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            1              SCRANTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

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            5                          HELD:

 

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            7               Tuesday, September 16, 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, RPR -  COURT REPORTER

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                CITY OF SCRANTON COUNCIL:

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            4   MR. ROBERT MCGOFF, PRESIDENT

 

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                MS. JUDY GATELLI, VICE-PRESIDENT

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            7   MS. JANET E. EVANS

 

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                MS. SHERRY FANUCCI

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           10   MR. WILLIAM COURTRIGHT

 

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                MS. KAY GARVEY, CITY CLERK

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           13   MR. NEIL COOLICAN, ASSISTANT CITY CLERK

 

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                MR. AMIL MINORA, SOLICITOR

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            1    (Pledge of Allegiance and moment of reflection

 

            2   observed.)

 

            3                      MR. MCGOFF:  Roll call.

 

            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, and prior to

 

           15              Third Order we do have a proclamation to

 

           16              read and to present and if the students

 

           17              would please stand and we'll come around.

 

           18                      I would like to read the following

 

           19              proclamation for the students of West

 

           20              Scranton High School who were involved in

 

           21              the initial phases of the smoking ban which

 

           22              has now become part of Pennsylvania state

 

           23              law.  I would like to also acknowledge the

 

           24              teachers, Mr. Tom Murray, and Mr. Jason

 

           25              O' Hearn for their work with the students,


 

 

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            1              and promoting the civic action which I'm

 

            2              sure will benefit not only the city and the

 

            3              state but benefit the students for the rest

 

            4              of their lives.  Also, vice-principal

 

            5              Bridget Frownfelter for her role in

 

            6              encouraging the students to take on such a

 

            7              worthy endeavor.

 

            8                      The Proclamation reads:  "WHEREAS,

 

            9              as the Council of the City of Scranton is

 

           10              desirous of honoring "WEST SCRANTON HIGH

 

           11              SCHOOL STUDENTS HECTOR GONZALEZ, MICHAEL

 

           12              GENELLO, CHESTER WILLIAMS, KATHLEEN CADDEN,

 

           13              BRIANNA SPINDLER, ALYSSA GATTO, AMY GILBERT,

 

           14              JUSTINE TYRELL AND OLIVIA WALSH" in

 

           15              recognition of their dedication and hard

 

           16              work in their desire to ban smoking in the

 

           17              City of Scranton; and

 

           18                      WHEREAS, the "WEST SCRANTON

 

           19              STUDENTS" introduced to Scranton City

 

           20              Council an extensive presentation about the

 

           21              value of banning smoking in public gathering

 

           22              places; and

 

           23                      WHEREAS, in their research contacted

 

           24              officials in the Pennsylvania House of

 

           25              Representatives as well as offices of the


 

 

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            1              mayors of New York City and Philadelphia in

 

            2              an effort to study the health and economic

 

            3              impact the smoking ban has on the citizens

 

            4              of these cities in order to pass along

 

            5              knowledgeable information to the citizens of

 

            6              Scranton; and

 

            7                      WHEREAS, under the supervision of

 

            8              their West Scranton Teachers, Mr. Jason

 

            9              O'Hearn and Mr. Thomas Murray, this lesson

 

           10              was meant to encourage student engagement in

 

           11              government and show that well-researched and

 

           12              presented arguments will be listened to by

 

           13              the government.

 

           14                      NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that

 

           15              on Tuesday, September 16, 2008, Scranton

 

           16              City Council wishes to congratulate the

 

           17              "WEST SCRANTON STUDENTS," their teachers and

 

           18              parents for their outstanding achievement.

 

           19                   BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this

 

           20              Proclamation be made a permanent part a

 

           21              minutes of this council as lasting tribute

 

           22              to Hector, Michael, Chester, Kathleen,

 

           23              Brianna, Melissa, Amy, Justin and Olivia."

 

           24                   Congratulations, and there is also a

 

           25              proclamation that will be for the school


 

 

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            1              itself that hopefully will be placed in the

 

            2              school so that future generations can see

 

            3              the contributions of these fine students.

 

            4              One more?  Congratulations.

 

            5                      (City Council returns to dais.)

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF:  Just a point of

 

            7              reference or note, the Proclamations that

 

            8              were given out there was one name that was

 

            9              inadvertently left off the Proclamation.

 

           10              That will be corrected and a Proclamation

 

           11              will be given to the student whose name was

 

           12              omitted.  But, again, I know that the

 

           13              smoking ban had it's adversaries and I know

 

           14              that created some turmoil in the City of

 

           15              Scranton, but that should not reflect upon

 

           16              the great effort that these students made to

 

           17              do something that they contributed

 

           18              worthwhile and to engage in an endeavor that

 

           19              many adults would not take on.  I think

 

           20              their civic action should be applauded and

 

           21              thus was the reason for our Proclamation and

 

           22              hopefully they will continue to do service

 

           23              to their community in the same vein that

 

           24              they have done in the past, and thank you.

 

           25              Third Order.


 

 

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            1                      MS. GARVEY: 3-A.  TAX COLLECTION

 

            2              COMPARISON REPORTS RECEIVED FROM THE SINGLE

 

            3              TAX OFFICE ON JULY 9, 2008.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

            5              If not, received and filed.

 

            6                      MS. GARVEY: 3-B.  TAX COLLECTION

 

            7              COMPARISON REPORTS RECEIVED FROM THE SINGLE

 

            8              TAX OFFICE ON SEPTEMBER 9, 2008.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

           10              If not, received and filed.

 

           11                      MS. GARVEY: 3-C.  MINUTES OF THE

 

           12              VACANT PROPERTY REVIEW COMMITTEE MEETING

 

           13              HELD ON JULY 20, 2008.

 

           14                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

           15              If not, received and filed.

 

           16                      MS. GARVEY: 3-D.  APPLICATIONS AND

 

           17              DECISIONS RENDERED BY THE ZONING HEARING

 

           18              BOARD MEETING HELD ON SEPTEMBER 10, 2008.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

           20              If not, received and filed.

 

           21                      MS. GARVEY: That's it for Third

 

           22              Order.

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you.  Prior to

 

           24              citizens; participation, any announcements

 

           25              from council?


 

 

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            1                      MS. EVANS: A cancer benefit for

 

            2              Beverly Koch, a young mother who is battling

 

            3              lung cancer, will be conducted on Saturday,

 

            4              September 20, at the E-Street Pub and

 

            5              Eatery, 223 West Market Street in North

 

            6              Scranton from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15

 

            7              and available at the door.  If you are

 

            8              unable to attend, but are still interested

 

            9              in making a donation, a benefit fund for

 

           10              Beverly has been opened at Penn Security

 

           11              Bank, 1901 Sanderson Avenue, Scranton.

 

           12                   Also, the Upper Hill Ecumenical

 

           13              Committee comprised of the Myrtle Street

 

           14              Methodist Church, Immaculate Conception

 

           15              Church, and St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran

 

           16              Church will be conducting events during the

 

           17              remainder of 2008 to benefit St. Francis of

 

           18              Assisi kitchen.  Monthly friendly family fun

 

           19              nights will be held at the Dunmore

 

           20              Friendly's restaurant during the hours of 5

 

           21              to 8 p.m. on the following dates:

 

           22              September 24, October 15, and November 19.

 

           23              Please keep in mind that the September 24

 

           24              date you can make a difference in the lives

 

           25              of others by dining out once each month and


 

 

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            1              encouraging others to do so as well.

 

            2                      MS. FANUCCI: I actually have one

 

            3              thing to say, I know that we are very packed

 

            4              here with our participants, but the fact

 

            5              that the school board meeting is going on

 

            6              right now and the amount of money that is

 

            7              being spent out of the taxes from our

 

            8              citizens and that they unfortunately had

 

            9              scheduled the meeting for tonight, I just

 

           10              wanted to make sure that everyone in the

 

           11              audience was aware that that meeting is also

 

           12              going on and with the amount of money that

 

           13              you are paying, I would believe that you

 

           14              would want to get there to voice your

 

           15              opinion because I know how you are so strong

 

           16              on how your money is being spent in the

 

           17              city.

 

           18                      So I just wanted to make sure that

 

           19              everyone here was aware that that was also

 

           20              an option for tonight because I was a little

 

           21              taken back and sad to see that that meeting

 

           22              was also scheduled on the same night as ours

 

           23              and we are talking about a lot, a lot of

 

           24              money, so that is really all I wanted to say

 

           25              to give people an opportunity.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF: Anybody anyone else?

 

            2              Thank you.  Citizens' participation.  First

 

            3              speaker, Harold Cameron.

 

            4                      MR. CAMERON: Good evening,

 

            5              distinguished members of our council, and

 

            6              good evening.  I want to draw your reference

 

            7              to an ordinance authorizing the mayor and

 

            8              other appropriate city officials under 5-B I

 

            9              guess you would call it to enter into

 

           10              agreement with an organization known as

 

           11              OCWEN Loan Servicing.  I don't know too much

 

           12              about this agreement, but what I do want you

 

           13              to know is the Better Business Bureau has

 

           14              rated OCWEN Financial as unsatisfactory.

 

           15              Their business practices generated 523

 

           16              complaints in the past 36 months and 188

 

           17              complaints in the last 12 months, so the

 

           18              Better Business Bureau says doing business

 

           19              with them is a bad policy.

 

           20                      Then, ConsumerComplaintsBoard.com

 

           21              has a number of the consumer complaints

 

           22              lodged against OCWEN Loan Servicing and

 

           23              OCWEN financial and then the

 

           24              MortgageInsider.net, the gentleman that

 

           25              writes this says that, "When I search for


 

 

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            1              complaints against OCWEN Loan Servicing I

 

            2              found the worst complaints a mortgage

 

            3              service can get levied against them."

 

            4                      A quick story, years ago, years ago,

 

            5              and, of course, this is now 2008, but years

 

            6              ago my dad had a loan and it was bought out

 

            7              by OCWEN and he was making his payments on

 

            8              time, and they kept saying, no, you are not

 

            9              making your payments, the money didn't

 

           10              appear, the branch manager actually called

 

           11              their office and said, "I can certify that

 

           12              the money was indeed sent."

 

           13                      They refused.  They said, "No, the

 

           14              money has never been received."

 

           15                      Ultimately, dad went to another bank

 

           16              and the branch manager of that bank tried to

 

           17              called OCWEN and I said, "I've got $36,000

 

           18              for you to pay this loan off."

 

           19                      They wouldn't accept it.  His lawyer

 

           20              called OCWEN Financial and said, "Listen, we

 

           21              want to pay the loan off."

 

           22                      They wouldn't accept it.  Finally.

 

           23              The vice-president of People's Bank in

 

           24              Nicholson, Pennsylvania, calls.  They hung

 

           25              up on him.  This was years ago.


 

 

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            1                      MS. FANUCCI: I just want to

 

            2              interrupt you, I'm Sherry, I want to

 

            3              interrupt for one second because I wanted

 

            4              you to understand that we are not borrowing

 

            5              money or doing business with them.

 

            6                      MR. CAMERON: Okay.

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI: Okay?  So, I didn't

 

            8              know you want you to think that we were

 

            9              entering into like a business agreement with

 

           10              them.

 

           11                      MR. CAMERON: Okay.

 

           12                      MS. FANUCCI: They are giving us the

 

           13              money and at the end they will be giving us

 

           14              the land, we will actually get the land so

 

           15              it's not like we are, you know, into a

 

           16              financial agreement with them.  I just

 

           17              wanted you to understand that.

 

           18                      MR. CAMERON: Just a one-time and

 

           19              when it's done it's over -- .

 

           20                      MS. FANUCCI: Right.

 

           21                      MR. CAMERON:  -- and when it's done

 

           22              it's over and we have no further --

 

           23                      MS. FANUCCI: Exactly, so it's not

 

           24              like we are in a financial agreement with

 

           25              them.


 

 

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            1                      MR. CAMERON: Okay, I just wanted you

 

            2              to be aware if you were entering into

 

            3              anything --

 

            4                      MS. FANUCCI: No, I think it's great

 

            5              that you --

 

            6                      MR. CAMERON: Super.

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI: Thank you so much.

 

            8                      MR. CAMERON: Thank you very much.

 

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

 

           10              Les Spindler.

 

           11                      MR. SPINDLER: Good evening, Council.

 

           12              Les Spindler, Scranton resident and

 

           13              homeowner.  Last week I spoke about the

 

           14              people burning wood in the backyard and,

 

           15              Mrs. Gatelli, you said you thought that you

 

           16              did something about this as a council?

 

           17                      MS. GATELLI:  Yes, I'm going to

 

           18              report on that in motions, I have some

 

           19              information on that.

 

           20                      MR. SPINDLER: I know what you did

 

           21              was you okayed for the purpose of heating

 

           22              your houses that that's -- this wasn't back

 

           23              in 2002.

 

           24                      MS. GATELLI:  Yeah, I know, I'll

 

           25              report on it, so I don't take up your time.


 

 

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            1                      MR. SPINDLER:  Okay, well, I don't

 

            2              have a lot of stuff to say anyway.  Let's

 

            3              see, last week, Mrs. Fanucci, you commented

 

            4              about the Connell building there is going to

 

            5              be apartments and stores and this and that

 

            6              and I'd like to know who is going to move

 

            7              into these apartments because nobody is

 

            8              moving into this city.  In my area alone

 

            9              where I live within maybe a three-block

 

           10              radius of my house in the last five weeks

 

           11              five different homes have gone on for sale.

 

           12              That's one house a week that went up for

 

           13              sale just within three blocks of my house.

 

           14              There is nobody moving into this city, there

 

           15              is people moving out, but not in.  Maybe the

 

           16              only people moving who are moving in are the

 

           17              elderly and they'll be going into the

 

           18              nursing homes.

 

           19                      MS. FANUCCI: Les, was this a

 

           20              question?

 

           21                      MR. SPINDLER: No, it wasn't a

 

           22              question, Mrs. Fanucci, it's just a comment.

 

           23                      MS. FANUCCI:  Oh, you are just

 

           24              talking at me, okay?

 

           25                      MR. SPINDLER: The next thing, I hear


 

 

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            1              excuses from CDT, Chris Doherty TV, that the

 

            2              reason the broadcasts aren't live is because

 

            3              they don't have any money.  Well, Scranton

 

            4              Today worked on a shoestring budget that

 

            5              carried the meetings live, the sound was

 

            6              terrific, they carried meetings more than

 

            7              three times a week and when they had to

 

            8              raise money they raised money on their own.

 

            9              They didn't get too much money from the

 

           10              city, all the money -- most of the money

 

           11              they received was on their own, so why

 

           12              doesn't CDTV raise their own money and buy a

 

           13              three-hour tape so the tapes don't have to

 

           14              be interrupted.

 

           15                      The next thing, last week on the

 

           16              same subject, last week a man named Alex

 

           17              Allen from NEPA Public Access Project was on

 

           18              WILK news radio and he spoke about this

 

           19              subject.  He says he has filed a 15-page

 

           20              brief with HUD stating the RFP process to

 

           21              choose a new station was just a ruse by

 

           22              Chris Doherty to get a station he could

 

           23              control and Mr. Allen stated many reasons

 

           24              proving his facts that Chris Doherty did

 

           25              this and that the process to choose the


 

 

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            1              station was unfair and he is hoping HUD will

 

            2              overturn that and reopen the RFP process, so

 

            3              I wish Mr. Allen best of luck in his project

 

            4              and I hope he is successful.

 

            5                      Lastly, I spoke about this I don't

 

            6              know how many times, but the line painting I

 

            7              asked in front of the Steamtown Mall and on

 

            8              the corner of Franklin and Spruce, I noticed

 

            9              within the last two weeks brand new lines

 

           10              have been painted in front of Prep High

 

           11              School.  Now, there seems to be lines

 

           12              painted all over the city except in the

 

           13              entrance to of the Steamtown Mall and the

 

           14              corner of Franklin and Spruce.  Why is this?

 

           15              Can anyone answer me?

 

           16                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Les, the ones around

 

           17              the schools was the joint effort between the

 

           18              school district and the city.  The city

 

           19              supplied the materials, the school district

 

           20              painted their own lines.  But, I believe I

 

           21              asked them, and I didn't get it in writing,

 

           22              but I believe that the painting in front of

 

           23              the mall is scheduled to be done.  I

 

           24              specifically asked them about that, and I

 

           25              explained the problems and I thought it


 

 

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            1              would have been done by now, but I will

 

            2              check and make sure.

 

            3                      MR. SPINDLER: It'd be nice because

 

            4              I've only been asking for three years now.

 

            5                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I'll have an answer

 

            6              for you next week.

 

            7                      MR. SPINDLER:  And find about Spruce

 

            8              where it meets Franklin.

 

            9                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Okay.

 

           10                      MR. SPINDLER: Because there is a

 

           11              dotted line down the center, but when you

 

           12              come to the corner that was always three

 

           13              lanes.

 

           14                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Spruce and Franklin;

 

           15              right?

 

           16                      MR. SPINDLER: I have asked about

 

           17              that, also.

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  All right, got you.

 

           19                      MR. SPINDLER: Thank you.

 

           20                      MR. COURTRIGHT: You are welcome.

 

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

 

           22              Andy Sbaraglia.

 

           23                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Andy Sbaraglia,

 

           24              citizen of Scranton, fellow Scrantonians.  I

 

           25              know it's -- you just got a little


 

 

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            1              information on this project, but this 5-C,

 

            2              you know, it's selling this and selling

 

            3              that, selling this, selling that,

 

            4              transferring this back, forget it.  It's

 

            5              long complicated, what does PEL say?  Now, I

 

            6              know originally they disapproved of it and

 

            7              they certainly can't approve of it now

 

            8              because they just did it twice.  Now, I

 

            9              would like to know what does PEL think of

 

           10              all of these things before you go voting on

 

           11              another transfer?

 

           12                      That's something you should check

 

           13              with PEL on because they disapproved of it

 

           14              before and certainly you can't approve of it

 

           15              now.  Let's go to, let's get into 7-F, I

 

           16              guess, and "G".  As you know, the city has

 

           17              lined up loans and borrowing and grants, I

 

           18              think it's all grants up to 29 million for

 

           19              the 500 block of Lackawanna Avenue.  Do you

 

           20              realize that with $29 million we wouldn't

 

           21              have to collect city real estate taxes in

 

           22              the city for two years?  That's two years

 

           23              worth of taxes you just poured into

 

           24              Lackawanna Avenue.  Of course, it's not --

 

           25              well, it's our money, but I'm willing to get


 

 

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            1              into all of the different places it came

 

            2              from and basically it comes back to people

 

            3              who are working.

 

            4                      MS. FANUCCI: But, you do know they

 

            5              are not just going to give it to you just to

 

            6              pay the taxes?  I mean, that's not going to

 

            7              happen.

 

            8                      MR. SBARAGLIA: I don't care.  I'm

 

            9              just telling you what it amounts to.

 

           10                      MS. FANUCCI: Well, right, but it's

 

           11              comparing an apple and a grape.

 

           12                      MR. SBARAGLIA: The reason why I'm

 

           13              bringing it up at this time is because last

 

           14              week in the middle of the week there was a

 

           15              list of people houses that were going up for

 

           16              sale.

 

           17                      MS. FANUCCI: Mine was one of them.

 

           18              I sold mine.

 

           19                      MR. SBARAGLIA: I know did, but I'm

 

           20              not talking about your selling it, I'm

 

           21              talking people that were being forced, okay,

 

           22              by the bank, that was the reason, so --

 

           23                      MS. FANUCCI: Been there.

 

           24                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Yes.  We are in

 

           25              trouble.  This city is in trouble and you


 

 

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            1              are not helping it.

 

            2                      MS. GATELLI: Andy, the United States

 

            3              is in trouble.

 

            4                      MR. SBARAGLIA: I'm not referring to

 

            5              the whole world, I can't change the world.

 

            6                      MS. GATELLI: And we need to --

 

            7                      MR. SBARAGLIA: That I can't do.

 

            8                      MS. GATELLI:  We need to concentrate

 

            9              on that, too.

 

           10                      MR. SBARAGLIA:  But I'm talking

 

           11              about -- you have to start somewhere.  When

 

           12              you start a journey it's the first step

 

           13              that's important.  You don't see that.

 

           14                      MS. FANUCCI: Andy, I totally agree

 

           15              with you on that, but what I'm saying is

 

           16              $29 million to say, I'm not taking it for

 

           17              this, if we could put it towards taxes you

 

           18              don't think we all would have done that?  We

 

           19              would do that in a heartbeat.

 

           20                      MR. SBARAGLIA: I don't think you

 

           21              would have.

 

           22                      MS. FANUCCI: Oh, come on, Andy.

 

           23                      MR. SBARAGLIA:  I really don't think

 

           24              so.  I really think you do what you do

 

           25              because people are make being out on this


 

 

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            1              project.

 

            2                      MS. FANUCCI: Now, that is the --

 

            3              first of all, it's absolutely wrong.

 

            4                      MR. SBARAGLIA: When I asked you --

 

            5                      MS. FANUCCI: The people who are

 

            6              putting the work hats on and going down

 

            7              everyday to work, the union people who are

 

            8              building those building, the people who live

 

            9              there, the people who will be able to shop

 

           10              downtown, the people who are putting the

 

           11              windows in, the computers, the rugs, they

 

           12              are the people who are making the money.

 

           13                      MR. SBARAGLIA: No, no, no.  First of

 

           14              all, a lot of them union people you talk

 

           15              about don't live in the city.

 

           16                      MS. FANUCCI:  Oh --

 

           17                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Don't tell me they

 

           18              don't, I'm a union member and I was in the

 

           19              building trades, I know how much money I

 

           20              made and they told me I was crazy to live in

 

           21              Scranton.

 

           22                      MS. FANUCCI: Wouldn't you have lucky

 

           23              if you could have went downtown and went in

 

           24              a project right in your backyard?  That's

 

           25              what it's about.


 

 

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            1                      MR. SBARAGLIA: All of them projects

 

            2              I went to was done with the developer's

 

            3              money, not with public money.  When the bank

 

            4              went up, the Citizen's Bank went up in town

 

            5              you think they went for grants?

 

            6                      MS. FANUCCI: You are saying we

 

            7              shouldn't use public money?  We should take

 

            8              public money?

 

            9                      MR. SBARAGLIA: I'm not saying that.

 

           10              I'm not just telling you what exactly that

 

           11              amount of money would do.

 

           12                      MS. FANUCCI: Of course, it would,

 

           13              but we are taking what's given to us.  We

 

           14              are taking it.

 

           15                      MR. SBARAGLIA: I'm not here to argue

 

           16              with you on this projects.

 

           17                      MS. FANUCCI:  Well, you are saying

 

           18              --

 

           19                      MR. SBARAGLIA: No, you are answering

 

           20              me.

 

           21                      MS. FANUCCI: I am answering you.

 

           22                      MR. SBARAGLIA:  The only thing I

 

           23              want from you is what does PEL say?  That's

 

           24              the answer that I want from you being that

 

           25              your department and nothing else.


 

 

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            1                      MS. FANUCCI: I'll look and find out

 

            2              what PEL says.

 

            3                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Well, why didn't you

 

            4              already know what PEL said being you

 

            5              attended all the PEL meetings?  You should

 

            6              have known that.

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI: I didn't attend a

 

            8              meeting in the past -- this year actually,

 

            9              since PEL because they are putting together

 

           10              a new plan.

 

           11                      MR. SBARAGLIA: You haven't been to

 

           12              PEL since January?

 

           13                      MS. FANUCCI: No, this -- since we

 

           14              have been back in session.

 

           15                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Oh, you are talking

 

           16              about after the break.

 

           17                      MS. FANUCCI: Right.

 

           18                      MR. SBARAGLIA:  But before the

 

           19              break, PEL must have told you what they

 

           20              thought.

 

           21                      MS. FANUCCI: Actually, they did not

 

           22              tell me what they thought about it.

 

           23                      MR. SBARAGLIA:  Well, then how come

 

           24              it was quoted in the paper?

 

           25                      MS. FANUCCI:  Well, they told the


 

 

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            1              Times, they didn't tell me.

 

            2                      MR. SBARAGLIA: They don't tell you

 

            3              to much, do they?

 

            4                      MS. FANUCCI:  Oh, no.

 

            5                      MR. SBARAGLIA:  But, obviously,

 

            6              where you sit and where I sit is two

 

            7              different things.  I consider the people

 

            8              more important than all of central city, I

 

            9              always said that.  Thank you.

 

           10                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you.  Donna Dolan.

 

           11                      MS. DOLAN:  Good evening, Council.

 

           12              Good evening, fellow citizens.  I'm a

 

           13              resident of Scranton, homeowner in the Plot

 

           14              Section.  I'd like to start out with giving

 

           15              you a little bit of a story, it's about

 

           16              skunks.  Our dearly beloved little creatures

 

           17              like to live in a radius of two miles of

 

           18              water, the Lackawanna river.  They reproduce

 

           19              at the rate of five to six young per year

 

           20              who stay with their mother for a year.

 

           21                      Now, they are all God's dear little

 

           22              creatures, but they are sitting in my

 

           23              backyard and they are walking down the

 

           24              sidewalk and my dear little Cairn Terrier

 

           25              would like nothing more than to go right


 

 

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            1              after them which, of course, I do not want

 

            2              to deal with the consequences of being

 

            3              sprayed, so as a result I cannot leave my

 

            4              back porch when it's dark, and as the days

 

            5              go on it's getting darker earlier and

 

            6              earlier.  Need I say what I'm dealing with

 

            7              when I can't take her out, and it infuriates

 

            8              me that $300,000 has been spent on a dog

 

            9              park that I can't use and I can't walk my

 

           10              little dog in the backyard.

 

           11                      Now, I didn't come here tonight just

 

           12              to complain without a possible solution, and

 

           13              I realize with the problems facing Scranton

 

           14              this is minor, but it is a quality of life

 

           15              issue and it is a matter of Scranton Pride,

 

           16              so I called to find out what could be done.

 

           17              Well, skunks are not on the list of animals

 

           18              to be taken care of.  First I was told that

 

           19              our inspector was not certified, I don't

 

           20              know if that's true or not.  So I took it

 

           21              upon myself to call the mayor's office and I

 

           22              asked what could be done, and I was told

 

           23              that he you would need to do this yourself

 

           24              because allegedly the city had been sued by

 

           25              giving work -- by doing the rodent removal,


 

 

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            1              rather, taking work from other contractors

 

            2              is basically what I was told.  I said, well,

 

            3              I said if that's the case, I said, would you

 

            4              please ask the mayor to use some of

 

            5              discretionary money to higher these

 

            6              contractors so that the rodents, the skunks,

 

            7              whatsoever can be removed.  So, I was told

 

            8              that this would be passed onto the mayor.

 

            9              Now, that was only yesterday so I will give

 

           10              him time.

 

           11                      My next thing that I would like to

 

           12              propose is that city council would write a

 

           13              letter to the mayor requesting that

 

           14              contractors be hired to deal with this

 

           15              problem, that would be for this time period.

 

           16              Once they go into hibernation in December we

 

           17              have until spring to do with them again.

 

           18                      The second thing I would request is

 

           19              that you would put in the budget for '09

 

           20              some money to deal with this problem because

 

           21              it is not going away.  It's only going to

 

           22              get worse, and I promise you, I'm not going

 

           23              away until they are gone.  Thank you.

 

           24                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mrs. Dolan.

 

           25              Sam Patilla.


 

 

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            1                      MR. PATILLA:  Good evening, Mrs.

 

            2              Evans, Mr. Courtright.  A statement that I

 

            3              read that Nelson made got me to wondering,

 

            4              he commented on as a taxpayer, his tax

 

            5              dollars being used by the city in

 

            6              arbitration in Court cases against the

 

            7              police, fire and clerical unions and his

 

            8              membership dues in the union being used to

 

            9              defend his position against the city.  That

 

           10              got me to thinking, you know, with the

 

           11              failures of AIG, Lehman Brothers,

 

           12              Countrywide and all of these other crooks on

 

           13              Wall Street, you know, the billions and

 

           14              billions of dollars that our government, our

 

           15              fellow government is using to bail those

 

           16              businesses out should be made available to

 

           17              the average taxpayer, the middle class

 

           18              working family or working poor, so that they

 

           19              can pay of he principal amounts in their

 

           20              mortgages and other debts owed to them

 

           21              crooks, you know, they are in the same boat

 

           22              as what Nelson spoke on.  Now, not only are

 

           23              they getting bailed out with taxpayers'

 

           24              dollar, but the taxpayers still owe them

 

           25              mortgages, so they also are still paying


 

 

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            1              that money.

 

            2                      Contact our legislators, tell them,

 

            3              we want our money used to protect us, you

 

            4              know, we need the trickle up effect not the

 

            5              trickle down effect.  We pay off our

 

            6              mortgages, that provides us with liquidation

 

            7              and ready cash that we can use and spend in

 

            8              small businesses, small businesses grow,

 

            9              that leads to expansion, expansion leads to

 

           10              that money being sent or used by banks to

 

           11              expand.  So those that don't have or those

 

           12              that are carrying the weight right now are

 

           13              taken care of instead of bailing out the

 

           14              crooks that are responsible for us being in

 

           15              this position we are in any way.

 

           16                      Which leads me into another issue I

 

           17              wants to comment on.  A couple of weeks ago

 

           18              my neighbor had rocks thrown at her because

 

           19              she stepped outside of her home and asked a

 

           20              couple of idiots to stop throwing rocks at

 

           21              her pets, pets within the gate in their home

 

           22              minding their own business.  These idiots

 

           23              come along, these little, itty bitty things,

 

           24              and they are throwing rocks at them and she

 

           25              asked them kindly to stop throwing rocks at


 

 

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            1              her pets and they start throwing them at her

 

            2              and it just dawned on me that, you know,

 

            3              maybe if this administration stopped trying

 

            4              to blame the unions for all of the ails that

 

            5              Doherty's borrowing has caused instead of

 

            6              pounding the pavement seeking donations or

 

            7              giving donations to coffee shops, beauty

 

            8              parlors and unequipped television stations,

 

            9              that money that should have been solicited

 

           10              that would have provided for the additional

 

           11              police, additional fire and the possibility

 

           12              of providing them with the tools that they

 

           13              need to keep us safe.  You know, a few

 

           14              months ago people were stating there is no

 

           15              crime in Scranton, so as of lately, just

 

           16              going by what I read on the Internet, the

 

           17              attacks against our senior citizens are on

 

           18              the rise, drugs are on the rise, arson is on

 

           19              the rise, bank robberies are on the rise,

 

           20              home invasions are on the rise, robberies

 

           21              are on the rise.  This isn't is time to

 

           22              reduce our police our fire departments, it's

 

           23              the time to dig in and give those guys and

 

           24              gals what they need to keep you us safe.

 

           25                   You know, whatever you do, and I was


 

 

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            1              privy to hear a portion of the caucus that

 

            2              was held earlier in regards to that balloon

 

            3              payment due this December, refinancing is

 

            4              borrowing.  There is no and's, if's or but's

 

            5              about it, all right, so you can't come to me

 

            6              and tell me, well, if we don't make this

 

            7              payment then the roof is going to cave in.

 

            8              We are the United States in 2008, the roof

 

            9              already caved in.  All around us the roof

 

           10              has caved in, and as Ms. Evans so eloquently

 

           11              stated before, that loan should have never

 

           12              been applied for a city that's distressed

 

           13              anyway, and to further that the city of

 

           14              Scranton should have never agreed to any

 

           15              type of loan that carried an adjustable rate

 

           16              with it, you know, anything that the city

 

           17              does should be fixed and set out in stone.

 

           18                   We shouldn't have to bail out the Sewer

 

           19              Authority.  We shouldn't have to bail out of

 

           20              the Housing Authority.  We shouldn't have to

 

           21              bail out any authority that doesn't report

 

           22              directly to Scranton City Council.  That's

 

           23              between the office of the mayor.  You know,

 

           24              you are our last line of defense and we need

 

           25              you to start doing your jobs.  Thank you.


 

 

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

 

            2              Frank O'Connell.

 

            3                      MR. O'CONNELL:  Good evening,

 

            4              Council members.  My name is Frank

 

            5              O'Connell, 507 Quincy Avenue.

 

            6              Mr. Courtright, maybe you can answer this?

 

            7                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Sure.

 

            8                      MR. O'CONNELL:  It's about permit

 

            9              parking, the signs are posted, the cops

 

           10              come, they don't give them a ticket they put

 

           11              a warning sign on and the warnings are

 

           12              already there with the sign I asked them,

 

           13              why didn't you give them tickets out, I have

 

           14              to go down and get one and put it in my

 

           15              windshield, and anybody that parks there

 

           16              should have an up-to-date permit otherwise

 

           17              you should get a ticket, that didn't happen.

 

           18              I called at 12:30, as of 3:00 nobody came

 

           19              up.  They came a quarter to six and put a

 

           20              red warning sticker on them, it's been going

 

           21              on a long time and I'm just wondering why

 

           22              the red sticker and not a regular ticket,

 

           23              $25 ticket.

 

           24                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I don't know your

 

           25              particular instance why the red ticket, but


 

 

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            1              traditionally what they would do is if

 

            2              somebody creates an infraction like that

 

            3              they used to put a warning ticket on, if

 

            4              they were to be called back to that same

 

            5              instance then they would actually ticket

 

            6              them.  It's discretionary on the officer's

 

            7              part.  Where are you?

 

            8                      MR. O'CONNELL: I'm at 507 Quincy

 

            9              Avenue.

 

           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Excuse me, five

 

           11              what?

 

           12                      MR. O'CONNELL:  507 Quincy Avenue.

 

           13                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I'll call down

 

           14              tomorrow and find out.

 

           15                      MR. QUINN:  I'm just wondering

 

           16              because I have a sticker on my windshield

 

           17              that's good, but there is a lot of cars that

 

           18              come and park there and they are going down

 

           19              the University, I know that for a fact, and

 

           20              they are not getting tickets and there was

 

           21              nine of them there today, nine cars without

 

           22              permits and not one of them got a ticket.

 

           23                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  I'm guessing that

 

           24              if nobody came until 6:00 they were tied up

 

           25              on something that should be considered --


 

 

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            1                      MR. O'CONNELL:  I called at 12:30.

 

            2                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Unfortunately,

 

            3              sometimes they get busy.  I think there was

 

            4              a major incident that happened today, I'll

 

            5              check into it.

 

            6                      MR. O'CONNELL: I'll let that go.

 

            7              One more thing, the shootings up in the Hill

 

            8              Section, I don't know if you know how many

 

            9              we had in the last month, do they have

 

           10              officers walking the beat up to a certain

 

           11              time or because this is happening at one,

 

           12              two o'clock in the morning.

 

           13                      MR. COURTRIGHT: During -- there are

 

           14              different intervals, they are not the same

 

           15              time everyday.  The problem is that they

 

           16              don't -- there is not enough officers

 

           17              volunteering for the overtime to staff every

 

           18              beat.

 

           19                      MR. O'CONNELL: I understand.

 

           20                      MR. COURTRIGHT: We as council

 

           21              offered to give, you know, time and a half,

 

           22              but not every officer -- they are not filing

 

           23              every single beat because there is not

 

           24              enough officers volunteering for that.

 

           25                      MR. O 'CONNELL: I'm just afraid


 

 

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            1              somebody is going to seriously injured.

 

            2                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Believe me, I wish

 

            3              we had officers 24/7 On every Street, that

 

            4              would be -- for me that would be -- -

 

            5                      MR. O'CONNELL: It's scary, because

 

            6              it's three houses away from where I live on

 

            7              the right and up on Gibson there was another

 

            8              shooting and the week before was on Quincy

 

            9              and they were shooting University students,

 

           10              that's who live in them two houses.

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  My understanding is

 

           12              that they tried to make sure that the Hill

 

           13              is one of the sections if they don't have

 

           14              enough officers to staff the entire areas,

 

           15              that the Hill Section is one of the ones

 

           16              that they staff first.

 

           17                      MR. O'CONNELL:  Okay.

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  I know Captain

 

           19              Graziano is the captain of patrol unit

 

           20              officer.

 

           21                      MR. O'CONNELL:  I didn't know if you

 

           22              are aware there was three different --

 

           23                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I don't want to say

 

           24              there is more incidents than what you know.

 

           25              They will say I'm trying to scare people.


 

 

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            1                      MR. O'CONNELL: All right. Thank you

 

            2              for your time.

 

            3                      MR. COURTRIGHT: You are welcome.

 

            4              I'll check into that for you.

 

            5                      MR. MCGOFF:  Thank you, Mr.

 

            6              O'Connell.  Stephanie Gawel.

 

            7                      MS. GAWEL: Stephanie Gawel.  Good

 

            8              evening, Council.  Could I ask Mr. Minora,

 

            9              when you do expect to hear about the

 

           10              decision on that you --

 

           11                      MR. MCGOFF: Please answer.

 

           12                      MS. GAWEL: Went and spoke to the

 

           13              judge?

 

           14                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes, we had our

 

           15              argument last Thursday before Judge

 

           16              Thompson.  He said he would give us a prompt

 

           17              decision.

 

           18                      MS. GAWEL: So, maybe another two

 

           19              weeks?

 

           20                      MR. MINORA: You know, it's hard -- I

 

           21              don't know his schedule.  I don't know what

 

           22              kind of briefing schedule he is on, if he

 

           23              has got a lot of arguments that he has to

 

           24              write opinions on.  It's just something I

 

           25              couldn't accurately guess at, I'm sorry.


 

 

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            1                      MS. GAWEL: Okay, I'm just trying to

 

            2              keep it fresh.  Okay.  Still struggling with

 

            3              the arrogance of this mayor and it's

 

            4              administration.  Oh, before I get

 

            5              sidetracked, did anybody find out whether we

 

            6              had any other accounts with Fidelity besides

 

            7              that one?  Was anybody able to find out?

 

            8                      MS. FANUCCI: I put in a call and I

 

            9              did not find out anything yet.

 

           10                      MS. GAWEL:  Thank you.  Because of

 

           11              his arrogance he just won't negotiate with

 

           12              these unions and, you know, the FOP and

 

           13              stuff and he is not just, you know, he is

 

           14              holding the safety of the city up.  You

 

           15              know, and I mean obviously you hear

 

           16              everything that's going on that it's just

 

           17              very unsafe out there, but, I mean, like the

 

           18              widows haven't had a raise in seven years,

 

           19              the retired people haven't had a raise in

 

           20              seven years and everything keeps going up.

 

           21              How are these people supposed to go on?  I

 

           22              mean, I have insurance at work, but my

 

           23              co-pay on my medicines just went from $25 to

 

           24              50, and I work so I can get overtime.  What

 

           25              are these people supposed to do?  We got to


 

 

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            1              get to work in here.  You know, like, he has

 

            2              been writing letters about the flooding

 

            3              situation back in Keyser Avenue, I mean,

 

            4              it's just not water, it's sewer water going

 

            5              into these people basements, that's a health

 

            6              and safety issue.  Nobody has gone.  I

 

            7              know -- I believe you went to one meeting

 

            8              back at Keyser Avenue and I think you did,

 

            9              but, I mean, as far as like anybody from the

 

           10              city that really should have gone whether it

 

           11              be the public safety director or DPW or

 

           12              whoever is in charge of that stuff, nobody

 

           13              has gone.  They don't respond to the

 

           14              letters, the mayor doesn't.  I mean, you

 

           15              know, we just want -- they just want some

 

           16              help back there.

 

           17                      MS. GATELLI: Mrs. Gawel, where is

 

           18              their sewage?

 

           19                      MS. GAWEL: Back on Cameron Avenue

 

           20              and Keyser, like, it comes across Keyser

 

           21              Avenue.

 

           22                      MS. GATELLI:  By Mr. Newcomb's

 

           23              house?

 

           24                      MS. GAWEL: Yeah.  We are talking

 

           25              back in that that area.


 

 

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            1                      MS. GATELLI:  Just for the record, a

 

            2              new catch basin was put there.

 

            3                      MS. GAWEL: Yeah, but it didn't help.

 

            4                      MS. GATELLI: It's not helping

 

            5              because the problem is on Keyser Avenue so

 

            6              we are working with Frank Shimkus right now

 

            7              to try and get some funding to put some

 

            8              catch basins up on Keyser.  They redid

 

            9              Keyser Avenue and they never addressed the

 

           10              storm water.

 

           11                      MS. GAWEL: Yeah, okay.  All right.

 

           12              Excellent.

 

           13                      MS. GATELLI:  So we are trying with

 

           14              that particular issue.

 

           15                      MS. GAWEL: Okay.  Thank you very

 

           16              much.

 

           17                      MS. EVANS: I might add though, that

 

           18              flood work for Keyser Avenue was included in

 

           19              the CDBG grant applications and that I

 

           20              noticed that in the allocations that's a

 

           21              project that was not included.  So, yeah, I

 

           22              would hope that city council is going to

 

           23              examine that closely and make the proper

 

           24              arrangements.

 

           25                      MS. GAWEL: I just want to address


 

 

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            1              the citizens again and some of the

 

            2              employees, I think they need to sit down and

 

            3              put their thoughts down and come in and talk

 

            4              to you people so that you are not looking at

 

            5              the same people thinking we are all nuts

 

            6              here driving you crazy with our issues,

 

            7              because we don't want to be the same faces

 

            8              and we want you to understand that there is

 

            9              other people out there with the issues.

 

           10                      And I would like to address the

 

           11              council.  We like you live because that way

 

           12              we know nobody has edited you, nobody is

 

           13              misquoting you and there is actually times

 

           14              when we agree with council and we are going,

 

           15              all right, we've got to give them that one.

 

           16              Like, I would like to go to the

 

           17              commissioner's meetings, I can't, they are

 

           18              during the day, I can't keep leaving work.

 

           19              You know, why do we pick and you guys so

 

           20              much?  You are our service people.  You are

 

           21              the ones that look after our safety, our

 

           22              health, and that sort of stuff.  I didn't

 

           23              even know the meeting for tonight for the

 

           24              school taxes, I really didn't, but I still

 

           25              would have been here talking to you because


 

 

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            1              you are looking after my safety issues and

 

            2              my issues, and we also, of course, don't

 

            3              trust the Times to quote you guys honestly

 

            4              either, so that's why we like you live.

 

            5              Okay?  Thank you and have a nice night.

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF:  Thank you, Mrs. Gawel.

 

            7                      MS. GATELLI: I think we should send

 

            8              Mr. Washo a letter to have his meetings at

 

            9              night where more people could attend.

 

           10                      MS. GAWEL:  Well, according to him,

 

           11              according to him he can't because he has his

 

           12              people come in to answer questions where

 

           13              we --

 

           14                      MR. COURTRIGHT: So do we.

 

           15                      MS. GAWEL: That was the song and

 

           16              dance I had seen someplace from him.

 

           17                      MS. EVANS: Our people come in.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF: David Dobson.

 

           19                      MR. DOBSON:  Good evening, Council.

 

           20              Dave Dobson, resident of Scranton.  On 5-C I

 

           21              can't figure that out.  Apparently we keep

 

           22              borrowing to pay back the old loan and I

 

           23              understand that it's tough times, but we

 

           24              really need to start to tighten the deficits

 

           25              up and get rid of them because they are not


 

 

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            1              helping anything and a lot of this public

 

            2              money I had spoken before, I think it should

 

            3              be looked into to start to try to build

 

            4              industrial parks and so forth to get

 

            5              businesses to move into the city.  Our

 

            6              neighbors up in Covington Township seem to

 

            7              be doing quite well with that.  They have

 

            8              had a few setbacks up there and in spite of

 

            9              the fact that it's actually -- there are

 

           10              some negatives there because some of the

 

           11              lakes and tourists areas have been affected

 

           12              by this development.  We have a lot of

 

           13              Brownfields and I just attended a meeting

 

           14              over in the Providence section with Bernie

 

           15              McGurrel and they have a grant to start to

 

           16              identify brownfields, but I think they

 

           17              basically need the money to get the

 

           18              riverwalk and stuff started and I feel

 

           19              that's a pretty good idea.  We do need green

 

           20              space in the city, a city without green

 

           21              space becomes unlivable.  And so, therefore,

 

           22              what I'd like to see someday is some

 

           23              direction in that area taken where we start

 

           24              to look into building industrial parks and

 

           25              so forth instead of apartment houses or


 

 

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            1              whatever.  The renovations are already in

 

            2              progress, but the only thing I could object

 

            3              to is sometimes it just seems like it's more

 

            4              and more and money, and I'll grant you this,

 

            5              that for the last 26 years we have had a

 

            6              corporate fair attitude out of Washington

 

            7              and any time people are enjoining the crowd

 

            8              or the mob, whichever you want to call it,

 

            9              and start contacting the Congressman and so

 

           10              forth.  I contact them everyday, I have

 

           11              letters from Kanjorski.  Remember, Bill, I

 

           12              give you an article on energy back around

 

           13              election time, 70 percent of our crude would

 

           14              have to be eaten up on biofuels or food

 

           15              production, well, Mr. Kanjorski mailed me a

 

           16              letter back on that.  I gave him a little

 

           17              speech for about a half hour the poor guy.

 

           18                   So some people think they are fooling

 

           19              people and so forth by pushing biofuels, but

 

           20              it's not a good idea, it's really not a good

 

           21              idea in all cases.  They just want to sound

 

           22              like they have a solution, but they really

 

           23              don't.  If the solution was there it would

 

           24              be already enacted, and I'm going to keep it

 

           25              short tonight.  Please, industrial


 

 

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            1              facilities, look into and if we have to

 

            2              lobby then we lobby, if you people could do

 

            3              a pretty good job on the smoking ban and I

 

            4              was pretty well-impressed with how

 

            5              well-organized you were, so let's start

 

            6              lobbying for something else now that we have

 

            7              a smoking ban passed.

 

            8                      On 6-A, this has been a contentious

 

            9              situation for quite awhile now with our

 

           10              parks and swimming, we are getting back to

 

           11              swimming.  It's a grant for swimming pool

 

           12              conservation and improvements, well, when we

 

           13              pass this please, please start to consider

 

           14              the kids from the Hill section.  They need a

 

           15              place to go to.  If you put a ten-year-old

 

           16              kid on a bus it would cost them $3.00 just

 

           17              to get across town to take advantage of free

 

           18              swimming, so we really need to take care of

 

           19              people up there, too, and hopefully someday

 

           20              we will have free swimming.

 

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

 

           22              Lee Morgan.

 

           23                      MR. MORGAN: Good evening, Council.

 

           24              The first thing I have is the

 

           25              Scranton/Lackawanna Taxpayers' and Citizens'


 

 

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            1              Association is at the school board meeting

 

            2              tonight.  We are a multi-dimensional

 

            3              organization and we are paying a lot of

 

            4              attention to many issues that are being

 

            5              propelled in this city and outside of this

 

            6              city, but the one thing I think that we need

 

            7              to first look at here is 5-C.  I think that

 

            8              this council should vote, no, and then let

 

            9              whatever is going to happen happen.  I think

 

           10              we have borrowed enough money.

 

           11                      I think that the mayor said this

 

           12              week that Scranton is the place you want to

 

           13              come to if you want to make money.  Well, if

 

           14              you were one of the residents living in this

 

           15              city you can't make enough money to pay your

 

           16              bills and that's why everybody is living,

 

           17              but I guess if you are a financial

 

           18              institution and you are loaning the city

 

           19              money, well, then the sky is the limit

 

           20              because this city is so -- it's debt level

 

           21              is so bad that it's unbelievable that there

 

           22              is any residents left in this city.

 

           23              Everybody who can is selling their house if

 

           24              they can.  I mean, it's pretty obvious, you

 

           25              can see by the amount of "For Sale" signs in


 

 

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            1              this city that if people are desperate to

 

            2              get out of here.  We have over a 18 month

 

            3              supply of homes in this city for sale.

 

            4              People can't get out of here.  We have

 

            5              numerous times elected council members who

 

            6              said they weren't going to allow anymore

 

            7              borrowing and the borrowing just continued

 

            8              and continued and continued.  There is no

 

            9              money for anything, and I think that this

 

           10              council is under the opinion that, you know,

 

           11              it's just show up and get your check day as

 

           12              far as I'm concerned.  I mean, I have never

 

           13              heard this council even say where the money

 

           14              went to from the snow storm of 2007 on

 

           15              Valentine's day.  I have never heard THIS

 

           16              council present who the contractors were who

 

           17              earned all of that money.  I must have

 

           18              missed something.

 

           19                      I mean, you know, it's one thing to

 

           20              sit here and propel and agenda, but it's

 

           21              another thing to show leadership and now

 

           22              that we have the presidential campaign in

 

           23              full swing we have Mr. Obama and Mr. McCain

 

           24              talking about how corrupt our government

 

           25              is.


 

 

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            1                      Now, when you see what's happened to

 

            2              access to council meetings and now they are

 

            3              trying to say that, well, make the taxpayer

 

            4              group won't be shown anymore.  It's

 

            5              absolutely ridiculous.  How could we take a

 

            6              public access channel off the air?  I mean,

 

            7              there is a good reason why in my opinion

 

            8              Mr. Doherty started earning money for his

 

            9              campaign in the next election, but to be

 

           10              truthful with you no matter how much money

 

           11              this man could raise he shouldn't serve

 

           12              another term as mayor in this city because

 

           13              this city's budget has become so bloated and

 

           14              the sad part is, is that that council had an

 

           15              opportunity to review all of the these

 

           16              budgets and it just didn't work the way it

 

           17              should have.  There is no excuse for all of

 

           18              the consultants, there is no excuse for

 

           19              what's happened to our fire department and

 

           20              our police department, it's just horrendous

 

           21              what's happened to this city, and, I mean,

 

           22              to sit there and just do nothing, and you

 

           23              know what, I equate passing this loan

 

           24              agreement as another case of doing nothing.

 

           25                   You know something, we are down there


 

 

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            1              chasing Mr. McDowell with a subpoena, what

 

            2              happens to the ones for all the authorities

 

            3              in the City of Scranton?  How much money

 

            4              does the City of Scranton owe?  Don't you

 

            5              want to know?

 

            6                      The residents, they are trying to

 

            7              get out of here the few that are here are

 

            8              wondering how they are going to survive.

 

            9              They have seniors that are wondering how

 

           10              they are going to pay the heat bill.  We

 

           11              have young families starting in this city

 

           12              that have come here from wherever they have

 

           13              come from and they can't survive.

 

           14                      The majority of the school students

 

           15              are on school lunch, 20 percent of the

 

           16              people in this city are below the poverty

 

           17              level and my question is, what has this

 

           18              council done other than pass the mayor's

 

           19              agenda?  And every time a councilman

 

           20              resigned the mayor picked his hand-picked

 

           21              person and put him on this board through his

 

           22              whole administration, and the last time he

 

           23              gambled himself.  And we can't rely on the

 

           24              newspapers to tell what's going on here, we

 

           25              rely on Channel 61.  And then, Mrs. Gatelli,


 

 

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            1              when you were president you decided with the

 

            2              mayor that maybe we should remove these

 

            3              cameras.  And then we went further, then we

 

            4              took Mr. Pilcheski into Court and anybody

 

            5              who raises their voice again the mayor seems

 

            6              to beget he treatment, and the problem is

 

            7              that we have got enough treatment and what

 

            8              we need now is leadership.  We need somebody

 

            9              to figure out how we are going to salvage

 

           10              this city or do what I said a long time ago,

 

           11              file bankruptcy.  The residents can't pay

 

           12              anymore, they are broke.  Nobody is bringing

 

           13              jobs here.  We have handed money to all of

 

           14              the special interests you can find.  Look at

 

           15              the mayor's political contributor's list and

 

           16              look at all of the people that are connected

 

           17              in the city, they are living well, but the

 

           18              ordinary everyday citizen have nothing to

 

           19              look forward to except debt and death.

 

           20              Thank you.

 

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

 

           22              Jim.

 

           23                      MR. STUCKER: I live on Adams Avenue

 

           24              now, I moved from Providence Square and I

 

           25              feel a lot better, and it's a lot better up


 

 

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            1              there.  I have my own -- they have a stove

 

            2              and refrigerator and everything for me.

 

            3              Now, over by where I live on Mulberry Street

 

            4              by the soup kitchen there we need a light

 

            5              there, the light is out.  I mean, it don't

 

            6              -- the light is yellow and turns -- it's

 

            7              supposed to green and it don't, and John

 

            8              Doherty, he owes me money yet, not Mayor

 

            9              Doherty, John Doherty, and I moved out of

 

           10              his building.  There is no -- there is

 

           11              nothing, no shower or nothing in it, and

 

           12              everybody told me, come to city council and

 

           13              bring it up, there is only a sink and a

 

           14              toilet in the apartment, everybody else has

 

           15              except me.

 

           16                      Right around the corner, same

 

           17              building, there is mildew in the building, a

 

           18              lot of mildew in the building, a lot of

 

           19              mildew in the building.

 

           20                      MS. FANUCCI: Can you leave your

 

           21              address with Neil, please?

 

           22                      MR. STUCKER: I don't live at

 

           23              Providence Square anymore.

 

           24                      MS. FANUCCI: There is where you used

 

           25              to live?


 

 

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            1                      MR. STUCKER:  Yes.

 

            2                      MS. FANUCCI: That's okay, still

 

            3              would you leave that address with Neil?

 

            4                      MR. STUCKER:  Yeah.  219 that's

 

            5              where -- 219, that's where I live, 219

 

            6              Market, 219 Market Street.  And, Andy, I did

 

            7              a round in his building with the

 

            8              weedwhacker, my own weedwhacker, I cut the

 

            9              weeds and he never paid me.  He owes me $20

 

           10              bucks, he never paid the bill.  There are

 

           11              people that owe me money and they don't want

 

           12              to give it up.

 

           13                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Who is this now,

 

           14              Jim?

 

           15                      MR. STUCKER: Andy, the guy's name is

 

           16              Andy.

 

           17                      MS. FANUCCI: You got to start

 

           18              getting your money up front before the job.

 

           19                      MR. STUCKER: Well, he told me he

 

           20              would pay me and he never gave me --

 

           21                      MS. FANUCCI: Yeah, you got to start

 

           22              saying, "I'll see the cash then I'll do your

 

           23              lawn."  We have been down this road; right?

 

           24                      MR. STUCKER:  Yeah.  Yeah.  So, I

 

           25              hope you can do something about it, you


 

 

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            1              know.  Let me see, what else.  I think

 

            2              that's it.  Just that light by the soup

 

            3              kitchen, that's all.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF: Thanks, Jim, and good

 

            5              luck in your new home.

 

            6                      MR. STUCKER: All right.  Thank you.

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else?  Mr. Davis.

 

            8                      MR. DAVIS: Saalam aleikum.  There is

 

            9              two reasons for coming here, one of which to

 

           10              have your problems aired and perhaps thought

 

           11              about and talked about and perhaps chang the

 

           12              conditions.  I keep coming here and talking

 

           13              about a condition that everybody tells me,

 

           14              Jim, they are not going to change it.  It's

 

           15              an impossibility, the homes are already

 

           16              gone, the community is already gone.  You

 

           17              have eradicated a community that was really

 

           18              well-formed, and for many years it was

 

           19              well-formed.  We had a church, the Vine

 

           20              Street Baptist Church that had been formed

 

           21              back in the early 1900's and it was wiped

 

           22              out with all of the it's community.  After

 

           23              one --from one parishioner to the next to

 

           24              the next and then all of the properties was

 

           25              gone.  Mrs. Gatelli, you are part of that


 

 

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            1              action.  You were there and you saw it

 

            2              happen so, therefore, I can still blame the

 

            3              people here for what has happened to our

 

            4              community.

 

            5                      Now, you are living in a place in

 

            6              South Side where fires are popping up

 

            7              everyday, do you think a firemen is going to

 

            8              help you as much as he would help somebody

 

            9              else after the way you have treated them as

 

           10              far as their whole thing of, you know,

 

           11              getting proper retribution from the

 

           12              government is concerned?  I don't think so.

 

           13              I just don't think so.  If I were a firemen

 

           14              and I was asked to go to your house because

 

           15              of a fire I would be kind of slow.

 

           16                      MS. EVANS: Mr. Davis, if I might --

 

           17                      MS. GATELLI: That's inappropriate.

 

           18              I have had fire alarms at my house and they

 

           19              are there in 30 seconds.

 

           20                      MS. FANUCCI: Mr. Davis, I think all

 

           21              you're doing is insulting the firemen, quite

 

           22              frankly, who take their job very seriously

 

           23              and do their jobs.

 

           24                      MS. GATELLI:  They would never do

 

           25              that.


 

 

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            1                      MS. FANUCCI: I don't think you

 

            2              insulting Mrs. Gatelli, I think you have

 

            3              insulted now the fire department.

 

            4                      MR. DAVIS:  What this city council

 

            5              has done to our community is bigger than an

 

            6              insult.  I think it's time for you to be

 

            7              insulted back, and I'm insulting you,

 

            8              because I don't think you deserve the

 

            9              services of this city after the way you have

 

           10              treated the firemen and the policemen.  You

 

           11              just don't deserve it.

 

           12                      MS. GATELLI: I think everyone up

 

           13              here supports the police and firemen.

 

           14                      MR. DAVIS: It doesn't look like, it

 

           15              doesn't act like it.

 

           16                      MS. GATELLI: Well, I don't what else

 

           17              we can do.

 

           18                      MR. DAVIS: I mean, maybe you ought

 

           19              to sit out here --

 

           20                      MS. GATELLI: I have met with the

 

           21              fire and police.

 

           22                      MR. DAVIS: May you ought to resign

 

           23              so you could sit out here.

 

           24                      MS. GATELLI: If we could sign a

 

           25              contract tonight we would sign it.


 

 

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            1                      MR. DAVIS: Seriously.  Maybe you

 

            2              should resign your position and sit out here

 

            3              and listen to what we hear.  What we hear --

 

            4                      MS. GATELLI: No, I think you should

 

            5              listen to what we're saying, Mr. Davis.

 

            6                      MR. DAVIS:  Well, I'm telling you

 

            7              the firemen --

 

            8                      MS. GATELLI: We all support the

 

            9              firemen and the policemen.

 

           10                      MR. DAVIS: --I talked to --

 

           11                      MS. GATELLI:  And that's the unfair

 

           12              for you to say that we don't.

 

           13                      MR. DAVIS: They say it's your

 

           14              faults.

 

           15                      MS. GATELLI:  That's not true.

 

           16                      MS. FANUCCI: How is it possible it's

 

           17              our fault?

 

           18                      MS. GATELLI:  We voted to have the

 

           19              policemen meet on behalf of the --

 

           20                      MR. DAVIS: Because the contracts are

 

           21              in your hands.

 

           22                      MS. FANUCCI:  The contracts are in

 

           23              our hands?

 

           24                      MS. GATELLI:  That's not helping

 

           25              them.


 

 

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            1                      MS. FANUCCI: That's actually very

 

            2              inaccurate.  The contracts are not in our

 

            3              hands.  If the contracts were in our hands,

 

            4              I believe they would be finished a long time

 

            5              ago.  So, what you are saying is very

 

            6              inaccurate, and I'm sure that we can get any

 

            7              fireman or policeman to verify that the

 

            8              contracts are not our hands.

 

            9                      MR. DAVIS: Is there any firemen

 

           10              here?  No.  Okay, I'll try and find someone.

 

           11                      MS. FANUCCI:  I think you should.

 

           12                      MR. DAVIS:  I'm going to and find

 

           13              someone --

 

           14                      MS. FANUCCI: I think that's a great

 

           15              idea.  Ask them if city council has let them

 

           16              down in not fulfilling their contracts.

 

           17                      MR. DAVIS: Because I know of several

 

           18              people who have come here and complained to

 

           19              you.

 

           20                      MS. FANUCCI:  Complaining is one

 

           21              thing, but accurate information is another.

 

           22                      MR. DAVIS: You're right.  It's like

 

           23              having a wife that doesn't listen.

 

           24                      MS. FANUCCI: Exactly.  Exactly.

 

           25                      MR. DAVIS: Please.  Please.  We are


 

 

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            1              not that dumb.  We really aren't.  Sometimes

 

            2              you may think that we are.  You may think

 

            3              that we don't have the ability to listen to

 

            4              you, but we do listen to you and we go home

 

            5              and we listen to the tapes of what you said

 

            6              and we know what you are saying.  These

 

            7              people when they come here to complain to

 

            8              you have their acts together because this is

 

            9              a tough crowd to please.  You are not -- I

 

           10              could say that you are not being truthful,

 

           11              you are not being that truthful to all of us

 

           12              at all times.  I know you are trying to and

 

           13              - but, you know, truth is a strange animal,

 

           14              it really is, and it's really a gamble when

 

           15              someone tells me I'm not telling the truth,

 

           16              but you know what?  We see the results of

 

           17              your words.  We see the results of your acts

 

           18              and your deeds and we don't like it and it's

 

           19              not -- hey --

 

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

 

           21                      MR. DAVIS: It's all we have.  It's

 

           22              all we have to worry about.

 

           23                      MS. HUBBARD: Good evening, Council.

 

           24              Liz Hubbard, Scranton resident and taxpayer,

 

           25              skunk hater.  Anyway, I really wasn't going


 

 

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            1              to speak tonight, but it just occurred to me

 

            2              today is the anniversary of the '04 flood

 

            3              and we are still sitting in a disaster in

 

            4              lower Greenridge with no siren, no bank, no

 

            5              levy, although, they are started to make

 

            6              some progress in the 1600-block of Nay Aug,

 

            7              they are tearing that building down.

 

            8              Anyway, you are going to get ahold of Mr.

 

            9              Shimkus and talk to him about money for this

 

           10              flood, whatever you were talking about, why

 

           11              don't you try to get ahold of Mr. Shimkus

 

           12              and Mr. Smith and see if they can't get some

 

           13              kind of a grant to clean the skunks out of

 

           14              the city.

 

           15                      I called Senator Mellow's office the

 

           16              other day, that was a trip, he said that's

 

           17              the game commission.  I said, yeah, I know

 

           18              they told me that I have to hire somebody.

 

           19              Well, because -- and I said to him that the

 

           20              skunks are not only in Scranton they are up

 

           21              the whole valley, he said he lives in

 

           22              Archbald and he has them, too, but that lady

 

           23              that was here tonight with that, you know,

 

           24              if mommy skunk has five babies there's five

 

           25              more mommies and daddies for next year and


 

 

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            1              it's disgusting, it really is.

 

            2                      And I just have a question, we have

 

            3              the 500 of Lackawanna Avenue, we have the

 

            4              Connell building, can anyone up there tell

 

            5              me the last time that there was anything of

 

            6              any consequence built in this city without

 

            7              public funds where a private developer built

 

            8              something without tax dollars with like

 

            9              using his own money?  Can anybody think of

 

           10              anything?

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I think that guy at

 

           12              Good Fellows didn't use any -- he didn't use

 

           13              any city money; right?

 

           14                      MS. EVANS: That's correct.

 

           15                      MS. HUBBARD: Where about?

 

           16                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Good Fellows on

 

           17              Mulberry Street.

 

           18                      MS. HUBBARD: Yeah, but I'm talking

 

           19              about major projects.

 

           20                      MS. GATELLI:  How about the nursing

 

           21              home in Minooka?  They didn't have any

 

           22              funding.

 

           23                      MS. HUBBARD: The what?

 

           24                      MS. GATELLI: The nursing home that's

 

           25              in Minooka.


 

 

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            1                      MS. EVANS: Maybe the Oppenheim

 

            2              building.

 

            3                      MS. HUBBARD: The Connell building

 

            4              they want to make loft apartments, I don't

 

            5              know who is going to live in them, but they

 

            6              want to do this and they are going to make

 

            7              the money, but yet our money has to go to

 

            8              building or redoing.  I mean, it's getting

 

            9              ridiculous, it really is getting outrageous

 

           10              and we just keep electing the same people to

 

           11              do the same thing, and it doesn't matter

 

           12              what political party you are, it's all the

 

           13              same, public money for everything.  They

 

           14              forget that they pay public money, too, in

 

           15              the way of taxes.  Anyway, have a nice

 

           16              evening, and please do something about the

 

           17              skunks.

 

           18                      MS. GATELLI: I know, we have to.

 

           19                      MS. HUBBARD: The two and the

 

           20              four-legged kind.

 

           21                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mrs. Hubbard.

 

           22                      MR. JACKOWITZ: Bill Jackowitz, South

 

           23              Scranton resident.  First of all, Mrs.

 

           24              Fanucci left, but she brought up about the

 

           25              school board meeting.  The Scranton/


 

 

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            1              Lackawanna County Taxpayers' Association is

 

            2              at that meeting and will be representing the

 

            3              citizens of Scranton as best we can.

 

            4                       Also, in regards to the

 

            5              Commissioner's meeting, the

 

            6              Scranton/Lackawanna Taxpayers' Association

 

            7              is well ahead of the city council because we

 

            8              have sent letters to Corey O'Brien and Mike

 

            9              Washo months ago and received responses from

 

           10              them and basically their response was, the

 

           11              meeting will continue at 10:00 because

 

           12              that's their normal hours of operation and

 

           13              they have to have their staff members

 

           14              available for the meeting.  We even

 

           15              suggested that they have one meeting a month

 

           16              at night or they have one meeting every six

 

           17              months at night and, again, we got the same

 

           18              answer, we don't have that problem in the

 

           19              city because the mayor never shows up at the

 

           20              meeting and he never sends any of his

 

           21              representative here, plus four of the people

 

           22              on city council have day jobs, so that's why

 

           23              the meetings stay at 7:00.

 

           24                      As far as skunks, I encounter two

 

           25              skunks every morning, Monday through


 

 

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            1              Saturday at 6 a.m. when I go to work, and I

 

            2              walk from my front to my back to get into my

 

            3              vehicle.  One of these days who knows, if it

 

            4              happens you will be one of the first to know

 

            5              about it.  But, anyway, the skunk problem is

 

            6              terrible, you can't go into an area in this

 

            7              city without smelling skunks, seeing skunk,

 

            8              people are afraid to go out in their back

 

            9              yards, front yards, go for walks, whatever.

 

           10                   The primary responsibility of any

 

           11              elected official, whether it be a mayor,

 

           12              whether it be a city council man or whether

 

           13              it be a tax collector, it doesn't matter, an

 

           14              elected official's primary responsibility is

 

           15              to provide for the safety and the protection

 

           16              of it's people, the people who elected them.

 

           17              That is not being done.  You may laugh about

 

           18              skunks and we may think it's funny, but it's

 

           19              not.  It's a serious problem.  Skunks spread

 

           20              rabies quicker than dogs do and if anyone

 

           21              has ever been sprayed by a skunk it's not

 

           22              going to be a very pleasant thing.  This

 

           23              problem needs to be resolved.  I agree

 

           24              Representative Shimkus, Representative Smith

 

           25              should be contacted, city council should


 

 

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            1              have done this a long time ago because Mrs.

 

            2              Hubbard has been talking about this.

 

            3                      Last week we were told, I was told

 

            4              how hard you people work.  We bring problems

 

            5              to you as residents but we never see

 

            6              results.  Never.  It's either forgotten

 

            7              about, you know, I have over 40 questions

 

            8              that I have asked city council in the last

 

            9              two years that I have not received answers

 

           10              for.  I have sent e-mails, I get a

 

           11              one-sentence answer to an e-mail.  Now, how

 

           12              much research and time was put into that?  I

 

           13              mean, seriously.

 

           14                      Now, speaking of e-mails, today I

 

           15              was on the Scranton.pa.gov website and I

 

           16              happened to go onto the OECD.  Now, this is

 

           17              an official government website from the City

 

           18              of Scranton and I hit the consolidated plan.

 

           19              And I quote, this is right on the government

 

           20              website OECD, and I quote, "The median

 

           21              family income in Scranton is $39,233 which

 

           22              is 21.6 less than the national median family

 

           23              income of $50,046.  The per capita income in

 

           24              the city is $16,174 which is 25.1 less than

 

           25              the national per capita income."


 

 

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            1                      This is a right on our website

 

            2              advertising our city, and we are telling

 

            3              everybody don't come to Scranton because you

 

            4              are not going to make any money.  But I got

 

            5              to give them credit because they are being

 

            6              honest and being truthful.  The good part

 

            7              about all of this is that the date on this,

 

            8              2004, four years ago on the Scranton.pa.gov

 

            9              website OECD.

 

           10                      We all know the situation has gotten

 

           11              worse in this town, so, please, please, I

 

           12              beg you, do not pass any tax increases, do

 

           13              not approve anymore borrowing until you can

 

           14              resolve the problems within the city and

 

           15              that includes the skunks.  We need to do

 

           16              something for the citizens, the police

 

           17              officers, the fire department, safety.  The

 

           18              primary responsibility of any elected

 

           19              official is to provide for the safety of

 

           20              their citizens.  You are not doing it.  You

 

           21              are allowing this mayor to walk all over

 

           22              you.  If I was on city council, if I had to

 

           23              sit on the mayor's front porch I would sit

 

           24              on his front porch for a week and a half if

 

           25              I had to.  Do something for the citizens for


 

 

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            1              once.  Thank you.

 

            2                      MR. MCGOFF: Tank you, Mr. Jackowitz.

 

            3                      MS. KRAKE: Good evening, Council.

 

            4              Nancy Krake.  I have an article here that

 

            5              was in September 13th Pittsburgh Trib

 

            6              Review, the title is "Big Mess.  How Many

 

            7              Others?"  "Big problems about the

 

            8              questionable finances of the Beaver

 

            9              Initiative Growth, better known as BIG

 

           10              suggested bigger problems with the State

 

           11              Department of Community and Economic

 

           12              Development."

 

           13                      These are the folks that sent the

 

           14              Pennsylvania Economy League here and

 

           15              allegedly oversee them.  "The DCED doesn't

 

           16              know what exactly happened to millions of

 

           17              dollars in state grants that went to the

 

           18              scandalous guard at Beaver County Nonprofit

 

           19              BIG.  Essentially, this was a dubious

 

           20              two-man enterprise cooked up by Democrats

 

           21              Mike Veon, the disgraced former house whip

 

           22              charged with theft, conflict of interest and

 

           23              criminal conspiracy, and State Senator

 

           24              Gerald McGowan.  Mr. Veon, who bragged about

 

           25              the funding money to BIG is accused of


 

 

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            1              directing a multi-million dollar

 

            2              collaboration at the taxpayers' expense.

 

            3                   While there are some records about

 

            4              failed projects, thanks to extensions

 

            5              granted by the DCED," which all of this

 

            6              should read extremely familiar with council,

 

            7              "the state still doesn't have a full

 

            8              accounting.  Some of the audits for these

 

            9              projects were due two years ago.  How could

 

           10              this have gone on for years without proper

 

           11              state supervision?"

 

           12                      It seems awfully familiar.  An

 

           13              agency spokesman says, "The information is

 

           14              expected soon, reassured the Department of

 

           15              Community and Economic Development long has

 

           16              been a bad joke.  It has dolled out millions

 

           17              of public dollars with little or no

 

           18              accountability and too often has served as a

 

           19              perverted gate keeper in providing funding

 

           20              that government, not the marketplace deems

 

           21              worthy."

 

           22                      I believe this was Mr. Sbaraglia's

 

           23              point earlier.  If BIG is the rule rather

 

           24              than the exception, and the public should

 

           25              expect as much, how many other state funding


 

 

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            1              recipients are misusing, misplacing or

 

            2              simply stealing taxpayer dollars?  It's

 

            3              clear that this is happening in Scranton.

 

            4              The State Department of Community and

 

            5              Economic Development through the

 

            6              Pennsylvania Economy League has allowed this

 

            7              man and his administration to make financial

 

            8              choices whose consequences the citizens of

 

            9              this city will be paying for a long time to

 

           10              come.

 

           11                      For example, three persons of this

 

           12              council have voted to raise your taxes

 

           13              27 percent, Mrs. Gatelli, Mrs. Fanucci,

 

           14              Mr. McGoff.  For borrowing it costs

 

           15              $16 million each year even before any money

 

           16              can be appropriated we have to start the tab

 

           17              running.  This city owes $16 million in debt

 

           18              payments on long-term borrowing every single

 

           19              year January 1.  You are about to make that

 

           20              larger, I suspect.

 

           21                      Also, for approving budgets that

 

           22              have ballooned 30 million since this mayor

 

           23              took office versus the $4 million that Mayor

 

           24              Connors was allowed to raise his budget

 

           25              under the same Pennsylvania economy


 

 

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            1              guidelines.  That's fascinating.  I have a

 

            2              question, will the people of Scranton hold

 

            3              accountable the persons responsible for the

 

            4              financial choices that have been made, Mrs.

 

            5              Gatelli, Mrs. Fanucci and Mr. McGoff.  It

 

            6              has not been the police and fire department

 

            7              or any of the worker for that matter, in

 

            8              fact, police and fire have had little impact

 

            9              on the budget rise except for the rise in

 

           10              their chief salaries.

 

           11                      And, by the way, Mrs. Fanucci, I

 

           12              don't believe the question is why aren't we

 

           13              at that meeting of the school district, it's

 

           14              why didn't the school district and the

 

           15              county declare distress?

 

           16                      And I also believe that that nursing

 

           17              home was KOZ, although, I'm not sure.  Thank

 

           18              you.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mrs. Krake.

 

           20                      MR. ANCHERANI:  Good evening.

 

           21              Nelson Ancherani, resident and taxpayer.  I

 

           22              also wasn't going to speak tonight until I

 

           23              went on the Times website and I saw

 

           24              "Scranton City Council to vote for the

 

           25              refinancing 5.5 million."


 

 

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            1                      Up to that point I didn't know it

 

            2              was on the agenda, I hadn't read it.  Now I

 

            3              see it's 5-C, but it's 6.1 million instead

 

            4              of 5.5.  In that Times-Tribune, Scranton

 

            5              City Council will vote on refinancing

 

            6              5.5 million, "As city council be asked

 

            7              tonight to approve the refinancing of

 

            8              $5.5 million loan that was taken out three

 

            9              years ago to cover budget expenses."

 

           10                      That is the year that the money

 

           11              started being accumulated and the hidden

 

           12              12.2 million in the plus Scranton Tax Office

 

           13              account.  Then it goes back, "The original

 

           14              deadline to repay the bond was December 15,

 

           15              but Mayor Chris Doherty's administration

 

           16              will seek legislation to stretch the payment

 

           17              plan over the next 17 years."

 

           18                      Mr. McGoff, the budget isn't

 

           19              supposed to be presented to council until

 

           20              November 15.  I predict a multi-million

 

           21              dollar loan for that budget, but I see you

 

           22              are getting a head start on borrowing.

 

           23                      Back to the article, "Business

 

           24              administrator, Stu Renda, says he expects

 

           25              the usual outspoken criticism pointed at the


 

 

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            1              debt Mr. Doherty has accrued, but Mr. Renda

 

            2              said that the political differences aside,

 

            3              this is different than debating whether to

 

            4              borrow more money.  This is a loan that's

 

            5              already owed and not refinancing could cause

 

            6              the city to default."

 

            7                      Why is it still owed?  Why wasn't it

 

            8              budget in the three succeeding years?  Three

 

            9              preceding years, I'm sorry.  If that 12

 

           10              million two plus wasn't in that unknown

 

           11              account we wouldn't need to borrow any

 

           12              money.  There is no way that -- the article,

 

           13              "There is no way Mr. Renda said that

 

           14              Scranton has the ability to repay it now.

 

           15              We barely have money to pay our bills.

 

           16                      Mr. Renda and Ray Lowry of PNC

 

           17              Bank are meeting with Council for early

 

           18              caucus at 5:45 p.m. to discuss the

 

           19              refinancing which would need another two

 

           20              readings if the legislation advances.  With

 

           21              interest, the city owes 5.8 million.  The

 

           22              ordinance for refinancing sets a maximum

 

           23              principle amount of 6.1 million."

 

           24                      Maybe if Mr. Renda didn't get a

 

           25              $46,000 increase since he started working


 

 

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            1              for the city we would have some money to pay

 

            2              some of the bills.  Don't forget, we have

 

            3              $350 million long-term debt.  Also,

 

            4              $15 million in raises and new hires since

 

            5              Mr. Doherty took office.

 

            6                      Back to the article, "The new

 

            7              repayment plan also comes with costs from

 

            8              marketing fees and an annual letter of

 

            9              credit which acts as bond insurance, almost

 

           10              an additional two million over the 17 years.

 

           11              Seventeen years.  What will the final

 

           12              payment, final total payback be, almost

 

           13              triple the loan?

 

           14                      Last week we are talking about the

 

           15              UDAG grants.  If there is no accountable for

 

           16              UDAG grants does that mean the city can go

 

           17              out and have a nice big party and just say,

 

           18              "No council approval," and we could go out

 

           19              and we could have a nice big party, I guess

 

           20              that's what that means.

 

           21                      What happened at the earlier caucus,

 

           22              I know in motions maybe somebody could cover

 

           23              that, I didn't know about that until I read

 

           24              this, and maybe the city wouldn't be in such

 

           25              a mess if we didn't put on a millionaire


 

 

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            1              front with a hobo hind end.  Thank you.

 

            2                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you,

 

            3              Mr. Ancherani.  Chris.

 

            4                      MS. GATELLI: Chrissy, no hat for me?

 

            5                      MR. SLEDENZSKI: No hat, Jude.  Well,

 

            6              Janet, what do you think of me coming here

 

            7              to Scranton?  I'm over with you guys now,

 

            8              right, Janet?

 

            9                      MS. EVANS: Way to go, Chris.  Let's

 

           10              take it all the way.

 

           11                      MR. SLEDENZSKI: Billy, I'm sorry

 

           12              what I said about you the other night.  I'm

 

           13              sorry I said that about you and I'm sorry

 

           14              about what happened, all right?

 

           15                      MR. COURTRIGHT: No problem.

 

           16                      MR. SLEDENZSKI:  What do you think,

 

           17              Jude, West Side (inaudible) back to

 

           18              Scranton.  That's where I'm going to stay.

 

           19              Baby.

 

           20                      MS. GATELLI: Maybe I'll have to

 

           21              follow you over there, Chrissy.

 

           22                      MR. SLEDENZSKI: Yeah, follow me

 

           23              over.

 

           24                      MR. MCGOFF: Any other speakers?

 

           25              Thank you.  Mrs. Evans.


 

 

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            1                      MS. EVANS: Good evening.  On

 

            2              tonight's council agenda legislation to

 

            3              borrow 6.11 million in 2008 appears.  This

 

            4              comes as no surprise since the mayor has

 

            5              borrowed consecutively each year since 2003

 

            6              when he initiated the Doherty debt with 74

 

            7              million in borrowing.  Including the 2004,

 

            8              2006, and new 2008 lease revenue bonds, the

 

            9              city will owe a total of 20.1 million

 

           10              dollars for the DPW, which incidentally, is

 

           11              owned by the Sewer Authority.

 

           12                      In 2001, the final year of the

 

           13              Connor's administration, the operating

 

           14              budget was $55,790.  $2.9 million in surplus

 

           15              was gifted to the new mayor.  In 2002, when

 

           16              Mr. Doherty first took office, the city

 

           17              budget increased to $57,497.  Today, 2008,

 

           18              the city budget has ballooned to

 

           19              $84,558,000, an increase of over 27 million

 

           20              in seven years.  And, remember, the police

 

           21              and firefighters, big ticket items have

 

           22              never received a pay increase.  They remain

 

           23              the same as they were in 2002.  At the same

 

           24              time, one out of every five Scrantonians

 

           25              lives in poverty and well over half of our


 

 

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            1              children receive free or reduced price

 

            2              lunches at school.

 

            3                      The 2002 long-term debt was

 

            4              palatable compared to the over one quarter

 

            5              billion dollars and growing principal and

 

            6              interest we see today in 2008.  Have costs

 

            7              increased?  Absolutely, yes, for every local

 

            8              government and for each of us as well.  The

 

            9              necessities of life grow more expensive each

 

           10              year and sometimes every month.

 

           11                      Each year since 2004 I have warned

 

           12              Mr. Doherty and council about his borrowing

 

           13              and spending habits, urging cuts and cost

 

           14              saving measures without decreasing public

 

           15              services.  Particularly, in our recent

 

           16              economy, companies across our nation and in

 

           17              our city as well have cut their budget to

 

           18              offset rising costs.  They are scaling back

 

           19              on expenses by trimming capital spending,

 

           20              reducing jobs and slashing travel budgets.

 

           21              They are digging deep to find savings.

 

           22                   Unfortunately, Mr. Doherty doesn't see

 

           23              fit to do the same.  He promised to run this

 

           24              city like a business and as CEO he and his

 

           25              board of directors have reaped the profits


 

 

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            1              while we as shareholders have been handed

 

            2              the bills.  Rather than cutting and digging

 

            3              deep to create savings, the mayor comes

 

            4              before you with his hand out once again.

 

            5              The citizens are buried in Doherty debt,

 

            6              yet, Mr. Doherty is looking for $6.1 million

 

            7              more.

 

            8                      Some may call this refinancing, but

 

            9              when the mayor continues to borrow to pay

 

           10              off borrowing and he is basing borrowing on

 

           11              warm and fuzzy comfort levels and visions

 

           12              and hopes shared with banks you might be

 

           13              better served to call these interminable

 

           14              agreements insane.  Most of us have had

 

           15              enough of his BS, borrow and spend policies.

 

           16                   On a brighter note, I am pleased to

 

           17              learn that Merrill Lynch, as far as we know,

 

           18              will return to Scranton and take up

 

           19              residence in the long vacant Southern Union

 

           20              building in October.  I am happy that this

 

           21              beautiful building will be occupied by

 

           22              several tenants and that Mr. Donahue

 

           23              received such a good deal, five million for

 

           24              a $16 million building.  I hope the presence

 

           25              of Merrill Lynch will attract other notable


 

 

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            1              businesses who will provide jobs to our

 

            2              residents and a financial injection into our

 

            3              economy.  Just one important fact the

 

            4              newspaper failed to mention, KOEZ.  As for

 

            5              taxes, the city covers will have to wait

 

            6              until the KOEZ on the Southern Union

 

            7              building expires and so for now half a glass

 

            8              is better than none.

 

            9                      And today, in fact, I received as

 

           10              I'm sure my colleagues have, a beautiful

 

           11              colored brochure, "The Scranton Plan

 

           12              Property Profile," and it illustrates and

 

           13              provides information concerning properties

 

           14              that are available for lease or sale

 

           15              throughout Lackawanna County, but what I

 

           16              found notable as I admired all of these

 

           17              beautiful buildings and locations is that

 

           18              those properties that were KOEZ are only

 

           19              those properties located in Scranton.  When

 

           20              we travel outside the area to Olyphant,

 

           21              Dickson City, Moosic, no KOZ'S.

 

           22                      Attorney Minora has determined that

 

           23              apparently council can amend the ordinance

 

           24              of 1991 to provide that the use and

 

           25              disbursement of UDAG repayment funds must be


 

 

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            1              approved by city council, and I believe he

 

            2              will be further researching and working on

 

            3              that matter for us to present us with a

 

            4              draft of legislation as soon as he can.

 

            5                      MR. MINORA: Glad to.

 

            6                      MS. EVANS: Thank you.  And in

 

            7              response to an agreement, or rather I should

 

            8              in response to an in agreement with a

 

            9              request made by Mrs. Dolan this evening, I

 

           10              move that city council request that the

 

           11              mayor hire contractors to address citywide

 

           12              problems with skunks.

 

           13                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

           14                      MR. MCGOFF: On the question?

 

           15                      MS. GATELLI: The only thing I would

 

           16              suggest also is that maybe we could include

 

           17              it in our block grant funding as a request

 

           18              of city council.  I would think that many of

 

           19              the neighborhoods are low to moderate income

 

           20              and some of them could be paid for with

 

           21              those funds.

 

           22                      MS. EVANS: Well, I think we will

 

           23              have to -- I think we can inject that into

 

           24              the proposal, but I think the mayor is going

 

           25              to need to examine the funding sources as


 

 

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            1              well.

 

            2                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else on the

 

            3              question?  All in favor signify by saying

 

            4              aye.

 

            5                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

            6                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

            7                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

            8                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           10              ayes have it and so moved.

 

           11                      MS. EVANS: Also, we received about a

 

           12              week ago yet another report from the

 

           13              Scranton Tax Office, the subject of which is

 

           14              tax collection comparables, and I just have

 

           15              to say that the tax office is doing a good

 

           16              job in my opinion.  They are bringing in

 

           17              increased collections and they are providing

 

           18              information, information that was designated

 

           19              by state law and I just wanted to recognize

 

           20              them for that.  I am impressed and I am

 

           21              hoping for a resolution of that audit as

 

           22              soon as possible, but in the mean time kudos

 

           23              to Mr. McGovern and Mrs. Vitali.

 

           24                      And I did want to say that finally,

 

           25              my computer had been incapacitated for the


 

 

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            1              last week, however, it is up and running

 

            2              again.  I don't have citizens' requests for

 

            3              the week, but assuredly I will next week and

 

            4              that's it.

 

            5                      MR. MCGOFF: I was going to suggest

 

            6              that perhaps Merrill Lynch could attract

 

            7              Lehman Brothers then we could have two

 

            8              companies that are -- sorry.  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

            9                      MS. GATELLI: I just have a few

 

           10              responses from also week.  I spoke to Donny

 

           11              King regarding the people that live in the

 

           12              flood zone where it has already been

 

           13              repaired that are still being required to

 

           14              carry flood insurance.  He told me that the

 

           15              maps are not changed yet by FEMA and the

 

           16              Army Corp is working through the process.

 

           17              Even through the Albright has been done for

 

           18              years now, the process for the whole area

 

           19              has not been completed, therefore, everyone

 

           20              is required to have flood insurance.

 

           21                      The other thing was the open burning

 

           22              in the outdoor fireplaces of which some of

 

           23              us have been getting complaints.  There was

 

           24              an ordinance in 1970, the air pollution

 

           25              control ordinance, where the city banned


 

 

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            1              open burning.  Rob Farrell sent a memo in

 

            2              '02 to Chief Davis and Shawn Flynn:  "It is

 

            3              clear from the ordinance that the any open

 

            4              burning must be done in a container which

 

            5              has a flue to accommodate the smoke and

 

            6              embers.  The BOCCA Fire Prevention Code also

 

            7              has a section preventing open burning.  The

 

            8              code officials shall prohibit open burning

 

            9              that will be offensive or objectionable due

 

           10              to smoke or odor.  The fire department

 

           11              considers it to be hazardous to allow

 

           12              backyard fires in containers such as

 

           13              chimineas without some form of screening to

 

           14              prevent burning embers to escape."

 

           15                      So, reading the applicable ordinance

 

           16              and the BOCCA provisions outdoor stoves are

 

           17              permissible with both a flue and proper

 

           18              screening.  So anyone that has one in their

 

           19              neighborhood that is bothering them should

 

           20              call the fire department or license and

 

           21              inspections, both have the right to check on

 

           22              those issues.

 

           23                      In response to the status of the

 

           24              audit, I have sent letters to Northeast

 

           25              Credit and Mary Lou Vitali of which I have


 

 

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            1              not received a response yet from either

 

            2              person, so I am awaiting them and I will

 

            3              give you my report as I get the responses,

 

            4              and that's all I have.

 

            5                      MS. GARVEY: Excuse me for minute,

 

            6              Mrs. Gatelli, I did speak to Mary Lou

 

            7              Vitali, she called in response to the letter

 

            8              that I sent out, and Attorney McGovern is

 

            9              going to be collecting that information and

 

           10              passing it on to Rossi and Company soon they

 

           11              hope.

 

           12                      MS. GATELLI:  Oh, good.  Thank you,

 

           13              Mrs. Garvey.

 

           14                      MS. FANUCCI: I was asked by

 

           15              Mrs. Evans for requests for two -- the

 

           16              information regarding the Connell building

 

           17              and Wolfington from last week.  Wolfington

 

           18              was the developer who is going to do the

 

           19              first project at the Connell building, they

 

           20              are not doing their project now, there is a

 

           21              new project, but, no, they did not receive

 

           22              any funding for that, and this new company

 

           23              is not look for the tax abatement that

 

           24              Flemington was when they came to see us, so

 

           25              they are not looking for any further funding


 

 

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            1              than what we have.

 

            2                      MS. EVANS: So, it's a different

 

            3              group?

 

            4                      MS. FANUCCI: Yes.  They are a

 

            5              totally different group and not looking for

 

            6              -- they are not even structured the same

 

            7              way, so they are not looking for anymore

 

            8              money.

 

            9                      MS. EVANS: Everything is up-to-date.

 

           10                      MS. FANUCCI: Everything is

 

           11              up-to-date, yes.  In fact, they are ready to

 

           12              go, which is good a thing.

 

           13                      MS. EVANS: Thank you.

 

           14                      MS. FANUCCI: Sure.  Also, I wanted

 

           15              to talk about the refinancing.  This was not

 

           16              new information for us.  We knew that this

 

           17              would be coming about.  Anybody who is at

 

           18              home with their balloon payments and have

 

           19              been hit with that understands exactly what

 

           20              we are doing and why we are doing it.  Lower

 

           21              payments, it's just like you at home when

 

           22              you refinance your house your payment goes

 

           23              lower.  When you took out your loan the

 

           24              first time around it was not as low and then

 

           25              you took out the balloon payment, you


 

 

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            1              understand exactly how big of a hit that has

 

            2              been, and the city is not any different than

 

            3              you who are running your small financial

 

            4              institution for yourself at home.  You need

 

            5              to try to save money and do the best and I

 

            6              will be obviously voting for that and I knew

 

            7              I was going to be voting for that, so this

 

            8              is not a new thing for me.  I don't consider

 

            9              this, you know, new borrowing.  It is pretty

 

           10              much just a refinancing, so I wanted to

 

           11              spike on that.

 

           12                      Also, I do want to send a letter,

 

           13              make a motion to send a letter to our county

 

           14              commissioners on behalf of the speakers

 

           15              here, asking them if they can please start

 

           16              to have some of their meetings on evenings

 

           17              when the taxpayers could come and actually

 

           18              voice their opinions to them.  And as side

 

           19              note, we have had no problem having any our

 

           20              caucuses, people are willing to come in the

 

           21              evening, in fact, it is actually easier to

 

           22              get people here in the evening because it

 

           23              doesn't have to go through work schedule, so

 

           24              I'm doing that in the form of a motion.

 

           25                      MS. EVANS: Second.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

            2              in favor?

 

            3                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

            4                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

            5                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

            6                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

            8              ayes have it and so moved.

 

            9                      MS. FANUCCI: Thank you, and that is

 

           10              all I have.

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Kay, if I could have

 

           12              you send a combined letter to Ray Hays,

 

           13              Director of Public Safety, there is some

 

           14              type of problem with the police motorcycles

 

           15              that they haven't been on the road for

 

           16              several days now and if you could update us

 

           17              on what's going on, why the motorcycles

 

           18              aren't on the road, I have a general idea,

 

           19              but if you can get specific as to why they

 

           20              are not there and when they are going to be

 

           21              out on the road.

 

           22                      Also, it was my understanding that

 

           23              the sorely needed cars in the police

 

           24              department were supposed to be arriving

 

           25              July, they haven't seen those yet, so if you


 

 

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            1              can just fill us in on where they are.

 

            2                      Mark Migliori early on had given me

 

            3              his cell phone number, and I called and it

 

            4              says it was temporarily out of service.  Kay

 

            5              asked him for his new cell phone number so

 

            6              I'm going to try and contact him, but I was

 

            7              going to suggest that possibly they ran the

 

            8              meetings when they wanted to do, one replay

 

            9              at least three times and now what I had two

 

           10              people tell me in the past week is that

 

           11              because of their work schedule two of the

 

           12              three times that they run the meeting they

 

           13              are not able to see it so if the one time

 

           14              they play if they aren't working they can't

 

           15              see it, so if at the would consider

 

           16              replaying the meeting a few more times I

 

           17              think at least those two people would

 

           18              appreciate it.

 

           19                      The live feed, I'm not quite sure

 

           20              what that problem is, they are telling me

 

           21              it's not financial, and this is probably way

 

           22              out there, but is it possible for Scranton

 

           23              Today to operate until these guys get up and

 

           24              running?  I have no idea when they are going

 

           25              to get their money to get their equipment, I


 

 

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            1              don't have any idea when they are going to

 

            2              give their live feed or could they use the

 

            3              live feed that Scranton Today has?  I don't

 

            4              know if it's a matter of location or what

 

            5              the problem is, but --

 

            6                      MS. FANUCCI: I'm going to have a

 

            7              suggestion, I believe that the equipment

 

            8              should be ours.  I believe in the beginning

 

            9              we give a grant for that equipment, so I am

 

           10              wondering if the equipment is by rights, you

 

           11              know, for the city and if that was provided

 

           12              or whatever we actually own the equipment,

 

           13              so that might be something that we need to

 

           14              look into because I know when it started off

 

           15              it was an initial -- there was initial

 

           16              monies given for the purchase of that

 

           17              equipment in the beginning.

 

           18                      MS. EVANS: I have information on

 

           19              that at home, yes, and I can bring that in

 

           20              next week to try to verify what you are

 

           21              saying because my recollection serves from

 

           22              having read that probably more than two

 

           23              months ago, it seemed to be quite the

 

           24              opposite that, you know, this was indeed

 

           25              their equipment because it was not purchased


 

 

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            1              through any government funds.  They

 

            2              conducted fundraisers and they were quite a

 

            3              number of other particular --

 

            4                      MS. FANUCCI: In the beginning they

 

            5              weren't private.  In the beginning they were

 

            6              not a privates entity.

 

            7                      MS. GATELLI: Scranton Tomorrow.

 

            8                      MS. FANUCCI: Scranton Tomorrow was

 

            9              the one and actually we gave funding to

 

           10              Scranton Tomorrow for Scranton Today, so I'm

 

           11              wondering and, in fact, I was wondering

 

           12              anywhere where is that equipment and is that

 

           13              our equipment anyway because I know that we

 

           14              started off with Scranton Tomorrow.

 

           15                      MS. EVANS: Right.

 

           16                      MS. FANUCCI: And that we did, so,

 

           17              yeah, that would be great if you looked into

 

           18              that so we can se, maybe that will help,

 

           19              Bill, I'm sorry.

 

           20                      MR. COURTRIGHT: No, that's all

 

           21              right.

 

           22                      MS. EVANS: I'll have that for you

 

           23              for next week.

 

           24                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Okay, great.  I

 

           25              mean, I don't know, obviously, I shouldn't


 

 

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            1              say anybody, but most people aren't happy

 

            2              with the way things are going.  They haven't

 

            3              been able to do meetings that they wanted to

 

            4              do, they haven't been able to program like

 

            5              they want to program.  There is no live

 

            6              feed.  If this is going to go on

 

            7              indefinitely, is it that farfetched to let

 

            8              Scranton Today step back in and run it until

 

            9              they get up and running properly?  I don't

 

           10              know, is that asking too much?

 

           11                      So, I will get the new phone number

 

           12              off of Kay and I will ask Mark if he has a

 

           13              time frame on when these problems are going

 

           14              to be resolved.  I'm sure they would like to

 

           15              get them resolved, but now the complaints

 

           16              are continual about no programming on the

 

           17              TV, no live shows, no zoning, no this, no

 

           18              that.  I am going to repeat myself, I really

 

           19              think they should have ran the station, both

 

           20              of them run parallel until we were up and

 

           21              running 100 percent, and now we are

 

           22              presented with a problem that I don't think

 

           23              anybody is happy with.

 

           24                      MS. FANUCCI: The zoning is on now.

 

           25                      MR. COURTRIGHT: The zoning is on


 

 

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            1              now?  Okay?  So, I will get that number off

 

            2              of Kay tomorrow, the new number, or I'll try

 

            3              Mark's number, it says it's only temporarily

 

            4              out of service so maybe something was wrong

 

            5              with it.

 

            6                      One thing I would like to bring up,

 

            7              someone mentioned, I forget who it was at

 

            8              the podium, about police officers not

 

            9              getting raises and firefighters not getting

 

           10              raises, but I think the thing that many

 

           11              people do forget, and the speaker, whoever

 

           12              it was mentioned this, that you got to

 

           13              remember something, the retired police

 

           14              officers and their wives, their husbands

 

           15              that are left behind, the retired

 

           16              firefighters, the only time they get any

 

           17              kind of raise is when the active members get

 

           18              a raise and then they get half of it, so

 

           19              they too or suffering and most of them are

 

           20              of retirement age or maybe they can't work

 

           21              now, so for six or seven years they too have

 

           22              not gotten a raise so I think we need to

 

           23              remember them, also.  And I hope that

 

           24              something can be resolved in the near

 

           25              future.


 

 

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            1                      I'm going to speak because I'm sure

 

            2              when the voting comes up on the borrowing or

 

            3              whatever name you want to get it there is

 

            4              going to a lot of speaking so I will do my

 

            5              speaking now.  I had hoped years back in I

 

            6              believe it was 2005 when the loan was given

 

            7              that the mayor would have come up with some

 

            8              kind of solution.  We recessed twice during

 

            9              our meeting, went in the back room, called

 

           10              Lynn Krushefski, I have rehashed this story

 

           11              I don't know how many times, I really hate

 

           12              to bring it up again, but my hope was that

 

           13              they would figure out a way to cut spending

 

           14              and we wouldn't have to have anymore

 

           15              borrowing.

 

           16                      Almost each and every year that I

 

           17              sat on this council I have seen this happen.

 

           18              We, when I say "we", council, I mean, this

 

           19              council, the council that I served with

 

           20              previously, we have almost no say on how the

 

           21              money is spent, how the jobs are given out,

 

           22              who gets the raises, but each and every year

 

           23              it's put to us to come with a solution, you

 

           24              know, it's dropped on our doorstep and, I

 

           25              mean, I understand that's the way it's


 

 

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            1              always been suggested in the past to how we

 

            2              can rectify these problems with other

 

            3              budgets and they didn't pass it, and that's

 

            4              the way government works, I guess, but I

 

            5              don't want say I didn't create the problems

 

            6              so don't ask me to fix it, but I think it's

 

            7              kind of unfair.  It's always laid on our

 

            8              doorstep almost each and every year that I

 

            9              have sat on this council there has been a

 

           10              problem and we are the ones that are

 

           11              supposed to come up with the solutions.

 

           12                      I understand when you come to the

 

           13              podium and say, "You, council, council

 

           14              council," all of speakers say, well,

 

           15              remember, the mayor is guy with the power,

 

           16              he is the guy that's doing the spending, all

 

           17              right?  Understandably, you can't talk to

 

           18              him because he is not sitting here, but I

 

           19              know I have tried, the five years that I

 

           20              have been here to try and do something to no

 

           21              avail, but I'll leave it at that I'm sure

 

           22              once the vote come up there will be a lot

 

           23              more speaking on it, and that's all I have.

 

           24              Thank you.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you,


 

 

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            1              Mr. Courtright.  Just a few brief things,

 

            2              I'll call about the -- I'll try and get

 

            3              Mr. Renda about the Fidelity accounts, but

 

            4              actually the account that we are talking

 

            5              about wasn't a city account, it was an

 

            6              account with the Single Tax Office, so I

 

            7              don't even know if we have any accounts in

 

            8              anyway with Fidelity Bank.  That one wasn't

 

            9              a city account.  Also, the people who are

 

           10              speaking about Cameron Avenue, North Cameron

 

           11              Avenue, I did have a call to DPW and

 

           12              Mr. Brazil was going to try and get in touch

 

           13              with the city engineer and I asked if they

 

           14              would then meet with me and perhaps someone

 

           15              from the Sewer Authority and go to North

 

           16              Cameron Avenue and take a look at the

 

           17              situation and see if there is any -- see if

 

           18              there was anything that could be done in the

 

           19              present rather than waiting for future, you

 

           20              know, possibility of dealing on Keyser

 

           21              Avenue and so.  The gentleman that had

 

           22              contacted me originally is becoming quite

 

           23              desperate with the flooding that occurs on

 

           24              North Cameron Avenue, I have yet to hear

 

           25              back from Mr. Brazil and whether we have


 

 

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            1              arranged any meeting with the engineer, but

 

            2              I will try and expedite that if I can and

 

            3              hopefully at least get some type of answer

 

            4              as to whether there is something that we can

 

            5              do in the present or whether it is something

 

            6              that is more long range.

 

            7                      Also, as far as the outdoor burning,

 

            8              as I was reading through that, I think we

 

            9              should also perhaps look into that the

 

           10              original legislation provided for an air

 

           11              pollution control monitor or something and I

 

           12              don't think we have one of those anymore, I

 

           13              least I haven't heard you one.

 

           14                      MS. EVANS: No, there was a

 

           15              Department of Health at that time as well.

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF: I'm sure that there is

 

           17              somebody that inspects, but there were some

 

           18              very specific guidelines for how to measure

 

           19              whether something was in violation of the

 

           20              law.  I don't know what the -- I don't know

 

           21              what the Ringelmann Smoke Chart is, but

 

           22              that's what they were referencing, but

 

           23              perhaps it would be something to at least

 

           24              when we again talk with Chief Davis and see

 

           25              if there is somebody that actually does go


 

 

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            1              out and investigate those things and perhaps

 

            2              get some resolution there.

 

            3                      And one thing that also is on the

 

            4              agenda for this evening, the CDBG grants, we

 

            5              received those just recently and even more

 

            6              recently we received a list of all

 

            7              applicants for the grants.  We have not

 

            8              necessarily had an adequate amount of time

 

            9              to review those and while we are under some

 

           10              time constraints for dealing with those

 

           11              grants so that the money is not lost, I have

 

           12              asked council if we can in some way move

 

           13              that into it's proper committee this evening

 

           14              and also the time frame allows us 30 days

 

           15              after the second reading for a public

 

           16              hearing so that we do have time to review

 

           17              them and perhaps edit that list in some

 

           18              meaningful way.  Just so people know that

 

           19              what is being presented tonight is probably

 

           20              not a final listing of the grants, there

 

           21              will probably be amendments to that, but

 

           22              because of the time constraints we do need

 

           23              to expedite it somewhat.

 

           24                      And also I will ask that there was a

 

           25              question about whether someone from OECD


 

 

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            1              should be here when we finally have a public

 

            2              hearing, I will make that request to OECD

 

            3              that someone -- that the night that we do

 

            4              have the public hearing on the block grants

 

            5              that someone be here in case there are

 

            6              questions that we may have or someone else

 

            7              may have about them, and that is all.  Thank

 

            8              you.

 

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

 

           10              INTRODUCTION - AN ORDINANCE - AUTHORIZING

 

           11              THE MAYOR AND OTHER APPROPRIATE CITY

 

           12              OFFICIALS TO EXECUTE AND ENTER INTO AN

 

           13              AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE CITY OF SCRANTON AND

 

           14              OCWEN LOAN SERVICING, LLC FOR THE TRANSFER

 

           15              TO TITLE TO A PARCEL OF LAND COMMONLY KNOWN

 

           16              AS 810 HERTZ COURT TO THE CITY OF SCRANTON

 

           17              AND FOR ACCEPTANCE OF PAYMENT IN FULL FOR

 

           18              THE DEMOLITION LIEN ON SAID PROPERTY AND

 

           19              SATISFACTION OF THE DEMOLITION LIEN.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll

 

           21              entertain a motion that Item 5-B be

 

           22              introduced into it's proper committee.

 

           23                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  So moved.

 

           24                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All


 

 

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            1              those in favor signify by saying aye.

 

            2                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

            3                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

            4                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

            5                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

            7              ayes have it and so moved.

 

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

 

            9              AN ORDINANCE - AUTHORIZING THE LEASE OF

 

           10              CERTAIN REAL PROPERTY TO THE REDEVELOPMENT

 

           11              AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF SCRANTON,

 

           12              PENNSYLVANIA (THE "AUTHORITY') PURSUANT TO A

 

           13              LEASE AGREEMENT; AUTHORIZING AND DIRECTING

 

           14              THE INCURRENCE OF LEASE RENTAL DEBT IN THE

 

           15              MAXIMUM PRINCIPAL AMOUNT OF SIX MILLION ONE

 

           16              HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($6,100,000),

 

           17              PURSUANT TO THE ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

 

           18              OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, 53

 

           19              PA.C.S, CHAPTERS 80-82, AS AMENDED, KNOWN AS

 

           20              THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNIT DEBT ACT;

 

           21              DETERMINING THAT SUCH DEBT SHALL BE INCURRED

 

           22              UNDER THE DEBT ACT AS LEASE RENTAL DEBT TO

 

           23              BE EVIDENCED BY A CERTAIN SUBLEASE AND

 

           24              GUARANTY AGREEMENT OF THE CITY SECURING A

 

           25              GUARANTEED LEASE REVENUE BOND TO BE EXECUTED


 

 

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            1              BY THE AUTHORITY TO FINANCE A PROJECT FOR

 

            2              THE AUTHORITY CONSISTING OF ALL OR ANY OF

 

            3              THE FOLLOWS: (1) ACQUIRING THE AUTHORITY'S

 

            4              LEASEHOLD INTEREST IN SUCH REAL PROPERTY

 

            5              SUBJECT TO THE LEASE AGREEMENT FROM THE CITY

 

            6              AND IN CONNECTION THEREWITH CURRENTLY

 

            7              REFUNDING THE SEWER GUARANTEED LEASE REVENUE

 

            8              NOTES, SERIES OF 2005; AND (2) PAYING THE

 

            9              COSTS AND EXPENSES OF FINANCING SUCH

 

           10              PROJECT; BRIEFLY DESCRIBING SUCH PROJECT FOR

 

           11              WHICH SUCH DEBT IS TO BE INCURRED; DECLARING

 

           12              THE GUARANTY OF SAID AUTHORITY'S GUARANTEED

 

           13              LEASE REVENUE BONDS TO BE A PROJECT OF THE

 

           14              CITY FOR WHICH LEASE RENTAL DEBT IS TO BE

 

           15              INCURRED; AUTHORIZING CERTAIN CITY OFFICERS

 

           16              TO PREPARE, CERTIFY AND FILE WITH THE

 

           17              DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC

 

           18              DEVELOPMENT THE DEBT STATEMENT REQUIRED BY

 

           19              SECTION 8110 OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNIT

 

           20              DEBT ACT AND AUTHORIZING THE PREPARATION OF

 

           21              A DEBT STATEMENT AND BORROWING BASE

 

           22              CERTIFICATE; APPROVING THE FORM OF AND

 

           23              AUTHORIZING, SUBJECT CERTAIN CONDITIONS,

 

           24              EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF THE AFORESAID

 

           25              LEASE AGREEMENT AND SUBLEASE AND GUARANTY


 

 

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            1              AGREEMENT; SPECIFYING THE AMOUNT OF THE

 

            2              GUARANTY OBLIGATION OF THE CITY PURSUANT TO

 

            3              SUCH SUBLEASE AND GUARANTY AGREEMENT AND THE

 

            4              SOURCES OF PAYMENT OF SUCH GUARANTY

 

            5              OBLIGATION; REPEALING INCONSISTENT PRIOR

 

            6              ORDINANCES; SETTING FORTH CERTAIN CONDITIONS

 

            7              TO THE EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF THE

 

            8              AFORESAID LEASE AGREEMENT AND SUBLEASE AND

 

            9              GUARANTY AGREEMENT; AUTHORIZING THE PROPER

 

           10              OFFICERS OF THE CITY TO TAKE ALL REQUIRED,

 

           11              NECESSARY OR DESIRABLE RELATED ACTION IN

 

           12              CONNECTION WITH SUCH PROJECT AND THE

 

           13              EXECUTION AND DELIVERY OF THE LEASE

 

           14              AGREEMENT AND SUBLEASE AND GUARANTY

 

           15              AGREEMENT; APPROVING THE FORM AND

 

           16              DISTRIBUTION OF A PRELIMINARY OFFICIAL

 

           17              STATEMENT AND AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT WITH

 

           18              REGARD TO THE GUARANTEED LEASE REVENUE

 

           19              BONDS; APPOINTING VARIOUS PROFESSIONALS;

 

           20              PROVIDING FOR THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS

 

           21              ORDINANCE; AND DECLARING SAID PROJECT

 

           22              DESIRABLE FOR THE HEALTH, SAFETY AND WELFARE

 

           23              OF THE RESIDENTS OF THE CITY.

 

           24                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll

 

           25              entertain a motion that Item 5-C be


 

 

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            1              introduced into it's proper committee.

 

            2                      MR. COURTRIGHT: So moved.

 

            3                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF: On the question?

 

            5              Anyone?

 

            6                      MS. GATELLI:  I would just like

 

            7              Attorney Minora to, maybe he is not the

 

            8              right person, but I think he is, I'd like

 

            9              someone to put it in writing that this is

 

           10              not borrowing, that is refinancing of, you

 

           11              know, an old loan.

 

           12                      MR. MINORA:  Well, I don't know if

 

           13              that's a legal question, but I think that's

 

           14              what the ordinance itself says.

 

           15                      MS. GATELLI:  Because people are

 

           16              saying that we are borrowing and I said I

 

           17              wouldn't borrow anymore money, and I would

 

           18              be uncomfortable if I did.  I have been

 

           19              under the assumption that this is just a

 

           20              refinancing like the county did several

 

           21              weeks ago, they refinanced, you know, quite

 

           22              a bit of their money, too, and if we don't

 

           23              make a payment in default I don't know what

 

           24              the consequences of that would be, so I want

 

           25              to be assured by someone with authority


 

 

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            1              other than the mayor to say that, yes, this

 

            2              is a refinancing, this is not new borrowing.

 

            3                      MR. MINORA:  I'm not the guy then.

 

            4              Someone with authority, I don't think that's

 

            5              me.

 

            6                      MS. EVANS: What about Mr. Renda, I'm

 

            7              sure he would being happy to say that.

 

            8                      MS. FANUCCI: I don't know if that's

 

            9              works either.

 

           10                      MS. EVANS: He is the business

 

           11              administrator.

 

           12                      MS. GATELLI: Maybe I'll call my

 

           13              accountant tomorrow and ask.

 

           14                      MR. MINORA: There you go.

 

           15                      MS. GATELLI: Do you think he has the

 

           16              authority, Amil?

 

           17                      MR. MINORA: Well, I think he has the

 

           18              know how anyway.

 

           19                      MS. GATELLI: Okay.  That's the only

 

           20              thing I'm going to -- I'm going to vote to

 

           21              introduce it, but I'm not comfortable if

 

           22              it's new borrowing.  I wouldn't be

 

           23              comfortable with that.

 

           24                      MR. MCGOFF: I did ask the question

 

           25              during the caucus as to what the amount, the


 

 

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            1              additional amount would be --

 

            2                      MS. FANUCCI: With the loan.

 

            3                      MR. MCGOFF: -- to the city and I'm

 

            4              not sure that I ever got a response.

 

            5                      MS. FANUCCI:  No, you didn't.

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF: The best that I can

 

            7              figure, and I did talk to Mr. Renda after we

 

            8              left and he asked me if I did got an

 

            9              adequate answer and I told him, no, and we

 

           10              talked very briefly.  The best I can figure

 

           11              is that there will be an additional cost to

 

           12              the city of approximately $4.7 million over

 

           13              18 years, but at the same time it does

 

           14              reduce the yearly payment even though it is

 

           15              extended, so there are --

 

           16                      MS. GATELLI:  And what will be the

 

           17              result if we default on that payment?

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF: Not good, and I guess,

 

           19              you know --

 

           20                      MS. GATELLI: I think it's

 

           21              interesting that it's almost the amount that

 

           22              we are allegedly due from the tax office,

 

           23              you know, that seems to have a familiar ring

 

           24              to it, the amount.  It's unfortunate that

 

           25              that audit isn't being done more


 

 

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            1              expeditiously that we could maybe have that

 

            2              money by December 15 and pay it.

 

            3                      MS. EVANS: Or, you know, it would

 

            4              also I think be very encouraging to see the

 

            5              mayor try to make cuts to his budget.

 

            6              That's something he has really never done in

 

            7              the seven years that he has been seated in

 

            8              this office, so it's very difficult to say,

 

            9              well, I'll just approve this for you when

 

           10              you have no evidence of belt tightening on

 

           11              behalf of the administration and, you know,

 

           12              I for one, I know I have not -- I have not

 

           13              favored borrowing since I have been seated

 

           14              here and it's not because I wish to be

 

           15              contrary, it's because I have examined the

 

           16              budgets very closely, the bond series,

 

           17              etcetera, and I know, for example, if any

 

           18              one of us or any one of you were unable to

 

           19              meet your payments it would be very

 

           20              difficult for us to come not once, not

 

           21              twice, but actually, you know, three times

 

           22              here and borrow with the same collateral and

 

           23              borrow to pay your borrowing and that's

 

           24              exactly what he are doing and each year it

 

           25              continues ceaselessly, and I suppose for as


 

 

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            1              long as I'm seated here I will always be

 

            2              waiting for a council that will stand up and

 

            3              stop all of the borrowing.

 

            4                      MS. GATELLI: And then what do we

 

            5              face?  What consequences do we face, you

 

            6              know?  I don't know what I'm ready to

 

            7              default on a loan payment.  I mean, I'm

 

            8              not -- I haven't been here as long as you

 

            9              have and I wasn't here for that 2005 that's

 

           10              coming due now, so, I mean, I can't take

 

           11              responsibility for that, but I don't want to

 

           12              take responsibility for defaulting on a loan

 

           13              that would have serious repercussions, so,

 

           14              you know, maybe we can find out what those

 

           15              repercussions would be also before the final

 

           16              vote on this.

 

           17                      MR. MCGOFF: And I do disagree with

 

           18              one thing you said, Mrs. Evans, I do think

 

           19              you like being contrary at times.

 

           20                      MS. EVANS: Actually, no, I don't.

 

           21              I'm not contrary, I'm very pragmatic.  I'm

 

           22              very realistic and I think maybe as an

 

           23              English teacher I'm very accustom to looking

 

           24              at both sides of an issue, and that in

 

           25              reaching a decision, at least that's what I


 

 

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            1              encourage in my classroom, do a full

 

            2              examination of both sides of an issue and

 

            3              then reach a conclusion.  But, no, I

 

            4              understand that you are kidding, at least I

 

            5              hope you are as an intellectual fellow.

 

            6                   But, you know, I guess I'll state for

 

            7              the record once again, I didn't vote for

 

            8              that, and I don't feel that anyone seated

 

            9              here is responsible for that.  The man who

 

           10              is responsible needs to do something about

 

           11              it, and I don't feel there is anymore that I

 

           12              at least can do than I have been trying to

 

           13              do for the last five years and I have

 

           14              offered him a way out on more than one

 

           15              occasion with budget creations, etcetera,

 

           16              and everything has been completely ignored.

 

           17                   And so until I see some evidence of his

 

           18              serious intention to tighten his belt in

 

           19              this economy and do the right thing I don't

 

           20              think he should be bailed out any further.

 

           21                      MR. MCGOFF: On 5-C, all those in

 

           22              favor signify by saying aye.

 

           23                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

           24                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?


 

 

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            1                      MS. EVANS: No.

 

            2                      MR. COURTRIGHT: No.

 

            3                      MR. MCGOFF: The ayes have it and so

 

            4              moved.

 

            5                      MS. GARVEY: We need a motion for a

 

            6              public here to be held.

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF: Right.  I would like to

 

            8              make a motion to schedule a public hearing

 

            9              on Item 5-C for September 30th at 6:00 p.m.

 

           10                      MS. EVANS: Second.

 

           11                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

           12              those in favor signify by saying aye.

 

           13                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

           14                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

           15                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

           16                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           17                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           18              ayes have it and so moved.

 

           19                      MS. GARVEY: 5-D. FOR INTRODUCTION -

 

           20              AN ORDINANCE - AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND

 

           21              OTHER APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS OF THE CITY OF

 

           22              SCRANTON TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY ACTIONS TO

 

           23              IMPLEMENT THE CONSOLIDATED SUBMISSION FOR

 

           24              COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

 

           25              TO BE FUNDED UNDER THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT


 

 

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            1              BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM, HOME INVESTMENT

 

            2              PARTNERSHIP (HOME) PROGRAM AND EMERGENCY

 

            3              SHELTER GRANT (ESG) PROGRAM.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll

 

            5              entertain a motion that Item 5-D be

 

            6              introduced into it's proper committee.

 

            7                      MR. COURTRIGHT: So moved.

 

            8                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

           10              those in favor signify by saying aye.

 

           11                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

           12                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

           13                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

           14                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           15                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           16              ayes have it and so moved.  At this time I

 

           17              would like to make a motion to schedule a

 

           18              public hearing for Item 5-D for

 

           19              September 23rd at 5:45.

 

           20                      MS. EVANS: Second.

 

           21                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

           22              those in favor signify by saying aye.

 

           23                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

           24                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

           25                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.


 

 

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            1                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

            2                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

            3              ayes have it and so moved.  Prior to 5-E

 

            4              could I just -- I know last week we tabled

 

            5              another project on traffic signals, and I

 

            6              did not follow-up on that during the week.

 

            7                      MS. EVANS: I did.

 

            8                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I did, too.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF: Is this something that

 

           10              we should again table until we get some idea

 

           11              as to how --

 

           12                      MR. COURTRIGHT: This is a different

 

           13              situation than the other one.

 

           14                      MS. EVANS: Similar, but different.

 

           15                      MR. COURTRIGHT: If I may --

 

           16                      MS. GATELLI: They haven't had a

 

           17              study over there like we have had on Moosic

 

           18              Street.

 

           19                      MR. COURTRIGHT: On the other one --

 

           20                      MS. GATELLI: The mini-mart

 

           21              situation.

 

           22                      MS. EVANS: Actually, they did a

 

           23              traffic study which was paid for by the

 

           24              owner of the project, and that was required

 

           25              by PennDOT to be done and paid for at his


 

 

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            1              own expense and, in other words, he

 

            2              is complying with the requirements of

 

            3              PennDOT, it's been a two and a half year

 

            4              process and basically all they are going to

 

            5              do I think is change the timing of the light

 

            6              so that traffic doesn't back up on Moosic

 

            7              Street.

 

            8                      Now, the gentleman who owns Jay's

 

            9              Commons, I think, it's similar in that he is

 

           10              going through the same process, traffic

 

           11              study, having to pay for that, etcetera,

 

           12              satisfying the requirements of PennDOT, but

 

           13              I believe he is a required to have an

 

           14              additional signal; is that correct,

 

           15              Mr. Courtright?

 

           16                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I believe so and it

 

           17              will probably be at his cost.

 

           18                      MS. EVANS: Oh, yes.

 

           19                      MS. GATELLI:  That leads to that

 

           20              one?

 

           21                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  I think what we are

 

           22              going to do is because, now, I'm talking

 

           23              about Jay's Common, there was nobody exiting

 

           24              out of that area, per se, other than there

 

           25              was a -- I don't want to call it an alley,


 

 

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            1              there was a space between that building at

 

            2              what used to be the VFW building and the

 

            3              Fish Market and so now it will be actually

 

            4              traffic coming out, so that will be at his

 

            5              expense.  The one on Moosic Street not only

 

            6              did he paid for it, but now when they come

 

            7              up with the timing he is going to pay for

 

            8              them to do the timing, that will be at his

 

            9              -- he will have to pay for that, too, so

 

           10              that's the developer's costs.

 

           11                      I don't know if a study has been

 

           12              done on Main Avenue or not yet.  I'm

 

           13              assuming that he paid for it.

 

           14                      MR. MCGOFF: It says as a result of

 

           15              the impact study.

 

           16                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  I'm assuming that

 

           17              he paid for it, and I shouldn't assume, but

 

           18              in most cases it's always the developer.

 

           19                      MS. EVANS: And all of these steps

 

           20              have to be followed, I believe, before

 

           21              either of the developers would be granted a

 

           22              traffic impact permit by the state, and

 

           23              until that is received they really can't

 

           24              proceed any further with their projects.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF: Okay.  Thank you.  For


 

 

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            1              the clarification.  Please, 5-E.

 

            2                      MS. GARVEY:  5-E. FOR INTRODUCTION -

 

            3              A RESOLUTION - APPROVING REVISION OF THE

 

            4              EXISTING TRAFFIC SIGNAL AT THE INTERSECTION

 

            5              OF MAIN AVENUE AND SWETLAND STREET AS A

 

            6              RESULT OF THE TRAFFIC IMPACT STUDY PREPARED

 

            7              FOR THE JAY'S COMMONS PROJECT.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll

 

            9              entertain a motion that Item 5-E be

 

           10              introduced into it's proper committee.

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  So moved.

 

           12                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

           14              those in favor signify by saying aye.

 

           15                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

           16                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

           17                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           20              ayes have it and so moved.

 

           21                      MS. GARVEY: 5-F. FOR INTRODUCTION -

 

           22              A RESOLUTION - REAPPOINTMENT OF NANCY D.

 

           23              BISIGNANI, 1200 PINE STREET, SCRANTON,

 

           24              PENNSYLVANIA, 18510, AS A MEMBER OF THE

 

           25              HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE REVIEW BOARD.  MS.


 

 

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            1              BISIGNANI'S TERM EXPIRED ON OCTOBER 11, 2007

 

            2              AND HER NEW TERM WILL EXPIRE ON OCTOBER 11,

 

            3              2012.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll

 

            5              entertain motion that Item 5-F be introduced

 

            6              into it's proper committee.

 

            7                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  So moved.

 

            8                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

           10              those in favor signify by saying aye.

 

           11                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

           12                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

           13                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

           14                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           15                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           16              ayes have it and so moved.

 

           17                      MS. GARVEY: 5-G. FOR INTRODUCTION -

 

           18              A RESOLUTION - REAPPOINTMENT OF JOHN MOORES,

 

           19              315 THIRTEENTH AVENUE, SCRANTON,

 

           20              PENNSYLVANIA, 18504, AS CHAIRMAN OF THE

 

           21              HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE REVIEW BOARD.  MR.

 

           22              MOORE'S TERM EXPIRED ON OCTOBER 11, 2007 AND

 

           23              HIS NEW TERM WILL EXPIRE ON OCTOBER 11,

 

           24              2012.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll


 

 

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            1              entertain a motion that Item 5-G 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:  5-H. FOR INTRODUCTION -

 

           14              A RESOLUTION -REAPPOINTMENT OF ELLA RAYBURN,

 

           15              934 NORTH WEBSITE AVENUE, SCRANTON,

 

           16              PENNSYLVANIA, 18510, AS A MEMBER OF THE

 

           17              HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE REVIEW BOARD.  MS.

 

           18              RAYBURN'S TERM EXPIRED ON OCTOBER 11, 2006

 

           19              AND HER TERM WILL EXPIRE ON OCTOBER 11,

 

           20              2011.

 

           21                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll

 

           22              entertain a motion that Item 5-H be

 

           23              introduced it's proper committee.

 

           24                      MR. COURTRIGHT: So moved.

 

           25                      MS. FANUCCI:  Second.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

            2              those in favor signify by saying aye.

 

            3                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

            4                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

            5                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

            6                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

            8              ayes have it and so moved.

 

            9                      MS. GARVEY: SIXTH ORDER.  6-A.

 

           10              READING BY TITLE - FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 26,

 

           11              2008 - CREATING AND ESTABLISHING SPECIAL

 

           12              CITY ACCOUNT NO. 02.229589 ENTITLED "DCNR

 

           13              GRANT-SWIMMING POOL IMPROVEMENTS" FOR THE

 

           14              RECEIPT AND DISBURSEMENT OF GRANT FUNDS FROM

 

           15              THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION

 

           16              AND NATURAL RESOURCES (DCNR) FOR SWIMMING

 

           17              POOL IMPROVEMENTS IN CITY OF SCRANTON.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF: You have heard reading

 

           19              by title of Item 6-A, what is your pleasure?

 

           20                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I move that Item 6-A

 

           21              pass reading by title.

 

           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.

 

            6                      MS. GARVEY:  6-B. READING BY TITLE -

 

            7              FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 37, 2008 - AN ORDINANCE

 

            8              - APPROVING AND ACCEPTING THE UPDATED CITY

 

            9              OF SCRANTON CAPITAL BUDGET FOR THE YEAR 2009

 

           10              THE FIRST-YEAR REVISION AN EXTENSION OF THE

 

           11              2008 FIVE-YEAR PLAN.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF: You have heard reading

 

           13              by title of Item 6-B, what is pleasure?

 

           14                      MS. FANUCCI: I move that Item 6-B

 

           15              pass reading by title.

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF: Second.  On the

 

           17              question?

 

           18                      MS. EVANS: Once again there is no

 

           19              supporting evidence as to the necessity for

 

           20              all improvements contained in the capital

 

           21              budget, there are no time schedules for

 

           22              projects, and no estimated annual costs of

 

           23              operating and maintaining facilities to be

 

           24              constructed.  This information applies to

 

           25              capital improvements still pending or in the


 

 

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            1              process of construction or acquisition

 

            2              according to Section 904 of the Home Rule

 

            3              Charter.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else?  All those

 

            5              in favor signify by saying aye.

 

            6                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

            7                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

            8                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?

 

           10                      MS. EVANS: No.

 

           11                      MR. MCGOFF: The ayes have it and so

 

           12              moved.

 

           13                      MS. GARVEY: 6-C. READING BY TITLE -

 

           14              FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 38, 2008 - AUTHORIZING

 

           15              THE CONVEYANCE BY SEALED BID OR AUCTION OF

 

           16              THREE PARCELS OF LAND ACQUIRED PURSUANT TO

 

           17              THE LACKAWANNA RIVER FLOOD CONTROL PROJECT,

 

           18              AS MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED ON THE

 

           19              ATTACHED MAPS.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF: You have heard reading

 

           21              by title of Item 6-C, what is your pleasure?

 

           22                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I move that Item 6-C

 

           23              pass reading by title.

 

           24                      MS. FANUCCI:  Second.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All


 

 

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            1              those in favor signify by saying aye.

 

            2                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

            3                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

            4                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

            5                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

            7              ayes have it and so moved.

 

            8                      MS. GARVEY: SEVENTH ORDER.  7-A. FOR

 

            9              CONSIDERATION BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE -

 

           10              FOR ADOPTION - RESOLUTION NO. 51, 2008 -

 

           11              ACCEPTING A ONE THOUSAND ($1,000.00) DOLLAR

 

           12              CONTRIBUTION FROM SANOFI PASTEUR PRESENTED

 

           13              TO THE CITY OF SCRANTON FIRE DEPARTMENT.

 

           14                      MR. MCGOFF: What is the

 

           15              recommendation of the chairperson for the

 

           16              Committee on Finance?

 

           17                      MS. GATELLI: As chair for the

 

           18              Committee on Finance, I recommend final

 

           19              passage of 7-A.

 

           20                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           21                      MR. MCGOFF: On the question?  Roll

 

           22              call, please.

 

           23                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           24                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

           25                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.


 

 

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            1                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.

 

            2                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

            3                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

            4                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

            5                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

            6                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

            8              Item 7-A legally and lawfully adopted.

 

            9                      MS. GARVEY: 7-B. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           10              BY THE COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT -

 

           11              FOR ADOPTION - A RESOLUTION NO. 52, 2008 -

 

           12              ACCEPTING THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE

 

           13              HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE REVIEW BOARD

 

           14              ("HARB") AND APPROVING ISSUANCE OF THE

 

           15              CERTIFICATE OF APPROPRIATENESS FOR A+ SIGNS,

 

           16              INC., 825 SCRANTON CARBONDALE HIGHWAY,

 

           17              DICKSON CITY, PENNSYLVANIA, FOR THE

 

           18              INSTALLATION OF ONE SET OF ILLUMINATED LOGO

 

           19              CHANNEL LETTERS AND RULE LINE IN WHITE LED

 

           20              LIGHTING, MOUNTED ON THE REAR FACADE OF THE

 

           21              RADISSON-LACKAWANNA STATION HOTEL, 700

 

           22              LACKAWANNA AVENUE, SCRANTON, PA.

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF: What is the

 

           24              recommendation of the chairperson for the

 

           25              Committee on Community Development?


 

 

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            1                      MS. FANUCCI:  As chairperson for the

 

            2              Committee on Community Development, I

 

            3              recommend final passage of Item 7-B.

 

            4                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

            5                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

            6              call.

 

            7                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

            8                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

            9                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           10                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.

 

           11                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           12                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           13                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           14                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           15                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           17              Item 7-B legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           18                      MS. GARVEY:

 

           19                      7-C. FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE

 

           20              COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC WORKS - FOR ADOPTION -

 

           21              RESOLUTION NO. 53, 2008 - AUTHORIZING THE

 

           22              MAYOR ANT OTHER APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS OF THE

 

           23              CITY OF SCRANTON TO EXECUTE AND ENTER INTO

 

           24              AN AGREEMENT WITH THE COMMONWEALTH OF

 

           25              PENNSYLVANIA, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION


 

 

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            1              ("PENNDOT") TO CONTINUE PARTICIPATION IN ITS

 

            2              AGILITY PROGRAM TO SHARE RESOURCES FOR THE

 

            3              MORE EFFICIENT USE OF STATE AND LOCAL

 

            4              GOVERNMENT FUNDS AND EQUIPMENT.

 

            5                      MR. MCGOFF: What is the

 

            6              recommendation of the chairperson for the

 

            7              Committee on Public Works?

 

            8                      MS. EVANS: As chair for the

 

            9              Committee on Public Works, I recommend final

 

           10              passage of item 7-C.

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Second.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

           13              call.

 

           14                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           15                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

           16                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           17                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.

 

           18                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           19                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           20                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           21                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           22                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           24              Item 7-C legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           25                      MS. GARVEY:  7-D. FOR CONSIDERATION


 

 

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            1              BY THE COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT -

 

            2              FOR ADOPTION - RESOLUTION NO. 54, 2008 -

 

            3              AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND OTHER APPROPRIATE

 

            4              CITY OFFICIALS TO ACCEPT ENTER INTO AND

 

            5              EXECUTE AN AGREEMENT WITH THE U.S.

 

            6              DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND URBAN DEVELOPMENT

 

            7              (HUD) USING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE

 

            8              (EDI) FUNDS IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE UNITED

 

            9              NEIGHBORHOOD CENTERS OF NEPA.  THE GRANT

 

           10              FUNDS WILL BE USED FOR A PROJECT TO BE NAMED

 

           11              "HARRIET BEECHER STOWE".

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF: What is the

 

           13              recommendation of the chairperson for the

 

           14              Committee on Community Development?

 

           15                      MS. FANUCCI:  As chairperson for the

 

           16              Committee on Community Development, I

 

           17              recommend final passage of Item 7-D.

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Second.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

           20              call, please.

 

           21                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           22                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

           23                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           24                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.

 

           25                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.


 

 

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            1                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

            2                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

            3                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

            4                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

            5                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

            6              Item 7-D legally and lawfully adopted.

 

            7                      MS. GARVEY:  7-E. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

            8              BY THE COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT -

 

            9              FOR ADOPTION - AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR ANT

 

           10              OTHER APPROPRIATE CITY OFFICIALS TO APPLY

 

           11              FOR AND EXECUTE A GRANT FOR HOUSING AND

 

           12              REDEVELOPMENT ASSISTANCE (HRA) THROUGH THE

 

           13              COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF

 

           14              COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (DCED);

 

           15              AND IF THE APPLICATION IS SUCCESSFUL TO

 

           16              COORDINATE THE USE OF THE GRANT FUNDS FOR

 

           17              THE PROJECT TO BE NAMED AS THE "CONNELL

 

           18              BUILDING" WITH "JEFFERSON-WERNER, LLC", THE

 

           19              DEVELOPER, OR ITS DESIGNEE.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF: What is the

 

           21              recommendation for the chairperson for the

 

           22              Committee on Community Development?

 

           23                      MS. FANUCCI:  As chairperson for the

 

           24              Committee on Community Development, I

 

           25              recommend final passage of Item 7-E.


 

 

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            1                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Second.

 

            2                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

            3              call, please?

 

            4                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

            5                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

            6                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

            7                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.

 

            8                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

            9                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           10                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           12                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           14              Item 7-E legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           15                      MS. GARVEY:  7-F. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           16              BY THE COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT -

 

           17              FOR ADOPTION - RESOLUTION NO. 56, 2008 -

 

           18              AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND OTHER APPROPRIATE

 

           19              CITY OFFICIALS TO APPLY FOR AND EXECUTE A

 

           20              GRANT APPLICATION FOR MIXED USE FACILITY

 

           21              FINANCING INITIATIVE (MUFFI) IN THE AMOUNT

 

           22              OF ONE MILLION $1,000,000.00 DOLLARS THROUGH

 

           23              THE PENNSYLVANIA HOUSING FINANCE AGENCY

 

           24              (PHFA); ACCEPTING AND DISBURSING THE GRANT

 

           25              IF THE APPLICATION IS SUCCESSFUL; AND TO


 

 

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            1              COORDINATE THE USE OF THE GRANT FUNDS WITH

 

            2              "JEFFERSON-WERNER, LLC", THE DEVELOPER, OR

 

            3              ITS DESIGNEE FOR THE PROJECT NAMED AS "THE

 

            4              CONNELL BUILDING."

 

            5                      MR. MCGOFF: What is the

 

            6              recommendation of the chairperson for the

 

            7              Committee on Community Development?

 

            8                      MS. FANUCCI:  As chair for the

 

            9              Committee on Community Development, I

 

           10              recommend final passage of Item 7-F.

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

           13              call.

 

           14                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           15                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

           16                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           17                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.

 

           18                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           19                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           20                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           21                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           22                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           24              Item 7-F legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           25                      MS. GARVEY: 7-G. FOR CONSIDERATION


 

 

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            1              BY THE COMMITTEE ON RULES - FOR ADOPTION -

 

            2              RESOLUTION NO. 57, 2008 - AUTHORIZING THE

 

            3              MAYOR AND OTHER APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS OF THE

 

            4              CITY OF SCRANTON TO ENTER INTO A

 

            5              PROFESSIONAL SERVICES CONTRACT WITH THE LAW

 

            6              FIRM OF HOURIGAN, KLUGER & QUINN, P.C. FOR

 

            7              LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT LEGAL SERVICES.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF: As chairperson for the

 

            9              Committee on Rules, I recommend final

 

           10              passage of Item 7-G.

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

           13              call, please?

 

           14                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           15                      MS. EVANS:  No.

 

           16                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           17                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.

 

           18                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           19                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           20                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           21                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           22                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           24              Item 7-G legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           25                      MS. GATELLI: Motion to adjourn.


 

 

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

 

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