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            1              SCRANTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

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            5                          HELD:

 

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            7                  Tuesday, March 25, 2008

 

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            9                        LOCATION:

 

           10                    Council Chambers

 

           11                 Scranton City Hall

 

           12              340 North Washington Avenue

 

           13                Scranton, Pennsylvania

 

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                            CATHENE S. NARDOZZI- COURT REPORTER

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            2   CITY OF SCRANTON COUNCIL:

 

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                MR. ROBERT MCGOFF, PRESIDENT

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            6   MS. JUDY GATELLI, VICE-PRESIDENT

 

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                MS. JANET E. EVANS

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            9   MS. SHERRY FANUCCI

 

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                MR. WILLIAM COURTRIGHT

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           12   MS. KAY GARVEY, CITY CLERK

 

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                MS. SUE MAGNOTTA, ASSISTANT CITY CLERK

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           15   MR. AMIL MINORA, SOLICITOR

 

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            1   (Pledge of Allegiance recited and moment of reflection

 

            2   observed.)

 

            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


 

 

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            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

 

           23              order.

 

           24                      MR. MCGOFF: Fourth order.  Citizens

 

           25              participation.  Doug Miller.


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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

 

           11              up.

 

           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


 

 

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            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

 

           14              prosecuted.

 

           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

 

           25              things.


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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.


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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

 

            9              got.

 

           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


 

 

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            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

 

           14              careful.

 

           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


 

 

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            1              myself so --

 

            2                      MR. STUCKER: I don't care anything,

 

            3              I don't care what, McGoff, I don't care.

 

            4              Something.

 

            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.


 

 

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            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

 

           17              Courtright.

 

           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,


 

 

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            1              Chief Davis' and the firefighters, politics

 

            2              suck.

 

            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,


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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

 

           11              you?

 

           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


 

 

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            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

 

           20              adolescent.

 

           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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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

 

            7              theirs.

 

            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

 

           23              you.

 

           24                      MS. EVANS: Mr. Sbaraglia, before you

 

           25              leave I just wanted you to know that the


 

 

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            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

 

           13              building.

 

           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,


 

 

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            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?


 

 

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            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

 

           17              name.

 

           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


 

 

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            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

 

           12              that?

 

           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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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

 

           23              heart.

 

           24                      MS. FRANUS:  The reason I say that

 

           25              is because there are certain things in the


 

 

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            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

 

           22              nothing.

 

           23                      MS. GATELLI:  I'll have him

 

           24              investigate if you think that they should

 

           25              have come here, but --


 

 

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            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.


 

 

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            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

 

           16              question--

 

           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


 

 

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            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

 

           24              finish.

 

           25                      MS. FRANUS: Well, you may--


 

 

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            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

 

            5              continue.

 

            6                      MS. FRANUS: Thank you.

 

            7                      MS. GATELLI:  Name calling is

 

            8              against the rules.

 

            9                      MS. FRANUS: No, it isn't.  I'm

 

           10              sorry.

 

           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.


 

 

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            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

 

           10              subpoenas.

 

           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

 

           25              taxes.


 

 

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            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

 

           17              order.

 

           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

 

           22              order.

 

           23                      MS. GATELLI: This goes on every

 

           24              week.  Every week, but that's all --

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF: Please.


 

 

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            1                      MS. FRANUS:  If the shoes fits wear

 

            2              it.

 

            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

 

            9              unreportable.)

 

           10                      MR. MCGOFF: Stop.  We're done.  It's

 

           11              finished.

 

           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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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

 

            5              you.

 

            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


 

 

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            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

 

            8              remain?

 

            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


 

 

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            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

 

            7              anything.

 

            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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.


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            1              amount of paperwork in itself is going to

 

            2              dictate somebody take some form of action,

 

            3              okay?

 

            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.


 

 

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            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.


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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

 

           13              list.

 

           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.


 

 

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            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

 

           15              performance.

 

           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.


 

 

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            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.


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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

 

           13              done.

 

           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.


 

 

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            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

 

           11              city.

 

           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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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

 

            7              you.

 

            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


 

 

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            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

 

           23              legislation.

 

           24                      In addition to that, if $300,000

 

           25              were to be awarded to Electric City TV in


 

 

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            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.


 

 

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            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"?


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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

 

           12              surprised.

 

           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


 

 

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            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

 

           12              negotiations?

 

           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.


 

 

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            1                      MR. GERVASI:  -- for all city

 

            2              employees.

 

            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.


 

 

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            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

 

           24              DCED.

 

           25                      MS. FANUCCI: Right.


 

 

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            1                      MR. GERVASI: They make all the

 

            2              decisions.

 

            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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

 

           11              you.

 

           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,

 

           19              Dougie.

 

           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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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,


 

 

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            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

 

           14              documentation.

 

           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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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

 

           16              issued.

 

           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


 

 

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            1              letter could be sent on behalf of the entire

 

            2              council?

 

            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


 

 

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            1              week.

 

            2                      MS. EVANS: Oh, I didn't realize you

 

            3              did.

 

            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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

 

            4              television.

 

            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


 

 

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            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

 

           15              Center.

 

           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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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

 

           11              much.

 

           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


 

 

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            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

 

           22              you.

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF: Mr. Courtright.

 

           24                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Just to stay with

 

           25              Sherry there for a minute, I'm glad that it


 

 

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            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

 

           18              occasions.

 

           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


 

 

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            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,


 

 

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            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

 

            9              borrowing.

 

           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.


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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

 

           13              committee.

 

           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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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?


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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 -


 

 

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            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.


 

 

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            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.


 

 

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            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


 

 

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            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.


 

 

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

 

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

 

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