By Susan Bettinger, Times Leader correspondent
January 17, 2013
NANTICOKE – City Council on Wednesday night accepted Municipal Authority Chairman Hank Marks' resignation.
Marks cited health issues as the reason for his resignation, which will become effective Feb. 1. Marks served with the municipal authority for the past seven years, including the past four as its chairman.
In addition, Marks stated that a member of council has been spreading vicious rumors regarding the budget, saying the authority is near bankruptcy.
Marks said he has all financial records and bank statements available for the past four years. He displayed the bank statements to the council members, showing a balance of $711,501.40 as of Dec. 31, a far cry from bankruptcy Marks added.
If the false accusations do not cease and desist said Marks, he will file a civil lawsuit against the council member who is making the accusations.
Council Vice President James Litchkofski said he is saddened by Marks' resignation, and that Marks always fought for our town.
Litchkofski addressed the accusations toward Marks by saying that it takes years to build your name and reputation, and he advised Marks to do whatever you need to do to guard your name. Litchkofski added that Marks dedication over the years was amazing and that his heart is in the right place.
Councilwoman Lesley Butczynski and councilmen Rich Wiateroski and Kevin Coughlin each added their own words of appreciation for the all of work that Marks has done for the community, as well as expressing their sadness over his resignation. Council President Steven Duda was not in attendance.
In other matters, the Comcast account is being negotiated. City Manager Pam Heard said that any other service providers are welcome in Nanticoke.
The next council meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 6.