Regular Monthly Meeting-September 18th, 2012

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
September 18th, 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.


Comments from the audience: Tim Winters was present in regard to Act 13 and how much the township would be receiving in revenue from the Gas Well Tax, which could be close to 1 million dollars. Mr. Winters brought up this subject because of the issue with the Police Department and the number of Officers only at 7 Fulltime at the present time when there use to be 16 Officers (11 Fulltime and 5 Part Time-2 Fulltime Officers were School Resource Officers) and when Officers left the Force they are not being replaced. Mr. Winters questioned the supervisors in regard to the tax payers are being asked under referendum if they want the real estate taxes increased to fund the Police Department, but with the funds being available and Public Safety is an allowed use of Act 13 Funds what are the supervisors thought on this matter.

Supervisor Johnston explained that the township has not yet received the funds under Act 13 but when they do they will be able to make decisions on those funds. Mr. Johnston said that even though it has been said the township would be receiving close to 1 million dollars it might change before the funds are received.

Supervisor Brown also explained that one item you have to look at when you get a windfall you also want to look at investments to fund the future with not only the Police Department but also the roads and numerous other areas that the township has to budget for.

Neda O’Relly, Business Agent from Maxwell Trucking, was present and asked the supervisors if they had any questions for her regarding the Final Pay Estimate to them. None of the supervisors had any questions for her.

Arnold Swales from the Golden Rod area was present and questioned the supervisors about infiltration and what is going to be done about it. He felt that when the sewer projects were done the French drains and sump pumps were not taken out of the sanitary sewer. He also wanted to know what inspections the township is doing. Supervisor Johnston explained that they have met with DEP and are still working on what DEP is requiring the township to do. The Supervisors explained that even after the first sewer project inspections were done and letters were sent out to violators. Supervisor Lawhead also let him know that he was out during the heavy rain today with the roadcrew checking areas in Hyde City and Country Club and they will continue to do inspections during rainy days.




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Mr. Swales also complained about the inlets in Golden Rod and the horrible condition they are in and asked Supervisor Lawhead when they are going to fix them and get them raised.


Edward Brown motion to approve the minutes of the September 4th, 2012 meeting as written, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.


Engineer’s Report: None.


Police Report: Interim Chief Mark Brooks was absent but Supervisor Lawhead reported that the Police Department has been requested to attend a Festival that the CMA Church/School is having this coming weekend and would like to have a Police Officer attend and finger print children that would be attending. Chief Books felt he could adjust the schedule to keep the overtime to a minimal. Edward Brown motion to approve the Police Department participating in finger printing of children at the CMA Church/School Festival, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.


Solicitor’s Report: Mr. Naddeo asked for an Executive Session at the end of the meeting to discuss a possible litigation.


Recreational Park Board: Supervisor Lawhead reported and gave an update in the work that is being done at the Rec Park for the grant and that the work is almost complete. Nancy Yeager commented that the Park looks great and is being used a lot and that there were numerous ballgames going on at the park over the weekend and how nice it is to see the park so busy with lots of children and parents.


Code Enforcement Officer: The Code Officer presented the Larko Subdivision on Larson Road that is all in order and has been approved  by the Planning Commission. William Lawhead motion to approve the Larko Subdivision, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.


The Code Officer presented the Land Development for Graystone Court Villas. There was a hearing for a variance for the height of the building and the Zoning Hearing Board approved it. There were also comments from the township engineer and it was approved by the Planning Commission contingent on meeting the engineer’s requirements. Edward Brown motion to approve the Land Development for Graystone Court Villas contingent of completion of engineers list, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.


The Code Officer requested the supervisors set a date for a Conditional Use Hearing for two separate Timbering request. The date was set for October 16th, 2012 with the first hearing at 6:45 P.M. and the second one at 6:50 P.M.


The Code Officer updated the supervisors pertaining to the noise complaint against Waroquier Coal and let them know that in prior years the time to start and stop operation was set with the Conditional Use.


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Secretary/Treasurer’s Report:

The Treasurer’s Report for the month of August was submitted to the supervisors for their review.


The Secretary reported to the supervisors that the township received one letter of interest from a township resident asking to be appointed to the Planning Commission. Glenn Johnston motion to appoint C. William Thompson to the Planning Commission with the term to run until December 31st, 2013, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.


The Secretary reported to the supervisors that the township received a letter from the Liquor Control Board to let them know that a Liquor License was transferred from Clearfield Roadtrip LLC to JBL Holdings LLC at the same address, so this is just a name change but at the same location.


The secretary reported that the township will be receiving the funds from the state for the Pension Plans by Direct Deposit on September 21st, 2012 in the amount of $103,707.18, which will make the amount needed to fund the MMO Obligations short by $66,414.82 and the township will need to deposit those funds into the plans by the end of the year.


The Secretary was given an Invoice from Jim Hile Painting in the amount of $14,500.00 for Sandblasting the Hyde Building asking to be paid after she had the list of bills and agenda printed. The Secretary asked permission to pay the Invoice as requested. Edward Brown motion to pay Invoice, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.


The Secretary let the supervisors know that Clearfield Borough had already set their Trick or Treat night for October 31st, 2012 from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. and asked the supervisors if they wanted to set the date for the township. William Lawhead motion to set the date for the night of Trick or Treat on October 31st, 2012 from 6:00 P.M. –8:00 P.M., Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.


Supervisor’s Report:

Edward Brown: No Report.


William Lawhead presented a request to the other supervisors to purchase a Smoker 115 Vac w 4”x8” Hose from USA Blue Book in the amount of 379.95 and the Smoke Candle Wicks-Pkg of 12 @ $43.00 each. William Lawhead motion to purchase a Smoker 115 Vac w Hose and Smoke Candle Wicks, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.


Chairman Johnston asked Roadmaster Lawhead what he had on the schedule for the next two weeks and if he could get it in the schedule to fix the inlets in Golden Rod. Mr. Lawhead felt they could get it in the schedule in the next few weeks.




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The Supervisors discussed the Pay Estimate for Maxwell Trucking that was approved for payment at the June 19th, 2012 meeting contingent of Certified Payrolls for Sub-Contractors being submitted to the township, which have been done. The Final Pay Estimate in the amount of $115,483.63 can now be paid to Maxwell Trucking.


William Lawhead motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of $156,105.40, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.


Glenn Johnston motion to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss Personnel Issues, Edward Brown second.

7:50 P.M.

Glenn Johnston motion to return from Executive Session, Edward Brown second.

8:06 P.M.


No other business to come before the Board.


William Lawhead motion to adjourn, Edward Brown second.


Meeting adjourned.






Respectfully Submitted,



Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary

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