Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Drunks on Public Square

Right on the Square, that's right you heard me, Drunks on Public Square.

According to the Times Leader: "WILKES-BARRE — City Council on Thursday is expected to approve outside dining for a new bar on Public Square with an old-time theme."

As if Wilkes-Barre doesn't have one or two, too many watering holes as it is, the BobbleHeads will be rubber-stamping their campaign buddy's application to contribute to  public drunkenness right outside on Public Square. I mean why not, it's not like WBPD has enough to worry about now, let's allow folks opportunity to get hammered right outside. Easier to roll them out into the street then.

“It's going to be a vintage type bar,” Rodano said. “Like an old-time corner bar right on Public Square." and in time for the city's St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 15....

I can see it now, folks staggering about, liquor flowing into the streets, booze hounds urinating on the square, watering the plants even....

Whats next? 

How about we take the broken fountain, and turn it into a wine fountain. We're not that far from the Finger Lakes Wineries. Just picture it, perhaps one of the campaign contributors could plaster their name on the fountain, charge a cover, provide consumers a cup, and enjoy.

Wake Up Wilkes Barre


Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Second bidder for back-up, bribes?

One has to wonder why? Why the need for a second most qualified bidder? When it comes to supplementing the Code Dept. Inspections Team, as reported by the Times Leader. 

In the Times Leader Newspaper, City spokeswoman Liza Prokop explained why both companies are listed in the resolution.

“It is not uncommon for the city to name a second most qualified bidder in the event of any issues or emergencies, especially considering the fact that this is a new venture for the City of Wilkes-Barre. The city has had back-up contractors for other project contracts such as emergency services, sanitary/sewer, storm sewer repairs and line cleaning,” she said.

It is not uncommon? Then why is this the FIRST time were doing it, for a service based contractor? Wouldn't it have been great if ONLY, we had “a second most qualified bidder in the event of any issues or emergencies” that may have arose with our thief of a towing contractor, Leo Glodzik, of LAG Towing, who by the way is STILL the city’s contractor… 

One also has to wonder why we need these contractors at all, when we have 2 full-time rental inspectors and several others in that department who can lend a hand (if actually needed). It’s not like we have been vigorously inspecting Sherman Hills or anything, so why now, and why the second most qualified bidder?

My predictions:
  • Step 1: Invent "issues or emergencies" that would eliminate Bidder ONE: John Marino, Northeast Inspection Consultants.
  • Step 2: Oh thank God Prokop had the foresight to have that "SECOND most qualified bidder", Paul Pasonick, Northeast Code Services. It’s no secret that the Pasonick’s have been kicking back large campaign contributions to King Lie-A-Ton for years. Also didn’t Paul Pasonick take over the family firm following the conviction of another well known Pasonick?
  • Step 3: Phase out the city’s inspection team, and outsource the entire city. Just imagine the opportunity for kick backs then… 

And remember just like the towing contractor, "it wont cost you any more than it cost now"....

P.S. Council meeting is combined session TONIGHT 5PM, and if you want to voice your concerns about this be 5 min early.

Wake Up Wilkes Barre


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