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Spring, 2009

The Jackson Township Water Authority at their January 27th meeting had filed an application for a Pennvest Loan which combined with grant monies should help to make a water line along Swigle Mountain Road a reality. Although the water line has been pursued originally by the Supervisors, the Jackson Township Water Authority will actually own the 22,000 foot line which will provide much needed water service to 42 homes. Currently, many households have to haul water or use water sparingly. The water line project will also include a pumping station and a new tank. Hegemann & Wray Engineering have been working on the new line for the Supervisors and permits have been applied for. The last estimated cost of the project is 1.7 million. Once the line is completely financed, the project can be put out for bid and residents will be required to pay a mandatory tap-in fee to get connected to the line.

If you received this newsletter and your name or address information is incorrect, or if you know of any resident of Jackson Township who didnít receive it, please call the Township Office at 749-0725.

The Jackson Township Senior Center will host a special Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 25th at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony will honor the service men and women who were killed in all wars as well as all other Veterans. The event is open to the public and it is hoped that the turnout will be good as it is very important for everyone to show their support for our veterans as well as troops currently serving. Last year there were 140 people who attended. The Veterans Monument has become a focal point of the Memorial & Veterans Day ceremonies and currently has 1,092 names of Jackson Township veterans listed on it. If you know of any veterans not listed on the monument, please complete a form and submit their name to Jackson Township, 513 Pike Road, Johnstown, PA 15909. Forms can be obtained at www.jacksontwppa.com or at the Municipal Building, Senior Center, Water Authority or Sewer Authority. All names submitted must be verified for Veteran status and residency. This year's ceremony will feature special guest speaker, Frank Burns, State Representative from the 72nd Legislative District. As in the past, the Johnstown VFW Post 155 will have their Honor Rifle Team in attendance. In addition special music will be provided by Corey Shirk from Central Cambria and a representative from the local clergy will be on hand. Also playing an important role in the ceremony will be Jackson Twp. Troop 204 Boy Scouts. If there are any questions on the Memorial Day Ceremony or the Memorial / Monument, please feel free to call Frank Singel at 322-3327 or Dave Hirko at 749-0725.

The Jackson Township Senior Center was closed for nearly a month and the District Magistrates Office for a week in order that Asbestos could be removed and new flooring installed. The asbestos removal was paid for with the help of a grant from the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority which covered 80% of the cost with the Township paying for the remaining 20%. There were many areas in the building where carpeting and floor tiles were coming undone or curling up, but new flooring couldn't be installed until the asbestos was removed. The asbestos removal was put out for bid with bids received ranging from $29,845. to $130,000. R. L. Asbestos of Hopewell coming in as the low bidder with $29,845. The application of asbestos was primarily used in strengthening cement and plastics in the late 1800's. It became increasingly more popular during World War II. The Jackson Center was originally the Vinco School which closed it's doors in 1972 with the Senior Center opening in 1998. Although asbestos was removed from around the pipes, it was not necessary to remove the asbestos from around the old floor tiles at that time being new tile and carpet were laid over the old ones without disturbing them. After 11 years of wear on flooring and carpeting, a permanent solution was sought and that involved removing the asbestos from the old floor tiles. Once this was done, the second part of this project could proceed which was the installation of new carpeting and flooring. The project was put out for bid with bids received ranging from $41,921. to $87,070. BCI Flooring of Ebensburg came in as the low bidder with $41,921. Both projects were completed with minimal disruption at the building. When the Magistrates Office and Senior Center opened up, everything was put back as it was before the project began. The major difference is the beautiful new flooring and carpeting throughout. The public is invited to visit the Center anytime during regular Senior Center operating hours which are: Tuesday & Wednesday from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Thursday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm or when there are any other Senior Center activities and events.

Jackson Township is one of four communities in Cambria County considered an "Entitlement Community" in the Community Development Block Grant Program. The others are Adams Township, Cambria Township and Cresson Township. One of the requirements is that the community must have over 4,000 residents and also have areas in the municipality that are considered low to moderate income. This year the Supervisors approved use of the funds totaling $ 95,000. to be put towards the continuation of construction of a sanitary sewer line along Loraine Road. This is the 3rd year of funds committed towards this project. Construction of Phase I will begin in the spring and provide public sewage service to about 16 homes. The cost of the first phase is approximately $145,000. Phase II will take an additional 2 years of funds and will complete the extension of the Loraine sewer line all the way to Fords Corner Road providing service to an additional 20 homes. Construction on Phase II should take place in 2011. The total cost of the Loraine Road Sewer Project is $442,000. As an added surprise, the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority received additional funds for the Community Development Block Grant Fund through the Obama Administration Economic Stimulus Program. What this means for Jackson Township is they will receive an additional $33,470. in Block Grant Funds for 2009 as an Entitlement Community. These funds will be applied to the Loraine Sewer Project and an additional 400 feet of line will be constructed to take it further towards Fords Corner Road. Construction of the Chickaree Hill Road water line will begin in the spring and provide water service to 15 homes. An additional extension is also being done along Wagner Road to pick up an additional 4 homes and allow for residents on Pintail Road to hook into that line. The first part of the project involving the installation of a water line along Wagner Road was completed in 2008. Cost of the entire Wagner / Chickaree project is 1 million dollars and was made possible by the Supervisors committing 5 years of Community Block Grant Funds along with a $500,000. The approximate cost of the Chickaree Road Water Line is $325,000. Competitive Grant obtained through the efforts of Larry Custer, Executive Director of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority. Lumadue Excavating of West Decatur was the low bidder for both projects. Past projects made possible by CDBG monies included the development of a Senior Center, construction of storm drainage system in Vinco, Mitchell Park improvements including a tennis court, basketball court, softball field, bleachers and other amenities, sewer lines on Loraine Road and White Street as well as a water line on Solar Street. Other funds have been used for the rehabilitation of 11 homes by those with special needs and the clearing of vacant, dilapidated structures in Jackson Township. The Program which began in 1984 has bought well over two million dollars into Jackson Township since it's inception.

The Jackson Township Heritage Festival has grown quite popular by advertising and word of mouth and is now considered a major event in the region. This is quite an accomplishment since it's humble beginnings. It's hard to believe that the Heritage Festival will be celebrating it's 6th anniversary this year! Last year, from start to finish, the festival attracted thousands of people from Jackson Township, surrounding communities and many from throughout Cambria County and beyond. There were even quite a few people that came in from out of state for the weekend of food, fun and entertainment. Returning this year on Friday evening will be the Johnstown Classic Rockers who will perform music from the 50's to the 80's and is comprised of some of the best musicians to ever play in the area. In addition the 2nd Annual Car Cruise-In will also take place beginning at 6 pm. Several car club enthusiasts are organizing this special event. Many of the food and craft booths as well as other vendors will also open up Friday night this year being that last year, there was a huge crowd on hand. As in years past, there will be continuous entertainment alternating on two stages both Saturday & Sunday. Several new groups will be performing and past favorite ones returning. The Heritage Festival will be held this year on Friday, July 17, Saturday, July 18 & Sunday, July 19. Although many details need to be worked out, some can be shared at this time. A Car Cruise-In will be held on Friday night beginning at 6:00 pm with the Johnstown Classic Rockers performing from 7 - 10. Festival hours will be Noon-9 on Saturday and 12-6:00 on Sunday. Entertainment on Saturday will begin from noon to 1:30 with Tree, an Irish folk music group. Katy Orlofsky and her country band from the Wheeling, West Virginia area will take the stage from 1:30 to 3:30. Katy is a rising star in the region with her style of country music. An 18 piece Jazz Orchestra called Jazz In Your Face featuring outstanding musicians from throughout the Johnstown area will grace the stage from 5 to 6:30 John Robertson will be returning to do a brand new magic & illusion show from 5:30 to 6:30. The Fabulous Flashbacks, a regular at the Festival will be returning from 7 to 11 pm to pack the house with their famous oldies show. Back by popular demand, a spectacular fireworks display is planned at 9:30 pm. Sunday will begin with Singer Hill Grace Brethren Church holding their morning service at 10:30 am. Everyone is welcome! The Masters who are based in Jackson Township will return to play from noon to 1:30 pm to perform their awesome style of Southern Gospel music. Also returning from 1:30 to 4:30 is Beavercreek, a real crowd pleaser who put on an excellent show with their own brand of Bluegrass Music. Clay Bowser will be back to entertain from 4:30 to 6:00. Clay plays a wide variety of music and even takes requests from the audience. Back by popular demand will be NoMAD (North of Mason & Dixon) who are considered Pittsburgh's hottest country band. NoMAD was a huge hit last year and crowd pleaser and you wonít want to miss their show / concert. NoMAD will play from 6:30 to 9:30 and are sure to entertain the crowd. They have opened up for many of the most popular country entertainers including Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith and Rascal Flatts and won first place in a band competition sponsored by Kenny Chesney last year. They released their debut CD called "Born and Raised" and their first two singles have charted nationally in the top 100. They will soon have a second CD released. In addition, they have appeared on several nationally syndicated radio shows and are destined for future fame in the country music business. As in past festivals, there will be plenty of activities and games for the kids. Usual favorites will include clowns, face painting, hay rides, games and Big Bouncy jumping area. The Jackson Heritage Festival will also have a wide variety of food, craft and vendor booths set up. The cost to have a booth is only $25 for crafters and vendors and $35 for food vendors for the two day event. If you are interested in having a booth at the Heritage Festival this year, please complete the vendor application in this Newsletter or contact Dave Hirko at 749-0725 or Betty Perry at 322-0938 for additional information.  There are many expenses to hosting the festival and the budget is approximately $23,000 for 2009. In order to put on a successful festival this year we are once again counting on local sponsor support. Sponsors contributing or committing to the support of the Festival so far include Amfire Mining, Construction Equipment Services, Dolan's Welding & Steel, Martin Marine, Mercik's Ideal Market, Naugle Insurance Agency, Ameriserv, Cooper Signs, Atlantic Broadband, Neighbors Who Care, Ophthalmic Associates, Rose Excavating, Vantage Physical Therapy and Damin Printing. If you or your business would like to be a sponsor, please call Dave Hirko at 749-0725 to receive an application. By being a sponsor you will be recognized in advertisements in the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat & all five Mainline Newspapers as well as flyers and posters displayed throughout Cambria County. In addition a program distributed to everyone attending will also recognize those helping to sponsor this event. We hope youíll consider being a part of the Jackson Township Heritage Festival in 2009.

Listed below are some of the upcoming events and activities scheduled in Jackson Township over the upcoming months:

~4th Annual Fishing Derby
The Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, May 9th at Woodland Park just off of Route 22 towards Ebensburg. Ages 12 and under are welcome and admission is FREE. Prizes and trophies will be awarded and refreshments will be available. Registration begins at 8 am with the Fishing Derby going from 9 am to 3 pm. The event will be held rain or shine. Come and bring your friends! If you have any questions or need additional information, call John Lythgoe at 749-8223 or Jackson Township at 749-0725. The Fishing Derby is sponsored by the Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club in cooperation with the Recreation Commission.

~Washington DC Bus Trip
A bus trip to spend the day in Washington DC will take place on Saturday, June 27th. Luxury Lodestar tour buses will depart Jackson Elementary at 6:00 am for the Nation's Capitol. You are free to spend the day touring the many free monuments and museums including the famous Smithsonian. There are also a wide variety of tours and double decker buses where you can hop on and hop off at your choosing. Cost is $35.00 per person. There will be a stop for dinner on the way home at Frederick, Maryland where there is a wide variety of dining choices to choose from. . For additional information, contact the Jackson Township Municipal Building at 749-0725.

~New York City Bus Trip
Now is the time to plan for a fun-filled weekend in the "Big Apple", NYC on September 26-27 (Saturday-Sunday). . Buses will leave Jackson Elementary at 5 am and head off for New York where you'll have lots of time on Saturday & Sunday for sightseeing, attending a play, shopping or many of the other countless fun things there are to do in one of the world's most famous cities. Shuttles will run from Manhattan back to your hotel in New Jersey several times Saturday evening. You'll be able to head back into Manhattan on Sunday and then depart NYC for home at 3 pm. Price is not available at this time, but if you are interested, it's not too early to get your name on the sign-up list as this trip is very popular! For additional information, contact the Jackson Township Municipal Building at 749-0725.

A Park & Senior Center Rules Ordinance is proposed to address some ongoing issues at Township facilities and to provide penalties for those violating those rules. Currently the Recreation Commission as well as the Senior Center have rules but the Ordinance will provide a means to enforce those rules with fines and penalties for those who choose to violate them. One example is people in the Vinco neighborhood around Veterans Park letting their dogs do their business in Veterans Park on a regular basis. This Park is used for many community activities and events and dogs are not permitted in the park. Other examples could be the use of foul language and smoking in bleachers at a park where there are many people trying to enjoy a ball game. If the Ordinance is adopted, those violating this rule could be fined until the violation stops. Hopefully residents will heed to the rules established and posted at various Township facilities and make for a more positive atmosphere overall for all to enjoy.

State Representative Frank Burns is the new legislator representing the 72nd Legislative District in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Burns, a lifelong resident of the region, said he is excited about this opportunity and has already begun working on his legislative priorities for the district, which include job growth, access to health-care coverage for seniors, and exploring the idea of advancing clean coal and other alternative fuel initiatives to reduce the state's dependence on foreign oil. He has three constituent service offices located throughout the district to serve area residents:

119 S. Center Street Ebensburg 472-8021
535 Fairfield Avenue Johnstown 536-8400
1605 Graham Avenue Windber 467-9583

The Ebensburg office, which is in a new location this year, should be the one most convenient for Jackson Township residents. That number is 472-8021. He and his staff can help with a number of state-related programs, services, concerns and issues, from help with PennDOT to applications and program assistance with PACE, PACENET, Property Tax / Rent Rebate Program, CHIP and more. Please do not hesitate to stop in or call for any of your state-related needs. Additional information on Burns can be found on the Jackson Township Website and at www.pahouse.com/Burns, including a listing of events he is hosting throughout his district. On May 26, Burns will be at the Jackson Township Senior Center, 200 Adams Ave., at 11 a.m. to meet and talk with seniors. Doughnuts and coffee will be available.

The Brazil Lane - Cherrywood Sewage Project is nearing completion and will soon service approximately 200 homes. Guyer Brothers who is doing work on the Cherrywood portion around the Leidy Lane area has asked for an extension from the April 24th completion date. The reason for this is that Texas Eastern, a gas company with pipelines in the area, has asked that no digging occur around their lines until mid-April. At that time, the home heating season should be winding down. Another setback for the project was some of the extreme cold winter temperatures. An extension was granted for Guyer Brothers until July 31, 2009 allowing them plenty of additional time to get the project completed. Residents will notified by JETSA when the time comes for them to tap-in to the new lines.

Final plans for the Mitchell Park Phase I expansion have received a verbal approval to proceed with the long awaited project. The plans were submitted to the DCNR by Lehman Engineers and many details had to be worked out before approval could be given. Before the project can be put out for bid, some clearing work and the installation of electric, sewer and water must take place. The expansion project also includes 2 large pavilions which will each accommodate 140 people, public restrooms, parking and other amenities. After the utilities are installed, the project will be put out for bid and a contract awarded. The project is being made possible with a $123,600. matching grant obtained last year from the DCNR. The total cost of the Phase I expansion will cost over $400,000. which will be made up of the DCNR Grant, Township funds and in-kind labor and services. A Phase II is also developed for a later time. Phase II would include ballfield lighting, parking lot improvements and lighting, park lighting, landscaping, walking trail, additional large pavilion, additional small pavilion, volleyball courts and new playground equipment.

It's hard to believe the Central Cambria Coalition has celebrated it's three year anniversary in March. In the past three years the three municipalities (Cambria Township,
Ebensburg Borough and Jackson Township) who formed the Coalition have a lot to be proud of. The group has been successful in obtaining several grants including one for $25,000. towards the joint purchase of a Street Sweeper between Cambria & Ebensburg, a grant for $25,000. towards the joint purchase of a Paving Machine between Cambria & Jackson and one for of $22,100. the purchase of a Crack Sealing Machine to be used by all three municipalities. An additional application will be submitted where all three municipalities will be applying for a Shared Municipal Services Grant for the purchase of a "Hot Box" which will be used to keep asphalt materials hot while performing road repairs. Besides equipment sharing grants, a planning grant in the amount of $45,000 was also awarded by the DCED for a Joint Municipal Comprehensive Plan. The plan is currently being developed by the three municipalities working with Richard Sutter & Associates, planning consultants from Hollidaysburg. A steering committee comprised of three members from each municipality has been meeting monthly over the past year to work on each individual segment of the plan. In late 2008, there were public meetings and hearings where residents can add their input and comments followed by each municipality officially adopting the plan. The end result was a working plan or tool that will benefit the entire area along the Route 22 corridor where much growth is anticipated to occur in the coming years. An additional grant has been awarded in the amount of $32,500. "Phase II Planning" from the DCED (Department of Community & Economic Development). This grant will be used to look at and update ordinances in the three municipalities. This could include many areas such as subdivision, zoning, stormwater management and well head protection. It is hoped that while each municipality can keep their individual identity while becoming more consistent in types of zones and enforcement and that areas along municipal borders can benefit from coordinated land use and zoning. Aside from grant success, the Coalition has had studies done on sewage along Route 22 and the possibility of a regional police force. The Sewage Study is being submitted for possible economic stimulus monies and the Coalition is taking another look at the Police Study to see if there are ways to share costs and get the concept of a regional police force off the ground. Other topics discussed over the past two years have included park maintenance, oil and gas drilling, water lines, windmills, zoning, wireless communications, emergency services, traffic, code enforcement and economic development to name a few. A Central Cambria Recreation Map was released in 2008 and copies were distributed to every household as well as made available at various public buildings and businesses. Another project involved compiling a listing of all the equipment available in all three municipalities. This resource would enable each municipality to borrow a piece of equipment from another at no rental cost to the municipality. This is especially helpful for items that are needed on occasion but not on a regular basis. The cost savings benefits is just another example of how the Coalition cooperation truly is a success story!

The Jackson Township Lions Club partnering with Jackson Township Recreation held itís 3rd Annual Easter Egg Hunt at Mitchell Park on April 4th. There was a big turnout of children attending and lots of adults to make the event a fun-filled time for all. A special thank you to the Cambria County WIC (Women, Infants, Children) & Head Start Programs of the Community Action Partnership of Cambria County for arranging the special appearance of the Easter Bunny! In all there were over 2500 eggs hidden in three different areas. In the Toddler Play Area were ages 2 and under. Mitchell Field # 1 was for children, ages 3 to 6 and Mitchell Field # 2 was for ages 7 and up. Six special eggs were hidden each containing a note to see the Easter Bunny or one of the helpers to claim a $20 gift card from Toys R Us.

The winners of the cards were as follows:
Jeremy Hessler Age 4
Makenzie Campbell Age 4
Kieran Ziegenfus Age 5
Bryce Boring Age 11
Logan Brandis Age 12
Ashley Shaheen Age 12

The weather was cool and windy but that didn't stop the enthusiasm of the avid Easter egg hunters! Thanks to all the members of the Lions Club, Recreation Commission and others who helped make this event a huge success!

Finally, Spring has arrived! The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company would like to remind residents about "Brush Fire Season". They know everyone is anxious to get their property in shape for summer, so please burn brush responsibly. Pick a day that is not windy or wait until after a rainfall and ALWAYS burn away from any structures.

The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company has many upcoming events including the following:
Jewelry Raffle Saturday May 9th
Spring Gun Raffle Saturday May 16th
Summer Festival Fri.-Sun. June 19th-21st
Archery Raffle Saturday Sept. 19th
Fall Gun Raffle Sunday Oct. 18th
Turkey Raffle Saturday Nov. 21st
As always, Bingo is sponsored by the Auxiliary and is held every Sunday evening.

For tickets or additional information on all of these events, contact the Fire Company at 322-3155. Just a reminder that a Fund Drive will be held during the first full week of June. Firemen will be around knocking on doors and passing out envelopes for your convenience. All firemen participating in the Fund Drive will have identification. As in the past, the Jackson Township Fire Company and Auxiliary would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude for the strong support received from the Community for their recent fundraisers including Casino Night, Golf Raffle and Lenten Fish Fries . They really appreciate the support of the Community to help keep the Fire Company operating in order to serve the residents of Jackson Township and surrounding communities.

Jordan Miller, a Senior from Jackson Township attending Central Cambria High School distinguished himself by breaking the all-time scoring record for Central Cambria Basketball. According to Superintendent, Dr. Susan Makosy, the proclamation states that Jordan has demonstrated perseverance, teamwork, self-discipline, dedication and commitment to a goal and has served as a role model to other students. Jordan was recently recognized by Central Cambria at an Awards Assembly and the week of March 23, 2009 was declared as Jordan Miller Week in recognition of his achievement. The proclamation was signed by leaders of all three municipalities in the Central Cambria School District. Jordan has also received a full scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Jordan is the son of Mark & Elizabeth Miller of Fairview Avenue, Vinco.

The Water Authorityís new metering system is working wonderfully. Driving up Mile Hill Road, the new system can read half the radio meters installed and as far as Ogden Road. Karl Smith & David Smith have installed 635 radio reads (MXU Units) and have 800 more to go. Approximately 200 customers will need new meters before MXU units can be installed. There is no charge for the meter or MXU unit, but the Jackson Township Water Authority will need your cooperation to schedule the meter change. To keep overtime to a minimum, please keep this in mind if you are available during normal business hours. The water line extension continuing down Wagner Road and a new line on Chickaree Hill Road has a tentative start date of April 13, 2009, weather permitting. Once the Water Authority receives a list of residents from the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority, they will mail tap applications and water agreements. Any low to moderate income residents may apply for assistance through the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority.

Check Your Water System For Leaks
1. Check all faucets for drips. Replace worn and leaking washers, gaskets, pipes or defective fixtures.
2. Check for leaks on outside faucets and make sure the valve closes properly.
3. Check toilets for leaks - they are the most common cause of high bills. Check the overflow of the tank to make sure no water is running over (float level may be set too high). To check for a flapper valve leak, put a small amount of food coloring in the toilet tank after it fills. Do not flush the toilet for at least an hour or even overnight if possible. If the food coloring shows up in the bowl without flushing, you probably have a leaking flapper or plunger ball valve. If there is no food color in the tank or bowl you definitely have a leaking flapper or plunger ball valve.

The Cherrywood / Brazil Lane Sewer Project is still underway and getting closer to completion. Guyer Brothers, contractor for the Cherrywood portion was asked by Texas Eastern Gas Company to delay running the sewer lines under Leidy Lane until after April 15, 2009 due to their contracts with other areas to supply gas for heating. As soon as the weather breaks and the contractors are allowed to start seeding, they will complete all of the restoration work. The asphalt plant also should be opened by April 15th which will allow the contractors to pave all of the cuts made in the roads. When Keller Engineers, engineering firm for JETSA applied to Pennvest for funding for the Cherrywood / Brazil Lane Project, the estimate was higher than the actual contract bid. Since the contract bids came in lower than expected, Pennvest has allowed the Sewer Authority to use the rest of the money for Pump Station Rehabilitation. Keller also has applied for a H2O PA Matching Grant for the pump station rehabilitation work. The Authority opened bids on April 3rd for the work on the ten existing pump stations which have been in operation since 1998. Once Keller reviews all the bids, the Board will award the contract at their monthly meeting. The ten pump stations have served the community well but as with anything mechanical that runs almost constantly, time has taken it's toll on them. The rehab work will consist of by-pass pumping, new fillets in wet wells, installation valves, installation of a few new manholes, moving electrical panels, new wiring and a few new poles, moving two generators, grading at one station and moving of some fences and gates. The Authority has also had a demo on a new cellular system that controls all the pump stations by computer. The computer would monitor all of the pumps and track the run times of each pump and call the cell phones when a problem arises. This system would also eliminate the sensaphones that are being used now to dial JETSA through the telephone lines when there is a problem. If any resident or business owner is interested in Direct Debit, please stop by the office Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and complete the Direct Debit Form. Direct Debit is when you authorize the Authority to debit your checking or savings account each month for the amount of the sewer bill.

The Cambria County Courts and Judge Gerald Long are holding two Youth Fairs in Jackson Township this year. The first one is at Leidy Park in Mundys Corner on Friday, June 12th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The second one will be held at Veterans Park in Vinco on Wednesday, July 29th from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. The Veterans Park location was chosen being it will be more convenient for children to walk or ride a bike to the park as opposed to Mitchell Park. The purpose of the Fairs is to make young people aware of the dangers and harmful effects of using drugs & alcohol. Students from Elementary through High School are invited to attend and it promises to be a fun time for all! Admission is FREE and there will be FREE refreshments, T-Shirts, Games and lots of other Prizes including FREE drawings for sweatshirts and bicycle helmets. The program has been a success for the past 13 years with the help of local police, fire and ambulance departments. Last years Youth Fair events were a huge success with over 60 children attending. Be sure to get your children who are students to this event as well as their friends. For additional information, please feel free to contact Carol Lacey, Youth Fair Coordinator at 472-1494 or call the Jackson Twp. Municipal Bldg. at 749-0725.

Anti Drug & Awareness Program For Elementary, Middle & High School Students
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Friday, June 12th, 2009
Leidy Park, Mundys Corner, PA
Sponsored by: Cambria County Courts & Judge Gerald Long

Spring is upon us and we would like to encourage all property owners to take advantage of the nice weather and do a "Spring Clean Up". One of the most common complaints received is that of unsightly piles of junk or rubbish on properties in the Township. This also includes junked and abandoned vehicles. The Township has made an effort to work towards elimination of some of the blight on various properties and has had some success but there is much more to be done. Al Gillin has agreed to help out with vehicle removal and you can read more about this in the following article. The Laurel Highlands Landfill has a great program for tire recycling and the cost is only $1.00 per tire, far below what others charge. The current garbage contract allows for unlimited curbside pickup of large items unless they are hazardous. 1 Free Landfill Pass per quarter can be picked up at the Township Municipal Building. The free pass can be used for a "pick up" load of any non-hazardous junk or items you wish to remove from your property. Jackson also has recycling at the Municipal Building that includes clear glass, plastic, brown glass, newspapers, metal cans and magazines. Pennsylvania Cleanways also offers appliance and electronics recycling several times during a year. Take some time and take a look around your property and see if thereís any unsightly piles of junk or abandoned vehicles that you can remove to help beautify Jackson Township. If you have any questions on any of the above programs, please contact the Township Office at 749-0725.

If you have a junked vehicle that needs removed from your property and youíre not sure how to go about it, perhaps the following information will help. Al Gillin who operates a licensed junkyard along Adams Avenue has agreed to tow any junked vehicles that you would like to have removed from your property. According to Mr. Gillin, in most cases there will be no charge to any Township resident for this service unless there is great difficulty getting to the vehicle to pick it up. If you wish to have junked vehicles removed from your property, you may contact Mr. Gillin at 322-4366 to see if you qualify for this free service.

Residents Cashing In On Scrap Metal
Many residents are getting top dollar on scrap metal. This includes automobiles that may be sitting on your property. EMF Industries of Franklin Borough accepts old vehicles and pays for the scrap metal value which has been up dramatically this year. The phone number for EMF is 536-5047.

Every wonder how to dispose of any old batteries from cars, trucks, lawn mowers, tractors, etc. that you may have laying around your property? They are considered hazardous so you cannot put them out with your garbage. You can however drop them off at Naugles Auto & Truck Sales free of charge where they will see that they are properly processed for disposal or recycling. Naugles Auto & Truck Sales is located at 3309 William Penn Avenue near Mundys Corner. If you have any questions concerning battery disposal, please contact Eric Naugle at 659-7429.

Jackson Township groups over the years have participated in various litter clean-up programs sponsored by PennDOT and Pennsylvania Cleanways. While being a great program, PennDOTís Adopt-A-Highway program is for State Roads only. Now Jackson Township has a similar program where Township roads can be adopted as well. Your group of neighbors, church, business or organization is welcome to participate by adopting a Township road or street. By adopting a highway you would be required to perform a minimum of 2 litter clean-ups per year. Some groups may want to do more than that depending on the need. If your group wishes to adopt a road, Jackson Township will provide gloves, safety vests and garbage bags for the clean-up effort. Your group will also have a name plate posted on the road that you have adopted. At the time of the clean-up, release forms must be signed by those participating. Jackson Township currently has 14 groups involved in cleaning up various sections of 15 roads within Jackson Township on one of the 3 available programs. According to Don Godish who is in charge of the Adopt-A-Highway program for Cambria County, Pennsylvania has more volunteers in this type of program than any other State in the US. These programs encourage community pride and will help make Jackson Township a cleaner place to live. If your group of friends, neighbors, organization or business would be interested in adopting a Township Road or a portion thereof, please feel free to contact the Township Office at 749-0725.

Groups in Jackson Adopt-A-Highway Program:
Anderson Drive Neighbors Who Care
Bald Eagle Street Neighbors Who Care
Courter & Fairview Avenues
Neighbors Who Care
Griffith Avenue Neighbors Who Care
Harmony Drive Neighbors Who Care
Kissell Lane Neighbors Who Care
Mile Hill Road Mile Hill Neighbors
Pike Road West Neighbors Who Care
Your Street Your Group or Business?
(Are you interested in this program? Call the Township Office at 749-0725)

Groups in PennDOT Adopt-A-Highway Program:
Benshoff Hill Road Neighbors Who Care
Chickaree Hill Road Waste Management - Laurel Highlands Landfill
Dishong Mt. Road Committee to Preserve Rager Mountain
Route 271 Nanty-Glo Moose
Route 271 Pike Grace Brethren Church
Route 271 Vinco Brethren Church
Swigle Mt. Road Swigle Mountain Neighbors
US Route 22 Appalachian Chiropractic
US Route 22 Cambria Co. Christian School
US Route 22 Chickaree Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club
US Route 22 St. Pauls Lutheran Church

Groups in Pennsylvania Cleanways Program:
Adams Avenue Jackson Twp. Troop 204 Cub Scouts
Fords Corner Road Residents of Fords Corner Rd.
Pike Road East Jackson Twp. Troop 204 Boy Scouts

Have you ever wondered how you can serve the community you live in? Jackson Township welcomes anyone interested in serving on a Authority, Board or Commission to submit a letter, note or email saying you are interested in serving on a Board or Authority in the event that there are openings. If you are interested, your letter would be kept on file at the Township office where you would be contacted if an opening would occur at which time you could accept or decline. Authorities include the Sewer Authority and Water Authority. Commissions include Planning & Recreation. There is also the Zoning Hearing Board. Another group where participation is encouraged is the Historical Preservation Committee. All letters and notes should be mailed to Jackson Township Supervisors, 513 Pike Road, Johnstown, PA 15909. You may also drop it off in person at the Municipal Building or you can send an email to office@jacksontwppa.com By volunteering you can make a difference in your community. Any and all inquiries would be greatly appreciated!

Jackson Historical Preservation Committee
If you are interested helping the Historic Preservation Committee, feel free to attend any of their meetings. If you have any knowledge of the history of the Township, you are welcome to share. The Committee meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at the Township Municipal Building at 1:00 pm.

Jackson Heritage Festival
Help plan and organize the 6th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival. Planning is underway for this year's big event and monthly meetings are being held to help iron out all of the details. If you are interested in helping out, please phone, write or email your name to the Jackson Township Office.

The Center is buzzing with many upcoming events. Here is a sampling of upcoming events: Medicare & Health Insurance Counseling will be offered by Jim & Barb Crissey, Cambria County Apprise Insurance Coordinators. Appointments may be scheduled for 15 minute time periods beginning at 10:30 am on Wednesday, April 15th and Monday, May 4th. Another upcoming event will be a tour of the Senior Life facility in Johnstown on Monday, April 20, 2009. A bus will pick up passengers at the Center at 11:00 am and you will return at approx. 2:00 pm. The tour includes transportation and lunch. If interested, contact the Senior Center at 322-3327.  Ken Corson will be offering a painting class at the center on Friday, April 24th at 1:00 p.m. The cost is $25.00 and includes all supplies and materials. It will take approximately 2 hours to paint your picture. Another event will be the 55 Alive Drivers' Training. which will be held on April 23rd & April 24th for those who have never taken the class before. A refresher course will be held on May 22nd lasting 4 hours. A class is required every 3 years to receive a discount on your Automobile Insurance. David Larson of AARP will be the instructor. The cost is $12.00 for the class for AARP members and $14.00 for non-members. Nominations for Officers will be held after the lunch on May 6, 2009. A brief meeting will be held only to nominate individuals for the office of President, Vice President, Secretary & Treasurer. Nominations will be open from the floor and anyone can be nominated for the position as long as they are an active member. Nominations will then be placed on a ballot and in the June Senior Center Newsletter so all can see who is running and have a chance to vote on the last Wednesday in June. There will be no absentee ballots. The Center Knitting Club meets every Tuesday at 10:00 am to knit / crochet hats, mittens & scarves to be given to the needy children and adults. Last year they did another superb job by donating 167 items to Head Start and 202 items which were distributed among Family Services, Women's Help Center, Victim Services and the Cambria County Children's Shelter Care. If anyone is interested in helping with the yearly project, you are welcome to start now so that the much needed items can be donated before next Christmas. Anyone is welcome to drop off the items during the year and yarn donations are also greatly appreciated. With spring upon us, it's once again time to play horseshoes. When the weather warms up, times will be on Tuesdays at 6:00 pm and Thursdays at 10:00 am. For more information on any of the above events, contact the Senior Center at 322-3327. Every Thursday at 1:00 pm, the Center is showing an afternoon movie donated by All the Right Movies. Members are welcome to take time to relax and enjoy a current movie in the Community Room on the Center's large screen TV. If you are in need of work, age 55 or over and qualify within the set income levels, you may be eligible for the Senior Community Employment Program Service. For more information on the program, contact the local National Council on Aging Senior Employment Program in Johnstown at 536-0691. The Silver Sneakers Program is still going strong with over 50 individuals taking advantage of the program. Anyone who is a Medicare-eligible member of Highmark or Blue Cross-Blue Shield can participate. A new class will be held once a week called Yoga Stretch. For more information, contact the Senior Center at 322-3327. The Center has many special weekly events for the membership including lunch 3 times a week, parties, Bible study, bingo, knitting, line dancing, weekly Pinochle party, speakers and events on health issues concerning the aged population, monthly blood pressure screenings, weekly movies, ceramics, computer use with high-speed internet access, beginners computer classes and an exercise room with 11 machines available. In addition there are monthly CamTram bus trips to different shopping areas in Westmoreland, Indiana, Blair, Somerset and Cambria Counties. Anyone interested in visiting or taking a quick tour of the Center is invited to stop in. Membership offered to those age 50 and older is constantly growing and is only $10.00 a year. The Center opened on May 10, 1998 and have just recently issued their 746th membership card. The Center relies on volunteers to operate and stay open. It's a great place to meet and socialize. If you are interested in being a member or volunteering, please contact the Center at 322-3327.

(Submitted by Chief Bob Fatula)

December, 2008
The figures for December were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 289 Reportable Part I Crimes: 8 broken down as follows: Larceny-4, Burglaries-2, Assaults-1 and Robberies-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 23 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-10, Vandalism-3, Embezzlement-1, Fraud-1, Public Drunkenness-1, Weapons Offenses-1 and all others-6. Calls Resulting in Cases: 26, Total Arrestees: 16, Total Suspects: 1, Total Victims: 10, DUI Arrests: 9, Traffic Citations: 17, Non-Traffic Citations: 2, Total Warnings: 0.

January, 2009
The figures for January were as follows:
911 Calls dispatched to Police: 216 Reportable Part I Crimes: 3 broken down as follows: Larceny-3 and Burglaries-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 11 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-4, Stolen Property-3, Disorderly Conduct-1 and all others-3. Calls Resulting in Cases: 10, Total Arrestees: 5, Total Suspects: 2, Total Victims: 7, DUI Arrests: 3, Traffic Citations: 16, Non-Traffic Citations: 0, Total Warnings: 0.

February, 2009
The figures for February were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 217 Reportable Part I Crimes: 3 broken down as follows: Larceny-3. Reportable Part II Crimes: 22 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-8, Stolen Property-3, Disorderly Conduct-1, Fraud-1, Sex Offenses-1, Vandalism-1 and all others-7. Calls Resulting in Cases: 15, Total Arrestees: 11, Total Suspects: 1, Total Victims: 5, DUI Arrests: 7, Traffic Citations: 15, Non-Traffic Citations: 1, Total Warnings: 2.

The newly formed CART (Cambria Animal Rescue Team) is pleased to announce their operational status as well as an Open House to be held on May 11, 2009 at the Cambria County Fair Grounds Arena. The organization has been growing and flourishing with the help of many. The group has been hosting meetings at the Jackson Township Municipal Building on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. They also hold various training and orientation classes. The Township Municipal Building has proven to be a convenient and central location for members which are from all parts of Cambria County. CART attributes some of it's success and growth to Jackson Township and the generosity of the Supervisors in letting their group use the building. The Cart team is a volunteer non profit 501c entity of PASART which stands for the Pennsylvania State Animal Response Team which now has 61 teams in the 67 counties located within the State. This core group first met at the County Courthouse in 2006 at a meeting called by the Cambria County Emergency Management Agency. At that time a core group of 6 people was assigned to develop the team including its operational standards, bylaws and membership standards. This core group had its up and downs while trying to get off the ground but with perseverance and inspiration of other teams throughout the state, continued on and worked hard behind the scenes for over 3 years. The group has developed a sincere appreciation to those in Jackson Township who have been supportive in their start-up efforts. Those groups include the Jackson Township Senior Center for use of their facility for training and classes, the Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Dept. for use of their hall to host a Pet First Aid and CPR Class, the Jackson Twp. Recreation Commission for allowing the group to hold a special practice drill at Mitchell Park, the Chickaree Ridgerunners Snowmobile Club for taking time to take the Orientation Class and the JET (Jackson-East Taylor) Dive Team who have stepped up to be a resource in the event that animals would need to be rescued in the event of an emergency situation. There are 20 current active members in the group who have trained hundreds of hours over the last year. The specialty Team is only activated by request of a Fire Department, Police Department or Cambria County Emergency Management and is trained to handle small and large animal incidents and emergencies. If you are interested in becoming a new member or a resource to the group, please contact Allen Kline at the Cambria County EMA Office at 534-2710 or Tim Davis at 322-3027 and ask how you can help. To view the State CART Website, go to www.pasart.us then click on county information then on Cambria County.

The Township has received numerous comments on PEDESTRIANS walking late at night and not being visible due to wearing dark colored clothing with no flashlights, etc. With warmer weather on the way and the end of the school year approaching, there will be many youth and children staying outside after dark. Chief Robert Fatula is advising that those out walking after dark along the streets wear light colored or reflective clothing or carry a flashlight with them. These common sense practices will be beneficial for the safety of pedestrians and motorists alike.

~Whoís New Around the Township
We would like to welcome those who have been recently appointed or hired by Jackson Township. Tammy Baker was appointed by the Supervisors to the Jackson Township Historical Preservation Committee. Tammy has been actively supporting the group and attending meetings since itís formation.

~Violent Sex Offender Ordinance Adopted
The Board of Supervisors adopted Ordinance # 159 at their March 12, 2009 meeting which puts restrictions on where violent sex offenders can live in the community after their release from prison. This step was taken to be pro-active and as a preventative measure. There has been no trouble with sex offenders currently residing in the Township and the new Ordinance only applies to those labeled to be violent. Current sex offenders in any community can be viewed on the Megans Law Website at: http://www.pameganslaw.state.pa.us/ The residency rules specify that offenders can not live within a 2500 feet of a child care facility, community center, park, school or senior center. Currently Megans Law only requires that the individual be 500 feet away. Under the new law, if a person is discovered to be living closer than the 2500 feet, they are given a 60 day notice and are required to move out by the end of that 60 day period. Violators will be subject to a jail term of up to 90 days and a fine of up to $1,000. for each violation. The law does not apply to offenders who already have established residency.

~Central Cambria Approves Jackson Addition
The Central Cambria School Board approved going forward with renovations and improvements to the Jackson Elementary School in Mundys Corner. Authorization were given to architects to continue with design and site specifics. Some of the items being looked at as a result of a Feasibility Study done include a larger gymnasium. The gymnasium as well as the renovation of Jackson Elementary has been on the District's list of planned projects for years. Currently the cafeteria at Jackson serves as gymnasium and auditorium.

~Planning Commission Considers Nuisance Ordinance
The Jackson Township Planning Commission is currently considering a Nuisance Ordinance which would address many ongoing problems in the Township such as abandoned structures, unlicensed and unregistered vehicles, accumulation of rubbish and garbage as well as other issues for which the Township often receives complaints from residents. Many municipalities have Nuisance Ordinances and they prove to be an effective tool in fighting blight as well as other annoyances to residents.

~Township Issues Loan To Jackson Water Auth.
The Jackson Township Supervisors approved a loan of $175,000. to the Jackson Township Water Authority for the purchase of new radio read meters and software. The equipment includes a new upgraded replacement data collector that will replace their current outdated model and also a laptop that will be in the Water Authority truck that will display and control meters that are being read along with the radio read modules that have to be installed on every house that has or will have a remote meter. The Water Authority will pay back the loan at 2% interest on or before January 1, 2014.

~Supervisors Approve Exchange Agreement
The Board of Supervisors at their February 26th Meeting approved a Land Exchange Agreement which is currently under consideration by the DCNR. The Agreement would actually exchange land currently owned or under consideration by Jackson Township equal in value to land owned by the DCNR. The exchange could advance the potential of a Business Park one step closer to reality. The Tribune-Democrat gave the Supervisors a "Laurel" in the February 7th edition for their vision to create a business park that would create hundreds of jobs that would not only benefit Jackson Township but the entire region.

~NAPA Building To Be Demolished
Plans are underway to have the NAPA Building demolished as it has deteriorated over the years. Some of the problems included electric and water in the basement. Before the building could be demolished, an asbestos inspection was done and floor tiles in the building tested positive. The asbestos removal was put out for bid and Amark Environmental of Erie was the low bidder at $4,800. The bid was awarded and asbestos removed and then a contract approved between Jackson Township and the Tri-Area Historical Society to demolish the remainder of the building. The Historical Society plans to use (recycle) many of the building materials from the NAPA Building towards their Liberty Museum Renovation Project in Nanty Glo. Jim Toth, Project Manager for the Museum estimates the savings to the group will be approximately $9,000. The 1.3 million Liberty Museum Project only needs about $250,000. left for completion. The group has been able to save a tremendous amount of money by using volunteers, those needing to do community service and recycled building materials. The workers doing the demolition at the NAPA Building are part of Judge Long's program which gives individuals a chance to "work off" fines if they can't afford to pay them.

~Benshoff Hill Speed Limit Study
The Supervisors at their January 8th meeting voted to request that PennDOT perform a Speed Limit Study on Benshoff Hill Road. The request was made by members of the Mt. Olive United Methodist Church after there were several close calls with pedestrians crossing to and from the church to the parking lot which are on opposite sides of the road. PennDOT denied the request citing that a study was done 2 years ago and that nothing had changed since that time.

~Sight & Sound Theatre Trip Cancelled
A bus trip that was scheduled to Sight & Sound Theatre to see "Behold the Lamb" in Strasburg, PA had to be cancelled due to lack of participants. A minimum of 36 people were needed to attend and there were only 22 people signed up. Being this was a ticketed event, the deadline had passed for people to respond.

~Jackson Partners With Greater Johnstown Career & Technology Center
Greater Johnstown CTC has recently partnered with Jackson Township in an effort that saved money for the Township and provided a valuable "hands on" learning experience for students. Pat Wallet, son of Township Supervisor John Wallet is an instructor at the school where they teach classes on Diesel Technology. One of the Jackson Township plow trucks needed a new clutch installed and when offered, the students were excited to have a real live heavy duty truck to work on. The experience definitely helps prepare students to become trained and equipped to enter the workforce. At the same time, the Township was able to save money by not going to a traditional repair garage. It was a win-win situation for all. The school is hoping to start doing more work for local municipalities in the future.

~Board Supports ETJ Little League
The Board of Supervisors at their February 12th 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.

~Luther P. Miller Awarded Fuel Bid
The Board of Supervisors awarded Luther P. Miller, the lone bidder, the contract to supply unleaded and diesel fuel as well as heating oil for the coming year. Luther P. Miller is the current supplier so there will be no interruption of service.

~US Census Hiring For Positions
The U.S. Census Bureau is now recruiting for the following positions: Office Clerk, Administrative Assistant, Recruiting Assistant, Crew Leader, Assistant Crew Leader and Enumerator. If you are interested in Full Time or Part Time Work: Call 1-866-861-2010 to be scheduled for a basic skills test. The US Census Bureau is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

~Tax Collector Rate Changed Approved
Ordinance # 158 which changes the way the tax collector is compensated was passed at the Board of Supervisors at their February 12th meeting. Previously, the tax collector received 3% of the total municipal taxes collected. The Ordinance changes it from a percentage to $2.00 per parcel. The Supervisors felt that a flat rate per parcel is a more fair way to compensate the tax collector for the service rendered as it takes the same amount of work to collect a small tax bill as a larger one. This action is also similar to that taken by Cambria County and Central Cambria School District. In addition, the Tax Assessor position at the Municipal level will be eliminated at the end of 2009. Alex Ballow is currently in the last year of his elected term and no new Tax Assessor positions will be filled in Pennsylvania after the current terms expire. The Assessor played a vital role in updating Per Capita Tax Records. The Ordinance provided for Paulette Baker, current Tax Collector for Jackson Township to submit changes to Cambria County for updating the Assessment records. For this service she will be compensated at the rate of $1.00 per change.

~Supervisors Approve Job Descriptions
Two job descriptions were approved by the Supervisors at their March 12th Meeting. The descriptions were written for the Office Clerk-Assistant and Chief of Police positions. The Supervisors felt it would be prudent to have descriptions written up for various positions and would not only be helpful not only to those who currently hold those positions but would come in handy in the event that someone would retire and a new person would take that position. The goal of the Supervisors is to eventually have job descriptions for all Township positions.

~Township Employees Refurbish Belt Loader
Jackson Township needed a belt loader but didnít want to purchase a new one so they looked into what used ones were available. U.S. Municipal Supply had one available and another one that wasnít operable but would come in handy for parts. The purchase was made and the second Belt Loader only good for parts was thrown in the deal for free to the Township. Although the Athey Belt Loader was able to be used with a little maintenance work, it was definitely showing the wear and tear of the years in operation. Township Road Dept. employees, Dan Ditchcreek and John Sirko Jr. were assigned the project of refurbishing the old Belt Loader and when finished, including a coat of fresh new paint, the Belt Loader looked like new. Great work guys!

~Greater Johnstown Water Authority Interest In Erecting Meteorological Test Tower
The Greater Johnstown Water Authority has expressed interest in erecting a Meteorological Test Tower on land that it owns in the Dishong Mountain Road area. The Authority owns about 950 acres and they would be interested in erecting several wind turbines if the year long testing process would prove feasible. According to Ed Cernic Sr. the purpose would be to not only generate income but to help generate electricity for their filtration plants. A single turbine cost about 4.5 million to install and could generate between $400,000 and $600,000 worth of electricity annually. The life span of a wind turbine is approximately 20 years. The Water Authority first needs to apply for a Zoning Variance as well as submitting a site plan to the Jackson Township Planning Commission. The Board of Supervisors approved a motion to hire Attorney Thomas Swope Jr. to represent the Township when the Water Authority makes application for the Zoning Variance being the Township Solicitor, Bill Barbin also represents the Greater Johnstown Water Authority and there would be a conflict of interest. If approved, the test tower would be at the same site of a previous test tower that was erected by Competitive Power Ventures which was later taken over Iberdrola, a Spanish wind turbine company.

~Recycling Bins a Hit!
Last year over 150 free heavy duty recycling bins were distributed to Jackson Township households as part of a student Senior Project at Central Cambria High School. The recycling bins came from the PaDEP as part of a public outreach program. This year we had put in a request with Central Cambria for 200 bins and once again, all were reserved (2 per household) and distributed. Being the recycling bins have proved so popular, we have talked to Central Cambria and they will be putting in another request for an additional 200 bins for next year. If you are interested in receiving 2 free bins, please contact the Township Office at 749-0725. The bins will not be available until August of 2009.

~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.

~Police Urge Residents To Use Caution
The Jackson Township Police are urging residents to use caution when answering the door to anyone they don't know. In the last month there was a forced entry into a residents home on Rose Branch Street. The resident fought off the intruder but the outcome could have been different. Please lock your doors and be careful when answering the door to strangers.

~Tire Recycling Available
The Laurel Highlands Landfill offers recycling. Tires can also be put in a recycling bin for a minimal cost of $1.00 per normal-sized vehicle tire. This does not apply to any commercial establishments

~Need to Sign Up For New Garbage Service? - Jackson Townshipís garbage contract provides for unlimited curbside garbage pick-up as well as any large items you have to dispose of with a few exceptions (i.e. - hazardous items, Freon, tires, etc.) If you are interested in signing up for garbage service you need to call 1-800-677-4884. The cost for 2009 is $39.74 per quarter.

Jackson Township has a valuable source of information to help keep you informed. If you havenít checked out the Township Website, please feel free to visit www.jacksontwppa.com The website is constantly updated with new information. As always, you can read the monthly approved minutes of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission and Recreation Meetings. New this year are minutes of the Jackson-East Taylor Sewer Authority. To see some of the pages that have been updated recently , click on "Whats New" on the home page. If you have any suggestions of what you would like to see on the Jackson Twp. Website, please call Dave Hirko at 749-0725 or email to office@jacksontwppa.com

If you are planning on a building project be sure to visit or call either the Jackson Township Office at 749-0725 or Harry Baker, Zoning Officer at 322-1425. Your project could involve zoning, stormwater or planning. Also with the Pennsylvania State Building Code, inspections may be required as well. Be sure to allow plenty of time to get any necessary permits prior to building. By doing this, your project 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 donít 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.

Township residents who have access to the internet can now join our new email group to receive up-to-date Township news by email. 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.