JACKSON TOWNSHIP NEWS
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Winter - Spring, 2013
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The Jackson Township Business Park Project is moving forward as an additional "key" parcel of ground of 35.5 acres is being acquired from Waste Management for the purchase price of $78,571. The purchase was made possible from timbering that the Supervisors had done on land previously acquired in the Chickaree Hill area through a land trade with the Pennsylvania DCNR (Department of Conservation & Natural Resources). The timbering bid was awarded to E & E Logging & Sons and brought $143,428 of income back to
MANDATORY ELECTRONICS RECYCLING REQUIRED IN 2013
SUPERVISORS REORGANIZE FOR 2013
The Board of Supervisors met on January 7th
to reorganize for the New Year.
was appointed to the position as Chairman and
Vice-Chairman of the 2013 Board.
was re-appointed as Secretary-Treasurer,
as Zoning Hearing Board Solicitor.
was appointed as Township Engineer.
was re-appointed as Zoning Officer and
Middle Department Inspection Agency
as Building Code Official.
was re-appointed as Vacancy Board
Chairman.There were several re-appointments to various Township boards
and commissions. Don Knopsnyder
was re-appointed to a four year term on the
Lythgoe were each re-appointed to a
five year term on the Recreation Commission while
was newly appointed to fill an open position.
Returning to the Water Authority with a five year term is
Re-appointed with a five year term to the Jackson-East Taylor Sewer
Authority was George Burkey.
was re-appointed to a three year term to the Zoning Hearing Board while
was newly appointed as an Alternate Member to
fill an open position.
Bruce Baker, John Wallet
Westrick were appointed as
was re-appointed as Representative to the Cambria County Sewage
Enforcement Agency while Dave Hirko
was appointed as Alternate Member.
Baker was also appointed as
Regular Attending Member to the Cambria County Association of Township
Officials while John Wallet
was designated as Alternate Attending
was re-appointed as Driveway Encroachment Officer.
The Supervisors re-appointed
to the position of Emergency Management Coordinator and
as Officer-In Charge for the coming year.
Supervisors also set the meetings
dates for the second Thursday of every
month for 2013 at 8:00 am and the last Thursday of every month for 2013
at 7:00 pm. Exceptions are the March, November and December when they
will be held one week earlier due to Holidays (Holy Thursday,
The Jackson Township Heritage Festival has grown quite popular by advertising and word of mouth and is now considered a major event in the region. This is quite an accomplishment since its humble beginnings. It's hard to believe that the Heritage Festival will be celebrating its 10th anniversary this year! The Heritage Festival will be held this year on Friday, July 19, Saturday, July 20 & Sunday, July 21 so save the dates. There will be entertainment all weekend, lots of childrens activities, fireworks, a car cruise, parade, poker run and lots of great food and crafts to enjoy! More information will be available in the Summer-Fall Newsletter in July. If you are interested in being a vendor or a sponsor for the Heritage Festival, please contact Dave Hirko at 749-0725. For additional information on the Festival go to: www.jacksontwppa.com/festival
PAVILIONS READY FOR 2013
As warmer weather is coming, now is the time
to reserve a pavilion if you are planning a special event this Summer or
The two new pavilions at Mitchell Park
were very popular last year and most every weekend was booked up with
parties, picnics, reunions, receptions or other special events.
Each pavilion can accommodate 96
For a very large group, both pavilions
can be rented which would accommodate about 200 people.
Reservations are now being taken for
the pavilions on a first come, first serve basis.
If you wish to reserve for an upcoming
special event you may have, just call 749-0725 to see if a specific date
is available and then complete the reservation form.
pavilions are available at Mitchell and 1 each at
UPCOMING RECREATION EVENTS
Listed below are some of
the upcoming events and activities scheduled in
~ 7th Annual Easter Egg Hunt
This highly popular event will be held on Saturday, March 23rd at at Mitchell Park. There will be over 2000 eggs hidden filled with goodies as well as some coupons redeemable for special prizes! Making an appearance will be the Easter Bunny. The Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by the Jackson Township Recreation Commission and Jackson Township Supervisors.
~ Jackson Township Fishing Derby
~Gospel In The Park
John Lythgoe has
scheduled a Gospel Concert at
Finally, Spring has arrived! The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company would like to remind residents about “Brush Fire Season”. They know everyone is anxious to get their property in shape for summer, so please burn brush responsibly. Pick a day that is not windy or wait until after a rainfall and ALWAYS burn away from any structures. The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company has several upcoming events they would like to announce for 2013. They are as follows:
Spring Gun Raffle
- Sunday, April 6th
Golf Raffle -Sunday, April 20th
Jewelry Raffle - Saturday, May 18th
Heritage Festival - Fri.-Sun., July 19th-21st
"Fish Frys" have been held every
Friday during Lent with the last one being Good Friday, March 29th.
sponsored by the Auxiliary and is held every Sunday evening at
Turnout has been very good for Bingo
and they are hoping that will continue.
For tickets or
additional information on all of these events, contact the Fire Company
REMEMBERING DOROTHY AMIGH
was the Dispatcher for the Jackson Township Fire Company for over 30
years before central dispatching centers or the concept of "911" was
introduced. According to Charlie Grove,
Dorothy's Brother-In-Law and long time member of the Fire Company, there
wasn't always a telephone number at the Fire Hall.
People used to have a list of about 5
or 6 names of firemen and when you had an emergency, you would call the
first name and if they didn't answer, you called the second name and so
on. When new telephone lines were installed for the 322 exchange in
Jackson Township around 1963, the firemen thought it would be a good
opportunity to run lines out to Dorothy's home on Singer Hill.
They knew that she was caring for
other family members and that there was always somebody there to answer
the phone. The new lines were set up in a way that a phone would ring at
the Fire Hall along with 4 other homes of firemen, one of them being
Along with the phone line, they thought it
would be good to have a siren near Dorothy's home on Singer Hill.
donated the copper wire and Bethlehem
Mines set up the pole for the siren.
The line for the siren had to be run
along Harmony Drive as there weren't a lot of utility poles on sections
of Rt. 271 at that time.
The Fire Company installed a Fire
Company Radio in her home for her to take calls on the emergency phone
She literally volunteered to be on
call for 24 / 7 for 365 days a year for over 30 years!
At that time the Fire Company had a
regular phone number and an emergency phone number. Even though the
phone rang at the Fire Hall and 4 homes of firemen, about 99% of the
time it was Dorothy's caring voice people would hear when they called
the emergency number.
As soon as Dorothy would answer the
emergency phone, she would also start the siren to call out the firemen.
She was so dedicated to being the dispatcher for emergencies in Jackson
Township that she rarely left her home and if she did go out for
groceries or for a doctor appointment, she would make sure one of the
Firemen would be watching the phone. Grove said when Dorothy would get a
call, she would sound the siren accordingly - 1 time for an Ambulance
Call, 2 times for an Accident and 3 times for a Fire.
Dorothy would always send firemen in
the right direction.
There was one incident in the late
1980's or early 1990's where a phone operator connected a woman who was
calling about a fire at her house and Dorothy got the call as the
operator seen that the Fire Company was listed with a Mineral Point
The caller was in distress and finally
gave out her last name and there was only one family with that last name
in Jackson Township who lived in Vinco. It turned out however that the
fire was not in Vinco but rather in the Brookdale area of East Taylor
These were in the days prior to
calling 911 and locating the caller on a computer screen. Dorothy along
with the phone operator were so upset over the incident as the woman in
distress could barely get out any information over the phone
Dorothy took every call very seriously
and knew that people were relying on her. She always tried to remain
calm even when the caller wasn't.
According to Grove, prior to 911,
there were 3 dispatch centers in Cambria County.
One was in Westmont, the second was
called Fire Central and based out of Richland and the 3rd was Mainline
which was in the basement of the Courthouse in Ebensburg.
Jackson Township associated with
Mainline as so many residents at that time had a Nanty Glo or Ebensburg
phone exchange number.
The dispatch centers were established
to handle police calls as well.
Because the Mainline Dispatch was a
long distance call, many people called Dorothy on the local fire company
emergency number about police matters. Even after 911 came into effect,
many residents still called Dorothy or they would call both 911 and then
Dorothy. Many people in the fire service knew her simply as Dorothy or
heard her on the fire radio as KRP-753.
POLISH CLUB DONATES TOWARDS FISHING POND PROJECT
Glo American Polish Citizens Club
presented the Jackson Township
Supervisors with a check for $10,000
to put towards the Lorain Road Fishing
Ford of the Club presented the check
at the December 20th Board of Supervisors Meeting. The only condition
attached to the donation was that the pond be open for public use.
The pond would definitely be open to
the public as any other of the parks are in Jackson Township, being on
Township owned property. .
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Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and mailing address and we will mail future issues to you electronically. Jackson Township in an effort to save money on postage and become more environmentally friendly will be establishing an email list for those who wish to receive copies of the Jackson Township News electronically rather than a hard copy thru the mail. We hope this list will continue to grow over time. In addition copies will be published 3 times a year instead of 4. Newsletters will now be published in April, July and October.
Township Mun. Bldg. 749-0725
Jackson Township Fire Company 322-3155
Jackson Township Police Dept. 749-0051
Jackson Township Senior Center 322-3327
Jackson - East Taylor Sewer Auth. 322-3444
Jackson Township Water Authority 322-1262
Paulette Baker, Tax Collector 322-1863
George Burkey, Zoning Officer 322-4709
Barry Rouzer, Constable 322-4927
Township Mun. Bldg. 749-0725
JTPD T-SHIRTS MAKE GREAT GIFTS
The Jackson Township Police Department has T-Shirts available for sell. They are available in black or navy blue and the large logo is on the back and a small one on the front. There are 3 different styles available. Pricing is as follows: $8 for Adult Medium, Large, Youth and X Large or 2 for $15.00. For sizes 2X or 3X add $1.50 per shirt. According to Phil Vaught, OIC (Officer In Charge), the T-Shirts are to promote good public relations and any extra proceeds from sales will go directly to the Police Department for whatever is needed. The T-Shirts will make great and unique gifts and can be purchased at the Municipal Building, Monday thru Friday from 8 am to 4 pm. If you are not able to stop by during those hours, please call the Office at 749-0725.
SENIOR CENTER NEWS
The Center is buzzing with many activities
and events. The Center along with
Conemaugh Priority Care will be
hosting a Community Blood Screening
on Saturday, May 11th from 7 to 9 am.
It is a complete multiphasic blood
screen with lipid profile and
WATER AUTHORITY NEWS
Jackson Township Water Authority
customers: For your convenience, JTWA has been providing direct debit
payment for the past several years.
We would like to encourage all
customers to consider utilizing the option of direct debit payments.
The forms to begin the service are
available at the Water Authority Office. Please be aware of the
difference between direct debit and on-line banking.
services are provided by a third-party processing center and the funds
may not be received for several days or more after being debited from
your account (they are received in the form of a physical check).
At times, this causes payments to be
received after the due date.
Payments must be in the office by end
of business on the 25th of each month.
With direct debit,
JTWA’s bank electronically
receives funds from your bank and the payments are debited on the 20th
of each month, thereby eliminating the risk of a late fee being applied
to your account.
Once again the summer season is upon us and we would like to stress the issue of water conservation.
Use a broom, not a hose, to clean
driveways, steps and sidewalks.
2. Wash the car with water from a bucket. If a hose is used, control the flow with an automatic shut off nozzle.
3. Water the lawn only when needed. If grass does not spring back after walking on it, it probably needs water.
4. Water the lawn or garden during the coolest part of the day. Do not water on windy days.
5. Set sprinklers to water the lawn or garden only. Do not water the street or sidewalk.
6. Use soaker hoses and trickle irrigation systems to reduce the amount of water used for irrigation by 20 to 50 percent.
7. Use mulch around shrubs and garden plants to reduce evaporation from the soil surface and cut down on weed growth.
8. In landscaping, use native plants that require less care and water than ornamental varieties.
9. Cover the swimming pool to prevent evaporation.
10. Adjust the lawn mower to a higher setting to provide natural ground shade and to promote water retention by the soil.
JACKSON TOWNSHIP SENIOR CENTER HORSESHOE LEAGUE CHAMPS FOR 2011-12
The Jackson Township Senior Center listed their championship teams for 2011 and 2012. The winning team for 2011 were "The Steelers". Members of the team were Bruce Boring, Toni Wainwright, Delores Bracken and Connie Vermillion. For 2011, Dave Hagerich and Toni Wainwright had the most ringers while Bob Keith and Janet Pribish had the most points. For 2012, the winning team was "Grants". Members of the team were Toni Wainwright, Janet Pribish, French Vermillion and Jeff Frye. The most ringers for 2012 went to Toni Wainwright with 43 and Bob Keith with 41 while the most points went to Janet Hagerich with 188 and French Vermillion with 199. A banquet was held at Ryan's Restaurant in Johnstown at the end of the season and awards were given out.
Chickaree Ridge Runners Recreation and Rescue Snowmobile Club
held it's annual benefit Poker Run
on Sunday, February 10th at the
clubhouse at Mitchell Field.
This year's Poker Run was for
a 2 ½ year old boy whose mother passed away last year from cancer at the
age of 20.
There was an excellent turnout and the
Club raised approximately $3,000.
The Club wishes to
Other Snowmobile Club News
The Club also sponsored a Snowmobile Safety Course for children ages 10-15 on January 19, 2013 with 14 children and 6 adults taking the course. Instructors were Clint Elias, Jack Machuta and Dave Supanik and Martin Marine provided a sled and a lunch for all attendees. The Club's annual Spring Banquet is scheduled for March 30th and race dates for the upcoming season will soon be posted on the Club's website. If anyone is interested in the Club and would like to join, there are family-oriented events throughout the year such as going to an Altoona Curve game in June, pool party in July and a picnic at Raystown Lake in August. You don't have to be a snowmobiler to join! For more information, call 749-9931 or visit www.chickareeridgerunners.com
INFORMATION NEED UPDATED?
If you received this newsletter and your name or address information is incorrect, or if you know of any resident of Jackson Township who didn’t receive it, please call the Township Office at 749-0725.
JUNK VEHICLE REMOVAL
If you have a junked vehicle that needs removed from your property and you’re not sure how to go about it, perhaps the following information will help. Al Gillin who operates a licensed junkyard along Adams Avenue has agreed to tow any junked vehicles that you would like to have removed from your property. According to Mr. Gillin, in most cases there will be no charge to any Township resident for this service unless there is great difficulty getting to the vehicle to pick it up. If you wish to have junked vehicles removed from your property, you may contact Mr. Gillin at 322-4366 to see if you qualify for this free service.
Residents Cashing In On Scrap Metal
Many residents are getting top dollar on scrap metal. This includes automobiles that may be sitting on your property. EMF Industries of Franklin Borough accepts old vehicles and pays for the scrap metal value which has been up dramatically this year. The phone number for EMF is 536-5047.
~Who's New In Jackson Township
Welcome Robert Hanik who was hired as a Part-Time Police Officer. Stephen Brang was appointed as a member to the Jackson Township Recreation Commission and Eric Dreikorn was appointed as an Alternate Member of the Zoning Hearing Board.
~Be Sure To Vote On Election Day
Primary Election Day is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21st. Be sure to get out and vote!
~5K Check Presented To Jackson Elementary
The Jackson Township Supervisors presented a check for $1,500 from the Jackson Heritage Festival 5K Race to Tricia Murin, Principal of Jackson Elementary School for the purchase of Science Kits at their September 27th Meeting. The 5K Race was the 2nd Annual one held during the Heritage Festival weekend. Tracey Heeney has coordinated the highly popular 5K Races. The 3rd Annual 5K Race is planned for this year. A registration form is included in this newsletter.
~Jackson Township Honors Vets
The Jackson Township Senior Center hosted their 10th Annual Veterans Day Ceremony on November 12, 2012. Retired Air Force Colonel, Douglas R. Lengenfelder was the speaker. Other participants were Frank Singel, Menoher VFW Post 155, Corey Shirk, Jackson Township Troop 204 Boy Scouts and Pastor Drew Walther. Over 100 people attended the special ceremony to honor Veterans, past and present.
~Supervisors Support Food Pantry Efforts
A contribution of $1000 was given to the Miners Community Food Pantry to support their annual fund drive in November. According to Janet Reese, it takes about $1,500. per month operate the Food Pantry which serves 300 families or 1,400 individuals. Reese estimates that half of the families served are from Jackson Township. The Food Pantry has experienced delays in receiving a grant from the Department of Agriculture and they depend on contributions around Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to continue operating.
~Supervisors Support Nanty Glo Library
The Supervisors unanimously approved at their September 27th meeting a contribution to the Nanty Glo Library for $500. to put towards their Annual Fund Drive. The Library estimates that approximately 700 people from Jackson Township use the Library.
~Parade & Trick or Treat Combination
Mindi Evans and a group of parents brought back the Halloween Parade tradition combined with Trick or Treat following, held on the afternoon of October 28th. Over 30 prizes were given out in various categories. The prizes were donated from Neighbors Who Care. Prior to the parade, Patriotic Pups Grooming also sponsored a Dog Costume Contest and after the Parade the Township Supervisors handed out free treats at the Fire Hall. The Jackson Township Police and Fire Departments helped patrol the streets during the event. The event was a huge success even with the inclement snowy weather. Next year promises to be bigger and better!
~Nancy Oleksa Retires From JETSA
To the Customers of JETSA:
After sixteen years as the
Administrative Assistant for the
Jackson - East Taylor Sewer Authority,
I have retired as of February 8, 2013.
I have enjoyed the work, but most of
all I have enjoyed and will miss all the wonderful customers I have had
the pleasure of meeting over the years.
I have met so many wonderful people
and made new long lasting friendships that I will treasure always.
From the customers I have laughed with
and cried with, to the customers who brought me homemade cookies and
candy, ice cream from Dairy Queen, to home grown vegetables, it has been
~JETSA Welcomes Veronica "Roni" Burkett
- East Taylor Sewer Authority is
pleased to welcome Veronica "Roni"
Burkett as the new
She resides on Swigle Mountain Road in
Jackson Township and will taking over the duties that were done by Nancy
Oleksa who retired after 16 years of service.
~7th Annual Light Up-Night Winners
The Jackson Township Recreation Commission
and Supervisors held the 7th Annual Light Up Night on Sunday, November
25th at the Jackson Township Senior Center and Veterans Park.
The evening included the
Festival of Trees,
lots of lights, caroling, refreshments
miniature train display
and of course
~Tax Structure Set For 2013
The Supervisors approved Resolution 07-12 setting the tax structure for 2013 as follows: Real Estate Tax-3 and 3/4 Mills, Fire Hydrant Tax-1/2 Mill, Rescue Service Tax-1 Mill, Earned Income Tax-1/2 %, Real Estate Transfer Tax-1/2 %, Per Capita Tax-$5.00 and Local Municipal Services Tax-$10.00. There are no local tax increases form Jackson Township for 2012.
~Fire Company Open House Held
The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Company once again held an Open House event in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week. The event was held on October 10th and featured tours of the smoke trailer, an opportunity to meet the Firemen, free fire truck rides, free 911 identification numbers and refreshments.
~Holiday Decorating Contest Winners
For the seventh year, a Township-wide Holiday
Lighting Contest was sponsored by the Jackson Township Recreation
Commission and Supervisors. This year there were 16 entries and over the
past 7 years, 75 families have entered.
~Waste Management Spreads Good Will for Christmas
Waste Management who
operates the Laurel Highlands Landfill once again distributed turkeys
for Christmas to those families in need. Churches in Jackson Twp.
submitted a number of turkeys needed for families they considered to be
~Knitters Help Community Keep Warm
The Naughty Knitters of the Jackson Senior Center were busy all last year and made some impressive donations to community groups and organizations in need including WIC, Head Start, Salvation Army, Women's Help Center, Family Center, Beginnings and the Jackson Elementary School. In all they donated 766 knitted hats, gloves and scarves in 2012. An additional 85 scarves were donated to the Winter Special Olympics. Also their time turned in for knitting and some of the donations help the Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Cambria County with their State Reimbursement.
~Open Burning Laws In PA
Many people often wonder what they can or can’t burn in Pennsylvania. Burning is permitted if the waste is the result of normal household occupancy. Items that you are not permitted to burn include demolition waste, home insulation, shingles, treated wood, paint, painted or stained objects, furniture, tires, box springs, metal insulating rubber coating on copper wire, old television sets, appliances, automobiles, automotive parts and batteries. All of the items mentioned must be disposed of according to solid-waste regulations. Also, the Pennsylvania State Burning Laws prohibit any commercial establishments from burning refuse of any kind. The PaDEP encourages everyone to be considerate of your neighbors by not allowing smoke, embers or ash to travel onto others properties. Jackson Township also has many options for recycling various materials and residents are encouraged to take advantage of those opportunities. Everyone also needs to pay attention to weather conditions and not to burn when it’s extremely dry or windy. In the fall, this is particularly dangerous as there are lots of dry leaves on the ground and one flaming ember could set a forest on fire. For additional information on open burning laws in Pennsylvania you can go to the following website: www.dep.state.pa.us and click on “open burning”. You may also call the DEP’s Bureau of Air Quality at (717) 787-9702 and request copies of this information.
The Jackson Township Supervisors approached the the community group, Neighbors Who Care about helping with the cost of providing Jackson Township Boy Scout Troop # 204 with a new storage shed. Neighbors Who Care members were receptive to the idea and agreed to pay half of the cost with the Supervisors also paying for half to help out the Boy Scouts. A new 10' x 20' storage shed was purchased from Esh's Storage Barnes of Bedford at a cost of $3,000 and was placed at Leidy Park. The Scouts had previously been storing equipment and gear in an old building owned by Bethlehem Mining Corp. but it was painted with lead-based paint, had grease and oil on the floor and home to many rodents so it was definitely not the best or safest place to be storing anything. The new shed is clean, dry and safe for storage and was greatly appreciated by the Boy Scouts!
~Recipes Need To Complete Heritage Cookbook
The Jackson Township Historical Preservation Committee still needs additional recipes to publish the Heritage Cookbook. They are interested in finding the very best recipes in Jackson Township so if you have some you would like to submit, please send them to 513 Pike Road, Johnstown 15909 or email them to email@example.com Recipes may be submitted up until April 30, 2013. Feel free to submit as many recipes as you like!
~Pedestrians & Motorists Urged To Use Caution
The Township has received numerous comments on PEDESTRIANS walking late at night and not being visible due to wearing dark colored clothing with no flashlights, etc. With it getting dark earlier in the day, it will be harder to see youth, children or even adults walking along the streets. The Jackson Township Police Department is advising that those out walking after dark along the streets wear light colored or reflective clothing or carry a flashlight with them. These common sense practices will be beneficial for the safety of pedestrians and motorists alike.
Just a friendly reminder that if your dog is missing, please check with the Jackson Township Police Department by stopping in or calling 749-0051 first. Jackson Police are in charge of dog complaints and if a loose dog is reported and there is no way of identifying its owner, the dog will be brought back to the Township and housed temporarily. If noone contacts the Police about a missing dog, it will then be taken to the Humane Society in Johnstown by one of the Officers.
~Jackson Twp. on Facebook
Jackson Township is
now on Facebook!
has a page where events, photos and important
news can be shared with over 500 members joining.
Another group with over 630 members as
well is called “Those who live or have
lived in Jackson Township” where
people can share memories of days gone by.
Jackson Township Police Department has
a page where they share important safety and messages with the
Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department
has a page where they share upcoming events.
Jackson Township Recreation Commission
has a page where they will communicate
upcoming recreation events and activities and a group called
“Jackson Township Historical Preservation”
was established where people can share
old photos and memories of the past history of not only Jackson Township
but the entire region.
This group has over 4,000 members and
over 10,000 photos in nearly 250 photo albums.
All of these groups are open to anyone
who wishes to join so friends and family members from all around the
United States and the world can join who have or have had connections to
~Free 911 House Numbers Available
The Jackson Township Supervisors in a cooperative effort of the Police Department & Fire Company want every home and business in the Township to have their 911 address number prominently displayed. In times of emergency, every minute is critical and it is important that emergency personnel be able to find you. If your house is not numbered, please stop at the Township Building at 513 Pike Road and we have free numbers we can give you. The Township also has mounting plates available if you need one. Numbers are available in black or white. If you are not able to stop by the Township Building between 8 AM & 4 PM, leave a phone message at 749-0725 with your name, address and telephone number where you can be reached in order that we can get the numbers to you.
~Vehicle Battery Drop-Off
Every wonder how to dispose of any old batteries from cars, trucks, lawn mowers, tractors, etc. that you may have laying around your property? They are considered hazardous so you cannot put them out with your garbage. You can however drop them off at Naugles Auto & Truck Sales free of charge where they will see that they are properly processed for disposal or recycling. Naugles Auto & Truck Sales is located at 3309 William Penn Avenue near Mundys Corner. If you have any questions concerning battery disposal, please contact Eric Naugle at 659-7429
~Crime and Vandalism
Jackson Township is a relatively safe place to live but no community is immune to crime. This is a reminder to keep a watch over your neighborhood and your neighbors in general. If you see anything suspicious, be sure to contact the Jackson Township Police Department at 749-0051. If no officer is at the Police Station you will be referred to the Cambria County 911 Non Emergency Line and they can have the officer on duty contact you.
~What Do I Do With?
Appliances - Waste Management will take appliances except those with Freon. Any appliances with Freon must be tagged that the Freon has been removed. Local appliance dealers and companies that do this are Krisay’s (Johnstown) 536-3287, R & R Appliance (Johnstown) 536-6723, Griffith & Petz (Johnstown) 536-6723 and O’Connor’s Plumbing & Heating (Johnstown) 536-3883. You can also take old appliances with Freon not removed to Spring & Fall Appliance Collection Events sponsored by Keep Cambria County Beautiful. Penelec also has an Appliance Turn-In Program.
Automobiles - Contact Al Gillin at 322-4366 to have vehicle towed away at no charge in most cases. You may also take vehicles to EMF Development Company in Franklin and obtain scrap value for the metal. Their phone number is 536-5047.
Books - Check with local libraries, schools, thrift stores and used book stores. Contact the Solid Waste Authority for information about special book recycling events.
Building Materials - Take to the landfill for proper disposal.
Car Batteries - Call Naugle Auto & Truck, Mundys Corner at 659-7429 or check local scrap yards.
Household Cleaners - Solid Waste Authority Annual Hazardous Household Waste Event.
Industrial Chemicals - Contact Safety Kleen in Johnstown. Their phone number is 266-4815.
Mercury - Call Solid Waste Authority in Ebensburg at 472-2109.
Motor Oil - Take used motor oil to Advance Auto Stores in the area for recycling. Contact area garages to see if they will accept used oil.
Old Paint - If solidified, it can be set out for normal trash collection. You can solidify paint with non-clumping kitty litter or commercially available paint hardening products. When paint is not “runny”, set outside next to trash cans with the lids off. Larger quantities of paint or paint products are accepted at the Solid Waste Authority’s Annual Hazardous Household Waste Event.
Pesticides - Solid Waste Authority Annual Hazardous Household Waste Event.
Phone Books - Remove covers and covers go in the Magazine Recycling Bin. The inside section of the phone book goes in the Newspaper Recycling Bin.
Propane Tanks - For larger tanks (grill size), trade in for a new tank at many convenience stores, etc. To recycle, bleed the tank empty, pop the valve out of the tank and take to the local scrap yard. Empty tanks can also be taken to Dale Oxygen in Johnstown or the Agway store in Ebensburg.
Tires - Take to Laurel Highlands Landfill where tires can be recycled for $2.00 each. Phone is 749-9065.
White Office Paper - There are big blue bin sites located for this at UPJ in Johnstown, St. Francis University in Loretto and the PaDEP Building in the Ebensburg Industrial Park.
~Need to Sign Up For New Garbage Service?
Jackson Township’s garbage contract provides for unlimited curbside garbage pick-up as well as any large items you have to dispose of with a few exceptions (i.e. - hazardous items, Freon, tires, etc.) If you are interested in signing up for garbage service you need to call 1-800-677-4884. The cost for 2012 is $37.11 per quarter, a reduction of $2.63 per quarter from 2011 as a result of a new 5 year contract approved in December, 2011.
Jackson Township has a valuable source of information to help keep you informed. If you haven’t checked out the Township Website, please feel free to visit www.jacksontwppa.com The website is constantly updated with new information. As always, you can read the monthly approved minutes of the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, East Taylor -Jackson Sewer Authority and Jackson Township Water Authority. To see some of the pages that have been updated recently , click on "Whats New" on the home page. If you have any suggestions of what you would like to see on the Jackson Twp. Website, please call Dave Hirko at 749-0725 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org
PLANNING A BUILDING PROJECT
If you are planning on a building project be
sure to visit or call either the Jackson Township Office at 749-0725 or
George Burkey, Zoning Officer at 322-4709.
Your project could involve zoning,
stormwater or planning.
Also with the Pennsylvania State
Building Code, inspections may be
required as well.
Be sure to allow plenty of time to get
any necessary permits prior to building.
By doing this, your project can be
addressed in plenty of time before you actually begin construction.
Just a reminder that all contractors
performing home remodeling must now be registered with the State of
This law was enacted in 2010 for the
protection of residents from irreputable contractors and home remodeling
/ repair scams.
~ A Bit of History ~
Travel in Jackson
by Mrs. Betty Burkhart
Nanty Glo Journal - May 7, 1942
When these first
pioneers migrated west, they made paths that followed routes that could
be little improved upon. The Lancaster Turnpike was originally the path
of the wandering Welsh, it being first a rough path through the woods.
The first road built in Jackson township was the
one officially known as the
Galbreth Road, but in this vicinity is
generally referred to by old timers as the
It was first laid out in 1790 and
entered the township where later
Joseph Burkhart cleared the land and
established his home, which in later years was occupied by
but which has long since returned to its original seemingly untouched
state. It crossed just north of where the
Pike Brethren Church
now stands, followed a route to the top of
thence north west a short distance and on to the top of
Laurel Hill Mountain,
crossing what is now
the Vintondale road just slightly
north of the Wm. Penn Highway, paralleling that highway for some
distance and then intersecting it on the west slope of the Laurel Hill