Wednesday, July 23, 2014

"ANYTIME" journey

Ask you  shall receive. Received this today.

Hi All!

Please come to Andy's Town Hall Meeting on   July 31, Thursday from 7 to 8. It will be held in our backyard so please bring a lawnchair.

Parking can be on the street in designated areas or a Kwanis Park (formerly North Park) which is a little stroll to  871 Hine Avenue.

Experts from the Chagrin Watershed will be here to discuss HOW A RAIN GARDEN CAN HELP STORMWATER RUNOFF.

Mr. Vince Crawford from Waste Management will discuss the concerns that have come up recently with our bills. Tell your neighbors.

Andy & Marge

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

"SOUNDS OF SILENCE" simon & garfunkel

Well Mondays council meeting was an award night of sorts.

First AMP-OHIO issued a $2,000 scholarship to a Painesville student.

Then T&T was the official bread of Painesville with 20 family members attending the presentation.

Garbage invoices? Tony Torre questioned the practice and was told that this had something to do with an ordinance from 2007 or 2010? Along with Waste MisManagement correcting the $4.00 administration bill on the latest invoice. No one provided when and who signed the latest contract for this 3 year contract?City council seemed perfectly happy with it.

Allen Watson asked when the Shamrock Bridge would be open. The ribbon-cutting will take place August 5th. He also question the Windmill project in Perry? That question was then directed to our law director? Lot of hot air but no wind?

All legislation passed. The administration I believes thinks that the old hotel can be demolished with the $600,000 grant? Good luck with that.

Councilman Flock questioned AMP-Ohio's invoice policy and was told AMP-OHIO did that as a one time favor ? Again who works for who? The small incident in May at Prairie State caused over 2 million dollars in damages. ( ever notice 2 million is a number AMP loves to  use?) Well damages will be covered by insurance, I guess we will see a rate increase shortly. The plant was back on line June 20th in the mean time Painesville paid for the unreceived power in those days along with having to purchase power to make up the difference. Maybe that's why the power plant operated for a time in June? Why no one but councilman Flock sees a problem here is beyond me. Councilman DeLeone even agreed AMP-OHIO's position.  Just to give you an idea how serious this problem is becoming is that Bowling Green University will pay  17.6 million dollar more for power from 2010 thru 2021 for electric power. Granted that city receives 50% of it's power from Prairie State but this issue has to be addressed and soon.

Councilman Flock also questioned the administration about the red brick sidewalks on Veterans Park? He was told the project material cost's are $25,000 and labor is furnished by the public works department.

Trains at Heisley Park. It seems now our former Congressman Steve LaTorrette has entered the fray with a meeting to be scheduled soon.

Vacant Property and Building registration. Does anyone on council have a clue what this is supposed to do and how? Someone suggested checking how Fairport's policy works.

The new police chief and city engineer were introduced. I see promise here with both of them also  our public works director is young and seems to be able to think "out of the box".

After seeing the audience I believed to keep my thoughts to myself if no one else seem concerned why should I be? I was told once if Tony Torre and I  didn't complain everyone else in town is perfectly happy with how things are done. Maybe their right?

I will continue to report on the blog. but with what I hear and see the apathy in Painesville is overwhelming.  You get what you deserve.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

"CITY COUNCIL MEETING 07/21/14"

Well city wants to teardown a house on Chardon St. and one on Nelson St.

The " T&T The Official Bread Of Painesville " The bakery as well as the Terriaco family have been a staple of Painesville. It's time the city recognized what an asset they are to Painesville.

Asbestos removal at the old hotel.

The usual old business;
 Prairie State
CSX Heisley Park
Vacant Property and Building Registration
Security concerning Bars, Night Clubs
Buffering of Railroads as well as Highways

Introducing our new police chief Anthony W. Powalie

Introducing our new city engineer Leanne Exum P.E. S.I.

Good luck to both in your endeavors with the City of Painesville 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

"FAITH" george michaels

It seems we go from one crisis to the next with a new one every week. Benghazi, Ukraine, Iraq, Veterans Administration, IRS, 50,000 children at the southern border and this week it's Israeli and the Palestinian's waging war.

Well let's get back to the one affecting us the most here in the USA.

50,00 children refugees, why, how and who sent them?

Blame whoever you want Obama, Bush, the 98 Senators that passed that Bill in 2008. remember no one at that time realized the consequences of that law. It was only to stop human trafficking.


Sen. John Cornyn (R) Texas mentioned someone found the loophole in the law and are presently taking full advantage of it.

My question is where and how is the Catholic Church involved in this situation?
The church has many priests and Missionaries along with many other Denomination in the region where these children are coming from. Why are they NOT suggesting to the parents not to send them and explaining how dangerous the trek is?

Why isn't the administration not trying to get these missionaries to help?

The Pope has mentioned that the children should be treated with respect and welcomed to this country? It is a part of Catholic Doctrine to "Welcome the Stranger". But is the Church or its representatives doing their part in stemming the flow of these children?
Most American Catholic Diocese's  in this country have mission in many central American countries. What are they doing to help  with this dangerous  immigration?

We attend Mass and our Priest's tell us we should be more welcoming? I look around at some in the pews and sorry, many ain't buying it.

Then again I see some of these "Patriots" blocking buses of children some with AR-15 strapped on their backs. Some with signs and some just screaming. Yes you bring so much to the table, these are women and children, It's an invasion, these children are bringing diseases to our country.  Are these actions what being an American means? Along with a government that seems fearful of a confrontation with these nut jobs. Let's get something done before some idiot shoots up a bus with 'Y' camper's  thinking there part of some invasion.

Yes a loophole was found and must be corrected. Why should a Salvadorian have more rights than a Mexican or Canadian? Sorry, it's a good law that some seem to abuse. I still feel the citizens of  the United States have been manipulated.

First President Obama must go to the border and eloquently as he can announce to the world there's NO get in free card to the United States.

The Congress must provide funding for the children presently here. Along with funding for medical  care and Judges to hear there reasons for coming here. proper deportation to the many who believed were told they could just come in. No more sitting on your hands and just complaining Congressman.
(I wonder if I could sue Congress for not doing their job?)

This is truly a humanitarian  crisis and the government as well as all faiths must work together to solve it,
NOW!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

"WE'RE HAVING A PARTY" sam cooke

Yes this weekend is  Painesville's "Party In The Park". The largest free music event in the state.
I guess if you can call Reggae music music?  ( can't wait for the comments on this one)

Also new this year I have been told pet's are no longer welcome. ( not a bad idea) I watched police escort a person out of the Maple-Feast who brought their dog) This may be a good idea for everyone including the pets?

Let's understand Main St is presently pretty torn -up with 'streetscape' . People parking in county lots will not encounter problems when they arrive at the event in daylight but leaving the event after dark and  after a few beer's could some stumble into a few construction sites?

Let Painesville put it's best foot forward this weekend and welcome over 50,000 people to our town.

RUMORS  that's all!

Ward II might have an Hispanic run for that ward next year.

Police morale has improved.

Should Painesville sue AMP-OHIO for not releasing requested information?

Is someone being charged by the city  over $5,000 for a home that they inherited because it sat empty for five years?

The police have someone in custody over the Fourth of July killing on Hine Ave.

Both Rider's Inn and Steele Mansion are booked solid for the GOP Convention in 2016?

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

"I'LL BE WATCHING YOU" police

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
Kirtland

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!

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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?

Friday, July 11, 2014

"OUR HOUSE" crosby stills nash & young

By now everyone in Northeastern Ohio realizes LeBron James is again a Cleveland  Cavalier. Myself I didn't think it would happen glad it did but not for the same reason many of you are.

When Mr. James made a spectacle of himself when he announced he was going to 'take his talents to South Beach' I was upset not only for the cruel way he did it, but deep inside I thought if this guy is leaving what have I been thinking about for the first sixty years of my life?

I have lived around Painesville my whole life with many opportunities to seek greener pasture. Some of my siblings moved to different regions of the country as well as friends, fellow workers and classmates.

I always found a reason to stay put. Did I really like Northeastern Ohio or was I afraid of failure? During the winters of 76'-77' that belief was tested greatly.

I created my own comfort zone.

With LeBron's  'decision' came the hidden thoughts this guy is treated like a King and he's leaving  what was
 I holding onto here.

Sports in Cleveland? I barely remember Herb Scores eye injury, the trade of Rocky Colavito before opening day. "Red Right 88' 'The Drive' 'The Fumble' along with Belichick can't coach! Then the goof off owner moves the team to Baltimore.
Jordan's fade away jumper the last time the Cav's were good. (PreJames) Then we even hung our hats on 'The Miracle of Richfield, the miracle is why we remember.  The Jake... how did those teams of the 90's team never win a World Series? To top it off Miami won the series' in a game seven! Jose' can we see?

Cleveland is the "City Where Sport Dreams Go To Die" Think about it three major sport franchises and nothing in 50 years? 150 seasons of one failure after another. Even a blind squirrel finds a nut every once and a while, right?

If any place has a CURSE!

Cleveland a manufacturing giant in the first half of the 20th Century now another 'rustbelt city'.
Many of our children flee the area at the first opportunity.

Now presently the best sports professional in the world wants to come home to NE Ohio, and I believe he is sincere. Thanks LeBron and I didn't have to go to South Beach to know where  'The Best Location in the Nation"  OUR HOUSE