MORE LEGAL BILLS!
Now there is yet another law firm being paid by the city of Lancaster on behalf of MAW Communications. I will put in Right to Know requests to find out how much the city is paying the Pittsburgh based Cohen Law Group.
Mayor Sorace did not answer any of the outstanding questions regarding this over $4.7 million debacle last night and I will come back to that tomorrow.
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DEIBERT DOES GOOD!
* Mayor Sorace’s statement to city council last night:
I have four topics that I want to address tonight. The first is LanCity Connect.
In December of 2017, PP&L filed a complaint against MAW Communications regarding MAW’s attachments on poles within the city of Lancaster. This action halted the first phase of deployment of the community broadband project aimed at connecting the Southwest, Southeast and Northwest parts of Lancaster city.
While many people may know MAW as a partner in our LanCity Connect broadband program, their footprint in Lancaster goes much deeper. A significant portion of the city’s crucial infrastructure, traffic signals and safety cameras, for instance, is connected by fiber-optic cable installed and/or maintained by MAW. Providing city services via fiber-optic cable allows for more efficient delivery of those services and saves the city precious resources, time and money.
In order to allow the city to protect our interest in these pole attachments, I have authorized our solicitors and the Cohen Law Group to file a petition to intervene in the case currently pending in Lehigh County. Since this matter is in the court system, I can’t respond to any questions about the details of the case or issues that may have been mentioned in the press. Just know that every story has two sides and my decision to intervene guarantees that our counsel can be made fully aware of all developments and can work actively to protect the city’s interest.
When we started investing in community broadband, we knew that this was going to be a rocky road. We believed then, as we do now, that community broadband is in the best interests of the residents of the City of Lancaster. Access to high speed, high quality and low cost internet services is no longer a luxury. It is a 21st century necessity. Local control of that necessity ensures that no one is left out or left behind due to income, the neighborhood in which they live or the trends of the tele-communications industry.
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MORE MONEY FOR MAW!
Mayor Danene Sorace announced at the end of last night’s long city council meeting that the city is going to petition to intervene in PP&L’s lawsuit against MAW Communications. She said, “every story has two sides.” The city continues to inexplicably throw good money after bad but this will certainly make the law firm happy and line their pockets further! Unbelievable and there will be much more later today.
How does City Administrator Patrick Hopkins have an actuarial report done that goes from $7,000 to $8,000 within a month when the figures don’t change? Does he know when he’s lying and when he’s telling the truth?
And one of the city council members actually voted “Nay” last night as the members cast a vote sure to annoy the fireman’s union just as their contract comes up for negotiation.
You can watch the entire city council meeting on Tony Dastra’s livestream here.
Please check back later today.