Mayor blasted for doubling city officials’ workload

Mayor Gabriel J. Campana was taken to task by City Council Monday for making engineers working on levee issues repeat their presentation.

“He should not have made these people have to repeat everything they said to us over an hour,” Councilwoman Bonnie Katz, chairwoman of the council’s public works’ committee, said of Campana’s calling for a separate meeting to be briefed on levee repair needs and funding.

The 1 p.m. meeting was requested by Campana to help bring the new engineer Mark Benner in his transition. Campana said he had another commitment at that time.

Benner didn’t attend the first meeting at 1 p.m. nor did Adam Winder, general manager of Streets and Parks, which maintains the levee.

In the 1 p.m. meeting, critical information about the levee status and funding measures were shared with council by the Lycoming County Planning Department.

He wanted to restart periodic meetings with council leadership to improve communications and relations.

“It’s not a good start,” Katz said.

In fact, city finance director William E. Nichols Jr. , who walked in about halfway through the meeting, said he was not informed about the mayor’s meeting.

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