1              SCRANTON CITY COUNCIL MEETING








            5                          HELD:




            7                   Tuesday, July 7, 2009




            9                        LOCATION:


           10                    Council Chambers


           11                   Scranton City Hall


           12               340 North Washington Avenue


           13                   Scranton, Pennsylvania











































                MS. JANET E. EVANS



            9   MS. SHERRY FANUCCI



                MR. WILLIAM COURTRIGHT



           12   MS. KAY GARVEY, CITY CLERK






           15   MR. AMIL MINORA, SOLICITOR


























            1                      (Pledge of Allegiance recited and


            2              moment of reflection observed.)


            3                      MR. MCGOFF:  Roll call, please?


            4                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.


            5                      MS. EVANS:  Here.


            6                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.


            7                      MS. GATELLI:  Here.


            8                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.


            9                      MS. FANUCCI:  Here.


           10                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.


           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Here.


           12                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.


           13                      MR. MCGOFF:  Here.


           14                      MR. MCGOFF: Dispense with the


           15              reading of the minutes.


           16                      MS. GARVEY: There is no business in


           17              Third Order.


           18                      MR. MCGOFF: I'd like to make a


           19              motion to suspend the rules and to move -- I


           20              don't know how to word this properly, I'd


           21              like to suspend the rules and we will have a


           22              citizens' participation on agenda items only


           23              in Fourth Order, and then move to 5-B, and


           24              then we'll have citizens' participation


           25              again after the business portion.  Sorry.






            1                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.


            2                      MR. MCGOFF: All in favor.


            3                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.


            4                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.


            5                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.


            6                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.


            7                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The


            8              ayes have it and so moved.  Anything from


            9              council?  Please.


           10                      MS. EVANS: Please remember in your


           11              prayers all those who have died in the last


           12              week, particularly Kay Travato, a beautiful


           13              and courageous woman who I had the great


           14              pleasure of knowing and her loving family


           15              and friends she leaves behind, especially


           16              her faithful companion, Walter David.


           17                      The Immaculate Conception Church


           18              picnic will be held Thursday, Friday,


           19              Saturday June, 9th 10th and 11th in East


           20              Scranton.


           21                      The Kids Swim Free Program continues


           22              to accept donations for children to swim at


           23              Nay Aug Park swim complex free of charge


           24              this summer.  You have may mail donations


           25              to:  Kids Swim Free Program, 1416 South






            1              Webster Avenue, Scranton, Pennsylvania,


            2              18505.


            3                      And to city residents who were


            4              concerned about the sidewalk drop off


            5              between Buona Pizza and the new development


            6              it was taken care of.  I saw the improvement


            7              last week as I drove by the 500 block of


            8              Lackawanna Avenue, and that's it.


            9                      MR COURTRIGHT:  I'd just like to say


           10              that today is my daughter Lindsey's birthday


           11              and I'd just like to wish her a happy


           12              birthday, if I may.


           13                      MS. EVANS: Happy birthday.


           14                      MR. MCGOFF: Anything else?


           15                      MS. GATELLI: I just have two items


           16              to make everyone aware that the block grant


           17              applications are now available and they are


           18              due on August 7, as well as the emergency


           19              shelter grant applications.  And that's all


           20              I have.


           21                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you.  We will now


           22              have citizens' participation on agenda


           23              items.  Anyone wishing to speak.


           24                      MR. SBARAGLIA: I didn't understand


           25              you quite what you were saying, I still






            1              don't, but that's okay, but your lawyer can


            2              check and see we have a -- we have a


            3              stipulation from the Courts saying this is


            4              an open forum and anything you want to speak


            5              up or anything with the city can be done.


            6              You cannot suspend that, okay?


            7                      MR. MCGOFF: Nobody has.


            8                      MR. SBARAGLIA: What did you just


            9              say?


           10                      MS. GATELLI:  You're going to have


           11              two opportunities to talk, Andy.


           12                      MR. SBARAGALIA: Oh, is that what you


           13              were saying because it's a little confusing


           14              there.


           15                      MS. GATELLI:  The first time you can


           16              talk about agenda only, and the second time


           17              your five minutes or whatever you want.


           18                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Okay.


           19                      MS. GATELLI:  It's being done for me


           20              because I'm working and I might not be able


           21              to stay for the whole meeting.


           22                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Okay.


           23                      MS. GATELLI: And I thank my


           24              colleagues for allowing me to participate in


           25              the meeting because I'm working during the






            1              daytime for the summer, and they have been


            2              so kind as to accommodate me.  If anyone has


            3              any questions for me and I have to leave


            4              early, please feel free to call my home, my


            5              number is in the book, and I again thank my


            6              colleagues for being so cooperative.


            7                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Okay.  Now that we


            8              know what you are doing, I was a little


            9              confused there because you were saying you


           10              were suspending.  Okay.  Well, I am going


           11              go -- go to your 7-D, this insurance policy


           12              for the slide at Nay Aug.  Now, you all know


           13              what the stipulation said.  There is no


           14              question about that.  The other question is


           15              why wasn't this put on the regular


           16              insurance?  What's the reasoning behind it?


           17              Did any of you ever question the mayor?


           18              What's the reason behind the separate


           19              insurance?


           20                      MR. MCGOFF: No one has asked the


           21              city to get separate insurance.  A


           22              supplemental policy because the water slide


           23              is considered an amusement ride and that


           24              there are only certain carriers that cover


           25              amusements rides.






            1                      MR. SBARAGLIA: I realize that, but


            2              now you got a stipulation in there.  What is


            3              the rating on this company and have you


            4              asked for the rating?


            5                      MR. MCGOFF: "A" plus.


            6                      MR. SBARAGLIA: It's an "A" plus


            7              rating?  Okay, I guess they have been in


            8              business awhile, but that stipulation


            9              worries me.  I don't know why, maybe because


           10              of AIG.  That worries me.  Well, since we


           11              can only go to agenda items we might as well


           12              go through them, we got plenty of time to go


           13              through them.  You are looking for a grant


           14              on this for Battaglia Field I think it was,


           15              the old Oxford Plot, something with the


           16              parking lot, $50,000 for a parking lot?


           17              $20,000?


           18                      MS. GATELLI: $20,000.


           19                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Let me read, 25,


           20              okay.  Purchase a gazebo.  Sight work at


           21              Connors Park, now we want a gazebo up there,


           22              okay.  And, well, mainly that's about it.


           23              There isn't much on it that you can really


           24              get into with it.  It's very cut and dry


           25              other than the grants.  Oh, there you go,






            1              it's in the first, $20,000.  Another


            2              $25,000.  Okay.  We'll get you.


            3                      MR. QUINN:  Good morning, Ozzie


            4              Quinn, Taxpayers' Association.  7-D, Knowles


            5              contract.


            6                      MS. GATELLI: 6-d.


            7                      MR. QUINN: 6-D.


            8                      MS. GATELLI: 6-D I think it is.


            9                      MS. QUINN:  Well, okay, six D.


           10                      MS. GARVEY: 7-D.


           11                      MR. QUINN:  7-D.


           12                      MR. MCGOFF: Seven.


           13                      MR. QUINN: 7-D; right?


           14                      MS. GATELLI: Yes.


           15                      MR. QUINN:  I thought maybe you had


           16              two contracts.  The clock is running.  Okay.


           17              I studied sociology in college and a lot of


           18              people probably studied -- maybe you did


           19              study sociology or history, but in the late


           20              19 and early 20th century there is what they


           21              call the social gospel, and it was related


           22              to what you would call now social injustice,


           23              and actually what it meant is that your


           24              budget should be more or less leaning to low


           25              income people, okay?  And through the years






            1              through greed, especially now, you see a lot


            2              of that, and that's really knocked out a lot


            3              of the poor people from receiving things


            4              that they should receive.


            5                      Now, why I bring the Knowell's


            6              contract up is because of the fact there is


            7              a contract that's coming out and it's an


            8              exceptional contract, but there was no RFP,


            9              was there?  How much is the contract?  There


           10              is nothing that I know.  I don't know.  I


           11              mean, we are throwing money away and we have


           12              a 2.5 hole in the budget.  The other thing


           13              is that I don't know if you knew it, but I


           14              know it because I live close to Nay Aug down


           15              and by Bunker Hill, they had fireworks up


           16              there on June 27 and they lasted 45 minutes


           17              by a professional person, okay, and they


           18              outdo the Scranton Stadium fireworks and


           19              everybody else's.  Is that five minutes?


           20                      MR. MCGOFF: Only three.


           21                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Three.


           22                      MR. QUINN:  Well, anyway, what I


           23              want to say is that this money we have


           24              people who are going around with property


           25              owners, foreclosure, leaky roof, electric






            1              problems and Doherty continues --


            2              Mr. Doherty continues to be an elitist and


            3              that's what the social injustice is all


            4              about, getting away from spending that money


            5              just for the elitist.  Applying it to the


            6              social gospel, the people that need it.  We


            7              are $170 million in debt and if you start


            8              giving out things and RFP's and what you are


            9              doing and council should be on top of this


           10              and stop it.  $170 million.  Thank you.


           11                      MS. SCHUMACHER: Marie Schumacher,


           12              resident and member of the Taxpayers'


           13              Association.  On 5-C, is this in addition to


           14              the grant that supposedly if the caption


           15              under the picture was right in today's paper


           16              was from the county for a gazebo and related


           17              site work.  If it's not and it's a


           18              duplication of what the county has given is


           19              this going to be a $50,000 gazebo?


           20                      MS. FANUCCI: I'm not sure I


           21              understand.


           22                      MS. GATELLI:  The account in today's


           23              paper was Billy Barrett Park.


           24                      MS. FANUCCI: It was a different


           25              park.






            1                      MS. GATELLI:  It's a different park.


            2                      MS. SCHUMACHER: Connors.


            3                      MS. GATELLI: No, was --


            4                      MS. SCHUMACHER: There's a picture --


            5                      MS. GATELLI: Was Janet in the


            6              picture and me?


            7                      MS. SCHUMACHER: Yeah.


            8                      MS. FANUCCI: Then it was Billy


            9              Barrett Park.


           10                      MS. SCHUMACHER: No, I don't believe


           11              you were.


           12                      MS. GATELLI: Well, they told me I


           13              was in there, someone at work told me, and


           14              it's Billy Barrett Park, not this park.


           15                      MS. SCHUMACHER: Do you have copy?


           16              Okay, I didn't bring the picture.


           17                      MS. GATELLI: Yeah, it's from Billy


           18              Barrett Park on Colliery Avenue in Minooka.


           19                      MS. SCHUMACHER: And what is this


           20              gazebo going to consist of?  Twenty-give


           21              grand sounds like a lot.  I can go up to


           22              Hamlin and see where they make gazebos and


           23              sheds and they are lot less expensive than


           24              $25,000.


           25                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  There is more than






            1              just the gazebo.  There is -- I don't know


            2              what to read the whole thing to you, but


            3              there is what they are calling site work.


            4              It's not 25 grand just for the gazebo.


            5                      MS. SCHUMACHER: They did site work


            6              last year.  How many times are we going to


            7              pay for the same thing?


            8                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I don't know.


            9                      MS. SCHUMACHER: And then the other


           10              thing on 7-B, will this -- is this the final


           11              purchase that is needed to comply with 2008


           12              legislation or is there more to come?


           13                      MR. MCGOFF: I don't know.


           14                      MS. SCHUMACHER: Sad.  Thank you.


           15                      MR. SPINDLER: Les Spindler, Scranton


           16              homeowner, taxpayer.  They want to give


           17              Knowells the insurance policy on the slide,


           18              it's funny Knowells contributed $2,750 to


           19              Mayor Doherty's campaign and now you want to


           20              give them the contract for the insurance on


           21              the slide.  Sounds like payment for them


           22              contributing to Mayor Doherty's campaign


           23              pain to me.  Why don't we give to someone


           24              else that is more deserving of it.  As


           25              Mrs. Fanucci said, it sounds like Scranton






            1              politics at it's worst to me.  Thank you.


            2                      MS. FANUCCI: That was about the


            3              school board though, Les, let's just clarify


            4              that.


            5                      MR. SPINDLER: Yeah, I know.


            6                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else?  Thank you.


            7              Go to 5-B.


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


            9              A RESOLUTION - AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND








           13              ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ("DCED") FOR THE




           15              PROGRAM CONTRACT NUMBER C000043365 TO


           16              RECEIVE A $20,000.00 GRANT TO MAKE UPGRADES


           17              TO BATTAGLIA FIELD'S PARKING LOT.


           18                      MR. MCGOFF:  At this time I'll


           19              entertain a motion that Item 5-B be


           20              introduced into it's proper committee.


           21                      MR. COURTRIGHT: So moved.


           22                      MS. FANUCCI:  Second.


           23                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?


           24                      MR. COURTRIGHT: On the question, I


           25              don't think 20,000 is even going to touch






            1              what they need to do to that parking lot to


            2              be honest with you.  My hope is that they


            3              put in for CDBG money this year and they get


            4              it because it needs an awful lot of work


            5              down there.  I think, as we all know, West


            6              Scranton High School doesn't have an actual


            7              field that they play in and that's where


            8              they play, and I believe at one time they


            9              told me when they have a tournament maybe 11


           10              or 13 different states come down there and


           11              play ball there, so I hope to see them get


           12              much more money.  It needs a lot of work


           13              down there.


           14                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else on the


           15              question?  All those in favor signify by


           16              saying aye.


           17                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.


           18                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.


           19                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.


           20                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.


           21                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The


           22              ayes have it and so moved.


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


           24              A RESOLUTION - AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR AND












            3              ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ("DCED") FOR THE




            5              CONTRACT NUMBER C000043366 TO RECEIVE A


            6              $25,000.00 GRANT FOR THE PURCHASE AND






            9              PARK).


           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                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.


           20                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.


           21                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The


           22              ayes have it and so moved.


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


           24              A RESOLUTION - APPOINTMENT OF THELMA


           25              WHEELER, 1001 JACKSON STREET, APARTMENT 303,






            1              SCRANTON, PENNSYLVANIA, 18504, AS A MEMBER


            2              OF THE BOARD OF THE SCRANTON HOUSING


            3              AUTHORITY.  MS. WHEELER WILL FILL THE




            5              WHO PASSED AWAY ON JUNE 15, 2009.  MS.


            6              WHEELER'S TERM WILL EXPIRE ON SEPTEMBER 27,


            7              2013.


            8                      MR. MCGOFF:  At this time I'll


            9              entertain a motion that Item 5-D be


           10              introduced into it's proper committee.


           11                      MR. COURTRIGHT: So moved.


           12                      MS. FANUCCI:  Second.


           13                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  All


           14              in favor signify by saying aye.


           15                      MS. EVANS:  Aye.


           16                      MS. FANUCCI:  Aye.


           17                      MS. GATELLI:  Aye.


           18                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Aye.


           19                      MR. MCGOFF:  Aye.  Opposed?  The


           20              ayes have it and so moved.


           21                      MS. GARVEY: SIXTH ORDER.  NO


           22              BUSINESS AT THIS TIME.  SEVENTH ORDER.  7-A.




           24              SAFETY - FOR ADOPTION - FILE OF COUNCIL NO.


           25              73, 2009 - REMOVAL OF PARKING METERS LOCATED






            1              IN THE 700 BLOCK OF QUINCY AVENUE, BETWEEN


            2              GIBSON AND PINE STREETS, AND IN THE 900 AND


            3              1000 BLOCKS OF PINE STREET BETWEEN MONROE


            4              AVENUE AND COSTELLO COURT, AS MORE




            6              AND ON THE DIAGRAM FROM MOSES TAYLOR






            9              TAYLOR HOSPITAL EMPLOYEES.


           10                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the


           11              recommendation of the Chair for the


           12              Committee on Public Safety?


           13                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  As Chairperson for


           14              the Committee on Public Safety, I recommend


           15              final passage of Item 7-A.


           16                      MS. FANUCCI: Second.


           17                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll


           18              call, please?


           19                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.


           20                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.


           21                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.


           22                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.


           23                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.


           24                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.


           25                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.






            1                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.


            2                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.


            3                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare


            4              Item 7-A legally and lawfully adopted.


            5                      MS. GARVEY: 7-B. FOR CONSIDERATION


            6              BY THE COMMITTEE ON FINANCE - FOR ADOPTION -


            7              RESOLUTION NO. 158, 2009  AUTHORIZING THE




            9              TO EXECUTE AND ENTER INTO A PUBLIC ENTITY




           11              FINANCIAL SERVICES, L.L.C. TO PURCHASE






           14              NUMBER 581010 WITH ANNUAL PAYMENTS OVER A


           15              THREE YEAR PERIOD.


           16                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the


           17              recommendation of the Chairperson for the


           18              Committee on Finance?


           19                      MS. GATELLI:  As Chair for the


           20              Committee on Finance, I recommend final


           21              passage of Item 7-B.


           22                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Second.


           23                      MR. MCGOFF:  On the question?  Roll


           24              call, please?


           25                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.






            1                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.


            2                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.


            3                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.


            4                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.


            5                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.


            6                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.


            7                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.


            8                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.


            9                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare


           10              Item 7-B legally and lawfully adopted.


           11                      MS. GARVEY: 7-C. FOR CONSIDERATION




           13              FOR ADOPTION - RESOLUTION NO. 159, 2009 -








           17              CONSERVATION AND NATURAL RESOURCES ("DCNR")


           18              IN THE AMOUNT OF $8,510.00; SINCE THE




           20              GRANT AGREEMENT (GRANT CONTRACT) WITH




           22              ("LHVA") AND ACCEPTING AND DISBURSING THE


           23              USE OF THE GRANT FUNDS FOR THE PROJECT TO BE


           24              NAMED AS "TREEVITALIZE" METROS PROGRAM.


           25                      MR. MCGOFF:  What is the






            1              recommendation of the Chair for the


            2              Committee on Community Development.


            3                      MS. FANUCCI: As Chairperson for the


            4              Committee on Community Development, I


            5              recommend final 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.


           12                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.


           13                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.


           14                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.


           15                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.


           16                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.


           17                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.


           18                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare


           19              Item 7-C legally and lawfully adopted.


           20                      MS. GARVEY: 7-D.  FOR CONSIDERATION


           21              BY THE COMMITTEE ON RULES - FOR ADOPTION -


           22              RESOLUTION NO. 160, 2009 - AUTHORIZING THE




           24              TO EXECUTE AND ENTER INTO A CONTRACT WITH








            1              NAUTILUS INSURANCE COMPANY FOR CITY


            2              INSURANCE COVERAGE FOR THE PERIOD JUNE 12,


            3              2009 THROUGH JUNE 12, 2010.


            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?


            9                      MS. EVANS: Yes.  I know to my


           10              knowledge that Knowles Associates has had a


           11              contract with the city for insurance for


           12              several years now and I also believe that


           13              they serve as a body that will seek certain


           14              types of information -- or certain types of


           15              insurance coverage from various insurance


           16              companies and I'm certain that's how


           17              Nautilus would have been selected, through


           18              Knowles.


           19                      Now, it's certainly not the ideal


           20              situation, as we discussed at council last


           21              week, there are viable problems with


           22              Nautilus insurance, however, the swimming


           23              season has already begun and I think it is


           24              very foolish for the city to be uninsured


           25              this point.  We can hope that next year






            1              proper measures will be taken well in


            2              advance of swim season, but for now I do


            3              believe the best course of action is for the


            4              city to be insured, so I'll be voting "yes."


            5                      MR. MCGOFF: I'd just also comment


            6              that I am told that this supplemental


            7              insurance was put out to bid, that there


            8              were three companies than submitted a bid,


            9              all of them were from out-of-state because


           10              there was no company in state that did this


           11              type of insurance on amusement parks and


           12              that they chose Nautilus because it was the


           13              best bid and the best company that was


           14              available.  Roll call, please?


           15                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Evans.


           16                      MS. EVANS:  Yes.


           17                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mrs. Gatelli.


           18                      MS. GATELLI.  Yes.


           19                      MR. COOLICAN:  Ms. Fanucci.


           20                      MS. FANUCCI:  Yes.


           21                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. Courtright.


           22                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Yes.


           23                      MR. COOLICAN:  Mr. McGoff.


           24                      MR. MCGOFF:  Yes.  I hereby declare


           25              Item 7-D legally and lawfully adopted.  By






            1              agreement we are now going to go back to


            2              citizens' participation, and I don't have


            3              the sheet.


            4                      MR. SBARAGLIA: I'm first on there.


            5                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mr.


            6              Sbaraglia.  There is not many people to


            7              fight with either.


            8                      MR. SBARAGLIA: I think there was


            9              only three on the list.  Let's go back to


           10              this Nautilus.  You know, we have another


           11              amusement park at Nay Aug, did anybody ask


           12              who covers their insurance?


           13                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Isn't that private,


           14              a private --


           15                      MS. GATELLI:  I think it's private


           16              insurance.  He has his own insurance because


           17              he leases the property.


           18                      MR. SBARAGLIA: I don't care, he has


           19              insurance on an amusement park, that means


           20              he is getting covered somewhere.


           21                      MR. COURTRIGHT: He is paying


           22              probably for the coverage because it's his


           23              own personal --


           24                      MR. SBARAGLIA:  You telling me he is


           25              going to cover a million dollars liability?






            1              He must have liability insurance.


            2                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Oh, yeah.  Yeah.


            3                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Did you ever check?


            4              That's what we are buying.  Did you ever


            5              check if he is doing out-of-state, too?


            6                      MS. FANUCCI: But, Andy, we put it


            7              out to bid.


            8                      MR. SBARAGLIA: I don't know care


            9              where he is doing it, is he doing


           10              out-of-state insurance?  Nautilus putting


           11              this out, they are acting as a broker, they


           12              are getting a commission, am I right or


           13              wrong?


           14                      MS. FANUCCI: Absolutely.


           15                      MR. SBARAGLIA: Okay, that answers my


           16              question.  Okay, let's go back.  Let's go


           17              back to the mayor's campaign.  $600,000 plus


           18              spent on a primary, a huge amount of money,


           19              most of it coming from outside of Scranton.


           20              Doesn't that raise any flags at all with you


           21              that anybody would spend -- well, some


           22              people don't care about anything, but it


           23              should raise flags if you have any


           24              reasonable mind, it would raise flags with


           25              me.  How are they going to get paid back






            1              $600,000 because people don't do it because


            2              they love you, and if you think that then


            3              you are living in Alice in Wonderland World.


            4              They give you money because they expect


            5              something back, one way or another, and so


            6              it is with Scranton.  Scranton is for sale.


            7              Give enough money you can get anything.


            8                      You complained about the KOZ's, I


            9              think the county okayed 22, I believe that


           10              was it, city seven, school board one, and


           11              there was crying in the streets of -- I


           12              guess it is of Scranton or in Mudville.  I


           13              guess Mudville would be more likely apt to


           14              what happened, the mighty Casey has struck


           15              out and so was the KOZ's.  The school board


           16              KO'd most of them, which was probably a good


           17              thing for the city, but you were giving a


           18              KOZ for a Turkey Hill and a bank and you saw


           19              nothing wrong with giving the KOZ to a


           20              Turkey Hill because that's a great thing for


           21              the city to give them so many years -- and


           22              you can shake your head all you want, but


           23              Turkey Hill has put application to put the


           24              tanks in there already and they already went


           25              through zoning, so Turkey Hill is going to






            1              be there.  Thank you.


            2                      MR. MCGOFF: Ozzie Quinn.  Les


            3              Spindler.


            4                      MR. SPINDLER:  Morning, Council.


            5              Les Spindler, city owner -- homeowner,


            6              taxpayer.  I'm on vacation this week, that's


            7              why I'm here, so I'm going to express my


            8              gratitude to the Scranton School Board.


            9              Kudos to the Scranton School Board,


           10              especially Chris Phillips.  They did what


           11              was right for the taxpayers.  They couldn't


           12              in good conscience give the taxpayers a 6


           13              percent tax hike and turn around and give


           14              millionaires a free ride, whereas


           15              Mrs. Gatelli, Mr. McGoff and Mrs. Fanucci


           16              don't have a conscience since they whacked


           17              the citizens with a 25 percent tax hike, and


           18              yet voted to give millionaires a tax break.


           19                      And poor Austin Burke, he said


           20              Scranton is going to lose out on all of


           21              these jobs.  Well, if Austin Burke did his


           22              job we couldn't be losing out on all these


           23              jobs.  It's his job to sell our city and he


           24              shouldn't need KOZ's to help him do it.  If


           25              he can't do his job without KOZ's maybe we






            1              need a new president of the Chamber of


            2              Commerce.


            3                      Mrs. Fanucci stated that that was


            4              Scranton politics at it's worst.  No,


            5              Mrs. Fanucci, Scranton politics at it's


            6              worst what you being elected for four years


            7              as Chris Doherty's puppet.  And Mrs. Fanucci


            8              also stated about the school board giving


            9              out jobs, well, nobody gave out more jobs


           10              than your mayor, Chris Doherty.  The Sewer


           11              Authority has doubled or tripled since he


           12              took over and just a few weeks before the


           13              election he gave ten people from West


           14              Scranton jobs just to get votes from West


           15              Side, so nobody is giving more jobs than


           16              your mayor, so don't be a hypocrite.


           17                      Next thing, did your solicitor call


           18              Attorney Chris Cullen yet about the stolen


           19              signs?


           20                      MR. MINORA: I wrote him a letter.


           21              He hasn't responded.


           22                      MR. SPINDLER: Okay.  Thank you.


           23              Okay --


           24                      MS. GATELLI:  Just for the record,


           25              Les, I had about 150 signs stolen, so it is






            1              a thing that happens during elections.


            2                      MS. FANUCCI: And I had some stolen


            3              and they put the firehouse signs in their


            4              place.


            5                      MR. SPINDLER: Charges were filed


            6              here and they have two people on videotape


            7              that did it and they are both city


            8              employees.  One is a Scranton police officer


            9              and one is a housing director, I won't say


           10              their names yet, but I will.


           11                      MS. GATELLI: Maybe you should go to


           12              Andy Jarbola --


           13                      MR. SPINDLER: Don't use my time up,


           14              please.


           15                      MS. GATELLI: -- and see if he'll


           16              file charges.


           17                      MR. SPINDLER: Charges are filed by


           18              the DiBileo campaign and a gentleman on


           19              Harrison Avenue.  Like I said about the


           20              Aroma Cafe giving out fliers or giving out


           21              free paninis to vote for Chris Doherty, may


           22              I approach, Mr. McGoff?


           23                      (Mr. Spindler hands council members


           24              papers.)


           25                      MS. GATELLI:  Time flies when you






            1              are having fun, Les.


            2                      MR. SPINDLER:  That was not five


            3              minutes.  Now, Judge Nealon called -- Judge


            4              Nealon called them and told them this was


            5              illegal.  Chris Doherty should have charges


            6              against him for doing this.  He tried to buy


            7              votes, and as I said, Judge Nealon said it's


            8              illegal, so somebody should -- you people


            9              should go to the DA and have charges brought


           10              against this man.  He is the most corrupt


           11              mayor we have ever had in this city.


           12                      Oh, next thing, in Wilkes-Barre a


           13              week or so ago, maybe you heard about it,


           14              two pitbulls attacked a gentleman walking


           15              his dog on the new river common there and


           16              the dog was bitten up so bad it had to be


           17              put down.  Now, that was in Wilkes-Barre,


           18              but again, it just brings up another example


           19              of what viscous dogs they are and I brought


           20              this up about four years ago and still


           21              nothing has been done, so we need dangerous


           22              dog legislation in this city before


           23              something tragic really happens.


           24                      MS. GATELLI: Les, did you know that


           25              the state enacted stronger legislation with






            1              the dogs and that's why we didn't do


            2              anything here.  I met with Tom Preambo and


            3              Beth Thursby, you know Beth, she used to


            4              have the dog in Scranton?


            5                      MR. SPINDLER: Yeah.


            6                      MS. GATELLI:  And now she has a


            7              service where she trains dogs and we met on


            8              numerous occasions.  As a matter of fact, I


            9              invited you to come to my home.


           10                      MR. SPINDLER: It's not up to me to


           11              pass it, it's up to you to pass it, not me.


           12                      MS. GATELLI: It was people that were


           13              involved and concerned about the issue.  You


           14              know that I did that because I told you.


           15                      MR. SPINDLER:  I am very concerned,


           16              but it's your job to pass legislation, not


           17              me.


           18                      MS. GATELLI:  And they said that you


           19              can't --


           20                      MR. SPINDLER: I have more stuff -


           21                      MS. GATELLI: -- supercede the state.


           22                      MR. SPINDLER: I have more stuff to


           23              talk about.  Some of my time was used up


           24              Mr. McGoff.


           25                      MS. FANUCCI: Don't ask questions.






            1                      MR. SPINDLER: I didn't ask


            2              questions.  Okay, lastly, does anyone know


            3              when National Night Out is this year?


            4                      MS. GATELLI: It's usually the first


            5              Tuesday in August, but I haven't heard yet.


            6                      MR. SPINDLER:  Okay.  Thank you.


            7              And see you in  --


            8                      MS. GATELLI: It will probably be --


            9                      MR. SPINDLER: See you in September.


           10                      MS. GATELLI:  -- August 4, I think.


           11                      MR. MCGOFF: Marie Schumacher.


           12                      MS. SCHUMACHER:  Marie Schumacher.


           13              The response to Andy's question makes me


           14              wonder, as Andy has pointed out in the past,


           15              the City of Scranton and we taxpayers are


           16              paying the insurance on the Ice Box


           17              property, and when he questioned that he was


           18              told it was because it was leased, so why


           19              the difference between the Ice Box property


           20              and the amusements at Nay Aug Park.  I see


           21              no difference if it's a lease, so --


           22                      MR. COURTRIGHT: I think the


           23              gentleman that has the rides up there has


           24              insurance on his equipment, that's my


           25              belief.  Like, if you are on his ride he has






            1              got the coverage on that.  I don't know that


            2              he has the coverage on the ground.


            3                      MS. SCHUMACHER: Well -- I mean,


            4              well -- where -- did we pay -- according to


            5              Andy I believe we are paying the insurance


            6              on the buildings at the Ice Box, but perhaps


            7              you could check that out and let us know in


            8              motions next week.


            9                      I would also like to know if the


           10              city responded to the RFP for the OECD


           11              office space that was due by July 2 and if


           12              not was there only one bidder the same that


           13              responded to the one week RFP?  Do we know


           14              where OECD is going to be staying or going?


           15                      MS. FANUCCI: We haven't heard


           16              anything.


           17                      MS. SCHUMACHER: Okay, because that


           18              bid opening was to be on the second of July.


           19              Next, Mr. Burke at the 27th of June school


           20              board meeting said he would have the deed to


           21              the currently leased property in 25 years,


           22              he couldn't explain anymore, but I would


           23              like to know and ask once again is what is


           24              the basis for that claim and what does the


           25              city owe Mr. Burke to collect our $600,000






            1              in rent?  Do we not have an answer to that


            2              yet after all of these months?


            3                      MS. GATELLI:  Our solicitor answered


            4              I think on at least three occasions.


            5                      MS. FANUCCI: He doesn't have the


            6              requisites --


            7                      MS. SCHUMACHER:  No -


            8                      MS. GATELLI: Amil, haven't you


            9              answered that question at least three times?


           10                      MR. MINORA:  I've answered it


           11              several times, and I'll answer again for


           12              probably the fourth or fifth time.  I spoke


           13              to Attorney --


           14                      MS. SCHUMACHER: Greco.


           15                      MR. MINORA: -- Greco who explained


           16              to me that there was several prerequisites


           17              before the trigger to pay the $600,000


           18              occurred.  Those prerequisites have not been


           19              met.  I don't know how else to explain it


           20              any further.


           21                      MS. SCHUMACHER: Because that's what


           22              I'm asking.  Which prerequisites haven't


           23              been met?  I brought the agreement, I bought


           24              it under the Right-to-Know, I listed what


           25              they were, I have checked them off and I






            1              don't understand and I'd like to know which


            2              specifically of those prerequisites have not


            3              been met because according to the research I


            4              have done they have all been met, so I'm


            5              looking for something specific, not that the


            6              prerequisites --


            7                      MS. GATELLI:  Could we please send a


            8              letter to Attorney Greco and ask him what


            9              prerequisites haven't been met.


           10                      MR. MINORA:  I'll ask him again.


           11                      MS. GATELLI:  And tell him to put it


           12              in writing.


           13                      MS. SCHUMACHER: But the


           14              Redevelopment Authority has nothing to do


           15              with it.  The agreement is between the city


           16              and the Ice Box, so I don't know why


           17              Mr. Greco --


           18                      MR. MINORA: That is not correct by


           19              the way.  The Redevelopment Authority does


           20              have something to do with it.


           21                      MS. SCHUMACHER:  Okay, and I'd like


           22              to know with about this -- if this rental or


           23              if this lease converts to an ownership in


           24              25 years or if Mr. Burke was just making


           25              that up.






            1                      MS. GATELLI:  Kay, would you put


            2              that in a letter, too, please?


            3                      MR. MINORA: I'm going to send a


            4              letter.  What Mr. Burke suggested, you would


            5              have to ask Mr. Burke.


            6                      MS. SCHUMACHER: And the rental


            7              registration, how do we -- what's happening


            8              -- we seem to put the cart before the horse.


            9              There is money put in the budget for two


           10              inspectors and the inspectors were hired,


           11              but there is no program to execute, so when


           12              is that program going to get underway.


           13                      MS. GATELLI: I don't know.  I'm as


           14              frustrated as you are, Mrs. Schumacher, on


           15              that.  I am trying to find out exactly


           16              what's going on with it.  We are trying to


           17              find someone to register the properties.


           18                      MS. SCHUMACHER: Well, you need an


           19              RFP.


           20                      MS. GATELLI:  Yes.


           21                      MS. SCHUMACHER: I don't know what's


           22              so difficult about that.


           23                      MS. GATELLI: That rental


           24              registration program has been going on since


           25              I was the director of Community Development.






            1                      MS. SCHUMACHER: I understand that.


            2                      MS. GATELLI: It's just not this --


            3                      MS. SCHUMACHER: But you changed it.


            4              It was changed several years.


            5                      MS. GATELLI: It was changed two


            6              times, Mary Alice Burke changed it --


            7                      MS. SCHUMACHER: It was changed to --


            8              it's my time.  It was changed to include


            9              everybody and the fees were charged and


           10              nothing has been done to make sure that


           11              those property owners are billed and you


           12              know who they are.  I could do that in my


           13              spare time.  Thank you.


           14                      MS. FANUCCI: I think you should.  I


           15              think it would be great.  Maybe we could do


           16              a program where we can have some volunteers


           17              come up and spend their time doing something


           18              instead of just coming here with their




           20                      MR. MCGOFF: Ron Ellman.


           21                      MR. ELLMAN: Hello, Council.  Ron


           22              Ellman, member of the Taxpayers'


           23              Association.  Well, I wrote this down in


           24              case somebody wants to sue me or something.


           25              You join the list.  Men don't back away from






            1              their duties, and I believe it's one of our


            2              duties is to speak the truth or pass.  Our


            3              newspaper it -- it's supposed to stand for


            4              truth and good.  In Sundays editorial this


            5              newspaper just hit an all time low for big


            6              business and against the city, the


            7              taxpayers.  This is just a pathetic


            8              repugnant disgusting display of their


            9              arrogance.  I don't know if you read it or


           10              not, it's an advocation to get around what


           11              the people and the school board put in print


           12              that there is no more KOZ's.  It's done,


           13              it's over with, you know, for this period of


           14              time and to -- for a newspaper to advocate


           15              to get around the law that's just terrible


           16              discourse.  They just hit an all time low.


           17              I mean, you know, you couldn't -- that's not


           18              their duty to keep citing the public, I


           19              guess is the word, I don't know.


           20                      You know, except for two braindead


           21              fools we got a good school board finally


           22              after years and years of favoring big


           23              business and KOZ's.


           24                      MS. FANUCCI:  Ron, can I can ask you


           25              a question?  Can I ask you a question and I






            1              want to hold your time.  I hear what you


            2              saying about the school board and I


            3              understand that you believe what they did,


            4              what if you knew that the one project that


            5              was passed is located next door to a bar


            6              that is owned by one of the school district


            7              people?  Do you think that that would be


            8              beneficial to the person who owned that bar?


            9              I'm thrilled because I wanted the project,


           10              but what I'm saying is everything that --


           11              everything that seems to being put out there


           12              is not always what is --


           13                      MR. ELLMAN: I realize you two have


           14              your convictions, but bless your souls you


           15              were fired for them by the people of this


           16              city.


           17                      MS. FANUCCI:  Agreed.  Agreed.  And


           18              I certainly agree with you.


           19                      MR. ELLMAN:  And the school board


           20              has spoken and the school board represented


           21              their decision, and for the newspaper right


           22              here, for the newspaper to advocate


           23              discourse like this is just beyond


           24              comprehension.  You don't do things like


           25              that.






            1                      MS. FANUCCI: But the county agreed


            2              with it.  All over the state people have


            3              agreed with it.


            4                      MR. ELLMAN: They got more distortion


            5              saying they're for the people.  In the


            6              paragraph about above it, they are not.  The


            7              people is what's -- I don't know how many


            8              businesses in town, 10,000 or 20,000,


            9              whatever it is, it isn't fair for them to


           10              pay taxes and three or 400 not to.  That was


           11              the decision of the people when they voted.


           12              That was a decision.


           13                      MS. FANUCCI: Of the school board.


           14                      MR. ELLMAN: No, for the people when


           15              they voted.  You people were for big


           16              business and the city is not.  The city


           17              is -- the city is against free -- a free


           18              ride for everybody.  We have had enough of


           19              it.  A fourth of the city is given away and


           20              no taxes and so forth.  It can't go on, you


           21              know, it just can't.  There is just a point


           22              that we have just reached that point, there


           23              is just nothing else to do but to try to get


           24              some money from people that aren't paying


           25              taxes.  Ask anybody out there.  Make a






            1              phone poll.  Enough is enough.  There is


            2              just too much dead weight in this city.


            3                      Now, you got the college is going to


            4              follow the program of the University of


            5              Scranton.  They will have 100 houses or more


            6              off the rolls pretty soon, you know, let's


            7              just say the next ten years.  Mr. Phillips I


            8              believe he said there was $26 million in


            9              school taxes not paid by the University.


           10              That's not a nonprofit, that's a


           11              multi-million dollars business making money,


           12              and this college is the same thing.  It's


           13              time to --


           14                      MS. GATELLI:  We went after the


           15              University.


           16                      MR. ELLMAN: They got dormitories


           17              they rent out.  They tore down houses and


           18              built dormitories and renting them out, we


           19              aren't getting a penny.  It's senseless to


           20              keep going on with this.  I could see a


           21              hospital, you know, but -- I just got off


           22              the subject again like I always do, and I


           23              didn't mean anything by my remark.


           24                      MS. FANUCCI: Ron, if it's nothing


           25              you haven't learned I'm not very sensitive.






            1                      MR. ELLMAN: You know, when I was at


            2              the county, the jail, I met more credible


            3              people than are in this city government,


            4              that's the truth.  Mr. Burke didn't do


            5              nothing but offer a bribe last week to try


            6              to get this through.  How can you explain


            7              $50,000 any other way except that's a bribe


            8              of big business trying to overthrow a


            9              decision of the people in the school board.


           10                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you.


           11                      MR. ELLMAN: Thank you.


           12                      MR. UNGVARSKY:  Good morning, city


           13              council.  Once again the Scranton Times is


           14              on the attack.  If you don't agree with what


           15              the Scranton Times has to say they will


           16              persecute you and dig up dirt whether it's


           17              true or not.  They have no scruples when it


           18              comes to something of this nature.  Just


           19              because the Scranton School Board did their


           20              duty, which I'm sorry some of you council


           21              members wouldn't, they are being persecuted.


           22              You notice that I didn't call it the Times-


           23              Tribune.  At one time we did have a


           24              newspaper in the city that would give you an


           25              opposing view.  Now, we only get the






            1              Scranton Times with their view.  Thank you.


            2                      MR. MCGOFF: Anyone else?  Mrs.


            3              Evans?


            4                      MS. GATELLI: Can I go ahead?


            5                      MS. EVANS: Oh, sure.


            6                      MS. GATELLI: Excuse me, I'm going to


            7              go first, Mrs. Evans allowed me to because I


            8              have to go to work.  I only have one


            9              comment, I'd like to send a letter to the


           10              mayor if we can concerning the downtown


           11              streets.  I did read a letter to the editor,


           12              I believe it was in this morning's paper or


           13              yesterday morning's, about the condition of


           14              the streets in the downtown area.  I


           15              understand stand that the neighborhoods are


           16              going to get some stimulus money from


           17              PennDOT and I'm very pleased about that, but


           18              the downtown is utterly disgraceful.  I have


           19              been down here, Washington is a mess,


           20              Jefferson is a mess, over here at Mulberry


           21              and Vine -- or Mulberry and Adams your car


           22              goes right down into a gully, and there are


           23              many, many people in wheelchairs and Jazzies


           24              trying to get around in the downtown, that's


           25              where most of them live, the elderly that






            1              are handicapped, and it's really a very


            2              disgraceful situation, so I am imploring the


            3              mayor that whatever money he gets to please


            4              focus on the downtown.


            5                      I also thought that the block of


            6              Washington and Adams where the courthouse


            7              renovations happened, I thought that the


            8              county was going to pay to have the roads


            9              redone there because a lot of the damage


           10              came from redoing the county, so maybe we


           11              can find that out, too.


           12                      The only other thing I have to say


           13              about the KOZ's is in the Scranton Times, I


           14              don't always agree with the Scranton Times


           15              myself, and I agree with you they pick and


           16              certain people and others they don't pick on


           17              at all, you are 100 percent right about


           18              that, but when there is an editorial that is


           19              exactly what it is.  It is the editor's


           20              opinion and if that's what the editor thinks


           21              and you don't agree you can respond in the


           22              letters to the editor.


           23                      I happen to agree with Mr. McKenna


           24              on his KOZ article.  Having worked in OECD


           25              and economic development for many years, I






            1              understand the need for KOZ's, and the need


            2              to bring jobs into the community.  I only


            3              voted for I believe seven out of 21, so we


            4              didn't just rubber stamp all the KOZ's.  The


            5              county did, and I don't recall anyone going


            6              there objecting.  Now, maybe they did and I


            7              didn't pay attention, but I don't recall


            8              anyone having a big outcry against the


            9              county commissioners that unanimously


           10              approved 21 KOZ's.


           11                      I will stand by my opinion on KOZ's.


           12              If we stop them in the whole state and the


           13              whole country then I think we would have a


           14              shot, but as long as outlying communities


           15              and states that are surrounding us have tax


           16              incentives for business, we are certainly


           17              going to be the losers in the long run.  Are


           18              they right?  I don't know.  I don't believe


           19              know if they are right, wrong or


           20              indifferent.  I just know that everyone else


           21              has them and we will certainly be at a


           22              disadvantage to not have them in our


           23              community, and that is how I feel about it.


           24                      To continue discussing it for the


           25              next six months is totally irrelevant.  It's






            1              done.  It's over and we will see in the


            2              future what will happen.  People make


            3              decisions with their conscience, and Les


            4              said I didn't have a conscience, well, yes,


            5              I do.  And I can go to bed at night.  I look


            6              in the mirror and I'm very happy with the


            7              things I have done in my community, and


            8              that's all I have, thank you.  And thank you


            9              very much, Mrs. Evans, and my colleagues for


           10              allowing me this opportunity to be at


           11              council.  Thank you.  And if anyone has any


           12              questions just call Kay and she can get the


           13              message to me or you can call me at home.


           14              Thank you.


           15                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you, Mrs. Gatelli.


           16              Mrs. Evans?


           17                      MS. EVANS: Good morning.


           18              Applications are currently available for


           19              2010 federal funding for Community


           20              Development Block Grants, CDBG, Home and


           21              Emergency Shelter Grants, ESG.  They may be


           22              obtained online at www.Scrantonpa.gov,


           23              Department OECD applications.  Applicants


           24              must submit one original and one copy no


           25              later than Friday, August 7, 2009, to OECD,






            1              53 Spruce Street, Scranton, PA, 18508.


            2                      Next, a few housekeeping items, the


            3              water problems in the 2600 block of North


            4              Main Avenue and at the corner of Main Avenue


            5              and Wells Street were reported to Charlie


            6              Matthews.  He stated that he had spoken to


            7              homeowners in the past and is aware of this


            8              problem.  Further, Mr. Matthews stated that


            9              he will add this to his list of work items.


           10              I want the residents to know that this


           11              problem is now in the hands of Mr. Mathews


           12              and we hope that he will take care of


           13              taxpayers' problems.


           14                      Also, I received a response


           15              regarding truck traffic in the area of the


           16              500 block of Race Street from Chief Elliott.


           17              A police lieutenant was sent to the location


           18              and reports the following:  There is a truck


           19              repair garage and truck parts business in


           20              this area.  There are also several


           21              construction projects underway in the Plot


           22              Section which are probably causing


           23              additional truck traffic.  Also, there is no


           24              restriction for truck traffic in this


           25              location according to the police.






            1                      Now, I know the residents were


            2              complaining of these two businesses


            3              mentioned by the police officers, but


            4              apparently the law allows for such in this


            5              area which is highly unfortunate for nearby


            6              homeowners who suffer from the odors, noise,


            7              and road deterioration.


            8                      I also received a response to the


            9              North Washington Avenue and University


           10              Avenue drainage complaint.  The city


           11              engineer, Brian Swanson, has investigated


           12              the location thoroughly and he states:  We


           13              are currently designing remediation.  In the


           14              mean time, we have put in a work order for


           15              the two existing inlets, one along


           16              University Avenue and the other at


           17              University and Adams Avenue to be cleaned


           18              out to temporarily improve drainage.


           19                      He is a recommending, for example,


           20              that an inlet should be added at the


           21              intersection of Dimick Court and University


           22              Avenue, and I am very pleased with that very


           23              timely response to the neighbor's complaints


           24              and they can further update me as progress


           25              continues or contact me if there are any






            1              additional problems.


            2                      Next, council received a


            3              correspondence from the owner of a business


            4              who claims a city official has violated the


            5              Sherman Act of 1890, the Clayton Act of


            6              1914, and further indicates cause for an


            7              anti-trust suit, and I certainly hope this


            8              is not the case.  However, serious


            9              allegations have been made and I ask that a


           10              copy of this letter is provided to the city


           11              solicitor.


           12                      I further request a written response


           13              regarding such letter on or before July 19,


           14              2009, to Scranton City Council.  The


           15              business owner also states that he was the


           16              lowest competitive bidder of an item for


           17              purchase by the city, but his company was


           18              not selected.  There may well be reasons for


           19              this decision, but I would like an


           20              explanation.  So, Kay, if we could please


           21              send a letter regarding this purchase, the


           22              company that was selected, the total price


           23              paid for the purchase, and justification for


           24              the final selection.


           25                      Finally, I have citizens' requests






            1              for the week:  207 Colfax Avenue, a tree at


            2              this property was marked by Mr. Santolli for


            3              cutting purposes.  The tree limbs are


            4              dangerously dangling over a portion of the


            5              home.  Cut down this tree as soon as


            6              possible.


            7                      The corner of McDonough Street and


            8              Pittston Avenue, residents of the block


            9              report that the property is overgrown and


           10              wished to know when demolition of the house


           11              will occur.


           12                      Residents of the 400 block of Pear


           13              Street have experienced expensive property


           14              damage and suspect drug sales in their


           15              neighborhood.  Please have police officers


           16              drive-by this block on every shift when


           17              possible.


           18                      I have reported the issue on Watson


           19              Street, for the residents of Watson Street


           20              who might be watching, and as soon as I


           21              receive an answer I will contact the


           22              neighbors.


           23                      Does the city provide insurance for


           24              the leased Ice Box property?  Who is the


           25              insurance carrier?  Provide annual costs and






            1              coverages.


            2                      Also, who provides and is billed for


            3              the insurance policy which covers the


            4              amusement rides at Nay Aug Park, and that is


            5              it.


            6                      MR. MCGOFF: Mrs. Fanucci?


            7                      MS. FANUCCI: I actually have nothing


            8              at this time, nothing that I'm going to


            9              respond to from today's performances.


           10                      MR. COURTRIGHT: Okay.  Pear Street


           11              Mrs. Evans brought up, I did speak to --


           12              there is four shifts, I spoke to officers on


           13              two of the four shifts, they said they would


           14              be happy to go by and check them out.  They


           15              actually were familiar with that one


           16              residence.


           17                      And, Kay, I didn't see, you know,


           18              sometimes I have a tendency when I throw


           19              some of my paperwork out and miss some


           20              things, I didn't see a response from Chris


           21              Batten from Swanson about the bridge.


           22                      MS. GARVEY: We did not.


           23                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Could we send


           24              another letter to him, only because we are


           25              only going to be here until the end of July






            1              and then we'll be off for August and that


            2              project is on the Crisp Avenue bridge is


            3              supposed to start in August, and I'm hoping


            4              that it does, and if it's not going to I


            5              would at least like to be able to tell the


            6              people, you know, it's held up and if it is


            7              held up why or if it's going to start on


            8              time I'd like to be able to inform the


            9              people of that, and that's all I have.


           10              Thank you.


           11                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you.  Two very


           12              brief things.  First, the school board did


           13              do it's duty in voting on the KOZ's, but I


           14              would like to remind people that they only


           15              voted after council forced them to.  We did


           16              our duty, you may not have agreed with the


           17              votes on everything, but we did our duty in


           18              addressing them and the school board would


           19              never have even looked at them had we not


           20              done that.


           21                      Second, and last, the CDBG


           22              applications, I would say that people


           23              looking to apply, I would think that there


           24              is going to be limited funding for them this


           25              year, so that anyone that's wishing to apply






            1              for these grants make sure that the


            2              applications are complete, make sure they


            3              are specific to projects or to projects that


            4              are within the guidelines of the grant


            5              applications and if you are -- if you have


            6              any reasonable expectation of receiving any


            7              money from these grants, but please do


            8              submit them and that's all I have.


            9                      MR. COURTRIGHT:  Motion to adjourn.


           10                      MR. MCGOFF: Thank you.  Thank you


           11              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


            8   ability.







                                    CATHENE S. NARDOZZI, RPR

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