January 5, 2007

Here are highlights of the Board of Supervisors Reorganization Meeting held on January 2nd, 2007. All votes were unanimous unless otherwise noted.

~The Board appointed Bruce Baker to the position of Chairman for 2007. Dave Bracken was appointed to Vice-Chairman.

~Re-appointed Dave Hirko to the position of Secretary-Treasurer.

~Re-appointed Dave Bracken & Bruce Baker to the position of Roadmasters.

~Affirmed the Supervisors as employees of the Township.

~Re-appointed William G. Barbin to the position of Township Solicitor. Baker & Bracken voted yes while Stephens voted no.

~The Board re-appointed P. Joseph Lehman as Township Engineers.

~Re-appointed Barry Rouzer to the position of Vacancy Board Chairman.

~The Supervisors re-appointed Harry Baker to the position of Zoning Officer.

~Motion approved to retain Berkheimer Associates for EIT & Local Municipal Service Taxes.

~Motion approved to retain First National Bank of Pennsylvania, Ameriserv & PLGIT as Township depositories.

~Motion approved to approve renewal of Treasurer’s Bond in the amount of $2,000,000.

~Motion approved to set regular monthly meeting dates for the last Thursday of each month at 7:00 pm and second monthly meeting on the second Thursday of each month at 8:00 am for 2007.

~Motion approved to adopt Tax Structure as follows: 3 ˝ mills Real Estate, ˝ Mill Fire Hydrant, 1/4 Mill Rescue Service, ˝% Earned Income Tax, ˝% Real Estate Transfer Tax, $5.00 Per Capita Tax & $5.00 Local Services Tax.

~Motion approved to authorize Supervisors and Manager to attend County & State Conventions.

~Motion approved to appoint Dave Bracken as Voting Delegate and Bob Stephens as Alternate Voting Delegate to the State Convention.

~Motion approved to authorize Township Auditors, Tax Collector, Tax Assessor & Zoning Officer to attend County Conventions.

~Motion passed to approve Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company’s List of Activities for 2007.

~Motion approved to appoint Dave Hirko as Driveway & Street Encroachment Officer.

~The Board approved the re-appointment of Ellen Pentrack-Ocilka to a three year term on the Jackson Township Zoning Hearing Board.

~Motion approved to re-appoint Bruce Baker to a four year term as a member on the Jackson Township Planning Commission.

~Motion passed to appoint Eric Reitler to a five year term as a member on the Jackson Township Recreation Commission.

~The Board approved the re-appointment of Tim Davis to a five year term as a member on the Jackson Township Recreation Commission.

~The Board approved the re-appointment of John Wallet to a five year term as a member on the Jackson Township Water Authority.

~Motion approved to appoint Bruce Baker as Sewage Enforcement Agency Member and Dave Hirko as Alternate Member.

~Motion approved to appoint Bruce Baker as Building Codes Enforcement Agency Member and Dave Hirko as Alternate Member.

All votes were unanimous.

~The Board adopted Ordinance # 147 which amends Ordinance # 126 to establish interest and penalties for unpaid Real Estate Transfer Taxes and authorizes the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Revenue to determine, collect and enforce the same.

~The Board approved a three year contact was negotiated by the Township with the Intr. Laborers Union which represent the Township Road Department. Wage increases of .35 the first year and .30 for the 2nd and 3rd year along with pension and health insurance were negotiated and approved. In addition, Primary and General Election Holidays were changed to Good Friday and 1 Floating Holiday.

~The Supervisors approved requesting PennDOT to conduct a study on whether a Blind Pedestrian Area is warranted on Route 271 in the vicinity of the top of Singer Hill. A Township resident approached PennDOT directly who said any request for a study must come from the Supervisors before they can evaluate the area.

In an effort to get Community residents involved in recreational activities and events, several events have been scheduled and there is literally something for everyone. Events scheduled include a Jackson Township Night at the Johnstown Chiefs scheduled for Saturday, January 27th. The Chiefs will be playing the August Lynx from Georgia and Tickets are $12 for adults and $8.50 for kids under the age of 11. Join your family, friends and neighbors to help cheer on the Chiefs to victory! For those who are fun-loving, a Snow Tubing Bus Trip is scheduled on February 17th for Seven Springs. Tickets are $15 for adults and $11 for kids under 12. A bus will leave Jackson Elementary at 9 am sharp and leave Seven Springs for home at 1:45 pm. Snow Tubing will take place from 11 to 1. Another event scheduled is Ice Skating at the North Central Rec. Center in Ebensburg on March 20th. Cost is $3.00 and if you don't have your own skates you can rent them at a discounted rate of $2.00. The Event will take place from 2 to 4 pm. For reservations or additional information on any of the above events, contact Kelly Lundgren at 749-0725 or email

Perhaps the biggest Event will be the 1st ever Annual Easter Egg Hunt to be held at Mitchell Park on March 31st from Noon to 3. Children will be able to hunt for eggs that will have candy, small toys, money or even prize tickets to be redeemed for special Easter Baskets. Also O'Donnell Photography will be on hand beginning at 11:00 am to take pictures of children with the Easter Bunny who will be making a special appearance for the egg hunt! For those who wish to travel, a bus trip to the Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington DC is scheduled for April 14th. Cost is $25.00 and buses will leave Jackson Elementary at 7:00 am and return for home at 5:00 pm. The highlight of the trip will be the 95th Anniversary Cherry Blossom Parade. Also, those going on the trip will be able to go sightseeing to the various museums and attractions in Washington DC within walking distance. For reservations contact Kelly Lundgren at 749-0725 or email recreation@jacksontwppa.com

Other events of interest include a Kids Sports Camp for ages 10 and under where various sports will be introduced such as baseball & softball, basketball, football, soccer, etc. A date for this event will be announced as plans develop. Another bus trip is scheduled to the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC. on Saturday, May 12th. The 2nd Annual Fishing Derby will be held on Saturday, May 5th. Another bus trip is scheduled for Baltimore Inner-Harbor on Saturday, June 16th. All trips and events are planned at a minimal cost to residents and their invited guests. The bus trips are already filling up with reservations so be sure to call yours in early. For additional information or to make reservations for any of the above bus trips, call Kelly Lundgren at 749-0725 or email to recreation@jacksontwppa.com

POLICE REPORT (November, 2006)
Submitted by Chief Bob Fatula
911 Calls dispatched to Police-251
Reportable Incidents-27 Broken Down as Follows:
~Disorderly Conduct-5
~Criminal Mischief-4
~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-3
Non-Traffic Citations Issued-8
Traffic Citations Issued-18
Accidents Handled-4
Criminal Charges Filed-15 Broken Down as Follows:
~Disorderly Conduct-5
~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-3

New officers have been elected for 2007 for the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company. They are as follows:

President-Tim Hofecker
Vice-President-Kevin Grove
Secretary-Angela Shoemaker
Assistant Secretary-Stella Fedora
Treasurer-Mark Sloan
Assistant Treasurer-Gary Gongloff
Financial Secretary-David Smith
Trustee-Mark Croft
Fire Chief-Tim Hofecker
Fire Police Captain-Mick Bezek

The Jackson Twp. Recreation Commission held it’s first annual Holiday Lighting Contest ever with 26 homes registering. Four judges from outside of Jackson Township agreed to volunteer to judge the outdoor lighting and decoration displays. Judges came from Hooversville, Conemaugh, Indiana County and Allegheny County and all were unfamiliar with the names or areas of the Township. Prizes were awarded as follows: Gary & Gayle Devlin of Adams Avenue took 1st place honors winning a $100 cash prize. Earning the 2nd place prize of $75 were Brad & Arlene Gorsuch of William Penn Avenue. A 3rd place prize of $50 went to Darren & Melissa Devlin of Hunt Road. 4th place honors earning a $25 prize went to Al & Karen Pagano of Old Nanty Glo Road. Two honorable mentions were made. They were Sam & Marsha Amenti of Brazil Lane and Jeff Nischalke of Sharkey Road. Congratulations to all the winners! The Recreation Commission hopes to at least double the number of entries for the 2007 Contest. Now is the time to plan your strategy to take home 2007 honors for this friendly decorating competition.

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Jackson Township Supervisors
Dave Hirko / Manager