1 SCRANTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING
2 PUBLIC HEARING
IN RE: FILE OF COUNCIL NO. 72, 2009 - PROVIDING
4 FOR THE ACCEPTANCE AND DEDICATION AS PUBLIC ROADS
WILLIAMSBURG LANE, NORFOLK WAY, ROANOKE LANE, ARLINGTON
5 WAY, CHESTERFIELD LANE AND HUNTINGTON WAY, AS WELL AS
ALL THE STORM DRAINAGE SYSTEM UNDERLYING SAID STREETS
6 AND RIGHTS-OF-WAY; ALL OF THE AFOREMENTIONED
IMPROVEMENTS BEING LOCATED IN THE KEYSER TERRACE
7 SUBDIVISION IN THE CITY OF SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA; ALSO
AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND OTHER APPROPRIATE CITY
8 OFFICIALS TO ACCEPT FOR THE SUM OF ONE DOLLAR ($1.00)
AND TO RECORD IN THE OFFICIAL RECORDS AT THE OFFICE OF
9 THE RECORDER OF DEEDS FOR LACKAWANNA COUNTY A DEED FOR
THE AFORESAID PUBLIC STREETS AND IMPROVEMENTS.
14 Tuesday, June 30, 2009
17 Council Chambers
18 Scranton City Hall
19 340 North Washington Avenue
20 Scranton, Pennsylvania
25 CATHENE S. NARDOZZI- COURT REPORTER
2 CITY OF SCRANTON COUNCIL:
4 MR. ROBERT MCGOFF, PRESIDENT
6 MS. JUDY GATELLI, VICE-PRESIDENT
7 (Not present.)
8 MS. JANET E. EVANS
10 MS. SHERRY FANUCCI
12 MR. WILLIAM COURTRIGHT
14 MS. KAY GARVEY, CITY CLERK
16 MR. NEIL COOLICAN, ASSISTANT CITY CLERK
18 MR. AMIL MINORA, SOLICITOR
1 MR. MCGOFF: Roll call, please.
2 MR. COOLICAN: Mrs. Evans.
3 MS. EVANS: Here.
4 MR. COOLICAN: Mrs. Gatelli. Ms.
5 Fanucci. Mr. Courtright.
6 MR. COURTRIGHT: Here.
7 MR. COOLICAN: Mr. McGoff.
8 MR. MCGOFF: Here. The purpose of
9 said public hearing is to hear testimony and
10 discuss the following: 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.
1 Speakers, Marie Schumacher.
2 MS. SCHUMACHER: Yes. I'd just like
3 assurance from you that the planning
4 department has reviewed what's been done up
5 there and the city engineer has reviewed the
6 actual work and that we are not assuming a
7 developer's liability and --
8 MR. MCGOFF: I was going to answer
10 MS. SCHUMACHER: Go ahead.
11 MR. MCGOFF: We have received from
12 the city engineer, Mr. Swanson, a letter
13 saying that everything was in order and that
14 we may proceed.
15 MS. SCHUMACHER: And there's no
16 liability to the taxpayers then? Okay.
17 Well, if we have a decent engineer that
18 should be accurate.
19 MR. MCGOFF: Yes.
20 MS. SCHUMACHER: Thank you.
21 MR. MCGOFF: Ron Ellman.
22 MR. ELLMAN: I wasn't going to say
23 nothing and then I decided -- I stood right
24 here or sat out there and listened to people
25 from the subdivision come in here and
1 complain how bad the sewage system was and
2 now we are going to take over a troublesome
3 and problematic venture to relieve the
4 owner, it doesn't make sense. And I talked
5 to somebody last week that told me, you
6 know, that nothing has been corrected there.
7 The basin is still overflowing, all of that.
8 I just -- just somebody tell me one
9 advantage of taking over this for a dollar,
10 you know? They want to get rid of it. It's
11 like trying to trade-in a used car that's no
12 good, you know. Am I thinking wrong?
13 MR. MCGOFF: All of the things that
14 the residents asked to have taken care of
15 were taken care of by the developer.
16 MR. ELLMAN: When I say in the paper
17 last week I made a phone call and they told
18 me it was still -- this is the exact words,
19 it was still problematic. I'm not trying
20 to, you know, to be a problem in this, but
21 these people don't pay taxes anyway so why
22 should we assume all of these problems up
24 MR. COURTRIGHT: Oh, they pay taxes,
1 MR. ELLMAN: Pardon me?
2 MR. COURTRIGHT: They pay taxes.
3 MR. ELLMAN: I didn't hear you.
4 MR. COURTRIGHT: They pay taxes.
5 MR. ELLMAN: I'm sorry then. I think
6 I'm stereotyping this whole city almost with
7 this KOZ problem, but I still don't see why
8 we are assuming a responsibility when there
9 is something wrong with this system. Like I
10 said, I phoned last week and they said there
11 was. Thank you.
12 (Whereupon while Mr. Ellman was
13 talking Ms. Fanucci enters council
15 MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else?
16 MR. SBARAGLIA: I'm not going to say
17 much on the project. Billy, you were into
18 it in-depth. If you approve it, it must be
19 okay. Thank you.
20 MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else? This
21 public hearing is closed.
3 C E R T I F I C A T E
5 I hereby certify that the proceedings and
6 evidence are contained fully and accurately in the
7 notes of testimony taken by me at the hearing of the
8 above-captioned matter and that the foregoing is a true
9 and correct transcript of the same to the best of my
CATHENE S. NARDOZZI, RPR
14 OFFICIAL COURT REPORTER