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            1              SCRANTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING

 

            2                       PUBLIC HEARING

 

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                     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.

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           12                        HELD:

 

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           14                 Tuesday, June 30, 2009

 

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           16                        LOCATION:

 

           17                    Council Chambers

 

           18                 Scranton City Hall

 

           19              340 North Washington Avenue

 

           20                Scranton, Pennsylvania

 

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           25              CATHENE S. NARDOZZI- COURT REPORTER


 

 

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            2   CITY OF SCRANTON COUNCIL:

 

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            4   MR. ROBERT MCGOFF, PRESIDENT

 

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            6   MS. JUDY GATELLI, VICE-PRESIDENT

 

            7   (Not present.)

 

            8   MS. JANET E. EVANS

 

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           10   MS. SHERRY FANUCCI

 

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           12   MR. WILLIAM COURTRIGHT

 

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           14   MS. KAY GARVEY, CITY CLERK

 

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           16   MR. NEIL COOLICAN, ASSISTANT CITY CLERK

 

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           18   MR. AMIL MINORA, SOLICITOR

 

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            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.


 

 

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            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

 

            9              that.

 

           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


 

 

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            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

 

           23              there.

 

           24                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Oh, they pay taxes,

 

           25              Ron.


 

 

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            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

 

           14              chambers.)

 

           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.

 

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            3                     C E R T I F I C A T E

 

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            5        I hereby certify that the proceedings and

 

            6   evidence are contained fully and accurately in the

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

           10   ability.

 

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                                    CATHENE S. NARDOZZI, RPR

           14                       OFFICIAL COURT REPORTER

 

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