ALMOST $5 MILLION TO DATE
I have run out of time today – but I will say that this is now a criminal matter and I will return to that tomorrow.
The below two excellent comments came in today. What do we do now?
Gotta wonder whether MAW’s proposal included projected costs to hook up to PPL poles. After all, they are an experienced “public utility”. (not) A couple of RTK requests are in order here, because the city’s paying MAW’s legal fees smacks of a cover up. Officials don’t want anyone to know how *really* bad they f*cked up, so they pay a lawyer – and then its all protected under atty-client privilege. No offense, but Lancaster, PA is one seriously f*cked up city.
I am listening right now. They are ALL liars…Trickie Dickie, Pitbull Pat, Same Ole Same Ole etc. I think the MAW deal is one of the dumbest I have ever seen. I think that Danene is way out of her depth. Having said all that, we gave them almost $5 million to date. Are you suggesting that we simply walk away? MAW has no assets and no money and no skin in the game. I think we have to protect our investment, even if it is in the hall of fame of stupid municipal investments. What is the alternative?
RESIGN, KRASNE & MURSE!
— I have called on LNP reporter Tim Stuhldreher to resign multiple times since I published my special report on this site on March 9, 2017 titled, “MAW IS TAKING LANCASTER TO THE BANK” (click here).
Now, I am calling on Robert Krasne, Chairman of the Board of LNP and Tom Murse, the Managing Editor of LNP and The Caucus, to resign.
— Allentown was all over my site this afternoon and I looked up the IP – 22.214.171.124 – and guess what? It’s PPL! I don’t know if that’s good or bad…
See their IP come on this site in the screenshot below and below that is the IP put into “whatismyipaddress.com.”
— Pat Brogan, Mayor Gray’s Chief of Staff, said last night that PPL’s “make ready” requirements would boost the cost of the network [LanCity Connect] by “six figures.”
— She also said the estimate on the time required to “work” with the FCC and the law firm is nine months to a year.
— Mayor Gray said there is no maximum money amount in their contract with Best Best & Krieger.
**** The website for Best Best & Krieger is here.
MAW Communications has been attempting to work with PPL regarding procedures and charges that PPL has established for MAW Communications to attach fiber optic cable to its poles in the City of Lancaster for the LanCity Connect program.
These procedures and costs are known as “make ready work” or “make ready charges” and they are significant.
Unfortunately, negotiations between MAW Communications and – and the administration has been involved in the negotiations – and PPL have been unsuccessful to date. Since efforts to resolve them have proved unsuccessful, our solicitors and MAW Communications and our technical staff view it to be in the city’s best interest to hire specialty counsel to resolve the issues through the Federal Communications Commission rather than in our local courts or the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission.
The city’s counsel solicited proposals from two specialized firms that have a proven track record of success in this area and have dealt with these particular issues in the past. These are D.C. law firms.
The proposals from these firms are communications [inaudible]. The [ ] law group strongly recommended that we retain Joseph Van Eaton of Best Best & Krieger to represent the city in an effort to resolve the make ready charges and associated work issues with MAW Communications.
The hourly rate they suggest is $365 an hour which seems to be reasonable. I ask Council to adopt the resolution appointing Best Best & Krieger to be special counsel for the city of Lancaster.
Posted by former mayoral candidate Cindy Stewart during last night’s city council meeting on the “See-thru City – Lancaster, PA” Facebook page.
Yes, that is exactly what it means and this is simply unbelievable and unconscionable!
*** BREAKING NEWS ***
COUNCIL OUT OF CONTROL!
City council tonight approved hiring a law firm at $365 an hour on behalf of MAW Communications in their fight against PPL. This is unbelievable. They have already paid MAW $4.7 million and now they are paying a law firm on MAW’s behalf with no maximum limit on their spending! And the internet service that was promised will be delayed for months and months if not forever!
Please check back tomorrow morning.