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JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS
OCTOBER 31, 2003


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HIGHLIGHTS FROM OCTOBER 30th SUPERVISORS MEETING

JACKSON TWP. ALLIANCE OF CHURCHES PRESENT PRESENTATION AGAINST
PORNOGRAPHY

Father Paul Robine representing the Jackson Township Alliance of Churches spoke on the subject of pornography. Father Robine said a nice thing was happening in the community as five churches in the community have come together on this issue. He said a national organization called Morality in Media  have designated the last Sunday in October as "White Ribbon Sunday". The churches decided that it would be good to encourage people and inform them of the dangers of pornography. He said they were concerned about what was happening with the internet and making people aware of the impact upon society including addiction and even drugs at times. He added that the churches have discussed the possibility of an adult book store coming in along Route 22 and that they had hoped that an Ordinance would be passed by the Township making it illegal for a business to locate here.  He said that with the Supervisors considering an Ordinance at this time, the churches wanted to show their support that they were grateful that this was being done. Petitions were distributed with people signing saying that they would agree that such an establishment should not be located in this community. He said in 1974 a book store came into the edge of the borough in Everett and there was no Ordinance or anything to stop them. He said he felt that with an Ordinance and the petitions with signatures, that if such an establishment would ever want to locate in Jackson Township, the Supervisors could say that we have an Ordinance that doesn't want you and here are signatures of people within our Township who don't want you and you're not welcome. He said he realizes it could be challenged in court and he understands that everyone has rights but at the same time this would be a help to go to that individual and say that at sometime there may be a complaint against them.  He then presented the petitions of over 500 signatures.

NEW ILLEGAL DUMPING ENFORCEMENT PROGRAM
~Mr. Matthew J. Riley, Coordinator & Enforcement Officer for the Cambria Solid Waste Authority spoke on a new Illegal Dumping Enforcement Program. He said he was inviting individual municipalities to identify illegal dumpsites within their community. He said survey forms were available where each municipality could identify dumpsites and that eventually the Solid Waste Authority could monitor those sites to determine what effort might be necessary to clean up the sites. He added that they would be taking photographs of each site to monitor any new dumping taking place. He also said they were drafting a resolution to allow them to have enforcement capabilities with each individual municipality. Each municipality would be asked to pass a resolution and then some of the burden of enforcement would be shifted from the municipality to the Authority. He said he is working with the Fish & Boat Commission, Game Commission and Conservation Officers and they are more than willing to help with this program. His hope is that the program will help to curb illegal dumping and he would be happy to provide additional information to anyone who is interested. You can contact Mr. Riley at 472-2109.

BOARD APPROVES DEDICATION OF PENNZOIL DRIVE
The Board unanimously approved the dedication of Pennzoil Drive to be part of the Township Road System. Mr. Gary Scaife of Warren Oil explained that this would not be a burden on the Township and that by approving this action, Warren Oil could qualify for up to $200,000 in State Infrastructure Money that could be used to upgrade the road with a top-coat. JARI is assisting Warren Oil in getting the available money. Warren Oil hopes to expand and employ up to 50-60 employees.

MOTION PASSED TO RECOVER COSTS FROM LAWSUITS FILED AGAINST TOWNSHIP
A motion was made and seconded to direct the Solicitor to start the process to recover any and all legal fees as a result of four lawsuits filed against this Township starting with EMC Insurance for
$8000, Plunkett & Cooney for $17,405 for a total of $25,405 as of October 30, 2003. Mr. Baker announced that the Federal Lawsuit that was pending with Mr. Stephens has been thrown out. The vote was Baker & Bracken-yes, Stephens-abstained from voting due to possible conflict of interest.

OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
~Elmer Grove, Chief of the Jackson Twp. Volunteer Fire Company wrote a letter stating that comments made at the September 25th Supervisors Meeting about the handling of the Gillen complaint on Swigle Mountain Road were incorrect. He said the firemen supplied a Haligan (Pry Bar) to open the door of the residence and that Police pried several times and the door became unlatched. Grove stated that a State Police Trooper tried to coax Irma Gillen out of the residence. He added that the resident had no visible injuries and no doors were smashed as some people stated at the meeting. According to Mr. Grove, the residents were treated with respect and caring. 

~Jeffrey Croft, Emergency Management Coordinator of Jackson Township wrote a letter stating the Supervisors acted responsibly by passing the updated Emergency Management Plan. He said all 63 municipalities were requested to update the plan to simplify forms and procedures in the event of an emergency. Croft went on to say that in Jackson Township, the Emergency Management Coordinator and others serve without compensation. According to Croft, the Supervisors had foresight in approving the updated plan which complies with Title 35 and was based on guidance from the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency. Croft's letter was in response to a letter in the Tribune-Democrat Readers Forum written by Will Michaels stating that Supervisor Stephens did his homework by wanting to table the motion.

~The Supervisors voted to approve three new Fire Police; Terry Crouse, George Straub and Eric Yackulich. Fire Police can help out with parking and traffic at community events.

~The Board approved an Easement allowing the Cambria County Conservation & Recreation Authority to perform work to straighten Pergrin Run located along Loraine Road.

~The Supervisors voted unanimously to approve a $500 donation towards treats and prizes for the Annual Halloween Parade.

~The Board voted unanimously to approve a $800 donation for the Nanty Glo Library Fund Drive.

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POLICE REPORT
Below is the September , 2003 Police Report submitted by Police Chief, Bob Fatula:
911 Calls Dispatched to Police-323
Reportable Incidents-34

~~Burglary-7
~~Criminal Mischief-5
~~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-5
~~Disorderly Conduct-4
~~Harassment-3
~~Theft-3
~~Assault-2
~~Drugs-2
~~Arson-1
~~Cruelty to Animals-1
~~Public Drunkenness-1
Non-Traffic Citations Issued-7
Traffic Citations Issued-27
Accidents Handled-9
Criminal Charges Filed-18

~~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-5
~~Disorderly Conduct-4
~~Burglary-2
~~Cruelty to Animals-2
~~Harassment-2
~~Public Drunkenness-2
~~Assault-1

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BE SURE TO VOTE ON ELECTION DAY
Be sure to vote on Tuesday, November 4th. There are many important races including County Commissioners and Jackson Township Supervisors. The people who are chosen from this election will lead your County and Township for the next several years. Every vote is important and elections are often won or lost by only a handful of votes.

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SPECIAL VETERANS DAY CEREMONY ANNOUNCED
The Jackson Township Senior Center is having a special Veteran's Day Ceremony at 1:00 on Tuesday, November 11, 2003 at the Center. A flag pole is currently being installed and it will be dedicated as a community flag pole honoring all Veterans. The special ceremony will include the Giestown VFW Post 155 Honor Rifle Team, Ret. Col. Marty Kuhar, Father Tony Legarsky, Pastor of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Beaverdale (Lt. Com. Navy) and Jackson Township Pack 204 Cub Scouts & Boy Scouts. "Since November 11 is Veteran's Day we felt it was a good time to raise the first flag and honor all Veterans" said Senior Center President, Frank Singel. He added that all residents of Jackson Township are invited to attend this special ceremony to help make this a very memorable day for the Center, Community and Veterans. The Center will hold an open house immediately following the ceremony and refreshments will be served.

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BICENTENNIAL COMMITTEE SET TO MEET
A committee will meet on Thursday, November 11th at 6:30 pm at the Jackson Township Senior Center to discuss tentative plans to host a community festival to be held on July 17-18, 2004 to coincide with the Cambria County Bicentennial next year. Local groups, churches and organizations are invited to attend and all volunteers are welcome. The event would be held in the area of the Jackson Twp. Vol. Fire Company and Senior Center and could involve food, crafts and entertainment. A focus would also be on the history of Jackson Township. It is hoped that the event would bring the community together to celebrate the heritage of Jackson Township as well as
Cambria County's 200th anniversary. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Dave Hirko/322-3433, Denny Dixon/749-7433 or Paulette Baker/322-1863.

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NOVEMBER UPCOMING EVENTS

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4th, ELECTION DAY. . be sure to vote.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11 - VETERAN'S DAY CEREMONY - Jackson Twp. Senior Center - 1:00 PM

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 11 - BICENTENNIAL FESTIVAL COMMITTEE MEETING at the Jackson Township Senior Center - 6:30

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 - ZONING HEARING BOARD MEETING - Jackson Twp. Municipal Building - 7:00 PM

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13 - SLEEP DISORDERS SEMINAR - Mr. Steve Kutchman of the UPMC Sleep Department will talk about different kinds of sleep disorders and tests available to determine sleep disorders.  The seminar is open to the public and will begin at 11:00 am at the Sr. Center.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13 - JACKSON - EAST TAYLOR SEWER AUTHORITY MEETING - Authority Building - 7:00 PM

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15 - BLOOD SCREENINGS - Sponsored by Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center from 7-9:30 am. Cost is $20.00 per person. For a PSA (Prostrate Screening) the cost is $35.00. To have blood screening, you must schedule an appointment by calling the Senior Center anytime from Tuesday-Thursday, 9 to 3.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17 - JACKSON TWP. PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING - Municipal Building - 6:30 PM

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 18 - JACKSON TWP. RECREATION COMMISSION MEETING - Municipal Building - 8:00 PM

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20 - UMWA HEALTH & RETIREMENT FUNDS PRESENTATION - Mary Ann Uzelac, the In-Field Beneficiary Service Representative from the UMWA Health & Retirement Funds office in Johnstown will present "Understanding your Health Benefits & the New Wellness Programs".  This may be of interest to the active and inactive coal miners and spouses as well as the general public.  The presentation will begin at 11:00 am.  There will also be FREE flu shots offered for active and inactive coal miners and their spouses from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. For more information, feel free to contact your Funds staff at 262-1010.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20 - JACKSON TWP. WATER AUTHORITY MEETING - Water Authority Building - 7:00 PM

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20 - JACKSON TWP. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING - Municipal Building - 7:00 PM

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27 - HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

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