LT Supers Hear Request for Installation of Fire Hydrant

CLEARFIELD – On Tuesday night, the Lawrence Township Supervisors heard a request from a resident in Haney Development for the installation of a fire hydrant at the intersection of Haney and Neeper streets. 

He also submitted a letter to the supervisors, which will be forwarded to the Clearfield Municipal Authority.

The supervisors indicated interest in providing the hydrant but noted the costs need to be taken into consideration.  A hydrant costs $1,300 plus the cost of installation and also $22 paid quarterly by the township.

Training for a township police officer for ALICE active shooter was approved by the supervisors.  The officer would then return to the department and train the other officers.  The training cost is $850 for five days in Clearfield.

Bids for 1,000 tons (more or less) of 2RC limestone were opened and the low bid was from Woodland Equipment and Supply at $11.35 per ton.

Code Enforcement Officer Debra Finkbeiner reminds residents to educate themselves on township codes for sewer connections and on-lot systems. 

She said they have been having a problem with people either illegally connecting to the system or using unapproved on-lot systems.

Fines begin in the $1,000 range and there are state Department of Environmental Protection fines, as well.  Residents can contact the township office for more information.

Under the solicitor’s report, Solicitor Linda Lewis presented the supervisors with a resolution to file on those who haven’t signed easements along Turnpike Avenue Extension.

Roadmaster Ron Woodling informed the supervisors that the state Department of Transportation is looking into possibly installing a blinker light at the intersection of Park Avenue and the bypass off-ramp.

Woodling also reported a resident calling about streetlights on Mill Road.  The supervisors replied that they have not maintained streetlights in the borough for over 10 years when they ceased charging the tax for them and suggested residents can purchase their own motion detection lights and install them, while making sure to respect their neighbors.

Secretary Barbara Shaffner reported that Community Development Block Grant funds are being proposed for elimination and township officials are encouraged to write their U.S. Senators about keeping the program.

Currently, Lawrence Township receives just over $100,000 per year, an amount that has been decreasing for about the last 20 years from almost $200,000.  Municipalities rely on the funding for various projects, including work on roads.

After the meeting, Supervisor Chairman Randy Powell was asked if he had met with the Clearfield-Lawrence Joint Consolidation Committee and what the results of the meeting were. 

Powell said he did not get answers and “got the run around” and didn’t know what the next step would be.

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