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LACKAWANNA SHIFTS FUNDS FOR REPAIRS

The Lackawanna City Council Monday transferred funds within its current budget to make repairs at the city's library and fund sidewalk repairs in the 3rd and 4th wards.

While some questions were raised by Annie M. Swygert, director of administration and finance, as to whether the transfer of $30,000 for sidewalk repairs would result in a budget shortfall, the Council passed the resolution unanimously.

Ms. Swygert presented a letter to the Council citing the budget lines where $12,500 would be taken to finance the work at the library.

Salvatore Bordonaro had asked the Council last month for an additional $16,000 to make repairs and improvements to the library building 560 Ridge Road.

Council President Edward Tokarz said the $12,500 amount transferred by the Council represented a revised budget for sealing the parking lot, completing a surveillance camera system, installing steel doors, installing outdoor lighting and making other needed repairs. More than $2,000 of the total will be used to help maintain the library.

In other business, the Council:

Authorized the city's Law and Engineering departments to sit down with 31 residents who have filed a notice of claim against the city over problems arising from the creek behind homes on Willet Road and Cloister Court off South Park Avenue.

The problems include flooding, soil erosion and swarming insects, and the residents want the city to pay up to $15,000 for what they say is damage to their property.

The city has already spent more than $5,000 on the area in an effort to correct the problem 4th Ward Councilman Ronald R. Spadone noted. He said apparently the contract involved did not solve the problem.

Approved a new contract with Department of Public Works employees that requires new employees to pay 15 percent of their medical benefit premium cost. The three-year pact also includes 4 percent annual raises.

Amended its new ordinance regulating satellite antennas to exclude dishes 36 inches in diameter or less. The ordinance prohibits satellite dishes from being placed in front yards, and limits their diameter to eight feet. It also set a $75 permit fee.

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