Monthly Meeting-July 5th, 2011

Regular Monthly Meeting

Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors

July 5th, 2011

7:00 P.M.

Municipal Building

45 George St, Clfd, Pa


Chairman William Lawhead called the meeting to order.

 Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 Roll call of Supervisors showed Glenn Johnston, Edward Brown and William Lawhead all present.

 Present: Secretary Barbara Shaffner, Code Officer Agatha Lauder-English, Police Chief Jeff Fink, Solicitor’s James Naddeo & Linda Lewis.

Public: List attached.

 Comments from the audience: Holly Komonczi from the Clearfield County Recreation and Tourism was present to explain a possible Resolution/Ordinance the township may want to consider to support adding a section of SR 879 from River Road to Sapp Bros. Truck Stop into the Pa By-Ways. The township approved a Resolution in 2008 supporting the area of highway designated a Pa Byway. This Ordinance would not affect the present signage along that route but any new signage would not be allowed in state right-of-way and only on landowner’s property. Glenn Johnston motion to move ahead with Ordinance to add the additional section of SR 879 to Pa By-Ways pending approval of Solicitor after review of the Ordinance, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

 Jim Rishel was present regarding the Zoning change request that he submitted to the township between SR 322 and Turnpike Avenue to change from Village to Commercial Highway. He has a Restaurant that is interested in being put in that area and feels the area needs some new business.

 Carol Little is against the change and feels the area is not suitable for heavy traffic. She was concerned for what may go into the proposed property that would bring heavy truck traffic. Ms. Little lives at 32 Nelson Road, which is at the corner of Nelson Road and Turnpike Avenue. Supervisor Johnston asked her how long she has lived at that location and she did explain that she has lived there many years and it was when the State Route was on Turnpike Avenue and the truck traffic came down that road. Supervisor Johnston just wanted to verify that she bought the property back when there was heavy traffic on the road in front of her house.

 Matt Milliron is still against the zoning change and felt that he would be behind the proposal if he felt there was a demand for it but felt that there was not enough demand in that area.

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 Wayne Smith at 1665 Turnpike Avenue let the supervisors know that he is in favor of the proposed change and feels that it is a gain for the township. Mr. Smith did not feel that Turnpike Avenue would be affected with truck traffic due to the weight limit on the road.

 John Inlow at 1605 Turnpike Avenue felt that the zoning change would interfere with his plans for his property that he intends on building a home on.

 Supervisor Lawhead asked the Solicitor if the township could add the use as a conditional use or special exception in the Village zoned area. Mr. Naddeo did not feel it was an issue and the supervisors could add some control onto the conditional use or special exception. Supervisor Lawhead felt this would allow for growth and development in the township.

 Supervisor Brown read the letter from Clearfield County Planning that there are 64 properties in that area, 37 residential, 14 non-residential structures, 13 undeveloped. Mr. Brown felt expanding the conditional uses is more advocacies to the township at this point, but if the township is only able to change the zoning then he felt he would go along with the change.  If the township has the option to add conditional uses and special exception it would be good for the township.   

 Carol Little asked what the traffic patterns would be if Mr. Rishel develops this property. Mr. Rishel felt that the traffic would mainly come from SR322 or Paradise Road.

 Supervisor Johnston is in favor in anyway to facilitate growth and expansion in the township without stepping on the toes of the property owners.  

 Val Miceli feels that it is already a safety issue for her to be able to turn into her driveway along SR 322 and with more truck traffic it could be even more of a safety issue.

 William Lawhead motion to deny the request from Mr. Rishel for the rezoning from Village to Commercial Highway between SR 322 and Turnpike Avenue, with no second the motion died.

 Glenn Johnston motion to approve the minutes of the June 21st, 2011 meeting as written, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

 Craig Livergood, the township Auditor with Walter Hopkins presented the 2010 Audit to the supervisors for approval. Supervisor Johnston requested that the auditor prepare a report for the supervisors showing the total for revenues and expenses for 2010. Edward Brown motion to approve the Auditors Report required by DCED, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

 Engineer’s Report: None.

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 Police Report: Chief Fink gave the supervisors a copy of the Stats for June.

Chief Fink let the supervisors know that Officer James Stewart resigned effective July 5th, 2011 and asked the supervisors to have an Executive Session to discuss promoting part time Officer Shawn Fye to fulltime.

 Solicitor’s Report: Mr. Naddeo asked the supervisors to also go to an Executive Session to discuss the pending litigation for the Police Contract.

 Recreational Park Board Report: None.

 Code Enforcement Officer: Agatha Lauder-English let the supervisors know that there are still three (3) Trailer Park Licenses that are not paid and (1) Junk Yard/ Recycling License.

The Code Officer asked the supervisors to give her criteria for issuing Fireworks Permits. The Solicitor is to look into what license are required to purchase and set off fireworks and types of fireworks are allowed and will get the information to the Code Officer.

 The Code Officer let the supervisors know that there is some properties that need the grass cut and warning letters were sent out but they have not been done. She asked if she could have them cut and send them an Invoice to get reimbursed and if they don’t pay then put a lien on the property. Because the cost would be under the phone quote requirement the township would not have to get quotes and the code officer could contract with someone to have the properties cut.

The Code Officer let the supervisors know that there is some condemned properties that need to come down and asked how she is to proceed. The supervisors felt that with the cost it would need to be put out for bid.

Agatha let the supervisors know that there is a course being held October 31st thru November 4th, 2011 for BCO and if they are looking at her getting her license she would like to attend and will let them know how soon she has to register.

 Secretary/Treasurer’s Report: The Secretary let the supervisors know that the township received their Liquid Fuels allotment from Clearfield County in the amount of $8,721.13.

 The Secretary also let the supervisors know that she received the information from Co-Stars for the cost of salt for the 2011-2012 Contract year at the cost of $63.46 Ton.

 The Secretary let the supervisors know that the IRS increased the mileage reimbursement rate from .51 cents per mile to 55.5 cents per mile and asked if they wanted to also make the increase. Edward Brown motion to approve the increase for mileage reimbursement to 55.5 cents per mile and to follow the IRS Standards when there is an increase, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

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 The Secretary let the supervisors know that she contacted the Mill Road Fire Company and also the Hyde Fire Company and was told that neither one is collecting recycling any longer. The township presently is paying each one $200.00 per month to pick up recycling and because it is part of a requirement from DEP in order for the township to receive grant funds she asked if the supervisors wanted to consider hiring the 2 individuals that collect for Clearfield Borough, if they would be interested. Edward Brown motion to cease the funds paid to the Fire Departments for recycling and hire part time employees to do the curbside pickup, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

 The Secretary let the supervisors know that Agatha Lauder-English had reached her 6 months employment period and asked if they wanted to consider giving her a pay increase. Supervisor Lawhead felt that he would like to keep the wages at the same rate of $10.75 hr. for the time being. Edward Brown motion to increase her wages by .50 cents an hour effective July 4th, 2011, Glenn Johnston second. William Lawhead nay.

 The Secretary asked Mr. Naddeo if he had received any information from Rob Swales about the taxes on the property where the Clearfield County Economic Development Building is located. Zachary Lawhead was contacted by Mr. Swales several months ago and was told that Clearfield Borough is receiving all the tax revenue for the property and some of the property is located in Lawrence Township. Mr. Naddeo will look into the issue and get the information.

 Supervisor’s Report:

Edward Brown let the public know that the Board received two letters in favor of the Zoning Change request for Mr. Rishel. In his and the Counties opinion it does not violate the counties comprehensive plan and as a board he felt that they needed to take some type of action and decide if they want to change the zoning or the allowed uses. Supervisor Brown asked the Solicitor what would be the time frame to get the added uses to the Zoning. Mr. Naddeo explained that the township would have to advertise and have public meetings for the proposed changes. The Supervisors decided to attend the Planning Commission meeting on July 12th, 2011 and discuss the issue with them. Supervisor Lawhead still felt that the township should deny the request and look at changing the uses. Supervisor Johnston felt he would like to wait and see what changes can be made before making a decision regarding Mr. Rishel’s Zoning change request. The supervisors have until August 17th, 2011 to make their decision.

 Supervisor Johnston asked the secretary if she received all the quotes for the Central Air Unit. She let the supervisors know that she received three quotes out of the seven locations that she contacted.

Bloom Electric

J & E Plumbing

F.D.R. Inc.

Glenn Johnston motion to accept quote from F.D.R. Inc for a ductless split heat pump system for the offices in the amount of $6,815.27, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

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 Supervisor Lawhead asked the Secretary to open the bids for removal of trees on Riverview Road:

Expert Tree Service                            $ 4,800.00

Affordable Tree Service                      11,000.00

Shadeck & Meeker                              12,500.00

Bone’s Tree Service                              8,160.00

Arbor’s Pro Tree Service                      3,000.00

Edward Brown motion to accept bid from Arbor’s Pro Tree Service in the amount of $3,000.00, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

 Supervisor Lawhead let the public know that the township received a letter from A.T.A. and they intend on putting Bus Stops in the township and also Bus Shelters.

 Supervisor Lawhead also let the other supervisors know about a storm water issue on Woodland Road near Wrigley Street. Supervisors Lawhead and Johnston met with Penndot to discuss the storm water issue and were told by Penndot that the township is responsible for storm drains on state roads. Both supervisors agreed to replace the catch basin but when replacing it found that none of the pipe is any good and the township does not have the funds to put into a project for a drain that does not belong to the township. It was explained that there is a law that Boroughs and Cities must maintain Penndot Storm Lines but it is only a policy for Townships to maintain them. The supervisors agreed that because of the decrease in the amount of liquid fuel funds that the township received there are no additional funds available to do work on Penndot roads. Supervisor Lawhead wanted to make it clear that Lawrence Township is not taking care of State owned roads or storm lines.

 Glenn Johnston motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of $32,918.24, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

 William Lawhead motion to go to Executive Session, Edward Brown second.

8:40 P.M.

William Lawhead motion to return from Executive Session, Glenn Johnston second.

9:12 P.M.

Glenn Johnston let the public know that they would like to table the decision to promote Shawn Fye to Fulltime Police Officer until after the supervisors have had time to study the financial situation and after the Arbitration Hearing.

 No other business to come before the Board.

 Edward Brown motion to adjourn, Glenn Johnston second.

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully Submitted,


Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary

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