Regular Monthly Meeting-June 5th, 2018

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
June 5th, 2018
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 Jeremy Ruffner, Daniel Mitchell Sr., and Randy Powell all present.

 

Comments from the audience: Caroline Johnson explained that she felt the supervisors wronged the community and did not vote in the best interest of the residents of Golden Rod when they made the decision to change the zoning in Golden Rod. She asked them to undo this injustice. She also presented a Petition with over 100 signatures that are against the zoning change.

Dwight Thurston said that he did not know about the zoning change, he was away. He asked for a listing of where the signs were posted and was given that list, but the only sign notice posted in their area was in Rocky Bend and not in Golden Rod. There are 13 lots being changed to RA and he read the permitted uses for Rural Agriculture. Any large building that may be built there would create a lot of traffic going thru Golden Rod and asked if a traffic study was done and if not, it should be. He asked that they consider changing the zoning to something else.

 

Warren Bartholomew felt the change was not properly posted and the signs that were put up were very poor to read or be seen and were placed in the very back lot and not in the entrance to Golden Rod. He felt it was very underhanded and was hidden.

Kelly Reed also had issues with the signs that were posted, and no one was able to see them. She felt they all have a declaration to live in that neighborhood and a lot of rules to follow. She does not want to look at a pig farm or condo.

Windy Lopez questioned the taxes and the fact that the taxes are higher in that area and asked if that would change their taxes.

Supervisor Powell explained that if everyone that says they are coming into Lawrence Township and are going to build a development we would have 2,000 more homes in Lawrence Township.

Joan Bartholomew felt that if no one is going to come and do that and build then why make the zoning changes.

Arnold Swales asked if this would be another Edgewood Apartment. Supervisor Powell let him know that if the Federal Government comes in and wants to build we would not be able to stop them.

 

Mary Soult explained that she also did not know anything about the change or saw any signs. She moved there to be out of town and live around friendly people. She does not want this change, these residents care about their properties and take care of them.

 

Janet Coons felt that there are safety issues because they do not have sidewalks in Goldenrod and this change could cause increased traffic, and this would be a safety issue plus no street lights. The original covenants are very restrictive, and this affects a lot of people.

Caroline Smeal also felt the lighting is bad and everyone walks the roads with no sidewalks. Why was it changed to RA and asked if they did a traffic study.

 

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Supervisor Powell explained that RA is all the township has to develop in and it is not just based on the Golden Rod area but the entire township.

Patricia Ting asked who owns the property that the zoning changes were made in and can he work with others to get his area developed.

 

One of the residents asked what changed in the last three years to make this change happen, where is the big growth to determine this change. The supervisors said they were not going to spot zone but now you are. He asked Supervisor Mitchell why they were spot zoning and Supervisor Mitchell responded that they are not spot zoning.

 

Supervisor Ruffner explained that the supervisors held a Public Meeting that was advertised and made the decision to table the zoning change decision to give the public more of a chance to comment.

 

Warren Bartholomew felt that it did not say in the minutes of the May 1st, 2018 meeting what zoning changes were made. The Secretary explained that not everything has to be listed in the minutes and

Solicitor Naddeo responded that everything was completed according to the required code.

 

Pat Pallo explained that he bought the first lot in Rivers Bend and he is concerned with the rezoning and felt it is a compromise to Rivers Bend and the entire Golden Rod area.

Supervisor Powell asked how many would be in favor of Residential Suburban area with single family attached permitted but was interrupted with numerous residents talking and did not get a complete answer.

Mary Soult asked what is going to happen with the property beside her that is in such poor condition. Code Officer Finkbeiner explained that the property was posted but has not gone to foreclosure.

 

A resident explained that in 1955 plans were done for single family dwellings and asked how a guy has so much control over this change when so many are against the change. He asked them to take a second look.

Supervisor Powell explained that no one individual person came in and requested just their property be changed.

Supervisor Ruffner let the residents know that the supervisors have heard their concerns and will make no decision tonight, but he let them know the dates of future meetings and if they have concerns for the township they should attend township meetings.

 

Jeremy Ruffner motion to approve the minutes of the May 15th, 2018 meeting as written, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Police Report:Chief Clark presented the Stats for the month of May and reviewed the report with the supervisors: Criminal Arrest: 144, Traffic Arrest: 310, Drug-18, DUI-22, Warning-140, motor assist-24, Summary Crime-21.

 

Solicitor’s Report: Mr. Naddeo reported that the transition for the Pension Plans has been completed and requested a Resolution to execute the agreement to authorize CNB as the agent to continue to pay the monthly distributions to the retired Police Officers. Randy Powell motion to approve Resolution, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

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Mr. Naddeo reported that the township purchased Abuse/Molestation coverage for the School Resource Officer and the entire Department and are requested to adopt an Abuse Prevention Plan and designate a responsible person as the contact for any complaints. Randy Powell motion to approve the Policy and appoint the Secretary as the contact person, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Mr. Naddeo asked if the supervisors wanted a letter sent to Indeed regarding the Ad that continues to show up on their Website with an Ad that the township is hiring. Jeremy Ruffner motion to direct the Solicitor to send a letter to Indeed that the township must be contacted before any posting of Ads on their Website, Randy Powell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Mr. Naddeo reported that the Tax Appeal for Allied Production Services was resolved by Consent Order.

 

Mr. Naddeo also reported that the SRO Agreement was sent to the School Districts Solicitor and has not been returned to him. He did speak with one of the School Board members and was told they had signed the agreement.

 

Recreational Park Board: No Report.

 

Code Enforcement Officer: Ms. Finkbeiner reminded residents that may be installing a swimming pool that they do need to get a permit.

The Code Officer also asked anyone that plans to put off fireworks that for safety reason to get a permit from the township.

The Code Officer has been looking into Livestock & Chicken Ordinances and would like to put one in place.

The Code Officer also reported that the residents are working hard on the I & I issues but still ask all residents to comply with the corrections. Solicitor Naddeo let the supervisors know that more letters have been mailed out for the I & I issues.

 

Roadmasters Report: The Roadmaster reported that the Backhoe has been put back together and working. Also the Dodge Truck is at C. Classic for repairs.

Roadmaster Woodling also reported that the Roadcrew did work on Turnpike Avenue and got the pipe installed. They are now working on Weber Road grading and putting down stone. Mowing is being done in the Glen Richey area.

The Roadmaster also reported that they will be closing a portion of Carbon Mine Road the week of June 11th, 2018 for road repairs to install pipe.

The Roadcrew also put in pipe on Mann Road.

The Roadmaster requested an Executive Session for Personnel issue.

 

Secretary/Treasurer’s Report: The Secretary/Treasurer asked permission to pay the donations to the three Fire Companies for 2018 in the amount of 9,000.00 each with a total of 27,000.00. She did receive all of their financial reports and drivers list. Randy Powell motion to approve, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

The Secretary/Treasurer also asked permission to pay the Amusement Tax share to the Fire Companies. The township has collected to date 5,202.50 with 80% going to the Fire Companies which is 1,387.34 each. Randy Powell motion to approve, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

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The Secretary had requested quotes from three businesses to do updates and landscaping on the flower beds at the Recreational Park. She only received one quote and that was from Mayersky Landscaping and Lawn Care in the amount of 1,599.00. Randy Powell motion to approve with requesting that black mulch be used in place of red, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Supervisors’ Report: Supervisor Ruffner reported that the new Website should be launched soon and will be another avenue for documentation.

Supervisor Ruffner also reported that the new email is live and he will be working to get everyone set up.

 

Supervisor Ruffner received complaints for Stop sign issues in several locations. The first one was at the intersection of Clarendon Avenue & Graham Street and they were requesting that it be made a four way stop because of the traffic that comes down Graham Street at a high rate of speed. The other location is at Center & Maple and Center & Poplar. Supervisor Powell explained that at the intersection of Graham & Clarendon it use to be a four way stop but the stop signs were stolen so new ones just need to be put back up. Jeremy Ruffner motion to request the Roadmaster to take a look at the intersections of Center & Maple and Center & Poplar and add some stop signs and request the Solicitor to prepare an Ordinance to make these intersections four way stops, Randy Powell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Supervisor Ruffner inquired about installing a dog park at the township Recreational Park and will contact the Rec Park Board to discuss the plan.

 

Reminder to residents that the township did life the Burn Ban back in May.

 

Daniel Mitchell: No Report.

 

Randy Powell motion to request that members of the Clearfield Municipal Authority Board attend township meetings and report to the supervisors, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

Randy Powell motion to request that a member of the Recreational Park Board attend township meetings and report to the supervisors, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Randy Powell motion that Lawrence Township is not taking responsibility for any fines for the Hyde SSO until Clearfield Municipal Authority steps up and gets their lines updated, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Supervisors Powell and Ruffner both explained to the public that the township Hyde SSO has had to be opened approximately 4 times this year but the CSO located behind Bucks Pizza in Clearfield had to be opened 24 times and they are not paying any fines. The size of the line that all of Lawrence Township and Clearfield Borough goes into for CMA’s line is smaller and can not handle all of the flow. CMA needs to update their lines to handle the increased flow with all of the development since the time period of when the lines were originally installed.

 

Randy Powell motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of 72,540.32, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

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Randy Powell motion to adjourn to Executive Session for Personnel issue, Jeremy Ruffner second.

8:50 P.M.

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

9:40 P.M.

Randy Powell motion to promote Debra Finkbeiner to fulltime with working 4 ten (10 ) hours days and beginning August 6th, 2018 she will work 5 eight (8) hours days with a maximum of 40 hours per week, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Daniel Mitchell motion to adjourn, Jeremy Ruffner second. Meeting adjourned.

 

 

Present: Secretary Barbara Shaffner, Code Officer Debra Finkbeiner, Roadmaster Ronald Woodling, Police Chief Douglas Clark, Solicitor’s James Naddeo & Linda Lewis, Tom & Joan Bartholomew, Pat Ting, Mary Soult, Kay Lender, Donna & Fred Neiswender, Tim Eisenhauer, Janet Coons, Brian Merrow, Carolyn Smeal, Arnold Swales, Dwight Thurston, Caroline Johnson, Kelly Reed, Erin McGary, Jim Sinclair.

 

 

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

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Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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