Busy meeting for Scranton city council

Council splits on appointment to Community Center board

~courtesy of The Scranton Journal

The Scranton city council had a full agenda at its June 13 meeting. Only three members were in attendance: Julie McAleer, Ethel Subbert and Marilyn Jacobsen.

The change in state laws regarding fireworks will not affect the city of Scranton. The council unanimously voted to maintain the current ordinance with the exception of amending the language regarding the possession of fireworks. It was clarified that under the existing ordinance, fireworks cannot be set off in the city without a permit. 

John Pemble presented a request to change State Street between Linn and Locust Streets to a no parking area. The council agreed to his idea as long as Pemble was willing to pay for the cost of the ordinance change and the necessary signs.

A controversy arose over the appointment of members to the Community Center board. The terms of Dawn Rudolph and Doug Hawn expire on June 30. Mayor Randy Winkelman recommended the appointment of Angela Eason to the board. McAleer made a motion for the appointment but it died for lack of a second.

Clerk Melinda Hinners told The Journal on Monday that Winkelman plans to recommend the appointment of Rudolph to the council at the July 11 meeting.

Additional members of the Community Center board are Carol Eason, Amy Christian and Winkelman.

Chantel Kirk was reappointed to the library board. Dustin Gibson was appointed as zoning administrator.

The council unanimously approved the first reading of Ordinance No. 213 which will amend the salaries of municipal officers from $10 per council meeting to $20 per meeting.

Two public hearings were scheduled for July 11 at 6 pm. First is a budget amendment followed by a resolution to enter into a general obligation equipment acquisition loan agreement, allowing the city to borrow up to $35,000 for the purchase of a street sweeper.

Monthly reports provided were:

  • Library: Chantel Kirk discussed board terms, internet speed, summer reading and a rotary grant.
  • Community Center: Dawn Rudolph updated activities, rentals, memory room, internet, tables and rental rate increases.
  • Public works: Chad Kirk discussed power outage, routine operations, root control, purchase of a fan for the sewer blowers and sealant for the sewer plant roof.

In other business, the council:

  • Approved the engagement letter for services with Dorsey and Whitney, bonding attorney.
  • Agreed to take bids for the seasonal HVAC checks at the Community Center.
  • Approved Tony Hatting to remove the smaller equipment and footings at the school playground. The blue climber system will be considered for removal at a later time.
  • Agreed to hire Casey’s Custom Colors to paint lines and crosswalks in the city at a cost of $1,355.
  • Approved Resolution 2017-10 setting the salaries for fiscal year 2018 and authorizing payment of payroll and associated expenses.
  • Discussed Fishing Day, unsafe building at 1107 Lincoln, sesquicentennial fundraiser, street work, water tower project, rental rates, visioning committee updates on DOT concerns, gambling license, storm siren and appointment to the E-911 board.


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