CLEARFIELD – The Lawrence Township Supervisors held their annual reorganizational meeting last evening, followed by their regular business meeting.
Randy Powell, newly-elected to the board, was also voted to the post of chairman. Daniel Mitchell continues as vice chairman.
Barbara Shaffner was reappointed secretary/treasurer for the board, and Debra Finkbeiner was reappointed as code enforcement and zoning officer, both with a 2 percent pay increase amounting to $17.74 and $13.15, respectively.
Ron Woodling was reappointed as roadmaster with a pay increase of 2.25 percent to $19.45 per hour.
Zachary Lawhead was retained as maintenance personnel, plus Carmen Barba and Howard Hunt were reappointed as recycling personnel, all at $10 per hour.
Mark Brooks was reappointed as police chief, and Mitchell will continue as police liaison. Heather Olson was reappointed as receptionist for the police department, with a pay increase of 2 percent to $10.75 per hour.
Mitchell questioned the need to reappoint Agatha Lauder-English as office and code/zoning consultant at a rate of $15 per hour. Shaffner argued that she is needed, and was recently consulted to help with the township’s Web site maintenance. Shaffner added that Lauder-English does not get a lot of hours.
Lawhead pointed out that it is good to have someone as backup for the township and code enforcement offices. The supervisors voted 2 – 1 to retain Lauder-English as a consultant, strictly as needed.
Powell raised concerns about reappointing Pennsafe Inspection Agency, DuBois, as BCO and Building Inspector for the township. “I’m not sure they are doing their job,” Powell said, adding that inspections were not getting done.
Finkbeiner said she had done some research on the process. She pointed out that the person filing the building or zoning application that requires the inspection service is responsible for contacting the service to schedule inspections. She said that, according to building code guidelines, applicants have 180 days to initiate an inspection, or the permit is nullified. The guidelines also have allowed up to five years for a project to be finalized, although, Finkbeiner noted, that has been changed for 2016 to two years.
The supervisors did agree to reappoint Pennsafe, and plan to review the contract with Pennsafe to establish inspection guidelines.
James Naddeo is retained as township solicitor with a $1,400 monthly retainer. Stiffler, McGraw & Associates Inc. of Hollidaysburg was retained as the township’s engineering firm.
The supervisors agreed to reenact all taxes with no changes. Real estate taxes remain at 18 mills, wage and real estate transfer tax remains at one half of one percent, Local Services Tax is $52 per year, and Amusement Tax remains at $50 per machine plus $25 for each additional machine.
Meeting times remain the first and third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the township building, 45 George St, Clearfield.
The next meeting of the township will be at its regularly scheduled time, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.