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JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS
February 25, 2006

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FEBRUARY 23rd SUPERVISORS MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
~All votes at the February meeting were unanimous by all three Supervisors.

~Letter was read from the Chickaree Ridgerunners Rescue & Recreation Snowmobile Club requesting a renewal of their lease for the Club located at Mitchell Park. They requested a 30 year lease similar to the one to expire in 2007. No action was taken on this request at this time.

~Approved two subdivisions. . .one for Delores Watroba (side lot addition) and the other for Bruce & Patricia Colbert.

~A motion was passed approving Resolution 01-06 to join with Cambria Township & Ebensburg Borough in forming the "Central Cambria Coalition" to discuss common issues and seek efficiencies through joint municipal cooperation. All three municipalities feel that there is much common interest including sharing the Central Cambria School District, the Route 22 Corridor, sharing of services or equipment, sewer and water projects, seeking grants and funding, multi-municipal planning and others. The group initially will meet once per month rotating municipal locations. Any action proposed by the Coalition would have to come back to each individual municipality for a vote of each individual Board or Council. Often grants and funding opportunities are far greater when several municipalities are working together.

~A motion was made to establish an Economic Development Committee for Jackson Township to promote growth, development and job creation. One of the number one items people were not satisfied with from the feedback on the Comprehensive Plan Surveys was jobs and economic development opportunities. This group was formed as a direct result of the Comprehensive Plan recommendation and information and feedback from those completing the citizens survey mailed out in October of 2005. Eight people have agreed to serve on this committee to get it started. They include John Bahorik - VP of Operations and Owner of Penn Metal Fabricators, Tom Dolan Sr. - President and Owner of Dolans Welding & Steel Fabricating, Inc., Guy Ellenberger - Networking Consultant / Engineer, Don Krens - Owner of Direct Value Outlet, John Letizzia Jr. - Owner of Laurel Medical Supply, Brad Minemyer - Manager of Waste Management's Laurel Highlands Landfill, Tom Romeo - Business & Government Import / Export Consultant and Kathy Spaid - Branch Manager of First National Bank of PA located in Vinco. The Jackson Township Economic Development Committee was organized to promote development including industrial, commercial, residential and job creation. This group of professional and business associates will work in assisting developers, businesses and employers and addressing their needs and requirements in locating in Jackson Township. The Committee will work as a partner in making recommendations to the Board of Supervisors and interact with local water and sewer authorities and the Planning Commission. They will also interact with County, Regional, State and Federal government as well as economic and industrial development agencies. They will begin by meeting monthly and start this initiative with the assistance of Richard Sutter who is helping development Jackson's Comprehensive Plan. Everyone on the committee seemed excited about the potential that lies in Jackson Township and hopefully this group will be able to jump start development within the Township.

~The Board accepted the resignation of Debra Nagel from the Jackson Township Planning Commission and voted to appoint Paul Wyrwas to fulfill the remainder of the term which expires in December, 2009.

~Authorized the advertising of bids for Heating Oil, Premium No Lead Gas and Diesel Fuel.

~A discussion incurred after a resident made a complaint about a business located at the top of Singer Hill where there has been a problem with cars parking along side of Route 271. It was noted that no parking signs have been installed and warnings will be given to violators for 30 days. Customers of the business are to use the entrance approved by PennDOT. A complaint was also made by the resident that a long term right of way was blocked off by a gate. It was explained that this was a civil or private property matter however because a new parking area was formed, the business owner would have to submit a site plan to the Planning Commission.

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BOARD MEETS TO DISCUSS 2006 BLOCK GRANT FUNDS
Larry Custer, Executive Director of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority held one meeting so far this year on CDBG entitlement funds available for Jackson Township. Jackson Township is one of only five entitlement communities in Cambria County that receives CDBG funds on an annual basis which this year totals $109, 837. To be an entitlement community you must have over 4,000 in population with qualifying low to moderate income levels. 2006 funds although not officially designated will most likely go towards the Wagner / Pintail Water Project which will be put out for bid this Summer according to Mr. Custer.  This water line to serve 22 families on Wagner & Pintail Roads. Paul Rizzo & Associates have completed the engineering work and right-of-ways are being completed. One of the challenges include obtaining a right-of-way from the Pennsylvania State Game Commission. According to Mr. Custer, there is a program where those who are low to moderate income will qualify for free tap-in fees. Another meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 1st at 2:00 pm at the Township Municipal Building. After this meeting the Board of Supervisors will need to designate how the funds will be spent at their March Board of Supervisors Meeting. If you have any questions concerning the CDBG program, please feel free to contact Larry Custer at the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority at 472-6711.

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LANDFILL GAS PIPELINE HELPING LOCAL ECONOMY
A meeting was held at Sunnehanna Country Club on Wednesday, February 22, 2006 where Keystone Renewable Energies presented the Landfill Gas Project
before local officials, County Commissioners, State Representatives and local business owners. The gas from this pipeline will not only help businesses in the Johnstown area retain current jobs and remain competitive but also create new jobs. Businesses present included Johnstown Wire Technologies, JWF Industries and Gautier Steel. Between the three companies, the potential exists to create nearly 500 new jobs. In addition the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority plans to use the new low cost energy at the former Sani-Dairy site where a Bio-Technology Park is being created. New businesses at that location will create over 1,000 new jobs. The Authority will also use the low cost energy to entice new companies into the Johnstown area. As part of the project, a sewer line is being constructed down Dishong Mountain Road that will carry lechate from the landfill. The line is 6.5 miles in length and approx. 5 miles is available for public use. Taps are being installed at each residence but no tap fee is required being this project is privately financed and no public funds are being used. The Rager Mountain Project which includes the landfill gas plant, pipe line and sewer line cost about 8.2 million. Gas will be sold to Dominion Peoples where it is distributed for consumption. A similar project is going ahead involving the Shade & Southern Alleghenies Landfills in Somerset County. That project has a price tag of 15 million and involves 12.5 miles of new pipeline to be constructed. Kathleen McGinity from the Pennsylvania DEP was on hand where she noted that Pennsylvania is now the # 1 producer of wind energy, solar energy and recently won an award for being the leading State in the nation on Methane Energy Projects. She said other energy sources being developed involves turning sulphur coal into diesel fuel and creating energy from acid mine drainage.

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NO PROGRESS MADE ON ROUTE 22 CONCERNS
As previously discussed the Supervisors, Solicitor, Planning Consultants and representatives from Waste Management met with PennDOT at the Cambria County Courthouse on January 25th. Concerns were expressed including detours, requesting interchanges or at the very least full, open access crossovers to avoid any inconvenience by residents and businesses along Route 22. A letter was written to PennDOT and local, County & State officials suggesting that a traffic light be installed at Chickaree Hill Road and open access be available at Fords Corner. A second meeting was held on February 16th in which PennDOT did not make any changes or compromises in plans they have underway. For those who don't know, they are currently proposing slotted turning lanes at the Chickaree Hill / Mile Road Intersection as well as the Fords Corner / Pike-Whitetail Intersection. The proposed slotted turning lanes will not permit left turns onto Route 22 forcing residents to go in the opposite direction to the nearest "jug handle" or interchange. At Chickaree Hill, that means hundreds of trucks every day will have to turn West and change several lanes and wait in a lane to cross over the eastbound 22 lanes turning onto the "jug handle" and then pulling out into eastbound Route 22 traffic. Letters have been written to local and State Representatives to urge that PennDOT reconsider.

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POLICE REPORT (January, 2006)
Submitted by Chief Bob Fatula
911 Calls dispatched to Police-355
Reportable Incidents-35 Broken Down as Follows:
~Reckless Endangerment-6
~Theft-5
~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-3
~Harassment-3
~Accessory to Fraud-2
~Assault-2
~Criminal Mischief-2
~Drugs-2
~Receiving Stolen Property-2
~Altering Serial Number on Firearm-1
~False I.D. to Police-1
~Firearm with No License-1
~Firearm with No Serial Number-1
~Identity Theft-1
~Terroristic Threats-1
~Underage Drinking-1
~Vehicle Theft-1
Non-Traffic Citations Issued-2
Traffic Citations Issued-39
Accidents Handled-14
Criminal Charges Filed-25 Broken Down as Follows:
~Reckless Endangerment-6
~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-3
~Accessory to Fraud-2
~Drugs-2
~Receiving Stolen Property-2
~Theft-2
~Altering Serial Number on Firearm-1
~Assault-1
~False I.D. to Police-1
~Firearm with No License-1
~Firearm with No Serial Number-1
~Harassment-1
~Identity Theft-1
~Vehicle Theft-1

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