CLEARFIELD – The Lawrence Township Supervisors approved a liquor license transfer and also heard concerns about road maintenance during the public comments at last night’s meeting.
The liquor license transfer was from the borough to the township, specifically a license used by Hedge’s Restaurant and now transferred to Snappy’s Convenience Store on state Route 879 in Wolf Run.
Jeff Fellinger, director of marketing for Snappy’s, said this is similar to what Sheetz has been doing and the alcohol will be sold in a carry-out shop fashion.
Bill Ogden, who lives in the Mount Joy area, told the supervisors that there has been a problem with road maintenance in the Morrison Hill/Mount Joy area.
He began by noting that during the rain and flooding event in June, the water running off the hill along the ditches and berms was clear with no sediment from erosion. However, during another rain event at the end of August, the water was brown with sediment.
Ogden stated that a work crew with the township has been working on the area and the work is doing more damage than helping.
He said he spoke with the lead man on the work crew, and took the man to his home and showed him where he did not want the crew to do work. The man responded they would have to do the work assigned.
As a result, his neighbors especially have not been happy. The grader has cut into grass ditches that worked well, cut across access roads and driveways making them difficult to cross, and other damage has been done.
“It did not need done,” Ogden stated. He added he has spoken with Roadmaster Ron Woodling and found him very professional.
Ogden said he didn’t think the problem was with the supervisors or Woodling, and that the variable is with the road crew. Supervisor Bill Lawhead said the supervisors would meet with the lead man and discuss the matter.
The supervisors also heard from Ed Yeager with the Clearfield Baseball Association. He updated the supervisors on baseball activity at the Lawrence Recreation Park.
Yeager said they had five teams, which played 50-60 home games there this year, including junior and senior little league, two teener league teams consisting of 13-14 year olds and 15-16 year olds, and the Legion team.
Next year they expect to have an additional team using the field. Next year, they will also be hosting the Western Legion Regional and the 15-16 teener league championships, he said.
Yeager presented plans to do work at the park, and the supervisors decided to hold off until they have more information.
Under police, Chief Mark Brooks noted that traffic arrests are up 25 percent due to the third and final wave of the aggressive driving program, which ended Aug. 28.
He said there were 112 traffic stops logged, with the majority speed-related. However, there were two DUI arrests and one wanted fugitive from Virginia.
Brooks also informed the supervisors that he was contacted by the mayor of Curwensville. The borough is liquidating some assets and asked if the department would be interested in the 2013 Ford F150 four-door truck, which has about 32,000 miles on it.
Supervisor Dan Mitchell added he looked at the truck and it looks to be in good shape. The supervisors will explore the matter and make a decision later.
In other business, Code Enforcement Officer Debra Finkbeiner noted there was a request for a conditional use hearing for timbering on Larson Road, which exits onto a township road and then Old Erie Pike. The hearing will be held Oct. 4 at 6:50 p.m. She also noted the grange building on Old Erie Pike was sold and the owner is renovating it into a community center.
The supervisors approved changing two street lights at the Hyde intersection to LED lights. Also, the state Department of Transportation is in the process of redesigning the light at Leonard Street and U.S. Route 322.
Secretary Barb Shaffner noted Lezzer Lumber Co. gave a quote for 15 picnic tables, assembled, lacquered and delivered to the park for $200 each. Also, the road crew has asked for their hours to be extended until Oct. 27. The work hours have been four days a week for 10 hours a day. The supervisors approved the extension.