Monthly Meeting-June 21st, 2011

Regular Monthly Meeting

Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors

June 21st, 2011

7:00 P.M.

Municipal Building

45 George Street, Clfd


Vice Chairman Glenn Johnston called the meeting to order.

 Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 Roll call of Supervisors present showed Glenn Johnston and Edward Brown both present. William Lawhead absent.

Present: Secretary Barbara Shaffner, Code Officer Agatha Lauder-English, Solicitors James Naddeo & Linda Lewis, Randy Powell-Zoning Hearing Board Member.

Public: Kim Finnigan-The Courier Express, Steve McDole-Gant Daily, Jeff Corcino-The Progress, Amanda Thompson-WOKW, Stephen & Autumn Weil, Chris & Lori Davis.

 Comments from the Audience: Stephen Weil thanked the township for the street sweeping that was done and commented on the proposed amendment to the Property Maintenance setting the height of grass. Mr. Weil felt that 10” is too high and presented information to the supervisors about other townships and the height the grass is set at and also how some have set the restriction at different heights depending on the area.

 Amanda Thompson asked if there is weight restriction on Kauffman Road because of the trucks hauling on that road. The Code Officer let her know that Waroquier Coal was given a Road Bond to haul on the road. Ms. Thompson let her know that not all of the trucks hauling on the road are hauling for Waroquiers and those ones are traveling at high rates of speed on the road. The Code Officer will have the Police Department look into the issue of the speeding and she will find out if someone other then Waroquier is hauling on the road.

 Edward Brown motion to approve the minutes of the June 7th, 2011 meeting as written, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

Engineer’s Report: None.

Police Report: None.

 Solicitor’s Report:Mr. Naddeo was asked by the Code Officer what the township can do for a Road Use Maintenance Agreement if the user violated the agreement. Mr. Naddeo let her know that covered under Option A of the agreement the township can either revoke the Permit, Terminate Agreement, proceed against the Bond or all of the above. The township must first invoice the company for damages and give them 30 days to pay.

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 Mr. Naddeo was asked to look into the requirements for a Conditional Use. Mr. Naddeo explained how to deal with request for Conditional Use.

They must make application to the Code/Zoning Officer then the request goes to the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission then refers it to the Board of Supervisors, and the Board of Supervisors conduct a Public Hearing and the Board of Supervisors make a decision at their regular township meeting for an approval or denial. If the Board of Supervisors denies the Conditional Use then the applicant can file an appeal with the Zoning Hearing Board.

The Code Officer asked how to handle the Conditional Use Hearing for the Gas Wells because she had seventeen (17) Conditional Use request. Mr. Naddeo let her know that the township must have a hearing for each application but can do the hearings in the same evening in a consecutive fashion. According to the townships current Zoning Ordinance it does allow for drilling of Marcellus Shale Gas Wells in certain areas as a conditional use and special exception. The Supervisors may want to consider elaborating in the zoning ordinance in terms of what you have to do to comply with the issue.

Mr. Naddeo had a proposed Ordinance that may be suitable for the township to adopt pertaining to Gas Wells.

Mr. Naddeo prepared and advertised the Ordinance for the amendment to the Property Maintenance Ordinance setting the allowed height for grass and weeds. Edward Brown motion to approve Ordinance #2011-06, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

Recreational Park Board report: None.

 Code Enforcement Officer: Agatha Lauder-English let the supervisors know that the Planning Commission signed the plans for the Super 8 Motel since the Highway Occupancy Permit was finalized and was ready for the supervisors to sign also.

 The Code/Zoning Officer asked the supervisors when they wanted to set the date for the Conditional Use Hearings for the Gas Wells. The date was set for July 19th, 2011 at 6:00 P.M. and because it may be after 7:00 before they are all complete the Secretary is to advertise the time change for the Board of Supervisors meeting from 7:00 PM to 7:30 PM on July 19th, 2011.

Secretary/Treasurer’s Report: A copy of the Treasurer’s Report for May was submitted to the supervisors for review.

The Secretary gave the supervisors the information that they requested for three of the checking accounts and asked if they were ready to make a decision if they wanted to make any changes. Edward Brown motion to move the Sanitary Sewer Account, Reserve Account and TAN Account to CNB because of a better interest rate, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried

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 Edward Brown motion to advertise for bid the 2A Sanitary Sewer Project located on Mt Joy Road, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

 The Secretary let the supervisors know that there continues to be vandalism at the Recreational Park. After the flowerbeds were planted someone pulled out all of the newly planted flowers. Also it continues to be an issue with garbage left on the ground and also individuals dumping items in the large dumpster. Supervisor Brown felt that it might come to the point of having to lock the park up at night.

 The Secretary received an email from the Tax Collector pertaining to refund of taxes paid in 2010 for Clearfield DFC. (Northern Health Facilities) They had filed an appeal with Clearfield County and the Assessed Value was reduced. The Tax Collector is asking the township to refund her in the amount of $3,179.16 for the 2010 taxes that were paid so she is able to pay the refund for the previous year. Edward Brown motion to approve refund, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

 Supervisor’s Report:

Edward Brown motion to approve the Conditional Use request from Chris & Lori Davis and Jane Davis, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

Mr. Davis did question the set backs that the conditional use requires and was told they have to comply since it is under a conditional use.

 Glenn Johnston: No Report.

 Edward Brown motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of $73,118.35, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

 No other business to come before the Board.

 Edward Brown motion to adjourn, Glenn Johnston second.

Meeting adjourned.

7:40 P.M.

 Respectfully Submitted,


Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary

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