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            1              SCRANTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

            2                       PUBLIC HEARING

 

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            4        IN RE: FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 41, 2008 - AUTHORIZING

 

            5   THE MAYOR AND OTHER APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS OF THE CITY

 

            6   OF SCRANTON TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY ACTIONS TO IMPLEMENT

 

            7   THE CONSOLIDATED SUBMISSION FOR COMMUNITY PLANNING AND

 

            8   DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS TO BE FUNDED UNDER THE COMMUNITY

 

            9   DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM, HOME INVESTMENT

 

           10   PARTNERSHIP (HOME) PROGRAM AND EMERGENCY SHELTER GRANT

 

           11   (ESG) PROGRAM.

 

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           13                        HELD:

 

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           15                 Tuesday, September 23, 2008

 

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           17                        LOCATION:

 

           18                    Council Chambers

 

           19                 Scranton City Hall

 

           20              340 North Washington Avenue

 

           21                Scranton, Pennsylvania

 

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           25              CATHENE S. NARDOZZI,RPR - COURT REPORTER


 

 

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            2   CITY OF SCRANTON COUNCIL:

 

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            4   MR. ROBERT MCGOFF, PRESIDENT

 

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            6   MS. JUDY GATELLI, VICE-PRESIDENT

 

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            8   MS. JANET E. EVANS

 

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           10   MS. SHERRY FANUCCI

 

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           12   MR. WILLIAM COURTRIGHT

 

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           14   MS. KAY GARVEY, CITY CLERK

 

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           16   MS. SUE MAGNOTTA, ASSISTANT CITY CLERK

 

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           18   MR. JOHN MINORA, SOLICITOR

 

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

 

            2              public hearing to order.  Roll call.

 

            3                      MS. MAGNOTTA: Mrs. Evans.

 

            4                      MS. EVANS:  (Not present.)

 

            5                      MS. MAGNOTTA:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

            6                      MS. GATELLI.  Here.

 

            7                      MS. MAGNOTTA: Ms. Fanucci.

 

            8                      MS. FANUCCI:  Here.

 

            9                      MS. MAGNOTTA: Mr. Courtright.

 

           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT: (Not present.)

 

           11                      MS. MAGNOTTA:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF:  Here.  Notice of public

 

           13              hearing:  Notice is hereby given that

 

           14              Scranton City Council will hold public

 

           15              hearing on Tuesday, September 23, at 5:45 in

 

           16              council chambers.

 

           17                      The purpose of said public hearing

 

           18              is to hear testimony and discuss the

 

           19              following:

 

           20                      FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 41, 2008 -

 

           21              AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND OTHER APPROPRIATE

 

           22              OFFICIALS OF THE CITY OF SCRANTON TO TAKE

 

           23              ALL NECESSARY ACTIONS TO IMPLEMENT THE

 

           24              CONSOLIDATED SUBMISSION FOR COMMUNITY

 

           25              PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS TO BE


 

 

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            1              FUNDED UNDER THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK

 

            2              GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM, HOME INVESTMENT

 

            3              PARTNERSHIP, (HOME) PROGRAM AND EMERGENCY

 

            4              SHELTER GRANT (ESG) PROGRAM.

 

            5                      I would like to, for the record,

 

            6              state that Mrs. Evans is now in attendance.

 

            7              Also, attorney John Minora is acting the

 

            8              solicitor for this evening, and also in

 

            9              attendance are Mr. Kevin Mitchell and

 

           10              Mrs. Linda Aebli, from OECD.

 

           11                      Are there any speakers this evening?

 

           12              Mr. Sbaraglia.

 

           13                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Andy, Sbaraglia,

 

           14              citizen of Scranton.  Fellow Scranton, I'm

 

           15              going to read off some of the block grants

 

           16              and hope that the people in the City of

 

           17              Scranton that don't have the ability to come

 

           18              down here and get them at least have some

 

           19              idea where the money went.

 

           20                      They have one here for Connell

 

           21              Little League park, 5,0000.  West Side

 

           22              Neighborhood Association, $5,000.  Friends

 

           23              of the Poor, $20,000.  City of Scranton DPW,

 

           24              I guess that's for paving, $75,000.  City of

 

           25              Scranton, DPW, bridge reconstruction,


 

 

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            1              75,000.  Boys and Girls Club, 26,000.  West

 

            2              Scranton Little League, 5,000.  Helping

 

            3              Northeastern Pennsylvania Initiative,

 

            4              20,000.  I guess it has to do with mental

 

            5              health.  Friendship House, 25,000.

 

            6              Friendship House again, 125,000.  Deutsch

 

            7              Institute, 50,000.  United Neighborhood

 

            8              Centers, 67,500.  Hyde Park baseball, 5,000.

 

            9              City of Scranton, Department of Public Works

 

           10              and Recreation, 5,000.  Scranton Police

 

           11              Department, 350,000.  North Scranton Little

 

           12              League, 5,000.  City of Scranton Parks and

 

           13              Recreation, 5,000.  Weston Park Senior

 

           14              Little League, 5,000.  City of Scranton

 

           15              Licensing, Inspection and Writs, 200,000.

 

           16              Community Association of Scranton, 5,000.

 

           17              Scranton Redevelopment Authority 625,000,

 

           18              that's, too, for blight.  Common Medical

 

           19              Education Corporation, 100,000.  City of

 

           20              Scranton OECD, 300,000.  City of Scranton,

 

           21              Section 108 repayment, I assume they were

 

           22              bad loans, a half a million dollars.  The

 

           23              City of Scranton --

 

           24                      MS.  FANUCCI: That's incorrect.

 

           25                      MR. SBARAGLIA: -- 600,000.  I'm


 

 

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            1              reading them off on here.  What it is --

 

            2                      MS. FANUCCI:  Well, then don't make

 

            3              comments.  That is not true.

 

            4                      MS. SBARAGLIA: I don't want any

 

            5              comments from you.  You did enough last

 

            6              time.

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI: Excuse me, don't make

 

            8              comments that aren't true.

 

            9                      MR. SBARAGLIA: I'm reading right

 

           10              from here.  Are the figures wrong?  Maybe

 

           11              my assumptions --

 

           12                      MS. FANUCCI: No, your personal

 

           13              comments and personal commentary is

 

           14              incorrect.  That's what I'm stating.

 

           15                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Okay, what's it for?

 

           16                      MS. FANUCCI: Keep going.  You keep

 

           17              reading your loans, we will talk about it at

 

           18              the end.  Bad loans.

 

           19                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Catherine McCauley

 

           20              Center, 28,000.  Women's Resource Center,

 

           21              30,000.  United Neighborhood Centers of

 

           22              Northeastern Pennsylvania, 16,000.  Bethel

 

           23              AME, 9,500.  Community Intervention Center,

 

           24              20,000.  Catholic Social Service of

 

           25              Lackawanna County, 20,000.  Catholic Social


 

 

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            1              Service of Lackawanna County, 5,000.

 

            2              Catholic Social Service of Lackawanna

 

            3              County, 5,000.  Catholic Social Service of

 

            4              Lackawanna County, 10,000, and somewhere

 

            5              Community Housing Development Organization,

 

            6              93,750.  Home Administration, 62,500.

 

            7              Homebuyer's program, a quarter of a million.

 

            8              Housing Rehab Program, 218,750.

 

            9                      And that's basically all of the

 

           10              figures that were in there, whether my

 

           11              assumption is wrong, yours is right, I have

 

           12              no way of knowing, but I don't like to be

 

           13              interrupted, I don't interrupt you.

 

           14                      MS. GATELLI:  Mr. Sbaraglia, I just

 

           15              want to say something, that is what was

 

           16              submitted to us and we have all intentions

 

           17              of amending and changing some of that.

 

           18                      MR. SBARAGLIA: I was informed of

 

           19              that.

 

           20                      MS. GATELLI:  We appreciate your

 

           21              input.

 

           22                      MR. SBARAGLIA: I was informed on

 

           23              that, that you may change this or that, but

 

           24              I wanted people to actually know --

 

           25                      MS. GATELLI:  The last several years


 

 

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            1              we have amended the Block Grant funds, so we

 

            2              intend to do so with this one also.

 

            3                      MS. EVANS: Actually, if after the

 

            4              speakers have finished I could ask

 

            5              Mr. Mitchell and Mrs. Aebli a question, I

 

            6              was going to send a memo about it, but since

 

            7              they are here because they can just answer.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF: Absolutely.  Any other

 

            9              speakers?  Ask away?

 

           10                      MS. EVANS: Thank you.  The only

 

           11              question I had was with regard to the

 

           12              Section 108 repayment loan, and as

 

           13              Mr. Sbaraglia indicated, that is in the

 

           14              amount of $500,000.  I know that it was

 

           15              included last year as well.  It was noted

 

           16              last year, however, that the payments were

 

           17              for, I believe it was done singularly, but

 

           18              the payments were for the Hilton Hotel and

 

           19              for the Steamtown Mall.  Is that still the

 

           20              case?

 

           21                      MS. AEBLI:  Yes.

 

           22                      MR. MITCHELL:  Yes.

 

           23                      MS. EVANS: Both --

 

           24                      MR. MITCHELL:  Yeah.  There is two

 

           25              payments a year, there is one in February


 

 

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            1              and one in this August, so I just thought to

 

            2              make it easier we would just make it a flat

 

            3              number.  Last year it was 330,000 and

 

            4              170,000.

 

            5                      MS. EVANS: Which is the greater

 

            6              amount, the hotel or the mall?

 

            7                      MR. MITCHELL:  The mall.

 

            8                      MS. EVANS: The mall.  And can you

 

            9              tell me, also, for how many more years, in

 

           10              other words, what's the term of that

 

           11              agreement on each of those structures?

 

           12                      MR. MITCHELL:  I can't tell you off

 

           13              the top of my head, but I could find out for

 

           14              you.

 

           15                      MS. EVANS: I'd appreciate that if

 

           16              you could send that along.  That's all I

 

           17              had.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else?  I now

 

           19              declare this public hearing closed.

 

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

 

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            4        I hereby certify that the proceedings and

 

            5   evidence are contained fully and accurately in the

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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                                    CATHENE S. NARDOZZI, RPR

           13                       OFFICIAL COURT REPORTER

 

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