Regular Monthly Mtg-Nov 1st, 2016

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
November 1st, 2016
7:00 P.M.
Municipal Building
45 George Street, Clfd Pa



Chairman Randy Powell called the meeting to order.


Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.


Roll call of supervisors showed Daniel Mitchell, William Lawhead and Randy Powell all present.


Present: Secretary Barbara Shaffner, Code Officer Debra Finkbeiner, Roadmaster Ronald Woosling, Police Officer Ralph Nedza, Solicitor’s James Naddeo & Linda Lewis, Jeff Corcino, Wendy Brion.


Comments from the audience: None.


William Lawhead motion to approve the minutes of the October 18th, 2016 meeting as written, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


Police Report: Officer Ralph Nedza presented the report for the Police Department. The Stats for October was submitted for the Supervisors review.

Officer Nedza reported that the Officers began the fall wave of the Pa Department of Transportation Aggressive Driving enforcement project, commencing on October 24th, 2016. Coordinators of the fall project are encouraging officer focus on the Drive Right Pass Left Law, in addition to speeding and Work Zone Enforcement area infractions. The first wave is scheduled for (4) weeks, lasting through November 20th, 2016.

Officer Nedza reported the Officers recently attended two specialized training events. A one day symposium was provided by the Pa Commission on Crime and Delinquency specifically addressing Human Trafficking and the victims of sex trafficking. The training addressed protocols to coordinate law enforcement response of federal, state and local police agencies.

A second training provided by the Commonwealth of Pa, Institute for Law Enforcement Education, supplied certification training for officers needing recertification for changing narcotics identification and related violations dealing with controlled substances.


Officer Nedza reported that the Department received a generous donation on October 10th, 2016 from the Clearfield Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. A check was presented to the police department in the amount of 750.00, designated to support ballistic proof equipment used by the agency in the course of its duties. We extend appreciation to the members of our BPOE in support of the local law enforcement community.


Members of the department participated in (2) public service events held in October. The first, a repeat invitation, to the Presbyterian Pre-School center of Clearfield held October 6th and 7th. There officers entertained (3) classes of approximately 85 students with a “Stranger Danger” presentation at the pre-school, complete with educational material and an after classroom tour of the police vehicles.

Officers also participated in a separate community event, the 10th annual Harvest Festival held at the Hyde Wesleyan Church on October 22nd, 2016. Officers assisted in the “Trunk or Treat” portion of the festival, handing out candy and age appropriate literature/coloring books regarding safety to children at the event, with an estimate 800 people attending.


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Officer Nedza also reported the departments newly acquired police department utility vehicle, the 2013 Ford F-150 4 wd. Four door truck, purchased to replace its 2004 Ford Expedition SUV counterpart has returned from lettering. The graphic installation was supplied by Full Throttle Sign Company of Clearfield and exceeded expectations. The vehicle is now in service in time for the winter weather driving season.


Solicitor’s Report:Mr. Naddeo prepared a letter to the Teamster Union regarding the change in the Health Insurance and asked the supervisors to pass a Resolution to sign the side letter agreement for both the Police and Highway Department employees. William Lawhead motion to approve, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.

Solicitor Naddeo received a letter from Cowan Law Group indicating they would review the townships Cable Franchise Agreement free of charge. The Solicitor felt that this firm would possibly be more familiar with this type of agreement then he might be and suggested that since there is no fee they should consider having it reviewed. The Supervisors authorized Mr. Naddeo to contact Cowan Law Group and have them review the townships agreement.

Solicitor Naddeo reviewed the Consolidation documents and had some comments and concerns with items in the Charter. He would review those concerns with the supervisors.


Recreational Park Board: No Report.


Code Enforcement Officer: No Report.


Roadmaster’s Report; Roadmaster Woodling reminded residents that the roadcrew continues to pick up leaves. The crew is also continuing to repair berms that were damaged from storms.


The Roadmaster received quotes for a new truck and reviewed the quotes with the supervisors. Randy Powell motion to approve and accept the quote from Walsh Equipment to purchase the 2017 Ford F550 with the proper plow in the amount of 77,094.00, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.


Roadmaster Woodling reported that some of the units that were sold on Municibid have been picked up and the wrecker was paid for and should be picked up over the weekend.


Roadmaster Woodling asked permission for two of the seasonal employees, Gary Straw and George Jacobson to return to work on Wednesday November 2nd, 2016. Randy Powell motion to approve two seasonal employees as requested to return on November 2nd, 2016, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.


Secretary/Treasurer’s Report:The Secretary reported that a term on the Township Planning Commission would expire the end of December and asked if they wanted the position advertised. William Lawhead motion to advertise the position on the Planning Commission, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.


The Secretary also reported the equipment that was sold on Municibid and the amounts that the township received. 2004 Ford Expedition-1,450.00, Bolens Mower-285.00, Cub Cadet Mower-375.00 and Kaiser Wrecker-1,350.00.


The Secretary/Treasurer reported that the township received funds from Clearfield County submitted for the expenses to date for the Flegal Road Bridge Project in the amount of 18,634.00. The township also received 17,121.00 from Atlantic Broadband for the quarterly Cable Franchise Fee.



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The Secretary asked for a motion for Clearfield County to submit the 2016 CDBG application and authorize the chairman to sign. These funds are intended to continue the work in the Kerr Addition area of the township. William Lawhead motion to approve submitting the 2016 CDBG Application, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


The Secretary was asked to look into a possible grant the township could apply for to purchase a new leaf vac unit. The Secretary spoke with Lisa Kovalick at Clearfield County and she located one thru USDA Community Facilities Grant that would be a grant/loan. They make the determination if they will give the township a grant or a loan once they review the application. Randy Powell motion to approve submitting an application, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.



Supervisor’s Report:

Daniel Mitchell: No Report.


William Lawhead: No Report.


Randy Powell asked that the Secretary check with the Police Chief to be sure a thank you was sent to BPOE for the donation.


William Lawhead motion to approve the list of bills in the amount of 61,152.39, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


No other business to come before the board.

William Lawhead motion to adjourn, Daniel Mitchell second.

Meeting adjourned.

7:27 P.M.





Respectfully Submitted,



Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary




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