Regular Monthly Mtg-July 7th, 2015

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
July 7, 2015
7:00 P.M
Municipal Building
45 George St, CLfd Pa

Vice Chairman Daniel Mitchell called the meeting to order.


Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.


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


Present: Secretary Barbara Shaffner, Code Officer Debra Finkbeiner, Police Chief Mark Brooks, Solicitor James Naddeo & Linda Lewis, Randy Powell, Teresa Dunlap, Amanda Thompson, Jeff Corcino, Carol Ferranti, Joseph Gordon.


Comments from the audience: Ms. Ferranti questioned an issue with the drain in back of her property and if it is not taken care of it could flood her property.

She also commented on the drain that was put in to help out her neighbor, Peggy Amon at 67 Country Club Circle, and if it is not cleaned out properly it could flood the cul-de-sac. She said that they have not had a problem yet but with more rain coming it could become an issue. Roadmaster Woodling explained that it is on the list but they have not had a chance to get it taken care of yet.

Supervisor Brown explained to her that the drain in the back of her property is on another property and they have to get permission to access the property and it has to be dry enough to go in and not destroy the property.

Ms. Ferranti also requested that the board consider allowing parking in the cul-de-sac during the summer months, she understood why they do not want it blocked during the winter months to allow for plowing but felt it should be permitted in the summer months. She can submit a letter to the supervisors for their consideration if she so desires.


Joseph Gordon from 2676 Montgomery Run Road had a concern for when the sewer line was put in on Montgomery Run. He had told the contractor where the storm line goes and it is now blocked which caused water going into his crawl space. The ditch on his property has never flooded like that before. He was told by the Roadmaster to come into the township and fill out a complaint form but he had not done so as of meeting time.

He also explained about a 6” pipe sticking up out of the ground. He was not sure where it is coming from and felt the contractor put it in and there was water shooting out of it during the rain storms.

He also complained about the workmanship and cleanup of the area from piles of stone and wood chips by the contractor.


Edward Brown motion to approve the minutes of the June 16th, 2015 meeting as written, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


Engineer’s Report: No Report.


Police Report: Chief Brooks presented the Stats for June for the supervisors review.



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Chief Brooks reported that the two part time Officers, Shawn Kronenwetter and Tonya Marshall hired for part time to fill vacancies of Officers Butler and Eckert, have met transitional M.P.O.E.T.C. requirements and will be added to fill vacancies in the schedule as needed.

Members of the department recently participated in an Active Shooter Training Drill conducted at the Curwensville Area High School on June 23rd, 2015. The (4) hour training program was presented by the Curwensville Borough Police Department in cooperation with the Curwensville Area School District and the Clearfield County Department of Emergency Services. He thanked each organization for including the department in their local training schedule.


Chief Brooks also reported that the entire department successfully completed the updated American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid and CPR state mandated proficiency qualification course during the month of June. All officers are now certified through June of 2017.


On June 12th, Officer Panebianco successfully completed a week long specialized training hosted by the Sirchie education foundation in Youngsville, North Carolina. As a result, she has received certification in advanced crime scene processing and specialized evidence collection. These tasks were formerly reserved for crime scene technicians and enhances overall investigatory success.


The Police Department will soon begin participating in the 3rd wave of the Department of Transportation’s Aggressive Driving Enforcement project. The 3rd wave focus is an (8) week long enforcement period to target speeding and red light violations, tailgating and work zone infractions, careless driving and texting. Officers are required to maintain a zero tolerance to seat belt violations laws during the enforcement project, which is scheduled for July 6th through August 30th.


A recent review of department records shows an increasing number of unanswered criminal and traffic related charges. Reconciliation of the warrant database shows 201 active warrants are currently on file. Chief Brooks would like to request the Board of Supervisors consideration in allotting one (8) hour shift per month over the next (3) months as a warrant service detail to address the increasing number of unserved warrants in the departments service back log, The Board could assess the detail at any time during the process and determine how to proceed based on its effectiveness. Edward Brown motion to approve allotting (8) hour shift per month over the next (3) months on a none overtime basis, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


Solicitor’s Report: Mr. Naddeo had two items for potential litigation and asked for an Executive Session with possible action taken.


Recreational Park Board: No Report.


Code Enforcement Officer: The Code Officer presented a Subdivision for James & Carol Catherman  to David & Kim Catherman located off State Rt 1003-Mt Zion Rd. Everything is in order. Edward Brown motion to approve the Catherman Subdivision, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.

The Code/Zoning Officer reported the total of permits to date for 2015

Jan-July 2014-Building Permits 38

Jan-current 2015-Building Permits 38

Jan-July 2014-Zoning Permits 25

Jan-current-2015 Zoning Permits 43


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The Code Officer also explained that the township has been receiving numerous complaints of water issues and she explained that some are normal run off.

She also asked residents to follow the Property Maintenance Code and not be a nuisance to their neighbors by not maintaining their properties.


Roadmaster Report:Roadmater Woodling gave an update on the paving project and felt the project is 85% complete.

The Tar & Chipping is scheduled for later in July but did not have an exact date.

The crew continues to be working on dirt roads that are going to be Tarred and Chipped.

The Crew continues to work on Hemlock Hallow Road and they are grading and rolling this week and the pipes are all in. The township has received the new grant application from Clearfield County Conservation District and plan on submitting for DSA for Hemlock Hallow Road and would like to add additional roads in that area.


The mower is out every day with completing one round of mowing throughout the township and will be starting out again.

The paving contractor has started the berming from the paving project.

Roadmaster Woodling had some questions regarding a Road Bond for Lytle Road and request to release the Bond but when he and Code Officer Finkbeiner looked into the Bond the records indicated the Bond was already released.


Secretary/Treasurer’s Report:

The Secretary asked the Board of Supervisors if they wanted to consider exempting the townships Fire Companies from paying the Sewer Surcharge. They wanted to discuss the issue in Executive Session.


The Secretary presented to Sewer Surcharge exonerations:

Scott Kelly @ 1275 Flegal Road

Patrick Donahue @ 25 Evergreen Road

Edward Brown motion to approve both Sewer Surcharge exonerations, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.

The Glen Richey Fire Company submitted their list of parades they would like to attend for 2015 for the supervisor’s approval:

Grampian                         6/27/2015

Curwensville Days          7/20/2015

Clearfield Co Fair            8/3/2015

Osceola Mills                   7/4/2015

Houtzdale Days              unsure of date

Sandy Ridge                    unsure of date

Daniel Mitchell motion to approve Glen Richey Fire Company to participate in the list of parades for 2015, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

The Secretary reported that the township received their Act 13 funds for 2015 in the amount of $484,341.37.


Pay Estimate #13 in the amount of $1,137.34 from Diehl Contracting was submitted for the supervisor’s approval. Edward Brown motion to approve Pay Estimate #13 in the amount of $1,137.34, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


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The township received their 2014 Audit from Walter Hopkins and Co and asked for the supervisor’s approval. Daniel Mitchell motion to approve the 2014 Audit, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.


Supervisor’s Report:

Supervisor Edward Brown explained to the public that the Board of Supervisors are discussing the possibility of a sewer surcharge increase. He explained that the General Fund does not pay the sewer expenses and those expenses are covered by the sewer surcharge. The cost for condemnations and to fix lines that homeowners refuse to repair cost the township extra expenses. He asked for cooperation from the residents in helping to get corrections done. He also asked the Secretary to look at where the township is financially in the Sewer Account.


Daniel Mitchell: No Report.


William Lawhead:Absent.


Edward Brown motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of $58,746.58, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


Daniel Mitchell motion to adjourn to Executive Session for a possible litigation with possible action to be taken, Edward Brown second.

7:55 P.M.

Edward Brown motion to return from Executive Session, Daniel Mitchell second.

8:16 P.M.

Solicitor James Naddeo asked the supervisors to consider amending Ordinance #2012-05:

Section 96-6 Stormwaters and Surface Waters.

Add 96-7.1 Violations and penalties

Daniel Mitchell motion to amend Ordinance #2012-05 and authorize the Solicitor to advertise, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.


Roadmaster Woodling asked the supervisors for a decision on the Engine repairs for LT #21. Performance Fuel submitted a quote for the cost to repair the unit and install a new engine at approximately 8,000.00. Edward Brown motion to repair the unit, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


No other business to come before the Board, Edward Brown motion to adjourn, Daniel Mitchell second.

Meeting adjourned.





Respectfully Submitted,



Barbara S. Shaffner


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