Regular Monthly Meeting-August 7th, 2012

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

Chairman Glenn Johnston called the meeting to order.

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

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

Present: Secretary Barbara Shaffner, Code Officer Agatha Lauder-English, Interim Police Chief Mark Brooks, Solicitors James Naddeo & Linda Lewis, Zoning Hearing Board Members-Nancy Yeager & Randy Powell.

Public: Kim Finnigan & J Shirey-The Courier Express, Greg & Marc Martell, Nick Patel, Jeff Corcino-The Progress, Amanda Thompson-WOKW, Mike Boal, Ed Mastrine, Craig Sattesahn, Robert Davis, Ben Timko.( List attached)

Comments from the audience: Ben Timko who owns a development and has a home located on Sunset Drive off of Martin Street was present with his complaints and concerns regarding Novey Recycling Center. He complained about numerous issues that he felt are all code violations and presented pictures to the code officer of what he felt were violations. He felt the way it is being maintained has become an eyesore and it makes it hard to sell the property in the development when they have to look at the mess from the recycling center/junk yard. He asked if a fence is required to be around the area and also had issues with steep banks and sloping and the dust control from the location.

Supervisor Johnston asked Mr. Timko how long the Recycling facility has been at this location. Mr. Timko said that when they bought the property for the subdivision the Recycling Center was not there.

Mr. Naddeo felt that all the issues could be brought together to make everyone happy. He did explain that the Code does control the junk yard/recycling and there are regulations.

Mr. Boal from Novey Recycling explained that they do have three separate licenses at the location. Recycling Center-Junk Yard & Salvage Yard. He also said they have done slopes and seeding and plan on planting quick growing trees. Mr. Boal encouraged the supervisors to go to his business and look at his site. He felt that a fence around his property would not hide the Recycling Center from the Timko Development. Mr. Boal also explained that the Noveys have operated a business at this location for 106 years.

Supervisor Johnston explained that the township would have the Code Officer work with the Solicitor and they would look at the codes to see if and what codes may be in violation but it may take at least a month if not longer.

Craig Sattesahn from George Road asked the supervisors if they would consider putting No Parking Signs along George Road because of the problem there with individuals parking to wait for children to get out of school or for football games, etc. It has created an issue for some time now with parking along both sides of the street. The Supervisors asked the Police Chief to look at the issue along with the Roadmaster to determine how much of the street should be no parking. The Solicitor would need specifications for an Ordinance.

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William Lawhead motion to approve the minutes of the July 17th, 2012 meeting as written, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

Engineer’s Report: None.

Police Report: The Chief reported to the supervisors that the complaint from the previous meeting regarding individuals not stopping at stop signs along Parkview Drive that citations have been issued in that matter. Supervisor Johnston asked Chief Brooks how much the township Police Department had to help and assist Clearfield Borough Police during the Clearfield County Fair. Chief Brooks felt it was minimal with some noise and parking complaints, petty thefts and some assist.

Chief Brooks gave the supervisors a copy of the Stats Report for the month of July.

Solicitor’s Report: Mr. Naddeo updated the supervisors on Act 13 and part of Act 13 is considered unconstitutional so the township needs to wait until it is determined if it will be upheld before making any changes to our current zoning.

Mr. Naddeo was given a Stock Purchase Agreement with Cogeco Cable from Atlantic Broadband and asked to review the documents. Mr. Naddeo felt everything was in order and recommended the supervisors approve the Resolution required. Edward Brown motion to approve Resolution #2012-09 granting consent to the transfer of control of Cable Television Franchisee, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

Edward Brown motion to authorize the chairman to sign all necessary paperwork from Atlantic Broadband, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

Mr. Naddeo also reported to the supervisors that he received a letter and payroll reports from Maxwell Truckings attorneys but the payroll reports were not certified. Mr. Naddeo responded to the letter and explained that the payroll reports must be certified for the township to accept them.

Recreational Park Board: No Report.

Code Enforcement Officer asked the supervisors what their decision was for the Martell Zoning Change request from the Public Hearing. William Lawhead motion to approve the Martell Zoning change request from Residential Urban to Commercial Highway, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

The Code Officer also asked the supervisors what their decision was for the K & K Dholu Conditional Use for a building height of 50’ 9” in the Commercial Highway District at 1625 Industrial Park Road. Edward Brown motion to approve the Conditional Use for K & K Dholu, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

The Code Officer was given a letter of request from K & K Dholu-Nick Patel asking for LERTA for the new Hotel with a construction cost of  3.7 Million dollars. William Lawhead motion to grant LERTA to K & K Dholu, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

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

The Secretary had documents to be approved for bids that were approved from the previous meeting.

The lowest Bidder for the Weaverhurst Area Paving & Drainage Improvements was Glenn O. Hawbaker and it was recommended by the township Engineer to accept the bid and proceed. William Lawhead motion to approve the Notice to award and Notice to Proceed to Glenn O Hawbaker in the amount of $375,581.60 and authorize the chairman to sign all necessary documents, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

The lowest bidder for the Forest Drive Sanitary Sewer Project was DT Construction and it was recommended by the township Engineer to award the bid. Glenn Johnston motion to award the bid for Forest Drive Sanitary Sewer Project to DT Construction in the amount of $ 139,167.00 and authorize the chairman to sign all necessary documents, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

The lowest bidder for the Paving of various Road throughout the township was Glenn O. Hawbaker. Edward Brown motion to accept the bid from Glenn O. Hawbaker in the amount of $146,655.65, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

Edward Brown motion to authorize the Roadmaster to pull paving samples and have an employee or Engineer on site during paving, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

The Secretary opened the bids for Sandblasting and Painting of the townships building in Hyde. There was only one bid and it was from Jim Hile Painting.

Option #1          $20,000.00

Option #2              4,800.00

He failed to submit a Bid Bond or Certified Check along with the bid.

William Lawhead motion to readvertise the Sandblasting and Painting of the townships building located in Hyde, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

The Secretary explained to the supervisors that since Jeff Fink has retired he is eligible to receive his pension but the withdrawal needed to be approved by the Supervisors. William Lawhead motion to approve Jeffrey Fink to receive his funds from the Police Pension Plan, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

The Secretary gave the supervisors information on a vehicle for the office staff that she gathered from local dealers for SUVs. The supervisors reviewed the vehicles and instructed Supervisor Lawhead to go look at the vehicles to determine what would be suitable and to compare the prices in the Kelly Blue Book.

The Secretary let the supervisors know that they did not receive any letters of interest from township residents for the open position as alternate on the Zoning Hearing Board. William Lawhead motion to readvertise the position, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

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Supervisor’s Report:
Edward Brown: None.

William Lawhead: Roadmasters Report: Berms done on Mill Road, Nelson Road replaced cross pipes and prepped for paving, Bloom Road and Clover Hill Road ready for paving, Knepp Road graded and ready for Oil & Chip.

Supervisor Lawhead explained that the Police Departments Car #5 is getting high on miles and asked if the township was ready to order a new vehicle. It was decided to wait another month before ordering.

Supervisor Lawhead also reported what information he had gathered for a new plow truck and asked if they were ready to order one. Supervisor Johnston said he would like to wait until they are able to order a 2013 before ordering one.

Supervisors Johnston explained that Penndot has sent down a rule that you are not allowed to use Hydraulic Tamper Plate attachments on hydraulic equipment in Penndot Right-of-Way work. This will double what it cost the township to do work in Penndot right-of-ways. He advised the public to contact their legislators to correct and change this requirement.

Supervisor Johnston asked for an Executive Session to discuss personnel issues.

Supervisor Johnston lives off of Pifer Road and there are less then 15 residents but there are some camps. He explained that there is a dust control program that can be done on that road and he is willing to pay half the cost to have the work done. The road surface needs addressed and he is willing to do it with his equipment. Edward Brown motion to approve the work being done as needed with the township paying for half, William Lawhead second. Glenn Johnston abstained.

Supervisor Johnston explained an issue to the public concerning surface water from property owners going into the sanitary sewer system. He explained that it is a violation to put surface water into the Sanitary Sewer System from downspouts, French drains, sump-pumps, etc. He recommended the township amend our Ordinance for more restringent enforcement and impose a fine if not corrected. Mr. Naddeo explained that the township would need to add on an enforcement provision in the Ordinance. Glenn Johnston motion to authorize the Solicitor to prepare an amendment to the Ordinance to impose a fine of $1,000.00 if the resident does not correct the problem after 60 days, after another 60 days if the problem persists the resident is fined another $2,000.00 and if it continues for another 60 days the township has the authority to go onto the property and correct the problem at the property owners expense, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

Glenn Johnston motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of $52,409.39, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

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Edward Brown motion to adjourn to Executive Session, William Lawhead second.

8:42 P.M.

William Lawhead motion to return from Executive Session, Glenn Johnston second.

9:40 P.M.

William Lawhead motion to adjourn, Glenn Johnston second.

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully Submitted,

__________________________ 

Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary

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