Regular Monthly Mtg-November 4th, 2014

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
November 4, 2014
7:00 P.M.
Municipal Building
45 George Street, Clfd PA
 

Chairman William Lawhead called the meeting to order.

 

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

Roll call of supervisors showed Edward Brown, Daniel Mitchell and William Lawhead all present.

 

Present: Secretary Barbara Shaffner, Police Chief Mark Brooks, Solicitors James Naddeo & Linda Lewis, Randy Powell, Kim Finnigan, Steve McDole, Jeff Corcino, Sara Harper, Susan Young, Jodi Addleman, Valerie Dixon, Paula Collins, Jason Collins.

 Comments from the audience: Board members for the Joseph & Elizabeth Shaw Public Library were present to ask the Board of Supervisors to continue their support and donations to the Library. Jodi Addleman spoke about the past and how the library had an effect on her and was beneficial to her while growing up. Sue Young spoke about the present of what the Library has to offer and Valerie Dixon spoke of the future of the Library.

 

Sara Harper from the Hillsdale area had concerns of individuals putting out poison for animals and the safety of children getting into the poison. She is to contact the township Police when she observes the issue.

 

Chris Barrett asked the supervisors where they were at with the agreement with Clearfield County for the Blighted Properties. Solicitor Naddeo was not in favor of signing the agreement because the responsibility lies on the township. The township must justify all the cost of the project. Mr. Barrett explained that he already paid for a building permit and the project is nearly completed. Supervisor Lawhead agreed with Mr. Naddeo but since Mr. Barrett has already been doing the work he felt the township can proceed with this project but will have to evaluate any in the future. William Lawhead motion to approve the agreement with Clearfield County for the Blighted Property Program, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.

 

Engineer’s Report: No Report.

 

Police Report: Chief Brooks presented the stats for the month of October.

Chief Brooks updated the supervisors on an incident in the township with burglaries in several areas of the township. They were taking medication, coins and jewelry. They were able to identify and arrest one of the individuals, which is a 26 year old from the Mahaffey area. Chief Brooks thanked agencies that assisted and Investigating Officer Julie Curry and Officer Elliott Neeper who went above and beyond the call of duty on the case. He also thanked the public that came forward with information.

 

Chief Brooks reported the department will again be participating in the Aggressive Driving Program and will focus on problem areas.

 

 

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Chief Brooks also reported that the Police Department was invited to the Clearfield Preschool Center to present a program. There were approximately 65 students between the ages of 3-4 years old.

 

Chief Brooks reported that the 2009 Ford Crown is close to the mandatory mileage and will soon not be available for a patrol unit. The department has received quotes for a new unit and he presented the information to the supervisors. They would like to purchase a 2015 SUV and asked that it be an unmarked unit. William Lawhead motion to approve the purchase of a 2015 Ford Police Interceptor Utility AWD at the cost of $27,387.00, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

 

Solicitor’s Report:

Mr. Naddeo reported that he has not been provided with copies of the signed Road Crew Contract from the union yet but will get it to the supervisors for them to sign when he receives it.

 

Mr. Naddeo also reported that the issue with the Health Insurance increase has been resolved and he prepared an agreement between the union and the supervisors to be signed that the agreement is for 2015 only.

 

Recreational Park Board: No Report.

 

Code Enforcement Report: No Report.

 

Secretary/Treasure’s Report:A copy of the Treasurer’s Report was submitted for the supervisors review.

The Secretary realized that a term on the Recreational Park Board had expired and contacted the member whose term expired. He submitted a letter to the supervisors asking to be reappointed. Edward Brown motion to reappoint Larry Putt to the Recreational Park Board with the term to run until March 18th, 2019, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

 

The Secretary reported that the township received Pay Estimate #5 from Diehl Contracting in the amount of $353,963.80 for the Sanitary Sewer Phase III Project and asked for approval to pay. Daniel Mitchell motion to approve Pay Estimate #5 to Diehl Contracting in the amount of $353,963.80, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

 

The Secretary also reported that the township received Pay Estimate #3 from Greenland Construction for the Mill Road Project in the amount of $ 312,835.92 and asked for approval to pay. William Lawhead motion to approve Pay Estimate #3 to Greenland Construction in the amount of $312,835.92, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.

 

The Secretary asked permission to transfer funds from Act 13 Account to the General Fund to pay the Invoice to Greenland Construction in the amount of $312,835.92. William Lawhead motion to approve the transfer of funds from the Act 13 Account to the General Fund, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

 

The Secretary also asked permission to transfer funds from the Building Permit Fee account to the Reserve Account for a better interest rate. William Lawhead motion to approve the transfer of funds from the Building Permit Fee Account to the Reserve Account, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.

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The Secretary reported that she was notified by Eugene Zanella from Stiffler McGraw that the date to approve the 2014 CDBG Application was changed from November 4th, 2014 to December 16th, 2014. The deadline for the application is January 3rd, 2015 so it will be approved before the deadline.

 

The Secretary asked for approval of the 2015 tentative budget as submitted and permission to advertise. Edward Brown motion to approve the 2015 tentative budget as submitted and advertise, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.

 

Supervisor’s Report:

Roadmaster Daniel Mitchell reported that the Road Crew was able to complete the small paving job on Mt Joy Road. The crew continues to clean ditches and have started picking up leaves. The mechanics have been working on the vehicles and will be starting to put the spreaders and plows on the trucks. He also attended a meeting with the Engineer for the Mill Road Project with Greenland Construction and also a meeting for the Sewer Project with Diehl Contracting.

 

Supervisor Lawhead received a request from the Clearfield County Commissioners asking the supervisors if they would be interested in joining the County in appealing the Walmart Tax Assessment ruling.  Edward Brown motion to participate with Clearfield County to appeal the Walmart Tax Assessment ruling, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.

 

Supervisor Lawhead reported that the Board of Supervisors received a letter from the Clearfield Area School District asking if they could purchase salt from the township during the 2014-2015 School year so they are able to maintain their parking lots themselves during the school year. The Solicitor explained that it is allowed for the township to sell salt to the School District.  William Lawhead motion to approve selling salt to the Clearfield School District as needed at the current Co-Stars price subject to availability, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

 

Daniel Mitchell motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of $37,468.46, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

 

Supervisor Mitchell reported that there are 19 items that are going onto Municibid for auction.

 

No other business to come before the board.

Daniel Mitchell motion to adjourn, William Lawhead second.

Meeting adjourned.

7:40 P.M.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

_____________________________ 

Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary

 

 

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