Regular Monthly Mtg-Oct 17th, 2017

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
October 17th, 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,

Police Chief Douglas Clark, Solicitor’s James Naddeo & Linda Lewis, Amanda Thompson, Wendy Brion, Ellen Rishel, Sara & Nick Harper, Jeff Corcino, Kathleen, Ida Celinski.


Comments from the audience: None.


William Lawhead motion to approve the minutes of the October 3rd, 2017 meeting as written, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.


Police Report: Chief Clark reported that the roadcrew employees are doing a great job at installing the new doors at the Police Department.


Chief Clark also reported that he is working with Adam Curry to get the records management program thru Metro Alert installed and get started.


Engineer’s Report: No Report.


Solicitor’s Report: Mr. Naddeo reminded the supervisors that there is a meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 19th, 2017 at 10:00 AM at his office with the union to discuss Health Insurance and the Police Contract.


Recreational Park Board: No Report.


Code Enforcement Officer: Code Officer Finkbeiner presented a minor subdivision submitted by David & Emily Francisco at 138 Pifer Road, property owner is Ronald & Lisa Zalno. All documents are in order. William Lawhead motion to approve, Randy Powell second. Motion carried.


The Code Officer also reported that a road survey on Clarks Hill Road has been completed by the Roadmaster.


The Code officer reminded the Supervisors that there is a Zoning Workshop scheduled for November 1st, 2017 @ 6:00 PM.


Roadmasters’ Report:Roadmaster Woodling reported that the paving is being done in the Haney Development area and Forest Drive this week.

He also reported that the Turnpike Avenue project is near completion.



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The Roadmaster also reported that the roof project at the Hyde Building is started and will take approximately 3 weeks.


The Roadmaster was contacted by the Clearfield County Conservation District and the grant that was applied for on Pifer Road to install DSA was approved. The project will be done in 2018.


Secretary/Treasurer’s Report:


The Treasurer’s Report for the month of September was submitted for the supervisors review.


The Secretary submitted a request to DCNR to receive a portion of the funds for the Rec Park Grant that was approved for 2017 in the amount of 14,400.00 and the township received those funds that were direct deposited into the General Fund. The Secretary asked permission to transfer those funds into the Reserve Account since it is too late in the year to order the playground equipment and get it installed. This was advised to ask for these funds before the state approved taking those funds away for the 2018 Budget. William Lawhead motion to approve the transfer of funds, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


The Secretary also reported that she reviewed the funds available in the Reserve Account and felt the most the township can transfer to the Police Pension Plan to offset the unfunded liability at this time is 100,000.00. Solicitor Naddeo asked the supervisors to hold off on making a decision until after the meeting with the union on the Police Contract.


The Secretary reminded the supervisors that there is a Budget Workshop scheduled for October 30th @ 6:00 PM


The Secretary opened the Winter Road Material Bids:

1,200 Ton (more or less) 6S (AS2) Anti Skid

2,000 Ton (more or less) 67 Limestone


Glenn O Hawbaker                 6S Anti Skid       23.16 Ton

67 Limestone       25.16 Ton

Woodland Equipment             6S Anti Skid         17.16 Ton

67 Limestone       16.47 Ton

New Enterprise Stone             6S Anti Skid       19.90 Ton

67 Limestone       19.85 Ton

Hanson Aggregates                 6S Anti Skid         17.25 Ton

67 Limestone       18.25 Ton

Bucktail Excavators                 6S Anti Skid         16.93 Ton

67 Limestone       16.80 Ton

Randy Powell motion to approve bid from Woodland Equipment & Supply in the amount of 16.47 Ton for 67 Limestone and bid from Bucktail Excavators in the amount of 16.93 Ton for 6S (AS2) Anti Skid, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


Supervisor’s Report:

Daniel Mitchell: No Report.


William Lawhead: Supervisor Lawhead asked the Roadmaster if the Leaf Vac was out picking up yet. Roadmaster Woodling reported that it started today.


Randy Powell: No Report.


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William Lawhead motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of $101,646.32, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.


Roadmaster Woodling explained that the Signs on Deacon Road for NO OUTLET have been installed but the reason that the barrier from Deacon Road onto High level Road is not installed is he spoke with Shawn Agosti at Penndot and the barriers have to be Type 3 breakaway with the proper reflection. He showed the supervisors pictures of the barriers and will get them ordered.


No other business to come before the Board.


William Lawhead motion to adjourn, Daniel Mitchell second.

7:15 P.M.

Residents in attendance did not realize they had an opportunity to speak during Public Comment and wanted to speak.

Randy Powell motion to reconvene meeting, Daniel Mitchell second.

Sara Harper from Hill Street area questioned the supervisors on the sewer surcharge and why they have to pay it. The group of people that she was with attended the Clearfield Municipal Authority meeting at 4:00 and were told if they had questions on the Sewer Surcharge they needed to contact Lawrence Township. The supervisors explained that the sewer surcharge was established to pay expenses to maintain the sewer lines that belong to Lawrence Township. The township presently has three loans for funds borrowed to update the sewer lines in the township that was mandated by DEP.

Ms. Harper also questioned blighted properties in the township and it was explained that there are numerous blighted properties in the township and there are also limitations to what the township can do about those properties.

Ms. Harper complained about a walking bridge that was installed near Virgin Alley and the poor condition of the bridge, also who’s responsibility it is to maintain that bridge.

There was question on who owns the alley and Solicitor Naddeo explained that if it is a private alley and has not been maintained by the township then it reverts back to the adjoining property owners. It was undetermined who put the bridge in or who owned it but it was not the township.


Marty Neeper-Fire Chief for Hyde Volunteer Fire Company had previously talked with the supervisors regarding selling the Tower Apparatus and looking at purchasing a 100ft Quint Truck. He explained that the unit t is still available in Ohio and he would like to go and look at the unit. Supervisors Lawhead is not in favor of getting rid of the Tower and felt there are other options they should consider. Supervisor Powell felt that the Engineer does need replaced and the supervisors will have to discuss the issue to determine what is best needed.


No other business to come before the Board.

William Lawhead motion to adjourn, Daniel Mitchell second.

Meeting adjourned.

7:35 P.M.



Respectfully Submitted,



Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary

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