Although the January 2019 meeting was cancelled for lack of business to attend to, the regular December meeting of the Carbondale City Council took place as scheduled in the counil chambers at City Hall on December 17, 2018. A closed executive meeting to discuss a personnel issue was held prior to the regular meeting, which is open to the public.

Council members who were present at the meeting were Joseph P. Connor, Walter Martzen, John Masco, and Thomas Voglino. Council members Mary D. Lagana, Jerry Arnese, and Dr. Joseph Marzzacco were absent due to prior commitments or illness. Also present at the meeting were Attorney Frank Ruggerio, Police Chief Brian Bognatz; and Mayor Justin Taylor.

Gerard Hetman, Lackawanna County’s Community Relations Coordinator, presented a packet to Council delineating all of the activities and events being sponsored by the county. Items included special holiday events scheduled to take place at the Trolley Museum and the Living Lackawanna Newsletter.

Carbondale Police Chief Brian Bognatz reported that the city’s police department responded to 712 incidents in the city and another 64 incidents in Fell Township. He also presented a report on the drug arrests for the month.

The report from the Department of Public Works indicated that there were twelve sewer calls for the month, 8.5 tons of cold patch were used to repair roads, and winter maintenance of roadways required 150 tons of salt and 60 tons of cinders. Catch basin repairs were made at Canaan St. and Mitchell Ave., at Salem Ave. and Spring St., and near 131 Brook St.

The report from the Fire Department indicated that city firemen responded to 95 calls for month and stated that 69 hours were logged by volunteers. In addition, the monthly report from the city’s parking meter attendant listed revenue of $880 from parking tickets and of $1,260 from parking meters.

The Greater Carbondale Ministerium requested authorization to utilize the Council Chambers on Tuesday, March 5, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and on Wednesday, April 17, at noon for meetings and community services. Mr. Connor made a motion to authorize the request contingent on adding the city as an additional insured. The motion was voted on and carried.

An ordinance (File of the Council No. 01; 2019) outlining revenue and appropriating funds for expenditures in the 2019 budget for the City of Carbondale was voted on. An outline of the budget was read into the record for Council. Council had discussed the budget at a public hearing on December 5, 2018. In addition, the budget was on display for public inspection Monday through Friday at the Office of the City Clerk from 9:00 a.m. through 4:00 p.m. A motion to accept the budget was voted on and carried.

The next council meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 19, 2019 because the previous day is a holiday. For more information about council meetings or for a list of dates for scheduled council meetings, contact City Clerk Michele Bannon at (570) 282-4633.