Sunday, August 28, 2016

"EVEN THE LOSERS" tom petty & the heartbreakers



Baby even the losers get lucky some times
Even the losers keep a little bit of pride.


As some of you are already aware I'm not a big fan of city employee's along with not thinking much of the city administration. This is the perfect storm for me.

With all the hubbub of the city manager's resignation  I completely forgot about the Painesville Service Department employee that was ceremonial fired by the leadership of department heads and acting city manager Doug Lewis. Rest assuredly  he didn't receive a $171,000.00 good-by package.

So knowing the administration wouldn't discuss this with me (in litigation).along with the fired employee told not to speak to anyone it left me to find out some facts on the case from people close to the situation without using their names or positions.

First question is he going to fight the discharge? Yes he is. All this the first step is an arbitration  board
now I am not aware of what kind of setup the city and their unions have but I might guess three from management and three from labor.

What I have learned? The city already has three strikes against them?

It will be asked and answered was this dumping material behind the power plant practiced in the past? The city could admit to it as well as a city employee telling the arbitrators it was.
Had the crew finished the jobs assigned to them that day? Had anyone been reprimanded for overtime violation for say dumping extra asphalt on say Lynch Ave.?   Strike ONE!

Was the employee fired a union steward? Unions hold a special spot in their heart's for unpaid union representation. Believe me it's a thankless job and puts you in uncomfortable situations, along with the thought of management if we can so easily get rid of him. Youall better get with the program. This fact will be important to all arbitrator's. There are times either side needs help, this one is easy.
Strike TWO!

Now I've been told this fired employee has worked for the city for 27 years? It took you people 27 years to figure out you want to fire him?
Strike THREE!

Was any thief involved? any Immoral issue? just two wheel barrel loads of asphalt?

Now the executive director lives in Warren, Ohio and is provided a city vehicle because he's on call? On call two hours away? The other director lives in Mayfield Hts. and also receives a city vehicle for the same reason. Hope the fill out the correct boxes on their W-2 forms? Can we say special treatment?

What if the employee wins/? ATM Ain't Their Money! a public company would not enter into a situation like this , to easy to lose and the company bottom line might suffer.

This service department seems to have an abnormal amount of problems two recently hired city mechanics quit to work for other municipalities? How's that brine salting project going to work better this year? FYI that street sweeper causes more dirt than it picks up. Only three employee's can operate Vactor? Seems like another violation of union contract?

One director estimated a new water line and crib into Lake Erie at 10 million dollars? Now 14.9 million what was he using to estimate? Question; should he be reprimanded?

I hope this employee gets every dime he can out of the city. Harsh? Well after all this employee is going through he filed for unemployment benefits, In true Painesville fashion Painesville denied his claim?  That takes the cake.

Is it me or does the City seem somewhat Bi-Polar on treating employee's

If the facts in this case are the way they are both parties should agree to reinstatement. Along with putting all this behind them. But that's just me.

I'd like to here the thought of resident's.


I was thinking to myself "wondered how long before Obamacare got blamed for the EpiPen fiasco? Yesterday FOXNEWS answered that question. It isn't the middlemen, greed of Mylan no it's Obamacare..... How can I verify this?

No what you do is check what a single pay socialized system like Canada. Well those commies have limited the price to Chinooks to $120.00 no $600.00 oh, and Mylan doesn't sell it in Canada Pfizer is licensed to sell it there? 

Let's make America Great Again! Oh, those hat's are made by Mexicans some illegally here in California!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

"ISN'T LIFE STRANGE moody blues



Can read like before
Can we ask for more


This morning I was sitting on a park bench next to a homeless man. I started a conversation by asking him how he ended up this way.

He said "Up until last week, I still had it all. I had plenty to eat, my clothes were washed and pressed. I had a roof over my head, I had TV and internet, I went to the gym, the pool as well as the library. I was working on my MBA on-line. I had no bills as well as no debt. I even had full medical coverage.

I felt sorry for him, so I asked, "What happened? Drugs? Alcohol? Gambling? Divorce?"



"Oh no, nothing like that." he said "No, no. I got out of prison."




Anyone  want to take a stab at what the mood is like today in the Cruz, Rubio, Kasich and Bush households?

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

"HEARD IT ON THE RADIO" donna summers



But they said it real loud
They said it on the air

The headline read;

PAINESVILLE

Council makes decision about Channel 12

Council woman Katie Jenkins suggested the possibility of Channel 12 going dark. Council proceeded with councilwoman Jenkins suggestion  to make DVD recordings and setting up a system with Morley Library for resident's to view council meetings.

A Painesville resident emailed councilwoman Jenkins with a brief statement that  came down to "are you kidding?"  Katie responded and her response was forwarded to me.

I'll keep councilwoman Jenkins response short. We have no idea how many people in Painesville subscribe to Time-Warner and how many of those watch Channel 12 and the council meeting?

Well Mrs. Jenkins you have a point. But looking back how many council meetings weren't broadcast? How many had no sound? How many had a small picture on a Black background? If anyone had any intention to kill off viewer's from watching something council could write the book.

Now yes council had discussions but with no input from resident's? Why? Many people believe the goal is to not let residents hear and see what goes on a council meeting? DVD how many Seniors or resident's have DVD player's? It's a fair estimate that many don't have computers? How will the senior get to the library?

Look it's called a Public Assess for a reason. Mentor, Willoughby anybody else do this through a library? No but council can fund DPO with another frivolous $6000 to do what with. Or another $1,400 a month to the Senior Center without oversight. But keeping something in operation you directly have control over, not so much.

If you people on council realized how suspiciously  you are viewed by residents I believe it would shock you.

I very inexpensive solution might be to have council meetings in the Dillard Media Center at Harvey? Professional setting new equipment and residents realizing viewing or hearing a council meeting doesn't mean a trip to the Library? All this considering Painesville to this date does not have a council chamber?

Let's talk about electric cost?

In a previous post I mentioned our power factor? Very dull stuff. .060219 in April to .063094 in August. This along with the number of day's you receive power makes for a confusing invoice?

Now we have all heard the tale of boiling a frog by raising the temperature of the water slowly and the frog never noticing he was boiling to death? So what does that have to do with the PCA?

Well lets say in April you used 1251 kw of electricity at .060219 your electric bill would have been

$85.42 electric rate
$75.33 PCA  for an electric bill of  $160.75 plus tax

Now lets say in April you used 1251 kw of electricity at .063094 your electric bill would have been

$85.42 electric rate
$78.93 PCA  for an electric bill of  $164.35 plus tax          

Just a small increase of what $3.60 who will notice? Wonder when and where it will stop?

ALSO:

Bowling Green Conference
Thursday August 25, 2016

GEO Survey of Solar Electricity Across Ohio
Bowling Green/AMP 20 MW Solar project
Solar, Battery Storage & Community Solar in Ohio

Wonder if Painesville will be represented? Hell, we already have a Battery Storage Building and whatever happened to those windmills in Perry? 


Hell of a flood in Louisiana? Keep burning that   'clean coal' more water to follow!

Friday, August 19, 2016

"SQUEEZE BOX' the who

ATTENTION:  MONDAY AUGUST 22, 2016

THIS EVENING AT 6:00 PM AT CITY HALL THERE WILL BE A

TOWN HALL MEETING AT CITY HALL  BY COUNCILMAN DELEONE AND COUNCILWOMAN SHOOP WITH GUEST COUNTY COMMISSIONER JUDY MORAN.

AS ALWAYS IT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AND IT APPEARS IN A SETTING SUCH AS THIS RESIDENTS VOICE CONCERNS IN NOT AN OFFICIAL SETTTING AS  IN A COUNCIL MEETING. THINGS SEEM TO BE HEARD


There's no escape from the music
in the whole damn street


Well it's a slow Thursday night ah, Zoning Meeting tonight. Wonder what's up?

First a couple wanted to add a sun room to the rear of their house to be built on the deck? Didn't know you had to have a permit to add a room? No, you never got a permit to even build the deck? Well you can't build the room on top of the deck.  your in violation of many codes including setbacks as well as structures are not allowed on decks. But if you teardown the deck you can have a 12' X 12' room addition. Will that work for you? Very accommodating bunch that will work with you.

As at most zoning meetings there is always at least one request from Entitlement Height ( Heisley Park)  Rarely a meeting goes by without a request for a shed, swimming pool, deck and even fences.
Last night was driveway night. Residents who want to expand their driveways from the sixteen feet they have now. To basically a three car wide driveway. See as families grow so do the number of vehicles. This along with only thirty feet of frontage makes for a short driveway. Along with a city ordinance that limits driveway's to forty feet of frontage creates a problem.

Plus the narrow streets in HP limits on street parking. Look I understand the need as well as understand giving the variance. What seems to me to be the problem is the R2 multi-family zoning that causes everything from driveways to sheds pools decks whatever. Just think all these issues could pretty much have been resolved with an R1 (75) zoning. But as attorney Lyons explained to me if the city would have held the builder to R1 maybe the people living there wouldn't be able to afford their homes? As the development never being built.

He is correct but who should the city look out for? The resident's who will live there or the builder who wants to shoehorn every last house into that development? Maybe potential buyers were looking for a larger lot size and bought elsewhere. Just think Mr. Lyons maybe a good eight out of ten request might have been avoided? Although I see HP as Liberty Greens a very nice neighborhoods sometimes it appears someone wants to put a size eight foot into a size six shoe?

I predict Painesville will never build another house as an R1 (75) again and for sure now that council has approved a R1 (60).

As well as a word to the wise never bring a host of pictures of nearby homes in HP that have done what you are requesting. See there's a good chance the city never approved of those additions and now they seem to show an interest in them. Most were probably accomplished by week-end warrior's!

Myself this mess should be turned over to the Planning Commission to sort out.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

" I COULD NOT ASK FOR MORE " sara evans


THIRTEEN DAYS SINCE LETTER PRESENTED TO ADMINISTRATION !

Looking in your eye

Seeing all I need


This is the letter I composed to all on council, the acting city manager and the law director.


August 14, 2016

 

An open letter to:

Painesville City Council

Painesville Administration

Painesville Law Director

 

The intent of this letter under the Freedom of Information Act is to better understand the reasoning for former City Manager Anthony Carson's resignation from his position. His reception of $171,541.91 (as an ending payment that included six months of salary, over $42,000 in vacation pay and over $62,000 in sickpay) makes one take pause. Now, in viewing the Painesville City Charter, I cannot see where this type of compensation is due to an employee that 'resigns', which then begs the question "...was this a resignation?". I believe city council has an obligation to the Painesville taxpayers exactly how the council arrived at these numbers.  Where and how did our city fathers and mothers come to this decision on Mr. Carson's farewell payment?

I sometimes believe this council freely appropriates money from the city general fund to do with as they wish. Our city is guided by a Charter and the perception seems to be that we only go to it when it is convenient for council.

Whether it's an extra $1,400 a month for the Senior Center or increasing the city's obligation to the DPO to now a total of $28,000 - where is the oversight of the monies sent to these independent groups?

Now what I am requesting is all the contracts dealing with Mr. Carson from his starting date in July 2013 to the contract in effect when he resigned from the city. Please include all addendums as well as other payments such as annuities, ongoing education reimbursements, cell phone, vehicle expense, travel, paid professional license/association fees, life insurances or any other compensation negotiated and paid by the city.

The reason for this information is for a deeper understanding on my part of the process by which the city makes these decisions.

 

Thanking you in advance

Angelo A. Cimaglio

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

"NOTHIN' AT ALL" heart



I would feed myself on silence
Wash it down with empty nights


Much to-do about nothing last night.

I guess we are going to do with downtown whatever we were going to do?

Fire Chief got council to approve a $2.00 pay raise for part-time firefighters, the department has a high overtime amount.

Water Plant supervisor George Ginnis received an award from the Ohio EPA. Rest assured he will never receive and award for cost estimations? He told council the $10,000,000 project for a new line and crib into Lake Erie will cost $14,900,000 sorry George not even close. You have been I guess around AMP-OHIO to long.

A presentation on Prostrate Cancer was also on the agenda, some really scary numbers.

Shirley Ondersin-Fees was appointed to Civil Service Commission. to replace William Horvath who passed away last month.

Another member of the Civil Service Commission  Derick Conwell a Painesville resident as well as a police officer for another community. Told council when he applied for this position it was a volunteer position and members have sacrificed time for these meetings. Asking for a $50.00 a meeting payment?

Now not only member's of the Civil Service Commission, but also the Zoning and Planning Boards I know some of these people and they  spend more than just the hour at their Thursday night meeting some research is entailed in doing this for the city. I believe if you can give the DPO $28,000 for whatever, we could pay these citizens $50.00 a meeting. They are worth every penny.

Oh, that elephant in the room? What happened to Anthony Carson?  Rest assured I brought up his resignation pay as well as giving everyone on council a freedom of information letter wanting copies of Mr. Carson's contract from July 2013 to the present. The $171,541.91 they just looked at me and said nothing?I will post the letter on the blog. as to what I requested.

In closing council comment's councilman Fodor explained we are in the process of looking for a 'new' city manager. And the city is in capable hands. (note; Doug doesn't want the job)

To his credit councilman Tom Fitzgerald was the only one on council who thanked Mr. Carson for his service to the city.

Acting council-president Lori DiNallo made a somewhat strange closing comment. Telling us the city wants to keep the positive direction the city is headed... And assured department heads and employees they will find a CM who will treat them with dignity? Myself I would just me happy if they did their jobs. More assurance of how the vote went?

Deep from the bowels of the Golden Dome came this insight to me. If you want to know what happened to Carson follow the money on the parking garage demolition?  Well I know it's already over $50,000 bid price?

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Other News;

The Planning Commission was asked for approval of (3)  90 foot towers made of wood to be placed  on tree lawns.at E. Erie St. and Parklawn Ln.. another at Williams and Elm St. as well as a third  on Prospect St. near the post office.
These 90 foot telephone poles will be placed on the city tree lawn's? With PUCO authorization? Fine but why three so close together? Who will be served by these communication towers? Will keep you informed on the what and why if I find out. Three towers all in just the northend struck me as strange? Mrs. Shoop pay attention.

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As I was doing my part last week for my sacrifice for this country by keeping those employees at McDonald's on the job. I ordered my Big Mac fries and drink and went down to Veterans Park to enjoy my lunch. As I was eating I watched a man taking photographs of our Gazebo. After a few shots he wandered over to me and questioned if I lived here? Most of my life I told him. You have one of the most beautiful town squares and Gazebo around and I'm from out of state. He then asked me its almost impossible to take a photograph of the Gazebo without getting that port-a-potty in the picture?
You have any idea why that was done that way? Look I've been around here for close to 67 years sir,I'm amazed that they didn't put the port-a-potty INSIDE the Gazebo! See that building with the golden-dome they might have an answer. Guess I'll start eating my lunch down at Rec. Park?



Think I will take my own advise to Trump and go 'dark' for a few days maybe get my dignity back?
Thanks for calling me out.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

"PAINESVILLE CITY COUNCIL MEETING 08/15/16"


NOT MUCH YO DO ABOUT TO DO?



Six council minutes to be approved with only ONE that resident's could have sat in on. All these Executive Meetings are just convenient ways to hide things from residents, oh, and there's another one tonight?

Special Award  EPA & George Ginnis, Water Department Director

Ordinances 2nd reading Repeal and Enacting Design Review District? Basically making sure we have the proper park benches and year round tree lighting in our Business District.

Ordinance 1st Reading Amending Section 167.09 Relating to Classification And Compensation Plan.
This is to change section 167.09 So we can hire more part-time firefighters, Bringing up the question how many of our firefighters work part-time for other Fire Departments?

More time to be spent on sidewalks as well as Channel 12.
Recommendations on Council Procedures (we could talk about that UNTIL THE NEXT MEETING)

More on the Housing Task Force. Maybe it should be called the Hosing Task Force?

Finance Development -Andy Unetic Maybe he can explain how we give free flowing monies to the Senior Center the failed DPO  along with the 'gifting' our former City Manager. Without any Oversight from the Council as well as the administration? Not as much as a balance sheet! Hey, these are good people... And you are spending OPM. other peoples money!

Anyone else notice?
Power Cost Adjustments

03/24/16 to 04/27/16   .060219
04/27/16 to 05/26/16   .061140
05/26/16 to 06/24/16   .062462
06/24/16 to 07/27/16   .063094

Doesn't look like much do the math on the electric part of your utility bill?

And we worry about park benches? Along with that B.S. we haven't raised the price of power since when 1993?

Thanks Judy for passing these number's to me.


Trump now claims he's running against the media? Well everything I've heard has come out of his mouth? Great Entertainment. One point I will agree with quit reporting the GOP is on the verge of dumping him . Let's keep it a surprise.

As far as Hillary the State Department and the Clinton foundation. Please show me ONE meeting that was setup? Make sure you take in the Hillary and the Democrat movie! Not for the value of the movie but the goofs sitting in the audience eating it all up. Michael Moore would be proud!