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RESIDENTS WIN WITH RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT
RESIDENTS WIN WITH RESPONSIBLE GOVERNMENT
After reviewing the additional incoming funds to Jackson Township, Supervisor Bruce Baker stated that he would like to start giving back to the residents. He said he would like to see a reduction in Real Estate Taxes and proposed lowering the millage on municipal taxes from 8 to 7 mills. After some discussion among the board, Supervisor Dave Bracken agreed that the 1 mill reduction would be a good start. Supervisor Baker noted that we are very fortunate to be a host community to a landfill and with some other plants and projects slated for construction in the Township, we should continue to realize additional revenue sources and be able to give even more back to the residents of Jackson in the way of additional tax cuts.
At the meeting it was mentioned that Jackson Township has not had a tax increase for over 20 years. While previous Supervisors held the line from increasing taxes, this was the first time that taxes were actually lowered. Jackson Township is the only municipality in Cambria County to lower taxes and perhaps in the whole Central Pennsylvania Region. After discussion on the tax reduction by the Board, Supervisors Bruce Baker and Dave Bracken voted for the tax reduction while Bob Stephens voted against it.
2003 BUDGET ADOPTED
INFORMATION NEED UPDATED?
STREET LIGHT TO BE INSTALLED AT OLD NANTY GLO ROAD & ROUTE 271
A visit by Supervisor Baker with PennDOT revealed that they could not help in any way. Baker then checked with Penelec and requested a design request. It was then determined that they could install a light on an existing pole at no cost to Jackson Township. The only cost incurred would be that of the monthly electric bill. With a unanimous vote, the Supervisors approved the installation. Depending on the weather, the light should be up around mid to late January.
TIMBERING TO HELP DEVELOP RECREATION FACILITIES IN JACKSON
WATER LINE COULD CREATE ECONOMIC BOOM FOR JACKSON TOWNSHIP
When completed, the proposed Salt Lick Treatment Plant could handle 4.5 million gallons of water per day. Work could start in early 2004. Economic development specialists point to the area along Route 22 in Cambria & Jackson Townships as a potential hot spot for commercial growth as it's expanded into a four lane highway all the way to Pittsburgh.
JACKSON TOWNSHIP POLICE
|Receiving Stolen Property||16|
|DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)||19|
|Endangering the Welfare of Children||1|
|Corruption of Children||2|
|Giving Alcohol to Children||2|
|Tampering with Records||1|
|Total Criminal Arrests||182|
|TOTAL INCIDENTS HANDLED DURING 2002||2789|
Baker went on to say, "This is the type of winter that will beat up our roads and equipment" and pointed out that the heavy snow coming off the end of a snow plow will test your mail boxes and that a few have failed the test. He suggested that it would be a good idea to check your mail box and post, making sure it’s secure and can withstand the weight of the heavy snow being plowed off of the roads.The Roadmasters and the Police Department would like to remind everyone to use caution and slow down when driving on snowy or icy roads and to leave a little earlier to arrive at your destination safely and on time.
Baker said, "Our driver’s, Denny, Ralph, Buck, Tim and John do a fantastic job clearing our roads and with over 40 miles of Township roads to plow, we probably have the best maintained roads of any Township in the County." Supervisors & Roadmasters Dave Bracken and Bruce Baker would like to thank road crew drivers, Denny Mackell, Frank "Buck" Alexander, Tim Ford and John Sirko Jr. for working Christmas day to insure that the roads would be clear for Township residents visiting family and friends.LOOKING BACK AT 2002
Schools and churches also added to the progress made during 2002. The largest of these projects was the construction of a multi-purpose building at the Cambria County Christian School. Others included a new roof put on St. John Vianney's Church and the adding of a new lighted sign located at the Jackson Elementary School which was purchased by the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). There are many larger projects in the works that will create revenue, expand the tax base and create jobs in Jackson Township. Those included are the Conectiv Power Plant slated to open off Dishong Road around 2004-2005. Land acquisition and permits are currently in progress. That 600 million dollar project will create about 50 permanent jobs and about 400-600 temporary construction jobs for a period of about 2 years. Another project in the works is the preparation to reopen an old Bethlehem Mine along Swigle Mountain Road. The new deep mine will be called Madison Mine and will employ about 75 people when it opens. This will be the first deep mine to open in Cambria County for a long time. Still another developer is proposing a 13-14 million dollar project to recycle landfill gases and convert them to natural gas. Many people are continually looking at the Route 22 area for possible new commercial development. Another project that will help clean up Jackson Township will be up and running soon. That is the cleaning up of a large "boney pile" located near Route 271 and Lorain Road. The boney will be transported to a co-gen plant in Ebensburg and used as fuel. The site will eventually be completely reclaimed. During 2002, Route 271 was completely repaved and refurbished by PennDOT.
Township roads were also paved or / and improved including Pennway Drive, Snyder Road, Pike Road, Griffith Avenue, Woodland Street, Kagey Street, Ford's Corner Road, Venture Street, Kline Avenue, Bald Eagle Street and Shepard Street. Perhaps the biggest news was the finalizing of the Route 22 reconstruction which will be a 2-3 year project. The cost of reconstruction of Route 22 in Jackson Township will cost approximately 35 million. The project will add a lighted interchange at Dishong Road as well as install lighting at the Route 271 & Route 22 Interchange. The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company were hosts of the annual County Fireman’s Convention which turned out to be a huge success and the firemen are also in the process of purchasing a new fire truck to insure the continued safety and protection of Township residents and property. Infrastructure is continuing to expand which will assure that Jackson Township will be an attractive place to live and work. The Jackson - East-Taylor Sewer Authority will be expanding the current sewer system into two new areas including Brazil Lane and Cherrywood Estates. In addition, community block grants are being used to help secure water for several areas of the Township including residents on Solar Street, Wagner Road and Pintail Road. Perhaps one of the biggest developments will be the construction of a water line from Salt Lick Dam in Mineral Point through Jackson Township and then along Route 22 towards Cambria Township and Ebensburg. The potential for development will be much greater with the additional water available from the new line.
The Senior Center added new professionalhorseshoe courts this year. A new handicapped access entrance is currently under construction and a new walking trail will be built in 2003. The center has grown to well over 300 members strong. This past year the Jackson Township Recreation Commission made many improvements to Township parks. Those include new fencing, paved parking area and handicapped "walk-way", new picnic tables, park entrance sign and two new scorekeeper stands at Mitchell Park. At Leidy improvements included a new park entrance sign, two volleyball courts and new picnic tables. A water line was also extended and trees were cleared to prepare the way for the proposed new ball fields that will begin construction in 2003. Also for the younger residents of Jackson Township, new playground equipment has been purchased and is ready to be installed in 2003 at both Leidy & Mitchell Parks. Another improvement made by the Supervisors this year was the refurbishing of the Recycling Center located in Mundys Corner near the Municipal Building. Many drainage problems were addressed by the Road Crew over the Summer months. New speed limits were established on several Township roads as well as weight limit signs to insure that Township roads will be protected for all citizens to safely use and enjoy. Township communications have improved with the further development of the Jackson Township website and with periodic newsletters sent via mail and the internet to Township residents.
2003 should be another busy year of growth and development in the Township. Should you have any ideas or suggestions for the coming year, please feel free to share them with the Supervisors via phone, letter or email. The Supervisors welcome you to be a contributing part of Jackson Township's future.
WASTE MANAGEMENT SPREADS GOOD WILL FOR CHRISTMAS
GROUPS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE IN ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY PROGRAM
SPRING CLEAN-UP SET FOR 2003
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