I continue to be immensely proud of our Department of Public Works each and every day as they give their all for our city. They are often unsung heroes, but I am so proud to call them ours. Great job to Ron Romanelli and Butch Frati for holding us together during the storm.
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Sigo siendo inmensamente orgulloso de nuestro Departamento de Obras Públicas todos los días, ya que dan todo para nuestra ciudad. Son a menudo héroes no reconocidos, pero estoy tan orgulloso de llamarlos nuestros. Gran trabajo para Ron Romanelli y Butch Frati por mantenernos juntos durante la tormenta.

*TOMORROW* I will be hosting a Community Roundtable on September 28th at 7:00 PM at Stark Learning Center, Room 105 at Wilkes University (150 South River Street). It will be a discussion involving government officials, religious leaders, community leaders, and other residents active in our community. It is an open forum focusing on issues of community, inclusion, community policing, and diversity in Wilkes-Barre.
I was first approached in early July by a resident, Robert Collins Jr., to see what city officials can do to open up a discussion involving these specific issues in our community. I thought a community roundtable would give the public opportunity to ask questions and become actively engaged with these issues. Both Robert and myself have been working together to make this event possible. I have always felt transparency is key, and I think being open with the public on these key issues will help progress our community even further.
Participants: 
Theodore Wampole - Wilkes-Barre City Administrator
Chief Marcella Lendacky - Wilkes-Barre Chief of Police
Beth Gilbert - Wilkes-Barre City Councilwoman
Reverend Shawn Walker - Wilkes-Barre Area School Director
Rabbi Roger Lerner - Rabbi, Temple B'nai Brith
Darlene Magdalinski - Community Activist
Robert Collins Jr. - Community Volunteer
Pastor Michael Brewster - Pastor, Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Angel Jirau - Community Activist
Larry Singleton - President of the Wilkes-Barre NAACP Chapter
Josh Walton - Restored Church
Dr. Andrew Wilczak - Professor, Wilkes University
Our moderator will be Crystal Cranmore from PA Homepage.
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*MANANA* I será el anfitrión de una mesa redonda de la Comunidad el 28 de septiembre a las 7:00 PM en Stark Learning Center, Room 105 at Wilkes University (150 South River Street). Será una discusión entre los funcionarios del gobierno, líderes religiosos, líderes comunitarios y otros residentes activos en nuestra comunidad. Es un foro abierto se centra en cuestiones de la comunidad, la inclusión, la policía comunitaria, y la diversidad en Wilkes-Barre.
Se me acercó primero a principios de julio por un residente, Robert Collins Jr., para ver lo que pueden hacer los funcionarios de la ciudad para abrir una discusión entre estos temas específicos en nuestra comunidad. Me pareció una mesa redonda comunidad le daría al público la oportunidad de hacer preguntas y participar activamente con estos temas. Tanto Robert como yo han estado trabajando juntos para hacer posible este evento. Siempre he sentido la transparencia es clave, y creo que ser abierto con el público sobre estas cuestiones clave ayudará a progresar a nuestra comunidad aún más.
Participantes:
Theodore Wampole - Wilkes-Barre City Administrator
Chief Marcella Lendacky - Wilkes-Barre Chief of Police
Beth Gilbert - Wilkes-Barre City Councilwoman
Reverend Shawn Walker - Wilkes-Barre Area School Director
Rabbi Roger Lerner - Rabbi, Temple B'nai Brith
Darlene Magdalinski - Community Activist
Robert Collins Jr. - Community Volunteer
Pastor Michael Brewster - Pastor, Mt. Zion Baptist Church
Angel Jirau - Community Activist
Larry Singleton - President of the Wilkes-Barre NAACP Chapter
Josh Walton - Restored Church
Dr. Andrew Wilczak - Professor, Wilkes University

Crystal Cranmore para PA Homepage moderera.

OCTOBER 05, 2016

As I stated at our meeting last night, it is critically important for the mayor to attend council meetings. As we approach the crux of "budget season", there are immensely important decisions that have to be made. It would behoove council, the administration, and the public for the mayor to attend upcoming council meetings to hear both council and the public speak on this upcoming issue and other topics that may effect it. Separation of powers does not necessarily hold weight when used for this argument. This would make sense if one branch were interfering with the other, but using separation of powers to argue in favor of not working together is certainly not building a path for a stable, successful government that works. Separation of powers between the legislative and executive branch in local government has its place, but there is also a place for effective communication and interaction for the greater benefit of our city. While private meetings may be scheduled in the coming weeks, there is something to be said for public discourse. We cannot continue to act as completely independent entitites without serious repercussions.

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Como dije en la reunión de anoche, es críticamente importante para el alcalde para asistir a las reuniones del consejo. A medida que nos acercamos al punto crucial de la "temporada de presupuesto", no son inmensamente importantes decisiones que se tienen que hacer. Le tocaría consejo, la administración y el público para el alcalde de asistir a las reuniones del consejo próximos para oír tanto el Consejo como el público hablan en esta próxima edición y otros temas que pueden afectar a la misma. La separación de poderes no es necesariamente válida peso cuando se usa para este argumento. Esto tendría sentido si una de las ramas estaban interfiriendo con el otro, pero el uso de la separación de poderes para argumentar a favor de no trabajar juntos desde luego no es la construcción de un camino para un gobierno estable, que funciona con éxito. La separación de poderes entre la rama legislativa y ejecutiva en el gobierno local tiene su lugar, pero también hay un lugar para la comunicación y la interacción eficaz para el mayor beneficio de nuestra ciudad. Aunque las reuniones privadas pueden ser programados en las próximas semanas, hay algo que decir para el discurso público. No podemos seguir actuando como entidades completamente independientes sin repercusiones graves.

The application to apply for a position on the Human Relations Commission, relative to the Anti-Discrimination Ordinance, is now on our city website. Here is the link application to apply: http://wilkes-barre.city/wp-cont…/uploads/…/03/boardsApp.pdf

You can check the line next to the blank space and write "Human Relations Commission". Then proceed to fill out the rest of the application

Anyone who wishes to apply can do so by printing out the volunteer form, completing it and return to the City Clerk's office by physically dropping it off in the office, e-mailing it or sending it through the U.S. Mail. The City Clerk's office is located on the fourth floor of City Hall at 40 East Market Street.
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La aplicación para solicitar un puesto en la Comisión de Relaciones Humanas, en relación con la Ordenanza contra la Discriminación, ahora está en nuestra página web de la ciudad. Aquí está el enlace de aplicación para aplicar: http://wilkes-barre.city/wp-cont…/uploads/…/03/boardsApp.pdf

Puede comprobar la línea al lado del espacio en blanco y escribir "Comisión de Relaciones Humanas". A continuación, proceder a rellenar el resto de la aplicación

Cualquier persona que desee solicitar puede hacerlo imprimiendo la forma de voluntario, completarlo y el regreso a la oficina del Secretario de la Ciudad llevándolo personalmente en la oficina, enviarlo por correo electrónico o enviarlo a través del correo de U.S. Mail. La oficina del Secretario de la Ciudad se encuentra en el cuarto piso del Ayuntamiento a las 40 East Market Street.

-Beth has been working on cleaning up and community projects long before she took a seat on city council from pot holes, garbage infested properties, front porches filled with old furniture, old televisions, etc. She still continues her own cleanups and also has teamed up with Restored Church who has become a valuable asset to our community. 

-Has been gathering information from residents and compiling information on commercial properties that are in violations with zoning. It's imperative our zoning office is notified on these so they can be handled in the proper way.

We have businesses that have been here and new businesses that operate by the rules in residential neighborhoods and a few that won't adhere to those rules. It's unfair to the neighbors.

-Attends everything I can that will offer training to better serve my local government  as your elected official.

-Has gone to every event, memorial, parade, meeting, etc to represent our city in a positive manner.

 

-Has utilized Social Media (Facebook) from the start but also used Twitter and Instagram before they became became popular encouraging other elected officials to do the same by an editorial she wrote in both newspapers on 03/31/16.

  February 01, 2015

-She had first Virtual Q&A Video during her campaign and was first council to introduce Virtual Q&A Videos and the only to do so to the present.

June, 2015

-Beth advocated in Harrisburg to increase PHEAA GRANT FUNDING. 

July 23, 2015

-She was approached and guided residents with problems on streets thru several procedures with city council and thru Traffic Committee ending with success on 9/03/2015 with the first one.

August 15, 2015

-Although Beth had been following the problems leading up to this, she starting addressing concerns about GAR Jr. Sr. High School being implemented into the new program whatever it might be with the WBA School District.

September 08, 2015

 -She discovered junk vehicle problems so extreme in Wilkes-Barre City, she addressed it at a city council meeting in May, 2015. Keep America Beautiful "Cars to Donate" program was brought into Wilkes-Barre because her hard working efforts to clean these properties up. 

October 15, 2015

-Beth was named Youth Ambassador for NEPA Chapter of Pennsylvania Credit Unions.

 

October 20, 2015

-Met Dee Culp and spoke about putting together a LGBT RIGHTS ordinance. They would end up doing so over the next 10 months researching other cities and implementing what they thought should also be in place. 

December 04, 2015

-Started the first Heights-Mayflower Residents Association.

January 15, 2016

-Brings back Wilkes-Barre City Junior Council for junior/senior students in WBA School District.

-JANUARY 26, 2016

Council urges mayor to attend council meetings. 

-Seat on the  Diamond City Partnership Board to help continue improvements downtown.

-When issue of new city solicitor was introduced , she actually took time to meet and talk with them on qualifications to make sure city would have what was best match.

April,  2015 -2016

- Beth advocated again for INCREASED PHEAA GRANT FUNDING.

February 13, 2016

-When an increase in taxes was introduced, she not only voted against a tax hike but also released a press release on suggestions that might help eliminate some of the shortfall.

February 23, 2016 

-After it is brought to City Council's attention from a businesswoman  in Scranton, Beth brings the Quality of Life Ordinance up to be looked into for our city. It will not be her last time. She continues to bring it up at many meetings and works along with the rest of council to get this accomplished.

February 26, 2016

-Still working on murals for Mayflower Park to make it more kid friendly thru G A R Art Class. Checking back to see where it stands on time for the fall. Started early in February. Went thru Mayor's Office first, then WBA Superintendent and WBA Circular Director. Received word from Art Dept May 03. Must contact again for progress on dates.

February, 2016

-Councilwoman Gilbert advocated for the credit union movement in Washington D.C.

March 03, 2016

-Teamed  up with Councilman Brooks, Arron Kauffer, Kevin Plains,Ryan Pipan and Cindy Piatt-Roades are working on the first Skate Park in Wyoming Valley.

March 20, 2016

-Working with others to decriminalize marijuana.

 

March 30, 2016

-She is the only current council that holds Town Hall Meetings.

April 07, 2016

-Doesn't want or appoint board members who aren't qualified. 

 

-She fights against privatizing EMS services and does a press release to all of the media.

April 15, 2016

-Long before council  and when she took seat on council, she was the first one on new council to advocate for Wilkes University and Kings College to increase their PILOT to help our city budget. They came through to help when needed.

April 19, 2016

-Voiced concerns along with the rest of the council when bank was to be switched to FNCB. Councilman Barrett pulled it from agenda for RFP because of all complaints council was getting. Beth was very concerned with other problems that FNCB had over the years and did extensive research on this part of it over the next few weeks. She became the most vocal on council against this bank and was finally voted on  July 14, 2016.

May 10, 2016

-She worked with city IT to bring Wilkes-Barre City Council Meetings online for first time.

May 12, 2016

-Works with city residents to help guide them in the right direction on the process of purchasing land that is next to their homes owned by the city.

May 13, 2016

-Supported a resolution that Councilman Barrett proposed for a hearing to appoint a Supreme Court Judge.It was a good faith resolution.We as a city need to get Wilkes-Barre noticed in a good way. We cannot any longer be known for the bad only. We must make a name for good. The resolution is passed with a 4-1 vote with some minimal negativety. Yes, council is here for Wilkes-Barre but we are failing if we cannot go beyond that border. 

May 24, 2016

-Released a press release requesting school board to reconsider their decision on the cut on programs in the schools.

May 27, 2016

-Created a resolution opposing school district cuts because of the hardships of students, teachers and the economic effect on home values in our city. 

JUNE 21, 2016

-Made Facebook page bilinual to help accomodate our Spanish residents who may speak English but have some difficulty reading to make it more welcoming to them. They are involved in helping our community and she wants them to feel accepted as part of it. She is the first to do this. 

 

AUGUST 02,  2016

-After meetings, phone calls, adjustments, etc Dee Culp and Councilwoman Gilbert's hard work is not finished.Gilbert is introducing an LGBT Anti-Discrimination  Ordinance next week during the city council work session on August 09, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Council will vote on Thursday, August 11, 2016. A second vote will take place at the next council council meeting for the ordinance to take effect.

AUGUST 11, 2016

-LGBT Anti-Discrimanation Ordinance passes first vote 5-0! 

-Councilwoman Gilbert votes No against

new appointment on Zoning Board.

-Councilwoman Gilbert votes No against 

Joyce Insurance.

AUGUST 17, 2016

-Attends Zoning Meeting for Kistler Expansion. After listening to both sides, she feels the zoning board could have had the neighborhood impact analysis completed to give the residents of south Wilkes-Barre peace of mind. They at best deserve to know this...

AUGUST 19, 2016

- Thanks to the efforts of Councilwoman Beth Gilbert and IT Lou Lau video of W-B City Council Meetings are finally up online. First meeting up is August 11, 2016. 

AUGUST 26, 2016

-Councilwoman Beth Gilbert will be hosting a Community Roundtable on September 28th at 7:00 PM at Wilkes University. It will be a discussion involving government officials, religious leaders, community leaders, and other residents active in our community. It is an open forum focusing on issues of community, inclusion, community policing, and diversity in Wilkes-Barre. She was first approached in early July by a resident, Robert Collins Jr., to see what city officials can do to open up a discussion involving these specific issues in our community. Both Robert and Gilbert have been working together to make this event possible. The final list of participants will be released in the coming weeks.

September 8, 2016 

-I am thrilled to see 167-169 Almond Lane nearly gone! When I was approached by Mayor George to help choose homes for demolition this year, I knew this one had to go. It has been an eyesore for years, and our neighborhood will be undoubtedly improved thanks to this demolition.

COUNCILWOMAN GILBERT

 

Septempter 12, 2016

 

-After years of watching this house sitting in its decrepit state, I am happy to finally say that 57 Taft St is gone! Thank you, Jim Burden, for bringing much needed attention to this home over the years and for keeping up a good fight. 

-JIM BURDEN'S FACEBOOK

 

-Finally 57 Taft is no more it took me years of fighting with city hall but my fight is over thank God. I like to give Thanks to Newly elected councilwomen Beth Gilbert for jumping in and helping me get this house down l thank you and the rest of taft St. Thank you. Ihope the rest ofthe city see what you are doing for our city in only 9 mo. You have done more then most have done in 4 yrs some in 8 yrs & more keep up the great job your doing people are talking.

September 14, 2016

-Councilwoman Gilbert was extremely happy to see 312 East Northampton Street finally cleaned up. It was cleaned up slightly a few weeks ago by summer help after

repeated requests by Gilbert at city council meetings,emails/messages she sent since the fire last year among numerous other complaints by neighbors. W-B City also cited the owner numerous times which resulted in fines.  The house is scheduled to be demolished but no date has been set yet.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2016

-Wilkes-Barre City Junior Council is sworn in tonight. This is the first group sworn in since Councilwoman Gilbert has reinstated the junior council. 

- The second vote for LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance is passed with all of council voting in favor of the ordinance. Thank you Councilwoman Gilbert and Dee Culp for all your hard work. Thank you to the rest of the council and to Mayor George for supporting this vote. A special thank you to those that came out to speak at the council meetings for the first time. You had many of us in tears. 

-SEPTEMBER 28, 2016

Councilwoman Gilbert hosts the first Community Roundtable with the help of Robert Collins at Wilkes University. They plan on having more Community Roundtable discussions and thank the panel for their time to discuss and explore solutions to help our community. Also thank you to Wilkes University for setting up  and for making sure everything ran smoothly.  Another step towards progress.

-NOVEMBER 07, 2016

Councilwoman Gilbert releases some options to budget proposal due to tax increase proposal in a letter on social media.

NOVEMBER 18, 2016

Councilwoman Gilbert posts about Solomon Creek Project. She believes the project needs to be completed for the safety of the residents. She was also concerned where, who, etc were doing the project. How much and where we were getting the money ? Questions others should be asking also. They were not answered without sarcasm and delay. She feels this needs to change drastically. 

DECEMBER 07, 2016

Councilwoman Gilbert  again releases the same letter on the budget to get support.

DECEMBER 08, 2016

Councilwoman Gilbert questions Trans-Med License, also Policeman Myers  speaks at city council regarding Chief Lendacky.  This was brought up several times . Once back in the beginning of 2016 at another city council meeting by another city resident regarding leaks in the department involving Lendacky to a social media page.  Gilbert then said if there was evidence it should be investigated by a third party. It never was. Myers said this information he spoke about was handed to administration the week of Thanksgiving and they never received any kind of response. Gilbert questioned why no one responded. No one answered her.  

DECEMBER 15, 2016

After Councilwoman Gilbert completes her reading of the PBA 102 page survey report she felt an investigation may be warranted for issues of safety for residents and our officers. 

DECEMBER 16, 2016

TIMES LEADER AND CITIZENS VOICE

run  articles in their papers regarding PBA  complaints and Gilbert requesting

an investigation.

-December 08, 2016 

Officially accepted into George Washington University. I will be pursuing my  Masters of Professional ​

Management in Political Science beginning  in January. I will be completing the majority of  it on line.

January 04, 2017

Councilwoman Gilbert is sworn in as Chairwoman for Wilkes-Barre City Council. Councilman Brooks is sworn in as co-chair.

She continues to work on the decriminalization of marijuana ,  Quality of Life Ordinance, Skate Park

-Working on multiple other problems to be corrected in near future.

-Worked on countless properties and continue to do so with current administration to address blight and problem properties every day thru emails, phone calls, house calls, meetings, etc. If we all work together we can bring Wilkes-Barre City back again.

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