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JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS
MARCH 26, 2004


HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE MARCH 25, 2004 SUPERVISORS MEETING
~The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve changes to the Zoning Ordinance recommended by the Jackson Township Planning Commission. The changes include reducing the setbacks in the Agricultural Zone for residential properties to that in the R1 & R2 Zones. There are also other setback reductions in various zones as well as changes on signs. Signs along Route 22 & 271 will now just follow PA State Regulations.

~Barnes, Saly & Company presented the Township Audit for 2003. They found a "clean" opinion on the financial statements and there were no problems encountered during the audit. Mr. Terry Shook, CPA also added that there were no unusual transactions, disagreements with management and stated that the Township Office Staff was extremely cooperative. The Financial Report is available at the Township Office for inspection and also will be published in a local newspaper.

~Mr. Larry Custer of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority presented to the Board the proposed use of Community Block Grant Funds after holding two public hearings at the Municipal Building. This year's allocation of $127,752 will be designated for the Wagner & Pintail Roads Water Project as well as a feasibility study for housing in the Township. The feasibility study was the result of several people at the Public Hearings express an interest in housing for Sr. Citizens in Jackson Township. The Wagner & Pintail Water Project is projected to cost about $500,000. The project originated when many residents were experiencing problems with their wells. Jackson has designated three years of CDGB monies for this purpose and Mr. Custer will seek additional funds as well. OMR Engineers has been hired to perform the engineering work on this much needed project.

~Awarded bid for heating, unleaded & diesel fuel to Luther P. Miller.

~The Board unanimously approved a new contract with the Humane Society of Cambria County to handle Township animal complaints.

~The Supervisors made a motion to authorize the Solicitor to prepare a Storm Water Management Ordinance combining new regulations required by the PaDEP with the existing Jackson Township  Storm Water Ordinance. They also approved the Solicitor to prepare an Ordinance adopting the Pennsylvania State Uniform Construction Code and adopt an Inter-Governmental Cooperation Agreement with the Cambria County Codes Agency. This agency would be similar to the Sewage Enforcement Agency which handles on-lot sewage in about 27 townships. This organization is independent and not associated with COG. Supervisors Stephens voted no on the Building Code.

~The Board unanimously approved the purchase of a new 4 wheel drive police vehicle to replace the 1997 Jeep Cherokee.

~The Supervisors made a motion to appoint Frank "Buck" Alexander to the position of Assistant Road Foreman. The position was previously held by Denny Mackell who retired at the end of 2003.

~The Board approved a road bond on East Pike Road for Amfire Mining Company. The company plans to gradually phase in mining operations at the former Bethlehem # 38 mine along Swigle Mountain Road. They plan to hire about 75 employees.

~The Supervisors passed a motion to send a letter to Sen. John Wozniak & Rep. Tom Yewcic opposing a new bill that will give hunting clubs on timber land tax breaks. The parcel mentioned on Chickaree Mountain owned by the Illinois Retirement Fund was mentioned. Local
residents are not permitted to hunt on the property and several hunting clubs with non-local memberships lease land from Illinois Retirement Fund. Solicitor Bill Barbin said they don't pay very much taxes as it is for the amount of ground they own and said it would not be in the best interest of Jackson Township, Central Cambria or Cambria County for them to get a tax break. Stephens voted no as he felt there should be more time to study the matter before voting on it.

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JACKSON TOWNSHIP POLICE REPORT
FEBRUARY, 2004

Submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula
911 Calls dispatched to Police-265
Reportable Incidents-25 broken down as follows:

~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-5
~Disorderly Conduct-4
~Theft-4
~Assault-3
~Harassment-3
~Criminal Mischief-2
~Vehicle Theft-2
~Public Drunkenness-1
~Trespassing-1
Non-Traffic Citations Issued-8
Traffic Citations Issued-19
Accidents Handled-15
Criminal Charges Filed-27 broken down as follows:
~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-5
~Disorderly Conduct-4
~Armed Robbery-2
~Assault-2
~Criminal Conspiracy-2
~Harassment-2
~Receiving Stolen Property-2
~Terroristic Threats-2
~Theft-2
~Threats-2
~Criminal Trespassing-1
~Public Drunkenness-1

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SPRING CLEAN UP SET FOR 2004
Spring Clean-Up has been scheduled for May 3rd thru 7th, 2004. Pick up will be on your regular collection day. You will be allowed one large item. Items that will not be picked up are yard waste,
branches, construction materials, refrigerators or air conditioners containing Freon, batteries, car parts, old paint, hazardous material, freezers and tires. Refrigerators, freezers or air conditioners can be picked up ONLY after the Freon is properly removed. Certification of Freon removal is required. Township residents wishing to haul their own refuse to the landfill may do so with a FREE permit issued at the Township Office only during the week of Spring Clean-Up. To insure the continuation of Spring Clean-Up, regular weekly garbage should be in regular Township garbage bags.

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JACKSON VOTING PRECINCT # 1 MOVING TO PIKE CHURCH
Helen Cook, Judge of Elections of Jackson Township Voting Precinct # 1 wants to remind voters that the polling place is moving from Rodney Pauls Auction Barn along Fords Corner Road to the Pike Grace Brethren Church in Mundys Corner. The polling place was previously in the basement area of Pike Church and will be returning to that location this year for the May Primary Elections. According to Ms. Cook a new polling location had to be found due to the unavailability of the Auction Barn location.

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JACKSON TOWNSHIP FESTIVAL UPDATE
The Jackson Township Heritage Festival Committee is moving full speed ahead to host a community festival during July 17-18, 2004. Crafters or Vendors are wanted for the two day event. Cost is $35 for both days. Hours of the festival will be 10-8 on Saturday and 12-8 on Sunday. Entertainment will include the Senior Center Line Dancers and possibly the Kitchen Band, Clay Bowser, Rosie & The Jammers, The Fabulous Flashbacks, The Riverfish and Beavercreek. Many groups and churches in the Township will be selling food. On the menu is hamburgers, hot dogs, wings, fried chicken, pizza, hot sausage, pig in a blanket, salad, cake, funnel cakes, strawberry shortcake, ham potpie, rosettes, baked potatoes, fruit cups, hot pretzels, nachos & cheese, popcorn, ice cream, home made ice cream sandwiches, Philly cheese steaks, French fries, apple dumplings and baked goods. The Fire Company will possibly hold a dance on Saturday evening from 8-12 and a pre-festival dance on Friday evening as well. It is hoped that the Community Festival will help bring everyone together for a fun event while helping local groups and organizations raise funds as well.  Several businesses in the area stepped up to help sponsor the festival including Waste Management, Direct Value Outlet, Dolans Welding, First National Bank, Merciks Bi-Lo Supermarket and Ameriserv Bank. Others have expressed an interest as well. If you or someone you know are interest in setting up a booth, being a volunteer or sponsor of the event, please contact Paulette Baker at 322-1863 or Dave Hirko at 322-3433.

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SENIOR CENTER TO HOLD MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY
The Jackson Township Senior Center will host a special Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 31st at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony will honor the service men and women who were killed in all wars. The event is open to the public and it is hoped that the turnout will be as good as the highly successful Veterans Day Ceremony held last year when over 140 individuals attended plus numerous television stations and reporters. Johnstown VFW Post 155 will have their Honor Rifle Team in attendance. Col. Marty Kuhar will also be on hand as well as other guest speakers. Light refreshments will be served. The Center is also trying to get names of all service men and women from the Township who served in any of the Armed Forces. There has been discussion and interest by the community on establishing a permanent memorial by the community flag pole at the Center. Any names of those who died in the wars or served in any capacity of the Armed Forces would be greatly appreciated. Names can be submitted to Frank Singel by calling 322-3327 or Dave Hirko at 749-0725.

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FIRE COMPANY UPCOMING EVENTS
The Jackson Township Fire Company will hold a Gun Raffle on May 2nd. Also a Safety Day is scheduled for May 28th at the Jackson Elementary School. The Fire Company will have its emergency equipment on the scene and possibly even schedule a Medical Helicopter. For more
information on either of these events, contact the Fire Company at 322-3155.

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SENIOR CENTER EVENTS
A horseshoe league is being organized for this Summer. Also on April 22 at 11:00 a.m. Ms. Barb Gerenser, Director of the National Consumer Protection Agency will be at the Center to talk about Mail Fraud. The Center along with the UMWA Health & Welfare Funds will sponsor a Health & Wellness Fair on Saturday, June 5th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event is open to the public and there will be many free screenings and exhibits. On July 8th the Center will host the Horseshoe Tournament as part of the Cambria County Senior Games. Members of all 10 Senior Centers will compete. The Center will also take an active role in the first Jackson Township Heritage Festival. The Seniors are having crafts, a model train display, bingo and various food items. The Jackson Sr. Center could also be the site of a new Silver Sneakers Program where an exercise instructor comes in twice a week to lead classes of up to 30 people. Also a 55 Alive Drivers Training Class will be scheduled on Thursday July 29th and Friday, July 30th. By taking the class it is possible you could get a reduction in your insurance rates. On order are state-of-the-art exercise machines for the Sr. Center Exercise Room. This facility will be open to all Sr. Center Members. Cost to join the Center is only $10 per year and the Center has well over 350 members. For information on any of these events or activities, call 322-3327 for details.

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Jackson Township Supervisors
Dave Hirko / Manager


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