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            1              SCRANTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

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            5                          HELD:

 

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            7                Tuesday, October 7, 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 - OFFICIAL COURT REPORTER

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            2   CITY OF SCRANTON COUNCIL:

 

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                MR. ROBERT MCGOFF, PRESIDENT

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            6   MS. JUDY GATELLI, VICE-PRESIDENT

 

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                MS. JANET E. EVANS

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            9   MS. SHERRY FANUCCI

 

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                MR. WILLIAM COURTRIGHT

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           12   MS. KAY GARVEY, CITY CLERK

 

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                MR. NEIL COOLICAN, ASSISTANT CITY CLERK

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           15   MR. AMIL MINORA, SOLICITOR

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF: Roll call, please.

 

            2                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

            3                      MS. EVANS:  Here.

 

            4                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

            5                      MS. GATELLI:  Here.

 

            6                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI:  Here.

 

            8                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

            9                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Here.

 

           10                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           11                      MR. MCGOFF:  Here.  Dispense with

 

           12              the reading of the minutes.

 

           13                      MS. GARVEY: THIRD ORDER.  No

 

           14              business at this time.

 

           15                      MR. MCGOFF: Any announcements?  Mrs.

 

           16              Gatelli?

 

           17                      MS. GATELLI: Yes.  Well, the first

 

           18              thing I would like to announce is tomorrow

 

           19              evening, Wednesday, October 8th, and

 

           20              Thursday, October 9th, is the St. Anthony's

 

           21              Church on Wood Street, their annual

 

           22              spaghetti and meatball dinner.

 

           23                      The City of Scranton and the Unico

 

           24              are sponsoring their Tram of Terror again

 

           25              this year.  It's on Friday and Saturday,


 

 

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            1              October 10th and 11th, Friday and Saturday,

 

            2              October 17th and 18th, and Friday and

 

            3              Saturday October 24th and 25th.  The cost is

 

            4              $5.00 and children under 12 is free.

 

            5                      And the last thing is Neighborhood

 

            6              Housing Services is having a foreclosure

 

            7              counseling kick-off, Thursday, October 9th,

 

            8              at 11:00 in the morning for anyone that can

 

            9              make it.  It's at 709 East Market Street,

 

           10              Senator Robert Casey, Junior, will join the

 

           11              board of Neighborhood Housing Services,

 

           12              staff and partners, in a major regional

 

           13              foreclosure mitigation effort.  I would

 

           14              suggest that anyone whose mortgage is

 

           15              falling behind or in danger of losing their

 

           16              homes, they are a nonprofit housing

 

           17              counseling and lending service and they will

 

           18              be available to help you with your problems.

 

           19              Neighborhood Housing Services' phone number

 

           20              is 558-2490, and again, they are located at

 

           21              709 East Market Street, and that's all I

 

           22              have.  Thank you, Mr. McGoff.

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else?  Mrs.

 

           24              Evans?

 

           25                      MS. EVANS: Geneses Wildlife Center


 

 

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            1              will conduct a Fall Fun Fair at Nay Aug Park

 

            2              in Scranton, Saturday, October 18 in front

 

            3              of the Wildlife Center from 12 to 4 p.m.

 

            4              All money raised will go to the animals.

 

            5              There will be games, hot dogs, coffee, hot

 

            6              chocolate, pony rides, so please bring your

 

            7              children and have a wonderful day at the

 

            8              Wildlife Center.

 

            9                      Also, the public is cordially

 

           10              invited to the annual Dunmore Cemetery Tour

 

           11              on Sunday, October 12, from 2 to 4 p.m.

 

           12              Julie Espe of the Lackawanna Historical

 

           13              Society has put together a spectacular show

 

           14              of the famous and not so famous persons

 

           15              buried in the cemetery.  Julie has

 

           16              researched and written all 22 scenes.

 

           17              Julie's actors make the deceased come to

 

           18              life to entertain and inform you about how

 

           19              they lived their lives and in the area long

 

           20              ago before most of us were born.  What a

 

           21              wonderful way to spend an enjoyable Autumn

 

           22              afternoon.  Again, it takes place on Sunday,

 

           23              October 12, at the Dunmore Cemetery at

 

           24              2:00 p.m.  The tour starts at the West

 

           25              Warren Street entrance.  No admission, but a


 

 

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            1              donation would be appreciated.

 

            2                      And, finally, beginning November 1,

 

            3              2008, Comcast will be adjusting our prices

 

            4              once again according to C. Elizabeth

 

            5              Sterner, senior director of government and

 

            6              community affairs for Comcast.  Area cable

 

            7              subscribers have endured several rate

 

            8              increases from Comcast as we all know.  Many

 

            9              citizens are requesting that the city

 

           10              consider other cable providers in it's

 

           11              forthcoming selection process, and I must

 

           12              say that I strongly support that suggestion.

 

           13              That's it.

 

           14                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else?  I would

 

           15              just like to mention this Sunday, this

 

           16              coming Sunday is I believe the 13th running

 

           17              of the Steamtown Marathon.  Unfortunately,

 

           18              registration closed last Sunday so that it's

 

           19              too late if you were thinking of running.  I

 

           20              know that disappoints a number of people,

 

           21              but just for your information's sake that

 

           22              will mean a number of downtown streets will

 

           23              be closed Sunday.  It may make travel

 

           24              through the city a little bit complicated

 

           25              for a short time, but it's a great event.


 

 

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            1              If you would like to see people who are

 

            2              completely exhausted and ready to pass out,

 

            3              you know, get down to Washington Avenue on

 

            4              Sunday morning, again, it's a great event

 

            5              and brings a lot of people to the City of

 

            6              Scranton and an enjoyable day, and that is

 

            7              all that I have.  FOURTH ORDER.  CITIZENS'

 

            8              PARTICIPATION.  Ozzie Quinn.

 

            9                      MR. QUINN:  Ozzie Quinn, Taxpayers'

 

           10              Association.  5-D, you have a resolution

 

           11              authorizing the mayor to enter into a

 

           12              memorandum of agreement between the US

 

           13              Department of Interior and OECD to undertake

 

           14              and manage construction activities at

 

           15              Steamtown Park.  What does undertake mean?

 

           16              Does it involve money?  What are they going

 

           17              to do there?  Does anybody have any idea?

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF: I believe it's part of

 

           19              the park project for Lackawanna Avenue.

 

           20                      MR. QUINN:  Was that in the

 

           21              redevelopment plan that was an urban -- that

 

           22              was designated as a State Urban

 

           23              Redevelopment, under the State Urban

 

           24              Redevelopment, and I was wondering if that's

 

           25              in the boundaries or also is this something


 

 

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            1              new that you would have to go back and amend

 

            2              the plan?  I never saw a plan.  Did you see

 

            3              the plan?

 

            4                      MS. FANUCCI: I didn't see the whole

 

            5              plan, but I do not believe that this is --

 

            6                      MR. QUINN:  Well, don't say yo don't

 

            7              know unless you saw the plan.

 

            8                      MS. FANUCCI: Well, I'm telling you

 

            9              what --

 

           10                      MR. QUINN:  I'll write the state.

 

           11              I'll write the state then.  Thank you.

 

           12                      MS. FANUCCI: This is why I didn't

 

           13              want to answer him.

 

           14                      MR. QUINN:  I don't want no

 

           15              surmises, please, there is too much money

 

           16              involved here.  If nobody has saw this plan

 

           17              or nobody knows if there is any money on it

 

           18              how can you introduce it?  This is bizarre.

 

           19                      MS. FANUCCI: We have to be a conduit

 

           20              for anything that goes on whether it's

 

           21              through the state or the Urban

 

           22              Redevelopment, so even if it's already done

 

           23              we still have to be the conduit.

 

           24                      MR. QUINN:  Please, we only have a

 

           25              few minutes to talk here --


 

 

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            1                      MS. FANUCCI:  Well, then don't ask

 

            2              questions if you don't want your answers.

 

            3                      MR. QUINN: Please.  We only -- we

 

            4              only have a few minutes to talk here and we

 

            5              have a situation where nobody knows what we

 

            6              are going to approve and it's a resolution,

 

            7              it's read twice.  Now, if you don't know

 

            8              what's going on, I mean, what's the use of

 

            9              citizens' participation?

 

           10                      MS. GATELLI:  Ozzie, it's a piece of

 

           11              the Steamtown National Historic site that

 

           12              they are giving to the project.

 

           13                      MR. QUINN:  Is OECD undertaking it?

 

           14              Is money involved?

 

           15                      MS. GATELLI: No.

 

           16                      MR. QUINN:  It says that.

 

           17                      MS. GATELLI:  It's just flowing

 

           18              through OECD because federal money has to

 

           19              flow through the city.

 

           20                      MR. QUINN: So OECD is actually

 

           21              administrating the money of the --

 

           22                      Ms. GATELLI: -- from the federal

 

           23              government, yes.

 

           24                      MR. QUINN: From the federal

 

           25              government.


 

 

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            1                      MS. GATELLI: Yes.

 

            2                      MR. QUINN:  And it is has nothing to

 

            3              do with the OECD allocation that comes to

 

            4              CDBG?

 

            5                      MS. GATELLI: No.  No. Absolutely

 

            6              not.

 

            7                      MR. QUINN:  And it's a part and

 

            8              parcel --

 

            9                      MS. GATELLI:  You can have this

 

           10              backup.

 

           11                      MR. QUINN: -- of the Urban Renewal

 

           12              Plan.

 

           13                      MS. GATELLI: Do you want the backup

 

           14              after the meeting, I'll give you a copy.

 

           15                      MR. QUINN: Yeah.  The Urban Renewal

 

           16              Plan, too; right?  You know, the reason I

 

           17              ask that is because, you know, you get

 

           18              federal money, again, our federal money,

 

           19              state money, local money, it's all

 

           20              taxpayers' money.  That $700 million,

 

           21              billion dollar plan, bailout, that's

 

           22              taxpayers' money, and the last time we even

 

           23              had a peek at what we owe, the principal,

 

           24              was a 2006 audit.  The 2007 audit was under

 

           25              the Home Rule Charter, which is supposed to


 

 

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            1              be the law that runs -- the city is governed

 

            2              by was due in May.  It's now October and we

 

            3              still haven't seen the 2007 audit.  We don't

 

            4              know what we owe, okay?  And my guesstimate,

 

            5              again, is about $150 million in principal,

 

            6              that's without the authorities, so we are

 

            7              talking lots of money here, you know, and

 

            8              I'm little concerned about this thing.

 

            9              Where is this audit?  What's holding this

 

           10              audit up?

 

           11                      MS. GATELLI: The only thing I'm

 

           12              aware of now is I think we got the parking

 

           13              authority and we got NCC and we just

 

           14              received the Sewer Authority.

 

           15                      MS. GARVEY: The parking authority we

 

           16              did get.

 

           17                      MS. GATELLI: See, some of these

 

           18              authorities their audits aren't due when

 

           19              ours are due, so, it makes our audit be

 

           20              late.  I mean, the Sewer Authority I know

 

           21              theirs isn't due until October, so how can

 

           22              we do our audit if we don't have their audit

 

           23              and theirs isn't due.

 

           24                      MR. QUINN:  Well, then amend the

 

           25              Home Rule Charter.


 

 

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            1                      MS. GATELLI:  We really should

 

            2              because it isn't right.  We can't do our

 

            3              audit with all of those other taxing bodies.

 

            4                      MR. QUINN:  Yeah.  One other thing,

 

            5              too, and you know, I don't like to pick on

 

            6              these people they are going to be

 

            7              reappointed to the Housing Authority and the

 

            8              fact is that in February when the HUD said

 

            9              that the former executive director because

 

           10              he was indicted by the federal government

 

           11              cannot receive HUD money, may I finish this

 

           12              for a few seconds?  Okay, and I attended the

 

           13              Housing Authority meeting and they said that

 

           14              he had time coming, vacation time, overtime

 

           15              and that he was being paid with the money

 

           16              from the city, okay, that's the taxpayers'

 

           17              money.  It's eight months and I think, you

 

           18              know, you should look into this, I don't

 

           19              know how you can be approving people when

 

           20              they are spending the taxpayers' money on

 

           21              somebody that is indicted.  Thank you.

 

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

 

           23              Les Spindler.

 

           24                      MR. SPINDLER:  Good evening,

 

           25              Council.  Les Spindler, city resident,


 

 

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            1              homeowner.  I didn't make the last two

 

            2              meetings, Mrs. Gatelli, I think it was three

 

            3              weeks ago you were reading that ordinance

 

            4              about the outdoor burning, and I just have a

 

            5              question, I didn't understand some of it,

 

            6              are those outdoor pits are they legal or

 

            7              illegal?

 

            8                      MS. GATELLI: They're only legal if

 

            9              they have a screen and a flue, which is like

 

           10              a chimney, and even if they are legitimate

 

           11              if they are causing a problem to a neighbor

 

           12              they are to call the police or the fire

 

           13              inspector.

 

           14                      MR. SPINDLER: Okay.

 

           15                      MS. GATELLI: And they can be asked

 

           16              to stop burning.

 

           17                      MR. SPINDLER: Well, it won't be a

 

           18              problem until next summer now, we're in

 

           19              winter, they don't burn.  Okay, thank you.

 

           20                      MS. GATELLI:  You are welcome.

 

           21                      MR. SPINDLER: Is there a reason why

 

           22              the caucus was cancelled tonight with CDTV?

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF: It was cancelled by the

 

           24              people from ECTV.

 

           25                      MR. SPINDLER: Oh, I wonder why.


 

 

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            1              Because I heard Chris Doherty ordered them

 

            2              not to show up, and on that subject I think

 

            3              it was back in July that Chris Doherty said

 

            4              the $10,000 given to CDTV was to clean up

 

            5              blight in the basement of the church and

 

            6              then in the Doherty newsletter on

 

            7              September 24 it stated that the $10,000 was

 

            8              used to buy a digital server.  To me that's

 

            9              a misuse of federal funds.  They used OECD

 

           10              funds to not to clean of blight, they bought

 

           11              a digital server right in this paper on the

 

           12              24th of September.  I think there should be

 

           13              an investigation into them.

 

           14                      And another thing, there was a

 

           15              question, I think Mrs. Gatelli you said a

 

           16              few weeks ago, why do meetings have to be

 

           17              live?  Well, I think there is a number of

 

           18              reasons, one, is I have an announcement to

 

           19              make tonight about a meeting this time which

 

           20              is nobody going to hear until tomorrow

 

           21              night.  I'm leaving here right after I speak

 

           22              there is a meeting at the Tripp Park

 

           23              Community Center to organize a crime watch

 

           24              and now nobody is going to know about it, I

 

           25              wasn't here last week to announce it, but we


 

 

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            1              had one two weeks ago and there was a

 

            2              terrific turnout.

 

            3                      MS. GATELLI:  Do you have a phone

 

            4              number that we can give out?

 

            5                      MR. SPINDLER: No, I don't.  When we

 

            6              have a meeting again I'll come down here and

 

            7              announce it.

 

            8                      MS. GATELLI: Yes.  I was in touch

 

            9              with people in Tripp's Park.

 

           10                      MR. SPINDLER: We had a great

 

           11              turnout.

 

           12                      MS. GATELLI: They asked for bylaws

 

           13              from the South Side Neighborhood.

 

           14                      MR. SPINDLER: Lieutenant Numecki

 

           15              came and spoke and asked questions and it

 

           16              was great.  That's why if this was live

 

           17              tonight people could have heard it tonight.

 

           18                      MS. GATELLI:  Find out when the

 

           19              meetings are and we will be sure to announce

 

           20              them.

 

           21                      MR. SPINDLER:  I will.  Who is

 

           22              responsible for enforcing the smoking ban,

 

           23              does anybody know, because I was at

 

           24              Whistle's Sunday watching the football game

 

           25              and on their door it says "Smoking


 

 

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            1              permitted."  I asked the bartender when I

 

            2              went in and she said, "Les than 20 percent

 

            3              of our sales are food."

 

            4                      I refuse to believe that.  I have

 

            5              been there many times, and I think that more

 

            6              than 20 percent of their sales are food.

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI: Les, is this the first

 

            8              time you and I can honestly say we totally

 

            9              agree on something.  There is no way that

 

           10              that is accurate, but the good thing is that

 

           11              after a few months you can track the sales

 

           12              of people's food to find out actually how

 

           13              much they are buying --

 

           14                      MR. SPINDLER:  I understand that,

 

           15              but who is supposed to do that?

 

           16                      MS. FANUCCI: Actually, I believe it

 

           17              would be the police, the police right now,

 

           18              it is enforced by our police.

 

           19                      MS. GATELLI: And there is a hotline.

 

           20              I know there's a hotline.

 

           21                      MS. FANUCCI: There is a hotline, but

 

           22              eventually I think we are going to have to

 

           23              incorporate that into our other departments,

 

           24              I would think the Seitzinger and those guys

 

           25              would have to be the people that do it, but


 

 

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            1              that's what we are working on now, but I

 

            2              agree with you.

 

            3                      MS. SPINDLER: Okay.  Thank you.

 

            4                      MS. GATELLI:  We'll get you that

 

            5              number for next week.  I'm interested myself

 

            6              in that hotline number where you can report

 

            7              people that are violating the Clean Indoor

 

            8              Air Act.

 

            9                      MR. SPINDLER: I'm sure everybody

 

           10              either saw it or saw it on the news that the

 

           11              skit on Saturday Night Live about Scranton,

 

           12              they didn't speak to highly of our city, I

 

           13              know it was all for fun, and I think they

 

           14              over did it a little bit, but I think a lot

 

           15              of it was true.  Nobody wants to live in

 

           16              this city anymore.  Everybody is moving out.

 

           17              I think the only one that wants to come into

 

           18              the city is that black bear that keeps

 

           19              showing up here.  We keep finding it in the

 

           20              tree.

 

           21                      MS. FANUCCI: Oh, the bear?  I

 

           22              thought you said mayor.

 

           23                      MR. SPINDLER:  They should the bear

 

           24              up in the treehouse, he would have a lot of

 

           25              fun up there.  The next thing, my last


 

 

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            1              thing, somebody asked me to make this

 

            2              announcement, Sunday, at St. Stanislaus

 

            3              Elementary School there is a Polish food

 

            4              festival and it's 530 South Street, it's

 

            5              from 12 to 6 this Sunday, October 12, that's

 

            6              all I have.  They just asked me to make that

 

            7              announcement.  Thank you.

 

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

 

            9                      MS. EVANS: Just one thing though I

 

           10              wanted to add to that that maybe

 

           11              Mr. Courtright can help us with, I do know

 

           12              of other city residents who had problems

 

           13              with neighbors burning throughout the summer

 

           14              months in those bowls and similar situations

 

           15              and they had called the police and the

 

           16              police when they arrived had told the

 

           17              individuals there is nothing that they could

 

           18              do about it, there is actually nothing on

 

           19              the books to prevent that, so maybe if you,

 

           20              Mr. Courtright, could pass along the

 

           21              information we were given so that in the

 

           22              future, you know, in the better weather

 

           23              months when this starts to occur again the

 

           24              police will know that it is actually part of

 

           25              an ordinance.


 

 

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            1                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I think what we need

 

            2              to do is see if Captain Graziano can deal

 

            3              with Mark Seitzinger and there is so many

 

            4              ordinances in this city that the police

 

            5              can't know them all, and this is one is

 

            6              relatively new.  I think what they can do is

 

            7              if they get called out they can make a

 

            8              notation of it and then have Mr. Seitzinger

 

            9              possibly cite them or maybe the police

 

           10              themselves can cite them.  I've got to be

 

           11              perfectly honest for you, I don't think they

 

           12              know exactly what they can do, so I'll speak

 

           13              with Captain Graziano and see if he can't

 

           14              talk to Mark Seitzinger and get something

 

           15              worked out.

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF: Barbara O'Malley.

 

           17                      MS. O'MALLEY:  Good evening.  For

 

           18              most of the past decade the residents of

 

           19              Scranton and Lackawanna County who are

 

           20              Comcast subscribers were able to see a rich

 

           21              offering of local government bodies in

 

           22              action.  The meetings of the Planning

 

           23              Commission, Redevelopment Authority, Prison

 

           24              Board, Sewer Authority, Scranton School

 

           25              Board, Recreation Authority, Zoning


 

 

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            1              Commission, County Commissioners and, of

 

            2              course, the weekly meetings of this body,

 

            3              Scranton City Council, were broadcast.  Most

 

            4              of these meetings were shown live with four

 

            5              or five replays at times chosen with the

 

            6              convenience of the citizens in mind.  Any

 

            7              citizen who wanted to know what his or her

 

            8              government was doing had the opportunity to

 

            9              watch.

 

           10                      Things certainly have changed.

 

           11              Since Scranton Today was replaced by ECTV as

 

           12              the operator of Channel 61, the only

 

           13              governmental meetings shown are Scranton

 

           14              City Council, the meetings of the County

 

           15              Commissioners and an occasional board

 

           16              meeting.  No meetings are cable cast live

 

           17              and the replays are few and far between.  In

 

           18              fact, city council receives only one airing

 

           19              in prime time.

 

           20                      So much for an informed electorate,

 

           21              so much for open government and so much for

 

           22              democracy.  ECTV has maintained from the

 

           23              beginning that replays, particularly of

 

           24              council, would be severely limited.  In

 

           25              fact, this approach seems to be a matter of


 

 

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            1              pride with them.  Why is this?  Do they have

 

            2              so much programming that council can only be

 

            3              squeezed in three times a week?  This can't

 

            4              be the reason as any channel surfer will

 

            5              tell you.  For the vast majority of the day

 

            6              there is no programming on Channel 61 and

 

            7              sister station Channel 62.  Why the lack of

 

            8              replays?  Perhaps the management of ECTV

 

            9              believes it is preferable to have nothing on

 

           10              rather than additional airing of council

 

           11              meetings.  This, of course, flies in the

 

           12              face of reason.  The availability of

 

           13              frequent prime time rebroadcasts allows an

 

           14              additional citizens to see the meeting,

 

           15              citizens who might not otherwise have that

 

           16              opportunity and if a viewer has already

 

           17              viewed the meeting, they have many other

 

           18              program options available to them, no harm

 

           19              done.

 

           20                      Perhaps the management of ECTV

 

           21              believes in only lip service to the concept

 

           22              of an informed electorate.  Certainly, no

 

           23              sane individual would argue that limiting

 

           24              replays increases a citizen's opportunity to

 

           25              be informed.  I think we all know that


 

 

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            1              limiting replays, in fact, limits citizens'

 

            2              awareness of the workings of their

 

            3              government and the crowning irony, of

 

            4              course, is that this station is now fully

 

            5              funded by taxpayers' dollars, my dollars and

 

            6              yours.

 

            7                      So, this is the deal, the new deal,

 

            8              if you are a citizen interested in your

 

            9              government and you are a viewer subscribing

 

           10              to Comcast you will simply have to settle

 

           11              for less, much less, and you will have to

 

           12              pay for the privilege.

 

           13                      Now, at a recent council meeting Mr.

 

           14              Courtright quoted a Comcast technician to

 

           15              the effect that live council meetings could

 

           16              be resumed almost immediately using the

 

           17              infrastructure that is still in place.

 

           18              This, of course, would require the

 

           19              cooperation of Scranton Today.  Well, I

 

           20              can't speak for the Board of Scranton Today,

 

           21              I can say that as one board member I would

 

           22              be willing to consider such a proposal in

 

           23              order for the citizens of this city to be

 

           24              able to see their government in action

 

           25              that's it.  Thank you.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you,

 

            2              Mrs. O'Malley.  Jim Stucker.

 

            3                      MR. STUCKER:  Hello, Mr. Courtright.

 

            4                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  How are doing, Jim.

 

            5                      MR. STUCKER:  We need a policeman up

 

            6              over where I live on Adams Avenue on those

 

            7              four corners.  We have people walking across

 

            8              in the daytime, school kids, who have to

 

            9              walk across and it's -- some people go too

 

           10              fast through the light and everything.

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  What do you need,

 

           12              Jim?

 

           13                      MR. STUCKER:  We need a police

 

           14              officer at the four corners.

 

           15                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  All right, we'll

 

           16              see what we can do.

 

           17                      MR. STUCKER: And I was up and down

 

           18              the streets last week walking and I seen a

 

           19              lot of garbage, couches, beds in front of

 

           20              people's houses.

 

           21                      MS. FANUCCI: I did, too.

 

           22                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Mrs. Fanucci agrees

 

           23              with you.

 

           24                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yeah, they were

 

           25              putting out garbage way too early and not on


 

 

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            1              the days that they were picking up and I

 

            2              noticed it also all over the city and it's

 

            3              something we might need to start enforcing

 

            4              because it is, you know, with the rodent

 

            5              problems and other things this is not

 

            6              something we should be doing.  I agree with

 

            7              you.

 

            8                      MR. STUCKER:  I'm afraid if they

 

            9              putting mattresses out there and I'm afraid

 

           10              something is going to throw a match.

 

           11                      MS. FANUCCI: I never thought of

 

           12              that.

 

           13                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Right.

 

           14                      MR. STUCKER:  They should have some

 

           15              guys drop a dumpster in front of a house and

 

           16              throw it all in.

 

           17                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Okay, Jim.

 

           18                      MR. STUCKER: I'm feeling a little

 

           19              better than I did.

 

           20                      MR. COURTRIGHT: That's good.  You

 

           21              made out okay at the hospital?

 

           22                      MR. STUCKER:  Yeah.

 

           23                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Good.

 

           24                      MR. STUCKER: Yeah.  Okay?

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF: Okay, Jim.  Thank you


 

 

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            1              very much.  Take care of yourself.  Joe

 

            2              Talimini.

 

            3                      MR. TALIMINI: Joe Talimini, City of

 

            4              Scranton.  Several months ago when I brought

 

            5              this subject up before one of our tenants of

 

            6              Washington West was killed right across the

 

            7              street in a wheelchair and nothing has ever

 

            8              been done about it.  I don't know what the

 

            9              police department is doing, no charges were

 

           10              filed or anything else, but she was struck

 

           11              while she was in a crosswalk.

 

           12                      Today one of our other residents was

 

           13              also wheelchair bound and met with the mayor

 

           14              and they safety commissioner, he was stuck

 

           15              on two occasions in the ruts getting out on

 

           16              the sidewalks.  Now, he was stuck there.

 

           17              The wheel was spinning because he was in a

 

           18              ditch and he couldn't get out of it.  Now,

 

           19              this man is totally incapacitated, he can't

 

           20              get out of his wheelchair, so I think it's

 

           21              incumbent upon this council to do something.

 

           22              If it's cornering the mayor and hitting him

 

           23              in the head with a hammer, but these things

 

           24              have got to be repaired because these people

 

           25              are responsible for their own chairs.  And,


 

 

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            1              God forbid, we should lose another tenant

 

            2              and I guarantee you there will be a

 

            3              revolution in this town and that will

 

            4              include you people as well as the mayor

 

            5              because they have had it up to here with

 

            6              this and, I mean, it's a constant thing that

 

            7              these people cannot transit these crosswalks

 

            8              because they are in dire need, all you have

 

            9              to do is walk right across the street and

 

           10              you will see what I mean.

 

           11                      I don't know what the state is

 

           12              doing, what the Department of Transportation

 

           13              is doing.  I talked to one of our

 

           14              representatives that was on the

 

           15              transportation committee about North

 

           16              Washington Avenue, he was going to get back

 

           17              to me, but I don't think he will be getting

 

           18              back to me for quite awhile, hopefully, he

 

           19              won't get back to me at all, but these

 

           20              streets are in dire need of repairs and this

 

           21              is one of the major factors we have here.

 

           22                   Secondly, with regard to ECTV, I am

 

           23              dead set against renewing the contract with

 

           24              Comcast.  Now, I lived in an area which was

 

           25              just below Atlanta where we got 110


 

 

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            1              stations, including HBO and Showtime and our

 

            2              total bill was $29.50 a month.  This was a

 

            3              franchise which was run by the city and I

 

            4              don't know why there is a disparity of about

 

            5              $50 a month extra for me to live in Scranton

 

            6              watching TV as opposed to living down there

 

            7              which is a much more metropolitan area, so I

 

            8              think we should really investigate the

 

            9              renewal of the franchise with Comcast.  I

 

           10              think we can get a much better deal.

 

           11                   Mr. Courtright, as you well know, the

 

           12              police department is overtaxed.  I don't

 

           13              know what the hell is going on, but I listen

 

           14              to that scanner 24 hours a day and when they

 

           15              have more than two or three calls they have

 

           16              to try to break somebody away to go

 

           17              someplace else and, I mean, the situation is

 

           18              ridiculous now.  The crime is increasing in

 

           19              this community even though some people would

 

           20              like to sweep it under the rug and say we

 

           21              don't have any crime.  We had a man that

 

           22              just died, we had a man who was stabbed down

 

           23              by the Gino Merli Center at 7:30 in the

 

           24              morning.  We had a stabbing, I believe it

 

           25              was the same evening, right around the


 

 

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            1              corner from the United Neighborhood Center.

 

            2              We had shots fired over Midtown apartments.

 

            3              We had a man with a gun at Coopers.  We have

 

            4              had all kinds of people roaming the streets

 

            5              up there.  We are working with the Housing

 

            6              Authority now to get the security hours

 

            7              changed, hopefully, they will go through

 

            8              with it, but if not they will hearing from

 

            9              us again.  But, it's a situation in this

 

           10              town which really needs looking into it.

 

           11              It's beyond the point of just an occasional

 

           12              happening, it's a daily happening.

 

           13                      The University of Scranton is

 

           14              another problem.  Now, first of all, I know

 

           15              they can't teach a course in common sense

 

           16              101, but having those hot dogs stands up on

 

           17              Mulberry Street and having those kids walk

 

           18              back and forth across the street when they

 

           19              crosswalks there, they walk right out in

 

           20              front of the car especially at night with

 

           21              dark clothing on.  We have our police

 

           22              department up there breaking up fights going

 

           23              all over the Hill section and it's all

 

           24              involving parties -- the University of

 

           25              Scranton has their own security force I


 

 

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            1              believe, I don't know what they do, but they

 

            2              have it.  We are still questioning what they

 

            3              do.  It's a definite need up there.  I mean,

 

            4              far more police action is needed.

 

            5                      As for ECTV, I recall Commissioner

 

            6              Munchak coming down here as a private

 

            7              citizen on his own, nobody asked him to come

 

            8              down, he came on his own, and he pointed out

 

            9              very clearly, and this man incidentally is

 

           10              an accountant, that the entire proposal was

 

           11              flawed, that none of the figures matched.  I

 

           12              find it hard to believe that astute

 

           13              businessmen would come into this town and

 

           14              live here, that's the funny part, try to get

 

           15              a business started without putting a dime

 

           16              out of their own pocket.  They want the city

 

           17              to fund them.

 

           18                      Now, this would be very nice.  I

 

           19              would love if it I could come in here and

 

           20              say I want to open a business and

 

           21              I need $10,000 to buy equipment and I need

 

           22              another $90,000 later on plus another

 

           23              $125,000 for payroll.  I mean, I'm missing

 

           24              out someplace.  Maybe OECD is hiding

 

           25              something from me.  If there is that kind of


 

 

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            1              money available for people who can afford to

 

            2              get into the business then I sure as hell

 

            3              would like to have some of it, too, because

 

            4              I can't afford it.

 

            5                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mr. Talimini.

 

            6                      MR. TALIMINI: Incidentally, one

 

            7              other thing, I would like you to declare

 

            8              either the black bear or the skunk as the

 

            9              national animal for the City of Scranton,

 

           10              because we have an abundance of both.

 

           11                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you.

 

           12                      MS. HUBBARD: We have more skunks

 

           13              than bears.

 

           14                      MR. DOBSON:  Good evening, Council.

 

           15              Dave Dobson, resident of Scranton and member

 

           16              of the Taxpayers' Association.  I'm glad to

 

           17              see on 5-B and C that we are finally trying

 

           18              to get someone on our Ethics Commission.

 

           19              One of our members have been unable to get a

 

           20              hearing for months now and hopefully that

 

           21              will change before things gets ugly for all

 

           22              parties concerned.

 

           23                      On 5-D I have a question, will it be

 

           24              open to all, this park?  It will definitely

 

           25              be open to all.


 

 

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            1                      MS. GATELLI:  Yes.

 

            2                      MR. DOBSON: Like Nay Aug or --

 

            3                      MS. GATELLI:  Yes.

 

            4                      MR. DOBSON:  Well, that's wonderful

 

            5              and I know where it is, it's the old

 

            6              computer train track behind the 500 block of

 

            7              Lackawanna Avenue and it is it need of

 

            8              renovations, but hopefully the federal

 

            9              government will help us out there a little

 

           10              bit even though they can't seem to help

 

           11              themselves lately, anything but your money.

 

           12                      On 6-A, 6-B and 6-C, can anybody

 

           13              explain to me what that's all about?  I

 

           14              thought we didn't sell properties of people

 

           15              that were tax delinquent.

 

           16                      MS. GATELLI: Yes, we do.

 

           17                      MR. DOBSON: We do?

 

           18                      MS. GATELLI:  Oh, absolutely we do.

 

           19              We always sell tax delinquent property.

 

           20              It's a quite lengthy process and it takes a

 

           21              long time and some people aren't patient,

 

           22              but, yes, we do sell tax delinquent

 

           23              property.

 

           24                      MR. DOBSON:  Because we have on here

 

           25              for $2,000, one for $8,000 an done for


 

 

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            1              $5,000.  I hope these people are given an

 

            2              opportunity to make amends on these taxes

 

            3              where if they come up with and it cancels

 

            4              the deal.

 

            5                      MS. GATELLI: You mean the original

 

            6              owner?

 

            7                      MR. DOBSON: Yes.

 

            8                      MS. GATELLI:  Well, during the

 

            9              process the original owner is given the

 

           10              option to pay it and nine out of ten times

 

           11              they don't because they owe so much.

 

           12              Sometimes they are 20, 30, 40 years old, so

 

           13              the original owners that's why they are tax

 

           14              delinquent they don't want the property

 

           15              anymore.  But, yes, they are given the

 

           16              opportunity in Court.

 

           17                      MR. DOBSON: All right.  And then

 

           18              7-A, of course, related to the other, the

 

           19              park.  And that's about it, other than on

 

           20              7-B, C and D, hopefully once again these

 

           21              people will have a clean situation coming

 

           22              into there -- or staying on there and we

 

           23              won't have anymore alarming situations where

 

           24              records are being hauled out, indictments

 

           25              are being handled out or whatever, we don't


 

 

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            1              need that anymore.

 

            2                      There is one other thing that came

 

            3              to my attention at Nay Aug Park, I see the

 

            4              workers working away and they seem to do

 

            5              their jobs pretty well and they should be

 

            6              commended for that, but the concession stand

 

            7              on Wednesday nights, now, I was up there

 

            8              during the Wednesday night concerts last

 

            9              year and you would stand approximately

 

           10              15 minutes in line just to be waited on, and

 

           11              that's okay.  This year they weren't open.

 

           12              I can't imagine why somebody would be handed

 

           13              a concession stand like that when they don't

 

           14              plan to stay open especially when there is

 

           15              money to be made there.  You can't tell me

 

           16              if I have to wait 15 minutes in line and

 

           17              spend $20 because we skipped our dinner and

 

           18              went up to the concert and decided to buy

 

           19              hamburgers and hotdogs and pizza or

 

           20              whatever, why this man can't stay open.  So,

 

           21              this year has gone by, but next year I would

 

           22              really love to see the concession stand open

 

           23              on Wednesday nights.  It would help keep it

 

           24              more live as far as I'm concerned and people

 

           25              should be able to purchase things and get up


 

 

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            1              there without or worrying about getting in

 

            2              there and getting dishes thrown away and all

 

            3              of that baloney, you know, to rush up there,

 

            4              because like I said, with everybody standing

 

            5              in line for 15 or 20 minutes, you know, it's

 

            6              kind of hard to tell me they make money.

 

            7              Thank you and have a great night.

 

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

 

            9              Other speakers?

 

           10                      MS. DOLAN: Good evening, Council.

 

           11              Good evening, citizens of Scranton.  Donna

 

           12              Dolan, homeowner, resident of the Plot.  I

 

           13              was pleased to see on the repeat of last

 

           14              week's council meeting that progress is

 

           15              being made in addressing our skunk problem.

 

           16              I first of all would like to thank

 

           17              Mrs. Evans for initiating the proposal to

 

           18              send a letter to the mayor.  I'd like to

 

           19              thank all of council members for unanimously

 

           20              supporting that and, of course, I thank the

 

           21              mayor for listening to you.  It just goes to

 

           22              show what can happen when there is agreement

 

           23              among council members and agreement between

 

           24              council administration.  Ever the optimists

 

           25              that I am, I would hope the concerns of


 

 

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            1              other citizens may have the same positive

 

            2              cooperation and results.  Thank you.

 

            3                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you very much.

 

            4                      MR. MORGAN: Good evening, Council.

 

            5              The first thing I have here is I think

 

            6              Mrs. Fanucci said something that may have

 

            7              been important today she talked about

 

            8              accountability, and I really think that's

 

            9              something that's seriously lacking here in

 

           10              the city for a very long time.  I think the

 

           11              president of the tax group brought up

 

           12              something else that's pretty important and

 

           13              that seems to be the audits, and for the

 

           14              life of me I can't understand how these

 

           15              things could be out of sync.  All of the

 

           16              audits should be done at the same time

 

           17              because it would help to let the residents

 

           18              be informed of that actual fiscal situation

 

           19              of the city instead of waiting and waiting

 

           20              and waiting and never really having any

 

           21              answers.

 

           22                      I can understand why ECTV didn't

 

           23              come here tonight.  How can you defend the

 

           24              service we are receiving and how can you

 

           25              defend the mayor's move to do the things he


 

 

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            1              has done here?  There is no open government

 

            2              in Scranton, there is closed government.

 

            3              There is government that benefits the few at

 

            4              the expense of the many.

 

            5                      I took a little time today driving

 

            6              through the city and I have to say that

 

            7              there are some very beautiful homes for sale

 

            8              which people have put a ton of money into.

 

            9              What would ever induce somebody to move out

 

           10              of a city when they have sunk as much money

 

           11              into some of these homes as they obviously

 

           12              have?  I mean, there is homes tucked in this

 

           13              city that are just breathtaking when you

 

           14              look at them.  All of the money that's been

 

           15              spent and they want to leave and then, of

 

           16              course, there is droves of other homes for

 

           17              sale where there has actually been quite

 

           18              possibly a lack of maintenance possibly

 

           19              because the owner is either economically

 

           20              underemployed or they are just too old to

 

           21              maintain the property.

 

           22                      But I think the underlying problem

 

           23              is as Mrs. Fanucci brought up

 

           24              accountability, and that accountability is a

 

           25              total lack of accountability by the elected


 

 

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            1              officials of this city, and that seems to be

 

            2              in my opinion the reason why ECTV is here.

 

            3                   Now, when Mrs. Gatelli was president of

 

            4              council, I remember being locked outside

 

            5              when I was the first person on the speaker's

 

            6              list.  I can't understand that?  Don't we

 

            7              want the residents to come here and present

 

            8              their arguments to council?  Don't the

 

            9              citizens have a right to speak to their

 

           10              government?  Haven't the residents of this

 

           11              city spoke to their government for an

 

           12              extremely long time and hasn't the

 

           13              government itself came forward with many

 

           14              promises?  We are going to revitalize this

 

           15              city.  We are going to create jobs.  We

 

           16              haven't revitalized this city.  We have

 

           17              taken money and given it to connected people

 

           18              and it's really injured the people that

 

           19              aren't connected.

 

           20                      The infrastructure in this city is a

 

           21              complete mess.  The decisions that need to

 

           22              be made need to be made by this council and

 

           23              the mayor.  How can this chief executive of

 

           24              this city who rammed the ballram through the

 

           25              Scranton Sewer Authority with American


 

 

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            1              Anglican defend that?  How can this mayor

 

            2              possibly defend all of the borrowing he has

 

            3              done?  That's my question.  Maybe the mayor

 

            4              would care to come here and answer those

 

            5              questions.  I remember he stood at this

 

            6              podium once and I questioned him because I

 

            7              came up and spoke before him, he had nothing

 

            8              to say and this is the chief executive

 

            9              officer?

 

           10                      So, I think that for once, not for

 

           11              once, on other occasions Mrs. Fanucci has

 

           12              said things that were very relevant, but

 

           13              tonight she probably said the most relevant

 

           14              statement that I have heard in this council

 

           15              chamber for a very long time.  It all comes

 

           16              to accountability and my question is when

 

           17              are the people who make the decisions in

 

           18              this city going to be accountable, and I

 

           19              think that it may never happen or it will

 

           20              happen like what's happened here at Wall

 

           21              Street.  Because to be honest with you, this

 

           22              city is in worse shape than Wall Street and

 

           23              my question is, is the federal government

 

           24              going to come in here and bail us out or

 

           25              should we just renig on our bonds and force


 

 

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            1              the government to pay for them because

 

            2              bluntly the residents are sucked dry.  So,

 

            3              remember, accountability is important and as

 

            4              a governing body please give it a try.

 

            5              Thank you.

 

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

 

            7                      MR. JACKOWITZ: Bill Jackowitz, South

 

            8              Scranton resident.  Toast Master's

 

            9              International, which is a very

 

           10              well-respected worldwide public speaking

 

           11              organization states that the person at the

 

           12              podium is the speaker and everybody else are

 

           13              the listeners, and I really would hope that

 

           14              that would be applied here at city council.

 

           15              The person at the podium is the speaker,

 

           16              that's why that person has the podium.

 

           17              Everyone else are the listeners.  We all

 

           18              have our time to speak.  Some people get

 

           19              more than others.  Council can speak for as

 

           20              long as they want whenever they want, so,

 

           21              please, try not to interrupt speakers

 

           22              anymore.  It would go a long way to make

 

           23              these meetings a lot more sociable and

 

           24              friendly.

 

           25                      I am curious, who is at fault?


 

 

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            1              Christopher A. Doherty, city council,

 

            2              Taxpayers' Association, someone must accept

 

            3              the responsibility for the City of Scranton

 

            4              being distressed for 17 years and the

 

            5              Recovery Plan not being implemented.  We

 

            6              know that Mr. Austin Burke placed the blame

 

            7              on speakers that attend city council

 

            8              meetings for businesses not moving into the

 

            9              city.  So, maybe the speakers are

 

           10              responsible for the Recovery Plan not being

 

           11              implemented and contracts not being

 

           12              approved.  Possibly the Legion of Doom.

 

           13              They should never have spent $6 for these

 

           14              t-shirts.

 

           15                      ECTV, where are on Mr. Darcy, Mr.

 

           16              Migliore and Mayor Doherty?  It seems that

 

           17              no one shows up when they are invited or

 

           18              subpoenaed before Scranton City Council.  I

 

           19              guess council members know how Rodney

 

           20              Dangerfield felt.  Don't you just love it

 

           21              when a plan comes together?

 

           22                      The majority three did not let me

 

           23              down.  They didn't let the community down by

 

           24              voting three to two bail out mayor countries

 

           25              Doherty out again.  We were he told that the


 

 

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            1              city has to be saved, just like the country

 

            2              has to be saved by the bailout.  Also, we

 

            3              were informed that in order not to raise

 

            4              Scranton taxes, the borrowing/refinancing

 

            5              had to be approved.  Now that this

 

            6              borrowing/refinancing has been approved I

 

            7              hope that the streets will plowed this

 

            8              winter, contracts are signed, fire stations

 

            9              are not closed, firefighters are not

 

           10              terminated, beat officers are on the streets

 

           11              year round, new police cruisers are on the

 

           12              street, distressed status is removed,

 

           13              unemployment reduced from 6.7 percent, new

 

           14              jobs that pay more than minimum wage are

 

           15              created.  Scranton's wage tax is reduced

 

           16              from 3.4, the third highest in the state.

 

           17              If council members would not interrupt

 

           18              speakers it would surely cut down on

 

           19              unemployment rates.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you,

 

           21              Mr. Jackowitz.  Anyone else?

 

           22                      MS. HUBBARD: Good evening, Council.

 

           23              Liz Hubbard, Scranton resident, taxpayer.  A

 

           24              couple of few months back Jean Suetta came

 

           25              to council and asked for "Children at Play"


 

 

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            1              signs on Gardner Avenue.  They were there in

 

            2              a week.  Well, we really need some on the

 

            3              100 and 200 block of Marian and where Ross

 

            4              Avenue comes in because when they redid the

 

            5              road for the flood project, the Ross Avenue

 

            6              turns into a blind curve.  One of my

 

            7              neighbor's dogs got run over and killed and

 

            8              a car almost hit a kid.  They fly around

 

            9              there.  They don't stop for the stop signs

 

           10              and there is a four-way stop sign and Marian

 

           11              and Gardner and they just ignore it, and

 

           12              they have a "No Outlet" sign on the 1400

 

           13              block of Gardner Avenue because they have

 

           14              the end blocked off for the levy project.

 

           15                      And I sit on my porch and I count

 

           16              cars, how many idiots either can't read or

 

           17              can't see because the cars go down to the

 

           18              end of Gardner where the barricades are and

 

           19              they turn around and come back.  They can't

 

           20              see the sign or maybe we need a bigger sign

 

           21              or maybe we need two signs, but it's insane.

 

           22              So, Bill, if you could do something about

 

           23              those "Children at Play" signs.

 

           24                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  100 and 200 block

 

           25              of Marian, right?


 

 

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            1                      MS. HUBBARD: Yeah, and on the blind

 

            2              curve that Ross Avenue turns into Marian

 

            3              there.

 

            4                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Okay, I'll see what

 

            5              I can do.

 

            6                      MS. HUBBARD: Big ones, not little

 

            7              ones.

 

            8                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  What's that?

 

            9                      MS. HUBBARD: Big signs.

 

           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Now you are going to

 

           11              be picky and tell me what signs?

 

           12                      MR. HUBBARD: Yes.  There is always

 

           13              -- the people can't see the signs this big.

 

           14                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  I'm only kidding

 

           15              you.  I'll do the best I could.

 

           16                      MS. HUBBARD:  Okay.  Another thing I

 

           17              just want to say, for 14 months I hammered

 

           18              on council about skunks, pretty much weekly,

 

           19              I'm glad it took only 14 months before you

 

           20              did something about it, okay?  Maybe -- I

 

           21              guess I wasn't strong enough in my

 

           22              persecution of the little darlings, but,

 

           23              anyway, I appreciate what you did, but let's

 

           24              get out there and get them before they go

 

           25              into their little nests for the winter and


 

 

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            1              make babies to born in the spring.  Anyway,

 

            2              have a good evening.

 

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

 

            4                      MS. SCHUMACHER:  Marie Schumacher,

 

            5              city resident and member of the Taxpayers'

 

            6              Association.  In the concluding moments of

 

            7              the July 29 meeting, the last meeting prior

 

            8              to your five-week summer recess you,

 

            9              Mr. President, said, "I have asked council

 

           10              members if they would resubmit the

 

           11              appointments that they made to the oversight

 

           12              committee for ECTV and we will have that on

 

           13              the agenda in September so that that

 

           14              committee can be formalized and the members

 

           15              or the members appointed formerly to that

 

           16              committee should then become active in

 

           17              September."

 

           18                      I have checked all September agendas

 

           19              without finding this item.  Perhaps you

 

           20              could update us during motions this evening,

 

           21              Mr. McGoff.

 

           22                      That same evening Mrs. Evans made a

 

           23              second request for the guidelines that are

 

           24              given to homeowners by LIPS inspectors.

 

           25              Have these guidelines been received as yet?


 

 

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            1              With the onset of cold weather, I'm

 

            2              concerned we may a repeat of what happened

 

            3              to Mr. Meile last February in that he

 

            4              reported a LIPS representative had the power

 

            5              to his home cut off causing the home's

 

            6              waterpipes to freeze and burst causing

 

            7              considerably more damage.  I don't believe

 

            8              anyone wants that.  The policy should be if

 

            9              you cut one utility you cut them all.

 

           10                   Mrs. Fanucci, on July 22 you responded

 

           11              to my costmatch question requirement of the

 

           12              type of loan being granted to Fratelli's as

 

           13              follows:  The total project cost for

 

           14              Fratelli's Pizza is $500,000.  That's how

 

           15              much it is for the acquisition of the

 

           16              building.  They are actually buying the

 

           17              building in which they are now so they are

 

           18              only borrowing $120,000, so that does

 

           19              qualify for the two for one and the benefits

 

           20              will be four full-time equivalent positions.

 

           21                   Now I have been reading the Court notes

 

           22              and have been checking the county's database

 

           23              and there is no record of that property

 

           24              having been conveyed.  Mrs. Fanucci, could

 

           25              you please provide the anticipated sale date


 

 

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            1              during motions?

 

            2                      MS. FANUCCI: No, I don't have it.

 

            3                      MS. SCHUMACHER: And, Mrs. Gatelli --

 

            4                      MS. GATELLI: This is like school.

 

            5              We are all getting an assignment.  Lucky to

 

            6              be retired so you can do all this research.

 

            7                      MS. SCHUMACHER:  The first meeting

 

            8              following council five-week summer break you

 

            9              stated the Scranton Parking Authority audit

 

           10              report would be ready in two weeks.  Four

 

           11              weeks have passed and as of yesterday the

 

           12              Parking Authority's 2007 audit had not been

 

           13              received in the Clerk's Office.  Mrs.

 

           14              Gatelli, would you please update us on the

 

           15              Parking Authority audit during motions?

 

           16                   Also, back on July 22, Mrs. Gatelli,

 

           17              you provided the months the independent

 

           18              audit has been received.  The earliest was

 

           19              August and the latest was February of the

 

           20              year following the year it was due.  The

 

           21              poorest performance was for last year for

 

           22              which an audit is available for 2006.

 

           23              Perhaps I'm taking a simplistic approach,

 

           24              but it seems clearly logical that if you

 

           25              want the out put on time and in accordance


 

 

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            1              with the Home Rule Charter the required

 

            2              inputs to an independent auditor must be

 

            3              scheduled to be available in February

 

            4              following the year to be audited.  So my

 

            5              question to you, Mrs. Gatelli, is what steps

 

            6              have you taken or will you take to ensure

 

            7              that all required documentation will be

 

            8              available to the auditor in February 2009

 

            9              for this calendar year?

 

           10                      Also, I would like any council

 

           11              member who knows the answer to the question

 

           12              of how the televised ads featuring the mayor

 

           13              are being funded.

 

           14                      And I would also like to point out

 

           15              there is graffiti on a wall coming into the

 

           16              city when you walk from South Side across

 

           17              the Spruce Street bridge on the wall along

 

           18              the Roaring Brook and that needs to be

 

           19              cleaned up.

 

           20                      And I would also like to note that

 

           21              ECTV doesn't doesn't seem to return phone

 

           22              calls nor are they able to provide citizen's

 

           23              guidance on producing programs as PEG

 

           24              channels are supposed to do.  I called back

 

           25              in I believe it was July and was told they


 

 

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            1              would be able to do that in mid to late

 

            2              September and now I can't even get anybody

 

            3              to talk to.

 

            4                      And then I would like to know if

 

            5              there is any feedback yet on the cause of

 

            6              the Feinstermacher fire and if not how will

 

            7              that information be shared with the public

 

            8              when it is available?  Thank you.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mrs.

 

           10              Schumacher.

 

           11                      MS. GATELLI: I'd just like to make

 

           12              one comment about the graffiti, I don't know

 

           13              if any of you have watched the District

 

           14              Attorney's Office, they had a special on

 

           15              about graffiti.  They are very proactive,

 

           16              they are working with the state to get it

 

           17              off the highways and underneath the bridges

 

           18              and if anyone sees any graffiti please call

 

           19              963-6717 and report it to the District

 

           20              Attorney.  They are working with the city

 

           21              and PennDOT to remove all graffiti as soon

 

           22              as possible.  That's very important that it

 

           23              be removed as soon as possible.  Did you get

 

           24              that number, Mrs. Schumacher, 963-6717.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF: Any other speakers?


 

 

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            1              Mr. Ancherani, just in time.

 

            2                      MR. ANCHERANI: I'm not prepared, but

 

            3              I do have some things to say.  Two weeks ago

 

            4              when we are here, Mrs. Gatelli, you were

 

            5              mentioning about everyone going to -- or

 

            6              coming to this council meeting and the

 

            7              council meetings and why don't we go to the

 

            8              county meetings, why don't we go to the

 

            9              school board.  Well --

 

           10                      MS. GATELLI: Excuse me, everyone is

 

           11              saying that I said that, it was Mrs. Fanucci

 

           12              that said that.

 

           13                      MS. FANUCCI:  I was the one that

 

           14              said that.

 

           15                      MR. ANCHERANI: Didn't you also say

 

           16              it?

 

           17                      MS. GATELLI: No. I work in the

 

           18              school district so I tried to abstain from

 

           19              making any comments to that.

 

           20                      MR. ANCHERANI: Why don't we attend

 

           21              these meetings, the other meetings, didn't

 

           22              you say that at one time?

 

           23                      MS. GATELLI:  Maybe I did, but --

 

           24                      MR. ANCHERANI: Right, that's where

 

           25              I'm going.


 

 

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            1                      MS. GATELLI: I didn't specify.

 

            2                      MR. ANCHERANI: The other meetings,

 

            3              all of these meetings, why don't we ever

 

            4              attend them, but anyway, in our population

 

            5              in the City of Scranton in 2006 it was

 

            6              76,000; 2007 it's down to 72 estimated, our

 

            7              budget for this year is $87 million.  The

 

            8              county has a population of over 200,000.

 

            9              Their budget is something like $105 million.

 

           10              So, yeah, we do have the -- we might have

 

           11              the lowest taxes, but our population also is

 

           12              lower than the county, but yet their budget

 

           13              isn't that much more than ours.

 

           14                      We have taken in with budgets, with

 

           15              loans, 600 million this year, up to this

 

           16              year from 2002.  I know you voted on passing

 

           17              that 5.5 million last week because if you

 

           18              didn't we'd default.  How could we default

 

           19              when we take in $600 million on a

 

           20              $5.5 million loan?  I can't understand that,

 

           21              5.5 that was supposed to be paid by

 

           22              December 17 of this year.  I guess I can't

 

           23              comprehend why 600 million couldn't take

 

           24              care of that.

 

           25                      We have 12.2 million plus in that


 

 

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            1              account with the tax office and we are going

 

            2              to default.  You know, I don't know maybe

 

            3              you should all work together and come up

 

            4              with a budget that's not going to be a

 

            5              record budget this year, you know, something

 

            6              like 85 for last year.  I mean, the three of

 

            7              you voted on you it, the three of you gave

 

            8              us a 25 percent tax increase, maybe you

 

            9              could work on something.  Help us all out

 

           10              here, you know, and especially with this

 

           11              crisis that we are having now with the

 

           12              federal government, mortgages, everything,

 

           13              please give us a break this time.  Thank

 

           14              you.

 

           15                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you,

 

           16              Mr. Ancherani.  Anyone else?  If not,

 

           17              Mrs. Evans.

 

           18                      MS. EVANS: Good evening.  First, in

 

           19              response to one speaker's question regarding

 

           20              the trash commercials, I guess throwing away

 

           21              your trash is fun commercials.  I believe

 

           22              that would have been funded through refunds

 

           23              received for the purchase of recycling bins

 

           24              that the city made in 2007, at least that's

 

           25              what I understand the funding to come from.


 

 

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            1                   Now, do I believe that that is the most

 

            2              beneficial use of those monies?  No, I

 

            3              don't, but that is as much as I can tell you

 

            4              about the source of it.

 

            5                      I wish tonight to focus on one

 

            6              important issue, ECTV.  Despite the need for

 

            7              a public meeting with ECTV board president,

 

            8              John Darcy, station manager, Mark Migliore,

 

            9              and Mayor Doherty, the meeting once again

 

           10              was cancelled by Mark Migliore.  Council

 

           11              members can call him in place of a public

 

           12              meeting.  This is unacceptable and insulting

 

           13              to the public who demand accountability and

 

           14              better services of this public access TV

 

           15              operator.  Rather than comply with the

 

           16              request of the governing body, Scranton City

 

           17              Council, who provided ECTV with $90,000 in

 

           18              funding, ECTV chooses to ignore

 

           19              accountability and transparency by refusing

 

           20              to answer questions publically and prefers

 

           21              to follow the example set by others, such as

 

           22              former tax collector Ken McDowell, former

 

           23              DPW director, George Parker, and, of course,

 

           24              the mayor himself.

 

           25                      I am sharing a list of questions for


 

 

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            1              ECTV that I had expected to ask their

 

            2              representatives publically tonight with my

 

            3              colleagues, and I am just going to read a

 

            4              few of them for you.  Again, I'm not going

 

            5              to read all 15, but maybe four or five.

 

            6              "Provide copies of updated financials to

 

            7              include a revised budget sheet and equity.

 

            8                   Include a complete accounting of how

 

            9              the $10,000 grant was spent, how you intend

 

           10              to spend the $90,000 and the name of the

 

           11              individual who serve as a financial or

 

           12              business manager of ECTV.

 

           13                      Why didn't ECTV explore the costs of

 

           14              a live feed from Comcast before selecting

 

           15              the Prescott Avenue studio location?

 

           16                      Have the renovations to your studio

 

           17              location at 933 Prescott Avenue been

 

           18              completed?  Have all renovation costs been

 

           19              paid?

 

           20                      Provide a complete list of the

 

           21              renovations, costs and licensed contractors

 

           22              or individuals who have been paid.

 

           23                      If there remain outstanding bills,

 

           24              list the renovation work, the cost and the

 

           25              contractors or individuals to whom payments


 

 

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            1              are owed.

 

            2                      If renovations are not complete what

 

            3              is your plan to complete the work and pay

 

            4              for these services?

 

            5                      How does ECTV pay it's employees

 

            6              since none of the $90,000 can be used for

 

            7              salaries?

 

            8                      Has the hard wire work between

 

            9              Scranton City Hall and the ECTV studio been

 

           10              completed by Comcast?  If not, what is the

 

           11              date of completion of this work?"

 

           12                      Now, in order to receive written

 

           13              responses to these questions, which I will

 

           14              reword to the public, I move to send these

 

           15              questions to John Darcy and require a

 

           16              written response to each question on or

 

           17              before October 14, 2008.

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF: On the question?  All in

 

           20              favor signify by saying aye.

 

           21                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

           22                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

           23                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

           24                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The


 

 

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            1              ayes have it and so moved.

 

            2                      MS. EVANS: Thank you.  It is also

 

            3              essential that since council awarded $90,000

 

            4              in funding to ECTV and since ECTV has failed

 

            5              to provide promised services since July 1,

 

            6              2008, council should set a deadline for

 

            7              delivery of programming services promised in

 

            8              the ECTV proposal.  Therefore, I move that

 

            9              ECTV must provide live coverage of all of

 

           10              local government meetings and all program

 

           11              circuses listed in their original proposal

 

           12              which was awarded PEG channel management in

 

           13              February 2008 on or before October 23, 2008.

 

           14              That is one month from the disbursement date

 

           15              of funding.  If ECTV fails to meet this

 

           16              deadline, new proposals for a PEG channel

 

           17              management will be sought.

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I'll second that.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF: On the question?

 

           20                      MR. COURTRIGHT: On the question, I'm

 

           21              going to make a motion myself when it's my

 

           22              turn to speak that's probably going to be a

 

           23              little bit more harsh to some people than

 

           24              what Mrs. Evans said, but I think it's time

 

           25              that we do something about what's going on


 

 

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            1              here and stop going back and forth.

 

            2                      MS. FANUCCI: On the question, we can

 

            3              motion all we want, we can say anything that

 

            4              we want, we can send anything want, but in

 

            5              the long run it has nothing to do with us,

 

            6              so we are sitting here spinning other

 

            7              wheels.  You can put 24 motions down like

 

            8              this and it's not our call, so I think it's

 

            9              voting on something that in the long run

 

           10              it's just falling on deaf ears because it

 

           11              doesn't matter what we have to say in this

 

           12              situation.

 

           13                      MS. EVANS: And I agree with you and

 

           14              I'm troubled by that.  As the speaker

 

           15              mentioned earlier tonight, it does seem

 

           16              council doesn't get any respect.  It does

 

           17              seem council has no power.  Council can

 

           18              issue subpoenas which can be ignored and

 

           19              toyed with in Court month after month after

 

           20              month.  Council, however, has the ability to

 

           21              supply the needed monies to everyone

 

           22              requesting it through the mayor.  He could

 

           23              not simply hand over $90,000 to ECTV without

 

           24              a vote of this council approving it.

 

           25                      And those cameras, before and


 

 

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            1              currently, they sit here in council chambers

 

            2              and I do believe council has a

 

            3              responsibility here and if the mayor for

 

            4              whatever his reasons wants to shirk his

 

            5              responsibility so be it.  I think council

 

            6              needs to step up to the plate and do so with

 

            7              that extraordinary majority power we possess

 

            8              and right a wrong in this situation.

 

            9                      MS. FANUCCI: The majority power has

 

           10              nothing to do with it.  We did vote to give

 

           11              the money, but in this situation we all know

 

           12              what the rules were before we got here.

 

           13              This is not something we weren't aware of

 

           14              what our powers were as a council.  So, as

 

           15              far as your motion is concerned, I'm just

 

           16              saying I won't be voting for it because it

 

           17              means nothing.  It is a nonissue as far as

 

           18              council is concerned.  We do not have the

 

           19              power to do that.  We never did have the

 

           20              power to do that or we wouldn't have had any

 

           21              of this discussion in the first place;

 

           22              correct?

 

           23                      We have the power and the money,

 

           24              yes, I passed it and I'm standing behind

 

           25              that powers, but I certainly have no power


 

 

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            1              to decide who is going to have this station

 

            2              and who is not going to have this station

 

            3              and to sit here and go back and forth over

 

            4              something in the long run that we have no

 

            5              control over is just pretty much, you know,

 

            6              getting the public all riled up for

 

            7              something that, you know, in the long run

 

            8              has nothing to do with any of us.

 

            9                      MS. EVANS: I agree, but I don't

 

           10              think I'm getting the public riled up, they

 

           11              are riled up because they have been waiting

 

           12              for services now for months and months and

 

           13              months and nothing has been happened and

 

           14              I'm --

 

           15                      MS. FANUCCI: I agree.  I agree with

 

           16              that.

 

           17                      MS. EVANS: I'm going to give them a

 

           18              month's leeway time now that they have their

 

           19              $100,000 to get everything up and moving the

 

           20              way they promised.

 

           21                      MS. FANUCCI: You can give them six

 

           22              months, you can give them 12 months, you can

 

           23              give them an hour, what I'm saying in the

 

           24              long run it doesn't matter, so I'll be

 

           25              voting, no, because to me it's a waste of a


 

 

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            1              vote.  That's all.

 

            2                      MR. MCGOFF: I'd just like to

 

            3              comment, also.  I'm going to vote, no, on

 

            4              the motion only because I don't think that

 

            5              we can require live broadcasts within that

 

            6              time.

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI: We can't require

 

            8              anything.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF: I don't think that we

 

           10              can require them to have live broadcasts.

 

           11              I, too, am becoming -- I have been a

 

           12              defender of ECTV and in the process and the

 

           13              way, you know, the events of not being at

 

           14              our caucus this evening is perplexing and

 

           15              it's starting to erode my support and I,

 

           16              too, want to get some answers, and I think

 

           17              sending the letter with the questions is

 

           18              good.  I would go a step further and I would

 

           19              invite Mr. Darcy and whoever from ECTV to a

 

           20              caucus next week and if at that time they

 

           21              don't appear then I think it would be in our

 

           22              interest and I know, Mrs. Fanucci, you

 

           23              saying that we don't have any control, but I

 

           24              think it's -- I think that we have to do

 

           25              something.  If they are going to refuse to


 

 

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            1              respond to council after we have gone out of

 

            2              our way to aid ECTV, I think that if they

 

            3              don't respond by coming to a caucus next

 

            4              week then I think we do have to take

 

            5              measures to somehow work toward two things,

 

            6              rescinding the funding --

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI: That would be --

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF: --  and also rescinding

 

            9              the, I'll say contract for want of a better

 

           10              word.

 

           11                      MS. FANUCCI: Right.

 

           12                      MS. EVANS: There is none.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF: But, I think your motion

 

           14              just the fact that you want to require --

 

           15              the motion wants to require them to provide

 

           16              live broadcasting, I don't know that that is

 

           17              technically possible within that month, I

 

           18              don't know, so without knowing that I'm

 

           19              going to vote, no, on the motion, but not

 

           20              without the qualification that I think we in

 

           21              the future do need to do something to

 

           22              rectify the situation.

 

           23                      MS. EVANS: The only other thing I

 

           24              want to add to that though, and I can

 

           25              appreciate your sentiments, but I have run


 

 

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            1              out of patience and I do not feel inclined

 

            2              to offer them yet the third invitation.

 

            3              It's not a baseball game, three strikes you

 

            4              are out, they have already had two

 

            5              invitations that they declined and I do

 

            6              believe it's possible for them to provide a

 

            7              live feed.  I think Mr. Courtright spoke

 

            8              about that, it was a matter of the money.

 

            9              It may be a matter of some permission from

 

           10              the board of Scranton Today, but I'm sure

 

           11              the board members would meet within that

 

           12              time frame and decide whether that's

 

           13              agreeable or not to them, and I am asking

 

           14              for live programming because that is exactly

 

           15              what was promised in their proposal, the

 

           16              proposal that was to the committee far

 

           17              superior to any other.

 

           18                      So, I'm just asking them now that

 

           19              they have everything and more that they

 

           20              requested, that they keep there and now by

 

           21              delivering what was promised in proposals.

 

           22                      MR. MCGOFF:  Anyone else on the

 

           23              motion?  All in favor signify by saying aye.

 

           24                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

           25                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.


 

 

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            1                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

            2                      MR. MCGOFF:  Opposed?

 

            3                      MS. FANUCCI: No.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF: No. The ayes have it and

 

            5              so moved.

 

            6                      MS. EVANS: In addition, I believe an

 

            7              emergency meeting of the oversight committee

 

            8              should be conducted as soon as possible and

 

            9              I hope to see the legislation appointing the

 

           10              committee members on next week's agenda.

 

           11              This committee will serve not only as

 

           12              advisor to city council, but also as a watch

 

           13              dog of any and all public access channel

 

           14              management.

 

           15                      Because of the questionable

 

           16              circumstances surrounding ECTV, public

 

           17              funding and failure to provide services well

 

           18              beyond the promised 120 day startup

 

           19              contained in the ECTV proposal, the public

 

           20              deserves such oversight and accountability,

 

           21              sooner rather than later.

 

           22                      The people of the Channel 61 viewing

 

           23              area have been more than patient, as I have

 

           24              already said, and the lack of transparency

 

           25              and accountability that has been amassed by


 

 

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            1              this and many other administrative

 

            2              transactions has to stop.

 

            3                      On a different topic, I think it

 

            4              might have been mentioned earlier as well,

 

            5              city council received the independent audit

 

            6              of the Scranton Sewer Authority on Monday,

 

            7              October 6, but I do recall that in prior

 

            8              years during my service on council audits

 

            9              have been presented to us in September

 

           10              regardless of the dates, the scheduled dates

 

           11              for the audits of the municipal authorities,

 

           12              and last year, of course, we ran into a time

 

           13              delay because council was trying to obtain

 

           14              the most cost effective contract with an

 

           15              independent auditor and that pushed back

 

           16              excessively the time line, but we had no

 

           17              such excuse this year and it is my hope that

 

           18              before we are presented with the mayor's

 

           19              proposed budget on November 15 we are going

 

           20              to have an independent audit of the City of

 

           21              Scranton for the Year 2007.

 

           22                      I also have some requests for the

 

           23              week:  217-219-221 North Garfield, please

 

           24              send an inspector to speak with the property

 

           25              owner.  Neighbors report that nothing has


 

 

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            1              been done sinks the first request yet the

 

            2              garbage cans now sit near a gasoline can.

 

            3              Please provide an update to council, and

 

            4              again, second request.

 

            5                      Potholes on the top and bottom of

 

            6              the 500 block of 12th Avenue were reported

 

            7              to the DPW.  We asked that they be filled as

 

            8              son as possible.

 

            9                      1023 Bunker Hill Street, there was a

 

           10              fire at this address in February of 2007.

 

           11              The house has been vacant for a long time

 

           12              period.  There are bags of garbage and old

 

           13              lumber in front of the house since June

 

           14              because a door and window are open kids have

 

           15              often gained entrance to this house.  Please

 

           16              provide an update to counsel on or before

 

           17              October 21, 2008.  And that's it.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF: May I just say one

 

           19              thing --

 

           20                      MS. EVANS: Certainly.

 

           21                      MR. MCGOFF: -- Mrs. Gatelli?

 

           22                      MS. GATELLI:  Sure.

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF: I will go to the law

 

           24              department tomorrow and make sure that the

 

           25              committee proposal is on for next week.


 

 

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            1                      MS. EVANS: Thank you.

 

            2                      MR. MCGOFF:  That was all.

 

            3                      MS. EVANS: Okay.  Mr. McGoff is

 

            4              going to take care of that legislation and

 

            5              we are insured that we will be voting on

 

            6              that next week and I might ask, too, that if

 

            7              possible we can under emergency

 

            8              circumstances move that into it's second

 

            9              reading?  I'm sure it's only a resolution

 

           10              and not an ordinance.

 

           11                      MS. GARVEY: The only way we could do

 

           12              that in the same evening would be an

 

           13              emergency certificate would have to be

 

           14              attached from the mayor and from the

 

           15              controller as far as I know.  I have never

 

           16              had that happen since I have been here, but

 

           17              that's the only way you can move legislation

 

           18              on the same night that it has been

 

           19              introduced.

 

           20                      MS. EVANS: Well, then if you would

 

           21              contact please the office of the controller

 

           22              and the mayor and make that request.  Thank

 

           23              you, Kay.

 

           24                      MR. MCGOFF: Mrs. Gatelli?

 

           25                      MS. GATELLI: Yes.  I asked last


 

 

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            1              week, and I don't turn it on very often, but

 

            2              I asked that the change of the polling

 

            3              places be put on Channel 61.  Are they on

 

            4              there?

 

            5                      MS. GARVEY: I haven't seen them, but

 

            6              I did give it to them last week and they

 

            7              said they would put them on, but I haven't

 

            8              noticed.

 

            9                      MS. GATELLI:  Will you please double

 

           10              check for me because -- does anyone here

 

           11              know if they are on that watch the channel?

 

           12                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I haven't seen them.

 

           13              I've watched them, but, I haven't seen them.

 

           14                      MS. GATELLI: I think it's important

 

           15              you know, with the polling places having

 

           16              been changed, people will go there and they

 

           17              won't be able to get in and they will just

 

           18              go home and I think the election for the

 

           19              president of the United States is too

 

           20              important at this time for that not to be on

 

           21              there, so please call again.  And also see

 

           22              if we can get the hotline number for the

 

           23              smoking ban put on there for people that are

 

           24              disgruntled about smoking in a restaurant,

 

           25              we can put the hotline to the state on


 

 

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            1              there, too.  I think we should be using the

 

            2              channel for those kinds of purposes.

 

            3                      One thing I would like to talk

 

            4              about, and I'm not too sure about it, but I

 

            5              have noticed that there are numerous boats

 

            6              parked on streets.  They are parked on

 

            7              Pittston Avenue, I got a complaint on Alder

 

            8              Street, they moved the boat then to Crown

 

            9              Avenue, I believe that it's legal because

 

           10              they are on a trailer and the trailer has a

 

           11              license on it, but I would like maybe Amil

 

           12              to investigate the Motor Vehicle Code for us

 

           13              to see if there is anything we can do about

 

           14              parking large boats on city streets.

 

           15                      MR. MINORA:  I'll look into it.

 

           16                      MS. GATELLI: It seems to be quite a

 

           17              problem.  I talked to one of my friends last

 

           18              night that has a boat and he said that it

 

           19              cost too much for him to store it.  He used

 

           20              to store his bath, you know, right at the

 

           21              lake, but the rent went up and now he has

 

           22              got it on a trailer sitting on his street.

 

           23                      MR. MINORA: On public streets.

 

           24                      MS. GATELLI:  Yeah, they are right

 

           25              on the city streets.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MINORA: I'll look into it.

 

            2                      MS. GATELLI:  They take up a lot of

 

            3              parking spaces and they are very large and

 

            4              you really can't see around them and to me

 

            5              it's a safety hazard, but from what I

 

            6              understand it's legal, but if you could find

 

            7              that out for me.

 

            8                      MR. MINORA: I will look into it.

 

            9                      MS. GATELLI:  Or maybe through

 

           10              zoning we can do something about it, I'm not

 

           11              sure, but I have gotten quite a few

 

           12              complaints about it.

 

           13                      We wrote a letter to the Single Tax

 

           14              Office and they faxed a letter today saying

 

           15              that the auditors are beginning the

 

           16              preparation of the report and the audit is

 

           17              expected within 60 days, and that was from

 

           18              Mr. McGovern.

 

           19                      The next thing I have is that I

 

           20              would like to send a letter to Mr. Wallace.

 

           21              I spoke with Dan Penetar today, the

 

           22              solicitor for the zoning board, and the

 

           23              Oasis Bar on the corner of Pittston and West

 

           24              Locust was denied a variance at last month's

 

           25              meeting and they are continuing to operate


 

 

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            1              at that location, so I would like you to

 

            2              send a letter to Mr. Wallace to please go

 

            3              over there and stop them from operating

 

            4              until they have their hearing.

 

            5                      Mr. Talimini brought up something

 

            6              about the roads and I wish he would make a

 

            7              list for me.  There is an organization

 

            8              called the Center for Independent Living,

 

            9              Keith Williams is the chairman of the board

 

           10              that meets monthly in city hall for people

 

           11              that are physically challenged, and they

 

           12              have a lot of say about curb cuts and things

 

           13              like that and whenever I reported any to him

 

           14              they were taken care of immediately, so if

 

           15              you could either make a list for me or tell

 

           16              me what the exact problem is I'll call Keith

 

           17              and have him work on that immediately.

 

           18                      A little update on the skunks, I

 

           19              have been working, as you know, with Ken

 

           20              Smith, the state representative in my area,

 

           21              and there is -- there are problems with the

 

           22              skunks, with the game commission and I

 

           23              mentioned that at a previous meeting and

 

           24              that was part of the problem that the city

 

           25              was having, however, I am working with


 

 

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            1              Mr. Smith, they have one in Dunmore and once

 

            2              we get all of the details worked out then

 

            3              I'm going to give it all to the mayor and

 

            4              have him put a request for proposals out for

 

            5              the skunks issue.

 

            6                      Let's see, what else.  Audits.  I

 

            7              need to again ask Attorney Minora if he

 

            8              would help me with that and see why we can't

 

            9              get these audits all at an earlier time if

 

           10              we notify the authorities, you know, that we

 

           11              have a Home Rule Charter that we have to

 

           12              follow and they need to maybe change their

 

           13              audits to coincide with ours because it

 

           14              seems to be quite a problem that they don't

 

           15              have the same time line as we do, and if we

 

           16              can't get them on different time line.

 

           17                      MR. MINORA: I don't know that we can

 

           18              compel them to do that.  They are

 

           19              independent authorities, they are creatures

 

           20              of the state and not the city, but certainly

 

           21              in the spirit of cooperation it could be

 

           22              asked and I don't know why they wouldn't

 

           23              comply with that.

 

           24                      MS. GATELLI:  Maybe we can get

 

           25              together and send them a letter.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MINORA: That would be fine.

 

            2                      MS. GATELLI:  And maybe they could

 

            3              take that into consideration next year.

 

            4                      MR. MINORA: I don't know why they

 

            5              wouldn't want to help the city out.

 

            6                      MS. GATELLI:  I don't know

 

            7              understand why we are not on the same fiscal

 

            8              year when it's, you know, for our benefit.

 

            9                   One other thing that I had and, you

 

           10              know, I brought this up before and I didn't

 

           11              seem to get too far with it expect that I

 

           12              requested that every month we get a list

 

           13              from the Tax Assessor's Office in the county

 

           14              of people that are having re assessments on

 

           15              their property.  If seems that there are

 

           16              approximately 60 or 70 of these a month.

 

           17              Any of you can take look at this later, and

 

           18              I'll leave it with Neil, maybe the

 

           19              Taxpayers' Association would be interested

 

           20              in this, but twice a month they have

 

           21              hearings and at least 30 to 35 people are

 

           22              having their taxes altered in some way.

 

           23              When you read them, out of the 35 or 36 at

 

           24              least 30 are getting them reduced.

 

           25                      We are in a reassessment right now


 

 

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            1              of all of the county and I don't understand

 

            2              why they are still doing this in light of a

 

            3              reassessment.  Why aren't all of these

 

            4              people waiting for the reassessment to get

 

            5              their property reassessed?  It seems like

 

            6              they are getting them lowered so that when

 

            7              the reassessment happens maybe they will be

 

            8              taken back up to normal or they will have an

 

            9              edge over the rest of us that aren't having

 

           10              them reduced, but it really troubles me that

 

           11              people are getting their taxes reduced on

 

           12              their property and I would like to, I don't

 

           13              know what we can do about it, except send a

 

           14              letter, if the rest of council agrees with

 

           15              me, that they need to take a look at this

 

           16              and ask themselves why are they doing this

 

           17              every month, Seventy properties a month for

 

           18              years, for all of the years that I'm sitting

 

           19              here, that's a lot of properties.  So, you

 

           20              know, I would like to send a letter to the

 

           21              tax assessor.

 

           22                      MS. FANUCCI: Fine.

 

           23                      MS. GATELLI: If everyone agrees and

 

           24              find out why we are doing this in light of

 

           25              doing a total reassessment of everyone.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MINORA:  Can I give you an

 

            2              explanation of what usually occurs with

 

            3              this?

 

            4                      MS. GATELLI:  Yes.

 

            5                      MR. MINORA: For a long period of

 

            6              time in our private office we did a lot of

 

            7              real estate work, for a number of reasons we

 

            8              don't do that much anymore, but what

 

            9              occurred and the usual basis, so I can't

 

           10              talk about an individual matter, but on a

 

           11              usual basis was after sale from one party to

 

           12              another the Assessor's Office would issue a

 

           13              reassessment of a higher amount and often

 

           14              times there would be in the neighborhood

 

           15              other homes with lower assessments and that

 

           16              would trigger somebody saying, "Why am I

 

           17              being treated differently simply because I

 

           18              bought my house this year and somebody

 

           19              bought their house ten years ago?"

 

           20                      And so how you would actually do

 

           21              this as a lawyer is you would get

 

           22              comparables in the neighborhood of other

 

           23              homes similarly situated, similar price

 

           24              range and have it reduced, and it was really

 

           25              on the basis of fairness, not unfairness to


 

 

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            1              be honest with you.

 

            2                      What's going on at this moment I'm

 

            3              not prepared to tell you, but I can tell you

 

            4              that that's how it usually went and we often

 

            5              found people coming back to us and saying I

 

            6              want to appeal my assessment, you know, six

 

            7              months, nine months after they purchased it

 

            8              because they just got their reassessment or

 

            9              they just got their first bill which is

 

           10              double the bill that they were told the fee

 

           11              was in their HUD statement at the time of

 

           12              purchase.  So, that was generally the reason

 

           13              just as an explanation.

 

           14                      MS. GATELLI:  Well, I do agree with

 

           15              that.  I know that that does happen when you

 

           16              buy a house they jack up the assessment, but

 

           17              the ones that I read on here and the people

 

           18              that I recognize have been in those homes

 

           19              for years, so what I'm seeing from my end is

 

           20              people that didn't just buy the house so

 

           21              maybe we will have to find out how many of

 

           22              these are new homes, you know, and how many

 

           23              are people that have lived there that, you

 

           24              know, that will tell us the tale, because I

 

           25              don't think there is 70 houses a month being


 

 

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            1              sold, you know, I find that hard to believe,

 

            2              but, anyway, I would like to investigate

 

            3              that a little bit.

 

            4                      And the only other thing I have is

 

            5              in response to Mr. Ancherani about the

 

            6              county and the city.  I don't like to knock

 

            7              another governmental body because Mike Washo

 

            8              happens to be a good friend of mine, but

 

            9              when you say that the city budget is higher

 

           10              than the county, I can't think of a thing

 

           11              that the county does for me as a homeowner

 

           12              in the City of Scranton.  I pay a library

 

           13              fee to go to the library, so I pay that

 

           14              extra, they don't clean my roads, they don't

 

           15              fill my potholes, they don't pick up my

 

           16              garbage, they don't come and inspect my

 

           17              house or my neighbor's house if I have a

 

           18              complaint about it, so I know it's sounds

 

           19              like a lot of money, but the city doesn't

 

           20              provide the bulk of the services to me as a

 

           21              resident of the City of Scranton.

 

           22                      I do hope the budget is in line and

 

           23              I do hope and pray that it includes

 

           24              contracts for the firemen and the police

 

           25              officers and in my opinion you can't put any


 

 

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            1              price on that public safety and I hope that

 

            2              it's in the budget.

 

            3                      I know that the negotiations from

 

            4              what I hear are going well and every chance

 

            5              I get to talk to the mayor I encourage him

 

            6              and tell him that this council is very

 

            7              concerned about that and we all agree up

 

            8              here, I'm speaking for all of us, because we

 

            9              all agree, this is one thing we all agree on

 

           10              that we want to see contracts and we want to

 

           11              see this issue settled.  So, I do hope

 

           12              that's in our budget.  I hope that it's

 

           13              settled by then and I will be very, very

 

           14              happy to vote on that and that's all I have.

 

           15              Thank you.

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF: Mrs. Fanucci?

 

           17                      MS. FANUCCI: I really don't have

 

           18              anything, I just want to tell Mrs.

 

           19              Schumacher that I will find out when that

 

           20              sale date is closing, I don't know that

 

           21              offhand, but I will find that information

 

           22              out for you, and that is all I have.  Thank

 

           23              you.

 

           24                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you.

 

           25              Mr. Courtright?


 

 

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            1                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Yes.  Let me say

 

            2              this first before I go any further, I do not

 

            3              know Mr. Darcy, I don't believe I ever laid

 

            4              eyes on the guy.  Mark Migliore has never

 

            5              been anything but kind to me, I like him as

 

            6              a person, so what I'm going to say, I hope

 

            7              everybody understands, it's not personal.  I

 

            8              too have run out of patience.  Somebody had

 

            9              pointed out an editorial to me for the Times

 

           10              that said, I believe, there needs to be a

 

           11              timeline, and I agree with that, but it's my

 

           12              opinion that they can't live up to the

 

           13              proposal that they made, I do not believe

 

           14              that they are going to be able to live up to

 

           15              the proposal they made for quite sometime.

 

           16              I read Mrs. Evans' questions and many of the

 

           17              questions that -- all of the questions

 

           18              basically that I would ask are in hers and

 

           19              so I agree with sending that to them.

 

           20                      And I understand what Mrs. Fanucci

 

           21              says that we are powerless, but my hope is

 

           22              I'm going to make a motion that maybe some

 

           23              people are going to think is harsh, all

 

           24              right, and the mayor doesn't have to listen

 

           25              to it, but if the motion passes and the


 

 

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            1              mayor doesn't listen to us then it's on him,

 

            2              not on us, we did what we could do.

 

            3              Unfortunately, Mrs. Gatelli has stepped out.

 

            4              What I'm going to do is I'm going to move

 

            5              onto a different subject and I will come

 

            6              back to a motion that I'm going to make.

 

            7                   Someone spoke about the crime up in the

 

            8              Hill Section and the University of Scranton,

 

            9              I believe that in the past the University of

 

           10              Scranton did have two of their public safety

 

           11              officers that are Act 120 certified and I

 

           12              believe they have arrest powers.  I don't

 

           13              know if they still have to or if they had

 

           14              more.  It's a college, you know, and when

 

           15              you have a college you have certain problems

 

           16              that come with it.  This council had voted

 

           17              to put the cops back on the street, and I'm

 

           18              happy to say that more and more of guys and

 

           19              girls, or officers I should say, are signing

 

           20              up to work the overtime shifts, so that the

 

           21              manning is becoming more than was

 

           22              originally.

 

           23                      My understanding is that the

 

           24              Scranton Police Department is now on extra

 

           25              duty working out of Valley View and Hilltop


 

 

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            1              again, which I don't believe they have for

 

            2              sometime now, so that is going to spread us

 

            3              a little thin, so I'm hoping to get as many

 

            4              guys back on the job as we could so that we

 

            5              have enough people to cover the overtime

 

            6              shifts, we have enough people to cover the

 

            7              extra duty shifts.

 

            8                      That's really all I have, but I

 

            9              really don't care to make my motion without

 

           10              Mrs. Gatelli being here, I don't want to

 

           11              exclude her.  Is it possible that we can go

 

           12              to you, Mr. McGoff, and then you can come

 

           13              back to me or you don't have much?

 

           14                      MR. MCGOFF: I wasn't --

 

           15                      MR. COURTRIGHT: You don't have much.

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF: I had very -- no, I have

 

           17              nothing.  The only thing I was go to do is

 

           18              respond to Mrs. Schumacher about the ECTV,

 

           19              but I have already done that about the

 

           20              committee.

 

           21                      MS. EVANS: Well, I have a time

 

           22              filler, if each one of you would consider a

 

           23              dollar threshold with regard to UDAG funding

 

           24              that would have to come before council for

 

           25              it's vote before it could be dispersed to


 

 

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            1              anyone.  I know that Attorney Minora has

 

            2              been waiting to draft that legislation for

 

            3              us.  I had asked for that quite awhile back

 

            4              and if you can decide on what each of you

 

            5              feels is appropriate, in other words, what

 

            6              allocation should be brought before council

 

            7              for a vote before it can be given to any

 

            8              organization or individual.

 

            9                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I have one thing I

 

           10              could ask Mr. Minora, am I correct in that

 

           11              ECTV doesn't have a contract, but what we

 

           12              are calling it is an agreement, is that

 

           13              correct, they have an agreement with the

 

           14              city, is that the term we are using?

 

           15                      MR. MINORA: It really would be more

 

           16              in the way of appointment.  You know, we

 

           17              solicitors are accustom to being appointed

 

           18              and we serve at the pleasure of who it is

 

           19              that appoints us, so I serve at the pleasure

 

           20              of this council.  You can get rid of me

 

           21              tomorrow if you wanted to, so do I have an

 

           22              agreement, no, I have an appointment.  And I

 

           23              think without a firm definition of anything

 

           24              more than that it appears to be an

 

           25              appointment process more than an agreement.


 

 

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            1              No provider of video services has a right

 

            2              to, that I can see, I mean, there is no --

 

            3              theoretically they could be in a contract,

 

            4              but there isn't one.  It's traditionally

 

            5              been done as an appointment and it appears

 

            6              to me that the way it's been done without a

 

            7              contract is similar to what a solicitor has,

 

            8              and that is merely an appointment.

 

            9                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  So I think what I

 

           10              will do to be on the safe side I'll use the

 

           11              term agreement and appointment so maybe that

 

           12              will cover me.  Mrs. Gatelli, I just didn't

 

           13              want to exclude you from this.  I'm going to

 

           14              make a motion that deals with ECTV and I

 

           15              said that I understand what Mrs. Fanucci

 

           16              says that basically we are powerless as far

 

           17              as who operates the channel, but my thought

 

           18              is this, if the motion passes and the mayor

 

           19              chooses not to go along with it then the

 

           20              onus would be on him and not on us and we

 

           21              would have done due diligence to the

 

           22              citizens of the City of Scranton.

 

           23                      I just believe it was disrespectful

 

           24              for them two weeks in a row not to come here

 

           25              to this council, but I believe it was more


 

 

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            1              disrespectful to the citizens of this city

 

            2              that are paying for their station to just

 

            3              simply not come here, and I'm being told

 

            4              certain reasons why they come here, I have

 

            5              not been told personally on that, so I'm not

 

            6              going to say why I heard they didn't come

 

            7              here, but to me the first reason was that

 

            8              possibly Mr. Darcy the first was sick, and I

 

            9              can understand that.  The second reason,

 

           10              which I won't say which I heard is only

 

           11              hearsay, I don't agree with, but with all

 

           12              that said I make a motion that Scranton City

 

           13              Council send a letter to Mayor Doherty

 

           14              asking him to terminate the agreement or the

 

           15              appointment with ECTV immediately and to

 

           16              turn over the operation of Channel 61 and 62

 

           17              to Scranton Today until what time that ECTV

 

           18              could live up to all the claims and

 

           19              programming that they made in their proposal

 

           20              in order to receive this agreement or

 

           21              appointment, and I make that in the form of

 

           22              a motion.

 

           23                      MS. EVANS: Second.

 

           24                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?

 

           25                      MS. EVANS: I think your motion is


 

 

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            1              basically the same motion I made maybe two

 

            2              weeks ago.  Yes?  And then I withdrew my

 

            3              motion because you suggested we have a

 

            4              meeting and then that meeting didn't occur,

 

            5              and then we waited for the rescheduled

 

            6              meeting which didn't occur, but if I am

 

            7              hearing you correctly I think that's pretty

 

            8              much what you are saying that you would like

 

            9              Scranton Today to step in until such time as

 

           10              ECTV --

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Right, I'm not

 

           12              saying they are out of the mix because the

 

           13              mayor had the right to appoint a board and

 

           14              the board picked them and I understand that,

 

           15              that's what we have to live with, but I

 

           16              think it's painfully clear they cannot

 

           17              operate this channel and they are not going

 

           18              to be able to for quite sometime.  If the

 

           19              time comes they had are able to live up to

 

           20              the proposal they made then absolutely give

 

           21              it back to them, but in the mean time if we

 

           22              are all saying we're in favor of open and

 

           23              fair government and we are not trying to

 

           24              hide anything, well, then let's let them

 

           25              take over until they can do it.  If it's a


 

 

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            1              month from now then, fine, let them take

 

            2              over, but I don't see that happening.  I

 

            3              think there is costs that they have that we

 

            4              are not even aware of and I think one of the

 

            5              costs is, and I'm sorry to take up so much

 

            6              time, but one of the main concerns I had

 

            7              that I read in the questions that you had

 

            8              was have the renovations for the building

 

            9              been paid for, and I believe for the parking

 

           10              lot have they been paid for and if they

 

           11              haven't where is that money going to come

 

           12              from?  I just think -- I think they got in

 

           13              over their head, I really do, and Mr. Balton

 

           14              made all of these proposals and he skated

 

           15              and now these two gentlemen are left holding

 

           16              the bag.  I just don't see it working out

 

           17              for quite sometime.  Maybe it's a harsh

 

           18              move, maybe some people are going to say

 

           19              it's unfair, but I think it's time to be

 

           20              fair to the people, the people that are

 

           21              paying the bills, the people that are

 

           22              wanting to see this.

 

           23                      I was the one that suggested that

 

           24              they try to show Scranton City Council on

 

           25              one of each shifts that people would be


 

 

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            1              working and evidently that's not working

 

            2              out, many people are telling me that they

 

            3              are missing the meeting.  And I think, and

 

            4              for whatever reason watch city council, some

 

            5              people say it's for the entertainment value,

 

            6              which I don't know doubt.  Some people say

 

            7              it's to be informed, which I don't doubt,

 

            8              but whatever the case may be I know the

 

            9              reason that I watch, I can't remember that

 

           10              gentleman's name with the beard and the gray

 

           11              hair --

 

           12                      MR. GATELLI: Puglesi.

 

           13                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Right.  The only

 

           14              reason I ever saw him or I ever started

 

           15              watching him, I like him, I like listening

 

           16              to him was because I was watching Scranton

 

           17              City Council and I'm clicking waiting for

 

           18              council to come on and I saw him, the same

 

           19              with the other shows.  I used to like

 

           20              watching Tom Munley when he was on there,

 

           21              but I would have never turned into any of

 

           22              those shows if I wasn't first looking for

 

           23              city council.  This mand I hate to call this

 

           24              a show, but this popular for whatever the

 

           25              reason is, whether it's for the


 

 

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            1              entertainment value or the informational

 

            2              value this is popular, and I think it's

 

            3              hurting the channel that we are not on

 

            4              enough.

 

            5                      So again, nothing personal against

 

            6              either one of those gentleman, but I truly

 

            7              believe this needs to be done.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF: I --

 

            9                      MS. EVANS: Do you want to say and

 

           10              then I'll --

 

           11                      MR. MCGOFF: On the question, I agree

 

           12              somewhat with what you are saying, perhaps I

 

           13              am showing too much patience, I would prefer

 

           14              to again offer the opportunity for ECTV to

 

           15              be here for a caucus and an opportunity to

 

           16              answer the questions that are being posed in

 

           17              the letter that Mrs. Evans has drawn up and

 

           18              if those two things don't occur next week,

 

           19              if we do not have answers to those

 

           20              questions, if we do not see them at caucus I

 

           21              would be more than happy to vote in favor of

 

           22              the motion, but I think at this time I

 

           23              personally would like to see one last

 

           24              opportunity for ECTV to answer our

 

           25              questions.


 

 

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            1                      MS. EVANS: I just wanted to add that

 

            2              I have an additional concern involving the

 

            3              cable franchise fee and that is that ECTV

 

            4              had requested 25 percent of that fee

 

            5              annually for their funding and I know that

 

            6              almost a year ago when council spoke to

 

            7              representatives of Scranton Today in our

 

            8              office, they were visiting us regarding the

 

            9              $13,000 that they were requesting at the

 

           10              time.  I had mentioned then that I thought

 

           11              it was a very sagacious idea to fund public

 

           12              access channels through the cable franchise

 

           13              fees rather than through the City of

 

           14              Scranton, the county, the school board,

 

           15              etcetera, because it would provide a greater

 

           16              or let's say an unquestionable level of

 

           17              objectivity and independence.

 

           18                      However, we're approaching a

 

           19              contract renewal perhaps with Comcast and I

 

           20              think matters with the manager of the PEG

 

           21              channel has to be satisfied unequivocally

 

           22              before that type of percentage would be

 

           23              allocated to any channel.  I don't think we

 

           24              should be up in the air or, you know, and as

 

           25              I said before, I'm out of chances now.  I


 

 

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            1              have no further interest in that.

 

            2                      I have submitted my questions and I

 

            3              would like the them answered in writing.  My

 

            4              intent was not to provide them well in

 

            5              advance so that answers can be prepared by

 

            6              others.  We have already had too many

 

            7              confusing answers, for example, regarding

 

            8              the $10,000.

 

            9                      MS. FANUCCI: Are we on the question

 

           10              still?

 

           11                      MS. EVANS: Yes.  One entity says it

 

           12              was to buy a digital server.  Another entity

 

           13              says it was to eliminate blight, and still a

 

           14              third entity says it was for job creation

 

           15              and which of the three is the truth?  So, I

 

           16              prefer they just send along those answers.

 

           17                   And, you know, I'm giving them the time

 

           18              to get up and running because they've got

 

           19              the cash now and if they don't then I don't

 

           20              see any alternative to their out and the

 

           21              money is rescinded.

 

           22                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else on the

 

           23              question?

 

           24                      MS. GATELLI:  Yes, I would just like

 

           25              to say I agree with Mrs. Evans and I think


 

 

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            1              that that motion was sufficient.  I'm not

 

            2              quite ready to go with Mr. Courtright's at

 

            3              this time, so, I'll be voting, no, on this

 

            4              motion, but I obviously voted, yes, for Mrs.

 

            5              Evans' motion.  I would like to give them

 

            6              that little bit of time that her motion

 

            7              suggests and then I also would be ready to

 

            8              seek new proposals or encourage the mayor to

 

            9              do so, apparently we don't have the ability

 

           10              to do that.

 

           11                      MS. EVANS: Yes, and I think if we

 

           12              are sending both of these to the mayor even

 

           13              the mayor is going to get confused by this.

 

           14                      MS. GATELLI: Well, he'll know, he'll

 

           15              get the message.

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF:  All in favor signify by

 

           17              saying aye.

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF:  Opposed?  No.

 

           20                      MS. EVANS: No.

 

           21                      MS. GATELLI: No.

 

           22                      MS. FANUCCI:  No.

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF: Motion defeated.

 

           24              Anything else, Mr. Courtright?

 

           25                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  That's it.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF: And I have nothing else.

 

            2              Mrs. Garvey?

 

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

 

            4              INTRODUCTION - A RESOLUTION - APPOINTMENT OF

 

            5              ELMER J. NALEVANKO, 1000 RICHMONT STREET,

 

            6              SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA, 18509, AS A MEMBER

 

            7              OF THE ETHICS COMMISSION, EFFECTIVE JULY 13,

 

            8              2007.  MR. NALEVANKO WILL BE REPLACING

 

            9              LORAYNE TALLO WHOSE TERM EXPIRED ON JULY 12,

 

           10              2007. MR. NALEVANKO'S TERM WILL EXPIRE ON

 

           11              JULY 12, 2012.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll

 

           13              entertain a motion that Item 5-B introduced

 

           14              in it's proper committee.

 

           15                      MR. COURTRIGHT: So moved.

 

           16                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

           17                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

           18              in favor signify by saying aye.

 

           19                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

           20                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

           21                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

           22                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           24              ayes have it and so moved.

 

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


 

 

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            1              A RESOLUTION - RE-APPOINTMENT OF KEVIN A.

 

            2              ICKER, 108 ABBY WAY, SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA,

 

            3              18504, AS A MEMBER OF THE ETHICS COMMISSION.

 

            4              MR. ICKER'S TERM EXPIRED ON JULY 12, 2006.

 

            5              MR. ICKER'S NEW TERM WILL EXPIRE ON JULY 12,

 

            6              2011.

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll

 

            8              entertain a motion that Item 5-C be

 

            9              introduced into it's proper committee.

 

           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  So moved.

 

           11                      MS. FANUCCI:  Second.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF: On the question?

 

           13                      MS. EVANS: These are apparently

 

           14              five-year terms, and I voted for

 

           15              Mr. Nalevanko because it's my assumption

 

           16              here that he is a new appointee.  Mr. Icker

 

           17              is receiving a term renewal and it would

 

           18              seem than often times with regard to these

 

           19              commissions and boards and committees,

 

           20              members continue to serve beyond the

 

           21              expiration date of their terms and then

 

           22              sometimes the mayor chooses to renew their

 

           23              participation and other times he does not,

 

           24              but I am concerned about an issue involving,

 

           25              once again, ECTV where one of the entities


 

 

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            1              who had applied for operation of that

 

            2              channel had submitted a complaint to the

 

            3              Ethic's Committee and that complaint was

 

            4              also submitted to Scranton City Council by

 

            5              certified mail, I have a copy of that.

 

            6                      MS. FANUCCI: Was that Mr. Quinn's,

 

            7              that one?

 

            8                      MS. EVANS: I don't whose it was.

 

            9                      MS. FANUCCI: I think it was Ozzie

 

           10              and Lee Morgan's, they were the ones who

 

           11              sent this in?

 

           12                      MS. EVANS: NEPA --

 

           13                      MS. FANUCCI: Is that yours?

 

           14                      MS. EVANS: -- a public access --

 

           15                      MS. FANUCCI: Yeah, I believe that

 

           16              was theirs; yeah, right.

 

           17                      MS. EVANS: But the point is, there

 

           18              was no response ever by the Ethic's

 

           19              Commission.  No hearing ever conducted, and

 

           20              so I cannot vote to reappoint someone to the

 

           21              Ethic's Commission who has ignored issues

 

           22              that have come to them.

 

           23                      MS. FANUCCI: Did you speak to them

 

           24              on this?  Did you call the Ethics people and

 

           25              find out what happened with the filing and


 

 

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            1              why nothing had been done?

 

            2                      MS. EVANS: No, do you know?

 

            3                      MS. FANUCCI: Actually, I do.  We can

 

            4              talk about that in caucus next week.  Yeah,

 

            5              we'll talk about it next week.  I do know

 

            6              there is a procedural problem from what I

 

            7              was told.

 

            8                      MS. EVANS: A procedural problem?

 

            9                      MS. FANUCCI: The way it was filed,

 

           10              that's all I heard in the beginning.  That's

 

           11              true.  That's exactly what it is.  It was

 

           12              not filed properly for the investigation

 

           13              to--

 

           14                      MS. EVANS: But, why did then they

 

           15              never even inform the complainant?

 

           16                      MS. FANUCCI: I have no idea.

 

           17                      MS. EVANS: Nothing.  In fact, the

 

           18              answer he received was they felt they never

 

           19              received the complaint.

 

           20                      MS. FANUCCI: Well, maybe that was

 

           21              the procedural -- I think that was the

 

           22              procedural problem, and that's what's --

 

           23                      MS. EVANS: But that's difficult

 

           24              because they were both delivered to the

 

           25              Treasurer's Office and there is a receipt


 

 

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            1              for those, so --

 

            2                      MS. FANUCCI: We should talk to

 

            3              Mr. Quinn when he comes in next week and see

 

            4              what exactly he did --

 

            5                      MR. DOBSON: And I have problem with

 

            6              that --

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF: Please, Mr. Dobson.

 

            8                      MR. DOBSON: Somebody took --

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF: Please.

 

           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT: On the question if I

 

           11              could real briefly, and if I can recall --

 

           12                      MS. GATELLI:  The presidential

 

           13              debate is on at 9:00.

 

           14                      MR. COURTRIGHT: When Mr. Connors was

 

           15              mayor I believe that at times if he didn't

 

           16              appoint people within a 30-day period --

 

           17                      MS. GATELLI: We can appoint them.

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  -- we can appoint

 

           19              them as a council, council could appoint

 

           20              them, so maybe if we keep our eyes on it.

 

           21                      MS. GATELLI: We missed the boat

 

           22              there.

 

           23                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Exactly.  Shame on

 

           24              us.

 

           25                      MS. GATELLI:  We missed the boat.


 

 

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            1              That was two years ago.

 

            2                      MR. MCGOFF:  All in favor of

 

            3              introduction signify by saying aye.  Aye.

 

            4                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

            5                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

            6                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF:  Opposed?

 

            8                      MS. EVANS: No.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF: The ayes have it and so

 

           10              moved.

 

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

 

           12              A RESOLUTION - AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND

 

           13              OTHER APPROPRIATE CITY OFFICIALS TO EXECUTE

 

           14              AND ENTER INTO A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT

 

           15              BETWEEN THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF THE

 

           16              INTERIOR NATIONAL PARK SERVICE AND THE CITY

 

           17              OF SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA OFFICE OF ECONOMIC

 

           18              AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FOR THE PURPOSE OF

 

           19              AUTHORIZING THE CITY TO UNDERTAKE AND MANAGE

 

           20              CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES AT THE STEAMTOWN

 

           21              NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE (THE "PARK") THAT IS

 

           22              INCLUDED IN THE 500 BLOCK OF LACKAWANNA

 

           23              AVENUE PROJECT ENTITLED "PARK, PLAZA AND

 

           24              PEDESTRIAN COURT".

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll


 

 

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            1              entertain a motion that Item 5-D be

 

            2              introduced into it's proper committee.

 

            3                      MR. COURTRIGHT: So moved.

 

            4                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

            5                      MR. MCGOFF: On the question.

 

            6                      MS. EVANS: Again, I love the idea of

 

            7              this project, I'm sure it's going to be

 

            8              fabulous, but it's included in the 500 block

 

            9              of Lackawanna Avenue project which fails to

 

           10              include the two anchor city businesses,

 

           11              Coney Island and Buono Pizza, so I am going

 

           12              to be voting, no.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF: All those in favor

 

           14              signify by saying aye.  Aye.

 

           15                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

           16                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

           17                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF:  Opposed?

 

           19                      MS. EVANS: No.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF: The ayes have it and so

 

           21              moved.

 

           22                      MS. GARVEY:  5-E.  FOR INTRODUCTION

 

           23              - A RESOLUTION - AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND

 

           24              OTHER APPROPRIATE CITY OFFICIALS TO EXECUTE

 

           25              AND ENTER INTO AN AMENDMENT TO THE MASTER


 

 

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            1              EQUIPMENT LEASE-PURCHASE AGREEMENT LEASE NO.

 

            2              6293000 BETWEEN THE CITY OF SCRANTON AND

 

            3              FORD MOTOR CREDIT COMPANY FOR THE

 

            4              LEASE-PURCHASE OF SEVEN (7) NEW 2008 POLICE

 

            5              VEHICLES.

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll

 

            7              entertain a motion that I tem 5-E be

 

            8              introduced into it's proper committee.

 

            9                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  So moved.

 

           10                      MS. FANUCCI:  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-F. FOR INTRODUCTION -

 

           20              A RESOLUTION - A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF

 

           21              HOUSE BILL 1768.

 

           22                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll

 

           23              entertain a motion that Item 5-F be

 

           24              introduced into it's proper committee.

 

           25                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  So moved.


 

 

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            1                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

            2                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

            3              in favor signify by saying aye.

 

            4                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

            5                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

            6                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

            7                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

            9              ayes have it and so moved.

 

           10                      MS. GARVEY: SIXTH ORDER.  READING BY

 

           11              TITLE - FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 42, 2008 - AN

 

           12              ORDINANCE SALE OF TAX DELINQUENT PROPERTY

 

           13              MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 902-908 NORTH

 

           14              WASHINGTON AVENUE, SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA,

 

           15              TO ALFRED D. PANTUSO, SR., RD #2, BOX 2165,

 

           16              MOSCOW, PENNSYLVANIA, 18444, FOR THE

 

           17              CONSIDERATION OF $8,000.00.

 

           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

 

           21              6-A pass Reading by Title.

 

           22                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question.

 

           24                      MS. EVANS:  I believe this would be

 

           25              the property, Lyman's Deli, and everyone who


 

 

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            1              has passed that knows that's been not only

 

            2              an eyesore, but a safety hazard for quite

 

            3              awhile and it's my understanding that

 

            4              Mr. Pantuso is going to tear that down, it's

 

            5              long overdue and I'll be thrilled to see

 

            6              that happen.

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF:  All those in favor

 

            8              signify by saying aye.

 

            9                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

           10                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

           11                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

           12                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           14              ayes have it and so moved.  Prior to reading

 

           15              6-B there was an inaccurate zip code placed

 

           16              in the original reading.  At this time I

 

           17              would like to make a motion to change the

 

           18              zip code from 18444 to 18509.

 

           19                      MS. EVANS: Second.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

           21              in favor signify by saying aye.

 

           22                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

           23                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

           24                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

           25                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

            2              ayes have it and so moved.

 

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

 

            4              FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 43, 2008 - AN ORDINANCE-

 

            5              SALE OF TAX DELINQUENT PROPERTY MORE

 

            6              COMMONLY KNOWN AS 2110 CAPOUSE AVENUE,

 

            7              SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA, TO MARK F. AND

 

            8              CHRISTINE L. FRYER, 902 WOODLAWN STREET,

 

            9              SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA, 18444, FOR THE

 

           10              CONSIDERATION OF $2,000.00.

 

           11                      MR. MCGOFF: You have Reading by

 

           12              Title of Item 6-B what is your pleasure.

 

           13                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I move that Item 6-B

 

           14              pass Reading by Title.

 

           15                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

           17              in favor signify by saying aye.

 

           18                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

           19                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

           20                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

           21                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           22                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           23              ayes have it and so moved.

 

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

 

           25              FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 44, 2008 - AN ORDINANCE-


 

 

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            1              SALE OF TAX DELINQUENT PROPERTY MORE

 

            2              COMMONLY KNOWN AS 902-904 MADISON AVENUE,

 

            3              SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA, TO STEVEN ANDERS AND

 

            4              WILIM NG, RR 2, BOX 2051, STROUDSBURG,

 

            5              PENNSYLVANIA, 18360, FOR THE CONSIDERATION

 

            6              OF $5,000.00.

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF: You have heard Reading

 

            8              by Title of Item 6-C, what is your pleasure.

 

            9                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  I move that Item

 

           10              6-C pass Reading by Title.

 

           11                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

           13              in favor signify by saying aye.

 

           14                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

           15                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

           16                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

           17                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           19              ayes have it and so moved.

 

           20                      MS. GARVEY: SEVENTH ORDER.  7-A.

 

           21              FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE COMMITTEE ON

 

           22              COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT - FOR ADOPTION -

 

           23              RESOLUTION NO. 67, 2008 AUTHORIZING THE

 

           24              MAYOR AND OTHER APPROPRIATE CITY OFFICIALS

 

           25              TO EXECUTE AND ENTER INTO A RIGHT OF


 

 

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            1              ENTRY-GENERAL RELEASE AGREEMENT WITH THE

 

            2              PENNSYLVANIA NORTHEAST REGIONAL RAILROAD

 

            3              AUTHORITY DELAWARE-LACKAWANNA RAILROAD

 

            4              COMPANY, INC. ("PNRRA/DL") CONCERNING THE

 

            5              500 BLOCK OF LACKAWANNA AVENUE PROJECT

 

            6              ENTITLED "PARK, PLAZA AND PEDESTRIAN COURT".

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF: What is the

 

            8              recommendation of the Chairperson for the

 

            9              Committee on Community Development?

 

           10                      MS. FANUCCI: As Chairperson for the

 

           11              Committee on Community Development, I

 

           12              recommend final passage of Item 7-A.

 

           13                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           14                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?

 

           15                      MS. EVANS: Again, because this 500

 

           16              block of Lackawanna Avenue project does not

 

           17              include two anchor city businesses, I'll be

 

           18              voting, no.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF: Roll call, please.

 

           20                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           21                      MS. EVANS:  No.

 

           22                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           23                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.

 

           24                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           25                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.


 

 

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            1                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

            2                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

            3                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

            5              Item 7-A legally and lawfully adopted.

 

            6                      MS. GARVEY: 7-B. FOR CONSIDERATION-

 

            7              BY THE COMMITTEE ON RULES - FOR ADOPTION -

 

            8              RESOLUTION NO. 68 , 2008 RE-APPOINTMENT OF

 

            9              WILLIAM J. EGAN, JR., 901 ELECTRIC STREET,

 

           10              SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA, 18509, AS A MEMBER

 

           11              OF THE BOARD OF THE SCRANTON HOUSING

 

           12              AUTHORITY FOR A TERM OF FIVE (5) YEARS.  MR.

 

           13              EGAN'S NEW TERM WILL EXPIRE ON SEPTEMBER 27,

 

           14              2011.

 

           15                      MR. MCGOFF: As Chairperson for the

 

           16              Committee on Rules, I recommend final

 

           17              passage of Item 7-B.

 

           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-B legally and lawfully adopted.

 

            7                      MS. GARVEY: 7-C.  FOR CONSIDERATION-

 

            8              BY THE COMMITTEE ON RULES - FOR ADOPTION -

 

            9              RESOLUTION NO. 69, 2008 RE-APPOINTMENT OF

 

           10              JANE MCCARTHY, 537 NORTH WASHINGTON AVENUE

 

           11              APARTMENT 303, SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA,

 

           12              18503, AS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF THE

 

           13              SCRANTON HOUSING AUTHORITY FOR A TERM OF

 

           14              FIVE (5) YEARS.  MS. MCCARTHY'S CURRENT TERM

 

           15              EXPIRED ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2008, AND HER NEW

 

           16              TERM WILL EXPIRE ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2013.

 

           17                      MR. MCGOFF: As Chairperson for the

 

           18              Committee on Rules, I recommend final

 

           19              passage of Item 7-C.

 

           20                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           21                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the quetstion 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-C legally and lawfully adopted.

 

            9                      MS. GARVEY: 7-D. FOR CONSIDERATION -

 

           10              BY THE COMMITTEE ON RULES - FOR ADOPTION -

 

           11              RESOLUTION NO. 70, 2008 RE-APPOINTMENT OF

 

           12              TERRENCE V. GALLAGHER, ESQUIRE 1320 ORAM

 

           13              STREET, SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA, 18504, AS A

 

           14              MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF THE SCRANTON HOUSING

 

           15              AUTHORITY FOR A TERM OF FIVE (5) YEARS.  MR.

 

           16              GALLAGHER'S CURRENT TERM EXPIRED ON

 

           17              SEPTEMBER 27, 2008 AND HIS NEW TERM WILL

 

           18              EXPIRE ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2013.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF: As Chairperson for the

 

           20              Committee on Rules, I recommend final

 

           21              passage of Item 7-D.

 

           22                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

           24              call, please.

 

           25                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.


 

 

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            1                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

            2                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

            3                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.

 

            4                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

            5                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

            6                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

            7                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

            8                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           10              Item 7-D legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           11              Motion to adjourn?

 

           12                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  So moved.

 

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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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