The administration has been asked to begin process to end tower’s pact over complaints.

Last updated: April 18. 2013 11:17AM - 334 Views
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WILKES-BARRE – City Council Vice Chairman Tony George asked the administration Tuesday for a status update on the process to terminate the contract of LAG Towing.
Administrator Marie McCormick and Administrative Coordinator Drew McLaughlin told council during its work session that all records of the towing contract are being reviewed.
“We are reviewing all complaints we have received and we are assembling a progression of what occurred and when,” McCormick said.
George said he wants to be kept informed of what’s going on during the review process.
“We also have to check everything against our police records,” McLaughlin said.
Earlier this month, City Council approved a resolution asking Mayor Tom Leighton to begin the process to terminate the contract of the city’s tower, Leo Glodzik III of LAG Towing Inc., based on several alleged contract violations. George said if the contract is terminated, he’d like to see the city follow the lead of New York City and Philadelphia, both of which operate towing services.
Glodzik pays the city $50,050 a year for the exclusive towing contract.
Council will consider approving the transfer of an inter-municipal liquor license from Tee Shots LLC, 1523 Mt. Zion Road, Exeter Township, to 264-268 South Main St. for a new business, Southside Bistro LLC.
Southside Bistro intends to open a French-style café and bistro at West Ross and South Main streets. The building is owned by Sam Johnson of Weatherly, who has converted the century-old bank building into a 16-unit apartment complex.
Also, council will consider approval of an ordinance that would authorize the issuance of $10 million in general obligation bonds. McCormick said the city would realize an immediate savings of approximately $300,000. She said the interest rate on the bonds won’t be known until purchase and she would have the numbers for council’s Thursday meeting.
McCormick said $1.3 million of the bond issuance would be applied to the Johnson Controls project and the balance would be used toward the city’s pension bond refunding. The city will issue up to $6.38 million in bonds for an energy savings project proposed by contractor Johnson Controls Inc. The city claims the deal would guarantee savings of $2.9 million over 20 years and pay back the loan.
The total energy savings as of 2026 have been estimated to be $6.51 million, but only a portion of that figure -- $2.55 million -- is guaranteed under the contract.
What’s next?
City Council will meet in regular session Thursday at 6 p.m. in council chambers, 4th floor, City Hall.
• A hearing on the transfer of a liquor license to 264-268 South Main St. will be held at 5:30 p.m.
• Public comment is allowed at the meetings.

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