Thursday, April 11, 2013

Bus to Nowhere

According to Terrie Morgan-Besecker of the Times Leaders article School bus bought by W-B goesunused

In 2006, Wilkes-Barre city officials paid $9,000 for a used school bus from DeNaples Auto Sales in Dunmore. The Bus was among two vehicles the city bought in 2006 that it later determined could not be registered.

The City also purchased a 2006 Chevrolet Cargo Van for $18,000 from United Sanitation, a company owned by LAG Towing contractor Leo Glodzik III.

  • Hum 2 vehicles bought from (at the time, farther, and son-in-law) and both had title issues, who would a thunk?

City Spokes-Joke Drew Mc-Laugh-Lin said the city returned the Van to Towing contractor Leo Glodzik III, after it could not obtain the title, but never attempted to get its money back for the bus, which was purchased in June 2006, as it believed it could someday obtain the title.

  • SOMEDAY you say? Perhaps when the bus is a useless rust bucket?

Drew couldn’t explain why, nearly seven years later, that has not happened.

  • Oh Drew we know why, its BAD management.

“I know there were attempts to resolve this in the past. Most recently last year, prior to the surplus equipment auction,” McLaughlin said in an email. “I could not speak to how many times there were attempts to resolve it. Given the passage of time and employee departures who had more direct roles in this, I would not be able to give details on that.”

The city has tried to sell the vehicle at auction, but was unable to do so because of the title issues, he said.

  • So we buy something for $9,000 and never use it but keep it on the Joyce Insurance wasting even more money, and then try to let LAG sell it for whatever we can get to cut our losses, does that sum it up?

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  1. The reason they cant get the title is the person who owns it wants it back or feels that, If he cant have it no one can have it

  2. Not sure why money would be transferred if there was no title to be had (except the obvious reason). How legal is it that DeNaples could even sell it if he didn't have the title from the original owners? I would think that you could get the re-issued title from the state in 7 days (that's how long it took me to get mine) and then sign it through to the city. Of course that should have been done 7 years ago before it was stored in such a way as to ruin the interior and probably has mechanical problems.

  3. It already IS a useless rust bucket, The windows have been left open for at least a year and a half.

    1. We should be able to charge city officials with negligence


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