"BURNING BRIDGES" mike curb congregation
Earlier this week I asked Councilman Flock if the city received the grant for the bridge across the CSX tracks that would connect the “Road to Nowhere’ to Diamond Center Drive. Yesterday Andrew let me know through an email that the city manager informed him that Painesville did not receive the grant. My sincere hope is that our City Manager has a Plan "B" now that, on top of the current Cobblestone Apartments, council has voted to authorize the building of 120 more apartments/condominiums in that area. As I wondered about this bridge, I asked Mr. Flock if he had seen a copy of the grant request. Along with Painesville's request for this bridge I hope they also went out of their way to solicit help from other government entities. Were the County Commissioners asked to submit a letter to help Painesville be awarded this state grant? How about Mentor's City Manager or Mentor's Council helping with the request and explain that without the bridge it was putting a strain on traffic along Mentor's eastern border? Lake Health could have explained how important this bridge is to the city to connect this annexed land with the city and saving time on EMS runs? Alternatively, even the Lake County Port Authority could explain the number of tax dollars could be generated to the state if all these businesses that claim they will move into that area if the bridge is completed actually do so. One place you might not see wanting to contribute to helping is Painesville Township who probably believes to this day (with just cause) that the city stole that land right out from underneath them. I have no idea what or who contributed to this grant process… only that it included more than Painesville’s desire for a bridge. The title of the post? "Burning Bridges”. I have been told that Painesville has burned many government entities under the current city leadership using Painesville's ‘my way or the highway’ philosophy. I hope I am wrong. That part of Painesville has been an island too long.