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Spring, 2011

As warmer weather is coming, there are now two new large pavilions ready to use at Mitchell Park for larger groups, parties, reunions, etc. Each pavilion can accommodate 96 people comfortably. The Jackson Township Road Crew along with Supervisor Bruce Baker did a fantastic job in building the picnic tables saving a lot of money by doing the work "in house". Bruce Baker also created the pattern for the tables which are very sturdy and will be a great addition to Mitchell Park. In addition to 12 large tables in each of the two pavilions, there are some extra tables as well for overflow. For a very large group, both pavilions can be rented which would accommodate about 200 people. Reservations are now being taken for the pavilions on a first come, first serve basis. A form in this Newsletter with detailed information on pavilion rules and regulations is available. The Jackson Township Recreation Commission came up with the form, rules and regulations for the pavilions based on other parks and pavilions in the region. If you wish to reserve for an upcoming special event you may have, just call 749-0725 to see if a specific date is available and then complete the reservation form. Additional amenities are planned for this season such as grills and horseshoe pits. The pavilions were part of a $125,000 DCNR grant awarded for Mitchell Park. In addition, public restrooms were constructed for when the park or pavilions are in use. We hope everyone will visit Mitchell Park to check out the new pavilions and restrooms.

The Jackson Township Senior Center will host a special Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 30th at 11:00 a.m. This will be the 8th Memorial Day Ceremony held at Veterans Park since 2004. 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 more than 120 people who attended.  The Veterans Monument has become a focal point of the Memorial & Veterans Day ceremonies and currently has 1,139 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, Mr. Robert Laverick who was wounded while serving in Iraq. 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. Others participating are Rev. Andrew Stanko, pastor at St. John Vianney Catholic Church and 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.

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 Supervisors approved the purchase of a 2009 Ford Crown Victoria completely loaded with all police equipment and accessories for $8,245.00 at their March 31st meeting. The vehicle was purchased from Tri-Star Motors in Blairsville and was $5,000 less than the other two quotes received. A 2006 Crown Victoria that was requiring a lot of repairs was used for a trade in.  Besides mandatory updates that occur every year, several Officers have been scheduled for additional training. The Supervisors also authorized Officer Phil Vaught to train and participate in the Cambria County SERT (Special Emergency Response Team). As part of the SERT training, Officers will be go through extensive SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) training to deal with stand-off and hostage situations. Vaught will also receive CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) training. In addition the Police Department purchased a new Olympic Arms Rifle that can be used in an emergency situation or crisis. A Budget savings of over $18,000 the first three months of 2011 over the first three months of last year made the vehicle and weapon purchases totaling approximately $9,000 possible.  Coverage has definitely improved in 2011 with an officer scheduled for every shift to provide 24/7 coverage. In the first three months of 2011, there were only 12 open shifts out of 270 compared with 32 open shifts the first three months of 2010. When a shift does happen to be open due to illness or another unforseen reason, the Pennsylvania State Police in Ebensburg are put on call to respond to any emergencies that may arise.  In addition, an emphasis has been put on community relations. Some of the events past and upcoming include Jackson Elementary's Black & Gold Day where an emphasis is put on how children should deal with bullying, fingerprinting at Kindergarten Registration, speaking to Scout Groups and Youth Drug & Alcohol Fairs. In addition Officer Vaught created a Facebook page for the Jackson Township Police Department to share safety tips and valuable information for the safety and well-being of residents. Officers have been making it a point to stop in at local businesses or public places to make their presence known in addition to having regular patrols covering Township roads and streets on all 3 shifts. Another improvement recently made in the Department include the construction of a secure Evidence Room. The Supervisors would like to thank the Officers of the Jackson Township Police Department for doing a great job. Current Officers include Officer Ron Allison, Officer Jeremy Freoni, Officer Shaun Gregory, Officer Jason Owens, Officer Rickey Price, Officer Melanie Rininger, Officer Jeremy Scislowicz and Officer Phil Vaught. These are the Officers that help provide 24/7 coverage for Jackson Township with 1 Officer scheduled for each shift for regular policing duties. If you see one of these Officers, please be sure to tell them you appreciate their efforts in our community.

One question that we get asked the most is when are we getting a senior housing complex in Jackson Township? The nearest such buildings are located in Ebensburg or Johnstown and many people said they would prefer to stay in their home area near their family, friends, church and "home".  In this Newsletter, there is a Senior Housing Interest Survey that needs completed and returned to the Township Office. Any potential developer would like to see what interest there is in a particular community and the survey would definitely help. Please share the survey with your family and friends in surrounding municipalities such as East Taylor, Middle Taylor, Conemaugh, Nanty Glo, Vintondale, Blacklick Township, etc. An independent, maintenance-free type apartment complex would provide a need to the entire region and are very popular in other communities. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Township Office at 749-0725.

In keeping up with the times, the Jackson Township Historical Preservation Committee decided to share old photos and information on Facebook. In a very short time there was over 300 members and the information shared on photos posted has been overwhelmingly successful. In the past not everyone has been able to come to a traditional meeting or easily interact on the Township website. By going on Facebook, people have been able to interact and post comments with names and information easily by each photo. Anyone can participate and comment and all are welcome to make Jackson-Township Historical-Preservation your friend. People really seem to be enjoying the photos and inter-acting with new and old acquaintances while reminiscing over the old photos from days gone by.

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 its humble beginnings. It's hard to believe that the Heritage Festival will be celebrating its 8th 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. The Heritage Festival will be held this year on Friday, July 15, Saturday, July 16 & Sunday, July 17. Although many details need to be worked out, some can be shared at this time. 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. The Rockers will play from 6:30 - 9:30. This year, a second band called Fuse will play from 9:30 - 12:30. This band also specializes in classic rock and 80's music and has gained quite a large area following. In addition the 4th Annual Car Cruise-In will also take place beginning at 6 pm. Several car club enthusiasts are organizing this special event. Over the past several years, Friday night crowds have been increasing so this year, Friday will be a regular part of the Festival all of the vendors open form 6 to 9 pm. In addition other attractions such as the Bounce Tent and Petting Zoo will be open Friday for the kids. New this year will be Jerry Brown, known as the "Monkey Man". Jerry will have 4 shows during the weekend as follows: Friday at 7:00 pm, Saturday at 4:00 pm & 8:00 pm and Sunday at 2:00 pm. These shows will be held in the Children's game area. His show features magic, fire eating, juggling and the star attraction, his pet monkey, Django who loves to give monkey kisses, takes quarters, shakes hands, poses for photos and plays catch among other thing. When not performing at the shows during the weekend, Jerry will be strolling the grounds with his pet monkey. You may also see him as Uncle Sam doing some serious stilt walking. This year for the first time, there will be a Heritage Festival Parade at 1 pm on Saturday, July 16th. The parade will feature bands, marching groups, floats, old cars, fire trucks and more! Line up for the parade will be between 10 and up to 1 pm at Griffith Avenue & Rose Branch Street. Trophies will be awarded as follows:

Best Marching Group (non-band)
Best Marching Band
Best Fire Company
Best Float
Best Vehicle
Best Non Profit Group
Judges Choice

Any groups interested in participating in the parade should contact the Jackson Township Mun. Building at 749-0725. Somerset Trust will once again be hosting a free catered luncheon with entertainment on Friday, July 15th at noon. The luncheon is sponsored by Somerset Trust and is for all of their "Horizon 50" customers (age 50 and older). This year the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company will be hosting a variety of events during the Heritage Festival. On Friday they will be serving up a Chicken & Biscuit Dinner. On Saturday there will be the Aaron Rusin Memorial Poker Run beginning as 12 noon followed by a Spaghetti Dinner. A Kids Battle of the Barrel & Bucket Brigade will take place at 2 pm. On Sunday there will be a Pancake Breakfast and at 3:00 a Kids Peddle Power Tractor Pull. As in years past, there will be continuous entertainment alternating on two stages both Saturday & Sunday. Festival hours will be Noon-9 pm on Saturday and Noon-6:00 pm on Sunday. Entertainment on Saturday will begin from noon to 2:00 with Tree, an Irish folk music group. Returning once again will be the Bayou Bandits from the Harrisburg area. They will be performing from 2:30 to 5:00 and are known for their Zydeco music which has a Cajun flair and has been a big hit at the Johnstown Folk Festival for many years. The Bayou Bandits perform through the US and are a real crowd pleaser! 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! Last year the service had nearly 200 people attending. In addition to a message from Pastor Drew Walther there will be special music and refreshments. 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. They released their debut CD called "Born and Raised" and their first two singles have charted nationally in the top 100. Their second CD is almost ready for release entitled "American Boy". Over the past several years their lead singer, Dave August, even appeared in a movie titled "The Road" and most recently in a television commercial. 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 $27,000 for 2011. 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, Somerset Trust Company, Waste Management, Jackson Township Senior Center, Petroleum Development, Charles J. Merlo Inc., Mercik's Ideal Market, Ameriserv, Construction Equipment Services, Espe Chiropractic Center, Jerry Gilkey Pools, Keller Engineers, Luther P. Miller, Martin Marine, Neighbors Who Care, Sheetz, Chickaree Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club, Cooper Signs, Dr. Donald M. Leckey-Optometrist, Highmark Blue Cross / Blue Shield, Naugle Insurance, Rose Excavating, Vantage Physical Therapy, Warren Oil, Damin Printing and the Jackson Township Lions Club. 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 2011.

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 anticipate approving use of the funds totaling $ 110,000 to be put towards the construction of a sanitary sewer line along Chickaree Hill Road. The line which would be built in phases would go from Wagner Road to the Vintondale Borough line. This area has had numerous sewage problems in the past and the line would be a major improvement. Construction of Phase I will begin in 2011 and continue through 2012. Estimated cost of the project is $200,000. Multi Links Construction of Pittsburgh has been hired to do a Feasibility Study on the project. 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 water lines on Solar Street, Wagner Road & Chickaree Hill Road. 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 its inception.

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

~5th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
This highly popular event will be held on Saturday, April 16th from noon to 1:00 pm at Mitchell Park. There will be over 2000 eggs hidden filled with goodies as well as some coupons redeemable for special prizes! Making an appearance will be the Easter Bunny. The Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by the Jackson Township Lions Club in cooperation with the Recreation Commission.

~6th Annual Fishing Derby
The Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, May 7th at Woodland Park just off of Route 22 towards Ebensburg. Ages 12 and under are welcome and admission is FREE. Lots of great prizes 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.

~Gospel In The Park
John Lythgoe has scheduled a Gospel Concert at Veterans Park to be held on Friday, June 10th at 7:00 pm. The featured performer will be Randy Simpson of Carlisle, PA. Randy has sang in numerous quartets over the years and for the past 25 years has been touring the United States performing on his own. In March of 2010, Randy was named PA's Favorite Southern Gospel Performer of the Year by the Pennsylvania Southern Gospel Music Association. There is no admission and a free will offering will be taken. John is hoping that this will be the first of many concerts at Veterans Park. For additional information, contact John Lythgoe at 749-8223.

Over one year ago, Jackson Township residents were upset that the only bank in the Township, First National Bank, decided to close the Vinco branch office. Many people couldnít understand why FNB would close the busy 20 million dollar branch office. Residents were ready to get petitions and called the news media and came to the Supervisors to ask them to get involved. Several letters were written to various banks and other officials spoke with representatives from other banks to get their interest. It wasnít long before there was interest from several banks but Somerset Trust got the wheels turning and aggressively sought to locate a new branch office in the same location where FNB had operated. Their decision was based on an overwhelming positive response from a survey of community residents as well as touring Jackson Township with Township Officials. They were very impressed with what they saw on the tour as well as our progressive nature and strong sense of community. On February 3rd & 4th, Somerset Trust held a First Anniversary Celebration with refreshments and prizes. They are committed to the community and want to be involved with Jackson Township in any way they can to help it grow and prosper. In the past year Somerset Trust has not only proved to be a great community bank but has became a great corporate citizen in our community. They believe in investing in the community and over the past year they have contributed to the ETJ Ball Field Lighting Project at Mitchell Park, Jackson Heritage Festival, Fishing Derby, Lions Club, Senior Center, Fire Company and many other organizations and causes. This year they will once again have a catered luncheon at the Heritage Festival on Friday, July 15th for all of their customers 50 and over. They have also met numerous times with community and business officials as well as offered to speak to various groups and organizations concerning money, banking, finance and the economy.  Somerset Trust was established in 1889 and has over 600 million in assets and over 200 employees. They continue to grow and open new branches each year. Recent openings included offices in Champion, Westmont and Ligonier with plans for additional offices to open this year.

It's hard to believe the Central Cambria Coalition has celebrated its five year anniversary in March. In the past five 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. In addition, the three municipalities jointly purchased an Asphalt Hauling Machine for $18,700. 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 was completed with the help of Richard Sutter & Associates, planning consultants from Hollidaysburg and adopted by all three municipalities in 2008. 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 has been used to update subdivision and zoning ordinances and maps in the three municipalities. Through this process each municipality maintains their individual identity while looking for consistency and coordination in zoning along municipal borders. In 2009 the Coalition explored the possibility of hiring a Building Code / Zoning Enforcement Officer. Instead of hiring an individual the municipalities opted to appoint MDIA (Middle Department Inspection Agency) to handle the State Building Code and the issuance of permits. Aside from grant success, the Coalition has had studies done on sewage along Route 22 and the possibility of a regional police force. Other topics discussed over the past 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!

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 $2.00 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. Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful 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 Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful 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 in 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 8th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival. Planning will soon be underway for next year's big event. If you are interested in helping out, please phone, write or email your name to the Jackson Township Office.

December, 2010
The December, 2010 Police Report statistics were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 286 Reportable Part I Crimes: 1 broken down as follows: Burglaries-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 13 broken down as follows: Disorderly Conduct-2, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-2, Vandalism-2, Public Drunkenness-1 Receiving Stolen Property-1 and all others-5. Calls Resulting in Cases: 12, Total Arrestees: 5, Total Suspects: 1, Total Victims: 8, DUI Arrests: 1, Traffic Citations: 6, Non-Traffic Citations: 1, Total Warnings: 0.

January, 2011
The January, 2011 Police Report statistics were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 251 Reportable Part I Crimes: 2 broken down as follows: Burglaries-1, Larceny-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 4 broken down as follows: All Others-4 Calls Resulting in Cases: 4, Total Arrestees: 3, Total Suspects: 0, Total Victims: 4, DUI Arrests: 0, Traffic Citations: 8, Non-Traffic Citations: 0, Total Warnings: 0.

February, 2011
The February, 2011 Police Report statistics were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 282 Reportable Part I Crimes: 1 broken down as follows: Assaults-1 Reportable Part II Crimes: 12 broken down as follows: Drugs-2, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-2, Receiving Stolen Property-2, Disorderly Conduct-1, Public Drunkenness-1, All Others-4 Calls Resulting in Cases: 8, Total Arrestees: 4, Total Suspects: 2, Total Victims: 3, DUI Arrests: 2, Traffic Citations: 18, Non-Traffic Citations: 1, Total Warnings: 0.

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 several upcoming events they would like to announce for 2011. They are as follows:

Jewelry Raffle Saturday May 14th
Heritage Festival Fri.-Sun. July 15th-17th
Archery Raffle
Saturday Sept. 17th
Fall Gun Raffle Sunday Oct. 16th
Turkey Raffle Sunday Nov. 20th

Auxiliary sponsored "Fish Frys" have been held every Friday during Lent with the last one being Good Friday, April 22nd. As always, Bingo is sponsored by the Auxiliary and is held every Sunday evening at 6:30 sharp. Turnout has been very good for Bingo and they are hoping that will continue. For tickets or additional information on all of these events, contact the Fire Company at 322-3155 This year, the Fire Company will be participating in the Jackson Heritage Festival with several events including a Basket Party in the Fire Hall garage bay. In addition, several dinners will be held including a Chicken n Biscuit Dinner on Friday evening, Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday afternoon and a Breakfast on Sunday morning in the back of the Fire Hall. If anyone would like to donate a basket for the Basket Party, please contact the Fire Hall at 322-3155. The Fire Company will once again be mailing out their annual Fund Drive letter the last week of April. The Fire Company just purchased a new 2011 Ford F350 Ambulance at a cost of $123,000. Thanks to the generosity of the residents of Jackson Township, such purchases are made possible to offer the very best fire and ambulance services available. The Fire Company is now raising money for two new state-of-the-art heart monitors! The cost of these monitors is approximately $40,000. Such life saving improvements would not be possible without a successful Fund Drive, so your continued support is greatly appreciated! This Fund Drive is different than the Ambulance Memberships. 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, Gun 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. The Fire Company and Auxiliary would like to thank everyone in the community for all of their continued support.

The Center is buzzing with many activities and events. Ken Corson will be hosting an Oil Painting Class on Friday, May 20th at 1 pm. Cost is $25 and all the tools, supplies and instruction is supplied to you. Class size is limited to 10 so register early. A tour of the new Senior Life Facility in Ebensburg is scheduled for Monday, April 25th. A Senior Life bus will pick up those interested at the Center at 11:00 am and return approximately 2:30 pm. Lunch is included in the free tour. You can make reservations by calling Jamie Harper at 472-6060 or 1-877-998-5433 or her cell at 525-0634. The Health Insurance Apprise Program are at the Center on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Jim and Barb Crissey are the Cambria County Apprise Insurance Coordinators and they are able to help seniors with their health insurance questions or problems. Call the Center to make an appointment if you are interested. The Center will be sponsoring a "55 Alive" driverís classes for Seniors age 55 and older. The first class is two days for those that never have taken the course before. This session will be held on May 5th & 6th. The second class is a one day refresher for those who have completed the 2 day course in the past three years. To be eligible for a discount on your car insurance you need to take the course once every 3 years. Mr. David Larson will be the instructor. Cost is $12.00 for AARP members and $14.00 for non-members. You should check with your Insurance Company to verify any discount before signing up for the class. The Strong Bones People Class continues to meet every Monday and Thursday at 8:45 am and lasts 45 minutes. The class originally was sponsored by the UMWA Health & Retirement Funds and lasted for 12 weeks after which the group continued the class on their own. For more details on this class, contact the Center. As always, the Center will be taking an active role in the 8th Annual Jackson Heritage Festival and is proud to be a sponsor of this growing community event. A Corn Roast has also been scheduled in August for members of the Center. For more information on any of the above events, contact the Senior Center at 322-3327. 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. In 2010, they once again did a superb job by donating over 700 items which were then contributed to Head Start, WIC (Women, Infants & Children), Salvation Army and Jackson Elementary School. 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. Just a reminder that Pennsylvania offers a Property Tax / Rent Rebate Program that benefits eligible Pennsylvanians age 65 and older, widows and widowers age 50 and older and those with disabilities age 18 and older. The program income limit is $15,000 to $35,000 (which excludes half of Social Security income) for homeowners and raised the maximum rebate for both homeowners and renters from $500 to $650. The deadline to apply for a Rebate on property taxes or rent paid in 2010 is June 30, 2011. 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. In addition the Center has a room full of 11 state-of-the-art exercise machines that are available for member use during regular hours which are Monday 9 to 11 am and 7 to 9 pm and on Tuesday thru Thursday from 9 am to 3 pm. 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 and beginners computer classes. 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 issued over 750 membership cards. 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.

The Jackson-East Taylor Sewer Authority would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Barry Casella of East Taylor Township for serving on the Authority Board for the past six years. JETSA wishes Mr. Casella all the best in his future endeavors. JETSA would also like to welcome Mr. Daniel Yahnert of East Taylor Township to the Authority Board. Mr. Yahnert presently works for Highland Sewer and Water and will bring his knowledge of wastewater collections systems along with him. Mr. Yahnert is also a Certified Wastewater Collection System Operator which is an asset to the Authority Board and community. JETSA looks forward to working with Mr. Yahnert. Letters were sent on January 1, 2011 to all the residents and business owners in Jackson and East Taylor Township, who are tapped into the original sanitary sewer system that was started in 1995 and completed in 1998, regarding having their sewer service line pressure tested by December 31, 2011. Each home and / or business must pressure test their entire service lateral from the viewport to under slab and to all drains that are connected into JETSA's main lines. Service laterals must be tested to be consistent with JETSA's Rules and Regulations for pressure testing. Once you or your contractor airs up the service lateral, please call the JETSA maintenance crew for an inspection so that they can verify the test and complete the necessary paper work. This pressure test does not include the newly added Cherrywood / Brazil Lane sanitary sewer system that was completed the beginning of 2009. These residents have already air tested their sewer service line when it was installed less than two years ago and does not need to be retested at this time. Johnstown Regional Sewage has already installed two flow meters on JETSA's main sewer lines flowing into the City and knows that there are inflow and infiltration problems. The JETSA maintenance crew has found a few illegal sump pumps that are discharging fresh water into the sanitary sewer system and they are considered illegal and in violation of the Township Ordinance. A number of residents have already pressure tested their service line and some have passed and some have failed. JETSA would like to thank those customers, who have already tested their service line, for their prompt response and to thank all our customers for their cooperation in this important matter. Improvements such as these will make for a better community in which to live for our generation and future generations to come.

With the spring and summer seasons upon us, the Jackson Twp. Water Authority would like to stress the issue of water conservation. Here are some great water saving tips for outside the home:

Water Saving Tips Outside the Home
1. Use a broom, not a hose, to clean driveways, steps and sidewalks.
2. Wash the car with water from a bucket. If a hose is used, control the flow with an automatic shut off nozzle.
3. Water the lawn only when needed. If grass does not spring back after walking on it, it probably needs water.
4. Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day. Do not water on windy days.
5. Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only. Do not water the street or sidewalk.
6. Use soaker hoses and trickle irrigation systems to reduce the amount of water used for irrigation by 20 to 50 percent.
7. Use mulch around shrubs and garden plants to reduce evaporation from the soil surface and cut down on weed growth.
8. In landscaping, use native plants that require less care and water than ornamental varieties.
9. Cover the swimming pool to prevent evaporation.
10. Adjust the lawn mower to a higher setting to provide natural ground shade and to promote water retention by the soil.

In other news, the Water Authority is asking that customers who have planned a plumbing project to notify the Water Authority 1 to 2 days beforehand if they need water turned off or on in order that they can schedule accordingly. The Water Authority is still working on changing out old meters. They are currently sending out letters to properties that are in need of an updated meter and asking those customers to notify them for an appointment. JTWA only has approximately 300 properties left that need changed to the new meters.

The Chickaree Ridge Runners Snowmobile Recreation & Rescue Club would like to thank everyone who donated to and participated in their Benefit Poker Run held on February 13, 2011. The Club raised approximately $1,600 and donated $100 each to the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department, Jackson Township Ambulance Service, Jackson Township Police Department, Jackson Heritage Festival and $1,200 to the families in Vintondale whose house burned on February 4th leaving 11 people homeless. The club also sponsors a free Safety Course each year for students ages 10-15 who are required to complete this course if they plan on riding a snowmobile on property not owned by their parent or guardian, this is usually held at the end of November. The club is open to the public and it costs $10 for an individual or $15 for a family membership per year. You donít have to be a snowmobiler to join either. We are happy to welcome new members into our club. For more information call (814) 749-9931 or go to www.chickareeridgerunners.com

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. The Jackson Township Police Department 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.

Jackson Township Mun. Bldg. 749-0725
Jackson Township Fire Company 322-3155
Jackson Township Police Dept. 749-0051
Jackson Township Senior Center 322-3327
Jackson - East Taylor Sewer Auth. 322-3444
Jackson Township Water Authority 322-1262
Paulette Baker, Tax Collector 322-1863
George Burkey, Zoning Officer 322-4709

Here is an article from the Nanty Glo Journal, May 22, 1924.

Wm. Penn Highway Was Ancient Trail
(Nanty Glo Near Most Direct East and West Route Across State

The route of the William Penn Highway was recently established cast from Hollidaysburg through Geesytown, Water Street and Huntingdon, cutting out Altoona and Tyrone. As now routed, the William Penn Highway begins at Easton and extends via Allentown, Reading, Lebanon, Harrisburg, Clarks Ferry Bridge, Lewistown, Reedsville, Huntingdon, Water Street, Geesytown, Hollidaysburg, Cresson, Ebensburg, Blairsville to Pittsburgh. The route followed by the William Penn Highway through this section was originally a buffalo trail, it is claimed, when those noble animals once thronged Pennsylvania. Later it was used by the Indians as a through trail, and then became the Pennsylvania Pike and was the main stage road between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. It is the most direct east and west route through the State and has been an established highway since an early day.  The scenery from Water Street to Hollidaysburg and up the mountain to Cresson cannot be surpassed anywhere in the State, motorist say, who drive this route. The originator of the William Penn Highway was William Park of Pittsburgh, who when staying at Ebensburg, drew a plan of the road, by way of Ebensburg, Cresson, Hollidaysburg, Yellow Springs and Huntingdon, which was adopted by the William Penn Highway Association, a volunteer organization.  In laying out the route the association originally sent the William Penn Highway from Mundy's Corner twelve miles south, and then thirteen miles northwesterly to Armagh instead of the twelve miles direct from Mundy's to Armagh. The direct route is paved from Mundy's to the Indiana County line, and it is announced that the unpaved portions from that point on to Blairsville will be under contract before August 1st. When completed it will greatly shorten the distance form Nanty Glo to Pittsburgh, and will be one of the most traveled roads in the East.

~Whoís New Around the Township
We would like to welcome those who have been recently elected, appointed or hired by Jackson Township. We welcome Tracey Heeney who accepted a term to serve on the Jackson Township Recreation Commission. Tracey is already very involved in local sports and youth groups. Tracey stepped into the position left vacant by Regina Barr. We thank Regina for her service and dedication to the community!

~Phase II Planning Nearing Completion
Jackson Township in cooperation with Cambria Township and Ebensburg Borough as part of the Central Cambria Coalition is nearing the completion of the Phase II Planning Project. This project was made possible with a grant from the DCED (Dept. of Community & Economic Development). Richard C. Sutter and Associates of Hollidaysburg was hired as the planning consultant. The project included updating each municipalities Zoning Ordinance and Map, Subdivision Ordinance and becoming more coordinated with neighboring communities. The updating of the zoning map will make it parcel specific. This task was made possible since Cambria County has computerized mapping (GIS) available. In addition, all ordinances will be up-to-date with the Municipal Planning Code. The Zoning Ordinance & Map update should be completed in May. A final step of amending the Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan will take place as well.

~Lions Club to Host Penny Cake Social
The Jackson Township Lions Club will be hosting their annual Penny Cake Social on Sunday, May 1st at St. John Vianney Church Hall in Mundys Corner. Doors open at 12:30 pm and prize drawings begin at 2:00 pm. A door donation of .50 cents is requested. Everyone attending will receive a free piece of cake and beverage. The Penny Cake Social is one of the largest fundraisers for the Lions Club during the year and they would greatly appreciate your support! For more information, please call Dave Perry (President) or Betty Perry (Secretary) at 322-0938 or Betty Lou Shoup (Treasurer) at 322-1678.

~Hazardous Waste Recycling Event Set
The Cambria County Solid Waste Authority will once again sponsor a Household Hazardous Waste Event. In the past, hundreds have attended this one-day collection event, making it extremely popular and a very necessary collection to hold. This year the event will be held at the same location as yearís prior - in the parking lot of Concurrent Technologies Corporationís ETF Building located just off Elton Road on Industrial Park Drive past the Richland Towne Center in Richland Township. The event will take place on Saturday, May 21st from 9 am to 1 pm. Cost for materials is $2 per gallon, and partial containers will be estimated and "combined" to give you a fair price for disposal. This yearís event is sponsored by the Cambria County Solid Waste Authority, the Southwest PA HHW Task Force, Concurrent Technologies Corporation and UPMC. Materials that are typically accepted are aerosol cans, Automotive Fluids (motor oil, transmission fluid, antifreeze, kerosene, brake fluid, gasoline), Batteries, Chemistry Sets, Cleaners (ammonia, drain openers, acid cleaners, oven cleaners), Mercury (thermometers, thermostats, elemental mercury), Adhesives, Solvents, Paint Products (latex, oil-based, alkyd based, arts / crafts chemicals, reset preservatives, creosote, sealers, paint thinners, furniture strippers), Pesticides / Garden Chemicals (pesticides, insecticides, herbicides, mothballs, fertilizer), Photo Chemicals, Pool Chemicals. For additional information or any questions you may have, call the Cambria County Solid Waste Authority at 472-2109 or visit

~Open Burning Laws In PA
Many people often wonder what they can or canít burn in Pennsylvania. Burning is permitted if the waste is the result of normal household occupancy. Items that you are not permitted to burn include demolition waste, home insulation, shingles, treated wood, paint, painted or stained objects, furniture, tires, box springs, metal insulating rubber coating on copper wire, old television sets, appliances, automobiles, automotive parts and batteries. All of the items mentioned must be disposed of according to solid-waste regulations. Also, the Pennsylvania State Burning Laws prohibit any commercial establishments from burning refuse of any kind.  The PaDEP encourages everyone to be considerate of your neighbors by not allowing smoke, embers or ash to travel onto others properties. Jackson Township also has many options for recycling various materials and residents are encouraged to take advantage of those opportunities. Everyone also needs to pay attention to weather conditions and not to burn when itís extremely dry or windy. In the fall, this is particularly dangerous as there are lots of dry leaves on the ground and one flaming ember could set a forest on fire. For additional information on open burning laws in Pennsylvania you can go to the following website: www.dep.state.pa.us and click on "open burning". You may also call the DEPís Bureau of Air Quality at (717) 787-9702 and request copies of this information.

~Luther P. Miller Awarded Fuel Bid
The Board of Supervisors at their March 31st Meeting 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. The bid submitted was the same rate of .20 cents per gallon over the OPIS Rate so there will be no increase other than the varying cost of gasoline. OPIS stands for Oil Price Information System and is the world's most widely accepted fuel price benchmark.

~2010 Census Figures Released
Although detailed information on the 2010 Census has not yet been made available, the overall population figures of communities in Pennsylvania as been released. For Jackson Township, the population based on the 2010 Census figures came in at 4,392, down from 4,925 in 2000 or a loss of 533 residents. This could be attributed to more single occupied homes, people moving away for employment and families having less children or at a later age. In Cambria County very few communities gained in population. The same story held true for Somerset County and in western Pennsylvania as a whole. Only 3 counties on this side of the State gained in population. Most of Pennsylvania's population gains were made east of Harrisburg. Despite a net loss of residents over the last 10 years, Jackson Township still remains the 6th largest community in Cambria County out of 63 municipalities. There are many reasons to be hopeful for future growth. Jackson Township has a great location accessible to several major highways, excellent school district, many new houses being built, new sewer and water lines being constructed, outstanding police and fire protection, low taxes, premier park and recreation facilities and a business park in the planning stages.

~Dog Gone?
Just a friendly reminder that if your dog is missing, please check with the Jackson Township Police Department by stopping in or calling 749-0051 first. Jackson Police are in charge of dog complaints and if a loose dog is reported and there is no way of identifying its owner, the dog will be brought back to the Township and housed temporarily. If noone contacts the Police about a missing dog, it will then be taken to the Humane Society in Johnstown by one of the Officers.

~Barnes Saly Completes 2010 Twp. Audit
Barnes, Saly & Company presented the 2010 Jackson Township Audit to the Board of Supervisors at their March 31st meeting. Corina Long, CPA said the Audit resulted in a clean opinion on the financial statements with no major findings. This was the 9th consecutive year that Barnes Saly as performed the Audit for Jackson Township.

~Jackson Twp. on Facebook
Jackson Township is now on Facebook! One group that was formed last fall has nearly 500 members with more joining every week. The Group is for those who live or have lived in Jackson Township and is open to anyone who fits that description. Many have joined from all over the United States who grew up here or at one time or another have called Jackson Township "home". There are lots of photos posted on the site and many people are writing nostalgic memories of their time living or growing up in Jackson Township. To find or join the group go to www.facebook.com and then search for the group name "Those Who Live or Have Lived in Jackson Township, Cambria County, PA". In addition, there is now a Facebook Page for Jackson Township. This page is being used to promote important news or events and activities in Jackson Township and has nearly 500 fans. Anyone is welcome to join this page whether they reside in Jackson Township or not, so feel free to invite your family, friends and co-workers. Other pages on Facebook include the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department, Jackson Township Police Department and the newest page, Jackson-Township Historical-Preservation. Other pages have also been developed for many local schools, fire companies, churches, organizations and businesses.

~Crime and Vandalism
Jackson Township is a relatively safe place to live but no community is immune to crime. This is a reminder to keep a watch over your neighborhood and your neighbors in general. If you see anything suspicious, be sure to contact the Jackson Township Police Department at 749-0051. If no officer is at the Police Station you will be referred to the Cambria County 911 Non Emergency Line and they can have the officer on duty contact you.

~Free 911 House Numbers Available
The Jackson Township Supervisors in a cooperative effort of the Police Department & Fire Company want every home and business in the Township to have their 911 address number prominently displayed. In times of emergency, every minute is critical and it is important that emergency personnel be able to find you. If your house is not numbered, please stop at the Township Building at 513 Pike Road and we have free numbers we can give you. The Township also has mounting plates available if you need one. Numbers are available in black or white. If you are not able to stop by the Township Building between 8 AM & 4 PM, leave a phone message at 749-0725 with your name, address and telephone number where you can be reached in order that we can get the numbers to you.

~Want to Schedule An Event At A Jackson Park?
If you are interested in reserving a pavilion for a family get-together, party or event, please contact the Jackson Township Municipal Building at 749-0725 to make a reservation. A pavilion is available at Mitchell, Leidy & Veterans Park. Other recreation facilities that can be reserved depending upon availability include baseball fields at Mitchell & Leidy and Volleyball Courts at Leidy.

~Tire Recycling Available
The Laurel Highlands Landfill offers recycling. Tires can also be put in a recycling bin for a minimal cost of $2.00 per normal-sized vehicle tire. This does not apply to any commercial establishments

~Need to Sign Up For New Garbage Service? - Jackson Townshipís garbage contract provides for unlimited curbside garbage pick-up as well as any large items you have to dispose of with a few exceptions (i.e. - hazardous items, Freon, tires, etc.) If you are interested in signing up for garbage service you need to call 1-800-677-4884. The cost for 2010 is $39.74 per quarter.

Jackson Township has a valuable source of information to help keep you informed. If you havenít checked out the Township Website, please feel free to visit www.jacksontwppa.com The website is constantly updated with new information. As always, you can read the monthly approved minutes of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, East Taylor -Jackson Sewer Authority and Jackson Township Water 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 George Burkey, Zoning Officer at 322-4709. 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. Just a reminder that all contractors performing home remodeling must now be registered with the State of Pennsylvania. This new law was enacted in 2010 for the protection of residents from irreputable contractors and home remodeling / repair scams. Also if you are planning to pave or alter your driveway, a driveway permit is required. Roadmasters Bruce Baker, John Wallet & Mark Westrick 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.