OCTOBER 6, 2004

~A public hearing was held prior to the Board Meeting where Ordinance # 133 passed which added language supporting hunting in Jackson Township.

~Board voted unanimously to accept proposal from Sutter & Associates working with Lehmen Engineers to develop Comprehensive Plan (SEE RELATED ARTICLE BELOW)

~Hired attorney Ron Carnevali to represent Jackson Township in Zoning Appeal over ordinance violations involving Edward & Bonnie Nischalke. Baker & Bracken voted yes while Stephens voted no.

~Voted unanimously to authorize Harry Baker, Zoning Officer to attend a Building Code Official Course in State College, PA. By attending the course Mr. Baker will be able to make determinations as to whether a building is exempt from the State Construction Code.

~Voted unanimously to accept compromise on appeal filed by Waste Management to have their real estate taxes reduced.

~Voted unanimously to set police hours as follows: 2 full-time officers working 40 hours per week, 5 part-time officers working 32 hours per week, shifts will be 7-3/3-11/11-7, all overtime must be approved by both a Supervisor and the Township Manager or 2 Supervisors when Manager is absent, all shifts primary focus is to be the patrolling of the Township and all shifts are to be covered by an officer on duty.

~Unanimously passed Resolution 11-04 authorizing the submission of an application for a Recreation Planning Grant to the Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources. (SEE RELATED ARTICLE)

~The board voted unanimously to authorize the advertisement for bids for two new backstops at Mitchell Park using the Cambria County Community Initiative Matching Grant Program. (SEE RELATED ARTICLE)

~Motion passed unanimously to approve Resolution # 12-04 approving participation and cooperation with the Redevelopment Authority of Cambria County in the filing of a grant application which will secure $25,000 for new playground equipment at Leidy Park. (SEE RELATED ARTICLE)

~Unanimously passed the approval of two new members to the Jackson Township Recreation Commission. They are Ashley Baxter and Jacqueline Crusan.

~Passed with unanimous approval the installation of 10 new fire hydrants along Adams Avenue & Ogden Road where the new Salt Lick / Ebensburg Water Line is currently under construction. Thirty homes along those roads will be required to tap into the new system.

~Motion passed unanimously to adopt Raymond Drive & Eagle Drive into the Township Road System. (SEE RELATED ARTICLE)

~Motions passed unanimously to authorize contributions of $300 to the Home Nursing Agency and $500 to the Jackson Twp. Fire Company to help defray treat and prize expenses for their annual Halloween Parade.

The Jackson Township Fire Company will hold it’s annual Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 31, 2004 at 2:00 pm. The lineup will be at the intersection of Rose Branch Street & Griffith Avenue beginning at 12:00 Noon. Treat tickets can be obtained at the Fire Hall prior to the parade or by calling 322-3155.

The Jackson Township Planning Commission recommended to the Board of Supervisors that they consider a proposal by Richard C. Sutter & Associates to begin the process of developing a new Comprehensive Plan. The Board unanimously agreed that a plan is needed as growth is inevitable with the reconstruction of US Route 22 taking place. Nearly every progressive community has a Comprehensive Plan in place. Sutter & Associates of Hollidaysburg specializes in planning including developing Comprehensive Plans. Factors taken into consideration include housing, utilities, transportation, physiography, economics, recreation, agricultural, police & fire protection, population, historical, cultural, solid waste and a host of other considerations. Focus groups will be developed with residents from Jackson Township who have common interests such as business owners, farming, recreation, emergency services, etc. Also several public meetings will be held. According to Sutter about 70-75% of the costs can be defrayed from available grant monies. Sutter & Associates is working with the Township Engineer, P. Joseph Lehman in helping the Township develop the Plan. According to Richard Sutter, a Comprehensive Plan is like a “blueprint for the future”.

POLICE REPORT (August, 2004)
Submitted by Chief Bob Fatula
911 Calls dispatched to Police-405
Reportable Incidents-47 Broken Down as Follows:

~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-5
~Criminal Mischief-4
~Underage Drinking-3
~Curfew Violation-2
~Protection from Abuse Violation-2
~Public Drunkenness-1
~Vehicle Theft-1
Non-Traffic Citations Issued-16
Traffic Citations Issued-70
Accidents Handled-6
Criminal Charges Filed-27 Broken Down as Follows:

~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-5
~Underage Drinking-3
~Curfew Violation-2
~Protection from Abuse Violation-2
~Public Drunkenness-1

The Cambria County Commissioners have awarded Jackson Township a $5,000 Community Initiative Grant for developing recreation at Township parks. The grant is given under the condition that the Township will provide matching funds for the project. 17 other Cambria County communities are also among the first to be recipients of the new grant program. The Recreation Commission recommended that two new backstops be installed at Mitchell Park to replace the existing ones which are badly deteriorated. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the project at their September 30th meeting. The Commissioners received 23 grant applications in all and expect that the ones not approved this year will be approved in next years round. Each municipality will be eligible to apply for a Community Initiative Grant once every four years.

Jackson Township in conjunction with the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority can look forward to new playground equipment to be installed at Leidy Park over the next three years to be valued at approx. $25,000. Jackson was one of 5 communities in the County chosen for a new playground. There are no required matching funds from the Township and the project will be entirely paid for through grants received. The new playground equipment will be a welcome addition to the developing Leidy Park.

The Board of Supervisors adopted Raymond Drive & Eagle Drive at their September 30, 2004 meeting. Prior to adopting the streets which are just off Route 271 South of Vinco, the residents along those streets completed an application which was followed by an inspection of the streets by the Township Engineer. The report from the Engineer required residents to make drainage and other improvements before the Board could consider taking over the roads. The improvements are being made and a survey of dedication was presented to the Board which voted unanimously to approve the roads as part of the Jackson Township Road System.

The Jackson Township Supervisors recently approved the purchase of the former NAPA Auto Parts property adjacent to the Municipal Building Property. The property where the Township Municipal Buildings are currently located is bordered on one side by a cemetery and on another by privately owned homes. The only possibility to acquire additional property for any proposed future buildings or additions would be the NAPA Property.

According to Larry Custer of the Cambria County Redevelopment Authority, survey work will begin soon on the long awaited Wagner Road Water Project. Mr. Custer said “This is a major step forward for the project”. Residents of the Wagner & Pintail Roads area have experienced water problems over the years. The project is being made possible by the Board of Supervisors commitment to use Community Development Block Grant Funds towards the project which will cost nearly half a million dollars.

A Veterans Day Ceremony will be held on Thursday, November 11, 2004 at 11:00 am at the Jackson Township Senior Center. For those who attended last year, the event was a huge success with one of the largest turnouts in Cambria County. Last year’s event marked the dedication of the newly installed Community Flag Pole as well. This year, the ceremony will include Post 155 (Giestown) VFW Rifle Team, Jackson Township Troop 204 Boy Scouts & Cub Scouts, Betty Lybarger, Pastor Rick Clark of Pike Grace Brethren Church as well as a special guest speaker representing the military to be announced. Refreshments will be served. The Center encourages everyone to attend as a way to honor and thank all Veterans as well as honoring all those who are currently serving in the Armed Forces fighting for the cause of freedom for all.

The Jackson Township Recreation Commission is busy working with a consultant, Pashek Associates Inc. from the Pittsburgh area to submit an application to the Department of Conservation & Natural Resources for a grant to develop a Master Recreation Plan for Jackson Township. By having a Master Plan, Jackson Township may be eligible for larger grants for future recreational projects. Municipalities with master recreation plans are looked upon more favorably as opposed to those who don’t have one in place or just apply for one individual recreational project. The plan will provide information and input for recreation based on the needs of Jackson Township. The Recreation Commission would like to thank all those schools, churches and organizations who submitted letters of support which were submitted with the Grant Application.

Jackson Township groups over the years have participated in various litter clean-up programs sponsored by PennDOT and Pennsylvania Cleanways. While being a great program, PennDOT’s Adopt-A-Highway program is for State Roads only. Now Jackson Township has a similar program where Township roads can be adopted as well. Your group of neighbors, church, business or organization is welcome to participate by adopting a Township road or street. One group, Neighbors Who Care has already stepped up to the plate and has expressed interest in adopting several roads in Jackson Township. By adopting a highway you would be required to perform a minimum of 2 litter clean-ups per year. Some groups may want to do more than that depending on the need. If your group wishes to adopt a road, Jackson Township will provide gloves, safety vests and garbage bags for the clean-up effort. Your group will also have a name plate posted on the road that you have adopted. At the time of the clean-up, release forms must be signed by those participating. Jackson Township currently has 14 groups involved in cleaning up various sections of 15 roads within Jackson Township on one of the 3 available programs. If your group of friends, neighbors, organization or business would be interested in adopting a Township Road or a portion thereof, please feel free to contact the Township Office at 749-0725.

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Jackson Township Supervisors
Dave Hirko / Manager