October 28, 2005


~The Board hired two new part-time Police Officers in order to continue to have 24 hour coverage to serve Township residents. The new officers are Joshua Smail and Ed Myers. Supervisors Baker & Bracken voted for hiring the two new officers while Stephens voted no stating that he didn't agree with the hiring process.

~The Board unanimously approved two subdivisions (side-lot additions). The first subdivision approved was for David & Arlene Till. The second subdivision was for Kathy Mukina, Tracie Rose & Bobbie Yonish.

~The Board approved Ordinance # 136 authorizing the erection of no parking signs along Route 271 between Simmons Lane and Moshannon Drive and establishing penalties for violation. Supervisors Baker & Bracken voted yes with Stephens voting no with no further explanation given. At the September 29, 2005 Board Meeting, all three Supervisors voted to authorize the Solicitor to draw up the Ordinance after residents at the meeting complained of not being able to see when pulling out onto Route 271 due to many cars parking along the road at a local business.

~The Board approved Resolution 05-05 adopting a proclamation to implement the National Incident Management System and become NIMS compliant in Jackson Township. Cambria County Emergency Management explained that each municipality will have to become NIMS compliant under a directive of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and also Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania. NIMS is training on what procedures to follow in the event of an emergency or disaster. Supervisors Baker & Bracken voted yes while Stephens voted no stating that he wasn't satisfied with emergency shelter locations not being made known to the public. Chairman Dave Bracken reminded him that the reason explained by Cambria County Emergency Management at prior meetings was that residents are told where shelters are at the time of a disaster and you can't send residents to a shelter that would be flooded as an example. Also a potential shelter building may not be staffed with supplies or people or even be open at a certain time. Solicitor Bill Barbin reminded the Board that if the proclamation wasn't adopted by the Supervisors that if an emergency occurred, Jackson Township and all individual residents in the Township would not be eligible for any disaster assistance and a hardship would be created on the residents.

~The Board unanimously approved a contribution of $1000.00 to the Nanty Glo Library.

~Supervisor Baker asked those attending to take notice of a flag displayed on the wall of the Township Building meeting room which was sent by Police Officer Melanie Kline form Iraq. The flag was accompanied by a certificate stating that the flag was flown over an air station in Iraq. Kline is currently serving in the Reserves and her tour of duty will finish sometime next year.

The September, 2005 Police Report submitted by Police Chief Bob Fatula was presented. The figures for September were as follows:
911 Calls dispatched to Police-322
Reportable Incidents-32 broken down as follows:
~Receiving Stolen Property-4
~Criminal Mischief-2
~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-2
Non-Traffic Citations Issued-0
Traffic Citations Issued-19
Accidents Handled-5
Criminal Charges Filed-19 broken down as follows:
~Receiving Stolen Property-4
~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-2

~PennDOT completed the paving of Swigle Mountain Road the entire length from Mundys Corner to the Croyle Township line.

~The Township (green) recycling bin located near the Municipal Garage in Mundys Corner is currently being repaired. The entire bottom and one side panel needs replaced. Waste Management is doing the repair work. The regular County operated blue bins located between C & R Motors & the old NAPA Building are not affected and available for your use. The main item that the green bin is used for is brown glass which is not offered by Cambria County Solid Waste Authority.

~Three street lights have recently been installed that were part of an earliar request to Penelec. After several delays to get the work done, Penelec installed the lights at Mallory Lane & Pike Road East, Chaser Street & Smith Avenue and Miers Road & Swigle Mountain Road.

~Residents are reminded by
Bruce Baker, Chairman of the Jackson Township Planning Commission to submit their Comprehensive Plan Survey that they recently received in the fall edition of the Jackson Township News. The survey results will be tallied  by the Planning Commission and then be used in the development of the Comprehensive Plan which will help in determining Jackson Township's needs for the future as well as planning for growth and development.

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. Among those scheduled to speak are Col.Marty Kuhar, State Rep. Thomas Yewcic and the Cambria County Commissioners. Many other participants and local groups will be involved. Over 870 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" is a decorative brick walkway and new landscaping. Wyse Memorials is donating two granite benches to be placed along the walkway. 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. Refreshments will be served immediately following the ceremony.

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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Jackson Township Supervisors
Dave Hirko / Manager