August 2, 2006


~A letter was received from the Department of Army awarding the Jackson Township Police Department a grant for a computer program
called MobileSynchRMS which includes an incident log, case-builder, and modules for querying, recording citations, etc. The grant also includes 2 laptop computers that can be used in police vehicles.

~Received a letter from Miners Community Food Pantry requesting a donation for their annual Fund Drive. The letter stated that approximately 300 families are served from Jackson Township and that it costs approximately $1,000 to operate monthly. The Supervisors approved a donation of $1,000 for this year.

~The Board approved subdivision of Frank & Eleanor Bombach.

~The Board adopted Ordinance # 139 - Roadmaster Ordinance which authorizes the placement of traffic control signs and enforcement of those signs. If any new signs are added, they will be recorded in a log and read at the next regular Supervisors meeting.

~The Board made a motion to authorize the advertisement of a Coal Bed and Methane Gas Ordinance as recommended by the Planning Commission. Similar ordinances have been passed in neighboring municipalities to offer property owners protection. The Ordinance is posted on the Jackson Township Website for viewing.

~The Supervisors authorized the advertisement of a Windmill Ordinance as recommended by the Planning Commission. Several neighboring municipalities have adopted windmill ordinances. Several companies interested in putting up windmills have already expressed an interest in coming into Jackson Township. The Ordinance is posted on the Jackson Township Website for viewing.

~The Board approved a request by Michael Bezek, Fire Police Captain with the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company to add George Burkey as a Fire Police.

~Accepted the resignation of Kathy Spaid from the Economic Development Committee due to personal reasons and appointed Amy Willett as a member to the Economic Development Committee. Amy resides on Brazil Lane and works for the law firm of Andrews & Beard in Altoona.

~The Supervisors made a motion to renew Amfire Mining road bond for a six month period to continue using 1.32 miles of Pike Road East. Amfire has agreed to pay over $16,000 in repairs to Pike Road East as a condition for their bond renewal.

~The Board voted to continue into 2nd year of 5 year agreement with PennDOT requiring Jackson Township to perform winter maintenance on Benshoff Hill Road in exchange for reimbursement of $7,874.88 from PennDOT.

~Approval was given for the installation of street lights at the following locations along and near the Route 22 corridor: Route 22 & Fords Corner Road, Route 22 & Pike Road West, Pike Road West & Whitetail Road, Fords Corner Road & Turkey Path Road, Route 22 & Chickaree Hill Road, Route 22 & Mile Hill Road, Mile Hill Road & Whitetail Road.

~The Board voted to authorize American Forestry to do an evaluation of selective timbering at Mitchell Park.

~The Board authorized the Recreation Commission to solicit quotes and bids for additional pavilions at Mitchell Park. The Recreation Commission is thinking about larger sized pavilions where events, parties, family reunions, etc. could be held.

~The Supervisors authorized the Recreation Commission to pursue the installation of lighting at Mitchell Park Field # 1 by REA Energy Cooperative Inc. in amount not to exceed $4,000. Any amount over that would have to come back to the Supervisors for approval.

~Motion was made to set one additional meeting for the Board of Supervisors to be held on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 8:00 am.
This meeting would be for only items that couldn't wait a full month to the regular end of month meeting. This should also eliminate the need to advertise special meetings for the Supervisors throughout the year.

The Supervisors authorized the Solicitor to amend Ordinance # 71 (Supervisors Pay) so that the $100 penalty for missing a meeting only applies to the Reorganization and monthly evening meetings. The proposed amendment is posted on the Jackson Township Website for viewing.

The June, 2006 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for June were as follows:
911 Calls dispatched to Police were 351

Reportable Incidents were 58 broken down as follows:
~Identity Theft-10
~Receiving Stolen Property-7
~Criminal Mischief-4
~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-3
~Attempted Theft-1
~Disorderly Conduct-1
~Indecent Exposure-1
~Protection from Abuse Violation-1
~Under Age Drinking-1
~Vehicle Theft-1

Accidents Handled-8
Traffic Citations Issued-18
Non-Traffic Citations Issued-6

Criminal Charges Filed were 50 broken down as follows:
~Identity Theft-10
~Receiving Stolen Property-7
~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-3
~Armed Robbery-2
~Disorderly Conduct-1
~Criminal Mischief-1
~Protection from Abuse Violation-1
~Under Age Drinking-1

Thanks to all those who attended the 3rd Annual Jackson Heritage Festival in July. Special thanks to all those who helped in any way. Many complements were received on the layout of the grounds and entertainment tents, etc. Plans are already underway for next year's Festival which will be held July 21 & 22, 2007. One change will be that on Saturday the Festival will begin at 12:00 noon instead of 10:00 am. Also with the two stages we had this year, there are more opportunities to have continuous entertainment. With one stage there were some lull times while a band would be setting up. Next year, park lighting should be in place around the walking track and additional electrical outlets. Construction should begin on that project within the next month and be completed prior to Veterans Day of this year.

Due to the overwhelming number of names submitted for the Jackson Township Veterans Monument / Memorial, an expansion will be required. Wyse Memorials submitted the lowest quote for the expansion which should permit an additional 800 names if necessary. When the Monument was first proposed it was thought that there may be 300-400 names. As of this date, over 1,000 names have been submitted, enough to completely fill up the original monument and then some. Names continue to be submitted from current and former residents of Jackson Township. The amount of names is a testimony to the success of this project and how well it has been received by the community with nearly every family name represented.

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Jackson Township Supervisors
Dave Hirko / Manager