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JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS
May 16, 2007

 
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HIGHLIGHTS FROM RECENT SUPERVISORS MEETINGS

APRIL 12th MEETING
~The Board approved Resolution # 03-07 to approve the use of 2007 CDBG (Community Development Block Grant Funds) for the Loraine Road Sewer Project. It is anticipated that about 3 years of CDBG funds will be needed before the project can move forward.

~The Board approved Resolution # 04-07 to approve use of 2007 Competitive Grant Funds of $500,000. for Wagner Road & Chickaree Hill Road Water Project. Bids should be put out for this Project in May and bids opened in June. Construction should begin in September according to Larry Custer, Executive Director of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority.

~Accepted the resignation of Bob Stephens as Township Sueprvisor effective March 31, 2007. Bob since has passed away after a long battle with cancer and will be missed by many.

~The Board appointed Guy Ellenberger to fill the remaining term of Township Supervisor through December 31, 2007 left vacant by Bob Stephens.

APRIL 26th MEETING
~It was announced that Jackson Township received a letter from the Cambria County Conservation District stating that they have selected Jackson Township to be the recipient of a 2007 Erosion, and Sedimentation Pollution Control Award. The award is presented due to Jackson's commitment to erosion control and environmental restoration involving the Vinco Stream Bank Stabilization Project.

~Mr. Terry Shook, CPA from Barnes, Saly & Company addressed the Supervisors on the 2006 Township Audit. The Audit expressed a clean opinion o fht efinancial statements and there were no problems or findings.

~Approved the subdivision of Ed and Bonnie Nischalke.

~Accepted resignation of Mark Westrick as a part-time Police Officer for Jackson Township. Chairman Bruce Baker said, I would like to say we’re accepting this resignation from Mark simply out of respect for him. I am disappointed due to the fact that the Department was not able to work out a schedule that was accommodating to him.

~The Board voted to adopt Ordinance # 149 amending Zoning Ordinance # 118 to cover various miscellaneous items. Those items include Campgrounds, Crematoriums, Home Businesses and Private Game Preserves.

MAY 10th MEETING
~The Board accepted the resignations of Scott Zelek & Jeremy Scislowicz as Part-Time Police Officers for Jackson Township.

~The Supervisors accepted the resignation of Lynda Shirk, Alternate Member of the Jackson Township Zoning Hearing Board.

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FISHING DERBY DRAWS HUNDREDS
The 2nd Annual Jackson Township Fishing Derby was held on Saturday, May 5th and was an overwhelming success according to Ed Westrick, President of the Jackson Township Community Rod & Gun Club who co-sponsored the event with the Jackson Township Recreation Commission. The weather cooperated and 137 children under the age of 12 registered which was nearly 3 times the amount last year. The Derby this year was held at Woodland Park Campground just off of Route 22 across the Jackson Township line.

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CAMBRIA COUNTY LIBRARY BOOKMOBILE RETURNS TO JACKSON
The Johnstown Cambria County Library Book Mobile will once again be returning to Jackson Township. According to Trudy Myers representing the Library, the Jackson stop will be only through the summer but if successful, a year-round stop will be considered. The Book Mobile will be at the Jackson Township Senior Center on the following dates:

Thursday June 14 1:45 - 2:45 pm
Thursday June 28 1:45 - 2:45 pm
Thursday July 12 1:45 - 2:45 pm
Thursday August 2 1:45 - 2:45 pm
Thursday August 16 1:45 - 2:45 pm
Thursday August 30 1:45 - 2:45 pm

According to Frank Singel, the Book Mobile used to stop at the Center and was very well received. This is a great convenience for residents with the Library literally coming to their front door. It is hoped that the Book Mobile will be used by residents of all ages.

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UPCOMING RECREATION EVENTS
In an effort to get Community residents involved in recreational activities and events, several events have been scheduled. Here are two special upcoming events of interest:

~Bus Trip to Baltimore Inner-Harbor
Saturday, June 16th - Bus leaves Jackson Elementary at 6 am and leaves Baltimore at 6 pm. Cost is $25.00, a real bargain with the price of gas. Baltimore Inner Harbor offers lots of sightseeing, museums, shopping and a fantastic aquarium. Reserve your seats as buses are filling up quickly!. We have three buses reserved and are working on filling up the 3rd one if there is enough interest.

~ETJ Little League Night at the Curve
The Jackson-East Taylor Little League along with Jackson Recreation Commission are sponsoring a night at the Altoona Curve on Sunday, June 17th. The game against the Connecticut Defenders begins at 6:05 pm. Cost is only $6.50 per ticket. This is also Fireworks night and there will be a gigantic display following the game. What better way to celebrate Fathers Day than to enjoy America's favorite pastime at beautiful Blair County Ball Park.

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JACKSON TOWNSHIP MARCH POLICE REPORT
The figures for March were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 361. Reportable Part I Crimes: 6 broken down as follows: Larceny-4 and Assaults-2. Reportable Part II Crimes: 28 broken down as follows: DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-10, Vandalism-7, Disorderly Conduct-2, Liquor Violations-2, Public Drunkenness-1, Stolen Property-1 and all others-5. Calls Resulting in Cases: 28, Total Arrestees: 14, Total Victims: 12, DUI Arrests: 10, Traffic Citations: 15, Non-Traffic Citations: 2, Total Warnings: 9.

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Jackson Township Supervisors
Dave Hirko / Manager

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