"PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER" patti smith
A REMINDER TODAY SEPTEMBER 27,2016 6:30 PM IS ANOTHER 'GET THE CONVERSATION STARTED' AT HARVEY HIGH THE MEETING IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
The people have the power
To redeem the work of fools
Someone asked me yesterday if I felt vindicated over the Newsnet5 story?
No, although myself and many others have been warning resident's of this coming problem people knowing about it doesn't solve it. A short TV news spot that will soon be forgotten and it will be back to business as usual.
I once asked former councilman Andy Flock what was wrong with the council, the administration and even the people to let this get out of hand?
Andy surmised that until this problem hits resident's in their wallet's or pocketbook's don't expect much. A council unthreatened by loss of an election as well as an administration that seems isolated from the problem feels also unthreatened.
Simply said we are at the mercy of the administration. How many different electric prices are there in Painesville? With the way Painesville operates resident's might bear the burden of high electric costs subsidizing businesses in town? First the main reason Airfoil has a plant in Painesville was due to Painesville's low electric pricing. Well the way Painesville can operate a electric utility they can charge whomever whatever they want. This situation will only worsen. The major power contracts the city is involved in with AMP-OHIO show no relief in the future. PSEC, Ohio River Hydro, as well as another very high contract not to expire until 2020. Let's not even mention the 2.1 million fiasco we paid in stranded costs for Meigs County. WE paid our money! Painesville has no money, the only money they have is collected from us.
PCA was described as power purchased over what our own plant produces. In truth the whole electric cost including streetlights are purchased elsewhere. Painesville I believe operated it's plant at less than five weeks this year. (Peak Shaving) Hell, the administration can't even be honest about that. We are always on 'standby''? So run the plant? Why bother the city is already committed to all these power contracts and would be obligated to honor them.
This problem didn't start yesterday actually it came to Painesville in 2007. Only now we see what happened. Back then we were told over and over we need coal generating plant's to provide 'Base' power. This was a time before wind, solar even gas. Cracking was just beginning to produce power. Could Peabody as well as AMP-OHIO see the handwriting on the wall? Deciding to make a final stand for coal? People question if these contract's came with a 'kickback? Well if there was no kickback then was it promoted by imbecile's. 50 year contract's "Take or Pay contracts". The people that were the main proponent's in this were city manager Rita McMahon and Council-President Joseph Hada. They promoted the council votes. What this council doesn't want anyone held responsible? Just shut up and pay your bill!
The first thing the administration as well as the electric director must decide is who's side are they on? Get out of bed with AMP-OHIO and get on the side of Painesville resident's! Join with other communities and fight this theft.
There is no one presently fighting for you. It's past time to get the ball rolling. Soon between the school's and electric bills your investment in your homes will be worthless!
Until you let council know you will not but up with inaction on this matter the sooner something will happen. It's about time some of you get as angry about this as I am!
I failed to mention the City approved the purchase of two columbarium each holding 48 niches. Both will be at Evergreen Cemetery.
Home sales PCLSD
242 Avery Terrace $50,000
243 S. St. Clair $89,500
58 Lincoln Blvd. $147,000
872 Homewood Ave. $98,000
634 Beacon Dr. $125,000