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JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS
October 11, 2005

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM SEPTEMBER 29th SUPERVISOR MEETING
~Mr. Greg Simmons of the US Department of Defense was present to congratulate the Board on supporting Officer Melanie Kline while she is serving on a tour of duty in Iraq with the National Guard & Reserve. Mr. Simmons also emphasized that employers are required to maintain all seniority, benefits, pay raises, etc. when she returns to work from her tour.

~The Board unanimously approved the subdivision of Mazie Savering & Barbara Meekins.

~The Supervisors approved membership in the Greater Johnstown Watershed Association at a cost of $25.00 per year.

~The Supervisors ratified granting permission to the Nant-Y-Glo Tri-Area Museum & Historical Society to use space in the NAPA Building for storage on a temporary basis. The Township reserves right to cancel agreement on a 30 day notice. Supervisors Baker & Bracken voted yes while Stephens abstained due to being a member and a possible conflict of interest.

~The Board voted unanimously to set the mileage reimbursement rate at IRS approved rate, currently 48.5 cents per mile, retro-active to September 1, 2005. The IRS recently raised the rate due to the ever-rising price of gasoline.

~The Board authorized the Solicitor to begin the process of adopting changes to the Zoning Ordinance as recommended by the Planning Commission. Some of the changes in the letter to the Board included improved language to the sign section after being brought to the Planning Commissions attention in a letter from Singer Hill Church. Supervisors Baker & Bracken voted yes while Supervisor Stephens voted no stating that the Board should make proposals of what they collectively want.

~The Board unanimously voted to authorize Solicitor to file an injunction against Leisure Village for violations of Subdivision & Land Development and Stormwater Management Ordinances. Mr. McKool, owner of Leisure Village has received several written letters over the past year listing more than 20 violations of the mobile home section of the Subdivision Ordinance.

~The Board unanimously approved the Kleban Easement for an Adams Avenue Drainage Project.

~The Board of Supervisors approved a Highway Occupancy Permit and Municipal Mitigation Fee Agreement between Rager Mountain LP and Jackson Township. The Highway Occupancy Permit permits Rager Mountain LP to install a pipeline along Wagner Road in Jackson Township. In return Jackson Township will receive up to $20,000 - $30,000 per year in the Mitigation Fee Agreement based on a formula of 5 cents per mmbtu of gas going through the pipeline. A related motion would allow the construction of a sewer line down Dishong Road between the Laurel Highlands Landfill and Dornick Point Sewage Plant. The sewer agreement was worked out between the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority and the Jackson East-Taylor Sewer Authority. All three agreements were necessary to have the Landfill Gas Conversion Project move forward. Supervisors Baker & Bracken voted yes while Stephens voted no stating that the Board of Supervisors should table the motions until they could negotiate directly with the Johnstown Redevelopment Authority.

~The Board voted unanimously to authorize contributions of $300.00 to the Home Nursing Agency, a non-profit agency who serves families in Jackson Township and $500.00 to the Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company to help defray expenses of providing treats to those attending the annual Halloween Parade.

~The Board unanimously voted to authorize the Solicitor to draw up an Ordinance to erect no parking signs along Route 271 from Simmons Lane to the south side of Moshannon Drive. The Ordinance stems from a local resident complaining about he and his family not being able to see when pulling out onto Route 271 due to cars parking along the road while visiting a business in the area.

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POLICE REPORT
The July-August, 2005 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for July-August were as follows:

911 Calls dispatched to Police-801
Reportable Incidents were 74 broken down as follows:
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Criminal Mischief-14
~Harassment-12
~Theft-11
~Burglary-8
~D.U.I. (Driving While Under the Influence)-7
~Assault-5
~Disorderly Conduct-4
~Arson-2
~Drugs-2
~Threats-2
~Homicide by Vehicle-1
~Public Drunkenness-1
~Rape-1
~Receiving Stolen Property-1
~Resisting Arrest-1
~Stalking-1
~Vehicle Theft-1
Non-Traffic Citations Issued-14
Traffic Citations Issued-57
Accidents Handled-29
Criminal Charges Filed were 34 broken down as follows:
~D.U.I. (Driving While Under the Influence)-7
~Harassment-6
~Assault-4
~Disorderly Conduct-4
~Criminal Mischief-3
~Drugs-2
~Threats-2
~Public Drunkenness-1
~Receiving Stolen Property-1
~Resisting Arrest-1
~Stalking-1
~Theft-1
~Vehicle Theft-1

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VETERANS MONUMENT DEDICATION SET
The long awaited Jackson Township Veterans Monument & Memorial will be dedicated on Friday, November 11, 2005, Veterans Day. The ceremonies will begin at 11:00 am at Veterans Memorial Park located behind the Jackson Township Senior Center located at 200 Adams Avenue, Vinco. Details are still being ironed out but we know that State Representative Tom Yewcic along with the Cambria County Commissioners will be attending. Many other participants and local groups will be involved. Over 770 Jackson Township veterans names have been verified and many others are in the verification process. The monument is being made from Vermont granite and will be a five-sided pentagon shape. Dale Wyse of Wyse Memorials on Pike Road is erecting the monument. The monument is to set on a concrete "star-shaped" base and at each tip of the star will be a flag representing a branch of the military service. There will also be a United States Flag at the center behind the monument. From the parking lot to the "star base" will be a decorative brick walkway and some landscaping. We hope that everyone who has a family member or loved one submitted to the monument will be sure to attend on November 11th for the dedication in order to give all of the Township veterans, past and present, the honor and respect they so rightfully deserve.

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HALLOWEEN PARADE SET
The Jackson Township Fire Company will hold it’s annual Halloween Parade on Sunday, October 30, 2005 at 2:00 pm. The lineup will be at the intersection of Rose Branch Street & Griffith Avenue beginning at 1:00 pm. Treat tickets can be obtained at the Fire Hall prior to the parade or by calling 322-3155.

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GARBAGE BULK ITEM TAGS SENT IN ERROR
To set the record straight, Jackson Township has unlimited garbage curbside collection and large items. You may have received tags from Waste Management with your quarterly garbage sticker. The tags say "Bulky Item" and there is one for each month of the quarter implying you can only set out one large item per month. THESE TAGS WERE SENT OUT IN ERROR and do not reflect Jackson Township’s garbage service. According to Charlene Cervino of Waste Management, if you received those tags with your quarterly sticker, just throw them away as they do not apply to Jackson Township. Jackson Township has unlimited garbage and large item pick up and the only sticker needed by Jackson customers is the quarterly sticker.

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Dave Hirko / Manager

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