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JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS
May 3, 2006

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM APRIL 27, 2006 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING

All votes were unanimous by all three Supervisors.

~Residents from Pudliner Lane approached the Supervisors about taking over their section of road. There are currently 4 homes on the Jackson Township portion of Pudliner which is currently a private road. About 18 families in East Taylor also use the road as their primary access and the East Taylor Water Authority uses Pudliner to access their water tanks. Residents in East Taylor are working with the East Taylor Board of Supervisors about adopting that section of road. East Taylor currently maintains the road and an agreement would be reached with Jackson for that to continue. There are currently a few property owners that will not sign over a section of right-of-way. Solicitor Bill Barbin was authorized by the Board to send all the property owners along the Jackson portion a letter listing various options available to them as citizens.

~Relating to the Financial Report it was noted that a $75,000 check was received from EMC Insurance for settlement of the fire truck that was involved in an accident and overturned. The check was transferred to the Fire Company Truck Fund. Jackson Township holds the insurance policy which covers all vehicles of the Fire Company. Also, State Liquid Fuels funds were received in the amount of $140,000.

~A letter was received from Elizabeth Cain of Cumberland, Maryland on the Veterans Monument. It says, Dear Dave, Once again, I want to offer our families’ heartfelt thank you for your tireless dedication and hard work involving the Veteran’s Memorial. This project has touched our hearts deeply in ways you and your town may never know. When I started this journey months ago in search of our family history, I never imagined it would end with a Veteran’s Memorial in a small Township just a few hours from home. Of course, I found the Jackson Township Website quite by accident as I was looking for family information and it was natural for me to go to the Veteran’s section, coming from a military family and the rest as they say is history! It took me less than a week to come to Jackson after I learned of the Memorial. I pulled into the parking lot and just sat there a moment, almost afraid to get out of my car. I walked up slowly, very slowly. I think I stood there 5 minutes; my eyes darted back and forth and never stopped moving. . .I had to remember to breathe. . . This Township is so small, there are so many names. It was an honor to be standing there, it was an honor!!! You see, for the past 5 months I have been fighting with Salisbury National Cemetery in North Carolina for a headstone for Israel D. Dishong who died as a POW in the prison there. Although military records say he died there, the cemetery wanted me to “prove he was buried” there. So I felt with your Memorial, finally Israel would get some recognition for his sacrifice, since he has no headstone anywhere. Besides he would be on the Memorial with his younger brother Noah and some cousins! I can’t wait until Memorial Day; I wouldn’t miss it for anything. Please come up and say “hello”. Thank you for what you have given me and my family. I will be forever grateful. Liz.

~Bids were received for diesel, unleaded and heating oil. The items were re-bid after the first four bids came in that were not comparable to one another according to the Solicitor. A simplified bid form was sent out and 2 bids were received. Luther P. Miller showed a .10 cents differential above the OPIS (Oil Pricing Information System) Rate while Martin Oil showed .248 cents. The Board awarded the bid to Luther P. Miller.

~The Supervisors approved the subdivision of William & Helen Cook.

~The Board passed Resolution 06-06 to clarify correct names on Township Roads. A list was attached to the Resolution which establishes all the names as they are listed with Cambria County 911. Some of the discrepancies mentioned were Adams Avenue. Some old Township documents state Adams Street but the correct name per Cambria 911 is Adams Avenue. Many residents say Ogden Road but the correct name is Ogden Street.

~The Board approved an agreement between Jackson Township, JETSA and the Jackson Township Water Authority setting forth guidelines for sharing in any maintenance and repair costs for incurred for the newly purchased 2006 Ingersoll-Rand Air Compressor.

~The Supervisors approved a 3 year contract with Barnes, Saly & Company, Certified Public Accountants, to audit accounts of Jackson Township for the calendar years 2006 through 2008.

~The Board adopted a revised Random Drug & Alcohol Testing Policy for Jackson Township Police Department. The change made was to add the wording "A second positive testing will result in automatic dismissal".

~The Board accepted the resignation of Allen Berkey, part-time police officer for the Jackson Township Police Department.

~The Supervisors passed Resolution 07-06 to apply for a LUPTAP Grant for a Multi-Municipal Comprehensive Plan for Jackson Township, Cambria Township and Ebensburg Borough. Once all three municipalities pass the Resolution to apply for the grant, Richard C. Sutter and Associates, planning consultants will apply for the grant.

~The Board requested Solicitor Bill Barbin to draw up a Roadmaster Ordinance concerning traffic enforcement signs. Recently the Road Crew under the direction of Foreman, Tim Ford made a comprehensive
listing of all traffic enforcement signs in the Township (i.e. - Speed Limit, Stop, Yield, etc.). With the Roadmaster Ordinance, any time a new sign is erected or any changes made, the sign is automatically enforceable and listed in a log which is made known at the next Supervisors Meeting. This is an alternative to passing Ordinances each time new signs are erected in the Township.

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JACKSON TO HONOR VETERANS AT MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY
The Jackson Township Senior Center will host a special Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday, May 29th at 11:00 a.m. The ceremony will honor the service men and women who were killed in all wars as well as all other Veterans. The event is open to the public and it is hoped that the turnout will be good as last year’s Veteran’s Day Ceremony when over 400 turned out to help dedicate the Jackson Township Veterans Memorial / Monument. Since Veterans Day, about 100 additional names have been submitted and completed the verification process so they can be added before Memorial Day. Many additional names have been submitted but need to be verified for Veteran status and / or residency. As in the past, the Johnstown VFW Post 155 will have their Honor Rifle Team in attendance as well as other participating groups and a special guest speaker to be announced. Light refreshments will be served and the public is invited to attend. Plan to attend and show your support in honoring all Veterans on this special day. If you are aware of additional names of Veterans who are not on the Memorial / Monument they can be submitted by obtaining a form at the Township Municipal Building, Senior Center, Water Authority or Sewer Authority. Forms can also be found on the Township website under the veterans link. The Township website is: www.jacksontwppa.com If there are any questions on the Memorial Day Ceremony or the Memorial / Monument, please feel free to call Frank Singel at 322-3327 or Dave Hirko at 749-0725.

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FEBRUARY-MARCH, 2006 POLICE REPORT
The February-March, 2006 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for February-March were as follows:
911 Calls dispatched to Police were 678

Reportable Incidents were 93 broken down as follows:
~Theft-10
~Harassment-8
~Aggravated Indecent Assault-7
~Corruption of Minors-7
~Endangering Welfare of Child-7
~Receiving Stolen Property-7
~Indecent Assault-6
~Burglary-5
~Criminal Mischief-5
~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-5
~Incest-4
~Rape-4
~Statutory Sexual Assault-4
~Criminal Conspiracy-3
~Involuntary Deviate Intercourse-3
~Identity Theft-2
~Underage Drinking-2
~Drugs-1
~Furnishing Alcohol to Minors-1
~Public Drunkenness-1
~Vehicle Theft-1

Accidents Handled-19
Traffic Citations Issued - 75
Non-Traffic Citations Issued - 4

Criminal Charges Filed were 77 broken down as follows:
~Aggravated Indecent Assault-7
~Corruption of Minors-7
~Endangering Welfare of Child-7
~Receiving Stolen Property-7
~Theft-7
~Indecent Assault-6
~Burglary-5
~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-5
~Incest-4
~Rape-4
~Statutory Sexual Assault-4
~Criminal Conspiracy-3
~Involuntary Deviate Intercourse-2
~Underage Drinking-2
~Drugs-1
~Furnishing Alcohol to Minors-1
~Harassment-1
~Public Drunkenness-1

A note was made on the report that $47,124.00 was recovered through arrest or restitution including $28,491.00 from a 2005 investigation that was completed as of the date of this report.

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