Regular Monthly Mtg-January 16th, 2018

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
January 16th, 2018
7:00 P.M.
Municipal Building
45 George Street, Clfd PA

 

Chairman Randy Powell called meeting to order.

 

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

Roll call of Supervisors showed Jeremy Ruffner, Daniel Mitchell and Randy Powell all present.

 

Comments from the audience: David Johnson and Gary Bowser from Pine Township presented an Agreement for Joint Collection of Taxes between Pine Township and Lawrence Township asking permission for Pine Township to use the Lawrence Township Tax Collector to also collect their Real Estate Taxes. Solicitor Naddeo reviewed the Agreement and felt everything was in order with it. Randy Powell motion to approve the Agreement, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Daniel Mitchell motion to approve the minutes of the January 2nd, 2018 meeting as written, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Police Report:Chief Clark presented the Stats for the month of December and reviewed the report with the supervisors.

 

Chief Clark reported that Levi Olson will be leaving the Police Department for a Fulltime position at another location. Chief Clark asked permission to proceed with a Part Time Officer, Kyle Bish, that was previously approved to hire and get him started January 29th, 2018. Randy Powell motion to approve, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Chief Clark reported that Zachary Cowan is at training this week.

 

Engineer’s Report: No Report.

 

Solicitor’s Report: Solicitor Naddeo reported that he had a discussion with the Teamster representative for the Police and requested an Arbitrator.

 

Recreational Park Board: No Report.

 

Code Enforcement Officer:Code Officer Finkbeiner presented a Minor Subdivision (2) Lots, property owner/Applicant Patrick & Tina Bergum with tract of land located at the corner of Washington Avenue & Faulkner Street. Parcel #J09-270-066, zoned C-H Commercial Highway. The original plans submitted needed the frontage line corrected and that was noted at the Planning Commission Meeting and the corrected plans have been submitted. Randy Powell motion to approve the Subdivision, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

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The Code Officer requested a release of bond for T-519 – Flegal Road – Delp Lumber, the Duane Berry Property. Inspected by roadmaster. Daniel Mitchell motion to approve, Randy Powell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

The Code Officer also request a release of bond for T-599 – Lick Run – Legacy Resources, the Scott Lawhead, BLM Properties. Inspected by roadmaster. Randy Powell motion to approve, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

The Code Officer reported that the Road Bonding is currently being reviewed, Walker Lumber is working on alternate route in lieu of Baneyville Rd. working with roadmaster. Hawk Properties.

 

Code Officer Finkbeiner reported that a final attempt is being made with property owner(s) and authorized representatives; next step is to file properties with District Magistrate and proceed with daily fine accrual for failure to comply. Those fines can accrue at $1000 daily.

Blighted Property: Structural Concerns / Public Safety. Five (5) of the property’s owner deceased or owner out of area. Good Street, Legion Road, Clark Street, Turnpike, Bowman Hill. One (1) property on Deacon Road no response from property owner, a lien was on property for cutting of grass from past years. One (1) property partially demolished, demolition abandoned, Susquehanna Avenue. Randy Powell motion to move forward with District Magistrate, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Reminder to all residents, private sale and realtors, etc.. The sewer test for Inflow/Infiltration is called smoke testing, (Public Waste Inspection). All properties transferred in Lawrence township must be inspected prior to sale.

 

Numerous letters have been sent, we continue investigating the water in sewer. All french drains must be disconnected and sump pumps must be removed from sewer. Do not reconnect sump pumps. The investigating of flows in the sewer is ongoing, if you reconnect sumps we are just chasing tail. DEP continues to fine. Properties of concern within the Hyde SSO/Inflow/ Infiltration Inspections are properties on Clarendon, Country Club, Dairy, Highview, Joseph, Lawrence, Legion, Meadow, Overlook, Parkview, Powell, Robinson, Village, Warren, Washington.

 

Roadmasters Report: Roandmaster Woodling reported that the Roadcrew has been plowing snow and he fixed ice spots on Bowmans Hill Road.

 

He also reported that the 2018 Ford F350 should be delivered on Wednesday.

 

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

The Secretary presented a letter of interest from a township resident, Karen Potts, requesting to be appointed to the open position on the Planning Commission. Randy Powell motion to approve appointing Karen Potts to the Planning Commission with the term to run until December 31st, 2021, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

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The Secretary/Treasurer asked permission to make the payment for the 2018 Ford F350 in the amount of 37,755.00 from the State Funds. Randy Powell motion to approve, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

The Secretary/Treasurer asked permission to drawdown funds from IDIS in the amount of 7,171,39 that will be drawdown by Stiffler McGraw and 20,606.37 that will be drawdown by Clearfield County, and authorize the chairman to sign the drawdown forms. Daniel Mitchell motion to approve, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

The Secretary/Treasurer also asked permission to transfer funds from the TAN Reserve to the General Fund in the amount of 15,000.00 to pay the bills. Jeremy Ruffner motion to approve, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

The Secretary prepared a Resolution #2018-03 to destroy old records which consist of:

Paid Invoices 2011 and older.

Bank Statements and Cancelled checks 2011 and older.

Deposits and cancelled checks 2011 and older.

Financial Reports 2011 and older.

Payroll sheets, Taxes and Employee Deductions, and Quarterly Reports 2011 and older.

Insurance Policy for Liability & Auto 2011 and older and quotes for Insurance 2011 and older.

Paving, Road Materials & Street Sweeping information 2010 and older.

Ethics Statements 2013 and older.

Bridge Inspection Reports 1988-1996.

County Aid Reports 1996-2000.

Jeremy Ruffner motion to approve, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

The Secretary presented a request from the Tax Collector, Kelly McCracken, to appoint Mark McCracken as her Deputy Tax Collector. Randy Powell motion to approve, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Supervisor’s Report:

Jeremy Ruffner reviewed the quote from Curry Technology for a server for the Police Department and a updated quote was presented in the amount of 3,103.00. Jeremy Ruffner motion to approve purchase, Randy Powell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Supervisor Ruffner has been looking at Website providers and doing demo’s with them before making any final decisions on a new website.

Supervisor Ruffner presented information that he put together from the 911 Center pertaining to the Police Department and the amount of calls: 2015-4,800/2016-5,200/2017-6,831 calls that were handled by Lawrence Township Police Officers showing they are more active. He also presented information on the amount of calls for the three Lawrence Township Fire Companies in 2017 with a total of 543. Mill Road-319/Hyde-156/Glen Richey-70.

 

 

 

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Daniel Mitchell: No Report.

 

Randy Powell motion to approve Chief Clark getting prices on a new Police vehicle, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Randy Powell motion to set up a meeting with the three Fire Companies with the date of February 6th, 2018 at 6:00 PM, this will be with a Chief and the President of the Company, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Supervisor Powell requested an Executive Session at the end of the meeting for Personnel issue.

Jeremy Ruffner motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of 115,724.55, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

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, Daniel Mitchell second.

7:58 P.M.

Jeremy Ruffner motion to approve Chief Clarks request to the original Police Contract and grant him two weeks’ vacation for 2018, Randy Powell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Jeremy Ruffner motion to adjourn Randy Powell second.

Meeting adjourned.

 

Present; Secretary Barbara Shaffner, Code Officer Debra Finkbeiner, Roadmaster Ronald Woodling, Police Chief Douglas Clark, Solicitor’s James Naddeo & Linda Lewis, Amanda Thompson, Jeff Corcino, Wendy Brion, Gary Bowser and David Johnson.

 

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

______________________________

Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

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