JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS

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Fall, 2006

JACKSON COMPREHENSIVE PLAN ADOPTED
The Jackson Township Board of Supervisors adopted a new Comprehensive Plan at the September 28th meeting after nearly two years of development, public meetings, surveys and interviews. Richard C. Sutter & Associates, Comprehensive Community Planners located in Hollidaysburg, PA were contracted to work and consult with the Jackson Township Planning Commission in putting together the long-awaited plan . Sutter was obtained by recommendation of the Lehman Engineers who was appointed by the Township for any engineering work. Jackson previously had a Comprehensive Plan but the last time it was updated was in 1991 making it about 15 years old. Much has changed in Jackson Township in the last 15 years making the previous plan badly out-dated. Factors taken into consideration include housing, utilities, transportation, physiography, economics, recreation, agricultural, police & fire protection, population, historical, cultural, solid waste and a host of other considerations. The importance of the Comprehensive Plan cannot be under estimated. The plan is a blueprint for the future. Although it explores the past (history) and addresses the present, it more importantly gives direction for the future. The potential for growth in Jackson Township is great and how that growth occurs is of critical importance. Issues addressed by Jackson in recent years include windmills, coal bed and methane gas drilling, new sewer and water projects, park development, zoning, land subdivision, landfill gas conversion, State Building Code, economic development, street light program, communications and many others. Signs also abound in neighboring municipalities of future growth. One only has to look up Rt. 22 to neighboring Cambria Township. The Industrial Park continues to expand and Gamesa just opened up a new windmill blade manufacturing plant which could create up to 400 new jobs when fully operational. New housing developments are springing up and a new shopping center and restaurants are proposed. With more jobs and business activity, traffic is continually increasing on Rt. 22. The last PennDOT traffic figures for Rt. 22 in Jackson Township was estimated at 17,000 vehicles per day. To the south of Jackson, the Greater Johnstown area continues to rebound with jobs increasing steadily, new commercial and residential development and even a proposed Tech Park downtown that is estimated to create 1500 new jobs. What happens in neighboring municipalities affects us. This is one reason Jackson has teamed up with Cambria Township & Ebensburg Borough to form the Central Cambria Coalition. One of the projects underway is a Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan comprised of the three municipalities. Some of the common interests include sharing the same school district, Central Cambria as well as the Route 22 corridor. The recently constructed Salt Lick - Ebensburg water line crosses Jackson Township and then through Cambria Township. New joint ventures may be possible such as equipment sharing, a regional police force, new sewer and water lines and cross promotion of recreational activities and events. Prior to the Coalition, Jackson already had formed a Sewer Authority with neighboring East Taylor Township. No one can say what the future holds for Jackson Township but the Comprehensive Plan certainly can guide us into the future. The plan should be reviewed on a regular basis as the world around us is constantly changing and new issues and opportunities will arise that have not been previously addressed or maybe even thought of. The Comprehensive Plan should help Jackson meet those issues and opportunities as they arise.

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INFORMATION NEED UPDATED?
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.
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HALLOWEEN PARADE SET
The Jackson Township Fire Company will hold itís annual Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 29, 2006 at 2:00 pm. The lineup will be at the intersection of Rose Branch Street & Griffith Avenue beginning at 1:00 pm. Prizes will be awarded to parade participants in various categories. Treat tickets can be obtained at the Fire Hall prior to the parade or by calling 322-3155. For additional information, contact Brian Alexander at 322-0809.

SR. CENTER TO HOST VETERANS DAY CEREMONY
The Jackson Township Senior Center will host their 4th annual Veterans Day ceremony on Saturday, November 11, 2006, Veterans Day at 11:00 am. The ceremony will take place at Veterans Park in front of the Veterans Monument / Memorial. There will be a special guest speaker representing the armed forces and several dignitaries. Menoher VFW Post 155 will also participate with their Honor Rifle Team. Others expected to participate will be Jackson Township Troop 204 Boy Scouts, Frank Singel, Betty Lybarger and a member representing the local clergy. Most importantly, youíre invited to attend to honor those who have served over the years.

NEIGHBORHOOD CRIME WATCH MEETING
Thurs., Oct. 19, 2006, 7:00 PM
Jackson Twp. Senior Center
200 Adams Avenue, Vinco

GUEST SPEAKERS
Chief Robert Fatula, Jackson Twp.
Chief Craig Foust, City of Johnstown
Johnstown Neighborhood Crime Watch Leaders
McGruff, The Crime Dog

Learn how to help keep your neighborhood safe

NEIGHBORHOOD ORGANIZES CRIME WATCH INITIATIVE
Two local families have recently organized the first neighborhood crime watch program in Jackson Township. The Mumau and Harris families came up with the idea that quickly gained support in their neighborhood. The Board of Supervisors approved the Crime Watch initiative at their August 31st meeting as an outreach of the Jackson Township Police Department. Signs have been placed in the neighborhood which encompasses Broadwing, Chaser, Niagara, Smith and Snably Streets in the Mundys Corner area. Also a meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 19 at 7:00 pm at the Jackson Township Senior Center. The meeting will be hosted by Chief Bob Fatula, Jackson Township Police Chief and Chief Craig Foust of Johnstown who will also bring a neighborhood crime watch leader. Johnstown has had a successful crime watch program in place for several years. Also attending will be McGruff, the Crime Dog. The discussion will include what to look for in your neighborhood. One concern that affects everyone is that of growing drug use. No neighborhood or community is immune to this problem. According to Chief Fatula, more sets of eyes are always a good thing when it comes to crime.

ORDINANCES ADDRESS EVER CHANGING CONCERNS
Two ordinances were recently passed by the Jackson Township Supervisors that address new issues and concerns. The world around us is constantly changing and laws and ordinances must address new items that werenít even thought of before. One of the new concerns in this region that affects many municipalities is windmills. Many townships in the region have already passed windmill ordinances including neighboring Cambria and West Taylor Townships. Jackson passed the same ordinance that those two neighboring municipalities have in place. Ordinance # 140 provides for setbacks of 2500 feet from the nearest occupied residence. Windmills can range up to 250 feet or more in height. When the windmill blade is in the top position it can be as high as 400 feet. Although providing clean energy, there are many issues associated with windmills including towering over the ridges as high as city skyscrapers, noise, protection of wildlife and ice being thrown off blades. Several companies have already expressed an interest in erecting windmills in Jackson Township. Another issue involves regulating surface and land development associated with oil and gas drilling operations and providing penalties for violation of same. Jackson Township contains vast areas of farms and other land that could be subject to future development. Many of these lands are subject to drilling operations conducted by oil and gas companies or other persons attempting to extract oil, gas and related products from their sub-strata. These drilling operations require the construction of access roads and oil and / or gas transportation lines which impact the surface of the land. Often this is done without the permission of the property owner. Ordinance # 141 provides protection to the property owners requiring various written permissions, maps and testing. Cambria Township passed a similar ordinance earlier this year.

JUNK VEHICLE REMOVAL
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.

ROAD PROJECTS COMPLETED
The Jackson Township paving and seal-coating road projects are completed for year 2006. The only road that was paved this year was Whitetail Road. The paving of Whitetail was long overdue but was delayed until it could be determined what PennDOT was doing along the Route 22 corridor. Pennzoil Drive was also scheduled to be paved by JARI through a grant obtained from Sen. John Wozniak but time was not adequate for all the required paperwork associated with the grant so that road will now be paved in Spring of 2007. The Jackson Township Road Department did the preparation work and Grannas Brothers did the actual paving. Roads that were seal-coated (tar & chipped) include Ogden Street from US Route 22 to end, Adams Avenue from Ogden Street to Kagey Street, Newcomer Road from Adams Avenue to Ogden Street, Rohrbaugh Road from Stagers Road to Township line and Stagers Road from Ogden Street to Township line. Once again, the Jackson Road Department did the preparation work while New Enterprise did the seal-coating. Jackson also did other maintenance work including drainage, berm and shoulder work and line striping. The road projects are part of an ongoing plan to maintain all Township roads and insure that they are in the best condition possible for residents to safely use and enjoy.

HERITAGE FESTIVAL DRAWS RECORD CROWDS
The 3rd Annual Jackson Heritage Festival was quite successful drawing record crowds over the 3 days of activities. The Under 21 Concert drew several hundred youth to hear the five band line-up. Special thanks to Wade James for coordinating the bands for this years event. Many favorable comments were received on this years pedistrian-friendly festival layout. Also by having the entertainment tents in the Senior Center parking lot, the music could be heard throughout Veterans Park. This year was also a first for hosting a fireworks display. John Bahorik coordinated the display which drew rave reviews and lasted nearly 25 minutes. Another first was a Community Church Service which was coordinated by John Lythgoe. Darryl "Doc" Dawson of New Day Inc. was the speaker and the Masters provided inspirational music.  Plans are already underway for a bigger and better 4th annual Heritage Festival next year. The Festival is a great opportunity for family, friends and neighbors to get together for a weekend of fun, food and entertainment. Many people from outside the area attended as well. Vendors and even bands were complimenting this year's Festival. This year, two stages were used allowing one band to set up while another was performing. The Polka Family Band who travels year round said the elevated stage was the best they've ever played on at a festival or outdoor event. The stage was donated by Dave Shoemaker and Construction Equipment Services Inc.

We would like to thank all those who participated or helped in anyway to make the festival a huge success! Those who deserve special thanks include:
CHILDRENS CRAFTS: Cambria County Community Arts Center, Kathy Bortz, Kathy Spaid
CHILDRENS GAMES:
Jackson Troop 204 Boy Scouts
FIREWORKS: John Bahorik, Sara Jane Leckey
GARBAGE DISPOSAL: Waste Management
HAYRIDES: A. J. Devlin
HOT OIL DISPOSAL: Valley Protein
PARKING: Bob Albright, Mick Bezek, Dave Hagerich, Paul Hagerich, Jackson Twp. Fire Police, Mercik's Ideal Market, Eric Reitler, Tom Wray
SIGNS: Cooper Signs
SPONSORS: Waste Management, Amfire Mining, Atlantic Broadband, Dolans Welding & Steel Fabricating, Martin Oil, Sheetz, Westsylvania, Conemaugh Health Systems, Mercik's Ideal Market, Naugle Insurance, Rose Excavating, Barnes Saly & Co., Cooper Signs, Hagerich Auto Sales, Laurel Sand & Stone, P. Joseph Lehman Engineers, Warren Oil Company, Wix-Pix Productions
STAGE: Construction Equipment Services Inc.
TRACTOR DISPLAY: Dulashaw Farm & Home Center
TRIBUNE-DEMOCRAT ADVERTISING: Amfire Mining, BCI Flooring, Cooper Signs, Direct Value Outlet, Gilkey Pools, Kaschalk & Sons Construction, Lorrco Steeler Shop, Martin Marine, Orange Blossom Restaurant, Park Hill Drugs, Pit Stop 271, P. Joseph Lehman Engineers, Tire Outlet, Tops It Off, Vantage Physical Therapy, Vinco Pharmacy, Vinco Pizza, Waste Management, Wix-Pix Productions
UNDER 21 DANCE: Cathy Bortz, Wade James, Betty & Dave Perry
UTILITY VEHICLE: Martin Marine

OTHER VOLUNTEERS: Bob Albright, Cathy Bortz, Donna Davis, Teri & Tim Davis, Beth Fetzer, Connie & Rick Fetzer, Aaron Henry, Corey Henry, Keith Henry, Jackson Twp. Heritage Festival Committee, Jackson Twp. Recreation Commission, Jackson Twp. Road Department, Jackson Twp. Supervisors, Jackson Twp. Volunteer Fire Company, Sarah Marcinko, Andy Meyers, Gina & Dave Mumau, Shannan Mumau, Betty & Dave Perry, Betty Lou Shoup, Al Slippy, Kathy Spaid, Ronna Tracey, Tom Wray

Without the support of the business community, local churches and organizations and volunteers, this would not have been possible. If you didn't get to attend this year, make sure you do next year. . . you missed a great time right in your own back yard and an event that you can be proud to invite those from outside Jackson Township to. It takes many volunteers to pull off a successful event. If you would like to help with the 2007 Heritage Festival, please contact Dave Hirko at 749-0725.

VETERANS PARK LIGHTING PROJECT NEARS COMPLETION
After several years of planning, the Veterans Park Lighting Project was put out for bid. The low bid received came from Schultheis Electric of Latrobe at $127,839.60. A DCED grant was received earlier this year for $45,000 from State Rep. Tom Yewcic. An additional grant has been applied for in the current round of State grant funding. Any project over $25,000 has to be bid at prevailing wage rates. A change order of $22,998. was also issued for items that werenít anticipated in the original bid. One of the more important items was to have concrete bases for the light posts rather than have them directly embedded in the ground. Other items added were the lighting of the Senior Center, Fire Company and Veterans Park signs. A 100 amp exterior panel box will also be built on the parking lot island where this yearís stage was built for the Heritage Festival. The purpose is to eliminate wires stretching across the parking lot. Also 2" conduit was placed around the walking track for future low voltage wiring such as sound or cable wire. A 125 amp sub-panel proposed for the storage shed was increased to 200 amp to have the adequate power supply necessary. The changes were reviewed by Lehman Engineers, Bill Barbin and Al Slippy and are items that would make sense to do while the contractor is working in the park and parking lot areas.  The completed project includes decorative post lights around the park walking track and sidewalks. There are also additional outlets placed near the light posts. Lighting will also be installed at the Senior Center parking lot. Some of the lights may not be installed until the beginning of December due to vendor delays. Veterans Park already is host to many events including the Heritage Festival, Memorial Day Service, Veterans Day Service, Cambria County Senior Games Horseshoe Tournament and can be utilized by the nearby Senior Center and Fire Company for events as needed. The Recreation Commission is currently working to schedule concerts at the Park which serves as a focal point of the Community. The Recreation Commission is also looking at putting up Christmas lights in the trees around the walking track and hosting a holiday event that will include carolers, sleigh rides, train display, refreshments and of course Santa, complete with photographs.

VETERANS MONUMENT ADDITION
Itís hard to believe the Jackson Township Veterans Monument / Memorial has only been in place for one year and is filled to capacity! The monument was designed to hold 1006 names when first conceived and it was thought that it would take many years before all the space would be taken up with names. Originally it was thought there would be 300-500 names. Little did anyone know just how many veterans have served from Jackson Township over the years. The Recreation Commission faced with a dilemma of running out of room with 1,014 verified names proceeded to explore expansion possibilities. Two additional monument stones, one on each side of the original one were set. Each one will hold an additional 410 names giving a capacity for 820 more names which should take us well into the future. Each stone has an American flag emblem on each end and a golden eagle on the top to coordinate with the stone already in place. Quotes were received and Wyse Memorials was the lowest. Additional decorative bricks will be added around the two stones to match the walkway in front of the monument. Since the monuments original conception, word of mouth has spread quickly and applications from throughout the United States were sent in from former Jackson Township residents. The requirements to have a name on the monument are: You must currently reside or at some time resided in Jackson Township. The other requirement is that you must have an honorable discharge from a branch of the military. Reservists also qualify if they complete a full term in the National Guard or serve in active duty. If you know of someone who served in the military from Jackson Township, applications are available at the Municipal Building, Senior Center, Sewer Authority, Water Authority or online at www.jacksontwppa.com . Any names verified before Veterans Day may be added. The Senior Center is planning a Veterans Day Ceremony to be held at 11:00 am at Veterans Park. Please plan to attend and show your support to honor all those who served from Jackson Township.

OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
Jackson Township welcomes anyone interested in serving on a Authority, Board or Commission to submit a letter of interest in the event that any openings should occur. 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. Authorities include the Sewer Authority and Water Authority. Commissions include Planning & Recreation. There is also the Zoning Hearing Board. All letters should be mailed to Jackson Township Supervisors, 513 Pike Road, Johnstown, PA 15909.

POLICE REPORT
Submitted by Police Chief, Bob Fatula
May, 2006 - August, 2006

911 Calls Dispatched to Police: 1,487

Reportable incidents: 185
Theft-63
Criminal Mischief-21
Harassment-13
DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-12
Receiving Stolen Property-11
Identity Theft-10
Disorderly Conduct-8
Assault-7
Terroristic Threats-5
Burglary-4
Drugs-4
Vehicle Theft-4
Forgery-3
Criminal Conspiracy-2
Reckless Endangerment-2
Resisting Arrest-2
Under Age Drinking-2
Armed Robbery-1
Attempted Theft-1
Carrying Gun Without a Permit-1
Endangering Welfare of Children-1
False I.D. to Police-1
Indecent Exposure-1
Protection from Abuse Violation-1
Public Drunkenness-1
Receiving Stolen Property-1
Scattering Rubbish-1
Terroristic Threats-1
Trespassing-1

Total Accidents Handled: 30
Non-Traffic Citations Issued: 29
Traffic Citations Issued: 88

Criminal Charges Filed: 110
Theft-28
DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-12
Receiving Stolen Property-12
Identity Theft-10
Disorderly Conduct-8
Harassment-4
Terroristic Threats-4
Assault-3
Drugs-3
Forgery-3
Armed Robbery-2
Assault-2
Criminal Conspiracy-2
Criminal Mischief-2
Resisting Arrest-2
Scattering Rubbish-2
Trespassing-2
Under Age Drinking-2
Carrying Gun Without a Permit-1
Endangering Welfare of Children-1
False I.D. to Police-1
Protection from Abuse Violation-1
Public Drunkenness-1
Reckless Endangerment-1
Vehicle Theft-1

ROUTE 22 PROJECT UPDATE
After a long period of being in a heavy construction phase, the Route 22 Project is progressing rapidly and is several months ahead of schedule due to mild weather. The project, worth $31.5 million began in February of 2004 and includes demolition of 30 structures - mostly houses, widening the two lane State route to four lanes, including an eastbound truck-climbing lane. In addition, a two-span pre-stressed concrete I-beam bridge was placed as well as a precast concrete box culvert. Interchange lighting is currently under way at Route 271 and Dishong Mountain Road. The project also includes a weather station, waterline relocation, new drainage, pavement markings, signage and guide rails.  During the project, New Enterprise is expected to excavate approximately 1,230,492 cubic yards of dirt. According to Tom Helsel, PennDOT Project Manager, there has been more cutting than filling on this project and estimated that an additional $200,000. in funds has been needed to pay for undercuts due to saturated clay. Extra money allocated to the project was spent on undercuts for subgrade stabilization, repair of existing Route 22 pavement due to deterioration, and the addition of dynamic message signing / closed-circuit television cameras to the project. These were the three major items added to the project. An additional $500,000. in additional funds has been released by the State since the beginning of the project The current weather station will be relocated 328 feet west on Route 22 near Dishong Mountain Road due to road widening on existing Route 22. The new weather station will measure wind speed, air temperature and sub-surface temperature. It also can sense liquid on the road and chemicals such as calcium and salt. The new station will be equipped with closed-circuit TV cameras that periodically take photos throughout the day. Recently Fords Corner Road & Whitetail Roads were given access onto the new highway. This was a major milestone and eliminated lengthy detours for residents while they had access shut off. To enhance the safety of the intersection, a flashing blinker light was installed. Also by the end of this year, the Chickaree Hill / Mile Hill Intersection should also be open. Completion of the project is expected by August, 2007.

FIRE COMPANY NEWS & EVENTS
Jackson Township won the first-place trophy for having the best appearing engine (1995-2000) in the Grand Parade of the 85th Annual Convention of the volunteer Firemenís Association of Cambria County held in Nanty Glo. Jackson also captured first place in the Battle of the Barrel Contest. Members of the team were Brian Alexander, Mark Croft, Cory Ehrhart and Gary Gongloff. Upcoming events include a Gun Raffle on Sunday, October 22nd. Tickets for this event are sold out. The Fire Company will also be sponsoring a Halloween Dance on Saturday, October 28th from 8 pm to ? Details are posted in the recreation events section of this newsletter. A Jewelry Raffle is scheduled for Saturday, November 4th at 5:30 pm. For information on tickets, contact the Jackson Township Fire Hall at 322-3155.  Recipients of the Aaron Rusin Scholarship Fund for 2006 were Jessica Menie and Ben Peacock. Both received $500.00 and were chosen by Central Cambria High School. Jessica Menie participated in Student Council, Peer Tutoring, Mock Trial, Unicef Volunteer, Spirit Committee, National Honor Society, Publicity Committee and Rod & Gun Club Volunteer. Ben Peacock was a Junior Volunteer Firefighter for Dauntless Fire Company, Church Volunteer and participated in Cross Country, Basketball and Track. Fire Prevention Week is scheduled for the second week of October. During this week, members of the Fire company go to local schools and give tips to children on what to do in the event of a fire. For more information on this program, contact Dave Grove at 322-3157.  The Jackson Township Fire Company is currently trying to raise badly needed funds to purchase a new fire truck. Last year one of their trucks, which was 20 years old, overturned while they were answering a call to a fire and the Fire Company decided that putting money back into a vehicle that old was not a good decision. Instead they felt that any money received from insurance would be better put towards a new truck. According to Mark Sloan, Treasurer, they currently have approximately $130,000 in a truck fund. The cost of a new truck is $410,000 so they will be trying to raise an additional $280,000 over the next several years. They have many fundraising events planned but also welcome any business, organization or individual in the Community to make a donation towards the truck. Any and all donations of any size would be greatly appreciated! If you would like to make a contribution, please contact the Fire Company at 322-3155.

CAN YOU HELP? - MISSING PUMP
While answering a call to a fire, a water pump fell off a fire truck near the intersection of Route 271 and Adams Avenue. The cost of the pump was $700 to $1000. and was used to help pump out flooded basements and homes. When the firemen returned from the alarm, they went to pick up the pump but it was gone. If anyone has any information on the missing pump, please contact the Township Office at 749-0725. The Fire Company would like their pump back as it accidentally fell off the truck and was not placed by the road as an item for someone to pick up.

RECREATION PURSUES MORE ACTIVITIES & EVENTS FOR TOWNSHIP RESIDENTS
One of the goals of the Master Recreation Plan is to hold more events and activities for residents of all ages within the Township. This opportunity is now possible through a program called Americorps. Americorps is administered locally by the Pennsylvania Mountain Service Corps., an organization created under Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 in Ebensbug. A position was applied for earlier this year and Jackson received notification that a full time position (1700 hours) was awarded for one year from the end of August, 2006 through August, 2007.  Jackson Townshipís portion of the position amounts to $5200. which amounts to Ĺ of the wages received by the individual. The remainder comes from Americorps funding. In addition, when the individual completes the term, they are also entitled to an educational award of $4,725. Interviews were held for the position from a pool of Americorps applicants and Kelly Lundgren from nearby Colver was chosen. Kelly previously served a full term with Americorps during the 1999-2000 year and worked as an Early Childhood Educational Consultant Assistant. Kelly said "Iím looking forward to working with different people. . .everyone from kids to senior citizens." Kelly will be working with the Recreation Commission on planning and coordinating events and then helping to carry them out. She said, "It sounds like a lot of fun. . .Iím definitely looking forward to it.". The Recreation Commission held a special meeting on August 22nd to discuss and prioritize what events and activities she could begin helping them with for the Fall and Winter months. Among the potential recreation activities, programs and events discussed were: fall festival, Halloween dance, Christmas light-up at Veterans Park, winter festival at Mitchell Park, scouting jamborees at Leidy & Mitchell Parks, walk-a-thons on the walking paths at Leidy & Veterans Parks, youth basketball leagues, three-on-three basketball tournament, ice skating, roller and ice hockey, miniature golf league, movie nights, fitness programs, Christmas lights contest and evening of caroling in the Township. Out of all the ideas proposed, the ones given the highest priority for Kelly to begin working on with the Recreation Commission were: miniature golf league, fall festival and / or Halloween dance, Christmas lights contest, caroling in the Township, winter festival, walk-a-thon, scouting jamborees and movie nights. The Commission members discussed the idea of parterning with private groups and organizations. One example would be working with the Chickaree Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club to hold a winter festival at Mitchell Park. It was also suggested a volunteer pool of Township residents be established. The idea is to match the talents and inclinations of individuals with programs and events that they are interested in supporting.

SENIOR CENTER NEWS
The Jackson Township Senior Center has many upcoming events they would like to highlight. The Priority Care from Conemaugh Health is once again holding a Community Blood Screening will be held on Saturday, October 28th from 7 to 9 am at the Center. It is a complete multiphasic blood screen with lipid profile. Cost is $25.00 and if you want a PSA, itís an additional $35.00. Screenings are sponsored at the Center twice a year. To schedule an appointment, call 322-3327. On Thursday, November 16th at 1:00 pm, Ken Corson will once again come to the center to teach oil painting. Cost is $20.00 and the session lasts about two hours. The cost covers all tools and supplies. The general public is invited to this event. You must call 322-3327 in advance to sign up for this class. Computer training classes are once again being held with instruction done by Bob Barnett. Classes will continue as long as Mr. Barnett is available to come and teach. The Center greatly appreciates Mr. Barnett volunteering to do this and helping our Seniors become computer savvy. Also relating to computers, the Center has two old computers for sale. If you are interested in placing a bid, you can view them at the Center and submit your bid (minimum of $25.00) to the Center. Be sure to include your name, address, phone number, the amount of your bid and the computer you are bidding on and submit it in a sealed envelope. Bids will be opened at the Senior Center Executive Meeting held the 2nd Tuesday in November. The public is invited to submit bids and winners will be notified by phone. Another ongoing event is Movie Matinee at the Center. Every Thursday at 1:00 pm, the Center shows an afternoon movie donated by All The Right Movies. Members take this time to relax and enjoy a current release movie in the air conditioned community room. Several events were held the past few months including the Cambria County Senior Games Horseshoe Tournament. The event held on August 17th had 44 men and women from all over the County entered in the competition. Three individuals from the Jackson Center won medals in the competition. About 100 people attended the event. On August 25th, the Centerís annual Corn Roast was held featuring fresh picked corn from Jackson Township farms. Over 40 members attended to take part in the festivities. In July a Brown Bag Event was held where Seniors brought in their prescriptions in a brown bag. A Pharmacist and Technician from Giant Eagle Pharmacy reviewed the medication with them and discussed what each medication was used for, how to take the medication, possible side effects and what to expect from the medication. If you are a Senior age 55 and older and are looking for employment, you can contact the Senior Employment Service at 536-0691. The program is designed to help Seniors with low income. Also at the Center there are many forms and applications for assistance. Those include Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program, Assistance to pay monthly Medicare Part B Premiums, Food Stamps, PACE & PACENET Prescription Drug Assistance Programs and forms for reduced auto registration fees for Seniors. Information is also available on Healthy Horizons, Medicaid, Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program and personal care and nursing homes in Cambria County.  Since the Center opened on May 10, 1998, they have issued over 648 memberships. The Center has special weekly events for members. Some of the activities offered to members are lunch 3 days a week, parties, bingo, knitting, line dancing, weekly pinochle parties, blood pressure screening, weekly movies on a 60 inch big screen TV, ceramics, computer usage with high speed internet access and an exercise room with 11 state-of-the-art machines available. In addition there are classes held for members on various topics and monthly CamTram bus trips to different shopping areas in Westmoreland, Indiana, Blair, Somerset and Cambria County. The Center relies on volunteers to operate and stay open. Itís a great place to meet and socialize. Membership is only $10.00 per year and you are eligible to be a member if you are age 50 or older. Also if you are interested in helping out at the Center or volunteering in any capacity, please contact Frank Singel, President at 322-3327.

CHICKAREE RIDGE RUNNERS UPCOMING EVENTS
The Chickaree Ridge Runners will be holding Snowmobile & ATV Drag Races on Sunday, November 5th and Sunday, January 14th, 2007 beginning at noon. The races will be held rain or shine. Registration begins at 10:00 am and the kitchen opens at 8:00 am. Classes will be available for everyone. For more information visit their website at www.chickareeridgerunners.com or call 749-9931. Snowmobile Safety Classes will be held on Saturday, November 11th from 8 am to 4 pm for PSSA Region 9. Classes will be held at the Chickaree Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club Clubhouse. The event is sponsored by Martin Marine. Pre-registration is required. Class is limited to 30 students. For more information on the classes or to register you may contact Clint Elias at (724) 349-5369 or Ron Rearick at (724) 354-4395.

SEWER AUTHORITY UPDATE
The Sewer Authority would like to thank the many residents and customers who have commented positively on the "Manhole Flower Pot" that was placed in front of their building and enhanced with beautiful flowers. This "so called" flower pot is an old section of a manhole that was left behind during construction of the main sewer line. Tim Burkey and Brian Daughenbaugh moved this section of manhole from the back lot to the front of the building, painted it and then planted the flowers. The Authority would like to say "thank you" to Tim & Brian for a great idea and a job well done. So much for the old saying, "One manís junk is another manís treasure.".  At the Sewer Authorityís August 10th Board Meeting, it was noted that all necessary permits were signed and fees paid in order that permit applications could be submitted for the Cherrywood / Brazil Lane Extension. The Authority is currently waiting for Permit Application Approval. Once the permits are approved, the Engineer will apply for a Pennvest Loan. The designs for the project are complete and the right-of-way acquisition forms will be coming shortly with the affected property owners being contacted. Keller Engineers is hoping to put the contracts out for bid by the end of this year.

WATER CONSERVATION TIPS
The Jackson Township Authority would like to share the following "water saving" tips with their customers:
~Use water saving plumbing fixtures and appliances.
~Repair dripping faucets.
~Turn the faucet off while brushing your teeth.
~When shaving, use a sink filled with rinse water instead of letting the water flow from the faucet.
~Take short showers instead of baths.
~Do not use the toilet as a trash can.
~Refrigerate water instead of letting a faucet flow until the water is cold enough to drink.
~Turn the faucet off while cleaning vegetables.
~Use a broom, not a hose to clean driveways and sidewalks.
~Wash the car with water from a bucket. If a hose is used, control the flow with an automatic shut off nozzle.
~Water lawn only when needed.
~Replace top loading clothes washer with front loading washer which uses about 30% less water.
~Operate clothes washer and dishwasher only when fully loaded.
~Check for leaks on toilets - A toilet leak can be detected by adding a few drops of food coloring to the water in the toilet tank. If the colored water appears in the bowl, the tank is leaking. A leak inside a toilet can waste up to 200 gallons of water a day.

CENTRAL CAMBRIA COALITION
The Central Cambria Coalition continues to make progress on joint municipal cooperation. The Coalition comprised of Jackson, Cambria Township and Ebensburg Borough has been meeting on a monthly basis to discuss possible items of common interest. Items that are currently being pursued include a Regional Recreation Guide and Map. The map will list all recreation facilities within the Central Cambria School District and have basic contact information for facilities, etc. Municipal Publications of Home, PA has been contracted for the project. Ads from local businesses within the Coalition area are being sought as a way to help pay for the new map. Any business that would be related to recreation in any way would be especially welcomed. The goal is to eventually have an event and activity guide that will list upcoming events for a particular quarter or season (i.e. - Fall / Winter). Many residents donít know just what all is available within the Coalition area. There is everything from hockey to dance to horseshoe tournaments. Another item that is in progress is a Joint-Municipal Comprehensive Plan. The Plan would encompass the entire Coalition area and a proposal has been received from Richard Sutter & Associates. Sutter is applying for a LUPTAP grant and if awarded will be a matching grant. The Supervisors adopted Ordinance # 143 to enter into an Inter-Municipal Agreement in order that work can begin on the Joint-Municipal Comprehensive Plan. Proposals also were solicited to do a study for sewage needs along the Route 22 corridor. Currently sewage only goes to the eastern side of Route 219. Four proposals were received and Keller had the lowest quote and was invited to attend the September Central Cambria Coalition meeting to go over the proposal and address any questions and concerns. The Coalition members agreed to proceed with Keller doing their proposal at a cost of $3,760.00 to be split three ways equally among the municipalities. Another item that is being looked at is the feasibility of a Regional Police Force. Each municipality in the Coalition submitted basic information on their police departments. Dan Penatzer of Ebensburg is compiling 911 statistics and data from the 3 municipalities to see what activity currently exists. Jackson Township and Cambria Townships are pursuing the joint purchase of a Lee Boy Model 8510TE Asphalt Paving Machine from Stephenson Equipment. The Paver is listed on the Pennsylvania COSTARS Purchasing Program meaning we would qualify for the same price that the State of Pennsylvania receives. The cost of the Paver is $107,786. But a Shared Municipal Services Grant was applied for in the amount of $25,000. Jackson & Cambria would then only pay $41,000. each. Both townships expressed an interest in having a paving machine after oil prices have gone up dramatically making it more economical to do your own paving rather than contracting it out. By having the paving machine, it is expected that more paving can be done than previously for the same amount of money. Ebensburg Borough opted not to participate in purchasing a paving machine as their paving is more complicated with curbing, drainage and intersections to deal with.

OTHER JACKSON TWP. NEWS
~Whoís New Around the Township
We would like to welcome those who have been recently appointed or hired by Jackson Township. On the Economic Development Committee, Amy Willett was appointed to fill the position of Kathy Spaid. Amy is an attorney in Altoona and will bring valuable experience to the committee. Walt George was appointed to the Recreation Commission to fill the position of Joe Baxter who recently resigned. Al Slippy also resigned from the Recreation Commission but continues on serving as a volunteer to assist the Commission. Both Joe & Al have made substantial contributions to help develop recreation facilities within the Township and their efforts are very much appreciated! A resignation was also submitted by Jennifer Baxter, Recording Secretary. Kelly Lundren was hired in the Americorps Program to assist the Recreation Commission in planning and carrying out activities, events and programs. Kelly resides in nearby Colver. George Burkey was recently added as a Fire Police with the Jackson Township Fire Company. Although not a new face, Melanie Kline has returned from serving in the Army National Guard in Iraq on a 18 month tour of duty. Melanie works as a full time police officer and we welcome her back! A former Officer, Dan Gonos was hired back on the force for part-time duty. The Supervisors also accepted the resignation of John Higgins from the Police Department.

~Street Lights Approved for Rt. 22 Corridor
The Supervisors approved street lights at two key intersections along the new Route 22 corridor. The lights approved include:
Rt. 22 & Fords Corner Road
Fords Corner Road & Turkey Path Road
Rt. 22 & Pike Road West
Pike Road West & Whitetail Road
Rt. 22 & Chickaree Hill Road
Rt. 22 & Mile Hill Road
Mile Hill Road & Whitetail Road
The lights all fall under REA (Rural Electric) and will be placed in coordination with PennDOT. Although a couple of the lights can be installed on existing poles, most will require new ones to be set.

~Water Ordinance Addresses Properties Changing Hands to New Owners
The Board of Supervisors passed Ordinance # 144 which amends Ordinance # 47 and would require new property owners to tap into the Jackson Township Water System when a property with occupied structures is sold. This would apply to occupied structures within 200 feet of an existing Jackson Township Water Line.

~Recreation Looking at Pavilions for Mitchell
The Supervisors voted to explore the possibility of placing additional pavilions at Mitchell Park by authorizing the Recreation Commission to solicit quotes or bids. Pavilions at a park in Revloc in neighboring Cambria Township are being looked at as a model for Mitchell. The size of the pavilions would be approximately 30' x 60' and could accommodate larger groups for reunions, birthdays, picnics or group events. It is hoped that by having pavilions in place and large groups using them that more people would also use the other park facilities as well. Once cost estimates are obtained, the Recreation Commission will make recommendations to the Supervisors who must approve the project before construction could begin.

~Landfill Gas Project Update
The Landfill Gas Project is up and running. According to Greg Shaffer of Keystone Renewable Energies, the first gas has been sold to Dominion Peoples for distribution to the partners in the project which include Johnstown Wire Technologies, Gautier Steel, JWF Industries and the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority which form a group called Johnstown Regional Energy. A dedication of the Landfill Gas Project was held in late September with State, County and local officials in attendance.

~Dishong Sewer Line Construction Set
Dishong Mountain Road will soon see sewer construction begin to take place. The line extends from the Laurel Highlands Landfill and travels along Dishong Road, through West Taylor Township and ending up at the Dornick Point Sewage Treatment Plant. The 6.5 mile line will have 5 miles available for public use meaning residents can tap in if they so desire. The line is being financed by Waste Management and Johnstown Regional Energy. Being it is a privately financed project, there are no mandatory tap-ins required in Jackson Township but if a household so desires to tap in, they are welcome to do so. The sewer line should open up opportunities if a current sewage system is failing or for possible new homes to be constructed. Kukurin Construction has been named as the contractor for the project.

~Building Code Agency Seeks Changes
The Cambria County Building Codes Agency who administers the State Construction Code for Jackson Township and 29 other municipalities in Cambria County is anticipating some changes for 2007. When the Agency was first established, they contracted out to a 3rd party inspection agency (MDIA) to perform inspections for building permits issued due to funds and the time frame. At a meeting on August 23rd, the Building Codes Agency made their intent known that they are looking to hire their own inspector(s). By having their own inspectors they feel they will be able to provide better service to the citizens and have better control over the inspection process. Any complaints, issues or problems could be resolved more efficiently being that the newly hired inspectors would report directly to the Agency rather than go through a third-party chain-of-command.

~Leisure Village Update
After a court hearing on June 7th before Judge Swope, Bob McKool, owner of Leisure Village had 30 days to resolve 5 major areas including street lighting, drainage/ditches/stormwater, skirting, junk and rubbish and abandoned vehicles. A joint inspection with Mr. McKool, Jackson Township and attorneys representing both parties showed that most of the areas were addressed. Post lights that used to have wires hanging out now had a light shade on instead. Abandoned vehicles were removed and rubbish / junk cleaned up. Although not all areas were resolved entirely, both parties were in agreement that substantial improvements were made in the appearance of Leisure Village. Mr. McKool agreed to address future complaints and issues as they were brought up in order to keep the mobile home park well maintained. Previously the Township had received countless complaints on the appearance and deterioration of Leisure Village. This was especially notable in the residents survey taken for the Comprehensive Plan.
Mail Dispute at Leisure Village
An accident occurred on August 16th where a motorist hit a block wall on the mail building. According to Chuck Hollern, Postmaster of the Johnstown Post Office, they had given Mr. McKool nearly a month to make the repairs to the building but nothing had been done. The Postal Service notified all 115 families that they would stop mail service being that the building was unsafe and that residents would have to pick up mail at the Johnstown Post Office. John Murthaís office was contacted by Township officials to intervene in the situation being that this was a great hardship to the residents. The disruption of mail service due to repairs not being made to the mail building has led to numerous complaints to the Township office as well as drawing the attention of local television stations and newspapers. Mr. McKool has now submitted plans to have a concrete pad poured and a consolidated mailbox unit erected for residents to receive mail. The unit is proposed for an area at Warrior & Balsam Streets.

~Appliance Recycling Set
Pennsylvania Cleanways will be holding itís annual Appliance Recycling Program on Saturday, October 21st in Northern Cambria Borough at the parking lot near Park Avenue Bridge by the football stadium. Cost is $12 for a Freon containing appliance and $6 for a non-Freon containing appliance. For further information you may contact the Cambria County Conservation District at 472-2120.

~Dog Fundraiser Awards New Car
An event held by the group Dogs Deserve Better at Leidy Park to draw attention to chained dogs outside awarded the grand prize, a 2006 new Chevrolet Aveo to Aija Gillman, 18 of Pinckneyville, Illinois. The contest began with 11 contestants from the local area and out of state being chained to doghouses outdoors. After 9 days, the remaining 5 contestants voted to have elimination rounds with 1 contestant being eliminated each day through a game or challenge. Tammy Grimes, founder of Dogs Deserve Better expressed her thanks to the Township for use of Leidy Park. As a gesture of appreciation they donated a new large tent that was purchased for the event to Jackson Township in order that it can be used for future events and activities.

~Leidy Youth Fair a Success
The Cambria County Courts and Judge Gerald Long held a Youth Fair at Leidy Park on August 2nd. The Fair was a success according to Carol Lacey, Coordinator with 38 children attending and many adults. The purpose of the Fair is to make young people aware of the dangers and harmful effects of using drugs & alcohol. The program has been a success for the past ten years with the help of local police, fire and ambulance departments. A previous Youth Fair was already held at Mitchell Park in Vinco on June 7th and was an overwhelming success with over 51 youth attending and 20 adults!

~Mitchell Field Lighting Project
A cost estimate is being submitted by REA (Rural Electric) for the lighting of Mitchell Field # 1. Some old lights were obtained by Joe Baxter from a field in Altoona but each light would have to be tested and additional lights may be required to properly light up the field. REA estimates that 14 lights would be needed to have adequate lighting on the field. The older lights may not all work and parts may not be available to get them in working order. If all the old lights donít work then you could end up with a combination of two different styles of lights. Five utility poles no longer used along the Rt. 22 corridor are also available to use on the Project. REA is evaluating all of the options and will propose a recommendation to the Jackson Township Recreation Commission for review. If the cost exceeds $4000. then the Project must come back before the Board of Supervisors.

~Supervisors Add 2nd Monthly Meeting
The Board of Supervisors voted at their July meeting to hold a second meeting each month. The new second meeting will be held on the second Thursday of each month at 8:00 am at the Municipal Building. The purpose of this second meeting is to have a time where the Supervisors can act on items that canít wait until the end of the month. Also by having a second regularly scheduled meeting it will eliminate the need for advertising special meetings in between the regular monthly meetings. The great majority of Township business will still occur at the end of month Board meeting which is held the last Thursday of each month.

~Residents Petition Supervisors to Adopt Pinelock Street & Pudliner Lane
The Board of Supervisors at their September 28th meeting approved Ordinance # 146 which would ordain Pinelock Street as a public road in Jackson Township. Several years ago, residents submitted an application to the Township to explore whether Pinelock Street would qualify. A study was done by Lehman Engineers and the residents of Pinelock Street made improvements to the road as suggested by the report. Residents of Pudliner Lane also have been working making their street a public road as well. Like the residents along Pinelock Street, procedures were followed and improvements made as recommended by Lehman Engineers. Residents petitioned the Supervisors at their September 28th meeting and the Board authorized Solicitor Bill Barbin to prepare Ordinance # 147 and schedule a public hearing for the ordination of Pudliner Lane.

~Vinco Stream Bank Stabilization Project
A project that has been in the works for over 5 years was finally approved by the Board of Supervisors. According to Rob Piper of the Cambria County Conservation District, the drainage along the stream in the Vinco area that crosses under Adams Avenue is poor and can not adequately carry water flow during heavy rains. The Supervisors had asked the Conservation District to design the project and the final design was recently completed. Some residents have experienced flooding in that area for years. The Board authorized advertisement of bids for the Project. Construction should begin in October pending acceptance of a qualified bidder on the contract.

~Jackson Continues Benshoff Hill Agreement
The Board of Supervisors voted to continue into the 2nd year of a 5 year agreement with PennDOT requiring Jackson Township to perform winter maintenance on Benshoff Hill Road in exchange for reimbursement of $7,874.88 from PennDOT. In the event of a severe winter, there is also a formula that would allot additional funds to Jackson beyond the designated amount.

~Jackson Solicits Bids for Vehicles & Equipment For Sale
The Board of Supervisors approved advertising vehicles and equipment that are no longer being used by the Township. The list of vehicles and equipment include:
Etnyre Stone Chipper
Galion 4-6 Ton roller
Galion 3-Wheel Roller
Schram Air Compressor
2001 Ford Crown Victoria Police Vehicle
1999 Ford Crown Victoria Police Vehicle
1996 Chevy Caprice Vehicle
Aeroil Tar Buggy & Kerosene Burner
Ohan Diesel Powered Generator
Prismo Universal Line Painter
Bids received were announced at the Municipal Building on September 28th at 1:15. The Supervisors will then review any bids received before any action is taken to accept or reject the bids.

~Roadmaster Ordinance Adopted
The Supervisors unanimously passed Ordinance # 139 - Roadmaster Ordinance which authorizes the placement of traffic control signs and enforcement of those signs. With the new Roadmaster Ordinance, traffic control signs can be placed and then approved with a simple motion at the next meeting. Previously, an Ordinance would have to be drafted up every time traffic control signs were installed in order to have enforcement of those signs. Traffic control signs include speed limits, stop signs, yield signs, weight limit signs, etc. At the September 28th meeting it was noted that new 30 mph speed limit signs have been erected on Pike Road East in an effort to slow down coal truck using that road.

~Supervisors Support Food Pantry Efforts
A contribution of $1000 was given to the Miners Community Food Pantry to support their annual fund drive. According to Janet Reese, it takes about $1000 per month operate the Food Pantry which she estimates serves 300 families from Jackson Township.

~Contribution to Home Nursing Agency
The Board of Supervisors approved a $300 donation to the Home Nursing Agency headquartered in Altoona. According to Rebecca Willnecker, Senior Vice President, during the last year, they performed 262 visits to 7 patients in Jackson Township, a 24% increase from the prior year. The Home Nursing Agency by many municipalities in their region as well as the United Way.

~Police Receive Grant for Computer System
The Jackson Township Police Department through the National Drug Control Policyís technology transfer program received a grant from the Department of Army for a MobileSynch RMS Computer System which includes software items such as an incident log, case-builder, modules for querying, administrative review and workflow management, reporting and evidence management. Also included will be 2 laptop computers that can be mounted in police vehicles so that information can be recorded while out on patrol rather than returning police station. The grant was obtained through the efforts of Chief Bob Fatula. Chief Fatula is excited about the new program and noted the importance of enabling police departments to quickly share information. "When police share information," he said, "criminals get caught. Thatís a fact.".

~Line Painting Machine Cost Savings
Earlier this year, Jackson Township purchased a new Graco Line Lazer IV 5900 Striping Machine from Sherwin Williams so we can now perform our own line painting. This year the Jackson Township Road Department was able to paint 26.16 miles of local roads at a cost of $72.98 per mile. The cost for our own guys to do the work amounted to $1,909. in paint. Last year a contractor was used and if that same outside contractor would have been used this year, the cost would be $400. per mile or $10,464. The net savings experienced from doing our own line painting this year comes out to $8,555. The cost of purchasing the new machine was $8,988. so in only one year's time the machine has nearly paid for itself. The line painting machine can also be used for painting lines on parking lots, stop bars at intersections and any other possible uses that involve painting.

~Fords Corner Area Sewage Survey Results
A study was recently completed by Richard Sutter & Associates, Planning Consultants to see if residents were in favor of public sewage or not. Pat Rabits who conducted the study showed that 68% of the residents expressed a desire to have public sewage. This included residents along Fords Corner Road, Loraine Road, Finntown Road, Turkey Path Road and adjoining private roads. The area currently has many malfunctioning systems and not having public sewage limits new development as well. With the results showing that the majority favors public sewage, additional studies and proposals can be explored.

~Leidy Park Playground Delayed to 2007
With the help of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority, a grant of approx. $30,000. will be used to install a new $12,000 piece of playground equipment at Leidy Park and new mulch around playground area. Also included will be pouring concrete under the pavilion, 3 handicapped parking spaces and connecting walkways between the above mentioned facilities. It was hoped that this project would take place this year but instead is now scheduled for spring of 2007. The playground equipment will now be purchased separately on the COSTARS Program according to Larry Custer, Executive Director of the Redevelopment Authority. The COSTARS Program allows local governments to receive the same pricing that the State receives on many items. Bids will now be solicited for the installation of the playground equipment only.

~Property Improvements Made
Several improvements were made on Township properties. Lighting was added to the Municipal Building sign. Previously it was hard to know where the building was at night, especially for those not familiar with the area. Railings were installed on the front steps of the Magistrates Office in Vinco. This was of special concern as the steps could sometimes get icy in the winter months.

~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 $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 2006 is $36.90 per quarter.

www.jacksontwppa.com
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 and Planning Commission Meetings. Check out the Calendar of Events to find out whatís going on in Jackson Township. Check out the updated pages including the Links page where there are hundreds of resources for you to use. The kids have their own links section. . just click on the Jackson Township Kids Page and check out Kidslinks. 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

PLANNING A BUILDING PROJECT
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.

JOIN JACKSON ONLINE NEWS
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.

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