When Fegley, council’s most vocal critic, stood to address council earlier in the meeting, he told council members “you’re all a bunch of sell-outs” and called them “a bum City Council.”
Fegley criticized the financing of the city’s deal with Delta Thermo Energy to build a waste-to-energy plant in Allentown, which he called an incinerator. He said Reading’s City Council rejected a bid by Delta Thermo to build a similar plant in that city.
He said Allentown is going to look like “a bunch of horses’ -----, because we’re going to burn our trash for over $100 a ton. Easton will pay $40. People will laugh at us.”
Fegley told them they could speak up and stop the project, but: “You have all decided that you can just zip your lips up and not say anything to us. You’re useless, is basically what you’re saying to us.
“The fact that you remain silent scares the ---- out of me.”
Eichenwald, who was one of only two council members who opposed the Delta Thermo project, said in nearly four years “Delta Thermo has not sold this to any other city but Allentown. You don’t have to be a business guru to recognize there has to be something fundamentally wrong with this process.
“It is incomprehensible that the City Council of Allentown voted for this.”
No one on council expressed any objection to Fegley’s language.
But council member Joe Davis did object later, when Heffentrager blurted out “come on” from his seat when Davis was asking a question.
“Do you mind if I say something?” asked Davis. “Do I interrupt you when you talk? Let me ask my question. You don’t even know what my question is.”
Said Guridy: “Please, let’s keep it courteous.”
Also during the meeting:
• Council approved plans to install a connector bridge over Church Street, an alley between Hamilton and Linden streets. The 18-foot-high pedestrian bridge will link apartments in the Four City Center building being built at 27 N. 7th St. with the Linden Parking Garage. The bridge will be 28 feet long.
• East Allentown resident Dennis Pearson asked the city to do something about a home at 404 N. Jerome St. He said the house was damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, but still has not been repaired. “This is an eyesore on our community,” said Pearson.
• After a lengthy discussion, council decided to wait until its next meeting to vote on a resolution that would authorize the city to apply to the state Department of Community and Economic Development for a Keystone Community designation. That designation would improve Allentown’s ability to win state grants for center-city projects, by having several of its neighborhood groups working together. Council members decided they want to learn more about the Keystone Community designation before voting on the resolution.