Mayor Nutter plans to appoint panel to investigate L&I

Inspectors surveyed the collapse site yesterday. Rikard Larma/METRo
Rikard Larma/METRo

Mayor Michael Nutter plans to appoint an investigative panel to review the entire Department of Licenses and Inspections, officials said.

On Tuesday, City Treasurer Nancy Winkler and her husband, John Bryan, called for the city to convene a blue ribbon panel to investigate L&I in the hopes of preventing another tragedy similar to the June 5 Market Street building collapse which killed their daughter, 24-year-old Anne Bryan.

The family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the building owner, his demolition contractor and subcontractor, the equipment operator and the Salvation Army, among others.

Mark McDonald, Nutter’s press secretary, said Nutter “had already had been thinking of appointing such a panel.”

While McDonald said he doesn’t expect the mayor to use the term “blue ribbon,” Nutter does plan to gather a group to evaluate L&I’s policy, procedure, structure and training.

“Appointing the panel is imminent,” McDonald said.

Winkler also requested the site of the building collapse be converted into a memorial to the six killed and 13 injured.

McDonald said the mayor thinks the idea of “adding a memorial of some kind” at 22nd and Market Streets is  “a very worthy one.”

“Having said that, I would note that it is private property and it is owned by the Salvation Army and the city doesn’t have control of it, and that property and those parties are involved in civil litigation and there is a criminal investigation into it also,” McDonald said. “So, at this point it’s all rather problematic on the citing of a memorial there but the concept the mayor certainly strongly approves of and strongly supports the family and that idea.”

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