Regular Monthly Mtg-Feb 7th, 2017

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
February 7th, 2017
7:00 P.M.
Florian Banquet Hall
321 Mill Road, 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.

 

Comments from the audience:Rodger Read talked about the tax rate that the township and Clearfield Borough now have and that the rate, if the municipalities consolidate, would need to increase by 3 mills. He explained that St Marys tax rate is 12 mills higher then what the township currently is at.

 

Alan Walker, a Lawrence Township resident that has lived in the township since 1980 and was also a former Secretary for DCED, explained that the township is headed for financial distress. The townships Police Pension Plan is underfunded by 650,000.00 and that taxes would need to be raised or services cut. He asked that the Supervisors allow the referendum to go to the ballot.

 

Bill Ogden asked if the residents want this put on the ballot. He felt that the Spring Election is usually the lowest voter turnout but also what is the best time to get the residents out to election. He also asked what services might be reduced. He asked for more information before it is put on the ballot.

 

Jerry Hatcher said he believes the supervisors should put it on the ballot. If anything goes wrong in the future, then it would be on the residents shoulders and not just on the supervisors.

 

William White was upset about the article that was in The Progress about residents having the opportunity to go online and vote if they wanted the decision to go on the ballot or the supervisors make the decision. He said he did not know about this opportunity and did not feel it was advertised so people knew they could do that. He felt he has been lied to and not told the truth. He also felt there needs to be work done on getting Industry into the area.

 

Cecilia Mosley felt that Supervisor Powell gave more answers than anyone else has so far.

 

Bill Mosley made a comment that Supervisor Lawhead was doing this so he would be getting a job out of it. Mr. Lawhead is not getting a job out of this and is retired.

 

Gigi Gearhart has lived in the township since 1980 and felt the Supervisors should give the residents a chance to vote. We might not know everything there is to know at this minute, it is a learning curve and a lot more to learn. She asked the supervisors to take the high road and but it on the ballot.

 

Glenn Wise commented on the townships financial issues and the fact that no one likes change. Previous talks were in place before to Regionalize the two Police Departments but it was rejected and not done. You cannot solve this issue alone and if there is help you need to accept it. You don’t want to be responsible for a bankrupt township. He asked that you give the voters and tax payers the opportunity to vote.

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Sam Lansberry asked the supervisors to put it on the ballot, the tax payers have a right to vote. He read a quote” The Right to vote is the basis right, without all others are meaningless it gives people as individuals control their own destiny’s.”

 

Anthony Ferlazzo asked what the population is for Lawrence Township and Clearfield Borough and he was given the information.

 

Linda hatcher asked the supervisors to put it on the ballot.

 

Paul Snyder has lived in Glen Richey most of his life. He is not in favor of putting it on the ballot. He had concern of what will happen to funds for the Fire Relief.

 

Steve Ressler said that Brian Lytle, Clearfield Borough Councilman, talked about being one community. He felt there was not enough information given to the public and that there should not be a decision made until after everyone has personally reviewed the Joint Agreement and Home Rule Charter and he asked that the decision wait to be put on the ballot.

 

Lois Isiman talked about Act 47 and the fact that Altoona is very much under Act47 and working to getting out of it. She also felt the residents need more information before putting it on the ballot.

 

Solicitor Naddeo explained Act 47 and that if the state determines the township is financially distressed they will come in to and take control of the township.

 

Nancy Potts stated that Consolidation and Home Rule are two different things. The Tax base in Lawrence Township compared to Clearfield Borough. She asked to first vote on whether residents want to consolidate. A lot more needs to be considered before putting it on the ballot.

 

Tom Henry said to go ahead and put it on the ballot but explained that St Mary’s is not happy after their consolidation. He felt there needs to be more information.

 

Jim Leitzinger explained that there would be a lot more information given out and come out once the decision is made to move forward and asked that it be put on the ballot.

 

Tom Stewart said that from what he has heard he is worried. He asked that they don’t do what will hurt you later and get the information out there.

 

William Lawhead motion to approve the minutes of the January 17th, 2017 meeting as written, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.

 

Engineer’s Report: No Report.

 

Police Report: Sergeant Panebianco presented the stats for the month of January.

Sergeant Panebianco also requested 16 additional hours for the Police Department for Drug Interdiction. There will be 2 K9’s brought in for traffic stops to check for drugs. This requires at least two offices are scene. Randy Powell motion to approve, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

 

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Sergeant Panebianco reported that Officer Zachary Cowan will be going to Alabama for training from March 27th, thru 30th, 2017.  All expenses are 100% paid for by the District Attorney Association for airfare, motel and meals.

 

Solicitor’s Report: Solicitor Naddeo presented the Ordinance to the supervisors that was advertised and ready for approval or non-approval for the Joint Agreement, Home Rule Charter and voting to put it on the ballot.

Solicitor Naddeo asked for an Executive Session for a possible litigation.

 

Recreational Park Board: No Report.

 

Code Enforcement Officer: No Report.

 

Roadmaster’s Report:Roadmaser Woodling received information asking if the township wanted to continue with the spraying for weeds along guardrails for 2017. All Supervisors agreed to approve Ehrlich to spray again in 2017.

Roadmaster Woodling reported that they found infiltration in a manhole and it has been repaired.

 

The Roadmaster reported that the new 2017 Ford F550 has arrived.

 

He also reported that the Tree trimming along Riverview Road and Coal Hill Road has been completed.

 

Roadmaster Woodling asked residents to not park along roads when they are trying to plow and also reminded them that they are not allowed to plow across township roads.

 

Roadmaster Woodling was contacted by DCNR and asked if the township would consider taking over the Hoover/Nelson Road. All supervisors agreed that the answer was no.

 

Secretary’s Report:The Secretary presented Final Pay Estimate #16 in the amount of 4,803.00 for Diehl Contracting for Sanitary Sewer Project Phase III. Randy Powell motion to approve Pay Estimate #16 to Diehl Contracting, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

 

The Secretary presented a request from the Joseph & Elizabeth Shae Public Library asking the Supervisors to appoint two members to the Library Board. Valarie Dixon with term to expire the second Thursday of January 2108 and Les Turner with the term to expire the second Thursday of January 2021. William Lawhead motion to approve appointments as requested, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.

 

The Secretary asked if the supervisors wanted to participate in the Co-Stars Program to purchase Salt for the 2017-2018 Contract year. William Lawhead motion to purchase Salt from August 2017-July 2018 Contract Year under the Co-Stars Program at 600 Ton, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.

 

The Secretary presented a request from the Pennsylvania One Call System asking the township to approve a Proclamation to recognize the month of April 2017 as “Pennsylvania 811 Safe Digging Month”. Randy Powell motion to approve, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

 

 

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The secretary asked for approval of the 2013 CDBG Contract 3 year project activity completion extension request. This will increase the time limit by one year to complete the expenditure of the 2013 street improving funding. The current 3 year time period expires April 7th, 2017. This action will extend the time period until April 7th, 2018. William Lawhead motion to approve and authorize the chairman to sign, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.

 

Supervisor’s Report:

Daniel Mitchell: No Report.

 

William Lawhead reported that he attended a meeting along with Roadmaster Woodling at Clearfield Borough along with the Clearfield Municipal Authority pertaining to the sewer camera unit. He explained all the issues with the unit. There are electrical problems and the Invertor needs replaced. Todd Kling and Roadmaster Woodling are going to work with Bud’s Electric for the Electrical issues. The computer has been scrapped and everyone plans on using their own Lap Tops. The Monitor also needs replaced and John Williams is looking into picking up a new one.

 

William Lawhead motion to approve the advertised Ordinance to adopt the Joint Agreement and Home Rule Charter and put on the ballot. Supervisor Powell presented those in attendance a letter to explain why he is opposed to putting this on the ballot at this time. He felt there needs to be a lot more questions answered and more studies before asking the residents to vote or make a decision. The motion died for a lack of second.

 

Supervisors Powell presented repairs that need to be done on the Rescue for Station 5 in the amount of $13,435.21 and made a motion to approve the repairs, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.

 

William Lawhead motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of $ 55,169.46, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.

 

William Lawhead motion to adjourn to Executive Session, Randy Powell second.

8:05 P.M.

William Lawhead motion to return from Executive Session, Randy Powell second.

8:23 P.M.

No other business to come before the board.

 

William Lawhead motion to adjourn, Daniel Mitchell second.

 

Meeting adjourned.

 

Present: Secretary Barbara Shaffner, Roadmaster Ronald Woodling, Solicitor’s James Naddeo & Linda Lewis, Police Sergeant Crystal Panebianco, remaining lists attached.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

_______________________________

Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary

 

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