Seems a Kirtland resident has been.
This letter to the editor was in Mondays 07/14/14 News-Herald
In response to the June 15 News-Herald story about Painesville's revitalization efforts: Consider this: 1. Painesville's Main Street has lost a majority of it's business blocks. 2. It's a downtown mostly given over to government. 3. The once thriving Main Street now has approximately seven stores.
Therefore, how can Painesville ever return to what it once was-- filled with hustle and bustle, a mecca where shopping and browsing brought pleasure to ones senses and income to assorted merchants. It's neglect led to some slowly decaying nearby neighborhoods. Where is pride of place? Blame for Painesville's sad state of affairs goes back many years. Let's lock those memories in a vault and truly settle down to consider the future.
A chance recovery would be to give Main Street a two story business building stretching from St. Clair Street to State Street (The child and Family Services building could take over space on East Washington formerly occupied by the hospital). This would create a semblance of balance with stores on both sides of Main Street and the feeling of a downtown center. On East Main Street' demolishing the empty former hotel would create space if for not stores then perhaps a pavilion or playground area beneath the shelter of the lovely old trees.
On my travels around the country I have visited many towns like Painesville where formerly empty stores now house antique shops turning a "lost" downtown into a thriving place with shoppers aplenty. Could this be the answer to Painesville's dilemma?
Meanwhile this historic and once beautiful town languishes as it waits, and waits, and waits for the miracle of rebirth. I pray it is soon.
Margaret J. Hommel
I'd say a pretty fair assessment of Downtown Painesville. The question I'd ask would you invest over 1.3 million dollars in a two block 'streetscape' before some of these idea's become realities? In her travels did she find other cities like Painesville, putting the cart in front of the horse? What are the chances of the county moving to East Washington, who will invest in a two story block of buildings?
What will be accomplished will be fewer parking places, six feet wider sidewalks with afew fences and a very narrow Main Street. That's it!
Much has been made about the 11% increase in refuse collection along with a message on last months utility bill explaining Ordinance 955.03 which for one reason or another I don't read into the statement at the bottom of the bill (look for yourself)
What I have found out was;
Unlimited service: $21.97 per month ($65.91 qtr.) Up to 2 green totes plus the recycle tote.
$25.02 per month ($75.06 qtr.) if you add a 3rd tote
$34.13 per month if you add a 4th tote Cannot have more than 4 totes.
This service allows an unlimited amount of trash bags ( along with totes) to be set-out on pick-up day.
Low Level Orange Bags: Buy your own orange trash bags- when ready to put them out they said you would have to call them for a Pick-Up?
Now back to 955.03 council meeting 12/03/07 I read nothing in that ordinance that claims you must have garbage pick-up. ordinance 24-07.
What if you own a business and you have commercial refuse pick-up and you just dump your garbage off at work?
What if your 88 years old and your daughter takes your refuse and recycles it?
What if you use the orange bags and at the same time Waste Management sends you a three month invoice?
Better yet what if Waste Mismanagement
sends you that invoice for July-August and never provided you a tote? so what you have already paid two weeks for nothing?
This along with the 'error" $4.00 charge. Administration fee.
Anyone want to bet whoever negotiated this contract for us doesn't live in Painesville?