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            1              SCRANTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

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            5                          HELD:

 

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            7                   Tuesday, June 30, 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. NEIL COOLICAN, ASSISTANT CITY CLERK

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           15   MR. AMIL MINORA, SOLICITOR

 

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            1   (Pledge of Allegiance recited and moment of reflection

 

            2   observed.)

 

            3                      MR. MCGOFF:  Roll call, please?

 

            4                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

            5                      MS. EVANS:  Here.

 

            6                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.  Ms.

 

            7              Fanucci.

 

            8                      MS. FANUCCI:  Here.

 

            9                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Here.

 

           11                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           12                      MR. MCGOFF:  Here.  Let the record

 

           13              reflect that Mrs. Gatelli notified council

 

           14              that she would not be here today due to

 

           15              illness.  Dispense with the reading of the

 

           16              minutes.

 

           17                      MS. GARVEY: THIRD ORDER.  3-A. 2008

 

           18              COMBINED AUDIT REPORT FOR THE SCRANTON

 

           19              LACKAWANNA HEALTH AND WELFARE AUTHORITY.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

           21              If not, received and filed.

 

           22                      MS. GARVEY: 3-B. AGENDA FOR THE

 

           23              NON-UNIFORM MUNICIPAL PENSION MEETING HELD

 

           24              ON JUNE 24, 2009.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?


 

 

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            1              If not, received and filed.

 

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

 

            3              NON-UNIFORM MUNICIPAL PENSION MEETING HELD

 

            4              ON MAY 27, 2009.

 

            5                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

            6              If not, received and filed.

 

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

 

            8              COMPOSITE PENSION BOARD MEETING HELD ON MAY

 

            9              27, 2009.

 

           10                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

           11              If not, received and filed.

 

           12                      MS. GARVEY: 3-E. MINUTES OF THE

 

           13              FIREMEN'S PENSION COMMISSION MEETING HELD ON

 

           14              MAY 27, 2009.

 

           15                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

           16              If not, received and filed.

 

           17                      MS. GARVEY: 3-F. MINUTES OF THE

 

           18              SCRANTON POLICE PENSION COMMISSION MEETING

 

           19              HELD ON MAY 27, 2009.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF: Are there any comments?

 

           21              If not, received and filed.

 

           22                      MS. GARVEY: That's it for Third

 

           23              Order.

 

           24                      MS. EVANS: Yes.  Please remember in

 

           25              your prayers all those who have died in the


 

 

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            1              last week, particularly, Joseph O'Shea, Sr.,

 

            2              World War II veteran and Minooka resident

 

            3              and his sons, Joe, Kevin and Brian,

 

            4              daughter, Peggy, and all other family

 

            5              members and friends he leaves behind.

 

            6                      Also, Joseph Zalenski passed away

 

            7              last week.  His daughter, Audrey, is my

 

            8              colleague and works in the library at

 

            9              Scranton High School.  Please remember

 

           10              Mr. Zelenski in your prayers and his family

 

           11              and friends who so dearly miss him.

 

           12                      The annual Fourth of July

 

           13              celebration will be conducted this Saturday

 

           14              at Nay Aug Park beginning at 10:30 a.m.

 

           15              Many thanks to Mr. Frank Tyson who organizes

 

           16              this enjoyable patriotic event each year;

 

           17              and, finally, I'd like to wish everyone a

 

           18              very safe and happy Fourth of July.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else?  Thank you.

 

           20              Citizens' participation.  Andy Sbaraglia.

 

           21                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Andy Sbaraglia,

 

           22              citizen of Scranton.  Fellow Scrantonians, I

 

           23              got before me the campaign spending for the

 

           24              mayoral race.  I mean, Mr. DiBileo spent

 

           25              about $100,000 for it.  The mayor spent


 

 

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            1              $569,000 to get on the two petitions

 

            2              Republic and Democrat, and most of his

 

            3              funding didn't come within the city, it came

 

            4              from outside of the city, and what does that

 

            5              tell you?  People like what's going on in

 

            6              the city but they don't want to live and pay

 

            7              the taxes of the city residents, and this

 

            8              has been going on.

 

            9                      I mean, never in my life did

 

           10              somebody spend that much money for a primary

 

           11              for an office that even if he is elected to

 

           12              would pay him $200,000 over the four-year

 

           13              contract, but the money that poured into

 

           14              this city tells you a story and if you all

 

           15              looked at the mayor's campaign contributors

 

           16              you would see the story because many of his

 

           17              contributors have worked either for the

 

           18              city, had contracts with the city, but they

 

           19              don't live in the city and that tells you

 

           20              something else, too.

 

           21                      It tells you that the elections in

 

           22              Scranton is manipulated by outsiders.  They

 

           23              are pouring money into it and I resent that.

 

           24              I resent money coming from outside of an

 

           25              area to influence an election.  This is not


 

 

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            1              very good.  The only person -- people that

 

            2              really did it any good was Tamini.  I don't

 

            3              want to see Scranton become a new Tamini.  I

 

            4              believe that the people in Scranton should

 

            5              endorse the candidates they think are good

 

            6              for the city and not get outside -- from

 

            7              Philadelphia, Harrisburg, all across the

 

            8              state, money poured into this campaign and

 

            9              they expect something for it.  They don't do

 

           10              it because they like Mr. Doherty, they

 

           11              expect something for their buck and that's

 

           12              the sad state of affairs.  They are going to

 

           13              get the buck and we are going to get the

 

           14              debt.  If the people of Scranton don't

 

           15              realize that then I don't know, there is no

 

           16              hope for them.

 

           17                      Okay, let's get to my -- I like the

 

           18              agenda, I really enjoy the agenda items, but

 

           19              this really this insurance, it's for the

 

           20              slide with Knowles Associates, LLC, they are

 

           21              not going to be the insurance carrier, I

 

           22              guess they are going Nautilus Insurance

 

           23              Company and there is a little article in

 

           24              here about Nautilus Insurance Company.  The

 

           25              insurance carrier with whom we have quoted


 

 

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            1              and have rescinded in this proposal of

 

            2              insurance is not admitted to transact

 

            3              business in the State of Pennsylvania.  The

 

            4              insurance carrier is subject to a limited

 

            5              regulation by the Pennsylvania State

 

            6              Department of Insurance.  In the event that

 

            7              the insurance carrier becomes insolvent or

 

            8              any of all loss occurring on the policy will

 

            9              not be covered by the Pennsylvania Insurance

 

           10              Guarantee Association and will be the sole

 

           11              responsibility of the policyholder, Knowles

 

           12              Associates.

 

           13                      Knowles Associates, the people that

 

           14              are dealing with, there is no financial

 

           15              responsibility for insolvency or nonpayment

 

           16              of claims by any insurance carrier.

 

           17                      Now, how could we look at that and

 

           18              say that's -- we are going to be protected?

 

           19              That little note tells you we are not going

 

           20              to be protected.  Knowles is going to walk

 

           21              away with an insurance fee.  I guess he is

 

           22              going to get an insurance like a broker's

 

           23              fee for transferring this policy to someone

 

           24              else.  It's not a good idea.  Not that I

 

           25              believe that we shouldn't have insurance on


 

 

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            1              the slide, we do need it, but let's make

 

            2              sure that this city is fully covered with

 

            3              all liability and we don't end up with

 

            4              another tent problem up there at Nay Aug.  I

 

            5              thank you.

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF: Ozzie Quinn.

 

            7                      MR. QUINN:  Good morning.  Ozzie

 

            8              Quinn, Taxpayers' Association.  I want to

 

            9              thank everyone who voted down the KOZ.  I

 

           10              really want to thank the school board for

 

           11              what they did, but especially Mrs. Evans who

 

           12              was always right again looking out for the

 

           13              public.  Thank you.  You know, we are

 

           14              $170 million in debt principle, school board

 

           15              is 120 and the county commissioners are two

 

           16              twenty-four point two million, that's over a

 

           17              half a billion dollars and our population

 

           18              right now according to the Census Bureau

 

           19              which I got off Fact Finder $72,485.

 

           20              25 percent of the properties are nonprofits.

 

           21                      Now, the Doherty administration

 

           22              better get off their butts and get out there

 

           23              and try to get something in lieu of taxes

 

           24              because we are never going to meet this

 

           25              here.  The worst thing about it there has


 

 

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            1              been so much money and our neighborhoods are

 

            2              a wreck.  When you drive through them and

 

            3              you see the crumbling infrastructure, the

 

            4              sidewalks, the curbs, the houses, people

 

            5              can't afford to upkeep them or whatnot, it

 

            6              really makes you alarmed, you know.

 

            7                      Now, I want to just talk a little

 

            8              bit about the Doherty finances, too.  In the

 

            9              primaries he spent that $569,430,00.91.  Do

 

           10              you know what, 56 percent of that came from

 

           11              contributors outside of the City of

 

           12              Scranton.  Is that unbelievable?  Now, why

 

           13              would you do that?  Look at 5-D introducing

 

           14              a contract with Knowles Associates for

 

           15              insurance.  He lives in Clarks Summit.  He

 

           16              contributed $2,750 to Mr. Doherty's primary.

 

           17              How much is the contract for?  That's why

 

           18              they are contributing.  We are fools.  We

 

           19              are fools here in the city.  The taxpayers

 

           20              are just being run over.

 

           21                      You know, I hate to expound on our

 

           22              debt and what's going on, but it's just

 

           23              useless unless you listen.  Mr. McGoff,

 

           24              unless you listen.  Thank you very much.

 

           25                      MR. MCGOFF: Marie Schumacher.


 

 

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            1                      MS. SCHUMACHER: Good morning.  Marie

 

            2              Schumacher, resident and member of the

 

            3              Taxpayers' Association.  I'd like to start

 

            4              out today again with an old subject, the

 

            5              agreement between the City of Scranton and

 

            6              BRT Ice, LP.  I had a Right-to-Know since

 

            7              it's been months that Mr. Minora was

 

            8              supposedly finding out what the city's

 

            9              obligation was and we have not had a report,

 

           10              I wrote a Right-to-Know and asked for a copy

 

           11              of the agreement that's in effect and for

 

           12              any prerequisite or prerequisites which have

 

           13              not yet occurred and the estimated date any

 

           14              open or unfulfilled prerequisite would be

 

           15              satisfied.  I received a copy of the

 

           16              agreement, however, my request for the

 

           17              prerequisites and the prerequisites that are

 

           18              not fulfilled was denied because the City of

 

           19              Scranton does not have any documents

 

           20              responsive to this request.

 

           21                      Now, I would love to know how the

 

           22              city administers contracts if they don't

 

           23              keep track of what their open obligations

 

           24              are and what dates they have to be fulfilled

 

           25              and whether they are open or closed?  I


 

 

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            1              mean, that's simple contract administration,

 

            2              even I could do that, I did it for eight

 

            3              years and to me that's just who knows this.

 

            4              The developer doesn't know, he stood at this

 

            5              very podium and said, "Yeah, the city owes

 

            6              me something, but I don't know what it is."

 

            7                      I have asked council, supposedly

 

            8              there is an investigation going on here, and

 

            9              the Right-to-Know and legal departments,

 

           10              supposedly all the departments why solicited

 

           11              for a response, but there is none.

 

           12              Something is very, very wrong with

 

           13              administration in this city.

 

           14                      Beyond that, I'd like to know about

 

           15              our 2009 doughnut budget, the one with the

 

           16              big hole in the middle.  Last week you

 

           17              voted, unfortunately, to transfer $50,000

 

           18              from Genesis Wildlife Center to another

 

           19              account, you know, obviously you have the

 

           20              right to do that, but with a big hole is

 

           21              there anybody up there who can tell me the

 

           22              size of the hole?  It appears we are going

 

           23              to be significantly under the $5.5 million

 

           24              due from the Single Tax Office, what is that

 

           25              amount and what is council's plan to fill


 

 

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            1              that?  Are we going to raise taxes?  I don't

 

            2              think bonds are even affordable this day and

 

            3              age, so I would really like to know what we

 

            4              taxpayers are facing between now and the end

 

            5              of the year when the bills come due.

 

            6                      And I would also like or request

 

            7              that you start looking at our wage tax and

 

            8              ways to find money to reduce that wage tax.

 

            9              That is biggest single difference between us

 

           10              and all of the municipalities around which

 

           11              have a grand total of 1 percent and we have

 

           12              3.4 percent.  I sat and listened to all of

 

           13              things are purported to bring business in.

 

           14              Whenever we bring forth taxes, the subject

 

           15              of taxes and the wage tax and the property

 

           16              taxes from this podium we go, oh, no, that's

 

           17              not it.  It's, you know, they love our

 

           18              downtown, they love our parks, they love our

 

           19              school system, but yet when it came down to

 

           20              nix it for KOZ's then all of a sudden taxes

 

           21              became very important.  Now, it can't be

 

           22              both ways, so I think by your votes of the

 

           23              majority last week you showed that taxes,

 

           24              indeed, are important and I think if we are

 

           25              going to become competitive we need to get


 

 

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            1              that wage tax down and hold the reigns in on

 

            2              property taxes, so I hope you are also

 

            3              looking at that.

 

            4                      I hope you are also contacting our

 

            5              local legislators on signing on to be

 

            6              cosponsors of the reintroduction of

 

            7              Freeman's Bill for relief from the burden --

 

            8              for relief for municipalities with a burden

 

            9              of 25 percent -- well, actually, his bill is

 

           10              15 percent nontaxable properties he

 

           11              considers a burden, and that's what his bill

 

           12              addressed.  We are almost, maybe with a

 

           13              recent University proposals or purchases we

 

           14              are probably over double that, so I think we

 

           15              need relief there.

 

           16                      And, finally, if I may, because I

 

           17              believe it's important because OECD issued a

 

           18              solicitation for space for the next three

 

           19              years and they gave a one-week turn around.

 

           20              The proposals had to be in in one week which

 

           21              I think is, I mean, that's not exactly

 

           22              something that wasn't known.  I think that's

 

           23              too short of response time, and I would like

 

           24              to be assured during motions that the city

 

           25              is responding to that solicitation.  Thank


 

 

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            1              you.  Thank you for your indulgence.

 

            2                      MR. MCGOFF: Ron Ellman.

 

            3                      MR. ELLMAN: Ronnie Ellman, member of

 

            4              the Taxpayers' Association.  I'd like to

 

            5              thank the school board, too, for considering

 

            6              the people of the city for once, probably

 

            7              the first time since Todd O'Malley's group

 

            8              infested the city with KOZ's.  I can imagine

 

            9              how much pressure the school board must have

 

           10              had on them.  The KOZ's, right here is an

 

           11              example, there is two ads for houses for

 

           12              sale, one is $200,000, big tax free.  Right

 

           13              there is $180,000 no taxes.  That's what KOZ

 

           14              has come to mean, the people that are paying

 

           15              taxes, Austin Burke seems like it's a crime

 

           16              for his bunch of people who have to pay

 

           17              taxes.  I can imagine that Mr. Burke had a

 

           18              bunch of pressure on him.  When you have a

 

           19              $30 million project there is money passed

 

           20              all around to push it.  I don't know if we

 

           21              relieved him of some his retirement fund or

 

           22              something, but he is still pursuing it with

 

           23              a $50,000 -- I don't know, to me it's

 

           24              nothing but a bribe to keep this in front of

 

           25              the public.  It's over with.


 

 

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            1                      And I forgot what day it was, Friday

 

            2              or Saturday I was listening to the news and

 

            3              some big company located outside of Detroit

 

            4              and they were bragging they brought

 

            5              $150 million to the tax rolls in that city.

 

            6              If Austin Burke wasn't a complacent dinosaur

 

            7              he would be out doing things like this,

 

            8              getting businesses that want to stay here.

 

            9              At the school board meeting something said

 

           10              schools are important and streets and other

 

           11              things, it's not just tax free.  We don't

 

           12              offer any of those things anymore.  All we

 

           13              hear about is letting the -- what gets me so

 

           14              mad this man is pursuing this to no end and

 

           15              he doesn't live in town.  He doesn't care

 

           16              one iota about the city.  You know, they

 

           17              ought to just fire him years ago and hire a

 

           18              girl from Labor Ready for $8 an hour would

 

           19              have done a better job.

 

           20                      And I got to change the subject, I'd

 

           21              like to know why Mr. Baker if he is still on

 

           22              the payroll after a year and a half of sick

 

           23              leave or something.  I hadn't seen nothing

 

           24              in the paper about it and a couple of months

 

           25              ago I thought I read that they were going to


 

 

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            1              work on the Olive Street apartments or are

 

            2              they just waiting for them to deteriorate so

 

            3              they can give them to the Lackawanna College

 

            4              or something.  And speaking of Lackawanna

 

            5              College, right there festering under

 

            6              everybody's nose is another University of

 

            7              Scranton situation where they will be taking

 

            8              over the whole area, all of those houses

 

            9              will be off.  Mr. Phillips said at the

 

           10              school board meeting, I believe he said, the

 

           11              University since '92 has, I don't know any

 

           12              other word, they have cheated the city out

 

           13              of $26 million worth of school taxes since

 

           14              1992.

 

           15                      You cannot allow the University --

 

           16              Lackawanna College to start the same thing.

 

           17              They have already taken over a three-story

 

           18              apartment building.  It's a -- you know,

 

           19              they want to -- I know the mayor wanted to

 

           20              take over the Midtown apartments, scatter

 

           21              those people like he did Olive Street with

 

           22              all of these promises.  These promises don't

 

           23              go through just like the KOZ promises don't

 

           24              go through.

 

           25                      And nobody knows why Mr. Baker is


 

 

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            1              still on the parole if he is?  I mean, I

 

            2              just wondered.  I saw he is taking sick

 

            3              leave and it's been a year and a half for

 

            4              crying out loud.  Who has a year and a half

 

            5              of sick leave?

 

            6                      MS. FANUCCI: We really have no

 

            7              jurisdiction, but I honestly believe he is

 

            8              still on the payroll.  He is still on the

 

            9              payroll from what I heard, but we really

 

           10              can't control that board, unfortunately.  We

 

           11              have nothing to do with what they do there

 

           12              or --

 

           13                      MR. ELLMAN:  Yeah, but how about

 

           14              sick leave and vacation time are you

 

           15              supposed to have?  He worked ten years.

 

           16                      MS. FANUCCI: It's the housing

 

           17              authority though, so you would have to speak

 

           18              to them on that.

 

           19                      MR. ELLMAN:  All right.  Thank you

 

           20              very much.

 

           21                      MR. MCGOFF: Jean Suetta.

 

           22                      MS. SUETTA: Good morning, Jean

 

           23              Suetta, Scranton.  All right, has anybody

 

           24              driven down Albright Avenue lately over by

 

           25              the Lace Works?  You see the jungle over


 

 

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            1              there?  We got lions and tigers and bears.

 

            2                      MR. MCGOFF: Oh my.

 

            3                      MS. SUETTA:  I seen two deer.  I

 

            4              seen two deer in there.  Yeah.  I mean, it's

 

            5              overgrown.  I sit on my front porch now and

 

            6              I look across the street, Greenridge Street

 

            7              and I got a jungle over there, right?  The

 

            8              other side of the bank next to the bank on

 

            9              Greenridge Street, the new bank they put up,

 

           10              there is an empty lot and then there is a

 

           11              jungle and I sit on my porch and I look at

 

           12              the jungle.  Now, if that was my yard what I

 

           13              got find?  Yes?  No?

 

           14                      MS. FANUCCI: Yes, you would.

 

           15                      MS. SUETTA: Yes.

 

           16                      MS. FANUCCI:  Not you, Jean, because

 

           17              we --

 

           18                      MS. SUETTA:  No, that's why I'm so

 

           19              sore because I weed and weed and weed.  How

 

           20              about Rinaldi getting the other part up on

 

           21              Nay Aug Avenue, that's part of the gas

 

           22              company, those two buildings there are

 

           23              maintained by the gas company, and they

 

           24              haven't been touched here either.  There is

 

           25              two little sheds up there.


 

 

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            1                      MS. FANUCCI: Jean, why don't you

 

            2              tell Neil exactly where the properties are

 

            3              and then we can send a letter for you, how's

 

            4              that?  I don't want to give you and Neil

 

            5              time alone, but I'm just saying.

 

            6                      MS. SUETTA: And this here for

 

            7              consideration putting a light up on Linden

 

            8              Street and Eighth Avenue, do you know what

 

            9              like Linden Street is in the winter and you

 

           10              are going to put a light up there?  You will

 

           11              have more accidents than anything.

 

           12                      MS. FANUCCI: They did a whole study.

 

           13              We were actually concerned about that in the

 

           14              beginning ourselves and we stopped it.

 

           15                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I tried to stop it,

 

           16              Jean.

 

           17                      MS. FANUCCI: We did.

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  But that's what

 

           19              PennDOT is saying in the study is the best

 

           20              thing, and I'm going to ask them at the very

 

           21              least to put a sign up at the top notifying

 

           22              the people that there is going to be a light

 

           23              when they are approaching.  I asked for stop

 

           24              signs, their study says stop signs won't do

 

           25              it.  There's a stop sign coming out of the


 

 

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            1              development.

 

            2                      MS. FANUCCI: And they said stop

 

            3              signs would be actually make it worse

 

            4              because every car would then have to stop.

 

            5              I mean, that doesn't make sense, too, it

 

            6              you're at the hill, but still we tried.  We

 

            7              were under the same impression, too, but --

 

            8                      MS. SUETTA: All right.  On the Ross

 

            9              Avenue going into Marion now they put a

 

           10              curve where they eliminated Nay Aug, we are

 

           11              down in lower Greenridge, Ross Avenue they

 

           12              put a bend in to go right onto Marion

 

           13              Street, could I get a slow down sign or

 

           14              something there because they are spending

 

           15              around that like crazy.  Neil, everything to

 

           16              Neil.  Are we going to leave the room?  But,

 

           17              that's it.

 

           18                       And this is stupid to put this

 

           19              light there, and who is going to be --

 

           20                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I wasn't for it

 

           21              either, Jean, but I got overridden there.

 

           22                      MS. SUETTA: I mean, people are going

 

           23              to get killed coming down that hill, they

 

           24              are going to slide all over, "Oh, I got a

 

           25              red light.  They are going to slide through


 

 

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            1              it and hit the bridge."

 

            2                      That's it.  So what about the Lace

 

            3              Works?  Rinaldi owns it.

 

            4                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Cordaro.

 

            5                      MS. FANUCCI: No, I think it's

 

            6              Cordaro.

 

            7                      MS. SUETTA: Cordaro, yeah.

 

            8                      MS. FANUCCI: Mr. Cordaro owns it and

 

            9              we can probably send a letter to him and see

 

           10              if we can't get him -- -

 

           11                      MS. SUETTA:  And that jungle across

 

           12              the street from me.

 

           13                      MS. EVANS: I'll take care of it.

 

           14                      MS. SUETTA: Right next to -- here's

 

           15              --  he is going to hit the bell.

 

           16                      MS. FANUCCI: Janet is going to go

 

           17              down after the meeting with her.

 

           18                      MS. SUETTA: Here's the bank, here's

 

           19              the lot they cleared to make the gas, and

 

           20              then there is the jungle, so because I sit

 

           21              on the porch and I look at a jungle.

 

           22                      MS. EVANS: Jeannie, we'll get an

 

           23              inspector to go down to the area and speak

 

           24              to the property owner and make sure that the

 

           25              overgrown lot is taken care of.


 

 

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            1                      MS. SUETTA: All right.  Coming

 

            2              down -- now, today I come down Washington

 

            3              Avenue, the 1500 block there is a beautiful

 

            4              home sitting up there, it looks like it's

 

            5              condemned, and that's property is all

 

            6              overgrown.

 

            7                      MS. EVANS: The 1500 of?

 

            8                      MS. SUETTA: Washington.

 

            9                      MS. FANUCCI: Where the wall is --

 

           10                      MS. SUETTA:  Yeah.

 

           11                      MS. FANUCCI: Yeah, I have seen that.

 

           12                      MS. SUETTA: And it's all overgrown

 

           13              there and that's a beautiful neighborhood --

 

           14                      MS. EVANS: The corner of Washington

 

           15              and Greenridge.  No?

 

           16                      MS. SUETTA: No, Marian.  Right

 

           17              before you make the curve.  Thank you.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF: David Dobrzyn.

 

           19                      MR. DOBRZYN: Good morning, Council,

 

           20              Dave Dobrzyn, resident of Scranton.  I'd

 

           21              like to talk about two things that aren't

 

           22              really on the agenda, but as long as we are

 

           23              talking about traffic lights, the light at

 

           24              Wyoming and Lackawanna and the light at

 

           25              Washington and Lackawanna there have been


 

 

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            1              people killed there in accidents, and that I

 

            2              noticed by crossing there and I do patronize

 

            3              our mall by the way quite a bit, is that

 

            4              drivers have a green during the walk light

 

            5              and it's okay for them to turn, and it's a

 

            6              big problem.  Two people that I know of or

 

            7              believe were killed on that corner within

 

            8              the last year or two, so if at all possible

 

            9              get some kind of schedule where people at

 

           10              least have a little bit of time to start

 

           11              walking before it turns green for everybody

 

           12              else.  It's a big problem, I have seen it,

 

           13              and I have had dodge out of the way of cars

 

           14              on my way to the mall and Buona Pizza, my

 

           15              favorite pizza shop, and I'm not sure up by

 

           16              Molly Branigan's I would have to look and

 

           17              see at that corner, Adams and Lackawanna

 

           18              whether the lights are the same, but they

 

           19              are busy corners and it's really hard to

 

           20              stay out of the way of traffic.

 

           21                      And I was up at Nay Aug the other

 

           22              day for our fireworks display and I noticed

 

           23              that there is tagging going on.  The one

 

           24              main office building was just painted last

 

           25              year and I looked over and right on the


 

 

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            1              front of it it's all tagged up, and if at

 

            2              all possible, and it probably wouldn't be

 

            3              good to say it, that's it's definitely

 

            4              happening, but we should have an unmarked

 

            5              police patrol through there, and see if

 

            6              could catch somebody some day because also

 

            7              the concession stand was -- some signs were

 

            8              torn down and stuff and so forth, so it

 

            9              would be -- a lot of effort has been spent,

 

           10              a lot of volunteer work on Schimelfenig

 

           11              Pavilion and before they get to it, it would

 

           12              be nice to make sure that they get caught.

 

           13                      That's all I really have other than

 

           14              those people that were applying for KOZ last

 

           15              week with houses, I think they were possibly

 

           16              mislead by the developer, so if I were them

 

           17              I would be talking to my attorney right

 

           18              about now.  They may have been sold those

 

           19              lots based on it's a shoo-in and so forth

 

           20              and, you know, a lot of these lots get sold

 

           21              or business get sold as, yes, it's going to

 

           22              be and then a developer gets to jack up the

 

           23              price, too.  That's what that's all about,

 

           24              so I really felt sorry for them.  I

 

           25              understand the school board is up against


 

 

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            1              it, they can't keep giving tax breaks to

 

            2              everybody and so forth, but I would consider

 

            3              if they are watching this I would have a

 

            4              discussion with my attorney.  Have a good

 

            5              day.

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF: Other speakers.

 

            7                      MS. FRANUS:  Fay Franus.  All I have

 

            8              to say tonight is -- today rather, I would

 

            9              really like to congratulate the Scranton

 

           10              School Board for representing the people

 

           11              that elected them.  It wasn't easy for them,

 

           12              I'm sure with all of the phone calls they

 

           13              received, and I really have to hand it to

 

           14              them.  They did an excellent job, they come

 

           15              under a lot of pressure even from the people

 

           16              and from the people that wanted the KOZ so I

 

           17              really have to say bravo for them, except

 

           18              Bob Lesh, of course.  He along with Judy

 

           19              Gatelli, Mr. McGoff and Sherry voted for

 

           20              them, which is not for the people, but the

 

           21              Scranton School Board came through and it's

 

           22              very, very refreshing and I think everybody

 

           23              in the city is thankful to them and they

 

           24              deserve a round of applause.  Thank you.

 

           25                      MR. MCCLOE: Good morning.  My name


 

 

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            1              is Brett McCloe, citizen of Scranton,

 

            2              taxpayer.  First off, once again, I would

 

            3              like to thank the Scranton School Board for

 

            4              showing the citizens of this city that

 

            5              sometimes government bodies practice good

 

            6              neighbor policies and understand the

 

            7              economic difficulties of the many.

 

            8                      I also want to clarify and add some

 

            9              insight into statements made during a moment

 

           10              when I had a very short fuse or possibly no

 

           11              fuse at all.  I have always had a sore spot

 

           12              for the treatment of employees no matter

 

           13              where you work, what position you have or

 

           14              who you work for.  I have always had a

 

           15              problem with the mentality that reduces

 

           16              hardworking employees down to the status of

 

           17              a name tag.  A employee's role in business

 

           18              and in the economy is vital and can't be

 

           19              done without.

 

           20                      A question was asked if I owned a

 

           21              business.  A simple yes or no question that

 

           22              had many connotations and gave you a peek

 

           23              into the faulty mindset of a failing

 

           24              ideology.  The connotation was that an

 

           25              employee can't possibly know what it takes


 

 

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            1              to run or own a business.  This type of

 

            2              linear thinking is so pervasive and warped

 

            3              that it has contributed to the collapse of

 

            4              our local and national economy.  The fact

 

            5              is, it is the employee who drives this

 

            6              dichotomy from the street sweeper to the

 

            7              brain surgeon, from grocery clerk to

 

            8              astronaut.  It is the employee who fosters

 

            9              innovation every time on every level without

 

           10              fail.  Unless you are self-employed it is

 

           11              the employee who puts the face to the vision

 

           12              of the owner's business and it is the

 

           13              employee who provides the muscle to make it

 

           14              go.

 

           15                      So, you see, if every business owner

 

           16              in this city were to magically disappear the

 

           17              doors will city open for commerce the very

 

           18              next day.  A job is a job.  Another linear

 

           19              statement that reduces the importance of the

 

           20              employee down to the status of a box of

 

           21              donuts, easily consumed and cheaper by the

 

           22              dozen.  Even if you are in a supervisory or

 

           23              a management position you are still a

 

           24              doughnut only yours is covered with powered

 

           25              sugar and filled with corporate jelly.


 

 

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            1                      These two statements along with

 

            2              their connotations have eroded one of the

 

            3              most important foundations of 500 years of

 

            4              institutionalized capitalism.  A fair day's

 

            5              pay for a fair day's work.  Fair meaning

 

            6              equitable and just, not medium or so-so.

 

            7              It's not hard to see the results of the

 

            8              abandonment of a fair day's pay for a fair

 

            9              day's work.

 

           10                      The average employee nationally and

 

           11              locally is finding it ever more difficult to

 

           12              consume.  This lack of ability to consume

 

           13              causes loss of revenue to businesses which

 

           14              causes cutbacks in worker hours and pay

 

           15              raises.  A viscous economic cycle that once

 

           16              again causes the lack of ability to consume.

 

           17              I'm afraid, yet confident, that the solution

 

           18              at least on the local level lies in the

 

           19              hands of the average employee.  We can no

 

           20              longer take our jobs and our paychecks for

 

           21              granted.  We, as employees, need to engage

 

           22              with business owners whenever possible and

 

           23              wherever appropriate, not to confront them,

 

           24              but to ask questions about cost

 

           25              effectiveness, various business taxes and


 

 

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            1              management of waste and implementations of

 

            2              policy, but most importantly to provide the

 

            3              owner and management with the employee's

 

            4              insight based on the answers to those

 

            5              questions.

 

            6                      I think the combined work force of

 

            7              this city understands that due to the

 

            8              massive downturn in the economy that raises

 

            9              will be far and few between, so as one

 

           10              employee, as one citizen, as one taxpayer

 

           11              and as someone who cares about the economic

 

           12              future of the City of Scranton I urge

 

           13              business owners to take a closer look at the

 

           14              effects of an oppressive local taxations on

 

           15              not only just your own businesses, but look

 

           16              at how the taxation affects the private

 

           17              lives of your employees as well as your

 

           18              consumers and the morale of the two of your

 

           19              greatest marketing tools.  Ask yourself,

 

           20              does your vote on election day help or hurt

 

           21              the private lives of the very people you

 

           22              need for your business to thrive and exist.

 

           23              Thank you.

 

           24                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else?

 

           25                      MR. TYSON: Good morning, Council my


 

 

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            1              name is Francis Tyson, resident of Scranton,

 

            2              the second largest city in Pennsylvania in

 

            3              the area, lead only by Philadelphia, who is

 

            4              first; Scranton comes second; and Pittsburgh

 

            5              is third, so it's a good place to live in

 

            6              Scranton.  I cordially invite all of the

 

            7              council members and your real memorialists

 

            8              to be with us on the Fourth of July up at

 

            9              Nay Aug Park at the swim complex it's a

 

           10              yearly link that we do every year for the

 

           11              citizens of Scranton and the surrounding

 

           12              areas.  It's just good citizenship and a way

 

           13              to teach our youngsters good citizenship and

 

           14              patriotism.

 

           15                      The participants we ask them to

 

           16              arrive about 10:15 and the viewing people

 

           17              for the ceremony itself get there about

 

           18              10:30 who have some musical notes by the

 

           19              Ringal band and play some very patriotic

 

           20              music and the ceremony itself starts at

 

           21              11:00, and we hope that we can get as many

 

           22              people there as possible and try to build up

 

           23              every year.  Our guest speaker is Major

 

           24              General Mauger.  General Mauger is a great

 

           25              guy and real hero.


 

 

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            1                      In addition, we are going to pass

 

            2              out miniature American flags to all of the

 

            3              youngsters and we are going to have a nice

 

            4              cool beverage for them after the ceremony,

 

            5              so if you can make it we would certainly

 

            6              like to have you all.  Thank you.  Any

 

            7              questions?

 

            8                      MS. EVANS: Mr. Tyson, I'd just like

 

            9              to thank you for organizing this wonderful

 

           10              event annually.  You do a fantastic job.

 

           11                      MR. TYSON:  I'm just the guy that

 

           12              gives the direction.  Everybody else does

 

           13              all the work.  Thank you.

 

           14                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you.  Anyone else?

 

           15              Mrs. Evans?

 

           16                      MS. EVANS: Good morning.  First, I'd

 

           17              like to add my thanks to those of countless

 

           18              Scrantonians to the Scranton School Board

 

           19              for their fiscally responsible votes against

 

           20              KOZ extensions.

 

           21                      Several weeks ago, I sent a letter

 

           22              to Lackawanna College respectfully

 

           23              requesting a contribution in lieu of taxes

 

           24              for it's use of Nay Aug Park's Genesis

 

           25              Wildlife Center as an environmental center.


 

 

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            1              Council received a response from Lackawanna

 

            2              College last week, and I am highly

 

            3              disappointed and concerned to report that

 

            4              Mr. Raymond Angeli, president of Lackawanna,

 

            5              refused to allocate any payments in lieu of

 

            6              taxes to the City of Scranton for free

 

            7              swimming for children at Nay Aug Park.

 

            8                      In his letter, Mr. Angeli states:

 

            9              "We set out to anchor the northern boundary

 

           10              of the city's downtown.  We now have eight

 

           11              buildings, six of them in downtown Scranton.

 

           12              These buildings alone have lead to well over

 

           13              $45 million in construction monies in the

 

           14              city during the past dozen or so years."

 

           15                      That is a significant statistic and

 

           16              the construction trades certainly have

 

           17              enjoyed temporary employment for which I am

 

           18              very pleased.  However, overall, such

 

           19              spending has benefited the college not the

 

           20              taxpayers of Scranton.  Since the early

 

           21              1990's Lackawanna has grown from one

 

           22              building to eight and, of course, these

 

           23              eight properties are off the tax rolls.

 

           24                      He further cites in-kind

 

           25              contributions such as building space


 

 

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            1              allotted to the Commonwealth Medical School,

 

            2              meeting space for community and service

 

            3              groups such as the St. Patrick's Day Parade

 

            4              Committee.  Lackawanna County student

 

            5              service projects performed with other area

 

            6              nonprofits, as is done at all high schools,

 

            7              colleges and universities, and advice to

 

            8              local government and agencies on environment

 

            9              issues and grant writing.

 

           10                      I believe that local governments

 

           11              employ grant writers and environmental

 

           12              issues easily can be researched by employees

 

           13              as well.  Mr. Angeli goes on to say that

 

           14              payments would have to be passed along to

 

           15              our students in the form of higher tuition.

 

           16              We cannot in good conscious allow that to

 

           17              happen.  We believe that the in-kind

 

           18              contributions that Lackawanna College makes

 

           19              on a day-to-day basis to the City of

 

           20              Scranton are invaluable and help make

 

           21              Scranton a stronger and finer place to live.

 

           22                      Mr. Angeli, such day-to-day

 

           23              contributions are insufficient to a 17-year

 

           24              distressed city that has amassed over

 

           25              $273 million in long-term debt.  I cannot in


 

 

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            1              good conscious allow Lackawanna College to

 

            2              continue to financially overburden the

 

            3              taxpayers by failing to financially

 

            4              contribute to it's host city.  The City of

 

            5              Scranton and the Scranton School District

 

            6              need and deserve cash payments.

 

            7                      Mr. Angeli further cites a base of

 

            8              grants, donations, and college funds to

 

            9              underwrite construction for the

 

           10              environmental center will being pursued.

 

           11              Perhaps Mr. Angeli has forgotten that any

 

           12              government grants the college has received

 

           13              or will receive for the renovation and/or

 

           14              construction of any of it's facilities was

 

           15              given not by a politician, but by the

 

           16              taxpayers.

 

           17                      In addition, the blue collar

 

           18              residents of Scranton largely contribute a

 

           19              student population to this blue collar

 

           20              institution as Mr. Angeli himself describes

 

           21              it.

 

           22                      Further, police officers in a paid

 

           23              fire department respond to it's numerous and

 

           24              regular safety calls.  The streets

 

           25              surrounding the colleges buildings are


 

 

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            1              heavily traveled by it's population, but

 

            2              financially maintained by taxpayers.

 

            3                      In addition, during the first half

 

            4              of this decade hundreds of houses of dollars

 

            5              were allocated to Lackawanna Junior College

 

            6              for the redevelopment of the Scranton Lace

 

            7              Works property.  To this moment, we do not

 

            8              know what occurred with those funds and

 

            9              today the city seems braced to gift

 

           10              Lackawanna College with the former Nay Aug

 

           11              zoo.

 

           12                      The City of Scranton unequivocally

 

           13              is a good and generous urban partner.

 

           14              Undoubtedly, all nonprofits who have

 

           15              devoured 25 percent of taxable city property

 

           16              have claimed hardship in any economy

 

           17              throughout the last few decades and paint a

 

           18              powerful picture of their mission and

 

           19              in-kind contributions.

 

           20                      At the same time, some like

 

           21              Lackawanna College are listed in the

 

           22              business directory of the Greater Scranton

 

           23              Chamber of Commerce.  Nonprofits, like

 

           24              thousands of other businesses, are members

 

           25              of the Chamber of Commerce.  It's an odd


 

 

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            1              relationship.  Unfortunately, the city

 

            2              quietly accepted too many explanations and

 

            3              excuses from large nonprofits.  The city can

 

            4              no longer afford to do so and at some point

 

            5              in the future this city will have to

 

            6              negotiate fair payments in lieu of taxes

 

            7              from the nonprofits just as other host

 

            8              cities in Pennsylvania and numerous other

 

            9              states have engaged their colleges and

 

           10              Universities and received annual payments to

 

           11              help them survive or provide a plan to lift

 

           12              distressed status.  This road must be

 

           13              traveled to ensure a sound financial future

 

           14              for Scranton.

 

           15                      Next, council received an audit

 

           16              status report from Rossi & Company last

 

           17              week.  There are 13 items for which the city

 

           18              must provide necessary information and three

 

           19              items for which the tax office is

 

           20              responsible as of June 23.  The auditors are

 

           21              asking for all responses by Monday, July 6,

 

           22              because they intend to provide the audit

 

           23              report to council prior to it's recess at

 

           24              the end of July.

 

           25                      I am extremely pleased by the


 

 

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            1              diligent work of Rossi & Sons and I wish to

 

            2              see the administration and tax office comply

 

            3              with the deadline.  Therefore, I move that

 

            4              council send a letter to Stu Renda, Linda

 

            5              Aebli, OECD director, Jeff Brazil and

 

            6              Mrs. Vitali-Flynn, tax collector, to request

 

            7              that all complete information requested by

 

            8              Sean J. Grazi is sent to the auditor by

 

            9              July 6, 2009, in order that Scranton City

 

           10              Council will receive the 2008 audit report

 

           11              before it recesses on July 28, 2009.

 

           12                      MS. FANUCCI: I'll second that.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

           14              those in favor signify by saying aye.

 

           15                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

           16                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

           17                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           19              ayes have it and so moved.

 

           20                      MS. EVANS: Thank you.  Now, as was

 

           21              mentioned earlier, the Office of Economic of

 

           22              Community Development is seeking bids to

 

           23              lease office space.  Bid openings will be

 

           24              conducted on Thursday, July 2, at 10 a.m. in

 

           25              council chambers.  OECD requires a


 

 

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            1              three-year lease with a three-year renewal

 

            2              option.  OECD should obtain a price that

 

            3              significantly reduces it's current lease

 

            4              costs or consider returning to city hall.

 

            5                      At the same time, the juvenile

 

            6              division of the Scranton Police Department

 

            7              was relocated to the first floor of the

 

            8              Adam's apartment building.  This building

 

            9              houses primarily senior citizens who will

 

           10              now come in contact with juvenile offenders.

 

           11              It is an inappropriate environment when

 

           12              senior citizens may in any way incur a

 

           13              threat to their welfare and safety.  Perhaps

 

           14              costs may have been a factor in this

 

           15              decision.  If that is the case, then OECD

 

           16              must certainly seek similar cost effective

 

           17              arrangements.

 

           18                      And finally some requests:  A letter

 

           19              to OECD requesting a report on CDBG

 

           20              allocations made to Lackawanna College from

 

           21              2003 through June 2009.

 

           22                      Who is responsible for the sidewalk

 

           23              dropoffs before Buona Pizza and after the

 

           24              building housing Coney Island?  City

 

           25              residents have complained that these


 

 

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            1              sidewalks when traveling from the new

 

            2              development to the older anchor businesses

 

            3              on each end of the block create a

 

            4              significant safety hazard.  Also, whose

 

            5              responsibility is the insurance in the event

 

            6              of a fall by a pedestrian.

 

            7                      Next, I think you have this one,

 

            8              Neil, send an inspector to Greenridge

 

            9              Street, the area next to the newly

 

           10              constructed bank.  It is highly overgrown

 

           11              and contact the responsible party; and

 

           12              finally, remove gravity tagging on the

 

           13              office building in Nay Aug Park, and that's

 

           14              it.

 

           15                      MR. MCGOFF: Mrs. Fanucci?

 

           16                      MS. FANUCCI:  I want to speak in

 

           17              response to Mr. McCloe's comments today.  I

 

           18              100 percent agree, Brett, it was pretty much

 

           19              what I was trying to get to last week.  My

 

           20              question was posed to you because I wanted

 

           21              everyone to know what it is that you were

 

           22              saying.  You are someone who works, you are

 

           23              a worker, as am I and most of the people up

 

           24              here, most of us are not in management

 

           25              positions, and that you are benefiting now


 

 

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            1              and I believe that you did work in a KOZ

 

            2              benefiting business.  One of the businesses

 

            3              that you do work for was someone who started

 

            4              without -- with tax breaks and that's what I

 

            5              was trying to get to.

 

            6                      I was trying to get to the point

 

            7              that this is what it was about.  It's not

 

            8              about the big developer.  It's not about the

 

            9              person putting the money into the project.

 

           10              It's about creating opportunity for the

 

           11              people who are out there who need these

 

           12              jobs.  So I understand when the question was

 

           13              posed to you that it seemed to be that it

 

           14              was a question of a bad connotation, but it

 

           15              certainly wasn't.  Speaking as the

 

           16              hairdresser, as I have been dubbed by most

 

           17              of the wonderful people on a website, I

 

           18              think I understand that is what I am, that

 

           19              is where I came from, and that is where I am

 

           20              now, so that is what I was trying to get to.

 

           21              I was trying to get to it's not about the

 

           22              wealthy developer it was about the people.

 

           23                      So, in turn, I disagree

 

           24              wholeheartedly with what the school board

 

           25              has done.  I believe that that was the most


 

 

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            1              politically outright worst decision that

 

            2              they have made since they have been there

 

            3              outside of a them not putting out any bids

 

            4              for any projects that they do or giving out

 

            5              jobs without any, you know, recourse and I'm

 

            6              going to tell you why.

 

            7                      I also believe that Mr. Phillips who

 

            8              gave a very sad, speech which really had

 

            9              nothing to do, it showed he was missing the

 

           10              mark on what was really going on, it was a

 

           11              payback for a friend, a business

 

           12              acquaintance right down the street who don't

 

           13              want competition for my friend.  I mean, he

 

           14              might as well have said that.  I think that

 

           15              would have been a better way to go about it.

 

           16                      He also works, it's my belief he

 

           17              also works in place that was created that

 

           18              was a LERTA project.  It's okay for him to

 

           19              support his family with a project that came

 

           20              out to be a nontaxable project, it was a

 

           21              LERTA project.  It's okay for him to go to

 

           22              work every day and support his family, but

 

           23              yet denied 1,000 citizens of that right.

 

           24              That to me is not something to be

 

           25              celebrated.  That to me is a very sad and


 

 

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            1              lack of understanding for what is going on

 

            2              in this economy.

 

            3                      I know that it seems like my

 

            4              decisions were based on whatever you want to

 

            5              put the spin on it because you always do,

 

            6              but I am telling you it was about

 

            7              opportunity, and I'll tell you in a very

 

            8              personal level I would like the opportunity

 

            9              myself.  You know, I'm a single mom.  I

 

           10              would like that opportunity.  I'm just like

 

           11              everyone else out there.  I'm struggling on

 

           12              a daily basis and wouldn't I love to be able

 

           13              to grow and have something else, so that's

 

           14              what it was about.

 

           15                      So I'm not as celebrating as

 

           16              everyone else is thinking that the school

 

           17              board made a right decision.  It's very hard

 

           18              tore me to understand how one project was

 

           19              very okay to happen, but the one that was

 

           20              creating the most jobs was not.  That makes

 

           21              no sense to me at all.  What they did was

 

           22              they took away our competitive edge to

 

           23              everyone else and that's the problem.  Like

 

           24              it or not, there are millions of people out

 

           25              there all over the country working in these


 

 

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            1              jobs that are created from these projects,

 

            2              so I found it a very sad day and a very

 

            3              telling day and Scranton politics at it's

 

            4              absolutely worse.

 

            5                      Accountability is not there.  I have

 

            6              not seen anything in the paper about it.

 

            7              They did not investigate or say -- I'll tell

 

            8              you right now if was here we would have been

 

            9              splashed all over the paper, but for some

 

           10              reason it's okay, it's okay to deny us, the

 

           11              citizens and the taxpayers, opportunity

 

           12              while you're raising our taxes and while you

 

           13              are doing no bid contracts and while you are

 

           14              giving jobs away like they are, you know,

 

           15              candy.  That's okay there, for some reason

 

           16              here we are all accountable.

 

           17                      So, actually, it was are very sad

 

           18              day for the people of Scranton not to be

 

           19              rejoyed and everyone out there who is

 

           20              unemployed and looking for opportunity and

 

           21              hoping to God that they can put shoes on

 

           22              their kids feet in the next few weeks when

 

           23              school comes know that the people who are

 

           24              educating your children or making the

 

           25              decisions to educate your children are the


 

 

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            1              ones who made the most noneducated decision

 

            2              that has ever and been made in this city.

 

            3              They didn't attend anything.  They didn't

 

            4              educate themselves on it, they stuck their

 

            5              heals in and they did it and it's very sad

 

            6              day for all of us.

 

            7                      I also want to speak on the fact

 

            8              that we -- the double-edged comment that was

 

            9              made about, you know, we can't say we are

 

           10              doing well and the people want to be in this

 

           11              city and also say that we need tax breaks.

 

           12              That is -- it's not true.  Yes, we love our

 

           13              city.  Yes, we are doing well, and I hope

 

           14              that businesses come in every day, but on

 

           15              the big projects we will miss the mark now,

 

           16              we are done.  If you think that people are

 

           17              going to move here with the medical school

 

           18              instead of going right to Jessup or all of

 

           19              our surrounding areas who found it very easy

 

           20              and very willfully wanting these people here

 

           21              it's just -- it's just sad.  It can't be

 

           22              both ways, so actually being the fact that

 

           23              this is what I see every day and I sit in

 

           24              these negotiations and I watch this happen I

 

           25              have to say it was very sad, and that is all


 

 

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            1              I have.  Thank you.

 

            2                      MR. MCGOFF: Mr. Courtright.

 

            3                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I'm going to say

 

            4              that I'm happy that the school district

 

            5              voted.  The county commissioners voted the

 

            6              way they did, we all voted here, and the

 

            7              school board had to vote, so we all stood up

 

            8              and were counted, you know, so I guess the

 

            9              people will judge us for the way we vote,

 

           10              but I was glad that all three bodies voted.

 

           11              If it did not come out the way that some

 

           12              people wanted to then it didn't come out the

 

           13              way some people wanted to.  I guess the only

 

           14              real way we all know is if, in fact, we try

 

           15              to run again, you know.  If people think we

 

           16              did a good job they'll vote for us, if not,

 

           17              because I always looked at it this way, we

 

           18              have to vote for all of the people, not just

 

           19              for the people that voted for us, so I try

 

           20              to anyway take into consideration all of

 

           21              them and when I do my voting, but I'm happy

 

           22              that the school district voted so they stood

 

           23              up be counted, we all stood up and will be

 

           24              counted now we will be judged for what we

 

           25              did and I'll leave it at that with that.


 

 

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            1                      Kay, I want to ask you if by some

 

            2              possibility you can ask Mr. Swanson to give

 

            3              us a report before we break you in August on

 

            4              the Crisp Avenue bridge because it was

 

            5              supposed to start to be constructed in

 

            6              August we were told, so if we can just get

 

            7              an update.  I've asked about that on more

 

            8              than one occasion.

 

            9                      Now, I have one resident in a

 

           10              problem development asking me if we were to

 

           11              get a petition to fix the road if that would

 

           12              work and I told them I didn't know.  If you

 

           13              are watching I'll try to see about if we can

 

           14              go about getting the road fixed in another

 

           15              manner.  If not and you think the petition

 

           16              is the right way, I will help you get the

 

           17              signatures on the petition.  I have asked

 

           18              several times from the DPW to go up there

 

           19              and fix that road.  It has been patched, but

 

           20              patching just isn't going to do it.  I have

 

           21              seen twice now someone go off the road to

 

           22              try to avoid a person coming up the hill and

 

           23              I just hope we get it rectified before

 

           24              someone gets hurt.

 

           25                      The road dedication for the Keyser


 

 

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            1              Avenue development, Mary Alice Burke who was

 

            2              always -- has been for lack of a better word

 

            3              a watchdog for the Keyser Valley area and

 

            4              the rest of this city contacted me last

 

            5              night and she had asked me if I had thought

 

            6              that all of the conditions were met, and as

 

            7              far as I knew at that time they were.  I

 

            8              checked again this morning.  She was going

 

            9              to talk to some of the people involved back

 

           10              there, I'm not going to state their names,

 

           11              to see if they had any concerns.  If they

 

           12              did she was going to contact me this

 

           13              morning.  I haven't been contacted by her so

 

           14              I think it's pretty safe to assume what

 

           15              Mr. Swanson had told us and my contact with

 

           16              Mary Alice Burke that everybody for the most

 

           17              part, I don't know if every single thing,

 

           18              but everything for the most part is

 

           19              corrected that we had concerns about.  Some

 

           20              of them I know for a fact are corrected

 

           21              because I went and looked myself, but I

 

           22              think Mary Alice is pretty sharp, she keeps

 

           23              a close look on everything and she was

 

           24              contacting the people that actually lived

 

           25              there and so I haven't heard back from them


 

 

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            1              so my best judgment would say it's okay to

 

            2              go ahead and dedicate those roads.

 

            3                      And one last thing, we had a letter

 

            4              and I left it in the office today, I wish I

 

            5              would have brought it with me, Bill

 

            6              McDonald, who is president of the zoning

 

            7              board, he sent us a letter thanking for

 

            8              being appointed to the board and what he

 

            9              thought the board was and the new members

 

           10              coming into the board and I thought this was

 

           11              a man that he had class.  That, you know,

 

           12              whether or not he wanted to be reappointed

 

           13              to the board or not, I don't know, but he

 

           14              wasn't, but he served well.  He went out in

 

           15              a classy manner and left politics out of it

 

           16              and I'd just to thank Bill for that letter.

 

           17              I thought that was one of the most sincere,

 

           18              nicest letters I remember have seen since I

 

           19              have been on this council.

 

           20                      MS. EVANS: Mr. Courtright, I have to

 

           21              echo that.  I was very impressed by his

 

           22              letter and I was very impressed by his

 

           23              service to the community and I thank him

 

           24              very much for the years he devoted without

 

           25              pay to our city and it's people.


 

 

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            1                      MR. COURTRIGHT: You know, the people

 

            2              that are on the boards whether we appoint

 

            3              them or the mayor appoints them they don't

 

            4              get paid, you know, they give of their own

 

            5              time and I know they get pressure to vote

 

            6              one way or the other because I get calls

 

            7              asking some of them asking them to vote one

 

            8              way or the other, and I think for the most

 

            9              part they all do what they think is right.

 

           10              I know Bill McDonald, and again, I just

 

           11              thank him for that letter and thank him for

 

           12              his service, and that's all I have.  Thank

 

           13              you.

 

           14                      MR. MCGOFF: I would like to

 

           15              reiterate what Mr. Courtright said about the

 

           16              process of the KOZ extensions.  From the

 

           17              beginning I felt that they needed to be

 

           18              addressed.  I am happy that they went

 

           19              through the entire process, that each of the

 

           20              taxing bodies did confront them and make a

 

           21              decision.

 

           22                      I will say that I was obviously

 

           23              unhappy with the decision of the school

 

           24              board, but philosophical differences are

 

           25              often interpreted as personal differences


 

 

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            1              and in this case that obviously was not the

 

            2              case.  People felt differently about the

 

            3              KOZ's and the extensions, we voted as such,

 

            4              we discussed it, and as far as I'm concerned

 

            5              at this point in time the decision has been

 

            6              made and it's finished.  We don't have to be

 

            7              happy with the results, but we do have to

 

            8              live with it and we do have to, you know,

 

            9              move on and hopefully that's what we are

 

           10              going to do.

 

           11                      We received a letter from Lomma

 

           12              Enterprises concerning the railroad cars

 

           13              that were down off of South Washington

 

           14              Avenue.  I know it was reported that they

 

           15              were moved.  The letter from Lomma indicates

 

           16              that they were moved temporarily and brought

 

           17              back, so we will attempt to determine why

 

           18              they were placed back on, you know, in that

 

           19              area and hopefully rectify the situation in

 

           20              a more permanent manner.

 

           21                      As was indicated in this letter,

 

           22              they are an eyesore, they may prevent anyone

 

           23              from actually buying the property that is

 

           24              available in this area because they do

 

           25              provide or they are such an eyesore and, as


 

 

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            1              I said, we will attempt to look into this

 

            2              further as to why they were placed back in

 

            3              this area.

 

            4                      MS. EVANS: Mr. McGoff, could I

 

            5              suggest that we contact Congressman

 

            6              Kanjorski's office once again?  He seemed to

 

            7              be the one who really got the ball moving on

 

            8              this issue after years of battling with the

 

            9              railroad and all of the individuals and red

 

           10              tape involved and he did indicate in his

 

           11              last letter, actually in each of his letters

 

           12              to us that he would be very happy to assist

 

           13              us again in the future, and I think we do

 

           14              need his assistance with this matter yet

 

           15              again.

 

           16                      MR. MCGOFF: I will -- I know

 

           17              Mrs. Gatelli was involved in the contacting

 

           18              various people, I will speak to her, and I

 

           19              will also speak to -- I'll get to

 

           20              Representative Kanjorski.  I will also talk

 

           21              to Representative Smith since his business

 

           22              is also in that general area I'm sure he

 

           23              would be interested in doing something, but

 

           24              yes, we will.  I will look into that, and

 

           25              that's all.  Fifth order.


 

 

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            1                      MS. GARVEY: 5-B. FOR INTRODUCTION -

 

            2              A RESOLUTION - AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND

 

            3              OTHER APPROPRIATE CITY OFFICIALS TO EXECUTE

 

            4              AND ENTER INTO A PUBLIC ENTITY INSTALLMENT

 

            5              PAYMENT AGREEMENT WITH DELL FINANCIAL

 

            6              SERVICES, L.L.C. TO PURCHASE DATOSPHERE

 

            7              SOFTWARE THROUGH THE STATE SOFTWARE CONTRACT

 

            8              WITH DELL/ASAP CONTRACT NUMBER 581010 WITH

 

            9              ANNUAL PAYMENTS OVER A THREE YEAR PERIOD.

 

           10                      MR. MCGOFF:  At this time I'll

 

           11              entertain a motion that Item 5-B be

 

           12              introduced into it's proper committee.

 

           13                      MR. COURTRIGHT: So moved.

 

           14                      MS. FANUCCI:  Second.

 

           15                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

           16              in favor signify by saying aye.

 

           17                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

           18                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

           19                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           21              ayes have it and so moved.

 

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

 

           23              A RESOLUTION - AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND

 

           24              OTHER APPROPRIATE CITY OFFICIALS TO EXECUTE

 

           25              AND ACCEPT A GRANT THROUGH THE PENNSYLVANIA


 

 

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            1              DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND NATURAL

 

            2              RESOURCES ("DCNR") IN THE AMOUNT OF

 

            3              $8,510.00; SINCE THE APPLICATION WAS

 

            4              SUCCESSFUL, EXECUTING THE GRANT AGREEMENT

 

            5              (GRANT CONTRACT) WITH LACKAWANNA HERITAGE

 

            6              VALLEY AUTHORITY ("LHVA") AND ACCEPTING AND

 

            7              DISBURSING THE USE OF THE GRANT FUNDS FOR

 

            8              THE PROJECT TO BE NAMED AS "TREEVITALIZE"

 

            9              METROS PROGRAM.

 

           10                      MR. MCGOFF:  At this time I'll

 

           11              entertain a motion that Item 5-C be

 

           12              introduced into it's proper committee.

 

           13                      MR. COURTRIGHT: So moved.

 

           14                      MS. FANUCCI:  Second.

 

           15                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

           16              in favor signify by saying aye.

 

           17                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

           18                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

           19                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

           21              ayes have it and so moved.

 

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

 

           23              A RESOLUTION - AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND

 

           24              OTHER APPROPRIATE CITY OFFICIALS TO EXECUTE

 

           25              AND ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH KNOWLES


 

 

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            1              ASSOCIATES L.L.C. FOR INSURANCE WITH

 

            2              NAUTILUS INSURANCE COMPANY FOR CITY

 

            3              INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR THE PERIOD JUNE 12,

 

            4              2009 THROUGH JUNE 12, 2010.

 

            5                      MR. MCGOFF:  At this time I'll

 

            6              entertain a motion that Item 5-D be

 

            7              introduced into it's proper committee.

 

            8                      MR. COURTRIGHT: So moved.

 

            9                      MS. FANUCCI:  Second.

 

           10                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?

 

           11                      MS. EVANS: I do have some concerns

 

           12              about the Nautilus Insurance Company.

 

           13              According to the paperwork council received,

 

           14              they have not been admitted to transact

 

           15              business in Pennsylvania and in the event of

 

           16              insolvency, their insolvency, the

 

           17              policyholder, which is the city, will be

 

           18              responsible for all obligations.  I think

 

           19              council might want to look into this further

 

           20              before we actually pass this.

 

           21                      MR. MCGOFF: I would say that there

 

           22              were some legitimate questions raised.  I

 

           23              would vote for introduction and then

 

           24              consider it in the -- you know, hopefully

 

           25              get our questions -- the questions answered


 

 

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            1              prior to final vote.

 

            2                      MS. FANUCCI: I agree.

 

            3                      MS. EVANS: Well, this is a

 

            4              resolution, correct?

 

            5                      MR. MCGOFF: Right.

 

            6                      MS. EVANS: So it will enjoy final

 

            7              reading next week.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF: Yes.

 

            9                      MS. EVANS: So we need answers by

 

           10              next week.

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  If not we could

 

           12              hold it.

 

           13                      MS. EVANS: Well, before we next week

 

           14              actually.

 

           15                      MR. MCGOFF: I would say if the

 

           16              answers aren't received by then, then we

 

           17              could --

 

           18                      MS. EVANS: Table it.

 

           19                      MR. MCGOFF: -- table it or just vote

 

           20              it down, you know, too.

 

           21                      MS. EVANS: On the other hand,

 

           22              though, I know we've got to move rather

 

           23              quickly because it's insurance on the water

 

           24              slide which is operational.

 

           25                      MS. FANUCCI: Yeah, let's move it


 

 

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            1              through this week and we'll make sure we get

 

            2              our answers by next week.

 

            3                      All in favor signify by saying aye.

 

            4                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

            5                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

            6                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

            8              ayes have it and so moved.

 

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

 

           10              READING BY TITLE - FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 73,

 

           11              2009 - AN ORDINANCE - REMOVAL OF PARKING

 

           12              METERS LOCATED IN THE 700 BLOCK OF QUINCY

 

           13              AVENUE, BETWEEN GIBSON AND PINE STREETS, AND

 

           14              IN THE 900 AND 1000 BLOCKS OF PINE STREET

 

           15              BETWEEN MONROE AVENUE AND COSTELLO COURT, AS

 

           16              MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED IN THE

 

           17              CORRESPONDENCE AND ON THE DIAGRAM FROM MOSES

 

           18              TAYLOR HOSPITAL ATTACHED HERETO AND

 

           19              THEREAFTER, TO INSTITUTE DAILY PERMIT

 

           20              PARKING FOR MOSES TAYLOR HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES.

 

           21                      MR. MCGOFF: You have heard reading

 

           22              by title of Item 6-A, what is your pleasure?

 

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

 

           24              pass reading by title.

 

           25                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All

 

            2              those in favor signify by saying aye.

 

            3                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.

 

            4                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.

 

            5                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The

 

            7              ayes have it and so moved.

 

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

 

            9              CONSIDERATION BY THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC

 

           10              WORKS - FOR ADOPTION - FILE OF COUNCIL NO.

 

           11              72, 2009 - PROVIDING FOR THE ACCEPTANCE AND

 

           12              DEDICATION AS PUBLIC ROADS WILLIAMSBURG

 

           13              LANE, NORFOLK WAY, ROANOKE LANE, ARLINGTON

 

           14              WAY, CHESTERFIELD LANE AND HUNTINGTON WAY,

 

           15              AS WELL AS ALL THE STORM DRAINAGE SYSTEM

 

           16              UNDERLYING SAID STREETS AND RIGHTS- OF-WAY;

 

           17              ALL OF THE AFOREMENTIONED IMPROVEMENTS BEING

 

           18              LOCATED IN THE KEYSER TERRACE SUBDIVISION IN

 

           19              THE CITY OF SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA; ALSO

 

           20              AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND OTHER APPROPRIATE

 

           21              CITY OFFICIALS TO ACCEPT FOR THE SUM OF ONE

 

           22              DOLLAR ($1.00) AND TO RECORD IN THE OFFICIAL

 

           23              RECORDS AT THE OFFICE OF THE RECORDER OF

 

           24              DEEDS FOR LACKAWANNA COUNTY A DEED FOR THE

 

           25              AFORESAID PUBLIC STREETS AND IMPROVEMENTS.


 

 

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            1                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

            2              recommendation of the Chairperson for the

 

            3              Committee on Public Works?

 

            4                      MS. EVANS: As Chair for the

 

            5              Committee on Public Works, I recommend final

 

            6              passage of Item 7-A.

 

            7                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

            9              call, please?

 

           10                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           11                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

           12                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.  Ms.

 

           13              Fanucci.

 

           14                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           15                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           16                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           17                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           19              Item 7-A legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           20                      MS. GARVEY: 7-B. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           21              BY THE COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SAFETY - FOR

 

           22              ADOPTION - RESOLUTION NO. 112, 2009 -

 

           23              AUTHORIZE THE CITY OF SCRANTON TO MAKE

 

           24              APPLICATION TO THE COMMONWEALTH OF

 

           25              PENNSYLVANIA, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION


 

 

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            1              FOR A PERMIT TO INSTALL AND OPERATE A

 

            2              TRAFFIC SIGNAL AT THE INTERSECTION OF WEST

 

            3              LINDEN STREET (S.R. 3020) AND NORTH EIGHTH

 

            4              AVENUE/MAIN ACCESS AT THE MOUNT PLEASANT

 

            5              CORPORATE CENTER.

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the

 

            7              recommendation of the Chairperson for the

 

            8              Committee on Public Safety?

 

            9                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  As Chairperson for

 

           10              the Committee on Public Safety, I recommend

 

           11              final passage of Item 7-B.

 

           12                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?

 

           14                      MS. EVANS: Yes.  If we fail to pass

 

           15              this legislation today, would it not prevent

 

           16              PennDOT from installing a light that seems

 

           17              to be so hazardous in the opinion of many

 

           18              residents of the area?

 

           19                      MS. FANUCCI:  We felt that way, too,

 

           20              but once PennDOT came out said, you know, I

 

           21              mean, that's their job and obviously they

 

           22              know a little bit more about the engineering

 

           23              than we do, so once they came out and said

 

           24              that they believe it's a very sorely needed

 

           25              and mandatory.  I mean, I understand our


 

 

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            1              views, too, I mean, it doesn't make sense,

 

            2              but I believe that they are more equipped to

 

            3              knowing what the job, you know, the

 

            4              engineering process is.

 

            5                      MS. EVANS: I absolutely agree with

 

            6              that.  Certainly I'm no engineer --

 

            7                      MS. FANUCCI: Yeah.

 

            8                      MS. EVANS: -- and they are the

 

            9              individuals with the expertise in this

 

           10              situation which is why, you know, I guess I

 

           11              am just a little troubled.  I recall,

 

           12              Mr. Courtright, do you remember the

 

           13              situation in Minooka, Pittson Avenue, Birney

 

           14              Avenue, the two lanes that run in one

 

           15              direction and we note this moment in time

 

           16              cars far exceed the speed limit and it makes

 

           17              it so dangerous for pedestrian crossings and

 

           18              there have been how many accidents because

 

           19              of that, and yet I remember how many times,

 

           20              Mr. Courtright, you and I, even

 

           21              Mr. McTiernan --

 

           22                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Mr. Pocius.

 

           23                      MS. EVANS: Mr. Pocius --

 

           24                      MS. FANUCCI: Everyone.

 

           25                      MS. EVANS: Mr. Pocius, Gaynor


 

 

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            1              Cawley, we went time after time to the

 

            2              PennDOT offices, sat at a round table

 

            3              discussion of about 25 people begging for a

 

            4              solution to provide safety for that area of

 

            5              Minooka and PennDOT did nothing.  You know,

 

            6              evidently thinks it's quite safe.  So, you

 

            7              know, every once in awhile you might have to

 

            8              wonder about the some of the decisions of

 

            9              the experts.

 

           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I think what this

 

           11              comes down to, and I hate to even say this,

 

           12              is the lesser of two evils.  They have to

 

           13              allow the people to exit from this

 

           14              development somehow.

 

           15                      MS. EVANS: Right.

 

           16                      MR. COURTRIGHT: And I had hoped that

 

           17              they would put stop signs.  It's the

 

           18              engineer's opinion that stop sings would be

 

           19              even more dangerous because if you are

 

           20              coming say, for instance, coming down the

 

           21              hill and somebody was exiting at the stop

 

           22              sign and they didn't see you because it's a

 

           23              little bit blind when you come over the

 

           24              hill, if they start pulling out, and we are

 

           25              talking wintertime, that's the concern with


 

 

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            1              everybody is the wintertime, right?  If

 

            2              somebody was pulling out and they didn't see

 

            3              the car coming down the hill and they pulled

 

            4              out now that person is coming over the hill

 

            5              moving at a high rate of speed they are not

 

            6              going to be able to stop, so I'm not happy

 

            7              about the light, but the way they explained

 

            8              it I guess we need some way, they have come

 

            9              out and exit onto Linden Street somehow from

 

           10              that new development which I'm assuming even

 

           11              though it didn't get KOZ is still going to

 

           12              go through, so I couldn't come up with a

 

           13              better solution than that.  I'm not happy

 

           14              about it, but they have to be able to exit

 

           15              out of there somehow.

 

           16                      MS. EVANS:  Then we have to trust

 

           17              them.

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT: We have to hope they

 

           19              are right on this one not like Birney

 

           20              Avenue.

 

           21                      MS. EVANS: And then once it's

 

           22              installed God forbid there are problems with

 

           23              it, PennDOT I'm not sure would have to make

 

           24              alterations.

 

           25                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I'm asking that they


 

 

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            1              put signs up warning people that would be

 

            2              coming down that hill that there is going to

 

            3              be a light in the middle of that hill.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF: Roll call, please.

 

            5                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

            6                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

            7                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.  Ms.

 

            8              Fanucci.

 

            9                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           10                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           12                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           13                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           14              Item 7-B legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           15                      MS. GARVEY: 7-C. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           16              BY THE COMMITTEE ON RULES - FOR ADOPTION -

 

           17              RESOLUTION NO. 155, 2009 - AUTHORIZING THE

 

           18              MAYOR AND OTHER APPROPRIATE CITY OFFICIALS

 

           19              TO EXECUTE AND ENTER INTO ON BEHALF OF THE

 

           20              CITY OF SCRANTON A SUPPLEMENTAL SERVICES

 

           21              AGREEMENT FOR TRANSACTIONAL SERVICES TO THE

 

           22              BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON WORKBENCH SERVICES

 

           23              ("BNYM") AGREEMENT TO AUTHORIZE ACCESS TO

 

           24              TRANSACTIONAL SERVICES PROVIDED TO THE CITY

 

           25              REGARDING SUPPLEMENTAL PENSION PAYMENTS


 

 

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            1              CURRENTLY MADE TO DESIGNATED RETIRED POLICE

 

            2              AND FIREFIGHTERS.

 

            3                      MR. MCGOFF:  As Chair for the

 

            4              Committee on Rules, I recommend final

 

            5              passage of Item 7-C.

 

            6                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

            7                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

            8              call, please?

 

            9                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           10                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

           11                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.  Ms.

 

           12              Fanucci.

 

           13                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           14                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           15                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           16                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           17                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           18              Item 7-C legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           19                      MS. GARVEY: 7-D.  FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           20              BY THE COMMITTEE ON RULES - FOR ADOPTION -

 

           21              RESOLUTION NO. 156, 2009- APPOINTING STEVEN

 

           22              KOCHIS, 531 HICKORY STREET, SCRANTON,

 

           23              PENNSYLVANIA, 18505, AS A MEMBER OF THE

 

           24              BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS FOR THE CITY OF

 

           25              SCRANTON.  MR. KOCHIS WILL REPLACE BILL


 

 

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            1              MACDONALD, WHOSE TERM EXPIRES ON JULY 15,

 

            2              2009.  MR. KOCHIS TERM WILL COMMENCE ON JULY

 

            3              16, 2009 AND EXPIRE ON JULY 16, 2014.

 

            4                      MR. MCGOFF:  As Chair for the

 

            5              Committee on Rules, I recommend final

 

            6              passage of Item 7-D.

 

            7                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

            8                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

            9              call, please?

 

           10                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           11                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

           12                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.  Ms.

 

           13              Fanucci.

 

           14                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           15                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           16                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           17                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           18                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           19              Item 7-D legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           20                      MS. GARVEY: 7-E. FOR CONSIDERATION

 

           21              BY THE COMMITTEE ON RULES - FOR ADOPTION -

 

           22              RESOLUTION NO. 157, 2009 - APPOINTING

 

           23              SUZANNE ANDRES, 323 BIRCH STREET, SCRANTON,

 

           24              PENNSYLVANIA, 18505, AS ALTERNATE NO. 2

 

           25              MEMBER TO THE BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS FOR


 

 

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            1              THE CITY OF SCRANTON.  MS. ANDRES WILL FILL

 

            2              THE UNEXPIRED TERM OF STEVEN KOCHIS WHOSE

 

            3              TERM EXPIRES ON JUNE 1, 2010.  MS. ANDRES

 

            4              TERM WILL COMMENCE ON JULY 16, 2009

 

            5              AND WILL EXPIRE ON JUNE 1, 2010.

 

            6                      MR. MCGOFF:  As Chair for the

 

            7              Committee on Rules, I recommend final

 

            8              passage of Item 7-E.

 

            9                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.

 

           10                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll

 

           11              call, please?

 

           12                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.

 

           13                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.

 

           14                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.  Ms.

 

           15              Fanucci.

 

           16                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.

 

           17                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.

 

           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.

 

           19                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.

 

           20                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare

 

           21              Item 7-E legally and lawfully adopted.

 

           22                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Motion to adjourn.

 

           23                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you.  Thank you

 

           24              for your participation.

 

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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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                                    CATHENE S. NARDOZZI, RPR

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