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Spring, 2004

Spring Clean-Up has been scheduled for May 3rd thru 7th, 2004. Pick up will be on your regular collection day. You will be allowed one large item. Items that will not be picked up are yard waste, branches, construction materials, refrigerators or air conditioners containing Freon, batteries, car parts, old paint, hazardous material, freezers and tires. Refrigerators, freezers or air conditioners can be picked up ONLY after the Freon is properly removed. Certification of Freon removal is required. Township residents wishing to haul their own refuse to the landfill may do so with a FREE permit issued at the Township Office only during the week of Spring Clean-Up. To insure the continuation of Spring Clean-Up, regular weekly garbage should be in regular Township garbage bags.

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

Jackson Twp. News earned an award in the Pennsylvania State Association of Township Supervisors 36th Annual Township Citizen Communications Award Program. All entries were judged on the usefulness of information presented and how well the information was communicated to Township residents. Publications were also judged on the overall attractiveness and readability. Jackson Township earned 3rd place in the category of "Most Improved Newsletter". Jackson Twp. competed with over a thousand Second Class Townships across the State of Pennsylvania and was the only Township in our region to earn an award.

In the event of an emergency, an individual should call 9-1-1. For emergencies that impact a large amount of area or people within the Township, Jackson Township does have an Emergency Operations Plan in place as does every other municipality within Cambria County. The plans are coordinated with Cambria County 9-1-1 and then with the State of Pennsylvania. The purpose of the Emergency Operations Plan is to prescribe activities to be taken by Municipal Government and other community officials to protect the lives and property of the citizens in the event of a natural, terrorism emergency or disaster and to satisfy the requirements of the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Services Code. Jackson Townships Emergency Management Coordinator is Jeffrey Croft. In most cases in Cambria County including Jackson Township, the Emergency Management Coordinator serves on a volunteer basis without compensation. In the event of an emergency, emergency management personnel from various agencies could include Elected Officials, Fire & Police Chiefs, Public Works employees, etc. In the event of a disaster in which the Emergency Management Plan for Jackson Township would be in effect, residents affected would be directed to shelter locations within the Township that would have adequate staffing and supplies.

Helen Cook, Judge of Elections of Jackson Township Voting Precinct # 1 wants to remind voters that the polling place is moving from Rodney Pauls Auction Barn along Fords Corner Road to the Pike Grace Brethren Church in Mundys Corner. The polling place was previously in the basement area of Pike Church and will be returning to that location this year for the April Primary Elections. According to Ms. Cook a new polling location had to be found due to the unavailability of the Auction Barn location.

The Board of Supervisors adopted several changes to the Jackson Townships Zoning Ordinance that were well received by residents who attended two public meetings held in March. The Jackson Township Planning Commission recommended the changes after receiving input from Harry Baker, Zoning Officer. One of the biggest changes was the reduction of setbacks in the Agricultural Zone. Originally all setbacks were 50 feet from neighboring properties. The change now makes setbacks for residential properties in the Ag Zone along with accessory buildings (garage, shed, etc.) the same as in R1 & R2 Residential Zones. This means that a homeowner in the Ag Zone will now have setbacks of 40 feet front and 15 feet from side and rear property lines. Non-residential buildings (barns, farm buildings, commercial, etc.) will still have 50 foot setbacks in the Ag Zone. Another change favorably received was the reduction of the setback to put up a solid fence. The setback for a solid fence of 4 feet or higher was previously 15 feet from the neighboring property line. This was now changed to 1 foot or greater from the neighbors property line. Other changes that favor existing homeowners include allowing accessory buildings to be built on lots not meeting minimum size requirements in the Ordinance. Reductions in setbacks were also included in the R1 & R2 Residential, Agricultural, Commercial & Industrial Zones where if 50% of the neighboring properties within "a block" had a lesser setback, you could have the same setback on your property as well. In the Commercial Zone the front setback was reduced from 50 to 30 feet. Accessory use setbacks in the Commercial & Industrial Zones were also changed to be the same as in the R1 Residential Zone. Wording was added in the Ordinance that no temporary signs are regulated as well as signs along Route 22 & Route 271 will go by PA State Regulations. "Changes in the Ordinance are favorable towards residents while still maintaining some control over unwanted development and adult businesses within Jackson Township" according to Bruce Baker, Chairman of the Jackson Township Planning Commission.

The Jackson Township Heritage Festival Committee is moving full speed ahead to host a community festival during July 17-18, 2004 to coincide with the Cambria County Bicentennial celebrating 200 years. The festival will be held in and around the Jackson Twp. Fire Hall and Senior Center. There will be a large variety of food booths sponsored by local organizations and churches. On the menu so far is Philly Cheese Steaks, French Fries, Ham Pot Pie, Pigs In a Blanket, Salad, Apple Dumplings, Strawberry Shortcake, Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches, Funnel Cakes, Rosettes, Nachos & Cheese, Fried Chicken, Pizza, Hot Pretzels, Popcorn, Baked Potatoes, Fruit Cups and Assorted Baked Goods. Craft booths are also welcome to set up for the two day event. Cost for a booth is $35 for both days combined. There is lots of room for crafters and vendors to set up along the new walking track which should soon be completed at the Senior Center grounds. If you know of anyone interested in setting up at this event, please pass the word on to them so they can reserve a spot. A wide array of entertainment is also scheduled. On Saturday the festival will have the Jackson Senior Center Line Dancers & Kitchen Band, followed by childrens entertainment, Rosie & The Jammers followed by the Fabulous Flashbacks. Sunday’s line-up includes the Riverfish Gospel Group, Clay Bowser who plays a wide variety of music followed by Beaver Creek who specializes in Bluegrass music. Additional entertainment is to be added to the schedule but details are not yet available. Other activities scheduled will include games, bingo, petting zoo and even a model train display. A Student Art Show will also be held featuring the artwork of Jackson Township students for which awards will be given. There will also be additional activities for the children to enjoy as well. This event should be a fun day for everyone to enjoy and hopefully bring our community together. Several local businesses have stepped up to be sponsors of the event including Waste Management, Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company, Dolans Welding & Steel, First National Bank of PA and Direct Value Outlet. Many other businesses have expressed an interest in being a festival sponsor. Any business who contributes $500 or more will be listed as a sponsor of the festival. Festival sponsors will be listed on banners or in any advertising done to promote the event. If your business would like to be a festival sponsor, please call Paulette Baker at 322-1863 or Dave Hirko at 322-3433. Other businesses who have contributed are Ameriserv Bank, Mercik’s Bi-Lo Supermarket and Vinco Pharmacy. All contributions of any size would be greatly appreciated to make this event a success. For more information on the festival, enlisting a booth, or if you wish to volunteer in any capacity, please feel free to contact one of the following: Paulette Baker 322-1863, Dave Hirko 322-3433 / 749-0725 or George Straub 322-3761 / 322-3155

The State Uniform Building Code will take affect this year and will be enforced throughout the State of Pennsylvania. The revised code will not require a inspection for anything that is repair. The word "Replacement" in most cases mean that an inspection is not required. Some of the items that will not require inspections are fences less than six feet high, painting, papering, carpeting, cabinet or counter top installation or similar finishing work, replacement of glass in windrows or doors, replacement of a furnace or water heater providing the size of equipment or source of energy doesn’t change, replacement of existing siding or sheds less than 500 square feet. Beginning on April 8th and for the next 90 days, each municipality will have to decide whether to opt-in or opt-out of the Building Code. If a municipality opts out, the law remains in effect for the residents as this code will be enforced through Pennsylvania. Residents would then have to contact the State directly when they would want to build anything requiring an inspection or permit. By opting-out there would no longer be any local control of building activity or rates charged for inspections. Everything would be set by the State if a municipality opts-out. The law won’t be in effect in Jackson Township until the Board of Supervisors pass an Ordinance adopting the State Code at one of their meetings. Any permits issued for construction will be "grandfathered" prior to Jackson Township adopting an Ordinance to opt-in the State Code. Jackson Township Building Permits are good for two years provided some form of work begins within 90 days of the permit being approved. Once the Code is adopted, either a local agency or third party inspection company would perform the inspections needed as building permits are applied for. After the necessary inspections were performed, a Use & Occupancy Permit would then be issued. The process would pretty much remain the same in Jackson except for the addition of required inspections depending upon what the particular building project involved. Pennsylvania is only one of a few States not having a Statewide Building Code in place. The revised Code adopted by Pennsylvania is not nearly as restrictive as the one first proposed by the PA Dept. of Labor & Industry.

Barnes, Saly & Company, Certified Public Accountants have completed the Township Audit for calendar year 2003. Mr. Terry Shook presented the Audit at the March 25th Board of Supervisors Meeting. Mr. Shook said the audit found a "clean opinion" on the financial statements and there were no problems encountered during the Audit or disagreements with Management over accounting matters. He added that they did not identify no unusual transactions and thanked the office staff for being extremely cooperative. A Liquid Fuels Audit was conducted for PennDOT earlier in the year and everything was found to be in good order and meeting all requirements of the Audit.

Deb Nagel is heading up a group of volunteers to plant flowers in the three islands located at the Jackson Township Senior Center. Deb is a member of the Penn State Master Gardeners who is planning on developing the gardens. The local Girl Scout Jr. Troop is also working with the garden group as a community service project. The volunteer Gardeners Group is looking for donations in the way of flowers and plants or funds. Mrs. Nagel said they are hoping that individuals or groups will consider contributing flats of Annuals and / or Perennials. Any money donations towards the purchase of plants and flowers will also be greatly appreciated. Recognition will be given to contributors by placing markers in the islands at the Senior Center. If you wish to make a donation in memory of a loved one, please specify that in order that proper recognition can be given. The hope is that the gardens will help beautify the Senior Center grounds. The group is also planning on cleaning the area up around the new Community Flag Pole as the Senior Center is planning on hosting special events to honor Veterans on Memorial Day & Veterans Day. If you are interested in helping in contributing plants, flowers or donating funds towards the project, you can contact Deb Nagel at 322-4600.

With Cambria County having a 911 system in place, the importance of having an address number on your home can not be emphasized enough. Consider this real-life incident that recently happened in Jackson Township. A call was placed to 911reporting that a man was undergoing cardiac-arrest. Jackson EMS was dispatched to the address. They were desperately searching for an address number on homes along the street and stopped at three homes that had no number. Fortunately the residents were home and they eventually got directed them to the correct address. "In life-threatening situations, every minute is critical" according to Tim Hofecker, President of the Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company. Mr. Hofecker advised that residents should have a house number placed near their front door that is visible from the highway. Reflective numbers or one of the new light-up signs are recommended. At the very least, any house number is better than none at all. Another concern to consider is that many Jackson Ambulance / EMS employees do not live in Jackson Township and not familiar with all of the streets or family names. This is all the more reason to have a house number clearly posted by your front door. If you still need another reason to post a number on your home, fines can range from $30.00 to $300.00 according to Police Officer Melanie Kline. The main concern of everyone is for the safety of the residents of Jackson Township. You never know when you may be the next one to call 911 for an emergency. Be sure your house number is posted and visible from the road so you can be found as quickly as possible as every minute counts.

The Jackson Township Senior Center will host a special Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 31st at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony will honor the service men and women who were killed in all wars. The event is open to the public and it is hoped that the turnout will be as good as the highly successful Veterans Day Ceremony held last year when over 140 individuals attended plus numerous television stations and reporters. Johnstown VFW Post 155 will have their Honor Rifle Team in attendance. Col. Marty Kuhar will also be on hand as well as other guest speakers. Light refreshments will be served. The Center is also trying to get names of all service men and women from the Township who died in any of the wars. There has been discussion and interest by Township officials, the Senior Center and residents of the community on establishing a permanent memorial by the community flag pole at the Center. Any names of those who died in the wars or served in any branch of the Armed Forces would be appreciated.  Names can be submitted to Frank Singel by calling 322-3327 or Dave Hirko at 749-0725.

Submitted by Police Chief, Bob Fatula
November, 2003 through February, 2004

911 Calls Dispatched to Police 1030
Reportable incidents: 109
~DUI (Driving while under the influence)-19
~Disorderly Conduct-13
~Criminal Mischief-12
~Vehicle Theft-6
~Public Drunkenness-5
~Armed Robbery-1
~Child Abuse-1
~Criminal Trespassing-1
~Firearms Violation-1
Total Accidents Handled: 68
Non-Traffic Citations issued: 25
Traffic Citations Issued: 59
Criminal Charges Filed: 69
~DUI (Driving while under the influence)-19
~Disorderly Conduct-13
~Public Drunkenness-5
~Armed Robbery-2
~Criminal Conspiracy-2
~Criminal Trespassing-2
~Receiving Stolen Property-2
~Terroristic Threats-2
~Criminal Mischief-1
~Firearms Violations-1
~Vehicle Theft-1

The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company is a beehive of activity with Spring just around the corner. They just received a new four-wheel drive ambulance unit to better serve the citizens of Jackson Township. You may have seen it on the Township roads and it is a beautiful unit we can all be proud of. There are many events at the Fire Hall including a bingo held every Sunday evening sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary. Another fundraising event scheduled is a Gun Raffle to be held on May 2nd. A Safety Day is scheduled for May 28th at the Jackson Elementary School. The Fire Company will have its emergency equipment on the scene and possibly even schedule a Medical Helicopter. Members will be knocking on doors beginning the first week of June to kick off their Annual Fund Drive. With Spring in the air everyone wants to clean up their yards and burn rubbish and debris that has accumulated over the Winter months. Fire Company officials wish to remind everyone to please burn responsibly. They emphasize the need for individuals to pay attention to the weather and to use common sense when burning. If it is a windy day, maybe burning could wait until a calmer day comes around. Residents should never take the risk of starting a brush fire. Also with Spring, residents driving Township roads and streets should use caution as more children will be out playing and enjoying the warm weather. Fire Company members urge all residents to drive carefully and "look out" for the safety and well-being of all children within the Township. As in the past, the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company members wish to express their sincere thanks to all of the residents who are so very generous with their support!

The Center was alive and bustling with activity in recent months. One recent event was having Senior volunteers help to ID children at the Jackson Elementary School. Several speakers hosting programs included Dave Leach, Manager of the Johnstown Social Security Office who spoke on the new prescription drug program under Medicare, Ms. Sandy Ritzier of the Area Agency on Aging who spoke on Pennsylvania’s PACE / Percent Program and Louis Benin, Master Hearing Aid Specialists from Trinity Hearing in Johnstown who talked about hearing problems and gave free hearing tests. There are many special activities coming up over the Summer months. The Center will be starting a Horseshoe League this Summer. Anyone interested should contact the Senior Center at 322-3327. On April 22 at 11:00 a.m. Ms. Barb Gerenser, Director of the National Consumer Protection Agency will be at the Center to talk about Mail Fraud. The Center along with the UMWA Health & Welfare Funds will sponsor a Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, June 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and there will be free screenings on Bone Density, Blood Pressure, Blood Sugar, Hearing Tests, a 911 Call Demonstration and more. More details will be announced as the event develops. On July 8th the Center will host the Horseshoe Tournament as part of the Cambria County Senior Games. Members from all 10 Senior Centers in the County can register to participate in the tournament. Another activity is now available at the Center as a pool table was donated to the Center for its members to use and enjoy. The Center will take an active role in the first Jackson Township Heritage Festival to be held on July 17-18th. The Center will participate in many ways including ethnic food, crafts, model train display and bingo. The Center has met with Silver Sneakers on designating the Center as a station for one or more exercise programs. If all goes well the Center could have an instructor come in twice a week to lead exercises for Seniors who carry Highmark’s Security Blue, Freedom Blue, Security 65 or Medi-gap Blue Health Insurance coverage. Silver Sneakers will supply the instructor, chairs, ball, resistance tubing, hand held weights and all equipment needed for the exercise class at no cost to the Center. The classes would last about 45 minutes and would be limited to 30 in a class. A local representative as well as the Vice-President from Arizona came to the Jackson Sr. Center to discuss the possibility of having a Silver Sneakers Program at the Center. There will be a "55 Alive Drivers’ Training" class at the Center for Seniors who are age 55 or older. The class will be presented by AARP on Thursday, July 29th and Friday, July 30th. The cost is $10.00 and is open to the Community. You must sign up and pay the entrance fee by July 12th as space is limited. A maximum of 25 students will be accepted on a first come basis. In most cases your auto insurance premiums are reduced as a result of attending this class. You can check with your insurance company to see if your rates would be reduced. If there is enough interest, a second class may be scheduled. If you are interested contact the Senior Center at 322-3327. The Center has just signed a contract and ordered exercise machines to equip the designated Exercise Room. The machines should arrive before Summer and at that time training sessions will be scheduled on how to use the machines. If there is a need, additional machines may be ordered. The Exercise Room is unique to Senior Centers in Cambria County and Jackson Township Senior Center members are fortunate to benefit from it. The Center still has special weekly events for members including lunch which is available three times a week, bingo, board games, pinochle, ceramics, weekly movies and many different crafts. They also have a line dancing group which goes out to personal care and nursing homes to entertain the residents. They also donate lap robes knitted or crocheted by some of the members. Senior Center hours are Monday from 6 - 9:30 p.m, Tuesday & Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. If you have any questions about the Jackson Township Senior Center or any of the events or activities scheduled, please call 322-3327.

The Jackson Township Water Authority would like to thank their valued customers for their patience over the past month One major project scheduled is to make several improvements to their 500,000-gallon water storage tank located in Mundys’s Corner. This welded steel tank was constructed in 1958 and was last painted in the 1970's. Industry standards recommend maintenance should be preformed every ten years. The first step in this long endeavor was to have another tank available for water before they could take the Mundy’s Corner tank off line. The newly constructed Vinco Tank accomplished this hurdle. In preparing to drain the Mundy’s Corner Tank, they flushed the lines beforehand. This was done to lessen the turbidity when they reversed the flow of water from one tank to the other. As you have read, this has been a project in the works for several years. As part of their maintenance program, the Authority recently performed a comprehensive inspection of the tank. The inspection revealed that the tank was in overall good structural condition. Minor corrosion was observed on the tank interior and it was recommended that the interior be painted within five to ten years. The tank exterior has significant corrosion and sandblasting and painting are both needed. The Authority plans to paint the exterior of the tank this Summer. In addition, they also plan to make several repairs to the piping and valves while the tank is out of service. They expect the project to be started in late Spring and the work is expected to take approximately six weeks to complete. They would like to emphasize to their customers that this project expense will in no way be reflected in their water bills. In other business, the Ford’s Corner - Route 22 Relocation Project is scheduled to start mid-Summer. Approximately 8 to 10 thousand feet of water line will be moved. The Authority decided to upgrade the lines at the time with larger lines and several new fire hydrants in this project area. All new lines will be laid before any service interruption occurs. An outside contractor will be doing the relocation. With this in mind, they will notify customers as soon as possible when interruptions may occur. The Solar Street Water Line Extension is 95% complete. An outside contractor and the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority are doing the work. The Water Authority has no cost into this project as it is entirely funded through Community Development Block Grants. Through the Authority’s Engineers, they have submitted a grant application to the Southern Alleghenies Planning & Development Commission for the purchase of materials to upgrade the water lines on Teal Street & Fairview Avenue from 2" to 6" lines and add an additional fire hydrant. Finally, JTWA is in the process of hiring a new meter reader for the Vinco area. The new meter reader will have proper identification and a JTWA uniform. Please do not allow anyone into your home without proper identification.

~Amfire Mining Gearing Up for Opening

Amfire Mining is going forward on plans for producing coal at the former Bethlehem Mine # 38 along Swigle Mountain Road. The mine could employ up to 75 positions when in full operation. The "Madison Mine" is clearing timber and brush to construct a new entrance with greater visibility for vehicles pulling in and out of the mine. Amfire is planning on using Swigle Mountain Road, Pike Road in both directions as well as William Penn Avenue for coal trucks to access US Route 22. A Road Bond Agreement was issued by Jackson Township for using Pike Road East. The other roads to be used are State Roads. If you are interested in applying for employment at Amfire you can send a resume to Human Resources, Amfire Mining Company, LLC, One Energy Place, Latrobe, PA 15650.

~Community Development Block Grant Meetings Held - Larry Custer, Executive Director of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority held two meetings on CDBG entitlement funds available for Jackson Township. Jackson Township is one of only five entitlement communities in Cambria County that receives CDBG funds on an annual basis. Feedback and ideas was received for use of future funds. One of the areas shown the most interest from residents attending the meetings included housing for Senior Citizens. The Board of Supervisors committed 2004 funds along with the previous two years towards construction of a water line to serve 22 families on Wagner & Pintail Roads. It is also possible that residents along Chickaree Hill Road who are currently not served by water from Vintondale Borough may also be included in the project. OFR Associates have been hired as the engineer for the project which is projected to cost approximately $500,000.00.

~Contract with Humane Society Approved - A new contract was approved by the Board of Supervisors to address animal complaints within Jackson Township. The new contract took effect on April 1, 2004 and allows for 40 animal complaints handled on an annual basis.

~Frank "Buck" Alexander Promoted to Assistant Road Foreman - Buck Alexander was promoted to the position of Assistant Road Foreman at the Board of Supervisors March 25th Meeting. The unanimous vote made the promotion effective immediately. Buck started with the Jackson Township Road Crew in May of 1982. We extend our congratulations to Buck on his promotion.

~Resolution Passed for Township Assistance
A resolution was passed by the Board that allows for Roadmasters to provide assistance to other Governmental agencies (Water Authority, Sewer Authority, Fire company and PennDOT) within the geographic boundaries of Jackson Township. The idea is to allow local Government agencies to provide help to one another as needed for the common good of residents within Jackson Township.

~Route 22 Project Update
The new Route 22 project is moving full speed ahead. Structures are being razed and utilities are relocating services in order that the $35 million project can get underway. Most of the actual highway construction will take place next year and through 2006. New Enterprise is the General Contractor for the project and a Summer of 2007 completion date is projected.

~St. Pauls Breaks Ground for New Church Hall
St. Pauls Evangelical Lutheran Church located along William Penn Avenue broke ground on Palm Sunday, April 4th immediately following the morning church service for a new $335,000 Church Hall to be located directly behind the existing church building.

~Storm Water Ordinance under Development - The Board of Supervisors authorized Solicitor Bill Barbin to develop a new Storm Water Management Ordinance from a combination of the existing one in place along with the new requirements imposed from the PaDEP for Jackson Townships NPDES MS4 Permit. The Permit is required for Jackson Township to meet new requirements from the PaDEP due to the fact that part of the Township lies in what is considered to be the Johnstown Urbanized Area and water from the Vinco area flows into the Hinckston Run Watershed.

~Street Lights Lighting Up Twp. Intersections
Nearly all of the street lights approved last year have been installed at Township intersections providing greater safety and visibility for motorists and pedestrians. Several intersections where lighting was installed are where school buses stop to drop off children. The feedback from the lighting has been very positive from Township residents. The street light program may be expanded to include additional intersections and locations. If you know of an area that you feel a street light would greatly improve the safety of motorists and residents, please contact the Township Office at 749-0725.

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

If you are planning on building a new building or adding on to an existing building, be sure to stop at the Township Office to apply for
building permit. You can also print one off of the Jackson Township website at
www.jacksontwppa.com Be sure to allow plenty of time to get your permit prior to building. By doing this, your permit can be addressed in plenty of time before you actually begin construction. Also if you are planning to pave or alter your driveway, a driveway permit is required. Roadmasters Bruce Baker & Dave Bracken said that driveway permits are not to inconvenience residents but are necessary to make sure there is a swale or pipe to direct stormwater. They also make sure that driveways are not higher than the road so snow plows don’t catch the edge of the driveway. When a driveway enters onto a Township road, a safe sight distance is also very important. PennDOT requires permits for driveways entering onto State roads within the Township.