Council Minutes – Monday, August 10, 2015

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Council Minutes – Monday, August 10, 2015


C O U N C I L M E M B E R S:
PAUL NARDOZZI, Vice President
THOMAS P. CUMMINGS, Esquire, Solicitor

(Pledge of Allegiance.)
MR. MCHALE: Mr. Cummings.
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Mrs. Scrimalli.
MR. BURKE: Present.
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Mr. Verrastro. Mr.
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Mr. Hallinan.
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Mr. Nardozzi.
MR. MCHALE: Here. Tom, for the
record, Mr. Verrastro is trying to get here.
He’s at a — his personal job. He’s trying to
get here as quick as he can.
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Item number three
is public comment on agenda items.
MR. MCHALE: Anybody like to speak
on agenda items tonight?
(No response.)

MR. MCHALE: Seeing none.
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Item number four is
a motion to approve the minutes.
MR. NARDOZZI: I’ll make that
MR. DEMPSEY: I’ll second it.
MR. MCHALE: I have a motion and a
second. On the question.
(No response.)
MR. MCHALE: All those in favor
signify by saying aye.
MR. MCHALE: Opposed?
(No response.)
MR. MCHALE: The ayes have it and so
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Motion to approve
and pay the open bills.
MR. HALLINAN: I’ll make that
MS. SCRIMALLI: I’ll second that.
MR. MCHALE: I have a motion and a
second. On the question.
(No response.)
MR. MCHALE: All those in favor signify by saying aye.
MR. MCHALE: Opposed?
(No response.)
MR. MCHALE: The ayes have it and so
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Item number six
under personnel hire is a motion to hire Thomas
Butler, Stephon Burgette, John Kane, Corey
Condrad, and Josh Ruddy as police officers for
the Borough of Dunmore from the list supplied
from the Civil Service Commission.
MR. NARDOZZI: I’ll make that
MS. SCRIMALLI: I’ll second that.
MR. MCHALE: I have a motion and a
second. On the question.
(No response.)
MR. MCHALE: All those in favor
signify by saying aye.
MR. MCHALE: Opposed?
(No response.)
MR. MCHALE: The ayes have it and so

ATTY. CUMMINGS: Item number seven
is a motion to approve a resolution and
ordinance designating Larch Street to Madison
Avenue and the 1300 block of Madison Avenue as
two-hour parking for resident parking only.
MR. BURKE: I’ll make a motion.
MR. DEMPSEY: I’ll second.
MR. MCHALE: I have a motion and a
MR. HALLINAN: On the question. I
just want so the people know that we’ve gotten
complaints from some people in that area where
PPL has some employee parking. And they are
not using it. So we had to do something for
these businesses to have parking.
And we’ve come up with a two hour at
least limit to help the businesses and also for
the residents if they live there to get a
permit to park there so there would be no
problems. But that’s the reason for that.
MR. MCHALE: And to add, Tom, this
is something that is as Tim said earlier that
has been going on for years. So I have a
motion and second. Anybody else on the

(No response.) MR. MCHALE: All those in favor signify by saying aye. ALL MEMBERS: Aye. MR. MCHALE: Opposed? (No response.) MR. MCHALE: The ayes have it and so moved. ATTY. CUMMINGS: Item number eight is motion to approve a resolution and ordinance on the emergency medical services dispatched responses in the Borough. Basically all Basic Life Support, BLS incidents will follow the system that is currently in place. Advanced Life Support, the ALS incidents if Pennsylvania ambulance has inservice automatic Advanced Life Support transport vehicle within the Borough of Dunmore coverage area that vehicle should be the only ambulance dispatched. If Pennsylvania ambulance does not have an inservice automatic vehicle location Advanced Life Support transport vehicle in the Borough of Dunmore coverage area, the closest available automatic vehicle location advanced support vehicle along with the recommended basic life support truck will be dispatched. MR. NARDOZZI: I’ll make that motion. MR. MCHALE: Do we have a second? MR. DEMPSEY: I’ll second. MR. MCHALE: I have a motion and second. On the question. MR. NARDOZZI: On the question? MR. MCHALE: Sure. MR. NARDOZZI: Mr. Chairman, this is for the people in the public to know, recently in the last few weeks especially we have Pennsylvania Ambulance designated as our EMS carrier — ambulance carrier for the Borough. There’s been a competing ambulance company that’s been staging their ambulances in town all over downtown. And they have been jumping the calls on Pennsylvania Ambulance. And what that is doing is, when Comm Center is dispatching the competing ambulance service and our BLS who is Pennsylvania Ambulance responds, it’s creating a double bill for residents. So the problem is that unfortunately if you’re unfortunate to have call at your house and you get two ambulances, you are getting two bills. What this resolution does is, it stops that. We’re notifying the county, the Comm Center that Pennsylvania Ambulance is our primary designated EMS carrier for the Borough. And that’s the way it should be so that we don’t — and to avoid the double billing. Anybody that had a call in the last few weeks will get double billed. MR. MCHALE: So this takes care of that. MR. NARDOZZI: That takes care of that. MR. MCHALE: Anybody else on the question? MR. NARDOZZI: One last thing, Mr. Chairman? MR. MCHALE: Yes. MR. NARDOZZI: This was requested actually by the Director of County Services EMS. This is what they required from the Borough in order to institute this policy. MR. MCHALE: Anybody else? (No response.) MR. MCHALE: All those in favor signify by saying aye. ALL MEMBERS: Aye. MR. MCHALE: Opposed? (No response.) MR. MCHALE: The ayes have it and so moved. ATTY. CUMMINGS: Item number nine is a motion to approve the advertisement of the bid for the firehouse addition. Submitted proposals will be open and read by Borough Council in Council’s chambers on the advertised date. MR. MCHALE: I’ll look for a motion. MR. DEMPSEY: I’ll make the motion. MR. MCHALE: Second? MR. NARDOZZI: Second. MR. MCHALE: I have a motion and a second. On the question. Quickly I’ll speak on the question. This is obviously what it says advertisement for the bid of the firehouse addition. This is a $345,000 grant, am I right? MR. NARDOZZI: Yes.

MR. MCHALE: $345,000 grant we
received last year. This is bringing us a step
forward to making this possible. We’re hoping
to stay within that 345 and get it done ASAP.
So like it says, we’ll open in Council chambers
and let you know maybe at our next meeting,
MR. MCHALE: Thank you. Anybody
else on the question?
(No response.)
MR. MCHALE: All those in favor
signify by saying aye.
MR. MCHALE: Opposed?
(No response.)
MR. MCHALE: The ayes have it and so
ATTY. CUMMINGS: The next item is a
motion to approve the advertisement for the bid
for the Dunmore Community Center stripping and
refinishing of the gymnasium floor. Submitted
proposals will be open and read by Borough
Council in Council chambers on the advertised
MR. MCHALE: I’ll look for a motion.
MR. HALLINAN: I’ll make that
MR. MCHALE: Second?
MR. BURKE: Second.
MR. MCHALE: On the question, this
again says exactly what it was. Chris, correct
me if I’m wrong, 10 years that this hasn’t been
done in the gym?
MR. KEARNEY: 2006.
MR. MCHALE: 2006. And you know how
much this gym gets used. We need to have it
stripped and repainted and all of that to keep
it up-to-date and obviously to protect the
floor as well. So anybody else on the
(No response.)
MR. MCHALE: All those in favor
signify by saying aye.
MR. MCHALE: Opposed?
(No response.)
MR. MCHALE: The ayes have it and so
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Number 11 is a
motion to approve the purchase of new duty
firearms for the Police Department. Purchase
price new trade in not to exceed a total of
MR. MCHALE: I’ll look for a motion.
MR. HALLINAN: I’ll make that
MS. SCRIMALLI: I’ll second that.
MR. MCHALE: On the question.
(No response.)
MR. MCHALE: All those in favor
signify by saying aye.
MR. MCHALE: Opposed?
(No response.)
MR. MCHALE: The ayes have it and so
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Item number 12 is a
motion to approve the purchase of 20 new
Kenwood TK-2312 portable units with KMC-45
speaker microphone for the Police Department.
This purchase shall not exceed $7,500.
MR. NARDOZZI: I’ll make that
MR. HALLINAN: I’ll second.
MR. MCHALE: I have a motion and a
second. On the question.
(No response.)
MR. MCHALE: All those in favor
signify by saying aye.
MR. MCHALE: Opposed?
(No response.)
MR. MCHALE: The ayes have it and so
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Number 13 is
Mr. David Valvano, Chief of Staff for
Representative Frank Farina.
MR. VALVANO: Nothing tonight, Mr.
MR. MCHALE: Thank you, sir.
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Number 14, Gerard
Hetman, Coordinator, Lackawanna County
Community Relations.
MR. HETMAN: Council, Gerard Hetman,
Lackawanna County’s Community Relations
Department. Just a few items that we have this
evening. First is actually one that Borough
Council in particular Mr. Nardozzi asked me
about in the past few months.
That is our annual tire recycling
collection event. There’s a few different
components with this and some of that will be
up to Borough Council in terms of how you would
like to approach it. We do have public
drop-off hours coming up.
They will be from September 16th
through September 18th. That is Wednesday
through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the
County Recycling Center on Boulevard Avenue.
It will be open at that time for any members of
the public to drop off tires.
We ask that they be off the rim.
There is a $2 charge for the tires that are off
the rim. If they are still on the rim, it’s
$5. It’s the added cost of recycling. It will
also be open Saturday, September 19th from
8 a.m. to 12:00 noon, four days in a row, $2
per tire if they are off the rim and $5 on the
Second part of this is that the
Borough would like to do their own tire
collection. You’re certainly welcome to do
that. Barbara Giovagnoli the person in our
Environmental Sustainability Office who puts
the tire event together does encourage that.
It would be up to Borough Council if you would
like to do your own tire drop-off here. That
would be welcomed. She asks that you give her
a call. We’ve got her number here. And then
the DPW or whoever would take the tires sets up
an appointment to bring them down that Monday
the 21st.
She just asks that because she
doesn’t want 10 trucks arriving at once to dump
the tires. It’s up to you however you want to
do it. Regardless of whether or not you choose
to have the drop-off, this is open to the
public at the hours I specified.
We get questions on it year round
and looking forward to seeing folks cleaning
out their garages, their properties, helps cut
down on blight. And, you know, we’re here to
answer any questions on it.
The second item — and this is one
that kind of I had a lot of contact on because
I did a lot of work on this project so I could
answer any questions firsthand. It will be the
fact that the Lackawanna County Courthouse will
be featured later this month on the
Pennsylvania Cable Network for a segment of
their historic courthouses documentary series.
The series goes around the
Commonwealth. This is the fourth summer that
they’ve done this. They just visit five or six
courthouses every summer around the state and
do documentary on county courthouses — history
of famous cases, all those types of things.
Our segment is going to air on
Thursday, August 20th, 7 p.m. on the PCN,
Pennsylvania Cable Network. It will then reair
on Saturday, August 22nd at 2:00 p.m. It runs
for about 30 minutes. It’s narrated by
Commissioner O’Malley and President Judge
They speak to the architectural
history of the courthouse both exterior and
interior, some fun facts on the county and
famous proceedings. It’s a really neat series.
And we’ll look forward to a good reception.
And we’ll also have a preview event
for this where the document will be showing in
its entirety at the Children’s room at the
Lackawanna County Children’s Library. It takes
place on Tuesday night, August 18th at 7:00p.m.
The screening is free and open to the public.
It’s a good project done at no cost
to the county. Pennsylvania Cable Network and
the County Commissioner’s Association fully
fund the project. And we’ve had I think it’s
16 to date for the past three years that have
been done. This is one of four for this
year — five, excuse me. Please tune in.
And then just two save the dates.
I’ll have flyers for these later this week.
Our annual Senior Health Fair takes place on
Friday, September 18th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
at PNC Field. As usual we’ll have various
exhibitors, healthcare providers dealing with
senior health and wellness free and open to the
We’ll have some refreshments. We
will be running some shuttle buses also. So
we’ll let you know here with Council and we’ll
let the center know if you could do a drop-off
for your seniors which we’ve done in the past
and has proven very effective.
And the next day is our Public
Safety Fair which we call Heros Day. It’s
Saturday, September 19th, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at
the County’s 911 Center in Jessup, free guided
tours of the 911 facility and we’ll also have
various displays of emergency and public
service equipment, vehicles, lots of good
One thing we would like to note with
that date is it is the same day as the Race For
The Cure. We’ve run into this now for the
third year in the row. We start the event
later in the day so that we don’t conflict with
the race. A lot of folks who walk in the race
come to our event both as attendees and as
We don’t want to interfere with
that. We talked to the race organizers the
first year it happened and then they said just
start it, you know, late in the morning, early
afternoon and we’ll be fine with it. So we
haven’t seen a problem with any type of
The 911 center, it’s funny but the
building is open 24/7, you know, for use by
people and that’s what makes it tough is that
sometimes Saturday mornings, afternoons you’ll
have various emergency providers trainings and
classes. So it’s a challenge. That was the
only date that we would get this year that
would be within the timeframe that we want. So
thank you as always. Have a great night.
MR. MCHALE: Thank you, sir.
MR. NARDOZZI: Thanks, Gerard.
MS. SCRIMALLI: Thank you.
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Item number 15,
Gary Duncan, Dunmore Neighborhood Watch.
MR. DUNCAN: Gary Duncan, 117 Barton
Street, Dunmore. First off, I know I sent
everybody copies of the last Dunmore
Neighborhood Watch minutes. I didn’t get any
response yet on any of the concerns that were
We have a neighborhood watch meeting
next Monday so I’m wondering if you’ve looked
at those minutes. The last text I got from you
was you would take a look at them. I didn’t
know —
MR. MCHALE: They were forwarded to
all the department heads. I’ll summarize all
the responses myself.
MR. DUNCAN: If you could get me a
response because I would be able to read it to

the group next Monday.
MR. MCHALE: Yes, sir.
MR. DUNCAN: Thank you. I have a
couple questions just from concerns from
different people. There’s a barber shop down
by the tank. Mr. Genovese — it’s a little two
chair shop. He was wondering if there was any
way we could get a crosswalk put in down there.
He has elderly clients. That’s a
difficult section anyway when you come down
Short Street and everything there. And he said
some of his clients can’t even get across
there. And the cars do fly through there.
That’s a difficult intersection. So he asked
me if there was anything we can do to look at a
crosswalk or something to help with his
And I know how it is trying to get
across. It’s brutal. If we can put that
somewhere in the notes and take a look at that?
MR. HALLINAN: Yeah, Gary, there
used to be a crosswalk that used to go from
Gallagher’s lot — La Cucina’s lot over to the
tank, from the tank over to the business there
that’s on the corner.
Well, it’s — they are doing that
project. Maybe they should have been put back
in. I don’t know if when they scoped that
project — the lines were probable worn out.
We have to contact the State to have them put
back in and then maybe we’ll do them or
whatever for to go right across to his
business, you can’t —
MR. DUNCAN: However it was done in
the past if we can revisit that.
MR. HALLINAN: Yeah, and, Didge, you
could probably paint that in.
MR. DUNCAN: Do you have any idea
what the turnaround time on that would be?
MR. HALLINAN: That’s something
we’re probably going to talk about too
because —
MR. JUDGE: We got to do all the
schools —
MR. HALLINAN: Yeah, and we’re
short —
MR. DUNCAN: Will you be following
up on that so that I know who the proper person
is to come back to?
MR. HALLINAN: Yes, I will follow up on that.
MR. DUNCAN: Thank you. I
appreciate that.
MR. HALLINAN: If I have to paint
them myself. I used to do that for a living.
MR. DUNCAN: I have some other
concerns. Walnut, Chestnut, Ross, and Hill,
all of those streets multiple concerns about
increased ATV use, speeding, etc., by the ATVs.
I want to get that out there. These items were
not in the minutes of the last neighborhood
watch meeting.
Mike Dempsey, I’ll ask you about
this one. The Borough website, where do we
stand with getting that updated? I went onto
it the last agenda items and what is in terms
of even receiving the agenda prior to these
When I looked at the Borough website
I think it was October, November of 2014 was
the last time we had any minutes or agenda
items or any of that sort of thing posted.
It’s been quite a while. This is a pretty good
drought going.
I’m wondering where are at with
getting the new website or at least getting
things posted or can we at least get the agenda
before the meetings put up on the Borough
website so that we can at least pull that up
for the group at large?
MR. DEMPSEY: That’s a great point.
I have an e-mail here. I was going to talk
about it during public officials comment. I
could address it now.
MR. DEMPSEY: The website is up, It’s up. It’s working. I just
got this e-mail today. So the agenda wasn’t on
today. Hopefully in the future — well,
definitely in the future it will be up. We
have to get them a few things, photos,
calendars, everything like that.
MR. DUNCAN: Is the site up?
MR. DUNCAN: It wasn’t when I went
on it today.
MR. MCHALE: The old site is still
up as well.
MR. DUNCAN: Okay. Is there a new
on it today. It’s up. It’s working. There’s
a — you could sign up for alerts. You could
sign up — there’s a Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram, whatever other sorts of media
outlets are there. You could sign up for
those. You could sign up for any sort of alert
that the Borough has.
There’s a dropdown box. You’ll have
to give me your minutes and whatever else you
want up there.
MR. DUNCAN: You would have those.
Every member of Council has those. And then
the next — thank you — and, Mr. McHale, I
want to return to you. Do you have any idea
when you could get back to me on the results of
the things, maybe over the weekend at least by
then so I can —
MR. MCHALE: Yes, definitely by the
MR. DUNCAN: Last but not least,
obviously a weekend night August the 17th, at
7 p.m., we’ll have our August Dunmore
Neighborhood Watch. So certainly we have a
nice crowd tonight. I certainly encourage
everybody to come and join us and let your
voice be heard.
It’s your community. And it’s great
to see this big of a crowd. This is community
activism. So thanks everybody for coming.
Thank you, Council.
MR. MCHALE: Thank you, sir.
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Item number 16 is
comment on nonagenda items.
MR. MCHALE: Would anybody like to
address Council tonight?
MR. GARBOLINO: Jake Garbolino, 307
Sherwood Ave. We have a problem with an alley
on Harrison Street. We just would like to know
who is responsible for repair to that alley?
MR. MCHALE: I would assume it’s
MR. MCHALE: I would assume it’s
ours, Mr. Garbolino.
MR. GARBOLINO: I can’t hear.
MR. MCHALE: I would assume it’s
ours, the Borough.
MR. GARBOLINO: All right. Right
there at Harrison Street is a dead end. And a
lot of people 90 percent of the people turn
around in that alley. And when you make that
turn, you’re wearing off the alley very, very
much. You could see the turn is doing that.
It’s about four homes in which right now
somebody goes up there and repair.
Now, I have been there for 55 years.
My neighbor has been there about 25 years. We
never had any problems before. It seems as
though now they don’t want to do anything
anymore. I went down to the Assessor’s office
and they told me who is responsible. Somebody
is getting liquid fuel from that alley. I know
we are not getting it.
MR. MCHALE: Mr. Judge, would you be
able to go up tomorrow and take a look at this
and at least temporarily until we can find
somebody to pave it?
MR. JUDGE: I know right where
you’re talking.
MR. MCHALE: You’ll take care of it?
He’ll take care of it tomorrow, okay?
MR. JUDGE: I’ll meet you over there
MR. GARBOLINO: Thank you.
MR. MCHALE: You got it.
MR. GARBOLINO: Another thing that I
would like to say. That alley is 16 feet wide.
I think the alley is only 13 feet wide. So the
people today, they drive pretty fast when they
go around the turn. They turn up. My house is
right along side of the alley.
A car or a truck or something hit
the wall. It did not damage the wall. But the
paint is scraped off. Also by the alley coming
down to 13 feet, there’s a garage there. And
they park in front of that garage. That means
some of them they park over into the alley. So
they make a sharper turn there.
And some of the trucks, they can
knock them down. I would like to see in my
opinion to put a sign there on the corner of
the alley that says no parking in that alley.
First of all, in the winter time we don’t have
much room to get rid of the snow. So maybe we
could put some snow there instead of a car.
I understand that we have a problem
there. There’s an awful lot of cars on that
street. But that’s the only thing that I would
like to
MR. MCHALE: Mr. Judge, you’ll take
a look at that as well? He’ll take a look at
that tomorrow too.
MR. GARBOLINO: Thank you.
MR. MCHALE: You’re welcome.
MS. SCRIMALLI: Thank you.
MR. HALLINAN: Thanks, Jake.
MR. MCHALE: Anybody else tonight?
MS. HALLINAN: Kelly Hallinan, 1723
Madison Avenue. Following up on issues I
informed Council of at the last meeting, tenant
next door to me living at the illegal apartment
in violation of zoning was guilty of harassing
me, fined $300, told by the magistrate if it
happens again you will go to jail.
At the hearing, tenant’s defense was
that his landlord told him he had been informed
by the Borough that Kelly Hallinan will do
anything to get his building shut down that she
is causing trouble for certain Borough
employees and that this harassment claim is
just a vendetta against the landlord and his
tenants because she does not want any renters
in her area.
His landlord was at the Borough
Building speaking with Joe Lorince on June
29th. I have been informed of that. Monday
after the garbage incident, the harassment took
place on evening of July the 1st, at which time
the tenant screamed, Hey, lady, you like
calling the cops and causing trouble for
I believe that the detailed
information that this tenant spoke of at the
hearing could have only been provided by a
Borough official as it consisted of details
from documentation I submitted as part of my
zoning complaint. The landlord has never
attended a meeting I’ve spoken at.
I also believe the unethical release
of privileged or confidential information to
this landlord directly resulted in the
harassment which upset my entire family, forced
my husband and daughter to have to take time
off from work to attend the hearing and have us
fearing for our safety along with our dogs in
our own home and yard.
Also in regard to the same property,
there’s no evidence of a citation or fine to
the property owner for the month’s worth of
garbage on the porch that was kept out in 80
degree weather when a rat problem has been
proven to exist in the block.
DPW, police, and the assistant Code
Enforcement Officer had to come on a Friday
evening to address and correct this violation.
Drug residue was found on the porch and should
have been reported in writing as the tenant’s
minor children are allowed to stay in this
apartment only through a court order due to
prior drug offenses by the tenant.
Code violations found by inspectors
at the same property continue to exist though
ordered by the State’s inspector to be abated
by June 21st. I do not see where a fine has
been issued for this property owner not abiding
by the order.
In only three months since I first
informed Council of the ordinance and zoning
violations, this issue has grown from
overcrowding to nuisance to health hazard to
personal safety issues and now outright and
constant fear. All factors that would not be
occurring if Dunmore ordinances were being


MR. GROCHOWSKI: It’s across from
the Bells —
MR. LORINCE: You’re talking about
the guy that owns Chick’s Diner.
MR. GROCHOWSKI: Yeah, exactly.
MS. HALLINAN: It’s Jim Swanic.
MR. MCHALE: He’ll take a look at it
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Mr. McHale, do you
want to go off the record and have a
conversation or do you want to limit them to
one at a time so that there could be a record?
MR. MCHALE: Sorry.
MR. GROCHOWSKI: Yeah, sorry. I was
just curious if there was — I’m just curious
because I’ve been there and it seems like it’s
set up for rentals but no one lives there. I
didn’t know if it’s livable.
MR. LORINCE: No one is living
MR. GROCHOWSKI: Is there any
complaints before about it?
MR. LORINCE: We went out in June to
start making them cut the grass and make sure
he maintains it. Next thing he’s going to do
is siding, put windows and decide what he wants
to do with it.
MR. GROCHOWSKI: Okay. All right.
Thanks. Thank you.
MR. MCHALE: Anybody else tonight?
CAPT. SPRINGER: Bill Springer,
Dudley Street. I’m also a Captain with the
Police Department. I’d like to thank you and
commend you all for the addition to the Police
Four of them already work for us.
And some of the finest and most dedicated
officers that we have. Congratulations,
gentlemen. You know, these guys we send out to
fill a shift and they are calling, you know,
sometimes on a couple hours notice an emergency
comes up and they come out.
I would like to thank the Chief. He
got us up in the woods a couple weeks ago. We
had some problem at the reservoirs. Thanks,
Chief, for being amenable to that. I would
also like to thank you for the hard work you
put in on the guns and the radios. That was
sorely needed.

And he’s taken steps already to
ensure that these guns get updated and receive
regular care. We sent Officer Garzella to
armor school already for Glocks. Behind me,
Tom Richardson and Ray Reynolds, I just want to
say this publically, congratulate them on the
terrific job they did on Night Out this year.
It went flawlessly, you know, and
good job. And I’m really proud of the way you
guys stepped up again with that. That’s it.
MR. MCHALE: Anybody else tonight?
(No response.)
MR. MCHALE: Seeing none.
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Comments from
public officials.
MR. MCHALE: Mr. Judge, do you have
MR. MCHALE: Mr. Lorince?
MR. LORINCE: I don’t.
MR. MCHALE: Anything further?
MR. MCHALE: Mr. Kearney?
MR. MCHALE: Mr. Ruggiero?
MR. MCHALE: Chief?
MR. MCHALE: Do you want to lead us
off tonight?
MR. NARDOZZI: Absolutely. I would
just like to congratulate the five officers. I
see two of them in attendance tonight — are
there four here? Maybe if they want to stand
up just so people could see who they are. Give
them a hand; Stephon Burgette, Jake Kane, Tommy
Butler, Corey Condrad, of course, we have Josh
Ruddy too who is not here tonight.
The police radios and the weapons
are something that — it’s a tool that these
guys need, especially the radios
communicationwise. And that’s something that
we had to do. And one last thing, Mr.
Chairman, on Harper Street Ed Zech came to the
last meeting and asked us to look into the
parking situation.
There is one sign in particular that
was on a tree that was worn out. And there

should not be any parking allowed because it
was forbidden in the past. Tom, maybe through
PennDOT because it is a state road, do we have
to go through PennDOT first to properly sign
MR. NARDOZZI: No parking.
MR. HALLINAN: Off the record, I
think it might be a Borough decision before a
State decision.
MR. NARDOZZI: But it needs to be
MR. MCHALE: Didge will take it —
MR. JUDGE: What street is it?
MR. NARDOZZI: Harper Street,
right-hand side going down to Blakely Street,
people are just starting to park on that
MR. MCHALE: You guys have a lot of
work to do.
MR. JUDGE: I think that is a State
MR. HALLINAN: It is a State road.
I would say just from my experience that it

would be a State responsibility — or Borough
responsibility with parking rather than the
State’s. They maintain it. You do it.
MR. NARDOZZI: That’s all, Mr.
MR. MCHALE: Mr. Hallinan.
MR. HALLINAN: First, I would say
congratulations to the officers. I’m glad
you’re here because you heard what goes on in
this town as far as what a lot of the concerns
are the neighborhoods. And we want to keep
them safe.
And this is one of my first things
when I ran for office was to, you know, hire
more police officers. And the concerns of the
citizens are to protect their neighborhoods.
You see something, please write it up. Do it.
And do the right thing because this is what
Dunmore is all about.
It’s a community that is
unbelievable. And we want to keep it this way.
And we want to keep it safe. And like I said,
I didn’t want to get into that before where
there was an out-of-town landlord or not, Joe,
with that Elm Street.

It’s just some of the problems that
we do have with the out-of-town landlords they
just don’t seem to care about, you know, what
goes on. I ask you to please do your job. I
know you will. You know, you hear what the
citizens want and please act on it, okay?
Next thing I want to know, I was
having a discussion with the girls in the
office. I want to know if we can give
permission to the Borough Manager to hire a
cleaning company not to exceed $400.
Do we have to take a vote on that,
Tommy, because we haven’t had them clean — the
girls complain that nothing — we’ve been short
employees, vacations, and nobody’s been
cleaning the —
ATTY. CUMMINGS: The appropriate
course would be just for motion to authorize
the Borough Manager to handle the situation
capped at $400 a month.
MR. HALLINAN: Okay. I would like
to make that motion then that Borough Manager
give permission to find a cleaning company so
we can clean the Borough Building and the
Police Department.

ATTY. CUMMINGS: Before the second,
is there any public comment on the issue?
(No response.)
ATTY. CUMMINGS: There being none,
it’s fair to proceed.
MR. NARDOZZI: I’ll second it.
MR. MCHALE: I have a motion and a
second. On the question.
(No response.)
MR. MCHALE: All those in favor
signify by saying aye.
MR. MCHALE: Opposed?
(No response.)
MR. MCHALE: The ayes have it and so
MR. HALLINAN: I’d also ask that we
would John Padula a county sheriff, we put him
on the part-time list if that would be — make
a motion for that.
MR. MCHALE: Add a part-time police
officer, do we have to open up to comment
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Yes. If there is
any public comment on an addition of a
part-time police officer.
MR. MCHALE: Just added to the
MR. HALLINAN: Just being added to
the roster because we’re having all of these
guys move up.
(No response.)
MR. MCHALE: Seeing none.
MR. NARDOZZI: I’ll second that.
MR. MCHALE: I have a motion and a
(No response.)
MR. MCHALE: All those in favor
signify by saying aye.
MR. MCHALE: Opposed?
(No response.)
MR. MCHALE: The ayes have it and so
MR. HALLINAN: And on a personal
note, I hope I could keep it together. What
happened Friday night was just truly amazing
for me and my family and for everybody else
that lost somebody in this community. I don’t
know if everybody here witnessed it.

It was amazing. And I thank
everybody for participating. Thank you from
the bottom of my heart. That’s all.
MR. MCHALE: Michael.
MR. DEMPSEY: Yeah, thanks for that,
Hal. Unbelievable Friday night. That should
be yearly. That should be annual. Commendable
job there. Tommy, great job National Night
Out, you, Ray, Captain Springer, all you guys
did an unbelievable job.
My kid loved riding on the fire
truck. So I appreciate that. I don’t think I
need to say any more about the website. It’s
up, Please check it out. Call
me with any questions, concerns, comments just
let me know how you think it is.
Still a few bugs to work out but
it’s — I think it’s a great start.
Congratulations to these guys back here — at
least four of you. You guys are unbelievable
at your jobs. I’m so glad to have you guys on.
I can’t wait to get to know you guys more at
least over the next four years. Give me all
your cell phone numbers. Thanks a lot.
Congratulations to you guys. That’s all I

have, Mr. Chairman.
MR. MCHALE: Mrs. Scrimalli.
MS. SCRIMALLI: Thank you. I’d like
to, first of all, thank everyone for coming.
This is a great process that we have where you
come to the meetings and you let us know what
it is on your mind or what needs to be done and
we hope to follow up.
But I do want to say if you ever do
have a problem that you think can be addressed
without you coming to Council, please call
either myself or call anyone of us. We would
like to help you if you can’t make it to a
meeting. But if you can, that’s even better so
thank you very much.
I do want to congratulate our new
officers. I’ve been so glad to, you know,
getting to know you. And this is a great time
for the Borough. So we thank all of you for
your service so far and we look forward to what
you’re going to bring to the Borough.
We had a Scranton/Abington Planning
Association meeting last month. And in doing
that we are moving forward with the
municipal — Multi Municipal Plan. And we are
getting to the stage of this process where we
need an ordinance to approve the
Intergovernmental Cooperative Implementation
Agreement. So, Tommy, I would ask you to write
that one up and —
ATTY. CUMMINGS: I’ll have it
available for the next meeting in September.
MS. SCRIMALLI: Yes, please.
MS. SCRIMALLI: If you do have any
questions tonight on the SAPA Plan, we do have
Denise Prowell here, the Secretary of SAPA.
And she would be happy to answer any of your
I’d also want to thank Captain
Richardson and Ray Reynolds for the great job
that you did for the Night Out. It was
fabulous. I also would like to let you know
that Sherwood Park is having their annual
festival. And that’s Thursday, Friday, and
It should be a great time. We have
the new splash pad there. It’s beautiful. The
kids love it. We look forward to you coming
there. And that’s all I have for tonight.

Thanks everyone.
MR. MCHALE: Thank you very much.
Mr. Burke.
MR. BURKE: Yes. I would like to
thank Officer Richardson and everybody else
involved with National Night Out. Great job,
DPW, everybody involved. Also shout out to
Claire Duncan and Holy Cross students who went
to West Virginia for Habitat For Humanity.
That’s just a great honor to have our students
from this area go down there and do that work.
It takes a lot for a high school
student to care that much that and go help
people in need like that. You must be very
proud, Gary. I know we’re proud of her and the
rest of the students from Holy Cross that did
Also what I brought up last week
with about hiring somebody to research our —
whether we have a say or not on the sale of the
Scranton Sewer Authority. I did talk to two
people who helped — from Gary getting me the
paralegal number. She gave me two different
numbers, Mike.
I talked to — one was $175 an hour.

One is $185 an hour. The one — the 175 said
if we can get more information from the Sewer
Authority, like, the contract, past contract
when they did privatization or you know, things
like that, of course, it would be a lot
cheaper, anything that we can get without
having to go through a Right to Know.
That is up to Council if they would
like to pursue it. I would like to pursue it
because like I said, I would like to know if —
before the Sewer Authority is sold if we had a
chance to stop it or give advice and it passes
without us, you know, finding out later that we
had a say and we could have stopped it or, you
know, you know, we let it go.
But I would like Council’s approval
to, you know, to decide on who they want to
hire to pursue this. I’ll make a motion we
hire somebody to look up the information.
MR. BURKE: Well, either one. I
could go with either one. I mean, we go with
the best price which is 175. But I make a
motion that we hire to find out before the
Sewer Authority is sold find out if we have a
say on the sale of the Scranton Sewer
MR. MCHALE: $175, do you want to
cap or we’ll just watch it you and I?
MR. BURKE: Okay.
MR. MCHALE: Do you want to do that?
MR. BURKE: That’s sounds good.
MR. MCHALE: Tommy, I can’t make a
ATTY. CUMMINGS: You need to go to
public comment.
MR. MCHALE: Do I need a second
though first, Tom?
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Before you vote on
it there has to be public comment if you have a
second. If you don’t, then it just dies.
MR. MCHALE: I have a motion. Do I
have a second?
MR. NARDOZZI: I’ll second it.
MR. MCHALE: I have a motion and a
second. Now on the question. Laurie Valunas
MS. VALUNAS: I’m sorry, yeah,
Laurie Valunas, 1721 Madison. I caught the end
of the Scranton Council meeting. And I didn’t

get a chance to look at the whole thing. But
the part that I saw was that they were talking
about the Sewer Authority. And they said
Dunmore has a say.
And I think they said what are they
going to do and they said we haven’t heard.
They did specifically say Dunmore has a say.
MR. MCHALE: We own 20 percent of
that. And I’m the — I sit on that Board as
the Dunmore representative. And my vote is
going to be Council’s vote.
MR. MCHALE: So whatever ends up
happening, a sale, a lease, or nothing, that
asset is still Dunmore’s up until a sale.
MR. BURKE: And the thing we’re
looking for I know privatization we do have a
vote that could stop it or let it happen. We
went through it before. But now they are
talking about a sale, which we haven’t been
able to find out for sure or I would just like
research done because this is happening in
other boroughs across the United States. And
I’d like to know if we do have a say.
MR. MCHALE: For the record — I

don’t mean to interrupt, Tim. Attorney
Cummings has and the attorneys — the two
attorneys who sit for the Board at the Sewer
Authority have looked into it and haven’t found
anything. I’m not saying — I support what
Timmy’s doing. Don’t get me wrong. But it has
been looked into. We haven’t found anything.
Now, if there’s nothing there,
you’re never going to find anything. If
there’s something there, I’m all for taking
another look, just so you know.
So I have a motion and a second.
Anybody else on the question?
MR. DEMPSEY: Yeah, Tommy, didn’t
you research this issue already?
ATTY. CUMMINGS: The response that I
issued was that the Dunmore Borough has a
representative on the Sewer Authority which is
a one-fifth vote being one of five and that the
conveyance of the property and/or the
termination of the Authority is covered under
the Municipal Authorities Act.
It’s my understanding that that was
deemed an insufficient answer. So I contacted
the two solicitors for the Sewer Authority.
Both reviewed it and came up with the same
response to the Borough of Dunmore that we have
a one-fifth vote. And it is by majority rule.
But it has to be within the confines of the
Municipal Authorities Act as to how and what
the Authority does.
That was also referred by the Sewer
Authority attorneys to the Pennsylvania
Association of Municipal Authorities. They did
not respond because they found nothing
different. That is the answer that has been
provided. You’re free to hire somebody else to
find a different answer, if you wish.
MR. DEMPSEY: So there is three
lawyers that said we have a one-fifth vote or
one-fifth percentage, 20 percent.
MR. DEMPSEY: And, Tim, is that an
insufficient answer? I’m not sure — why are
we hiring a paralegal to —
MR. BURKE: The answer if you
remember took me a year and a half to get that
MR. DEMPSEY: But if that’s the
answer —
MR. BURKE: What I’m looking for,
Mike, that one-fifth, is that enough to stop a
vote of a sale that one-fifth vote.
MR. DEMPSEY: A 20 percent vote? I
think the answer would be no.
MR. BURKE: Okay. So I know this
has been happening throughout the United
States. The lawyer I talked to today said, you
know, I’d have to research this and get all of
this information maybe from our lawyer with the
answers he’s gotten and, of course, it would be
easier for her to research it.
But if we were privatized before and
we did have a say, she said she couldn’t
understand how if it was sold that now we don’t
have a say to stop that. So she would, you
know, she would like to do the research on that
if we do hire her. That I can’t understand
either myself, like, why —
MR. DEMPSEY: Are we going to cap
this at a certain amount?
MR. BURKE: Yeah, Mike mentioned
capping it at a certain amount. Sure.
MR. DEMPSEY: What was the cap? Was
there one? I don’t want to spend all of this
money for the same answer that we already got.
MR. BURKE: No, Council can decide
on a cap.
MR. DEMPSEY: I think there should
be a cap on it.
MR. BURKE: Yeah, I agree.
MR. DEMPSEY: — if we’re going to
spend that money to get the same answer that we
already got.
MR. BURKE: No, I agree too.
MR. HALLINAN: On the question,
Mike, also. Timmy, what is the union — their
union, are we going to be doing double work?
Is their union also looking into this and then
we’re going to spend our taxpayer — rate payer
money to do the same thing that three lawyers
Their union is obviously going to
try to protect their employees and maybe stop
the sale too from the letters we’ve been
receiving. So I just want to make sure we’re
not, you know, throwing money away. I mean,
I’m all for protect — I’m against the sale.
I want to protect the rate payers.
And I want to protect the employees because we
have a lot of people from Dunmore that work
there. And that’s my stand. But I just don’t
want to be throwing money around like a fool.
So I just want to say if you want go
for a paralegal and we cap it somehow that’s
fine. But I would love to know if the union is
also doing it and we’re not doing the same
research that maybe your union is doing.
MR. BURKE: No, our union is not
doing anything.
MR. HALLINAN: The union is not
doing anything to stop the sale?
MR. BURKE: No, they can’t do
anything to stop the sale.
MR. DEMPSEY: I don’t think it’s a
good use of taxpayer money to hire a paralegal
to do a job that three attorneys have already
done. You know, I —
MR. MCHALE: Anybody else on the
(No response.)
MR. MCHALE: Tom, how about a voice
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Mr. Dempsey.
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Mr. Hallinan.
MR. HALLINAN: Is this with a cap,
may I ask?
MR. HALLINAN: I’ll vote yes with a
MR. BURKE: We go for a thousand
dollars cap.
MR. HALLINAN: A thousand dollars?
MR. BURKE: Yeah.
MR. HALLINAN: Fair enough.
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Is that a yes?
MR. HALLINAN: I vote yes, I’m
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Mr. Nardozzi.
MR. MCHALE: Yes. Anything else,
MR. BURKE: Oh, and also, I would
like Tommy to look into policies on social
media for all employees of the Borough. I know
Denise is checking to see if other towns have
any policies on social media.
I talked to one person who told
me no for the school district but if we can
look into that just for our own protection.
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Policies in what
MR. MCHALE: On what could be said
on social media so we’re protected and the
people of Dunmore are protected from social
media, any mistake by police, fire, anybody
employed by the Borough.
ATTY. CUMMINGS: Okay. I’ll have
that for you at the next meeting.
MR. BURKE: Okay. Thank you.
That’s all I have, Mike.
MR. MCHALE: Thanks, Tim. Being
last it’s a little tough to repeat everybody.
But everybody at National Night Out I couldn’t
make it last year. But this year with Captain
Springer, Mr. Richardson, and Mr. Reynolds,
Chief, it really was a special event. So I
congratulate you all.
And the four gentlemen that we hired
tonight we budgeted — I’m sorry, the five.
Four of them are here tonight. I apologize.
The five that we hired tonight, you know, this
has been budgeted for two years. And we have
been watching every penny.
It’s been sorely needed. And we
kind of held off as we have been watching every
penny. But I’m happy to have a bunch of young
guys who have an unbelievable reputation.
And a lot of guys who come up with
your names time and time again applauding you.
So congratulations and we appreciate you
sticking with us for the whole year that this
process — more than a year that this process
has gone on. So thank you. Congratulations
and welcome. And that’s all I have. So I’ll
look for a motion to adjourn.
MR. NARDOZZI: So moved.
MR. MCHALE: All in favor.
I hereby certify that the proceedings and
evidence are contained fully and accurately in the
notes taken by me of the above-cause and that this copy
is a correct transcript of the same to the best of my