The Lackawanna City Council meeting turned openly political Tuesday night when Councilman Gerald S. DePasquale used it to respond to a political slinger of Mayor Kathleen M. Staniszewski, calling a statement by the mayor "an outright lie."
DePasquale, who supports mayoral candidate John Kuryak in Tuesday's Democratic primary, attacked a statement by the mayor that "Kuryak's political allies on the Council" have been delaying a 100-unit senior citizen housing project for months.
Referring to Ms. Staniszewski as "her highness," DePasquale, who represents the Third Ward, said there is no such proposal before the Council.
But City Attorney Frank Bybel, who was appointed by the mayor, said the Council has delayed action on a proposal to sell vacant land behind the Kmart store on Ridge Road to a developer who does plan senior housing.
DePasquale said the proposal didn't say anything about senior citizen housing.
Ms. Staniszewski did not attend the meeting.
On another matter, the Council voted to put the former JJ Muggs restaurant on South Park Avenue up for sale to the highest bidder with a minimum bid of $45,000.
The Council went into a 25-minute executive session before deciding to reject an offer of $31,000 from Joe Breidenstein as too low for the property, which has been vacant for more than five years and was acquired by the city through tax foreclosure.
The city plans to advertise the property beginning next week. First Ward Councilman Ricardo Estrada voted no, saying the $45,000 minimum is too low.
If the property is sold, it would be with several restrictions, including that it must be developed within a year and can't be sold or transferred to another party without city permission.
A plan to order the demolition of the vacant Dom Polski building was put on hold as Estrada said there is a possible buyer.
The Council voted to offer four vacant lots on Willet Road for $7,500 each to people who originally made offers on them, although those offers were lower than $7,500 and offers of that amount or higher have since been received. It remains to be seen if the original parties still will be interested. They are Mark Kwasniewski, Francis and Joyce Warthling, Douglas Warthling and Daniel Pulinski-Kimberly Girdlestone.