Regular Monthly Mtg-August 21st, 2018

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
August 21st, 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: None.


Randy Powell motion to approve the minutes of the July 7th, 2018 meeting as written, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.


Police Report:Chief Clark reported that the department continues to get complaints from citizens pertaining to fraudulent phone calls. He reminder residents, especially the elderly to be cautious.


Clearfield Municipal Authority Board: Wayne Smith reported that the Clearfield Municipal Authority Board is looking into the finances in order for them to take over the township’s sanitary sewer system and will consider the possibility.


Engineer’s Report: No Report.


Solicitor’s Report:Mr. Naddeo reported that pertaining to the Web Site Indeed, he has written to them pertaining to the Ads placed on their website indicating that the township was hiring office staff. He received a letter from their legal team and someone has been accessing their website and he was told they have frozen any account that pertained or was set up in the townships name.


Mr. Naddeo also reported that he did receive some feedback pertaining to the letter that was sent from his office to the Clearfield Municipal Authority Board asking them to take over the townships Sanitary Sewer System and they are trying to negotiate with DEP.


Mr. Naddeo recommended that the supervisors send letters of concern to the State Representatives pertaining to the Wireless Facility Act. He feels the township should have control over what is allowed in the township right of way and if the township wants to charge a fee. Randy Powell motion to approve the Solicitor to send letters to the State Representatives, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.


Mr. Naddeo also asked for an Executive Session for Personnel issue.


At the previous township meeting Mr. Naddeo was instructed to move forward with advertising for bid a piece of property the township owns. They reviewed the map and description to be sure it was correct.





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Recreational Park Board: Larry Putt asked the supervisors what area of the Recreational Park they are looking at to possibly install a fenced in area for a Dog Park. Supervisor Ruffner explained that they are looking at the area that is near the large pavilion and the Basketball Court. Mr. Putt also asked if the Rec Board could put up signs at the park for No Pets Allowed on Fields. The supervisors did not feel that was necessary or would stop owners, most people do clean up after their pets but there are a few that do not.

Sid Lansberry asked about what is happening with the Hyde building and what the future plans are for the building. He had heard that the township plans to sell it or take the building down and that would leave them with no place for the winter baseball practice or for Soccer. They have used the township building for 10 years now and it is a great program for the children. Supervisor Powell explained that if the building would be sold in the future they would like to make it part of the agreement that Baseball and Soccer remain.


Code Enforcement Officer: In the Code Officers absence the Secretary presented the report.

The Sewer repairs continue to be ongoing.

The township is working with Clearfield Municipal Authority to smoke test Mobile Home Parks.

Also abandoned homes and blighted homes need to have their sewer capped at the observation Port.


Roadmaster’s Report: Roadmaster Woodling reported that the township received the new 2018 Ford F550.

He also requested to put LT11 on Municibid.

The roadcrew continues to work on dirt roads.

The new bleachers at the Recreational Park are now put together and in place. He plans to start the week of August 27th, 2018 on installing the new playground equipment that was purchased thru the DCNR Grant.

The Roadmaster asked for an Executive Session for Personnel issue.


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

The Secretary presented the 2017 CDBG Sub-recipient Agreement between Lawrence Township and Clearfield County that required the chairman’s signature. Randy Powell motion to approve agreement and authorize the chairman to sign, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.


The Secretary opened the bids for the Good Street Project:

DJ Wisor & Sons                                       168,830.00

Greenland Construction                         214,174.00

Glenn Johnston                                         275,572.00

Terra Works                                             284,040.00

S & S Excavating & Construction           192,300.00

Randy Powell motion to award bid to DJ Wisor & Sons pending review by Engineers, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.


Supervisor’s Report: Supervisor Ruffner received complaints about residents mowing grass onto the roadway. He reminder residents and asked them to not mow onto roadways and this could be a fine.




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Supervisor Ruffner received a quote from Actions Graphics to make business cards for the Police Officers. Double sided 250 x 14 sets at 21.62 per set. Jeremy Ruffner motion to approve purchase, Randy Powell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

Supervisor Ruffner participated in an online training for the new Web Site and he is working on collecting pictures and information to get the site started.


Daniel Mitchell: No Report.


Randy Powell: No Report.


Randy Powell motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of 104,487.43, Jeremy Ruffner second Motion carried with none opposed.


Michael Stein, a resident from 1114 Park Avenue, presented a complaint pertaining to a neighbor that installed a septic illegally. He has spoke with the Code Officer several times and was sent to Hess & Fisher. He was told that the resident that installed the septic system was ordered to connect to the township sanitary sewer system, but this issue continues to be ongoing and nothing is being done. Supervisor Powell let him know that he would speak with the Code Officer in the morning and look into the issue.


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

7:45 P.M.

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

9:10 P.M.


Randy Powell motion to promote Gary Straw to fulltime on the Roadcrew with starting wage at 15.36 hr five (5) hours vacation, one (1) Personal Day, fourty (40 ) hours sick time starting September 3rd, 2018, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.


Randy Powell motion to promote Craig Kanour to Fulltime for the Police Department starting August 26th, 2018, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.


Jeremy Ruffner motion to adjourn, Randy Powell second.

Meeting adjourned.



Present: Secretary Barbara Shaffner, Roadmaster Ronald Woodling, Police Chief Douglas Clark, Solicitor’s James Naddeo & Linda Lewis, Engineer Scott McEldowney, Rob Thomas-Clfd County, Wayne Smith-CMA, Larry Putt & Sid Lansberry-Rec Park Board, Jeff Corcino, Ken Duckett, Dwight Thurston.



Respectfully Submitted,




Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary

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