"How much we've changed in less than two decades?"
Below you will find minutes from a council meeting from 1993. Maybe it's time Painesville went back to the future.
UTILITIES AND SERVICES COMITTEE
MONDAY - MAY 3, 1993- 7 :00 pm
The meeting was called to order by Utilities and Services Committee Chairman Joseph Hada, and the council convened in a special meeting at 7:00 PM in Council Chambers. The following were present: John Clair, Abby DelaMotte, Ron Graham, Lillian Kerestman, Gregory Klucher, Wendell Walker, Joseph Hada, City Manager Lester Nero, Finance Director David Miller, City Engineer/Service Director Gary Paine and Clerk of Council Shirley Onderisin.
Mr. Hada noted that bids were taken recently on the City's refuse collection system in an effort to obtain the best possible rate for our customers. He asked City Engineer Gary Paine to elaborate.
Mr. Paine explained, in taking bids, three levels of service we looked at were a bag and toter systems, and the current unlimited service. All levels included all bulk items, including refrigerant items such as refrigerators and dehumidifiers at no extra charge. This also includes yard waste until December 1,1993, when it will no longer be accepted at the landfill. Recycling will likewise cost nothing additional, as money will be available from the County through the 592 Board. Under the new system, billing would be done by the hauler, instead of the city. They would bill quarterly in advance, with the customers notifying the hauler of their choice of level of service. Delinquencies over 90 days old will be submitted to the Finance Director for follow-up twice a year. Code section 955 is still in effect and will be coordinated and enforced by the Public Service Department.
The City will save $19,000 by going with the County for recycling, but the downside is the contractor may or may not pick up on the same day as the customer's regular pick-up. The Cities of Mentor and Eastlake will not be joining the County's program, which is a three year contract.
For those who choose the bag system, the bags will be available for purchase at City Hall, and each Ward in the city will have a convenience store that will sell them.
Mr. Paine noted the bids will have to be analyzed to determine the best deal.
Mr. Hada said he believes we should go with the tiered system, based on consumption, because it's fair to both the large families and single residents, and it gets us away from the mandatory requirement.
Mr. Paine noted he had received a call from Anthony Torre, who commended City Council for going with this system, which he supports wholeheartedly.
There were no further comments. Motion by Mr. Clair, seconded by Mr. Graham, that the meeting be adjourned. All members agreed. The meeting adjourned at 7:30 PM.
Shirley A. Onderisin CMC Joseph Hada Jr.
So it appears less then twenty-years ago everyone was in the loop. So what happened in that span of time to turn everything over to the City Manager and Why?
Time is now for Council to take some responsibility.