Friday, April 17, 2015

"TRASH" alice cooper

One of my five favorites is in the news again. Yes we have problems with the "streetscape" contractor being dismissed expect Main  St. to be closed at least two more weeks. I believe city crews will finish the project. We can discuss the why's and the how's at another time.

This concerns the "contract" our former city public works director and former city manager dreamed up between the City of Painesville and Waste Management. I for the life of me can't remember a successful contract our former CM had?

Here's the deal as reported in the Painesville Pride. The City of Painesville will put a lien on your property if you sell  your home and the trash bill is not paid up in full . I even wonder if this is legal for the city to act as a collection agency for a private business? Do they get compensated for this extra service? Along with selling and keeping records of who purchased orange bags from the city?
Odd if this was legal you might think Dominion Gas would work through the city also? What next you owe late fees on Morley Library books and we won't turn the lights or water on until the house where you live pays the fine? These rules the city has passed have gone from a good idea to a pain in the rear to buy or sell a home in our city. You have an empty house and the city can charge you yearly if its unoccupied? Even if the property is maintained.

This trash problem is easily solved. First thing the resolution council passed to leave the contract in the hands of the city manager must be revoked  and put back into control of council, if council is to lazy to do this get a different council people it's called doing your job. How many of you have called  about a Waste Mismanagement problem and the council person has no idea what your talking about?

Waste Management must be hearing from many of you because at the Town Hall Meeting at Elm St. School  this month they will be there. When I asked councilman Flock why he invited them he told me they asked to be present. So if your interested and have issues to discuss keep April 30, 2015 free and meet at the school at 7:00 pm.

I guess I will end the post with a question. In the last ten years has our former city manager had a successful contract? AMP-OHIO, Battery Box Building, Wind Mills, Trash ect. I will ask to see this wonderful contract with Waste Management in the near future.

Thanks for being patient with me.

Monday, April 6, 2015

"WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN" who

Recently I have been getting emails to the blog. about the next biggest blunder coming to Painesville. Yet no real who, what, when and where.

Term's best guess?

My favorite city project STREETSCAPE it seems the city has "terminated" the contractor of the project.

This is fact.... now if you view  the steps around the New Market Mall along with the wood fence this project is far from complete. Today the city's service crews were digging up Main Street to put I the fake red brick sidewalks, wasn't that part of the original project'

My point being has all funds been spent ? If so how will the job be completed and with what funds?
According to someone at least $200,000 of work still needs to be done.

I wonder if this is the mystery everyone keeps telling me about?

And it seems we were fooled again!

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Happy Easter 2015


"He has risen'"

God Bless all of you!


Our thoughts and prayers are with the passing of Lillian J. Kerestman former Educator, Painesville Councilwoman and Community Activist.

COUNCIL MEETING 04/06/15

Wow!

Over 20 ordinances and resolutions on the agenda for Monday nights meeting. After a couple of months of nothing now this?

Everything from Development  to Preservation.

Including CDBG grants.

You name it we got it Monday night including Contractor Registration Fees.

Including a presentation by City Planner, Lynn White on legislation items #1-6

I also expect a report from the finance director on how many Billions it will cost the city to add your electric charge and the PCA together on your utility bills.

If you plan to attend bring your pillows it will be a long meeting!

Friday, April 3, 2015

"BRILLANT DISGUISE" bruce springsteen

The United States policy in the Middle East is in shambles.

The Middle East is in Shambles.           SO?

Look it appears these people finally got the wish they have always wanted....To kill each other. No use for American Blood and Treasure to be anymore involved then we current are. For the most part we provide logistics. We're like the UPS of war.

Iraq's and Iranians are fighting ISIS that's bad? Sure will supply air cover for the Iranians, why not?

Syria just seems to have everybody fighting everybody.

Yemen now is in a civil war with a bunch called the Houthi Rebels backed by Iran. Saudi Arabia and Egypt want to drive them out of Yemen. We will supply aid and logistics.

Now depending on who might be sitting in the White House there's a good chance by now 100,000 American troops might have entered the fray.

In my eyes this seems like a brilliant strategy no American troops, people that for the most part hate us killing each other.

Sorta a Win, Win

As far as Israel is concerned, Send us the 3 Billion dollars  sit over there and do what we suggest?

If there was ever a case of the tail wagging the dog.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

"DREAM ON" areosmith

Some very interesting news has come to my attention.

First Browns GM Ray Farmer will miss four games and the team fined $250,000 also included the NFL has decided to give the Browns two more first round draft picks to screw-up.
If the HBO series Hard Knocks doesn't pick up the Browns Comedy Central. would like the opportunity to do a series on them. Although SYFI has first dibs.

In local news Painesville is believed to be in the process of getting a Grant called the Boulevardscape.
Six lanes of traffic from Wood St. down Mentor Ave. around Veterans Park continuing down Main St. South on State St. to Erie St. The city's public works department claims they can time the traffic lights for those who would rather chose Erie St. that from Wood to State would be a 25 minute cycle.
Speed limits could be set as high as 65mph on this project.

Also Painesville City Council has come up with an idea of residents adopting a  Chuckhole Program.. You register your chuckhole at city hall and the only requirement is that your patch job must last's four days doubling the city's time on the patch job on the same chuckhole.

Rumor has it Laketran is considering a light-rail line from Lake Erie College heading west through Mentor and ending up in Downtown Willoughby. Providing students with goods and services and a downtown feel.

Another rumor is that SAE fraternity has applied at the College.

Rumor has it that Jay Z and BeyoncĂ© may be staying in a upscale new business in Painesville during the Rock & Roll Induction Ceremony's in Cleveland this year. Also rumored on the street a well known established Republican family has made reservation to stay there during the 2016 Republican Convention.

The City is also giving thought of letting the Senior Center locate in the unused Battery Box building the city was conned  into building afew years ago. They will even help move them over. On second thought maybe let them use the Power Plant at least someone will use it for a good purpose

Monday, March 30, 2015

"OLD TIME ROCK & ROLL" bob seger

Painesville, Painesville, Painesville.

Today's Monday March 30, 2015 had a front page story on the sale of the Allen Building which the county plans to demolish and build a new office building at that site.

The county paid only $275,000 for the building and the property far below what the senior center believed it was worth. They have until March 2016 to vacate the building. Where will they go?

First as I am the age of a "senior citizen" I don't understand even the need for such a place. A wise person told me once "if you want to stay young hang around young people, older people remind you your well. just old." Now I am not suggesting there isn't a need only an understanding of purpose. The article suggested the Painesville senior wished not to combine with the Fairport seniors. Fine it's there choice. Board member Alberto DiIorio suggested renting space until the money ran out and then just closing the doors? Another board member suggested building along with the Lake County Health Department on the site of the old hospital? (news to me) I was always under the impression that was prime downtown real estate and between the center and the Health Department will generate no property tax. plus very little commerce, unless you count the second-hand shop. Plus where will the seniors find the funds to build a new building? Maybe a tax levy?

Where is this plan for downtown Painesville? None of this was ever mentioned in "Streetscape" I never heard of the Health Department moving on that spot let alone a Senior Center. Now is the time for the leaders of Painesville to think this out not after the decisions have been made. It is my hope that the city and county can work all this out mutually with co-operation from both.


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Things I have noticed in the past week ;

Followed a semi-truck with a 53' trailer down Shamrock Dr. after going over the bridge the driver could not negotiate the traffic circle at the bottom of the bridge. Inexperienced driver or poor planning for the traffic circle?

Waited at a railroad crossing for a coal train to go by seemed like it went on for miles.  Reason? The average home uses 8,079 pounds of coal and 5000 gallons of water per year. No wonder the trains are so long.

Speaking of coal...

A resident questioned my concerns of the manpower at the Painesville Power Plant sighting the First Energy Eastlake plant for comparison. Well Eastlake announced it's bond rating has been lowered by Moody's. Seem numerous reasons were mentioned including that First Energy that normally employed 120 people is converting the plant over to a site featuring five synchronous  condensers.The easiest way to explain this it's like a pumping station for electricity. When the conversion is completed no more production of electricity, no more 120 workers, but 15/20 to man the plant what an 80% reduction?
What I get from our council's insistence to not layoff electric plant workers it will cost the city in  lost income tax dollars? What a concept , pay everyone in Painesville not working a check and collect their income tax, to fund the city!
Also have heard of rumblings from other departments that when the plant workers are shifted to other departments where workers say make $16.00 per hr. the electric plant worker keep there plant pay of say over $25.00 for doing the same job. Soon the thing will be if you can pay them that much you can pay me the same amount. Now that's called human nature.

Bet those 100 First Energy workers wish Painesville was their employer.