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            1              SCRANTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

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            5                          HELD:

 

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            7                   Tuesday, May 26, 2009

 

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            9                        LOCATION:

 

           10                    Council Chambers

 

           11                   Scranton City Hall

 

           12              340 North Washington Avenue

 

           13                Scranton, Pennsylvania

 

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                    CATHENE S. NARDOZZI, RPR - OFFICIAL COURT REPORTER

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            2   CITY OF SCRANTON COUNCIL:

 

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                MR. ROBERT MCGOFF, PRESIDENT

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            6   MS. JUDY GATELLI, VICE-PRESIDENT

 

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                MS. JANET E. EVANS

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            9   MS. SHERRY FANUCCI

 

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                MR. WILLIAM COURTRIGHT

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           12   MS. KAY GARVEY, CITY CLERK

 

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                MR. SUE MAGNOTTA, ASSISTANT CITY CLERK

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           15   MR. AMIL MINORA, SOLICITOR

 

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            1                      (Pledge of Allegiance recited and

 

            2              moment of reflection observed.)

 

            3                      MR. MCGOFF:  Roll call, please.

 

            4                      MS. MAGNOTTA:  Mrs. Evans.

 

            5                      MS. EVANS:  Here.

 

            6                      MS. MAGNOTTA:  Mrs. Fanucci.

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI:  Here.

 

            8                      MS. MAGNOTTA:  Mr. McGoff.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF:  Here.

 

           10                      MS. MAGNOTTA:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Here.

 

           12                      MS. MAGNOTTA:  Ms. Gatelli.

 

           13                      MS. GATELLI:  Here.

 

           14                      MR. MCGOFF: Dispense with the

 

           15              reading of the minutes.  Third Order.

 

           16                      MS. GARVEY: 3-A.  TAX COLLECTION

 

           17              COMPARISON REPORTS RECEIVED FROM THE SINGLE

 

           18              TAX OFFICE ON MAY 11, 2009.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

           20              If not, received and filed.

 

           21                      MS. GARVEY: 3-B. APPLICATIONS AND

 

           22              DECISIONS RENDERED BY THE ZONING HEARING

 

           23              BOARD MEETING HELD ON MAY 13, 2009.

 

           24                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

           25              If not, received and filed.


 

 

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            1                      MS. GARVEY: 3-C. CONTROLLER'S REPORT

 

            2              FOR THE MONTH ENDING APRIL 30, 2009.

 

            3                       MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

            4              If not, received and filed.

 

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

 

            6              COMPOSITE PENSION BOARD MEETING HELD ON

 

            7              APRIL 22, 2009.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

            9              If not, received and filed.

 

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

 

           11              ZONING HEARING BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD JUNE

 

           12              10, 2009.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

           14              If not, received and filed.

 

           15                      MS. GARVEY: That's it for Third

 

           16              Order.

 

           17                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you.  Any

 

           18              announcements from anyone?

 

           19                      MS. GATELLI: Just two things. First

 

           20              of all, I would like to congratulate Mrs.

 

           21              Evans on her win for city council, and I

 

           22              would like to congratulate Mr.  Courtright

 

           23              who is our new tax collector.

 

           24                       Please remember in your prayers for

 

           25              Mr. Sam Cali, I don't think if any of you


 

 

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            1              knew him, but he certainly was a

 

            2              philanthropist in the community for many,

 

            3              many years and if you had the pleasure of

 

            4              knowing him or meeting him you would have

 

            5              known his kindness and his love for his

 

            6              community, and I'm sure you read his

 

            7              obituary, which was several columns long.

 

            8              He is a certainly a tribute and we should

 

            9              recognize him here at this council meeting.

 

           10                      Also, I would like you to keep in

 

           11              your prayers my former priest at St.

 

           12              Francis, Monsignor Anthony Marra.  He was at

 

           13              our church for 25 years and then went to St.

 

           14              Anthony's in Dunmore and I'd like you to

 

           15              please remember him in your prayers.  He was

 

           16              truly a wonderful man and did very good

 

           17              things for St. Francis of Assisi and for St.

 

           18              Anthony's in Dunmore, and that's all I have.

 

           19              Thank you.

 

           20                      MS. EVANS: I'd like to welcome a new

 

           21              business, Sharon's Restaurant, to Scranton.

 

           22              It opened a few days ago and is located at

 

           23              411 South Washington Avenue across from CB

 

           24              Scott, and I learned their hours are 6:30 to

 

           25              2:30 and I do wish Sharon's Restaurant good


 

 

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            1              luck and great successes in the future.

 

            2                      The Upper Hill Ecumenical Committee

 

            3              will conduct one additional Friendly's fun

 

            4              night on Wednesday, June 10, from 5 to 8

 

            5              p.m. at Friendly's in Dunmore.  This will be

 

            6              the last fun night until the fall and will

 

            7              salute Monsignor Sicanolfi and St. Francis

 

            8              of Assisi food kitchen.  Please remember

 

            9              there is no summer vacation at the food

 

           10              kitchen.  Your support would be greatly

 

           11              appreciated.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF: My apologies, I had

 

           13              something for the Relay for Life, the dates

 

           14              at home, and in my haste to get here I left

 

           15              it.  Please take a look in the newspaper.

 

           16              Relay for Life is something that's held

 

           17              every year and it's a great benefit to the

 

           18              community and it's a wonderful cause and if

 

           19              I haven't missed the date I will try and

 

           20              have it for next week.

 

           21                      I'd like to also announce that on

 

           22              June 21, Father's Day, there is going to be

 

           23              the initial -- hopefully, initial Father's

 

           24              Day five-mile run conducted by the Prostate

 

           25              Cancer Awareness Alliance.  The proceeds of


 

 

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            1              the event will benefit prostate cancer

 

            2              awareness.  The race director is a prostate

 

            3              cancer survivor, Bob Reslin, and many of the

 

            4              people working on the event are also

 

            5              prostate cancer survivors.  We are hoping to

 

            6              have a great race and we put some work into

 

            7              it and just keep it in mind and maybe

 

            8              runners can go to Active.com or NEPA

 

            9              Runners.com or also PCAANEPA.org and there's

 

           10              a link to the race.  We would welcome any

 

           11              support, any participants or volunteers for

 

           12              the race, and thank you.  Fourth order,

 

           13              citizens' participation.  Mike Dudek.

 

           14                      MR. DUDEK: Mike Dudek, 608 Depot

 

           15              Street, I live here in the Plot.  Again,

 

           16              congratulations to Mrs. Evans on her

 

           17              victory, Mr. Courtright on your victory and

 

           18              you will have our best wishes that you will

 

           19              be able to bring some stability to the

 

           20              office that you will be entering into and we

 

           21              know that it needs help.  Good luck to you,

 

           22              Mr. Courtright.

 

           23                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Thank you.

 

           24                      MR. DUDEK:  Now, the last time that

 

           25              I spoke on the topic similar to this was in


 

 

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            1              December of 2009 when we had our new council

 

            2              first sworn in, and I pointed out to the new

 

            3              members at the time that when you take an

 

            4              office like this a council person gets more

 

            5              heat, more flack and more problems than any

 

            6              other elected official because you are where

 

            7              the rubber meets the road.  You have the

 

            8              most obvious direct contact with the

 

            9              citizens that come to address you about any

 

           10              issue, and that in a sense you have to

 

           11              surrender some of your own First Amendment

 

           12              Rights of freedom of speech and take the

 

           13              brick bats that are coming your way because

 

           14              95 percent of the people that come to use

 

           15              this, this mic, have a problem, and people

 

           16              who have a problem usually have some sort of

 

           17              pain attached to it.

 

           18                      And even if the assaults on you as

 

           19              council people are unfair, it was up to you

 

           20              to suck it up on take it, and I honestly

 

           21              think that the election results showed that

 

           22              some of you were not able to take the heat

 

           23              and that's the only reason why you did lose.

 

           24              I hate to say it, but it's true.  Two good

 

           25              people just didn't do the job the right way


 

 

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            1              and this is a result of it.  You should have

 

            2              paid attention when I mentioned this to you.

 

            3                      Nevertheless, we now have a council

 

            4              that's a lame duck council because come

 

            5              December two of you are gone, but we still

 

            6              have city business between now and December

 

            7              when the changeover comes to keep a breast

 

            8              of, and I'm going to ask on behalf of

 

            9              everybody in this city to please work

 

           10              together.

 

           11                      And I'm going to give you one issue

 

           12              to think about where you can all work

 

           13              together with the mayor because I found one

 

           14              issue where believe it or not Mayor Doherty

 

           15              is right on target.  How many of you here

 

           16              who ever heard of the town of Renton,

 

           17              Washington?  Anybody on council?  Did you

 

           18              ever hear of the town of Renton,

 

           19              R-E-N-T-O-N?  Anybody here?  One person.

 

           20              Renton, Washington, has a bigger library

 

           21              than Scranton does and Renton, Washington,

 

           22              is probably no bigger than Dunmore.  If you

 

           23              go to the library in Renton, Washington,

 

           24              it's a remarkable building because a river

 

           25              runs under it.  The building was


 

 

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            1              architecturally designed to straddle a

 

            2              river, it's an architectural gem in the town

 

            3              of Renton and they have a brand new library.

 

            4                      We have Mayor Doherty dragging our

 

            5              two county commissioners along with him on

 

            6              the idea of building a library and this is

 

            7              the absolute optimum time to strike.  The

 

            8              reason is because of stimulus money.

 

            9              Because of that, we have a very unique

 

           10              opportunity, a very small window of time to

 

           11              get the library.  We get this library by

 

           12              doing a couple of things:

 

           13                      Number one, we get Lackawanna Junior

 

           14              College on board by promising them that if

 

           15              we get a library built in South Side,

 

           16              Lackawanna County College, will be given the

 

           17              Albright Memorial Library for it's college

 

           18              library.

 

           19                      MS. FANUCCI: They can't.

 

           20                      MR. DUDEK:  Why not?

 

           21                      MS. FANUCCI: Because it's -- we

 

           22              can't deed that to anyone else.

 

           23                      MR. DUDEK: Pardon?

 

           24                      MS. FANUCCI: That library cannot be

 

           25              given to anyone else.


 

 

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            1                      MR. DUDEK: Which one, the Albright?

 

            2                      MS. FANUCCI: Yes.  Yes.

 

            3                      MR. DUDEK: Okay.  So even if that

 

            4              can't be done this library could be built

 

            5              with federal money with very little or no

 

            6              money from the state or the City of Scranton

 

            7              and for the naysayers here who don't believe

 

            8              me, I brought $23 million worth of flood

 

            9              money in here along with Tom Preambo and not

 

           10              one penny of it came from the city and not

 

           11              one penny of it came from the state and Tom

 

           12              and I were both honored by the state

 

           13              assembly, by the general assembly for doing

 

           14              it.

 

           15                      What I am telling you is that this

 

           16              library could be built without any pain to

 

           17              the taxpayers because stimulus money is out

 

           18              there for the project and I think that if

 

           19              people work together when the mayor and the

 

           20              county commissioners to go after it you can

 

           21              still build it.  I think that this is

 

           22              something that should be pursued, okay?

 

           23                      As to the Albright library, even if

 

           24              you can't deed it to the school I think it's

 

           25              possible to give that college maximum access


 

 

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            1              to it so that they can work together with

 

            2              it.  Thank you.

 

            3                      MR. MCGOFF: Andy Sbaraglia.

 

            4                      MR. SBARAGALI:  Andy Sbaraglia,

 

            5              citizen of Scranton.  Fellow Scrantonians, I

 

            6              wish you would read some of the money coming

 

            7              in from the tax collection comparison

 

            8              report.  You would find out if that holds

 

            9              true for the end of the year there will be

 

           10              no hole in the budget.  In fact, there will

 

           11              be a surplus, and it's true.  The figures

 

           12              coming in or astronomical over what they

 

           13              were a year ago.  I wish you would read that

 

           14              out to the people so they know what that

 

           15              office is doing no matter who is going to be

 

           16              in charge of it.  It has to continue

 

           17              somewhat like it's doing now to generate

 

           18              money coming into this place.  In fact, if

 

           19              we had all of the money that we were

 

           20              supposed to be getting there wouldn't have

 

           21              been no taxes raised.

 

           22                      Okay, let's go to -- I'm not going

 

           23              to get into that too much and that's your

 

           24              5-C, the places and business, I just was

 

           25              laughing about what I read in it.  It said


 

 

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            1              they have to give one more job, but 51

 

            2              percent of that job has to low interest.  If

 

            3              I could figure out how to cut a person in

 

            4              half so we got 51 percent there and

 

            5              49 percent the other side, it's sounds like

 

            6              a solid deal that you would come in.  She

 

            7              knows how to do the cut that way.

 

            8                      Okay, let's go onto 6-A, Reading by

 

            9              Title, this is the money coming in:  We got

 

           10              $1,401,886 for -- I assume -- from what I

 

           11              read in this thing it's supposed to be for

 

           12              the homeless and for people who are going to

 

           13              lose their homes.  It is it right or wrong?

 

           14              I haven't looked at how that money was

 

           15              divided?  All I know is that's what it said

 

           16              in the backup, and the other $916,485 we can

 

           17              lend out to whoever we want to lend it out

 

           18              to because as long as it complies with HUD's

 

           19              regulations, from what I read.

 

           20                      MS. FANUCCI: Right.

 

           21                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Now, I don't know how

 

           22              the money is being divided out, but I wish

 

           23              you people would find out how it would be

 

           24              divided out and come here and speak to the

 

           25              people, come and tell them how it's being


 

 

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            1              divided because we are all in the dark about

 

            2              what happens in the backup.  I read the

 

            3              backup, but 99 percent of the people in

 

            4              Scranton do not read the backup.  It's too

 

            5              bad it's not on the internet and getting in

 

            6              there where you can draw it all over.  It's

 

            7              quite cumbersome in some places.  There is

 

            8              like 100 pages there almost -- I shouldn't

 

            9              say that, but at least 30 pages just for

 

           10              that $20,000.  It's just standard logistics

 

           11              I guess, so it has to be in there and it's

 

           12              very, very redundant, but the basic was,

 

           13              like I said before, 25,000 to this

 

           14              restaurant that's open now, but the one

 

           15              employee.  I don't know, it's just sort of

 

           16              funny.

 

           17                      Okay, let's go on now.  He mentioned

 

           18              the library.  I wouldn't mention the library

 

           19              too much because right now it's something

 

           20              that may or may not be in the works, but

 

           21              what gets me is when we built our new high

 

           22              school or we built any schools, why isn't

 

           23              the library put on the first floor able to

 

           24              be sealed off from the rest of the building

 

           25              and open at night?  We would have so many


 

 

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            1              more libraries available at night.  Why

 

            2              don't they do that?  But, people don't think

 

            3              when they do things.  That's the problem

 

            4              with any organization that seems to be in

 

            5              this city.  They don't go farther than their

 

            6              nose.  I don't know why they do that, but

 

            7              they do do that, and we could have one -- we

 

            8              could have a library down there at the new

 

            9              school.  We are building a school I think up

 

           10              there in West Side again, that could have

 

           11              been designed with a small library and so

 

           12              forth and so on, but we don't do that.  We

 

           13              like to keep building new stuff, but like I

 

           14              said before, the political parties exist for

 

           15              one purpose and not necessarily to help us.

 

           16                      Patronage and contracts, so that's

 

           17              why we get these buildings being built all

 

           18              over creation not because it's really going

 

           19              to help the people, that's only something

 

           20              that may happen.  I don't know what we going

 

           21              to do, where -- that 16 million has to come

 

           22              from somewhere.  It's nice to see somebody

 

           23              comes up and say there is 16 million, go and

 

           24              do what you want to do, but it's not a fact.

 

           25              The location is not necessarily the best,


 

 

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            1              I'm sorry, Judy.  South Side is not

 

            2              necessarily the best, it should be down in

 

            3              the central city somewhere where the whole

 

            4              city can come to it because really -- I

 

            5              thank you.

 

            6                      MS. GATELLI:  Mr. Spindler.

 

            7                      MR. SPINDLER:  Les Spindler,

 

            8              resident and homeowner and taxpayer.  I,

 

            9              too, would like to congratulate

 

           10              Mr. Courtright and Mrs. Evans on their

 

           11              wonderful victories and, Mr. Courtright,

 

           12              good luck in your new position, you got your

 

           13              work cut out for you.

 

           14                      First of all, I want to talk about

 

           15              something we were supposed to a long time.

 

           16              The Friday before the election, Attorney

 

           17              Chris Cullen called Steve Corbett of WILK

 

           18              talk radio and was talking about the stolen

 

           19              political signs of Gary DiBileo.  He said

 

           20              the police have finished their

 

           21              investigation, they have identified two

 

           22              people who stole the signs, they have two

 

           23              videotapes of the people, they have

 

           24              identified the two people, Mr. Cullen said

 

           25              they are connected to the Scranton Police


 

 

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            1              Department, the report was given to Ray

 

            2              Hayes, to Chief Elliott and the mayor, the

 

            3              report has been sitting on their desks for

 

            4              weeks, nothing has been done.  This is a

 

            5              crime that's been committed and these people

 

            6              covered it up because these people that were

 

            7              in the video are also connected to Chris

 

            8              Doherty, and they covered is up because they

 

            9              didn't want Chris Doherty's name smeared.

 

           10                      And the Chief and Ray Hayes should

 

           11              resign because they are covering up a crime

 

           12              and not doing their job, they should be

 

           13              fired or resign and they should be arrested

 

           14              for covering up a crime, and the mayor

 

           15              should resign also because he knows about

 

           16              it, and this is fact because Steve Corbett

 

           17              has a copy of the report and WNEP has a copy

 

           18              of the report, and I know this for a fact,

 

           19              so I think council should send a letter to

 

           20              those involved here asking that charges be

 

           21              pressed against these people that stole the

 

           22              signs.

 

           23                      Moving on, that same week a woman, I

 

           24              won't say her name, but she said she lives

 

           25              on the corner of Greenridge Street and


 

 

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            1              Washington Avenue, I'll make this quick

 

            2              because it's a long story, she and her

 

            3              husband were called to put Doherty signs in

 

            4              their yard, they said, "No, we are not

 

            5              putting anybody's signs in our yard."

 

            6                      Two days later on a Sunday morning

 

            7              the woman went out to get her Sunday paper,

 

            8              there were approximately 68 stickers she

 

            9              said, Doherty stickers, on her front porch,

 

           10              on her fence, and this is not me saying it,

 

           11              it's her, a police report was filed.  Her

 

           12              husband was out of town, two days later the

 

           13              husband came home, the wife heard him

 

           14              arguing outside with somebody, she comes

 

           15              running out and the person with the stickers

 

           16              was back again in their driveway, they

 

           17              caught him red-handed and I'm not going to

 

           18              mention names, but this person is a very,

 

           19              very close relative of the mayor.  It just

 

           20              shows this mayor will do anything to win a

 

           21              campaign.  It's unbelievable.  He is so

 

           22              underhanded, so corrupt, it's just

 

           23              unbelievable.

 

           24                      And here is another example of his

 

           25              corruption, on election day the Aroma Cafe


 

 

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            1              on Mulberry Street was giving out flyers,

 

            2              "Vote for Chris Doherty, we'll give you a

 

            3              ride to the polls and a free panini."

 

            4                      This was stopped by a judge.  A

 

            5              judge told them to stop it because it's

 

            6              illegal.  This is many things that Chris

 

            7              Doherty has done illegal in his whole career

 

            8              as mayor and nothing has been done.  Charges

 

            9              should be brought against him for running a

 

           10              campaign like this and whoever else is

 

           11              involved, and this is all fact because a

 

           12              copy of that flyer was faxed to Steve

 

           13              Corbett and he read it on the air.

 

           14                      Next thing, I have to talk about the

 

           15              library, also.  I have to disagree with

 

           16              Mr. Dudek, with today's technology we do not

 

           17              need a new library.  How many people go to

 

           18              the library to study?  Almost every

 

           19              household has a computer in it.  You can get

 

           20              more on the computer than you can with a

 

           21              library.  I totally disagree.  We don't a

 

           22              need a new library, our Albright library is

 

           23              just fine, and where are we going to get

 

           24              $16 million anyway?  I guess that's all I

 

           25              have.  Thank you.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF: Jim Stucker.

 

            2                      MR. STUCKER:  I'm glad I voted for

 

            3              Janet and Courtright.  I voted for the other

 

            4              two guys, so I feel sorry about Gary

 

            5              DiBileo, he lost, but I hope he got another

 

            6              chance, I'd be happy.  Now back to our

 

            7              holes, Mayor Doherty has got to do something

 

            8              for the city now.  I heard he got back in to

 

            9              be a mayor now he's got to do something.  We

 

           10              got to get these roads fixed.  Where is the

 

           11              money going where these holes can be fixed?

 

           12              Like, I was over at Greenridge the other day

 

           13              and I was riding the side roads and the

 

           14              roads were full of holes.  They got to --

 

           15              Mayor Doherty he's -- -where is this money

 

           16              going?  That's what I'd like to know?  Where

 

           17              is the money going?  He should do something

 

           18              for these roads.

 

           19                      Now, if Gary DiBileo he would have

 

           20              gotten something done for the city.  He

 

           21              would.  No if's about it.  You got to work

 

           22              with the man now.  If you are don't work

 

           23              with him he's not going to do nothing, get

 

           24              the lights fixed, gets the roads, don't

 

           25              worry about Nay Aug Park, that should be out


 

 

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            1              of his mind now.  The garbage has got to be

 

            2              picked up.  I have been riding around with

 

            3              my buddy Pat today, the garbage ain't picked

 

            4              up like it's supposed to be.  And they are

 

            5              complaining about the dogs, about building

 

            6              the thing up at the park, the dog cage or

 

            7              something like that, he's got to do

 

            8              something I don't know care.  And that red

 

            9              house on Greenridge never got tore down.

 

           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I know, Jim, it

 

           11              should be torn town.  They boarded it up,

 

           12              though.

 

           13                      MR. STUCKER: He's got to tear it

 

           14              down.  The other thing is right there by the

 

           15              corner of Greenridge Street there is two big

 

           16              houses there.  They should be tore down,

 

           17              too, because it's abandoned houses.  So you

 

           18              got to do something.  I don't care what.

 

           19                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Okay, Jim.

 

           20                      MR. STUCKER: Pat told me he said for

 

           21              both of you he is glad both of you won.

 

           22                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Tell him we said

 

           23              thanks, all right.

 

           24                      MR. STUCKER: I had a good time at

 

           25              the party, at Gary's.  Yeah.  Yeah.  I


 

 

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            1              didn't see Janet there.  I wish she was

 

            2              there.

 

            3                      MS. EVANS: Where?

 

            4                      MR. STUCKER:  At DiBileo's party at

 

            5              the Taurus Club.

 

            6                      MS. EVANS: At the Taurus Club.

 

            7                      MR. COURTRIGHT: She was sick, Jim.

 

            8                      MR. STUCKER: I know.  Yeah.  All

 

            9              right.

 

           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Okay, Jim.

 

           11                      MS. EVANS: Thank you.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF: Stephanie Gawel.

 

           13                      MS. GAWEL:  Good evening, Council.

 

           14              First, I'd like to say what an Honor and

 

           15              privilege it was working for Gary DiBileo's

 

           16              campaign, I worked a lot.  I met a lot of

 

           17              nice, nice people out there, it was -- it

 

           18              really very educational.

 

           19                      Second, I'd like to congratulate

 

           20              Mrs. Evans and Mr. Courtright, and I would

 

           21              like to wish Mrs. Gatelli and Mr. Fanucci

 

           22              well in their future endeavors.

 

           23                      All right, now the nice part is

 

           24              over.  Mayor Doherty continues to sell the

 

           25              Irish charm and lie to the city and


 

 

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            1              continues to divide the city.  Again, I

 

            2              encourage the people of Scranton to call the

 

            3              Times Leader, start getting the Saturday

 

            4              paper which will eventually maybe cause --

 

            5              get a second paper in the City of Scranton

 

            6              because as far as I'm concerned the only one

 

            7              that was pathetic and obstructionist,

 

            8              etcetera, was the Scranton Times.  Again, I

 

            9              had cancelled the paper, they continue to

 

           10              deliver it, I believe that editorial page is

 

           11              their for their opinions not the whole

 

           12              paper.

 

           13                      I would like to address some

 

           14              comments that were made two weeks ago.  I

 

           15              write my own thoughts.  I do not speak -- I

 

           16              do speak with other speakers.  They are

 

           17              nice, but as it was said, the same people.

 

           18              That's why I continually encourage other

 

           19              people to come and speak.  I also, again,

 

           20              believe that Mrs. Williams is entitled to

 

           21              her opinion, but she comes in with such hate

 

           22              and disgust that it's hard to listen to her.

 

           23                      I would also like to address former

 

           24              mayor Dave Wenzel.  I want to say that I and

 

           25              a lot of other people have lost a lot of


 

 

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            1              respect for you.  For you to endorse a man

 

            2              who is does not support the men and women

 

            3              who put their lives on the line keeping the

 

            4              citizens of the Scranton safe from crime and

 

            5              fires and etcetera, is appalling to me.

 

            6                      He put his life on the line and he

 

            7              paid the price and yet he doesn't seem to

 

            8              think that it's necessary to either look

 

            9              after our firemen or our policemen when you

 

           10              are endorsing Mayor Doherty, and that's

 

           11              ashame, and they are not scare tactics when

 

           12              you know what's going on in South Side,

 

           13              etcetera and when you know that it's just

 

           14              nonsense and I can't believe that he ever

 

           15              did that.

 

           16                      And that's it for tonight.  I just

 

           17              needed to vent tonight and wish everybody

 

           18              well and I will see you next week.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF: Ron Ellman.

 

           20                      MS. ELLMAN: Ronnie Ellman,

 

           21              homeowner, member of the Taxpayers'

 

           22              Association.  Well, isn't a great mystery

 

           23              how some things turned out, I'm talking

 

           24              about the election.  I have had several

 

           25              people ask me what it's like to have to eat


 

 

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            1              my words.  I don't think, you know, I don't

 

            2              think I have to eat my words.  Mayor Doherty

 

            3              won the battle and lost the war.  He is like

 

            4              a lame duck mayor for the next four years,

 

            5              so he is useless.  He has no -- nothing to

 

            6              offer his supporters anymore.  To me, I'm

 

            7              going to read this:  Doherty ran a

 

            8              deplorable, despicable, disgusting, filthy

 

            9              dirty campaign against two very good and

 

           10              honorable men that out to be proud of the

 

           11              way they ran theirs.  These two men only

 

           12              offered the city hope and inspiration, not

 

           13              no 30 or 40 years of continuous debt.

 

           14                      You know, tomorrow morning I look in

 

           15              the mirror and I see this old face that's

 

           16              wore out two or three bodies, but when I

 

           17              leave if i goes someplace I have the warmth

 

           18              and friendship and shake hands with people

 

           19              and give some guys a hug that Doherty would

 

           20              never sincerely have, did just won't have it

 

           21              like that.  When he looked in that mirror, I

 

           22              don't know, he is just going to see a cold,

 

           23              unfriendly, just the atmosphere he gives

 

           24              out.

 

           25                      I read in the paper where he wants


 

 

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            1              to run against Kanjorski and has

 

            2              aspirations, it seems like one of the

 

            3              prerequisites in this state to run for

 

            4              governor you have to be the worst absolute

 

            5              mayor the city ever had like Philadelphia,

 

            6              you know, and that's -- he sure fills the

 

            7              shoes there, but if he runs against

 

            8              Kanjorski, who I didn't vote and I don't

 

            9              like, that man will eat him up and spit him

 

           10              out in little piece, and it won't be like

 

           11              running against Mr. DiBileo, and I believe

 

           12              that we'll see a lot of Mr. DiBileo when

 

           13              Chris Doherty is gone and forgotten.

 

           14                      And about the library, I'm in favor

 

           15              of it, but not in no wore out old bank

 

           16              building and not in South Side.  The library

 

           17              should be where everybody could get to it

 

           18              and get so many people and the children

 

           19              especially come to the library in buses.

 

           20              It's a lot easier to go downtown than it is

 

           21              to ride all over the place and there is only

 

           22              going to be "X" amount of stimulus dollars.

 

           23              I keep reading and hearing we have stimulus

 

           24              dollars coming for this, that and the other

 

           25              thing.  It's limited for crying out loud.


 

 

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            1              How much do you think we are going to get?

 

            2                      I would like to see Mr. Doherty

 

            3              promote a library, and I wish we could do

 

            4              something about a zoo, but that's further

 

            5              down the road, but I would rather see money

 

            6              given for the zoo than the trains out there,

 

            7              and I went to the trains once, I don't know,

 

            8              10, 15 years ago and it was very enjoyable,

 

            9              but I have never had any desire to go back,

 

           10              but like I said, a zoo for is for children

 

           11              and families and they will come and come and

 

           12              come and never quit coming because I grew up

 

           13              in Memphis and that's how it was for

 

           14              families, it was just a family thing you

 

           15              went to and it was always different, and

 

           16              it's just sad that we couldn't, you know, we

 

           17              couldn't keep the little one we had.  I

 

           18              understand both sides of the argument, but I

 

           19              wish Mrs. Evans and Mr. Courtright the best.

 

           20              Can I come to your office and show you my

 

           21              paperwork?  Nobody else paid in attention to

 

           22              me.

 

           23                      MR. COURTRIGHT: You are not going to

 

           24              end up on the floor, are you?

 

           25                      MS. FANUCCI: Ronnie, what does your


 

 

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            1              shirt say?

 

            2                      MR. ELLMAN: Pardon?

 

            3                      MS. FANUCCI: Pull your shirt down,

 

            4              we can't see what it says.  Your shirt.  We

 

            5              need to know what your shirt says.

 

            6                      MS. ELLMAN: I don't know what it

 

            7              says.

 

            8                      MS. FANUCCI: "I'm smiling because I

 

            9              have no idea what's going on."

 

           10                      MR. ELLMAN: Miss Rosie puts things

 

           11              out for me.

 

           12                      MS. FANUCCI: That's so cute.

 

           13                      MR. ELLMAN: If I come in here I will

 

           14              put two socks out or anything, purple with

 

           15              stripes.  And let me tell you something

 

           16              embarrassing real quick, when I took my Army

 

           17              physical all of these big guys are standing

 

           18              there with little briefs on, my momma used

 

           19              to buy me these boxer shorts in all

 

           20              different colors and stripes and everything

 

           21              and I looked like a fool.  I did.  I looked

 

           22              like a fool standing there, but what are you

 

           23              going to do.  Thank you.

 

           24                      MR. MCGOFF: Brett McCloe.

 

           25                      MR. MCCLOE: Good evening.  My name


 

 

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            1              is Brett McCloe, Scranton, Pennsylvania

 

            2              taxpayer.  First off, I would like to say

 

            3              congratulations to Mrs. Evans and

 

            4              Mr. Courtright for their victories in last

 

            5              week's primary, but I also want to

 

            6              congratulate Mr. DiBileo for running a

 

            7              campaign based on the hope of returning to

 

            8              fiscally responsible city government and

 

            9              restoring faith in the universal time-tested

 

           10              methods it takes to achieve that goal, but

 

           11              unfortunately 52 percent of the voters of

 

           12              this city, including strangely enough some

 

           13              Republicans, who voted more like opportunist

 

           14              than those with conservative principals,

 

           15              they along with a lot of Democrats didn't,

 

           16              couldn't or wouldn't consider the merits of

 

           17              progress through fiscal responsibility as

 

           18              fixed on shiny things associated with the

 

           19              perception of progress.  They couldn't see

 

           20              the forest for the trees.

 

           21                      Two weeks ago Miss Fanucci said

 

           22              something I sort of agreed with.  She said

 

           23              something very compelling that helped me

 

           24              understand and realize even more that our

 

           25              city is a living, breathing organism that


 

 

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            1              mimics our actions and is not unlike the

 

            2              humans that are charged with this operation.

 

            3                      A study and comparison was made

 

            4              between how she saw herself and the City of

 

            5              Scranton, not word for word, but in the

 

            6              sense she said everyone wishes for something

 

            7              different and has their own opinions about

 

            8              the progress of this city and how this city

 

            9              should be run.

 

           10                      Next she said every morning when she

 

           11              gets up she wishes she was a size six, but

 

           12              when she looks in the mirror it just isn't

 

           13              so.  This statement really has nothing to do

 

           14              with her or anyone's weight problems and

 

           15              neither do my comments.  To me, it's about

 

           16              the fiscal health of a living, breathing

 

           17              organism called Scranton.  It made we think,

 

           18              what would it be like to be a size six city

 

           19              in comparison to our present fiscal health?

 

           20              What is a size six city?  How do we get

 

           21              there and do we fully understand the

 

           22              sacrifices and hard work it would take to

 

           23              turn a wish into a dream then turn that

 

           24              dream into a reality.

 

           25                      Over the past seven years this city


 

 

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            1              has looked in the mirror and developed a new

 

            2              model, let's fake it until we make it, and

 

            3              learn to surround and cloak itself with

 

            4              expensive tax exempt buildings, businesses

 

            5              and institutions of higher learning that

 

            6              gobbled up the city like a virus because of

 

            7              a belief in the trickle down theory that in

 

            8              reality evaporates up as much tax dollars as

 

            9              Mr. Doherty can provide under the guise of

 

           10              economic development and what trickles down

 

           11              is not enough to develop a stable economy.

 

           12                      This poverty sustaining policy

 

           13              forges visions of economic prosperity that

 

           14              may or may not do the body good.  I fear a

 

           15              six-month scorched earth spending and

 

           16              borrowing campaign that will further bloat

 

           17              our city and force us into even more debt,

 

           18              perhaps downtown will get a Ferris wheel and

 

           19              cotton candy street lamps to show the world

 

           20              that Scranton is a great place to live and

 

           21              they will ooh and ah as the citizens of this

 

           22              city watch our tax dollars explode and

 

           23              disintegrate in the air like fireworks.  At

 

           24              any rate, there is a new day coming and the

 

           25              good news is the people of this city have


 

 

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            1              voted to get on the treadmill to economic

 

            2              recovery through fiscal responsibility even

 

            3              though we elected to do so with a doughnut

 

            4              in our hand.  Thank you.

 

            5                      MR. MCGOFF: Marie Schumacher.

 

            6                      MS. SCHUMACHER: Good evening.  Marie

 

            7              Schumacher, resident and member of the

 

            8              Taxpayers' Association.  I'd like to start

 

            9              with some good news, unlike last year, the

 

           10              Scranton High School did participate in the

 

           11              Armed Services parade this year and I was

 

           12              very happy to see that as did a number of

 

           13              other high schools, however, what was

 

           14              disappointing was that for Memorial Day the

 

           15              city website, the parks and recreation page,

 

           16              chose to feature and promote a wrestling

 

           17              match to be held sometime in the future and

 

           18              not the Nay Aug services, and to add insult

 

           19              to injury, they provided an incorrect time

 

           20              for the service.  They were only off by an

 

           21              hour and a half.  I think the IT needs to do

 

           22              a whole lot better than what they have been

 

           23              doing.

 

           24                      And now to my favorite subject, the

 

           25              Ice Box deal.  To refresh, back six years


 

 

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            1              ago in January we were told that this was

 

            2              the Ice Box deal:  $600,000 for 99 years at

 

            3              $1 a year until the city moved the DPW at

 

            4              which time Mr. Burke is obligated to buy the

 

            5              land for whatever balance is left on the

 

            6              lease.  So six from $600,000 you can do the

 

            7              math, that's what Mr. Burke owes us.

 

            8                      I have been asking why back in,

 

            9              again, three years ago in 2006 city council

 

           10              never even introduced the resolution that

 

           11              was sent to them, and I'm glad they did

 

           12              because it would have extended these

 

           13              payments out forever and it had no interest,

 

           14              but that aside, apparently, when it was sent

 

           15              back there were no instructions on what

 

           16              council liked or disliked about it and any

 

           17              instructions to return it apparently.

 

           18                      You have had Mr. Minora on the 28th

 

           19              of last month almost a whole month ago, Mr.

 

           20              Minora said, "I spoke to Mr. Greco twice and

 

           21              the last conversation he had with me was

 

           22              that he did not believe --" did not believe,

 

           23              not did not know, "but did not believe the

 

           24              prerequisites triggering payment had

 

           25              occurred yet.  All of them hadn't occurred,


 

 

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            1              at least that's what he felt, and there was

 

            2              one portion of it that he wanted to look and

 

            3              he was going to get back to me."

 

            4                      I did a Right-to-Know to the open

 

            5              records officer for the Scranton

 

            6              Redevelopment Authority who subsequent to

 

            7              his response told me that it was either

 

            8              prepared or cleared with Mr. Greco and it

 

            9              says:  "Based on my review of our records to

 

           10              the best of my knowledge our office does not

 

           11              have any documents concerning an agreement

 

           12              with BRT Ice, LP, in it's possession."

 

           13                      So, I mean, what's going on?  I

 

           14              really resent being jerked around like this

 

           15              and told things that are obviously not true.

 

           16              Which was the lie or are all they lies?  Was

 

           17              that not the agreement that $600,000 was

 

           18              going to be paid?

 

           19                      MS. FANUCCI: No, it wasn't.

 

           20                      MS. SCHUMACHER: When the DPW moved--

 

           21                      MS. FANUCCI: It wasn't --

 

           22                      MS. SCHUMACHER: It's my time.

 

           23                      MS. FANUCCI: So you don't want the

 

           24              answers again.

 

           25                      MS. SCHUMACHER: In motions.  Thank


 

 

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            1              you.  Okay, well, awaiting my answers in

 

            2              motions, the next thing and I hope it's

 

            3              honest and truthful and I hope we can

 

            4              proceed because I think the city certainly

 

            5              needs the money.  I'm still waiting for the

 

            6              proof of the $600,000 or -- yeah, $600,000,

 

            7              the 6,000 jobs that the mayor claims that he

 

            8              created because his own budget, as I gave

 

            9              you the figures last time, his own budget

 

           10              does not support, but rather shows a decline

 

           11              in the numbers -- either in the numbers of

 

           12              people working or the numbers of people who

 

           13              are working but have slipped below the

 

           14              $12,000 threshold at which point you would

 

           15              no longer have to pay the $52 local services

 

           16              tax, so I hope that we are going to get some

 

           17              either support or admission that that was an

 

           18              outright lie again.

 

           19                      As far as the library, I couldn't

 

           20              disagree more with Mr. Dudek.  I remember

 

           21              back in the mid 90's we got a lot of

 

           22              policemen and it was one of those things the

 

           23              politics -- there was politics behind it

 

           24              because it was meant to assuage the people

 

           25              who were going to lose their jobs, but -- if


 

 

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            1              I may complete this one?  Thank you.  But

 

            2              that money expired and when this money

 

            3              expired you either let the police officers

 

            4              go or the city had to pick up the funds.

 

            5              This is a the exact same thing.  If you get

 

            6              the stimulus money it has to be spent in two

 

            7              years and then you are stuck, the city is

 

            8              once again and the county, is stuck for

 

            9              keeping the collections up-to-date and

 

           10              paying the employees and it does belong

 

           11              downtown.  Thank you very much.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF: Bill Jackowitz.

 

           13                      MR. JACKOWITZ: Bill Jackowitz, South

 

           14              Scranton resident and member of the

 

           15              Taxpayers' Association.  The election:

 

           16              Congratulations to Doherty, Evans, Rogan,

 

           17              Joyce, Morgan and Miller.  My hope, the

 

           18              making of a better government.  Four years

 

           19              ago after the election, I stated that we

 

           20              would have two new council persons and my

 

           21              hope was that they would work together and

 

           22              work with the people to improve Scranton.

 

           23              That did not happen.  Again, I will say

 

           24              welcome to new council members, whomever

 

           25              they may be.  I hope again is they will work


 

 

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            1              together to improve Scranton and make

 

            2              Scranton a better place for all residents,

 

            3              not just the chosen few.

 

            4                      Single Tax Office, Mr. Courtright,

 

            5              the law has been violated and it's continued

 

            6              to be broken, Single Tax Law 1929.  What are

 

            7              you going to do about that?  Where is the

 

            8              district attorney?  Hopefully, the FBI will

 

            9              reopen the investigation?  How about the

 

           10              audit of the Single Tax Office?  When and

 

           11              where and by whom?  Special privileges

 

           12              should not be granted because of friendships

 

           13              or organizations that you belong in.  We

 

           14              need an investigation in this office, laws

 

           15              have been broken and it needs to be done.

 

           16              The law is just that, the law.

 

           17                      City council, new majority,

 

           18              hopefully the mayor and council will work

 

           19              together.  Voting "yes" all the time is not

 

           20              the answer.  Voting "no" all the time is not

 

           21              the answer either.  Each vote should be

 

           22              thoroughly researched and talked about

 

           23              before you cast that vote.  Remember, every

 

           24              vote that is taken by city council affects

 

           25              every citizen and residence of Scranton, not


 

 

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            1              just the few chosen citizens.

 

            2                      Voting turnout was low.  The

 

            3              residents of the City of Scranton need to

 

            4              really take a more active role in the

 

            5              governing of the city.  Remember, you as

 

            6              citizens live here, play here and sometimes

 

            7              actually work in the city.  Poor and

 

            8              dishonest government is the result of lack

 

            9              of voters' participation.  Councilwoman

 

           10              Evans again proved that the voters are

 

           11              paying attention.  The highest number of

 

           12              votes in the election on the Democratic and

 

           13              Republican side.

 

           14                      March 2009 unemployment rate, 9.2

 

           15              percent.  Someone really needs to look into

 

           16              this serious matter.  All of the new

 

           17              projects and developments will amount to

 

           18              very little if citizens are not capable of

 

           19              enjoying them because they have no money.

 

           20              Remember, a new building does not bring

 

           21              prosperity or happiness to the residents.

 

           22              Liveable wage jobs will.  Just because you

 

           23              have a job does not mean that you are

 

           24              capable of maintaining your household

 

           25              expenses.


 

 

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            1                      Mayor Doherty and city council needs

 

            2              to work together with the Scranton Chamber

 

            3              of Commerce and that needs to start tonight.

 

            4              I feel the first step should be to invite

 

            5              the Chamber to a city council meeting and

 

            6              discuss the matter openly and freely with

 

            7              the residents.  Listen and watch.  No more

 

            8              back door meetings.  Open up city

 

            9              government.  Remember, fair, honest and open

 

           10              government works.  Behind the door closed

 

           11              door government does not work.

 

           12                      President McGoff, put the gavel down

 

           13              and start gaveling council members when they

 

           14              are out of order.  What is fair is fair and

 

           15              rules are for everybody to follow.

 

           16              Campaigning at council meetings did not

 

           17              work.  The voters seen right through the

 

           18              smoke and mirrors.

 

           19                      I would like to offer a suggestion,

 

           20              city council, mayor and his administration,

 

           21              schedule a townhall meeting where residents

 

           22              can approach their elected official with

 

           23              questions, possibly in a high school

 

           24              auditorium.  The city of Scranton is divided

 

           25              and must work hard at becoming one again.


 

 

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            1              Without new ideas, discussions and working

 

            2              together, the city will not recover from the

 

            3              distressed status.

 

            4                      By the way, when asked a question,

 

            5              an elected officials should take the time to

 

            6              answer the question.  If you are not capable

 

            7              of answering the question, then take the

 

            8              time to do the research.  A phone call or an

 

            9              e-mail does not constitute research.  If you

 

           10              want to represent the people then do that.

 

           11              Words mean nothing until they are put into

 

           12              action.  Voting records are your actions.

 

           13              The voters looked at the voting records on

 

           14              19th of May.  Good job, voters, I commend

 

           15              you.

 

           16                      Okay, we got the Kids Swim Free

 

           17              Program starting again for the third year.

 

           18              You can make checks payable to:  Kids Swim

 

           19              Free.  Mail the checks to 1416 South Webster

 

           20              Avenue, Scranton, Pa., 18505.  This is the

 

           21              third year that the Taxpayers' Association

 

           22              is sponsoring this.  So far we have

 

           23              sponsored over 4,000 kids swimming in two

 

           24              years.  We want to continue it so, please,

 

           25              make a check out to "Kids Swim Free."  Mail


 

 

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            1              that check to 1416 South Webster Avenue,

 

            2              Scranton, Pennsylvania, 18505.

 

            3                      MR. MCGOFF: Bill Braddick.

 

            4                      MR. BRADDICK:  Good evening,

 

            5              Council.  Thank you for the opportunity to

 

            6              speak.  My name is William Braddick and I am

 

            7              a proud citizen of the great City of

 

            8              Scranton and I'd like to congratulate Mrs.

 

            9              Evans on her victory, well done.

 

           10              Mr. Courtright on his victory and look

 

           11              forward to the things that he will do in

 

           12              that office.  Congratulate our mayor, Chris

 

           13              Doherty, on his victory, and more

 

           14              importantly and more to the point,

 

           15              congratulate Mrs. Gatelli and Mrs. Fanucci

 

           16              on their victory, the victory that is their

 

           17              accomplishment of the time that they served

 

           18              here and the good deeds that they helped get

 

           19              done with the help of the rest of council in

 

           20              some tough circumstances, the opposition

 

           21              that they faced during it, that they

 

           22              continue to face during it, and the future

 

           23              that's in front of both of them as well as

 

           24              the future that's in front of you, Mrs.

 

           25              Evans, as you take the reigns of this


 

 

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            1              council and hopefully spread your wings and

 

            2              let your abilities take us where we need to

 

            3              go.

 

            4                      I am the founding and presently sole

 

            5              member of the Legion of Hope, looking

 

            6              forward to what this city is possible of

 

            7              accomplishing through the correct

 

            8              leadership, seeing these groups that were

 

            9              opposed working together.  I think we have a

 

           10              great opportunity in front of us, and I

 

           11              think we may have the right people there to

 

           12              do it, so I am hopeful, and I am a legion of

 

           13              one right now and we will see how many join

 

           14              me, but I am a legion.

 

           15                      I would like to just take one second

 

           16              and remind everybody that ICC in the Hill

 

           17              Section still has a food pantry running and

 

           18              they are a little low.  The good Monsignor

 

           19              Essef and his whole gang up there and do

 

           20              wonderful things.  Anyone that has the

 

           21              opportunity to drop off anything extra that

 

           22              you have and other than that, I thank you

 

           23              for your time.

 

           24                      MR. MCGOFF: Other speakers?

 

           25                      MS. O'MALLEY:  Hello, Barbara


 

 

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            1              O'Malley, city resident.  Today's Scranton

 

            2              Times article, "ECTV moving downtown" is yet

 

            3              another twist in the sordid tail of ECTV.  I

 

            4              am dizzy trying to follow the statements of

 

            5              John Darcy, ECTV president, and Mark

 

            6              Migliore, ECTV executive director, as they

 

            7              attempt to rationalize the financial

 

            8              benefits to the taxpayers of ECTV's latest

 

            9              move.

 

           10                      Although, ECTV received $100,000

 

           11              from the City of Scranton, it has fallen

 

           12              short on fulfilling it's supporter's

 

           13              promises.  Council persons Gatelli, Fanucci

 

           14              and McGoff approved ECTV's funding over the

 

           15              objections of many citizens who pointed out

 

           16              the flaws in ECTV's business plan and it's

 

           17              shaky management structure.

 

           18                      Citizens also warn that operating a

 

           19              TV studio at 933 Prescott Avenue was a

 

           20              violation of the city's zoning code and it

 

           21              was fool hearty to invest money in the

 

           22              building.  Unfortunately, they too were

 

           23              ignored and we are paying for the results.

 

           24                      According to Mr. Darcy, $19,000 of

 

           25              taxpayers' money was used for improvements


 

 

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            1              at the studio at 933 Prescott Avenue which

 

            2              is now being vacated.  Mr. Migliore, ECTV

 

            3              executive director, called criticism of

 

            4              these expenditures, and I quote, "Complete

 

            5              nonsense."

 

            6                      No matter how hard John Darcy, Mark

 

            7              Migliore and Tom Welby of the Committee that

 

            8              selected ECTV try to convince us that the

 

            9              new downtown location is terrific, it is yet

 

           10              another ill-conceived step by ECTV on the

 

           11              taxpayers' dime.

 

           12                      According to reports, ECTV is said

 

           13              to sign a lease with Scranton Mall

 

           14              Associates for 3,600 square feet of studio

 

           15              space at 114 Wyoming Avenue in downtown

 

           16              Scranton.  Office space in downtown Scranton

 

           17              ranges from $12 to $20 a square foot

 

           18              depending on services.  Where is ECTV

 

           19              getting roughly $4,000 to pay the rent at

 

           20              114 Wyoming Avenue?  Is this a viable plan

 

           21              fort the longrun or will the taxpayers'

 

           22              money again be wasted on a short-term fix?

 

           23                      Today's newspaper article also

 

           24              states with the exception of the $19,000 to

 

           25              improve the now vacated studio, most of the


 

 

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            1              money ECTV received from the city was spent

 

            2              on equipment.  What about money budgeted for

 

            3              salaries?

 

            4                      As a condition of the loan between

 

            5              the city and the ECTV, ECTV had to create

 

            6              three full-time permanent paid jobs.

 

            7              According to a letter from Lori Reed, Deputy

 

            8              Director of OECT -- excuse me, OECD, ECTV

 

            9              did fulfill that requirement and the loan

 

           10              has been forgiven.  Where did the funds come

 

           11              for three full-time salaries if most of the

 

           12              money was spent on the equipment and

 

           13              improvements?

 

           14                      Is ECTV playing a shell game with

 

           15              public funds?  Something just doesn't add up

 

           16              unless this $100,000 is like manna from

 

           17              heaven.  Even Mr. Welby, ECTV's faithful

 

           18              cheerleader said in today's paper that he

 

           19              was, and I quote, "curious about the costs."

 

           20                      I would hope that the members of

 

           21              this body would share Mr. Welby's curiosity

 

           22              and be very, very wary of any attempts to

 

           23              funnel additional monies to ECTV.  Thank

 

           24              you.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else?


 

 

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            1                      MS. WARDELL: Good evening, Council.

 

            2              My name is Mary Ann Wardell.

 

            3              Congratulations, Janet and Bill.

 

            4                      MS. EVANS: Thank you.

 

            5                      MS. WARDELL:  I am here to question

 

            6              about the library.  Stimulus money would be

 

            7              used to build that library.  Who is

 

            8              responsible for maintaining it?  The county,

 

            9              currently taxes property owners a library

 

           10              tax to take care of that library.  The

 

           11              county is not interested in building another

 

           12              library, so where does the financial burden

 

           13              fall if this new library is built?  Who was

 

           14              going to pay for this new library, to

 

           15              maintain this library?  And anybody can

 

           16              answer who knows the answer?

 

           17                      MS. EVANS: I don't have an answer

 

           18              that's set in stone, but I would agree with

 

           19              you that the libraries fall under the county

 

           20              library system, and as you mentioned, the

 

           21              three commissioners have unanimously agreed

 

           22              that at this time the county cannot afford

 

           23              to maintain a new library within the City of

 

           24              Scranton.  I would assume that if the

 

           25              library is built that we very likely may see


 

 

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            1              a tax increase in terms of the library taxes

 

            2              that we pay in order to foot the bills for

 

            3              the employee's salaries and the maintenance

 

            4              and equipment necessary to keep such an

 

            5              endeavor running daily.

 

            6                      MS. WARDELL: So that you are looking

 

            7              at adding more taxes or more cost to the

 

            8              residents of the city to put a library over

 

            9              in South Side, which is not centrally

 

           10              located, and we have a beautiful library

 

           11              here in town which anybody can get at to,

 

           12              all they have to do is hop on a bus, where

 

           13              does anybody get the idea that the residents

 

           14              of this city in Scranton can afford to pay

 

           15              for another library?  I personally can't

 

           16              afford it.  I'm on a fixed income.  There is

 

           17              no way I can afford anymore library taxes or

 

           18              any more property taxes or anymore wage

 

           19              taxes.  We are taxed out here.  We are

 

           20              absolutely taxed out.

 

           21                      And it's a question of priority.

 

           22              The money is coming from a stimulus package,

 

           23              and that's great, that's to create jobs, but

 

           24              I would think that if you look at your

 

           25              priorities especially in this city that


 

 

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            1              there would be other priorities that would

 

            2              come ahead of a library when we have a

 

            3              magnificent one here in Scranton.

 

            4                      And really I just have one more

 

            5              thing to say, I'm very glad that come

 

            6              January you, Mrs. Fanucci, will not be here.

 

            7              You have been an embarrassment to this city

 

            8              tore four years with your sarcastic remarks

 

            9              and --

 

           10                      MR. MCGOFF: That's out of you order.

 

           11                      MS. WARDELL --  and your treatment

 

           12              of -- yes, you know what, Mr. McGoff -

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF: I'm sorry, Mrs. Wardell,

 

           14              that is out of order.

 

           15                      MS. WARDELL: No.  I agree, I am out

 

           16              of order and you know what, she has been out

 

           17              of order for four years.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you.

 

           19                      MS. WARDELL: Thank you.

 

           20                      MR. TALIMINI: Joe Talimini, resident

 

           21              of Scranton.  The issue I have to bring up

 

           22              is a little more tangible than what we have

 

           23              heard tonight.  All this fantastic paving

 

           24              that's going on in this city, I'd like to

 

           25              know where it is, because our senior


 

 

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            1              citizens up there, and especially those who

 

            2              are handicapped and in wheelchairs, still

 

            3              can't get across the city streets and, I

 

            4              mean, you know, there are five members up

 

            5              there on that council and if you can't walk

 

            6              out that front door and see the condition of

 

            7              those streets and the sidewalks and the

 

            8              crosswalks you are totally blind.

 

            9                      MS. GATELLI:  That's true.  It's

 

           10              terrible.

 

           11                      MR. TALIMINI: Because we had one of

 

           12              our gentleman come down here and speak to

 

           13              our public safety director who didn't even

 

           14              know that these conditions existed.  He

 

           15              actually took him on a walking tour.  Of

 

           16              course, this is pretty bad because this guy

 

           17              is on a fixed income, he is in a power

 

           18              chair, etcetera.  Unfortunately, he does

 

           19              have to get downtown to the stores when they

 

           20              are open and he has to go to the banks when

 

           21              he gets his money.  But, you know, I cannot

 

           22              believe that the people in this building who

 

           23              are overpaid, most of them, and those of you

 

           24              who are elected do not know that you cannot

 

           25              even get across that street out there in a


 

 

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            1              wheelchair.  I mean, are you totally dense

 

            2              or just don't you look and see what's going

 

            3              on out there?

 

            4                      It's sad.  Now, you also have an

 

            5              item on here with funding for homeless,

 

            6              etcetera.  Did they give the money last

 

            7              year?  Did they ever get the money that they

 

            8              were promised, the homeless shelter?

 

            9                      MS. GATELLI:  I think this is

 

           10              additional money.

 

           11                      MR. TALIMINI: I know, but did they

 

           12              ever get the money they were promised last

 

           13              year?

 

           14                      MS. GATELLI: Yes, the homeless gets

 

           15              the money.

 

           16                      MR. TALIMINI:  Because they are in

 

           17              need of again and I was asked by one of the

 

           18              people who is down there, he can't come here

 

           19              because he is also handicapped, if they are

 

           20              going to get any money this year at all and

 

           21              I told them if they didn't please let me

 

           22              know because we will see that they do.

 

           23                      Another thing, has anybody ever

 

           24              looked at the top of this particular

 

           25              building?  This sunny tower we have up


 

 

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            1              there?  It's in deplorable condition.  There

 

            2              is a window out which has been out since I

 

            3              know of and it needs a paint job up there,

 

            4              and no wonder there is pigeon dung up there

 

            5              with the window wide open they can come in

 

            6              and out freely.

 

            7                      It's just, you know, I question do

 

            8              you people see or don't you have any idea or

 

            9              don't you care?  And I that goes for all

 

           10              five of you, and I know the other ones don't

 

           11              care.  They just -- they are here for their

 

           12              paycheck and that's all it amounts to, and I

 

           13              would love to see you do something, you have

 

           14              got another six or seven months to go,

 

           15              please, consider the fact that these people

 

           16              need you, that's why you are up here.  Thank

 

           17              you.

 

           18                      MS. FRANUS:  Fay Franus, Scranton.

 

           19              Congratulations, Mrs. Evans.  This election

 

           20              isn't really over yet, we don't know who is

 

           21              running or anything, but I would just like

 

           22              to say that no matter who wins the people

 

           23              will be voting and whatever they decide is

 

           24              what they want and I'm not necessarily in

 

           25              favor of putting people down, like, I


 

 

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            1              disagree with Mrs. Wardell, I don't believe

 

            2              in that.  I mean, I know Judy and Sherry and

 

            3              I have words and things like that.

 

            4                      MS. GATELLI:  Actually, Fay, I'm

 

            5              going to miss you.

 

            6                      MS. FRANUS:  Me too.

 

            7                      MS. GATELLI:  Believe it or not.

 

            8                      MS. FRANUS: No, seriously --

 

            9                      MS. GATELLI: I know you like my

 

           10              little doggy, too.

 

           11                      MS. FRANUS: I do.

 

           12                      MS. GATELLI: It's not personal, I

 

           13              know that.

 

           14                      MS. FRANUS:  No, that's what I'm

 

           15              trying to say.

 

           16                      MS. GATELLI:  We have gotten along

 

           17              in the past and we will again.

 

           18                      MS. FRANUS:  Yes, and that's what

 

           19              I'm trying to say.  We are here for the

 

           20              better of the city no matter what and I hope

 

           21              you both of, you know, win in November or

 

           22              whatever you are doing, I hope you do

 

           23              something else that you enjoy and, like I

 

           24              say, the election isn't over, part of it

 

           25              isn't over anyway, and I hope everybody does


 

 

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            1              well, Billy and -- that's all I want to say.

 

            2              Good luck to everybody.

 

            3                      MS. GATELLI: Thank you.

 

            4                      MR. JONES: Bob Jones, Scranton.

 

            5              Everybody summed what I want to say tonight,

 

            6              so I'd just like to say three things, Janet

 

            7              Evans, Bill Courtright, and Scranton

 

            8              firefighters.  And, yeah, I still have my

 

            9              little red sign and you can't take it.

 

           10              Thank you.

 

           11                      MR. UNGVARSKY: Good evening, City

 

           12              Council, I'm Tom Ungvarsky and I'm a member

 

           13              of the Scranton Lackawanna County Taxpayers'

 

           14              Association.  I'd like to congratulate Janet

 

           15              Evans and Mr. Courtright on their victories.

 

           16                      MS. EVANS: Thank you.

 

           17                      MR. UNGVARSKY:  Well, Mr. Doherty

 

           18              won and I lost.  I hope that Mr. Doherty has

 

           19              the right idea because I believe Scranton is

 

           20              a working man's town.  We have had mines and

 

           21              factories here and they have been

 

           22              hardworking people.  Mr. Doherty had the

 

           23              idea that he can open up loft apartments and

 

           24              boutiques and downtown eateries and attract

 

           25              well-paying jobs to this city.  I hope the


 

 

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            1              book that he read gave him the right idea

 

            2              because I think that Scranton is going to

 

            3              suffer in the longrun.  Thank you.

 

            4                      MR. ANCHERANI: Good evening.  Nelson

 

            5              Ancherani, First Amendment Rights.  This

 

            6              coming January we will see a new council in

 

            7              these chambers.  It is my belief that

 

            8              between now and then numerous pieces of

 

            9              legislation will be pushed through.  As

 

           10              Mrs. Fanucci has admitted she is a rubber

 

           11              stamper, this would be a great time for her

 

           12              to shed that title along with Miss Gatelli

 

           13              and Mr. McGoff.

 

           14                      For four years Ms. Fanucci, Ms.

 

           15              Gattelli and Mr. McGoff, have voted and

 

           16              passed record budgets.  They have passed

 

           17              numerous borrowing and spending legislation.

 

           18              They passed the 25 percent tax increase and

 

           19              it appears another one will be coming for

 

           20              2010 when we have a deficit of 5.5 million

 

           21              when we don't have the money from the tax

 

           22              office.  This is an opportunity for you

 

           23              three to shed the rubber stamper titles and

 

           24              come to the rescue of the Scranton taxpayers

 

           25              who for eight years have endured record


 

 

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            1              budgets and record borrowing and reckless

 

            2              spending borrowing and spending.

 

            3                      Reckless borrowing example:  35

 

            4              million borrowed the Scranton Parking

 

            5              Authority, 59 million in interest is going

 

            6              to be paid back, plus giving the Scranton

 

            7              Parking Authority $879,000 this year for

 

            8              Scranton Parking Authority citation issuers,

 

            9              whoever they are.

 

           10                      Reckless spending examples are

 

           11              millions on outside attorneys and

 

           12              consultants.  If there was more time I could

 

           13              name many, many more.  With that B & S we

 

           14              are approximately 300 million in the whole

 

           15              in long-term debt, debt that are great

 

           16              grandchildren will be paying off. With that

 

           17              said, it is my belief and I predict for 2010

 

           18              there will be another 25 percent tax

 

           19              increase, much more borrowing, and another

 

           20              record budget.  There are ways to save money

 

           21              and give the taxpayers' relief, but I don't

 

           22              believe we will see that until the new

 

           23              council takes over in January.  If I'm wrong

 

           24              I'll be the first one to admit it.

 

           25                      Just to clarify, I have lived in


 

 

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            1              this city all my life.  I would have left

 

            2              years ago if I didn't love it.  For the

 

            3              better part of my life, I did what most of

 

            4              the people did and are still doing, ignoring

 

            5              what's going on.  Shame on me and to quote

 

            6              Shebo: I wondered what the fuss was about

 

            7              when Joe Clifford and "Jack is Back" Fosta

 

            8              argued against issues that they felt were

 

            9              bad for the city.  They loved their city and

 

           10              now more people are carrying on where they

 

           11              left off.

 

           12                      I love my city as much as any other

 

           13              person in this chambers.  Thanks to the

 

           14              internet and informed council speakers, it

 

           15              is much easier to get information that we

 

           16              won't get from the slimes.  We won't be kept

 

           17              in the dark like we used to be.  Politicians

 

           18              don't like when their sheep alone to watch

 

           19              and are looking over their shoulders.  Keep

 

           20              it up, council speakers.

 

           21                      And I just want to say that what I

 

           22              say is not scripted.  Thank you.

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF: Point of clarification,

 

           24              Mr. Ancherani, you can only blame me for two

 

           25              and a half years, not four.


 

 

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            1                      MR. ANCHERANI: Pardon?

 

            2                      MR. MCGOFF: I said you can only

 

            3              blame me for two and a half years, not four.

 

            4                      MR. ANCHERANI:  Two and a half,

 

            5              okay.

 

            6                      MS. GATELLI:  Are we going on the

 

            7              lunch bet this time, Nelson?

 

            8                      MR. ANCHERANI:  Pardon?

 

            9                      MS. GATELLI: We doing the lunch bet

 

           10              again?

 

           11                      MS. ANCHERANI: Yes.

 

           12                      MS. GATELLI:  Come on.

 

           13                      MR. ANCHERANI: It will go to

 

           14              charity.

 

           15                      MS. GATELLI: You reneged on me last

 

           16              year.

 

           17                      MR. MCGOFF: Mrs. Evans, if there are

 

           18              no other speakers.

 

           19                      MS. HUMPHRIES:  Oh, hold on a

 

           20              minute.  May the peace of Jesus Christ be

 

           21              with everybody.  Congratulations Mrs. Evans,

 

           22              you finally made it.  I hope you make it

 

           23              higher.

 

           24                      MS. EVANS: Thank you.

 

           25                      MS. HUMPHRIES: Mr. Courtright,


 

 

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            1              congratulations.  Mrs. Fanucci and Mrs.

 

            2              Gatelli they went.  I think you tried to do

 

            3              the best you could, but in the support of a

 

            4              president that's supposedly Christian and

 

            5              the people that are getting in office and

 

            6              supporting the killing of the unborn, it's

 

            7              the same as communism as far as I'm

 

            8              concerned.

 

            9                      I want to ask a question, I didn't

 

           10              know the estimate, but Mr. Boscov was loaned

 

           11              a lot of money and I know he gave to the

 

           12              party of Mr. Doherty.  With the situation,

 

           13              the financial situation in the City of

 

           14              Scranton, how can that be done, that's

 

           15              number one?  I think you could probably get

 

           16              an answer to Channel 16.  Mr. Courtright,

 

           17              you are going to be the big tax boy and I'm

 

           18              so proud.  Could you tell me something about

 

           19              that, was it $30,000, $3,000?  What was the

 

           20              estimate?

 

           21                      MR. COURTRIGHT: What Mr. Boscov gave

 

           22              Mr. Doherty?  I have no idea.

 

           23                      MS. HUMPHRIES:  Well, isn't it

 

           24              supposed to be documented for the City of

 

           25              Scranton, number one?


 

 

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            1                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Are you talking

 

            2              about his campaign contributions?

 

            3                      MS. HUMPHRIES: The loan.  There was

 

            4              supposed to be a loan.  How could there be a

 

            5              loan, number one, when our city is in

 

            6              duress, a depression and everything, number

 

            7              one.  I am in love with the library, but

 

            8              that one is fine right now until we get out

 

            9              of the hole.  I hope some day we will see a

 

           10              beautiful library when we do get out of the

 

           11              hole.  The other thing I want to say the

 

           12              journalist I had asked him something, how

 

           13              come they do not say anything about my

 

           14              speaking which everybody stops me and they

 

           15              love me and they can't understand why the

 

           16              comments are, and our country, our

 

           17              journalists that got killed in other

 

           18              countries that are martyrs, why doesn't our

 

           19              people that are journalist speak the truth,

 

           20              not just support one person, cover

 

           21              everything that's being hidden in the City

 

           22              of Scranton, the corruption in the City of

 

           23              Scranton, because this appalling when you

 

           24              got to speak to somebody in another country.

 

           25                      Now, there is treason, number one,


 

 

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            1              when you go up against your country, but

 

            2              there is also -- there is corruption in your

 

            3              country you got to do what you got to do to

 

            4              straighten it out.

 

            5                      I think it's appalling, number one,

 

            6              that they do not cover the truth.  They are

 

            7              afraid of me because I know the truth and I

 

            8              think it's wrong.  I think it's wrong to see

 

            9              buildings blown up and people sitting back

 

           10              when they seen documents by scientists and

 

           11              all being brought in and cigarettes being

 

           12              burnt or getting your bank papers saying,

 

           13              Phyllis, burn a debt.  That is wrong.

 

           14                      What they have done is equal to that

 

           15              Guantanamo or whatever that place what they

 

           16              have done to me, even some of the church

 

           17              people.  I think it's wrong.  I think it's

 

           18              unholy.  I think it's corrupt and when they

 

           19              cover when people are raped and attacked and

 

           20              they cover and they put whatever they want

 

           21              they are all going to be striped of their

 

           22              jobs.  I'm honest to God as God as my

 

           23              witness.  Bishop Martino, we got to get

 

           24              together and we got to show what really

 

           25              happened in the City of Scranton.  I am for


 

 

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            1              peace.  I am for peace.  I am for

 

            2              forgiveness, but I am for justice, and we

 

            3              got to get some of these corrupt SOB's out.

 

            4                      God forgive me, I'll go to

 

            5              confession, I'll be absolved of my sin.  I

 

            6              love yous and I hope you all do a wonderful

 

            7              job.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you.

 

            9                      MS. HUMPHRIES: And I'm sure they

 

           10              will cut this out, too.

 

           11                      MR. GERVASI:  Good evening, City

 

           12              Council.  My name is Dave Gervasi, Scranton

 

           13              firefighter and resident.  I just want to be

 

           14              real brief.  I want to congratulate

 

           15              Mr. Courtright on your victory and I'd like

 

           16              to congratulate Mrs. Evans.

 

           17                      MS. EVANS: Thank you.

 

           18                      MR. GERVASI: And I'd also like to

 

           19              say even though we didn't agree much, Mrs.

 

           20              Fanucci and Mrs. Gatelli, congratulations.

 

           21              You have a load of your mind right now

 

           22              probably, but I want to thank you for your

 

           23              service, I know it's a struggle on

 

           24              everybody.  And, like I said, we didn't

 

           25              agree much on anything, but thank you for


 

 

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            1              your service to the community.  That's all.

 

            2                      MR. MCGOFF: Mrs. Evans.

 

            3                      MS. EVANS: Thank you.  Good evening.

 

            4              As you know, the primary election is now

 

            5              behind us and the November or general

 

            6              election moves in the near future.  Seeking

 

            7              elected office is not an easy task, rather,

 

            8              it requires strength, courage, and

 

            9              sacrifice, a love for people, a sense of

 

           10              humor and at times a thick skin.  Campaigns

 

           11              also demand sacrifices from candidates

 

           12              families, friends, and supporters, but at

 

           13              this end of the day we all love our city and

 

           14              want the best for the people of Scranton and

 

           15              at the end of the day all of the candidates

 

           16              are owed thanks.

 

           17                      I am so very grateful for your

 

           18              support on primary election day.  My

 

           19              teammates, Mr. Rogan and Mr. Joyce and I,

 

           20              deeply appreciate the confidence and trust

 

           21              you have placed in us and we firmly share

 

           22              your desire for open, honest and financially

 

           23              sound government.  We don't take anything or

 

           24              any one of you for granted and we fully

 

           25              realize we have another race to run and


 

 

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            1              another battle to be won in November, and

 

            2              with God's help and your help our city will

 

            3              not only continue to progress, but also

 

            4              change for the better in the future.

 

            5                      Contrary to the opinions of some

 

            6              political pundits and naysayers, I have not

 

            7              been idle during my years on city council

 

            8              and have fought hard for what I know is

 

            9              right for the people of Scranton.  The

 

           10              issues were and are tax increases, massive

 

           11              debt, inflated budgets, job creations and no

 

           12              accountability.  The question is not so much

 

           13              what will a new council do if and when it is

 

           14              finally able to legislate and vote

 

           15              independently, but what will the mayor do if

 

           16              and when for the first time since 2002 he

 

           17              has no veto power and no rubber stamp?  What

 

           18              will he do if he has to live within his

 

           19              means?

 

           20                      I think most of you know what I will

 

           21              do, but will the mayor communicate and

 

           22              negotiate?  I believe there is a first time

 

           23              for everything and with your help the time

 

           24              to open the windows and doors in city hall

 

           25              and let the light of accountability and


 

 

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            1              fiscal responsibility shine in will come.

 

            2                      Now, in regard to the library in

 

            3              South Scranton that was mentioned earlier, I

 

            4              do not support it's construction at this

 

            5              time nor do I support passing the cost to

 

            6              county government.  After all, the county

 

            7              constituents are, indeed, city constituents

 

            8              and it's simply a matter of passing the buck

 

            9              to the county, but it's really not passing

 

           10              the buck because the same people are going

 

           11              to get the bill.

 

           12                      Next, just to update the status of

 

           13              the city's 2008 audit, the Single Tax Office

 

           14              provided a response to the auditor's

 

           15              confirmation letter on May 17, 2009.  The

 

           16              Sewer Authority and the Parking Authority's

 

           17              2008 financial statements were also

 

           18              received, although the Redevelopment

 

           19              Authority report will not be issued until

 

           20              it's July meeting.

 

           21                      In addition, there are 18 items that

 

           22              must be provided by the business manager and

 

           23              OECD.  Despite these obstacles, we can try

 

           24              to remain hopeful that the 2008 audit may be

 

           25              received prior to council's recess in


 

 

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            1              August.

 

            2                      Also, on May 12, council received a

 

            3              copy of a letter from the United States

 

            4              Department of Transportation Federal

 

            5              Railroad Administration to Congressman

 

            6              Kanjorski.  The Chrome-Lynn Pennsylvania

 

            7              Regional Office will investigate council's

 

            8              concerns regarding the deplorable condition

 

            9              of railroad cars located near Lomma

 

           10              Industries.

 

           11                      Finally, to date, I have not

 

           12              received responses from the mayor regarding

 

           13              two issues:  First, he has not put in

 

           14              writing his decision not to close the

 

           15              firehouses.  Second, he has provided neither

 

           16              the location nor the funding source of

 

           17              student housing for the Commonwealth Medical

 

           18              School.

 

           19                      It seems the mayor intends to

 

           20              aggressively pursue a library in South Side,

 

           21              however, before he begins this project the

 

           22              people would like answers to their previous

 

           23              questions.  Kay, please send a memo

 

           24              requesting a response to both items on or

 

           25              before June 5, 2009.


 

 

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            1                       Also, Kay, I have not received the

 

            2              financial figures for the DPW which were

 

            3              long ago provided for the police and the

 

            4              firefighters by Stu Renda and neither have I

 

            5              received the health care contributions and

 

            6              salaries for every management position which

 

            7              were also requested from the Mr. Renda.

 

            8              Please send him a memo requesting complete

 

            9              information for management and the DPW on or

 

           10              before June 5, 2009.

 

           11                      Also, a letter to Daron Northeast.

 

           12              I was notified today that the dirt and dust

 

           13              had become intolerable again.  Daron

 

           14              Northeast must keep their property wet to

 

           15              prevent this problem for residents of

 

           16              Dickson Avenue and Delaware Street.

 

           17                      And, finally, please send another

 

           18              request for "no parking" signs on Moosic

 

           19              Street to the proper department of the DPW,

 

           20              and that's it.

 

           21                      MS. GATELLI:  I just have a few

 

           22              items this evening.  We received a letter,

 

           23              there was a meeting last Thursday with the

 

           24              three governing bodies and the Single Tax

 

           25              Office, and everyone had agreed that the Tax


 

 

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            1              Office would put together an operating

 

            2              budget so that we can review it, the three

 

            3              taxes bodies would review it.  Obviously,

 

            4              the budget is not enough what's being given

 

            5              by the school district and the city, and I

 

            6              also discussed this with future tax

 

            7              collector, Bill Courtright, and he agreed

 

            8              that there needs to be a budget for the tax

 

            9              office so that they can function, so I will

 

           10              keep you informed on that.

 

           11                      Also, there were five applicants for

 

           12              the controller's job in the Single Tax

 

           13              Office, they are going to be contacting the

 

           14              city and the school district to consult with

 

           15              them about these applicants.  My only

 

           16              question was I don't know how they are going

 

           17              to pay a controller that's not in the budget

 

           18              already, so I would like to send a letter to

 

           19              Mr. McGovern and Mrs. Vitali asking them

 

           20              where the funds are going to come from and

 

           21              what the salary would be for a controller in

 

           22              this office, so that we know what's going

 

           23              on.

 

           24                      The railroad cars, I did meet with

 

           25              the gentleman from the Federal Rail


 

 

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            1              Authority, Mr. Seth Ford.  He inspected the

 

            2              property and he agreed that there were some

 

            3              things that needed to be addressed.  The

 

            4              railroad cars are very near to the street

 

            5              and we requested that they be moved back so

 

            6              that the site distance would be a little

 

            7              better.  The property is not

 

            8              well-maintained, it's littered and the grass

 

            9              is very high, and he was going to send his

 

           10              recommendations to the Rail Authority, so we

 

           11              will wait to hear further on what they have

 

           12              to say on that.

 

           13                      There is a balance on the Junior

 

           14              City Council raising funds when they were

 

           15              here and there is a balance of $2,360.71.

 

           16              That account was in my name and the Junior

 

           17              City Council and I had asked Mrs. Garvey to

 

           18              contact Rosanne Novembrino because we wanted

 

           19              to donate it to the police memorial that's

 

           20              planned for outside of city hall and we are

 

           21              awaiting Rosanne Novembrino getting an

 

           22              account with signatures to transfer the

 

           23              money, but I just wanted you to know that

 

           24              that's where that money will be going if and

 

           25              when the account gets set up, and that's all


 

 

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            1              I have.  Thank you.

 

            2                      MS. FANUCCI: I only have one thing

 

            3              that's on tonight's agenda that I want to

 

            4              speak about.  We have a loan that we are

 

            5              giving the City Cafe.  They are a restaurant

 

            6              that is on 309 Washington Avenue.  The

 

            7              purpose of the loan would be to assist in

 

            8              equipment, purchasing equipment and capital.

 

            9              It's $25,000 and 5 percent for the term of

 

           10              the loan, which is ten years.  The total

 

           11              project cost for the renovations will be

 

           12              $100,000.  The city will hold the equipment

 

           13              as collateral, also.

 

           14                      There is -- I don't know if -- I'm

 

           15              looking to see it Andy left, but there is

 

           16              one job equivalent is the purpose of it,

 

           17              they have to do one job when they take out a

 

           18              loan for $25,000, but they are hiring six

 

           19              people, so although they are meeting the

 

           20              required amount of hired they are actually

 

           21              hiring six additional people, so that is a

 

           22              good loan.

 

           23                      That is all I have on the agenda

 

           24              tonight.  Obviously, I'm going to speak on

 

           25              some of the comments made tonight because I


 

 

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            1              can.  I have to say, Mrs. Wardell, as much

 

            2              as you don't like who I am or what I have

 

            3              stood for I have to say I have outclassed

 

            4              you by tonight's performance.  We understand

 

            5              you are czared up with Mrs. Evans and you do

 

            6              a wonderful job and I want to --

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF: Mrs. -- she was out of

 

            8              order.

 

            9                      MS. FANUCCI: She talked the whole

 

           10              time, she talked the whole time and I'm

 

           11              doing the same thing.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF:  Excuse me.

 

           13                      MS. FANUCCI: I'm defending what was

 

           14              said about me in a public meeting.  These

 

           15              meetings have turned --

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF: I gaveled her out of

 

           17              order and --

 

           18                      MS. FANUCCI: -- into politics from

 

           19              day one.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF: -- I'm asking you to

 

           21              refrain.

 

           22                      MS. FANUCCI: All right, I will not

 

           23              speak on her.  This forum, as I talked,

 

           24              everything tonight was politics.  Politics

 

           25              from the start to finish.  In fact, I


 

 

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            1              believe we violated probably four to five

 

            2              ethics codes here tonight from even this

 

            3              podium violations from made.  For some

 

            4              reason that's acceptable.  The election is

 

            5              over.  I am very proud of my mayor.  I

 

            6              certainly will support him in every way.  I

 

            7              will stamp away for the next six months

 

            8              while I'm here.  I'm very proud of that.

 

            9                      I believe that the citizens of

 

           10              Scranton came out and did what they wanted

 

           11              to do and I believe that's a wonderful

 

           12              thing.  I'm okay with the fact that my

 

           13              election did not work out the way I planned,

 

           14              but in the long run I believe the city is

 

           15              safe and the best interests will be upheld,

 

           16              and that is all I have ever cared about.

 

           17                      I know that I was not supposed to

 

           18              push back in this forum and it was supposed

 

           19              to be all about the people taking over here

 

           20              and this was their only outlet, but to me

 

           21              that would be -- it would irresponsible,

 

           22              irresponsible for me to say it's okay for

 

           23              you to come here and spew whatever it is you

 

           24              are spewing on a weekly basis and not stick

 

           25              up for the rest of the people who are out


 

 

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            1              there who like where they live, who believe

 

            2              in the city and who actually have the best

 

            3              interest at heart not just for their own

 

            4              personal agendas.

 

            5                      I believe the personal agendas were

 

            6              motivated by what takes place in this forum

 

            7              and I was okay sticking up for it and I

 

            8              certainly sleep very well at night knowing

 

            9              that I did what I needed to do for myself

 

           10              and for all of the people out there who

 

           11              actually have faith in what could happen in

 

           12              the city when you work together.

 

           13                      The division is strong and has been

 

           14              strong for years, way before I even got here

 

           15              and it will continue to be that way because

 

           16              of people who come up to this podium week

 

           17              after week with their personal agendas, and

 

           18              I certainly won't mention the names.

 

           19                      I find it sad, I find it almost that

 

           20              you should go out and find other ways to

 

           21              make this place a better place.  If you have

 

           22              the time to come here and spew your very

 

           23              distorted views of where we live, I believe

 

           24              there are many people who deserve help.

 

           25              Take that energy, help, volunteer, do


 

 

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            1              something productive, do something wonderful

 

            2              for the people who are out there working

 

            3              hard every day.

 

            4                      Funny how tonight I had to listen

 

            5              about the library and how we don't need a

 

            6              library and everybody has computers.  That's

 

            7              not accurate.  There are many homes who

 

            8              can't afford computers, many more than you

 

            9              understand, and you should go to the library

 

           10              and see how people are waiting for the

 

           11              computer room where they can't get in.  They

 

           12              can't check e-mails, they can't put resumes

 

           13              out, the kids can't do their homework.  Why?

 

           14              Because they don't have computers.  So I

 

           15              know when you come in here and you say my

 

           16              interest is in the best interest of the city

 

           17              and you believe that others have different

 

           18              motives, but you can't talk out one side of

 

           19              your mouth.  You can't say you are

 

           20              interested in the city, but yet people don't

 

           21              deserve the same opportunity they you have

 

           22              or I have.  Yeah, I'm lucky I have a

 

           23              computer and I think we are all, I'm not

 

           24              sure about Bill, Bill tries to stay off it

 

           25              as much as possible, but everybody else


 

 

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            1              deserves the same opportunity, so next time,

 

            2              the next week after we realize what has

 

            3              happened here and we come to terms with what

 

            4              is going on, I hope you come in here with a

 

            5              better idea and some solutions, you know,

 

            6              not just the problems because we all know

 

            7              there is problems because come in with real

 

            8              solutions and want the answers that are

 

            9              given to that are real answers.  Don't look

 

           10              for answers that are only good to move your

 

           11              agendas or move what you are looking to do.

 

           12              Accept answers for what they are, sometimes

 

           13              they are the answers and that all there is.

 

           14                      Yes, the Ice Box, we answered the

 

           15              Ice Box question for you four or five times.

 

           16              You will not accept it, but that's okay.

 

           17              I'm not going to waste my time answering

 

           18              something you won't accept.  We are being

 

           19              held up a sign in the back about the Ice

 

           20              Box.  You have to understand that everything

 

           21              is not as easy as saying you should do this

 

           22              or we should have that.  It doesn't work

 

           23              that way.  The stimulus money, for example,

 

           24              again we talked about that tonight, that is

 

           25              going to be a long process and there is so


 

 

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            1              many compliances that are going to go along

 

            2              with it, it is not going to be as easy as 20

 

            3              people signing up and us giving them checks.

 

            4              That's just not how it is, but let's hope

 

            5              next week we can move past this and realize

 

            6              that although the division has been made and

 

            7              the mayor did win, and I love the fact that

 

            8              the election process took place and I love

 

            9              the fact that that's what it's all about.

 

           10              It is what it is and I'm happy with that

 

           11              just like I'm happy with the Recovery Plan

 

           12              passing, just like I'm happy with the fact

 

           13              that it is time to move on.  Thank God it is

 

           14              time to put it down and move on, and I am

 

           15              hoping that when you look at yourselves you

 

           16              can do the same also, and that's is all I

 

           17              have.  Thank you.

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I would like to

 

           19              thank everybody that came out and voted and

 

           20              congratulations to all the candidates, not

 

           21              just the ones that won.  I congratulate them

 

           22              for putting themselves out there.  It's not

 

           23              easy to run and anybody that's ever run will

 

           24              tell you that it's a difficult task as Mrs.

 

           25              Evans I think said, although, it's more


 

 

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            1              difficult on our families than it is on

 

            2              ourselves, so congratulations to all that

 

            3              put themselves out there.

 

            4                      Kay, if everyone on council here

 

            5              agrees, I think it's childish these people

 

            6              that steal political signs and I don't think

 

            7              there is any candidate that would disagree

 

            8              with that, but we had some serious

 

            9              accusations made there this evening about

 

           10              information being withheld, and obstructing

 

           11              justice.  If the rest of the council would

 

           12              agree I would ask that we send a letter to

 

           13              Dave Elliott and ask him does, in fact, does

 

           14              he have information to who stole these signs

 

           15              and if he does what is going to be done with

 

           16              it, so that we can put this issue to rest.

 

           17              As we all said, the election is over but

 

           18              let's get this sign issue done once and for

 

           19              all.  Is there anybody on council that would

 

           20              object to us asking Mr. Elliott?  So, if we

 

           21              could just him if he has information if he

 

           22              does what's going to happen with it so we

 

           23              can put this to rest.  Yeah, I'll make a

 

           24              motion that we send a letter to police chief

 

           25              Dave Elliott asking him to update us on the


 

 

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            1              sign issue.

 

            2                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

            3                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

            4              in favor signify by saying aye.

 

            5                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

            6                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

            7                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

            8                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

            9                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           10              ayes have it and so moved.

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT: And just one

 

           12              question, Mr. Minora, and I don't know if

 

           13              you can answer this, but we did ask for a

 

           14              letter to be sent a couple of weeks back

 

           15              about this declaratory judgment for the

 

           16              money that's at the tax office.  I don't see

 

           17              how we are going to fill a hole in the

 

           18              budget if we don't get that money, so I

 

           19              don't know if there is any response to our

 

           20              letter that we sent out our not?  Have we

 

           21              received a response?

 

           22                      MR. MINORA:  Actually, I spoke to

 

           23              Attorney Patterson today and her thought is

 

           24              to first try and get all of the lawyers in a

 

           25              room and see whether or not there can be


 

 

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            1              some kind of agreement without the need of a

 

            2              lawsuit which, of course, would be better if

 

            3              it's possible to do and faster, and I think

 

            4              that's your thinking.  I don't know how far

 

            5              along she has gone with that idea, but we

 

            6              did speak today and that was what she

 

            7              related to me.

 

            8                      MR. COURTRIGHT: If you could ask, if

 

            9              it's not too much trouble, if they can

 

           10              update us on a weekly basis where this

 

           11              stands because I just don't know what we are

 

           12              going to do if we don't get that money, how

 

           13              are we going to fill that whole in the

 

           14              budget, and I'm concerned about that, and

 

           15              maybe she can just drop us a note every week

 

           16              saying where we stand with this.  If all

 

           17              taxing bodies that's the way to go and if

 

           18              not what are we going to do?

 

           19                      MR. MINORA:  I'll be glad to ask

 

           20              her.  We have talked about it pretty

 

           21              regularly and after the letter went out to

 

           22              her she spoke to me about, you know, what my

 

           23              thinking was, what the idea behind it was

 

           24              because the letter was rudimentary in terms

 

           25              of just making suggestion without any legal


 

 

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            1              theory behind it, so we talked about that at

 

            2              length and I don't think she has any great

 

            3              opposition to it, I think she just thinks

 

            4              it's a faster track if she can get everybody

 

            5              in the room, all of the other lawyers and

 

            6              bodies that they represent to stipulate to

 

            7              doing this without the necessity of the

 

            8              litigation, and frankly, if that can be

 

            9              done, you know, that's a meeting.

 

           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Well, yeah.

 

           11              Whatever it takes to resolve it so that the

 

           12              city gets whatever money they do have coming

 

           13              to them and I'd just appreciate if she would

 

           14              update us.

 

           15                      MR. MINORA: I'll follow-up with her.

 

           16              I'm sorry?

 

           17                      MS. EVANS:  I'm sorry, would you

 

           18              while you are in discussions with Attorney

 

           19              Patterson, would you ask her if she will be

 

           20              serving as the counsel to the tax office,

 

           21              particularly in light of the fact that

 

           22              evidently we are going to be paying for a

 

           23              controller to oversee day-to-day operations?

 

           24                      MR. MINORA: I'll be glad to ask her

 

           25              that.


 

 

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            1                      MS. EVANS: Thank you.

 

            2                      MR. MINORA: Although, I think she

 

            3              talked to me and she gave us a letter today

 

            4              about all of the bodies meeting and coming

 

            5              to some intergovernmental agreement

 

            6              including the collector of taxes to resolve

 

            7              a lot of these issues on a cooperative basis

 

            8              and I don't know if that was one of them or

 

            9              not, but I'll be sure to ask her.

 

           10                      MS. EVANS: Thank you.

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT: And that's all I

 

           12              have.  Thank you.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you.  A number of

 

           14              things:  First, we did receive a notice of

 

           15              the -- from -- or a copy of the is it

 

           16              stipulation on Tripp Park, is that the

 

           17              correct term?  Attorney Minora is writing.

 

           18                      MR. MINORA:  I'm sorry.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF: The stipulation from

 

           20              Judge Minora is what -- concerning Tripp

 

           21              Park?

 

           22                      MR. MINORA:  Concerning Tripp Park,

 

           23              and again, it's a stipulation that was

 

           24              reduced to order, a Court order allowing

 

           25              for -- let me jump back.  There was first a


 

 

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            1              freeze put on any kind of development or

 

            2              alterations, some of which were not going to

 

            3              contribute to the flooding problems up

 

            4              there, but a blanket order included

 

            5              everything, so this stipulation is meant to

 

            6              allow for I guess certain repairs and I

 

            7              didn't enumerate all of those, but household

 

            8              building projects that would not contribute

 

            9              to the flooding problems, so by stipulation

 

           10              which is now reduced to an order are going

 

           11              to be allowed.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF: And it's my -- this was

 

           13              agreed to by all parties?

 

           14                      MS. GATELLI: Yes.

 

           15                      MR. MINORA:  Yes, by stipulation,

 

           16              yes.

 

           17                      MR. MCGOFF: Just to let the public

 

           18              know that, you know, there is some progress

 

           19              in that area.

 

           20                      Also, Mr. Jackowitz, if you would

 

           21              please at the end of the meeting or at some

 

           22              point in time if you could give the address

 

           23              for the donations to someone from Channel 61

 

           24              hopefully they would scroll it so that it

 

           25              would seen and you may receive some


 

 

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            1              additional -- from some additional sources

 

            2              and I think we would all agree if Channel 61

 

            3              would do that that we would encourage it.

 

            4                      And just I think at times in dealing

 

            5              with this library I don't want to get into a

 

            6              debate on something that's not on the

 

            7              agenda, but I think at times some people are

 

            8              led to believe that the proposition for

 

            9              building a library in South Side would mean

 

           10              that the Albright library would close.  I

 

           11              believe that the proposition is that South

 

           12              Side library would be in addition to, not in

 

           13              place of the Albright, and as far as I know

 

           14              I have no the seen or been made aware of any

 

           15              plan for the building and/or the operation

 

           16              of the library.  I will certainly ask this

 

           17              week if there is anything that's even close

 

           18              to concrete as far as that is concerned and

 

           19              at least maybe we can, you know, discuss

 

           20              what's firm rather than suppositions.

 

           21                      And last thing on the election,

 

           22              again, congratulations to everyone who is

 

           23              involved.  I think the one thing that was

 

           24              glaring to me in this election -- in an

 

           25              election that had such impact for the City


 

 

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            1              of Scranton that many areas of the city

 

            2              there was such a poor turnout.  It would

 

            3              have -- I think that we need to do something

 

            4              to encourage more people to be involved and

 

            5              not just a -- I think in some places what

 

            6              was the total number it was somewhere around

 

            7              50 percent maybe of eligible voters and that

 

            8              should be more especially in an election

 

            9              where there was a great deal at stake and

 

           10              hopefully in the future that will improve,

 

           11              and that is all I have.  Mrs. Garvey.

 

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

 

           13              INTRODUCTION - AN ORDINANCE - TRANSFERRING

 

           14              THE FUNDS FROM FUND 03 GENERAL FUND CITY

 

           15              LIQUID FUEL ACCOUNTS WHICH FUNDS AND

 

           16              ACCOUNTS ARE NO LONGER NEEDED FOR THE

 

           17              CONDUCT OF CITY BUSINESS, AND ABOLISHING AND

 

           18              CLOSING SAID ACCOUNTS AND TRANSFERRING THE

 

           19              FUNDS REMAINING IN THESE ACCOUNTS TO THE

 

           20              CASH LIQUID FUELS INVEST ACCOUNT.

 

           21                      MR. MCGOFF:  At this time I'll

 

           22              entertain a motion that Item 5-B be

 

           23              introduced into it's proper committee.

 

           24                      MR. COURTRIGHT: So moved.

 

           25                      MS. FANUCCI:  Second.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

            2              in favor signify by saying aye.

 

            3                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

            4                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

            5                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

            6                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

            8              ayes have it and so moved.

 

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

 

           10              A RESOLUTION - AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND

 

           11              OTHER APPROPRIATE CITY OFFICIALS FOR THE

 

           12              CITY OF SCRANTON TO ENTER INTO A LOAN

 

           13              AGREEMENT AND MAKE A LOAN FROM THE ECONOMIC

 

           14              DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION LOAN PROGRAM,

 

           15              PROJECT NO. 009.500.4 IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO

 

           16              EXCEED $25,000.00 TO D & MS, LLC D/B/A CITY

 

           17              CAFÉ TO ASSIST AN ELIGIBLE PROJECT.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF:  At this time I'll

 

           19              entertain a motion that Item 5-C be

 

           20              introduced into it's proper committee.

 

           21                      MR. COURTRIGHT: So moved.

 

           22                      MS. FANUCCI:  Second.

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

           24              in favor signify by saying aye.

 

           25                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.


 

 

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            1                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

            2                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

            3                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

            5              ayes have it and so moved.

 

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

 

            7              READING BY TITLE - FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 67,

 

            8              2009 - AN ORDINANCE - AMENDING FILE OF

 

            9              COUNCIL NO. 123, 2007, ENTITLED, "AN

 

           10              ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND OTHER

 

           11              APPROPRIATE OFFICIALS OF THE CITY OF

 

           12              SCRANTON TO TAKE ALL NECESSARY ACTIONS TO

 

           13              IMPLEMENT THE CONSOLIDATED SUBMISSION FOR

 

           14              COMMUNITY PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMS

 

           15              (AS AMENDED) TO BE FUNDED UNDER THE

 

           16              COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG)

 

           17              PROGRAM, HOME INVESTMENT PARTNERSHIP (HOME)

 

           18              PROGRAM AND EMERGENCY SHELTER GRANT (ESG)

 

           19              PROGRAM", BY AMENDING THE CONSOLIDATED PLAN

 

           20              AND THE 2008 ACTION PLAN TO INCLUDE NEW

 

           21              FUNDING UNDER TITLE XII OF THE FEDERAL

 

           22              AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT OF

 

           23              2009 ("RECOVERY ACT") FOR THE HOMELESS

 

           24              PREVENTION AND RAPID RE-HOUSING PROGRAM

 

           25              (HPRP) AND THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK


 

 

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            1              GRANT- RECOVERY (CDBG-R) THAT RESULTED FROM

 

            2              THE RECOVERY ACT.

 

            3                      MR. MCGOFF: You have heard reading

 

            4              by title of Item 6-A, what is your pleasure.

 

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

 

            6              pass reading by title.

 

            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                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.

 

           13                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           14                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           15              ayes have it and so moved.

 

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

 

           17              FOR CONSIDERATION BY THE COMMITTEE ON

 

           18              COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT - FOR ADOPTION -

 

           19              RESOLUTION NO. 122, 2009 - AUTHORIZING THE

 

           20              MAYOR AND OTHER APPROPRIATE CITY OFFICIALS

 

           21              TO EXECUTE AND ENTER INTO SUPPLEMENTAL

 

           22              REIMBURSEMENT AGREEMENT NO. 040809-F WITH

 

           23              THE COMMONWEALTH OF PENNSYLVANIA, DEPARTMENT

 

           24              OF TRANSPORTATION REGARDING THE LACKAWANNA

 

           25              AVENUE BRIDGE PROJECT FOR THE PURPOSE OF


 

 

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            1              INCREASING THE CONSTRUCTION PHASE OF THE

 

            2              PROJECT DUE TO CONSTRUCTION COSTS OVER-RUNS.

 

            3                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

            4              recommendation for the Chair on for the

 

            5              Committee on Community Development?

 

            6                      MS. FANUCCI: As Chairperson for the

 

            7              Committee on Community Development, I

 

            8              recommend final passage of Item 7-A.

 

            9                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           10                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

           11              call, please?

 

           12                      MS. MAGNOTTA:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           13                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

           14                      MS. MAGNOTTA:  Mrs. Gatelli.

 

           15                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.

 

           16                      MS. MAGNOTTA:  Ms. Fanucci.

 

           17                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           18                      MS. MAGNOTTA:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           19                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           20                      MS. MAGNOTTA:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           21                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           22              Item 7-A legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           23              Motion to adjourn?

 

           24                      MR. COURTRIGHT: So moved.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you for your


 

 

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            3        I hereby certify that the proceedings and

 

            4   evidence are contained fully and accurately in the

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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