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LAG contract suspension upheld

January 16. 2014 6:29PM

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WILKES-BARRE — An arbitrator upheld the city of Wilkes-Barre’s decision to suspend the contract of LAG Transport Inc. last year after criminal charges were filed against its owner Leo A. Glodzik III.

After the closed-door hearing was held on Jan. 9 at city hall arbitrator attorney Lewis Wetzel determined that the city’s suspension shall stand pending final disposition of Glodzik’s criminal case in Luzerne County Court. Anything other than a full acquittal is grounds for termination.

In a prepared statement Mayor Tom Leighton said that a premature suspension of this contract based on public opinion concerning contract violations would have resulted in substantial payments to the contractor for his loss of income.

“We completed a thorough investigation in the best interest of the City of Wilkes-Barre,” Leighton said. “I made the decision to suspend the contract at the appropriate time when I was certain it would be upheld by the arbitrator.”

“If I had succumbed to the public’s pressure to suspend the contract any earlier, the arbitrator most likely would not have upheld the decision and the city would have suffered a financial loss as a result,” stated Mayor Leighton.

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