Competitive Power Ventures presents $325,000 check to Jackson Township
JACKSON TOWNSHIP -- Representatives from Competitive Power Ventures were in Jackson Township Wednesday to present the Board of Supervisors with a big check for the community.
The Maryland-based company is planning to build a natural gas power plant in the township, expecting to start construction this fall.
They're building the Fairview Energy Center just off Route 271 where there's currently a salvage yard.
Representatives from the company say they're happy to already be giving back to the community.
"Very thrilled to be here. Very thrilled to be having our construction kickoff on our facility, and we're really looking forward to becoming a member of Jackson Township," CPV Vice President Mike Resca said.
Resca presented a check for $325,000 to the Board of Supervisors. It’s the first donation to the Jackson Community Benefits Fund.
"The basis of the fund is really to be able to give back to the community here in Jackson Township,” Resca said. “CPV builds these types of facilities and really try to get involved and really become a neighbor and a member of the family within the region that we're in."
Part of that check, $275,000, will be used to cover the cost of the newly constructed Loraine Park Fishing Point Recreation Facility.
"That end of the township actually has no recreation. So for us to put a pond in over there, a walking trail, it's just awesome," Jackson Township Supervisor Bruce Baker said.
Baker said the township holds an annual fishing derby, and now they have their own pond to use.
But the board also wanted to help firefighters, so of the $325,000 the town received, $50,000 will go to the fire department.
"I mean, every fire department, volunteer fire department, they struggle, so we were looking for something for them. And (CPV) offered up the $50,000 we asked for, and I know they're surely going to use it," Baker said.
Chief Barry Emerson is very grateful.
"Oh it's awesome. I mean we work on donations, fundraisers and stuff like that. And an extra fifty grand, it's awesome,” Emerson said. “You don't get that handed to you every day."
"It's been a great privilege to be able to put money right back into the first responders that are going to be keeping us safe and the township safe through our construction cycle, but also as we go into operations," Resca said.
Emerson also said he’s looking forward to the economic impact on the area.
"You go to the restaurants and stuff around town here, and I don't think they realize what kind of an impact it's going to have on them because it's going to get busy here,” Emerson said. “You're going to have all those people working here and they're going to need a place for lunch, and places to stay."