Monday, January 19, 2009


The News-Herald January 19, 2009

Power outage reported in Painesville and surrounding areas

Power is being restored in Painesville and parts of Concord, Perry and Painesville townships this morning after a power outage.

The outage occurred around 6:30 a.m., Painesville City Manager Rita McMahon said.

About half of the customers of Painesville Municipal Electric has had their power already restored.

McMahon said the rest of the customers can expect to have their power return shortly.

The cause of the outage is unknown but McMahon said there was a problem at the Painesville power substation located on Richmond Street.


The following are comments from the readers. In no way do they represent the view of

wondering wrote on Jan 19, 2009 8:32 AM:

" I'm a City of Painesville resident. There was a city wide outage yesterday for almost two hours. What's going on? "


pville resident wrote on Jan 19, 2009 9:14 AM:

" wondering, you are correct there was a outage yesterday also, its keeps becoming more reocurring. Everytime time there is the slight wind the power goes out. "


Jack wrote on Jan 19, 2009 9:22 AM:

" One of the things I've wondered about as info has come out on the JEDD in Concord Twp containing the new TriPoint hospital is how reliable electrical power to the hospital will be if it's eventually supplied by Painseville power instead of the Illuminating Company. Will Painesville's Mom & Pop electrical operation be up to the challenge of providing & maintaining service to this critical user? "


perry person wrote on Jan 19, 2009 9:22 AM:

" I called to report the outage yesterday and got a recording that just kept repeating over and over. Where was everyone? I just got my power back on at 9:15 this morning. brrrrr! "


Indeed wrote on Jan 19, 2009 9:24 AM:

" Indeed this is getting to be a little irksome. Try working for a small business and having the power go out. It puts a severe cramp on the normal business day.
But hey...Its Winter and Ohio...should be commonplace by now. "


Cold wrote on Jan 19, 2009 9:38 AM:

" Painesville electric is a joke! I've never lost power this much before we moved up here. We loose power at least once a month. This is getting ridiculous! "


painesville resident wrote on Jan 19, 2009 9:42 AM:

" I'm sooooo sick of our power going out. It has gone out 4 times in the last 6 days. What is going on? Why doesn't a Painesville Power representative tell us why this keeps happening. Not just not, but all the time!!! "


CONCERNED wrote on Jan 19, 2009 9:44 AM:



Mentor Resident wrote on Jan 19, 2009 9:54 AM:

" My power better not go out, I just went grocery shopping! "


joe wrote on Jan 19, 2009 10:20 AM:

" anoyher good reason for teachers to take the day off "


MC wrote on Jan 19, 2009 10:24 AM:

" Painesville has the worst issues with their power! I could sneeze too hard and the power would go out! It was out Thursday, yesterday and today! This is something that has been happening for years. Come on, let's get it together! Made getting ready for work real fun thismorning. "


typical wrote on Jan 19, 2009 10:31 AM:

" This is typical for Painesville muni power lately! We have lived here for over 4 years and I can expect at least 6-10 outages a year, even when the weather isn't bad. And it always seems to be the same "section" of the town. I would love, as a tax paying homeowner, to see a report of the number of power outages per year and a map showing which areas have the most. Maybe Painesville should start investing money in what we already have, like the power plant and sub-stations and not in buying property and building even more buildings that are going to sit empty for years. I'm all for making Painesville a better place to live, not just a better place to look at. "


Big Jake wrote on Jan 19, 2009 10:34 AM:

" You can all BLAME MENTOR. The watchdog and I are looking into it! Im on your side! I just got a job with dateline due to my intense community activistity. "


concered resident with loved ones in painesville wrote on Jan 19, 2009 10:47 AM:

" Actually the power was in and out all night. And is still not back on everywhere. "


Observer wrote on Jan 19, 2009 11:00 AM:

" In twenty five hours everything will be ok! "


Outage wrote on Jan 19, 2009 11:02 AM:

" Maybe if Painesville Manager would invest in new Transformer's this would not be happening. Have you people seen the roads, what are our tax dollar's doing for this town? Nothing! We need to get rid of McMahon & have someone that will do something to this Town! This town is reminding me of Fairport! "


pville wrote on Jan 19, 2009 11:07 AM:

" I live in Painesville also and my power has very rarely gone out, but my mom's is out all the time. Maybe it is time to start looking in to what the problem is and fixing it. This is not the weather to have problems in. "


oh please wrote on Jan 19, 2009 11:28 AM:

" I used to live off oHio street in Mentor and Everytime it rained hard the power went out for a time! Whiners "


annoyed wrote on Jan 19, 2009 11:36 AM:

" What I want to know is, how are you supposed to report an outage or find out what's going on with the messed up "voice mail" they have at the Electricity Distribution number? "To report a power outage, press 1" - then it kicks you to voice mail and just keeps looping the same stupid message. And you try to call the Power Plant and it just rings and rings. "


Paines resident wrote on Jan 19, 2009 11:43 AM:

" Yesterday we heard what sounded like fireworks going off at the new richmond road sub station. Then a load banging coming from the power plant itself. Then the light went off. Came back on in the late afternoon. Then went out again early this am. Last year the exact same thing happened only the new sub station caught fire. Whats up with this? "


jerrey lewis wrote on Jan 19, 2009 12:02 PM:

" President Bush is the best President we have ever had!!! We should put him back in the White House for another eight years!!!All you people who want to bash him are stupid!!! "


louise wrote on Jan 19, 2009 12:13 PM:

" the city continues to tell us how lucky we are we have our own power plant.
guess they forgot to feed the hampsters again.
this is getting quite annoying.
resident "


resident wrote on Jan 19, 2009 12:17 PM:

" This has been going on for 2 days now and you can hear a loud noise coming from the plant, hmmmmmmmmmmm.........and no one seems to know what is goin on? Let's all play silly here. "


Tired of no electric wrote on Jan 19, 2009 12:40 PM:

" I am tired of the outages in Painesville Township. We lost power on Christmas Eve for 2 hours. We lost power last week end for a few hours and numerous times when I get home, all my clocks are blinking. And, where there is an outage, there is no one to call to report it! "


prb wrote on Jan 19, 2009 12:47 PM:

" I have lived in Painesville City for 33 years.
I can not keep track of all the power failures.
It is Bagdad city, no....the power is more reliable in Iraq.
Wish the investment is made to prevent the problems.
Power failure Fri., Sunday and now today. "


Power wrote on Jan 19, 2009 1:11 PM:

" I think it's about time that the City of Painesville invests in new gerbils. It's obvious that the little guys are getting tired. "


michelle wrote on Jan 19, 2009 1:15 PM:

" While we have had a lot of power outages here (today's were rolling blackouts because of a blown transformer), I can not complain because the price of electricy is dirt cheap in this city! (As compared to First Energy). Sometimes the old saying is get what you pay for. "


Tired of being Amish wrote on Jan 19, 2009 1:25 PM:

" It appears that the City of Painesville was ill prepared for the influx of residents caused by Heisley Park and other new developments in the area. It's time to upgrade systems and transformers to handle the additional strain on the outdated power grid. Spend my tax dollars on something that I can appreciate. "


KCC wrote on Jan 19, 2009 1:31 PM:

" We are blessed to live in an area where the power is so reliable. I've been in Baghdad (check the spelling prb) and I think you should visit if you think things are better there. Thanks Painesville Power for all your hard work! "


Ted Sloan wrote on Jan 19, 2009 2:07 PM:

" Who cares, it's just Painesville. "


it wont be fixed wrote on Jan 19, 2009 2:12 PM:

" It is so much easier for the the City of Painesville Utilities Dept to make excuses and redirect attention on their upset and thus, unreasonable customers rather than make the needed repairs and improvements to prevent this from happening as often.

My power has gone out at least 5 times in the past 7 weeks including Christmas Eve. Each outage lasts from at least 60 minutes up to serveral hours.

While power outages are to be expected once in a while, the frequency of these outages are cause for concern.

It's more serious that a bunch of whiny housewives unable to watch soap operas.

Lack of traffic lights can present a serious safety concern, especially when most people do not treat these interesctions as 4 way stops, and many of these lights are in school zones. While common sense should prevail, it doesn't. It would be nice to see officers at intersections during these outages, but they happen so often that is just not cost effective.

Keeping the power on isn't the only problem faced by this power company.

Last week, I got a bill due January 9. It was delivered by the post office to my house on January 9th. There was a stamp on the envelope that read, "returned for postage." I drove to the utilities office, walked 1/4 mile in below zero windchills with a sick 4 year old just to pay my bill on time. When I showed the clerk the envelope, she said she was sorry.

Yeah. Sorry. Thanks. All better now.

This was the third time in the past 12 months that by bill has arrived after the due date marked on the bill.

Trying to reach someone in that office is next to impossible by phone for any reason whether it's reporting outages or billing questions. I feel like I have no choice but to make a trip to the office.

It is sad to me that the City of Painesville Utilities office does not take their responsibility to provide a necessary service more seriously. Those that complain are written off as inconviences rather than concerned citizens. I do not expect anything to change, though. After all, it's cheaper to make excuses and tell your customers to get over it. "


JR wrote on Jan 19, 2009 2:20 PM:

" How long is Painesville going to hang on to an old and unreliable power plant? Oh it's cheaper than First Energy but you do get what you pay for, more outages. "


Gary wrote on Jan 19, 2009 2:22 PM:

" HELLO!!!!! you live in Painesville..... enough said. You want better stuff.... live in a better city! "


maverick wrote on Jan 19, 2009 2:58 PM:

" enough already use the tax dollars to repair or replace the problem,power stinks,roads stink whats up? "


Bryan H wrote on Jan 19, 2009 4:08 PM:

" people, calling the power company will not get your power on faster and calling 911 to report power outages still will not get your power on any faster either. also, people need to realize that the police / fire departments do not have ETA's when the power will be turned back on. they will respond to check lines to make sure that they are not arcing/sparking or not in the roadway, they do not do any repairs themselves. people don't quite understand that.

I know first hand from working in police/fire dispatch.

If you need power do to a medical condition, then the fire department will assist but for the most part, just sit and wait like everyone else. "


Pville Pride wrote on Jan 19, 2009 5:36 PM:

" I hate reading the negative comments about Painesville.

I like living in Painesville. My neighbors and I are hard working people with successful careers and nice salaries.

There are a lot of people like us who work hard to make their homes and neighborhoods beautiful, support the local economy, and volunteer to help make Painesville a better place to live and work.

It's a shame that Painesville Electic contributes to the negative image of this city by failing its mission. "


livin in da hood wrote on Jan 19, 2009 6:06 PM:

" Why would people call 911 for a power outage? Unless you have an emergency there is no reason to call 911. We all learned that back in school. People have become lazy and stupid in the past years. Call the police they will help me, I am paying their wages! So you are blocking up 911 lines to find out when the power is going to come back on. Maybe one of the thugs in the city is breaking into my house or maybe my child or wife is hurt or ill and I have to get help because you are too lazy to look up the number to painesville power who already know the power is out. We the people need to think, and use our heads. We all need to be a little more self-reliant. There are 4 police officers for all the people in the city. They are busy taking care of the scum that resides in the city. They are not putting on their spurs and climbing up the power pole to fix your power.


At January 19, 2009 at 6:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nice post. It caused me to scroll past many many ignorant posts and come the the bottom and say "what is he even trying to say here." and "I wonder what the real story is." and "There sure isn't a IQ test required to post at the News Herald site."

This was a very different post by Term, but I can only realize I am left with these same thoughts after every post.

At January 19, 2009 at 6:26 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Reading this post doesn't change my mind. I used to live in Mentor and Perry. Since moving to Painesville I lose my power less and when I do lose it they turn it back on much faster.
Unlike some of you who subscribe to the "the grass is always greener" theory of government criticism, I have seen both sides of the fence on the power issue and I know your criticism is misplaced.

At January 19, 2009 at 10:06 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

what a bunch of idiots, Painesville power is great, try finding out anything about outages in the CEI area, and the lady with the kid where does she park ? I have never had to park more then a few feet from city hall.
Our outages are fixed very fast, and if it is going to take a long time they switch power back and forth to give people a break, sounds like the prob. was at the substation on Richmond St. and it is also hooked to CEI so it could have been on them.

At January 20, 2009 at 3:29 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog might have been a good idea once, it is time for it to go away.

There are just way too many ignorant whiners posting here. No one that comes here can rely on accurate info any more because there is just too many posting BS.

At January 20, 2009 at 3:41 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ignorant people must be the only ones complaining? I own a busimess in town employing 7 people, how do I pay them if the power is unreliable? The city manager was at city hall at 6:30a.m. why do they know they have a problem?
Painesvilles leaders all think bigger is better, well you people can't even take care of what you have.

At January 20, 2009 at 3:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fix roads, 3-lane traffic, these buffons can't even keep the lights on. Please get your house in order.

At January 20, 2009 at 7:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good idea once? What makes it a bad idea now? Ignorant Whiners? maybe citizens fed up with the way this city is run. Yes get your ACCURATE information from the citys web. site. B.S.

At January 20, 2009 at 7:51 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Really? They can't keep the lights on? They do a great job. Go move somewhere else and watch how long it would take before you could "pay your employees".
The power is very reliable here. These postings really show how the posters here are willing to deny reality to find a way to bash the city.

"buffons"? You can't even spell your insults correctly. And this isn't even the first time you spelled this wrong. Maybe your spelling skill level makes you a buffoon.

Some things do happen. I applaud the city for their response. Other cities would not and could not have produced such a response.

At January 20, 2009 at 9:28 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe buffon can't spell but your reality iis in the clouds.

At January 20, 2009 at 12:00 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Maybe buffon can't spell but your reality iis in the clouds."

What does this even mean? I would refute this but I was told once to never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level then beat you with experience.

At January 21, 2009 at 7:44 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is, iis in the clouds ?


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