Meeting Minutes-November 1st, 2011

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
November 1st, 2011
Municipal Building
45 George St, Clfd Pa

Chairman William Lawhead called the meeting to order.

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Public Comments: Representative Joyce Falger, a board member for the Shaw Public Library, was present and asked the supervisors if they would consider increasing the townships budgeted contribution to the Library for 2012. She explained that state aid has been cut by up to 28%. Gwen Fox, also a board member, also addresses the board of supervisors and explained the many programs that the library has available to the public.

The supervisors thanked them for attending and they would take their request into consideration when preparing the 2012 budget.

Glenn Johnston motion to approve the minutes of the October 18th, 2011 meeting as written, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

Engineer’s Report: Chris Dutrow had Pay Estimate #1 from New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co for the Hillsdale Project in the amount of  $85,693.60 for the supervisors to approve. William Lawhead motion to approve and pay Estimate #1 to New Enterprise Stone & Lime Co, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

Mr. Dutrow also let the supervisors know that he would like to have an executive session to discuss a possible litigation.

Police Report: None.

Solicitor’s Report:Mr. Naddeo went over the request for accommodation from Sara Harper pertaining to her Conditional Use for a fence in her yard. Mr. Naddeo let the supervisors know that she is entitled to this Act and they would have to refund her for the fee that was paid for the hearing. The Solicitor prepared Resolution #2011-07 stating that the supervisors are satisfied that the accommodation requested satisfies the requirements of the Act and the requestor shall be granted permission to maintain a fence around requestor’s residential dwelling six (6) feet in height and the township would refund the requestor the fee of $350.00 paid by the requestor to the township for a hearing to obtain a variance of the township’s Zoning Ordinance. Mr. Naddeo also recommended that these types of decisions go to his office for his comments before decisions are made. Glenn Johnston motion to approve Resolution #2011-07, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

Mr. Naddeo also asked the supervisors to go to Executive Session to discuss the Road Crew Contract.

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Recreational Park Board: No Report.

Code Enforcement Officer: No Report.

Secretary/Treasurer: The secretary let the supervisors know that presently the township does not have anything in the fee schedule for Property & Maintenance Code Appeals. Edward Brown motion to set fee at $100.00 per appeal, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried. ( It was brought to the supervisors attention at our meeting held on December 20th, 2011 that I made an error on this part of the minutes and it should have been for a UCC Appeal and not Property Maintenance Appeals. It was approved to make the correction).

The Secretary also let the supervisors know that she received a quote from General Code for the township to be able to have our code online and gave the supervisors a copy of the quote for their review.

Supervisor’s Report:

Edward Brown: No Report.

Glenn Johnston: No Report.

Supervisor Lawhead asked the other supervisors if they reviewed the quotes for amending the townships Zoning Ordinance pertaining to height restrictions and set backs and were ready to make a decision. The township received two quotes:

Stiffler McGraw & Associates   $   600.00

Gannett Fleming                        $ 4,200.00

Glenn Johnston motion to accept quote from Stiffler McGraw in the amount of $600.00,  Edward Brown second. Motion carried

The supervisors did request that the representative from Stiffler McGraw also communicate with the Zoning Hearing Board, Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors.

Edward Brown motion to pay the list of bills in the amount of $37,863.74, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

Edward Brown motion to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss Liquidated damages with Maxwell Trucking and the Roadcrew Contract William Lawhead second.

7:25 P.M.

William Lawhead motion to return from Executive Session, Edward Brown second.

8:20 P.M.

No other business to come before the board.

Edward Brown motion to adjourn, Glenn Johnston second.

Meeting adjourned.

Respectfully Submitted,


Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretry

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