Regular Monthly Mtg-July 18th, 2017

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
July 18th, 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 present: Daniel Mitchell, William Lawhead and Randy Powell.

 

Present: Secretary Barbara Shaffner, Code Officer Debra Finkbeiner, Roadmaster Ronald Woodling, Police Chief Douglas Clark, Solicitors James Naddeo & Linda Lewis, Amanda Thompson, Wendy Brion, Jeff Corcino, Wilson Fisher, Glenn Johnston, Don Bartley, Mr. & Mrs Rodger Read.

 

Comments from the audience: Glenn Johnston asked if any of the supervisors have been out to look at the section of road that he has been complaining about for repairs. None of them have gone out to Pifer Road to look at the road in question. Mr. Johnston explained that the logging that took place literally ground the road down to stone and surface has been destroyed. He felt that the road needs approximately 150 ton of stone to repair it and asked if anyone has contacted the logging company to repair the road. He also asked if there were photos or video of the condition of the road before the logging was done. The Roadmaster has not contacted the logging company yet and the road was not videoed before the project began. The Roadmaster will go out and check the condition of the road. Mr. Johnston asked that the road be repaired before they put down the dust control materials.

Mr. Johnston also asked the supervisors that even though the traffic citations have increased with the new Police Chief that they do not balance the budget with that anticipated funds.

 

Don Bartley had concerns on how Flegal Road has been abused for so many years. He felt that Roadmaster Woodling does a good job with what he has to work with but the road needs widened out and items repaired. Safety is a big issue with that road. Some repairs were just recently done but when it rains again the road will be back to the way it was before. He felt that the residents deserve more out of their tax dollars then what they are getting.

 

William Lawhead motion to approve the minutes of the July 5th, 2017 meeting as written, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.

 

Police Report: Chief Clark was present to answer any questions that the supervisors may have pertaining to the Stats that were presented at the previous meeting. No questions were asked.

 

Engineer’s report: No Report.

 

 

 

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Solicitor’s Report: Mr. Naddeo asked for an Executive Session for Personnel issue.

 

Mr. Naddeo was given a copy of an agreement that Mill Road Fire Company asked for him to review pertaining to the camera’s on the traffic signals and the Fire Company asking for access to the cameras. Solicitor Naddeo felt that the Fire Companies are independent and the Fire Chief does not need township approval to enter into this agreement.

 

Recreational Park Board: No Report.

 

Code Enforcement Officer Report: The Code/Zoning Officer requested a Conditional Use Hearing on August 15th, 2017 @ 6:50 P.M. for a private/Club Lodge for the VFW Post No 1785. RE; Parcel #L07-000-00022, located on Indsutrial Park Road and Zoned IL-S Industrial Limited Special. William Lawhead motion to approve, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.

 

The Code/Zoning Officer asked for approval for the Conditional Use for Timbering on the James Mitchell Estate, tract of land is located on Industrial Park Road, Parcel #L08-000-00026. The tract of land is approximately 60 acres. Applicant is Lee Brothers Lumber Co, the haul access road is located on T-605 Industrial Park Road to SR 879. The zoning district is I-LS, Industrial Limited Special, has been reviewed by Planning Commission, MPC Comment review location of haul road concern with Fulton Tunnel and Cemetary. To be noted that the requested route goes into the VFW picnic ground area and they want the Logging Company to use a different road located on their property. It is up to the Timber Company to get an agreement with the property owner. Randy Powell motion to approve, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

 

The Code/Zoning Officer asked for approval for Conditional Use for Timbering on the Carol Elkins property. The tract of land is located on Industrial Park Road, Parcel #L08-000-00055. The Tract of land is approximately 45 acres. Applicant is Lee Brothers Lumber Company. The haul access road is located on T-605 Industrial Park Road to SR 879. The zoning is I-LS, Industrial Limited Special. Reviewed by Planning Commission, MPC comment review location of haul road also concern with Fulton Tunnel and Cemetery. Randy Powell motion to approve, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

 

The Code/Zoning Officer submitted a request for approval of Land Development Plan for the Capitol Telecom Holdings, LLC for a Cell Tower located at 295 Clarks Hill Road, tract of land is owned by Giles Lanager, Jr. Parcel # J09-000-00013 Zoning District R-A Rural Agriculture. Total tract of land 58.15 acres, proposed .58 acres. Reviewed by MPC all documents complete. William Lawhead motion to approve, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.

 

The Code/Zoning Officer also presented a request for approval the Subdivision Plan submitted for the Bonnie Luzier property located @ 208 Hidden Valley Lane, Parcel # J08-000-00171 . (4) Lots, total tract 17.017 acres, remaining residual 11.914 acres. Areas proposed total other lots 5.103 acres. Zoning District R-A Rural Agriculture, Reviewed by MPC all documents complete. Randy Powell motion to approve, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

 

 

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The Code/Zoning Officer asked for approval of the Subdivision Plan submitted for the Clara V. Ardary Estate located at 989 Goshen Road, Parcel # K07-000-00061, tract of land 55.24 acres and zoned R-A Rural Agricultural, all documents are in order. William Lawhead motion to approve, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.

 

The Code/Zoning Officer requested approval for the Lot Consolidation submitted by Rivers Bend Properties, LLC, Parcel #L08-000-00052 Lot 5 and Lot 6 with combined acreage of .703, tract of land is located on John’s Drive and zoned R-S Residential Suburban. All documents are in order. William Lawhead motion to approve, Randy Powell second.

 

The Code/Zoning Officer presented the Land Development Plan for the Amara-Piara Inc. SP Retrofit project located at 14624 Clearfield Shawville Hwy for approval. Parcel #L07-000-00039, zoned C-H Commercial Highway. The Plan was reviewed by the Planning Commission. The existing building is be demolished and replaced with a new building as indicated on the land development submittal. Open items, State HOP and final response to Stiffler McGraw for the storm management plan. Wilson Fisher from Hess & Fisher presented information for storm management review. William Lawhead motion to approve condition upon HOP with Penndot being complete, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.

 

The Code Officer let the public know that the Solicitor has started sending out the sewer violation letters and she has already had responses from residents.

 

The Code Officer reported that she is working on Blight properties and getting more aggressive and had one property owner that came in and got a demolition permit. She also noted that there are parking lots at businesses in the township that need corrective action plans for much needed repairs.

 

Roadmaster’s Report: Roadmaster Woodling reported that LT#3 failed inspection, the rocker arms completely gone and it does not accelerate and also computer issues. He requested permission to get quotes to replace the truck and also asked to add mechanics boxes and just a single cab. The Supervisors approved for the Roadmaster to get quotes.

Roadmaster Woodling asked permission to put the Police Cruiser and Mack on Municibid. The supervisors approved putting both items on Municibid.

The Roadmaster reminded the Supervisors that there will be a pre-construction meeting on Thursday July 19th, 2017 at 10:00 AM at the township office for the Turnpike Avenue Project.

 

The Roadmaster also reported that the roadcrew started repairs and berming on Flegal Road.

 

The Roadmaster attended a meeting on Friday with the company that is doing the repairs at the Railroad Tracks and Riverview Road. They request that the township put down road markings and the state will reimburse the township.

 

He also reported that the Leonard Street/SR322 Project the state is doing a change with what was planned on the Traffic Signals.

 

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Secretary’Treasurer’s Report: The Treasurer’s Report for the month of June was submitted for the supervisors review.

The Secretary received a letter from Tour de Susquehanna Bicycle Race asking the township to approve them using township roads for their race that is scheduled to be held Sunday September 3rd, 2017. William Lawhead motion to approve, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.

The Secretary explained that the Police Department goes thru their petty cash very fast because of mailing of evidence and she asked if the supervisors wanted to consider approving them for a credit card at a low amount. William Lawhead motion to approve a credit card for the Police Department with a limit of 500.00 with signers as the Police Chief, (1)Sergeant and the Receptionist, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.

 

The Secretary asked for approval for a CDBG Drawdown in the amount of 812.46 and authorize the chairman to sign the form. William Lawhead motion to approve, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.

 

Supervisor’s Report:

Daniel Mitchell: No Report.

 

William Lawhead thanked the Roadmaster for the good job done on Riverview Road.

 

Randy Powell: No Report.

 

William Lawhead motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of 189,200.98, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.

 

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

 

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

 

Solicitor Naddeo asked the supervisors to approve a Resolution to authorize Mr. Naddeo to nominate Chris Pentz to act a Council for proceedings to file condemnation to the Hershel Brown Estate and authorize reimbursement to Mr Pentz. William Lawhead motion to approve, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.

Solicitor Naddeo asked the supervisors to pass a Resolution to appoint Chris Pentz to oversee the violation letters to property owners for the Sanitary Sewer violation letters that are conflicts with Mr. Naddeo’s clients. Randy Powell motion to approve, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

 

The Secretary presented a request that she received from residents of the Country Club Hills area that are asking to close a section of road for a block party. The area would be from the corner of Joseph Road and Pleasant Lane to the corner of Joseph Road and Parkview Drive to be held on September 2nd, 2017. William Lawhead motion to approve request, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.

 

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No other business to come before the board.

William Lawhead motion to adjourn, Daniel Mitchell second.

Meeting adjourned.

8:00 P.M.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

_____________________________

Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary

 

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