My column today documents a “walk-through” tour of a restaurant that does not exist. Read it here, and note this pair of paragraphs in particular:

In October, the administration said it cost the county about $100,000 to shape up the 1,511-square foot Charl-Mont space for lease, including the cost of installing bathrooms. There were no toilets on Tuesday.

I asked whether there were any costs over what was reported in October. I was told to file a Right to Know Law request for the information. Majewski, 47, of Old Forge, will pay the county $1,500 a month to lease the space. He will fund the restaurant and its equipment and inventory from his own pocket.

I get suspicious when officials make me file an RTK request, so this morning I filed two;

  1. Please provide any and all records related to renovation of the space to be occupied by the Charl-Mont restaurant at the Lackawanna County Government Center, including but not limited to receipts, invoices, change orders and lease and vendor agreements.
  2. Please provide any and all records related to renovation of the Lackawanna County Government Center at the Globe, including but not limited to receipts, invoices, change orders and lease and vendor agreements. This request is separate from my request for records related specifically to the space that will be occupied by the Charl-Mont restaurant.  

I split the requests because gathering the records for the smaller space should be relatively easy. The process for records for the whole building could be more time-consuming. Either way, the administration has five business days to respond.

Meanwhile, it turns out Gino Majewski‘s legal first name is Eugene. The guy the county is counting on to operate the new Charl-Mont has a “colorful” past in the court system, including a case that remains open.

We’re working on that. Check back for updates.