Regular Monthly Meeting

Regular Monthly Meeting
Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors
December 20th, 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 supervisor’s present showed Glenn Johnston, Edward Brown and William Lawhead all present.

Comments from the audience: Tim Winters, whose family owns a business and land in the township, was present to address the supervisors about the Police Department. Mr. Winters did a comparison between Lawrence Township and Sandy Township. He noted that geographically, Sandy Township has a higher population and smaller geography but six more officers. He also pointed to the Uniform Crime Report noting that Lawrence Township is higher per capita in a number of crime categories, including drug offenses and assaults. Mr. Winters felt that the Police Department is an asset to the township and the community and was very concerned about the Police coverage.

Fred Redden, a previous township supervisor and present Principle of the Clearfield Area Middle School, was also present and asked the supervisors to consider that four of the districts schools are located within the township and noted the importance the police department plays in keeping both the community and children safe.

Aaron Evans, a resident and member of the township Planning Commission, concurred with both gentlemen and felt that the Police Department is very important to the township.

Supervisor Johnston stated that Sandy Township is an unusual township by being both very rural and having a metropolitan area. Mr. Johnston also let them know that the supervisors are concerned that if they don’t take steps and cutbacks the township may lose the police department. He pointed to the economic situation facing municipalities and the state. Mr. Johnston noted that lack of coverage was due to officers using their sick, vacation, etc all at the end of the year to get it used up and not spreading the time out properly throughout the year to avoid this situation.

Mr. Redden asked the supervisors to also consider the time each Police Officer has to spend on reports, investigations and court time.

The discussion continued with Police Officers and the public that was present asking questions. One concern that kept coming up was if the supervisors planned on shutting down the Police Department. The Supervisors let the public know that is not their intention.

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Glenn Johnston motion to approve the minutes of the December 6th, 2011 meeting as written, William Lawhead second. Motion carried.

Engineer’s Report: Chris Dutrow was present and introduced Ethan Imhoff to explain the report he had composed for Zoning amendments. Mr. Imhoff had given the supervisors a copy of his recommendations. Supervisor Johnston asked him if he recommended this change and would this change accommodate the developer’s needs that had issues with height restrictions. Mr. Imhoff felt these changes would solve the problem. Supervisor Brown recommended that the supervisors meet with the Planning Commission, Zoning Board, Solicitor, Code Officer and Mr. Imhoff to discuss the recommendations before making any final decisions. The date was set for January 12th, 2012.

Police Report: None.

Solicitor’s Report: Mr., Naddeo had prepared the TAN Loan paperwork and asked the supervisors to pass a Resolution to approve and sign the paperwork. William Lawhead motion to approve the 2012 TAN Loan with Northwest Savings Bank and sign the necessary paperwork, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

Mr. Naddeo asked the supervisors to go to Executive Session to discuss both the Police and Roadcrew Contracts.

Recreational Park Board: None.

Code Enforcement Officer: The Code Officer presented a Subdivision for Fred Redden at 375 Reed Road, that was approved by the Planning Commission. William Lawhead motion to approve the Redden Subdivision, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

The Code Officer also let the supervisors know that she had a Mining Permit that needed to be signed by the supervisors after the meeting.

Secretary/Treasurer’s Report: The Treasurer let the supervisors know that she submitted the November Treasurer’s Report for their review.

The Secretary let the supervisors know that the proposed 2012 Budget was advertised and ready to be adopted. William Lawhead motion to approve the 2012 Budget, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

The Secretary let the supervisors know that the Reorganization Meeting is to be held on January 3rd, 2012 and asked what time they wanted to start the meeting. It was decided to set the time at 6:00 P.M.

The Secretary also let the supervisors and public know that the township received a grant from DCNR in the amount of $8,100.00 for the Recreational Park which was submitted for new bleachers for the multi purpose field, windscreen for the baseball field and batting cage netting.

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The Secretary let the supervisors know that when reviewing minutes of the November 1st, 2011 meeting she realized that she made an error. When the supervisors approved setting a fee for UCC Appeals she had put Property Maintenance Code Appeals in the minutes by mistake. Glenn Johnston motion to make the change to read accordingly, Edward Brown second. Motion carried.

The Secretary also let the supervisors know that at the meeting on November 15th, 2011 the supervisors instructed the Solicitor to prepare a Resolution to set a fee for a Property Maintenance Appeal but did not make a motion and did not approve at the next meeting. Edward Brown motion to approve the Resolution to set the fee at $100.00 for a Property Maintenance Appeal, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

Supervisor’s Report:

Edward Brown: None.

Glenn Johnston: None.

William Lawhead: None.

Edward Brown motion to pay the bills in the amount of $85,411.95, Glenn Johnston second. Motion carried.

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

7:55 P.M.

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

8:15 P.M.

No other business to come before the Board.

Glenn Johnston motion to adjourn, Edward Brown second.

Meeting adjourned.

Present: Secretary Barbara Shaffner, Code Officer Agatha Lauder-English, Police Chief Jeff Fink, Solicitors James Naddeo & Linda Lewis, Engineer Chris Dutrow and Ethan Imhoff.

Public: List attached.

Respectfully Submitted,

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Barbara S. Shaffner, Secretary

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