Regular Monthly Mtg-August 6th, 2013

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
August 6th, 2013
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 followed with a moment of silence for those that lost their lives in the shooting at Ross Township, Monroe County.


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


Present: Secretary Barbara Shaffner, Police Chief Mark Brooks, Solicitors James Naddeo & Linda Lewis, Engineer Dave Stiffler, Randy Powell-Zoning Hearing Board Member, Kevin Graham, Barry Dimmick, Elliott Neeper, John Webber, Marie Green, Mike Boal, Amanda Thompson-WOKW, Kim Finnigan-The Courier Express, Jeff Corcino-The Progress.


Comments from the audience: Elliott Neeper, Fire Chief from Mill Road Fire Station was present with several other volunteers from the Fire Company and presented specs for a new Engine to the supervisors for their review and quotes on prices for an Engine. Glenn Johnston motion to advertise for a new engine, both Supervisor Ed Brown and Bill Lawhead wanted time to review the specs before putting the unit out for bid. Supervisor Johnston’s motion died for lack of a second. The specs were given to the supervisors for them to review.

Marie Green from the Mill Road area asked why they would not proceed with paving of Mill Road to improve the condition of the road. She felt the route is used a lot by emergency vehicles and thought the road should be in better condition. Supervisor Lawhead explained that it is in the plans and he is working with the engineer on those plans because they have storm pipe and sewer pipes that have to also be replaced under the road before it can be paved, they do hope to get it done in the spring.


William Lawhead motion to approve the minutes of the July 16th, 2013 meeting as written, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.


Engineer’s Report: Dave Stiffler asked when Hawbaker plans to do the paving project. Supervisor Lawhead explained that they told him either the 2nd or 3rd week of August. Both the engineer and Supervisor Lawhead plan to contact Hawbaker and get an exact date.


Mr. Stiffler brought it to the supervisor’s attention that it would need to be approved by the Board of Supervisors to support the Clearfield Municipal Authority to accept the funding from Pennvest for the Loan for the Sewer Treatment Plant. William Lawhead motion to send a letter of support to the Clearfield Municipal Authority, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

Supervisor Johnston made a comment for the public that because of DEP’s mandate for the Sewer Treatment Plant to be updated their sewer rates with the Clearfield Municipal Authority will be increasing approximately $21.00 per month.

Supervisor Brown explained that the township has been trying to eliminate the surface water in the sewer system with the projects that have been done and have had to initiate fines to residents that are putting surface water into the sewer system because the township is being forced by DEP.

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Mr. Stiffler reviewed some plans with the supervisors for the Sanitary Sewer Phase III Project.


Police Report:Chief Brooks presented the stats for the month of July for the supervisors review.


Chief Brooks explained a program for children ages 4-10 years old called Eddie Eagle and it is to explain Firearms Safety to the children. The program will be no expense to the township and he has information being sent to him on the program.


Chief Brooks is still waiting on additional proposals for the Security System for the Police Station.


Chief Brooks let the supervisors know that he enrolled the three Part Time Officers in a three day course for drunk driving recognition and it is anticipated to be held in November.


Chief Brooks asked the supervisors to consider hiring another Part Time Officer or possibly two more and asked for an Executive Session at the end of the meeting to discuss the issue.


Solicitor’s Report: Mr. Naddeo prepared and advertised a change to the Junk Yard Ordinance and was ready for the supervisors to adopt. Edward Brown motion to adopt Ordinance #2013-02 for changes to the Junk Yard Ordinance, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.


Recreational Park Board: No Report.


Code Enforcement Officer: No Report.


Secretary/Treasurer’s Report: The Secretary let the supervisors know that she received the 2014 MMO’s for both the Police Pension Plan and the Non-Uniformed Plan indicating the amounts to be included in the 2014 budget. Police Plan @ $ 144,571.00 and the Non-Uniformed @ $ 29,762.00.


The Secretary reported to the supervisors that the township received funds from Clearfield Borough in the amount of $3,406.00 for our share of the recycling funds received from the state.


The Secretary explained to the supervisors that the township received the new 2013 Dodge Pickup and the balance that is owed on the unit is $37,391.32. She also explained that the township had put funds in the amount of 75,000.00 into the reserve account the beginning of 2012 to pay for a new truck, she only used $ 43,102.00 to pay for the new truck purchased in 2012 and asked permission to transfer the remaining $31,898.00 to the General Fund to assist in paying for this unit. Edward Brown motion to transfer funds in the amount of $31,898.00 from the Reserve Account to the General Fund, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.


The Secretary informed the supervisors and the public that the Deputy Secretary for DCED and the Secretary of DCED are holding a Town Meeting in Clearfield County at the Mill Road Social Hall on September 17th, 2013 from 6:00PM-8:00 PM and since the township meeting is held that same night if the supervisors wanted to consider changing their meeting night. Chairman Johnston set the date for the meeting for September 18th, 2013 @ 7:00 PM.



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Supervisor’s Report:

Edward Brown: No Report.


William Lawhead: Roadmaster’s Report: Roadmaster Lawhead has been contacted by two businesses regarding questions on tonnage of two township roads and the weight limits on those roads. They are both considering opening businesses but the tonnage allowance on those roads may limit what they can do. It was discussed to use a modified road use agreement.


Supervisor Lawhead let the Police Chief know that he received complaints of cars speeding on Martin Street especially on race nights and issues with four wheels running up and down the road.


Glenn Johnston: Supervisor Johnston responded to Clearfield Borough Council Comments regarding Lawrence Township Police Department and Fire Departments. Lawrence Township does not ask Clearfield Borough to cover a shift for the township Police Department. If there is a time period that the township cannot cover it is turned over to the State Police for them to cover, not Clearfield Borough. In addition the Clearfield County Fair coverage that is needed by our Police Department with 95% of the people that come to the fair coming through the township, we have had to add shifts and over time and have worked hard to cover it. Clearfield Borough receives an amusement tax from the Fair in many thousands of dollars and have never shared any of it with the township. Also the Police in the Schools was an expense to the township and most of the Clearfield Area Schools located in Lawrence Township and soon they will all be located in the township. When there is a Police matter in the schools it is Lawrence Township that has to respond. Lawrence Township is responsible to maintain the roads that all those school buses travel on and keep them plowed. Lawrence Township asked all the townships and Clearfield Borough to help with the cost in the expense for the officers in the schools and they all refused to help with the expense.

Also there has never been a fire call sent to Clearfield Borough because Lawrence Township has an Engine out of service for repair. Those fire calls automatically shift down to the next Lawrence Township Fire Station, except in a very large fire call such as a four alarm fire.

If Clearfield Borough has a question about the coverage from our Police Department of Fire Company we ask that they would come to the Board of Supervisors and speak to us about it.

Supervisor Brown explained that the Board of Supervisors spent time trying to work with the Clearfield Borough to regionalize the Police Departments more than once and it has both times been Clearfield Borough that stopped the procedure. Supervisor Brown also reminded everyone that the other municipalities and Clearfield Borough were contacted to help with the School Resource Officers on a per-capita basis and none of them were willing to help.


William Lawhead motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of $242,939.20, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.


Edward Brown motion to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss a personnel issue with the possibly of action being taken, William Lawhead second.

8:14 P.M.

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

8:25 P.M.

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William Lawhead motion to hire Elliott Neeper as a Part Time Police Officer, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.


Supervisor Lawhead also complimented Chief Brooks and all the Police Officers of the Department for the great job they are doing.


William Lawhead motion to adjourn, Edward Brown second.

Meeting adjourned.








Respectfully Submitted.



Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary








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