WILKES-BARRE – In the midst of a city review on whether to terminate LAG Towing's contract, the company's owner notified the city Thursday of pending suits against it and council over what his attorney said were malicious and false statements made against him and his company.
Leo A. Glodzik III maintained he has honored his $50,050-a-year contract and proven wrong the allegations he violated the terms of the agreement.His attorney, Joseph F. Sklarosky Sr., said some members of council are making statements without any evidence to support their tactic of trying to terminate LAG's contract.
Sklarosky warned Councilman Tony George further legal action will follow because he persists in making statements damaging to Glodzik's business and reputation.
This letter is to advise you that you continue to do so at your own peril, Sklarosky wrote.
The notices added another wrinkle to the ongoing dispute between the City Council and LAG and seemingly further fanned the flames of public discontent with the tower.
At the regularly scheduled council meeting Thursday night, council President Bill Barrett confirmed the receipt of the letters and on the advice of counsel declined to comment.
Mayor Tom Leighton also declined to comment on the notice to the city, but said the internal review is ongoing. Hopefully, we'll make a determination very shortly, he said after the meeting.
Leighton told reporters the notice should not deter people from coming forward with complaints if they are telling the truth.
Council, acting on a motion by George, recommended last month that the mayor begin the process of terminating LAG's contract. George had pushed for the termination in July based on complaints of price gouging and Glodzik's failure to provide records to the city. At that time, council agreed to set up a committee to look into the contract.
Glodzik singled out George as a target of litigation, saying he answered 95 percent of the councilman's questions and could not speak publicly on some cases that were law enforcement matters.
Nevertheless, he continued his push to maliciously defame my towing practice, Glodzik said in an e-mail.
He promised to cooperate with administration and fulfill his contract. However, I will not sit back and let Councilman George misrepresent the truth, said Glodzik. As he himself admitted, he had no problem asking for and receiving free tows for members of his family and he had no problems with my services at that time.
George acknowledged he asked for a favor in 2005 for his brother-in-law, who was going to be charged $300 by LAG.
That was my point; if you didn't know anybody, you had to pay $300, George said.
Still, he stuck to his decision to ask the mayor to begin the termination process. I made my recommendations based on the complaints of city residents and the terms of the contract, George said.
Two outspoken critics of LAG again took issue with the contractor during the public comment session of the council meeting.
Bob Kadluboski, who previously held the city's contract before it was awarded to LAG, called for the resignation of the mayor, all council members except George and others in the administration.
I don't blame Leo Glodzik as much as I blame this administration and this council for letting this go on, Kadluboski said.
Frank Sorick blasted Leighton for failing to act in light of the mounting complaints against LAG.
I wish the mayor would grow a backbone and get rid of this towing contractor, Sorick said. I can only assume he knows where the bodies are buried.