Regular Monthly Mtg-Sept. 2nd, 2014

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
September 2, 2014
7:00 P.M.
Municipal Building
45 George St, Clfd Pa


Chairman William Lawhead called the meeting to order.


Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.


Roll call of supervisors showed Daniel Mitchell and William Lawhead present with Edward Brown absent.


Present: Secretary Barbara Shaffner, Police Chief Mark Brooks, Solicitors James Naddeo & Linda Lewis, Gordan Kline, Jim Rishel, Cliff Reed, Skip Koerber, John Inlow & A. Inlow, Edward Gill, Jeff Corcino, Theresa Dunlap.


Comments from the audience:Skip Koerber, representing Cliff Reed, asked the supervisors to consider revisiting the zoning along SR 322/SR153 -the four lanes that is presently zoned Village and change to Commercial. Cliff Reed presented maps of the area that he would like them to consider changing and also shared a petition from local business owners in that area that agreed with the change. He presently owns a business, Hydro Spray, that is located in Clearfield Borough and wants to expand his business and is looking at this area to purchase property. There are seven properties involved in the change and it would not affect the properties on Turnpike Avenue.

Edward Gill stated that he did not have an issue with the change as long as the change stays on the highway and not Turnpike Avenue.

John Inlow felt it is a good idea and it would not affect his property on Turnpike Avenue.


Supervisor Lawhead asked Mr. Reed what he proposed to build. Mr. Reed explained an 80 x 150 building with a 16 x 100 buildout on the front for office space.  He is a light manufacturer of a car wash and pumping system, pressure washers, and a distributor and provide service and supplies for these two markets.  He will meet the required setbacks for the building he proposes to build.

Mr. Naddeo recommended that Mr. Reed file a petition to get it started.


Gordon Kline was present to explain the intentions that he has with his property off Carbon Mine Road. He plans to lease garage space and the land with the garage to Midland Asphalt to park trailers from November thru March and some small repair work on their units in the garage. There will not be any loaded trucks traveling on Carbon Mine Road, only to get to the garage for repairs. He was asking permission for the trucks to travel on Carbon Mine Road. Supervisor Lawhead asked that Midland Asphalt contact the Code Enforcement Officer to get a Road Use Agreement with the township.


Daniel Mitchell motion to approve the minutes of the August 19th, 2014 meeting as written, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.


Engineer’s Report: No Report.


Police Report: The Chief presented the Stats for the month of August for the Supervisors review.







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Chief Brooks felt the Robbery Prevention Seminar that was recently held at the Clearfield High School was a great success and thanked Julie Curry and Nathan Curry from the Clearfield Borough Police Department for a job well done. He also thanks everyone involved with presentations in the program.


Solicitor’s Report: Mr. Naddeo asked for a brief executive session at the end of the meeting to discuss the Road Crew Contract and there may be action.

Mr. Naddeo presented Resolution #2014-12 to relinquish the McKissick property from the condemnation that was previously done for the sewer project. William Lawhead motion to approve Resolution #2014-12, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


Mr. Naddeo was asked by the Code Enforcement Officer to review paperwork and forms for the application to apply for funds for Blighted Properties. First the township would need to have the appropriate Ordinance in place. The township would need to have control of the property that would give the township the authority to apply for the funds. The funds are only 50% of the total that you need to refurbish the building and the property has to be dedicated to low cost housing. There is more to the program then the township realized and will need to look into it further.


Rec Park Board: No Report.


Code Enforcement Officer: No Report.


Secretary/Treasurer:The township received a letter from Habitat for Humanity asking the township for a letter to acknowledge the township was informed of the Bike Race that will be held on October 12th, 2014 on US322 from Mill Road, 5 miles to the top of the mountain starting at noon. The Secretary is prepare the letter requested.


The Secretary reported that she is working with Eugene Zanella from Stiffler McGraw on possibly using CDBG Grants funds for the property on Deacon Road that was requested by Dave McBride at the previous township meeting for the township to take the structure down because of the condition of the property. Photos were sent to Mr. Zanella so he can forward them to the grant representative at the state for review.


The township received a request from Carolyn Duffee from Armor Street that will be required to connect to the sanitary sewer system once the township Sanitary Sewer Phase III Project is complete. Because of financial hardship and family illness she would like the board to consider granting her an extension until spring to connect to the sanitary sewer system. Since the supervisors do not know at this time when the project will be complete they will wait until it has been complete and take a look at the request at that time.


Daniel Mitchell motion to approve Pay Estimate #1 to Greenland Construction in the amount of $33,479.82 for the Mill Road Paving, Drainage and Sewer Project, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.


William Lawhead motion to approve Pay Estimate #3 to Diehl Contracting in the amount of $149,909.24 for the Sanitary Sewer Phase III Project, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.







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Supervisor’s Report:

Daniel Mitchell gave a Roadmaster Report: Roadcrew is working on grading McGeorge Road and 21st Street and heading for Kennedy Road. He also reported that the Boom Mower is down and Walsh Equipment looked at the unit. The Clutch is out, throw out bearing and possibly the fly wheel. He did not have an estimate on the cost to repair at this time, but they need to take the unit to their shop for repairs. He also reported that LT#1 needs repairs and the price of the parts from Walsh Equipment run about 1,348.00 and they will give us a discount on the parts at a cost of 950.00 plus shipping . Daniel Mitchell motion to have both units repaired, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.


Daniel Mitchell motion to authorize the Solicitor to prepare a Resolution that Supervisors cannot be employed by the township, William Lawhead second. Motion carried


William Lawhead reported that he received a call from a resident on Forest Drive about a water problem. Supervisor Mitchell did explain that he also had a call and has looked at the problem and there will need to be a diversion ditch put in and will contact the property owner that the water is coming from.

Supervisor Lawhead spoke with representatives from DCED and there is a grant available for a feasibility study for Lawrence Township and Clearfield Borough to possibly merge. The study will cost around $100,000.00 and the grant will cover 75% of the cost, so it may cost the township around 12,500.00 for our share of the cost. Supervisor Mitchell felt he would like to know how Clearfield Borough Council feels before going any further. Supervisor Lawhead will contact the Borough Manager.


Supervisor Lawhead met with Shawn Agosti from Penndot in regard to line painting Bud George Blvd and asked the secretary to get quotes to get it done before Penndot has their grand opening for their new building in October. William Lawhead motion to approve proceeding with the line painting with the best quote provided to the township, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


William Lawhead motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of $28,211.06, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.

William Lawhead motion to adjourn to Executive Session, Daniel Mitchell second.

8:00 P.M.

William Lawhead motion to return from Executive Session, Daniel Mitchell second.

8:05 P.M.

William Lawhead motion to approve the Solicitor to contact the Roadcrew Union to include changes in the contract that were discussed at their negotiation meeting, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


Supervisor Mitchell reported that he spend some time over the weekend on Bowmans  Hill and Good Street still working on getting the Income Surveys completed for the CDBG funds. He was only able to get one signature and left some in doors. The Secretary spent some time going door to door the previous week and was able to get four more signed on Good Street.


The Secretary let the supervisors know that there will be a Public Meeting for the 2014 CDBG application before the next township meeting on September 16th, 2014.


William Lawhead motion to adjourn, Daniel Mitchell second.

Meeting adjourned.


Respectfully Submitted,



Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary

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