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Jackson Township Fire Department receives $115,000 Vol. 99 No. 6

ISSN:1529-9910

Nanty Glo, Pa.

Thursday, February 6, 2020

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28 Pages

By Allie Byers

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The Jackson Township Volunteer Fire Department left the Jan. 30 supervisors meeting $115,000 richer thanks to generous donations from Energy Transfer and the township. Robin Tilley, Energy Transfer’s senior specialist of public affairs, attended the meeting to present the firefighters with a $15,000 check from their First Responders Fund. “One of the things that we’ve learned over the years is that volunteer firefighting organizations, like Jackson Township’s, are just sort of increasingly financially distressed for, sort of, the perfect storm of reasons,” said Tilley. She added that equipment is getting more expensive and volunteers are lacking, and with state and federal measures becoming stricter departments are struggling financially. “We started to get approached by some of these organizations over the years and, as a company just really wanted to put our heads together and figure out what we can do work with these organizations

Jackson Township Supervisors John Wallet (second from left) and Bruce Baker (far right) present Jackson Township firefighters Cory Ehrhart, Mark Sloan and Barry Emerson with a $100,000 check from the CPV Host Community Benefits Fund to help purchase a new fire truck. Photo by Allie Byers.

and the communities in which we operate and live and work,” Tilley stated. According to Tilley, Energy

Transfer created their First Responders Fund, which is “competitive grant program.” She said that the fund is similar in structure

to applying for a federal grant. “It’s been really successful thus far,” Tilley added. She stated that the fire depart-

ment’s president, Steve Yarina, put together “such a great, well written application” that it made it easy for

Mundys Corner pump still kicking breakers

SEE DEPARTMENT, PAGE 3A

By Allie Byers

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100th day

Blacklick Valley second-grade students (from left) Emma Turcheck, Jovi Warner, Alexis Wood, Abby Warzel, Aubrey Molinick, Layla Hazie and Lilah Myers act like 100-year-olds on the 100th day of school Feb. 3. Photo by Allie Byers.

Ebensburg Municipal Auth. underbills BVMA

By Allie Byers

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The bulk water rate that the Blacklick Valley Municipal Authority (BVMA) pays to Ebensburg Municipal Authority will increase, according to Ebensburg Borough manager Dan Penatzer. Penatzer attended the Jan. 29 BVMA meeting to more thoroughly explain a letter he penned to them dated Jan. 9. The letter states that Ebensburg received a 10 percent increase in

the bulk water rate charged by the Greater Johnstown Water Authority. They received no notice of this increase that took effect Jan. 1, but the BVMA will notice an increase on the March bill. The letter also states that the water purchase agreement between the two authorities, date June 2004, “first stipulated a rate of $1.80 per 1,000 gallons with a minimum purchase of 20,000 gallons per day.” According to the letter, the rate from Johnstown has increased several times since then, however the rate charged to the BVMA was “increased accordingly, but only for each 1,000 gallons in excess of 20,000 gallons.” The increase was never applied to the BVMA’s “base rate” for the first 20,000 gallons of water. The rate for the BVMA will

SEE UNDERBILLED, PAGE 3A

Dressing up

The pump station in Mundys Corner, also known as the George Wyse pump station, has been an issue for the Jackson Township Water Authority for over a year. At the Jan. 28 meeting, foreman Fred Meier said that the motor in the pump station was rebuilt in hopes that

SEE PUMP, PAGE 7A

Jackson Elementary students Cohen Kokoski and Isabella Lutz dress up like 100-year-olds with kindergarten teacher Ryan Prasko to celebrate the 100th day of school Jan. 29. Photo by Allie Byers.

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