TOW TRUCK operator Leo Glodzik is now unequivocally on the hook. Wilkes-Barre Mayor Tom Leighton and City council should give him a clear, quick and unequivocal edict: Explain this weekend’s debacle immediately or lose the city towing contract.
If the ultimatum hasn’t already been issued, it should be done today.
It seems highly doubtful there can be any acceptable explanation, but Glodzik deserves a brief chance to give one. Here’s the synopsis, as explained on page 1A of Sunday’s edition of The Times Leader:
Last year, questions arose regarding Glodzik’s billing tactics — in particular, several people claimed he had billed for “storage” after towing a car that had been stolen and recovered — a clear violation of his contract with the city.
City Resident Natalie Aleo contends Glodzik told her during a phone call in January that she would have to pay him nearly $2,000 in towing and storage fees for a car stolen last December, a claim Glodzik denies.
In a Jan. 24 interview, Glodzik told Times Leader reporter Terrie Morgan Besecker that he had already taken Aleo’s car to a scrapyard to be salvaged. Morgan Besecker looked into it, and learned the state Department of Transportation had no record of a salvage title being issued for Aleo’s vehicle, as would be legally required if he had done as he claimed.
On Friday evening, Glodzik called Aleo and offered to tow the car to her home at no charge. “He said there was a piece in the paper,” Aleo recounted, apparently referring to a letter to the editor in Thursday’s Times Leader, “and he’s tired of it.”
Glodzik declined comment when contacted Saturday.
All of which creates the proverbial no-brainer for Leighton and City Council: Tell Glodzik he must provide a satisfactory explanation immediately —by the end of this week at the latest — or the contract is terminated.
It would have to be a heck of an explanation. Serious questions about Glodzik’s business practices have bubbled up for many months. Council has asked for documents and answers, but never received any satisfactory responses. Until now, there’s been enough gray in the debate to justify delaying contract termination. That is no longer true.
Only three explanations come to mind: Glodzik lied about taking Aleo’s car to a scrapyard, or he did but managed to skirt the legal requirement for a salvage title, or he took it to some shady salvage yard that operates outside the law, then got it back.
Unless Glodzik comes up with a fourth alternative that makes sense, It is time for the city to bag LAG.