Paula’s Perspective- October 6th- Council

October 7, 2008 at 12:59 pm 3 comments

Everything passed that was in second reading….
Paula Tobias by Paula Tobias

I try very hard to listen, think about what they’re saying, and write key points down. If I’ve missed something please let me know.

1.___Ord. amend Ord. 114-01, Section 11 of Exh “A” to add position of Supervisor of Operations A7.
This is a management position in the Water Department

2.___Reso adopt policies to estab & implement a Green Team Lorain Initiative.

Good Point brought up about who’s going to spear head the Green Program for the City, as Mr.Given mentioned, a lot of good ideas, often nothing happens, no follow through. Tony said Mr. Challender would be the go to.
ED Note Mike Challender is the Executive Director of Lorain Growth Corporation

3.___Ord. auth advertising for bids for construction of a west side water tower.
Mr. Edwards asked for a guarantee from the Engineers that designed/decided on this, Pages 7-10 had Malcolm Pirnie’s response and the Law Director’s opinion.

Also another, “Did you know?” If you put your leaves in the street you can be cited?
 New resolution Council passed within the last year
 Better let your family and friends know about that one

The LCCAA item is going to Committee.

ED NOTE: The Morning Journal has an article on this this morning

The legislation before council is different than what the Community Development Department originally proposed to the administration, Krasienko said. Under that plan, the city would assume the mortgages, move LCCAA into the larger of County Commissioner Ted Kalo’s two downtown floor covering shops, move Kalo’s business into the smaller of his shops, and then sell the LCCAA building. The mayor said that deal didn’t appear correct and left too many issues up in the air.

Also Attorney Giardini has a letter to the editor in response to the Editorials and Blogs – for the sake of fair and equal time on Blogs of Lorain 🙂 I have printed his letter in its entirety
– the letter can be found here in the Morning Journal
No ‘bailout’ in Lorain

To the Editor: Your “Editor’s Column” in yesterday’s newspaper titled “Government bailouts, Lorain style, afoot” may have been well-intended, but it was unfair and inaccurate.

First, the City of Lorain is not “bailing out” the Lorain County Community Action Agency, but it is trying to keep the agency and its 40 plus employees in downtown Lorain by assisting the LCCAA with a move to a building which is far more suitable to its needs.

Second, the City of Lorain is not “bailing out” Ted Kalo because he already has a buyer for his building. Ted agreed to hold off closing on the sale of his building to give the city a chance to work out a deal with the LCCAA because it needs a building like Mr. Kalo’s to more efficiently provide service to the community.

Finally, there is no deal for my law firm to move into the LCCAA building because that building has no elevator; it has a crumbling foundation and is too big for my small firm. I have not asked the city for anything. I merely said to the city I would consider buying the building if it could be fixed at a reasonable cost.

My partners and I made a large investment in our current building 20 years ago when it and most buildings downtown were vacant, and when interest rates were around 18 percent. Back then, The Morning Journal praised our willingness to invest in downtown Lorain when everyone else was moving out.

Since then, the only “bail outs” have been by businesses and the then two largest law firms in the city. They have all “bailed out” of downtown Lorain or worse, they have “bailed out” of Lorain altogether. Meanwhile, guys like Ted and myself and my partners have kept this part of downtown occupied and thriving. Our thanks for sticking it out and making large investments is your column comparing us to the likes of those criminals on Wall Street. To say the least, it was disappointing and disheartening. I have come to expect that sort of thing from certain political people and certain “bloggers” but not from responsible journalists.

Anthony B. Giardini, Lorain

Entry filed under: city of lorain, commentary, Paula's Perspective, personal opinion.


3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Buster's Momma  |  October 7, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Are the Committee meetings open to the public? I’d love to hear them actually discuss something important instead of just doing the ‘receive and file’ or ‘motion and support’ boogie for the whole meeting. And when they do the first reading of something, aren’t they actually supposed to read it out loud instead of just voting on it?
    One more thing – I would like to thank Melanie Szabo for bringing up the bridge situation last night. I hope the boys let her into the clubhouse for the ODOT meeting and she gets some answers.

  • 2. thatwoman  |  October 7, 2008 at 11:08 pm

    Yes Committee meetings are open to the public and actually you can “speak ” at those meetings whereas the public can’t usually speak at Council meetings. Watch the Council section on the City of Lorain website the meetings are listed.

  • 3. Giardini pouts about bloggers « Buckeye RINO  |  October 31, 2008 at 4:50 pm

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