JACKSON TOWNSHIP ONLINE NEWS
JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS
NOVEMBER 22, 2003
HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY FROM THE EMPLOYEES OF JACKSON TOWNSHIP
HIGHLIGHTS FROM NOVEMBER 20th SUPERVISORS MEETING
SUPERVISORS PASS AMENDMENT REGULATING ADULT BUSINESSES
A public hearing was held before the regularly scheduled meeting where residents could offer testimony or comments for or against the new Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance. The new Amendment would only permit an adult business to locate in an Industrial Zone within Jackson Township. There are very few Industrial Zones and by having the Amendment in place, approx. 95% or more of the Township would be protected from a potential adult business including all residential
areas or areas near churches and schools. According to Solicitor Bill Barbin, you can't stop an adult business from locating within your municipality as that would be unconstitutional according to Court
Decisions but you can make it difficult by restricting where they can locate as well as adding additional requirements for them to meet within the Zoning Ordinance. At the October meeting of the
Supervisors, Father Paul Robine representing the Jackson Township Alliance of Churches presented petitions of well over 500 names showing support against pornography and adult businesses. The
petitions are at the Township Municipal Building if you or others wish to add your name to them. The Board unanimously approved the Amendment to offer some protection against an Adult Business coming into Jackson Township. Earlier there were rumors about such a business wanting to locate along Route 22. Neighboring East Wheatfield Township and many other areas along Route 22 from
Pittsburgh to Altoona already have such businesses so the precautions taken by the Board were well received by local residents and churches.
OTHER ITEMS OF INTEREST
~~Approved subdivisions presented of Loretta Gilkey, Dan & Ruth Zurenda & Walter Silbaugh Jr.
~~The Board voted to adopt the proposed budget for Jackson Township for 2004 as follows: General Fund $836,272.00, State Fund $140,000.00, Fire Hydrant Fund $10,000.00, Rescue Fund $9,000.00, Capital Reserve Fund $1,523,140.00, Senior Center Fund $63,500.00 for a total of all funds - $2,581,912.00. Not all of the money listed above in the various accounts will be spent but still must be shown in the budget which can be voted on to approve at the December 30th
~~The Board unanimously approved a 3 year agreement with Berkheimer Associates to collect EIT (Earned Income Tax) and OPT (Occupational Privilege Tax) for Jackson Township. Berkheimer has been collecting these taxes but by having the new three year agreement, will charge 1% less than the 3% they previously charged for their services saving the Township money. The same contract will be adopted by Central Cambria School District.
~~The Supervisors approved a 3 year contract with Barnes, Saly & Company, Certified Public Accountants to audit the accounts of Jackson Township for the calendar years 2003 through 2005. The CPA firm audited the records this year and insuring accuracy is critical with a budget of over 2 million dollars.
~~The Board voted to approve soliciting bids for fencing and a walking track for the Leidy Park Project. A ball field and multipurpose field were completed this year along with a new children's play area. By the Board's action, additional development at the park site will become reality and the greatly improved park will be ready for Township residents to use and enjoy next year.
~~The Board tabled a motion to hire a second full-time police officer. That matter will be discussed at a special meeting set up for Wednesday, November 26th at 8:00 am where personnel matters will be discussed and acted upon. Currently Jackson Township only has one full-time police officer and 4 part-time officers. The additional officer is being considered to offer greater protection and stability in light of a high turnover rate among part-time policemen.
Below is the October, 2003 Police Report submitted by Police Chief, Bob Fatula:
911 Calls Dispatched to Police-317
~~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-3
Non-Traffic Citations Issued-3
Traffic Citations Issued-22
Criminal Charges Filed-21
~~Receiving Stolen Property-4
~~DUI (Driving While Under the Influence)-3
LORAINE ROAD SEGMENT PAVED WITH INTERGOVERNMENTAL COOPERATION
After hearing many complaints from Township residents along Loraine Road & Fords Corner Road who drive Loraine Road to Route 271 and Nanty Glo, Jackson Township was finally able to get something done to improve the Nanty Glo portion of the road. The lower section of Loraine Road was full of pot holes and it was very difficult to miss them when driving. Loraine Road which has 34 homes along it is
primarily used by Jackson Township residents. Working with Tom Kupchella of Nanty Glo Borough Council, Jackson Township was able to help with labor and equipment as Nanty Glo purchased all the
materials and provided labor as well. This is a great example of how municipalities and neighbors can work together to accomplish something that will benefit everyone. The total cost of the project
was only $2500.00. Since the road segment was completed, residents have expressed their appreciation for the greatly improved road. A similar show of cooperation was done earliar this year when Jackson joined with Middle Taylor Township in a show of support to PennDOT for eliminating the "S" curve on Benshoff Hill Road which borders both Townships.
STREET LIGHT UPDATE
Earlier this year 35 street lights were proposed for Jackson Township at various intersections. REA (Rural Electric Association) said they would probably be installing 9 of the lights within the next 2
weeks. The remaining lights are to be installed by Penelec and additional information such as pole numbers and location information is being organized in order that they can proceed as well.
WEATHER PLAYS HAVOC IN TOWNSHIP
A rare amount of 3+ inches of rain in a short time frame on Wednesday, November 19th had Township creeks and streams looking like fast moving rivers. Many yards actually had miniature lakes and many residents had to have water pumped from their basements. The situation was widespread over the entire region and all of the water caused flooding in Pittsburgh as the Monogehala & Allegheny rivers were well over their capacity. The Township received countless calls about ditches and pipes overflowing and road crews were busy removing what they could to keep the water flowing and draining as fast as possible. There was so much water that the ground just couldn't hold or absorb it causing the high "run off". Fortunately the rain only lasted one day and dry weather arrived on Thursday.
OTHER TOWNSHIP NEWS
~~TOWNSHIP GARAGE ROOF NEARING COMPLETION
The new garage roof on the Municipal Garage at Mundys Corner is nearing completion. Capitol Construction has been working quickly to get the job done and take advantage of the unusually warm weather.
~~SENIOR CENTER VETERANS DAY CEREMONY
The Senior Center held it's first ever Veterans Day Ceremony with several hundred in attendance. Marty Kuhar was the guest speaker while Betty Lybarger sang several patriotic numbers. The Menoher VFW Rifle Guard and Troop 204 Boy & Cub Scouts were also in attendance along with many politicians and news media. The ceremony also dedicated the new community flag pole. Frank Singel, President of the Sr. Center hopes to have ceremonies honoring veterans on Memorial Day and Veterans Day of each year.
~~VOTER RECOUNT CONTINUES
A re-count of the votes from the 6 year Supervisors race continues. According to the news media,a decision will be made on Monday, November 24th at the Cambria County Courthouse.
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