Cleveland Public Power's STREET LIGHTS ROTTING OFF IN CLEVELAND, OHIO

Submitted by Jeff Buster on Sun, 04/05/2009 - 21:42.

 

Every time I read Roldo and he talks about the public tax money which has gone to the Brown's Stadium (for Mr. Lerner) and the tax money which has gone to Gateway (for Mr. Jacobs) and which is headed to the MedCon (for Mr. Kennedy) I never really know why Roldo sounds so grumpy.

After all, besides the Cleveland Schools, Roldo hasn't even suggested what better use there is for the  public's tax money.  

So in order to come up with some little idea of a suggestion which might support Roldo I have been keeping my eyes peeled around Cuyahoga County for the last four or five years.   You know, maybe some sewer or storm drain work, or park refurbishment might be needed.    But everything is in such ship shape around the County I have been having a difficult time coming up with suggestions.

Now one thing I have seen that could use a little refurbishment are a street light or two, like the one above on Woodland in Cleveland, that have rotted right off at their bases.

Of course, with the employment tax trickle down from the MedCon taxi drivers and the bellhops I'm sure that the thousands of obsolete and falling street lights will be squared away soon. 

So,  Roldo, I really can't be of much help.   I think this street light, and the 2 or 3 thousand others like it, will be put in shape soon.  

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some neighborhood scrapper's

some neighborhood scrapper's got to have his eye on that pole.

City lighting

 There is the Tremont lighting project and 10,000 little (micro) ideas....whatever.
 

Meanwhile, the existing lighting infrastructure throughout the city is a low priority.  Only you and Henry dog the city on providing the service they should be providing to residents in the first place.  WOIO picks up the story:

Click here: Pop Up Video

 If only residents were the one and only priority...but, remember, developers get first dibs...

In my neighborhood, the developer NRP gets more done for them, than all the whining and complaining I can muster...more photos of the house that should be torn down on my street...and, still not a priority for the demolition monsters.  Has any one seen the foreclosure/vacant property solutions demolition plan drawn up by NPI, yet? 

And what about our UNSEEN infrastructure, our sewers? Over one hundred years old....no one is watching.

 

Thanks for the visual of one

Thanks for the visual of one of Cleveland's many needs.

I guess I didn't think it was necessary to cite the needs of Cleveland and its residents.

The listing of Cleveland as NO. 1 or #2 or #3 in poverty year after year speaks to the needs.

I was once the "welfare reporter" at the Plain Dealer. Essentially, that was covering poverty. I was very, very busy.

There's little coverage of the poverty today - which I suspect is even worse now than it was in the late 1960s.

There's hardly mention of the day-to-day living conditions of low income residents in Cleveland. Those conditions are largely ignored.

There has been more press emphasis on getting the homeless out of Public Square and panhandlers out of downtown in the newspapers as articles about poverty.

The times, of course, have changed. The activists in Cleveland have changed, too. Many who would be telling the stories (Jacob Riis style) and pointing reporters to poverty and injustice issues have become - via community development corporations - mini housing developers. Nothing wrong with working on housing. But by taking their financing from City Hall they have silenced themselves about the injustice going on in the city's neighborhoods. They can't upset the people who write their paychecks. Reporters need the eyes and ears of many to direct them directly to these problems.

I would like to see the major issue of Cleveland - poverty - covered by the Plain Dealer. Maybe one-tenth of the energy  the newspaper spends on sports or rock and roll could be deployed to seek out how people are living, especially as the economy crumbles even more for those on the low end.

One reason, Jeff, that I think I may get into the rut of the school system as an example is that much of the money that has been diverted has been property tax revenue for the stadiums, arena and Rock Hall (in addition to sin taxes) and that comes generally each year some 60 percent from the schools. The County and City lose about 12 percent each from that source and small amounts from the public library system and port authority.

 

 

Infra structure needs in Cleveland so Blatant

1.   First, I respect Roldo and I hope everyone knows my rotting street light report was not a poke at Roldo but a stab at the disasterous "private" economic "engines" which have sucked up our City and County taxes and destroyed Cleveland and NEO over the last decades (and into the future).

2.    Schools are the biggest tax losers, and everyone knows that education is the biggest economic engine.   So we've got our "engine" relationship backwards.

3.    The street light in the photo is a City of Cleveland pole - and the MEDCON sales tax is a County tax, so I am overlapping one with the other - but you get the idea -  do we have our priorities backward?   Cleveland does spend a bunch of City tax money on the Brown's Stadium, Gateway, and police pay for the sports functions.    So sports in Cleveland takes priority over street lights - that's clear.

4.   Watch the TV Channel 19 pop up video in Laura's post above.   After Citizen Henry Senyak takes the time to develop a typed list of defective street lights and submits it to the City of Cleveland he is told that he needs to telephone in each light one by one.   That's not only stupid, it's insulting.    TV 19 interviews the City of Cleveland representative who responds that the one by one telephone calling is necessary for the City "system".  Actually the City missed an opportunity here - they could have taken Henry's list and then used it and a City telephone and a City employee to use the City telephone and Henry's list to call in each light to the City "system" - hanging up after each call and then using "redial" to call in the next bad light.   Hat's off to Citizen Senyak for his single handed activism and to Cleveland TV19's Ed Gallick  for picking up the story.

5.    When I went to the Realneo face2face time Saturday am I saw a City of Cleveland bucket truck working on a street light on the west end of the west bound lane of the Lorain Carnegie Bridge.   One fellow on the ground, another in the bucket.  Aren't Saturday's over time?  (Unless these guys are working a split week shift they will be on OT.)   So instead of being shamed by Henry's work, the City is using Henry and the TV coverage to drag a little OT out of the system.   Where is management?

6.    The street light pole in the photo above is steel,  so it's scrap value isn't that of an aluminum pole. However, dweller's right, I'll bet it was gone soon after the photo was taken.  

7.    There are hundreds of old steel poles in Cleveland with the bottom plate rotting off.  Ironically, the poles themselves have become a public safety hazzard - they simply may fall over like the one in the photo - bringing the wire down with them if they aren't fed through the base.