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WILKES-BARRE – The city on Monday canceled three cellphones that were utilized by Department of Public Works employees, with more cancellations to come in the ensuing weeks, Administrative Coordinator Drew McLaughlin said.

McLaughlin said phones assigned to Kevin Egroff, a mechanic, and P.J. Graham and Tim Pearce, both drivers, were discontinued.

Egroff was the top user of cellphone minutes of all city employees through September, according to a Times Leader analysis of phone records. City officials said they had flagged his use as being excessive given his job title.

McLaughlin said the phone cancellations are part of an overall plan to discontinue the city's cellphone plan in lieu of paying stipends to workers who use their personal phones.

The cancellations reduce the number of phones currently in use from 60 to 57. Additional phone cancellations are coming, but it will take some time to implement the changeover completely, he said.

Meeting today

The city has scheduled a special meeting for 5:30 p.m. today to vote on the second reading of an ordinance to issue just more than $5 million in bonds to fund construction projects that are part of a contract with Johnson Control. City officials said the project will improve energy efficiency in various infrastructures and is expected to save about $2.9 million in utility costs over 20 years.

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