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Court proceeding held in Hbg. bankruptcy filing

The first court proceeding in Harrisburg’s Chapter 9 municipal bankruptcy filing was held today.

The status conference requested by Mayor Linda Thompson did little more than reaffirm that the commonwealth, Dauphin County and the mayor — virtually everyone other than the four members of the City Council who filed — want the federal court to dismiss the bankruptcy petition.

The council on Tuesday hired Montgomery County attorney Mark Schwartz and passed a second resolution to file the petition with the Harrisburg court.

Judge Mary France set an Oct. 28 deadline for objections to be filed with the court. A hearing on the legality of the petition will be held Nov. 23 in Harrisburg.

The commonwealth, the county and Thomson have argued the filing was illegal. Schwartz has said the governing body, which he defines as the council, is allowed to file without the mayor’s approval.

The commonwealth and county have argued that the state’s fiscal code takes away bankruptcy filings before July 1.

Mediation also has been discussed between the city and interested parties. The scope of the mediation is unknown.

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