Citizen Concerned about Speeding in Lawrence Township

CLEARFIELD – A concerned citizen asked the Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors to address the speeding issues along River Road and other parts of the township during Tuesday night’s meeting.

The man who didn’t identify himself acknowledged he could understand a motorist traveling five to 10 miles per hour over the 35 miles per hour speed limit. However, he believed motorists shouldn’t be traveling 55 miles per hour or above. He also alleged that motorists are racing on the roadway.

He suggested the township use its earnings from enforcing the traffic laws to pay for a dedicated officer. Supervisor Edward Brown explained that the supervisors are considering the possibility of increasing its police force. However, he would ask the police chief to assign an officer to patrol the area in the meantime.

In other business, the supervisors scheduled their next budget meeting for 6 p.m. Nov. 8. The supervisors had expected they would need to adjust the budget after Tuesday’s General Election. Voters rejected the proposed six-mill property tax increase to support its police force with 2,055 (72.72 percent) opposed and only 771 (27.28 percent) in favor.

Solicitor James Naddeo reported that he’d received correspondence from Peter Smith, a local attorney, on behalf of Novey’s Recycling, which sought an ordinance amendment. The ordinance currently limits recycling piles to 8 feet high. Novey’s is requesting an increase to 45 feet via an amendment.

Naddeo informed the supervisors that a public hearing wouldn’t be required for this procedure. Brown said they might want to consider conducting a public hearing anyway.

However, Supervisor William Lawhead believed if the township advertised the change in the local media, it should be sufficient. He wanted to review the letter with Supervisor Glenn Johnston, who was absent, before moving forward.

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