Scranton City Council Wants Mayor’s Stance On Nay Aug Coffee Shop Lease
Scranton City Council voted 4-0 — with Gaughan, and council members Kyle Donahue, Tim Perry and Wayne Evans all in favor, and council President Pat Rogan absent — to pass a motion to send a letter to Mayor Bill Courtright, asking him to publicly state his position on city Licensing, Inspections and Permits Department Director Patrick Hinton’s lease of a vacant building at Nay Aug Park for renovation into a coffee shop. Donahue made the motion to ask the mayor for his position on Hinton having the lease while also continuing to serve as LIP director. “Does he (Courtright) believe this is ethical and will he allow this to happen?” Donahue asked. Council also noted that it will hold a public caucus Monday at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall in the Governor’s Room, to hear an update from consultant Arcadis on the status of its stormwater management study underway since January 2017. Earlier this month, Evans said the storms of August “clearly show beyond a shadow of a doubt” that the city is not prepared to deal with stormwater management under the existing system. Arcadis’ review has been expected to delve into whether the city should go it alone in managing stormwater, try to partner with other municipalities or enter into a public-private partnership, possibly with Pennsylvania American Water, which bought the Scranton sewer system in 2016. It also examines whether the city should create a stormwater management authority to oversee the system, and whether and how to impose a stormwater fee to pay for maintenance.