Friday, November 28, 2014

"I FOUGHT THE LAW" bobby fuller four

Many people remember a time of Andy of Mayberry and his sidekick Barney Fyfe.
Those days are gone.

Why anyone would want to be a policeman in todays world is beyond me.

Recently the Grand Jury came down with a decision that the officer was innocent on the charges of  the killing of 18 year old  Michael Brown. I for one wished there would have been a trial only because this decision will fester in that Ferguson town for a long time.

Depending on which cable channel you listened to the officer should have been vindicated from the beginning to the officer should be charged with murder. Please someone take Chris Hayes, Al Sharpton and Sean Hannity off the air until the first of the year. They bring no solutions to the table and seems their goal is to put salt on an open wound.

As far as the Ferguson case with just about everyone having a phone that can video didn't anyone think to film the episode? A policeman tells you to walk on the sidewalk and you yell obscenities  at him? You reach inside a police car and struggle with the officers for his gun? Do you charge at him hands up or down why not just sit down if you have already been shot? How could so many witnesses see the same situation so differently? On another note don't give me this Hulk Hogan analogy either. Or he had a Demon look. and do not call this victim a child.

Michael Browns parents were interviewed about their son. His mother suggested we should not judge her son because of an 18 second clip from a convenience store camera.
Well let's get officer Wilson's parents time to describe their son. So we also can judge him.

A 12year-old child Tamir Rice was shot by a police officer in Cleveland over the last weekend and all I have heard is that it  seems is the community doesn't trust the police? Why should the police trust the community. This tragedy could have been avoided. First where or who gave this young boy this realistic looking gun along with the orange tip taken off? Had anyone ever explained to him what to do if stopped by a police officer? Most of us were taught to respect authority. Does anyone believe that police officer should never be on the street again only because in situations like this he would probably wait to long before he pulled his weapon out for fear of shooting another  innocent victim ? I can't think of a more tragic shooting.

Gun manufacturers are making real guns that look like toy guns, Odd toy shapes and neon colors even pink handguns, where's the NRA on this? The bad guys are painting the tips of real guns orange just to add to the confusion?

And you want to be a police officer?

In Cleveland over the weekend there were  Eight deaths by guns. This  "child' plus two men shot execution style and a family of seven  where five died in a shooting on E 92th  with presently no motive or witnesses. Where's Al, Chris and Sean?  I guess those shooting aren't sensational enough for coverage? Know why?  Those shootings happen everyday in America.

The Milwaukee Police Chief was criticized be community members for  looking at his cell phone during a meeting . He went ballistic.Well it seems the chief was getting an update of a five-year old girl shot in her grandfathers lap as he read her a book by a drive by shooting. This would only be a worthy story if the police had been the drive by shooters.

To my African-American neighbors and friends if you feel an injustice has been committed don't burn your neighborhood and it's businesses down. The real racist's love you doing this and where will you shop tomorrow? Plus address the real problem of Black on Black crime.

The solution? It starts in the home, parents and grandparents  relatives must inform and be on the front line to protect their families and neighborhoods. Don't want to be a snitch? Then deal with what's coming to your neighborhood in the near future.

To the police use as much discretion as you possibly can. Keep the heavy artillery away until it is absolutely needed. Quit pointing guns at demonstrators. Demonstrators must control those in there ranks that want to cause problems. Get out of the car and meet some people. The police work in Ferguson looked sloppy, and you don't leave a dead body in the street for hours you also don't wait four minutes before you provide CPR to a 12 year old shooting victim.

You can also believe the officer  in Cleveland who shot that young man is in his living his own Hell.

To the news stations and reporters quit making excuses for everybody.

"To Protect and Serve".... and make it home in one piece tonight. Thank you for your service.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


It is with the most sincerity that this Thursday everyone has something to be thankful for. A new romance, a new job, good health. The list goes on. My prayers to those that have lost a love one this year or received bad news such as a child learning his parents are divorcing.

Keep as positive as you can a loved one no longer suffers with pain, two people who can move forward.

I guess I'm trying to say is be thankful what you have and spend little time wishing what you do not have. A person told me once if you are thankful you will receive more things to be thankful for.

Remember you hit Gods Lottery just by being born in this wonderful country. 

Happy Thanksgiving TERM>>

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


I'm sending out an S.O.S that I guess no one cares.

Painesville council held a work session tonight and I guess the best response to the meeting was;

Well it's going to be some time to work out the bugs at Prairie State. No concern of Painesville paying 61% higher price then they could buy it on the open market for 32% of our base power.

 We see no criminal fraud in this contract so no use anybody looking into this. Painesville  "levelization" figure is only $457,000 not the $1,020,000 Galion claim to owe. I guess we just live right here on the north coast. My quote was for over $1,020,000 dollars how could I have been so far off? Well Mr. McHugh mentioned Bonds were used to finance levelization. New question do the Bonds have to be repaid? If not send me a couple. What about interest charges? Maybe $600,000 in Bond debt the city  is now also responsible for?

Electric reserve fund well presently we only have $15,700,000 sitting in it  although they admitted the $2,100,000 sent to AMP-OHIO came out of that fund. Hey what's the difference between 15 and 17 million it's only our slush fund anyway. Why was I told by a council-president two years ago about 30 million?

Paid AMP-OHIO $2,100,000 for our share of Meigs County but.... we might receive $57,000 dollars returned to us! That's ONE heck of a deal.

We will continue to purchase power from Prairie State at $72.00 MWh. even if it only costs $40.00 on the open market? Remember  we are proud participant's.
Odd we were promised an "estimate" of $48.06 in 2007 yet certain members of council believe that was a low ball amount and yet minutes latter we are informed we can presently purchase baseload power off the grid for $40.00 but that's not an estimate that's a fact.

Remember $48.06 was only an estimate so I guess when the firm price is $90.00 and the plant running at 64% efficiency after two years of operation council lady Katie Jenkins see's that as not unreasonable.

Must not be unreasonable to not have a plan for the next five or ten years for our power plant.

Councilman DeLeone enlighten us on his knowledge of coal even though experts claim the Lively Grove mine is mud coal. Mike ask your experts about the turbines and boilers along with other short-cuts taken by Peabody, you should have asked.

Council lady DiNallo doesn't want to cause a lawsuit that we will have to pay for. Wish she had been around before they had to write the 2 million plus check.

Councilman Fodor missed the whole point. Please read the contract if other participant's file bankruptcy say Paducah, Cleveland , Bowling Green and who knows who's out there ready to pull the plug. We here in Painesville are responsible, well at least until  that 15 million has been sucked out of our coffers. your 9.2 MWh. could triple..... IT'S IN THE CONTRACT! 

Councilman Flock go home tonight and hope and pray none of this happens. I guess 19 years on a council means you know less than people in their first term or arrive 30 minutes late.

Presently the only fraud I have seen is a lack of wanting answers. I wonder who this bunch listen too?

Last year a possum wandered out on my porch and faced itself in corner to avoid seeing me. Best guess he figured if he couldn't see me I couldn't see him. Seems like council doesn't want to see anything either.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

"IMAGINE" john lennon

Imagine your Downtown Painesville.

A resent poster claimed I was miserable living here in Painesville. As I explained to them I was far from miserable and bewildered seem to be a better impression of what I see around town.

Look many things that seem cut and dry to me just aren't viewed the same with others around here especially people who are in charge.

One example is the Barnes Ave. property rezoning that went in front of the Planning Commission instead of the Zoning Commission? Then after Planning passed or O.K.ed legislation 5-0 to make those properties R1 the motion went before council and even after explanations and photographs three members of council believed for some reason or another this measure should pass? thankfully three on council showed good common sense to leave this property zoning alone.

The speed in which at home built in 1836 that presently isn't bothering anyone must face the axe. Maybe a savior will be found and if not many of the structural pieces could give another old home life.

Everything from the old hotel that went back and forth between the city and the port authority as to why Painesville regained possession of the property with no explanation, to the constant changing goals of the old hospital site.

Never mind council people voting  on 30/50 year electric deals that have millions of dollars at stake all of them with probably the same knowledge of electricity as the average Painesville resident. You flip a switch or check a breaker box if that doesn't work you call someone to fix it. Who advised that council on these deals?

People in city leadership positions go on a national news show and welcome legal as well as illegals to Painesville... and when they come it's their fault?

Now comes the deal of the "NEW"Century Downtown Painesville Streetscape. Was this project brought forward as a way to get people here to forget about losing the hospital? Attending the "stakeholder Meetings" it sometimes appeared we were building Disneyland instead of a revitalized downtown. How many times have we done this since the 1960's?

The many Painesville residents who approached council and the city manager at that time that Rite-Aid who was building at State and Erie would spend the same amount of money to move the building if the city provided the property. (Check city council minutes) Now we have an empty building for how long with a price tag of $500,000 that has never been used for nothing. The $500,000 price is a pipe dream.

$1,300,000 for the revitalization of Main St.? Yes I know a large portion was Grant money but still.

Now I find out the rumor had some fact behind it  appears 154 Main St. is for sale all 6,700 sq.ft    . @ $174,900.  Here all along I thought the idea was that streetscape would promote growth in our downtown area.
"Your guess is as good as Vine"?

Recently at a meeting outside of town a Bowling Green student asked me about Lake Erie College? There statement was pretty blunt. "There just wasn't anything there for me she claimed, not even a coffee shop". My short answer we have a Dunkin' Donuts. I love D.D coffee! She just sighed.

Friday, November 21, 2014

"AGAINST THE WIND" bob seger

Well it appears the President went nuclear  last night. Setting up one Hell of a fire storm. As we wake up this morning not one thing he said last night made anyone a citizen, a voter or gave Amnesty to anyone? just that  if they follow the rules get to stay here with their American born children.

Now I listened to all the GOP talk "he poisoned the well' ect. Well the well was already poisoned and the question seems to be how long will it take them to come up with a alternative bill to make this all go away? Best guess they won't come up with anything Zilch, Nada.

In the firestorm after the announcement I didn't hear one word from ANYONE about rounding up 11 million people and deporting them? So what rational answer will come out of all this?

How about a Bill that would fine any American business $10,000 for every illegal working directly or indirectly for them? No I don't see that although that's the practical answer.

Can't wait to hear American businesses chime in.

Wait until American clergy chime in. (all faiths)

Best guess in 100 years President Obama's likeness will appear on United States currency. All for the "sins" he committed on the American people.

1) The killing of Bin Laden

2) The first President to attempt and provide uninsured Americans with Healthcare.

3) the Emancipation of 5 million illegals Hispanics. Remember  with one Hispanic American turning 18 every 30 seconds. No more using illegal labor as a way to cut costs.

4) Taking over the worse economy since the great depression and turning it around. Stock Market  at 7,000+ when he entered office and now it's 17,000?

Do I like this? Doesn't really matter what I or anybody else thinks. President Obama made his play and lets see what the consequence's are. Seems this country honors Presidents that take risks and look further into the future than the next 24 months.

As President Obama went to sleep last night he wondered if the Republicans will fall into his trap.  Can anyone say Impeachment. The cherry on top of the Sundae. Impeachment would be about the Republicans and not the President.

What will be their next move, I believe he has he accomplished his goal of dividing the Grand Old Party?

No I see what's going on and really can't wait to see how it turns out.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

"NOTHING FROM NOTHING " billy preston

Leaves nothing.

Pretty much spells out Monday nights council meeting.

I am confused over this $35.00 fine  for alarms. If your alarm goes off and you aren't registered do you get fined? OR after the fourth false alarm you are fined $35.00? Please ask your councilperson.

I brought up written  questions about Painesville Electric Power  that I would like answered  at the next meeting..

1)  how much is in our electric fund reserve?

2) Galion who purchased exactly the same amount of power from PSEC as Painesville purchased. Why at the end of September were they claiming $1,020,000  in "Levelization" costs. What exactly is Painesville's?

3) Since its been almost two years since we paid AMP-OHIO $2,100,000 for costs incurred with Meigs County Painesville was told to expect some money back. Well?

4)What is the general plan for our Power Plant for the next five/ten years?

Also I gave the clerk of council the letter Batavia, Ill. sent to there attorney general. The reason being next Monday the council will have a work session about PSEC.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

"YOU GOT IT" roy orbison

Better yet I think I finally got it.

As I mentioned earlier I attended a meeting in Galion, Ohio to discuss AMP-OHIO well I guess since I had come so far they felt I needed more information.

As I stated earlier Galion and Painesville both bought the same amount of power at exactly the same time from Prairie State Energy Campus. But this Galion councilman has seen the figure of $1,020,000 that Galion owed AMP for "levelization" costs. Now unless Painesville has a deal with AMP none of us know about I guess we owe the same amount? ( this figure only represents to the end of September)

Where is the outrage from the electric department, the city administration, and five council people? Why is everything proceeding as if there is no problem?

We write checks  the tune of over  $2,000,000 for something that we received nothing from.
(Meigs County)

Pay 60% or higher for 32% of all of our electric purchases.

Spend over a million for a new sub-station that does what? Help present Painesville customers or future JEDD customers?  Along with the fact what is that expeditions going to cost and how long will it take to pay for that capital improvement.

How can a public utility keep staff working at a facility that no longer serves its purpose? Yes we are nice compassionate people, or do we believe in city funded welfare?

Finally little concern for a bill that presently is costing the city $1,020,000?

Well I believe I finally got it. Painesville Power is presently sitting on a fund 730 with over $26,000,000 in it. Can't use it to fix roads or to be used for anything other than the above mentioned items.

Now many of you should wonder where all this money came from? Did the power plant play the lottery? Invest in Apple? No two words "Power Factor" you know that number below the electric charge per kilowatt that hasn't changed in years?

Most cities call it a PCA Power Cost Adjustment.

Painesville call it a PF Power Factor you can choose what you believe the PF stands for in your own terms.

See why no one is really concerned with some of the high costs and bills we receive? Need cash head to the 730 vault.

Before any of the city cheerleaders tell me that that fund is needed, just in case. Well the state regulator like a 25 to 30% cushion. Lets even give them a 50% cushion on electric sales of $25,000,000 that would be $12,500,000 what is the purpose of this $26,000,000 dollars?

Plain and simple truth it's an OVERCHARGE on all Painesville Power users. Maybe to look good, or fund stupid ideas like PSEC.

When asked by other city leaders I had really no good answer for why that 730 figure was so high.

One suggested a lawsuit against the city so power users could get money overcharged for them on electric purchases. Truthfully I'd rather see residents get a refund instead of AMP-OHIO sucking that fund dry.

Now if you don't believe me fine. But the question you should ask your council person is where exactly did that $26,000,000 come from? I would also like to know if I'm wrong, maybe there's away we all can accumulate 26 million?

What I have learned in life is the only thing worse than a government body having no funds is one that is flushed with money.

Thursday, November 13, 2014


"without love it ain't nothin'

Well even in the bad weather the  Planning Commission met tonight to discuss 239 Mentor Ave. by a 4/0 vote they voted against the demolishing of that home. Although only four residents attended the meeting they all were against the city's plan to go forward with Land Grant funds to tear it down. The house was built in 1836  in the Connecticut Western Reserve style . This doesn't mean the house can't be torndown but it gives the house a reprieve for a year or two. I don't believe the Commission believe the house had any health or safety issues associated with it.

You know I'm not even sure who owns the house presently?

Another Demolishing? Seems Federico/Fast  Auto & Truck has made an application for the use of one trailer to be used as a temporary structure  to be used as an office as he proceeds to the demolition of the structure at 61 South State St. passed.

Final Plat : request for approval- Heisley Park Residential Subdivision- Phase XVI all requirements met except the proposed 5 acres of park land.

Preliminary Plat: request for an extension -Heisley Park Residential Subdivision-Phase XX was tabled.

"WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN" carpenters

"A kiss for luck and we're on the way." Sorry maybe a kiss, but for the most part no ones going anywhere. Winter has come early to Painesville. Not quite the gales but the snow.

Traveling in Painesville was horrendous today and yes the weather was the major factor but a few other things entered into the mess.

Main St. Streetscape was I believed to be finished by the time of "Taste of Painesville". Now I wonder if and when the Christmas tree lighting will take place? Yesterday Main St. between the Nolan building and St. Clair St. had all the asphalt removed?

Another thing I wonder about have  any of the rest of  seen a problem with the timing on traffic lights in the city? Main St. Chestnut St. Cedarbrook St. just to name a couple. Timing on some traffic lights make little or no sense? Remember when they were all replaced alond with battery packs that even if the power went off they would still function? Seems Painesville is a little reactive than proactive?

On another note the bags with leaves problem is solved? Yes the snow plows will distribute them back into the street.

Speaking of snow plows whoever was driving truck 22 today, the metal thing on the front scrapes snow off the road. Just think maybe if you would have put it down on Chestnut St. some cars might not have gotten stuck driving over the tracks?

Well spring ain't that far away.... Oh, that's when we deal with the flooding issues.

Hang tough Painesvillittes.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

"ALICE'S RESTAURANT" arlo guthrie

Alice's Restaurant ? Well 75% of the song is about taking garbage to the dump?

Found an interesting story in today's News- Herald 11/11/14

Wickliffe shifts trash, recycling cost to residents

Wickliffe city council voted by a 4-3 vote an ordinance authorizing the city to enter into a contract with J&J Refuse Inc. a Kimble Company, for garbage, recycling and yard waste collection services.

What a concept? A city council that votes on services to be provided to city residents, instead of leaving it up to one person. I wonder if that's because they don't want to be bothered or that if someone calls to complain they can tell them "I had nothing to do with that."

 Ever wonder how keeping council in the loop helps with costs to a community?

Cost to residents for the new trash and recycling is: $15.29 per month with bills collected quarterly. It includes a 96- gallon trash container, 64-gallon recycling bin and 64-gallon yard waste container which will be collected by curb side pick-up EACH WEEK .
The contract does give residents, namely seniors, some options to reduce costs.

Now compare this with what the last administration contracted you for?

Another thought now that the power plant workers are done stringing lights on the tree downtown, maybe they could grab a few trucks and pick-up some of these bags of leaves all over town? Not in my union rules? Exactly what is your job? Pretending your producing power?

As a strong union member and supporter the fastest way to get rid of a union job is have union member's sitting around not doing anything. Maybe that's the city's goal?

Monday, November 10, 2014


This is the day we are given the opportunity to thank the people that made all this possible.

Find a veteran and thank him today. Say a prayer for those who gave all, or are no longer with us.

It appears soon we will ask again our men and women to deliver freedom to another part of the world. I hope and pray not. They will go unselfishly as they took the oath to protect and defend this great country.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

"IN MY TIME OF DYING" led zeppelin

At last Monday's council meeting council voted NO to the city manager looking into selling our two cemeteries. This is not a reflexion on our city manager judgment only I believe the wishes of the council as well as residents that the cemeteries should stay in the possession of the city no matter what. Councilman Fodor expressed most people's views. After the meeting I asked councilman Flock why he voted yes for the city manager to take inquires of selling the two cemeteries? He explained that this was not a vote to sell them but only to gather information on what the city manager  could find out. He reminded me that council had asked the CM to find ways to cut costs, and after asking him to do that vote no to his idea?

What about the city owning the cemeteries and leasing out complete operation to a private contractor. Maybe a five year contract with the city just appraising the situation. Making sure all facets of the contract all followed, with no involvement of any city department. From selling plots to opening them, to all cemetery  operations  under the watchful eye of the city. Why do I suggest this? I guess it's safe to assume the present way the cemeteries are operated is costing a $250,000-$300,00 year drag on the city's general fund. Is the high figure due to high city cost's in city labor and management?  In private businesses when a certain procedure becomes no longer cost effective it is source of outsourcing.  An example is say the hospital when laundry service got to expensive it was outsourced. In the public sector an example is rubbish removal that was outsourced, a comment here the contract has to benefit residents and the city. Not let ONE person sign the contract as per Painesville a vote by council should decide all contracts.

I don't see council acting on this there just nice people who want to be liked by all. If it costs the city an extra $75,000 or more doing it the way it done now... so be it. There will always be an excuse.  Keep replacing wheels and mufflers it's your civic duty.Need proof ? What exactly are those people doing at the power plant  besides well you decide.

Than again a city representative could comment no one buried there has complained.

I'd like to hear what others believe is the best way to deal with this situation.

Friday, November 7, 2014

"NO LETTER TODAY" ray charles

Wonder what's going on in Batavia, IL. this week? Wonder what happened at their Monday council meeting?

" The city of Batavia formally requested that Attorney General Lisa Madigan investigate whether there was anything "inappropriate" about the deal with Prairie State Energy, the city's energy provider.

'...The City respectfully requests the Illinois Attorney General to conduct an investigation and audit of the Prairie State Project agreements and  contracts and the communities currently obligated under them to determine the following: 1. whether the City of Batavia was given full and accurate information about the Prairie State Project agreements. 2.whether any affirmative, material misrepresentations or material omissions were made in the presentation of information to the City of Batavia with respect to the Prairie State Project...'

Thank-you Batavia it's nice to see community representatives do more than sit on their hands and care about the residents investment and costs.

I don't know how much more "Data" we as a city need to do something but I guess Mrs. DiNallo's comment that we will pay for the defense of PSEC is coming true.

What's really interesting about all this is how a city council and administration can decide to be investment bankers and 'Gamble' with a communities assets and future?

Enjoy that plaque council!

Thursday, November 6, 2014


Prairie State costs fuel turmoil at Kentucky's Paducah Power

BRADENTON, Fla.  When an attorney in Kentucky suggested that Paducah Power System file for bankruptcy  to get ratepayers relief from high electric bills, the suggestion made sense to some utility customers.

The suggestion also caught the attention of rating agency analysts monitoring  Paducah Power's finances and debt, most of which funds 80% of its power needs from the troubled Prairie State Energy Campus in Illinois.

"Why don't we immediately bankrupt this company and start getting our rates down quickly?" local attorney Mark Bryant suggested to Paducah City Commissioners during a Sept. 23 meeting.

Paducah Power has $32 million in assets and about $600 million in debt, he also said.

Like other communities that bought into Prairie State, Paducah has seen higher than anticipated costs from the coal-fired generation plant in Washington County, Ill. which has been more expensive to build and operate than owners anticipated...."


Paducah, Paducah  you all must be getting tired of hearing about that city,. I know I am. A simple point here. Paducah bought so much more power than Painesville. If they go bankrupt Painesville and the other PSEC communities have to according to the contract pick up the power and costs left by PPS.

A good analogy might be (Paducah) might have a seat in first-class, and (Painesville) might have a ticket in steerage  but if  or when the ship sinks it makes little difference where you are at on board.

I doing these posts to inform, but also show there was a record about what was going on.

Enjoy that plaque council!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


September 2016.

Yes as many predicted the Democrats lost in a sea of red, a wave, a tsunami. Bad night for the President? Not even a question but a fact. I don't know even some of the people in his party threw him under the bus. Bad leader? or to inexperienced to know how Washington makes the sausage. What I guess the Republicans won 10 seats? A number they will have to remember 67 that's how many votes you need to override a Presidential veto.

On the local level Kimberly Laurel lost in a close race with Dan Troy. Yes and I hope we haven't heard the last of her. Maybe in two years she may learn to listen and smooth out the ruff edges. This county needs new blood.

Interesting numbers nationally is that in the five states where voters had a chance to vote for a higher minimum wage it pasted in all five states. Will Congress see the light?

Gerrymandering. Democrats better learn how important races are derived first lets look at the numbers in the 14th Congressional district and the  11th district

In the 14th  Joyce (R)  garnered  133,272 votes and Zetzer (R)  34,467 in the 11th total 167,739

In the 11th Fudge (D) garnered 130,425 votes and Wager (D) 69,410 in the 14th total  199,835          . 32,000 votes and nothing to show for it. Live and learn.

See how important having the power to draw congressional maps. I'm going out on a limb her but I wonder what the total votes for Democrats and Republicans totals were thought the state.

Something I have noticed over the past 40 years everyone elected either  Dems, GOP plans to go and "fix" Washington little fixing has been done.

To fellow Democrats time is now to find replacements for Sen. Majority  Harry Reed and Minority House leader Nancy Pelosi. Fresh faces, fresh ideas.

President Obama  don't give any reason for this bunch to impeach you or it will be a mess for the next to you. Something every working American should listen for now is entitlement reform seems some believe they have a mandate.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

" YOU OUGHTA KNOW " alanis morissette

To recap Monday's council meeting , let be first explain what I observed. This you only can witness this by being in the room. Now council has started having Executive Session before council meeting last night meeting was to discuss personnel. Odd it seemed as we waited for the meeting to start who was also waiting in the court room. Our city manager,  now the only reason I can figure that they were having this executive meeting without the city manager present was the meeting was about him. Remember the meeting was called to discuss personnel. Sorry Mike you don't need to be a lawyer or a youngster figure this out. Now the question remains who on council did the city manager ruffle their  feathers , and over what? Any ideas?

Got the holiday situation under control.

The seeking of the city manager to seek bids and proposals for the sale of our two cemeteries was a no vote. Good but let's open the door to investigating  outsourcing the cemeteries and see if the city can save some general fund money. The only way you could save some money is that certain jobs (office and maintenance ) would have to be eliminated. Tough choice but if you could save $75,000 a year for road repair or another police officer it's worth looking into. I believe council saved our city manager from a lot of wasted time.

239 Mentor Ave. Don't even discuss or bring this subject up until after the Planning Commission Meeting on November 13, 2014. Something tells me 239 ain't going anywhere it may have found a guardian angel. One less address from the pen of "Demo Doug"!

The city manager will submit to the state an application for the repair of Walnut and Lexington Ave.
Please note the application for Walnut St. is just for between Liberty and west to the bike path.

Tabled the JEDD  petition.

Now some interesting things;

Our new Police Chief wants to increase the number of applicants for the civil service test to become Painesville Police Officer.. He showed a large color poster with in the corners I believe a present police officer and in the  other corner a female firefighter. In the center it showed a police officer with a helmet, face covered except for his eyes, aiming a M-16 with a flashlight attached at you viewing the poster. After the meeting I questioned the chief if he thought this was the image he wanted? He stated this poster was modeled after the Ohio State Highway Patrol and it is a poster meant to grab attention. He's right it got mine.

The Painesville Electric Department received a 8x8 plaque from AMP-OHIO for system improvement. I figure that little plaque cost residents and businesses in Painesville about 3 million dollars, and AMP seems or ignored and forgotten the two consecutive weekends last  winter  we suffered without  power?

Appointments were made to several boards and I believe Rita McMahon was named to a storm water commission? Don't hold me to that a lot of mumbling during that portion of the meeting.
Not a bad choice when people start complaining about flooded basements say in Heisley Park they can go right to the source of the problem.

Monday, November 3, 2014

"MISSING YOU" john waite

Two interesting stories in the News-Herald the past two days first Sunday's paper had a story about Painesville's "Little Mexico" and mentioned that the city has a wealth of Mexican restaurants and grocery stores. Now you can't disagree this is true fact even if you wished it wasn't true . The News-Herald reporter question how long before Painesville markets and brands these businesses in town? Well all you have to do is read some of the comments posted here and you know the answer. In Painesville think, Hispanic's equal illegals if they are or not. It's called profiling.

Mondays News-Herald had a front page story about GOP leaders aim to increase votes at a rally in Painesville. As more than 100 people gathered? Stop right there We had the U.S. Speaker-of-the- House John Boehnor,Governor John Kasich and our Congressman David Joyce and you only got a 100? Boehnor is the third in line after the President and Vice-President to be our leader. The Governor of our State, and our Congressman and a little more than 100. I wonder if the city administration was aware of these people coming to town? What about that Downtown organization did someone drop the ball.... or was there a reason they didn't want people to know?
Have to wonder after the "Rally" if they stopped at La Mexicana for a bite to eat?

Drove through Painesville today it's turned into diving through a maze. Now all the promises of road repairing I guess will take place after the first snow? They have done some of the work but none of the streets are completely done. What was it Katie, July we would see construction started? Fair O.K. you never did mention when it would be completed. Those would be interesting contracts to view. We once had a county engineer that said "your road work should be done by the time the leaves fall on them." Good Luck

Sunday, November 2, 2014


I guess it comes with the end on the year, not much happening.

We will see if non-bargaining  staff will receive Christmas Eve off.

Vote on letting the city manager seek bids for our cemeteries.

Mentor Ave. 239 will be tabled until the November 17,2014 meeting letting the planning commission to be thrown under the bus.

An application from the State of Ohio for funds for Walnut St. as well as Lexington Ave.

SNF wants to bring (9) acres on Capital Parkway into the JEDD, sure would be nice to bring the Lake Health administration building into the JEDD, this is not that.

Katie Jenkins requests to know how a vacant commercial building is "Unoccupied" ?

Can't wait to hear the smozze  job AMP-OHIO sold our city representatives....This time.