Meeting Minutes-September 6th, 2011


Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
September 6th, 2011
7:00 P.M.
Municipal Building
45 George Street, Clfd Pa

Chairman William Lawhead called the meeting to order.

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

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

Present: Secretary Barbara Shaffner, Code Officer Agatha Lauder-English, Police Chief Jeff Fink, Solicitors James Naddeo & Linda Lewis, Nancy Yeager & Randy Powell-Zoning Hearing Board Members.

Public: Kim Finnigan-Courier Express, Amanda Thompson-WOKW, Jeff Corcino-The Progress, Aaron Evans-Gant Daily, Mark McCracken-Co Commissioner, John Murdock, Mr. & Mrs. John Inlow.

Comments from the audience: None.

Glenn Johnston motion to approve the minutes of the August 16th, 2011 meeting as written, Bill Lawhead second. Motion carried.

Police Report: Chief Fink gave the supervisors a copy of the stats for August.

Solicitor’s Report: Mr. Naddeo received a letter from Cohen Law Group offering free legal assistance regarding cable and broadband franchise agreements. Mr. Naddeo recommended that the supervisors accept the free legal assessment and gave the secretary the information for the supervisors to review and respond.

Mr. Naddeo was given a copy of a letter that the township received from a township resident that asked if he could be buried on his private property. Supervisor Lawhead let him know that he was told by a local funeral director that to be buried on private property there are four items they must do: permission from the municipality, separate deed for gravesite, accessible road to gravesite and perpetual care fund set up. Mr. Naddeo let the supervisors know that the township does not have an Ordinance set up to regulate the issue and the township does not have to do anything. Mr. Naddeo was asked to draft and send a letter to the resident.

Mr. Naddeo let the supervisors know that he has a telephone conference set up for September 14th, 2011 with Anthony DeLuca, the attorney representing the Police Union. Mr. Naddeo will let the arbitrator know the status of where they are at with negotiations.

The Solicitor prepared the Local Services Tax Agreement with Keystone Collections Group and Resolution appointing them as the collector of the tax. William Lawhead motion to approve Resolution #2011-05 appointing Keystone Collection Group as the collector for the Local Services Tax beginning January 1, 2012 and approve and sign agreement with Keystone Collection Group to collect the tax, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

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Code Enforcement Officer: Agatha Lauder-English asked the supervisors for their decision for the Conditional Use submitted by Metzler Forest Products to timber in a Rural Agricultural District. Edward Brown motion to approve Conditional Use request, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

The Code Officer asked the supervisors if they were ready to approve the list of zoning changes that will affect usages in districts, definitions and conditional uses and special exceptions criteria’s. Glenn Johnston motion to approve, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

The Code Officer let the supervisors know that there has been some questions regarding heights and setbacks in the township’s zoning and asked if they wanted to consider getting an individual or company to come in and look at these issues to advise the township. Supervisor Brown felt the township should wait until we are able to put the funds in the budget before proceeding with project. William Lawhead motion to authorize the secretary to get quotes from individuals or companies for what it would cost to have them look at the townships setbacks and height requirements in our zoning, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

The Code Officer reminded the supervisors that she would like to attend Building Code Officials Training and take the test and there is training being held from October 31, 2011 thru November 4th, 2011 in the Harrisburg area. She would like to know as soon as possible so she can get the arrangements made. Edward Brown motion to approve the Code Officer to attend BCO Training, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

Secretary/Treasurer’s Report: The Secretary let the supervisors know that when she contacted the individual that they hired at the previous meeting for Crossing Guard that he had changed his mind and did not want the job. The position was advertised again and the township received five applications. The supervisors looked over the applications and William Lawhead made the motion to appoint Edward Lanich to the position at $8.64 hour, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

Stiffler McGraw & Associations sent the supervisors a Penndot form, Permittee’s Acknowledgement of Additional Highway Restoration Obligation that needed to be approved and signed by the Chairman. Edward Brown motion to approve and authorize the chairman to sign, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

The Secretary opened the bids for:
1,800 Ton (more or less) 1B Limestone

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

Mike Beaver Trucking
1B Limestone                                14.97 Ton
6S Anti Skid                                  14.97 Ton

New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co
1B Limestone                                16.20 Ton
6S Anti Skid                                  16.20 Ton

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Woodland Equipment & Supply
1B Limestone                           15.86 Ton
6S Anti Skid                             15.71 Ton

Glenn O Hawbaker
1B Limestone                           19.62 Ton
6S Anti Skid                             21.72 Ton

Bucktail Excavators 
1B Limestone                           15.47 Ton
6S Anti Skid                             15.47 Ton

Hanson Aggregates
1B Limestone                            no bid
6S Anti Skid                              14.50 Ton

Edward Brown motion to accept bid from Hanson Aggregates for 1,200 Ton (more or less)6S Anti Skid Material @ $14.50 ton and Mike Beaver for 1,800 Ton (more or less) 1B Limestone@ $14.97 ton, Glenn Johnston second. William Lawhead nay.

The Secretary let the supervisors know that the head of the Fire Police asked the secretary to find out if they are at a non-emergency event such as a football game or parades for traffic control are they covered under the Insurance. The Insurance Company responded that as long as the board of supervisors approves such activities then they are covered. And also if they have mutual aid agreements then there is no problem in the boroughs they may be assisting in. Edward Brown motion to authorize the Fire Police to participate with public events that are for public service, as long as there is no compensation, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

Supervisor’s Report:

Edward Brown let the public know that there are illegal dumping issues in the township and reminded the public that they will be fined when caught.

Glenn Johnston: No Report.

Supervisor Lawhead let the other supervisors know that the township received a request from the Department of Defense asking the township to sign a Statement of Support for our American soldiers serving in the National Guard and Reserve. Edward Brown motion to approve request of support, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

William Lawhead motion to make a donation of $100.00 to the 9-11 10th Anniversary Committee for Clearfield County who are working on events for the 10th Anniversary of the 9-11 attacks, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

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Glenn Johnston motion to pay the bills in the amount of $48,091.00, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

No other business to come before the board.

Edward Brown motion to adjourn, William Lawhead second.

Meeting adjourned.

7:38 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted,

Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary

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