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JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS
August 15, 2007

 
HIGHLIGHTS FROM RECENT SUPERVISORS MEETINGS

JULY 12th MEETING
~Announced that 25 mph signs were posted on Hunt Road from Benshoff Hill Road to the East Taylor Township line.

~The Board Authorized the Solicitor to draft a Dye Test Ordinance for Jackson Township.

~Accepted resignation of Sam Marchu as a member of the Jackson Township Zoning Hearing Board due to health reasons.

JULY 26th MEETING
~Adopted Comprehensive Amendment to the Jackson Township Subdivision and Land Development Ordinance. The new Ordinance is available on the Township website at www.jacksontwppa.com

~The Board approved the appointment of Barry Gehosky as a member of the Jackson Township Zoning Hearing Board to fill the remainder of the term left vacant by Sam Marchu.

~Accepted the resignation of Renee Dickert from the Jackson Township Historical Preservation Committee due to personal reasons.

~Hired Jeremy Scislowicz as a Part-Time Police Officer for Jackson Township.

~Approved continuing into the 3rd year of a 5 year agreement with PennDOT requiring Jackson Township to perform winter maintenance on Benshoff Hill Road in exchange for reimbursement of $8,236.80 from PennDOT.

~The Supervisors approved a Deed of Right-of-Way and Easement between Jackson Township and the Jackson-East Taylor Sewer Authority for the Brazil-Cherrywood Sewer Project. The area involved is Mitchell Park in Vinco.

~Approved that the Township request to have PennDOT conduct a traffic study on Chickaree Hill Road to reduce the truck speed limit. Since then notification from PennDOT that the request has been granted and that the traffic study will be done and the results reported back to the Board of Supervisors.

~The Board renewed Amfire Mining's road bond for a six month period to continue using 1.32 miles of Pike Road East.

~Approved agreement between Jackson Township and the Cambria County Industrial Development Authority. The Agreement is to explore the possibilities of establishing an industrial / business park.

~The Supervisors approved a contribution of $1,000.00 to the Miners Community Food Pantry in Nanty Glo.

AUGUST 9th MEETING
~The Board approved the purchase of 2 tasers for use by the Jackson Township Police Department.

~Approved the hiring of Mark Westrick as a Part-Time Police Officer for Jackson Township.

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LEIDY PARK IMPROVEMENTS
Many improvements have been made or are scheduled for Leidy Park. Frank Brown recently completed a landscaping project around a tree that was planted in memory of Aaron Rusin who was killed in Iraq. The "Eagle Scout" project involved landscaping, an engraved stone dedicating the area to veterans killed in action and the construction of a bench. Another "Eagle Scout" project will be done by Cory Henry who will be working in the new Bio-Diversity planting area at Leidy. This will involve landscaping, the installation of a trail, benches and table and possibly other features. New bleachers were recently installed at the ballfield and the old wooden bleachers were moved to the lower multi-purpose field. Also 2 player benches were ordered for each field and 4 park benches will be placed around the walking track. Construction will also begin shortly on playground improvements at Leidy which is being done as the result of a Community Development Block Grant secured through the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority and Larry Custer. This year the park has been more heavily used with groups such as East Taylor Jackson Little League, Central Cambria McMidget Football League, Central Cambria Soccer and possibly AYSO Soccer.

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CHRISTMAS SHOPPING & LIGHTS BUS TRIP SCHEDULED
On Saturday, December 8th, the Jackson Township Recreation Commission will sponsor a bus trip to Pittsburgh. A Lodestar tour bus will depart Jackson Elementary at 9:00 am and arrive back at 10 pm. The intinerary will include 2 hours at the Pittsburgh Strip District where there are many wholesale places, unique shops and restaurants. This is a great place to buy holiday food items or some great bargains! After that we will go to the Waterfront, one of Pittsburgh's newest shopping areas where you will have 4 hours to shop till you drop, catch a movie at the huge AMC Multiplex Theatres or dine at one of about 30 restaurants (everything from fast food to fine dining)! We will then depart for Hartwood Acres where you will see a sparkling holiday light display of over 2 million lights, worth the trip itself. Cost is $20.00 per person and includes admission into Hartwood Acres. 2 buses have been reserved for this trip. Seats are already going fast without any advertising. If you and your family and friends are interested in going on this holiday trip, call the Jackson Township Municipal Building at 749-0725. It should be a FUN day for all!

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PAVING & SEAL COATING PROJECTS TO BEGIN
Pennzoil Drive will soon be paved with the help of a $50,000.00 grant secured by JARI (Johnstown Area Regional Industries). The low bid was awarded to Quaker Sales of Johnstown. In addition, New Enterprise Stone & Lime will be doing seal coating (tar & chip) on many Township streets and roads beginning TODAY. The roads involved are Adams Avenue (between Harmony & Rt. 271), Balsam Street, Blackburn Road, Brazil Lane, Courter Avenue (between Harmony & Rt. 271), Dry Run Street, Fir Street, Kissell Lane, Pike Road East, Pine Lock Street, Shepard Street, Thomas Street, Trout Street and Warrior Street. The seal coating should be done by the end of this week.

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CAMBRIA COUNTY LIBRARY BOOKMOBILE MAY CONTINUE INTO FALL
The Johnstown Cambria County Library Book Mobile has gained some readers over the summer and may continue into the fall months according to Trudy Myers. Dates are yet unknown. The Book Mobile will be at the Jackson Township Senior Center on the following dates in August:

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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JACKSON TOWNSHIP POLICE REPORT

~JUNE, 2007 - The figures for June were as follows: 911 Calls dispatched to Police: 204 Reportable Part I Crimes: 13 broken down as follows: Larceny-6, Burglaries-4, Assaults-2 and Robberies-1. Reportable Part II Crimes: 19 broken down as follows: Vandalism-5, Stolen Property-2, DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-1 and all others-11. Calls Resulting in Cases: 23, Total Arrestees: 7, Total Suspects: 6, Total Victims: 25, DUI Arrests: 1, Traffic Citations: 2, Non-Traffic Citations: 1, Total Warnings: 0.

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Jackson Township Supervisors
Dave Hirko / Manager

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