Thursday, February 26, 2015

"TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT" eagles

 Are we at the limit?

I took a commenters advice and called our Fire Chief with some questions concerning the operation of our fire department. Chief Mlachak was very interested in the questions I was asking along with being very direct in his answers. Knowing his position he was more informative then I thought he would be.

I had some questions I had for him and also what I believed some of the answers might be. First off I believed the Fire Department was staffed by nine firefighters on all three shifts.  Seems we have only 25 firefighters and when you take in vacations sick leave on the night and most times we only have six per shift. This for the busiest station in the county that does over 2,000 EMS runs a year. Remember many times the runs could overlap leaving the station empty.

When I asked the chief how many of the runs were "taxi" calls to Tri-Point ? The chief feels 25% were calls that shouldn't need an EMS unit. Many people use the emergency room as their primary care service, along with believing if they arrive in an ambulance they receive faster care.

I questioned Chief Mlachak about increasing staffing using part-time firefighters. With his budget approved by council he is only allowed one part-timer per shift. A full time firefighter cost the city approximately $100,000 a year he claims he could have three part timers for the same amount. Starting rate for a part time firefighter in Painesville is $9.85 per hr. other Lake County communities pay as much as $15.00/$16.00 an hour. So why would you even think about applying in Painesville.

Now the past levy we past last year provides the fire department with funds for equipment and upgrades only. At the same time the previous departments budget for equipment goes where?

I agree with the chief that the purchase of Tower 2319 is a useful added piece of equipment for us. Remember it's only a stop gap with a maximum life of ten years. At that time Painesville-Concord hopefully have the financial resources to purchase a new truck with the going price of $1,000,000.
Maybe the chief realizing the truck was needed and painted a prettier picture of the truck? and let's face it what was anybody expecting with a 23 year old truck. In hindsight maybe the chief could have played it safe and told the administration your asking for miracles for a piece of equipment like this at $100,000 ?

Something to remember all departments rely on mutual aid. As a fire is called in dispatching calls for automatic aid to all nearby fire stations. The fire crews are sent out to the fire and the fire department on scene can ask for mutual aid or tell responding fire departments they aren't needed. Painesville sends four firefighter and one truck at the same time our fire department calls in off duty firefighters until the situation normalizes. Fire insurance rate being kept low because with mutual aid you can get the amount of firefighters and equipment to a fire in a reasonable time.. 14 firefighters in eight minutes.

Truth be told the administration should budget the part time firefighters and raise there wage to what is reasonable in Lake County. Something tells me they will get push back on this but what is more important than the safety of our community?

Seems what I learned most of all is our fire chief is born and raised in Painesville and loves the place. But remember he answers to others. He cares, give him the proper resources.

Knowing the numbers it seems rather important that all first responder be trained in first -aid six people can't be everywhere.

Monday, February 23, 2015

"IT'S ONLY WORDS" bee gee's

and words are all you have to take my life away

Recently so much has been made on the semantics of what to call radicals whose goal is to kill us.

Now FOXNEWS daily , hourly criticizes the President for not calling a spade a spade. There Radicalized Islam, or Radicalized Muslims... why can't the man bring himself to calling it what it is.

Simple answer to the people in Middle Eastern countries; only the word Islam and Muslim will be heard. So what? Well, if you really want to defeat ISIS, you need the resources and support from those countries. If the President uses the term Islamic Radicalized Muslims to ISIS, it means we, as a country, agree that this is a Holy War. They will spread this thinking throughout the Muslim world.

Noted Conservative columnist Cal Thomas claimed Christians don't act in this way. Really, Cal?

Let's take a short trip back in history. What, if at the start of WWII, FDR would have called Germany Radicalized German Christians?

Let's face it... compared to the Nazi's, ISIS is the JV team. A Christian country (mostly Catholic and Protestant) killed over six million Jews in the Holocaust. Where was the Pope, where were Protestant leaders while all this was going on?  They were unaware? Or maybe not wanting to be invited to Auschwitz?

No, the leaders of our country always claimed we were at war with the Third Reich , Nazi, or the Axis Powers. Very few in power called it a war against the German people or Crazy Christians killing Jews.

How many American people would have been insulted or not even supported the war if we had defined it as Radical Christianity?

Yes, words have meaning and I for one just want the problem exterminated. I don't want to argue over words.

Recently FOX implied that the administration was showing it's cards by suggesting a major offensive on Mosul. A day later they reported about a attack soon on the Mall of America by Al Shabaab. Were they showing their cards or just giving us something to think about?

Congress should give the President an authorization of war or cut off all funds... just do something.

Friday, February 20, 2015

"I'M SORRY SO SORRY" brenda lee

Well to you readers in Painesville I owe an apology. I sent you some bad misinformation.

A resident shared with me some billing information he received from a relative.

In the post "The Way I Am" I gave a short summary of water rates for different water suppliers in our area. Seems although my calculations on the 4488 gallons of water I did miss out on the Lake County minimum charge amount of $31.41 which would make Painesville's rate of  $23.80 $7.62  cheaper  a month than Lake County Water Service. LCWS has a minimum fee of $31.41 for the first 1,200,000 cubic ft. of water.

My apology to the Water Department and the City Administration as well as residents for posting these wrong numbers.

It is my and this site responsibility to inform Painesville residents with the absolutely true facts.

Sorry another retraction. (I got to quit listening to some of you) the County water system is $31.41 PER THREE MONTHS making monthly minimum $10.71 ? Look back to square one does anybody ever wonder why everybody has a different process?

NOT SO SORRY BUT MORE CONFUSED?

"THEN YOU CAN TELL ME GOOD-BY" casinos

Kiss me each morning for fifty years costing me millions more"

You have to wonder how long before the wheels come off completely?

Simple fact whether you purchased 30% or 300% of power from PSEC your in  for an expensive ride.

As you read the article take note of the 1936 exemption. As I read more and more about AMP-OHIO and PSEC I learned that no Municipality Electric System in Pennsylvania bought into this scheme. Maybe their smarter than the rest of us? Or maybe by state law they are regulated enough not to get involved in ideas like this.

The Courier-Journal |     Thursday, 19 February 2015
 
Bundling up in Paducah
While people in Paducah bundle up in Snuggies as temperatures plummet and power bills skyrocket, political leaders in Kentucky need to rethink the wisdom of letting municipal power providers operate outside of state consumer protections.
The Kentucky General Assembly in 1936 exempted municipally-run operations like Paducah Power System from rules under the Kentucky Public Service Commission. That helped allow the terrible predicament in which Paducah, along with Princeton, find themselves, Together, a decade ago, the western Kentucky communities bought hook, line and sinker what Peabody Energy was selling: a coal mine with lousy coal, and a boondoggle of a power plant that cost twice as much as planned and hasn’t run very well.
Paducah, Princeton and dozens of other communities across the Midwest, in fact, gambled and bought into the Prairie State Energy Campus in southern Illinois, and are now paying the price.
As The Courier-Journal reported on Sunday, some Paducah business leaders fear their rising electricity rates and $555 million in long-term debt (about $25,000 per customer) are hammering the local economy.
Paducah customers’ bills are now 60 percent higher than those of customers of the state’s four main investor- owned, regulated utilities.
“I can’t imagine a bigger mistake that was made,” said Paducah businessman Ronnie Goode, owner of Cole Lumber Co.
“People are going to bed cold because they can’t afford to turn the heat up,” added Princeton businessman Don Hancock. He closed his Princeton grocery store last year because, he said, his power bills went up $5,000 per month.
The PSC isn’t perfect. But at least PCS requirements make sure there’s a thorough vetting of economics and needs, when utilities make decisions as consequential as thosemade in Paducah and Princeton, which ended long-term ties with the Tennessee Valley Authority to buy into Prairie State.
Theirs is a cautionary tale for nine other municipal power providers in Kentucky that are looking for a new source of electricity on the open market: Frankfort, Berea, Barbourville, Bardwell, Corbin, Falmouth, Madisonville, Paris and Providence.
It’s buyer beware.
The mess has a significant Hoosier angle, too. Indiana Municipal Power Agency, which powers 59 communities including Scottsburg and Paoli, has a 12.6 percent ownership share of Prairie State. And it’s now being sued by residents of an Illinois community who claim IMPA misled their community into investing in Prairie State, when it was serving as a consultant to that town’s power provider.
That really is the issue: Were these communities duped? Paducah officials blame the recession and falling natural gas prices, which makes their coal commitments much more costly.
Still, somebody needs to get to the bottom of this. The Securities and Exchange Commission has issued some subpoenas, including one to Peabody and one to IMPA, so maybe that may lead to something.
Paducah attorney Mark Bryant is looking into whether residents or the city can sue Peabody, which somehow escaped with just a 5 percent ownership in Prairie State. That lawsuit should be thoroughly investigated.
The Paducah Power System just hired a new general manager, Gary Zheng. He can give the city a fresh chance to examine all the options. That includes filing for bankruptcy to leverage debt relief from bondholders, and giving customers more weatherization help to make sure they aren’t freezing to death because of management mistakes.
After placing a bad bet on coal, these communities need some new hands to play. And maybe a new deck of cards.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

"SOMEONE SAVED MY LIFE TONIGHT' elton john

Thank-you sugar bear.

Found in todays News-Herald

UH donates defibrillators to Geauga County Sheriff Office

University Hospital Geauga Medical Center is putting lifesaving technology into the communities it serves.

The hospital donated 15 new automated External defibrillators to the Geauga County Sheriff Office for use in department vehicles by first responders.

Sudden cardiac arrest is a leading cause of death in the U.S. according to the American Heart Association, and AED's have been shown to dramatically increase the survival rate for victims

The newest AED's electronically analyze a victim heart rhythm and prompt the rescuer to deliver a shock when necessary.

"The best way for out-of-hospital cardiac -arrest survival rates to improve is to have trained rescuers with proper resources delivering immediate care to patients," said M. Steven Jones, president UH Geauga Medical Center. "Every minute counts for improved outcomes of sudden cardiac arrest"

Please read full article in today's News-Herald or online

This article was composed by staff reporters of the N/H

I guess it might not be asking for to much for our patrol cars to be as equipped as Geauga County Sheriff cruisers are? They have EMS units in most localities in the county?

Something for our Safety Director and Police Chief to contemplate on.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

"THE WAY I AM" eminem

Whole lot of frustration Monday night.

To start with in the visitors recognition I brought up;

Waste Management
Painesville Billing cycle
Need for 9 million dollar water line and crib to be built into Lake Erie
Along with asking for an assessment by the City if the three businesses run by Painesville are in the residents best interests.

Jeff McHugh explained the (PCA) cost adjustment on our utility bill. If anyone understands what was explained , please feel free to inform us here on the blog.

I heard of rates set in 1990 by ordinance  929.06  and what goes into the PCA monthly but its fuzzy math to me.
Councilman Flock questioned if Painesville Power Customer's were paying for "levelization" Mr. McHugh said no it comes out of our profits? You are free to draw your own conclusions here..

Back to the Water Department when you compare water prices between Painesville and the County presently the City rate for 4488 gallons with the $8.00 surcharge is$23.60

Now the County for the same 4488 gallons is presently $20.94

But Painesville customers (Outside the City Limits) pay $31.28 for the 4488 gallons

Now before we move forward on this 9 million dollar project it should be know that our contract to supply Concord Township comes  up very soon. Shouldn't we get that contract signed first? Or it might take 40 years before that temporary surcharge goes away. Seems we are putting the cart in front of the horse?

Councilman Fodor mentioned that when he first went on council the administration made mention of a new line and crib. He is absolutely correct. I checked the minutes of the meeting where the $8.00 surcharge was voted on by council and correct me but I found no mention of that line or crib were brought up during discussion at that time.

Frustration by Councilman Flock over the missing fire truck that I am glad to report is presently at the station. Councilman Flock admitted that he personally knew nothing about Fire Trucks and his voting for this vehicle on the chief as well as  other professionals expert's advice he felt he wasn't given the proper facts.
Again in defense of Chief Mlachak he and the Concord chief were sent on Mission: Impossible and I and many others believe they got the best "bang for the buck." Maybe the correct answer should have been it's 23 years-old it might have problems in the future and I recommend  we spend more for a newer vehicle. Hey isn't hindsight a great thing?

Councilman Flock was frustrated, Chief Mlachak was frustrated, me I'm glad they both are frustrated because in by eyes that means they care! and they are not just going through the motions with a  just don't give a damn attitude!

Councilman Flock is correct in his assessment we dodged a bullet over the last two major fires. I still have faith that maybe now the Tower 2319 purchase will still be a major plus for Painesville. 4:42 you with me?

Monday, February 16, 2015

"YOUR CHEATIN HEART" hank williams

Many allegations of what was and wasn't promised with the purchase deal of Prairie State Energy Campus. $48.06 was JUST an estimate  and $100.00  cost a reality.

But one thing stands out more than anything else in this ruse on communities all over the Midwest. What was Peabody Coal complicity?

Recently Jeff Parsley a former TVA executive and energy consultant made this quote;

One of the biggest problems has been the quality of coal. The mine that supplies Prairie State has "the worst quality of coal I've ever seen as an analysis on in my 35 years in the coal industry."

Ton for ton, it produces almost twice as much ash  as normal coal when burned, the heat content is very low and the coal is dirty with a lot of rock.

Odd none of this came up when AMP-OHIO took the "PSEC" sideshow on tour to 68 Ohio communities. Maybe they didn't even know?

But you can bet your last dollar Peabody Energy knew. Why else dispose of 95% of this wonderful energy investments? Peabody knew exactly what the content of the coal at the Lively Grove Mine consisted of.

A question arises are city councils as well as administrator educated enough about electricity to make commitments as they did?

Did Peabody Energy take advantage of  these people for their own benefit?

Odd that a wonderful opportunity to purchase power in this endeavor....
Not one privately held energy company chose to get involved in this miracle of power for the next 50 years. Wonder why? Maybe they did their homework.

As it stands every community who purchased into this scheme should be allowed to defund itself from what they bought. If it is such a successful endeavor Peabody Energy should have no problem selling shares in this project.

I guess it comes down to is "Take or Pay" the same as "Come Hell or High Water"

"Sure I'll love You in the Morning"  Must be Peabody's motto?

As was once told to me, "I PROUDLY submit this article"

Back to Painesville for a second.AMP-OHIO sends a monthly statement to the city with a list of what percentage and cost are from  our diverse suppliers. Painesville not producing power could very easily show us what a kilowatt of electricity plus transmission cost the city. Also what they end up charging residents as well as our biggest industrial users.