"IT'S ALL OVER NOW" rolling stones
I receive the newsletter from the Heisley Park Homeowners Association. Maybe this is another way to inform residents of what may be in their future.
Funny, The News-Herald does a front page article about zoning yet fails to mention anything about something that will cost us 1.2 million? Reminds me of when the AMP-OHIO debate was taking place. They never mentioned anything until the deal fell through. Wonder who's telling them what to print?
City of Painesville Items
The City Budget – As we continue to indicate,
Painesville has approved a budget for 2011. But,
there is still concern that the state cuts will limit
funds to the city. As such we can expect the shortfalls
to put pressure on spending for road and
other city improvements. Time will tell what the
details of the budget cuts reveals and how Council
will address the anticipated additional funding
problems. (See water infrastructure “solution”
below”) Stay tuned!
City to have Curbside Recycling – We are reminding
all readers that later this summer (probably
June/July) Painesville residents will get curbside
recycling. Residents will be asked to split their
trash into regular garbage and recyclable items.
Garbage will continue to go into the green garbage
cans. Residents will also be provided additional
green cans with yellow covers for recyclable items.
The city will have at least 10 routes for recyclable
collections. These collections for residents will be
every other week rather than every week. Regular
garbage will be collected weekly.
Water Bills to Increase - If City Council gets their
way, water rates will increase by $10 per month for
every homeowner (water customer). At the last
council meeting, City Council proposed passing an
ordinance - ORDINANCE: ENACTING SECTION
933.191 RELATING TO INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT
FEE. This ordinance will not be based on
usage but a flat fee per account. So, every homeowner
and business (e.g., factories; apartment
building owners) will incur a $10 a month ($120 per
year) increase in their water bill. In some instances,
a resident will be hit with a $20 a month ($240 per
year) increase if they have a meter for their sprinkler
system. This planned increase will result in about
$1.2 Million dollars for city infrastructure improvements
for the city. There is no doubt that the city
needs to fund its water delivery infrastructure improvement.
But, some of the residents at the April
17, 2011 meeting questioned whether this was the
fairest way to obtain the necessary funding. Why
shouldn’t it be based on usage? Wouldn’t that
cause the cost to be borne on who used the most
water? Wouldn’t it allow apartment dwellers in the
city to share in the cost of improvements for the
water they use? And, why shouldn’t businesses
(factories and restaurants) provide more funding
based on usage and their ability to spread the
cost over their client and product base?
What is striking to this reporter is that members of
council didn’t seek resident input prior to proposing
this legislation. Mr. Angelo Cimaglio who addressed
council at the meeting pointed out that
they appeared to take the easy approach to solving
this issue rather than come up with the best
solution for residents.
There will be a subsequent discussion at the next
council meeting on this issue with the planned
second reading. Hopefully, all residents who
have a concern about this issue will attend the
next council meeting. It is scheduled to be held
on Monday, May 2, 2011.