Regular Monthly Mtg-May 16th, 2017

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
May 16th, 2017
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 Woodling, Solicitor’s James Naddeo & Linda Lewis, Douglas Clark, Amanda Thompson, Jeff Corcino, Wendy Brion, Russ Triponey, Glenn Johnston, Gigi Gearhart, Charles Marshall.


Comments from the audience:Glenn Johnston asked Supervisor Mitchell how many people from the community have asked him not to put it on the ballot to vote on the possible consolidation. He responded that there were probably about 50 residents. Mr. Johnston responded that there are over 7,000 residents in the township and that 50 is a very small amount of residents that requested not to put it on the ballot.

Mr. Johnston asked Supervisor Powell if he got answers to all his questions. Supervisor Powell said the only answers he got was the ones that Supervisor Lawhead gave him at the last meeting. Mr. Johnston asked Supervisor Powell why he didn’t just ask Supervisor Lawhead the remaining questions that he has because Supervisor Lawhead would probably be able to answer those questions. Supervisor Powell also reported that PSATS suggested that the township run the other way, they only know of two townships that have consolidated and come out of it successfully. Supervisor Powell has also spoke with other areas that have already consolidated and are not happy with the outcome.


Russ Triponey disagrees with putting it on the ballot because they don’t have enough information. He asked where the savings would be. Consolidation should save more than 10%. Lawrence Township has all the potential and Clearfield Borough has very little.

Gigi Gearhart explained that educating the residents about the consolidation is extremely important and needs to go out to every household. A lot of difficult decisions will have to be made if the consolidation goes thru and you want to appoint someone to council to do the right decisions for everyone.


Elaine Bowman from Legion Road presented pictures of properties that are in bad condition near her home. She felt that she should not have to maintain her property when neighboring properties are left go and it has been that way for several years. She asked that the property owners be fined to the maximum. Code Officer Debra Finkbeiner explained that the one property has gone to Judicial Sale, the owner is deceased and the other property owner also is deceased and has been taken over by the heirs. She asked if there is another step or process she needs to go thru to get these properties cleaned up. The Code Officer explained that once it goes to Judicial sale the new owner has 30 days to clean it up and if not they will be fined.



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William Lawhead motion to approve the minutes of the May 2nd, 2017 meeting as written, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.


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

7:23 P.M.

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

7:34 P.M.


Police Report: No Report.


Solicitor’s Report: Mr. Naddeo responded to information that was submitted by Roadmaster Woodling at the previous meeting regarding Wireless Communication in township right-of-ways. Mr. Naddeo recommended that the township consider adopting an Ordinance to regulate what goes into the right-of-ways. William Lawhead motion to approve the Solicitor to prepare an Ordinance, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.


Mr. Naddeo prepared the Easement for the Good Street CDBG Project and was given to the township Secretary for signature.


Recreational Park Board: The Secretary presented a request from the Rec Park Board to install signs on the Multi Purpose Field Fence. They have been having issues with parents setting on the inside of the fence which can be a safety issue for both them and the players. They asked that the sign would read “Players Only Beyond this Point”. Supervisors had no problem with installing those signs.

The Rec Board also reported that they will be receiving grant funds from Clearfield County Recreation & Tourism for a new Score Board and asked if the supervisors would approve paying for the Score Board and when the Rec Board gets the grant funds they will reimburse the township. The cost for the new Score Board is around 5,100.00. William Lawhead motion to approve, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.


Code Enforcement Officer:The Code Officer presented a Minor Subdivision/Lot Consolidation (3) Lots-Owner Mark Thompson with the property address of 2295 Washington Avenue. Parcel #J09-A44 and J09-168. Total tract 2,698 acres. Reviewed by Lawrence Township Planning Commission and all documents are in order. Randy Powell motion to approve the Mark Thompson Subdivision/Lot Consolidation, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


The Code Officer requested the supervisors set a hearing date for a Conditional Use for timbering on June 20th, 2017, applicant Jode Delp Trucking & Logging. Property located on Flegal Road and owned by Duane Berry, approximately 72.5 acres, proposed timbering of 25 acres. William Lawhead motion to approve, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.








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Roadmaster’s Report: Mr. Woodling reported that he meet with Brian Endler from Stiffler McGraw pertaining to the Hyde Building Roof repairs. Mr. Endler has set up a meeting with the Firestone representative on May 25th, 2017 at 10:00 AM to review the project to be sure the repairs will be warranted.

The Roadmaster reported that the Roadcrew has completed most of the storm damage.

The Roadmaster also reported that the Compost Site property has been surveyed and marked and they will supply the township with a map.

The Roadmaster explained that he would like to hold off on getting quotes for a new mower for the Rec Park for this year. They just installed new blades and had the unit serviced and felt it would still be in good shape to get thru this season.


Secretary/Treasurer’s Report: The Treasurer’s Report for month of April submitted for your review.


The Secretary reported that the Easement has been signed for the Good Street Project and the project is ready to go out for Bid. Randy Powell motion to approve advertising the Good Street Project for Bid, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


The Secretary extended her condolences to the family of former Police Sergeant H. Colin Collins. Since Colin Collins has passed away the township is to send a letter to CNB to indicate his spouse/beneficiary is to receive 50% of his benefits per month and she asked permission to send that letter. Randy Powell motion to approve the Secretary to send a letter to CNB, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.



The Secretary reported that she received a quote to repaint the Handicap lines and Basketball Court at the Rec Park in the amount of 350.00 from SBP Lines (Steve Biancuzzo). William Lawhead motion to approve, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.


The Secretary reported that the township received a notice that Penndot was approved for the upgrade of the railroad warning devices at T-247 Riverview Rd and they request the township approve a Resolution Letter that will allow Penndot to file an application with the Pa Public Utility Commission on behalf of the township. This is necessary because the upgrade is on a local roadway. I have prepared the Resolution Letter and is ready for your approval. Solicitor Naddeo reviewed the letter before the supervisors approved to be sure it was in order. William Lawhead motion to approve the Resolution Letter, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.


The Secretary presented the Co-Stars Sodium Road Salt Contract for 2017-2018. For all municipalities in Clearfield County the price of Salt will be reduced by 2% and the minimum order requirements will be waived and there will be no storage fees. Randy Powell motion to approve the Co-Stars Sodium Road Salt Contract for 2017-2018 for 600 Ton, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.





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The Secretary/Treasurer asked permission to pay the 2017 Budgeted Donations:

Clfd-Law Airport                           10,000.00

CAST                                                 750.00

Shaw Library                                   2,500.00

SPCA                                               1,250.00

Total                                               14,500.00


Plus Glen Richey is the only Fire Company that has submitted their financial report to date and ask to also pay their donation in the amount of 9,000.00. for a total to date of 23,500.00. Randy Powell motion to approve, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.



The Secretary asked the supervisors to consider changing the time for the June 20th, 2017 mtg because she has obligations that entire week in the evenings. William Lawhead motion to approve changing the time of the June 20th, 2017 meeting to 1:00 PM, and the time for the Conditional Use for 12:50 PM, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.


Supervisors’ Report: Supervisor Mitchell discussed the interviews for the new Police Chief position and asked the other supervisors what they wanted to consider doing. William Lawhead explained that they interviewed two people for the position and it was a very hard decision to make and that both candidates were very well qualified. William Lawhead motion to appoint Douglas Clark as the new Police Chief, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


Supervisor Lawhead gave an update on Montgomery Run and the mine drainage and reported that he is working with the Montgomery Run Watershed Group to apply for another grant. They spent over one year doing sampling and found an abandoned gas well. He thanked the property owners in that area that have worked with them on this project.


Randy Powell: No Report.


Randy Powell motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of 94,707.10, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.


No other business to come before the board.

William Lawhead motion to adjourn, Daniel Mitchell second.

Meeting adjourned.

7:58 P.M.



Respectfully submitted,



Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary





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