Electric company sues Conneaut Lake Park for $273k in unpaid bills

Posted Saturday, September 12, 2009 10:08 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Penelec has filed legal action in Crawford County Court against the park's board of trustees, seeking payment of $273,237.94 in electric bills. The company claims that amount represents unpaid bills on 31 separate Penelec accounts at the 117-year-old resort and amusement park. The statement dates on the accounts listed in the suit range from June 2007 to March 2008.

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Saturday, September 12, 2009 12:07 PM

Here we go again.

Saturday, September 12, 2009 6:39 PM

Did PNC inherit the National City "owed money" after they bought them out a while back?

Last edited by Jason Hammond, Saturday, September 12, 2009 6:40 PM
Saturday, September 12, 2009 8:45 PM

The Electric Company's lawyers had this to say about the situation.

Saturday, September 12, 2009 9:23 PM

I heard it went more like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb1HSnuR8WE&feature=related


Saturday, September 12, 2009 11:47 PM

I'm completely astounded that anyone is willing to give this park credit, power, water, the time of day.

Sunday, September 13, 2009 9:57 AM

Its all about preserving history and I think the community sees that and they want to make it work. To me its keeping another park from the chopping block so I am happy the park is still around its a nice place to go with your family and have a picnic and you don't have to worry about the huge rollercoasters or massive crowds. Just a place that you can unwind and relax. Im really hoping this park will pull through everything. It really is a treasure.

Sunday, September 13, 2009 11:45 AM

Yeah, for years we've been hearing about good intentions and the complete lack of acceptance that operating this place costs money. Face it, if it was that much of a treasure, it wouldn't be in this condition. You can unwind and relax at the local city park.

Sunday, September 13, 2009 3:19 PM

It won't be open for long without electricity. Jeff is right, good will does not negate the need for sufficient working capital.

Sunday, September 13, 2009 5:08 PM

Can you clarify the situation a bit? If the Board of Trustees is being sued over the prior bad debt, how is that not going to impact current operations? Even if the new management is keeping the park's head above water, how is it going to manage these old debts?

Sunday, September 13, 2009 5:17 PM

The Trusteeship is managing the old debts, with scheduled payments to creditors. Some creditors are forced to file with the courts. That bill was over $305,000. As lease payments are made, Pennelec gets some loot.

This is all part of the $2.4 million debt load. Not unrealistic.

Sunday, September 13, 2009 5:22 PM

Where is the trusteeship getting the money to manage the old debt? From lease payments alone?

Sunday, September 13, 2009 6:41 PM

Seriously. I am just trying to understand what the business plan might be. I think CLP had a lot to offer the community back in its day. I spent a lot of time there as a kid and it was a great place for our family.

But so much has changed since then as it didn't have the financial strength to sustain the bad decisions and management issues that sent it into the downward spiral that it seems to still be spinning in. Without a sustainable long-term plan, its just not going to recover.

Does anyone really know what that plan might be? Or if there even is one? Volunteerism isn't going to sustain it in the long-term.

Sunday, September 13, 2009 7:35 PM

There is no plan. That's the joke. Incompetence just keeps getting replaced with incompetence. All the fairy dust and warm fuzzies in the world won't change that. Either find someone who knows what the hell they're doing or call it a day. What happened before is irrelevant. You can either deal with the issues or you can't.

Sunday, September 13, 2009 7:43 PM

Jeff said:
All the fairy dust and warm fuzzies in the world won't change that.

So I guess we can rule out Disney or Sesame from buying it. :)

Sunday, September 13, 2009 8:52 PM

There is no plan. That's the joke. Incompetence just keeps getting replaced with incompetence.

Jeff, I'd be very interested in hearing you back this up. Are you talking about park operations, or inherited debt? If it's the latter, I have no idea how that $2+ million gets paid off. But if you're suggesting that the Liskos don't konw what they're doing, you haven't convinced me.

Do you know for a fact that the park is running an operational deficit this year? Otherwise, from the outside it seems like they have been making slow but steady progress in bringing the park back up to snuff.

Even though I have a soft spot for CLP, I have been as skeptical as the next guy about its long-term future. Short term, however, the Liskos seem to be doing almost everything right, as far as I can tell.

Sunday, September 13, 2009 9:04 PM

I always find it amusing that any time there's a thread about Conneaut, there's at least 10-12 posts from people who claim they don't care about the place. You'd think they were going to get the money to pay the debts by sawing you open and taking it out of your colon.

Sunday, September 13, 2009 9:09 PM


Sunday, September 13, 2009 10:19 PM

So would that leave you with a semi-colon?

Sunday, September 13, 2009 10:36 PM

I think it would leave you with a crappy plan which was really the whole point to begin with. ;)

I don't really know who that comment was directed toward, but for me, I really am interested in understanding the plan in play for CLP. Ken has a signature that states he is a CLP representative, so I was hoping he could shed some light about the details of what's going on.

Last edited by Carrie M., Sunday, September 13, 2009 10:43 PM

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