"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.
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.