JUNE 6, 2008

Finally after seven years of planning, the Brazil Lane / Cherrywood Project is funded. PennVEST notified the Jackson - East Taylor Sewer Authority in April that they were awarded a $3.4 million PennVEST loan and a $632,250. Grant to install more than 8 miles of sanitary sewers and force mains along with two new pump stations. An additional $250,000. Grant was given to JETSA from Jackson Township to help carry out the construction of the project. The project will eliminate the use of malfunctioning on-lot septic systems that are discharging inadequately treated waste into yards, roads and the Salt Lick & Hinckston Runs. When testing was done, there was a 70% malfunctioning system rate which is not unusually for our area. Any rate between 50 - 70% gives a project a high-priority status. Besides Brazil Lane & Cherrywood, the project area also takes in the back part of Vinco, Mitchell Park, Adams Avenue and Leidy Lane. In all, the new lines will service approximately 200 new customers. A reduced tap-in fee of $1500.00 will be available to those who pay within 60 days after the contract for the project is awarded. The project  was put out for bid in two separate sections, Brazil Lane and Cherrywood. Initial results for the Brazil Lane section ranged from $1.7 to 2.7 million. Cherrywood bids ranged from $888,000 thousand to 1.2 million. Bids will be awarded pending review by Keller Engineers. The project is estimated to be completed in January of 2009.

Although no ground has been turned yet, the wheels are turning for the Mitchell Park - Phase I Expansion Project. Jackson Township was officially notified of the award of a grant in the amount of $125,000. From the DCNR. Since that time, a grant package of documents has arrived and an initial request for partial payment has been submitted. No actual ground work will be done until a formal design is submitted and approved by the DCNR. That work is being done by P. Joseph Lehman Engineers and it is hoped that actual construction can begin around September. One of the first things you will notice is the erection of a sign at Mitchell Park announcing the project and it's grant funding sources. When the actual design is approved, there will be much activity at Mitchell including the installation of sewer, water and electrical lines as well as land clearing and the installation of a road behind the current basketball court. Much of this work will be done by Jackson Township and it's local sewer and water authorities. Phase I will also include the construction of public restrooms and two large pavilions that can accommodate large crowds of up to 200 people each for reunions, weddings or other group gatherings. In addition there will be BBQ pits, horseshoes and additional parking. Hopefully the pavilions will be ready for use in 2009. The total estimated cost for Phase I is around $400,000. but with much of the work being done by Township employees, will end up costing much less. After Phase I is completed, a grant application will be filed for Phase II which includes park lighting, ballfield lighting, landscaping, another large pavilion and one small pavilion, new playground equipment, volleyball courts and a walking trail around the park. When both phases are completed, Mitchell Park will be one of the premier parks in Cambria County if not the region.

The Jackson Township Recreation Commission is continuing with it's first ever Summer Concert Series at Veterans Park. The first concert featuring Rosie & The Jammers is sure to be a big hit! The next scheduled concert will be one you won't want to miss. On July 5th at 2 pm, the 28th Infantry Division Concert Band will be performing. The 55 member group based out of Hollidaysburg is the US Army's oldest and one of the top performing Army National Guard Bands in the nation today. They have toured throughout the US, Canada and Europe and play a wide variety of music including patriotic, jazz, big band and even top 40. Don't miss them as they will be ending their summer tour at Veterans Park right here in Jackson Township. On Friday, August 29th from 7 to 10, the SharpTones, a popular local band will be playing music from the 50's and 60's. Feel free to just listen or get up and boogie. We hope you support the concerts and admission to all is FREE! Bring your lawn chairs or blanket for seating and ENJOY! By supporting these concerts, it is hoped to become an annual event.

Two buses have been reserved for a trip to the "Big Apple". . NEW YORK! One bus is already completely full and reservations are being taken for the 2nd bus on a first come, first paid basis. The trip is scheduled for Saturday, October 11th. While in New York, you can sightsee and see world famous landmarks such as the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, Ellis Island, the United Nations, Times Square, the World Trade Center site or more! For those interested in seeing the sights, there are tours promoted everywhere on the streets of NYC being this is a major tourist destination, so you can pick whatever type of tour you want. You can take in a Broadway play, shop on world famous Fifth Avenue, enjoy a carriage ride in Central Park or dine in world class restaurants. New York is home to many museums and points of historic interest. You can do as much or as little as you want in the city that never sleeps! Buses will leave Jackson Elementary at 6:00 am and depart NYC at 10:00 pm
and arrive back at 4:00 am. Enjoy carefree and inexpensive travel on Lodestar Deluxe Motor Tour Buses with no hassles. Cost is only $45 per person.

The most popular trip last year was the Holiday Shopping & Hartwood Acres lighting display near Pittsburgh. This year a similar trip is planned for Saturday, December 6th. Deluxe McIlwain Motor Coaches will leave Jackson Elementary at 8:30 am and stop at several shopping stops including IKEA, the trendy Scandinavian store near Pittsburgh which carries a large variety of unique items. From there we will go to The Mall at Robinson, Pittsburgh's newest indoor shopping mall with over 120 stores and lots of restaurants to choose from. After that we will stop at Cabelas & The Highlands near Wheeling, WV. Cabelas Superstore is an outdoorsman's paradise and even has in-store attractions such as wildlife exhibits and even a shooting gallery. The adjoining Highlands also has lots of shopping and a variety of restaurants to choose from. The final stop will be the Oglebay Festival of Lights with over 2 million lights making it one of the most elaborate displays in the US. We will arrive back at Jackson Elementary at approximately 11:30 pm. Cost for the trip is only $28.00 per person.

If you are interested in either of the bus trips, contact the Jackson Township Office at 749-0725 or go to www.jacksontwppa.com for
additional information.

The Johnstown Cambria County Library Book Mobile has once again returned to Jackson Township for the summer months. According to Trudy Myers representing the Library, the Jackson stop will be only through the summer. The Book Mobile will be at the Jackson Township Senior Center on the following dates:

Thursday July 3rd -1:45-2:45 pm
Thursday July 17th -1:45-2:45 pm
Thursday July 31st -1:45-2:45 pm
Thursday Aug. 14th -1:45-2:45 pm
Thursday Aug. 28th -1:45-2:45 pm

This is a great convenience for residents with the Library literally coming to their front door. Last summer it was a great resource for children not in school but it is hoped that the Book Mobile will be used by residents of all ages.

A much needed project was completed at the Jackson Township Senior Center Building. Several years ago, the Supervisors started exploring how best to repair or replace the crumbling handicapped ramp going into the District Magistrates Office. The original idea was to have repairs made, but when bids came in well over $25,000 to put a "band-aid" on the ramp, the possibility of a new ramp was pursued. After much research, it was decided that a an aluminum handicapped ramp would be much more durable than a block / concrete one. Bids were put out for the new ramp specifications and METCO of Johnstown came in as low bidder for $24,000. Three other companies submitted bids ranging from $28,846 to $35,032. METCO completed the work and the ramp was installed on a new concrete pad which should last for generations to come. The new ramp not only looks great but it addressed the serious safety concerns of the old crumbling ramp.

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Jackson Township Supervisors
Dave Hirko / Manager