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            1              SCRANTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

            2                       PUBLIC HEARING

 

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            4        FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 11, 2008 - AMENDING FILE OF

 

            5   COUNCIL NO. 74, 1993, (AS AMENDED) ENTITLED, "THE

 

            6   ZONING ORDINANCE FOR THE CITY OF SCRANTON," BY CHANGING

 

            7   THE MAP IN THE VICINITY OF THE SCRANTON HIGH SCHOOL AND

 

            8   IT'S SURROUNDING AREA AS MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED IN

 

            9   THE EXHIBIT "A" ATTACHED HERETO FROM I-L (LIGHT

 

           10   INDUSTRIAL) TO INS-G (GENERAL INSTITUTIONAL) AND C-G

 

           11   (GENERAL COMMERCIAL).

 

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           14                        HELD:

 

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           16                 Tuesday, February 5, 2008

 

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           18                        LOCATION:

 

           19                    Council Chambers

 

           20                 Scranton City Hall

 

           21              340 North Washington Avenue

 

           22                Scranton, Pennsylvania

 

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           25              CATHENE S. NARDOZZI- COURT REPORTER


 

 

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            2   CITY OF SCRANTON COUNCIL:

 

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            4   MR. ROBERT MCGOFF, PRESIDENT

 

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            6   MS. JUDY GATELLI, VICE-PRESIDENT

 

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            8   MS. JANET E. EVANS

 

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           10   MS. SHERRY FANUCCI

 

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           12   MR. WILLIAM COURTRIGHT

 

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           14   MS. KAY GARVEY, CITY CLERK

 

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           16   MR. NEIL COOLICAN, ASSISTANT CITY CLERK

 

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           18   MR. AMIL MINORA, SOLICITOR

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF: I'd like to call this

 

            2              public hearing to order.  Roll call, please.

 

            3                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

            4                      MS. EVANS:  Here.

 

            5                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

            6                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Here.

 

            7                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

            8                      MS. FANUCCI:  Here.

 

            9                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Gatelli.

 

           10                      MS. GATELLI: Here.

 

           11                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF:  Here.  The purpose of a

 

           13              said public hearing is to hear testimony and

 

           14              discuss the following:  FILE OF COUNCIL NO.

 

           15              11, 2008, AMENDING FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 74,

 

           16              1993, (AS AMENDED) ENTITLED, "THE ZONING

 

           17              ORDINANCE FOR THE CITY OF SCRANTON," BY

 

           18              CHANGING THE MAP IN THE VICINITY OF THE

 

           19              SCRANTON HIGH SCHOOL AND IT'S SURROUNDING

 

           20              AREA AS MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED IN THE

 

           21              EXHIBIT "A" ATTACHED HERETO FROM I-L (LIGHT

 

           22              INDUSTRIAL) TO INS-G (GENERAL INSTITUTIONAL)

 

           23              AND C-G (GENERAL COMMERCIAL).

 

           24                      We have two speakers signed in.

 

           25              David Rinaldi.


 

 

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            1                      MR. RINALDI:  Thank you, Mr. McGoff.

 

            2              My name is a David Rinaldi, I'm a property

 

            3              owner down on Olive Street and I'm a partner

 

            4              in the OSC Company which is a family-owned

 

            5              partnership with my brother and sister and

 

            6              we own the property that's listed at 2 West

 

            7              Olive Street, and to give you an idea, it's

 

            8              the property between Love Road and a piece

 

            9              of property between ourselves, a triangular

 

           10              piece, and the school district's seven and a

 

           11              half acres that's on the corner of Seventh

 

           12              and Olive where Providence Road meets it.

 

           13                   Anyway, I came here tonight because I

 

           14              received -- well, the OSC company is listed

 

           15              as one of the individuals in a letter sent

 

           16              January 28, 2008, which I believe is

 

           17              required under the Municipality Planning

 

           18              Code for notice to property owners that are

 

           19              affected by the zoning change.  I would like

 

           20              to know whether or not there are any other

 

           21              notices that were sent to other individuals

 

           22              that don't appear on my -- on the letter

 

           23              that I received and the reason for that is I

 

           24              think that there is someone missing and as a

 

           25              result I think that the city should look at


 

 

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            1              whether or not it can move forward with this

 

            2              until the proper notice is given under 53 PS

 

            3              10609 (b) (2) (i) (1) which requires

 

            4              specific notice be given my regular mail to

 

            5              owners and property that are affected by a

 

            6              zoning change.

 

            7                      Anyway, the reason I say this is

 

            8              because there are -- the piece of property

 

            9              that I'm referring to I know that the owner

 

           10              of the property is a partnership called FMP

 

           11              Realty, and if I can approach, Mr. McGoff,

 

           12              I'll give you a copy of the zoning map which

 

           13              is Zoning Map 145.16 and I have

 

           14              highlighted -- I have highlighted the area

 

           15              in question which I believe is missing from

 

           16              the notice at least from the letter that I

 

           17              have.

 

           18                      I'm familiar with that property

 

           19              because I was involved in the -- in an

 

           20              objection to the private sale of the school

 

           21              district, they were selling a piece of the

 

           22              property to the current owners of what's

 

           23              highlighted there, about 5,000 square feet

 

           24              next to the girls' soccer field.

 

           25              Anyway, if you look at the map it says, "C,


 

 

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            1              P, R and 0," that was the previous owner

 

            2              that sold FMP Reality in approximately 1994

 

            3              and as a result I'm not sure whether or not,

 

            4              you know, the proper notice was given in

 

            5              this particular case.

 

            6                      If you look at the second page, it's

 

            7              just a blowup of that area on the zoning

 

            8              map, and the third and fourth pages are

 

            9              copies of the exhibits that were in that

 

           10              objection to the school district sale,

 

           11              Exhibit C, B and C, to the school district's

 

           12              amended petition and as you can see it

 

           13              indicates Parcel A, that's the parcel that

 

           14              has C, P, R and 0 on the zoning map, so I

 

           15              was concerned whether or not there was the

 

           16              proper notice as given to all of the

 

           17              property owners.

 

           18                      I also wanted to -- I was looking at

 

           19              the -- I received, by the way, a copy of the

 

           20              packet of information from the city and I

 

           21              thank the city for that.  Included was a

 

           22              copy of File of Council No. 11, 2008, the

 

           23              ordinance and in the second whereas clause

 

           24              it indicates, "The city planning commission

 

           25              is recommending that the area be zoned to


 

 

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            1              reflect a current and planned institutional

 

            2              and commercial uses."

 

            3                      Now, I wasn't aware that there are

 

            4              planned institutional uses for our area, I

 

            5              don't know of any.  I do know that, of

 

            6              course, the school is an institution and as

 

            7              a result this amendment will change the

 

            8              zoning for their particular property because

 

            9              that's a different change in the zoning that

 

           10              the property, my property or our property

 

           11              that's affected.

 

           12                      And I do know that, for example,

 

           13              across the street this from the Ice Box

 

           14              there is going to be a mini-mart and a gas

 

           15              station and a carwash because I was speaking

 

           16              with the owner so I know that that

 

           17              particular piece there has already been

 

           18              granted a special exception under the light

 

           19              industrial or a variance, I'm not sure.

 

           20                      And I feel really that the city

 

           21              should have known about this piece of

 

           22              property because several years ago Lamar

 

           23              Advertising on behalf of the owners at the

 

           24              time brought a -- asked for a variance

 

           25              before the zoning board to put up a three-


 

 

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            1              sided billboard, I opposed it and I'm

 

            2              thankful that the zoning board agreed and

 

            3              didn't grant the variance, so we only have a

 

            4              two-sided billboard there now, but that's

 

            5              why I'm familiar with the property, I'm

 

            6              familiar with the property owners in the

 

            7              area.

 

            8                      In regard to the change itself, it

 

            9              really doesn't have a great economic impact

 

           10              on the uses of our property there, so I

 

           11              don't see it as being that detrimental

 

           12              certainly to changing it, I just wonder, you

 

           13              know, after all of these businesses were

 

           14              allowed to go up there it's sort of like

 

           15              changing the ordinance, you know, after all

 

           16              of the development has been done and that's

 

           17              essentially -- I just wonder, you know, if

 

           18              it's even necessary.  If council has any

 

           19              questions I would be happy to answer them

 

           20              for you.

 

           21                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mr. Rinaldi.

 

           22                      MR. RINALDI: Okay, thank you very

 

           23              much.

 

           24                      MR. MCGOFF: John Appleton.

 

           25                      MR. APPLETON: Good evening, Council.


 

 

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            1              My name is John Appleton and I'm council for

 

            2              Keystone Block and Supply Company, Keystone

 

            3              Concrete Block and Supply Company, the owner

 

            4              of the largest parcel of this zoning change

 

            5              which approximates 23 acres which together

 

            6              with Slipco will be developing that parcel

 

            7              into a corporate center which will house

 

            8              five separate pads which will have five

 

            9              separate corporate offices at that site all

 

           10              within the City of Scranton, all of which

 

           11              will be available, some of which will be

 

           12              available to pay taxes, some of which are

 

           13              Keystone KOZ.  If you have any questions

 

           14              concerning that project I'd be happy to

 

           15              answer them.

 

           16                      As far as the notices are concerned,

 

           17              we were assured by the zoning office that

 

           18              all people were notified, the Galdier family

 

           19              has been on that site for 70 areas, they

 

           20              have not heard of this company, but they

 

           21              have heard of the ones that are in the

 

           22              notice that were sent out on June 28th of

 

           23              2008, so consequently we would ask that if

 

           24              comes up for a vote that you will, in fact,

 

           25              be so kind as to vote in the affirmative so


 

 

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            1              that this project can start and what we will

 

            2              essentially do is move it downtown to the

 

            3              City of Scranton across up West Linden

 

            4              Street across the river and along the North

 

            5              Central City Expressway.

 

            6                      If there is any questions, I'd be

 

            7              happy to answer them.  Otherwise, thank you

 

            8              for your kind attention.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mr. Appleton.

 

           10              Anyone else?  Since there are no other

 

           11              speakers, I now declare this public hearing

 

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            2                     C E R T I F I C A T E

 

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            4        I hereby certify that the proceedings and

 

            5   evidence are contained fully and accurately in the

 

            6   notes of testimony taken by me at the hearing of the

 

            7   above-captioned matter and that the foregoing is a true

 

            8   and correct transcript of the same to the best of my

 

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                                    CATHENE S. NARDOZZI

           13                       OFFICIAL COURT REPORTER

 

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