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REVIEW PLUS A LOOK TO THE FUTURE Economic Development
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 2009
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. Itís 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.
Jackson Township continues to pursue the development of a business park that hopefully will lead to hundreds of new jobs and a more solid tax base for the community. There are many hurdles that need to be overcome as this project is still in itís infancy stage but the Supervisors are committed to fulfill this goal and are working closely with the Cambria County Industrial Development Authority and the Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission. Richard Sutter & Associates, consultant, has been instrumental in the initial planning stages of the project. 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. Interest continues from companies on locating windmills in Jackson Township. A test tower located just off of Dishong Mountain Road was erected by a Spanish based company, Iberdrola Renewable Energies, to gather wind data for over an entire year. Although Iberdrola didnít pursue actual windmills. There is still interest in wind energy development as another company is interested in erecting a test tower near the Dishong Mountain Road area.
The Jackson Township Planning Commission continues to lay the ground work for development that is certain to come in the future being that Jackson Township has lots of undeveloped land and much of it is along or near the new Route 22 corridor. Some of the improvements made include a new Subdivision Ordinance. In addition Jackson Township as part of the Central Cambria Coalition working with Cambria Township & Ebensburg Borough adopted a Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan is basically a guide for the entire region for planning future growth and development. The Multi-Municipal Plan was completed with the help of a $42,500 Shared Municipal Services Planning Grant. Work on both of these projects were carried out by Richard Sutter & Associates, planning consultant. Future projects on the Planning Commission's "to do list" include updating the Zoning Ordinance and map and developing a concept for a Town Center in Jackson Township. 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. In a hearing with Judge Long earlier in 2008, Mr. McKool received a court order to have several abandoned trailers removed at Leisure Village. 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. In an effort to step-up clean-up efforts in Jackson Township, the Planning Commission is currently developing a Nuisance Ordinance that will be recommended to the Supervisors for approval. The Nuisance Ordinance will address everything from junk vehicles, rubbish and garbage to unmaintained yards and properties. Jackson Township receives many complaints on these issues and Nuisance Ordinances are quite common throughout the area. An unmaintained property next door to yours can actually decrease your property value by a considerable amount. Building Permits topped 1.6 million for 2008 and many people are inquiring about building and subdividing next year. With the Brazil-Cherrywood Sewer Project nearly completed 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. In addition work on several projects continue including providing water to Swigle Mountain Road and public sewage to Loraine Road and the entire Fords Corner Area. 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 will celebrate it's 3rd anniversary in March of 2009. 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 their three years in existence much has been accomplished. Topics that have been discussed include emergency services, equipment sharing, oil and gas drilling, inter-municipal planning, park maintenance, regional police services, recreation, sewage and water, windmills, wireless communications and zoning. Projects of the Coalition include the completion of a study for expanding sewage lines along the Route 22 Corridor 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 was completed early in 2008 and distributed to residents of the municipalities as well as being available at various public buildings, hotels and businesses. The map was designed and printed by Municipal Publications and paid for entirely by ads placed from 26 local businesses and organizations. The map displays all of the recreational facilities available in the Central Cambria Coalition area. Recently completed was the development of a Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan with the help of Richard Sutter & Associates and a matching grant of $42,500 from the Dept. of Community & Economic Development. A steering committee was formed with three members from each municipality participating and meeting each month. Several public meetings were held and the plan was adopted in the fall of 2008 by all three municipalities. In continuation, a Phase II Planning Grant was filed with the DCED. Phase II will look at land and subdivision ordinances, zoning ordinances, stormwater management, well head protection and possibly other areas where joint cooperation could be of benefit. Perhaps the biggest benefit of the Coalition is the cost savings achieved 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 were recently awarded a grant for $22,100. for the purchase of 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 in 2008 is working with Nanty Glo Borough for the purpose of getting a better leasing price per acre for gas drilling rights by combining land parcels owned by both municipalities. Jackson Township was approached earlier this year by a resident of neighboring East Wheatfield Township who is trying to get high speed internet service in that area as well as for residents in the western most part of Jackson Township. For Trick or Treat Night, Jackson Township coordinated their event with that of neighboring East Taylor Township. Jackson also continues to work with other inter-municipal co-ops including the Cambria County Sewage Enforcement Agency and Cambria County Building Codes Agency.
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. One major paving project for 2008 was Pike Road East from Swigle Mountain Road to US Route 22. The heavily traveled road not only gets a lot of traffic but also is used by trucks going to and from Amfire Mining. The improvements were long overdue and greatly appreciated by the residents of that area. In addition Poplar Street in Vinco was also paved. Roads that were seal coated entirely or in part were Eagle Drive, Pine Lock Street, Raymond Drive, Turkey Path Road and White Street. In additional New Enterprise re-did some roads that were seal-coated in 2007 but spots were missed on them. Those roads included Blackburn Road, Harmony Drive and Adams Avenue from Harmony Drive to Route 271. 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, two students worked part-time last year on mowing and park maintenance. Jackson Township approved another year in their 5 year contract with PennDOT to be reimbursed for performing winter maintenance on Benshoff Hill Road. A major safety improvement was the removal of two poles which were relocated from Adams Avenue to a private easement area. It took nearly two years to get all three utilities (electric, phone and cable) to remove their lines from the old poles to the new ones. Finally, the old poles located on the street area were removed and eliminated the potential hazard. Jackson Township also received word from the DCED (Dept. of Community & Economic Development) that a grant of $7300. Has been awarded to purchase new larger lettering street signs to be installed throughout Jackson Township. The new street signs with larger lettering will be required throughout Pennsylvania by the year 2012. New lettering on the signs will be six inches with suffixes at four inches (i.e. - street, road, etc.) This grant from the DCED was made possible with the help of Sen. John Wozniakís office. During 2008 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 installed by Penelec - Ebensburg District included lighting at the Municipal Building parking lots and recycling bins as well as at several intersections.
Jackson Township remains in sound financial condition with the Capital Reserve Fund finishing the year with about 1.4 million dollars. Although this is less than the prior year, there were some major expenditures including a $250,000. grant to the Jackson-East Taylor Sewer Authority to help jump start the Brazil Lane - Cherrywood Sewer Project. In addition, funds were used for many planned projects including the Fords Corner Sewage Project, Swigle Mountain Water Project, Mitchell Park Expansion and the development of a Business Park. Other major expenditures were put towards a new handicapped ramp at the Senior Center, the purchase of a Athey Belt Loader and for road paving projects. Although revenue from the Laurel Highlands Landfill is anticipated to be down in 2009, 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 25 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 nearing completion of the Brazil Lane - Cherrywood Sewer Project and Wagner Road - Chickaree Water Project more homes and businesses can be built in Jackson adding to the Townshipís tax base and insuring that our local taxes continue to be one of the lowest in the County. In addition, sewage will soon be made available to 16 homes on the lower half of Loraine Road through the use of Community Block Grant Funds. The projectís estimated cost is $175,000. Other 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 continues to move forward 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 6 part-time officers. In 2008, the Jackson Police Officers chose to be represented by Teamsters Union Local 110 and a three year contract was successfully negotiated. One major improvement for the Department included new computers and software made possible through the help of a $10,000 Technology Grant from Congressman John Murtha in cooperation with Mountain Technologies Inc. Two Youth Drug & Alcohol Fairs were held during the summer. The program is sponsored by Judge Gerard Long and the Cambria County Courts. The Mitchell event had about 15 youth attending while the one at Leidy at 45. For 2009, the Mitchell Event will be moved to Veterans Park where it will be more accessible to neighborhood children who can easily walk or ride their bike to the event. The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department provided another outstanding year of service to the residents. A $75,000. grant from the Department of Homeland Security was welcome news and was utilized to outfit the firemen with all new bunker gear. There were many activities and events scheduled including the annual Halloween Parade, a Safety Day at the Jackson Township Elementary School and a highly successful Open House where several hundred residents turned out. Many fundraising events were held as well which were well supported by the Community.
The Jackson Township Recreation Commission continues to be a vital part of the community by offering various events and helping with park planning and maintenance. 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 1091 names listed. Plans are underway for the 2009 Heritage Festival. In itís 5th year, the 2008 Festival attracted large crowds and a record number of vendors, groups and organizations. Popular new additions included a Car Cruise-In held Friday evening with a fantastic turn-out and the Living Treasures Petting Zoo. 2009 promises to be an exciting year as Mitchell Park Phase I expansion will get underway with the help of a $123,600. Grant awarded to Jackson Township from the DCNR. Improvements to be made will include extending water, sewer and electric lines, new restrooms and the construction of 2 large pavilions which will each accommodate 140 people for large family gatherings, weddings, reunions, etc. After Phase I, a Phase II is planned if a grant is successfully achieved. Phase II would include a 3rd large pavilion, small pavilion, ball field lighting and other improvements. Also on the horizon is a possible expansion of Leidy Park. Park improvements made this year at Mitchell included landscaping around the park rules sign. This work was done by Aaron Driekorn as an Eagle Scout Project. In another Eagle Scout Project, A. J. Pagano completed landscaping around the flag pole, installed a light and added two benches. Another improvement was the purchase of 3 concrete garbage cans for the park. Improvements at Leidy Park included the total revamping of the Bio-Diversity area. This work was done by Cory Henry as an Eagle Scout Project and included new trees, landscaping, a table, bird houses and constructing a path. The area is definitely 100% improved with the new look. Two new concrete garbage cans were also installed at Leidy. Veterans Park also had some improvements for 2008 including adding decorative banners to the light poles throughout the park. The banners are all red, white and blue with the winter ones featuring snowflakes and the summer ones, stars and stripes. Each banner has imprinted, "Welcome to Jackson Twp.". In addition, the Jackson Twp. Water Authority extended water lines to several areas of the park. As a result, three water pumps were installed including one at the storage barn, one near the pavilion and the other near the horseshoe pits. Decorative covers were constructed by Jim Page over the water pumps. 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, AYSO 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 providing events and activities that can involve the Community. In the spring, the 2nd Annual Easter Egg Hunt was sponsored by the Jackson Township Lions Club and drew a huge crowd of excited children. The third annual Fishing Derby was held in cooperation with the Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club. Over 110 children turned out for the event held at Woodland Park just off of Rt. 22. A bus trip to Atlantic City was a big hit as with those on board receiving cash bonus and free dinner coupons upon arrival. The Cambria County Bookmobile returned to Jackson Township for the summer months by making regularly scheduled stops at the Senior Center for the benefit of children and adults alike. A first time attempt at hosting a Summer Concert Series was offered this year. A concert in June with Rosie & The Jammers and one in August featuring the Sharp Tones drew small crowds. The most successful one was held on July 5 and featured the 28th Infantry Division Concert Band based out of Hollidaysburg. The concert was very patriotic and entertaining as they played a wide variety of music to the delight of over 200 people who turned out for the event. The 5th Annual Heritage Festival took place in July and has become the most popular and well attended event of the year. In October, Trick or Treat Night made a come back in Jackson Township after an absence of nearly 30 years. The event was a big hit and there were no incidents reported. . just a lot of children having fun! Also in October, two full buses went on a bus trip to New York City and had a great time. A overnight New York trip is planned for 2009. December wound up the year with a bus trip to Pittsburgh for some shopping followed by a stop at Cabelas and a tour of the Oglebay Festival of Lights in Wheeling, WV. The buses made it to Cabelas but road closures didnít permit the tour of Oglebay so an alternate stop was made at Overlyís Country Christmas near Greensburg. The 3rd Annual Light Up Night was moved back to the Sunday time frame and had a huge crowd attend. Some of the highlights included voting for their favorite trees, a concert by the Jackson Elementary 4th & 5th Grade Chorus as well as the star attraction, Santa! Also in December was the 3rd Annual Holiday Lighting & Decorating Contest. This year there were 19 entries received, down a bit from last year, due mainly to poor weather since the beginning of November for putting up Christmas lights. For 2009 the Recreation Commission is planning a military band concert in addition to the regular events including the Fishing Derby, Easter Egg Hunt, Heritage Festival, Trick or Treat Night, Light Up Night and Christmas Decorating Contest. Bus trips for 2009 will include a trip to Sight & Sound Theatre in Lancaster in March, Washington DC in June and an overnight trip to New York City in September.
The Jackson Township Historical Committee, formed two years ago, 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 renovating 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 is appropriately named "The Liberty Museum" and is nearing completion. The Jackson Township Historical Committee has made significant progress is making contacts with residents who have old photos, artifacts and memories to share. The Committee is compiling notebooks with each article, photo or item categorized for the benefit and enjoyment of future generations to come.
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 completion and will add 200 homes to the Jackson East-Taylor Sewer Authority system as well as provide opportunities for future growth. The project was made possible from a 3.4 Pennvest Loan, a $632,000. Pennvest Grant as well a $250,000. Grant from Jackson Township. 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. Sewage planning and testing has been completed and financing options are being explored. In addition the Supervisors have committed 2007 & 2008 CDBG (Community Block Grant Funds) towards the installation of public sewer lines on Loraine Road which should get underway in the spring and provide service to approximately 20 homes. The Jackson Township Water Authority will be completing the construction of an addition to the Wagner Road water line as well as a new line along Chickaree Hill Road towards Vintondale to serve 22 additional homes. This project is also being done with CDBG funds under the direction of Larry Custer of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority and will provide public water to about 24 homes. In addition, the Supervisors are looking at getting water to the area along Swigle Mountain Road where many residents are experiencing water problems and some even having to haul water. Another additional line was added into the Jackson Twp. Water Authority system. The line referred to as the "Hildebrand Water Line" was formerly receiving water from the East Taylor Municipal Authority. The line had approx. 15 customers in the Raymond & Eagle Drive area and at one time an agreement stated that East Taylor Municipal Authority could provide them with water until Jackson would be able too and at that point, the customers would be that of the Jackson Twp. Water Authority. In addition to taking over the line, fire hydrants were installed giving residents added protection.
The Senior Center continues to grow with well over 450 members. An Open House was held in May to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Center. 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 a wide variety of seminars and classes covering issues that concern Senior Citizens and the Community in general. One major improvement was the construction of a new handicapped ramp constructed by METCO Inc. on the upper end of the Senior Center Building. Cost of the new ramp was $24,000. Scheduled in early 2009 is the removal of a asbestos with the help of a grant not to exceed $45,000. from the Greater Johnstown Redevelopment Authority. After the asbestos is removed, new flooring and carpeting will also be installed throughout the building which also houses the District Magistrates office. A new lease was also negotiated for the District Magistrates office with Cambria County which increase the monthly rent by several hundred dollars. The lease income helps to pay for the utilities and maintenance services for the entire Senior Center 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. Other responsibilities of the Supervisors include directing the police and road departments as well as the administrative staff, investigating citizen complaints and concerns, bidding out materials and services, addressing road bonds and inspections, negotiating contracts, making appointments to Boards, Commissions and Authorities as well as accepting resignations, overseeing and applying for grants and countless others. 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 smoothly 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. One example is Troop 204 Boy Scouts who have participated in Veterans Day & Memorial Day Ceremonies, the Heritage Festival, Light Up Night, litter clean ups and much more. Also individual scouts going for Eagle Projects have chosen to improve the community by adding park benches and landscaping, cleaning up the Bio-Diversity area of Leidy Park, 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 have won several awards over the year in the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors Annual Citizens Communications Contest. Jackson Township was notified in December of it's most recent honors including 2nd place for best newsletter in Township with 2,500 to 5,000 in population. Jackson also earned a 2nd place award in the Electronic Newsletter Category. This is quite an honor considering Jackson Township is competing on a State-wide basis. 2009 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
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
Township Faces Challenging Role
Residents Get Involved
Township Alive with Activity
JACKSON ADOPTS 2009
NO INCREASE IN TAXES FOR
JUDGE RULES TO OVERTURN
REMOVAL OF OUTDOOR LIGHTING
MITCHELL PARK - PHASE I
TO GET UNDERWAY IN SPRING
JACKSON EARNS 2 STATE
AWARDS IN COMMUNICATIONS CONTEST
PLANNING UNDERWAY FOR
HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2009
LARGE CROWD TURN OUT FOR
3rd ANNUAL LIGHT UP NIGHT
WINTER WEATHER TIPS
CONTEST CREATES FRIENDLY COMPETITION
~3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt
~Sight & Sound Theatre Bus Trip
~4th Annual Fishing Derby
~Washington DC Bus Trip
~New York City Bus Trip
GIRLS SOFTBALL SIGN-UPS
JUNK VEHICLE REMOVAL
If you have a junked vehicle that needs removed from your property and youíre 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.
VEHICLE BATTERY DROP-OFF
INTERESTED IN SERVING
CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
Jackson Historical Preservation Committee
Jackson Heritage Festival
Help plan and organize the 6th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival. Planning is underway for next year's big event and monthly meetings will begin in January, 2009. If you are interested in helping out, please phone, write or email your name to the Jackson Township Office.
The figures for October were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 288 Reportable Part I Crimes: 7 broken down as follows: Larceny-4 and Burglaries-3. Reportable Part II Crimes: 23 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-5, Vandalism-5, Fraud-3, Receiving Stolen Property-3, Drugs-1, Embezzlement-1, Family Offenses-1 and all others-4. Calls Resulting in Cases: 16, Total Arrestees: 8, Total Suspects: 1, Total Victims: 8, DUI Arrests: 5, Traffic Citations: 34, Non-Traffic Citations: 1, Total Warnings: 1.
The figures for November were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 263 Reportable Part I Crimes: 4 broken down as follows: Larceny-3 and Burglaries-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 35 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-14, Liquor Violations-7, Disorderly Conduct-2, Receiving Stolen Property-2, Family Offenses-1, Fraud-1, Public Drunkenness-1 and all others-7. Calls Resulting in Cases: 25, Total Arrestees: 18, Total Suspects: 2, Total Victims: 8, DUI Arrests: 12, Traffic Citations: 10, Non-Traffic Citations: 12, Total Warnings: 1.
1st FIRE COMPANY OPEN
HOUSE PROVES A SUCCESS!
FIRE COMPANY NEWS &
Saturday Feb. 7th
Golf Raffle Sunday Mar. 1st
Jewelry Raffle Saturday May 9th
Spring Gun Raffle Saturday May 16th
Summer Fest Fri.-Sun. June 19th-21st
Archery Raffle Saturday Sept. 19th
Fall Gun Raffle Sunday Oct. 18th
Turkey Raffle Saturday Nov. 21st
Auxiliary sponsored "Fish Frys" will start on Friday, February 27th and continue every Friday with the last one being Good Friday. As always, Bingo is sponsored by the Auxiliary and is held every Sunday evening. For tickets or additional information on all of these events, contact the Fire Company at 322-3155.New officers were elected for 2009 at their December meeting. They are: President-Tim Hofecker, Vice-President-Terry Crouse, Secretary-Angela Shoemaker, Assistant Secretary-Stella Fedora, Treasurer-Mark Sloan, Assistant Treasurer-Gary Gongloff, Financial Secretary-Dave Smith, Assistant Financial Secretary-George Straub, Trustees-Jeremy Amigh, Mark Croft, Chris Fedora, Don Ochenrider and Steve Yarina, Fire Police Captain-Mick Bezek and Fire Chief-Tim Hofecker. In other news, the Auxiliary welcomed back President Betty Lybarger who was off due to illness. The Fire Company has also put together a Building Committee and are in the process of looking for a bigger hall or to expand. Anyone with any ideas are welcome to call or stop by. The Fire Company and Auxiliary would like to wish everyone a happy and safe new year as we start 2009.
SENIOR CENTER TO CLOSE
DURING FLOORING PROJECT
SENIOR CENTER NEWS
SEWER AUTHORITY UPDATE
WATER AUTHORITY NEWS
OTHER JACKSON TWP. NEWS
~Neighbors Who Care Gearing Up For New Year
An active local Community group, Neighbors Who Care is gearing up for the new year. They will be conducting their annual drive in January. Current and former members will be receiving a mailing from the group, but new members are always welcome. Some of the projects scheduled for the coming year will include continued support for the Jackson Township Scholarship Fund, support of Jackson Township troops abroad by sending care packages, helping needy families at Christmas by providing grocery gift certificates and continuing litter clean-ups along several Township roads and streets. Some of the annual fundraising activities include selling a grocery raffle ticket in the spring and having a booth at the Jackson Heritage Festival. The Neighbors Who Care group continues to grow and they are able to help in small ways where needed, thanks to the community that supports them. If you would like additional information, contact Rick Fetzer, Chairman at 446-6237.
~Chickaree Hill Blinking Light
~A Fun Day In The Big Apple
~Contracts for Senior Center Awarded
~Board Adopts PA Right-To-Know Policy
~Local Bear Could Qualify For World
~New Water Tap Ordinance & Resolution
~Winter Swimming Available
~Election Turnout High In Jackson
~Jackson Township Honors Vets
A tradition continued with the Senior Center heading up another Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Park. Retired Col. Marty Kuhar, a resident of Jackson Township was the speaker. Others participating were Menoher VFW Post 155 Honor Rifle Team, Jackson Township Troop 204 Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts and Pastor Drew Walther of Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church. Cory Shirk, a junior at Central Cambria High School sang several special music selections and Alicia Yesenosky provided recorded music. Senior Center President, Frank Singel, acted as Master of Ceremonies. Light refreshments were served following the event. Special thanks go out to all those participating in the ceremony as well as those who took the time out of their day to remember and honor all veterans who have served or are currently serving in the military.
~Central Cambria Coalition News
~Barnes, Saly & Company Appointed
Trippers Get In The Christmas Spirit
Two bus loads of Jackson Township residents and guests went on a holiday bus trip to Pittsburgh on Saturday, December 6thh. The bus trip began with some shopping at IKEA, a Swedish type department store near the Pittsburgh Airport, followed by a stop at the Robinson Town Centre Mall. From there the tour continued at Cabelas, the outdoors and sportsmens super store near Wheeling, WV. The weather took a turn for the worst and the closing of Interstate 70 west wouldn't permit going to the Oglebay Festival of Lights, the final stop of the day. An alternate plan was quickly made to stop at Overly's Country Christmas near Greensburg, a lighting display with over 2 million lights as well as shops, train display, a bonfire and horse drawn carriage rides. .
~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. 62 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.
~Supervisors Support Nanty Glo
~Board Approves Planning Consultant
~Water Authority Loan Approved
~US Census Hiring For Positions
~Waste Management Holidays For 2009
~Recycling Bins a Hit!
~Crime and Vandalism
~Free 911 House Numbers Available
~John Lythgoe Achieves Induction
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~Tire Recycling Available
~Need to Sign Up For New Garbage Service?- Jackson Townshipís 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 2009 is $39.74 per quarter.
Jackson Township has a valuable source of information to help keep you informed. If you havenít 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, Planning Commission and Recreation Meetings. New this year are minutes of the Jackson-East Taylor Sewer Authority. 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 email@example.com
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