Regular Monthly Meeting-October 1st, 2013

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
October 1st, 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.


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 and Linda Lewis, Randy Powell, Kim Finnigan-The Courier Express, Amanda Thompson-WOKW, Jeff Corcino-The Progress, Teresa Dunlap-Gant Daily.


Comments from the audience: None.


William Lawhead motion to approve the minutes of the September 17th, 2013 meeting as written, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.


Engineer’s Report: No Report.


Police Report: Chief Brooks submitted the Stats for the month of September for the supervisors to review.

Chief Brooks submitted information to the supervisors for a new police cruiser and ask the board to consider purchasing a new unit. Edward Brown motion to advertise for bid a new police cruiser, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.


Chief Brooks advised the board that as of September all officers have completed fire arm qualifications.


Chief Brooks reported that the Police Department participated in an awareness of seatbelt safety at the Clearfield High School which was funded by Penndot.


Solicitor’s Report:Mr. Naddeo informed the supervisors that Carl Bailey from the Teamsters had called his office and when Mr. Naddeo returned his call to Mr. Bailey, he was not available and has not got back to him.


The Secretary sent the Solicitor a copy of a Drug and Alcohol Policy for him to review and Mr. Naddeo had one issue with the Policy. Mr. Naddeo advised the board the policy cannot have anything that is contrary to the collective bargaining agreement and he would make some changes to the section that has the discipline for policy violations and would submit it to the secretary. This Policy is to be included with Resolution #2013-06.


Recreational Park Board: No Report.


Code Enforcement Officer: No Report.


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Secretary/Treasurer’s Report: The Secretary reported that the township received a letter of resignation from the Recreational Park Board for Amy Collins . Her term runs until March 18th, 2016.

Edward Brown motion to advertise the position, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.


The Secretary submitted a letter to the supervisors from the Clearfield Area School District asking permission to use township roads for a Bison Stampede 5k Run/Walk to be held on November 9th, 2013. There was question on what township roads they would be using but the list was not included with the letter. Edward Brown motion to approve pending the Roadmasters verification of routes they would be using, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.


The Supervisors discussed the dates for the Leaf Schedule pickup and it was decided to set the dates from October 21st, 2013 thru November 22nd, 2013.


The Secretary let the public know that even though the township is back to the 5 days a week schedule the office would be closed on Friday October 4th, 2013, due to the Clearfield County Association of Township Officials Fall Convention.


The Secretary asked permission to go ahead and pay off the TAN Note instead of waiting until the end of December. The payoff amount is $404,681.67. Glenn Johnston motion to pay off the TAN Note, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.


The Secretary reported that the township received a letter from Irene Somerville requesting a refund for taxes already paid. She was granted an exoneration for an error made by the assessment office. The amount of the refund is $178.60. Edward Brown motion to approve the refund in the amount of $178.60, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.


The Secretary reported that the board has previously approved transferring funds from the Building Permit Fee Account in the amount of $125,000.00 to the General Fund for additional paving. She only had to transfer $23,306.53 for the additional paving.


The Secretary also reported that the township received the allocated funds from State Aid for the 2013 Pension Plans in the amount of $100,993.32. She deposited the funds into the General Fund and wrote a check to the Police Pension Plan for that amount and also wrote a check for the remainder of the Police 2013 MMO Obligation in the amount of $43,619.68. The 2013 MMO is $144,613.00.


She let the supervisors know that she would transfer funds into the General Employees Pension Plan at the end of the year after the last payroll, then she would know the exact amount for the 2013 MMO.


She also reported that the township received the funds for the Volunteer Fire Relief in the amount of $43,866.82 and already deposited those funds into the General Fund and wrote a check to the Lawrence Township Volunteer Fire Relief Association.



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Supervisor’s Report:

Edward Brown asked for an Executive Session at the end of the meeting for a Personnel Issue.


William Lawhead reported that the Aerial for Hyde Fire Company is done at KAZA and the members of the Fire Company were going to pick it up.


Supervisor Lawhead also reported that Hyde Fire Companies Engine is due for pump testing. Keystone Fire Apparatus will be conducting the inspection at Curwensville Lake and when they do that he has to send two township mechanics also because there is an issue with the tank supports and this will tell them if it is something the township can repair or if it will have to be sent out for repairs.


Mr. Lawhead was given a price from Greenland Construction for repairs to the manholes in the Fletcherville area and will proceed with the repairs.


Supervisor Lawhead had the core samples that he pulled for the paving project and were available for review.


Supervisor Lawhead received a request from Clearfield Borough asking the township to consider taking the townships grinder to their compost site because they are over run with trees. A township employee will run the equipment and it will take approximately two days to clean it all up. Clearfield Borough is to pay expenses to move the grinder and the township and borough will split the cost for fuel and labor.


Supervisor Lawhead explained a complaint that was submitted to the Code Officer from a township resident regarding a private street light from her neighbor shining onto her property. Supervisor Lawhead read a section in the township code, section 125-22 (G) Glare. Lighting devices which produce objectionable direct or reflected glare on adjoining properties or thoroughfares shall not be permitted. Supervisor Lawhead explained that this street light is privately owned and has been there since 1966, which is a long period of time before the Code was adopted by the township. Mr. Naddeo felt this is a private matter between property owners and should be handled between the property owners.


Supervisor Johnston corrected a statement that he made at the previous township meeting regarding the Phase III Sewer Project and was informed that the township engineer, Stiffler McGraw is still doing the design for the sewer project and the Clearfield Municipal Authorities Engineer, Gwin Dobson and Foreman is to review and sign off that the project will solve the sewer problem.


Glenn Johnston motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of $653,126.97, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.


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

7:32 P.M.

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

7:36 P.M.

William Lawhead motion to accept the resignation from Pearce Yost, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.




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Glenn Johnston motion to advertise for a Part Time Code/Zoning Officer, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.


Edward Brown motion to hire Agatha Lauder-English as a Consultant/Assistant Zoning/Code Enforcement Officer at the rate of $15.00 per hour, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.


William Lawhead motion to adjourn, Edward Brown second.

Meeting adjourned.



Respectfully Submitted,



Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary



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