1              SCRANTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING








            5                          HELD:




            7                 Tuesday, October 28, 2008




            9                        LOCATION:


           10                    Council Chambers


           11                 Scranton City Hall


           12              340 North Washington Avenue


           13                Scranton, Pennsylvania











































                MS. JANET E. EVANS



            9   MS. SHERRY FANUCCI



                MR. WILLIAM COURTRIGHT (Not present.)



           12   MS. KAY GARVEY, CITY CLERK






           15   MR. AMIL MINORA, SOLICITOR


























            1                      (Pledge of Allegiance recited and


            2              moment of reflection observed.)


            3                      MR. MCGOFF:  Roll call, please.


            4                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.


            5                      MS. EVANS:  Here.


            6                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.


            7                      MS. GATELLI.  Here.


            8                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.


            9                      MS. FANUCCI:  Here.


           10                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.


           11                      (Mr. Courtright not present.)


           12                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.


           13                      MR. MCGOFF:  Here.  Dispense with


           14              the reading of the minutes.  I'd like for


           15              the record just to mention that


           16              Mr. Courtright did call and say that he


           17              would be on unable to attend this evening's


           18              meeting.


           19                      MS. GARVEY: 3-A.  MINUTES OF THE




           21              AUTHORITY MEETING HELD ON SEPTEMBER 1, 2008.


           22                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?


           23              If not, received and filed.


           24                      MS. GARVEY: 3-B.  CONTROLLER'S


           25              REPORT FOR THE MONTH ENDING SEPTEMBER 30,






            1              2008.


            2                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?


            3              If not, received and filed.


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




            6              SEPTEMBER 24, 2008.


            7                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?


            8              If not, received and filed.


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




           11              HELD ON SEPTEMBER 24, 2008.


           12                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?


           13              If not, received and filed.


           14                      MS. GARVEY: 3-E. AGENDA FOR THE




           16              OCTOBER 22, 2008.


           17                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?


           18              If not, received and filed.


           19                      MS. GARVEY: That's it for Third


           20              Order.


           21                      MR. MCGOFF: I would like at this


           22              time, apparently last week we neglected to


           23              make a formal declaration for the resolution


           24              that passed, so at this time based on last


           25              week's vote I'd like to declare Resolution






            1              No. 76-2008 legally and lawfully adopted.


            2              Any announcements?


            3                      MS. EVANS: Yes.  First, I ask that


            4              you please remember in your prayers all of


            5              those who have died over the last week,


            6              particularly Mrs. Nancy Krake and her dear


            7              family and friends she leaves behind.  Also,


            8              there will be a pick your pasta dinner on


            9              Wednesday, November 5, take out or eat in at


           10              Waldorf Park in East Mountain from 4 to


           11              7 p.m.  Tickets are $8.00 per adult and


           12              $5.00 per child ages 4 through 10 and


           13              proceeds will benefit students in the


           14              Scranton school district attending the


           15              inauguration of the President of the United


           16              States in January.  Thank you.


           17                      MR. MCGOFF: Anything?  Citizens'


           18              participation.  Fay Franus.


           19                      MS. FRANUS: Fay Franus, Scranton.


           20              Good evening, Council members.  I am here to


           21              make a brief presentation which does not


           22              require nor doe it seek any interaction or


           23              response from council.  I respectfully


           24              request that council not interrupt me during


           25              my presentation.  I assure council that the






            1              contents my presentation is constitutionally


            2              protected free speech, not offensive, and


            3              does not in any way violate any of council's


            4              existing rules.  On numerous occasions in


            5              the past I have questioned council regarding


            6              litigation and progress.  Council opted not


            7              to respond.  I now understand and appreciate


            8              that any public official named as a


            9              defendant may not want to offer any comment


           10              regarding any litigation and progress


           11              because it may compromise the outcome of the


           12              litigation.


           13                      However, the attendant potential for


           14              any compromise when discussing litigation


           15              involving a public official rests only with


           16              the public official's best interest and not


           17              with the best interest of the public.  The


           18              public is not foreclosed upon from offering


           19              it's views or opinions on any litigation


           20              involving a local public official.  In


           21              particular, we are not bound at all to


           22              withhold our opinion where litigation


           23              involves the public official who maybe


           24              relying upon taxpayer funded insurance to


           25              cover the costs of a private claim.  The






            1              right to publically express an opinion


            2              regarding litigation involving any public


            3              official is clearly your right protected by


            4              the First Amendment.  Any attempt by this


            5              council forecloses on my right to express my


            6              opinions related to any litigation involving


            7              any local public official or result in a


            8              complaint being filed in the Federal Court.


            9                   Regarding the litigation involving


           10              Mrs. Gatelli, it is my opinion that she


           11              should have legal representation that the


           12              city's insurance coverage provides for it


           13              under the proper circumstances, however, I


           14              have been provided with the standard


           15              insurance coverage stipulation that relates


           16              to the coverage provided to public


           17              officials.  There are no stipulations that


           18              provide that the taxpayer funded insurance


           19              company shall also bear the cost of the


           20              countersuing either as public official or as


           21              a private party.  Mrs. Gatelli seems to be


           22              countersuing as a private individual.  The


           23              record on file indicates that the legal


           24              costs for that particular representation is


           25              substantial.  Due to the mountain of






            1              paperwork already filed with much more to be


            2              filed, if Mrs. Gatelli is advancing a


            3              private claim and the taxpayer funded


            4              insurance company is pay for it in my


            5              opinion that is both inappropriate and


            6              unethical.


            7                      In reviewing the Court records, in


            8              my opinion Mrs. Gatelli is suing as a


            9              private individual not just a public


           10              official in the amount of well over


           11              $150,000.  On page 39 of Mrs. Gatelli's


           12              counterclaim, paragraph three, her lawyer


           13              claims that she has been harmed


           14              professionally and personally and he made no


           15              claims of harm to her as a political


           16              official, and her wherefore clauses found on


           17              pages 40, 42, 43, and 44, Mrs. Gatelli is


           18              not identified as public official but rather


           19              as a private person.


           20                      It's clear to me that Mrs. Gatelli


           21              is advancing a lawsuit as a private


           22              individual, but are the taxpayers paying her


           23              substantially legal fees because they are


           24              the ones paying the premiums for the


           25              insurance coverage and not Mrs. Gatelli.






            1              The taxpayers should know.  Mrs. Gatelli


            2              should affirm or deny that the taxpayers are


            3              footing the legal bill for any private


            4              benefit.  Thank you very much.


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


            6              Andy Sbaraglia.


            7                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Andy Sbaraglia,


            8              citizen of Scranton.  Fellow Scrantonians,


            9              5-D amending File of Council No. 92, 1991,


           10              entitled creating a special account for the


           11              City of Scranton in the Office of Economic


           12              and Community development to be entitled as


           13              repayments of urban development action


           14              grants 91-400 for the purpose of receiving,


           15              disbursing, or transferring of UDAG


           16              repayments.  Does anybody know where the


           17              original money came for this UDAG?  Was it a


           18              federal grant, state grant or did the city


           19              borrow the money to set up this fund?


           20                      MS. GATELLI: It was federal funds.


           21                      MS. EVANS: Federal funds that were


           22              provided to the city.


           23                      MR. SBARAGLIA: It came from the


           24              federal government; correct?  Okay.  So, we


           25              know where the money came from.  Does






            1              anybody know the amount at that time?


            2                      MS. EVANS: No.


            3                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Well, it must have


            4              been pretty sufficient if we gave a million


            5              dollars to Boscov's from UDAG funds, so


            6              apparently there was quite a few million


            7              involved and I was just wondering how much


            8              money actually is involved with these


            9              UDAG's?


           10                      MS. GATELLI:  They don't give UDAG's


           11              out anymore.


           12                      MR. SBARAGLIA: But, they are out


           13              there; right?


           14                      MS. EVANS: They are repayments.


           15                      MS. GATELLI:  We don't fund them


           16              anymore.


           17                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Doesn't people that


           18              borrow the money have to pay it back?


           19                      MS. GATELLI: Yes.


           20                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Okay.


           21                      MS. GATELLI: There is no new grants.


           22                      MS. SBARAGLIA: That's what I'm


           23              trying to find out.  Exactly how much money


           24              is out there in UDAG's.  There could be five


           25              million, there could be 100 million, who






            1              knows.  How much money is out there in them


            2              grants so we know exactly what's there,


            3              what's available because many times they


            4              come and they've said they are using UDAG


            5              money for this, that and whatever.


            6                      So actually there must be a huge


            7              pile of it out there, and since are you are


            8              transferring from one deal to another deal


            9              to another deal, there must be money that


           10              can be used very easily because there


           11              mustn't be very many restrictions on the use


           12              of this money, so I was just wondering what


           13              is the whole amount of money that is out


           14              there outstanding still today?  In other


           15              words, are we getting our money back, did


           16              Boscov's kickback his million that he got or


           17              is that part of that 108 loan that you keep


           18              bringing up every once in awhile that we are


           19              paying, is that that million dollars?  Who


           20              knows.


           21                      MS. GATELLI:  Well, we can find out


           22              for you.


           23                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Well, and you should


           24              find out exactly what's in the UDAG, how


           25              much money is available, who owes money to






            1              the UDAG fund, I realize that they said it


            2              was no longer, the paper pointed that out,


            3              it's no longer in use, but still there is


            4              money out there.


            5                      MS. GATELLI: There is repayments,


            6              there is repayments that come back.


            7                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Right.  That's money


            8              that's out there; right?


            9                      MS. GATELLI:  We will find out for


           10              you.


           11                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Okay, that's really


           12              all I want because I went through most of


           13              your literature here and that was the most


           14              important thing, this UDAG fund.  I don't


           15              know if that special account would make it


           16              easier for you to get the information you


           17              want being you are going to have a special


           18              account with all of the UDAG funds, so


           19              apparently they will have all of the loans,


           20              I think most of them are loans and grants or


           21              whatever is in there, so the city can know


           22              what's available.  It's nice to know those


           23              things.  Thank you.


           24                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you,


           25              Mr. Sbaraglia.  Ozzie Quinn.






            1                      MR. QUINN:  Ozzie Quinn, President


            2              of the Scranton/Lackawanna County Taxpayers'


            3              Association.  First of all, I'd like give a


            4              status report on our food drive.  The


            5              Taxpayers' Association in cooperation with


            6              Janet and the rest of council.  United


            7              States Neighborhood Center, okay, we dropped


            8              off a bunch of food there so far and the ICC


            9              Pantry.  Tomorrow we are going to St. Joe's,


           10              the Lithuanian Church, Dick Laske, as a


           11              matter of fact, takes care of that, and


           12              that's consolidated now with Holy Rosary,


           13              St. Francis and St. Anthony's, so there is


           14              quite a few pantries and we are just going


           15              to be collecting food all the way until


           16              Thursday and we'll be distributing it next


           17              week, so we are getting some checks so


           18              hopefully it will work out all right.  Okay?


           19                      MS. EVANS: Thank you.


           20                      MR. QUINN:  Thank you.  Now, you


           21              know, the city debt, I'm always talking


           22              about the city debt and what taxpayers have


           23              on their back here, okay, the taxpayers.


           24              Okay, 72,000 in the city, a lot them are


           25              renters, a lot of them are children and I






            1              don't know how many are property owners, but


            2              the fact is the county as of the first of


            3              the year jumped from $207,000,000 in debt


            4              and now it is 224.4 million dollars in debt,


            5              that's a jump of $15.4 million this year,


            6              okay?  Now, I am looking at a pro rata


            7              figure of that about 60 percent of that


            8              which is owed by the city for taxes, the


            9              city property owners.  You take the school


           10              board $185,00,000, this is principle only,


           11              and the city the last time I know was


           12              $108,000,000 that is the independent audit,


           13              all right, so we are talking about a grand


           14              total of principle only of $426 million.


           15              That's a lot of money on the back of the


           16              Scranton taxpayers.


           17                      Now, if you use what's the long-term


           18              indebtedness you are talking about


           19              $700,000 -- $700 million, that's a lot of


           20              money, a lot of money.  I don't know how we


           21              are ever going to get out of debt.


           22                      Now, I want to speak a little bit


           23              about the fact that on 7-A on that approval


           24              for the (CDBG) (HOME) (ESG) program,


           25              consolidated plan, I note that in






            1              administration 18 percent, $600,000 of that


            2              grant is going for administration.  That's a


            3              lot of money.  I don't know how many


            4              employees they have down there, but they are


            5              down there and they are renting and I don't


            6              know how much money these people are making,


            7              $600,000 is a lot of money to be giving out,


            8              I really don't.  I wish you people would


            9              look into that before you approve it.


           10                      And the other thing is the fact that


           11              I looked at the -- I'm thinking of the


           12              unemployment rate this morning in the paper


           13              that said we were the lowest in the state


           14              now and Bill Jackowitz is always complaining


           15              about that, you know, and so I want went and


           16              I looked at the city's website and I saw


           17              where Mayor Doherty is saying that -- he is


           18              taking credit for $115,000,000 in major


           19              construction projects and $68,000,000 for


           20              infrastructure.  That totals $183,000,000.


           21              Now, with that much money there should be a


           22              lot of jobs.  All right, those two cities,


           23              Hazelton and Wilkes-Barre, they are weighing


           24              us down because that's lot of money, we


           25              should have a lot of jobs, you know, but I






            1              do know in 2005 the mayor spent 22 percent


            2              of that budget for economic development and


            3              he created ten jobs.  In 2006, 36 percent of


            4              that budget for economic development and he


            5              created four jobs.  In 2007, he has put


            6              28 percent of that budget for eight jobs,


            7              that's a total the last three years of 22


            8              jobs out of $4 million, I can't do the math,


            9              but that's a lot of money.  That's a lot of


           10              money out there.  I just don't know, we are


           11              just spending and spending and spending and


           12              now we are talking about infrastructure,


           13              well, you know what, it's coming election


           14              time, I guess, you know, next year and I


           15              guess the roads are going to be paved and


           16              you are going to see all the things done.


           17                      Now, the SRA is going to get over


           18              $600,000 for fixing up properties, Janet,


           19              what we tried to do two years ago we met in


           20              caucus in here and they said, oh, it


           21              wouldn't work if you recall, you know,


           22              taking the homes and fixing them up.  I just


           23              want to finish the fact is that 600 and some


           24              odd thousand dollars and they have a staff


           25              of one, so that means that there is going to






            1              be a lot of consultants that going to be--


            2              it's going to be a pork barrel and I hope


            3              you have oversight on that because we just


            4              can't afford it here in the City of


            5              Scranton.  Thank you.


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


            7              Les Spindler.


            8                      MR. SPINDLER:  Good evening,


            9              Council.  Les Spindler, city resident,


           10              homeowner.  Last Wednesday in Clinton County


           11              and SUV collided with a school bus and five


           12              children were injured and taken to the


           13              hospital.  It was reported on Channel 16 a


           14              girl driving an SUV was talking on a cell


           15              phone and ran a stop sign.  Thank God nobody


           16              was killed, but what I'm trying to get at is


           17              here is I'm asking this council, and I asked


           18              quite awhile ago when Carbondale passed a


           19              law to ban cell phones while driving, I


           20              think this council should look into doing


           21              that before a tragedy happens, before this


           22              happens in this city, you can't go down the


           23              city street without seeing somebody driving


           24              and using a cell phone.


           25                      Now, if this doesn't enlighten






            1              anybody to look at this legislation I don't


            2              know what will because they were lucky these


            3              children weren't killed and I was causing by


            4              somebody talking on the cell phone and


            5              driving so, hopefully, they will look into


            6              this legislation because Carbondale passed


            7              it many a year ago.


            8                      Next thing, a woman who was arrested


            9              last year for cursing at her toilet she got


           10              $19,000 from the city, the city is broke.


           11              Where did we come up with $19,000 to give


           12              this woman?  When I go home tonight I'm


           13              going to all open up all my windows and


           14              doors and starts cursing my toilet and see


           15              how much money I can get from this city.


           16                   Next thing, Mrs. Gatelli, I sent that


           17              complaint to Harrisburg about the smoking,


           18              but isn't there anybody local that could


           19              look into this and enforce this ban?  It's


           20              got to be done from Harrisburg?


           21                      MS. GATELLI:  Actually, I called the


           22              woman from the Cancer Society who I worked


           23              with the kids at West and she called the


           24              Department of Health today and there is a


           25              list of exemptions on the computer, but they






            1              were updating it and we couldn't see them,


            2              and that particular restaurant that you


            3              spoke of she was quite surprised that they


            4              would have an exemption because of the


            5              nature of their business, so we are


            6              investigating that.


            7                      MR. SPINDLER: Okay.  Thank you.


            8              Next thing, quite a few months ago it was


            9              said that the fire department was going to


           10              receive equipment to test for live


           11              electrical lines and I have heard they have


           12              yet to receive that equipment, does anybody


           13              know if that's true or not?  I think that's


           14              Mr. Courtright's department.  Could we check


           15              on that, please?  And I think that's very


           16              important.  If they haven't received that


           17              yet that's a crime.


           18                      Next thing, at our crime watch


           19              meeting in Tripp Park last week someone


           20              brought up that the corner of North Rebecca


           21              and Hawthorne they asked for a stop sign


           22              quite a few years ago and have yet to


           23              receive it, I think they said that PennDOT


           24              said they didn't need it.  Does PennDOT have


           25              authority over a city street like that?  I






            1              thought PennDOT just did the state roads?


            2                      MS. FANUCCI: I can't imagine that.


            3                      MR. SPINDLER: Can we look into that


            4              and get a stop sign either at the corner of


            5              Rebecca and Hawthorne or Rebecca and Bulwer.


            6                      MS. FANUCCI: What's the other one,


            7              Bulwer?


            8                      MS. SPINDLER: Bulwer, yeah, because


            9              that will slow down the traffic because


           10              people fly down North Rebecca and there is


           11              no stop signs until I forget what street you


           12              get to, because the stop signs are real far


           13              apart.


           14                      Lastly, did anyone watch Channel 61


           15              Saturday evening about 7:00?  Well I put on


           16              Channel 61 about ten after seven, and there


           17              were interviewing people in Chicago about


           18              the Chicago White Soxs winning the World


           19              Series in 2005?  Now, what kind of


           20              programming is this?  Who the hell cares


           21              about the Chicago White Soxs winning the


           22              World Series?  This is supposed to be local


           23              public access television.  What are we doing


           24              listening to people being interviewed in


           25              Chicago about the White Soxs winning the






            1              World Series?  This station should be taken


            2              off the air right now and should be given


            3              back to Scranton Today.  CDTV is just a


            4              joke.  These meetings will not be live until


            5              next year's election and I would bet anybody


            6              on that.  Chris Doherty wants the station to


            7              air so he has total control of it, the


            8              programming was terrible, the sounds on it


            9              is terrible.  I don't know what more to say.


           10              What kind of program is that we are watching


           11              people from Chicago talk about the White


           12              Sox.  That's ludicrous and something has got


           13              to be done with this station.  I don't know,


           14              we should give Mr. Darcy and Mr. Migliore in


           15              here and ask them why they program it like


           16              that.  And Scranton Today ran a much better


           17              program with a shoe string budget.  These


           18              people got $100,000 and they are not doing a


           19              damn thing so let's make a change, all


           20              right?  Get off your butts, go down to the


           21              mayor and tell him to do something or maybe


           22              you are afraid because he tells you what to


           23              do, you don't tell him what to do.  Thank


           24              you.


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






            1              Marie Schumacher.


            2                      MS. SCHUMACHER: Good evening.  Marie


            3              Schumacher, resident and member of the


            4              Taxpayers' Association.  First, I hope Mrs.


            5              Gatelli will give us a status report on the


            6              parking authority audit tonight.  I noticed


            7              it wasn't in the reports received, so the


            8              two weeks are up.


            9                      MS. EVANS: Mrs. Schumacher --


           10                      MS. SCHUMACHER: May I continue?


           11              What I would like to do is to read


           12              the letter I submitted because as you will


           13              recall the day that the OECD funding was--


           14              public notice was puts in the paper it said


           15              that city council would have a hearing at a


           16              later day, but in the legal section that


           17              same paper announced it and, so I missed it


           18              because I was looking for a later date.  So


           19              you could comment in writing until the 24th


           20              and this is what I responded:  "First of


           21              all, Connell Park:  Why does a little league


           22              field require lighting?  Aren't all games


           23              played when it's light?  I recommend that


           24              the funds for dollars be removed and


           25              transferred to an account to buy safe space






            1              heaters for residents too poor to afford oil


            2              and gas bills during the winter months.


            3                   Friends of the Poor:  In the current


            4              economy I believe stocking the food kitchens


            5              to be more important.  This annual


            6              allocation has become automatic and perhaps


            7              the Friends of the Poor could seek grants


            8              elsewhere to bear part of the burden.  No


            9              one group should be regularly dependent on


           10              CDBG funds.


           11                      Street paving:  I would prefer to


           12              see the pave cut and curb cuts broken out


           13              separately as our disabled citizens are


           14              forced to the street where it is dangerous


           15              and I would like to know that the curb cuts


           16              are getting their fair share.


           17                      Bridge reconstruction:  I believe


           18              this contingency fund belongs more


           19              appropriately in the city's capital budget.


           20              Our low and moderate income residents are


           21              numerous and food, shelter and heat should


           22              be addressed before a slush fund is


           23              established for other items such as the


           24              contingency.


           25                      Healthy Northeast Pennsylvania






            1              Initiative:  $20,000 seems excessive for a


            2              program development that appears if


            3              successful will be used outside of the city.


            4              I believe such programs exist elsewhere and


            5              CDBG funds would not be spent on


            6              experimental nonrecurring assets to the


            7              socially isolated.


            8                      Friendship House:  It is just a few


            9              months since the monies provided/allocated


           10              to the Friendship House were deemed not


           11              necessary and transferred to other projects.


           12                   The Deutsch Institute:  It seems


           13              worthwhile and could probably be expanded to


           14              include the socially isolated and a better


           15              investment than five above, which was the


           16              start up of the Healthy Northeast


           17              Pennsylvania Initiative.


           18                      City of Scranton Parks and


           19              Recreation:  Funds allocated seem


           20              unrealistically low for all of the projects


           21              listed.  Only those capable of being funded


           22              should be listed.


           23                      City of Scranton Licensing,


           24              Inspections and Permits:  While I have no


           25              problem directly with definition of blighted






            1              properties, we are creating blighted


            2              properties faster than they can be torn


            3              down.  We need a program, a revolving


            4              account, to help our low and moderate income


            5              homeowners maintain the properties before


            6              they become blighted.


            7                      Community Concert Association.


            8              Scranton:  Homeowners are already taxed by


            9              the county for arts and culture and they


           10              should be able to fund this program.


           11                      Scranton Redevelopment Authority:  I


           12              believe this authority has already borrowed


           13              funds for this purpose.  This blight problem


           14              needs to be addressed before it happens.


           15              Lackawanna Neighbors already deals with


           16              vacant properties so this seems redundant.


           17                   Commonwealth Medical Education


           18              Corporation:  I didn't bring it, but what


           19              they are saying that they are going to do, I


           20              believe this corporation is currently unable


           21              to perform the services listed.  They are a


           22              start up and they will not be functional


           23              until late next year.


           24                      The City of Scranton: OECD for


           25              replacement of sidewalks.  Why aren't the






            1              property owners in downtown required to


            2              repair and replace their sidewalks just as


            3              we in neighborhoods must?  If we have


            4              sidewalk money, it should be used to put in


            5              sidewalks in neighborhoods where there are


            6              none that currently exist and pedestrians,


            7              including those in wheelchairs are forced to


            8              take to the streets.  Thank you.


            9                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mrs.


           10              Schumacher.  Frank Hartman.


           11                      MR. HARTMAN: Good evening, Council.


           12              My name is Frank Hartman, I live in the


           13              Tripp Park area of Scranton.  We have just


           14              started a neighborhood crime watch.  We are


           15              a group of 35 to 40 members so far.  Our


           16              goal is to keep our neighborhoods safe and a


           17              good place to live.  We have had some recent


           18              problems over the summer and we want to put


           19              a stop to it.  We are already excited to


           20              help the police department in any way we


           21              can.


           22                      I would like to thank Mr. Courtright


           23              for leading me in the right direction to get


           24              the program started and Lieutenant Lenny


           25              Namiotka for coming to our meetings to






            1              educate us and get us started.  We would


            2              also like to thank the police officers for


            3              checking around the area at night including


            4              the community center, the ballpark and the


            5              ballfields.


            6                      There is a building up in the woods


            7              behind the community center, and it is, as


            8              we have been told, a party spot for kids to


            9              drink in the woods, do drugs, so forth, it's


           10              a safety hazard.  I talked to Mark Dougher


           11              from Parks and Recreation at our


           12              neighborhood meeting and he said he was


           13              checking in to see what he could do, what


           14              can be done, and Lieutenant Namiotka has


           15              asked other people, too, to checking into


           16              this matter.


           17                      Friday night at 6:30 there will be a


           18              Halloween party sponsored by the Tripp Park


           19              Neighborhood Association, all are welcome to


           20              attend.  There is going to be a DJ, food and


           21              games.


           22                      I was talking to the acting


           23              neighborhood association president and that


           24              building belongs to a lawyer he told me by


           25              the name of Mr. Kelleher.  It's supposed to






            1              be part of the new school that's going up in


            2              the back of the community center.  It was


            3              lit on fire I'd say like last year, maybe a


            4              year and a half ago.  There is a lot of


            5              four-wheelers, there is a lot of quads going


            6              back there, drinking, partying and we are


            7              just trying to stop that, so if anybody


            8              could help me get that torn down we would


            9              appreciate it.


           10                      Also, another thing is who would I


           11              talk about getting a stop sign on Dorothy


           12              Street?  If you are going up Dorothy Street


           13              the only stop sign on Dorothy Street is at


           14              North Garfield and it goes all the way up to


           15              the baseball park, there is no stop signs


           16              in-between, and living on the street there


           17              is people that take off from that stop sign


           18              and they just fly up the street and somebody


           19              is going to get hurt.  The girls are there


           20              playing softball, and I was just wondering


           21              if something could check into that for me,


           22              too?  Okay.  Thank you for your time.


           23                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank very much,


           24              Mr. Hartman.  Anyone else?


           25                      MR. HUBBARD: Good evening, Council.






            1              Daniel Hubbard, Lower Greenridge


            2              Neighborhood Association.  It's obvious over


            3              the last several years that, excuse me, I'm


            4              a little winded from walking up, that the


            5              city has ignored the needs for a temporary


            6              flood protection and warning systems in


            7              Lower Greenridge and basically anything that


            8              has to do with flooding in our neighborhoods


            9              has been ignored by this city's


           10              administration and any other body that would


           11              be involved with it, but now we have to deal


           12              with Barbara Maranuchi and the Bullshead


           13              Neighborhood Association holding meetings


           14              with Congressman Kanjorski, Paul O'Horo from


           15              the Scranton flood office, Representative


           16              Shimkus, who is not even our representative


           17              in lower Greenridge, and the Army Corp of


           18              Engineers, and this meeting was held in


           19              record to the East Side flood project, which


           20              is the lower Greenridge side of the river.


           21              So since the Bullshead Neighborhood


           22              Association has had their levy in place for


           23              I think going on six years now, maybe seven,


           24              my question is why is Barbara Maranuchi and


           25              the Bullshead Neighborhood Association






            1              having flood meetings were Congressman


            2              Kanjorski, the Army Corp of Engineers and


            3              the City of Scranton Flood Office about the


            4              flood project on our side of the


            5              neighborhood?  Now, she set this meeting up


            6              herself, she contacted Congressman


            7              Kanjorski's office stating that some of her


            8              members owned property in our neighborhood


            9              and that's why she did it, which is not


           10              true.  We have one neighbor who is a member


           11              of her association because he doesn't want


           12              to be a member of ours.


           13                      Not one resident in Lower Greenridge


           14              was contacted in regards to this flood


           15              meeting.  Now, this was an important


           16              meeting.  This meeting brought us all up to


           17              speed on the schedule, the projected finish


           18              date, where they stand currently, what


           19              they're going to start doing next, when the


           20              contracts are going out to bid, it's a


           21              pretty important meeting for the people that


           22              have to constantly live under the threat of


           23              flooding.  And yet none of us were notified


           24              that this meeting was going on, and when she


           25              was questioned as to why we were not






            1              notified she had the gaul to say to my


            2              mother in front of the rest of us that if


            3              wasn't for her we wouldn't be getting a levy


            4              at all.


            5                      Now, mind you, I understand when you


            6              are anointed by Mayor Doherty as one of his


            7              few included cronies in the city you must


            8              have some sort of super powers that you


            9              single-handedly can get a levy for us in


           10              Lower Greenridge, considered the project was


           11              started long before Mayor Doherty was in


           12              office and it was started by Congressman


           13              McDade, so that's how long ago this project


           14              was started.


           15                      So my question again is can the city


           16              give me an answer as to why the Bullshead


           17              Neighborhood Association is involving


           18              themselves in the East Side flood project in


           19              lower Greenridge?  I mean, does anybody have


           20              -- doesn't it sound kind of odd that Barbara


           21              Maranuchi would be holding a flood meeting


           22              in regard to a levy in my backyard when she


           23              lives in Bullshead and they have their


           24              protected levy since tell in place for seven


           25              years or so?  Yet we weren't notified?  I'm






            1              in the book, I'm not really that hard to


            2              find.  I'm pretty available to anybody that


            3              wants to talk to me.  So, I mean, picking up


            4              the phone and saying, "You know,


            5              Mr. Hubbard, we are going to hold this


            6              meetings," and not to mention when we showed


            7              we were made to feel very unwelcome.  When


            8              the Army Corp was finished with their


            9              presentation we were hurried out and ushered


           10              out of the room at Weston Field and then the


           11              door was barricaded with bodies so that we


           12              are unable to go back in the meeting while


           13              she was in the there with the Army Corp, Tom


           14              Williams and Paul O'Horo and Representative


           15              Shimkus with here members of her


           16              association.


           17                      I mean, let's face it, at this point


           18              we are okay with the fact that nobody really


           19              cares, but to start cutting out of these


           20              meetings is ridiculous.  It's ridiculous.


           21              Yet again another clear indicator of how


           22              Lower Greenridge is basically ignored, the


           23              forgotten neighborhood.  I mean, I would


           24              like an answer from the flood control office


           25              or from somebody on this council as to why






            1              nobody in our neighborhood was notified to


            2              the project in our neighborhood and that


            3              goes for the businesses that are being


            4              affected as far as the Garden Path and some


            5              of other businesses that had to be relocated


            6              and have had the properties changed and when


            7              their are going to get their levy behind


            8              their businesses and things like that.  So,


            9              again, this is an important meeting for


           10              Lower Greendrige and we were left out of it


           11              even though it was about our levy.


           12                      And, you know, I want to touch on


           13              this levy project.  My mother had brought it


           14              up before, the realignment of Ross and


           15              Marian Street which now it turns out is


           16              unnecessary because the loading dock for Roe


           17              Door is not going to be placed where it was


           18              going be replaced and required a realignment


           19              of the streets, we fought to have these


           20              streets not realigned and dead-ended if you


           21              remember we bringing this up about a year


           22              ago and that realignment now has already


           23              cost the neighborhood one family pet and our


           24              kids are dodging cars left and right for


           25              people flying around that blind turn where






            1              there is no speed limit signs, no stop


            2              signs.  So, I mean, my mother asked for


            3              "Children at Play" signs, I would like to


            4              try to get Marian Street for the 100 and 200


            5              block turned into one-way in the direction


            6              that Colts bus goes, so it won't


            7              inconvenience the bus system, they can keep


            8              their route, and the one-way street going


            9              the opposite direction of the blind turn


           10              will provide safety for the children in the


           11              neighborhood because they have to go through


           12              an intersection with a four-way stop sign


           13              first.  So, I would like to try to have the


           14              100 and 200 blocks of Marian turned into a


           15              one-way and I would like an answer as to why


           16              Barbara Maranuchi is holding flood meetings


           17              in regard to Lower Greenridge.  Thank you.


           18                      MR. MCGOFF:  Thank you, Mr. Hubbard.


           19              Anyone else?


           20                      MR. DOBSON: Good evening, Council.


           21              Dave Dobson, resident of Scranton.  On 5-G,


           22              is that the original Coney Island that's


           23              going to be taken into this Lackawanna


           24              Avenue project?


           25                      MR. MCGOFF: Yes.






            1                      MR. DOBSON: That's good because that


            2              has been cut out for the longest time, if we


            3              are going to spend all that money on


            4              everybody else we should help him out a


            5              little bit, it's a long-standing business


            6              and it would be nice if we heard something


            7              for Buona Pizza some day.  They have been


            8              here for about 42 years and they are still


            9              out in the cold.  From what I currently


           10              heard or my understanding, the lot next door


           11              went for more than what their business was


           12              offered, so that doesn't strike me as fair


           13              or reasonable, an opening bid is one thing,


           14              but when we buy a vacant lot for more than a


           15              long-time established taxpaying business I


           16              would say that's not necessarily proper and


           17              we can always make amends and everybody


           18              could be made happy.


           19                      The only other thing I would like to


           20              make a comment nonpartisan, get out and


           21              vote.  I guess next Tuesday we don't have a


           22              meeting; correct?  And I don't want to slam


           23              any other country with their trade packs or


           24              whatever, but that gets to the root of it,


           25              pick your candidates carefully and try, try,






            1              try to understand that if the people of this


            2              town don't have insurance or decent medical


            3              insurance and medical coverage, well, then,


            4              the mentality eventually becomes, "I don't


            5              have it or I'm paying for it, why should


            6              they have it," and that's a message for any


            7              public employees that have good benefits and


            8              are potentially fighting to keep them.  I


            9              think everybody should have decent benefits,


           10              but that's besides the point, but the


           11              lynchpin is these trade packs, they are no


           12              longer have an economy able to support a


           13              consumer economy and that's what we based it


           14              on.  My wife has lost thousands of dollars


           15              of month -- in the last couple of months on


           16              her 401-K, and the other night I was


           17              watching Bill Moyers on Channel 44 and the


           18              claim was that the five investments houses


           19              like Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers lost


           20              $84 billion dollars and that started the


           21              downward spiral.  Well, in the meantime


           22              their executive compensation was nearly $240


           23              billion, so if those people would kindly pay


           24              that money back maybe we could start an


           25              upward spiral someday, but keep in mind that






            1              we can't go on like this forever and vote to


            2              take care of your brother American.  Have a


            3              good night.


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


            5              Anyone else?  Mrs. Evans?


            6                      MS. EVANS: Good evening.  The


            7              Scranton/Lackawanna Taxpayers' Association


            8              and I are working together on a food drive


            9              to stock our local food pantries.  Working


           10              families, senior citizens and the poor need


           11              food desperately at this time.  We cannot


           12              expect a Thanksgiving donation to solve the


           13              food shortage crisis.  Drop boxes were


           14              placed throughout city hall, at the fire


           15              stations throughout the city, police


           16              headquarters, and the Scranton Single Tax


           17              Office.  I hope all city employees will


           18              donate nonperishable food items and city


           19              residents are invited to drop off donations


           20              at these locations as well.  Boxes will be


           21              collected this Friday, October 31, and


           22              delivered to Scranton food panties early


           23              next week.  Please give generously to help


           24              our less fortunate neighbors.


           25                      In addition, I spoke with Mayor






            1              Doherty last week regarding the UDAG


            2              allocation for the purchase of canned food


            3              items for Scranton food pantries.  He said


            4              he would speak to Kevin Mitchell, OECD


            5              Director of Finance, to check whether funds


            6              were available and could be used in this


            7              manner.  I thank the mayor for his


            8              cooperation and attention to this worthy


            9              cause.


           10                      I also spoke to Lackawanna County


           11              Commissioner Corey O'Brien twice last week


           12              asking for his assistance with a county


           13              donation to food pantries.  He has forwarded


           14              our request to Mrs. Osborne for her review.


           15              I thank Commissioner O'Brien for his


           16              immediate attention to this request as well.


           17              I hope that both the mayor and the


           18              commissioners will have good news for our


           19              community's hungry and poor in the near


           20              future to help them survive throughout the


           21              winter months.


           22                      In the mean time, however, each of


           23              us can help with a modest monetary donation


           24              made payable to the Scranton/Lackawanna


           25              Taxpayers' Association or with a few cans of






            1              food.


            2                      On a related topic, 2009 CDBG


            3              allocations appear on tonight's agenda for a


            4              final vote by council.  I am pleased to see


            5              that many of the agencies I supported have


            6              received funding for 2009 such as Meals on


            7              Wheels, the Salvation Army's Emergency


            8              Services Assistance Program, the Christmas


            9              Holiday Bureau and, of course, the little


           10              leagues throughout the city.


           11                      I also pressed for increased funding


           12              to pave our city streets.  Originally,


           13              paving had received only $75,000 in the


           14              funding.  I am pleased to have that


           15              increased to $300,000 for street paving with


           16              the help of my fellow council members, of


           17              course.


           18                      Unfortunately, there are always


           19              projects that do not receive funding because


           20              the needs of our community far exceed the


           21              federal funding available.  One applicant in


           22              particular for whom I fought very hard and


           23              with whom my colleagues were in full


           24              agreement is the neighborhood police


           25              patrols.  We wanted $400,000 allocated to






            1              this much needed service for our


            2              neighborhoods and the funding for the police


            3              patrols was downsized in the CDBG


            4              allocations from the original $350,000 to


            5              $215,000.  The $400,000 is to provide


            6              salaries for ten on-foot and/or bicycle


            7              police officers in areas throughout our


            8              city.  It seems the remainder of the money,


            9              the let's say approximately $185,000, will


           10              be provided through another source, I


           11              believe that being the remainder of unused


           12              funds for other projects.


           13                      At the same time, however, OECD's


           14              contingency at $250,000 is a new addition to


           15              the final list and new sidewalks and period


           16              lighting for the downtown jumped from the


           17              $100,000 council agreed upon to $225,000.  I


           18              believe the neighborhood police patrols are


           19              a far greater need and importance to the


           20              people than a contingency and downtown


           21              sidewalks.


           22                      At last week's council meeting I


           23              provided an update on the 2007 independent


           24              audit of council in which Mr. Grassi, CPA,


           25              indicated questions that required responses






            1              from NCC and the Single Tax Office.  As a


            2              further update, only the Single Tax Office


            3              responded immediately last week on several


            4              occasions and again this week.


            5                      And just as an update for one of our


            6              speakers this evening, the Scranton Parking


            7              Authority audit, according to Mr.


            8              Scopelliti, Director of the Scranton Parking


            9              Authority, will be ready by Wednesday and,


           10              Kay, does that mean Wednesday the 29th or


           11              Wednesday, November 5?


           12                      MS. GARVEY: He didn't specify on


           13              that so I took it as this Wednesday and when


           14              I repeated I said, "You mean tomorrow?"


           15                      And he said, "That's what they tell


           16              me."


           17                      MS. EVANS: Well, that's certainly


           18              good news.  Next, I have requested an update


           19              and a time line for the Parker Street bridge


           20              more than once in the last few months from


           21              Mr. Brazil and from the city engineer.


           22              Neither has responded.  Residents continue


           23              to note that no work has been performed in


           24              many months, yet, the single lane of traffic


           25              remains.  Can the city engineer and/or






            1              Mr. Brazil please send a written response or


            2              come to council to update the citizens and


            3              offer a time line?


            4                      Also, the streets in the Plot were


            5              never paved as was promised to occur


            6              following completion of the flood project.


            7              I'd also like an update and time line for


            8              this particular paving project.


            9                      And, in addition, some of the


           10              requests made this evening, I'd like a


           11              letter to the flood control office, Kay, why


           12              were residents of Lower Greenridge, that is,


           13              specifically those residing in the east side


           14              of the flood levy never notified about a


           15              flood control meeting conducted at Weston


           16              Field by the Bullshead Neighborhood


           17              Association?


           18                      Also, if we can have the proper


           19              department, I think it might have been the


           20              traffic or highway division that used to


           21              look into the stop signs for us, but because


           22              of the recovery plan I don't believe those


           23              departments exist any longer, so if we can


           24              send this, as I said, to the appropriate


           25              party if they would look into a stop sign






            1              placement on Dorothy Street.


            2                      Also, last week I reported some


            3              problems in the East Mountain area and I did


            4              receive a copy of a response of sorts,


            5              perhaps an order from Chief Elliott to


            6              Lieutenant Glenn Thomas:  "I have received


            7              complaints from city council regarding


            8              illegal parking near the entrance to


            9              Mountain Lake Estates alongside of the fire


           10              house Engine 10.  Could you have your


           11              officers address this problem and get back


           12              to me with the results?  The officer should


           13              check on this several times a day throughout


           14              their shifts.  Also, address illegal parking


           15              near Lake Scranton Road and Route 307."


           16                      And so it appears that the police


           17              department will be looking into this area on


           18              East Mountain.


           19                      With regard to the CDBG allocations


           20              that were mentioned by a speaker earlier


           21              this evening, when council examines this


           22              particular piece of legislation for a final


           23              vote an amendment will be read that will


           24              specifically include changes that would be


           25              additions and deletions to the original CDBG






            1              list, for example -- I recall perhaps


            2              Community Concert Association having been


            3              mentioned, and that amount has gone to zero.


            4              There was I believe also mention made of


            5              Health Northeast Pension Initiative for


            6              $20,000, that has been decreased to zero


            7              dollars and so for those of you who have


            8              concerns about CDBG allocations from the


            9              original format please listen carefully this


           10              evening to obtain the correct and final


           11              amounts, and that's it.


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


           13              Mrs. Gatelli.


           14                      MS. GATELLI: I just have a few


           15              things, I would like to remind the people


           16              that are going to vote next Tuesday the


           17              Scranton Times had an editorial about voting


           18              on the state borrowing of $400 million for


           19              sewer and municipal governments to fix the


           20              water and sewer system.  I would encourage


           21              everyone to vote in favor of this as it


           22              would behoove the state to help the


           23              municipalities, the sewer system goes all


           24              the way to the Chesapeake Bay and that's


           25              what they are interested in and I think it






            1              would help us very much if the whole state


            2              was contributing rather than just the


            3              municipalities.  It's supposed to cost the


            4              Scranton Sewer Authority approximately


            5              $150 million to make these improvements to


            6              be in compliance with the federal


            7              government, so if we can borrow this money


            8              through the whole state and have everyone


            9              help the city will be much better off, so I


           10              would encourage everyone to vote, yes, on


           11              that referendum and it will on the ballot on


           12              Tuesday, and it's very important that to go


           13              and vote.  This presidential election is


           14              probably the most important in the history


           15              of the United States, I would say mand no


           16              matter who you are voting for please make


           17              you are go out and vote.


           18                      Also, I had asked someone at the


           19              Scranton Times and Channel 61, and I don't


           20              really watch it so I don't know if it's been


           21              running, but I know that there has been some


           22              changes for voting places in the City of


           23              Scranton and I'd ask, Jeremy, maybe if you


           24              could see if you can get them in before


           25              Tuesday.  They were in once when I saw them






            1              and they had the ward and the district and


            2              what it was changed to, but many people


            3              don't know the ward and the district they


            4              vote in, they only know the place they vote


            5              at, so I ask that maybe they could get it in


            6              the paper and please on Channel 61 for the


            7              next few days.


            8                      The only one that I remember off the


            9              top of my head is where I vote and that's


           10              Kennedy School and it's remodeled and that


           11              will be closed and those people will be


           12              voting at St. John's Hall of Fig Street, the


           13              500 Of Fig Street.  There were two in the


           14              Hill Section I know, and I think one down in


           15              Greenridge, I'm not sure about that.  I had


           16              given them to Kay, so if we could please get


           17              them in the paper it's very important if


           18              people go there and they can't vote they


           19              will just go home, so it's important to get


           20              that out there.


           21                      The other thing we got a notice in


           22              the mail from the Pennsylvania League of


           23              Cities and as you know I have gone there are


           24              for the past two years with the mayor, and


           25              the Mayor of Bethlehem, Mayor John Callahan,






            1              has been appointed to the position of


            2              President of the League of Cities.  He is


            3              there are because he is replacing the


            4              president, Bob Anspah, who has taken a job


            5              in the Rendell administration as executive


            6              assistant to the Director of PEMA.  So I


            7              would ask my colleagues if we could please a


            8              letter to both congratulating them on their


            9              new positions, if that's okay.


           10                      The block grants.  The block grant


           11              funding for the police department is


           12              $553,000.  It looks like it was reduced, but


           13              they have money to the tune of $338,000 left


           14              from this allocation that will be added to


           15              that one, so there will be $553,000 in new


           16              funding.


           17                      There was also a few other little


           18              leagues and neighborhood associations that


           19              looked like they are getting zero.  It looks


           20              that way because North Scranton Little


           21              League already has $75,000 that they haven't


           22              used, so the policy is if they haven't used


           23              the money not to give them anymore money


           24              until they use up what they currently have.


           25              So this is the reason that some of the them






            1              look like they are getting zero.  It's not


            2              true that they are getting zero, they just


            3              haven't used what they have gotten from


            4              previous years.


            5                      West Scranton Neighborhood


            6              Association has a balance of 9858.


            7              Neighborhood police patrol has a balance of


            8              $338,000.  Hyde Park Baseball has a balance


            9              of $40,000, and I said the West Scranton is


           10              9858.  So it may look like they got zero in


           11              this allocation, but in fact they still have


           12              money that they haven't spent and that's why


           13              they haven't received any new funding.


           14                      This was a joint effort by all of


           15              the council members.  We all had input into


           16              the block grant funding, and I am extremely


           17              pleased about the paving.  It's really


           18              needed and it's unfortunate that it can only


           19              be done in low to moderate income areas and


           20              I believe it's only every ten years it can


           21              be done so if it was done ten years ago it


           22              can't be done again and sometimes those


           23              streets are hard to find in the low areas,


           24              but it will be a help anyway and it will


           25              give us some relief from the streets that we






            1              have to pave with regular money.  And that's


            2              all I have.  Thank you.


            3                      MS. EVANS: Mr. President, before


            4              Mrs. Fanucci begins can I add a request for


            5              a stop sign to the other requests for the


            6              stop sign on Dorothy Street.  I believe


            7              another speaker mentioned the placement of a


            8              stop sign in the area of North Rebecca and


            9              Hawthorne or North Rebecca and Bulwer, so,


           10              Kay, if we could combine those two requests.


           11                   And there was just one more item that I


           12              forgot, and I think it's very important, we


           13              all received this today from ECTV and I will


           14              read quickly for you the announcement that


           15              they have made:  "Comcast and Electric City


           16              Television have developed a plan that allow


           17              the live broadcasting of meetings from


           18              council chambers.  This new plan will take


           19              advantage of the already existing


           20              infrastructure and new equipment that has


           21              recently become available from Comcast.  No


           22              expense will be incurred by either ECTV or


           23              the City of Scranton.  Comcast has estimated


           24              that the live capabilities will be


           25              operational by the end of November.  We at






            1              Electric City Television want to thank


            2              Scranton Today for their generous offer."


            3                      So, I'm sure that is very good news


            4              for all of the viewing audience that


            5              hopefully within a month you will watching


            6              government meetings live and uncensored once


            7              again.  I'm sorry.  Thank you, Mr. McGoff


            8              and thank you, Mrs. Fanucci.


            9                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you.


           10                      MS. FANUCCI: No problem.  I actually


           11              was going to read that, so I'm glad you did.


           12              There is only one thing I want to add if we


           13              can send a letter for Mr. Hartman regarding


           14              the building in Tripp Park and maybe finding


           15              out what we can do about speeding up that


           16              demolition and making sure, especially with


           17              this weather breaking, I have a feeling that


           18              that is going to be used and we certainly


           19              don't want to become more of a hang out than


           20              it is already is, so if we can find out what


           21              we can do and how we can speed up the


           22              progress of that then I would be very


           23              thankful if my colleagues agree, and that is


           24              really I all I have.  Thank you.


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






            1                      MR. GATELLI:  Mr. McGoff, I'm going


            2              to be Mrs. Evans and interrupt you, just for


            3              a minute.


            4                      MR. MCGOFF: Feel free.


            5                      MS. GATELLI: I forgot to mention if


            6              we could look into the cell phone deal the


            7              Carbondale has, the law prohibiting cell


            8              phone use while you are driving and if you


            9              could have that for council to review next


           10              week?  I agree with --


           11                      MR. MINORA: How about the week


           12              after?


           13                      MS. GATELLI: -- with Mr. Spindler.


           14              I see them at 7:30 in the morning, I'm going


           15              thinking, "Who are you talking to at 7:30,


           16              you must have just left the house?"


           17                      But everybody is on the phone.


           18              Nobody is -- and they are texting in the


           19              car, so, you know, I know it's hard to


           20              enforce it, but if we get it on the books


           21              maybe it will help.  Sorry, Mr. McGoff.


           22                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you.  Very


           23              quickly, a couple of things, on the grants,


           24              again, responding to the one speaker, on the


           25              lighting at Connell Park, it is not for the






            1              little league field, it is for the park


            2              itself if I'm not mistaken where the dog


            3              park is and that area --


            4                      MS. GATELLI: The little league


            5              already has lights.


            6                      MR. MCGOFF: The Commonwealth College


            7              requests was deemed unacceptable for funding


            8              by HUD and it was removed completely from


            9              the list that will be read tonight.


           10                      Also, just an announcement that I


           11              believe it's November 10, and I'm missing


           12              the time, of the dedication of the Connor


           13              Playground 1:00.  The playground on Orchard


           14              Street which if you haven't driven by it


           15              looks very nice and I know many of the


           16              people in the neighborhood are quite pleased


           17              with the way it's turned out.  There is,


           18              more work that needs to be done there, but


           19              it a vast improvement over what was there.


           20                   Also, on the food collection I know


           21              that a number of churches are also


           22              collecting food so that if you can't bring


           23              nonperishable to the sites that were already


           24              mentioned by Mrs. Evans I know a number of


           25              churches are also collecting and you may be






            1              able to, you know, better access it there,


            2              but by all means if you are able to donate


            3              food to this cause it would be greatly


            4              appreciated no matter where it was placed.


            5                   And I would like to mention, I forgot


            6              to do it, I don't know if I had it two weeks


            7              ago, but I would like to thank Lutherwood


            8              for a check for $6,000 that was given to the


            9              city in lieu of taxes.  That was received


           10              recently and, as I said, I'm not sure if it


           11              was last week or the week before, but again,


           12              thank you to Lutherwood.  And that will be


           13              all.


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


           15              INTRODUCTION - AN ORDINANCE - AUTHORIZING


           16              THE MAYOR AND OTHER APPROPRIATE CITY




           18              AND DISBURSE GRANT FUNDS FROM THE




           20              ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ("DCED") THROUGH THE


           21              ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM.


           22                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll


           23              entertain a motion that Item 5-B be


           24              introduced into it's proper committee.


           25                      MS. FANUCCI: So moved.






            1                      MS. EVANS: Second.


            2                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All


            3              those in favor signify by saying aye.


            4                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.


            5                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.


            6                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.


            7                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The


            8              ayes have it and so moved.


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


           10              AN ORDINANCE - AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND








           14              COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ("DCED")




           16                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll


           17              entertain a motion that Item 5-C be


           18              introduced into it's proper committee.


           19                      MS. FANUCCI: So moved.


           20                      MS. EVANS: Second.


           21                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All


           22              those in favor signify by saying aye.


           23                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.


           24                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.


           25                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.






            1                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The


            2              ayes have it and so moved.


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


            4              AN ORDINANCE - AMENDING FILE OF COUNCIL NO.


            5              92, 1991, ENTITLED "CREATING A SPECIAL


            6              ACCOUNT FOR THE CITY OF SCRANTON IN THE




            8              TO BE ENTITLED AS "REPAYMENTS OF URBAN


            9              DEVELOPMENT ACTION GRANTS (UDAGS) #91-400"




           11              TRANSFERRING OF UDAG REPAYMENTS."


           12                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll


           13              entertain a motion at that Item 5-D be


           14              introduced into it's proper committee.


           15                      MS. FANUCCI:  So moved.


           16                      MS. EVANS: Second.


           17                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All


           18              those in favor signify by saying aye.


           19                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.


           20                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.


           21                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.


           22                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The


           23              ayes have it and so moved.


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


           25              A RESOLUTION - RE-APPOINTMENT OF FRANK J.






            1              TUNIS, JR., 101 KELLY WAY, SCRANTON,


            2              PENNSYLVANIA, AS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF




            4              FIVE (5) YEARS. MR. TUNIS' TERM EXPIRED ON


            5              JUNE 1, 2007 AND HIS NEW TERM WILL EXPIRE ON


            6              JUNE 1, 2012.


            7                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll


            8              entertain a motion that Item 5-E be


            9              introduced into it's this proper committee.


           10                      MS. FANUCCI:  So moved.


           11                      MS. EVANS: Second.


           12                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All


           13              those in favor signify by saying aye.


           14                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.


           15                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.


           16                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.


           17                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The


           18              ayes have it and so moved.


           19                      MS. GARVEY: 5-F. FOR INTRODUCTION -A










           24              BLOCK GRANT PROGRAM, PROJECT NO. 150.19 IN


           25              AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $86,000.00 TO JAY'S






            1              COMMONS, LP TO ASSIST AN ELIGIBLE PROJECT.


            2                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll


            3              entertain a motion that Item 5-F be


            4              introduced into it's proper committee.


            5                      MS. FANUCCI: So moved.


            6                      MS. EVANS: Second.


            7                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All


            8              those in favor signify by saying aye.


            9                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.


           10                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.


           11                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.


           12                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The


           13              ayes have it and so moved.


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






           17              ("HARB") AND APPROVING THE CERTIFICATE OF


           18              APPROPRIATENESS FOR SDA ARCHITECTS, 321




           20              SCOPE OF WORK AT 534-536 LACKAWANNA AVENUE,






           23              WITH ALUMINUM CAP AND STUCCO FINISH TO BE


           24              PAINTED TO MATCH ADJACENT BUILDING;














            4              AS ORIGINAL; UPPER WALL TO RECEIVE NEW




            6              STUCCO FINISH; NEWLY STRUCTURED ROOF TO


            7              RECEIVE EPDM SURFACE AND NEW ROOF DRAINS;




            9              FILLED-IN WINDOW AREAS AND NEW PAINT.


           10              STREET, SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA.


           11                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll


           12              entertain a motion that Item 5-G be


           13              introduced into it's proper committee.


           14                      MS. FANUCCI:  So moved.


           15                      MS. EVANS: Second.


           16                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?


           17                      MS. EVANS: I'm very pleased about


           18              this particular piece of legislation.  I'm


           19              pleased by the recommendation of the


           20              Historical Architecture Review Board.  I


           21              believe this may enable Coney Island to


           22              reopen within the next several months and it


           23              certainly does seem that we are on our way


           24              to maybe including at least that one city


           25              anchor.  There is still another problem on






            1              the other end, but I think we can say in


            2              this regard good things are happening in


            3              Scranton.


            4                      MR. MCGOFF: I would like to just


            5              mention that this was done in agreement with


            6              the owners of Coney Island with HARB and


            7              also with the developers of the rest of the


            8              project so that the side of the building


            9              that was left from the demolition of the


           10              upper floors would be redone and painted or


           11              to coordinate with the rest of the project.


           12              Also, a roof that would be placed on what's


           13              left of the Coney Island building and then


           14              finally a repainting of the Coney Island


           15              building to reflect it's historic nature.


           16              These promises were made by the owners of


           17              Coney Island and that they are working, I'm


           18              told working in agreement with the


           19              architects of the Lackawanna project, so


           20              that everything is coordinated and hopefully


           21              it will allow for the reopening of Coney


           22              Island and the movement toward a completed


           23              project all over across Lackawanna Avenue.


           24              Anyone else?  All those in favor signify by


           25              saying aye.






            1                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.


            2                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.


            3                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.


            4                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The


            5              ayes have it and so moved.


            6                      MS. GARVEY: 5-H. FOR INTRODUCTION -






            9              ("HARB") AND APPROVING THE CERTIFICATE OF




           11              CONTRACTORS, 802 NORTH WASHINGTON AVENUE,




           13              NEW ROOF WITH ARCHITECTURAL SHINGLES,






           16              SIGNS AT 225 VINE STREET, SCRANTON,


           17              PENNSYLVANIA.


           18                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll


           19              entertain a motion that Item 5-H be


           20              introduced into it's proper committee.


           21                      MS. FANUCCI: So moved.


           22                      MS. EVANS: Second.


           23                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All


           24              those in favor signify by saying aye.


           25                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.






            1                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.


            2                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.


            3                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The


            4              ayes have it and so moved.


            5                      MS. GARVEY: 5-I.  FOR INTRODUCTION -






            8              ("HARB") AND APPROVING THE CERTIFICATE OF




           10              2, BOX 2069 NICHOLSON, PENNSYLVANIA FOR


           11              INSTALLATION OF A SINGLE-FACED, NON-LIT


           12              2X5X1 SIGN MOUNTED TO BRICK FAÇADE AND A


           13              1X2½ TWO-SIDED ALUMINUM SIGN ATTACHED TO


           14              ENTRANCE GATE AT 302 PENN AVENUE, SCRANTON,


           15              PENNSYLVANIA.


           16                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll


           17              entertain a motion that Item 5-I be


           18              introduced into it's proper committee.


           19                      MS. FANUCCI: So moved.


           20                      MS. EVANS: Second.


           21                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?


           22                      MS. GARVEY: I have a comment, it's


           23              not really a question, I have noticed that


           24              the HARB, and I used to work very closely


           25              will them, and I'm finding that they are






            1              putting a lots of signs downtown.  Some are


            2              billboards and some are signs such as this


            3              on what appears to be historical buildings.


            4              I know that at one time they were very, very


            5              strict about what they did with buildings in


            6              the downtown area.  I happen to be very fond


            7              of the historic buildings, not that I'm an


            8              artists of any means, but I do like the


            9              nature of the old buildings and I'm not


           10              really fond of the sign that they have


           11              picked to put on this building.  It's on the


           12              corner of Linden and I believe that's Penn.


           13              It just does not look right on the building


           14              to me, it's very gaudy and I would just like


           15              to make that comment.


           16                      I will call someone from HARB myself


           17              and tell them of my displeasure, but I think


           18              if they made it a different color to blend


           19              in more with the building, I don't know if


           20              you guys saw it, you know, I just don't


           21              think it looks proper on a historic building


           22              and I will make my feelings known to them,


           23              but I have noticed that they been a little


           24              more free with their approvals of signs in


           25              the downtown and that's all.  I just wanted






            1              to make a comment.


            2                      MR. MCGOFF:  All those in favor


            3              signify by saying aye.


            4                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.


            5                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.


            6                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.


            7                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The


            8              ayes have it and so moved.


            9                      MS. GARVEY: 5-J. FOR INTRODUCTION -


           10              A RESOLUTION - AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND








           14              CANAAN ("USP CANAAN") AND THE POLICE


           15              DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY OF SCRANTON,




           17              FOR USE OF ITS FIRING RANGE.


           18                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll


           19              entertain a motion that Item 5-J be


           20              introduced into it's proper committee?


           21                      MS. FANUCCI: So moved.


           22                      MS. EVANS: Second.


           23                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All


           24              in favor signify by saying aye.


           25                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.






            1                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.


            2                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.


            3                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The


            4              ayes have it and so moved.


            5                      MS. GARVEY: SIXTH ORDER.  NO


            6              BUSINESS AT THIS TIME.  SEVENTH ORDER.


            7                      MR. MCGOFF: At time I would like to


            8              make a motion to approve amendments to the


            9              CDBG grants as read.


           10                      MS. EVANS: Second.


           11                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All


           12              in favor?


           13                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.


           14                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.


           15                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.


           16                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The


           17              ayes have it and so moved.


           18                      MR. MINORA: You would like me to


           19              read the changes?


           20                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  Attorney Minora,


           21              would you please read the changes.


           22                      MR. MINORA: These are the Final


           23              Amendments in the Action Plan of 2009 for


           24              Community Development Block Grants, the


           25              applicants:






            1                      Connell Park Little League:


            2              Project, little league field restoration in


            3              the amount originally requested is $5,000


            4              and it has been amended to $10,000.


            5                      City of Scranton Parks and


            6              Recreation: Project for Connell Park Cameras


            7              and Pavilion, the original amount $5,000 and


            8              amended to $10,000.


            9                      West Scranton Neighborhood


           10              Association for West Scranton Improvements


           11              from $5,000 to zero.


           12                      West Side Falcons Youth


           13              Organization:  Moso Lighting for Football


           14              Field from zero to $100,000.


           15                      Weston Park Senior Little League:


           16              Field and Infrastructure improvements from


           17              $5,000 to $10,000.


           18                      City of Scranton, DPW:  Street


           19              paving, from $75,000 to $300,000.


           20                      West Scranton Little League:  Field


           21              and Grounds Improvements from $5,000 to


           22              $10,000.


           23                      Healthy Northeast Pennsylvania


           24              Initiative:  Project for the Healthy


           25              Northeast Pennsylvania Initiative from






            1              $20,000 to zero.


            2                      City of Scranton, OECD:


            3              Contingency/Project Delivery Costs from zero


            4              to $250,000.


            5                      Friendship House:  Northeast


            6              Regional Center for Autism Spectrum


            7              Disorders Renovation/Expansion Project, from


            8              $25,000 to zero.


            9                      Friendship House:  Northeast


           10              Regional Center for Autism Spectrum


           11              Disorders Renovation/Expansion Projects from


           12              $125,000 to $100,000.


           13                      Deutsch Institute Adaptive Community


           14              Recreation: Inclusion Activities at the City


           15              sponsored recreation programs for persons


           16              with disabilities and elderly, from $50,000


           17              to $40,000.


           18                      Hyde Park Baseball:  Hyde Park


           19              baseball field improvements, from $5,000 to


           20              zero.


           21                      City of Scranton, Department of


           22              Parks and Recreation:  Orchard Street


           23              Playground, from $5,000 to $10,000.


           24                      The Scranton Police Department:


           25              Neighborhood Police Patrols, from $350,000






            1              to $215,000.


            2                      Commonwealth Medical Education


            3              Corporation: Commonwealth Medical College,


            4              from $100,000 to zero.


            5                      City of Scranton, Office of Economic


            6              and Community Development:  Condemnation


            7              project, from zero to $100,000.    North


            8              Scranton Little League: Pavilion and


            9              building and equipment improvements, from


           10              $5,000 to zero.


           11                      Community Concert Association of


           12              Scranton, Incorporated:  For Big Brothers


           13              and Sisters in the arts, from $5,000 to


           14              zero.


           15                      Employment Opportunity and Training


           16              Center:  For the employment and opportunity


           17              training center Seventh Avenue Center


           18              renovation, from zero to $31,500.


           19                      Salvation Army:  For emergency


           20              utility services from zero to $15,000.


           21                      United Neighborhood Centers:


           22              Bellevue Community Center from zero to


           23              $15,000.


           24                      Meals on Wheels of Northeastern


           25              Pennsylvania, Incorporated:  For home






            1              delivered meal production, from zero to


            2              $55,000.


            3                      Voluntary Action Center/Christmas


            4              Holiday Bureau:  For the Christmas holiday


            5              bureau project from zero to $15,000.


            6                      Catholic Social Services of


            7              Lackawanna County: Project for St. Anthony's


            8              Haven/Men's and Women's shelters, homeless


            9              veterans supportive housing, permanent


           10              supportive housing program, nativity place


           11              family shelter and St. James Manor


           12              supportive housing program to provide


           13              essential and nonessential services to


           14              clients of the listed programs, from $40,000


           15              to $71,500.


           16                      MS. GARVEY: 7-A.  FOR CONSIDERATION




           18              -  FOR ADOPTION -FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 41,


           19              2008 -AS AMENDED - AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND












           25              BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) PROGRAM, HOME INVESTMENT








            2              SHELTER GRANT(ESG) PROGRAM.


            3                      MR. MCGOFF: What is the


            4              recommendation of the Chairperson for the


            5              Committee on Community Development?


            6                      MS. FANUCCI:  As Chairperson for the


            7              Committee on Community Development, I


            8              recommend final passage of Item 7-A.


            9                      MS. EVANS: Second.


           10                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll


           11              call, please?


           12                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.


           13                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.


           14                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.


           15                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.


           16                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.


           17                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.


           18                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.


           19                      (Mr. Courtright not present.)


           20                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.


           21                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare


           22              Item 7-A legally and lawfully adopted.  I'd


           23              just like to mention that next Tuesday there


           24              will not be a meeting due to Election Day.


           25              It has been reschedule for November 6, I






            1              believe.  So the next meeting will be


            2              November 6 at regular time.  Motion to


            3              adjourn?


            4                      MS. EVANS: So moved.


















































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




            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


            9   ability.







                                    CATHENE S. NARDOZZI, RPR

           13                       OFFICIAL COURT REPORTER