Regular Monthly Mtg-March 21st, 2017

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
March 21st, 2017
7:00 P.M.
Municipal Building
45 George St. 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/Treasurer Barbara Shaffner, Code Officer Debra Finkbeiner, Roadmaster Ronald Woodling, Interim Chief James Glass, Solicitor’s James Naddeo & Linda Lewis, Engineer’s Scott McEldowney and Todd Banks, Kevin Kline, Lynn Robbins, Ben Kline, Gigi Gearhart, Jeff Corcino, Amanda Thompson, Wendy Brion.

 

Comments from the audience: Gigi Gearhart asked Chairman Powell if he got the answers to his questions regarding the Consolidation. He let her know that there has been a meeting set up between the committee members and him to review his questions.

Ms. Gearhart also asked if they reviewed the suggestions that Secretary Barbara Shaffner mentioned that she had that the supervisors could consider to help with the deficit in the Police Pension Plan. Chairman Powell said that they did review the suggestions with the Secretary and are looking at them and reviewing possible funds available.

 

William Lawhead motion to approve the minutes of the March 7th, 2017 meeting as written, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.

 

Solicitor’s Report: The Solicitor responded to a request from the previous township meeting where the supervisors asked if they could amend Ordinance #96-7 that provides that in certain fire losses the Insurance Carrier shall transfer proceeds to be held by the township until the repairs or cleanup of the property has been completed, to add also property that was damaged due to something like a vehicle hitting a home and making it unlivable. Solicitor Naddeo explained that it does not cover anything but fire losses and does not extend to other casualty losses and the Ordinance cannot be amended to include losses other than fire loss.

 

Recreational Park Board Report: Secretary Barbara Shaffner reported that the township Rec Board applied to Clearfield County Rec & Tourism for a 25,000.00 Grant for some equipment at the Rec Park.

 

Engineer’s Report: Todd Banks from Stiffler McGraw was present to give the supervisors an update of the Sanitary Sewer and the Hyde SSO. There was a meeting held between DEP, Clearfield Municipal Authority, Clearfield Borough and Lawrence Township to review DEP’s requirements. There is still an I & I problem in the Hyde area and the SSO will not be closed by June 2017 as required by the existing Consent Order between DEP and CMA.  One potential significant source of I&I is illegally connected French drains.  We recommended the Supervisors authorize Stiffler McGraw to televise existing laterals from the trap back to the house to determine the absence or presence of French drain connections.  If French drain connections are discovered they will have to be removed from the sewer system by the property owner. William Lawhead motion to authorize Stiffler McGraw & Associates to start as soon as possible to do the inspections, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.

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Code Enforcement Officer:Ms. Finkbeiner submitted three Conditional Uses for Timbering for the Supervisor’s approval.

Conditional Use for Timbering by Mike Kerr (Parcel #K09-000-00303.1, K09-000-00030, K09-000-00028) located on SR Clover Hill and SR Clfd/Glen Richey Hwy with approximately 300 acres being Timbered by Robbins Lumber Co. Randy Powell motion to approve, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.

 

Conditional Use for Timbering by Dave Fox/Fox Land Restoration and Resource Recovery LLC (J09-000-00074 and J09-000-00203) Approximately 62.46 acres, access road T-580 Carbon Mine Road, reviewed by Roadmaster schedule inspection of roadway for bonding. Being timbered by CW Krause and Sons LLC. Randy Powell motion to approve, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.

 

Conditional Use for Timbering for T. Scott Lawhead/BLM Properties (L06-000-0005, L06-000-0001.1, L06-000-002.1) approximately 83.9 acres, located on T-599 Lick Run Road. Being Timbered by Legacy Resource Partners LLC. Supervisor Lawhead reminded Roadmaster Woodling that he would need to really watch that Road and Bridge while they are timbering for possible damage to the bridge and to check the weight limit on the bridge. Also to keep dust control down near homes while they are hauling. William Lawhead motion to approve, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.

 

The Code Officer requested a Conditional Use Hearing for Timbering submitted by Patrick Carlley for the Clyde Smith property located at 445 Litz Road, with the date of April 18th, 2017 @ 6:40 PM. William Lawhead motion to approve, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.

 

The Code Officer also requested a Conditional Use Hearing for Manufacturing in an Industrial Limited Special area, submitted by TMP Manufacturing with the date of April 18th, 2017 at 6:50 P.M. William Lawhead motion to approve, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.

 

The Code Officer reported that Mini homes are not a legal residency in the State of Pennsylvania and they could review the UCC codes for square foot requirements for single living dwellings.

 

The Code Officer also reported that Motor Homes are not a legal residency and someone can only live in their motorhome up to 180 days. They must have approved water and sewer to the motorhome. A resident can live in a motor home on their property while they are building a home.

 

The Code Officer requested that the Supervisors consider an Ordinance for Peddling, Soliciting in the township. She felt that often times a Police Officer is called out by concerned citizens when this is taking place the cost of time and money for the officers to investigate. The Code Officer presently issues a permit with no fee but this gets them registered and the Police Department contacted with their info.

 

The Code Officer also requested the Planning and Zoning Committees establish a joint effort to investigate and review Ordinances to generate revenues for township for cost associated with Police Department, Fire Department and enforcement of the IPMC. Drug abuse is no longer a big city issue, it is a problem all around us. A team effort to review and establish Ordinances to combat drug use and the increase of crime. This is not a problem that should be owned by Police Departments, boroughs and municipalities can join in by establishing ordinances that protect the rights of citizens to feel safe in their homes. Drug abuse cost all tax payers monies and diminishes the family unit. She asked to review Ordinances for requirements in the township for renewal and registration of Business License.

Occupancy is taking place without the township being notified. The Police and Fire Department needs to have records updated with information for the alarm system monitoring ordinance. Zoning Certificate or Occupancy should be issued for new tenant even if no building changes are being made. Review

 

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Ordinance for Rental Properties with the increase of drug abuse and the ongoing economic stress in all communities and review Ordinance for Occupancy Inspection with Sale of Properties (Pennsafe) Occupancy.

The Code Officer also requested the supervisors review the Fee Schedule. The Building/Zoning Permit Fee is 40.00, should it be increased. Also with meeting the requirements of Storm Management, EPA, DEP, FEMA, rules and regulations cost for zoning and administration has increased. Cost for administrative for land development average is $175. That doesn’t include township overhead, current fee is 150.00.

 

The Code Officer requested the township review Zoning Districts usages-RA District, C-H District and the R-C District. Review residential areas for two family dwellings (duplex), areas for efficiency housing and business offices.

Randy Powell motion to approve the Code Officer to work with the Police Department to get things started, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

 

Roadmaster’s Report: Roadmaster Woodling reported that the roadcrew continues to do plowing and have been cleaning up and cutting downed trees.

He also reported that he ordered the new trailer that was approved at the last township meeting.

 

Secretary/Treasurer’s Report: The Treasurer’s Report for the month of February was submitted for the supervisor’s review.

The Secretary reported that the township received one letter of interest from a township resident for the opening on the Recreational Park Board and that was from Kevin Wisor asking to be reappointed to the Board. William Lawhead motion to reappoint Kevin Wisor to the Recreational Park Board with the term to run until March 18th, 2022, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.

 

The Secretary reported that the township received a letter of interest from a township resident for the opening on the Clearfield-Lawrence Township Joint Airport Authority and that was from Howard Veihdeffer asking to be reappointed to the Authority. William Lawhead motion to reappoint Howard Veihdeffer to the Clearfield-Lawrence Township Joint Airport Authority with the term to run until April 15th, 2022, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.

 

The Secretary/Treasurer asked permission to transfer funds in the amount of 14,000.00 from the Reserve Savings acct to the Reserve Checking account to release the Fire Escrow funds for 314 Mt Joy Road to Ernest Boal. The demolition is completed and the final inspection completed by Pennsafe Inspection on March 6th, 2017. William Lawhead motion to approve, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.

The Secretary/Treasurer also asked permission to transfer funds in the amount of $45,000.00 from the TAN Account to the General Fund to pay bills. William Lawhead motion to approve the transfer of funds, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.

 

Supervisor’s Report:

Daniel Mitchell: No Report.

 

William Lawhead: No Report.

 

Randy Powell: No Report.

 

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William Lawhead motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of $128,639.81, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.

 

Randy Powell motion to adjourn to Executive Session for Personnel issue, Daniel Mitchell second.

7:35 P.M.

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

7:53 P.M.

William Lawhead motion to authorize Interim Chief Glass to contact Part Time Officer Paul Butler that his services are no longer needed and authorize Chief Glass to interview for a Part Time Officer as needed Police Officer, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.

 

With no other business to come before the Board.

 

William Lawhead motion to adjourn, Daniel Mitchell second.

Meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

____________________________

Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

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