Regular Monthly Mtg-May 2nd, 2017

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
May 2nd, 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 Barbara Shaffner, Code Officer Debra Finkbeiner, Roadmaster Ronald Woodling, Police Sergeant Crystal Panebianco, Solicitor’s James Naddeo & Linda Lewis, Glenn Johnston, Kim Finnigan, Matt Kyler-GEI, Jeff Corcino, Jeremy Ruffner, Elliott Neeper.


Comments from the audience: Glenn Johnston, a Resident that lives on Pifer Road, had concerns with Pifer Road and with all the work that he himself has done and the township felt it now needs to be Tarred and Chipped so not to loss stability of the road and to control the dust. He asked if the township planned to do that this year. Roadmaster Woodling responded that he planned on grading the road and putting down what he calls peanut oil. Mr. Johnston felt there is no holding it together and controlling the dust, it needs tarred and chipped and that would lock in the surface of the road. Supervisor Lawhead explained that the township plans on doing a major project on Turnpike Avenue this year and it all depends on the outcome of that bid before the township knows if there will be any additional funds for other areas.

Mr. Johnston also discussed the opportunity that the township has to join with Clearfield Borough and Lawrence Township to vote for a possible consolidation. He felt that the supervisors need to vote to allow the township tax payers to decide, but this requires supervisors to approve putting it on the ballot. He asked Supervisor Mitchell his thoughts of allowing the township residents to vote. Supervisor Mitchell stated he had no comment but then commented that residents have thanked him for not approving to put it on the ballot. Mr. Johnston commented that they are not allowing tax payers to make the decision and they are blocking the voting process.

Mr. Johnston also asked Supervisor Powell for his comments. Supervisor Powell still has questions that he felt were not being answered. When asked what his questions are he explained to Mr. Johnston that the first question is how do they make up the 250,000.00 deficits that will happen when Clearfield Borough’s tax millage is lowered. Supervisor Lawhead explained that it was first discussed to cut the part time Officers but they realize the asset of the part timers and planned on cutting the part time Officers by 150,000.00. Also both municipalities have funds in Reserve right now and can be used if necessary. They can also increase the Earned Income Tax rate by .15 to bring in more revenue. The new governing body would have to make that decision. Supervisor Powell also questioned the Fire Budgets and how the funds would be distributed fairly between Clearfield Borough Fire Company and all three of the Township’s Fire Companies. Supervisor Lawhead explained that it is not the Consolidation Committee’s responsibility, it’s the newly elected council to decide.


Elliott Neeper-Mill Road Fire Chief-presented information for a Federal Assistance Grant that Station 5 applied for in the amount of 226,822.00 for safety gear which requires a 5% match and asked if the supervisors would approve using funds out of the Fire Companies Capital Reserve for that 5% match in the amount of 11,341.00. William Lawhead motion to approve paying the 5% match out of the Fire Companies Reserve Funds in the amount of 11,341.00, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.




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William Lawhead motion to approve the minutes of the April 18th, 2017 meeting as written, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


Police Report: Sergeant Crystal Panebianco presented the Stats for the month of April for the supervisor’s review.

Sergeant Panebianco asked the supervisors to consider the need for new steel doors at the Police Station. There are more requirements now for security at their office and J-Net may be doing an audit coming up.

Sergeant Panebianco also asked where the supervisors are at with the update and changes to the front door entrance for security. Supervisor Powell stated that he did contact some contractors to get quotes but no one has got back to him. The Secretary is to contact Stiffler McGraw and have someone from their office come over and assist with a drawing of the project and specs.

Sergeant Panebianco wanted to make the supervisors aware that on May 2nd, 2017 a program for 4th graders at the Expo II building Officer Krononwetter participated in a Drug & Alcohol Abuse and used the DUI Goggles to assist students on the effects of being under the influence.

Sergeant Panebianco also reported that she participated in a presentation on Drug Alcohol abuse at the Clearfield High School which was held on April 26th, 2017 at 6:00 PM.


Officer Panebianco reported that the Officers have begun to paint lines throughout the township in preparation of the spring and summer traffic details.

Sergeant Panebianco also reported that on May 5th, 2017 Lawrence Township Police along with the PA State Police Drug Enforcement K-9 will be conducting a drug interdiction from 6PM-2AM and asked the supervisors permission for 20 hrs of overtime so they can participate in the detail. This is Prom weekend also. Randy Powell motion to approve the extra overtime hours, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

She also reported that the Clearfield County Fair & Park Board sent their yearly letter asking for the Lawrence Township Police Department to participate in the 2017 Clearfield County Fair. As always the department sent a reply back advising that Lawrence Township Police Department would be sending a representative and a vehicle.

Sergeant Panebianco also reported that Officer Julie Curry attended a mandatory state clean and meeting which was held in Ridgeway. It was found that every officer who has access to the Pa. Clean System is flagged. If for any reason an officer employed by the LTPD is arrested or is subject to an investigation by another agency, they must notify the Chief Of Police, the Chiefs designee and the J.Net administration Officer, which is Officer Curry, of the pending investigation or arrest, as this will automatically suspend the officers clean access.

Sergeant Panebianco reported that the Aggressive Driving is completed for the months of March and April with the next round of grant money being allotted in May for the months of May 15th-June 4th, 2017.

Sergeant Panebianco also reported that the Police Department received a 1,000.00 grant from Walmart.

She also reported that the new part time Officers hired have been issued uniforms, weapons, etc and Craig Kanour has already been placed on the schedule.


Solicitor’s Report: Mr. Naddeo reported that he reviewed the Certificate of Title and Bid Requirements for the grant for the Rec Park, signed them and gave them to the Secretary to submit to DCNR.


Mr. Naddeo reported that the property owners that did not sign the easements for the Turnpike Avenue Project have been turned over for Declaration of Taking and the bid for the project can now move forward. There is one property that the owners are both deceased and there is no estate established so they will have to file a Petition of Citation to move forward with that property.


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Mr. Naddeo also addressed the issue with the volunteers for the EMS Service located in Lawrence Township and the previous request for the township to carry those volunteers under our Workers Compensation. When the request was submitted by the township to Selective Insurance it was denied because the addition of code 993-Volunteer Ambulance Corp for EMS is not coded to be covered under the township Insurance. Mr. Naddeo explained that according to Second Township Code Section 1512 INSURANCE: The Board of Supervisors shall secure workers compensation insurance for its employees, including volunteer firemen and volunteer ambulance and rescue personnel of companies duly recognized by the township by Resolution. Supervisor Lawhead felt that this was previously done by the township. William Lawhead motion to reaffirm the Resolution to recognize Clearfield EMS and it’s volunteers located in Lawrence Township, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.


Recreational Park Board: No Report.


Code Enforcement Officer: Ms. Finkbeiner presented the Conditional Use for TMP (Tafco) in the Industrial Park for approval. Randy Powell motion to approve, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


The Code Officer presented a Land Development for TMP (Tafco) located at 1395 Industrial park Road Clearfield. The Plan was reviewed by the Planning Commission and everything was in place and was approved by the Board. Randy Powell motion to approve the Land Development for TMP (Tafco), Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


Code Officer Finkbeiner requested a Conditional Use on June 6th, 2017 @ 6:50 P.M. for a Cell Tower submitted by The Crossroads Group, LLC. William Lawhead motion to approve Conditional Use Hearing on June 6th, 2017 @ 6:50 P.M., Randy Powell second. Motion carried.


The Code Officer reminded residents that the township can apply penalties to blight properties that are severe and asked permission to proceed to further penalties. William Lawhead motion to approve, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.


The Code Officer asked Solicitor Naddeo to review the Smoke Ordinance. She continues to have issues with residents selling properties and not having a smoke test done. When she checked with the Register and Recorders Office at the Court House they said that the township Ordinance is not recorded and they cannot enforce it and make individuals comply with the townships requirement.


Roadmaster Report: Ronald Woodling reported that he attended a Seminar at PSATS Conference pertaining to Cell Towers and gave the supervisors the information for them to review for a possible change to the townships Ordinance.

Roadmaster Woodling asked the supervisors if they would consider replacing the Lawn Mower at the Rec Park. He believed that the one they have now was purchased in 2001. William Lawhead motion to authorize the Roadmaster to get quotes for a mower, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.


The Roadmaster asked permission to put the project to replace the roof on the Hyde Building out for bid. He was working on preparing specs for the project. The Secretary is to contact Stiffler McGraw and get their assistance to prepare the specs for the project.


Roadmaster Woodling reported that the Ladder Truck at Hyde Fire Company failed inspection and is out of service.


The Roadmaster also reported that the roadcrew has been cleaning up storm damage with a lot of trees down and cleaning inlets.


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Secretary/Treasurer’s Report: The Secretary asked permission to transfer funds from the General Fund to the TAN Account in the amount of 390,000.00 to replace funds used in 2017. Randy Powell motion to approve the transfer of funds, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.


The Secretary presented information that she researched on Emergency Signs for the Glen Richey Fire Company as requested for Accident Scenes. “Warning signs for temporary traffic control shall have orange background and black border/legend. Warning signs for incident management areas shall have pink background with black border/legend. Orange warnings signs may be used in incident management areas if pink signs are not available. Jeremy Ruffner and Elliott Neeper from Station 5 were both present and stated they already have the signs and will bring them into the township so they can look at what they have. The Secretary presented information on what the signs would cost. William Lawhead motion to approve purchasing signs for Glen Richey Fire Company, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.


The Secretary asked for quotes to have the township’s Compost Site Surveyed and received two quotes.

Stiffler McGraw & Associates                                                    3,500.00

Curry & Associates                                           not to exceed   1,200.00

Randy Powell motion to accept the quote from Curry & Associates in the amount of not to exceed 1,200.00, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.


The Secretary asked permission to advertise for Bid the Turnpike Avenue Project. Randy Powell motion to approve advertising the project for bid, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.


The Secretary asked for an Executive Session for a Personnel Issue.


Supervisor’s Report: Daniel Mitchell reported that the sign at the Police Station needs replaced, it is falling apart.


William Lawhead: No Report.


Randy Powell reported that Fayette Resources has been using the township’s Recreational Park almost on a daily basis and very much enjoy the park.


Randy Powell motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of 43,283.89, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


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

8:02 P.M.

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

8:11 P.M.

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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