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JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS
August 31, 2005

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM RECENT SUPERVISORS MEETINGS

SPECIAL MEETING HELD ON AUGUST 15, 2005
~The Board hired two police officers, Jason Glessner & Ken Smith Jr.

REGULAR MEETING ON AUGUST 25, 2005
~The Supervisors unanimously approved a contribution of $1,000 to the Miners Community Food Pantry. According to a letter submitted from Janet Reese, the Pantry serves about 300 families, half of which are from Jackson Township which would amount to about 1400 individuals served. The letter went on to say that the Pantry needs help to keep operating until November when anticipated grants from
the Department of Agriculture are received.

~Mr. Larry Custer gave an update on the Wagner Road Water Project (SEE RELATED ARTICLE BELOW)

~The Supervisors approved a subdivision of Rager Mountain LP which is entering into a long-term lease with Waste Management. Two other motions were tabled as signed documents were not submitted from the other parties involved. One motion was the granting of a Highway Occupancy Permit which involved a Municipal Mitigation Fee Agreement. The other motion tabled because of lack of signed documents was to enter into a Sewer Agreement with the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority and JETSA. The Redevelopment Authority is proposing to construct a sewer line along Dishong Mountain Road. (SEE RELATED ARTICLE BELOW)

~Rodney Paul, resident expressed a concern about emergency service vehicles reaching the residents of Fords Corner Road now that it does not have access to Route 22. Supervisor Bracken said the matter was already addressed.

~Ed Simmons, resident expressed concern about drainage problems he is having from pipes constructed along Route 271. PennDOT will be contacted about this problem.

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LANDFILL GAS PROJECT UPDATE
Rager Mountain LP along with Keystone Renewable Energies have made several important steps towards the completion of a proposed gas plant and line in Jackson Township. The subdivision and Land Development Plan were approved by the Jackson Township Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors. Also a Highway Occupancy Permit is under consideration by the Supervisors in order that the proposed gas line can be built along the right-of-way of a portion of Wagner Road. As part of granting this right-of-way a Municipal Mitigation Fee Agreement is also before the Supervisors and if approved, would compensate Jackson Township for any gas produced from the Laurel Highlands Landfill and result in a 5 cents per mmbtu. Payments will be made to Jackson Township quarterly. Another related document before the Supervisors for consideration is a Sewer Service Agreement between the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Johnstown, Jackson-East Taylor Sewer Authority and Jackson Township. The Redevelopment Authority is sponsoring and acquiring a sewage / leachate conveyance line to be constructed on behalf of the Laurel Highlands Landfill. The new line will travel from the Landfill through ground owned by the Pennsylvania Game Commission and along Dishong Mountain Road through Jackson Township. The agreement establishes areas where the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority and JETSA may pick-up new customers.

Some of the advantages to Jackson Township include:
1. The gas line converting landfill gas into usable natural gas will extend the life of the Laurel Highlands Landfill.

2. Jackson Township will receive 5 cents per mmbtu resulting in approximately $20,000 to $40,000 per year in additional revenues. This amount has potential to grow in future years.

3. A new sewer line will help Waste Management in transporting leachate from the Laurel Highlands Landfill to Dornick Point Sewage Plant.

4. The new sewer line will also provide the opportunity for residents along Dishong Mountain Road to have sewage.

5. The new sewer line may entice additional commercial, industrial or residential development.

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WAGNER ROAD WATER PROJECT MOVING AHEAD
Residents from Wagner Road attended the August 25, 2005 Supervisors Meeting to hear an update from Larry Custer, Executive Director of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority. The Wagner Road & Pintail Road project would serve 22 families. Paul C. Rizzo & Associates have completed the engineering work at a cost of $56,192. The Environmental Assessment Record was reviewed and approved by the Commonwealth on August 3, 2004, for approximately 20,000 Linear Feet (3.8 miles) of 6" waterline and related appurtenances along State Highways and Public Game lands. Mr. Custer said this Environmental Assessment took a lot longer than normal as you have to look at all the environmental concerns, any proposals by the State along the right-of-way on State Roads and this particular project follows along a State Road for a great distance plus it's adjacent to State Game Lands.

To date, the Jackson Township Board of Supervisors has allocated $496,749 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement funds towards the project, from Federal Fiscal Years 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005. The most recent engineers estimate places the construction cost of the project at $615,303, thus a shortfall of funds exist. . . close to about $150,000. Applying for competitive CDBG grants beyond the regular entitlement allotted to Jackson Township each year has been unsuccessful to date.

In order the make the project more cost-effective for the competitive grant process, it was redesigned to include 15 additional families from the Chickaree Hill Road towards Vintondale. By adding the 15 additional families, the cost per residence is now below $30,000 which will increase the chances for getting competitive funding. There is also a large percentage of low to moderate income families in the Project area and is another major factor that will be taken into consideration. Mr. Custer said if additional funds are approved for the project this year, the additional environmental review and design and engineering work can begin on the Chickaree Hill portion. Approximately six months after approval, you need to allow two to three months for permitting.

Construction could begin for the $1 million dollar project in the Fall of 2006 if all goes well. If the competitive grant is unsuccessful, the Wagner / Pintail Project can still move forward if the Township comes up with the amount of the $150,000 shortfall to be added towards the project. The Chickaree Hill portion of the Project can come at a later date as a "stand alone" project according to Mr. Custer and still qualify for additional CDBG grants.

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