Regular Monthly Mtg-March 20th, 2018

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
March 20th, 2018
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 Jeremy Ruffner, Daniel Mitchell and Randy Powell all present.

 

Comments from the audience:Kevin Mitchell & Timothy Durant were both present with concerns of the gate that goes into the VFW property off of Industrial Park Road. This gate blocks traffic from having access to the Fulton Cemetery or other properties in the area. Mr. Mitchell felt the gate is an obstruction on a public road and should be removed. Solicitor Naddeo explained that there is a provision in township law and it is a violation. Mr. Naddeo also explained that he reviewed the old maps of the township road when it went into what is now the VFW property and newer maps of the present Industrial Park Road and he met with Curry & Associates and even though the road these folks want access to is not the township road they still cannot be blocked from having access to their properties. Solicitor Naddeo did explain that the township can make it part of the approval for the VFW to put in their new building on that property for the gate to be removed.

 

Shelly Spanogle had concerns about the interest of the townships and the county for a mini casino to come into the area. She presented information on the effects it can have on an individual if they become addicted to gambling. Supervisor Ruffner did explain that the License are bid on by the larger casinos and the supervisors did pass a Resolution to approve a casino coming into the township if they would so desire. Ms. Spanogle felt that the negatives of a casino out way the positive and that gambling tends to prey on lower income people and that facts show people become addicts. The supervisors did explain that it can be a much bigger positive for the township and the area then a negative and bring more jobs, people stay at hotels and eat at restaurants and additional income for the township under the amusement tax.

 

Daniel Mitchell motion to approve the minutes of the March 6th, 2018 meeting as written, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Police Report: Office Charles Marshall was present and reported that the Officers would be doing qualifications in May and they would be needing additional ammo. Randy Powell motion approve the purchase of ammo for the Police Department, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

 

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Engineer’s Report: Scott McEldowney was present from Stiffler McGraw and reported that the township will have the information for bidding the Hyde Building Roof Project by next month.

 

He also reported that he is working with the township secretary and Roadmaster to apply for the Multimodal Grant from Penndot for the remainder of Turnpike Avenue Project with an estimated cost of 765,000.00.

 

He also reported that the letters went out from Solicitor Naddeo’s office for the I & I issues with 11 French Drain, 3 sub pump, 19 leaking joints and 13 root violations.

 

Solicitor’s Report: Mr. Naddeo presented an inner municipal liquor license transfer request from Sheetz on the Clearfield Shawville Hwy and that the request needs to be advertised twice and a hearing date for public comment. The date was set for April 17th, 2018 @ 6:30 P.M.

 

Mr. Naddeo also requested an Executive Session for personnel issue.

 

Recreational Park Board: No Report.

 

Code Enforcement Officer Report: Ms. Finkbeiner presented a request to reschedule a Conditional Use Hearing for Timbering for the Waroquier Property off of Blooming-Glen Richey Hwy. Applicant Rob Holland. Randy Powell motion to set date of April 17th, 2018 @ 6:50 PM, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

The Code Officer also presented a lot consolidation and land development plan for the VFW Post for a Private Club Lodge: RE Parcel #L07-000-00022, located on Industrial Park Road, Zoned IL-S (Industrial Limited Special). Randy Powell motion to approve with condition of gate being removed, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

The Code Officer presented information for Phase II-LERTA application submitted by JB Holdings/Red Roof Inn on March 20th, 2018. Permit application was submitted to the township for $130,000.00 for renovations of the kitchen, bar & grill restaurant area. RE Permit #LTB-11-18C and Phase III will be for at a cost of 500,000.00 for all phases.

 

The Code Officer also reported that she received notice from the solicitor that the letters have been sent out for the proposed zoning map and use changes. Public Hearing is scheduled for April 17th, 2018. Arrangements have been made to post the land within 7 days prior to hearing date.

 

The Code Officer also reported that residents have received the I & I letters that were sent out in addition there are three sub pump letters to go out, and there has been a lot of opposition from the residents.

 

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Supervisor Powell explained to residents that if they are getting a plumber or Roto Rotter to come on a dry day they will not get a true report, they must camera the line during a rain event.

 

Roadmaster’s Report; Roadmaster Woodling reported that there is problems with the Hyde bridge intersection traffic signals and he has been working with Tel-Power to get the issue corrected. They are temporarily using Tel-Powers used parts until they can get the township a quote to replace the items needed. It could possibly be a new brain and batteries.

 

The Roadmaster presented a quote from Hunter Peterbilt for a Lease option for the new truck but the quote was not complete. Jeremy Ruffner motion to table until the next meeting, Randy Powell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

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

 

The Secretary received letters of interest from Timothy Janocko and David Domico asking to be reappointed to the Recreational Park Board. Randy Powell motion to reappoint both to the Recreational Park Board with the term to run until March 18th, 2023, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

The Secretary reported that her and Roadmaster Woodling have been working with Scott McEldowney on the application thru Penndot for a grant to complete Turnpike Avenue Project and she thanked Scott for all of his help on the project. The grant required that the township pass a Resolution to apply for the grant and authorize the chairman to sign all documents for the application. Randy Powell motion to approve, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

The Bids were opened for the 2018 Paving Project:

Glenn O Hawbaker                             288,465.70

New Enterprise Stone & Lime           261,302.25

HRI, Inc.                                                 254,604.75

Randy Powell motion to approve HRI, Inc Bid in the amount of 254,604.75, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Supervisor’s Report:

Jeremy Ruffner reported that he is still working on the new website and deciding on the domain name.

Daniel Mitchell: No Report.

 

Randy Powell motion to authorize any member of the Planning Commission that would be interested in attending training thru PATH, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

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Jeremy Ruffner motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of 104,233.58, Randy Powell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

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

8:07 PM

 

 

Randy Powell motion to return from Executive Session, Daniel Mitchell second.

8:22 PM

 

Randy Powell motion to approve a Resolution to accept the Police Contract for a .40 cent an hour wage increase each year for three years with the third year the Officers contribute 2% to the Police Pension, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

No other business to come before the board.

 

Daniel Mitchell motion to adjourn, Jeremy Ruffner second.

Meeting adjourned.

 

 

Present: Secretary Barbara Shaffner, Code Officer Debra Finkbeiner, Roadmaster Ronald Woodling, Solicitor’s James Naddeo & Linda Lewis, Police Officer Charles Marshall, Kevin Mitchell, Tim Durant, Amanda Thompson, Matthew Kyler, Wendy Brion and Shelley Spanogle.

 

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

______________________________

Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary

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