Dumb la Pillow? or Money Bags???

May 28, 2009 at 12:16 pm 5 comments


BY Loraine Ritchey thatwomanwb@yahoo.com

geotube_industrial SOURCE

Firstly my apologies for the twist on an excellent product “Dunlopillo”

For those not familiar with the Charleston Village neighborhhod of Portside – we have suffered various set backs since the 1975 “study and plan” that stated this neighborhood should be embraced and preserved- the fact that it was at that time nearly 100% owner occupied.

We have struggled, helped preserve Lorain’s oldest green space – fought blight designation- preserved and are preserving Charleston Pioneer Cemetery

tried to make the best of things, tried to keep Lorain’s oldest neighborhood alive- even when the odds and economic climate turned against us and no one was listening to our pleas

Charleston Village Annual Report and links to previous annual reports found here

2nd street as most are by now aware lost 19 trees to clear cutting policy by the energy companies after the big blackout.


Phase One of an alternative to “detraction” is now being completed.

Barnes Trib

It has taken so long due to storage and sewer works in the area. Once again the neighbors were patient, even though one of the neighbors literally encased the front of their house in sheets of plastic to stop the dust from the piles of gravel etc which blew constantly at his home.

We took another step forward this past week with the 2nd street carving site. The traffic that goes by that corner was very surprising. Not as surprising though as the
Giant bags filter silt: New geotube system may save Lorain money by Alan Ingram

The city has been using geotubes along West First Street for about two weeks as it cleans out one of the two major water treatment basins, he said. Two of the bags they’re using measure 75 feet by 20 feet, and one measures 100 feet by 20 feet.

As the water is going through them, city workers need to occasionally beat on the bags to knock the solid material out of the drainage holes, Hoholski said.

They are no longer pumping water into the bags but they are being allowed to sit so the remaining water drains. The process is a trial, Hoholski said, but added that if it proves viable, it may be used more in the future.

As I have said we have put up with a lot in this old neighborhood, and we deserve some smiles, and I surely got them watching the antics of grown men and women walking up and down for hours , beating the bags and doing the dance of the “bagging bounce”. I must say not the modern technology I have come to expect in the 21st century .Hopefully these giant “sausages of sludge” will be removed soon. There is a definite odor at times as noticed by those on 2nd street as we worked on the “tribute and carving” – the “sausage of sludge” aren’t attractive, unless you are a “tween ager” with a lot of time on your hands ( I have grave misgivings that these aren’t going to be “un” attractive to them) and the residents have already put up with a lot from the utility companies.

So I am really glad this is supposedly saving us some money , giving us some amusement BUT if the “sausages of sludge” are going to be more than a temporary fixture – they need to be moved away from that corner and the residences.


I realize that the City has had to come up with an alternative solution BUT please realize that this is still a residential neighborhood, there is an odor and these are eyesores and magnets for the “tween agers” I have had complaints from residents and therefore I would like to draw your attention to the following on my blog today – please follow the links embedded you will see this neighborhood has put up with a great deal in the past 4 years alone and we have tried to make the best of bad situations however we keep getting more thrown at us . I would like your assurance this is temporary and a time line for their removal please Thank you Loraine

Entry filed under: Brit take, Charleston Village, city of lorain, opinion.

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5 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dennis Flores  |  May 28, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    I don’t know if we should be talking to Ripley’s Believe It or Not or call Guinness World Record tell’m we got the largest sludge sausage in the world, how about Bob Evan’s we could have a cook-out in Loraine’ backyard a delicious sludge sausage stuffing filled with tangy dried cranberries…lol ahhuumm!

    I stopped by there this afternoon and it looks horrible/terrible!

    I know progress sometimes takes time especially with the constraints that you have, but if you’re trying to beat a deadline then you can only do so much and it is better to take the time to get it done right then to hurry up and end up with something that is only satisfactory or half pleased with.

    Was that the only location for them?
    I don’t know why those bladders ended up where they are or whose decision it was to put them there but if at all possible could they be moved to the location behind the Water department building?

  • 2. Brian  |  May 28, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    The city is doing an “experiment”. Water purification and filtration is the life blood of just about every city around the world and one would think that there is SUBSTANTIAL DATA that would have costs and benefits done by some other city somewhere.

    Why does anyone think that Lorain is the only city that has had this problem?

    There is an odor from this area as I noticed yesterday and while I didn’t observe any “bag beaters”, why does the city have to experiment and invent something new if there are thousand of other waterfront communities all over the world that have working programs in place?

    Why reinvent the wheel when you can “COPY AND PASTE”?

  • 3. thatwoman  |  May 28, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    Quick research the bladders have been used in Ontario etc…. although I am not sure they needed “bladder beaters” and the “Utility Dept Cloggers” – or should I say the “un- cloggers”
    hope no one suffers from a “slippery bladder” on that we would need to depend 🙂

  • 4. kalin  |  May 30, 2009 at 7:11 am

    just think of them as public art. some people saw tree trunks. other saw a vision. maybe anne molnar’s daughter can knit a giant pillowcase for them.

    my concern is that some idiot is going to slice one open.

  • 5. thatwoman  |  May 30, 2009 at 10:33 am

    More like “performance art” 🙂

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