Regular Monthly Mtg-September 3rd, 2015

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
September 3rd, 2015
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 both present with Edward Brown absent.

Present: Secretary Barbara Shaffner, Police Chief Mark Brooks, Roadmaster Ronald Woodling, Solicitor Linda Lewis, Glenn Johnston, Randy Powell, Jeff Corcino, Ken Duckett, Theresa Dunlap.


Comments from the audience: Glenn Johnston congratulated the supervisors on their decision to have no working supervisors. Mr. Johnston discussed the first 1,000 yards of Pifer Road that was built in the 1960’s and has not had work done to it and is in poor condition. The last 1,000 yards of Pifer Road Mr. Johnston has worked with the township to do maintenance on the road and it is in good condition. He asked the supervisors to consider Tar & Chipping Pifer Road because there is more traffic traveling the road now. The supervisors will make note of the request and make it a consideration for next year. He also pointed out an area on Flegal Road on the dirt part of the road that there is a soft spot. The supervisors asked the Roadmaster to take a look at the area on Flegal Road.


William Lawhead motion to approve the minutes of the August 18th, 2015 meeting as written, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


Engineer’s Report: No Report.


Police Report:The Stats for the month of August were submitted for the Supervisors review.


Chief Brooks reported that the Officers recently completed Wave 3 of the Department of Transportation’s Aggressive Driving Enforcement project. This 3rd wave enforcement period concluded with a total of 39 citations for aggressive driving related violations. In addition, 16 citations were issued for driver or passenger restraint infractions in observance with the Buckle-Up Seatbelt enforcement project as scheduled through August 30th, 2015.

Mandatory firearms qualifications were conducted on August 5th, 2015. All officers have completed the required police firearms proficiency qualifications course successfully. Department certification will remain through August of 2016.


Chief Brooks received confirmation from the District Attorney that the Clearfield County Child Advocacy Center officially opened in August. The center is the first of its kind to be located in Clearfield County and will permit immediate access to specialized services for child victims of assault related crimes. Formerly investigators were required to travel to Bellefonte, PA to receive services, now eliminating delay.






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Chief Brooks reported a potential mechanical defect notification was received concerning the departments 2014 Chevrolet Caprice patrol vehicle. General Motors recently discovered premature wear may occur to the engine cooling fan assembly if the vehicle was subject to extended idling. No recall or dealer diagnosis service is required, only in the event of audible fan failure or overheating. A notice to department employees was posted relative reporting this condition.


Chief Brooks updated the supervisors of the status of the current police vehicles:

Car 8-2015 Ford Explorer with 16,000 miles.

Car 7-2014 Chevrolet Caprice with 39,000 miles.

Car 4-2011 Ford Crown Victoria with 141,000 miles.

The remaining police vehicles are seasonal use vehicles, both full size SUV’s and reserved for inclement weather use:

Car 6-20122 Ford Expedition with 35,000 miles

Car 5-2004 Ford Expedition with 139,000 miles.

The supervisors requested for the Chief to contact Tri-Star to see if there are any leftovers available that may have a good price on them.


Chief Brooks also reported that the department was invited to participate in the United Methodist Youth Carnival scheduled on September 12th, 2015. The event will take place at the United Methodist Church on Mapes Street in Kerr addition and the officers will be on hand to offer youth fingerprinting and age appropriate child safety material distribution. The event is scheduled to begin at noon and concludes at 3:00 PM.


Solicitor’s Report:No Report.


Recreational Park Board; No Report.


Code Enforcement Officer: No Report.


Roadmasters Report:

The Roadmaster reported the Paving Project and Tar & Chipping have been completed and that the School Crossing Guard House was removed.


The Roadmaster also reported there was damage to the new John Deere Mower where the wheel fell off while mowing. He contacted the company that will be doing the warranty work and if they have to transport the unit to their facility the township will be responsible for the transport of the unit.


Roadmaster Woodling also reported the Roadcrew has been berming Flegal Road and doing some spot paving.


The Roadmaster was asked to check on approval for a Fire Hydrant in the Glen Richey area. The Supervisors asked him to find out the exact location it was requested to be installed.


Roadmaster Woodling asked permission to put Winter Road Materials out for bid.

1,200 Ton (more or less) 6S

2,000 Ton (more or less)67

Daniel  Mitchell motion to advertise for Winter Road Materials, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

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Roadmaster Woodling also received a request from a resident on the Clearfield-Glen Richey Highway to install a School Bus Ahead sign. The township has to get with Penndot to get a permit to install the sign.


Secretary/Treasurer’s Report: The Secretary reported that she received information from the Clearfield Area School for their upcoming 4th annual bison stampede 5k to be held October 24th, 2015 and ask permission to use township roads; George Rd, Warren Drive, Village Rd, Cresent Drive, Joseph Rd, Dairy Lane and Parkview Drive. William Lawhead motion to approve the 5k on all township roads and to let them know they need to get permission for Penndot for the use of Village Road, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


Township received pay estimate #14 for Diehl Contracting in the amount of 100,333.03. William Lawhead motion to approve Pay Estimate #14 in the amount of $100,333.03, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


I received the calculations for the MMO’s for the 2016 budget

Police Plan:174,081.00                                2015 was  159,445.00  increase of 14,636.00

General Employees    27,611.00


The Notice to Proceed for EM Brown for the MON 71 and MON 30 Projects has been prepared and needs approval and the chairman’s signature: William Lawhead motion to approve the Notice to Proceed for EM Brown for the MON 71 and MON 30 Projects for  Montgomery Run and authorize the chairman to sign the necessary forms, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


The township received a Sewer Exoneration from Larry & Lynne Peacock for 195 Morrison Rd, this is for new water service but not sewer. William Lawhead motion to approve the sewer exoneration, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


The township has funds in the amount of  $8,820.00 for a fire loss at 2007 Dorey Street owner-Wendy & Brian Fontenoy that was received from their Insurance Company. The Code Officer has done an inspection and everything is cleaned up and we can now approve payment of the funds to the property owners. Daniel Mitchell motion to pay the funds from the Insurance Company to the property owner from the Reserve Account in the amount of $8,820.00, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.


Previously the Commonwealth paid the township too much money for Drug Task Force Hours for the month of May. Our Police Department checked with the State College Office and they verified the checks for Drug Task Force hours were correct but I have now been notified by the Attorney Generals Office that the township was over paid. I need permission to reimburse the Commonwealth in the amount of 1,188.79. The hours paid to the Officers will be deducted from future Drug Task Pays. William Lawhead motion to approve reimbursement to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the over payment to the township for the Drug Task Force hours in the amount of $1,188.79, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


The Roadcrew is requesting to extend the 4-10 hr work days until the end of October and to stay at the same start time, to be the same as approved in 2014. William Lawhead motion to approve the request from the Roadcrew for them to remain at 4- 10 hr days until the end of October with their hours to remain at 5:30 AM-3:30 PM, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.






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The Secretary received a request from the Tax Collector to destroy a list of old tax records and the Secretary prepared a Resolution with the list of records to destroy. William Lawhead motion to approve Resolution #2015-05 to authorize old tax records to be destroyed, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


The Secretary requested some verification for the zoning changes so the Solicitor is able to get the changes completed and the Ordinance advertised. The two items under description of a shed were the size of the shed and the setbacks for the sheds. It was determined to set the size of the shed to be no bigger than 192 Square feet and the setbacks at 8ft on side and 10 in rear of property.


Supervisor’s Report:

Daniel Mitchell: No Report.


William Lawhead: No Report.


Daniel Mitchell motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of $19,857.72, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.


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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