Regular Monthly Mtg-May 1st, 2018

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
May 1st, 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:Randy Lemmo asked the supervisors how the township can afford a new township building when the township expenses exceed the income?

The supervisors explained that they are in the process of looking at what the cost may be for a new building or renovating a building and if they do decide to move forward with that then the Hyde Building would be sold.

Ron Porter requested information pertaining to the Ordinance on open fires. His spouse is on oxygen and a neighbor burns quit often which then requires her to go to the hospital. Supervisor Ruffner asked what the neighbor is burning. Mr. Porter explained that they are clearing vegetation and burning it. Mr. Porter was told if he is burning trash then he needs to contact the Code Enforcement Officer. Code Officer Finkbeiner also let him know that if the fire is a nuisance they will be told to put the fire out. Mr. Porter asked if they would be fined. The Code Officer explained that she can only fine if she sees the issue and not hearsay. No one is allowed to let a fire smelter or unattended.


Glenn Johnston reported that Tractor Trailers continue to make the wrong turn from SR 322 onto Flegal Road and end up using his driveway as a turn around. Can something be done like some type of large sign on SR 322 and Flegal Road? The supervisors discussed the possibility of installing a No Truck sign and will look into what can be done.


Gigi Gearhart asked if the township was ever going to move into the Hyde Building. Supervisor Powell explained that may have been the intention when the building was purchased but previous supervisors made the decision to not make the move. Supervisor Ruffner also explained that the renovation and repairs to that building would be very costly and the township needs to take a look at other options


Gigi Gearhart also asked if the township ever paid extra into the Police Pension Plan to help offset the deficit? Supervisor Powell explained that they made the decision to hold off doing that and asked the Police Officers would contribute to the plan which according to the new contract they will start doing that in the 3rd year, 2020.

Supervisor Powell also explained that the township made the decision to move the Pension Plans from CNB Bank to Wells Fargo and they are in the process of doing that now.


Bob Greenland presented information on spaces at the former Target Square building on the Clearfield Curwensville Hwy that could be renovated that the supervisors may want to consider for space for a new building

Jeremy Ruffner motion to approve the minutes of the April 17th, 2018 meeting as written, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.


Police Report: Chief Clark was absent and Supervisor Ruffner reviewed and presented that Stats for the Police Department of the month of April.


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Supervisor Ruffner also reported that the Police Department is having camera’s installed in cars and that expense will be paid from the donation funds received.


Engineer’s Report: No Report.


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


Recreational Park Board: No Report.


Code Enforcement Officer: Debra Finkberiner requested a Conditional Use Hearing on June 5th, 2018 @ 6:50 P.M. for a 10 acre tract of land located at 1780 Lick Run, owned by Larry & Cheryl Collins. Applicant is William Kephart Logging. Randy Powell motion to approve, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried.

The Code Officer asked if the supervisors were prepared to make a decision for the Zoning Changes that was tabled from the previous meeting. Randy Powell motion to approve the Zoning Changes, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.


Roadmaster Report: Roadmaster Woodling reminded motorist to slow down in work areas.


Roadmaster Woodling presented quotes for a new Ford F550 Dump Truck

Walsh Equipment     2018 Ford F550 @ 79,685.00 is available but need approximately 9 weeks to build the bed.

Murrays Ford             2019 Ford FF550   @ 79,897.60 and would not be available until approximately the end of December 2018.

The Supervisors questioned the size of the Plow and preferred it would be a 10 ft and asked Walsh Equipment how much more that would cost and if they could keep the price under 80,000.00.

Eric from Walsh Equipment said he could give the price for the 10 ft plow to stay under the 80,000.00.

Randy Powell motion to approve purchase of 2108 Ford F550 from Walsh Equipment if the price stays under 80,000.00 with including a 10ft plow in the quote, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.


The Roadmaster also reported that he is still looking for a price on a Rubber Tire Roller.


Secretary/Treasurer’s Report: The Secretary reported that Stiffler McGraw is working with Clearfield County Planning on the CDBG Good Street Project and will soon have the project ready to go out for bid and ask for approval for the project to be advertised for bid and once they have all documents completed it can be advertised. Randy Powell motion to approve project be advertised for Bid, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.


The Secretary reported that the township received a letter of interest from Rebecca Graham asking to be appointed for the vacant position on the Lawrence Township Planning Commission. Randy Powell motion to approve appointment with the term to run until December 31st, 2021, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.


The Secretary presented the Invoice from Watch Guard for the Police Department in the amount of 13,270.00 and ask for approval to pay. Randy Powell motion to pay Invoice from the Police Department Donation Funds, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.


Supervisor’s Report: Jeremy Ruffner motion to enforce a No Burning Ban for Lawrence Township for at least the next two weeks, Randy Powell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

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Supervisor Ruffner presented a 4 year Agreement for a new Website for the township with Revize LLC with the first year at a fee of 3,400.00 and 1,500.00 thereafter. Jeremy Ruffner motion to approve, Randy Powell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

Supervisor Ruffner also reported that the township submitted for a .Gov domain name and it has been approved.

Supervisor Ruffner presented concerns pertaining to Daycares not being an option in Commercial areas of the township zoning but are allowed in Commercial Highway. He would like to see that option changed. Jeremy Ruffner motion to authorize the Solicitor to prepare and proceed with making the changes to add Daycares in Commercial Zoning Districts, Randy Powell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

Randy Powell motion to proceed with sending fines for sewer violations, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.


Randy Powell motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of 27,237.22, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.


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

7:45 P.M.

Randy Powell motion to return from Executive Session, Jeremy Ruffner second.

7:59 P.M.

Jeremy Ruffner motion to adjourn, Daniel Mitchell second.

Meeting adjourned.



Present: Secretary Barbara Shaffner, Code Officer Debra Finkbeiner, Roadmaster Ronald Woodling, Solicitor’s James Naddeo & Linda Lewis, Wendy Brion, Eric Mennor, Gig Gearhart, Randy Lemmo, Ron Porter, Jeff Corcino, Glenn Johnston, Mr. & Mrs. Bob Greenland.





Respectfully Submitted,



Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary


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