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            1              SCRANTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

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            5                          HELD:

 

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            7                   Thursday, October 6, 2008

 

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            9                        LOCATION:

 

           10                    Council Chambers

 

           11                 Scranton City Hall

 

           12              340 North Washington Avenue

 

           13                Scranton, Pennsylvania

 

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                    CATHENE S. NARDOZZI, RPR - OFFICIAL COURT REPORTER

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            2   CITY OF SCRANTON COUNCIL:

 

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                MR. ROBERT MCGOFF, PRESIDENT

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            6   MS. JUDY GATELLI, VICE-PRESIDENT (Not present.)

 

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                MS. JANET E. EVANS

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            9   MS. SHERRY FANUCCI

 

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                MR. WILLIAM COURTRIGHT

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           12   MS. KAY GARVEY, CITY CLERK

 

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                MR. NEIL COOLICAN, ASSISTANT CITY CLERK

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           15   MR. AMIL MINORA, SOLICITOR

 

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            1   (Pledge of Allegiance recited and moment of reflection

 

            2   observed.)

 

            3                      MR. MCGOFF:  Roll call, please?

 

            4                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

            5                      MS. EVANS:  Here.

 

            6                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

            7                      (Mrs. Gatelli not present.)

 

            8                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

            9                      MS. FANUCCI:  Here.

 

           10                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Here.

 

           12                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF:  Here.  Let the record

 

           14              reflect that Mrs. Gatelli is not present and

 

           15              she called and said she would not be present

 

           16              at tonight's heating meeting.  Dispense with

 

           17              the reading of the minutes.

 

           18                      MS. GARVEY: THIRD ORDER.  3-A.  TAX

 

           19              COLLECTION COMPARISON REPORTS RECEIVED FROM

 

           20              THE SINGLE TAX OFFICE ON OCTOBER 30, 2008.

 

           21                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

           22              If not, received and filed.

 

           23                      MS. GARVEY: 3-B.  ZONING BOARD

 

           24              MEETING SCHEDULED FOR NOVEMBER 12, 2008, HAS

 

           25              BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO LACK OF BUSINESS.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

            2              .  If not, received and filed.

 

            3                      MS. GARVEY: 3-C.  INDEPENDENT

 

            4              AUDITORS REPORT OF THE SCRANTON PARKING

 

            5              AUTHORITY FOR THE PERIOD ENDING DECEMBER 31,

 

            6              2007.

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

            8              If not, received and filed.

 

            9                      MS. GARVEY: That's it for Third

 

           10              Order.

 

           11                      MR. MCGOFF:  Thank you.  Just one or

 

           12              two quick announcements before we start.

 

           13              Today I went to the -- we were presented

 

           14              with the check from the University of

 

           15              Scranton, a check in the amount of $110,000

 

           16              payment in lieu of taxes.  We would like to

 

           17              thank the University and Father Pilarz for

 

           18              their I don't want to say gift, for their

 

           19              consideration.

 

           20                      Also, in recent weeks some people

 

           21              had some questions about the smoking ban.  I

 

           22              would just like to mention that the -- now

 

           23              I'm not going to find the paper, there is a

 

           24              website to which you can go.  The

 

           25              Pennsylvania Department of Health has a


 

 

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            1              website that list all of the exceptions to

 

            2              the smoking ban for Lackawanna County, so if

 

            3              you are interested in seeing which

 

            4              establishments in Lackawanna County are

 

            5              exempt from the ban, please go to that

 

            6              website, and if I find the paper I will be

 

            7              more definitive about the name of the site.

 

            8              Anyone else?

 

            9                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.  St. Peter and Paul

 

           10              Church located at 1309 Locust Street is

 

           11              having it's fall festival and bazaar on

 

           12              Sunday, November 9th from 12 to 5 with

 

           13              takeouts from 11:30 to 2:00.  There will be

 

           14              raffles, delicious ethnic foods, games and a

 

           15              good time.

 

           16                      Also, there will an apple pie sale

 

           17              sponsored by Elm Park United Methodist

 

           18              Church on the corner of Linden Street and

 

           19              Jefferson Avenue.  They are selling

 

           20              nine-inch homemade apple pies baked or

 

           21              unbaked, advance orders are recommended.

 

           22              You can pick up your pies on Saturday,

 

           23              November 22 between 1:00 and 5:00 p.m. and

 

           24              you can phone in your orders for pies up to

 

           25              and including November 18, and the telephone


 

 

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            1              number for those orders is 342-8263.  The

 

            2              cost for an unbaked pie is $9 and a baked

 

            3              pie $10.

 

            4                      Also, I received a number of he

 

            5              males concerning leaf pickup in the city

 

            6              this fall and I to have some information now

 

            7              from Mr. Brazil.  Beginning next Wednesday,

 

            8              November 12, the DPW will eliminate the

 

            9              paper pickup and do the leaf pickup in it's

 

           10              place.  In other words, people can put their

 

           11              leaves out for pickup on the same schedule

 

           12              that they would have put their papers out,

 

           13              and both types of collections are

 

           14              acceptable, those being bags at the curb or

 

           15              leaves raked to the curb for the vacuum

 

           16              truck.

 

           17                      And I would also ask everyone to

 

           18              please remember in your prayers this week a

 

           19              former student of mine, he graduated from

 

           20              Scranton High School last year, he was

 

           21              shipped out yesterday, he is on his way to

 

           22              Kuwait and, thereafter, Iraq.  So, if

 

           23              everyone would just please remember Nick

 

           24              Paddon in your prayers, may God keep him

 

           25              safe.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else?  Citizens'

 

            2              participation.  Andy Sbaraglia.

 

            3                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Andy Sbaraglia,

 

            4              citizen of Scranton.  Fellow Scrantonians, I

 

            5              have little story to tell you when I went to

 

            6              vote.  As you know, Nader was on the ballot

 

            7              as usual, and somebody asked me if they

 

            8              should vote for Nader and I said, no, you

 

            9              would be wasting your vote if you vote for

 

           10              Nader and for some reason or other I got

 

           11              accused of using the "N" word and that

 

           12              troubled me because I voted for Obama.  Why

 

           13              would they accuse me of using the "N" word

 

           14              when I all I said was Nader?  I don't know

 

           15              how close Nader sounds to the "N" word, but

 

           16              maybe to another layperson it would, but

 

           17              since it was done in a public forum at this

 

           18              forum I wish to address it, that's all.

 

           19                   Now, somewhere along the line they are

 

           20              these little desks like this for the

 

           21              ballots.  Maybe it's time now that they put

 

           22              up a little better enclosure around them

 

           23              desks and I'll talk to the people at the

 

           24              election bureau so that wouldn't happen, so

 

           25              that my voice necessarily wouldn't carry and


 

 

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            1              them assuming that Nader was the "N" word.

 

            2              I do not use the "N" word.  I have never in

 

            3              my life used the "N" word.  If I address

 

            4              somebody it will either be black or negro

 

            5              like I was -- we used years and years ago,

 

            6              not even African-American.  I use the black

 

            7              term on negro, but, anyway, now that that's

 

            8              over I just wanted to address that.  I did

 

            9              not use that word and I never used that

 

           10              word.

 

           11                      Okay, Short Avenue here, 5-B, is

 

           12              that the old school that they tore down on

 

           13              Short Avenue that we are selling for $7,000?

 

           14              You all remember the school?

 

           15                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Absolutely.

 

           16                      MS. EVANS: Yes.

 

           17                      MR. SBARAGLIA: And you did rip it

 

           18              down.

 

           19                      MS. EVANS: Yes.

 

           20                      MR. SBARAGLIA:  I'm wondering if

 

           21              this is the lot they are address now for

 

           22              7,000, it's quite a few acres.

 

           23                      MS. EVANS: Then it must be.

 

           24                      MR. SBARAGLIA: It's hard to say.  I

 

           25              could have probably looked at the backup a


 

 

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            1              little more.

 

            2                      MS. EVANS: There were a lot of

 

            3              residential homes in this black.

 

            4                      MR. SBARAGLIA:  The only big spot

 

            5              was where the school stood.

 

            6                      MS. EVANS: Right.

 

            7                      MR. SBARAGLIA: So I don't know,

 

            8              anyway, I wish to address that one.  Now,

 

            9              the other thing I wish to address is the

 

           10              TANS.  They are advertising for TANS, I

 

           11              guess you know that.  TAN "A" and TAN "B".

 

           12              The paper for some reason put out TAN "B"

 

           13              and then the next week they put out TAN "A"

 

           14              and "B", so we are talking about 14,

 

           15              probably 14 1/2 million dollars again to

 

           16              borrow.  Now, how much is the tax office

 

           17              going to give us?  Are we going to get 5,000

 

           18              like they keep saying out of the tax office

 

           19              or are we still in the dark?

 

           20                      MS. EVANS: At this point this time I

 

           21              believe we are in the dark, Mr. Sbaraglia.

 

           22              The money is forthcoming I have learned

 

           23              before year end, but I don't know what the

 

           24              exact amount is going to be, but you are

 

           25              also correct on the amount of the TANS.


 

 

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            1                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Well, wouldn't it

 

            2              make more sense to borrow one and then wait

 

            3              to see how much money we are getting from

 

            4              the other before we again have to borrow

 

            5              both?

 

            6                      MS. EVANS: Yes.

 

            7                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Or are we going to

 

            8              use that money from the tax bureau as

 

            9              throw-away money like we usually do in the

 

           10              city?

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Andy, I even sent a

 

           12              letter asking what was going to be done with

 

           13              the money, but we didn't get a response.

 

           14                      MR. SBARAGLIA: I don't think you

 

           15              will either.

 

           16                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I gave it a shot.

 

           17                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Everything is a

 

           18              throw-away.  I mean, as you know the police

 

           19              buy their own cars, we lease everything, we

 

           20              don't own very little and what we did own we

 

           21              sold off.  You remember you sold off our

 

           22              good loans.

 

           23                      MS. EVANS: Yes.

 

           24                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Them are gone.  I

 

           25              wish he had sold off city hall.  Thank you.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you,

 

            2              Mr. Sbaraglia.  Ozzie Quinn.

 

            3                      MR. QUINN:  Ozzie Quinn, Taxpayers'

 

            4              Association.  First of all, I would like to

 

            5              thank those people who have dropped food

 

            6              into our boxes for the food pantries

 

            7              throughout the city and through the county.

 

            8              I also want to thank those who have given

 

            9              monetary gifts.  I want to mention Pantuso

 

           10              Motors, Jaworski Signs, Gary DiBileo, Jerry

 

           11              Notarianni, Virginia and David Chikirus.

 

           12              IAMAW Union Local Lodge 2462, Scranton

 

           13              firefighters and Andy Sbaraglia.  We

 

           14              continue to donate food every Wednesday,

 

           15              that's when the deliveries will be.

 

           16                      I want to point out something that

 

           17              was in the newspaper on Monday in the

 

           18              classified legal ads, look at this here?

 

           19              That's one ad.  It's a bid for specs,

 

           20              31 inches long, okay?  And that is for

 

           21              Office of Economic and Community Development

 

           22              legal counsel.  Now, to me, to me this is

 

           23              unbelievable.  It's a government grant

 

           24              monopoly.  There is no competition.  It is

 

           25              made up, it wasn't drawn up by the city


 

 

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            1              solicitor, it was drawn up by the OECD and

 

            2              who is the OECD lawyer, Attorney Grecco.  He

 

            3              drew up his own specs.  I looked at the

 

            4              specs and there is no way in heck can

 

            5              anybody ever be able to comply with these.

 

            6              Now, November 1 there were published and you

 

            7              have until November 10 to have the bid

 

            8              opening.  Now, how in the heck can anybody

 

            9              meet these specs and you have to have at

 

           10              least the last three years you had to be

 

           11              doing municipal governmental things such as

 

           12              in redevelopment, community development.

 

           13              Nobody is going to be able to actually meet

 

           14              that criteria but one person, and that is

 

           15              Attorney Carl Greco who has been taking

 

           16              hundreds and hundreds of thousands of

 

           17              dollars from the City of Scranton.  Last

 

           18              week I complained about the $600,000 why is

 

           19              that needed for administration.  Well, part

 

           20              of it is for this guy, okay?  I believe he

 

           21              is also the SRA lawyer.

 

           22                      Now, it's a quid pro quo that

 

           23              Doherty is playing.  Mayor Doherty is

 

           24              playing that.  Here is the campaign

 

           25              financial reports.  In here Mr. Greco,


 

 

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            1              Attorney Greco has contributed to

 

            2              Mr. Doherty's campaign $9,675, that's a lot

 

            3              of money, so what he is doing he is getting

 

            4              this here bid, there is no doubt about it.

 

            5              The specs are designed to rehire him.  Ten

 

            6              days to put in the bid.

 

            7                      Now, another thing, too, is OECD

 

            8              selected a committee to determine.  Who --

 

            9              excuse me.  Please excuse me, who would be

 

           10              the winner of the bid.  It's just

 

           11              unbelievable that you can throw away

 

           12              hundreds of thousands of dollars to this

 

           13              man, okay?  And, you know, two years ago you

 

           14              argued about it and he went to Court and he

 

           15              won but nobody appealed it and everybody

 

           16              knew what the game was he was just going

 

           17              through the motions, but you got to stop

 

           18              this kind of corruption.  This is terrible.

 

           19                   I went over to the school board and I

 

           20              tried to tell them two weeks ago about the

 

           21              school board that are receiving the

 

           22              contributions to hire Hyland Associates and

 

           23              that design team of Palumbo, Aker and

 

           24              Quandel, and I pick up the paper and they

 

           25              are going to do the same for the NEIU.  They


 

 

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            1              are going to do a study and it's going be

 

            2              the same design team.  No RFP on that one.

 

            3                   Now, this is getting to a point where

 

            4              it's so obvious it stinks and no wonder the

 

            5              people realize that this part of

 

            6              northeastern Pennsylvania political.

 

            7                      Now, you know, coming into the new

 

            8              year and we are looking at my experience

 

            9              with this food drive, okay, and seeing

 

           10              people and how much in need they are and

 

           11              seeing the debt that we are in in the City

 

           12              of Scranton, you know, over a half a million

 

           13              dollars in principle only, okay, and the

 

           14              school board has already said they are going

 

           15              -- they can tax up to 6.4 percent, so,

 

           16              please, we cannot, you know, go ahead and

 

           17              tax our people here in the City of Scranton

 

           18              again.  We just can't afford it and we can't

 

           19              afford a contract again for a person to keep

 

           20              on making $100,000 plus a year, okay?

 

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

 

           22                      MR. QUINN:  Because it's quid pro

 

           23              quo.  Thank you.

 

           24                      MR. MCGOFF: Marie Schumacher.

 

           25                      MS. SCHUMACHER: Good evening.  Marie


 

 

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            1              Schumacher, resident and member of the

 

            2              Taxpayers' Association.  Although it's balmy

 

            3              tonight we all know winter is just around

 

            4              the corner.  With winter comes snow and

 

            5              typically an increase in home fires.  With

 

            6              home heating costs rising it is possible

 

            7              there may be more fires than in prior years

 

            8              as residents try to stretch their heating

 

            9              budget.  Time, of course, is critical in

 

           10              fighting fires.  Several times I have stood

 

           11              at this podium to ask the city to help the

 

           12              firefighters by painting the caps of the

 

           13              fire hydrants to indicate available flow.

 

           14                   Now, as we face winter and snow even

 

           15              color coating might not help if a hydrant is

 

           16              buried with snow.  With many of the hydrants

 

           17              on corners, they tend to get covered as the

 

           18              plowed snow stacks up at the corners.  I

 

           19              have seen hydrants in other communities with

 

           20              visibility markers, which are nothing more

 

           21              than poles attached to the hydrants with

 

           22              flags on top.  Scranton professes to be a

 

           23              progressive city, but when it comes to aids

 

           24              to help our firefighters protect our lives

 

           25              and property we miss the mark by miles.  It


 

 

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            1              may be too late for the color coding this

 

            2              season, but it's not too late for visibility

 

            3              markers and I urge you to find the funds to

 

            4              procure and install visibility markers

 

            5              before the snow falls and I beg you to

 

            6              ensure there are funds in the 2009 budget to

 

            7              color code each and every hydrant in the

 

            8              city.

 

            9                      And now I would like to switch to a

 

           10              new topic.  There are a laws to protect

 

           11              consumers that fall into the general

 

           12              category of truth in advertising.  Companies

 

           13              can be sued tore fraud if they misrepresent

 

           14              a product or a service.  Government, on the

 

           15              other hand, appears to be protected.  For

 

           16              instance, there are two loans I recall, one

 

           17              to ECTV and the other to Alexander's Salon,

 

           18              that were presented on the agenda but the

 

           19              devil was in the detail.  Each of the loans

 

           20              turned into grants in three years.

 

           21                      In February of this year, a contract

 

           22              presentation was made to execute a contract

 

           23              with a Palumbo group to do a study to

 

           24              include historic preservation, environmental

 

           25              reviews and design for the Cedar Avenue


 

 

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            1              revitalization area of Scranton, an area I

 

            2              might add that extends from Cedar Avenue

 

            3              bridge back to Brook Street, and what you

 

            4              might wonder was the end result of this

 

            5              contract?  Drawing for a new public library.

 

            6              So, I'm asking for consideration of a New

 

            7              Year's resolution, that all presentations

 

            8              for loans or contracts placed on the agenda

 

            9              will be truthful and present all pertinent

 

           10              facts such as loans that morph into grants.

 

           11                      On other subject, I would like to

 

           12              know how much longer we are going to have to

 

           13              wait for the 2007 audit now that the parking

 

           14              audit has been received, does anybody know?

 

           15                      MS. EVANS: Now or --

 

           16                      MS. SCHUMACHER: Go ahead.

 

           17                      MS. EVANS: It appears that we are to

 

           18              receive the audit by the end of 2008.

 

           19                      MS. SCHUMACHER: That's -- something

 

           20              has got to be done about the timing on those

 

           21              agenda, those audits, they really have to --

 

           22              this is ridiculous.  I don't know even know

 

           23              why we bother when it's so late.

 

           24                      Now, on 3-A onto tonight's agenda

 

           25              can anybody share what the tax collection


 

 

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            1              comparison reports received shows, how much

 

            2              ahead are we this year than last --

 

            3                      MS. EVANS: I'm going to have a

 

            4              monthly comparison report under motions.

 

            5                      MS. SCHUMACHER: Oh, very good.

 

            6              Okay.  And back on the Alexander's loan,

 

            7              Mrs. Fanucci, when that loan was discussed

 

            8              last year you said there was going to be a

 

            9              fitness center and medical spa, but I called

 

           10              down there and there is no fitness and the

 

           11              equipment for that fitness center was

 

           12              supposed to be the collateral for a quarter

 

           13              million dollar loan, so now we have made a

 

           14              loan where we have no collateral; is that

 

           15              correct?

 

           16                      MS. FANUCCI: I actually do not know

 

           17              what they put in there, but I will check and

 

           18              see and I'm not sure they ended up putting

 

           19              up there.

 

           20                      MS. SCHUMACHER: And there is no

 

           21              medical spa and the doctor did not relocate.

 

           22              I asked about that and they said a

 

           23              doctor comes in from Philadelphia once a

 

           24              week presumably to do Botox shots and that

 

           25              kind of thing and you can make an


 

 

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            1              appointment directly with him, but there is

 

            2              not a medical spa either.

 

            3                      MS. FANUCCI: I'll check on that.

 

            4                      MS. SCHUMACHER: Do we know anything

 

            5              more about Fratelli's?

 

            6                      MS. FANUCCI: No. No.

 

            7                      MS. SCHUMACHER: I think we need to

 

            8              start following up on these loans and what's

 

            9              promised.  Thank you.

 

           10                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mrs.

 

           11              Schumacher.  Anyone else?  Mr. Morgan?

 

           12                      MR. MORGAN: Good evening, Council.

 

           13              I don't really have too much tonight, I

 

           14              would just like to say that I hope that we

 

           15              could get a reformed or elected mayor in the

 

           16              City of Scranton like Mr. McCain and

 

           17              Mr. Obama wanted to try to do some very

 

           18              important things for us in Washington and of

 

           19              course, Mr. Obama won the election, but they

 

           20              were both talking about corruption and

 

           21              things that are just not happening quite

 

           22              right where special interest has complete

 

           23              control over everything.

 

           24                      And I just would like to say that my

 

           25              opinion is that after coming to these


 

 

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            1              council meetings probably for 15 years,

 

            2              maybe more, I really don't know how long, a

 

            3              very long time, I'd have to say that this

 

            4              mayor has done the worst job of

 

            5              administering this city's business in all of

 

            6              the time that I can remember.  I remember

 

            7              coming here as a child when Mr. Lynn used to

 

            8              sit here on the end and I was amazed that

 

            9              these people would keep coming those council

 

           10              meetings trying to bring change to this city

 

           11              and the only change we have seen in this

 

           12              city is the very steep decline and it's

 

           13              continuing, and when I get the opportunity

 

           14              to drive through the city for my own

 

           15              personal business I'm amazed at all of the

 

           16              condemned houses and the lack of maintenance

 

           17              in the city and I truthfully can't blame the

 

           18              residents completely because the wage base

 

           19              has been so stagnated by overtaxation and

 

           20              wastes of all types of money including grant

 

           21              money, and I just think that somebody needs

 

           22              to run against this mayor and take him out

 

           23              of this office because it seems that we have

 

           24              appointed people that keep spending his

 

           25              agenda forward and as has happened.


 

 

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            1                      And this isn't a shot at Mr. McGoff

 

            2              either, I mean, I do understand the mayor

 

            3              came up to break a tie to put you on the

 

            4              seat, Mr. McGoff, but there were many other

 

            5              instances, and I really don't have a lot of

 

            6              arguments with you, Mr. McGoff, because you

 

            7              seem to be somewhat fair minded, and I'm not

 

            8              trying to patronize you either, but just to

 

            9              be honest, you know, I do disagree with many

 

           10              things you do, but some of the people that

 

           11              were appointed were just complete figure

 

           12              heads, and this city suffered so much that

 

           13              really it's time for a change and if we

 

           14              can't even complete audits or we don't know

 

           15              what's going on it's just -- it's beyond

 

           16              belief.  And I think it's -- I think we need

 

           17              to pass the burden to this council to stop

 

           18              introducing anything the mayor wants, as I

 

           19              have said many times before, until we have

 

           20              studied what he wants and we have a firm

 

           21              opinion of what's going on in facts.

 

           22                      I mean, we are paving streets with

 

           23              no curbs.  We have city blocks with no

 

           24              sidewalks.  We have an infrastructure in

 

           25              this city that's completely collapsed and we


 

 

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            1              have had people who have abandoned their

 

            2              homes and left the city while they are still

 

            3              for sale, that tells you that they are

 

            4              trying to run as fast as they can and I know

 

            5              that everybody on this council can make a

 

            6              change for the better, but do you want to,

 

            7              that's the question.  Thank you.

 

            8                      MR. TALIMINI: Joe Talimini, City of

 

            9              Scranton.  I'd like to address a question to

 

           10              Mr. Courtright, Mr. Courtright, for the last

 

           11              couple of weeks could you find out how many

 

           12              policemen have been on duty on Friday nights

 

           13              and on Saturdays nights?

 

           14                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I will try, Friday

 

           15              nights and Saturday nights on what shift?

 

           16                      MR. TALIMINI: It would be on the

 

           17              second shift.

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Sure, I'll try.

 

           19                      MR. TALIMINI: Because every night I

 

           20              listen to that scanner and every Friday

 

           21              night and every Saturday night they seem to

 

           22              have not enough cars available to send out

 

           23              on a call and there are some pretty serious

 

           24              calls and there is no cars available.  Now,

 

           25              I think I counted five cars or six cars


 

 

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            1              Friday night when they had several

 

            2              incidents.

 

            3                      MR. COURTRIGHT: For from 8 to 4

 

            4              there should be more cars coming on because

 

            5              they implement a new shifts.  I'll check it

 

            6              though, second shift.

 

            7                      MR. TALIMINI: Because it seems to me

 

            8              there is a lack of police available and I

 

            9              think there is a scheduling problem.

 

           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I'll check into it.

 

           11                      MR. TALIMINI: And another thing I

 

           12              would like to know is just how many cars we

 

           13              have who have cages in them because when

 

           14              they make arrests, I mean, you got car 18

 

           15              which is on --

 

           16                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Not enough.

 

           17                      MR. TALIMINI: -- Birney Avenue and

 

           18              then you've got something on Greenridge and

 

           19              they got to go down and pick somebody up and

 

           20              here's a cop standing there for 15 minutes

 

           21              waiting for somebody to come down and pick

 

           22              up a transporter for them, that's another

 

           23              vital thing because like it or not we do

 

           24              have an increase in the crime in this town,

 

           25              considerably.


 

 

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            1                      I'd like to ask why we cannot go

 

            2              back to Thursday night meetings because I

 

            3              think it's very, very important for us.  For

 

            4              instance, the last couple of weeks on

 

            5              Tuesday nights when we had meetings, there

 

            6              have been other meetings going on on Tuesday

 

            7              nights which a lot of us would like to

 

            8              attend.  We had the choice of either

 

            9              attending the council meeting or attending a

 

           10              debate.  We had choice of either attending a

 

           11              council meeting or attending another

 

           12              agency's meeting.  Thursday night seems to

 

           13              be the best night for the council meeting.

 

           14                   Now, why we can't go back to Thursday

 

           15              nights, I don't know.  I don't know why we

 

           16              had to change them to begin with, but for

 

           17              the last few weeks there has been a conflict

 

           18              all the way around, everything happens on

 

           19              Tuesday nights.  There is no reason in the

 

           20              world why we cannot have council meetings

 

           21              back on Thursday nights.  Now, I see a lot

 

           22              of you snickering, well, I'm sorry about

 

           23              that if it's an inconvenience to you, but

 

           24              the point of it is your schedule is easier

 

           25              to change than it is to change the whole


 

 

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            1              community's schedule, and I see no reason

 

            2              whatsoever why we can't go to back to

 

            3              Thursday night meetings.  They worked very

 

            4              well before and they should work very well

 

            5              now, but if it's a choice between missing a

 

            6              council meeting or another meeting, I don't

 

            7              think that's fair to the citizenry and

 

            8              that's exactly what's going on.  Everything

 

            9              happens on Tuesday nights in Scranton for

 

           10              some reason unless you are out drinking and

 

           11              that happens on Friday and Saturday nights,

 

           12              so thank you very much.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else?

 

           14                      MR. HUBBARD: Good evening, Council,

 

           15              Dan Hubbard, lower Greenridge Neighborhood

 

           16              Association.  I was wondering if the flood

 

           17              control office had an answer a to why our

 

           18              neighborhood was not notified of this

 

           19              meeting?

 

           20                      MS. EVANS: Yes.

 

           21                      MR. HUBBARD: And if you could just

 

           22              give me a minute to speak.  Also I have a

 

           23              question, as far as I know the foot patrol

 

           24              police officers in the city are paid with

 

           25              grant money for overtime; correct?


 

 

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            1                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Correct.

 

            2                      MR. HUBBARD:  And that money is

 

            3              federal grant money; correct?

 

            4                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Correct.

 

            5                      MR. HUBBARD: Which means that it

 

            6              pretty much has to be used in low income

 

            7              designated neighborhoods?

 

            8                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Correct.

 

            9                      MR. HUBBARD: So, when we came to you

 

           10              guys and asked you why we couldn't get some

 

           11              of the Elm Street flood project money to

 

           12              repair the river banks in lower Greenridge

 

           13              we were told that we are considered a low to

 

           14              moderate income neighborhood and Judy had

 

           15              petitioned that we take a petition through

 

           16              the neighborhood to try to have our

 

           17              designation changed versus what the census

 

           18              states because we are connected to

 

           19              Greenridge, so my question is on the

 

           20              election day why was there a foot patrol

 

           21              officer on Gardener Avenue checking license

 

           22              plate registrations on my vehicles, my

 

           23              father's boat trailer, then he proceeded to

 

           24              lift the cover off of the boat bow to check

 

           25              the registration number and the registration


 

 

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            1              which by, if anybody is aware of, police

 

            2              have absolutely no authority over boat

 

            3              registrations, only the trailer, so if the

 

            4              boat is not registered -- the boat doesn't

 

            5              have to be registered until it's on the

 

            6              water and then it falls --

 

            7                      MR. COURTRIGHT: What time of day it

 

            8              was?

 

            9                      MR. HUBBARD: Well, I was Weston

 

           10              Field, I went home to vote and grab lunch at

 

           11              12:30, my neighbor grabbed me and said that

 

           12              the officer was just there about ten minutes

 

           13              before I got there, so around noon.  The

 

           14              boat registration is the Fish Commission.

 

           15              Boat trailer is obviously DOT or police

 

           16              department.  The trailer is up-to-date on

 

           17              the registration, so not that we are turning

 

           18              away any police protection in lower

 

           19              Greenridge, but it leads me to -- my mind to

 

           20              think other things since we have never had a

 

           21              foot patrol in our neighborhood ever.

 

           22                      MS. EVANS: Was that parked on the

 

           23              street?

 

           24                      MR. HUBBARD: It was parked on the

 

           25              street, but it is legally registered and


 

 

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            1              insured, so there is no violation of any law

 

            2              with the boat trailer.

 

            3                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Are you sure it was

 

            4              a beat cop?

 

            5                      MR. HUBBARD: Yes.  So, I would just

 

            6              like to know, I mean, obviously there is

 

            7              other areas in the city where these guys

 

            8              could be well-placed to better protect the

 

            9              citizens.  Lower Greenridge is a pretty

 

           10              small neighborhood, we really don't have

 

           11              much of a crime -- the recent spray painting

 

           12              spree, but that's about it.  I understand

 

           13              the gentleman that did all of the spray

 

           14              painting in our neighborhood was arrested,

 

           15              so I would just like an answer on that,

 

           16              also.

 

           17                      Really that's about it.  You know, I

 

           18              did thoroughly enjoy the article in the

 

           19              times on Tuesday that painted us the flood

 

           20              victims out to be a bunch of whiners, that

 

           21              was really nice, and I also enjoyed the

 

           22              sources that the Times went to for their

 

           23              side of the story being Mrs. Maranuchi and,

 

           24              of course, our favorite neighbor Ron Kitlas,

 

           25              so you are really digging deep on sources


 

 

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            1              there, so I would like to just make sure

 

            2              everybody understands that we are still

 

            3              flood victims, we are still unprotected and

 

            4              we are at our most vulnerable state that we

 

            5              have ever been at right now and we will be

 

            6              sitting like this for at least another year

 

            7              without any flood sirens or temporary flood

 

            8              protection in place since the first flood in

 

            9              lower Greenridge in 2004.  So, I just wanted

 

           10              to make everybody is clear on that that we

 

           11              are still the unprotected link in the chain.

 

           12              Thank you.

 

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

 

           14              Anyone else?

 

           15                      MS. HUBBARD: Good evening, Council.

 

           16              Liz Hubbard, Scranton resident.  I just have

 

           17              a couple of questions, can anybody up there

 

           18              tell me who are the members of the

 

           19              Recreation Authority?

 

           20                      MS. EVANS: I don't know them.

 

           21                      MS. HUBBARD: Can you find out?

 

           22                      MS. EVANS: Oh, sure.

 

           23                      MS. HUBBARD:  Would they have an

 

           24              office that if I call there tomorrow --

 

           25                      MS. EVANS: You can call our office


 

 

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            1              tomorrow.

 

            2                      MS. HUBBARD:  That's what I mean.

 

            3                      MS. EVANS: Yes.

 

            4                      MS. HUBBARD: Okay.  Now, it seems to

 

            5              me I recall something regarding the Forum

 

            6              Garage that there was a lot of money owed

 

            7              for -- doesn't the city charge a certain

 

            8              amount for each parking space?

 

            9                      MS. EVANS: Um-hum.

 

           10                      MS. HUBBARD:  And it was never paid

 

           11              and there was somehow it had ended up in

 

           12              court?

 

           13                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Yes.

 

           14                      MS. HUBBARD:  Was that ever resolved

 

           15              and did the city ever get their money?

 

           16                      MS. EVANS: Not to my knowledge.

 

           17                      MS. HUBBARD: Could you find out?

 

           18                      MS. EVANS: We can certainly attempt

 

           19              to.

 

           20                      MS. HUBBARD: And what you have would

 

           21              have to do to, you know, resurrect it if

 

           22              that the word I want because I think at the

 

           23              time the amount was something in the

 

           24              vicinity of $68,000 and that's awhile ago,

 

           25              so it must still be --


 

 

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            1                      MS. EVANS: $16,000?

 

            2                      MS. HUBBARD: I think it's 68.

 

            3                      MS. EVANS: Oh, 68 you said.

 

            4                      MS. HUBBARD:  I'm not sure of that,

 

            5              but it seems to me I remember that number.

 

            6              And another thing about the University of

 

            7              Scranton parking garages, the hospital

 

            8              parking garages, do they pay fees for their

 

            9              parking spaces?  I know, and I brought this

 

           10              up before, I know the University charges

 

           11              students for parking.

 

           12                      MS. FANUCCI: Right.

 

           13                      MS. HUBBARD: So are they paying

 

           14              their fair share of the parking tax?

 

           15                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  I don't think so.

 

           16                      MS. EVANS: I don't think so.

 

           17                      MS. HUBBARD: You don't think so.

 

           18                      MS. EVANS: I could be wrong, but I

 

           19              know council at a previous time had

 

           20              discussed looking into the garage situation.

 

           21                      MS. HUBBARD: I think I might have

 

           22              brought it up.

 

           23                      MS. EVANS: And receiving money from

 

           24              the University in lieu of taxes or perhaps

 

           25              in the form of an impact fee in order to


 

 

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            1              cover those parking situations and since

 

            2              nothing ever materialized from that I'm

 

            3              assuming it's because we were not able, in

 

            4              other words, we are not able to obtain any

 

            5              money from the nonprofits for their parking

 

            6              garages.

 

            7                      MS. HUBBARD:  Well, that doesn't

 

            8              seem quite right because if the CMC has a

 

            9              parking garage and I go to the hospital to

 

           10              visit somebody I have to pay.

 

           11                      MS. EVANS: Right.

 

           12                      MS. HUBBARD: So, they are getting my

 

           13              money for that garage.

 

           14                      MS. EVANS: Oh, I agree.

 

           15                      MS. HUBBARD: That should not be

 

           16              nonprofit, that should be taxed or fee'd or

 

           17              whatever you want to call it.  I mean, it

 

           18              seems as though we are always looking for

 

           19              ways to get money out of the taxpayers so

 

           20              maybe we should start looking for ways to

 

           21              get money out of the nontaxpayers.  Anyone

 

           22              know anything about the skunks?

 

           23                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  No.

 

           24                      MS. HUBBARD: I smelled one tonight

 

           25              when I came out to come to the meeting.  And


 

 

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            1              also somebody told me that they don't

 

            2              hibernate.

 

            3                      MS. EVANS: That's true, they don't,

 

            4              and spring is the reproductive season.

 

            5                      MS. HUBBARD: Yeah, well, I mean,

 

            6              Judy said that they are going to be taken

 

            7              care of so let's get on that, okay?  Thank

 

            8              you.  Have a good night and I'll call

 

            9              tomorrow for that list.

 

           10                      THE COURT:  Thank you, Mrs. Hubbard.

 

           11                      MR. JACKOWITZ: Good evening, City

 

           12              Council.  Bill Jackowitz, South Scranton

 

           13              resident.  Toastmaster's International, the

 

           14              person at the podium is the speaker,

 

           15              everybody else are the listeners.  Worldwide

 

           16              renowned organization, it's a good rule, I

 

           17              believe to follow.

 

           18                      I see where the metropolitan area of

 

           19              Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Hazelton now has

 

           20              now has the highest unemployment rate in the

 

           21              state, we were second to the highest, but

 

           22              now we overcame Johnstown and now we've got

 

           23              the highest unemployment rate in the state.

 

           24              I realize we are having economic tough times

 

           25              throughout the country, but this area has


 

 

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            1              had economic times for the last 50 to

 

            2              60 years.  I see where another business has

 

            3              moved out of town and I mean, things have to

 

            4              change.

 

            5                      We continually hear about how great

 

            6              we are doing economically, how we were

 

            7              spending money on this and spending money on

 

            8              that, but the bottom line is people are not

 

            9              getting jobs that they can live on, and

 

           10              again, I know we got problems throughout the

 

           11              country, but I'm worried about the country,

 

           12              but I'm also worried -- I'm also worried

 

           13              about the community of Scranton.  You know,

 

           14              the Chamber of Commerce, the mayor,

 

           15              everybody says how good we are and the city

 

           16              is booming, but there is no proof of that.

 

           17              And, again, now we have the highest

 

           18              unemployment.  We actually dropped to

 

           19              6.5 percent unemployment, but we moved up to

 

           20              being the highest in the state, and that's

 

           21              just not right.  Spend like this, I have

 

           22              been talking about this for four years,

 

           23              basically been ignored, Austin Burke, I have

 

           24              asked for Austin Burke, Chamber of Commerce

 

           25              president to come to city council and


 

 

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            1              perhaps have city council invite him, have

 

            2              the mayor come in and talk about this

 

            3              problem for years and years and years no one

 

            4              has ever acknowledged it, no one has ever

 

            5              invited these people or if they have invited

 

            6              them they have never showed up to talk about

 

            7              it.

 

            8                      These are serious issues because the

 

            9              citizens are suffering in this city.

 

           10              Whether you believe is or not the citizens

 

           11              of this city are suffering.  Wages, we have

 

           12              the lowest per hour wage rate in the state.

 

           13              We have the lowest medium wage rate in the

 

           14              state and have had over and over and over

 

           15              again.  I ask these questions to Congressman

 

           16              Kanjorski and Mayor Lou Barletta, they

 

           17              really don't have any answers either.

 

           18                      Well, why do we have a Chamber of

 

           19              Commerce?  Why do we have elected officials

 

           20              and why are we continually told over and

 

           21              over and over again how great we are doing.

 

           22              The food pantries are empty.

 

           23                      By the way, I would like to

 

           24              congratulate the Scranton Taxpayers'

 

           25              Association on their food drive and


 

 

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            1              Councilwoman Evans, who I understand was

 

            2              instrumental in all of this, and I

 

            3              understand it went very well.

 

            4                      Also, I would like to congratulate

 

            5              Dave Dobson and Mark Migliore from ECTV who

 

            6              had the meetings with Mayor Barletta and

 

            7              Congressman, I keep on wanting to say

 

            8              Councilman, but it's Congressman Kanjorski,

 

            9              because they did play those over and over

 

           10              and over again right before the election and

 

           11              hopefully it was beneficial to all of those

 

           12              or anyone who saw them because I thought

 

           13              that those meetings and were very

 

           14              well-informed and done very professionally

 

           15              and basically that's about it, But again,

 

           16              when is the economy in this area going to

 

           17              improve?

 

           18                      You know, from my understanding I

 

           19              believe the Southern Union is still empty.

 

           20              Where is Merrill Lynch?  They were supposed

 

           21              to be here in October.  Where are they?  Is

 

           22              the mayor and Austin Burke working on this

 

           23              project or has is fallen into the cracks

 

           24              like everything else in this city always

 

           25              does?  I mean, like I said, and again, my


 

 

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            1              questions have not been answered that I

 

            2              asked three weeks ago three times in a row,

 

            3              the question is who a responsible for the

 

            4              City of Scranton being distressed for

 

            5              16 years and when is the wage tax going to

 

            6              be reduced like Mayor Doherty promised us in

 

            7              2003?  The wage tax has not been reduced,

 

            8              it's still at 3.4 percent and we are

 

            9              distressed for 16 years, 2009 -- or

 

           10              17 years, when is it going to change, who is

 

           11              going to change it and who is responsible

 

           12              for it?  I mean, these are simple questions

 

           13              and I really wish they would be answered.

 

           14              Thank you.

 

           15                      MR. UNGVARSKY: Good evening,

 

           16              Council.  I'm Tom Ungvarsky and I'm a member

 

           17              of the Scranton and Lackawanna County

 

           18              Taxpayers'.  For the last two weeks our

 

           19              organization has been conducting a food

 

           20              drive.  Tomorrow will be the last day that

 

           21              we will be collecting non-perishable food

 

           22              items.  As of yesterday, we have delivered

 

           23              box after box to five different food

 

           24              pantries.  That was our second delivery.  I

 

           25              wish to thank the people who are picking it


 

 

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            1              up which was Dave Evans, Ozzie Quinn, and

 

            2              Bob Jones.  They have been picking up the

 

            3              food and they have been delivering the food.

 

            4              We are now going to start buying the food

 

            5              and we will distribute what we buy over the

 

            6              next few weeks.  I wish to thank Janet Evans

 

            7              and Ozzie Quinn for getting this project

 

            8              started.  Without them, if wouldn't have

 

            9              been done and I thank you.

 

           10                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you,

 

           11              Mr. Ungvarsky.  Anyone else?

 

           12                      MR. DOBSON: Good evening.  Dave

 

           13              Dobson, resident of the Scranton and

 

           14              taxpayers' member.  Veteran's Day is there

 

           15              going to be any rescheduling of the council

 

           16              meeting?  Yes or no?

 

           17                      MR. MCGOFF: No.

 

           18                      MR. DOBSON: No?  Okay.  Then it's

 

           19              the answer.  Okay, once again I see 5-C

 

           20              where we spent a lot of money and effort on

 

           21              Lackawanna Avenue and I would like to

 

           22              mention once again Buona Pizza is still not

 

           23              included.  Please try to find some kind of

 

           24              solution for these people if possible.  I

 

           25              think they are pretty reasonable and they


 

 

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            1              have been a nice business in town for quite

 

            2              awhile.

 

            3                      And other than that, our election is

 

            4              over with and we have a whole bunch of new

 

            5              congress people and some old ones and new

 

            6              president, I would like to urge everybody to

 

            7              stay in touch now, don't just forget that

 

            8              they are there for the next four years and

 

            9              let them run off what they want.

 

           10                      And, please, in the future try to do

 

           11              some research into possible industrial

 

           12              properties in town or otherwise we can't

 

           13              attract people of any caliber and jobs of

 

           14              any caliber, you know, I don't want to pick

 

           15              on the coffee shops or whatever, but we do

 

           16              need industrial space and a place to work

 

           17              that people don't have to drive 50 miles to

 

           18              every day just to find a job.

 

           19                      Furthermore, we also need to attract

 

           20              young families to the city, we have a lot of

 

           21              houses up for sale, so if the city is going

 

           22              to survive without going year in and year

 

           23              out and further and further in debt and so

 

           24              forth the whole country that has to change.

 

           25              Also, contact your representative and


 

 

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            1              congressmen, please, and ask them to stop

 

            2              with the trade packs.  Just put a hiatus on

 

            3              it and start thinking differently because as

 

            4              it stands right now we can't compete with

 

            5              someone that's forced to operate at the

 

            6              business end of the machine.  Our society is

 

            7              actually falling apart.  We have no consumer

 

            8              base at all left for a consumer economy, we

 

            9              have no manufacturing base left and, of

 

           10              course, you people probably see this every

 

           11              day, but the lynch pin is contact your

 

           12              representative, if you do after awhile maybe

 

           13              they will get the message.  Thank you and

 

           14              have a good night.

 

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

 

           16              Anyone other speakers?

 

           17                      MR. NEWCOMB: Good evening, Council.

 

           18              I had something to address with Mrs.

 

           19              Gatelli, but I guess I'll come back next

 

           20              week so I have just two shorts things.  The

 

           21              first one is you mentioned before about the

 

           22              tax office, do you know some of the money

 

           23              tax office, does that belong to the county,

 

           24              too?

 

           25                      MS. EVANS: It appears so.


 

 

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            1                      MR. NEWCOMB: Their money?  I think

 

            2              some of that money is for them, too, because

 

            3              I see in the meeting, last week with the

 

            4              county and I know some people talked to

 

            5              tonight about taxes and our school taxes,

 

            6              and according to what I read would be going

 

            7              up somewhat next year, but what I want to

 

            8              say about that is at the commissioners i

 

            9              heard them say we that we're supposed to

 

           10              have our reassessment put off until 2010 at

 

           11              least or better because of some kind of

 

           12              mapping problem and they were saying that

 

           13              they wanted it to done beforehand because

 

           14              they are in trouble with finances, too, they

 

           15              want to get the mapping problems

 

           16              straightened out, so my point is maybe, you

 

           17              know, they could send a letter or somebody

 

           18              could send a letter and it will save the

 

           19              taxpayers a little bit on their property tax

 

           20              if they get some of that like Mrs. Evans

 

           21              said, maybe it's coming by the end of the

 

           22              year, maybe that will put off the

 

           23              reassessment for a little bit before

 

           24              everybody gets their tax bills.

 

           25                      And what I do have to say is every


 

 

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            1              three years, fortunately, I guess it all

 

            2              depends on where you live, but every three

 

            3              years just from my own well-being I hire a

 

            4              real estate agent to do an appraisals on my

 

            5              home, and I pick a different one every three

 

            6              years so I don't get the same, I just do

 

            7              that for my own good, and in the area where

 

            8              I live, fortunately, I really thought that

 

            9              the homes were going to be down a little bit

 

           10              from '06 I had it done, so what are we in,

 

           11              I'm sorry, '05, so it's three years my went

 

           12              up over a little bit like $7,000, which it

 

           13              really I thought it would be better than

 

           14              that, but my point is the real estate is

 

           15              holding it's value a little bit and the rule

 

           16              of thumb is what they told me is if you have

 

           17              a good property and a good location every

 

           18              ten years you should double your price.

 

           19              That's real estate rule of thumb.  Like, in

 

           20              other words, if you bought it for 40 and you

 

           21              are in a good area maybe in ten years from

 

           22              then it should be worth like higher 70's or

 

           23              early 80's if you live in a good area, so my

 

           24              own vein we'll be there ten years in '09 and

 

           25              we are only about $4,000 from there, so


 

 

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            1              there is some parts to this, but they told

 

            2              me the biggest part is when they do an

 

            3              evaluation on a home you got to watch what's

 

            4              around you because if you are in a blighted

 

            5              area or if you're in an area where there is

 

            6              some foreclosures, there is some homes in

 

            7              the City of Scranton right now that this

 

            8              particular person did, I'm not going to tell

 

            9              you who did mine, but he did three of them

 

           10              same week he did mine and some of those

 

           11              properties went down like 6 to 8 percent and

 

           12              the reason for them going down 6 to

 

           13              8 percent he said because there was some

 

           14              blight in that area, so maybe, you know,

 

           15              that's why everybody keeps their property up

 

           16              and hopefully we won't have as big a real

 

           17              estate problem as we could have.  Thank you.

 

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

 

           19              Anyone else?

 

           20                      MR. SLEDZENSKI:  Hi, Billy.

 

           21                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Hi, Chris.

 

           22                      MR. SLEDZENSKI: Up a little bit?

 

           23                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Yeah, pick it up a

 

           24              little bit.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF:  Liking that hat, Chris.


 

 

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            1                      MR. SLEDZENSKI: Thank you, Janet, it

 

            2              happened to us down there.  It was a good

 

            3              year.  They had a good year, didn't they?

 

            4                      MS. EVANS: Yes, they did.

 

            5                      MR. SLEDZENSKI: I was there, wasn't

 

            6              I?

 

            7                      MS. EVANS: Yes, you were, everyday.

 

            8              You did an excellent job, Chris.

 

            9                      MR. SLEDZENSKI:  Billy, I love you,

 

           10              Billy.  Good luck, Billy.

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Thanks, Chris.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else?  Mrs.

 

           13              Evans?

 

           14                      MS. EVANS: Thank you.  Good evening.

 

           15              I'm pleased to report that our food drive to

 

           16              benefit Scranton food pantries has been very

 

           17              successful as was indicated earlier in

 

           18              evening and I would like to thank all of the

 

           19              Scranton businesses who contributed canned

 

           20              items and monetary donations.  I also thank

 

           21              the fire department, DPW, police department

 

           22              and city hall offices for their wonderful

 

           23              donations.  I particularly wish to thank

 

           24              Mrs. Nancy Krake and the members of the

 

           25              clerical union for their generous $500


 

 

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            1              donation and Dave Shriber and members of the

 

            2              Scranton Fire Department for their $100

 

            3              donation to help feed Scranton's poor.

 

            4                      The Scranton/Lackawanna Taxpayers'

 

            5              Association has opened up bank account for

 

            6              monetary donations so that nonperishable

 

            7              food items will continue to be purchased and

 

            8              delivered to food pantries throughout

 

            9              November, and if these monetary donations

 

           10              continue, with God's help and yours, they

 

           11              can continue to purchase and deliver food

 

           12              throughout the winter months as well.

 

           13              Donations can be made payable to the

 

           14              Scranton/Lackawanna Taxpayers' Association

 

           15              and can be mailed to 116 Masters Street,

 

           16              18510, for the remainder of the fall and

 

           17              winter months.

 

           18                      Special thanks to Ozzie Quinn, Tom

 

           19              Ungvarsky, Dave Evans for their tireless

 

           20              dedication, energy time and hard work to

 

           21              make this much needed food drive so

 

           22              successful.  Please continue to give as the

 

           23              cold winter months set in.

 

           24                      Council also received a response to

 

           25              it's letter to county commissioners


 

 

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            1              regarding an allocation to stock food

 

            2              pantries and in the response Theresa Osborne

 

            3              explains that the County Human Services Area

 

            4              Agency on Aging and Children and Youth

 

            5              Services Department, strive to annually

 

            6              provide life-sustaining services such a food

 

            7              and shelter to the needy through the

 

            8              Emergency Food and Shelter Program and

 

            9              through a collaborative arrangement with the

 

           10              United State Way Program.  Such commitments

 

           11              remain in place in the current fiscal year,

 

           12              and I thank the commissioners for this

 

           13              timely response.

 

           14                      And before I move on with some

 

           15              financial information, I did want to comment

 

           16              on speaker's presentation tonight regarding

 

           17              the advertisement for council for OECD.  I

 

           18              know that the same gentleman has received

 

           19              this appointment for seven years.

 

           20              Initially, I would say perhaps the first two

 

           21              or three years, there was no bidding system

 

           22              in place and when finally that occurred it

 

           23              appeared that the specifications of the

 

           24              requests for proposals, let us say, was

 

           25              tailor made to one individual.  However, one


 

 

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            1              year there was another applicant for the

 

            2              position who was not chosen.  I do not know

 

            3              if since that time these advertisements

 

            4              appear in newspaper outside of the City of

 

            5              Scranton, but Mr. Quinn's assessment of the

 

            6              situation is, indeed, correct.

 

            7                      November 15, the deadline for

 

            8              submission of the mayor's 2009 proposed

 

            9              budget, fast approaches.  There are five

 

           10              developments to report which will impact

 

           11              this budget.  First, proposals will be

 

           12              opened on November 24 for two tax

 

           13              anticipation notes.  TANS Series "A" in the

 

           14              amount of five million and TANS Series "B"

 

           15              for 9.5 million.

 

           16                      Second, if contract negotiations

 

           17              with the police and fire are successful

 

           18              before the budget submission date, those new

 

           19              dollar amounts will be included in the 2009

 

           20              budget.  If an agreement is reached

 

           21              following the budget's submission the budget

 

           22              would have to be amended to include new

 

           23              figures.

 

           24                      Third, it seems that the first part

 

           25              of the forensic audit of the Single Tax


 

 

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            1              Office should be completed by the year end

 

            2              and the city anticipates some distribution

 

            3              of funds by year end.  The forensic audit is

 

            4              to be accomplished in two phases, phase one,

 

            5              determines the amount and source of funds to

 

            6              be distributed, and phase two will recommend

 

            7              potential solutions to avoid such problems

 

            8              in the future.  It appears that these monies

 

            9              will arrive just in time to save the 2009

 

           10              budget and very likely save the mayor from

 

           11              increasing taxes during an election year.

 

           12                   Fourth, it seems the 2007 independent

 

           13              audit of city council will be completed by

 

           14              the end of 2008, therefore, the question

 

           15              arises how accurate are the figures

 

           16              contained in the 2009 proposed budget

 

           17              without a firm accounting of the finances

 

           18              contained in the independent audit.

 

           19                      Through no fault of the auditor

 

           20              Rossi & Sons, the 2007 audit has languished

 

           21              for longer than the audits of 2003, 2004,

 

           22              and 2005.  Only the audit of 2006 required

 

           23              extra time because it was initiated several

 

           24              months later than the normal starting date.

 

           25              In a typical municipality such occurrences


 

 

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            1              and coincidence would raise a red flag, but

 

            2              Scranton has been anything but typical in

 

            3              the last few years.

 

            4                      Fifth, the Single Tax Office has

 

            5              submitted it's monthly comparisons for

 

            6              year-to-date tax collections.  The city real

 

            7              estate tax collections decreased by nearly 2

 

            8              percent while the wage tax collections

 

            9              increased by over $3.1 million or 20.4

 

           10              percent.  The business privilege and

 

           11              mercantile tax collections also increased by

 

           12              3.8 percent while EMS tax collections

 

           13              declined by 46.7 percent.

 

           14                      I'm very pleased to finally see the

 

           15              wage tax collections return to what they

 

           16              should be in 2008.  After several years of

 

           17              negligence under Mr. McDowell, I recognize

 

           18              that wage tax figures were down as finance

 

           19              chair council and after all of this time I

 

           20              have been validated through aggressive tax

 

           21              collections and the discovery of banked tax

 

           22              dollars.

 

           23                      Next, I received a response from

 

           24              Attorney Penetar to my concerns and efforts

 

           25              to protect residents of lower Greenridge


 

 

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            1              from a potential new business similar to

 

            2              Daron Northeast.  Unfortunately, Attorney

 

            3              Penetar offers no relief for these

 

            4              homeowners and taxpayers.  Noise levels are

 

            5              addressed by ordinance and by the zoning

 

            6              enforcement officer, Mr. Wallace.  If he

 

            7              determines a violation the hiring of a

 

            8              professional noise engineer to run tests is

 

            9              usually required according to Attorney

 

           10              Penetar.  The cost of hiring an expert

 

           11              appears to fall onto the complainant or the

 

           12              city.

 

           13                      As to air quality issues, he states

 

           14              the city has not the authority to conduct a

 

           15              study and such issues must be referred to

 

           16              federal and state agencies.  What puzzles

 

           17              me, however, is the fact that an appropriate

 

           18              government agency already conducted a study

 

           19              and recommended that change in zoning to

 

           20              protect the residents.  Obviously, this

 

           21              seems to be of no consequence to the zoning

 

           22              board solicitor.  Attorney Penetar ends by

 

           23              stating, "Unless a specific violation of

 

           24              these regulations can be proven in Court,

 

           25              allegations remain just allegation."


 

 

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            1                      I'd like to add that I do not find

 

            2              the comparison of Daron Northeast to

 

            3              Marywood construction vehicles made by

 

            4              Attorney Penetar to be equivalent, sound or

 

            5              appropriate.  Zoning laws are designed not

 

            6              only to provide a coexistence of industrial,

 

            7              commercial and residential uses, but also to

 

            8              protect human beings from the adverse

 

            9              quality of live effects of businesses which

 

           10              encroach on residential neighborhoods.  If

 

           11              any zoning department guards the rights of

 

           12              business to the detriment of homeowners and

 

           13              residents, then it has lost sight of it's

 

           14              balance mission.

 

           15                      And in response to a question posed

 

           16              by a speaker earlier this evening regarding

 

           17              the flood meeting, Mr. O'Hora from the flood

 

           18              office called to respond to the letter we

 

           19              sent out last week regarding the meeting

 

           20              that took place at Weston Field with Barbara

 

           21              Maranuchi and the Bullshead Neighborhood

 

           22              Association.  He said the flood office had

 

           23              nothing to do with setting this meeting up.

 

           24              Mr. Williams from Congressman Kanjorski's

 

           25              office set it up and notified the flood


 

 

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            1              office of the date and time.  Mr. O'Hora

 

            2              said he couldn't even attend due to a prior

 

            3              commitment that he had that day and that

 

            4              Congressman Kanjorski's office had someone

 

            5              from the Army Corp there.  What

 

            6              Mrs. Maranuchi had to do with it Mr. O'Hora

 

            7              does not know.

 

            8                      And, finally, a few citizens'

 

            9              requests.  If Mr. Brazil could provide,

 

           10              please, in writing the city's snow removal

 

           11              citywide policy because numerous city

 

           12              residents have requested the information as

 

           13              winter fast approaches.

 

           14                      Also, I'm not certain to whom we

 

           15              want to address this, Kay, if it would be

 

           16              the parking authority, perhaps Mr. Renda as

 

           17              well, was the city ever paid for the alleged

 

           18              approximate $68,000 for parking spaces at

 

           19              the Forum Parking Garage?  We would like a

 

           20              written update on that situation, please.

 

           21              And, in addition, to the same individuals,

 

           22              do the nonprofits such as city hospitals and

 

           23              post secondary institutions pay fees to the

 

           24              city for spaces in their parking garages?

 

           25              And that's it.


 

 

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

 

            2              Mr. Fanucci?

 

            3                      MS. FANUCCI: I don't have anything

 

            4              at this time.  Thank you.

 

            5                      MR. MCGOFF: Mr. Courtright?

 

            6                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Two things.  I have

 

            7              a letter here I'd like to read, "On behalf

 

            8              of Village Park Apartments management and

 

            9              residents, I just want to thank you along

 

           10              with Car 22, Rescue 1, Engine 9, Engine 7

 

           11              and Truck four for their service

 

           12              extinguishing and securing 109 Townhouse

 

           13              Boulevard during the fire on November 19th

 

           14              at 6:00 p.m.  Their quick response in

 

           15              combination with the assessment of the

 

           16              situation, respect for the property and

 

           17              caring shown to the residents was very much

 

           18              appreciated.  I would like to extend our

 

           19              best wishes for all of those involved."

 

           20                      And that's signed, "Sincerely Carrie

 

           21              Yackovozi, site manager for the Village Park

 

           22              Apartments."

 

           23                      And just one other thing, as we are

 

           24              all aware, the gas company is digging up

 

           25              quite a few streets in Scranton and after


 

 

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            1              they dig them up they have to repair them,

 

            2              on Fellow Street near the West Scranton

 

            3              Middle School they dug up a portion of the

 

            4              street they were going to pave it and the

 

            5              city was going to pave an intersection and

 

            6              that left approximately 100 feet of the road

 

            7              that would not be paved and it would kind of

 

            8              look ridiculous being paved to a certain

 

            9              extent and not paved a little further, and

 

           10              so I would like to thank the gas company and

 

           11              also John Hazzouri for getting together and

 

           12              they are going to pave that 100 feet in

 

           13              front there so that it doesn't look

 

           14              ridiculous, so I just want to thank those

 

           15              two individuals for the help and I'm sure

 

           16              that the residents of Fellow Street are the

 

           17              ones that have called me were very pleased,

 

           18              an that's all I have.  Thank you.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you,

 

           20              Mr. Courtright.  First thing, I would be

 

           21              remiss if I did not wish a happy birthday,

 

           22              happy 30 something birthday to my twins, Pat

 

           23              and Megan, on this day, so happy birthday to

 

           24              them.

 

           25                      Also, I was going to do it later,


 

 

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            1              but I might as well do it now, we were going

 

            2              to vote on some legislation that we voted on

 

            3              last week dealing with Coney Island, I would

 

            4              just like to make note that there is a

 

            5              permit waiting on the desks upstairs to

 

            6              begin work on Coney Island, the work that

 

            7              was proposed and it is in the proposal and

 

            8              it's just waiting pending our approval and

 

            9              that they will begin work on that project,

 

           10              so I think that's a very positive sign for

 

           11              Lackawanna Avenue and the entire Lackawanna

 

           12              Avenue project.

 

           13                      Also, someone asked me the other day

 

           14              about a property at 701 Crown Avenue and I

 

           15              have not had a chance to respond to them.

 

           16              They were asking about the condition of the

 

           17              property and so on and I would just like to

 

           18              inform them that if has been looked at by

 

           19              the inspectors and I believe that notices

 

           20              are being -- were posted on the property for

 

           21              the property owners who are nonresidents of

 

           22              Scranton.

 

           23                      And also, last thing, there will not

 

           24              be a meeting next week as was asked.  The

 

           25              next council meeting will be held on


 

 

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            1              November 18.

 

            2                      MS. GARVEY: FIFTH ORDER.  5-B.

 

            3              FOR INTRODUCTION - AN ORDINANCE - SALE OF

 

            4              TAX DELINQUENT PROPERTY MORE COMMONLY KNOWN

 

            5              AS SHORT AVENUE, TAX MAP NO. 13420-020-027,

 

            6              SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA, TO CARMEN SAITA, 517

 

            7              GREENBUSH STREET, SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA,

 

            8              18508, FOR THE CONSIDERATION OF $7,000.00.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll

 

           10              entertain a motion that Item 5-B be

 

           11              introduced into it's proper committee.

 

           12                      MR. COURTRIGHT: So moved.

 

           13                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

           14                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

           15              those in favor signify by saying aye.

 

           16                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

           17                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           20              ayes have it and so moved.

 

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

 

           22              A RESOLUTION - APPROVING THE MODIFICATION OF

 

           23              THE EXISTING TRAFFIC SIGNAL AT THE

 

           24              INTERSECTION OF MOOSIC STREET AND FRONT

 

           25              STREET TO IMPROVE THE FLOW OF TRAFFIC FOR


 

 

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            1              THE PISANO COMMERCIAL PROJECT ON MOOSIC

 

            2              STREET.

 

            3                      MR. MCGOFF: At this time I'll

 

            4              entertain a motion that Item-5-C be

 

            5              introduced into it's proper committee.

 

            6                      MR. COURTRIGHT: So moved.

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

            9              those in favor signify by saying aye.

 

           10                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

           11                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

           12                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           14              ayes have it and so moved.

 

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

 

           16              READING BY TITLE - FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 45,

 

           17              2008 - AN ORDINANCE - AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR

 

           18              AND OTHER APPROPRIATE CITY OFFICIALS OF THE

 

           19              CITY OF SCRANTON TO ACCEPT AND DISBURSE

 

           20              GRANT FUNDS FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT

 

           21              OF COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

 

           22              ("DCED") THROUGH THE ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT

 

           23              PROGRAM.

 

           24                      MR. MCGOFF: You have heard Reading

 

           25              by Title of Item 6-A, what is your pleasure?


 

 

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

 

            2              pass reading by title.

 

            3                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

            5              those in favor signify by saying aye.

 

            6                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

            8                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           10              ayes have it and so moved.

 

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

 

           12              FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 46, 2008 - AN ORDINANCE

 

           13              - AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND OTHER

 

           14              APPROPRIATE CITY OFFICIALS OF THE CITY OF

 

           15              SCRANTON TO ACCEPT AND DISBURSE GRANT FUNDS

 

           16              FROM THE PENNSYLVANIA DEPARTMENT OF

 

           17              COMMUNITY AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ("DCED")

 

           18              THROUGH THE ECONOMIC ADVANCEMENT PROGRAM.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF: You have heard Reading

 

           20              by Title of Item 6-B, what is your pleasure?

 

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

 

           22              pass Reading by Title.

 

           23                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

           24                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

           25              those in favor signify by saying aye.


 

 

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            1                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

            2                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

            3                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

            5              ayes have it and so moved.

 

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

 

            7              FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 47, 2008 - AN ORDINANCE

 

            8              - AMENDING FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 92, 1991,

 

            9              ENTITLED "CREATING A SPECIAL ACCOUNT FOR THE

 

           10              CITY OF SCRANTON IN THE OFFICE OF ECONOMIC &

 

           11              COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT TO BE ENTITLED AS

 

           12              "REPAYMENTS OF URBAN DEVELOPMENT ACTION

 

           13              GRANTS (UDAGS) #91-400" FOR THE PURPOSE OF

 

           14              RECEIVING, DISBURSING, OR TRANSFERRING OF

 

           15              UDAG REPAYMENTS."

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF: You have heard Reading

 

           17              by Title of Item 6-C, what is your pleasure?

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  I move that item

 

           19              6-C pass Reading by Title.

 

           20                      MS. FANUCCI: 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                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

            2              ayes have it and so moved.

 

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

 

            4              CONSIDERATION BY THE COMMITTEE ON RULES -

 

            5              FOR ADOPTION - RESOLUTION NO. 77, 2008 -

 

            6              RE-APPOINTMENT OF FRANK J. TUNIS, JR., 101

 

            7              KELLY WAY, SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA, AS A

 

            8              MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF THE SCRANTON PARKING

 

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

 

           10              TUNIS' TERM EXPIRED ON JUNE 1, 2007 AND HIS

 

           11              NEW TERM WILL EXPIRE ON JUNE 1, 2012.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF: As chairperson for the

 

           13              Committee on Rules, I recommend final

 

           14              passage of Item 7-A.

 

           15                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF: On the question?

 

           17                      MS. EVANS: Yes.  This is just a

 

           18              related topic, but we had discussed briefly

 

           19              earlier about the Forum Garage can that

 

           20              letter go on behalf of council and also can

 

           21              we include the Adams, I don't know that this

 

           22              is the correct name, the Adams garage in

 

           23              that as well?

 

           24                      MR. MCGOFF: Fine.

 

           25                      MS. EVANS: Thank you.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF:  Roll call, please?

 

            2                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

            3                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

            4                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

            5                      (Mrs. Gatelli not present.)

 

            6                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

            8                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

            9                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           10                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           11                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           12              Item 7-A legally and lawfully adopted.

 

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

 

           14              BY THE COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT -

 

           15              FOR ADOPTION -  RESOLUTION NO. 78, 2008 -

 

           16              AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND OTHER APPROPRIATE

 

           17              CITY OFFICIALS FOR THE CITY OF SCRANTON TO

 

           18              ENTER INTO A LOAN AGREEMENT AND MAKE A LOAN

 

           19              FROM THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT

 

           20              PROGRAM, PROJECT NO. 150.19 IN AN AMOUNT NOT

 

           21              TO EXCEED $86,000.00 TO JAY'S COMMONS, LP TO

 

           22              ASSIST AN ELIGIBLE PROJECT.

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF: What is the

 

           24              recommendation of the Chairperson for the

 

           25              Committee on Community Development?


 

 

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            1                      MS. FANUCCI:  As Chairperson for the

 

            2              Committee on Community Development, I

 

            3              recommend final passage of Item 7-B.

 

            4                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

            5                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

            6              call, please?

 

            7                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

            8                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

            9                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           10                      (Mrs. Gatelli not present.)

 

           11                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           12                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           13                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           14                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           15                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           17              Item 7-B legally and lawfully adopted.

 

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

 

           19              BY THE COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT -

 

           20              FOR ADOPTION - RESOLUTION NO. 79, 2008 -

 

           21              ACCEPTING THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE

 

           22              HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE REVIEW BOARD

 

           23              ("HARB") AND APPROVING THE CERTIFICATE OF

 

           24              APPROPRIATENESS FOR SDA ARCHITECTS, 321

 

           25              SPRUCE STREET, SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA FOR


 

 

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            1              SCOPE OF WORK AT 534-536 LACKAWANNA AVENUE,

 

            2              SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA TO INCLUDE: PARTY

 

            3              WALL TO RECEIVE RESTRUCTURED STEPPED PARAPET

 

            4              WITH ALUMINUM CAP AND STUCCO FINISH TO BE

 

            5              PAINTED TO MATCH ADJACENT BUILDING;

 

            6              LACKAWANNA AVENUE FAÇADE TO RECEIVE STUCCO

 

            7              TREATMENT, NEW ALUMINUM WINDOWS, DOORS AND

 

            8              MOLDINGS; THE ADAMS AVENUE FAÇADE BASE AND

 

            9              HISTORIC CONEY ISLAND SIGN TO BE REPAINTED

 

           10              AS ORIGINAL; UPPER WALL TO RECEIVE NEW

 

           11              ALUMINUM FRAMES, WINDOWS AND MOLDINGS AND

 

           12              STUCCO FINISH; NEWLY STRUCTURED ROOF TO

 

           13              RECEIVE EPDM SURFACE AND NEW ROOF DRAINS;

 

           14              BOGART COURT ELEVATION TO BE STABILIZED WITH

 

           15              FILLED-IN WINDOW AREAS AND NEW PAINT.

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF: What is the

 

           17              recommendation of the Chairperson for the

 

           18              Committee on Community Development.

 

           19                      MS. FANUCCI: As Chairperson for the

 

           20              Committee on Community Development, I

 

           21              recommend final passage of Item 7-C.

 

           22                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF: On the question?

 

           24                      MS. EVANS: I'm very pleased that

 

           25              there will finally be progress on that end


 

 

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            1              of the 500 block of Lackawanna Avenue.  I

 

            2              believe work may begin as son as tomorrow

 

            3              morning.  We are looking forward to an

 

            4              opening by Coney Island, a grand opening in

 

            5              the very near future, and I'm thrilled that

 

            6              that project is going to include at least

 

            7              that one business.  Now we have work to see

 

            8              what happens with Buona Pizza.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else?  Roll call,

 

           10              please?

 

           11                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           12                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

           13                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           14                      (Mrs. Gatelli not present.)

 

           15                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           16                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           17                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           19                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           21              Item 7-C legally and lawfully adopted.

 

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

 

           23              BY THE COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT -

 

           24              FOR ADOPTION -  RESOLUTION NO. 80, 2008 -

 

           25              ACCEPTING THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE


 

 

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            1              HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE REVIEW BOARD

 

            2              ("HARB") AND APPROVING THE CERTIFICATE OF

 

            3              APPROPRIATENESS FOR JOHN ANDREJACK

 

            4              CONTRACTORS, 802 NORTH WASHINGTON AVENUE,

 

            5              SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA FOR INSTALLATION OF A

 

            6              NEW ROOF WITH ARCHITECTURAL SHINGLES,

 

            7              POINTING OF BRICKS, REPLACEMENT OF WINDOW

 

            8              OPENING FILLERS AND REPLACEMENT OF EXISTING

 

            9              SIGNS AT 225 VINE STREET, SCRANTON,

 

           10              PENNSYLVANIA.

 

           11                      MR. MCGOFF: What is the

 

           12              recommendation of the Chair for the

 

           13              Committee on Community Development?

 

           14                      MS. FANUCCI: As Chair for the

 

           15              Committee on Community Development, I

 

           16              recommend final passage of Item 7-E.

 

           17                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

           19              call, please?

 

           20                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           21                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

           22                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           23                      (Ms. Gatelli not present.)

 

           24                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           25                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.


 

 

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            1                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

            2                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

            3                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

            5              Item 7-D legally and lawfully adopted.

 

            6                      MS. GARVEY: 7-E.  FOR CONSIDERATION

 

            7              - BY THE COMMITTEE ON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

 

            8              - FOR ADOPTION - RESOLUTION NO. 81, 2008 -

 

            9              ACCEPTING THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE

 

           10              HISTORICAL ARCHITECTURE REVIEW BOARD

 

           11              ("HARB") AND APPROVING THE CERTIFICATE OF

 

           12              APPROPRIATENESS FOR ELECTRIC CITY SIGNS, RR

 

           13              2, BOX 2069 NICHOLSON, PENNSYLVANIA FOR

 

           14              INSTALLATION OF A SINGLE-FACED, NON-LIT

 

           15              2X5X1 SIGN MOUNTED TO BRICK FAÇADE AND A

 

           16              1X2½ TWO-SIDED ALUMINUM SIGN ATTACHED TO

 

           17              ENTRANCE GATE AT 302 PENN AVENUE, SCRANTON,

 

           18              PENNSYLVANIA.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF: What is the

 

           20              recommendation of the Chairperson for the

 

           21              Committee on Community Development?

 

           22                      MS. FANUCCI: As Chairperson for the

 

           23              Committee on Community Development, I

 

           24              recommend final passage of Item 7-E.

 

           25                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF: On the question?  Roll

 

            2              call, please.

 

            3                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

            4                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

            5                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

            6                      (Mrs. Gatelli not present.)

 

            7                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

            8                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

            9                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           11                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           13              Item 7-E legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           14                      MS. GARVEY: 7-F. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           15              BY THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY -  FOR

 

           16              ADOPTION - RESOLUTION NO. 82, 2008 -

 

           17              AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND OTHER APPROPRIATE

 

           18              CITY OFFICIALS TO EXECUTE AND ENTER INTO A

 

           19              MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING BETWEEN THE

 

           20              UNITED STATES PENITENTIARY AT CANAAN ("USP

 

           21              CANAAN") AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT OF THE

 

           22              CITY OF SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA ("SCRANTON

 

           23              POLICE DEPARTMENT") FOR USE OF ITS FIRING

 

           24              RANGE.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF: What is the


 

 

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            1              recommendation of the Chairperson for the

 

            2              Committee on Public Safety?

 

            3                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  As Chairperson for

 

            4              the Committee on Public Safety, I recommend

 

            5              final passage of Item 7-F.

 

            6                      MS. EVANS: Second.

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

            8              call, please?

 

            9                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           10                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

           11                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           12                      (Ms. Gatelli not present.)

 

           13                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           14                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           15                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           16                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           17                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           19              Item 7-F legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           20              Motion for adjournment?

 

           21                      MR. COURTRIGHT: So moved.

 

           22                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you for your

 

           23              participation.

 

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            5        I hereby certify that the proceedings and

 

            6   evidence are contained fully and accurately in the

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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                                    CATHENE S. NARDOZZI, RPR

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