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JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS
JULY 24, 2004
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JULY 22nd SUPERVISORS MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
NOTE: This meeting was held in place of the regularly scheduled meeting which was scheduled for Thursday, July 29th.

~Approved a one year extension of the Winter Maintenance Agreement for Benshoff Hill Road with PennDOT.

~Authorized joining the PA Capital City "Piggyback Program" to purchase qualifying items on the Automotive and Equipment Contract.

~Received letters from the Cambria County Commissioners and Bob & Sally Albright praising the success of the first annual Jackson Township Heritage Festival.

~Approved subdivision (side lot addition) of Myron & Mary Leonard

~Approved memberships for the Recreation Commission members in the Pennsylvania Recreation & Parks Society.

~Authorized Tim Davis of the Recreation Commission to attend a Playground Safety & Design Workshop in State College, PA.

~Discussed the possible increase of money given annually from Jackson Township to the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company. No action was taken at this time.

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CHANGES IN BUILDING CODE SIGNED BY GOVERNOR RENDELL
The Building Code is in effect State wide including Jackson Township. Governor Rendell signed into law changes passed by the House & Senate of Pennsylvania. Some of those changes are significant including:

~Excludes repairs and nonstructural alterations to residential structures from compliance with the UCC.

~EXEMPTS nonstructural alterations to residential structures that do not change a means of egress and defines "alteration" as any construction or renovation to an existing structures other than repair or addition. "Repair" is defined as the reconstruction or renewal of any part of an existing building for the purpose of its maintenance.

~Exempts recreation cabins, as defined by the bill

~Raises the utility and miscellaneous structure exemption to 1,000 square feet from the previous 500 square feet.

~Removes the requirement that hard-wired smoke detectors be added to a residential structure when an addition is added and would instead require non-interconnected battery-operated smoke alarms to be installed in these structures when undergoing these changes.

~Allows a code administrator to approve ungraded lumber.

The revised Building Code is much more user friendly for those with existing homes and structures with the above changes. Just a reminder that all NEW buildings of any size and additions or expansions of existing structures are required to meet zoning setbacks and requirements in Jackson Township. If you are planning to build, just stop at the Jackson Township Municipal Building to complete a zoning permit or you can print one off of the Township website. If you are unsure as to whether you need an inspection under the Pennsylvania State Uniform Construction Code, you can call the Cambria County Building Codes Enforcement Agency at 471-0424 or 471-0425. They will be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have.

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POLICE REPORT (May & June, 2004)
Submitted by Chief Bob Fatula
911 Calls dispatched to Police-662
Reportable Incidents-45
~Criminal Mischief-7
~DUI (Driving Under the Influence)-7
~Theft-7
~Harassment-6
~Disorderly Conduct-4
~Public Drunkenness-4
~Assault-3
~Child Abuse-1
~Drugs-1
~Furnishing Alcohol to Minors-1
~Fleeing from Police-1
~Intimidating a witness-1
~Resisting Arrest-1
~Terroristic Threats-1
Non-Traffic Citations Issued-7
Traffic Citations Issued-129
Accidents Handled-18
Criminal Charges Filed-18
~DUI (Driving Under the Influence)-7
~Disorderly Conduct-4
~Public Drunkenness-3
~Furnishing Alcohol to Minors-1
~Fleeing from Police-1
~Intimidating a witness-1
~Resisting Arrest-1

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HERITAGE FESTIVAL TO BECOME ANNUAL EVENT
We are pleased to announce that the Jackson Heritage Festival will become an annual event! Everyone who attended had a great time and we received hundreds of compliments from those attending as well as vendors who set up at various shows saying how well run and organized the festival was. In fact, some said this was the best thing Jackson Township ever did! It definitely helped to bring everyone together in the community and many enjoyed seeing friends and neighbors they don't often see otherwise. The variety of food, crafts and excellent entertainment drew a very nice first year turnout despite gloomy weather forecasts. We would like to thank all those who participated or helped in anyway to make the festival a huge success! Those who deserve special thanks include:
SPONSORS:
The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company
Waste Management
Amfire Mining
Direct Value Outlet
First National Bank of Pennsylvania
Dolans Welding & Steel Fabricating
Ameriserv Bank
Hagerich Auto Sales
Mercik's Bi-Lo Supermarket
Vinco Pharmacy
Sheetz
In addition, many others helped to contribute in someway including the Jackson Township Supervisors, Jackson Township Road Department, Jackson Township Recreation Commission, Jackson Township Senior Center, Heritage Festival Committee, Donna Davis, Paulette Baker, Dave Hirko and others too numerous to mention. Special thanks also goes out to those advertisers who helped to sponsor a two page advertisement in the "Weekender" section of the Tribune-Democrat. They are Vinco Pizza, Martin Marine Sales, BCI Floor Specialists, Cooper Signs, Park Hill Dairy Queen, Direct Value Outlet, Pit Stop 271, Parkhill Drug & Wellness Store and Warren Oil Company. Without the support of the business community, local churches and organizations and volunteers, this would not have been possible. Planning is already under way for a bigger and better festival in 2005. If you didn't get to attend this year, make sure you do next year. . . you missed a great time right in your own back yard and an event that you can be proud to invite those from outside Jackson Township to. It takes many volunteers to pull off a successful event. If you would like to help with the 2005 Heritage Festival, please contact Dave Hirko at 749-0725.


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Jackson Township Supervisors
Dave Hirko / Manager

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