # 1 Ballfield, pavilions that can accommodate large groups, additional parking and public restrooms at both Leidy & Mitchell Parks. Other improvements at Leidy Park included a Bio-Diversity area, additional benches, bleachers, player benches, new shingles on the pavilion and fence crown or protective covering installed. Fence crown was also added at Mitchell Park. Good news was announced by the DCNR that a matching grant of $123,600 was awarded to Jackson Township by the DCNR for improvements to Mitchell Park. The grant will be used to build two large pavilions that can accommodate large groups for reunions or family get-togethers, public restrooms and expanded parking and infrastructure. No word has been given on the pending grant application yet. The Township also made progress in attracting more activities and events to the parks. Leidy Park was used by East Taylor-Jackson Little League as an additional location, Central Cambria Midget Football League, Central Cambria Soccer and Boy Scouts for camping out. Mitchell Park hosted the Easter Egg Hunt and is already the busiest park with a full schedule of East Taylor-Jackson Little League games and tournaments. 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 second annual Fishing Derby was held in cooperation with the Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club. Over 130 children turned out for the event held at Woodland Park just off of Rt. 22. Kelly Lundgren successfully completed a year with Americorps in August. Her position was awarded to initiate, plan and organize recreational activities working jointly with the Recreation Commission and community groups and organizations. Some of the events included Jackson Township Night at the Johnstown Chiefs, Snow Tubing at Seven Springs, Easter Egg Hunt at Mitchell Park in cooperation with the Jackson Township Lions Club, Altoona Curve baseball game jointly sponsored by the East Taylor-Jackson Little League and Bus Trips to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC, Baltimore Inner-Harbor and the National Zoo in Washington DC. Last year also saw the return of the Cambria County Bookmobile to Jackson Township. The bookmobile started out as a summer fill-in but was supported enough that a fall schedule was also established. One unexpected opportunity came up when the Tour deToona, the world famous international bicycle race began in Jackson Township last year. Carrying on many of the activities that Kelly had helped work on continued past August with a 2nd Annual Light Up Night at Veterans Park, Holiday Lighting & Decorating Contest and a Bus trip to the Pittsburgh Strip District, Waterfront and Hartwood Acres. For 2008 the Recreation Commission is planning on organizing a Summer Concert Series at Veterans Park showcasing various types of music including polka music, a military band, gospel, bluegrass and possibly others. In addition, other events scheduled to be held include a Fishing Derby, Easter Egg Hunt and a bus trip to Atlantic City.
The Jackson Township Historical Committee has been in existence for over a year and continues to actively collect and preserve any old photos or artifacts contributed from residents. They have also talked about writing a book on the history of the Township. Many of the items collected have been donated to the Tri-Area Historical & Museum Society which is in the process of preserving the old Liberty Theatre in Nanty Glo for a permanent museum which will house historical artifacts from Blacklick Township, Jackson Township, Nanty Glo Borough and Vintondale Borough. The museum will be appropriately named "The Liberty Museum".
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 Jackson East-Taylor Sewer Authority (JETSA) has completed all the necessary paperwork and submitted to the DEP for approval. Currently JETSA is awaiting word from Pennvest on funding for the project. 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. The Fords Corner area is also being pursued for sewage as well. This area would include Fords Corner Road, Finntown Road, Loraine Road, Pike Road West and Whitetail Road. As part of this effort, Rich Wray of Hegemann & Wray Engineers is working with the Township to move this project ahead. In addition the Supervisors have committed 2007 CDBG (Community Block Grant Funds) towards the installation of public sewer lines on Loraine Road. Completed in 2007 was the Dishong Mountain Sewer Line. This line was developed by the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority as a component of the new Landfill Gas Project. The new line travels along Dishong Mountain Road and transports sewage / leachate from the Laurel Highlands Landfill to the Dornick Point Treatment Plant. The line also offers public sewage to those residents who live along the line who wish to tap in. Tap-ins to this line are not mandatory as the line was privately funded. Anyone wishing to tap-in can do so by contact the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority. The Jackson Township Water Authority recently completed the construction of a water line along Wagner Road. An additional line will be constructed along Chickaree Hill Road towards Vintondale as soon as design and engineering work is complete. Community Block Grant Funds designated by the Supervisors for four years helped to complete this project along with a $500,000 competitive block grant which was awarded to Jackson Township in January of 2007. The Wagner Road and Chickaree Hill Road water project will cost approximately 1 million dollars and serve approximately 37 homes, many of whom have experienced water problems in the past. Another water line along Ogden Street moved forward with 18 homes tapping into the line owned by the Jackson Township Water Authority. In addition, the Supervisors are looking at getting water to the area along Swigle Mountain Road where many residents have experienced water problems in the past.
The Senior Center continues to grow with well over 450 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 2007 covering issues that concern Senior Citizens and the Community in general. Improvements included adding sensors to entrance doors, the re-paving of the parking lot and new soffit and fascia as well as painting around the top of the entire building. A new aluminum handicapped ramp was recently constructed by METCO and new carpeting is scheduled for the District Magistrates office which leases space in the building.
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. Several ordinances were passed covering dye tests, zoning, adopting streets and inter-governmental cooperation and purchasing. The Township is always looking at improving the quality of life whether it be major park improvements or offering recreational activities, free house numbers, recycling bins or landfill passes. The Supervisors are always looking into what benefits can be offered to residents.
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, boards, authorities, 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, Board or Committee, 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. Many groups have contributed to the community. Some examples are Troop 204 Boy Scouts who have participated in Veterans Day & Memorial Day Ceremonies, Bio-Diversity planting day, Light Up Night, litter clean ups and much more. Also individual scouts going for Eagle Projects have chosen to improve the community by doing stream clean-ups, drain stenciling, adding park benches and landscaping, painting fire hydrants and others. Other groups, churches, organizations and schools have done litter clean ups, dinners for Senior Citizens, contributed to the food pantry or towards the purchase of a new fire truck, started or contributed to scholarship funds or even sent care packages to soldiers overseas. All of these efforts help to make Jackson Township a great community to live in!
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. Jackson residents can be proud that the Township newsletter and website took second place honors in the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors 39th Annual Citizens Communications Contest. This is quite an honor considering Jackson Township is competing on a State-wide basis. Jackson Township was also awarded a 2006 Sedimentation & Erosion Award for the completion of the Vinco Streambank & Stabilization Project. The award was presented to the Supervisors by the Cambria County Conservation District at their annual banquet held in May. 2008 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.
Your Community News
2007 IN REVIEW PLUS A LOOK TO THE FUTURE
Planning For The Future
Roads and Related Improvements
Township Remains Financially Solid
Recreation Plans for Growth
Preserving Our Past
Sewer & Water Projects Will Help Spur Growth
Township Faces Challenging Role
Residents Get Involved
Township Alive with Activity
JACKSON ADOPTS 2008 BUDGET
NO INCREASE IN TAXES FOR 2008
DCNR AWARDS JACKSON TWP. GRANT FOR $123,000 FOR MITCHELL PARK
PLANNING UNDERWAY FOR HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2008
LARGE CROWD TURN OUT FOR 2nd ANNUAL LIGHT UP NIGHT
First Place - Vinco Pizza (Pictured Above)
Second Place - Final Touch Hair & Nail Salon
Third Place - Mercik's Ideal Market
Fourth Place - KFC (Ebensburg)
Honorable Mention - Vinco Service Station
The groups and organizations category has 12 entries including Jackson Elementary PTO, Jackson Township Boy Scouts Troop # 204, Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club, Jackson Township Junior Girl Scout Troop # 937, Jackson Township Lions Club, Jackson Township Police Department, Jackson Township Senior Center, Rep. Tom Yewcic & Staff - 72nd District, Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church, St. John Vianney Catholic Church CCD, St. Paul's Lutheran Church and the Tri-Area Museum & Historical Society. The top five winners in this category earned a recognition plaque to display plus a cash prize. First place received $50, 2nd-$40, 3rd-$30, 4th-$20 and Honorable Mention-$10. Winners were as follows:
- Jackson Twp. Police Dept. (Above)
Second Place - Jackson Twp.Boy Scout Troop # 204
Third Place - Jackson Elementary P.T.O.
Fourth Place - St. John Vianney Church CCD
Honorable Mention - Jackson Twp. Lions Club
Refreshments were available form Jackson Township Troop # 204 Boy Scouts and Merciks' Ideal Market. Carolers filled the evening with song from Pike Grace Brethren Church and St. John Vianney Catholic Church. An elaborate model train display was in high gear throughout the evening. The guest of honor for the evening was definitely Santa Claus himself! Children had little wait and were excited as they gave their Christmas wish list to Santa himself! Charlie Rametta, photographer took photos of the children with Santa. The children also enjoyed coloring Christmas pictures and watching Christmas videos on the large screen television. 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 as the light display grows larger each year.
UPCOMING RECREATION EVENTS
WINTER WEATHER TIPS
SUPERVISORS REORGANIZE FOR 2008
JACKSON 2008 MUNICIPAL MAP & GUIDE NOW AVAILABLE
WIRELESS NETWORK COMING TO CAMBRIA COUNTY
Benefits to Families
~Make available high-speed internet service at an affordable price
~Provide IP Telephone
~Offer mobile data communications
~Supply remote classrooms for education
~Monitor dams and waterways
~Provide remote video surveillance for schools
According to President Commissioner, P. J. Stevens, It became obvious to facilitate a project of this magnitude and importance was the responsibility of County government. This initiative will touch the lives of every citizen, business and institution within the County. The alternative is a fragmented and costly service that will not meet our public safety or economic development goals. Residents and businesses will be offered various packages for the new Wi-Fi Internet access. Residential use is estimated at approximately $29 - $39 per month, less than what most people pay with current broadband providers. There will be at least three suppliers of the high-speed internet / communications for residents and businesses to purchase services from. Additional information will be announced by the County when it is available.
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JUNK VEHICLE REMOVAL
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.
POLICE REPORTS(Submitted by Chief Bob Fatula)
FIRE COMPANY NEWS & EVENTS
SENIOR CENTER NEWS
SEWER AUTHORITY UPDATE
WATER AUTHORITY NEWS
OTHER JACKSON TWP. NEWS
~General Election Results
Jackson Township had a 38% turnout of registered voters in the General Election. Precinct # 2 (Vinco Fire Hall) had the highest turnout of 41% followed by # 1 (Pike Grace Family Life Center) with 39% with Precinct # 3 (St. John Vianney Church) having 34%. John Wallet won the Supervisor race by an 8% margin. The race was decided in Precinct # 3 with the other two precincts as close two to three votes. Bill Headrick, even though not on the ballot, received enough write-in votes to earn another four year term as Township Auditor. Patty Allbaugh and Frank Singel were both re-elected to the Central Cambria School Board and ran unopposed. Also unopposed, Mary Ann Zanghi was re-elected to the position of District Justice. The high profile race in Cambria County was the Commissioners Race where all three incumbents were re-elected to serve another full term.
~Reminder To Residents - Be Safe!
Just a reminder to residents of Jackson Township to keep your doors locked on your home and vehicles at all times. 2007 saw a rash of robberies of homes and vehicles. In almost every case, the home or vehicle was unlocked. Some vehicles were left unattended with the keys in them. Most of the robberies were solved with suspects caught, but that is no reason not to take some simple precautions. Overall Jackson Township is a safe place to live but it's always a good idea to lock your home and vehicle and not make yourself an easy target for a potential criminal.
~Jackson Fire Company Receives Homeland Security Grant
The Jackson Township Fire Company received some very good news from the Department of Homeland Security in October that they were awarded a grant in the amount of $75,915. which could be used for operations or vehicle acquisition. The Fire Company had already ordered a new truck to replace the one involved in an accident several years ago so the grant will be applied towards that purchase. Seven other fire companies in Cambria & Somerset counties were also awarded similar grants in varying amounts.
~Dishong Sewer Line Now Available for Residential Customer Tap-Ins
The Dishong Mountain Sewer Line which was privately financed by Waste Management in cooperation with Keystone Renewable Energies and the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority is now available for residential customer tap-ins according to Greg Shaffer of Keystone Renewable Energies. Anyone wishing to tap into the new sewer line can contact the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority at 535-6564.
~Neighbors Send Care Packages To Soldiers
A local Community group, Neighbors Who Care once again sent care packages to those in the United States military who were serving overseas and weren't able to come home for Christmas. The packages were sent early in order that they would reach the soldiers by Christmas. Boxes contained such items as snacks and goodies, stationery, personal-care items and magazines. The group felt this was an excellent way to show a small token of appreciation to those men and women who are making a sacrifice for our country.
~Supervisors Support Liberty Museum Project
The Jackson Township Supervisors gave the Liberty Museum Project a big boost when they approved an immediate contribution of $10,000 towards their building renovation project which will be home to a permanent museum where Jackson Township historic artifacts, photos, etc. can be enjoyed by all. In addition the Supervisors offered an additional $10,000 to be used as "matching grant money" when that opportunity arises for the Tri-Area Historical & Museum Society. The Museum now has a website where you can read about their progress and view photos. The website is: www.thelibertymuseum.com
~Police Dept. Donate Prize Money
In the recent Light-Up Night Festival of Trees, the Jackson Township Police Department earned first place in the groups and organizations category earning a $50 cash prize. Chief Fatula contributed the money to the Tribune-Democrat's Newspapers in Education Fund which distributes newspapers for study purposes to area school classrooms.
~Sewer & Water Tap Assistance Program
The Cambria County Redevelopment Authority administers a Sewer & Water Tap Assistance Program. Qualification for the program depends on numerous factors and is geared for low to moderate income households. If you are interested in obtaining an application, they are available at the Jackson - East Taylor Sewer Authority, the Jackson Township Water Authority, the Jackson Township Municipal Building or you can print one at www.jacksontwppa.com and click on the "Sewage Link".
~Free 911 House Numbers Available
The Jackson Township Supervisors in a cooperative effort of the Police Department & Fire Company want every home and business in the Township to have their 911 address number prominently displayed. In times of emergency, every minute is critical and it is important that emergency personnel be able to find you. If your house is not numbered, please stop at the Township Building at 513 Pike Road and we have free reflective numbers we can give you. The Township also has mounting plates available if you need one. Numbers are available in black or white. If you are not able to stop by the Township Building between 8 AM & 4 PM, leave a phone message at 749-0725 with your name, address and telephone number where you can be reached in order that we can get the numbers to you.
~Planning & Consulting Contract ApprovedThe Board approved a contract with Richard Sutter & Associates to perform Planning & Consulting Services for the calender year 2008 not to exceed the amount of $25,500.00. The current projects underway include work on the Zoning Ordinance and new Zoning Map, the concept of creating a Town Center as recommended by the Comprehensive Plan and the exploration of a possible business / industrial park..
~Barnes, Saly & Company Appointed
The Board of Supervisors voted at their November 29th meeting to appoint Barnes, Saly & Company, Certified Public Accountants to perform the audit of 2007 Township records. This is the 6th consecutive year that Barnes, Saly has performed the annual audit.
~Board Awards Handicapped Ramp to METCO
METCO, Inc. of Johnstown was awarded the bid to construct a new aluminum handicapped ramp at the Jackson Township Senior Center by the Jackson Township Supervisors at their November 29th meeting. to construct a new aluminum handicapped ramp at the Senior Center. The existing ramp located on the upper side of the District Magistrates Office has badly deteriorating concrete. Repairing the ramp was first examined in 2006 but bids came in high and several contractors wouldn't even place a bid saying that Jackson should consider a new ramp rather than pouring money into the existing one. Advertisement for bids to construct a new ramp took place in November and the following bids were received. METCO-$24,000, BCS Construction-35,032, Oppy Construction-$33,135 and Capitol Construction-$28,846. METCO was the lower bidder. The ramp is now completed and should last for generations to come.
~Holiday Lighting Contest Winners
The Jackson Twp. Recreation Commission held it’s second annual Holiday Lighting Contest ever with 24 homes registering. Four judges from outside of Jackson who were unfamiliar with the names and locations within the Township agreed to volunteer to judge the outdoor lighting and decoration displays. Prizes were awarded as follows: Greg & Kathy Kupchella of Benshoff Hill Road took 1st place honors winning a $100 cash prize. Earning the 2nd place prize of $75 were Robert & Nina Hildebrand of Brenton Drive. A 3rd place prize of $50 went to Rick & Penny Tronzo of Stager Road. 4th place honors earning a $25 prize went to Joel & Bev Gillin along Adams Avenue. Three honorable mentions were made. They were Al & Karen Pagano of Old Nanty Glo Road, Dave & Janet Hagerich of Courter Avenue and Brad & Arlene Gorsuch of William Penn Avenue. In addition to the cash prizes, all winners and honorable mentions received a congratulatory plaque complete with a photo of their display. Congratulations to all the winners! The Recreation Commission hopes more people will join in the fun for the 2008 Contest! If you wish to participate, now is the time to start planning your strategy to take home 2008 honors for this friendly decorating competition.
~Bus Trippers Get In The Christmas Spirit
Three bus loads of Jackson Township residents and guests went on a holiday bus trip to the Pittsburgh on Saturday, December 8th. The bus trip began at the Strip District where a wide variety of food, holiday goodies and gift items were available. The tour continued at The Waterfront, one of Pittsburgh’s newest shopping areas and then off to Hartwood Acres, one of the largest lighting displays in the US featuring over 2 million lights. A good time was had by all!
~Waste Management & Neighbors Spread 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. 72 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". In addition the Neighbors Who Care added a $10.00 Gift Certificate to Ideal Market to go with each turkey.
~Municipal Garage Gets Face Lift
The Jackson Township Municipal Garage got a much needed face lift in October. The building was spray painted by the Township Road Dept. gray to match the other Municipal Buildings. In addition, building trim was done in white, garage door repairs made and energy-efficient replacement windows were ordered and installed. The new look was done at a minimal cost.
~Bruce Baker Appointed To Cambria County Solid Waste Authority
Bruce Baker, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors was recently appointed by the Cambria County Commissioners to serve on the Board of Directors of the Cambria County Solid Waste Authority. Congratulations go out to Bruce Baker.
~Jackson Township Honors Vets
The Jackson Township Senior Center hosted their5th annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 12th. The Ceremony was held 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. Drew Walther of Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church and Corey Shirk, vocalist from Central Cambria High School.
~Dubovecky Helps Community
Congratulations go out to Matt Dubovecky, son of Marianne & John Dubovecky who was inducted into the National Honor Society of Civil Engineering at Penn State University. In order to qualify, Matt was required to perform at least 5 hours of community service. Matt chose to do weed trimming at Leidy, Mitchell & Veterans Park. Thanks go out to Matt for lending a hand in the community..
~Want to See a Birds-Eye View of Jackson Township?
Ever wonder what Jackson Township looks like from the air? You can now view up-to-date ariel photography of Jackson Township as close as your computer. To view the photography, just go to www.msn.com and then click on maps. On the next screen type in your address or zip code in the search bar. When the map comes up, click on "hybrid" where it will display street names on the photography. You can zoom in and out of the map by clicking on the plus or minus at the left of the map. You can maneuver around the map by just moving your mouse. It’s very easy to do and interesting to see what Jackson looks like from up above.
~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.www.jacksontwppa.com
PLANNING A BUILDING PROJECT
NEW YEAR GREETINGS
~ Thanks! ~
Frank "Buck" Alexander
- Road Crew
John Bahorik - Economic Development Committee
Bruce Baker - Board of Supervisors Chairman, Roadmaster, Planning Commission Secretary, Cambria County Assoc. Of Township Officials Vice-President, Cambria County Sewage Enforcement Agency, Cambria County Building Codes Enforcement Agency, Cambria County Solid Waste Authority, Historic Preservation Committee, Economic Development Committee
Harry Baker - Zoning Officer
Paulette Baker - Tax Collector
Alex Ballow - Tax Assessor
William Barbin - Solicitor
Joe Baxter -Sewer Authority Vice-Chairman
Mick Bezek - Fire Police Captain
Bob Bombach - Fire Police
Phil Boyer - Senior Center Treasurer
David Bracken - Board of Supervisors Vice-Chairman, Roadmaster
Delores Bracken - Historical Preservation Committee
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!