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Council cuts engineering post vacant several years

A Lackawanna engineering job that has been vacant for several years has been eliminated by the City Council.

The Council voted unanimously Monday to eliminate the senior engineering aide job that was last filled by former Mayor John J. Kuryak.

"The whole situation ended amiably," Mayor Norman L. Polanski Jr. said Tuesday.

Kuryak had taken an unpaid leave of absence from the job when he became mayor in 2000. In the summer of 2003, he took a full-time engineering job with the Erie County Water Authority.

After failing in his re-election bid that fall, Kuryak was granted an additional two-year leave of absence from his former post of director of administration and finance, but the current administration maintains that Kuryak not only wasn't entitled to the leave but failed to meet civil service requirements for it.

Kuryak submitted a letter of resignation effective this Jan. 13.

The deletion of the job title was done through a local law, which requires a public hearing before the mayor signs it.

Also on Monday, the Council voted unanimously to grant a bar owner a license that permits the use of a jukebox -- not the live music permit he sought.

"It's too small of a place to have live music," 3rd Ward Councilman Chuck Jaworski said of Mike McCarthy's Bar & Grill on Abbott Road. Despite being open only a short time, the business has prompted numerous complaints, Jaworski said.

Numerous complaints last year, by residents who have similar establishments as neighbors, led to the Council's adoption of a new noise ordinance last fall. Live music performances after 11 p.m., which must be silenced by 2 a.m., now require a special permit. and must besilenced by 2 a.m. Jukeboxes may be in use until 4 a.m.


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