Regular Monthly Mtg-Oct 16th, 2018

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

 

 

Chairman Randy Powell called the meeting to order.

 

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

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

 

Comments from the audience: Trace Tibbens asked for a copy of the Ordinance that shows a resident is not allowed to blow grass into alleys. He was given a warning by the Code Officer twice about mowing grass into the alley. He asked who owns the alley, the township or the adjoining property owners. Supervisor Powell said that the alleys do not belong to the township but it is a requirement not to blow grass onto streets.

Solicitor Naddeo explained that if the township does not accept the alleys into their road system by Ordinance when a subdivision is done, like Plymptonville, then the alleys do not belong to the township. If the adjoining property owners want to vacate the alley and the alley would be split between them, but also, they are not allowed to land lock other property owners.

Jerry Lingle asked again who owns the alleys. He was given a warning by the Police Department that he cannot block the alley but if there is access from other alleys then are they allowed to require him to not park in an alley that actually belongs to him.

He was also told by the Code Officer that he has to maintain the alley. The supervisors will review the concerns with the Code Officer and get back to them.

 

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

 

Police Report: Chief Clark reported that the Police Department is very busy making a lot of arrest with a lot of them being drug related.

 

Clearfield Municipal Authority: No Report.

 

Engineer’s Report: No Report.

 

Solicitor’s Report: Mr. Naddeo reported that the paperwork has been completed for the sale of township property and the Deed is ready. He requested the supervisor’s approval to pass a Resolution to authorize the supervisors to sign the paperwork. Randy Powell motion to approve, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Mr. Naddeo also reported that he received a response letter from the Clearfield Municipal Authority Solicitor in regard to them taking over the township’s sanitary sewer system. Mr. Ryan indicated that Clearfield Municipal Authority is giving serious consideration to taking over the township sanitary sewer lines and anticipates a decision will be made in the near future.

 

 

 

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Solicitor Naddeo reported that there is still an easement that needs signed for the Good Street Project which is multi family members. They have not yet received signatures from all the family members and recommended that the supervisors proceed with Declaration of Taking. Randy Powell motion to proceed with Declaration of Taking for the Tax Map # L07-000-00050- Heirs of Frederick B. Kerr, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Solicitor Naddeo also reported that the contract with the township roadcrew should be resolved and is waiting on a copy from the Teamsters Union.

 

Recreational Park Board: No Report.

 

Code Enforcement Officer: The Secretary presented the report in the Code Officers absence.

Request to reschedule the Conditional Use Hearing for Shawn McCracken for proposed land use for storage units on Washington Avenue for the meeting to be held on November 20th, 2018 @ 6:50 P.M. Randy Powell motion to approve change of Conditional Use Hearing from November 6th, 2018 to November 20th, 2018 @ 6:50 P.M., Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

The Roadmaster is to inspect Litz Road, the township received request to release the road bond. The logger, Patrick Carfley, has completed timbering the Smith property. Randy Powell motion to approve release of bond upon the roadmasters review and approval, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

The Roadmaster inspected Carbon Mine Road, Fox Property Timbering, the Excess Maintenance Agreement has been signed by Krause timbering awaiting road bond to commence work, the tentative start date is October 22nd, 2018.

 

Reminder to the residents if they received a sewage violation letter for Inlow/infiltration and received a plumber estimate they must submit it to the township along with a commitment letter indicating date of completion. We will be getting into winter conditions soon. The township has a list of plumbers in the area if you have not found a plumber or have not received a response from your plumber. You may contact the township Code Officer for that list.

 

The State Highway Occupancy Permit has been approved for the driveway access onto SR 322 for the new Dollar General Store and the state inspects the driveway installation.

 

Roadmasters Report: The Roadmaster reported that he is working with Mark Hood from LTAP regarding the request for Stop Signs in several areas of the township. Mr. Hood has done his review and will be submitting his letters. He did submit a letter and is recommending that the township install Speed Limit Signs on Center Street T-970 at 25 mph. Randy Powell motion to approve and authorize the Solicitor to prepare the Ordinance, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

The Roadmaster received a request for a Jake Brake Restriction on SR 322 near Golden Rod area. Randy Powell motion to approve sending a letter to Penndot for the request, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Roadmaster Woodling reported that the Roadcrew started the Leaf Pickup.

 

 

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The Roadmaster also reported that the roadcrew is catching up and hopefully finishing up with flooding issues. Also DEP was out and looked at one of the flooding issues but felt it is not a DEP issue and will not be doing anything to help the township.

 

Secretary/Treasurer’s Report:The Treasurer’s Report for the month of September was submitted for the supervisors review, and also a Budget v/ Actual Report.

 

The Secretary reported that she received Pay Estimate #1 from DJ Wisor & Sons for the Good Street Project in the amount of 26,663.87 and asked for approval to pay the estimate and authorize the chairman to sign. Jeremy Ruffner motion to approve, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

The Secretary/Treasurer asked permission to drawdown CDBG Funds for the Good Street Project in the amount of 33,697.53

DJ Wisor & Sons           26,663.87

Stiffler McGraw                   333.00

Stiffler McGraw                   203.50

Stiffler McGraw               2,288.17

Stiffler McGraw              3,675.20

Admin                                   489.19

Meeting Pay                         400.00

Total                                 33,652.93

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

 

The Secretary requested for the supervisors to set the date and time for Trick or Treat. The township did receive request to change to a day light time for the safety of the children. Randy Powell motion to set Trick or Treat for Saturday, October 27th, 2018 from 3:00 PM-5:00 PM, Jeremy Ruffner second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

The Secretary asked permission to advertise for bid Winter Road Materials

1,200 Ton (more or less) 6S (AS2) Anti Skid

2,000 Ton (more or less) 67 Limestone

Randy Powell motion to approve advertising for bid Winter Road Materials, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

The Secretary reported that the township was made aware they were approved for the grant from DEP for Leaf Vac Unit in the amount of 153,255.00. The Secretary is waiting on the confirmation letter and the contract that will need to be signed and returned as soon as possible. Randy Powell motion to approve Chairman to sign paperwork for the DEP Grant, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Supervisor’s Report: Supervisor Ruffner explained to the public that during the recent storm he and Supervisor Powell assisted the Roadmaster for the flooding issue in the township and were out until midnight dealing with the issues. He talked with the Fire Companies on their needs to be available to assist the township in these type of issues and he came up with a possible idea that may help. Supervisor Ruffner suggested purchasing two trailers equipped with supplies such as generators, cones, road closed signs etc. He looked at prices of a 5 x 8 trailer at 1,999.99 with a single rear door and asked

 

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the supervisors to consider using 10,000.00 from the Fire Companies 2018 Budget. He would like to keep one of the units at the township municipal building and the other at Mill Road Fire Company. Jeremy Ruffner motion to approve purchase, Randy Powell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Daniel Mitchell: No Report.

 

Randy Powell reported that he received a phone call from the Clearfield Municipal Authority Manager and it is very encouraging that the Municipal Authority may soon be taking over the township sanitary sewer system.

 

Randy Powell motion to approve selling the townships Smoke Machine to MacDonald Plumbing for 1,200.00, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Jeremy Ruffner motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of 80,176.04, Daniel Mitchell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Supervisor Ruffner presented the Invoice from Clearfield Borough for expenses for their roadcrew that went out to take care of Orrs Run and Stinky Run during the recent storm in the amount of 520.64. Supervisor Ruffner talked with Borough Manager Leslie Stott and they agreed that the township would pay half of the Invoice. Jeremy Ruffner motion to pay the Invoice to Clearfield Borough for the amount of 260.32, Randy Powell second. Motion carried with none opposed.

 

Jerry Lingle presented another question to the supervisors. The property that belongs to Ernie Boal, in Plymptonville, after the garage burnt down he left a rusty furnace on the property and he asked if it can be removed before a child gets hurt. The supervisors will let the code Officer know and ask her to take a look at the issue.

 

No other business to come before the Board.

 

Daniel Mitchell motion to adjourn, Jeremy Ruffner second.

Meeting adjourned.

7:53 P.M.

 

 

 

Present; Secretary Barbara Shaffner, Roadmaster Ronald Woodling, Police Chief Douglas Clark, Solicitor’s James Naddeo & Linda Lewis, Jeff Corcino, Wendy Brion, Arnold Swales, Jerry Lingle, Trace Tibbens, Carol Wilson.

 

 

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

__________________________

Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary

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