1 SCRANTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING
7 Tuesday, March 25, 2008
10 Council Chambers
11 Scranton City Hall
12 340 North Washington Avenue
13 Scranton, Pennsylvania
CATHENE S. NARDOZZI- COURT REPORTER
2 CITY OF SCRANTON COUNCIL:
MR. ROBERT MCGOFF, PRESIDENT
6 MS. JUDY GATELLI, VICE-PRESIDENT
MS. JANET E. EVANS
9 MS. SHERRY FANUCCI
MR. WILLIAM COURTRIGHT
12 MS. KAY GARVEY, CITY CLERK
MS. SUE MAGNOTTA, ASSISTANT CITY CLERK
15 MR. AMIL MINORA, SOLICITOR
1 (Pledge of Allegiance recited and moment of reflection
3 MR. MCGOFF: Roll call, please.
4 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mrs. Evans.
5 MS. EVANS: Yes.
6 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mrs. Gatelli.
7 MS. GATELLI. Yes.
8 MS. MAGNOTTA: Ms. Fanucci.
9 MS. FANUCCI: Yes.
10 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mr. Courtright.
11 MR. COURTRIGHT: Yes.
12 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mr. McGoff.
13 MR. MCGOFF: Yes. Dispense with the
14 reading of the minutes. Any announcements
15 that people may have?
16 MS. EVANS: Yes. The Special
17 Olympics cocktail party is scheduled for
18 April 11, 2008, at Holy Rosary Center on
19 West Market Street from 7:00 until
20 10:00 p.m. Again, that's the Special
21 Olympics cocktail party which is sponsored
22 by the Scranton School District. It's a
23 very worthy cause, and I hope you will try
24 to attend. Also, Saints Peter and Paul
25 Parish at 1309 West Locust Street is
1 sponsoring a craft fair on April 12, 2008,
2 from 9:00 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the church hall.
3 Interested vendors may call 343-8872 to
4 reserve tables. Refreshments will also be
5 able. That's it.
6 MR. MCGOFF: Thank you. Anyone else?
7 MS. GARVEY: THIRD ORDER. 3-A.
8 MINUTES OF THE COMPOSITE PENSION BOARD
9 MEETING HELD ON FEBRUARY 27, 2008.
10 MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?
11 If not, received and filed.
12 MS. GARVEY: 3-B. MINUTES OF THE
13 NON-UNIFORM MUNICIPAL. PENSION BOARD
14 MEETING HELD ON FEBRUARY 27, 2008.
15 MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?
16 If not, received and filed.
17 MS. GARVEY: 3-C. AGENDA FOR THE
18 NON-UNIFORM MUNICIPAL PENSION BOARD MEETING
19 TO BE HELD ON MARCH 26, 2008.
20 MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?
21 If not, received and filed.
22 MS. GARVEY: That's it for third
24 MR. MCGOFF: Fourth order. Citizens
25 participation. Doug Miller.
1 MR. MILLER: Good evening, Council.
2 Doug Miller, President of the Scranton
3 Junior City Council. The Scranton Junior
4 Council has organized a charity basketball
5 game between the Scranton Police Department
6 and the Scranton Fire Department scheduled
7 for Friday April 4, at Scranton High School
8 beginning at 7:00 p.m. Admission is $3 and
9 all proceeds will benefit a police and
10 firefighters' memorial. We encourage
11 residents all across the city to come out
12 and support our great public servicemen and
13 woman and the junior council is also
14 accepting donations towards this project.
15 Cash or check is acceptable and donations
16 can be sent to 340 North Washington Avenue,
17 Scranton, PA., 18503.
18 Over the weekend I was pleased to
19 hear that the Southern Union building was
20 sold. This state of the art facility has
21 been empty for far too long and I would like
22 to commend Mr. Jerry Donahue for making this
23 investment. I understand that this is a KOZ
24 property, however, if we continue to
25 encourage businesses to move into our
1 downtown and we make our city attractive
2 businesses will stay. Many criticize the
3 downtown weekly. What the critics don't
4 understand is that in order to have a strong
5 city you must have a prosperous downtown. I
6 believe we are doing just that. When you
7 drive down the 500 block of Lackawanna
8 Avenue you will soon see new sidewalks,
9 street lighting and shops.
10 The Rosado Group is moving their
11 corporate headquarters to our downtown and a
12 new parking garage will soon appear in our
13 downtown and this year the Lackawanna Bridge
14 Project will begin. These are just a few
15 examples of why we are making significant
16 projects in our downtown. Development in
17 our downtown will continue as long as we
18 believe in ourselves and our city. We must
19 invest in our city today so that our
20 generation has a bright future. Thank you.
21 MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mr. Miller.
22 Jack Powell.
23 MR. POWELL: Hello, Jack Powell,
24 Luzerne Street. I told you last week that
25 made arrangements for the 27th of this
1 month, which is Thursday, for a meeting at
2 7:00 at the Keyser Valley Community Center
3 in regards to Keyser Terrace. It just seems
4 kind of funny, Tuesday we announced it and
5 Friday we were notified by Mr. Skantos, he
6 wants his meeting same time, same day which
7 I don't understand at all. I think not only
8 trying to make a fool out of us, he is
9 making a fool out of you. I mean, we showed
10 up for caucus, he wasn't coming, he shows
12 Now, we make the arrangements for
13 ours and all of sudden he wants his meeting
14 the same time, the same day. Mary Alice has
15 notified him today that it can't happen. We
16 invited him to our meeting. He said he
17 wants to limit his only to ten. Ours is
18 open to anybody. It's in regards to water
19 runoff, if you have a problem with the
20 roads, the development of the six units in
21 the corner, the buffer zones, ours is open
22 for everything. So, he is more than
23 welcome, but why he did it the same time and
24 it was done four days after we announced
25 ours and stuff it's just kind of a joke I
1 thought, you know. I mean, everything
2 that's going on in this, Mr. King telling us
3 that they weren't building the buildings, we
4 don't show up for the planning meeting and
5 they get it passed. It's just nonsense
6 what's going on. I mean, people are telling
7 us one thing, they are getting things passed
8 and we have no input because we are being
9 lied to. I mean, I see circumstances in the
10 paper today where people lie to different
11 commissions and stuff and they are getting
12 indicted. I mean, they are telling me to go
13 get a lawyer. Maybe I should, it should be
15 You know, when you take a job and
16 you are telling people about different
17 commissions and stuff, what's the proper way
18 to do things, I mean, you have to be held
19 accountable. I mean, you just can't tell
20 people that this isn't right and it's not
21 going to go through, people have to remember
22 that was R-1, R-1 and he came to us to get
23 it changed so that he could do different
24 things. We agreed to those things. Those
1 Now, they changed a different part
2 of the zoning from what I understand now and
3 he is saying he can do whatever he wants,
4 but when they brought -- he told us he
5 didn't make those statements I was thrilled
6 when Mary Alice walked in with the minutes
7 for those meetings. He did say those
8 things. He said them. He didn't say a
9 word. We are just here to tell the people
10 of Keyser Valley come to the meeting,
11 express your concerns and to tell the people
12 that did the planning commission and did the
13 other things that there is responsibility
14 here. There is responsibility. You can't
15 tell people that this isn't going to happen
16 and show up at a meeting and pass it, and
17 when you tell -- when we told them that he
18 had told me that and he says, he didn't have
19 the plans, well, when I corrected him he
20 says, oh, those plans were from before and
21 they were changed. He knew what was going
22 on. He knew specifically what we were
23 talking about and it just went through.
24 Accountability. That's what's coming down
25 here and, like said, the 27th, 7:00, which
1 is Thursday, everybody is welcome, maybe we
2 can straighten this mess out. Thank you
3 very much.
4 MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mr. Powell.
5 Jim Stucker.
6 MR. STUCKER: Jim Stucker. I live on
7 Market Street, 219, we have a lot of
8 problems on that hill again on Market
9 Street, the cops said they can't do nothing
10 about it. The state owns it, the state owns
11 the highway and Market Street. I talked to
12 Jack, the big guy, he lives and plows and
13 stuff and he plowed and he said that they
14 own Market Street, the state does, so they
15 told me to talk to Courtright about getting
16 signs put up and signs that says "No
17 Parking" on that hill, no parking back on
18 that hill again. You got to do something
19 about it.
20 MR. COURTRIGHT: Jim, parking is
21 tight up there, all right, and there is NO
22 "No parking" signs there on that street.
23 MR. STUCKER: No.
24 MR. COURTRIGHT: They are allowed to
25 park there.
1 MR. STUCKER: No, on the top of the
2 hill, no, where they come down from the
3 laundry mat.
4 MR. COURTRIGHT: You are saying there
5 is "No Parking" signs there?
6 MR. STUCKER: No.
7 MR. COURTRIGHT: Right, there isn't
8 any because they are allowed to park there.
9 MR. STUCKER: Not on top of the
10 hill. The cops were there the other night.
11 MR. COURTRIGHT: I don't know how to
12 explain this.
13 MR. STUCKER: I was there the other
14 night. I was there again tonight.
15 MR. COURTRIGHT: All right.
16 MR. STUCKER: When I see the cops
17 pull a guy away.
18 MR. COURTRIGHT: I'll ask them again.
19 I have sent them there several times, Jim.
20 I'll ask them again.
21 MR. STUCKER: And the drains again
22 are getting filled up with dirt and ashes
23 and leaves and I'm not going to do nothing
24 about it, you know. And where the bar is,
25 Murphy's Bar, well, down in there's a hole
1 there, down in the yard, it's all full of
2 bottles and cans. Okay, I heard on TV about
3 Mayor Doherty got that money from the -- I
4 don't know, from the taxes or something
5 like, why couldn't he pay me half of that
6 money he got, that's what I want to know.
7 Why? Why can't he pay me half that money,
8 give me like 50 out of it that money he has
10 MR. COURTRIGHT: I don't know, Jim.
11 You want $50 bucks from him?
12 MR. STUCKER: Yeah.
13 MR. COURTRIGHT: I think maybe we are
14 going to take a collection and give you that
15 $50 bucks.
16 MR. STUCKER: I wouldn't care.
17 MR. COURTRIGHT: I know you wouldn't.
18 MR. STUCKER: And there is a guy out
19 there sweeping the streets. He is -- I
20 don't know his name, he has been sleeping in
21 Providence Square a lot, putting ashes and
22 putting the dirt from the snow up on making
23 potholes. We got to get -- we got the big
24 sweepers why they can't come out and do it
25 where there is no cars around on Market
1 Street, all over the whole city.
2 MR. COURTRIGHT: They will be out,
3 Jim. The weather is breaking now, they will
4 be out.
5 MR. STUCKER: And we have like guys
6 afraid they're going to get hit by a car.
7 He has just got handicapped -- well,
8 disabled, what did you call it -- I can't
9 think of the name of it, paralyzed, he was
10 paralyzed on one side and is out there with
11 a broom sweeping. I'm afraid he will get
12 hit by a car.
13 MR. COURTRIGHT: Tell him to be
15 MR. STUCKER: Yeah. Okay. We got
16 rid of that guy, I'm glad we did. I'm glad
17 we did get rid of the guy next to Murphy's
18 Bar, I'm happy we got him out of there. So,
19 I feel good now. All right. You have any
20 work, Courtright or McGoff? Do you have any
21 work at all?
22 MR. COURTRIGHT: For you -- you have
23 any work for him?
24 MR. STUCKER: Anything.
25 MR. MCGOFF: I don't have a job
1 myself so --
2 MR. STUCKER: I don't care anything,
3 I don't care what, McGoff, I don't care.
5 MR. COURTRIGHT: All right.
6 MR. STUCKER: My buddy Pat and my
7 buddy Tom is watching for me, okay?
8 MR. COURTRIGHT: All right.
9 MR. MCGOFF: Thank you very much.
10 Jim. Bill Jackowitz.
11 MR. JACKOWITZ: Good evening
12 Mr. President, Scranton City Council, Bill
13 Jackowitz, South Scranton resident, member
14 of the Taxpayers' Association. I feel that
15 President McGoff's scenario last week did
16 not have any merit whatsoever. The
17 firefighters' attorney has absolutely
18 nothing to do with the public safety of the
19 residents of Scranton. The fire chief has
20 everything to do with the public safety of
21 residents and firefighters. Ninety-three
22 percent of the firefighters voted no
23 confidence on the fire chief. This is a
24 serious situation that should be resolved
25 not turned into a political football.
1 All that Councilman Courtright was
2 asking for was that a letter be sent to
3 Mayor Doherty and Dave Schrieber, the
4 president of the firefighters' union,
5 requesting that a qualified outside agency
6 look into the alleged allegations of the
7 firefighters. Certain council members
8 expanded on this simple request turning the
9 matter into a political football, when in
10 reality it is a public safety issue. This
11 actually proves to me that certain elected
12 officials do not have the best interest of
13 the citizens in mind. It took two weeks
14 just to have a letter sent, a simple
15 request. All five council members have a
16 stake in this matter, not just Councilman
18 Also, last week President McGoff
19 accused Councilwoman Evans and Councilman
20 Courtright of playing politics. If anyone
21 is playing politics I would have to say it's
22 President McGoff. All this because of a
23 letter requesting an outside agency to look
24 into the allegations. If only the
25 stenographer was present at both meetings,
1 Chief Davis' and the firefighters, politics
3 I would like to offer my own
4 scenario, for one 24-hour period of time I
5 would like to see the elected officials of
6 Scranton and appointees provide fire
7 protection to the residents of Scranton,
8 possibly then they would have a better
9 understanding how important firefighters are
10 to a city. Rescue 1, Chris Doherty, Robert
11 McGoff, Jr., Eugene Hickey. Take a few
12 seconds to imagine you are involved in an
13 automobile crash, you are entrapped in your
14 vehicle, Rescue 1 arrives on the scene.
15 Chris Doherty and Robert McGoff, Jr., are
16 going to extract you from your automobile
17 using the jaws of life.
18 Engine two, Judy Gatelli, Mark
19 Seitzinger. Engine four, Lisa Moran, Ray
20 Hayes, Dick Goldburg. Engine seven, Jeff
21 Brazil, Mark Dougher. Engine eight,
22 Roseanne Novembrino, Ken McDowell. Engine
23 nine, Stacy Brown, Austin Burke, Attorney
24 Farrell. Engine ten, Sherry Nealon Fanucci,
25 Stu Renda. Engine 15, Leonard Krushefski,
1 Sara Hailstone. Shift commander, Tom Davis.
2 I would strongly recommend that all
3 citizens and residents of Scranton attend
4 their chosen place of worship during this
5 24-hour period of time. Take a few seconds
6 and imagine this high-priced firefighters'
7 crew arriving at your emergency. Myself, I
8 would prefer that the professional
9 firefighters of Scranton arrive at my
10 emergency. Pay them, listen to them and
11 make the right decision, whatever that
12 decision is. I do not know Chief Davis, I
13 have never worked for the fire department or
14 the City of Scranton. I have no close
15 friends on the fire department. Until
16 recently I only knew two firefighters, but
17 what I do know is that the firefighters have
18 voted 93 percent to 7 percent that they have
19 no confidence in Chief Davis. This vote
20 shows it must be taken seriously. Again, I
21 say this is not a personnel matter it is a
22 public safety matter.
23 If the allegations are false they
24 will show that. If the allegations are true
25 then it will also show that and corrective
1 measures will be taken. Continue denial and
2 coverups will only worsen the situation and
3 lead to more trouble. Just remember that
4 the safety of the firefighters and the
5 citizens could be in jeopardy.
6 It far exceeds friendship or
7 politics. Bring in a qualified outside
8 agency to inquire into these alleged
9 allegations. You would not call a plumber
10 to repair your electrical problem, would
12 Last week Councilwoman Fanucci
13 attempted to put Councilwoman Evans on the
14 spot when she accused Councilwoman Evans of
15 holding meetings with the firefighters. My
16 belief is that all five council members
17 should be holdings meetings with the
18 firefighters and Chief Davis, working
19 together to resolve this issue as quickly as
20 it can be resolved. This is not a political
21 issue, it is a public safety issue.
22 Remember, no fire apparatus has been
23 purchased during Mayor Doherty's, Ray Hayes
24 and Chief Davis' tenure in office. Some
25 equipment has become worn, old and not
1 serviceable. Last week council president
2 McGoff objected to the word investigate. If
3 a child comes home with an "F" on their
4 report card you investigate as to why, you
5 make an inquiry. If your checking account
6 comes up with $12,262,392.39, you
7 investigate, you make an inquiry as to why
8 you have an extra $12 million.
9 We all have family, friends and
10 acquaintances, but not all of us swear an
11 oath of office to uphold the constitution of
12 the United States and serve the people who
13 elected you. This entails additional
14 responsibility. You as Scranton City
15 Council members represent all of us. When
16 you raise taxes or pass legislation it
17 affects every citizen in Scranton. Not just
18 the voters who voted for you or call your
19 name. Grow up and act not like an
21 MR. MCGOFF: Andy Sbaraglia.
22 MR. SBARAGLIA: Andy Sbaraglia,
23 citizen of Scranton. Fellow Scrantonians,
24 I'm going to read some little notes that I
25 have cut out of the Scranton Times. They
1 are good for something. Public notices are
2 very good, I wish more people would read
3 them. It's the a sad thing that the Sewer
4 Authority has moved up to Dunmore. For
5 what, I don't know. It is the Scranton
6 Sewer Authority, I know Dunmore is a part of
7 it, but now they have moved up to Dunmore
8 for their meetings and I don't know,
9 "Scranton Sewer Authority has changed the
10 start time for it's caucus and regularly
11 scheduled board meeting for the remainder
12 the year March 25, 2008. The board caucus
13 will now begin at 4:30," naturally, so
14 people can't get there, "and the monthly
15 meeting will be begin at 6:00 p.m. at the
16 Dunmore Borough building at Blakely Street
17 in Dunmore."
18 Something is wrong with, of course,
19 city hall here because they got cameras.
20 Apparently, our Sewer Authority has become
21 camera shy. What they are trying to hide, I
22 don't know, if anything, but certainly the
23 coverage would be much better if they held
24 their meetings here and it's televised. I
25 mean, how many people is going to go up to
1 Dunmore? I don't even know if that place is
2 big enough to hold a lot of people, but I
3 guess that's the way it goes, the less
4 people know the better off it is.
5 They are having another little thing
6 that I cut out, too. "The following
7 hearing: Industrial treatment been issued by
8 the Sewer Authority of Scranton seeking
9 noncompliance with 2007."
10 Otherwise they are dumping stuff
11 into the sewer system they shouldn't be, and
12 the poor ratepayers have to pay to get it
13 out, which isn't quite right, Sequoia is
14 that place where they got that patent on
15 that silver into the material and they do
16 have a patent. The other is a JMC
17 Manufacturing Limited Incorporated.
18 Now, this is why they probably are
19 moving away from the cameras. God knows how
20 many people are dumping stuff into our sewer
21 systems that is not supposed to be here and
22 it's sad that the people realize we got a
23 huge rate increase or we are going to get
24 another huge right increase and probably a
25 heck of a lot more rate increases because
1 they are not really running this thing as
2 they should. I mean, there should be a
3 penalty implied in these companies. When
4 somebody dumps something in we are fined.
5 If we don't something into the river
6 and we are not suppose to dump it in we get
7 fined. Why they are not fined, I don't
8 know, but I will probably look into and find
9 out what fines were imposed on them or what
10 they have done to help clean up the problem,
11 but it's-- you got to look at everything.
12 You realize that when the mayor made this
13 Sewer Authority autonomous you know how many
14 millions of dollars we have on the books for
15 actually the citizens of the Scranton?
16 Everything before he passed this new bill
17 went onto the citizens of the Scranton, not
18 Dunmore, because they are up to max. They
19 would have to go through a log of rigamarole
20 to get judges and so forth so they could
21 approve whatever they were borrowing, so
22 they borrowed in good faith of the citizens
23 of Scranton, not the ratepayers, but the
24 citizens of Scranton which if you look at it
25 in one way or the another they are the
1 ratepayers, so are the people of Dunmore,
2 but if something should ever happen the
3 citizens of Scranton would have to makeup
4 the difference, not the people of Dunmore,
5 they would get away hands free because
6 everything was borrowed in our name and not
8 And it's hard to say, you know,
9 there is so many things happening from that
10 $12.2 million fiasco down there at the
11 office for the taxes and, of course, there
12 is only one person that should be held
13 responsible and that's, of course,
14 McDonald -- McDowell, I should say. He was
15 the man in charge, the buck stops at the
16 top, so in the investigation or something
17 should be actually pointed toward him
18 because he was there and I heard many, many
19 people say, of course, I can't say for true,
20 but that it was run pretty shoddy down there
21 and I guess it was because no where in that
22 we could have that one -- well, okay. Thank
24 MS. EVANS: Mr. Sbaraglia, before you
25 leave I just wanted you to know that the
1 Sewer Authority has conducted it's meetings
2 in the Dunmore Borough building for many
3 years. I remember attending them prior to
4 taking my seat originally on council. I
5 have been to meetings in the Borough
6 building since then and probably most
7 recently was the last time that the
8 residents of the city experienced flooding
9 and I went to their caucus meeting to
10 request that the sewer rates be adjusted for
11 flood victims and, again, that meeting was
12 being conducted at the Dunmore Borough
14 Now, I know that they from time to
15 time also held meetings in city council
16 chambers because I remember attending one of
17 those meetings when a discussion was held as
18 to whether American Water Services would be
19 retained or operations would be returned to
20 the Sewer Authority, but I just wanted you
21 to know that this isn't something new, it's
22 been ongoing.
23 MR. SBARAGLIA: And I attended the
24 meetings at Dunmore, too, and also here.
25 MR. MCGOFF: Thank you,
1 Mr. Sbaraglia. Tank you, Mr. Sbaraglia.
2 Les Spindler.
3 MR. SPINDLER: Les Spindler, city
4 resident. Mr. Jackowitz stole a lot of my
5 thunder, but I'm going to read what I have
6 anyway. Mr. McGoff, last week you said
7 political opponents should recuse themselves
8 voting about Chief Davis. Well, you of all
9 people shouldn't accuse other people of
10 being political when you sit up there week
11 after week and do whatever Chris Doherty
12 wants you to do, that's being political.
13 This is not a political issue, it's a public
14 safety issue, and you don't seem to give a
15 damn about what happens to our firefighters.
16 If we loss another firefighter I don't think
17 you'd care, you just want poor Chief Davis
18 and not have anything happen to him, and I
19 asked you last week to abstain from voting.
20 At least when Mr. Pocius was on council and
21 something came up with CECCO Associates, his
22 employer, he would abstain from voting, he
23 was man enough to do that. When are you
24 going to get some backbone to do what's good
25 for the city and not for Chris Doherty?
1 Moving on, Mrs. Fanucci, last week
2 when Mr. Patilla came to the podium you were
3 getting up and down up, up and down, looking
4 at Mrs. Gatelli, I thought I was watching to
5 tell the truth.
6 MS. FANUCCI: Actually, I just got
7 up. I just got up and left.
8 MR. SPINDLER: And Mr. Patilla -- you
9 accused Mr. Patilla of only speaking to
10 Mr. Courtright and Mrs. Evans, you are
11 wrong. He comes to the podium and says
12 hello to Mr. Courtright and Mrs. Evans --
13 MS. FANUCCI: That tells me --
14 MR. SPINDLER: -- he doesn't just
15 speak to them.
16 MS. FANUCCI: He doesn't address my
18 MR. SPINDLER: You are an elected
19 official -- let me talk me, please. You're
20 an elected officials, it's your duty to sit
21 there and listen to everybody no matter if
22 like them or don't like them and,
23 Mr. McGoff, I think it's your duty as
24 council president to make sure nobody walks
25 outside on speakers and just stands outside
1 the door.
2 The next thing, about the
3 $12 million, there is going to be an audit
4 of the tax office, we don't need a audit, we
5 need an investigation by the FBI because
6 somebody broke the law and somebody has to
7 pay for that. You just don't find 12
8 million dollars in a bank.
9 Mrs. Evans, last week I mentioned
10 about the Lackawanna Avenue bridge and you
11 said you had some information, did you bring
13 MS. EVANS: Yes. Yes, I did, Mr.
14 Spindler. I don't know that it's going to
15 be of any great help, I do remember in 2006,
16 just to backtrack a little bit, there was an
17 announcement, it might have come from the
18 governor, but that federal, state and city
19 funding would be used on the Lackawanna
20 Avenue bridge and the states portion was 200
21 and some thousand dollars and, of course,
22 the city's portion will be smallest now.
23 Now, the latest information we
24 received, and I would be very happy to give
25 this to you, concerns permit applications
1 for the bridge to begin work, so if you
2 would like to have it this I'm very happy to
3 give it to you.
4 MR. SPINDLER: Okay. Thank you.
5 When it was announced the Rosado Group was
6 moving in the city that made front page of
7 the Doherty Newsletter. When it was
8 announced that Scranton Fordgery was being
9 charged with a crime it was hidden on the
10 fifth page. Just shows more about the
11 politics of this city. And, lastly, I see
12 the Southern Union was bought and the person
13 that bought it says it's going to be filled
14 by this summer. That's the same person that
15 said the building that he owns on Lackawanna
16 Avenue was supposed to be a restaurant, was
17 supposed to be completed by 2003, so anybody
18 that believes that that building will be
19 filled by the end of the summer is -- watch
20 closely, you will see pigs fly. Thank you.
21 MR. MCGOFF: Mrs. Franus.
22 MS. FRANUS: Fay Franus.
23 Mrs. Gatelli, I would like to ask you a
24 couple of questions, please. When you were
25 president of council do you feel -- or even
1 now, do you feel it's an obligation of the
2 council president to know the Rules of the
3 Home Rule Charter?
4 MS. GATELLI: I always keep the Home
5 Rule Charter in a binder, but I don't know
6 them by heart. I'm going to be honest with
7 you, I don't know them by heart.
8 MS. FRANUS: Don't you think, I
9 mean, don't you think it behooves you or
10 something for the people so you would know
11 and all council members, don't you feel that
12 you should all know all of the rules of the
13 Home Rule Charter, even if you have to take
14 time to study it.
15 MS. GATELLI: I think you should be
16 familiar with it, yes.
17 MS. FRANUS: Not familiar, know
18 every bit of it.
19 MS. GATELLI: Well, I don't know that
20 you could know every section.
21 MS. FRANUS: Well, it's not that big.
22 MS. GATELLI: -- A, B, C and D by
24 MS. FRANUS: The reason I say that
25 is because there are certain things in the
1 Home Rule Charter that affect people in the
2 City of Scranton. For example, it states in
3 the Home Rule Charter that the Scranton
4 Sewer Authority was supposed to have come
5 before council before they had a raise and
6 you, as president, didn't see to it that
7 that was done. So, maybe it's because you
8 didn't realize, but still because of that--
9 MS. GATELLI: I believe that the
10 lease agreement was up with the Sewer
11 Authority and that's why they didn't come
12 here. I did consult with Attorney Minora at
13 the time about it.
14 MS. FRANUS: That means nothing.
15 Nothing against you, but that means nothing.
16 MS. GATELLI: Well, I know it means,
17 of course, it means nothing.
18 MS. FRANUS: No, it doesn't because
19 Mr. Minora has said many things that weren't
20 true so we can't believe what he says is the
21 law even though he is an attorney that means
23 MS. GATELLI: I'll have him
24 investigate if you think that they should
25 have come here, but --
1 MS. FRANUS: Yes, and would you
2 please find this out for me?
3 MS. GATELLI: I certainly will.
4 MS. FRANUS: Now, this is also a
5 rumor, this is a rumor, but I would just
6 like to know, Mrs. Gatelli, if this possibly
7 true, because rumors sometimes are true when
8 it comes to fruition -- is it true that you
9 supposedly don't want Gene Barrett to be
10 head of the Sewer Authority --
11 MS. GATELLI: And my son-in-law is
12 going to get the job?
13 MS. FRANUS: No.
14 MS. GATELLI: Is that what you're
15 referring to? No, it's not true.
16 MS. FANUCCI: That was the discussion
17 at Scanlon's, wasn't it?
18 MS. GATELLI: Sherry and I talked
19 about that at Scanlon's --
20 MR. MCGOFF: Let Mrs. Franus --
21 MS. FRANUS: I didn't say that.
22 What did you say, Patsy McGoff? I did not
23 say your son-in-law. She spoke before --
24 MS. GATELLI: That what was on your
25 website that you all talk to.
1 MS. FRANUS: It's not my website.
2 MR. MCGOFF: Please, Mrs. Gatelli -
3 MS. GATELLI: No, it's not. I have
4 no authority to fire anyone from the Sewer
5 Authority, Mrs. Franus.
6 MS. FRANUS: I didn't say you had
7 authority to fire anyone. I said you would
8 like to --
9 MS. GATELLI: No, it's not true.
10 MS. FRANUS: I didn't finish my
11 sentence, Mrs. Gatelli.
12 MS. GATELLI: No, because I resent
13 you talking like that.
14 MR. MCGOFF: Please --
15 MS. FRANUS: I didn't -- the
17 MR. MCGOFF: Please.
18 MS. FRANUS: No, Mr. McGoff. I want
19 to say something.
20 MR. MCGOFF: Please. Please.
21 MS. GATELLI: We don't even have to
22 answer your questions.
23 MR. MCGOFF: Please.
24 MS. FRANUS: Let me finish my
25 sentence. I was going to say, do you want
1 to replace Gene Barrett with Jeff Brazil,
2 not your son-in-law.
3 MS. GATELLI: No, I don't want to
4 replace Gene Barrett at all. I have no say
5 in that.
6 MS. FRANUS: Oh, well, that's fine,
7 that's the only question I asked.
8 MR. MCGOFF: Thank you.
9 MS. FRANUS: And you make this big
10 thing --
11 MS. GATELLI: And you make this big
12 faux paux about that it's my son-in-law.
13 MS. FRANUS: Well, I never heard
14 that. Sorry.
15 MS. GATELLI: I'm sorry then.
16 MS. FANUCCI: I have a --
17 MS. FRANUS: Sherry -
18 MS. GATELLI: She mustn't have read
19 it tonight.
20 MS. FRANUS: The guilt.
21 MS. GATELLI: When I'm the mayor
22 I'll decide who gets what.
23 MR. MCGOFF: Please, let Mrs. Franus
25 MS. FRANUS: Well, you may--
1 MR. MCGOFF: Mrs. Franus --
2 MS. FRANUS: Mr. McGoff, Patsy
3 McGoff, yes, what were you saying.
4 MR. MCGOFF: I'd just ask if you'd
6 MS. FRANUS: Thank you.
7 MS. GATELLI: Name calling is
8 against the rules.
9 MS. FRANUS: No, it isn't. I'm
11 MS. GATELLI: Attorney Minora, would
12 you get the rules, please?
13 MS. FRANUS: Here we go with
14 Attorney Minora again.
15 MS. GATELLI: Is name calling --
16 MR. MCGOFF: Now, let --
17 MS. GATELLI: They come here just to
18 harass us.
19 MS. FRANUS: You are an elected --
20 you are paid --
21 MS. GATELLI: They have nothing
22 concrete and nothing --
23 MS. FRANUS: I have everything
24 concrete. I would like to know what you
25 people, the three you, Mrs. Gatelli, Mr.
1 McGoff, and Ms. Fanucci are doing for the
2 people of this city other than trying to
3 block things from the public working face.
4 Looked at the transcript from March 25 of
5 last year and I read where you were trying
6 to block the subpoenas that Mrs. Evans
7 wanted and everything was a coverup. You
8 want to you read the transcript?
9 MS. GATELLI: I went along with the
11 MS. FRANUS: You kept on saying,
12 "What do we want to find out? You think
13 there is a coverup?"
14 Well, you know what, I do think
15 there is a cover up and this $12 million is
16 going to prove it and I hope the three of
17 you, the three of you that I just named who
18 just raised our taxes 25 percent and plan on
19 doing it again, I hope the three of you --
20 MS. GATELLI: We voted the tax --
21 MR. MCGOFF: Please.
22 MS. FRANUS: Hey, that's my money and
23 my taxes.
24 MS. GATELLI: I'm not raising the
1 MS. FRANUS: I got my taxes done,
2 oh, you don't want to held accountable for
3 the taxes that you raised? What, you think
4 it's swept under the rug? People are trying
5 to scrape money together to get that bill
6 paid and the taxes in now. They are getting
7 their tax bills now.
8 MS. GATELLI: The city tax is the
9 lowest tax on your tax bill.
10 MS. FRANUS: Big deal. To some
11 people that's a heck of a lot of money,
12 sorry, Judy, we don't all have money like
13 you and we have to go and pay check to --
14 MS. GATELLI: Get educated and get a
15 job and you then you'll have money like me.
16 MR. MCGOFF: Please, that's out of
18 MS. GATELLI: Well, I think they're
19 out of order every week, Mr. McGoff.
20 MR. MCGOFF: Please.
21 MS. FRANUS: Judy, we are not out of
23 MS. GATELLI: This goes on every
24 week. Every week, but that's all --
25 MR. MCGOFF: Please.
1 MS. FRANUS: If the shoes fits wear
3 MS. GATELLI: It's only certain
4 people that the names get called.
5 MS. FRANUS: Judy, when you start
6 representing the people in the City of
7 Scranton maybe, maybe then --
8 (Whereupon the proceedings became
10 MR. MCGOFF: Stop. We're done. It's
12 MS. FRANUS: Mr. McGoff. Thank you
13 for keeping the rules for a change.
14 MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mrs. Franus.
15 MR. MCCLOE: Good evening. My name
16 is Brett McCloe, Scranton taxpayer, Scranton
17 resident. Mr. McGoff, I missed it last
18 week, but you had said that I had demeaned
19 the students who came up and spoke at this
20 podium about the smoking ban. I disagree.
21 All I did was give students across the
22 viewing area both public and private schools
23 solutions that could further strengthen
24 convictions and for that I'm truly sorry,
25 and I will apologize to Mr. Miller over here
1 and to any other student, but this is an
2 adult forum and I was speaking to adults
3 about adult issues. These children will be
4 adults four times longer than they will be
5 teens and their view of this world will
6 change drastically by the age of 25 and even
7 more so by 35 and triple that by 50. Yes,
8 the children are our future, but the future
9 is not a period of time, it is a pause.
10 To Mr. Sbaraglia, Generation X, my
11 generation, between the ages of 35 and 45
12 are still considered to be children, we are
13 still their future. It's all relative,
14 let's not relegate generations worth of life
15 experience and wisdom to the past. I
16 applaud students who have the guts to see
17 past political correctness and are well
18 aware that there are consequences and
19 actions, consequences to actions and more
20 importantly, consequences to inaction.
21 The students who spoke out against
22 the smoking ban were courageous and in this
23 my opinion will most likely be the adults
24 who will stand up and protect our freedoms,
25 civil rights and a free market from a
1 juggernaut of government intervention.
2 There was an interesting group of
3 articles in Sunday's paper, it was called
4 Outlook 2008 and Blueprint for Tomorrow. It
5 was a very interesting serious of articles
6 on business, it was filled with substantive
7 hope for the future of Scranton and all of
8 the Northeastern Pennsylvania. Hopefully
9 these new businesses will care more for the
10 well-being of their employees than this
11 administration and the legislative body who
12 cares for the people of Scranton and the
13 region. I believe part of that blueprint
14 for tomorrow starts with business owners
15 both small and large to take a better look
16 at how legislation is passed and how it
17 effects future and present employees. Maybe
18 they need to take a lot at our political
19 history and why we keep electing the same
20 old people over and over again and expecting
21 different results. Many would say that this
22 is the definition of insanity, maybe we here
23 in Scranton are far too cynical to accept
24 any explanation why $12 million magically
25 disappears through political slight of hand
1 and misdirection.
2 At the same time, those who make the
3 laws pass harsh penalties on the
4 unfortunate, the unconnected and the
5 elderly. No wonder the children leave this
6 area in droves. They see what you do to
7 their parents and grandparents. These are
8 the overtaxed, stressed out employees
9 serving the coffee, changing your oil,
10 putting out your fires, protecting your
11 cul-de-sacs and carrying the bulk of the
12 economy on their back while they get you a
13 lottery ticket and a pack of gum. If the
14 Chamber of Commerce wants to set higher
15 standards and productivity they need to
16 stand up for the citizens. This blueprint
17 for tomorrow must first include protecting
18 and serving the people of today.
19 I just hope that at some point we
20 can get to this wonderful, wonderful thing
21 that they are always saying that we are
22 going to get to, but we can't get there. If
23 there is nepotism we can't get there. If
24 there is going to be people who are going to
25 hide $12 million we can't get there if
1 legislation is passed unlawfully, knowingly,
2 and willingly. We can't do those things.
3 We will never get to this point. I'm sorry
4 for expounding, it's just how I feel. Thank
6 MR. MCGOFF: Marie Schumacher. Good.
7 MS. SCHUMACHER: Good evening. Marie
8 Schumacher, resident and member of the
9 Taxpayers' Association. I'd like to start
10 tonight with an item from the Community
11 Development Block Grants for program year
12 2007 and ask if anyone knows the status of
13 the funds that you approved for the Benjamin
14 Franklin Firefighters' Memorial which was to
15 be a tribute to the men in blue. Two marble
16 life-sized statutes of a firefighter and
17 policeman to be displayed at city hall. Is
18 that money that's going to segway into my
19 next comments on OECD? Is that money that
20 is going to sit there so that in ten years
21 we can say, "Oh, nothing happened and before
22 we lose it we better transfer it to planting
23 trees or something?"
24 And now to OECD, the questions that
25 Mrs. Evans -- the answers to the questions
1 that I asked at the March 11 meeting that
2 were supplied to me by Mrs. Evans last week,
3 I'd like to read two of them, actually three
4 of them, because I think it's pretty
5 interesting: Number one, after the
6 $239,156.45 was transferred out of clearing
7 the banks and streams account how much will
9 Answer: This will clear this
10 account out. The balance will be zero.
11 You ask what approved projects for
12 which the money was approved in the
13 beginning will not be accomplished because
14 this transfer?
15 This money was approved for a
16 specific project. The Linde-Keyser Creek
17 Project. The amount that was originally
18 allocated for this was $330,000. They only
19 ended up using $90,843.55 so that left a
20 balance in the account of $239,156.45. The
21 project was completed so there were no other
22 approved projects that were not accomplished
23 with this money, it was only for that
24 approved project.
25 Two: After the $74,470.85 transfer
1 from the fire hydrants account how much will
2 remain and how many hydrants would that
3 amount have bought? This account will also
4 be cleared so that the balance will be zero.
5 The fire hydrants were taken over by the
6 water company, so we would not be purchasing
8 Three: After the $30,000 is
9 transferred from the neighborhood precinct
10 account how much will remain and what
11 activities will not be accomplished?
12 This was money to be used for a new
13 police precinct and they could not find one
14 in the low or moderate area to build one and
15 it could not be used for the new police
16 headquarters that was built. No CDBG money
17 was used for that project so they are
18 closing out this account as well and this
19 balance will be zero.
20 Now, this brings up two primary
21 questions: Number one, that first project
22 was a 1995 project, so we have had 330,000--
23 or $239,000 sitting for 12 years? The other
24 two were both projects that were approved
25 six years ago, so we know that those
1 balances, apparently we have known that
2 those -- the remainder in those accounts was
3 not it be used, has it been collecting
4 interest? Is there no policy that says when
5 the project is completed the monies get
6 transferred out then and there into an
7 account and maybe a priority list of
8 accounts that the projects that didn't get
9 funded get funded?
10 I mean, I think you people really
11 need to take a good look. We have got a lot
12 of aging money sitting down there in EOCD
13 apparently and it's time for a quick look
14 and a change in policy I believe.
15 Next, Growing Greener. I would like
16 to go back to what I said on the 26th of
17 February and that was last week Mrs. Fanucci
18 stated the Growing Greener money is not a
19 new issue of money, it is a transfer from
20 the Connell building project to the garage.
21 A lot of times they have time frames on the
22 money and this money was earmarked for the
23 Connell building in the beginning, so it's
24 not new money that's been issued. Now, the
25 ordinance is to approve applying for a grant
1 from the Growing Greener II fund which is in
2 it's third year. The reports for the first
3 two years are on-line and no grants to
4 Scranton have been made per these reports.
5 The ordinance makes no note of a transfer,
6 only an application.
7 Now, I have two problems with the
8 ordinance which I believe should be
9 defeated: First, council has already
10 approved the bond which included the
11 demolition of the current structure and
12 building the new garage.
13 Second, DCED Growing Greener II has
14 $50 million for the total state for main
15 street and downtown redevelopment -- may I
16 finish this one --
17 MR. MCGOFF: Please.
18 MS. SCHUMACHER: Including
19 improvements to water and waste water
20 infrastructure. So if Scranton is to obtain
21 a grant from that money I would argue that
22 it should be used to help out the Sewer
23 Authority with improvements to the waste
24 water infrastructure and I'll be back next
25 week with my other items. Thank you.
1 MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mrs.
2 Schumacher. Sam Patilla.
3 MR. PATILLA: Good evening,
4 Mr. Courtright and Mrs. Evans.
5 Mr. Courtright, I need you to bear with me
6 because most of my discussion tonight will
7 be directed towards you, nothing negative
8 like or anything like that.
9 MR. COURTRIGHT: Good.
10 MR. PATILLA: But Article 7 of
11 Section 701 of the Administrative Code of
12 Scranton, part of the Ethic's Code states:
13 "Public officials should not engage in or
14 have financial or other personal interest in
15 any business transaction directly contrived
16 which is incompatible with the discharge of
17 his or her duties."
18 Okay, basically, what that says is
19 that, you know, in the eyes of the
20 taxpayers, okay, if it's perceived as
21 hanky-panky in their eyes then it's a
22 violation of the Ethics Code, you know,
23 that's just like saying my brother or sister
24 were the chief of police because of that
25 relationship or my best friend because of
1 that relationship I can get off of a
2 speeding ticket or parking ticket or
3 something like that for breaking the law.
4 That's why we request elected officials to
5 recuse themselves when they have an interest
6 either financial or personal in any issue,
7 any business transaction governing the city,
8 the county or the state.
9 Now, I would like to think out of
10 the box, okay, and I understand that you are
11 between a rock and a hard place right now, I
12 really understand that, but the bottom line
13 is your job to serve the taxpayers, okay?
14 The majority, unlike most, are more
15 important than the minority. You know, I
16 understand I never met the chief, he might
17 be a good man, but when it's that one versus
18 the many I'm going to choose the many at all
19 times regardless of what anybody else might
20 think or say, okay?
21 The reason, too, that you should go
22 ahead with your heart, because I know where
23 your heart is going, okay, in the last month
24 or so we've had a housing director federally
25 indicted, 16 counts. We have got the issue
1 with the fire, no confidence vote with the
2 fire department, okay? We've got
3 $20 million, everybody is saying 12 million,
4 there was 20 million plus in that account,
5 okay? That shows that the current
6 administration isn't capable of managing
7 this city, let alone our money, this city
8 because everywhere you turn around is
9 falling apart, okay?
10 Then you go into the information
11 provided by Mrs. Schumacher, Nelson and the
12 rest of the citizens that come up here, they
13 are right more often than not, you know, and
14 when we come here all we get is excuses or
15 misinformation, you know, and that's not
16 what you were elected for, okay? I know
17 it's kind of hard, okay, but, you know, you
18 cannot sit back and say just like the
19 solicitor and the new tax collector stated,
20 it's a software problem or it's a problem of
21 the staff not being trained correctly. You
22 take an envelope for each month for three
23 years and throw it into a box, you can't put
24 that in a drawer, it will fill up. It will
25 fill up this podium. That in itself, that
1 amount of paperwork in itself is going to
2 dictate somebody take some form of action,
4 So if that money was there, people
5 knew it was there, you don't blame the help
6 because they weren't responsible for
7 training themselves on that system.
8 Management was. You know, the people they
9 always want to take the praise when
10 something goes right, but when something
11 goes wrong they want to blame the lonely
12 worker. No, if I'm the supervisor and my
13 people weren't trained to operate a system
14 because I consider most people to use
15 computers --you give them Microsoft they are
16 fine and dandy. If you give them Lenox or
17 you have them do Dulcite and they actually
18 talk to their computer and they then they
19 are lost. You don't blame them. The
20 computer is only going to do what you tell
21 it to do. It's only going to do the
22 information that you put into it. Our
23 budget have been overstated for years,
24 millions of dollars, you know, they are
25 crying broke.
1 If one penny of that money from that
2 account, the interest income was included on
3 any one of those budgets that's fraud, so we
4 need outside agencies to come in here, not
5 only the Attorney General of the
6 Commonwealth, we need the IRS, we need the
7 federal government to come in here because
8 the city hasn't done it's job, the county
9 hasn't done it's job, you know, why do we
10 have to wait for the federal government to
11 indict the housing director? Why do we have
12 to wait for the federal government to deal
13 with Daron Northeast. Why do we have to
14 wait for another Scrantonian to buy that
15 Southern Union building, all right? You and
16 I both know that every time I hear this man
17 he's talking about how much money he is
18 putting into the loan and grants he is going
19 to receive he is not going to spend a
20 quarter, Scrantonians are. We are going to
21 pay for that bill. We are going to pay for
22 that bill, again, which we already own. You
23 know, vote with your heart, Mr. Courtright,
24 enough is enough.
25 MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mr. Patilla.
1 David Dobson.
2 MR. DOBSON: Good evening, Council.
3 Dave Dobson, resident of Scranton, Taxpayer
4 Association associate. I'm here tonight to
5 talk about financial help for Channel 61.
6 They are failing and they really need
7 financial help. Hopefully it won't go dark.
8 The new agreements the way I understand will
9 take several months to implement and over
10 the years they've provided much needed
11 coverage to many events in different
12 political events and so forth, so what I'm
13 asking is please consider any measures to
14 help them at least until other arrangements
15 could be made. If they do go dark and other
16 arrangements aren't made it's going to be
17 months and months before they attain
18 coverage on any local events. This is a
19 valuable service and it should not be loss.
20 Thank you. Have a good night.
21 MR. MCGOFF: Thank you very much,
22 Mr. Dobson. Candace McColligan
23 MS. MCCOLLIGAN: Candace McColligan,
24 Scranton resident. I'd like to begin by
25 thanking Mrs. Fanucci for the information
1 that you volunteered and supplied with
2 regard to the Recovery Plan. I would also
3 like to make it very clear that my reasons
4 for questioning the Recovery Plan involve
5 the fact that I watch jobs and salary
6 increases dolled out by this administration
7 and approved by this council, and as I have
8 said before, it seems very clear to me that
9 these actions directly violated the language
10 of the plan implemented under the mayor.
11 Obviously, the mayor has noted many
12 times that the police and fire contract
13 remain unresolved because he feels the
14 demands of the unions violate the Recovery
15 Plan. If the mayor himself has submitted
16 and passed budgets that also violate the
17 Recovery Plan it becomes time to go back to
18 the drawing board and implement a plan that
19 the administration will actually follow.
20 I was provided one page of language
21 from the plan, part of which stated, and I
22 am quoting directly, "For 2003, 2004, and
23 2005, the base hourly wages and salaries of
24 all city employees shall not exceed existing
25 2002 rates," and goes onto note that the
1 only exception to that rule would be
2 increases due to arbitration awards,
3 collective bargaining agreements, etcetera.
4 Based on the language provided, if
5 even one raise was given to it's city
6 employee between 2002 and 2005 that was not
7 ordered by arbitration or decided through
8 collective bargaining the plan was violated.
9 We are certainly all aware of the raises in
10 the last budget that were not ordered by any
11 legal process or bargaining. Can any of you
12 honestly say that this administration has
13 abided by it's own plan? If we are looking
14 to recover from our distressed status a plan
15 is certainly necessary, but what good is a
16 plan if the people who write it refuse to
17 abide by it's words? How are people
18 supposed to trust a mayor who only lives up
19 to promises that are convenient to him?
20 This administration has touted the
21 Recovery Plan and used it over and over to
22 defend their actions, but the Recovery Plan
23 is either applicable in all situations or
24 it's null and void. Do you really believe
25 that not one raise was given between 2002
1 and 2005? You have to believe that the
2 Recovery Plan has any validity.
3 Two weeks ago a Scrantonian was
4 defined at a council meeting as someone who
5 doesn't complain. If that is a true
6 definition, it's a mold I refuse to conform
7 to. A true citizen of any city is someone
8 who lives in that city, pays taxes to that
9 government and takes pride in wanting to see
10 the city be the best it can be. That
11 includes wanting to see balanced budgets and
12 decreasing debt because those things lead to
13 lower taxes and higher investment and wages.
14 I think it's okay that citizens
15 disagree and on the right way to make the
16 city it's best. Having those disagreements
17 is what is causes progress and keeps people
18 thinking about creative ways to move
19 forward. The moments citizens sit back and
20 let things happen to them rather than taking
21 charge of their own situation,
22 administrations like the one currently in
23 charge will have no accountability and I,
24 for one, will never be satisfied with that
25 possibility having lived here a relatively
1 short time to be able to see this city not
2 through rose-colored glasses, but with
3 realism. I have never been critical of
4 Scranton as a city nor have I ever stated
5 that parks are not important or do not
6 deserve attention. What I have said is that
7 this administration is running this city as
8 if they owe nothing to the citizens who take
9 issue with their actions, that parks are
10 important, but if we are to distressed and
11 increasingly in debt perhaps parks should
12 not have been put at the top of the priority
14 It is important to keep parks clean
15 and safe, but do you really believe that it
16 takes $8 million to do that? It's as
17 believable as a necessity of a $300,000 dog
18 park, and again, I'm not against a dog park
19 but there is no reason why we can't have one
20 without spending $300,000. A little more
21 logic and a little less elbow rubbing is
22 what this city needs and for those who
23 disagree I can only wonder what your reasons
24 are for ignoring the truth that is presented
25 to you clearly here on a regular basis.
1 Finally, Mr. McGoff, it appears that
2 you may be too close to the situation with
3 the fire chief to even be able to see that
4 you are too close, and I realize that I will
5 never convince you that are biased on that
6 subject, but I have to say to you, that if
7 you do not want to be told that your
8 personal relationship is negatively
9 affecting your ability to make an unbiased
10 decision, then you shouldn't go on record
11 and more than one occasion specifically
12 defending an individual based solely on your
13 personal friendship with them and not in any
14 way based on your knowledge of their job
16 Perhaps it's time that each of you
17 on this council ask yourself why you got
18 into politics. If your answer has anything
19 to do with who you know or benefits you
20 receive for yourself rather than the changes
21 you wanted to see in this city it may be
22 time for you to consider changing your
23 course. Thank you.
24 MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Ms.
25 McColligan. Lee Morgan.
1 MR. MORGAN: Good evening, Council.
2 Mr. McGoff, I would just like to ask if you
3 have any information on the questions that I
4 asked last week?
5 MR. MCGOFF: I apologize, last week
6 became a very short and busy week for me for
7 some other things and I will hopefully have
8 them for you next week on Channel 61.
9 MR. MORGAN: You know what the
10 questions are; right?
11 MR. MCGOFF: You asked how you would
12 go about gaining access to a public -- or
13 one of the public access channels.
14 MR. MORGAN: And I also asked about
15 the subpoenas that were in my opinion, in my
16 opinion issued by this council to
17 investigate the authorities.
18 MR. MCGOFF: Yes, we spoke about them
19 beforehand in caucus, I'm not sure exactly
20 where the discussion went because I was at
21 the time listening to Mr. King who was also
22 in caucus talking about something else.
23 Hopefully I can get that information for you
24 before -- that we may be able to do before
25 the night is over.
1 MR. MORGAN: Okay. The other
2 question, well, I just have very few
3 questions, but I'd like to make a statement
4 here and I hope that council would look at
5 the cable TV agreement, all right, and I
6 just hope that they would see that in
7 Section 12, there is an authorization to
8 have more than just two public access
9 channels. It says here that are you going
10 start with one and when you get the 67
11 channels you are going to have three
12 altogether and when you go over 100 you are
13 going to going to get another channel and
14 then it continues to grow and I think the
15 question we have to ask is how many channels
16 actually does the cable TV network have? I
17 think it may be one hundreds, so -- and I
18 also think that it's very important than 61
19 doesn't go dark because there is an awful
20 lot of darkness in this community.
21 And I'm not slamming this council,
22 but we really don't know what's -- I'd like
23 to say most people don't really know what's
24 going on in this community and this is the
25 only thing they get to see here and I just
1 hope, you know, I'm going to be very brief,
2 but I just hope that everybody here would
3 come together and figure a way the city is
4 going to go in because if you walk around
5 here you will see that it's getting really
6 pretty dire in the the city, the city is a
7 mess, and I know the elections are coming
8 again soon and it's always nice to campaign,
9 but I think it's important to really do
10 something for the benefit of the people and
11 Mr. McCloe got up here and he was under the
12 impression that the Chamber of Commerce
13 functions for the people and it doesn't, it
14 functions for business. Council functions
15 for the people, the mayor is supposed to
16 function for the people and it's really not
17 happening and I just hope that all five of
18 the councilmen here would give it some
19 serious consideration to really some of the
20 important issues confronting this city and
21 it's just not youth programs it's
22 overtaxation and others, just a slew of
23 problems including the Sewer Authority and I
24 just hope that the council would go revisit
25 the rate increase and ask themselves how the
1 sewer skirted coming before council to ask
2 for a rate increase and that's all I have.
3 I'll wait for your answer next week
4 Mr. McGoff.
5 MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mr. Morgan.
6 Any other speakers? Mr. Ellman.
7 MR. ELLMAN: Ron Ellman, property
8 owner and member of the Taxpayers'
9 Association. I was coming tonight with my
10 usual adverse remarks about the mayor,
11 somebody stopped me outside with one of
12 those, If you're so smart why aren't you
13 rich talks, you know, you're always
14 complaining, why don't you run for mayor and
15 do a better job. To run for mayor in the
16 first place you have to be well-financed or
17 have a rich daddy like some people I guess
18 or you have to -- and you have to be well
19 organized. There is only going to one
20 person that can run against the mayor, you
21 know, that's just a fact. So far I hear
22 that Mrs. Evans is interested and Gary
23 DiBileo, I'm just talking about talk, Todd
24 O'Malley. Well, Todd O'Malley isn't as well
25 financed but the school board ruined his
1 name with the people, so he won't get --
2 he'll just takes vote away from someone and
3 I don't know what it is about Mr. DiBileo
4 but he has lost his popularity, and I don't
5 know the man, I don't know nothing about him
6 and I don't know what happened in that
7 circle of people, so if you want to run you
8 better have a rich daddy I guess, you know.
9 MS. GATELLI: She has Dave, that's
10 better than a rich daddy.
11 MR. HILLMAN: I don't know about
12 that. You know, if I ran for mayor -- if I
13 wasn't 72 years old those couple of factors
14 wouldn't bother me from running, you know, I
15 figure I'm capable or raising money and I
16 know what I'd do, I'd knock on doors all
17 over the city and talk to people and not go
18 in bars and buy everybody a drink, but
19 90 percent of it would be wasted money
20 there, but you could get one or two people
21 that are in there got some brains. Right
22 now everybody thinks that brains are up
23 there in the Greenridge area, they are all
24 over town, the people don't vote, half the
25 people don't vote, I just don't understand
1 it, you know, people get -- die for the
2 privilege of voting, but I'd put an end to
3 the borrowing, borrowing is an addiction and
4 this mayor is addicted terrible, you know.
5 Borrowing is an addiction. He can't stop,
6 you know, it's as bad as some people have
7 with drugs and alcohol or whatever. It's
8 just -- it's just never ending here, it's
9 going to keep on and on and on unless
10 somebody puts their foot down and you can't
11 lower taxes. It's silly to run on a
12 platform of lowering the taxes, it can't be
14 The next thing to do is get rid of
15 all of the dead, unnecessary, useless dead
16 weight in this building. There is almost 50
17 people been hired. I think it's $11 million
18 added to the payroll and try to get them --
19 all you get is these answering machines.
20 I've never seen nothing like it. I have
21 heard it over and over and over again you
22 get an answering machine. I'd get rid of
23 all of the answering machines and tell
24 someone they need to stay there and answer
25 the phone or leave. This is terrible.
1 Last week somebody mentioned that
2 the potholes, I guess this is the pothole
3 capital of the world. I hit a pothole right
4 in front of the bridge on Lackawanna and
5 I've got over $1,000 damage to my car and if
6 you don't believe me you can phone the
7 Cadillac dealer in Wilkes-Barre because I
8 wouldn't let Burne Cadillac touch my car.
9 MS. EVANS: Well, Mr. Ellman, you can
10 actually submit your repair bills to the
12 MR. ELLMAN: Well, then these people
13 would be mad at me. Now, you talk about
14 parts for a Cadillac, the struts are
15 electronic, well, you got a luxury car, you
16 know, nothing comes cheap and I bought two
17 of everything, I bought two axles and two
18 struts, I have bent the well or lost my
19 wheels, it was way over $1,000. If we
20 hadn't been taken the money, the block grant
21 money to tear down buildings for wealthy
22 friends we could have streets and sidewalks
23 fixed. Thank you.
24 MR. UNGVARSKY: Good evening,
25 Council, Tom Ungvarsy, and I'm also a member
1 of the Scranton/Lackawanna Taxpayers'
2 Association and I would like to bring up
3 Channel 61 again. As you know, they are in
4 financial straights and may not be able to
5 broadcast much longer. Has the city council
6 done anything to help them to stay on the
7 air until the Electric City takes over? You
8 haven't discussed it at all? No?
9 MR. MCGOFF: No.
10 MR. UNGVARSKY: I understand that
11 Electric City TV will be taking over
12 shortly. I understand that they are also
13 going to give $300,000 plus some extra funds
14 for equipment and to remodel a studio. It
15 seems like if they can get $300,000 you
16 should be able to appropriate some funds to
17 keep them on the air until channel -- or
18 Electric City takes over. Has anyone seen
19 the disc, the promotional disc that Electric
20 City TV put out? No one saw it? Has anyone
21 seen the proposal that they made?
22 MS. FANUCCI: I did receive the
23 proposal, but I did not get to look at it
24 or-- I just the other day actually.
25 MR. UNGVARSKY: Has anyone talked to
1 Mr. Bolton about Electric City?
2 MS. FANUCCI: No.
3 MR. UNGVARSKY: No one has done
4 anything? How about the three panel members
5 that voted for Electric City TV, has anyone
6 talked to them, especially Mr. Welby, since
7 he was the one who was more or less the head
8 of it?
9 MR. MCGOFF: I spoke with Mr. Monahan
10 after the decision was made.
11 MR. UNGVARSKY: Yeah. And would you
12 elaborate on that for me, please?
13 MR. MCGOFF: There is not much to
14 elaborate on, Mr. Ungvarsky, he simply told
15 me that he thought that they had made the
16 best proposal. I didn't ask him for
17 specifics, but I did speak to him.
18 MR. UNGVARSKY: Well, I have seen
19 another proposal that I thought was quite
20 good and it seems like there hasn't been an
21 open discussion over it. Did I mention that
22 Mr. Bolton is taking over a project up on
23 Prescott Avenue that's owned by Mr. Monsure?
24 Okay. Apparently city council hasn't done
25 anything on this. We are going to hear
1 pretty soon that we have nothing to say
2 about it. I think it's time that city
3 council got involved. It seems as though
4 you just let the mayor usurp all of your
5 power and you do nothing in regards to it,
6 you just let him get away with it. Thank
8 MS. EVANS: Mr. Ungvarsky, if I could
9 interrupt for one second, council did not
10 select the committee members that would have
11 been performed by the mayor, he selected the
12 membership, the committee was even convened
13 at his request because he wanted the
14 committee to make the selection rather than
15 himself, and council really had no input
16 into in situation, however, since the
17 selection apparently was made and since
18 Electric City TV has requested close to
19 $1 million from the cable franchise fee over
20 three separate phases --
21 MR. UNGVARSKY: Three years. Yes.
22 MS. EVANS: -- I suggested that
23 council formed an oversight committee and
24 council did unanimously agree to do that and
25 there will be appointments made by council
1 to the oversight committee, and it will be
2 their -- I would say their mission, their
3 role, to monitor Electric City TV and to
4 report I would hope monthly to city council.
5 Now, they are an advisory committee, they
6 are not going to wield in power either, but
7 they will report to us then we can make
8 certain decisions, but with regard to the
9 $300,000 that you mentioned --
10 MR. UNGVARSKY: Yes, that's the first
11 year alone.
12 MS. EVANS: Yes --
13 MR. MCGOFF: Please, Mr.
14 Ungvarsky, let Mrs. Evans speak, your time
15 had been up.
16 MS. EVANS: I'm sorry, but I did want
17 to him understand that $300,000 is not part
18 of the current 2008 operating budget and so
19 if, for example, a contract is awarded to
20 Electric City TV it would be my belief that
21 that contract would have to come before city
22 council for approval in the form of
24 In addition to that, if $300,000
25 were to be awarded to Electric City TV in
1 fiscal year 2008, then certainly that
2 legislation I believe would have to come
3 before city council because there would be
4 some type of amendment to the budget unless,
5 of course, there were a budget transfer
6 within one single department, but I don't
7 see how that could be the case, but I had
8 suggested to council and they are
9 considering it that Electric City TV not
10 receive funding until 2009, at such time as
11 a new or maybe the present cable operator is
12 selected or perhaps a new one and the cable
13 franchise fee has been altered to include
14 funding of Electric City TV, so I know
15 that's a rather lengthy explanation, but I
16 did want you to understand that council has
17 had involvement as much as we, you know,
18 possibly can and we are going to continue to
19 be involved.
20 MR. UNGVARKSY: Well, thank you, but
21 it's still --
22 MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mr.
23 Ungvarsky --
24 MR. UNGVARSKY: -- that Channel 61 is
25 having a problem.
1 MS. EVANS: Yes.
2 MR. MCGOFF: And we're deducting
3 that time from your motion. Anyone else?
4 Nelson? I'm sorry.
5 MR. ANCHERANI: For what?
6 MS. EVANS: My explanation.
7 MR. ANCHERANI: Good evening, Nelson
8 Ancherani, resident and taxpayer, city
9 employee, financial secretary of the FOP
10 exercising my First Amendment Rights. Miss
11 Fanucci, a couple of weeks ago I asked you
12 to give me the page number in the Recovery
13 Plan where there are provisions for union
14 raises and I believe that they were the
15 basis for you saying the mayor did not
16 violate the Recovery Plan.
17 Last week you gave me the page
18 number, the page number was 64, that page 64
19 is -- I read off about personnel costs,
20 there were three more violations there, I
21 just want to remind people, and the
22 violations are over the 4 million mark. You
23 also referred to "they". Now, you told me
24 that you read a Recovery Plan, but they told
25 you the page numbers, who are "they"?
1 MS. FANUCCI: Ask me the question
2 again? Who are "they"?
3 MR. ANCHERANI: That told you the
4 page numbers because you said you read the
5 Recovery Plan.
6 MS. FANUCCI: I'd been working -- I
7 called PEL on this to find out exactly what
8 they felt, if he was in violation of the
9 Recovery Plan, if they felt that what he did
10 was in violation of the Recovery Plan, they
11 said, no, and they recited where that was
12 and that was if negotiations were settled,
13 which were not, that was to be what would be
14 the structure. Because nothing was signed
15 and settled, that obviously was not, you
16 know, didn't make a set schedule on what the
17 numbers were. That's from what I was told,
18 and so that was PEL.
19 In other words, PEL doesn't know
20 that the Recovery Plan was violated three
21 different times because for 2004, 200 and
22 some thousand was allocated in the Recovery
23 Plan, and city spent over a million dollars
24 in raises, same with 2005, 2006, that's
25 where the $4 million extra comes up besides
1 what they put in as the cap.
2 MS. FANUCCI: Right, it was the cap
3 for the union negotiations.
4 MR. ANCHERANI: Okay, that TV
5 station that's going to going to come here
6 and going to replace Channel 61, they have
7 90 days from the time the station signed the
8 deal, I believe it's 90 days, they are not
9 going to up and running, so what I'm going
10 to say is we are not going to have a TV
11 station for awhile, so the only thing that
12 people really have is DohertyDeciet.com,
13 that's all I'm going to be able to get it --
14 get the transcripts and get them first.
15 The soldiers, they haven't been paid
16 for over five years now. I mean, we have a
17 treehouse, we have a black fish pond, we
18 have a lot of stuff, those soldiers, it
19 doesn't total $20,000, it's less than
20 $20,000 to make them whole. I don't know
21 why they can't do that.
22 Okay, the 12 million, that 12
23 million plus, my feeling if there is 12
24 million there why can't there be 12 million
25 other places or more in other places? My
1 feeling is also that the 12 million when
2 those auditors come in they are going to
3 find out that most of it, if not all of it,
4 is going be going to the City of Scranton.
5 These municipalities operate on smaller
6 budgets, if they don't get the money that
7 they approximate coming in they are going to
8 be jumping up and down, so I believe that
9 that 12 million plus is going to be the City
10 of Scranton. If it isn't when those
11 auditors check it out, I will be really
13 I'm a conspiracy theorist, I believe
14 that the mayor has been saying for the last
15 seven years -- yeah, seven now, that the
16 city is distressed, the Recovery Plan had to
17 be implemented to get us out of the
18 financial straights we are in, when they
19 find out that that money does belong to the
20 city, or most of it for the city, that
21 should get us out of the distress. I
22 believe the money is there to keep us
23 distressed. And, also, our taxes were
24 raised when they didn't have to be. Maybe I
25 can afford my taxes, but there is people out
1 there that can't. Thank you.
2 MR. MCGOFF: Thank you,
3 Mr. Ancherani.
4 MR. GERVASI: Good evening, city
5 council. My name is Dave Gervasi and I'm a
6 firefighter and a resident of the City of
7 Scranton. Mrs. Fanucci, just a clarify
8 something when you were just talking to
9 Mr. Ancherani, that section of the Recovery
10 Plan that was money that was allocated and I
11 believe you just said for the unionized
13 MS. FANUCCI: It was for -- or any
14 type of arbitration awards or anything that
15 would come out of, you know, it was actually
16 money for negotiations for any type of
17 money, any type of raises, DPW got their
18 raise, it would have been what that was
19 already before.
20 MR. GERVASI: Are aware of the first
21 line of that page where it says --
22 MS. FANUCCI: Yeah.
23 MR. GERVASI: -- that that money was
24 allocated for wage adjustments --
25 MS. FANUCCI: Right.
1 MR. GERVASI: -- for all city
3 MS. FANUCCI: All city employees, but
4 they said because negotiations did not come
5 to fruition with the unions that money and
6 that was not held because of that. If you
7 signed in 2004, 2005 or 2006 that would have
8 been the basis. Because that did not occur,
9 that made that process null and void.
10 MR. GERVASI: So, in other words,
11 those were the parameters that they allowed
12 in the Recovery Plan for, wage adjustments?
13 MS. FANUCCI: For wage adjustments,
14 although, they said like DPW they did --
15 they received more than the wage adjustments
16 as well because they sat down and they
17 negotiated out, they sat down with PEL and
18 PEL --
19 MR. GERVASI: The point I'm trying to
20 make is those were the financial parameters
21 of the Recovery Plan, did you know the first
22 year that that was busted by $46,000. Yes.
23 The next year that number in the Recovery
24 Plan, the parameters, were busted by
25 hundreds of thousands of dollars.
1 MS. FANUCCI: Right.
2 MR. GERVASI: Because of new hires
3 and everyone getting those big giant raises
4 and stuff.
5 MS. FANUCCI: Right. Right. I asked
6 if they felt he was in violation, I mean, I
7 can only ask the questions, Dave that I'm --
8 you know, willing to ask.
9 MR. GERVASI: You are only in
10 violation of the Recovery Plan if DCED says
11 you are. The mayor can take the Recovery
12 Plan as he has done, took probably at least
13 half of it and throw it in the garbage and
14 do whatever he wants. As long as DCED says
15 nothing you are not in violation. That's
16 the sad part of the system.
17 MS. FANUCCI: It's really not DCED
18 it's more would be PEL that would make the
19 recommendations on the violations to DCED.
20 MR. GERVASI: No, PEL is only the
21 plan coordinator, DCED makes all decisions.
22 Secretary Yablonski would be make all
23 decisions, usually through Fred Reading of
25 MS. FANUCCI: Right.
1 MR. GERVASI: They make all the
3 MS. FANUCCI: Okay.
4 MR. GERVASI: I just wanted to
5 clarify that. Just one thing I wanted to
6 say on behalf of all of the firefighters in
7 the City of Scranton, I want to thank four
8 members of this council forwarding that
9 request to the mayor to look into the
10 seriousness of -- they are not allegations
11 to me, I can say they are facts because I
12 know they are, and I want to thank all four
13 of you for taking that serious, and taking
14 the time to look at the allegations and as
15 Mrs. Evans said, the stark differences
16 between the investigation that
17 Mr. Courtright and Mr. McGoff did, the
18 differences in the both sides. It is a
19 serious thing. We expect the mayor to do
20 nothing and then, unfortunately, we are
21 going to take all of those things to
22 arbitration and it will probably be four
23 years before we get any satisfaction -- I'm
24 sorry, two years before we get out any
25 satisfaction, it will be tens of thousands
1 of dollars of legal fees incurred by both
2 sides and we probably won't get any
3 satisfaction and we will continue to have
4 incompetent leadership in our department,
5 but we will continue to push it because that
6 is the mandate our members gave us.
7 I want to make one quick comment on
8 the one person who did not vote for that,
9 Mr. McGoff, although, I humbly will say that
10 it is honorable your loyalty to your friend,
11 but I think you more than anyone who was
12 there and witnessed everything that happened
13 I believe truly in any heart that you
14 understand that our allegations are in fact
15 facts were a problem and they are a very
16 serious problem and I find it unconscionable
17 that you would not at least forward this to
18 the mayor and help these four members, your
19 colleagues, to push that for the mayor to
20 have something done, and what that, that's
21 all I have to say. Thank you.
22 Oh, I have 30 seconds left, I just
23 want to also mention the incredibly
24 nonsensical analogy made last week about
25 having the city work -- I'm sorry, the city
1 administration asking the union to do a no
2 confidence vote on Attorney Tom Jennings,
3 and in case you don't know, and I'm sure you
4 do know, that Tom Jennings does not take
5 firefighters and put them in harm's way, Tom
6 Jennings does not make mistakes on the
7 firefighters, Tom Jennings, in fact, is our
8 lawyer who helps us correct those safety
9 deficiencies, so that analogy didn't quite
10 cut it, and that's all I have to say. Thank
12 MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mr. Gervasi.
13 MR. SLEDENZSKI: Hello, Bill. I'm
14 last tonight, Bob, last but not least. On
15 Friday night Scranton Fire Department versus
16 the Scranton cops, Scranton high school,
17 Doug, good job on that, Doug, I'm proud of
18 you buddy. Keep it up, will you? Thanks,
20 MR. MILLER: You're welcome.
21 MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Chris.
22 Anyone else? Mrs. Evans.
23 MS. EVANS: Good evening. Last week
24 each council person received a copy of the
25 Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease
1 Registry, or ATSDR, Record of Activity, Data
2 Review and Response regarding Daron
3 Northeast Architectural Masonary Products
4 located on Dickson Avenue in Scranton.
5 I wish to read from this reports
6 discussion section and recommendations:
7 "Based on the information reviewed for this
8 report, ATSDR finds a plausible basis for
9 respiratory concerns in residents living
10 immediately adjacent to the site
11 particularly with respect to particulate
12 dust and diesel ignition exposures."
13 Then recommendations: "For the
14 remainder of this facilities' operations at
15 this site local ordinances regarding truck
16 idling should be enforced and the facility
17 should continue it's engineering controls.
18 It is crucial to operate the dust
19 suppression activities effectively to
20 control the particulate ignitions from the
21 property. If new information becomes
22 available to support this activity, for
23 example, the facility does not, in fact,
24 relocate to another location as is currently
25 planned, violations are noted by
1 Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
2 Protection and/or if significant new
3 community concerns arise, ATSDR recommends
4 that environmental agencies conduct air
5 monitoring and/or air modeling at this
6 location to quantify the levels of the air
7 emission effecting this community.
8 For any future businesses that may
9 operate at this location ATSDR recommends
10 that local authorities strictly follow their
11 ordinances and associated best practices
12 regarding the facilities offset distances
13 and appropriate site perimeter construction.
14 Local authorities may also want to consider
15 changing the zoning of this location from
16 light industrial to commercial given the
17 proximity of the surrounding residences and
18 the lack of any other industrial sites in
19 the immediate vicinity."
20 So, in fact, what the neighbors have
21 been reporting for at least my tenure on
22 council has been very accurate and very
23 detrimental to their health. Now, why would
24 such a business be permitted to embed a
25 15-acre masonry facility within a
1 residential neighborhood and a mere 20 feet
2 from a residential home? If the prior
3 planning commission and zoning board enabled
4 this purchase and subsequent operation
5 either directly or indirectly, then those
6 individuals together with this
7 administration had the responsibility to
8 monitor operations and address neighbors
9 health concerns and complaints over the last
10 five years.
11 Daron Northeast will vacate their
12 facility by the conclusion of 2008 at which
13 time the planning commission should
14 recommend a zoning change for the area of
15 Daron Northeast and city council should
16 approve it before any similar business is
17 allowed to purchase this property.
18 Now, returning to the recent
19 discovery by the tax office of approximately
20 is 12.2 million dollars, the reaction of
21 many elected officials and city and school
22 district administrators is to conduct a
23 forensic audit in order to determine dollar
24 amounts owed to appropriate entities and to
25 disperse monies as soon as possible,
1 however, there are issues of internal
2 control that demand equal attention, more
3 specifically, investigation and resolution.
4 Why would the mayor fail to provide funds to
5 conduct annual audits of the Single Tax
6 Office? Why would the Pennsylvania Economy
7 League tell the city controller not to
8 proceed with these annual audits? Why
9 wouldn't council's independent auditor
10 discover the account in Fidelity Bank until
11 Mr. McDowell supplied them only with basic
12 information, for example, only a copy of the
13 tax revenue check minus supporting
15 Again, why didn't the bank take note
16 of this unusual activity in a sizable
17 account? It doesn't pass the smell test.
18 Ladies and gentlemen, it is insufficient to
19 disburse these monies. It is not enough to
20 audit the Single Tax Office each year going
21 forward and to establish internal controls
22 and oversight. Before we can move forward
23 or try to disbarred this debacle we must
24 have the answers. We must open the window
25 and let the sunshine in on the last three
1 years of business activity in the Single Tax
2 Office. The bottom line is we need an
3 investigation as well as a forensic audit.
4 It's unacceptable for the state or federal
5 government to pass the buck to either the
6 victims or the perpetrators of this outrage.
7 The stench of this will remain until the
8 Attorney General or federal representatives
9 answer all questions and track every morsel
10 of data and communication by means of a
11 comprehensive investigation. Those who are
12 responsible should be held accountable.
13 And so, I move that Scranton City
14 Council sends to District Attorney Jarbola a
15 letter requesting an investigation of the
16 Single Tax Office regarding the discovery of
17 the approximately 12.2 million dollars in a
18 Fidelity bank account and the collection of
19 Act 511 taxes.
20 MR. COURTRIGHT: I'll second that.
21 MR. MCGOFF: On the question?
22 MS. EVANS: Yes. I just wanted to
23 explain one item, I believe that it would be
24 proper procedure to request an investigation
25 of the District Attorney's Office before we
1 would proceed to the Attorney General's
2 Office and so I'm trying to follow the
3 proper protocol.
4 MR. COURTRIGHT: And on the question,
5 I think that there is no choice but to do it
6 that way. I'll tell you why I'm in full
7 favor of this, this is going on five years I
8 have been here now, I have heard over the
9 last five years a lot of comments made about
10 that office, a lot of allegations, and I
11 think most of us heard them and either
12 didn't believe them or felt there was
13 nothing we can do about it, there was
14 nothing for us to prove that there was
15 wrongs doings going on over there, and so
16 they happened, but now with this $12 million
17 coming forward maybe there is some
18 credibility to some of the rumors that we
19 have heard. I'm not saying whether there is
20 or isn't, but this might be the way to
21 finally put them to rest. I don't know if
22 any of you I have heard them, but I have
23 heard them and this might be the way to put
24 it to rest.
25 MS. EVANS: And the only other thing
1 I would like to add is that I did read
2 perhaps in today's paper or maybe it was
3 yesterday's, that the county commissioners
4 are in favor of an investigation.
5 MR. COURTRIGHT: Oh, yeah.
6 MR. MCGOFF: The only thing that I
7 consider is that I'm sure the District
8 Attorney is probably going to want to wait
9 until the audit is conducted. I have
10 nothing against, you know, requesting an
11 investigation, but I do think that they will
12 probably wait until the forensic audit is
13 done before they begin the investigation.
14 MS. EVANS: And that's certainly a
15 consideration that had occurred even to
16 myself earlier today and that may well be
17 the case, but on the other hand, it seems
18 that the audit and the investigation could
19 work well hand-in-hand and this is in
20 addition very poor analogy for me to make
21 because in no way am I implying that a crime
22 has been committed, but once you tamper with
23 the crime scene then it's very difficult to
24 go back and trace exactly what's happened,
25 you know, or let's say once the body has
1 been embalmed it's very difficult if not
2 impossible to conduct a proper autopsy, so I
3 do think both should go hand-in-hand.
4 MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else? Would you
5 restate the motion just for the record?
6 MS. EVANS: I shall try.
7 MR. MCGOFF: Thank you.
8 MS. EVANS: I move that Scranton City
9 Council sends to District Attorney Jarbola a
10 letter requesting an investigation of the
11 discovery of approximately 12.2 million
12 dollars in a Fidelity Bank account and the
13 collection of City Act 511 taxes.
14 MR. MCGOFF: The motion has been made
15 and seconded. All in favor signify by
16 saying aye.
17 MS. EVANS: Aye.
18 MS. FANUCCI: Aye.
19 MS. GATELLI: Aye.
20 MR. COURTRIGHT: Aye.
21 MR. MCGOFF: Aye. All Opposed? The
22 ayes have it and so moved.
23 MS. EVANS: Thank you. Next, I have
24 two quick updates on citizen's requests.
25 This concerns the corner of Luzerne Street
1 and 14th Avenue. The letter is from
2 Mr. Seitzinger and he agreed there were
3 garbage cans and recycling bins remaining on
4 the sidewalk at all times and it was
5 littered with broken concrete, old water
6 heaters, etcetera, and on February 22,
7 housing inspector Don McKeean was sent to
8 the property and photographed and sent a
9 report to the owner of the property
10 reflecting what he had seen. Mr. McKeean is
11 monitoring the situation and we will
12 continue to address this issue. Moreover,
13 if the property owner does not comply with
14 the request of the City of Scranton
15 regarding this issue, citations will be
17 Also, there has been progress
18 according to city inspector Jeff Liptai
19 concerning the blight problems in the 100
20 block of Masters Street.
21 And, finally, I have some citizens
22 requests for this past week. A letter to
23 Mr. Brazil, please provide city council with
24 the 2008 paint paving list as soon as
25 possible and if council is in agreement that
1 letter could be sent on behalf of the entire
3 MS. FANUCCI: Yes.
4 MS. EVANS: Also, residents report
5 that the 21 and 2200 blocks of Shawnee
6 Avenue and the four on 500 blocks of Depot
7 Street in this desperate need of paving.
8 Residents of the Plot were told that street
9 paving would occur following completion of
10 the flood project in their neighborhood.
11 They request patching of potholes until the
12 paving occurs.
13 Also, the 1600 block of Muncy Avenue
14 is a washboard which reveals exposed bricks
15 and requires paving or patching. The 15 and
16 1600 blocks of North Washington Avenue
17 require patching. A letter to Mr. Renda,
18 and again, if council is in agreement we
19 could send this on behalf of all of us, for
20 one account and line item in the 2008
21 operating budget was the SIT award for the
22 police department taken? Please provide a
23 written response on or before April 4, 2008.
24 Is that agreeable?
25 MR. COURTRIGHT: We sent that last
2 MS. EVANS: Oh, I didn't realize you
4 MR. COURTRIGHT: We didn't get an
5 answer yet.
6 MS. EVANS: Okay. Well, then we'll
7 wait and see if you get your answer and if
8 you don't this will be the follow-up.
9 Contact Mr. McMullen about placing a new
10 one-way sign at the top of the 300-block of
11 16th Avenue. Drivers ignore the old sign
12 and turn right according to the residents of
13 the area.
14 A letter to Mr. Seitzinger regarding
15 problems at a residents on East Mountain
16 Road and a letter is attached explaining
17 that, Kay.
18 Finally, a letter to Robert Rossi
19 and Company and, again, if you are in
20 agreement this could be sent on behalf of
21 the entire council, what information was
22 provided to you by the Single Tax Office for
23 the years 2005 and 2006 regarding Act 511
24 taxes for the City of Scranton? In light of
25 the recent discovery of over $12 million by
1 the Single Tax Office what procedures will
2 you employ to ensure proper Act 511 tax
3 reports in future independent audits and to
4 address problems of internal control on the
5 city's part? Is this agreeable?
6 MS. FANUCCI: Yes.
7 MS. EVANS: Oh, thank you then Kay
8 that could go from the entire council as
9 well, and that's it.
10 MR. MCGOFF: Mrs. Gatelli?
11 MS. GATELLI: I received an answer
12 last week when I spoke of Comcast and that
13 we are not getting all of the channels and
14 the TV guide is gone and they said that they
15 did notify the customers and you can request
16 a converter box to be put on your television
17 and it digitizes the television and in
18 addition to what you already receive as part
19 of your basic cable you will also get the TV
20 guide, 47 music channels as well as the On
21 Demand channels which will be available to
22 you at no extra cost. The boxes will be
23 free for one year from when you receive them
24 and then $2.00 per month after the first
25 year. Comcast ran into problems because
1 they didn't have enough boxes, so there is a
2 waiting list and you can call 1-800-COMCAST
3 and request this box to put on your
5 The next thing is there is a
6 three-point shootout this Saturday,
7 March 29, at the Holy Rosary Hall on Market
8 Street. It's a benefit for the Martin
9 Knottenberg Tragedy Fund Organization. The
10 signups are for ten year olds and under,
11 begins at eight in the morning, the event
12 starts at nine with the youngest children
13 competing first. The age groups are ten and
14 under, 12 and under, 14 and under and 15 and
15 over. They will have basket raffles and a
16 football signed by Mike Munchank. Last year
17 they raised over $7,000 and helped 14
18 families cope with tragedies on the
19 Christmas holidays. You can call 347-0808
20 to participate and make a denotation.
21 I'd like to thank everyone that
22 helped at the Easter egg hunt. We had over
23 100 children at Connell Park. Helpers were
24 Doug Hein, Jeff White, Doug Miller, the
25 South Side Jets organization and the South
1 Side Residents Association so it was very
2 nice and the kids really had a good time.
3 It was a little muddy, but they managed to
4 pull through it.
5 This week at the Broadway Theatre is
6 the Rat Pack, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra,
7 and I don't know the rest, Joey Biship, and
8 it's Friday at 8, Saturday at 2 and 8 and
9 Sunday at 2 and 7. And also on Saturday
10 morning which is great owe program for the
11 kids, I take my grandsons and they really
12 enjoy it, this week they are having the "Ant
13 and the Grasshopper" and that's at 11:00
14 upstairs on the third floor in the Cultural
16 I'd like to congratulate one of our
17 students at West Scranton High School,
18 Lennie Venchuquera, he was student of the
19 week in the Scranton Times this past week.
20 I'd like to ask you to please pray for
21 my friend that we prayed for last week that
22 was very ill, he had passed away, John
23 D'Angelo. He was a great teacher in the
24 Scranton School District and he will be
25 sorely missed and he did hear us pray for
1 him and his funeral -- and he was very happy
2 that we had mentioned him name, so we buried
3 him this morning and please continue to pray
4 for everyone that's suffering in our
5 community and everyone that has died.
6 I'd like to send a letter to Neil
7 Alteiri, for those of who don't know him he
8 is a barber over on Spruce Street. I had
9 the boys there for their hair cuts and he
10 told me that on February 6 he had been in
11 business for 40 years on Spruce Street
12 cutting hair for people, so if you would
13 oblige me I'd like to send a letter of
14 congratulations for being, you know, a
15 business owner in Scranton for 40 years.
16 It's quite an accomplishment, and he is not
17 a bad barber either.
18 They are doing a project over in
19 South Side for those of you that travel from
20 South Side to West Side in the morning or
21 any other time right by Mr. Z's, the bridge
22 is closed. They are replacing pipes,
23 utility pipes, and they probably will be
24 there for the rest of the week, so try to
25 avoid the bridge going over to the Eynon
1 Street viaduct. It is a very, very big
2 inconvenience and it took me 35 minutes to
3 get home today which usually takes me about
4 six minutes, so try to leave ahead of time
5 because it's really backed up.
6 Chris Bavelin, I got some calls on
7 Chris Bavelin, and the bridge is in the
8 design phase. It is going to be replaced.
9 It is being paid for by FEMA and it is in
10 the design phase so it will take a little
11 more time.
12 I asked Kay to please call the
13 Single Tax Office from questions I had last
14 week and she did call and we asked what name
15 was on the account. The answer was,
16 "The Single Tax Office." And we asked who
17 made the deposits and I was told the
18 employees, and that's all they would tell
19 Kay, so we did follow-up with a letter from
20 myself as the finance chair.
21 I also, in addition to what
22 Mrs. Evans made a motion for tonight,
23 someone told me that the solicitor from the
24 tax office was present at the school board
25 meeting and gave some remarks and some
1 comments about what was going on and I'd
2 like to make a motion to invite him here
3 since we will be the recipient I think of
4 the bulk of that money that if he went to
5 the school board I'm sure that he would have
6 no problem coming here and discussing that
7 with city council, so if everyone would
8 agree we would send a letter and have the
9 solicitor meet with council to discuss the
10 problems of the tax office. Thank you very
12 And the last thing is we will be
13 having our drama, our musical, at West
14 Scranton High School this year it's "Charlie
15 and the Chocolate Factory" and it will be
16 April 18, 19 and 20, $3.00 prepaid and $5.00
17 at the door, and that's all I have. Thank
18 you very much.
19 MR. MCGOFF: Mrs. Fanucci?
20 MS. FANUCCI: I actually only have
21 one issue, I think everyone will be happy to
22 know that finally Southern Union, as we have
23 read, has been sold and I think in this
24 forum we can finally say thank you, God,
25 because it seems to have been something that
1 was brought up every single week. I just
2 want to thank Mr. Donovan for believing in
3 the city and putting his money in the city.
4 A lot of times it's easy to say and
5 criticize, but for someone who is actually
6 believing in us and I just want to thank
7 him. And also want to put a little bit of a
8 misrumor on why his other building has not
9 been underway, he has been waiting for the
10 Lackawanna bridge to be finished before he
11 puts that other -- that other project into
12 spin, so I just want to thank him and
13 hopefully the businesses that come here will
14 bring some jobs which we desperately need
15 and maybe some better jobs I should say, and
16 I think it's a wonderful thing finally the
17 white elephant as it's been termed here week
18 after week is finally gone, although, it was
19 a private building, it was not ours, but I'm
20 just happy to see that progress is still
21 taking place, and that is all I have. Thank
23 MR. MCGOFF: Mr. Courtright.
24 MR. COURTRIGHT: Just to stay with
25 Sherry there for a minute, I'm glad that it
1 was somebody local --
2 MS. FANUCCI: Me, too.
3 MR. COURTRIGHT: -- that bought the
4 building, it just makes she feel a little
5 bit better about it and Mrs. Fanucci is 100
6 percent correct, I had talked to Mr. Donovan
7 on many occasions I just -- I really like
8 that building that he has near the bridge
9 down there and that was the reason for him
10 not going forward is he has had several
11 chain restaurants or larger restaurants
12 offer to go into that building, but they
13 didn't want to start renovating it and then
14 all of sudden they start repairing the
15 bridge and being a new business thing, so
16 that's definitely why he hasn't gone forward
17 with that, I've talked with him on many
19 Mr. Powell was here earlier talking
20 about the meeting that they are having back
21 at the Keyser Valley Community Center, I
22 don't think Mr. Skantos nor anyone else need
23 be afraid of getting yelled at or anything
24 at that meeting. I have been to a couple of
25 Mary Alice's meetings, she doesn't allow
1 them to get out of control. You start
2 getting out of control she starts yelling
3 and kind of calms down, so I think you will
4 okay, Mr. Skantos, if you decide to go to
5 that meeting.
6 I don't know how we would do this, I
7 don't think we need to do this at a city
8 council meeting, I think a lot of the
9 questions that have come here since I have
10 been sitting here are about OECD, OECD
11 projects, OECD money, if somehow if
12 Mrs. Aebli could hold a meeting, I'm not
13 saying at a city council meeting, because I
14 just think it would take too long, to use
15 these chambers and hold a meeting to explain
16 to the public, you know, how the process
17 works. I have had a lot of things explained
18 to me and I just don't feel that I would
19 translate that good enough to make you
20 understand it, some of it are really
21 complicated, but maybe she would be able to
22 come here and set a date and time and she
23 could announce and she could sit up here and
24 explain, I don't if she would want to go
25 through a question and answer, probably not,
1 but if she didn't just explain from when a
2 project starts and take it through it's
3 entire time and what happens if they
4 default, and just the whole nine yards
5 because a bulk of the questions that we get
6 are about 0ECD and 0ECD money. It seems
7 sometimes like OECD money is the only thing
8 keeping this city afloat, that and
10 And I always try to get back on
11 saying good about the employees in this
12 city, one guy that I neglected over the
13 years and I think there has been more than
14 one that has sat in that office is the
15 animal control officer, Shawn Lavoe. He
16 responds quicker than just about I ever had
17 to asked to do something for me in this
18 city, so he responded to a cat problem that
19 Kay called him for me and within minutes,
20 back in the Keyser Valley section, so,
21 Shawn, I would just like to thank you for
22 all you do. I think there should be more
23 than one of you and I think it's probably
24 the most undesirable job in this city, and
25 that's all I have. Thank you.
1 MR. MCGOFF: Just to catch up on a
2 couple of things, Mrs. Schumacher asked
3 about the money for the firefighters'
4 memorial and I will look into that. I
5 believe that the money is still there and
6 that the actual plans for the memorial have
7 been expanded which is why the Junior
8 Council has taken on a fundraiser to
9 supplement the money that was put aside, but
10 I believe that the plans are still there for
11 the firefighters' memorial. I think that
12 they have been altered somewhat in terms of
13 where it was going to be placed, thus
14 prolonging the process a little bit, but
15 just I will look for an update for you, but
16 I'm pretty sure that this is the case.
17 MS. GATELLI: That's the reason.
18 MR. MCGOFF: Mrs. Garvey, do we have
19 anyone, and I'm going to put you on the spot
20 here for a second, do we have anyone coming
21 for a caucus next week --
22 MS. GARVEY: No.
23 MR. MCGOFF: -- that you know? It
24 was brought up tonight about ECTV and
25 Channel 61, I'm going to ask if council
1 members would perhaps arrive a little bit
2 early so that we can talk about ECTV and the
3 oversight committee and any other provisions
4 so that we can keep public access channel
5 open and also look into the committee that
6 we can do that next week during caucus; and
7 also, Mr. Courtright did and I did ask last
8 week, and I forgot about it myself, for
9 members to the oversight committee that
10 perhaps next week we can finalize that a
11 little bit and perhaps talk about provisions
12 of what the motion would be to create the
14 And, again, during the process
15 perhaps if any of us can get information
16 concerning the status of Channel 61 and how
17 it's going to be -- how the transition will
18 take place and when it will take place. And
19 somebody did mention the Voter Registration,
20 I just happened to or voting in the primary,
21 I just happened catch on the news that in
22 Luzerne County they had somewhere over 3,000
23 new registrations during, you know, prior to
24 today or yesterday I guess was the last day,
25 prior to yesterday for new registrations. I
1 don't know what the numbers were in
2 Lackawanna County, but certainly this
3 primary election has generated a great deal
4 of interest and hopefully that interest will
5 carry over to the future elections and those
6 people that registered for this election as
7 new registrants will continue to vote and
8 continue to stay on the voting roles.
9 I did want to just mention that
10 there was some I guess some criticism of the
11 controller's office, the city controller's
12 office not conducting the audits and I
13 mentioned it last week, I really believe
14 that the Home Rule Charter was probably very
15 well-intended, I don't know the reasons why
16 the audits have not been conducted since
17 2004 I believe was the last one, but I do
18 think that it is a task beyond the city
19 controller to do alone and certainly I think
20 it, again, needs to be a collective venture
21 between the or among the three taxing bodies
22 and, as I said last week, I think that we
23 should look into that for the future.
24 And another mention was made about
25 the $12 million that was -- or some mention
1 was made of money from the Single Tax Office
2 that was being kept. The account is being
3 held in Fidelity Bank and I was called and
4 just wanted to clarify what was said about
5 the interest on that money. Over the course
6 since 2005, it has averaged --
7 money deposited at Fidelity Bank by the
8 Single Tax Office has averaged around
9 3.68 percent while it is in that account,
10 and in 2007 somewhere around $790,000 in
11 interest was accrued on accounts through the
12 Single Tax Office. They just wanted people
13 to be aware of that, that it was not added
14 at an extremely low interest rate, but that
15 it was at market rates that had been
16 established through, and I forget the
17 procedure, but it was based on market
18 interest rates.
19 And the last thing, I'm sorry that
20 my analogy was not adequate, I'll try better
21 or I'll try and do better in the future with
22 my analogies.
23 And the meeting with OECD, perhaps
24 what we -- for lack of a better term perhaps
25 we could conduct something of a town meeting
1 with the staff at OECD, that perhaps I could
2 look into when they might be willing to do
3 this and advertise so that, you know, people
4 can be more aware of what they do and how
5 their business is conducted and let's see
6 what it is that they would be willing to do
7 in terms of question and answer or
8 presentation and I think that's a good idea.
9 And that is all I have. Thank you.
10 MS. GARVEY: FIFTH ORDER. NO
11 BUSINESS AT THIS TIME.
12 SIXTH ORDER. NO BUSINESS AT THIS
13 TIME. SEVENTH ORDER. 7-A. FOR
14 CONSIDERATION BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE
15 FOR ADOPTION - FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 16, 2008
16 - CREATING AND ESTABLISHING SPECIAL CITY
17 ACCOUNT NO. 02.229588 ENTITLED, "CITY OF
18 SCRANTON ARSON TASK FORCE ACCOUNT" FOR THE
19 RECEIPT AND DISBURSEMENT OF GRANT FUNDS FROM
20 THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC
21 DEVELOPMENT (DCED) FOR THE CITY OF SCRANTON
22 ARSON TASK FORCE.
23 MR. MCGOFF: What is the
24 recommendation of the Chairperson for the
25 Committee on Finance?
1 MS. FANUCCI: As Chairperson for the
2 Committee on Finance I recommend -- I'm
3 reading the DCED one. Go ahead.
4 MS. GATELLI: As chair for the
5 Committee on Finance, I recommend final
6 passage of Item 7-A.
7 MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.
8 MR. MCGOFF: On the question? Roll
9 call, please.
10 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mrs. Evans.
11 MS. EVANS: Yes.
12 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mrs. Gatelli.
13 MS. GATELLI. Yes.
14 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mrs. Fanucci.
15 MS. FANUCCI: Yes.
16 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mr. Courtright.
17 MR. COURTRIGHT: Yes.
18 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mr. McGoff.
19 MR. MCGOFF: Yes. I hereby declare
20 Item 7-A legally and lawfully adopted.
21 MS. GARVEY: 7-B. FOR CONSIDERATION
22 BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE FOR ADOPTION -
23 FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 17, 2008 - AUTHORIZING
24 THE MAYOR AND OTHER APPROPRIATE CITY
25 OFFICIALS OF THE CITY OF SCRANTON TO ACCEPT
1 AND DISBURSE GRANT FUNDS FROM THE DEPARTMENT
2 OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (DCED)
3 FOR THE CITY OF SCRANTON ARSON TASK FORCE.
4 MR. MCGOFF: Mrs. Gatelli, as the
5 Chairperson for the Committee on Finance,
6 what is your recommendation?
7 MS. GATELLI: As Chair for the
8 Committee on Finance, I recommend final
9 passage of 7-B.
10 MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.
11 MR. MCGOFF: On the question. Roll
12 call, please.
13 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mrs. Evans.
14 MS. EVANS: Yes.
15 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mrs. Gatelli.
16 MS. GATELLI. Yes.
17 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mrs. Fanucci.
18 MS. FANUCCI: Yes.
19 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mr. Courtright.
20 MR. COURTRIGHT: Yes.
21 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mr. McGoff.
22 MR. MCGOFF: Yes. I hereby declare
23 Item 7-B legally and lawfully adopted.
24 MS. GARVEY: 7-C. FOR CONSIDERATION
25 BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE FOR ADOPTION -
1 FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 18, 2008 - AUTHORIZING
2 THE MAYOR AND OTHER APPROPRIATE CITY
3 OFFICIALS OF THE CITY OF SCRANTON TO ACCEPT
4 AND DISBURSE GRANT FUNDS FROM U.S.
5 DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY FEMA GRANT.
6 MR. MCGOFF: What is the
7 recommendation of the Chairperson for the
8 Committee on Finance?
9 MS. GATELLI: As Chair for the
10 Committee on Finance I recommend final
11 passage of 7-C.
12 MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.
13 MR. MCGOFF: On the question. Roll
14 call, please.
15 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mrs. Evans.
16 MS. EVANS: Yes.
17 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mrs. Gatelli.
18 MS. GATELLI. Yes.
19 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mrs. Fanucci.
20 MS. FANUCCI: Yes.
21 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mr. Courtright.
22 MR. COURTRIGHT: Yes.
23 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mr. McGoff.
24 MR. MCGOFF: Yes. I hereby declare
25 Item 7-C legally and lawfully adopted.
1 MS. GARVEY: 7-D. FOR CONSIDERATION
2 BY THE COMMITTEE ON RULES FOR ADOPTION -
3 FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 19, 2008 - AUTHORIZING
4 THE MAYOR AND OTHER APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS OF
5 THE CITY OF SCRANTON TO ENTER INTO LEASE
6 AGREEMENTS WITH VARIOUS LITTLE LEAGUE,
7 TEENER LEAGUE, MISS-E LEAGUES, AND JUNIOR
8 AND/OR MIDGET FOOTBALL LEAGUE ASSOCIATIONS
9 FOR USE OF CITY OWNED PROPERTY IN CONNECTION
10 WITH APPROVED LITTLE LEAGUE, TEENER LEAGUE,
11 MISS-E LEAGUE, AND JUNIOR AND/OR MIDGET
12 FOOTBALL LEAGUE ACTIVITIES FOR A THREE-YEAR
13 PERIOD COMMENCING APRIL 15, 2008 AND ENDING
14 APRIL 14, 2011.
15 MR. MCGOFF: As Chairperson for the
16 Committee on Rules, I recommend final
17 passage of Item 7-D.
18 MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.
19 MR. MCGOFF: On the question? Roll
20 call, please.
21 MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.
22 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mrs. Evans.
23 MS. EVANS: Yes.
24 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mrs. Gatelli.
25 MS. GATELLI. Yes.
1 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mrs. Fanucci.
2 MS. FANUCCI: Yes.
3 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mr. Courtright.
4 MR. COURTRIGHT: Yes.
5 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mr. McGoff.
6 MR. MCGOFF: Yes. I hereby declare
7 Item 7-D legally and lawfully adopted.
8 MS. GARVEY: 7-E. FOR CONSIDERATION
9 BY THE COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
10 FOR ADOPTION - FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 20. 2008
11 - AMENDING FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 49, 2006,
12 ENTITLED, "AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE
13 MAYOR AND OTHER APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS OF THE
14 CITY OF SCRANTON TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY
15 ACTIONS TO IMPLEMENT THE CONSOLIDATED
16 SUBMISSION FOR COMMUNITY PLANNING AND
17 DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS (AS AMENDED) TO BE
18 FUNDED UNDER THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK
19 GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM, HOME INVESTMENT
20 PARTNERSHIP (HOME) PROGRAM AND EMERGENCY
21 SHELTER GRANT (ESG) PROGRAM", BY
22 TRANSFERRING $239,156.45 FROM PROJECT NO.
23 95-003.2 AND $74,470.75 FROM PROJECT NO.
24 01-026 AND $30,000.00 FROM PROJECT NO.
25 01-96,1 and $85.82 FROM PROJECT NO. 05-215
1 AND $56,286.98 FROM PROJECT NO. 05-15 TO
2 PROJECT NO. 07-19 PURCHASE OF A FIRE TRUCK.
3 MR. MCGOFF: What the recommendation
4 of the Chairperson for the Committee on
5 Community Development.
6 MS. FANUCCI: As Chair for the
7 Committee on Community Development, I
8 recommend final passage of Item 7-E.
9 MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.
10 MR. MCGOFF: On the question? Roll
11 call, please.
12 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mrs. Evans.
13 MS. EVANS: Yes.
14 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mrs. Gatelli.
15 MS. GATELLI. Yes.
16 MS. MAGNOTTA: Ms. Fanucci.
17 MS. FANUCCI: Yes.
18 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mr. Courtright.
19 MR. COURTRIGHT: Yes.
20 MS. MAGNOTTA: Mr. McGoff.
21 MR. MCGOFF: Yes. I hereby declare
22 Item 7-E legally and lawfully adopted. I
23 take a motion for adjournment?
24 MR. COURTRIGHT: So moved.
25 MR. MCGOFF: Thank you.
2 C E R T I F I C A T E
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
CATHENE S. NARDOZZI
13 OFFICIAL COURT REPORTER