FaceBook might not be the only way the word can get out, but at least they are trying… The fact that this Mayor is going out with his department heads to all of the streets of Westland is great and notice the administration allows comments what ever they may be good or bad. A Mayor that takes action when you complain what can Dearborn Heights Residents expect to get from our Mayor if they complain?
You Can Expect:
To be called names.
To have eyes roll when you start to talk
To be taken out of his office in handcuffs if you complain about the snow not being plowed after 3 days. Happened the Mayors assistant did that couple of years back to a man who wanted to wait for the Mayor. He was told to wait in the hallway he said he wanted to wait by the desk of the sectary. His assistant didn’t like that so she called the police and he was taken out in handcuff and arrested and put in a jail cell. True Story.
To be yelled at and foul language said to you… That’s happened on more than one occasion with our Mayor.
The Mayor and all his department heads to walk out in the middle of a City Council Meeting.
Nothing but empty words.
In short you can expect to have smoke blown…
Absolutely Mr. Mayor do not what ever you do find ways to enhance the way the City communicates with the residents.
This is from the Planning Commission Meeting Minutes February 13, 2014 submitted to City Council. As you can see from the conversation Berwyn Center and yes even Eton Center are going to be closed. According to the 5 year plan submitted by Parks and Recreation Department.. Question here for those who might remember didn’t the Mayor promise he would never close them? When Janet Badalow was running for Mayor she proposed the same thing for the Eton Center and was beat over the head for it by the majority of the senior voters. I guess her idea was so good that the Mayor is going to implement it. Difference is he lied about it during the election and Janet Badalow was straight forward with her plans.
As to the new senior center to replace the Berwyn Center… With what money? I think this is just pie in the sky thinking as to the Berwyn Center and if anything they are just going to move it to the Canfield Center, or better yet move them to the Richard A. Young Center.
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o I shouldn’t have to write about this again not when you consider I did around 4 years ago. I think it was two years ago when the council finally voted for Dearborn to take care of the IT (information technology) for the City. The council approved a contract with the City of Dearborn to handle IT for the City. Now two years later and the website still hasn’t been done. There still isn’t an E-Newletter. For all you non-techies on the council “E” stands for electronic (sent to your email) and “newsletter” well if I have to explain that please go home.
Here’s What the City of Dearborn’s Website Looks Like
Dearborn Heights website
There hasn’t been one thing changed on the web site for the City of Dearborn Heights in since signing the contract with the City of Dearborn. While the City of Dearborn utilizes all the social media outlets Dearborn Heights hasn’t tried even one. What is Social media?
Ron Jones puts it like this Essentially is a category of online media where people are talking, participating, sharing, networking, and bookmarking online. Most social media services encourage discussion, feedback, voting, comments, and sharing of information from all interested parties.
Here’s the City of Dearborn FaceBook page
The City of Dearborn doesn’t just stick with Face Book as a way of communicating with its residents twitter,and YouTube. They make sure they use all means of communication with their residents. On YouTube you can now make a channel that’s just what the City of Dearborn did. Garden City has a twitter account here while other City’s around us are putting copies of City Council meetings on City websites so residents can watch at any time. The City of Dearborn Heights still hasn’t. When I mentioned this years ago Garden City and Dearborn had already been doing it. Yet here we sit stagnant never moving forward.
On the FaceBook pages I used as examples you will notice people are able to leave comments and ask questions. That is part of communicating and that is something I thought for a long time was just this administrations problem. I thought for years that it was just the administration who didn’t want to communicate with the residents. After hearing whats been said at council and by council members to residents. My thinking is this… the council has let the administration keep things this way because the majority on the council have no more interest than this administration in communicating with the public.
Start Meeting Looks interesting and something that Garden City is doing I think Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton is doing something with this.. We are talking about it over at Chat TP