JACKSON TOWNSHIP ONLINE NEWS
 

JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS
OCTOBER 25, 2002


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CONECTIV POWER PLANT MOVING FORWARD
Approximately 135 people attended an open house held by Conectiv Energy at the Jackson Township Fire Hall on Tuesday, October 15th. The plant could begin construction in 2004 but economic conditions could change that date. Nevertheless, Conectiv is going forward with permitting and land acquisition. One question frequently asked is when the land being purchased by Conectiv will be open for hunting to the public. That will not happen this year but by next year it may be a real possibility. Several people from Conectiv addressed questions from the public and displayed plans of the proposed plant. The event was covered by all 3 local television networks. The 600 million dollar project will greatly add to the tax base of Jackson Township and could also infuse dollars to local vendors and suppliers who may do business with the plant. Jon Wiese of Conectiv also stated that there would be approx. 45 full time employees and with the exception of a few, they would hire the great majority of employees locally. During the two year construction phase, there could also be from 300 to 600 construction workers on site at any given time. Conectiv also gave a generous donation of $500 to the Jackson Township Fire Company for use of the Fire Hall which in line with their policy of being a good corporate citizen in the community.

FORDS CORNER ABANDONED MINE DRAINAGE PROBLEM ON FAST TRACK
Residents along Fords Corner road have been experiencing some drainage problems into their yards seeping from a clogged pipe coming from an abandoned mine. There was a fear that built up water in the mine could cause a potential catastrophe if something wasn't done to alleviate the problem. Supervisors Bruce Baker and Dave Bracken made phone calls to U.S. Rep. John Murtha's office as well as State Rep. Tom Yewcic's office. Initial conversations with the PaDEP had the project not being addressed for 1 to 2 years. With the help of Murtha's and Yewcic's office, the project was put on the fast track and should now be resolved by January.

JACKSON TOWNSHIP DEVELOPMENT ON THE RISE
Over 100 building permits have been issued in the township year to date. . far above the past several years. The great majority has been remodeling and additions to existing residences but there have been quite a few new homes as well. In addition, several commercial projects have been developed and other business owners are investing in remodeling existing facilities. There have also been many inquiries about purchasing land in Jackson Township for housing and commercial development. This increased interest in development should continue with the 35 million Route 22 improvement project starting next year, the development of sewage and water infrastructure, the
proposed power plant and the reopening of a deep coal mine in the Township. All this reinforces that people find Jackson Township a desirable place to live and do business.

PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT HAS ARRIVED
New playground equipment has arrived. The equipment was purchased from monies received from select timbering at Mitchell Park by the Jackson Township Recreation Commission. As soon as site preparation is completed at Mitchell and Leidy Parks, the new playground equipment can be installed and Jackson Township children should have two new playgrounds for their enjoyment.

ADOPT A HIGHWAY
Jackson Township is inviting all groups, organizations, churches, schools or even groups of neighbors if they would consider adopting a section of highway in Jackson Township. There are currently two
programs available. One is thru PennDOT's Adopt-A-Highway Program. There are many two mile sections available on Route 22, Swigle Mountain Road, Benshoff Hill Road, Dishong Mountain Road, Chickoree Hill Road and Route 271. Generally a group would clean up that section of highway twice a year. PennDOT furnishes bags, gloves, signs and arranges for pick up of any collected garbage or junk. The other program is Pennsylvania Cleanways. This program can be on any Township road. There is more information on the Jackson Township Website at www.jacksontwppa.com under the Roads section. If you would like additional information, please feel free to contact Dave Hirko at the Township office at 749-0725.

HALLOWEEN PARADE SET
The Jackson Twp. Fire Department will be holding its annual Halloween Parade on the afternoon of Sunday, October 27th. Treats and prizes will be available following the parade at the Jackson Township Fire Hall. All Township children are welcome to participate in the parade. If you have any questions or would like more information on the parade, you may contact Rickey Price Jr. at 322-4717.

We hope you enjoy receiving news updates on Jackson Township and will spread the word to others to sign up to receive future newsletters at the Jackson Township Website. Our website is updated frequently and the address is www.jacksontwppa.com. If you have any ideas, suggestions or comments please forward them to office@jacksontwppa.com

Jackson Township Supervisors
Dave Hirko / Manager


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