Lawrence Township approves bridge repair contract

The Lawrence Township Board of Supervisors approved the construction bid for the Flegal Road Bridge project at its meeting yesterday.

The winning bid was from BCS Construction for $77,195. The township expected the cost of the project to be $75,000-$100,000, according to township engineer Chris Dutrow of Stiffler, McGraw & Associates of Hollidaysburg.

The township is financing the project with a $100,000 Act 13 Grant from Clearfield County.

The project would repair and perform maintenance on the bridge that traverses Moose Creek.

The bid was approved pending engineering review by Stiffler, McGraw & Associates.

In other business:

• Code Enforcement Officer Debra Finkbeiner reported that so far this year the township has had 53 zoning permits and 51 building permits for a total of 104. Total value of commercial construction was $1,991,463 and the total value of residential construction is $823,968.

“We’ve had a pretty good year so far,” Finkbeiner said.

• two township residents, (names not given) asked if the township could help them with repairing Chevy Lane, because it is in poor shape. However, supervisors Randy Powell and William Lawhead each said it is a private road and the township has a policy against repairing private roads.

• Chief Jeff Brooks of the police department gave the monthly statistics that showed that in June they had 52 criminal arrests, June of last year they had 33, traffic offenses they had 57 in June, and in June of last year they had 38.

Brooks reported the state Department of Transportation’s Aggressive Driving Program is in its third and final stage and it would be ending on Aug. 28. Brooks said the program is on par to meet its benchmarks. Under the program PennDOT pays participating police departments to provide extra patrols to combat aggressive driving.

Brooks also reported that the police department participated in several local community service programs recently. He said on July 16 between 1-4 p.m. the police department was at the reopening grand opening of Snappy’s on state Route 879 near the Interstate 80 interchange, where the police department gave a presentation on safety as well as preventing identity theft and how to protect senior citizens from identity theft. He said there has been a rise in identity theft crimes and he said the perpetrators often target senior citizens.

Brooks also thanked the Clearfield County Fair Board for inviting the department to participate in the fair and the annual fair parade.

“Thank you for the continued support to the police department,” Brooks said to the fair board.

Brooks also reported that all the officers in the police department have successfully completed annual mandatory firearms certification.

The supervisors voted to,

• authorize spending up to $3,000 to replace an air conditioning unit in the township building.

• approve the LERTA (Local Economic Revitalization Tax Assistance Act) application by Tim Greenland. Diverse Land Company/Davatas Healthcare plan to renovate the former Super Duper building along the Clearfield-Curwensville Highway and place a dialysis center in the building.

LERTA gives a tax break on the renovation portion of the building for 10 years with the tax break being 100 percent in the first year, declining by 10 percent every year until it reaches 0 after year 10.

• approve Stiffler, McGraw & Associates as the township’s consultant for the Community Development Block Grant program.

• approve the ordinance repealing the eating establishment licensing ordinance. The township repealed the ordinance because it hasn’t been enforced and isn’t worth the effort to enforce the old ordinance.


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