"RUNNING ON EMPTY" jackson browne
Well we weren't running again, and far from empty. With 30 employee's on the power plant payroll, plant workers, not line workers.
So Painesville suffers it's second power outage in the last week what is that 30+ hours without power? Fine let's put the blame on First Energy.
Yet after last Sundays outage no one in Painesville thought of a warm start to a boiler to have it on line just encase this situation should arise again. But No.
See First Energy will solve their situation for two reasons, Whoever is in charge of transmission line likes his job, and outages like this are not good for First Energy's bottom line. The whole purpose of their electric business is to make a profit.
Now Painesville no one has to worry about losing anything, and as our former city manager once told me some months we make money some months we don't?
Some Painesville residents in this situation can jump in a car and within a short time be comfortable with relatives or friends. Many elderly as well as young Painesville residents are just stuck here. or go to the fire station, nice community center uh?
That plus the fact that the majority of Painesville resident's still believe their power is produced at our power plant. That was made aware to me by the conversations overheard at T & T Bakery this morning. Maybe they should read this site. The look on some faces when told no power is produced there. Priceless!
We were told last week that Painesville couldn't produce enough power to supply the city's needs. True, but you do produce enough to supply residents and small commercial businesses in town. So that resident's could heat their homes and feed their families.( we can cook our turkey's remember) Avery-Dennison, Airfoil off line until First Energy solves the problem..
We have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars in the past couple of years on rewinding generators, new cooling towers, new chimney plus I believe making the boiler's conform to EPA regulations for what? It's like you having a 73' Buick, putting a new transmission, new tires, brakes and shocks just encase you need it and when you do there's no gas in the tank? What's the rhyme or reason for doing all this?
Many Painesville resident's live week to week around here. Think of that woman that works as a server at a restaurant she lost last Sunday and now this Saturday. Want to bet this past week doesn't blow a hole in her budget? This along with workers sent home from businesses all across Painesville. When the schools, city, or county tells you to stay home they get paid. That's not how it's done in the real world.
Now a city resident claims the city receives $4,000,000 a year just to keep the plant in it's present state? What fund does that check go into 732? Something called "Peak Shaving" I'm looking in to this one.
What we need is an independent study done on what Painesville should do with it's power plant and system. Councilman Fodor claims the worker's are needed at the plant, let's have someone prove or disprove that fact. Not a buddy of the councilman, or the city. The city manager should want this to set the city in the right direction.
On another note the CSX train is back on the siding near Heisley Park today, engines and all. What a surprise the railroad using their right-of-way. Those trains are like the Swallows of Capistrano? They just keep returning.
On a positive note it was a quiet Saturday on Cedarbrook. something's missing? Right, Atwell's gun range is closed cold dark but quiet.