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JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS
APRIL 30, 2005

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HIGHLIGHTS OF APRIL 28, 2005 SUPERVISORS MEETING
~Mr. Terry Shook, CPA of Barnes Saly & Company presented the Board with the 2004 Township Audit. Mr. Shook said audit field work was completed January 19, 2005 and the audit was completed on March 23, 2005. The audit revealed a clean opinion of the financial statements and there were a "clean" set of records. He added that there were no problems encountered with the audit and there were no unusual transactions or disagreements with management.


~Solicitor William Barbin read a letter to update the Board on matters being investigated concerning the Chief of Police, Robert Fatula. The letter stated that Supervisor Bob  Stephens had requested a meeting with him as well as Township Manager Dave Hirko.  Several of the items in the letter related to pending criminal charges against Eugene Kist & Denise Sabo. Solicitor Barbin requested that if Stephens had any new information he should disclose it but Stephens said he couldn't disclose the identity of the complainants or the specifics of the complaints. Barbin said that without any new information, there was nothing new to investigate. At the March Board meeting the Supervisors wrote a letter to the District Attorney asking him to conduct an investigation. The D.A. then turned it over to the Attorney General. Solicitor Barbin said that by Stephens conducting his own investigation he would not be able to vote on a hearing board should any actions be taken concerning Chief Fatula. After the letter was read a lively discussion was held amongst the Board Members. Stephens said he was interested in the protection of the Township in the event of a possible lawsuit. Supervisor Bruce Baker replied that if Stephens had information he was withholding, he should get it out on the table. He added that the Township was being made the laughing stock of the County because of all the news media coverage. Barbin said Stephens was withholding information. Baker said he would be strongly opposed to spending Township tax dollar money to defend Stephens in court against Bob Fatula and Bob Fatula against Stephens. Barbin said that by Mr. Stephens appointing himself, and not being appointed by the Board, to be Police Commissioner for Jackson Township that if he were to be sued, he would not be defended at Township expense as this was not a role he was assigned and goes far beyond his duties of being a Township Supervisor. Supervisor Stephens later in the meeting made a motion to suspend Chief of Police, Robert Fatula with pay effective immediately. The motion died from a lack of a second.

~The Board approved subdivision of Audrey (Kris) Sherrer based on the recommendation of the Jackson Township Planning Commission.

~The Board approved a Solicitors Representation Letter submitted by Bill Barbin. Supervisor Stephens advised the Board to vote no and wait until January to make any changes. Supervisor Bruce Baker said that Stephens requested the clarification and that's how the letter came about. Stephens originally questioned the legality of another man coming from the law firm Solicitor Barbin is associated with when he was unable to attend on two occasions over the past two years. Stephens voted no on the motion.

~The Board passed by a 2-1 vote to approve the advertisement of a Mutual Aid Agreement Ordinance authorizing Fire company activities and mutual aid. Stephens opposed the motion stating that the citizens should have the right as to who should be an authority when one or more responders are at the scene and compared it to that of selecting a doctor.

~The Supervisors unanimously approved a Property / Evidence Control Policy for the Jackson Township Police Department. They followed by making an additional motion to have the Township Manager implement the policy in a timely manner. The policy would require the Police Department to keep a general ledger of all evidence items ever seized
in Jackson Township and any other pertinent details.

~The Board approved an Amendment to the Jackson Township Police Contract to clarify three issues. Those issues were using 1/2 days for vacation, providing copies of military orders and that transportation by another Officer to and from work would only be done in the event of an emergency situation.

~William Ondrizek spoke up in public comments about the closing of Gillin Lane during the Heritage Festival this year as the Fire Company is planning a Battle of the Barrel as well as the Cambria County Firemans Convention to follow the week after. He said in the past they would close down the road leaving no other way into their home except a dirt road which was used for farming purposes and if an accident occurred on that road, his insurance wouldn't cover it. Solicitor Bill Barbin said the township has a duty to keep public roads open unless there's an emergency or a safety issue. Chairman Dave Bracken said they would meet with the Fire Company and come up with a solution for all concerned.

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DCNR AWARDS JACKSON GRANT OF $25,000
The Department of Conservation & Natural Resources awarded Jackson Township a grant in the amount of $25,000 for recreational purposes. The grant application was to initiate and develop a Master Recreation Plan for Jackson Township. The Board of Supervisors agreed to hire Pashek & Associates of Pittsburgh to develop the plan. Pashek will be working closely with the Jackson Township Recreation Commission as well as getting input from citizens of Jackson Township. By having a Master Recreation Plan, Jackson can qualify for larger grants to help carry out the plan in the future. The Master Recreation Plan will also go hand-in-hand with the development of the Jackson Township Comprehensive Plan which is also currently under development by Richard Sutter & Associates of Hollidaysburg.

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ADDITIONAL GRANTS COMING TO JACKSON
A grant for $45,000 will be coming to Jackson Township to initiate the installation of lighting and electrical facilities at Veterans Memorial Park between the Senior Center and the Fire Company in Vinco. An additional grant of $8,500 will be awarded to the Jackson Township Senior Center for new computers and accessories. Representative Tom Yewcic is instrumental in obtaining the grants.

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PRIMARY ELECTION DAY - BE SURE TO VOTE
Primary Election Day will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2005. Be sure to get out and vote for those you wish to see elected to office and represent your views. Local races include a six year Township Supervisor Race, two School Board positions, Tax Collector as well as one Township Auditor term. On the County Level there is a very competitive race amongst three candidates. Remember that each vote counts and elections have been won and lost by as little as a single vote.

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PA CLEANWAYS HOLDS APPLIANCE & TIRE RECYCLING EVENT
PA Cleanways will hold an Appliance & Tire Recycling Event on Saturday, May 28, 2005 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The Event will be held in Ebensburg at the parking lot behind Laurel Crest Manor Nursing Home. The cost is $11.00 for appliances that contain Freon and $6.00 for non-Freon containing appliances. Tires will also be accepted from Passenger & Light Truck (16" or less) vehicles. The cost is $2.00 off the rim and $3.00 on the rim. For additional information call 322-8638. Keep in mind that non-freon appliances can be picked up at your home if you are subscribing to the new unlimited garbage service. For tires keep in mind that the Laurel Highlands Landfill provides a recycling bin and there is a $1.00 charge per tire with 6-8 per household being accepted.

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BOOK RECYCLING EVENT
The Cambria County Solid Waste Authority will once again hold its annual Book Recycling Event. This will be held on Friday, June 24th from 8 am to 6 pm and Saturday, June 25th from 9 am to 12Noon. The Event will be held in the parking lot behind Laurel Crest Manor Nursing Home in Ebensburg. Items to be collected include hardback books, soft cover books, encyclopedias, textbooks, novels, manuals, etc. There is no cost as this is free to the public. For more information on this event, contact the CCSWA at 472-2109. You can also visit their website at www.cambriarecycles.org

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MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY PLANNED
A Memorial Day Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 30th at 11:00 am at the Jackson Township Senior Center to honor the service men and women killed in all wars. Those taking part in the ceremony include the VFW Post 155 Rifle Honor Team, Marine Major Randy Parker, Site Commander of the Joint Marine Corps. Reserve Training Center in Johnstown, PA, Jackson Township Cub Scouts Pack 204, Jackson Township Boy Scouts Troop 204, Rev. Paul Robine, Pastor of St. John Vianney Catholic Church and Betty Lybarger. This will be the second such ceremony held at the Center. If you know the names of any service men or women who were killed in any war, please contact Frank Singel at 322-3327.

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FEBRUARY & MARCH POLICE REPORTS

FEBRUARY, 2005
911 Calls Dispatched to Police-371
Reportable Incidents-27
~Trespassing-5
~Criminal Mischief-4
~Harassment-4
~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-3
~Assault-2
~Drugs-2
~Fleeing Police-2
~Underage Drinking-2
~Disorderly Conduct-1
~Receiving Stolen Property-1
~Resisting Arrest-1
Non-Traffic Citations Issued-9
Traffic Citations Issued-53
Accidents Handled-7
Criminal Charges Filed-19
~Trespassing-4
~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-3
~Drugs-2
~Fleeing Police-2
~Harassment-2
~Underage Drinking-2
~Assault-1
~Disorderly Conduct-1
~Receiving Stolen Property-1
~Resisting Arrest-1

MARCH, 2005
911 Calls Dispatched to Police-341
Reportable Incidents-41
~Criminal Mischief-6
~Harassment-6
~Theft-5
~Forgery-4
~Receiving Stolen Property-4
~Assault-2
~Burglary-2
~Drugs-2
~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-2
~Identity Theft-2
~Vehicle Theft-2
~Disorderly Conduct-1
~Counterfeiting-1
~Tampering With Evidence-1
~Terroristic Threats-1
Non-Traffic Citations Issued-2
Traffic Citations Issued-23
Accidents Handled-7
Criminal Charges Filed-24
~Forgery-4
~Receiving Stolen Property-4
~Theft-4
~Harassment-3
~Assault-2
~Drugs-2
~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-2
~Burglary-1
~Criminal Mischief-1
~Tampering With Evidence-1

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