DECEMBER 13, 2002

Being we are still officially in the "Fall" season, Jackson Township has already seen plenty of ice and snow to keep road crews busy. In a recent ice storm, schools had to close and there were several
accidents on area roads. Jackson Townships road crews were featured on the WJAC Channel 6 news on December 10th as they wanted to do a story on how Townships prepare for Winter road conditions. Just a note to please use extra precautions when driving on icy or snow covered roads. During the upcoming Winter months, if you encounter any road problems, please contact Roadmasters Dave Bracken or Bruce Baker at the Township office at 749-0725.

Each year Second Class Townships are required to meet and hold a reorganization meeting for the coming year. Jackson Township will hold this required meeting on Monday, January 6th, 2003 at the
Jackson Township Municipal Building at 7:00 PM. At this meeting many appointments will be made for the coming year. Many volunteers in the Township serving on various boards and commissions get appointed for a multiple year term and those positions that expire in 2002 will need to be filled. The Supervisors will act on filling the positions based on the recommendations received from the boards and commissions affected.

A LOOK BACK AT 2002. . . .
2002 was filled with lots of good news and happenings for Jackson Township. Although some feared the implementation of zoning in Jackson Township would hinder development, that appeared not to be the case with 110 building permits being issued. New homes continue to be constructed and many residents are remodeling existing ones adding to their property value. Many commercial property owners expressed a continued commitment to Jackson Township by remodeling and upgrading their facilities. The Vinco Shopping Center was completely remodeled, a new Bi-Lo Supermarket opened and the Vinco Hardware put on a new facade on their existing building. Near Route 22, a new indoor mini-golf and recreation center is preparing for a grand opening as well as an ice cream stand uniquely created from a train caboose scheduled to open in 2003.

Schools and churches also added to the progress made during 2002. The largest of these projects was the construction of a multi-purpose building at the Cambria County Christian School. Others included a new roof put on St. John Vianney's Church and the adding of a new lighted sign located at the Jackson Elementary School which was purchased by the Parent Teacher Organization (PTO).

There are many larger projects in the works that will create revenue, expand the tax base and create jobs in Jackson Township. Those included are the Conectiv Power Plant slated to open off Dishong Road around 2004-2005. Land acquisition and permits are currently in progress. That 600 million dollar project will create about 50 permanent jobs and about 400-600 temporary construction jobs for a period of about 2 years. Another project in the works is the preparation to reopen an old Bethlehem Mine along Swigle Mountain Road. The new deep mine will be called Madison Mine and will employ about 75 people when it opens. This will be the first deep mine to open in Cambria County for a long time. Still another developer is proposing a 13-14 million dollar project to recycle landfill gases
and convert them to natural gas. Many people are continually looking at the Route 22 area for possible new commercial development.

Another project that will help clean up Jackson Township will be up and running soon. That is the cleaning up of a large "boney pile" located near Route 271 and Lorain Road. The boney will be
transported to a co-gen plant in Ebensburg and used as fuel. The site will eventually be completely reclaimed.

During 2002, Route 271 was completely repaved and refurbished by PennDOT. Township roads were also paved or / and improved including Pennway Drive, Snyder Road, Pike Road, Griffith Avenue, Woodland Street, Kagey Street, Ford's Corner Road, Venture Street, Kline Avenue, Bald Eagle Street and Shepard Street. Perhaps the biggest news was the finalizing of the Route 22 reconstruction which will be a 2-3 year project. The cost of reconstruction of Route 22 in Jackson Township will cost approximately 35 million. The project will add a lighted interchange at Dishong Road as well as install lighting at the Route 271 & Route 22 Interchange.

The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company were hosts of the annual County Firemens Convention which turned out to be a huge success and the firemen are also in the process of purchasing a new fire truck to insure the continued safety and protection of Township residents and

Infrastructure is continuing to expand which will assure that Jackson Township will be an attractive place to live and work. The Jackson - East-Taylor Sewer Authority will be expanding the current sewer system into two new areas including Brazil Lane and Cherrywood Estates. In addition, community block grants are being used to help secure water for several areas of the Township including residents on Solar Street, Wagner Road and Pintail Road.

The Senior Center added new professional horseshoe courts this year. A new handicapped access entrance is currently under construction and a new walking trail will be built in 2003. The center has grown to well over 300 members strong.

This past year the Jackson Township Recreation Commission made many improvements to Township parks. Those include new fencing, paved parking area and handicapped "walk-way", new picnic tables, park entrance sign and two new scorekeeper stands at Mitchell Park. At Leidy improvements included a new park entrance sign, two volleyball courts and new picnic tables. A water line was also extended and trees were cleared to prepare the way for the proposed new ball fields that will begin construction in 2003. Also for the younger residents of Jackson Township, new playground equipment has been purchased and is ready to be installed in 2003 at both Leidy & Mitchell Parks.

Another improvement made by the Supervisors this year was the refurbishing of the Recycling Center located in Mundys Corner near the Municipal Building. Many drainage problems were addressed by the Road Crew over the Summer months. New speed limits were established on several Township roads as well as weight limit signs to insure that Township roads will be protected for all citizens to safely use and enjoy. Township communications have improved with the further development of the Jackson Township website and with periodic newsletters sent via mail and the internet to Township

2003 should be another busy year of growth and development in the Township. Should you have any ideas or suggestions for the coming year, please feel free to share them with the Supervisors. You can email them at supervisors@jacksontwppa.com The Supervisors welcome you to be a contributing part of Jackson Township's future.

The Supervisors, staff and employees of Jackson Township would like to take this opportunity wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season! We look forward to serving the residents of Jackson Township in 2003.

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Jackson Township Supervisors
Dave Hirko / Manager