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            1              SCRANTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

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            5                          HELD:

 

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            7                   Tuesday, July 1, 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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                MR. NEIL COOLICAN, ASSISTANT CITY CLERK

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           15   MR. AMIL MINORA, SOLICITOR

 

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            1                      (Pledge of Allegiance recited and

 

            2              moment of reflection observed.)

 

            3                      MR. MCGOFF:  Roll call, please.

 

            4                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

            5                      MS. EVANS:  Here.

 

            6                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

            7                      MS. GATELLI.  Here.

 

            8                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

            9                      MS. FANUCCI:  Here.

 

           10                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Here.

 

           12                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF:  Here.  Dispense with

 

           14              the reading of the minutes.

 

           15                      MS. GARVEY: THIRD ORDER.  3-A.

 

           16              MINUTES OF THE COMPOSITE PENSION BOARD

 

           17              MEETING HELD ON MAY 28, 2008.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

           19              If not, received and filed.

 

           20                      MS. GARVEY: 3-B. MINUTES OF THE

 

           21              NON-UNIFORM MUNICIPAL PENSION BOARD MEETING

 

           22              HELD ON MY 28,2008.

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

           24              If not, received and filed.

 

           25                      MS. GARVEY: 3-C. AGENDA FOR THE


 

 

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            1              NON-UNIFORM MUNICIPAL PENSION BOARD MEETING

 

            2              HELD ON JUNE 25, 2008.

 

            3                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

            4              If not, received and filed.

 

            5                      MS. GARVEY: 3-D. MINUTES OF THE

 

            6              FIREMEN'S PENSION COMMISSION MEETING HELD ON

 

            7              APRIL 23, 2008.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

            9              If not, received and filed.

 

           10                      MS. GARVEY: 3-E. MINUTES OF THE

 

           11              FIREMEN'S PENSION COMMISSION MEETING HELD ON

 

           12              MAY 28, 2008.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

           14              If not, received and filed.

 

           15                      MS. GARVEY: That's it for Third

 

           16              Order.

 

           17                      MR. MCGOFF: Any announcements that

 

           18              council members may have?  Mrs. Gatelli?

 

           19                      MS. GATELLI:  On Thursday, July 3

 

           20              the Philharmonic will be playing at the

 

           21              Lackawanna County Stadium at 7:30 followed

 

           22              by a fireworks display.  It's a really

 

           23              wonderful event if you have never been there

 

           24              and it's free to the public and on the

 

           25              Fourth of July at Nay Aug Park at 10:30 they


 

 

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            1              are going to be having the flag ceremony and

 

            2              that's also a wonderful event to celebrate

 

            3              Americanism and all our soldiers that have

 

            4              fought for us.

 

            5                      The other thing I have is there will

 

            6              be an arts festival Saturday and Sunday,

 

            7              July 5 and 6, called the Scrantonhanton

 

            8              festival. It will be in the 300 block of

 

            9              Spruce Street starting at 2:00 p.m. on

 

           10              Saturday and 2:00 p.m. on Sunday.  There

 

           11              will be music, food, arts displays, live

 

           12              poetry and there will be live theatre in the

 

           13              second floor of the Hotel Jermyn which is

 

           14              better known as the Northeast Theatre.  And

 

           15              I think that's all I have.  Thank you.

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else?  Mrs.

 

           17              Evans?

 

           18                      MS. EVANS: There is a gentleman by

 

           19              the name of Allen Rubinstein who is

 

           20              donating.  I don't know if it's a 1999 or

 

           21              2000 Ford Windstar van to any nonprofit in

 

           22              the Scranton area who is in need of

 

           23              transportation.  The van I believe only

 

           24              needs a new transmission and if anyone is

 

           25              interested in receiving that Windstar van as


 

 

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            1              a donation for your nonprofit please contact

 

            2              the Office of City Council.

 

            3                      MR. MCGOFF: Anything else?  Citizens

 

            4              participation.  Fay Franus.

 

            5                      MS. FRANUS:  Fay Franus.  Mrs.

 

            6              Gatelli, as head of finance when can you

 

            7              expect to see legislation come before city

 

            8              council on the $11 million borrowing that

 

            9              the mayor wants?

 

           10                      MS. GATELLI: I don't believe there

 

           11              will be any legislation.

 

           12                      MS. FRANUS:  Pardon me?

 

           13                      MS. GATELLI:  I don't believe you

 

           14              will be seeing any legislation for that.

 

           15                      MS. FRANUS:  May I ask how will they

 

           16              get this money then?  It's in the budget,

 

           17              how will they pay the bills without the

 

           18              borrowing?  Will they be raising taxes?

 

           19                      MS. GATELLI:  I don't believe there

 

           20              is 11 million in the budget.  I don't

 

           21              believe that was the budgeted amount.

 

           22                      MS. FRANUS:  Well, whatever the

 

           23              amount is.

 

           24                      MS. GATELLI: Pardon?

 

           25                      MS. FRANUS:  Whatever the amount,


 

 

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            1              whether it be 5 or 6, whatever, where would

 

            2              this money come from.

 

            3                      MS. GATELLI: Well, we are hoping

 

            4              then will be getting some from the tax

 

            5              office?

 

            6                      MS. FRANUS:  Pardon me?

 

            7                      MS. GATELLI:  From the tax office

 

            8              when that -- -

 

            9                      MS. FRANUS:  The tax office, that's

 

           10              not coming through until 2009 Attorney

 

           11              McGovern says, so you cannot count on that

 

           12              money from the tax office, absolutely not,

 

           13              so where would it come from, possibly

 

           14              raising taxes?  It will not be coming from

 

           15              the tax office.

 

           16                      MS. GATELLI:  If that's the way the

 

           17              mayor proceeds it will be raising his taxes.

 

           18                      MS. FRANUS: So we are getting a tax

 

           19              raise?

 

           20                      MS. GATELLI:  I don't know.

 

           21                      MS. FRANUS:  That's the only other

 

           22              possibility since you said you are not going

 

           23              to borrow and Mrs. Fanucci said she is going

 

           24              to try an implement other plans, there is no

 

           25              way it's coming from that $5 million, there


 

 

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            1              is no way, and you are head of finance, so

 

            2              you should be looking into this.  I never

 

            3              hear you speak about anything on finance

 

            4              ever, so I wish you would start looking into

 

            5              matters like this.

 

            6                      Now, as far as this ECTV thing, I

 

            7              understand that Mark, the executive

 

            8              director, was on the Steve Corbett show and

 

            9              he mentioned that the East Scranton Business

 

           10              Association gave them $10,000.  I would hope

 

           11              that somebody up here on council will look

 

           12              into it and find out if this is a nonprofit,

 

           13              if it isn't nonprofit, where did this money

 

           14              come from North Scranton -- or north -- East

 

           15              Scranton Business Association?  The downtown

 

           16              Business Association doesn't even have that

 

           17              kind of money, so I wish somebody up there

 

           18              would take it up themselves, Mrs. Gatelli,

 

           19              you are finance to find out more about this

 

           20              $10,000.

 

           21                      Also, we got to follow this money

 

           22              and this $90,000 I don't know if you are

 

           23              going to give it to them or you're not going

 

           24              to give it to them, but if you don't give it

 

           25              to them I think it's just a -- I don't know,


 

 

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            1              it's just a political ploy to get elected by

 

            2              saying you are getting that ECTV would go

 

            3              dark and you would like that as well, so

 

            4              there is a little plan here, we won't know

 

            5              until it's happens, but you can bet it's

 

            6              going to be political.

 

            7                      Now, on the other hand, this John

 

            8              Darcy that works there, he is a contractor,

 

            9              he works for himself according to Mark on

 

           10              the radio show, so if this Mr. Darcy is up

 

           11              there doing work and then you give him this

 

           12              money, this $90,000, who is to say where

 

           13              this money is going?  He could write himself

 

           14              a check and say, "Well, I did this, I did

 

           15              this, I did this, I got to write this

 

           16              check," and he owns own all this money in

 

           17              liens, he could be paying his bills off.  I

 

           18              think this $90,000 there should be a trial,

 

           19              there should be absolute accountability for

 

           20              every penny that goes out of this city to

 

           21              pay those people.  Every penny spent should

 

           22              have somebody, and not people appointed by

 

           23              the mayor, because you can see where that's

 

           24              going to go, somebody should be watching

 

           25              that money, I don't know who, but it better


 

 

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            1              be in place if this money is accounted for.

 

            2                   Now, in all other city's across the

 

            3              country these peg stations, their are

 

            4              government programs are viewed anywhere from

 

            5              5 to 10 times a week, not twice as this is.

 

            6              This is going to be once live and then once

 

            7              12 hours later at 6:30 in the morning when

 

            8              the meetings are going to go back to 6:30 at

 

            9              night.  Who is going to see these?  And as

 

           10              far as computers, nobody, rarely anybody in

 

           11              the city has computers, maybe the young

 

           12              kids, but senior citizens and the old

 

           13              people, Mr. McGoff you are making faces, I

 

           14              would take a survey and many, many, many

 

           15              more than not do not have computers nor do

 

           16              they want to watch a council meeting on a

 

           17              computer, they want to see it live, and when

 

           18              they get home from work at 6:30 most people

 

           19              are making their meals, they don't want to

 

           20              be watching, trying to catch one meeting a

 

           21              week.  I think you could do something about

 

           22              that by doing something with an agreement

 

           23              with these people to make it more than twice

 

           24              a week.  This is outrageous and this is a

 

           25              deliberate plan by the mayor to keep what he


 

 

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            1              is doing away from the people.  This is why

 

            2              we are doing this in the first place, you

 

            3              handpicked these people and naturally he is

 

            4              saying, well, he picked them.  He picked the

 

            5              people that picked it, so it's common sense

 

            6              that Mayor Doherty is running this whole

 

            7              show and three folks, Gatelli, McGoff and

 

            8              Fanucci are giving him everything he wants

 

            9              like you always do and you always will, but

 

           10              I want this $90,000 and any other money

 

           11              going out to this station followed, penny by

 

           12              penny and an accounting.

 

           13                      I would like to get on the board of

 

           14              directors of ECTV, I'm making this known

 

           15              right now, volunteer, they are saying we

 

           16              should volunteer the people to keep an eye,

 

           17              I would like to be a member of the board of

 

           18              directors of ECTV before they pick one, so

 

           19              how could anybody say knowing now it's in

 

           20              the early stages I'm putting right on notice

 

           21              now.  I have all of the time in the world

 

           22              and I'm retired and I would like that, so if

 

           23              someone could please get back to me on ECTV.

 

           24              Thank you.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF:  Ozzie Quinn.


 

 

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            1                      MR. QUINN:  Ozzie Quinn, Taxpayers'

 

            2              Association.  First thing I would like to

 

            3              say, as last year the Taxpayers' Association

 

            4              will continue their kids swim for free the

 

            5              first two days will be July -- Saturday,

 

            6              July 12 and Sunday, July 13, from noon to

 

            7              6:00 p.m. Any youth 15 and under may come up

 

            8              Nay Aug Park and swim and use that slide

 

            9              free and it doesn't just mean Scranton, it

 

           10              means all of the boroughs throughout the

 

           11              county or whoever else wants to come up

 

           12              there, we will pay for that, and we want to

 

           13              appreciate and thank the businesses for

 

           14              their involvement in this and individuals.

 

           15                   I do want to talk about the fact that

 

           16              we are in July and we still haven't seen the

 

           17              audit for 2007 and am I'm very much

 

           18              concerned because of the fact that although

 

           19              government officials or CPA's can say we can

 

           20              only look at the principle loan or as I

 

           21              spoke about previously, last audit we were

 

           22              $180 million in debt and now we see that

 

           23              this county is $27 million and the school

 

           24              board is $185 million, so we are very much

 

           25              concerned with the coming of the taxes for


 

 

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            1              next year, the increase in the taxes which

 

            2              we know we are going to get, probably from

 

            3              the school district, and the fact is that we

 

            4              are concerned because of the heating system

 

            5              and this $90,000 that you are spending out,

 

            6              you are sending out to ECTV which should be

 

            7              going for low to moderate income, they

 

            8              should be building up some kind of a surplus

 

            9              to help these low to moderate income that

 

           10              have heating problems during the season.

 

           11                   Now, giving that money to ECTV is like

 

           12              tantamount to what's happening across the

 

           13              country with predatory lenders.  These

 

           14              lenders give money to homeowners, they

 

           15              shouldn't give because their background,

 

           16              their history, their credit rating is not

 

           17              good.  They gave the money to them even

 

           18              though their credit rating they had a bunch

 

           19              of liens, whatever and what happened they

 

           20              are being foreclosed upon now.  Now, that's

 

           21              taxpayers' money and I don't think that we

 

           22              should be giving that money to people who

 

           23              are not worthy financially have a history of

 

           24              doing good in business and have a good

 

           25              credit rating, okay?


 

 

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            1                      Also, I'm awaiting from HUD in

 

            2              regards to that citizen participation end of

 

            3              it, I still feel there needs to be citizen

 

            4              participation.

 

            5                      Now, we are very much concerned

 

            6              about the fact that what's going to happen

 

            7              with this ECTV because of the fact that as

 

            8              Commissioner Munchak cited last week that

 

            9              the county wasn't in the proposal and the

 

           10              taxpayers' association is not in a proposal,

 

           11              and I feel as Mr. Munchak supported us that

 

           12              we should be in part of the ECTV because it

 

           13              is public access TV, and I would like to

 

           14              council to support us, you know, I know you

 

           15              don't like to hear a lot of things

 

           16              especially the mayor of what we say, but we

 

           17              are trying to make people aware in which we

 

           18              are going to continue to demonstrate

 

           19              throughout the year, be it not city hall,

 

           20              but maybe throughout the whole city in

 

           21              regards to making people aware of the

 

           22              financial situation in the City of Scranton

 

           23              and how this mayor is continually putting us

 

           24              deeper and deeper in debt and we cannot

 

           25              continue to do it, we can't continue it with


 

 

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            1              the population dwindling.  You saw the

 

            2              employment rate, you know the economy, you

 

            3              know what's happening in paying your

 

            4              gasoline, your food, what's going to happen

 

            5              after the meeting, we just cannot continue.

 

            6              There has got to be a priority set and if

 

            7              this mayor has not set priorities in 2009

 

            8              and if you people approve it as you have in

 

            9              the past three to two then a lot of people

 

           10              are going to suffer, so start thinking about

 

           11              the people who have elected you and about

 

           12              the people who are making eight dollars a

 

           13              year -- eight dollars an hour job.  Please,

 

           14              okay, we ask you, that's why the Taxpayers'

 

           15              Association is involved.  I don't have no

 

           16              hidden agenda.  A lot of people say, well,

 

           17              you were fired, you did this here, no, not

 

           18              really, and I would debate anybody on

 

           19              anything that I have done and what I have

 

           20              done and why being involved and what I do,

 

           21              you know.

 

           22                      I just feel sorry that ECTV has come

 

           23              on board and now they are advertising as

 

           24              they started last night, I don't know if

 

           25              they're contracting out using that $10,000


 

 

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            1              of OECD money to contract out what they did

 

            2              last night, trying to get businesses, market

 

            3              businesses to pay for their shows.  It's

 

            4              interesting, it's very interesting, but

 

            5              again, don't let a predatory -- don't be

 

            6              predatory lenders, okay?  Thank you very

 

            7              much.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mr. Quinn.

 

            9              Jean Suetta.

 

           10                      MS. SUETTA: Why do you laugh every

 

           11              time I get up here, Billy?

 

           12                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Because I'm afraid

 

           13              of what you are going to say.

 

           14                      MS. SUETTA:  Jean Suetta, Scranton,

 

           15              Pennsylvania, I want to thank you very much

 

           16              for the sign.  We got them in the 1500 block

 

           17              of Gardner Avenue, they forgot the 1400, all

 

           18              well and good the traffic is slowing up.  We

 

           19              need some on Marian Street, they didn't do

 

           20              any there and there is only two blocks of

 

           21              Marian.  Neil, I'm not going to abuse you

 

           22              today because last time I went over there he

 

           23              took my time off me.  Yeah, I had two

 

           24              minutes to go and you called Jimmy Stucker

 

           25              up.


 

 

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            1                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Could you just give

 

            2              the addresses?

 

            3                      MS. SUETTA: No.

 

            4                      MR. COURTRIGHT: To get the signs.

 

            5                      MS. SUETTA: The 100 and 200 block of

 

            6              Marian and 14 of Gardner, and with the TV

 

            7              station you got all of these extra money

 

            8              throw some my way, you know, I'll put the TV

 

            9              on for you.  And, Judy, you said we weren't

 

           10              going to be in the dark this week, well, we

 

           11              are not being televised --

 

           12                      MS. GATELLI: Yes, we are.

 

           13                      MS. SUETTA: But it's going to be an

 

           14              hour late.

 

           15                      MS. GATELLI: I believe it's going to

 

           16              be on time, I think Comcast was trying to

 

           17              get it so it could be live.

 

           18                      MS. SUETTA: Sherry, what about those

 

           19              bids?  The bids?

 

           20                      MS. FANUCCI: Nothing has taken place

 

           21              there, but I still have not heard anything

 

           22              about it, so I will keep you posted if they

 

           23              are or not.

 

           24                      MS. SUETTA: Thanks very much.  Have

 

           25              a good day.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF:  Thank you, Mrs. Suetta.

 

            2                      MS. SUETTA: You owe me three minutes

 

            3              plus two so that's an extra five.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF: Barbara O'Malley.

 

            5                      MS. O'MALLEY:  Yesterday the feed

 

            6              for Scranton Today was pulled and ECTV began

 

            7              broadcasting on Channel 61.  The takeover

 

            8              has been accomplished and, as Mr. Doherty

 

            9              said, only the funding is still in question.

 

           10              In a radio interview on June 26 Mark

 

           11              Migliori, executive director of ECTV, was

 

           12              questioned about the organizations financial

 

           13              status.  He stated that the money -- they

 

           14              had money in the bank because the East

 

           15              Scranton Business Association gifted them

 

           16              $10,000.  He stated he didn't know what the

 

           17              East Scranton Business Association's

 

           18              function was or who was in charge.  He was

 

           19              very vague on the details which seemed odd

 

           20              considering the size of the gift.

 

           21                      It is disconcerting to think that

 

           22              the executive director does not have a

 

           23              working knowledge of the organizations

 

           24              finances.  Will he be responsible for the

 

           25              record keeping and reporting required for


 

 

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            1              the proposed $90,000 OECD loan?  If the

 

            2              executive director doesn't know the details

 

            3              of a $10,000 gift what will happen with the

 

            4              proposed $90,000 loan?  Who is managing the

 

            5              finances for this organization?  Is it John

 

            6              Darcy, ECTV cofounder, board president with

 

            7              a documented history of unpaid bills, failed

 

            8              businesses liens?

 

            9                      The disclosure of the $10,000 gift

 

           10              from the East Scranton Business Association

 

           11              is certainly surprising.  The East Scranton

 

           12              Business Association is a nonprofit

 

           13              organization, a 501-C-6 whose member pay

 

           14              annual dues of $60.  Last fall the East

 

           15              Scranton Business Association was raising

 

           16              funds for the Richter Avenue Common Project

 

           17              which, by the way, is still not complete

 

           18              under Mr. Darcy and Mr. McDonough's

 

           19              tutelage, yet this spring the East Scranton

 

           20              Business Association is donating $10,000 to

 

           21              ECTV.  How did the East Scranton Business

 

           22              Association acquire $10,000 in such a short

 

           23              span of time to donate to ECTV?  Why didn't

 

           24              the organization use the money to complete

 

           25              the commons project?


 

 

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            1                      The president of the board of the

 

            2              East Scranton Business Association revealed

 

            3              that the $10,000 came from Scranton's Office

 

            4              of Economic Development OECD.  The grant

 

            5              money, which many of you know is highly

 

            6              coveted by organizations and civic groups in

 

            7              the city, appears to have been awarded in

 

            8              rather short notice to the East Scranton

 

            9              Business Association and then gifted to

 

           10              ECTV.  Who approved this award?

 

           11              Mr. Migliori implied these funds are being

 

           12              used for startup costs apparently to

 

           13              purchase equipment and renovations at 933

 

           14              Prescott Avenue a property owned by

 

           15              Lackawanna Institute.  A call to OECD for

 

           16              information on this project has not been

 

           17              returned.

 

           18                      The $10,000 OECD awarded to East

 

           19              Scranton Business Association and the

 

           20              subsequent gift to ECTV may not be

 

           21              irregular, but it certainly gives the

 

           22              appearance of subterfuge.  Has the East

 

           23              Scranton Business Association made sizable

 

           24              gifts such as this to other businesses in

 

           25              Scranton.  John Darcy, ECTV's cofounder, the


 

 

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            1              property owner and others associated with

 

            2              ECTV have ties to the East Scranton Business

 

            3              Association.  Did they use their influence

 

            4              to solicit the East Scranton Business

 

            5              Association to become a conduit for funding

 

            6              for ECTV?

 

            7                      The city's financial commitment to

 

            8              ECTV using scarce OECD funds appears to be

 

            9              two-pronged.  The OECD grant to the East

 

           10              Scranton Business Association and the

 

           11              $90,000 loan council is considering.

 

           12              Comments reported in the Times attributed to

 

           13              cofounders John Darcy and Chris Balton as

 

           14              well as Mayor Doherty regarding the startup

 

           15              cash for ECTV have been less than clear.

 

           16              This back door development only adds to the

 

           17              murkiness.

 

           18                      Two weeks ago Annette Palugis spoke

 

           19              from this podium of Mayor Doherty's

 

           20              displeasure with Scranton Today and the

 

           21              individuals associated with the station.

 

           22              Last week I spoke of the deck being stacked

 

           23              against Scranton Today.  In my opinion the

 

           24              circumstances surrounding the East Scranton

 

           25              Business Association gift certainly adds


 

 

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            1              credence to that claim.  Are the taxpayers

 

            2              of this city paying the price for political

 

            3              shenanigans?  Take heed, my fellow

 

            4              Scrantonians, for in this self-proclaimed

 

            5              progressive city the old adage, you can't

 

            6              fight city hall, is alive and well and the

 

            7              cost immeasurable.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you.  I'm sorry, I

 

            9              can't read the next name, is it Tobin?

 

           10                      MR. TOBIN: My name is Edmond Tobin,

 

           11              I'm a resident of Scranton.  We have found

 

           12              $90,000 to give to a television station to

 

           13              broadcast your council meetings and

 

           14              different things which senior citizens like

 

           15              me rely on.  This is public television, but

 

           16              you had a station that I understand has

 

           17              worked for ten years with very little money,

 

           18              so I have a suggestion for you, take that

 

           19              $90,000, fix up your handicapped ramps, your

 

           20              sidewalks in Scranton, go up Mulberry Street

 

           21              here in a wheelchair and see what fun you

 

           22              have.  In wintertime try to get around to go

 

           23              downtown to by groceries.  If it snowstorms

 

           24              forget it, crosswalks you can't get across.

 

           25                   I have called the Public Works


 

 

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            1              Department and complained, the answer I got

 

            2              was, "I've worked for the city for 35 years

 

            3              we never clean crosswalks."How are we

 

            4              supposed to go shopping?  Thanks to Janet

 

            5              she did once speak up for me, remember,

 

            6              Mrs. Evans, when I spoke to you?

 

            7                      MS. EVANS: I remember it well.

 

            8                      MR. TOBIN: And I thank very much,

 

            9              but it's getting to the point we can't get

 

           10              around in Scranton because your sidewalks

 

           11              are unfit, your crosswalks are unfit.  We

 

           12              had a lady from our apartment get killed

 

           13              right over here last December because of

 

           14              crosswalks, because cars don't want to stop

 

           15              for us.  I come down now, I had two cars cut

 

           16              me off at the intersections because I had to

 

           17              take my time to make sure I got around

 

           18              without going into one of your holes and

 

           19              sitting there hoping somebody comes to help

 

           20              me out.  I think it's a disgrace the way

 

           21              this mayor is letting this city fall apart.

 

           22              You people better talk to him and say, look,

 

           23              we've got enough of this complaints, let's

 

           24              do something.  You got a lot in the city

 

           25              here, believe me.  I lived in Honesdale.


 

 

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            1              The parking money in Honesdale went to

 

            2              remove the snow away from the streets.  You

 

            3              get a snowstorm in Honesdale and at least

 

            4              two days after that snowstorm you have no

 

            5              trouble getting around on your streets

 

            6              because they remove the snow and take care

 

            7              of their citizens.

 

            8                      I wish I could go back there, but

 

            9              they don't have the transportation systems

 

           10              and such that you have here, that's why I'm

 

           11              here in order to get around.  It's about

 

           12              time you stop pocketing money for yourselves

 

           13              for the city and could something for the

 

           14              scene or citizens.  Thank you.

 

           15                      MR. MCGOFF: Marie Schumacher.

 

           16                      MS. SCHUMACHER: Good morning.  Marie

 

           17              Schumacher, city resident.  Mrs. Gatelli,

 

           18              last week I asked you as finance chair to

 

           19              let us know what you have done to help the

 

           20              mayor and his administration respond to the

 

           21              request made by the auditor back in February

 

           22              during motions.  However, you failed to

 

           23              respond, so I repeat my request that during

 

           24              motions today you tell us what you are doing

 

           25              to get those responses back to the auditor.


 

 

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            1                   On the issue of renewing the charter of

 

            2              the Recreation Authority which I'm glad to

 

            3              not see on the agenda, when the authority

 

            4              was the overseer of the Municipal Golf

 

            5              Authority there was only one such asset.

 

            6              Now, that the sole role of the Rec Authority

 

            7              is Nay Aug Park I again ask for park parody.

 

            8              The Rec Authority should not be extended

 

            9              until it is expanded to cover all city parks

 

           10              capable of hosting recreational activities.

 

           11                   Now, as to the resolution and ordinance

 

           12              tabled last week to provide $90,000 of tax

 

           13              dollars to ECTV, first I want to thank you

 

           14              for tabling this giveaway of precious tax

 

           15              resources.  Next, I want to point out the

 

           16              fallacy used as the basis of gifting these

 

           17              funds to ECTV, the creation of three low to

 

           18              moderate income jobs.  As two jobs are being

 

           19              eliminated at Scranton Today, there is only

 

           20              one net job being created by ECTV and

 

           21              $90,000 is simply too much for this

 

           22              distressed city to pay for the creation of a

 

           23              single low to moderate income job.

 

           24                      Now, let's move onto the inflated

 

           25              proposal submitted.  During the past week


 

 

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            1              ECTV has admitted that individuals included

 

            2              in their proposal for ECT operations were

 

            3              false.  Chris Balton's role apparently was

 

            4              fulfilled when the inflated proposal was

 

            5              submitted.  The ECTV inflated proposal also

 

            6              includes the purchase of over $50,000 of HD

 

            7              equipment.  Well, the likelihood is that by

 

            8              the time high definition reaches the public

 

            9              access channels any equipment bought now

 

           10              would be sorely outdated.  Cable companies

 

           11              are not required to offer HD bandwidth for

 

           12              peg channels and until and unless that ever

 

           13              happens that precious HD signal bandwidth

 

           14              will be used elsewhere.

 

           15                      We also are being requested to pay

 

           16              utilities for the ECTV studios.  Now, wasn't

 

           17              that clever of Mr. Mansour to give the

 

           18              church to ECTV for only $1 a year when, in

 

           19              fact, he is going to be getting his

 

           20              property, his nontax, nonproperty tax paying

 

           21              property heated so it won't deteriorate by

 

           22              the taxpayers, very clever.

 

           23                      Mr. Tom Welby, who seems to be the

 

           24              selection committee spokesman, has been on

 

           25              talk radio and has said SCTV was eliminated


 

 

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            1              due to past performance.  Now, I ask you

 

            2              which is worse, SCTV's doing a great job

 

            3              with extremely limited resources or ECTV

 

            4              winning with a highly inflated proposal?

 

            5              Let your conscience be your guide should

 

            6              this ever come back to the agenda.  Thank

 

            7              you.

 

            8                      MR. LASKE:  Okay, now, I've heard

 

            9              enough, I'm depressed over what you are

 

           10              going to do with Scranton Tomorrow.  I was

 

           11              one of the people that spent two years

 

           12              working on the Home Rule Charter, I didn't

 

           13              run for a position on the board because I

 

           14              was meeting'd out, and I'll tell you what,

 

           15              if you don't get disgusted around this town

 

           16              I'm trading these glasses in, I'm going to

 

           17              buy a pair of rose-colored ones so I can

 

           18              envision the city the way Mr. Doherty does.

 

           19                   Okay, now, let me switch gears a little

 

           20              bit, you have been chewed on enough today.

 

           21              The cash cow in Scranton that's against

 

           22              nature.  I was born on a farm in

 

           23              Madisonville, Pennsylvania, I worked on

 

           24              farms.  Now, if I could buy cows and milk

 

           25              them the way the city does milk the cash cow


 

 

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            1              she never goes dry.  You are defying nature

 

            2              you three people.  When a cow gets a certain

 

            3              age you have it artificially inseminated and

 

            4              it has a calf.  You can't put the milk in

 

            5              the pail for six weeks because it's special

 

            6              milk that nature provides for the mother to

 

            7              feed the calf.  Why the heck do you people

 

            8              think you are above nature?  The cash cow in

 

            9              this city never dries.  They just keep

 

           10              sucking on the tits.  It's ashame.

 

           11                      I'm 80 years old, I'm not brain dead

 

           12              yet and I have been watching the way you

 

           13              people look at this speakers.  You have no

 

           14              respect for us.  The only time you are aware

 

           15              that Dick Laske is alive is when the tax

 

           16              bill comes due and then when it goes in the

 

           17              tax office where does it go?  It's ashame.

 

           18              Judy, you know me and I know Janet Evans for

 

           19              over 30 years, I have never lied to anybody.

 

           20              I supported you when you ran for election,

 

           21              we'll see what happens next time around.

 

           22              Thank you and have a good day.  I hope you

 

           23              enjoy your vacation you have earned it.

 

           24              David Dobson.

 

           25                      MR. DOBSON: Good evening -- good


 

 

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            1              morning.  I was about to say good evening,

 

            2              but it's way past my bedtime I guess.  I

 

            3              would just like to say one more thing on

 

            4              Channel 61.  This is perfect for people that

 

            5              don't want people to get along with each.

 

            6              It's ashame because I see people being hurt

 

            7              on both sides and it was so totally

 

            8              unnecessary.  I don't see why things

 

            9              couldn't have gone on for many years the way

 

           10              they were and everybody a year or two ago

 

           11              seemed pretty happy with the situation.

 

           12              Now, everybody seems pretty unhappy.

 

           13                      Now, I'd like to speak on something

 

           14              else.  On 5-B I would like to ask that

 

           15              council consider the advantage or

 

           16              possibility thereof of renovation as opposed

 

           17              to new construction of schools, especially

 

           18              aforementioned by council members of high

 

           19              school taxes compared to city maintenance

 

           20              taxes, please use your influence in this

 

           21              matter.

 

           22                      On 7-B, again, I would like to cite

 

           23              brownfield development as opposed to

 

           24              development in rural areas.  In the past I

 

           25              have tried to raise issues and encourage


 

 

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            1              development of industrial parks within the

 

            2              city.  The advantage brownfields are already

 

            3              polluted -- we have plenty of polluted land

 

            4              that could be tested and polluted no

 

            5              further, but harbor an industry that could

 

            6              create jobs and tax revenues.  Farmlands and

 

            7              wetlands should be preserved.  If you ever

 

            8              gone out to the country or lived in the

 

            9              country, which I have, you would see a lot

 

           10              of development in places that were really

 

           11              questionable, for instance, up at Benton

 

           12              Township, East Benton Township, we developed

 

           13              a plant decimated a wetland from what I

 

           14              could see and everybody wound up laid off

 

           15              three months later.

 

           16                      I will cite Waverly Industrial Park

 

           17              for the pollution of ground water devaluing

 

           18              properties of area homeowners and requiring

 

           19              alternatives to wells for fresh water.  You

 

           20              can only imagine the massive infrastructure

 

           21              that would be required and investment to get

 

           22              them city water.  Mass transit will be an

 

           23              unlikely player with well ridership

 

           24              potential.  With this consideration

 

           25              employees of these businesses will no doubt


 

 

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            1              be forced into an expensive and

 

            2              environmentally unfriendly travel practices.

 

            3                   Property taxes from these businesses go

 

            4              to small communities with little or no

 

            5              nonprofit liability.  I would cite hospitals

 

            6              and schools and so forth and churches as an

 

            7              example.  These institutions don't pay much

 

            8              taxes, they do great good for the community,

 

            9              but unfortunately, we get stuck paying for

 

           10              them all with none of the industrial

 

           11              development to help pay.

 

           12                      The downside, we need to refocus

 

           13              economic development funds on land

 

           14              acquisition and development of

 

           15              infrastructure and not some of the change

 

           16              away from some of the current developments,

 

           17              finish them off, get them done and let's

 

           18              refocus.  Thank you and have a good morning.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF: Sam Patilla.

 

           20                      MR. PATILLA: Mr. Courtright, Mrs.

 

           21              Evans.  I am going to go to very quickly

 

           22              what this gentleman stated about the curbs

 

           23              and whatnot.  August will be the second and

 

           24              third year that Phyllis and I relocated to

 

           25              Scranton, I thought it was three years, and


 

 

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            1              in that time, as a matter of fact, yesterday

 

            2              morning I have had to replace three tires:

 

            3              One nail, one screw and knife and yesterday

 

            4              a three-inch bolt, okay, and that's one of

 

            5              the reasons why I get upset from tax -- I

 

            6              see taxpayer money given to an organization

 

            7              such as ECTV.  Like I said time and time

 

            8              again, they came to the table, nothing but

 

            9              open hands, you know, people come up here

 

           10              and they speak about giving our money away,

 

           11              it's factual.  They are paying their light

 

           12              bill, they're paying their phone bill, we're

 

           13              paying for them to go out and get vehicles,

 

           14              we are paying for them to out and get

 

           15              high-end equipment that they don't have a

 

           16              need for.  You know, if those people really

 

           17              wanted to provide a service of a public

 

           18              access television station they would seek to

 

           19              provide access to the public.  You know, we

 

           20              shouldn't have to pay anybody's tax loan,

 

           21              tax lien, excuse me.  We shouldn't have to

 

           22              pay back anybody's grant, loan, gift, nobody

 

           23              is giving away money nowadays, all right?

 

           24              So, they could say it's a grant, they can

 

           25              say it's a gift, they can say whatever they


 

 

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            1              want to say, okay, I'm from the old school,

 

            2              that's the front money to be paid back out

 

            3              of that 90 grand, no and's, if's or but's

 

            4              about it.  If the average taxpayer came in

 

            5              and asked for money they would be shown the

 

            6              door, all right?  This man isn't the first

 

            7              person, and I've come in front of council

 

            8              before and heard that he had -- he or the

 

            9              business had tax liens again him then you

 

           10              guys give him our money.  You know,

 

           11              perception is 99 percent of the equation.

 

           12              Regardless if it's a legitimate and it's

 

           13              above board, perception is 98 percent of the

 

           14              equation and since day one the perception

 

           15              that I have of the majority of the City

 

           16              Administrators in this city isn't a good

 

           17              one.

 

           18                      You know, I have lived with crooked

 

           19              CEO's, I have worked under supervisors and

 

           20              managers that robbed the company and their

 

           21              employees blind, so I speak from experience.

 

           22              What this mayor is doing it's a scam, that's

 

           23              all it is a scam.  It's nothing I haven't

 

           24              seen before or nothing I haven't encountered

 

           25              before, you know, all you have to do is


 

 

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            1              follow the money, but you make it kind of

 

            2              hard because there is no audits, but these

 

            3              agendas speak in volumes.  You know, I often

 

            4              speak about the raping of the emergency

 

            5              shelter program and the HOME program, that's

 

            6              what you are doing you are raping those

 

            7              programs, so when these poor people and

 

            8              these low to moderate income people need

 

            9              that money it's not their for them because

 

           10              they have given to people that aren't going

 

           11              to pay it back, that don't have to pay it

 

           12              back.  $90,000.  They don't have a building

 

           13              of their own that they have payed rent, they

 

           14              don't have equipment, they don't have

 

           15              vehicles, quite possibly the city paved the

 

           16              parking lot of that place.  Among other

 

           17              things, you know, if you went out to get a

 

           18              car and you walked into that dealership, put

 

           19              your pockets turned out, they are going to

 

           20              show you the door and the same thing should

 

           21              have happened to the families and the

 

           22              copresident of ECTV television when they

 

           23              walked in there and talked about giving our

 

           24              money.

 

           25                      Our roads need to be paved.  It's


 

 

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            1              that time of year when some people are going

 

            2              to start getting flooded out.  We have

 

            3              fires.  Everyday, everyday I come here I

 

            4              hear a police or a fire siren going past

 

            5              this building, every single day.  That money

 

            6              could be used to help those people out

 

            7              there.  It could be helped to help out our

 

            8              seniors and our young children, our young

 

            9              adults, excuse me.  You know, that's what

 

           10              taxpayer money is for.

 

           11                      I said a long time ago, Scranton is

 

           12              more than just 500 block of Lackawanna

 

           13              Avenue and this little general area in here,

 

           14              it's a big city.  We pay our taxes, so the

 

           15              whole city gets taken care of, not the

 

           16              brother of the sister of a cousin of the

 

           17              father or the uncle or the niece, the whole

 

           18              city, black, white, purple, green, it don't

 

           19              make no difference to me.  I pay my taxes to

 

           20              help my fellow man, I don't pay my taxes to

 

           21              make somebody else rich.

 

           22                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mr. Patilla.

 

           23              Mr. Jackowitz.

 

           24                      MR. JACKOWITZ: Good morning, council

 

           25              members, president, Bill Jackowitz, South


 

 

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            1              Scranton resident and member of the

 

            2              Taxpayers' Association.  First of all, as of

 

            3              10:45 this morning Channel 61 is black in

 

            4              case anybody was wondering.

 

            5                      Also, I see Councilwoman Fanucci

 

            6              left again, she left last week when I came

 

            7              up to speak, she has left five times already

 

            8              when I've come up to speak, that's just

 

            9              information.  I provided council members

 

           10              with the official Pennsylvania Department of

 

           11              State certificate which shows that ECTV

 

           12              became a corporation on 17 March 2008.  As

 

           13              you can see, they have no mailing address.

 

           14              Does this mean ECTV represented himself as a

 

           15              corporation in application and paperwork and

 

           16              they really were not?  If this happened

 

           17              would that in invalidate their application?

 

           18              President McGoff, can you answer that

 

           19              question during motions, please, try not to

 

           20              forget.

 

           21                      As far as RFP's are concerned, I

 

           22              understand that one was not required and

 

           23              that the mayor could have selected anybody

 

           24              to take over, but he did not.  He put it out

 

           25              on an RFP which means that the rules must


 

 

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            1              have been followed.  You cannot consider

 

            2              certain things for one bidder and not have

 

            3              the other bidders presented themselves in

 

            4              that area if it isn't in the initial

 

            5              specifications, and the bidder can't be

 

            6              selected on performance and the others

 

            7              rejected on another category.  Obviously,

 

            8              ECTV has no historical performance.  The

 

            9              background of Mr. Balton is his personal

 

           10              experience and not that of ECTV.  Obviously,

 

           11              if they had been in business and he worked

 

           12              for them then his experience can count.

 

           13              That did not happen.  ECTV has no

 

           14              experience.

 

           15                      Since RFP's were required by the

 

           16              mayor now that Mr. Balton is no longer a

 

           17              member of ECTV then another proposal with

 

           18              Mr. Migliore's qualifications and experience

 

           19              should be reviewed, he now is the head

 

           20              honcho.  By the way, congratulations to

 

           21              Mayor Doherty and the Doherty Three for

 

           22              their victory by awarding the contract to

 

           23              ECTV who has no money, no experience and no

 

           24              equipment, but many taxpayers who will pay

 

           25              their bills.  Thank you and congratulations


 

 

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            1              again.  The people deserve the government

 

            2              they vote for.

 

            3                      The latest unemployment figures are

 

            4              released for the month of May.

 

            5              Scranton/Wilkes-Barre jumped to 6 percent,

 

            6              the second highest in the state, again, that

 

            7              is four months in a row unemployment has

 

            8              risen in the Scranton area and low income

 

            9              students in Scranton fought 52.7 percent,

 

           10              52.7 percent low income students, second

 

           11              highest in the state.  Only Wilkes-Barre has

 

           12              a higher rate, I wonder why?  Maybe because

 

           13              there are no jobs in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

 

           14              Oh, I forgot, according to Austin Burke, the

 

           15              president of the Chamber of Commerce, the

 

           16              Legion of Doom is responsible for that.

 

           17              Maybe if Mr. Burke would start doing his job

 

           18              as chamber president and stop whining about

 

           19              the Legion of Doom we can see some

 

           20              improvement.  Citizens, do not believe what

 

           21              you are told by the Doherty Times Tribune,

 

           22              things are not good in Scranton or

 

           23              Northeastern, Pennsylvania, why, because we

 

           24              have no leadership.  Just look at the

 

           25              official records that are provided by the


 

 

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            1              state and the nation it will show that

 

            2              things are not going good in the City of

 

            3              Scranton.

 

            4                      I was going to ask Councilwoman

 

            5              Fanucci, but since she left again, president

 

            6              McGoff, Mrs. O'Malley said that OECD

 

            7              provided ECTV with $10,000, is that a

 

            8              truthful and accurate statement, Mr. McGoff?

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF: I don't know.

 

           10                      MR. JACKOWITZ: Can you please find

 

           11              out for me, and also I would like it in

 

           12              writing, not someone's word or not the word

 

           13              of mouth, I would like something official

 

           14              that states either OECD did donate the

 

           15              $10,000 to ECTV or they did not.  If they

 

           16              did not can you please follow-up and find

 

           17              out for the citizens of this city who did

 

           18              and who the East Scranton Business

 

           19              Association is.

 

           20                      I was shocked when I heard what Mrs.

 

           21              O'Malley said, and I believe Mrs. O'Malley,

 

           22              she has no reason to lie, but I'm giving the

 

           23              city and I'm giving city council the benefit

 

           24              of the doubt to please, and also

 

           25              Councilwoman Gatelli as finance chairperson,


 

 

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            1              I think it's your responsibility, if that

 

            2              was taxpayers' money that was given to ECTV

 

            3              we need to know about it, meaning we, I, a

 

            4              taxpayer.  I pay over $2,000 a year in wage

 

            5              tax to this city, I want to know where it

 

            6              goes, you know, I'm not bought and paid for

 

            7              like some people.  Every job I have ever

 

            8              gotten I have gotten on my own merit, and I

 

            9              pay taxes every year, check my record, I

 

           10              have never been delinquent with taxes yet

 

           11              and I never will be and I never have been

 

           12              given a job or appointed a job by any

 

           13              politician of the City of Scranton or

 

           14              Lackawanna County, and you know something,

 

           15              at 60 years old I never will either, so

 

           16              please find this information out, we need to

 

           17              find out, this $10,000, is this OECD money,

 

           18              taxpayers' money or was it a gift given to

 

           19              them by the business association.  Free

 

           20              swimming the 12th and 13th of July at Nay

 

           21              Aug Park.

 

           22                      MR. MCGOFF: Mrs. Hubbard.

 

           23                      MR. HUBBARD: Hi, Council, Elizabeth

 

           24              Hubbard, resident, taxpayer of Scranton.

 

           25              Who is in charge of road paving, what


 

 

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            1              committee?

 

            2                      MS. EVANS: DPW.

 

            3                      MS. HUBBARD: Is that you, Mrs.

 

            4              Evans?

 

            5                      MS. EVANS: Although, I understand

 

            6              that the paving project can be curbing is

 

            7              running through OECD as well the monies for

 

            8              it are coming from that office and according

 

            9              to I believe either Mrs. Aebli or Mrs. Reed

 

           10              OECD will look over the meeting list and

 

           11              approve the streets and send that back to

 

           12              DPW and we have asked that we keep in mind

 

           13              that because of rise in costs and

 

           14              particularly I would say rise in costs of

 

           15              gasoline and materials used for paving that

 

           16              not as many streets will be paved as was

 

           17              originally anticipated.

 

           18                      MS. HUBBARD: Well, I have one

 

           19              street, that's a real problem, I'm sure you

 

           20              realize that Nay Aug Avenue and Ross Avenue

 

           21              are closed, Albright Avenue is closed, so

 

           22              now when you come off the Albright Avenue

 

           23              bridge from town you are forced to go around

 

           24              that Glenn Street, the S-turn around the

 

           25              Lace Works and over Mylert Avenue to get to


 

 

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            1              where I live on Greenridge Street if that's

 

            2              where you are going.  That stretch of Glenn

 

            3              Street is horrendous, absolutely horrendous.

 

            4              Somebody is going to lose a wheel on that

 

            5              road and I think since we are going to be

 

            6              forced to use that way for quite sometime

 

            7              until they get whatever they are doing now

 

            8              on the levy project, which I believe is just

 

            9              sewer work, I think that the city should

 

           10              come in and do something about that because

 

           11              there is a lot more traffic on there now

 

           12              than there is normally and it's just

 

           13              atrocious, I mean, it's a horrendous road.

 

           14              I have been four-wheeling on the mountain

 

           15              roads that are in better shape than that

 

           16              one, so if you could do something about it.

 

           17                      And I'm also appalled about this

 

           18              whole ECTV thing, I cannot believe that the

 

           19              mayor has this much power to do something

 

           20              like that and that you people want to

 

           21              finance it when you couldn't give anything

 

           22              to Scranton Today, I don't understand it at

 

           23              all.  It's just appalling in my book.

 

           24              Anyway, have a good day.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF:  Thank you, Mrs.


 

 

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            1              Hubbard.

 

            2                      MR. DAVIS: Salaam aleikum.  I

 

            3              thought we meet at 10:30 in the morning on

 

            4              Tuesdays so that it's convenient to all

 

            5              those that are on the council, but it seems

 

            6              as though there are people who have other

 

            7              agendas, you know, when certain people come

 

            8              to the podium and leave the stands and I

 

            9              think it's -- I think ignorant on their

 

           10              parts for doing so, but some people have to

 

           11              go to the bathroom, I can understand that.

 

           12                      MS. FANUCCI: For the record, that's

 

           13              where I went?

 

           14                      MR. DAVIS: Excuse me, what was that

 

           15              again?

 

           16                      MS. FANUCCI: I said for the record

 

           17              that's where I went.

 

           18                      MR. DAVIS: I'll talk back to you, if

 

           19              you don't mind, I will answer you.

 

           20                      MS. FANUCCI: I just said that's

 

           21              where I went for the record.

 

           22                      MR. DAVIS: Okay, you gained weight

 

           23              since I first met you, too, but that's all

 

           24              right.

 

           25                      MS. FANUCCI: You did too, by the


 

 

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            1              way.

 

            2                      MR. DAVIS: I know.  Now that we have

 

            3              gone that far, I came here primarily to -

 

            4                      MS. FANUCCI:  Does that mean you're

 

            5              not going to ask me out now?

 

            6                      MR. DAVIS: You are talking to me?

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI: Yeah.

 

            8                      MR. DAVIS: You are actually talking

 

            9              to me?  Oh, wow, gee do you want to go out?

 

           10              I didn't know.  I'm single, you know, I'm

 

           11              able.  Okay.  All right.  This is serious.

 

           12              I come before you because my fathers, my

 

           13              grandfathers, my great-grandfather came

 

           14              before a tribunal like this to find out if

 

           15              they could vote, to find out when they were

 

           16              going to be able to vote and if their vote

 

           17              would be counted.  We have a long history of

 

           18              putting up with voting, just voting by

 

           19              itself, we won't even talk about the other

 

           20              things that went along with it, and I

 

           21              encourage everyone out there if you have a

 

           22              chance, if you have the ability to vote, if

 

           23              you have the age to vote please go out and

 

           24              vote.  I'm not asking you to vote for one

 

           25              party or another, but I'm saying to you it's


 

 

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            1              important that the numbers show that we have

 

            2              a 90 percent, a 100 percent activity of

 

            3              those who are able to vote in Lackawanna

 

            4              County when it comes times, it really,

 

            5              really matters and so I'm asking you to

 

            6              please become active this time and register

 

            7              to vote and vote.  We have time to vote for

 

            8              the major or the general election, so I'm

 

            9              hoping that you will take me seriously.

 

           10              Mr. McGoff, I'm sorry that I'm talking about

 

           11              politics again.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF: That's fine.

 

           13                      MR. DAVIS:  But I got involved with

 

           14              this president elect Obama and he is quite

 

           15              the guy, you know, and he does get your

 

           16              blood stirring and I'm very proud of it,

 

           17              too.  I'm very glad that I have the blood to

 

           18              stir.  I'm glad I'm not too old to stir and

 

           19              I think we should all be stirred.  This is a

 

           20              very serious situation worldwide.  This is a

 

           21              serious situation.  If you listen to your

 

           22              news you will find out there is lot of

 

           23              things that are getting ready to happen or

 

           24              are happening already, many, many

 

           25              atrocities, many just very strange things


 

 

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            1              either by nature or by man and we have got

 

            2              to be able to help ourselves because I think

 

            3              that's going to be the next step is for us

 

            4              to help ourselves and help each other.  We

 

            5              have got to be friends.  We don't have a

 

            6              choice.  If we are going to survive the next

 

            7              ten years on this earth we have got to treat

 

            8              each other as friends at least, if we can as

 

            9              brothers and sisters, but all this nastiness

 

           10              and fighting that we find going between us

 

           11              or after us I think it's time to -- I think

 

           12              I it's time to just turn the book over, you

 

           13              know, just open the other book if you have

 

           14              to.  You should find it in the Bible, but if

 

           15              you don't find it in the Bible look for

 

           16              another book, look over the Koran, look

 

           17              somewhere else, but look at what direction

 

           18              you should be headed because it doesn't seem

 

           19              we are heading in the proper direction.

 

           20              There is too much -- there is too much

 

           21              wrongful dealings.

 

           22                      But the first man that got up here

 

           23              that I heard was on the scooter, and he is

 

           24              on a scooter, and I want to thank the people

 

           25              that don't hit me.  Seriously.  I go down --


 

 

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            1              becomes sometimes the only way you can get

 

            2              down the street is in the street.  Some of

 

            3              the sidewalks are that bad, but I'm thankful

 

            4              the drivers in Scranton have not hit me yet

 

            5              and I'm very thankful to them, so be careful

 

            6              and I'll try be careful also and thank you.

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mr. Davis.

 

            8                      MR. LYMAN: Hold the time, Amil.  I

 

            9              have a couple of questions about ECTV.

 

           10              Number one, the voice is so slow that you

 

           11              can't hear it.  Number two, is Chris Doherty

 

           12              circumvented the constitution of free

 

           13              speech.  Scranton Today was an independent

 

           14              channel, how did Scranton Today, I mean,

 

           15              Mayor Doherty, could eliminate Scranton

 

           16              Today's rights or violate it.  Now, I want

 

           17              Kay Garvey to send a letter to the Supreme

 

           18              Court.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF: Excuse me --

 

           20                      MR. LYMAN: This is my time to speak,

 

           21              Mr. McGoff.

 

           22                      MR. MCGOFF: Oh, I'm just going to

 

           23              tell you Mrs. Garvey --

 

           24                      MR. LYMAN: Hold the time.

 

           25                      MS. MCGOFF: -- is not going to send


 

 

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            1              a letter on your behalf.

 

            2                      MR. LYMAN: I ask city council.  You

 

            3              can do that, Mr. McGoff, on my behalf.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF: Continue.

 

            5                      MR. LYMAN: You will do it.

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF: I don't think so, but

 

            7              that's okay.

 

            8                      MR. LYMAN: Or I'll just ask my

 

            9              friends to write the letter.  For, number

 

           10              one, the rights were violated because I want

 

           11              to know these questions how can Mayor

 

           12              Doherty take the right to 61, this is

 

           13              America, this ain't Nazi Germany, that

 

           14              should not be on, 61 should be on.  People

 

           15              fought and died for this country not for

 

           16              three crooks and that crook downstairs who

 

           17              stole $12.9 million.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF: Excuse me, please don't

 

           19              call anybody a criminal.

 

           20                      MR. LYMAN: Well, where did that

 

           21              twelve point nine million dollars appear?

 

           22                      MR. MCGOFF: That is going to get you

 

           23              in trouble.

 

           24                      MR. LYMAN: Well, answer my question.

 

           25              Where did that 12.9 appear?  You are not


 

 

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            1              answering my question.  It's a question.

 

            2              Their rights were violated, and I want that

 

            3              letter sent.  I'm paying your taxes,

 

            4              Mr. McGoff, and you forgot that somebody

 

            5              else is running for public office.

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF: You're paying my taxes?

 

            7                      MR. LYMAN: Mr. DiBileo and somebody

 

            8              else.  Mrs. Gatelli, I have a question to

 

            9              ask you.

 

           10                      MS. GATELLI: Yes, Mr. Lyman, what

 

           11              can I do for you?

 

           12                      MR. LYMAN:  You spent all of this

 

           13              money when you were president on city

 

           14              council for South Side, Pinebrook didn't get

 

           15              any money to fix their streets and

 

           16              sidewalks, senior citizens in wheelchairs

 

           17              have to go on the road, a woman was raped by

 

           18              homeless people, but yet South Side and

 

           19              Greenridge where the mayor has beat cops, we

 

           20              got a cop over there.

 

           21                      MS. GATELLI: You had a beat cop in

 

           22              Pinebrook.  Yes, you did.

 

           23                      MR. LYMAN:  Yeah, and it

 

           24              disappeared.

 

           25                      MS. GATELLI: Well, so did the one in


 

 

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            1              South Side.

 

            2                      MR. LYMAN: I was down in South Side

 

            3              and I saw a beat cop there.

 

            4                      MS. GATELLI: Well, you are wrong

 

            5              because there isn't wrong.

 

            6                      MR. LYMAN: That's a bold-faced lie.

 

            7                      MS. GATELLI: No, you are lying.  You

 

            8              are lying.

 

            9                      MR. LYMAN: No, I'm not.  I was down

 

           10              there in South Side.

 

           11                      MS. GATELLI:  Well, there is no beat

 

           12              cop in South Side.

 

           13                      MR. LYMAN: Don't lie.

 

           14                      MS. GATELLI: I'm not lying.

 

           15                      MR. LYMAN: That justice program

 

           16              there was a beat cop down there.

 

           17                      MR. MCGOFF: Nobody is looking to

 

           18              argue with you.

 

           19                      MR. LYMAN: I'm not fighting.

 

           20                      MS. GATELLI:  Call the police

 

           21              department and you will find out that there

 

           22              is no beat cop.

 

           23                      MR. LYMAN: Mr. McGoff, would you

 

           24              please send a letter?  What do I have to do,

 

           25              give you money?


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF: For the postage if I

 

            2              were going to send it, yes.

 

            3                      MR. LYMAN: I have to give you 42

 

            4              cents, and I'm paying you what is it $16,000

 

            5              a year and yet you stole 12.9 million

 

            6              dollars.  Well, when I become mayor

 

            7              hopefully you idiots are going to be gone.

 

            8              There will be a lot of changes.  A lot of

 

            9              changes.

 

           10                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you.  Jim.

 

           11                      MR. STUCKER: He is nuts

 

           12              (Indicating.)

 

           13                      MS. GATELLI: Jim, that was the

 

           14              motion relevant thing you have ever done.

 

           15                      MR. STUCKER: He is crazy.  Okay, you

 

           16              know where Jilly's is?  Remember the house

 

           17              that was on fire?

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes, Jilly's;

 

           19              right?

 

           20                      MR. STUCKER: Remember the house on

 

           21              fire?  Okay, that grass is so high there.

 

           22                      MR. COURTRIGHT: You know what, Jim,

 

           23              the house on Greenridge Street I went and

 

           24              looked at, it's at Greenridge and Dickson so

 

           25              that one we will take care of, okay?  We are


 

 

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            1              trying.

 

            2                      MR. STUCKER:  All right.  I heard to

 

            3              work for -- not work for, they own that lot

 

            4              where I -- by the old school, Goodwill owns

 

            5              it, the Goodwill own the property and I cut

 

            6              around the corner for a guy, I got paid for

 

            7              it, now, the city won't do that lot no more

 

            8              on account of Goodwill owns it.  I seen

 

            9              glass all over the back of the parking lot,

 

           10              in the back of the school.  There is kids

 

           11              back there playing, somebody is going to get

 

           12              hurt back there.  There is -- I see rats,

 

           13              mice back in there.  Same with the front,

 

           14              the front is like so high, somebody is going

 

           15              to get bitten there.  There has got to be

 

           16              rats and snakes in this grass.  They got to

 

           17              do something.  I mean, if they want to pay

 

           18              me I'll to it, Goodwill.  I can do it.

 

           19                      MS. GATELLI:  We'll report that for

 

           20              you, Mr. Stucker.

 

           21                      MR. STUCKER:  And up the street

 

           22              where the house was on fire that grass is

 

           23              high, I went by there today, and they're

 

           24              only doing it on their own side of the

 

           25              property where that -- on the other side


 

 

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            1              where the grass is cut down and the other

 

            2              side where the house is on fire they aren't

 

            3              doing that, they are not doing that.

 

            4                      MR. COURTRIGHT: We are going to look

 

            5              into that one, too.

 

            6                      MR. STUCKER: Yeah.  All right.  And

 

            7              our garbage man picked up -- Pat told me

 

            8              that to tell you, Mr. Courtright, you got to

 

            9              do something, you got to get on these

 

           10              people's backs and do something.  He told me

 

           11              to tell you.

 

           12                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Tell me what, Jim?

 

           13                      MR. STUCKER: About different things,

 

           14              signs and stuff put up, I mean, you got to

 

           15              start doing something like Pat told me to

 

           16              tell you.

 

           17                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  About signs?

 

           18                      MR. STUCKER:  Yeah.

 

           19                      MR. COURTRIGHT: What kind of signs?

 

           20                      MR. STUCKER: Saying "No Parking."

 

           21              We need signs up saying "No Parking", a lot

 

           22              of them.

 

           23                      MR. COURTRIGHT: A lot of them?

 

           24                      MR. STUCKER: Yeah, we need them on

 

           25              Market Street, people on Oak Street is


 

 

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            1              parking on the sidewalk now where the white

 

            2              van, people can't walk on the sidewalk, got

 

            3              to go out on the road.  Then what reason why

 

            4              they park on the sidewalk where the white

 

            5              van right there on Oak Street where that dip

 

            6              is.

 

            7                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Did you call the

 

            8              police, Jim?

 

            9                      MR. STUCKER: No.  The police, I

 

           10              don't know what they are going to do.  The

 

           11              police go there and tell them not to park

 

           12              there.  Now they are parking by the fire

 

           13              plugs, I seen them back.  Another one I seen

 

           14              them park on handicapped signs, handicap --

 

           15              for handicaps.

 

           16                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Call the police

 

           17              when you see that, Jim.

 

           18                      MR. STUCKER: Handicap they should

 

           19              not be parking.  People are going in stores

 

           20              like Gerrity's, any store they should never

 

           21              go into park in a handicapped zone.  They

 

           22              don't know how to read, they should not --

 

           23              Greenridge, all over, I have been seeing a

 

           24              lot of people parking in the handicapped

 

           25              signs.


 

 

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            1                      MR. COURTRIGHT: In Greenridge?  We

 

            2              will get officers on it and get somebody

 

            3              over there, all right?

 

            4                      MR. STUCKER: Okay.  Have a good day,

 

            5              a good Fourth of July.

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you very much,

 

            7              Mr. Stucker.

 

            8                      MR. DIBILEO: Good morning, city

 

            9              council.  Gary Dibileo, taxpayer, resident,

 

           10              business owner.  It's always a challenge to

 

           11              follow Jimmy Stucker.  Jim, you are doing a

 

           12              great job.

 

           13                      I was here just a few weeks ago

 

           14              asking you to keep Scranton Today and not

 

           15              use taxpayer money to let Mr. Doherty

 

           16              unfairly strip Scranton Today of managing

 

           17              Channel 61 and create which would be

 

           18              essentially his own TV channel.  This move

 

           19              of approximately $90,000 would open the

 

           20              flood gates of Mr. Doherty funneling a total

 

           21              of approximately $1 million of taxpayer

 

           22              money over the next five years through

 

           23              budgets.  This is nothing short of a form of

 

           24              censorship at the cost of the taxpayer.

 

           25              Please revisit the proposals, make it an


 

 

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            1              even playing field and retain Scranton Today

 

            2              by giving nothing to ECTV.  Taxpayers have

 

            3              already taken a hit, several as a matter of

 

            4              fact, in the form of million dollars --

 

            5              millions of dollars in land value being

 

            6              sold, that being the Scranton Municipal Golf

 

            7              Course and the South Side Complex, taken on

 

            8              millions of dollars in borrowing, taking a

 

            9              25 percent tax increase, millions lost in

 

           10              arbitration awards and now for them to pay

 

           11              to have Mr. Doherty possibly control what

 

           12              they watch, all of this with millions being

 

           13              uncovered in the tax office as we speak, so

 

           14              please do the right thing and think of the

 

           15              taxpayers for a change.  Thank you very

 

           16              much.

 

           17                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mr. DiBileo.

 

           18                      MR. MCCLOE: Good afternoon.  My name

 

           19              is Brett McCloe, Scranton taxpayer, I really

 

           20              wasn't going to speak today and I just heard

 

           21              so many things come out and I'm always

 

           22              thinking, I'm always contemplating and I'm

 

           23              always observing and one of the things that

 

           24              struck me, although, you know, I'm no model

 

           25              citizen, I'm just a regular Scrantonian born


 

 

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            1              and raised here, but one of the things I

 

            2              noticed and it's really starting to become

 

            3              apparent to me is, and I'm not trying to

 

            4              point you out, Mrs. Fanucci, but how

 

            5              powerful your position is, how much money

 

            6              comes through your position, how much can be

 

            7              shuffled around through your position.  You

 

            8              see it all, and it just seems to me that

 

            9              somehow this money seems to circulate around

 

           10              like some type of municipal welfare for

 

           11              everyone except to where it belongs

 

           12              especially to people who seem to live beyond

 

           13              their means, businesses that want the gift

 

           14              first and do the work later.

 

           15                      That $10,000 gift from that OECD

 

           16              thing you really need to check that out.

 

           17              It's filled with the appearance of

 

           18              impropriety and all of the nonconnected

 

           19              citizens of East Scranton as well as the

 

           20              rest of Scranton should be appalled that you

 

           21              are using tax money to pay tax things to get

 

           22              more tax money.  I don't have a bunch of

 

           23              letters after my name and I don't understand

 

           24              certain things, but I do know when I smell

 

           25              something funny.  I have been around in this


 

 

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            1              city long enough to understand these things.

 

            2                   What kind of an economy are you

 

            3              developing when things like this can happen?

 

            4              Maybe some of these seats need to be changed

 

            5              around a little bit, get a different view.

 

            6              Mrs. Gatelli she is there by default, is

 

            7              there something that you really, really want

 

            8              to do?  What could you do up there?

 

            9              Mrs. Evans seems to be -- she was talking

 

           10              about she couldn't get things paid because

 

           11              something in your office, well, can't

 

           12              Mr. Courtright get it completed.  This is

 

           13              just getting a little old and we are wasting

 

           14              a lot of money.  Somebody is getting it.

 

           15              Like I said, thank you very much.

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you.  Anyone else?

 

           17              Mrs. Evans?

 

           18                      MS. EVANS: Good morning.  I wish to

 

           19              discuss two important issues today that

 

           20              affect our residents:  First, the ongoing

 

           21              controversy over ECTV.  Scranton Today,

 

           22              Channel 61, went dark June 30 at 9:30 a.m.,

 

           23              a time and date established by Comcast, our

 

           24              local cable provider.  Comcast was directed

 

           25              to pull the plug by the City of Scranton.


 

 

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            1              Only one individual has the authority to

 

            2              issue that order and that one person is the

 

            3              mayor.

 

            4                      At our last meeting Mrs. Gatelli

 

            5              stated that the mayor has the authority to

 

            6              select whomever he wishes to operate Channel

 

            7              61 as occurred when a prior mayor collect

 

            8              selected Scranton Tomorrow and the Scranton

 

            9              Public Library nine years ago.  I wonder if

 

           10              any organizations besides Scranton Tomorrow

 

           11              expressed interest in creating and managing

 

           12              a peg channel at that time?  Perhaps

 

           13              Scranton Tomorrow was the only group willing

 

           14              to undertake this task and it's important to

 

           15              note that this founding body received no

 

           16              money from the City of Scranton for startup

 

           17              costs.

 

           18                      More importantly, however, was the

 

           19              proposals submitted in 2008 requested

 

           20              funding as well as an annual percentage of

 

           21              the cable franchise fee.  Knowing the

 

           22              funding requested would far exceed the

 

           23              city's bidding threshold of $20,000 the

 

           24              decision to issue an RFP or a request for

 

           25              proposals was appropriate.  Whether or not


 

 

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            1              my council colleagues agree that an RFP was

 

            2              necessary, the fact remains that the mayor

 

            3              decided to go with the RFP process.

 

            4                   Therefore, it became council's

 

            5              responsibility to ensure that the process

 

            6              was fair and the decision made was

 

            7              responsible and affordable.  Council refused

 

            8              to investigate the selection process and

 

            9              overlooked ethics allegations and a zoning

 

           10              appeal.  Scranton City Council check and

 

           11              balance controls are not operating, ladies

 

           12              and gentlemen.  My insistence on reviewing

 

           13              the documentation is the standard required

 

           14              by any type of independent review, audit or

 

           15              investigation.  Further, the documented

 

           16              evidence would avoid any future suspicions

 

           17              that the justification for selecting ECTV

 

           18              was fabricated after the fact or it may

 

           19              reveal that no documentation existed as this

 

           20              was all smoke and mirrors to conceal the

 

           21              fact that the mayor simply did not want STTV

 

           22              and was determined to replace them since the

 

           23              removal of their TV cameras from council

 

           24              chambers failed in 2007.

 

           25                      In addition to the 20 significant


 

 

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            1              concerns I raised about ECTV over the last

 

            2              several weeks, I have one more final issue

 

            3              to raise.  Apparently, the East Scranton

 

            4              Business Association has donated $10,000 to

 

            5              ECTV for startup costs.  According to

 

            6              sources, Mr. Gene McDonough, president of

 

            7              ESBA has stated it's $10,000 donation came

 

            8              from OECD.  This is highly unusual in light

 

            9              of council having tabled an OECD transfer of

 

           10              funds, and an OECD loan or grant to ECTV.

 

           11                   Also, any transfer of possible OECD

 

           12              funds given to the East Scranton Business

 

           13              Association which the SBA recently give to

 

           14              ECTV would require council approval.

 

           15              Without such, it appears that someone could

 

           16              have attempted to launder funds if this is

 

           17              true.

 

           18                      In addition, I question whether this

 

           19              money will be used for equipment purchases

 

           20              or for payment to the contractor for

 

           21              renovations to the ECTV studio and offices.

 

           22              Who is the contractor for the project?  I

 

           23              certainly hope it is not Mr. Darcy who is

 

           24              chairman of the ECTV board will sign the

 

           25              ECTV loan and thereby use these tax dollars


 

 

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            1              to pay himself and his employees.  Council

 

            2              should investigate these issues immediately.

 

            3                   The second important issue today

 

            4              involves the independent forensic audit of

 

            5              the Single Tax Office.  Bidders or

 

            6              applicants for this audit were submitted to

 

            7              council for it's review by July 3.  I

 

            8              continue to believe that this process is

 

            9              sluggish while simultaneously numerous

 

           10              townships and the City of Scranton await our

 

           11              long overdue tax dollars.  This is an

 

           12              economy where citizens are losing homes,

 

           13              experiencing utility shutoffs, and choosing

 

           14              between groceries and medications.  People

 

           15              cannot afford tax increases in an economy

 

           16              where they are scraping to survive.

 

           17                      Equally at issue is the lost

 

           18              confidence in the tax office and elected

 

           19              officials.  As such, the forensic audit

 

           20              selection process and hiring should be

 

           21              should have occurred months ago, in fact, so

 

           22              the real work of sorting over $12 million

 

           23              can begin and money can be dispersed

 

           24              properly and sooner rather than later.

 

           25                      A 2009 dispersement date will only


 

 

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            1              add to the suspicion of political

 

            2              gainsmanship as several elected offices, the

 

            3              tax collector position in particular, will

 

            4              be hotly contested next year.

 

            5                      Also, it doesn't appear that

 

            6              Mr. McDowell will appear at City Council

 

            7              according to his attorney and I will quote

 

            8              from the letter received by council, "To

 

            9              facilitate a useful and informative

 

           10              appearance by Mr. McDowell we will need

 

           11              access to and an opportunity to review the

 

           12              pertinent records and documents of the

 

           13              Single Tax Office in addition to

 

           14              specifications of the areas and inquiries

 

           15              sought.

 

           16                      If council is able to command or

 

           17              request of the current Single Tax Office

 

           18              administration that Mr. McDowell be provided

 

           19              with access to the next records and

 

           20              information, this would certainly serve to

 

           21              facilitate a conductive appearance as

 

           22              requested by council."

 

           23                      Now, I'm quite certain that Attorney

 

           24              Solfanelli is aware that the records that he

 

           25              alludes to will be in hands of the forensic


 

 

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            1              auditor and/or the FBI, and so his

 

            2              statements he made really don't hold water

 

            3              and I believe that an elected official

 

            4              having served for a period of five years in

 

            5              the same office or perhaps it was six, I

 

            6              really don't know, certainly he should know

 

            7              his business, he should know that better

 

            8              than anyone else.  He is after all the

 

            9              gentleman who commingled tax funds and did

 

           10              so purposely, so I would see this letter

 

           11              really as nothing more than an attempt to

 

           12              circumvent city council.

 

           13                      I also have citizens' requests for

 

           14              this week.  First of all, though, I did want

 

           15              to say this is not one of the requests but

 

           16              rather it pertains to a prior request that

 

           17              coincidentally I believe was made while

 

           18              Mr. DiBileo served as president of City

 

           19              Council.  I had heard that the mayor is

 

           20              planning on putting $100,000 into Barrett

 

           21              Park, and I do remember in 2004 and 2005

 

           22              having that conversation and I recall

 

           23              council wanting funds to upgrade that park,

 

           24              but for whatever reason the money didn't

 

           25              come through.


 

 

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            1                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I think it was --

 

            2              that was Mayor Connors that told us I think

 

            3              they had the money there from UDAG, I didn't

 

            4              track it personally to get that information

 

            5              and I could never get it, maybe they found

 

            6              the money.  He said 100,000 or better, I

 

            7              just don't know Mr. McGovern said the exact

 

            8              amount, but Mayor Connors had said at least

 

            9              $100,000 and it was UDAG money, so they

 

           10              didn't have to qualify under OECD.

 

           11                      MS. EVANS: Yes, and I do recall so

 

           12              many residents of the area asking for those

 

           13              improvements month after month after month

 

           14              for whatever reason, you know, as you said,

 

           15              that money just didn't appear so isn't it

 

           16              wonderful thing that now the work will

 

           17              finally be done.

 

           18                      A property at 14th Avenue and

 

           19              Luzerne Street, garbage and recycling bins

 

           20              remain on the sidewalk 24/7.  The garage

 

           21              area remains littered with junk, concrete

 

           22              and dirt piles and the neighbors are fed up.

 

           23              I am requesting action at this address for

 

           24              the fourth time.  Since this address is

 

           25              apparently ignored, I request a written


 

 

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            1              response from Mr. Oleski on or before July 7

 

            2              as to why the city has failed to address the

 

            3              problems at this property for over two

 

            4              years.  Who is the owner and who is being

 

            5              protected?

 

            6                      895 Providence Road, the old Atlas

 

            7              Glass building, residents report that the

 

            8              problems on this property still have not

 

            9              been addressed and that is a second request.

 

           10                      3019 Pinmore Street in Minooka,

 

           11              neighbors report that the illegal vehicle

 

           12              remains.  Apparently, the inspectors

 

           13              assigned to that city area has not addressed

 

           14              it and this is also a second request.

 

           15                      2935-37 Pittston Avenue, this is a

 

           16              city owned property where the grass is

 

           17              highly overgrown.  Please clear this ASAP

 

           18              and this is a second request.

 

           19                      Next, if we could please learn of

 

           20              the phone number for ECTV so that citizens

 

           21              may have it for reference when calling to

 

           22              register for free classes or perhaps if they

 

           23              have programming questions, etcetera.  Also,

 

           24              2309 Wattress Avenue off the 2200 block of

 

           25              Ash Street, please pave, it hasn't been


 

 

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            1              paved in many years.  It has been cold

 

            2              patched, but that is no longer suitable.

 

            3                   Also, pave Glenn Street which endures

 

            4              heavy traffic now and the street is in

 

            5              deplorable condition.  A memo to Mr. Hayes

 

            6              and Chief Elliott, residents of Tripp Park

 

            7              have expressed some safety concerns

 

            8              regarding a concert scheduled for July 3 at

 

            9              the Tripp Park Community Center, doors will

 

           10              open at 8:00 p.m. and the concert begins at

 

           11              12 midnight.  Undoubtedly, Mr. Hayes and

 

           12              Chief Elliott are aware of this and will

 

           13              respond to accordingly.  Residents of

 

           14              Dorothy Street are looking to our public

 

           15              safety department to ensure that order will

 

           16              be maintained particularly in light of the

 

           17              past gang related crimes in Tripp Park and

 

           18              the ongoing graffiti tagging of the Dorothy

 

           19              Street playground and, Kay, if we could

 

           20              please send that out today since, obviously,

 

           21              the concert date fast approaches.

 

           22                      And, finally, I'd like to wish

 

           23              everyone a very safe and enjoyable Fourth of

 

           24              July holiday and as we celebrate

 

           25              Independence Day let's remember our men and


 

 

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            1              woman in the services who, well, the

 

            2              sacrifices that they and their family, their

 

            3              families, make for us each date are

 

            4              absolutely priceless, and that's it.

 

            5                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mrs. Evans.

 

            6              Mrs. Gatelli?

 

            7                      MS. GATELLI: First, I would like to

 

            8              say that I have sent a letter to

 

            9              Mr. Wallace, the zoning officer, requesting

 

           10              that city council be notified when zoning

 

           11              decisions are appealed and the dates of that

 

           12              appeal.  Many of them of the parties that

 

           13              wish to know about these cases cannot find

 

           14              out, so we will be receiving these notices

 

           15              from the zoning office.

 

           16                      The second thing I have is

 

           17              Mrs. Schumacher asked about what I have

 

           18              done.  On May 30 I did send a letter to Stu

 

           19              Renda on behalf of city council and Robert

 

           20              Rossi requesting an update to which they

 

           21              replied dated June 21, 2008, about 15 items.

 

           22              I requested that they expedite the responses

 

           23              to Robert Rossi in order to complete the

 

           24              audit.  We can resend this letter, Mrs.

 

           25              Garvey, and see if we can't get a response.


 

 

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            1                   I, too, received the letter from

 

            2              Attorney Solfanelli concerning the

 

            3              appearance of former tax collector Ken

 

            4              McDowell coming before city council.  I have

 

            5              since found out that he will need the

 

            6              permission, and I'm not quite sure why, of

 

            7              Attorney McGovern and Tax Collector Vitali

 

            8              in order to for him to appear.  No?  I'm

 

            9              saying it wrong.

 

           10                      MR. MINORA: Attorney Dave Rinaldi

 

           11              needs that.

 

           12                      MS. GATELLI: Oh, attorney David

 

           13              Rinaldi needs the permission of Vitali and

 

           14              McGovern for Mr. McDowell to appear here.  I

 

           15              have spoken to Mr. Minora to expedite this

 

           16              and if we do not have a firm commitment by

 

           17              next Tuesday I will make a motion to begin

 

           18              an investigation and issue subpoenas, so I

 

           19              will do that next week.  This is the final

 

           20              week that they have to decide whether they

 

           21              are going to come voluntarily or whether

 

           22              they we have to issue subpoenas.  I don't

 

           23              like to do that, I don't think that

 

           24              governmental officials should not cooperate

 

           25              with each other, so it makes me very


 

 

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            1              uncomfortable to think that I have to

 

            2              subpoena someone that's a public official

 

            3              just like I am, and if someone asked any of

 

            4              us up here to go somewhere I'm sure we would

 

            5              go without question, and if you can't answer

 

            6              the question you can't answer the question,

 

            7              that's okay, but at least come and, you

 

            8              know, try to cooperate as much as you can.

 

            9              So, I will make that motion next week if we

 

           10              do not hear from Attorney Minora as to the

 

           11              status of what is happening.

 

           12                      Handicapped curbcuts, Mr. Tobin came

 

           13              here talking about the curbcuts.  There is a

 

           14              committee, handicapped, I'm not sure the

 

           15              name of it, but it's for handicapped people

 

           16              and they meet at city hall, I think they

 

           17              meet monthly, and they are headed by Keith

 

           18              Williams, who is the director of the Center

 

           19              for Independent Living.  Keith has called me

 

           20              periodically with requests of curbcuts that

 

           21              were too high or too low or have potholes

 

           22              near them and they were addressed and they

 

           23              were taken of, so if Mr. Tobin would call

 

           24              city council and speak to Mrs. Garvey she

 

           25              can put him in touch with Keith Williams and


 

 

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            1              Keith will certainly stay on top of it.  I

 

            2              apologize for any curbcuts that someone

 

            3              can't get over.  That is really unacceptable

 

            4              in my opinion, also.  So, we will try to

 

            5              take care of that as expeditiously as

 

            6              possible and Mr. Williams I believe is the

 

            7              president of that committee that meets in

 

            8              city hall.

 

            9                      The next thing I have is graffiti.

 

           10              I got a phone call from Gene Talerico,

 

           11              assistant district attorney, and through the

 

           12              Community Justice Office they are addressing

 

           13              the graffiti problem that we are having not

 

           14              only in the city but in the county, and they

 

           15              are working together with the city and with

 

           16              PennDOT and we did an ordinance in 1996

 

           17              concerning graffiti.  Sherwin Williams in

 

           18              South Scranton has agreed to donate some of

 

           19              the products for graffiti removal and I

 

           20              would like to publically thank them for

 

           21              their offer to help our city.

 

           22                      We are also having problem it seems

 

           23              with private property that has graffiti on

 

           24              it.  The owner is responsible and that's

 

           25              where Mr. Talerico is working in concert


 

 

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            1              with the police department and the police

 

            2              chief.  Jeff Brazil is having men trained to

 

            3              use our graffiti machine that we have and

 

            4              the city will work with the DA and PennDOT

 

            5              to expedite the graffiti removal.  Anyone

 

            6              who has any graffiti in their neighborhoods

 

            7              or there has been quite a bit of it in the

 

            8              downtown area and there is some at Nay Aug

 

            9              that I noticed and some at Connell Park

 

           10              Little League on the dugouts, so if you have

 

           11              any graffiti that you would like to report

 

           12              call the police department, you may call the

 

           13              district attorney at 963-6717 or you can

 

           14              call our office 348--4113.  It's very

 

           15              important that graffiti be removed as soon

 

           16              as possible.  Usually they like to remove it

 

           17              within 48 hours, so I would like to thank

 

           18              you if you could cooperate on that issue.

 

           19                      I ready about the Com-D cops being

 

           20              reinstated and it's a great thing.  I'm

 

           21              happy they are going to be at the Midtown

 

           22              and in the neighborhoods and I'd also like

 

           23              to report that the Housing Authority has

 

           24              hired a full-time officer at both Hilltop

 

           25              and Valley View housing projects and there


 

 

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            1              is a police officer also at Skyview.

 

            2                      The Minooka playground, yes, there

 

            3              is going to be money allocated to the

 

            4              Minooka playground.  I met there about six

 

            5              weeks ago with some of the neighbors and I

 

            6              did speak to the mayor about it.  It is in

 

            7              deplorable condition.  There seems to be

 

            8              groups hanging around there in the evening

 

            9              doing drugs and we need to spruce it up.

 

           10              There is a lot of children back there and I

 

           11              will be setting up a meeting with the

 

           12              neighbors again and have them involved in

 

           13              the decision making of what they would like

 

           14              to see happen back there, so that's the

 

           15              report on that.

 

           16                      The dog park, I just had to make a

 

           17              comment about the dog park, when the idea

 

           18              was first brought up I really thought it was

 

           19              rather silly.  I thought, a dog park, you

 

           20              know, that's a crazy thing.  I'm sure we

 

           21              have places where we can spend that money

 

           22              that are more important, but I have since

 

           23              come to understand that it is the most

 

           24              popular place in the county.  For any of you

 

           25              that haven't been there, just come up any


 

 

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            1              given day and there is at least 40 dogs

 

            2              there.  Last night I was there for about an

 

            3              hour and 60 dogs were there, you know,

 

            4              coming and going.  It's just something that

 

            5              you can't imagine I guess unless you are a

 

            6              real dog lover that people find this really

 

            7              important and it's for socializing their

 

            8              dogs, but it's socializing for the human

 

            9              beings, I mean, people are meeting other

 

           10              people and they are walking through the park

 

           11              and some of the kids are on the playground

 

           12              and if you haven't been there you have to go

 

           13              because it's really something to see and

 

           14              something that I never would have believed

 

           15              would have been anywhere near the popularity

 

           16              that it has.

 

           17                      Also, it's not complete yet, we are

 

           18              awaiting fountains to give water to the dogs

 

           19              and for them to get wet when it's very hot

 

           20              and benches, and the neighbors have agreed

 

           21              to put up a small pavilion to sit under when

 

           22              it's very hot, but take a skip up there if

 

           23              you get a chance and you will really get a

 

           24              charge out of it.

 

           25                      I think that's all I have, and I


 

 

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            1              also would like to wish everyone a happy

 

            2              Fourth of July and to pray that some day the

 

            3              war will end and some day the boys will come

 

            4              home and, you know, that the real wish is

 

            5              that we never have to have a war for people

 

            6              to be killed and to die for our freedom, but

 

            7              they are wonderful, they should be

 

            8              remembered and I salute them all and have a

 

            9              happy Fourth of July.  Thank you.

 

           10                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           11              Mrs. Fanucci?

 

           12                      MS. FANUCCI: I'd like to send a

 

           13              letter to Mark Seitzinger with council's

 

           14              approval, there is a hot dog vendor that's

 

           15              been parking outside of the Medallion Garage

 

           16              at night and I guess the idea is to get the

 

           17              children -- I don't want to say children,

 

           18              the kids on the way out of the bars to buy

 

           19              hot dogs at night and he has been not

 

           20              picking up after himself, so I'm not sure --

 

           21              what I'd like to know, you know, is this guy

 

           22              licensed, who is he and maybe if we can

 

           23              relocate him to a better spot that's not

 

           24              something that the city has to constantly

 

           25              maintain, you know, this seems to be a


 

 

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            1              problem for, you know, the people who are

 

            2              out there renting, also, so I went to send a

 

            3              letter out on that.

 

            4                      Also, don't forget that Nay Aug on

 

            5              the Fourth of July, a wonderful place to be.

 

            6              It has been amazing how many people have

 

            7              been up in the park and today is Pink in the

 

            8              Park and that to help Susan B. Komen Cancer

 

            9              Foundation, so to go up and participate in

 

           10              that because that's a wonderful cause.

 

           11                      As far as the -- I need to speak on

 

           12              the OECD funding, Brett McCloe, I'm not sure

 

           13              you understand, I'm certainly not in charge

 

           14              of deciding who gets the money or doling out

 

           15              the money or giving the money, that has

 

           16              nothing to do with any one of our jobs up

 

           17              here our not to decide or -- I mean, none of

 

           18              us do that.  We are pretty much just are

 

           19              here to legislate, so that has nothing to

 

           20              do, like, I can't tell you who gets the

 

           21              money or how that's the city and the state's

 

           22              qualifications that people have to meet to

 

           23              get the money, so we are not in charge, you

 

           24              know, what you say a pocket full of money

 

           25              that I can disperse, I certainly wish I


 

 

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            1              could, but I can't, but as far as our

 

            2              committees up here, we are definitely not in

 

            3              charge of any type of funding or anything

 

            4              that happens within the city, that is not

 

            5              our jobs, you know, our job is city council

 

            6              which is different from the city, so I just

 

            7              wanted to clarify that, that that is not my

 

            8              decision who gets the money and when they

 

            9              get the money, it's my job to vote on it,

 

           10              but it's certainly not doing that alone.

 

           11              You know, there is lots of people up here to

 

           12              vote.

 

           13                      As far as the ECTV, I can't believe

 

           14              that this has gotten to the contentious

 

           15              state it has gotten, not surprising though.

 

           16              I had said before and I will say again as

 

           17              long as the cameras on I'm very happy, and

 

           18              they are.  I turned on the TV today and I

 

           19              saw a beautiful screen and lot of fun new

 

           20              excitement for the city and for the people

 

           21              out there viewing I think it's going to be a

 

           22              wonderful change because there is going to

 

           23              be more to see.

 

           24                      We had done some -- I personally

 

           25              made some phone calls to find out that there


 

 

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            1              was a lot of programming that was available,

 

            2              this is water under the bridge, but there

 

            3              was a lot of free programming that I think

 

            4              that if ECTV takes advantage of it might be

 

            5              a very good thing.

 

            6                      Also, I do agree that maybe these

 

            7              two entities should try to work together.

 

            8              It couldn't be a bad thing for people to

 

            9              come together and help each other, but for

 

           10              the way that this has gone down and the

 

           11              typical, and I have to say typical behavior

 

           12              of just bashing and going out at a very

 

           13              negative way is the outcry has been from

 

           14              this audience, but as far as the rest of the

 

           15              city I have not seen it.  I really haven't,

 

           16              so I'm happy to say that as long as the

 

           17              cameras on I will be very happy.

 

           18                      City council needs to be on.  I

 

           19              believe that local government they should

 

           20              put the county on, they should put

 

           21              everything on, let everybody see, I don't

 

           22              think that that that's a problem at all, but

 

           23              as far the hostile taxover I don't know how

 

           24              hostile it is.  We saw what happens here

 

           25              today and that will be all aired, so, I


 

 

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            1              mean, I don't think there is a chance to say

 

            2              that this is not what happens here happens

 

            3              here regardless.  This is city government

 

            4              and it's at it's finest, folks, so, believe

 

            5              me, you are not going to miss any of it.

 

            6                      And that is all I have to say except

 

            7              I wish everyone a safe, happy Fourth of

 

            8              July, safe being the biggest part and hope

 

            9              that the people who are over there fighting

 

           10              for our freedom know that there are people

 

           11              over here who are appreciating every second

 

           12              that they give to us and that is all.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mrs. Fanucci.

 

           14              Mr. Courtright?

 

           15                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Yeah.  I see that we

 

           16              are going to be on the air, I have no way of

 

           17              getting back to these people that sent me

 

           18              this letter other than hopefully I'm

 

           19              assuming that they watch city council.  They

 

           20              sent me a lengthy letter about a situation

 

           21              on Washburn Street, they don't want to be

 

           22              identified, I don't even believe they want

 

           23              me to identify the problem on the air for

 

           24              fear of what would happen, so for those of

 

           25              you who sent me this letter I will turn it


 

 

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            1              over to the appropriate people and hopefully

 

            2              it will do something to solve your problem.

 

            3                   I don't know, I must be out of the loop

 

            4              here, I didn't hear anything about this

 

            5              $10,000 until somebody came to the podium

 

            6              and spoke about it and whether it was done

 

            7              properly or not done properly I don't know,

 

            8              but, once again, if it was done and it was

 

            9              done properly it still gives the impression

 

           10              that something is trying to be done

 

           11              backdoor, you know, $10,000 to an

 

           12              organization to that sends it over to ECTV I

 

           13              don't think is the right way to start.  You

 

           14              know, you are getting off on a bad foot now

 

           15              in my eyes.  I would like to ask, I don't

 

           16              know, I know everybody spoke on this, if

 

           17              this council would be agreeable to not only

 

           18              asking Mrs. Aebli, you know, to fill us in

 

           19              and see if everything was done properly, but

 

           20              to whoever she reports to, to ask them to

 

           21              also take a look at it so that no one would

 

           22              be able to say it was done improperly and if

 

           23              it was done improperly, obviously, let's

 

           24              rectify it.  To me, it just doesn't seem

 

           25              right if you gave money to an organization


 

 

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            1              and the organization turned it over to ECTV

 

            2              something doesn't seem right to me there.

 

            3                      MS. EVANS: Maybe make a motion.

 

            4                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I will make a motion

 

            5              that we send a letter to Mrs. Aebli and ask

 

            6              Ms. Aebli to send it to whoever she answers

 

            7              to in the state or federal government to see

 

            8              if this transfer of $10,000 from the East

 

            9              Scranton Neighborhood Association to ECTV

 

           10              was done legally.

 

           11                      MS. FANUCCI: I'll second that.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF: On the question?

 

           13                      MS. EVANS: We already have calls

 

           14              into Mrs. Aebli and Lori Reed.  I had

 

           15              contacted Kay yesterday and asked for a

 

           16              comprehensive explanation from OECD.  I know

 

           17              Mrs. Gatelli put in a phone call this

 

           18              morning for similar purposes.  The

 

           19              information that we have received to date

 

           20              which, of course, is not definitive is that

 

           21              there is no record of OECD funds having been

 

           22              awarded to the SBA, but there is still,

 

           23              obviously, there are numerous years to check

 

           24              back into and so they are in process of

 

           25              doing so.  I do, however, agree with your


 

 

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            1              idea to take it step further if, indeed,

 

            2              this is the case.

 

            3                      MS. FANUCCI: If one leads to the

 

            4              next then --

 

            5                      MS. EVANS: Yes, and in that event

 

            6              then certainly I think HUD should be

 

            7              notified, any other state or federal

 

            8              governments as necessary so that they can

 

            9              investigate what's been occurring in the

 

           10              office.

 

           11                      MR. MCGOFF:  Anyone else in the

 

           12              question?  All those in favor signify by

 

           13              saying aye.

 

           14                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

           15                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

           16                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

           17                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           19              ayes have it and so moved.

 

           20                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I'm going to stay

 

           21              with ECTV for just a little bit.  One of the

 

           22              panel members that selected ECTV had left me

 

           23              their phone number and their name and my

 

           24              karate school and asked me to call with any

 

           25              questions I have and I did call them and we


 

 

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            1              talked about, and I'm not going to go

 

            2              through the whole conversation, but one

 

            3              thing I believe I told him was that I was at

 

            4              two different graduation parties this week

 

            5              and one at the Villa Maria and one at the

 

            6              Harbor House and in both of those, the very

 

            7              first thing that grabbed me when I came in

 

            8              the door at Villa Marie was there was a

 

            9              table of young ladies ranging I would

 

           10              imagine from 60 to 75 years old and the

 

           11              first thing they said to me was that they

 

           12              are upset about the fact, you know, that

 

           13              it's got not going to be played more than

 

           14              once.  Some of them don't have computers,

 

           15              some of them don't want to go on their

 

           16              computer to watch it, all right, and I got

 

           17              the same thing when I was at the Harbor

 

           18              House from some people, they were younger

 

           19              people.

 

           20                      And so when I talked to the

 

           21              gentleman that was on the selection

 

           22              committee he thought that that shouldn't be

 

           23              a problem for ECTV to play it more than just

 

           24              one time.  He couldn't see why they wouldn't

 

           25              be willing to do something like that and I


 

 

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            1              don't suggest that ECTV play this four or

 

            2              five times a day, five days a week, that's

 

            3              not my suggestion.  I thought a bare minimum

 

            4              of three replays so that you would afford

 

            5              everybody that works each and every shift,

 

            6              somebody that works first, second or third

 

            7              shift if you did it that way at the bare

 

            8              minimum at least people on off shifts would

 

            9              have an opportunity to see whatever it is

 

           10              they were interested in watching.  I mean,

 

           11              there is more to Channel 61 than Scranton

 

           12              City Council, I actually watch some of the

 

           13              shows myself, which brings one other thing

 

           14              to mind.  I know AJ Munchak was here and

 

           15              saying that the county gives money to

 

           16              Scranton Today at the time and the city does

 

           17              and now the city wants to give $90,000 and

 

           18              part of the discussion I had with the

 

           19              gentleman on the selection committee was

 

           20              that he was saying, you know, they were

 

           21              going to be expanding coverage of somebody

 

           22              say, for instance, someone, you know, they

 

           23              taped it, they are going to try and train

 

           24              people that wanted to be trained to use the

 

           25              equipment and go out and film things and I


 

 

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            1              said that's fine, but now I started

 

            2              thinking, you know, why does the burden fall

 

            3              mostly on the City of Scranton?  If we are

 

            4              going to be doing the entire viewing area,

 

            5              if we are going to give money from our OECD

 

            6              I'm sure the other viewing areas have OECD

 

            7              money or other money, how about them kicking

 

            8              in a little bit?  And I understand, you

 

            9              know, if it's in the county the county is

 

           10              giving their share, but we are also in the

 

           11              county, so if we are going to be doing

 

           12              program for all of these other areas I would

 

           13              ask ECTV to go out and ask those other

 

           14              municipalities to donate money.  I don't

 

           15              think the full burden should fall on the

 

           16              City of Scranton or the bulk of the burden

 

           17              anyway.

 

           18                      MS. FANUCCI: The school board.

 

           19                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Yeah, if the school

 

           20              board wants to.  The only thing about the

 

           21              school board you are hitting the same

 

           22              taxpayers, Scrantonians.  I would like to

 

           23              see, you know --

 

           24                      MS. FANUCCI: Their pockets are a

 

           25              little deeper than ours.  They get a lot


 

 

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            1              more money than we do, so I'd like to see

 

            2              them hit up.

 

            3                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Yeah, but we're

 

            4              still hitting the Scrantonians.  I believe

 

            5              the game that they had one time involving

 

            6              Mr. Saunders was either Bloomsburg or

 

            7              Stroudsburg College, I don't know what the

 

            8              game was --

 

            9                      MS. FANUCCI: Bloomsburg.

 

           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Well, they are

 

           11              seeing it out that far, maybe they would be

 

           12              willing to donate money if they are enjoying

 

           13              the programming, and I'll leave it at that

 

           14              with Channel 61 for right now.

 

           15                      I had a list of questions given to

 

           16              me by somebody and one of the questions was

 

           17              where can somebody call concerning drug

 

           18              activity in their neighborhood and right now

 

           19              I believe you would have to call the police

 

           20              desk and they would transfer that

 

           21              information over.  I'll check and see if

 

           22              there is any one specific number for drug

 

           23              activity, but right now I don't think there

 

           24              is.  The other question that I didn't get a

 

           25              chance to take a look on, but they are


 

 

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            1              saying to me the flags at the fire station

 

            2              on Mulberry Street is worn and dirty and

 

            3              they would like to see it replaced.  I

 

            4              didn't get an opportunity, I cam down the

 

            5              other way, so I'll take a look at it and see

 

            6              if we can get it replaced.

 

            7                      And and oldie but a goodie, the

 

            8              William Schmidt plaque that was in the South

 

            9              Side field I don't know what has happened to

 

           10              that, I don't know if anybody on council

 

           11              knows, I know Mrs. Evans was big on that, is

 

           12              it ever going to be replaced?

 

           13                      MS. EVANS: No.  We have been trying

 

           14              to track that down since you and I first

 

           15              took seats on council and I did hear that it

 

           16              was at the DPW.

 

           17                      MR. COURTRIGHT: If they want find it

 

           18              would they -- Kay, if they can't find the

 

           19              plaque would you ask Mr. Brazil if they

 

           20              would make a new one?  I don't know.

 

           21                      MS. EVANS: Maybe they will now under

 

           22              Mr. Brazil.  I know I had asked for a new

 

           23              plaque from Mr. Parker and that never

 

           24              happened.

 

           25                      MS. GATELLI: And then where are you


 

 

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            1              going to put it?

 

            2                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Well, they are not

 

            3              going to be able to put it at South Side

 

            4              anymore, so whatever field the mayor gives

 

            5              to the players from South Side maybe we'll

 

            6              ask to have it put there.  I know they

 

            7              are -- my understanding is there they are

 

            8              looking at another location.

 

            9                      As I came to the meeting this

 

           10              morning I rode by because somebody asked

 

           11              about the Sunoco station on Mulberry Street

 

           12              right where you come off the bridge, I know

 

           13              it's one of the gateways to the city, why

 

           14              does it look the way it looks and what's

 

           15              going to be done there and they were cutting

 

           16              the grass and all of the weeds there were as

 

           17              I came over, but maybe, Kay, if we can ask

 

           18              the administration --

 

           19                      MS. GATELLI: I know what's going to

 

           20              be done.

 

           21                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Oh, you know?

 

           22                      MS. GATELLI: It just came before the

 

           23              zoning board last month and there is going

 

           24              to be a Dunkin Donuts there.

 

           25                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Oh, okay.  Great.


 

 

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            1                      MS. GATELLI:  So, you know, I don't

 

            2              know why the paper I think did the article,

 

            3              Stacy, Pat McKenna he usually does the

 

            4              editorials, tell him that that Sunoco

 

            5              station has been approved by the zoning

 

            6              board to be a Dunkin Donuts just at the last

 

            7              zoning meeting, so I found that interesting

 

            8              when I read that there is something being

 

            9              done with it.

 

           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Another coffee shop,

 

           11              as Mr. McGoff said, that's exactly what we

 

           12              need.  Kay, one for Mr. Brazil, the Washburn

 

           13              Street Bridge down where the old Gress

 

           14              Poultry and it's looking a little bit like a

 

           15              jungle down there if somebody can go down

 

           16              there and I believe the DPW would take care

 

           17              of that.

 

           18                      And I'll probably have Ray Lyman

 

           19              coming back here yelling at me next week,

 

           20              but, Ray, there are no beat cops anywhere in

 

           21              the city for the longest time.  My

 

           22              understanding is that today they are

 

           23              supposed to hit the streets again and I hope

 

           24              that's true and I would just like to commend

 

           25              everyone on this council because all five of


 

 

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            1              us were very eager to see that come back and

 

            2              it has and the more cops in my opinion the

 

            3              better, and that is all I have.  Thank you.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you,

 

            5              Mr. Courtright.  Just a couple of quick

 

            6              things.  Somebody mentioned, Mrs. Schumacher

 

            7              mentioned something that the Rec Authority

 

            8              was not on the agenda.  I believe that that

 

            9              passed last week.  That was in Seventh Order

 

           10              last week just for your information sake.

 

           11                      MS. GATELLI: But it was changed

 

           12              maybe she didn't know.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF: It was amended to a

 

           14              25-year term and it did pass through

 

           15              council.  Just very quickly on the ECTV

 

           16              thing, just on the selection of ECTV, I

 

           17              think that by implication we have -- or some

 

           18              people have started to attack or are

 

           19              attacking the selection process and by

 

           20              implication attacking the integrity of the

 

           21              people on the selection committee.

 

           22                      I have spoken with two of the

 

           23              members of that committee, I find them to be

 

           24              reputable and honest people who I believe

 

           25              took the job of selection seriously.  I


 

 

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            1              don't like the idea that we are in some way

 

            2              impuning their integrity and their honesty

 

            3              by questioning the process of selection.  We

 

            4              may not have agreed with the selection

 

            5              process or how it came about or the final

 

            6              decision, but I don't think that it's

 

            7              necessary to attack the people that were

 

            8              members of that committee.

 

            9                      I do agree that we should as

 

           10              somebody suggests be very careful about

 

           11              following the funding for ECTV, next week

 

           12              hopefully we will have the legislation on

 

           13              for an oversight -- the oversight committee

 

           14              that we had spoken of to approve that.

 

           15                      Also, in addition to inquiring

 

           16              through OECD as to the $10,000 that has been

 

           17              mentioned that was used as startup for ECTV

 

           18              I think it would be -- that we should also

 

           19              contact Mr. Darcy and, you know, or the

 

           20              board of the ECTV and ask, you know, what

 

           21              the source of that $10,000 was and if, in

 

           22              fact, they did receive $10,000 from some

 

           23              government source, be it OECD or some other

 

           24              place in government, that we should ask for

 

           25              an accounting of the expenditures that they


 

 

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            1              have from that revenue that they received

 

            2              and I will attempt to do that.

 

            3                      A couple of -- one thing was

 

            4              mentioned about the tax office and the

 

            5              forensic audit again.  Just in speaking with

 

            6              some people and the forensic accountant, his

 

            7              comment was that a forensic audit, while

 

            8              it's probably needed, a forensic audit looks

 

            9              for possible criminal activity or

 

           10              malfeasance on the part of someone.  It was

 

           11              his belief that what's really needed at the

 

           12              tax office is a simple auditing of

 

           13              accounting principals to determine where

 

           14              that $12 million, you know, came from, where

 

           15              it should go and how it can be prevented in

 

           16              the future.  He said that, you know, yes, a

 

           17              forensic audit is needed, but there also may

 

           18              be a need for a more extensive audit dealing

 

           19              with more accounting principals than just

 

           20              looking for malfeasance if we are ever going

 

           21              to resolve what's taking place there, so for

 

           22              what it's worth.

 

           23                      And the last thing we have talked a

 

           24              little bit about some of the playgrounds and

 

           25              all and this past first few months of the


 

 

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            1              summer I have been following my grandson

 

            2              around as he plays teener league and legion

 

            3              baseball and had the opportunity to go to a

 

            4              number of, you know, fields and playgrounds

 

            5              and one in particular stood out that as I

 

            6              got there I took a look at Battaglia Field

 

            7              which the field itself is in great shape,

 

            8              they have done a great job of, you know, the

 

            9              actual baseball field, but the surrounding

 

           10              areas and especially the stairwell or the

 

           11              staircase and the wall that leads up to the

 

           12              playground is overgrown and in really

 

           13              difficult shape much as Weston Park was at

 

           14              one time with the stone wall that's there,

 

           15              and I spoke to Mark Dougher and he did say

 

           16              that there is some plans to do some work

 

           17              there, but certainly that's an area that

 

           18              could use some renovation and some

 

           19              groundskeeping, whatever, and hopefully that

 

           20              something will be done there because my

 

           21              memory is that underneath all of that brush

 

           22              and all is, again, a beautiful stone masonry

 

           23              wall and staircase that really should be

 

           24              uncovered.

 

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            1              can think about it, obviously, when I was a

 

            2              little boy it looked a lot better than it

 

            3              was now, but maybe I'll speak with Don

 

            4              Hazzouri, he kinds it run it down there.  If

 

            5              this council would consider if we get some

 

            6              or CDBG money this year, maybe giving some

 

            7              specifically for that field.  The field is

 

            8              good, I believe West Side's baseball team is

 

            9              playing there now and the field is in good

 

           10              shape, so I would really love to see

 

           11              something done with that hill there, there

 

           12              is some nice stonework on there, so I'll

 

           13              speak with them and maybe this council would

 

           14              be willing to donate -- or not donate,

 

           15              appropriate some money this year for that.

 

           16                      MS. GATELLI:  Tell him to apply.  I

 

           17              think he asked for it.

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  He has.  They did

 

           19              the for lack of a better word the field

 

           20              house and another thing not as much on the

 

           21              hill other than their own hard blood, sweat

 

           22              and tears up there, but they need a parking

 

           23              lot paved, they need an awful lot of work

 

           24              down there, but maybe we could start off

 

           25              giving them something for that, I'm glad you


 

 

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            1              brought it up.

 

            2                      MS. GATELLI: You know what, I'll

 

            3              find out from Linda Aebli if there is any

 

            4              machine.  I think they told me there is

 

            5              money they haven't used yet, but that some

 

            6              of the board members want to do one project

 

            7              and some want to do another and they can't

 

            8              agree on what they want to do.

 

            9                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Maybe we can tell

 

           10              them if you specifically put in for that

 

           11              think we will all vote for it.

 

           12                      MS. GATELLI: I'll find out.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF: And, finally, a couple

 

           14              of people have used the term bought and paid

 

           15              for today and I personally resent that

 

           16              implication.  That verges on slander if I'm

 

           17              not mistaken and the implication of bribery

 

           18              and I don't argue with anyone who wants to

 

           19              question my voting record, you know, that's

 

           20              your prerogative, but when you start to

 

           21              defame my integrity, my honesty, my good

 

           22              name, then I do take offense and if it's

 

           23              going to happen in the future then I am

 

           24              going to ask the people to present evidence

 

           25              or that there has been bribery involved or


 

 

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            1              desist from implying it, and that is all.

 

            2                      MS. EVANS: Mr. McGoff, before we

 

            3              end, I was wondering if my requests could be

 

            4              sent on behalf of council, the citizens'

 

            5              requests?

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF: Absolutely.  I thought

 

            7              that was --

 

            8                      MS. EVANS: Rather than just

 

            9              singularly.

 

           10                      MS. GATELLI: Sure.

 

           11                      MS. EVANS: And one final comment,

 

           12              I'll speak only for myself and my purpose

 

           13              was never to impune the integrity or

 

           14              reputation of any of the members of the

 

           15              selection committee, however, since this

 

           16              selection was made many red flags,

 

           17              significant red flags, have arisen

 

           18              concerning the group that was chosen for the

 

           19              operation of the peg channel and when

 

           20              circumstances such as that occur in business

 

           21              or in government, and I have said this

 

           22              before, whether it's local, state or federal

 

           23              government an investigation ensues, and just

 

           24              as Mr. McGoff was saying if he is going, you

 

           25              know, if anyone should be impuning him he is


 

 

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            1              going to request evidence.  Well, this is a

 

            2              similar circumstance in that there is great

 

            3              evidence here, evidence abounds about this

 

            4              process and the organization who has been

 

            5              selected, yet council turns a blind eye to

 

            6              all of the evidence.  I think council is not

 

            7              doing it's job which is to I think operate

 

            8              as a check and balance to the executive

 

            9              branch and I haven't seen that happen.

 

           10                      MS. FANUCCI: I myself am very happy

 

           11              with the job I am doing, but thank you very

 

           12              much for your, you know, assessment of the

 

           13              whole thing.  As you have said, you know,

 

           14              you have done all you can.  It was, you

 

           15              know, your job to do the opposite, to make

 

           16              sure that 61 stayed where they were.  It's

 

           17              also my job to worry about what stays on the

 

           18              air and I'm very happy that something is on

 

           19              the air and I'm very happy to give someone a

 

           20              chance, and I know that this has become more

 

           21              than what it should have been which is just

 

           22              public access and it has been obvious by a

 

           23              lot of comments that have been made and

 

           24              people's behavior and how they act and how

 

           25              they don't know how to behave themselves in


 

 

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            1              public and talk about the facts and only the

 

            2              facts, so I do believe you reap what you

 

            3              sow.  If you decide to act that way that is

 

            4              exactly what you will get in return.

 

            5                      I myself am very happy, happy with

 

            6              the selection I have made, happy with the

 

            7              fact that I will voting and happy with the

 

            8              fact that there is someone new to take over

 

            9              and hopefully we will see a whole different

 

           10              view of what is out there in the city and

 

           11              more of the city.  So, I'm glad you were

 

           12              speaking on behalf of council, but next time

 

           13              please speak on behalf of yourself.

 

           14                      MS. EVANS: Well, that's precisely

 

           15              what I was doing, speaking on behalf of

 

           16              myself, and I will say my job is not to do

 

           17              the opposite, my job is to represent the

 

           18              people of the City of Scranton, not my own

 

           19              views, their views, and to listen to their

 

           20              concerns and to do my homework and sometimes

 

           21              it does appear that I might be the only one

 

           22              doing the homework on the issues and I don't

 

           23              make my decisions in a vacuum nor do I make

 

           24              them to be contrary.  My decisions are based

 

           25              on facts, statistics, information supplied


 

 

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            1              and the research I perform beyond that.  I'm

 

            2              not a proponent of any one group or any one

 

            3              organization, I'm just exercising my

 

            4              responsibilities as an elected official and

 

            5              if that's disturbing to, you know,

 

            6              individuals who see no need to investigate

 

            7              serious concerns and red flags, well, then

 

            8              that's certainly your prerogative.

 

            9                      MS. FANUCCI: You are very good at

 

           10              putting out there what you just want to put

 

           11              out there, it's amazing to me.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF:  Please.

 

           13                      MS. FANUCCI: I'm going to say one

 

           14              thing though, you know, your innuendoes and

 

           15              your insinuations have been amazing since

 

           16              the day I sat here, but no longer will I be

 

           17              listening to them.  Yes, you are right, I

 

           18              will do what I want to do for the people of

 

           19              the city.  You are not the only one who is

 

           20              elected and you certainly not the only one

 

           21              who does what needs to be done here.  I know

 

           22              that, you know, to self-pat your back -- pat

 

           23              yourself on the back has been a very good

 

           24              thing for you, but there are other people in

 

           25              this city, not just, you know, the people


 

 

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            1              you feel you represent.  There was not an

 

            2              outcry.  There was not an outpour.  I know

 

            3              that you get hundreds and thousands of

 

            4              e-mails a day, but so do the rest of us.

 

            5              So, please, just stop being one person and

 

            6              be a part of the group.

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF: We are getting personal

 

            8              here.

 

            9                      MS. GATELLI: I'd just like -- I'm

 

           10              not getting personal.

 

           11                      MR. MCGOFF: No.

 

           12                      MS. GATELLI:  I just have one thing

 

           13              to say, that we think there may be a problem

 

           14              with the 10,000 and we all voted for it, so

 

           15              I think that speaks for itself.  I think

 

           16              that we are all interested in things if they

 

           17              are not right.  Your relationship with who

 

           18              you want to run the channel is different.  I

 

           19              may have a different opinion than other

 

           20              people up here, but if there is a problem

 

           21              and a red flag, you know, we all voted, yes,

 

           22              on finding out about that money, so I think

 

           23              we are all concerned about the citizens in

 

           24              the community and I think we will all

 

           25              continue to try to work together to make


 

 

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            1              things better for everybody.

 

            2                      MR. MCGOFF:  Thank you.  I know I

 

            3              keep saying one last thing.  I guess there

 

            4              was scrolled I believe on Channel 61 a

 

            5              blight hotline and pothole line number at

 

            6              one time and apparently someone called the

 

            7              city and said that they had left something

 

            8              like 25 messages and no one had ever gotten

 

            9              back to them.  Apparently, whatever number

 

           10              was there had been discontinued, but it

 

           11              somehow was continuing to take messages and

 

           12              so when this woman finally called they have

 

           13              investigated and found there was somewhere

 

           14              around 45 messages left on the hotline, the

 

           15              blight hotline.  Mr. Oleski is contacting

 

           16              each of those persons realizing that it's,

 

           17              you know, some of the calls are from a few

 

           18              months past, but that the blight hotline is

 

           19              now operational and someone is responding to

 

           20              those.  They are investigating as to whether

 

           21              the pothole hot line number whether there is

 

           22              messages somewhere that can be used, so if

 

           23              you have a blight issue that hotline is

 

           24              available.

 

           25                      MS. GATELLI: Mr. McGoff, maybe in


 

 

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            1              light of the some of the things that were

 

            2              discussed here today maybe we can find out

 

            3              about putting in a graffiti hotline and a

 

            4              drug hotline also on the television whether

 

            5              it go to the DA or the city police I think

 

            6              those are two other necessary numbers that

 

            7              we need to setup some type of an answering

 

            8              machine for if you could investigate that.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF: I will look into it.

 

           10              I'm sure there is probably some type of, you

 

           11              know, drug hotline somewhere that all we

 

           12              need to do is --

 

           13                      MS. GATELLI: Is advertise the

 

           14              number.

 

           15                      MR. MCGOFF: -- advertise it, and the

 

           16              other one, the graffiti one, I'm not sure,

 

           17              but I'm sure that we could arrange something

 

           18              that there would be a line to call and I

 

           19              will look into it.  Thank you.

 

           20                      MS. GATELLI: Thanks.  And I'll call

 

           21              Mr. Talerico.

 

           22                      MR. MCGOFF: I think that's all.

 

           23                      MS. GARVEY: FIFTH ORDER.  5-B. FOR

 

           24              INTRODUCTION - AN ORDINANCE - AUTHORIZING AN

 

           25              EASEMENT ON CITY-OWNED LAND TO THE SCRANTON


 

 

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            1              SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE

 

            2              NEW WEST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

 

            3                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll

 

            4              entertain a motion that 5-B be introduced

 

            5              into it's proper committee.

 

            6                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  So moved.

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF: On the question?

 

            9                      MS. EVANS: If there are any

 

           10              residents of the area who feel they will be

 

           11              negatively impacted by the transfer of this

 

           12              easement, I hope you will contact the office

 

           13              of city council or come to a council meeting

 

           14              next week and express your points of view

 

           15              because it would certainly not be my

 

           16              intention to infringe on your rights as a

 

           17              property owner by passing this legislation.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF: I would like to comment,

 

           19              also, in the backup it says there is no

 

           20              change in the project, the easement simply

 

           21              allows the district additional access to the

 

           22              parcel in a more timely fashion and the

 

           23              words additional access, and also in a more

 

           24              timely fashion, I would like some

 

           25              clarification as to what that actually means


 

 

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            1              and if that does mean that we are going to

 

            2              cause further inconvenience to the property

 

            3              owners around that parcel of land certainly

 

            4              I would agree with you that if there is

 

            5              anyone that has a problem with this

 

            6              legislation that they please contact council

 

            7              and I would also like to have some

 

            8              clarification on those on the idea of

 

            9              additional access and what that means.

 

           10              Anyone else?  All those in favor of

 

           11              introduction signify by saying aye.

 

           12                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

           13                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

           14                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

           15                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           17              ayes have it and so moved.

 

           18                      MS. GARVEY: 5-C. FOR INTRODUCTION -

 

           19              A RESOLUTION - REAPPOINTING DAVID CARDEN,

 

           20              248 WILBUR STREET, SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA,

 

           21              18508, AS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF ZONING

 

           22              APPEALS FOR THE CITY OF SCRANTON.  MR.

 

           23              CARDEN'S TERM EXPIRES ON JULY 1, 2008 AND

 

           24              HIS NEW TERM WILL EXPIRE ON JULY 1, 2011.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF:  At this time I'll


 

 

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            1              entertain a motion that Item 5-C be

 

            2              introduced into it's proper committee.

 

            3                      MR. COURTRIGHT: So moved.

 

            4                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

            5                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

            6              those in favor signify by saying aye.

 

            7                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

            8                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

            9                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           11                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           12              ayes have it and so moved.

 

           13                      MS. GARVEY: SIXTH ORDER.  NO

 

           14              BUSINESS AT THIS TIME.  SEVENTH ORDER.  7-A.

 

           15              FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC

 

           16              SAFETY - FOR ADOPTION - FILE OF COUNCIL NO.

 

           17              23, 2008 - ESTABLISHING A "NO PARKING" ZONE

 

           18              ALONG THE SOUTHERLY SIDE OF MULBERRY STREET

 

           19              (S.R. 3027) FROM THE NOW VACATED HITCHCOCK

 

           20              COURT EAST TO A POINT SEVENTY FIVE FEET

 

           21              (75') EAST OF THE CENTER LINE OF ROYAL WAY

 

           22              (QUINCY AVENUE VACATED) THE SAME DISTANCE AS

 

           23              MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED ON THE MAP/PLAN

 

           24              ATTACHED HERETO, TO ALLOW FOR SITE DISTANCE

 

           25              FOR THE DRIVEWAY TO ROYAL WAY.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF: What is the

 

            2              recommendation of the Chairperson for the

 

            3              Committee on Public Safety?

 

            4                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  As Chairperson for

 

            5              the Committee on Public Safety, I recommend

 

            6              final passage of Item 7-A.

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF: On the question?  Roll

 

            9              call, please.

 

           10                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           11                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

           12                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           13                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.

 

           14                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           15                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           16                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           17                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           18                      MR. COOLICAN:  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 PUBLIC SAFETY FOR

 

           23              ADOPTION - FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 24, 2008 -

 

           24              REMOVING PARKING METERS ON THE SOUTHERLY

 

           25              SIDE OF MULBERRY STREET (S.R. 3027) FROM THE


 

 

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            1              NOW VACATED HITCHCOCK COURT TO MCKENNA

 

            2              COURT, THE SAME DISTANCE AS MORE

 

            3              PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED ON THE SITE PLAN

 

            4              ATTACHED HERETO, IN THE "NO PARKING" ZONE

 

            5              ESTABLISHED TO ALLOW FOR SIGHT DISTANCE FOR

 

            6              THE DRIVEWAY OF THE NEW UNIVERSITY OF

 

            7              SCRANTON CAMPUS CENTER.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF: What is the

 

            9              recommendation of the chairperson for the

 

           10              Committee on public safety?

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT: As Chairperson for

 

           12              the Committee on Public Safety I recommend

 

           13              final passage of Item 7-B.

 

           14                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

           15                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  On the question?

 

           16              Roll call, please.

 

           17                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           18                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

           19                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           20                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.

 

           21                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           22                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           23                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           24                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           25                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

            2              Item 7-B legally and lawfully adopted.

 

            3                      MS. GARVEY: 7-C. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

            4              BY THE COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT -

 

            5              FOR ADOPTION - FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 25, 2008

 

            6              - AMENDING FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 123, 2007,

 

            7              ENTITLED, "AN ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE

 

            8              MAYOR AND OTHER APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS OF THE

 

            9              CITY OF SCRANTON TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY

 

           10              ACTIONS TO IMPLEMENT THE CONSOLIDATED

 

           11              SUBMISSION FOR COMMUNITY PLANNING AND

 

           12              DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS (AS AMENDED) TO BE

 

           13              FUNDED UNDER THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK

 

           14              GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM, HOME INVESTMENT

 

           15              PARTNERSHIP (HOME) PROGRAM AND EMERGENCY

 

           16              SHELTER GRANT (ESG) PROGRAM," BY

 

           17              TRANSFERRING $216,371.58 FROM PROJECT 05-154

 

           18              FRIENDSHIP HOUSE AND $24,371.58 FROM PROJECT

 

           19              05-154.1 FRIENDSHIP HOUSE TO PROJECT 07-04

 

           20              PAVING OF CITY STREETS TO INCLUDE

 

           21              HANDICAPPED CURB CUTS.

 

           22                      MR. MCGOFF: What is the

 

           23              recommendation of the Chairperson for the

 

           24              Committee on Community Development?

 

           25                      MS. FANUCCI: As Chairperson for the


 

 

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            1              Committee on Community Development, I

 

            2              recommend final passage of Item 7-C.

 

            3                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF: On the question?  Roll

 

            5              call, please?

 

            6                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

            7                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

            8                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

            9                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.

 

           10                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           11                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           12                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           13                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           14                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           15                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           16              Item 7-C legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           17              Prior to reading 7-D I believe that this was

 

           18              the one that we wished to table so I need a

 

           19              motion to table.

 

           20                      MS. GATELLI:  I'll make a motion to

 

           21              table 7-D.

 

           22                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF: On the question?  All

 

           24              those in favor signify by saying aye.

 

           25                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.


 

 

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            1                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

            2                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

            3                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

            5              ayes have it and so moved.  Item 7-D is

 

            6              tabled.

 

            7                      MS. GARVEY: 7-E. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

            8              BY THE COMMITTEE ON RULES - FOR ADOPTION -

 

            9              FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 27,2008 - APPROVING THE

 

           10              TRANSFER OF A RESTAURANT LIQUOR LICENSE

 

           11              CURRENTLY OWNED BY ANN MARIE KULICK T/A

 

           12              ANN'S BAR, 160 BOULEVARD AVENUE, THROOP, PA

 

           13              18512, LICENSE NO. R-15082 TO KENDRA A.

 

           14              RICCIO ENTERPRISES, LLC T/A/ "BALLINA" FOR

 

           15              USE AT 2934 BIRNEY AVENUE, SCRANTON, PA. AS

 

           16              REQUIRED BY THE PENNSYLVANIA LIQUOR CONTROL

 

           17              BOARD.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF: As chairperson for the

 

           19              Committee on Rules, I recommend final

 

           20              passage of Item 7-E.

 

           21                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Second.

 

           22                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

           23              call, please.

 

           24                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           25                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.


 

 

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            1                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

            2                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.

 

            3                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

            4                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

            5                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

            6                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

            7                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

            9              Item 7-E legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           10                      MS. GARVEY: 7-F. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           11              BY THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY - FOR

 

           12              ADOPTION - FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 29, 2008 -

 

           13              ACCEPTING AND ORDAINING A FOUR (4) FOOT

 

           14              PORTION OF LAND TO WIDEN A PORTION OF

 

           15              LAVELLE COURT IN THE VICINITY OF THE FIVE

 

           16              HUNDRED BLOCK OF MOOSIC STREET TO CREATE A

 

           17              RIGHT OF WAY TO TWENTY (20) FEET.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF: What is the

 

           19              recommendation of the Chairperson for the

 

           20              Committee on Public Safety?

 

           21                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  As chairperson for

 

           22              the Committee on Public Safety, I recommend

 

           23              final passage of Item 7-F.

 

           24                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll


 

 

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            1              call, please.

 

            2                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

            3                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

            4                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

            5                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.

 

            6                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

            8                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

            9                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           10                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           11                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           12              Item 7-F legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           13              Motion to adjourn?

 

           14                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  So moved.

 

           15                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank for your

 

           16              participation and cooperation.

 

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            4        I hereby certify that the proceedings and

 

            5   evidence are contained fully and accurately in the

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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