Regular Monthly Meeting-July 17th, 2012

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
July 17th, 2012
7:00 P.M.
Municipal Building
45 George Street, Clfd Pa

Chairman Glenn Johnston called the meeting to order.

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Roll call of supervisors present showed William Lawhead, Edward Brown and Glenn Johnston all present.

Present: Secretary Barbara Shaffner, Code Officer Agatha Lauder-English, Police Sergeant Mark Brooks, Solicitor Linda Lewis, Engineer Scott McEldowney, Nancy Yeager and Rex Read-Zoning Hearing Board Members, Jeff Corcino-The Progress, Kim Finnigan-The Courier Express, Amanda Thompson-WOKW, Aaron Evans-Gant Daily, Holly Caldwell, Mike Misselwitz, Nick Patel.

Comments from the audience: Holly Caldwell was present with concerns of traffic on Parkview Drive and individuals that do not stop at the stop signs and the safety of the children. Ms. Caldwell has contacted the Police Department but felt they have not responded to the problem. Sergeant Brooks apologized if the department did not respond to her complaint but did let her know that they are aware of that being a problem area as well as other areas where individuals disobey stopping at stop signs and rates of speed. After a discussion about the issue with the Sergeant and the Supervisors the Sergeant let Ms Caldwell know that he would try to have more patrol in the area when availability of staff is able to.

William Lawhead motion to approve the minutes of the July 2nd, 2012 meeting as written, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

Engineer’s Report: Scott McEldowney presented Change Order #1 for New Enterprise Stone and Lime in the amount of $5,542.00 for the Hillsdale Paving Project for the supervisors approval and signature. Edward Brown motion to approve and sign Change Order #1 for New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co., William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

Police Report: Sergeant Brooks presented an Intern Agreement with Lock Haven University for an Intern to ride along with the Police Department that needed to be signed. They have been doing this for several years with the University. Glenn Johnston motion to approve the agreement with condition of a hold harmless clause in the agreement, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

Sergeant Brooks let the supervisors know that Car #6 is now at the 150,000 miles that cannot be used for patrol.

Sergeant Brooks reported to the supervisors that he was made aware that the Police Chief has submitted his letter of retirement and asked the supervisors what their intent may be for hiring since the department is already short staffed and this will bring the department down to seven full time officers. There was a discussion on if the department could hire any part time officers but no decision was made to that regard. William Lawhead motion to advertise for a Police Chief, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

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Edward Brown motion to appoint Mark Brooks as Interim Chief with a wage increase to Chief Wages of $23.39 hr effective August 1st, 2012, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

Solicitor’s Report:Ms. Lewis presented the Clearfield County Solid Waste Management Plan to the supervisors for approval. William Lawhead motion to approve Resolution #2012-08 to approve the Clearfield County Solid Waste Management Plan, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

Ms. Lewis asked the supervisors to go to Executive Session at the end of the meeting to discuss the Union Contract changes for the Health Care changes.

Supervisor Johnston let the public know that DEP requires the township to do flow monitoring to locate the additional I & I from roof drains and sump pumps that may be going into the sanitary sewer system. Inspection and investigation is time consuming and expensive and the township could be fined if we don’t correct the problem/issue. Glenn Johnston motion to instruct the Solicitor to prepare an Ordinance to implement a fine for individuals/home owners that are illegally putting storm water into the sewer system-action to be taken, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

Recreational Park Board: Nancy Yeager let the supervisors know that the Rec Park is being used a lot and how nice the park looks.

Nancy Yeager also asked the Supervisors if they would advertise for an alternate for the Zoning Hearing Board. Edward Brown motion to advertise for an alternate on the Zoning Hearing Board, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

Code Enforcement Officer:Agatha Lauder-English presented the Kenneth & Helen Rowles Lot Consolidation for the supervisors approval. William Lawhead motion to approve the Rowles Lot Consolidation on Nelson Road, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

The Code Officer also presented the Dorothy Hale lot consolidation and asked the supervisors not to approve at this time because of legal issues. William Lawhead motion to not approve the Dorothy Hale Lot Consolidation due to legal issues, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

The Code Officer asked the supervisors to set a date for the Holiday Inn Express Conditional Use Hearing. William Lawhead motion to set the date for the Public Hearing for the Holiday Inn Express for August 7th, 2012 at 6:55 P.M., Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

A Public Hearing was held for the Donald & Nancy Smeal Condition Use. William Lawhead motion to approve the Conditional Use for Donald & Nancy Smeal for use of a Family Tree (Outdoor Farmers Market and Crafts) in the Plymptonville area, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

A Public Hearing was held for the Graystone Court Villas conditional use for a Senior Living Dwelling. Edward Brown motion to approve the Conditional Use for Graystone Court Villas for a Senior Living Dwelling on Leonard Street, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

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A Public Hearing was held for the Graystone Court Villas conditional use of 75’ in height for the Senior Living Dwelling. Glenn Johnston motion to approve the 75’ height for the Senior Living Dwelling on Leonard Street for Graystone Court Villas, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

Secretary/Treasurer’s Report: The Treasurer’s Report for the month of June was submitted for the Supervisors review.

A Part-Time Employee for the Recycling Pickup was advertised and the township received one application from Howard Hunt. William Lawhead motion to hire Howard Hunt at part-time for the Recycling Pick up at 9.01 hr, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

The Secretary opened the bids for Paving of various locations in the township:

New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co.                                         150,828.26

Glenn O Hawbaker                                                                 146,655.65

HRI Inc.                                                                                   149,517.00

William Lawhead motion to table bids for review, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

The Secretary opened the bids for the Weaverhurst Project:

New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co                                      386,365.22

Glenn O Hawbaker                                                              375,581.60

HRI, Inc.                                                                              434,352.00

William Lawhead motion to table for Engineer’s review, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

Edward Brown motion to authorize the Chairman to sign once the bids have been reviewed by the Engineer, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

The Secretary opened the bids for the Forest Drive Sewer Project:

Greenland Construction                                        158,000.00

DT Construction                                                    139,167.00

R.H. Bailey LLC                                                   146,620.00

William Lawhead motion to table for Engineers review and authorize the Chairman to sign once they are reviewed, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

Supervisors Report:

Edward Brown: No Report.

William Lawhead discussed the issue of Dust Control for the Dirt Roads and what material to use and the cost of the material.

EDP-20             @ 1.30 Gallon            can purchase under Co-Stars

Penn Suprezz    @ 1.50 Gallon

MC-70              @ 3.29 Gallon

Glenn Johnston motion to proceed with using the EDP-20 @ 1.30 Gallon under the Co-Stars Program, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

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Roadmaster Lawhead reported to the other supervisors that the Recycling Truck has been in the shop for repairs and they were having a hard time finding parts because of the age of the unit.

Roadmaster Lawhead also let them know that LT#1 is out of inspection and also the township car is in bad shape. The supervisors agreed and authorized the office staff to look at prices for a new township office staff vehicle.

Roadmaster Lawhead received a request from a township resident asking that Clover Hill Road be changed back to B-Hill Road as it previously was. After a discussion the supervisors decided to leave it as is because there are numerous residents on that road and it would effect all of them changing their addresses and if they wanted it changed then a petition needed to be signed by all the residents and not just one.

Glenn Johnston: No Report.

Glenn Johnston motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of $125,278.87, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

Glenn Johnston motion to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss the union contract changes for Health Care and Personnel Issues, Edward Brown second.

8:29 P.M.

William Lawhead motion to return from Executive Session, Edward Brown second.

8:55 P.M.

William Lawhead motion to authorize to sign the letter of amendments to the union contracts for the change in health care, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

William Lawhead motion to adjourn, Edward Brown second.

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully Submitted,

_________________________  

Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary

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