APRIL 4, 2005

~Mr. Larry Custer of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority was present to discuss this year's Community Block Grant Entitlement Funds. The Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a resolution allocating the 2005 CDBG monies towards the Wagner Road & Pintail Road Water Project. The project will also extend water lines to some residents on Chickaree Hill Road as well. Paul Rizzo & Associates is the engineer for the project. Engineering work should be done this year and if all of the necessary funding is in place, work could begin as early as next Spring. This is the 4th year for the Supervisors to allocate CDBG funds for this project, but additional funding is needed. An additional resolution was passed to apply for additional funding which is competitive state-wide.

~A motion to hire two additional part-time police officers was tabled until background clearances could be obtained on the individuals being considered. Officer William Newman resigned as of March 31, 2005 to take a full-time police officer position in the city of Johnstown.

~The Board of Supervisors approved the adoption of a Police Complaint Policy. The Policy will enable Jackson Township to handle internal complaints from Police Officers or external complaints from Residents. The procedure will involve a complaint and a response and then a decision can be made. If the decision is unfavorable to one of the parties, they will also have the right to appeal.

~The Board passed a motion to ask District Attorney Tulowitzki to investigate complaints alleged against Chief Bob Fatula in a letter written by Supervisor Robert Stephens.

~Passed a motion to adopt a Street Light License & Release form to cover Township maintained street lights not on the right-of-way.

~The Board passed a motion to enter into an agreement with the Ebensburg Municipal Authority to begin work on the Pike Road Water Project at an estimated cost of $104,324.30.

~Approved the low bid submitted by Martin Oil for heating oil, premium no lead gas and diesel fuel.

~Passed a motion to permit Township Solicitor Bill Barbin continue to give free legal advice to the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company. The motion was passed after a lengthy discussion where Supervisor Stephens said there could be a possible conflict of interest.

The installation of two new backstops was recently completed at Mitchell Park. The project was carried out by Laurel Highlands Fence at a cost of $12,550.00. A grant in the amount of $5,000.00 from the Cambria County Commissioners as part of their Community Initiative Program helped to defray the cost.

Several students are carrying out community projects while qualifying for Boy Scout Eagle Projects as well as Senior Projects for Central Cambria School District. Ryan Hirko & Matt Ocipa have signed up to do a stream clean-up which will be used for the public participation of Jackson Townships MS4 Stormwater Permit with the PaDEP. The project will involve cleaning up streams and outfalls which are considered part of the Hinckston Run watershed as well as stenciling "no dumping lettering" at various locations. Other projects carried out by Jackson Township youth completed or in progress include an inventory of street signs and painting guardrail at Mitchell Park by Aaron Henry, putting reflective tape on utility poles and trees near the roadway done by Mike Schenk and rebuilding a set of bleachers at Leidy Park being done by Ryan Davis. We appreciate all of the efforts being done by youth to improve and beautify Jackson Township.

The Jackson Township Senior Center now offers a computer room that is open for members. There are now 10 computers up and running with Atlantic Broadband High-Speed Internet. Atlantic Broadband said as many as 20 computers could eventually be hooked up for one low monthly rate. Members are invited to use the computer room at any time during regular Senior Center hours. The 10 computers were donated by Conemaugh Health Systems and hooked up through a network by Township resident Guy Ellenberger. The network allows members to print copies to a centrally located printer. In addition to the computer room, the Senior Center office was also hooked up to the high-speed internet. It is expected that many Seniors will enjoy browsing the internet as they do not have computer access at home. Also with the rising cost of postage and telephone bills, many will enjoy using email to keep in touch with family and friends for free!

The new Route 22 project is moving full speed ahead. Structures are being razed and utilities are relocating services in order that the $35 million project can get underway. Most of the actual highway construction will take place next year and through 2006. New Enterprise is the General Contractor for the project and a Summer of 2007 completion date is projected. A letter from the Supervisors, Police & Fire Departments was recently sent to PennDOT in an effort to ask that they to reconsider the construction of an overpass at Chickaree Hill Road and an underpass at Fords Corner Road to help
make the intersections on the new 22 safer. The Central Cambria School Board, Waste Management and Nanty Glo Borough have all expressed support for the safety concerns as well. PennDOT recently met with the Supervisors to look at possible revisions that would make the intersections as safe as possible while not being cost prohibitive.

At a meeting on March 24th with Governor Ed Rendell, representatives from Amfire Mining announced that between the
Madison Mine along Swigle Mountain Road and the new proposed Cresson Mine they would be creating 310 high paying jobs with benefits. If you wish to apply for a job, you can call Amfire at (724)-532-4346. Amfire plans to make a 60 million dollar investment between the two projects. The coal from Amfire's Madison Mine is anticipated to be used for the proposed SunCoke "coke" plant slated to be built in Cambria Township near Ebensburg.
The Jackson Township Heritage Festival Committee will hold a full-course spaghetti dinner at the Jackson Township Fire Hall in Vinco on Saturday, April 23, 2005 from 4 to 7 pm. The dinner will include Spaghetti & Meatballs, Tossed Salad, Rolls & Butter, Dessert and Beverage. The cost is $6.00 per adult and $3.00 for children under 10. If you would like to purchase tickets you can do so by contacting Kim Hirko at 322-3433, Paulette Baker at 322-1863, Donna Davis at 749-7865 or Gina Mumau at 749- 8996. All proceeds will go towards the 2005 Jackson Township Heritage Festival. Door prizes will also be awarded. Invite your friends and neighbors and treat your family to an evening out while helping out a worthy cause.

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Jackson Township Supervisors
Dave Hirko / Manager