JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS
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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.
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Planning For The Future
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 items currently being addressed are revisions to the Subdivision Ordinance, Nuisance Ordinance to address unmaintained properties, vehicles and abandoned buildings and other issues, amending the Zoning Ordinance and a new Zoning Map which is specific to individual parcels. The new parcel specific In addition Jackson Township as part of the Central Cambria Coalition has been working with Cambria Township & Ebensburg Borough on a Phase II Planning Initiative with the help of a Shared Municipal Services Planning Grant from the DCED for $32,500. Phase II Planning involves bringing each community's Subdivision and Zoning Ordinances up-to-date with current laws, regulations and to the standards of the Municipal Planning Code. Although the three municipalities would retain their individual Ordinances, there would be coordination in zone classifications and along border areas where one municipality meets another. 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 additional oil storage tanks to Marcellus Shale Gas Well Drilling. George Burkey does a great job addressing Zoning Permits as applications are submitted throughout the year as well as addressing other problems and complaints as they came up. A great effort has been made by Jackson Township to continue working with property owners to clean up their properties. Some progress has been made with property owners cleaning up abandoned structures, vehicles, tires and rubbish but much more needs to be done. 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. 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 eventually 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. Beginning in 2010 the function of Building Codes Enforcement was being carried out by Middle Department Inspection Agency. Jackson Township along with other Central Cambria Coalition members, Cambria Township & Ebensburg Borough made the change to MDIA. This is a change from the previous Cambria County Building Codes Enforcement Agency. Some of the reasons for the change were lower fees, being able to complete forms at the local municipal building and not having to get an exemption permit for projects that were exempt from the State Building Code. Building Permits topped an all time record 5.6 million for 2010 as compared with 1.4 million in 2009. In this total was also 12 new homes in varying locations throughout Jackson Township plus many major home additions. With many people inquiring about building and subdividing, indications are it should be another busy building year in 2011. With the recent sewer line projects completed at Brazil Lane, Cherrywood and Loraine Road and water line projects completed on Wagner Road, Chickaree Hill Road and Swigle Mountain Road, more areas have become friendly to residential development. Work is continuing on providing public sewage to Fords Corner Road, Pike Road West and Whitetail Road. Engineering has been completed and permits have been applied for. The project is definitely needed being that 75% of the homes in that area having failing on lot septic systems. Funding is being sought from various agencies and nothing can happen until funding is in place. Having a project "shovel ready" is seen as favorable when various funding agencies have money to distribute for qualifying projects. While the results of the 2010 census are not yet known and Jackson may have lost some population, looking forward, growth is still certain at some point and time in the future. 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 its 5th anniversary in March of 2011. The Coalition was formed from the three municipalities who comprise Central Cambria School District including Cambria Township, Ebensburg Borough and Jackson Township. The group meets once a month rotating meeting locations among the three municipalities. During their four 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 but 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 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. A Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan was completed 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 during the development of the Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan and they continued to meet over the past year as the Coalition worked on completing the Phase II Planning Initiative. Phase II Planning involves bringing each municipalities Subdivision & Zoning Ordinances and Zoning Map up to date. Ebensburg is completed, Cambria Township nearing completion and Jackson Township should finish up by spring. This work is being carried out with a Shared Municipal Services Planning Grant of $32,500. from the DCED. 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 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. In 2009 the three municipalities also jointly purchased an Asphalt Hauler. The most recent venture of the Coalition has been the forming of the Central Cambria Codes Enforcement Agency which will be responsible for enforcement of the State Building Code. After weighing all the options available, the three municipalities signed on with MDIA (Middle Department Inspection Agency) for Building Code Enforcement. While the Coalition looked at the possibility of having a joint zoning enforcement officer, it was decided that each municipality would be better served by having their own individual working in that position. In Jackson Township, George Burkey has been appointed Zoning Officer. The Coalition continues to explore other areas of joint cooperation where the three municipalities are able to save money by joining forces. For Trick or Treat Night, Jackson Township coordinated their event once again with that of neighboring East Taylor Township. Jackson also continues to work with an inter-municipal co-op called the Cambria County Sewage Enforcement Agency who is responsible for all on-lot sewage development, permits or complaints. Jackson Township is also a member of the Cambria County Tax Collection Committee which is working to make a smooth transition to a single county-wide Earned Income Tax collector. The Committee began meeting in 2009 and recently appointed Berkheimer Associates as the primary Earned Income Tax Collector for all of Cambria County. Act 32 passed by the Pennsylvania House & Senate will consolidate Earned Income Tax Collection on a County-wide basis rather than each municipality collecting their own. Each County in the State of Pennsylvania is going through the exact same process as Cambria. The new system will be implemented over the next several years and in place by the year 2012. The new system will be much simpler for employers who currently have to collect and send EIT Taxes collected from employees to dozens of EIT Tax Collectors. For a large employer with hundreds or thousands of employees, the number of tax collectors could be 100 or more.
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. Due to the high cost of paving, Jackson Township has chose to concentrate more on seal coating roads. This is sometimes referred to as "tar and chipping". Roads that were seal coated entirely or in part were Adams Avenue and Fords Corner Road. The road crew also worked endlessly on patching, improving and maintaining drainage and line striping on various Township roads as well as overall maintenance. In addition they also take care of the ongoing maintenance at the three Township parks. One special project
Township Remains Financially Solid
Jackson Township remains in sound financial condition for the coming year and has made budget cuts in just about every area. While revenues from the Laurel Highlands Landfill continue, they still remain at about 1/3 of what they once were. The Township regained $8,000 from a lawsuit settlement with Penelec where they charged the Township over $15,000 to move 4 poles. Jackson also was reimbursed approx. $130,000 it had invested in the Swigle Mountain Water Project once Federal & State funding became available. Funds were used in 2010 for many planned projects including the Fords Corner Sewage Project, Mitchell Park Expansion and the development of a Business Park. Additional revenue averaging about $2000 per month continues to come in from the Landfill Gas Conversion Project. With the completion of the Brazil Lane - Cherrywood Sewer Project, Loraine Road Sewage Project, Wagner Road - Chickaree Water Project and Swigle Mountain Water Line, 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 2011, the development of infrastructure will continue with the extension of the Loraine Road sewer line towards Fords Corner Road. Another proposed project that is currently in the early stages of development is constructing public sewer lines in the Fords Corner Road area, which also includes Finntown Road, Loraine Road, Pike Road West and Whitetail Road. This project could become a reality if funding become available. All Township audits that were conducted by Certified Public Accountants, Federal, State & Local Agencies had no major findings for the year.
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 comprised of 1 full-time officer and 7 part-time officers. A grant was received from Mountaintop Technologies for $1,700 which was used to purchase radios and a scanner. Two Youth Drug & Alcohol Fairs were held during the summer. The program is sponsored by Judge Gerard Long and the Cambria County Courts. The events which were held at Mitchell Park and Veterans Park each had about 25 youth attending plus a nice turnout of adults as well. The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department provided another outstanding year of service to the residents. There were many activities and events scheduled including 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.
Recreation Plans for Growth
Recreation continues to play a vital role in the life of our community through various events and making improvements to the three parks located in Jackson Township. 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 1129 names listed. Plans are underway for the 2011 Heritage Festival. In its 7th year, the 2010 Festival attracted large crowds and a large number of vendors, groups and organizations and continues grow and is becoming known throughout the region for quality entertainment, family friendly atmosphere and affordability. 2010 seen the completion of the long awaited Mitchell Park Phase I Project. This project was made possible with the help of a $123,600 Grant awarded to Jackson Township from the DCNR. Improvements made included extending water, sewer and electric lines, new restrooms and the construction of 2 large pavilions which will each accommodate approximately 125 people for large family gatherings, weddings, reunions, etc. The Supervisors plan on purchasing picnic tables for the pavilions and other enhancements such as horseshoe pits and bbq grills are planned. It is hoped that some of these smaller amenities can be accomplished through scout projects. In another Mitchell Park improvement, Josh Bednar completed landscaping around the Concession Stand and constructed 2 new picnic tables as part of an Eagle Scout Project thru Jackson Township Boy Scout Troop # 204. After Phase I, a Phase II is planned if a grant can be successfully achieved. Phase II would include a 3rd large pavilion, small pavilion, a walking trail, new playground, park lighting, landscaping and other improvements. Another major improvement in 2010 was the lighting of Mitchell # 1 ball field. This project was a dream come true through the efforts of ETJ Little League and many other partners including Rural Electric who donated labor and equipment and Somerset Trust who made a sizeable financial contribution. Many people helped but three individuals deserve special recognition including Al Boring, Alan Conrad and Denny Grove as they put a tremendous amount of effort and energy into this project. An opening night ceremony was held with a huge crowd and for the first time, kids could play under the lights just like the big leagues. Jackson Township made another major commitment to the future of recreation by purchasing two additional properties in 2010 that border Leidy Lane in front of the current developed park. The properties were purchased with grants secured through the DCNR with the help of Larry Custer and the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority. With Leidy Park being used more than ever by baseball, football, soccer, cheerleading camp, scouts and other groups, parking was inadequate forcing people to park along Leidy Lane. The additional land will not only provide the additional parking needed but opens up some other possibilities for future projects being there were also two buildings on the property. Future development of the buildings could include a community meeting room, public restrooms, indoor recreational activities and storage. Any development of such a project would depend upon Jackson Township successfully receiving a grant to help with funding. The Township also made progress in attracting more groups along with 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, Cheerleading Camp, Cambria County Youth Fair and Jackson Twp. 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. Veterans Park was host to the Jackson Heritage Festival, Cambria County Youth Fair, Memorial Day & Veterans Day ceremonies and Senior Center events. Another key focus has been providing events and activities that can involve the Community. In the spring, the 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt was sponsored by the Jackson Township Lions Club and drew a huge crowd of excited children. The 5th annual Fishing Derby was held in cooperation with the Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club. Over 200 children turned out for the event held at Woodland Park just off of Rt. 22. A bus trip was offered to Baltimore Inner Harbor in June with a nice turnout. In 2011, a one day trip is scheduled to New York City on April 9th. 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. The 7th Annual Heritage Festival took place in July and has continued to be the most popular and well attended event of the year. In October, Trick or Treat Night went off very successfully for the 3rd year after making 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! The 5th Annual Light Up Night had a large crowd attend, thanks to the cooperation of the weather. Some of the highlights included voting for their favorite trees, a concert by the Jackson Elementary Chorus, special music from local church groups as well as the star attraction, Santa! Also in December was the 5th Annual Holiday Lighting & Decorating Contest. This year there were 13 entries received. For 2011, a host of regular events are planned including the Fishing Derby, Easter Egg Hunt, Heritage Festival, Trick or Treat Night, Light Up Night and Christmas Decorating Contest. Bus trips for 2011 will include a trip to New York City in April and possibly a Christmas Trip to Pittsburgh in December.
Preserving Our Past
The Jackson Township Historical Committee, formed four years ago, continues to actively collect and preserve any old photos and artifacts contributed from residents. Many of the items collected have been donated to the group for display purposes while photos are often copied or scanned and then the originals returned to the owner. Progress has also been made on the Tri-Area Historical & Museum Society which is in the process of renovating the old Liberty Theatre in Nanty Glo for a permanent museum. The museum will house historical artifacts from Blacklick Township, Jackson Township, Nanty Glo Borough and Vintondale Borough. The museum is appropriately named "The Liberty Museum" and could be completed in 2011. The Jackson Township Historical Committee has made significant progress in 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 Projects Will Help Spur Growth
Sewer & Water are seen as key components to the future growth and development of Jackson Township. Over the past 5 years Jackson has seen new sewer lines completed on Brazil Lane, Cherrywood / Leidy area, Loraine Road and Dishong Mountain Road. New water lines were installed on Chickaree Hill Road, Wagner Road and Swigle Mountain Road. All of these projects were made possible with grants and low interest loans. On the horizon are several projects. The Fords Corner area is pretty much "shovel ready" and would encompass the area that includes 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 CDBG (Community Block Grant Funds) towards the installation of a public sewer line on Loraine Road which serves approx. 20 homes. Much of the line has been built in two phases but eventually it will go the entire way up to Fords Corner Road. A feasibility study has been done by the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority for the construction of a sewer line along Chickaree Hill Road to service an area where many of the current septic systems are failing. This line is also financed using CDBG (Community Block Grant Funds) and itís scheduled for construction to begin in the spring. The Jackson Township Water Authority has also completed the construction of an addition to the Wagner Road water line as well as a new water line along Chickaree Hill Road towards Vintondale. The Chickaree line is made possible with CDBG funds under the direction of Larry Custer of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority and will provide public water service to about 24 homes. This line still needs a pressure reducing station installed before it can be adopted by the Jackson Township Water Authority. The long awaited Swigle Mountain Road Water Project has become a reality and water should be soon flowing in the new line after some issues with the contractor are resolved. Construction has been completed on the line and the water tank. Residents in this area have been experiencing water problems for years and some even having to haul water. Others have had to construct new wells or can only use water on certain days.
The Senior Center continues to grow with well over 475 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 last year including seminars and classes covering a wide variety of issues that concern Senior Citizens and the Community in general. Last year, Somerset Trust donated a new 52 inch Samsung flat screen television for the Jackson Township Senior Center. Roberta Lohr, spokeswoman for Somerset Trust said the idea was initiated by President and CEO, Henry Cook after the Jackson Township Senior Center allowed the bank to use their facilities to set up new accounts for new customers before the February grand opening of the new branch in the Vinco Plaza.
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. 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. Ordinances passed in 2010 included the following: Ordinance # 166 which increased the Local Municipal Services Tax from $10 to $15 with $5 going to Central Cambria School District). Ordinance # 167 which provided for long term financing for the Swigle Mountain Water Project. Resolutions were passed involving banking, opposing forced consolidation, accepting a land donation, administering CDBG funds, setting tax structure and adopting the budget. There is always a mix of pleasant and unpleasant items to deal with in the Township but the Supervisors always have the best interest of the residents at heart. 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.
Residents Get Involved
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, recycling drives, dinners for Senior Citizens, contributed to the food pantry, 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!
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. Jackson residents can be proud that the Township newsletter and website have won several awards over the years. Jackson Township also has a Facebook Page for the general public and a Facebook Group for residents who live or have lived in Jackson Township at one time or another. To find the page or join the group go to www.facebook.com and then search for Jackson Township. 2011 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 ADOPTS 2010 BUDGET
TAX STRUCTURE SET FOR 2011
PLANNING UNDERWAY FOR HERITAGE FESTIVAL 2011
LARGE CROWD TURN OUT FOR 5th ANNUAL LIGHT UP NIGHT
First Place - Final Touch Salon, Tanning & Massage
Second Place -Mercikís Ideal Market
Third Place - Kamzikís Septic & Porta-Johns
Fourth Place - Jannaís Hair & Tanning Salon
Fifth Place - Espe Chiropractic Health Center
The groups and organizations category had 15 entries including Cambria County Christian School, Jackson Elementary P.T.O., Jackson Township, Jackson Township Boy Scout Troop # 204, Jackson Township Cub Scouts Pack # 204, Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club, Jackson Township Lions Club, Jackson Township Senior Center, Laurel Mountain Bible Church, Liberty Museum, Northern Cambria Relay for Life, Our Village Families, Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church, St. Paulís Lutheran Church and Vinco Brethren Church. The top five winners in this category earned a recognition plaque to display plus a cash prize. First place received $100, 2nd-$75, 3rd-$50, 4th-$25 and 5th-$10. Winners were as follows:
- Jackson Elementary P.T.O.
Second Place - Vinco Brethren Church
Third Place - Jackson Community Rod & Gun Club
A variety of refreshments and a bake sale were available from Jackson Township Troop # 204 Boy Scouts. Carolers filled the evening with song from Chickaree Union Church and Laurel Mountain Bible Church. Also Julie Lewis and Don Eppley of Vinco Brethren Church performed several musical selections enjoyed by all. In addition, a group from the Jackson Elementary 4th & 5th Grade Chorus came out to perform several of their favorite Christmas songs. An elaborate model train display was operating in high gear throughout the evening under the direction of Phil Boyer, Chief Engineer at the Senior Center. The guest of honor for the evening was definitely Santa Claus himself! Children didn't seem to mind waiting and were excited as they gave their Christmas wish list to Santa himself! Charlie Rametta, photographer took photos of the children with Santa and this year printed them out on the spot for proud parents. The children also enjoyed coloring Christmas pictures and getting in the Christmas spirit! 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 as the light display grows larger each year.
SUPERVISORS REORGANIZE FOR 2011
HOLIDAY DECORATING CONTEST CREATES FRIENDLY COMPETITION
1st Place - Nina & Robert Hildebrand - Brenton Drive
2nd Place - Michael Barkley - William Penn Avenue
UPCOMING RECREATION EVENTS
~New York City Bus Trip
~5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
~6th Annual Fishing Derby
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.
VEHICLE BATTERY DROP-OFF
INTERESTED IN SERVING YOUR COMMUNITY?
CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
Jackson Historical Preservation Committee
Jackson Heritage Festival
Help plan and organize the 8th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival. Planning will soon be underway for next year's big event. 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: 229 Reportable Part I Crimes: 3 broken down as follows: Assaults-2 and Larceny-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 20 broken down as follows: Receiving Stolen Property-3, Disorderly Conduct-2, Fraud-2, Vandalism-2, Drugs-1, Drunkenness-1, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-1 and All others-8. Calls Resulting in Cases: 11, Total Arrestees: 9, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims: 7, DUI Arrests: 1, Traffic Citations: 13, Non-Traffic Citations: 2, Total Warnings: 0
The November, 2010 Police Report statistics were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 237. Reportable Part I Crimes: 6 broken down as follows: Assaults-6. Reportable Part II Crimes: 12 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-2, Disorderly Conduct-1, Receiving Stolen Property-1, Vandalism-1 and all others-7. Calls Resulting in Cases: 8, Total Arrestees: 5, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims: 3, DUI Arrests: 2, Traffic Citations: 5, Non-Traffic Citations: 5, Total Warnings: 0.
WINTER WEATHER TIPS
~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.
3rd FIRE COMPANY OPEN HOUSE PROVES A SUCCESS!
FIRE COMPANY NEWS & EVENTS
Casino Night Saturday Feb. 5th
Golf Raffle Sunday March 20th
Spring Gun Raffle Sunday Apr. 10th
Jewelry Raffle Saturday May 14th
Heritage Festival Fri.-Sun. July 15th-17th
Archery Raffle Saturday Sept. 17th
Fall Gun Raffle Sunday Oct. 16th
Turkey Raffle Sunday Nov. 20th
Auxiliary sponsored "Fish Frys" will start on Friday, March 11th and continue every Friday with the last one being Good Friday, April 22nd. As always, Bingo is sponsored by the Auxiliary and is held every Sunday evening at 6:30 sharp. Turnout has been very good for Bingo and they are hoping that will continue. For tickets or additional information on all of these events, contact the Fire Company at 322-3155. The Fire Company wants to extend special thanks to their members, residents, Township employees and businesses who assisted the Fire Company in getting a generator up and running to provide power in the event of an emergency. They appreciate your help and dedication and want to say a big, THANK YOU! New officers were elected for 2011 at their December meeting. They are: President-Tim Hofecker, Vice-President-Jason Glessner, Secretary-Angela Shoemaker, Treasurer-Mark Sloan, Assistant Treasurer-Gary Gongloff, Assistant Secretary-Sally Price, Financial Secretary-Dave Smith, Assistant Financial Secretary-Karl Smith, 2011 Trustee-Terry Crouse, Fire Chief-Tim Hofecker and Fire Police Captain-Mick Bezek. The Fire Company will once again be mailing out their annual Fund Drive letter as opposed to going door to door. The Fire Company has ordered a new ambulance with new state-of-the-art heart monitors! Improvements such as the new ambulance and generator would not be possible without a successful Fund Drive. With winter months here, please be very careful with burning candles, wood burners and kerosene heaters. Make sure your smoke detectors are working properly and flues are kept clean. The Fire Company and Auxiliary would like to thank everyone in the community for all of their continued support and wish everyone a happy, safe and blessed New Year as we start 2011.
SENIOR CENTER NEWS
SNOWMOBILE CLUB TO HOLD POKER RUN
OTHER JACKSON TWP. NEWS
We would like to welcome those who have been recently elected, appointed or hired by Jackson Township. Ron Allison, Jeremy Freoni and Rickey Price were hired as a Part Time Police Officers for Jackson Township. We welcome Ron, Jeremy and Rickey as they join the Jackson Township Police Department! Tom Wray was appointed to the position of Township Auditor after the unexpected passing of Toni Merlo who was just appointed in early December. She will be greatly missed! We also extend a warm welcome to Marty Bezek who will be serving on the Jackson Township Recreation Commission and Don Ochenrider who accepted a term on the Jackson-East Taylor Sewer Authority Board. Cory Ehrhart previously served on the Recreation Commission and Wendell Gillin on the JETSA Board. We thank Cory & Wendell for their outstanding service to our community!
~24 Hour Police Coverage Goal Achieved
~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. 46 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".
~Jackson Township Honors Vets
A tradition continued with the Senior Center heading up another Veterans Day Ceremony at Veterans Park. Nearly 140 individuals showed up to honor our veterans, past and present. Ret. Major Kenneth Kozar, who has over 20 years of service and served in Camp Victory, Iraq 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 freshman at Penn State University, sang several special music selections and Wix-Pix Productions provided a first-class sound system along with recorded music before and after the ceremony. 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.
~Supervisors Support Nanty Glo Library
The Supervisors unanimously approved at their September 30th meeting a contribution to the Nanty Glo Library for $500. to put towards their Annual Fund Drive. The Library estimates that approximately 700 people from Jackson Township use the Library.
~Phase II Planning Nearing Completion
Jackson Township in cooperation with Cambria Township and Ebensburg Borough as part of the Central Cambria Coalition is nearing the completion of the Phase II Planning Project. This project was made possible with a grant from the DCED (Dept. of Community & Economic Development). Richard C. Sutter and Associates of Hollidaysburg was hired as the planning consultant. The project included updating each municipalities Zoning Ordinance and Map, Subdivision Ordinance and becoming more coordinated with neighboring communities. The updating of the zoning map will make it parcel specific. This task was made possible since Cambria County has computerized mapping (GIS) available. In addition, all ordinances will be up-to-date with the Municipal Planning Code. A final step of amending the Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan will take place as well.
~JETSA Sewer Authority Update
~Loraine Road Sewer Project Update
The Loraine Road Sewer Project has passed itís Final Inspection and all outstanding maintenance issues have been resolved through Claycomb Excavating. The Nanty Glo Sewer Authority will own the line and connection notices should be sent out to residents soon. This project was made possible through Community Development Block Grants administered through the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority.
~Electric Rate Caps Coming Off In 2011
For those who donít know, electric rate caps will come off for customers in 2011. You could face higher cost and as a consumer and you have the right to choose another supplier for your electrical generation. This would not change the distribution cost portion of your utility bill but only the generation portion. In this newsletter is a two page flyer published by the Pennsylvania Utility Commission that explains how removing rate caps for electric companies may affect you.
~Swigle Mountain Water Project
The Swigle Mountain Water Project is 97% complete and the remaining 2-3% involves primarily electrical and control work and connection to the pump station. The other items consist of work with the water tank itself. People will be able to connect to the system once the project is deemed substantially complete and after a series of water treatment tests are consummated according to Rich Wray, engineer for the 1.5 million project.
~Mitchell Park Project Completed
Mitchell Park Phase I Project is now completed and a $123,000 grant closed out with the DCNR. The project consists of public restrooms, 2 large pavilions and building a road and infrastructure. The Township plans to build picnic tables for the pavilions and doing the work in-house will save a lot of money as opposed to ordering them pre-built. In addition to the tables, there will be horseshoe pits and grills in the pavilion area. Pavilions will be available to reserve this summer.
~Barnes, Saly & Company Appointed
~Supervisors Support Food Pantry Efforts
~Business Park Project Update
The Jackson Township Business Park Project continues to move forward. The most recent development is the finalization of a deed from the DCNR (Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources) which will complete a land trade agreement with Jackson Township. In addition a purchase option on a 33 acre tract of land was completed with Waste Management. Engineering and planning work continues as well as working towards obtaining funding form a $500,000 grant that was secured with the help of PA Rep. Frank Burns of the 72nd District.
~Lions Club Wraps Up Busy Year
The Jackson Township Lions Club would like to thank the Community for their support during the past year. Your generosity and outstanding support of their fundraisers has enabled them to provide monetary support to many Community Organizations including: Boy Scout Eagle Projects, Birthright, Cambria City Mission, 8 Local Churches, Miners Community Food Pantry, Dr. Warren Riegel Eye Glasses, Jackson Township Scholarships, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Momís House, New Day, Presents for Patients, Salvation Army and the Jackson Township Senior Center. Most outstanding was the Love Tree Collection which took place from November 29th through December 11th and was sponsored by Ideal Market and the Jackson Township Lions Club. Our community lovingly gave $1,340 and 100% of the proceeds were donated to the Miners Community Food Pantry in Nanty Glo for Christmas. Congratulations and thank you on your support! Other activities throughout the year included sponsoring the annual Easter Egg Hunt and participating in the Jackson Heritage Festival and Light Up Night. Have you ever wanted to make a difference in your Community or even the world? The Jackson Township Lions Club is looking for a few good men and women to join them at 7 PM on the second Monday of the month at the Jackson Township Senior Center. Join the Jackson Lions at a meeting and find out what the Lions Club is all about. For more information, please call Dave Perry (President) or Betty Perry (Secretary) at 322-0938 or Betty Lou Shoup (Treasurer) at 322-1678.
~Garbage Rates & Holidays For 2011
Good news! There is no increase in garbage collection rates for 2011 after the Supervisors authorized a one year extension as long as long as Waste Management agreed not to increase rates. This includes unlimited curbside garbage pick up including any large items as well as one free pass to the Landfill per quarter per household. Waste Management holidays that will delay garbage pick-up by one day for 2011 are: Memorial Day, 4th of July and Labor Day. On Thanksgiving, Thursday collection will be on Friday and normal Friday collection will be on Saturday.
~Board Supports ETJ Little League
The Board of Supervisors at their November 11th meeting approved a contribution for $1500. to the East Taylor-Jackson Little League after receiving a letter requesting help from the Board. ETJ has a large number of youth who use Mitchell Park on a regular basis and is the largest organized sports activity in Jackson Township. In addition, they have started up a program for Girls Softball which has been absent from the Township for many years.
~Neighbors Who Care Gearing Up For New Year
~Open Burning Laws In PA
Many people often wonder what they can or canít burn in Pennsylvania. Burning is permitted if the waste is the result of normal household occupancy. Items that you are not permitted to burn include demolition waste, home insulation, shingles, treated wood, paint, painted or stained objects, furniture, tires, box springs, metal insulating rubber coating on copper wire, old television sets, appliances, automobiles, automotive parts and batteries. All of the items mentioned must be disposed of according to solid-waste regulations. Also, the Pennsylvania State Burning Laws prohibit any commercial establishments from burning refuse of any kind. The PaDEP encourages everyone to be considerate of your neighbors by not allowing smoke, embers or ash to travel onto others properties. Jackson Township also has many options for recycling various materials and residents are encouraged to take advantage of those opportunities. Everyone also needs to pay attention to weather conditions and not to burn when itís extremely dry or windy. In the fall, this is particular dangerous as there are lots of dry leaves on the ground and one flaming ember could set a forest on fire. For additional information on open burning laws in Pennsylvania you can go to the following website:
Just a friendly reminder that if your dog is missing, please check with the Jackson Township Police Department by stopping in or calling 749-0051 first. Jackson Police are in charge of dog complaints and if a loose dog is reported and there is no way of identifying its owner, the dog will be brought back to the Township and housed temporarily. If noone contacts the Police about a missing dog, it will then be taken to the Humane Society in Johnstown by one of the Officers.
~Jackson Twp. on Facebook
Jackson Township is now on Facebook! One group that was formed last fall has over 450 members with more joining every week. The Group is for those who live or have lived in Jackson Township and is open to anyone who fits that description. Many have joined from all over the United States who grew up here or at one time or another have called Jackson Township "home". There are lots of photos posted on the site and many people are writing nostalgic memories of their time living or growing up in Jackson Township. To find or join the group go to www.facebook.com and then search for the group name "Those Who Live or Have Lived in Jackson Township, Cambria County, PA". In addition, there is now a Facebook Fan Page for Jackson Township. This page is being used to promote important news or events and activities in Jackson Township and in a short time has over 350 fans and is attracting hundreds of online visitors each week. Anyone is welcome to join this page whether they reside in Jackson Township or not, so feel free to invite your family, friends and co-workers. Other fan pages have also been developed for many local schools, fire companies, churches, organizations and businesses.
~Crime and Vandalism
Jackson Township is a relatively safe place to live but no community is immune to crime. This is a reminder to keep a watch over your neighborhood and your neighbors in general. If you see anything suspicious, be sure to contact the Jackson Township Police Department at 749-0051. If no officer is at the Police Station you will be referred to the Cambria County 911 Non Emergency Line and they can have the officer on duty contact you.
~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 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.
~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 $2.00 per normal-sized vehicle tire. This does not apply to any commercial establishments
~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 2010 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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HAPPY NEW YEAR from Jackson Township!
NEW YEAR GREETINGS
~ Thanks! ~
Frank "Buck" Alexander- Road Crew
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!