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JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS
MAY 30, 2003


HIGHLIGHTS OF THE MAY 29th BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING
Here are some of the highlights of the Board of Supervisors Meeting:

SUPERVISORS MOVE FORWARD ON PA UNIFORM CONSTRUCTION CODE
~The Board of Supervisors voted to pass a Resolution and authorize the advertising of Ordinance # 124 which would allow Jackson Township to enter into an Inter-Municipal Agreement with at least 17 other local Townships to administer the Pennsylvania State Uniform Construction Code which is to take effect on January 1, 2004. The agency which will be called the Cambria-Somerset Building Codes Agency will help local Townships control the cost and availability of inspectors required for new construction beginning in 2004. By acting now, the Agency can submit an application for grant money that is available from the State to start-up. For Townships or Municipalities who "opt out" of the State Building Code, the law would remain in effect for residents and then they would have to call Harrisburg directly to obtain an inspector and pay whatever rate that inspector would charge. By "opting out" a Township would also lose all control over any building activity in the Township and
individuals could be affected when they would try to sell their property or even obtain a bank loan.

Forty-Five States already have uniform building codes. Pennsylvania's Uniform Construction Code will only require contractors or individuals building to meet minimum requirements. The Code should eliminate "fly by night" contractors and provide greater safety for all residents of Pennsylvania. The proposed Inter-Municipal Agency will work similar to the Cambria-Somerset Sewage Enforcement Agency which has successfully administered all on-lot sewage in Jackson and many other Townships since its beginning. Having an agency with many Townships participating allows the cost to be lower but still provides the convenience of having local "contact people" that can address the needs of the citizens.

OTHER BOARD HIGHLIGHTS:
~Bids were opened for 2003 Township Paving & Chipping Projects. No bids were yet awarded until they are reviewed in detail, but the lowest bids received were Grannas Brothers for Paving and Russell Standard Corp. For Chipping.

~Accepted a letter of resignation from Marty Kuhar from the Jackson Township Recreation Commission

~The Supervisors agreed to give a contribution of $1000 to the East-Taylor / Jackson Little League Boosters to help support the 2003 season.

~Voted to amend the Landfill Contract to allow Waste Management to have two more hours per day for "covering work" in order to comply with PaDEP permit modifications.

~The Board authorized the hiring of a part-time Secretary for the Zoning Hearing Board.

~The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company sent a letter to the Board asking the Township to help with the cost of fire apparatus needed to outfit the newly purchased Rescue / Fire truck. The cost is estimated at $99,450.00.

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Dave Hirko / Manager


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