To the City Council of Dearborn Heights in particular Councilwoman Horvath.
I never expected you councilwoman Horvath to be the one that was so against more means of communication with the residents of Dearborn Heights. If anything I thought you were going to be the one in the forefront of this effort. I honestly thought that you would have been taking the administration to task for not doing it. I thought you along with maybe one or two others would have been insisting on doing these things.
Councilwoman Horvath as most of us know you control the vote on the council we understand this. So I’m writing this post to you and hope that maybe the rest will read it too. I would ask that you work with us to advance our City don’t keep fighting us. What we are asking for in the way of more communication isn’t a bad thing for the City. Opening up communication with the residents and pushing out as much information as the City can. Will only help in the advancement of the City, and would help in enhancing the communication already in place. Therese changes that all of us have had to make in our lives not everything stays the same we move forward and always keep and eye out to the future. I just don’t understand why after so many years of hearing from council members telling me its the Mayor who doesn’t want these things. Why all of a sudden it’s no longer the Mayor (if it ever was) who doesn’t want these things? It’s the council and you councilwoman Horvath, the one fighting us the most.
What is so wrong with wanting to have City Council meetings live streaming? The City can’t afford it. How does Garden City a much smaller City pull it off? Don’t want live streaming then why can’t you have the council meeting archived and posted on a site that lets us watch them whenever and where ever on any device we like. Heres Garden City YouTube Chanel with video from Council meetings. Garden City uses Ustream to live stream their meetings. Dearborn has their council meetings and other videos on the cloud using Leighronix, Inc that’s not including their YouTube Chanel that you can take a look at here. That’s not enough how about Wilmington, North Carolina Livonia live streams council meetings and has them on demand here. Okay enough with the examples, but there are so many other City’s across the United States doing this. You get the idea I’m sure just in case you are wondering YouTube is free.
Were you one of hundreds left not knowing where to go, what to do after this last flood in Dearborn Heights? Were you left not hearing from City officials? Were you trying to find information on your computer and could find nothing? Welcome to the City of Dearborn Heights were you won’t find any form of communication besides the very traditional. Newspapers, and if the Mayor can get his face on a news program and you just so happen to be watching that channel you might get some information there. Other than that you’re ‘SOL’ the City of Dearborn Heights fell short no I dare say the City failed during the flood event. While the flooding event was historic and affected a very large area those of us living in Dearborn Heights don’t care how big of an area this flood affected our concern is with our City.
What residents need is the City using all ways of communication available to them to communicate with the residents. One of those ways is Facebook here is what Dearborn put up on that City’s Facebook Page the day of the flood and day after the flood. Council If you don’t think that people care about information just look at the number of shares on the post below. That post was shared 110 times. For you that don’t understand what that means 110 people shared this information on their own Facebook page spreading the word. Council and Mayor please go to Dearborns Facebook Page and see for yourselves how this is being used as a way to inform that City Residents. It’s not the only way they inform their residents. Councilman Berry you say you want to do this, but want to make sure you get it right. This is a very good example of a City getting it right and right next door to us. Not some other state. The residents didn’t have to go before the council in Dearborn and get insulted and called names because they wanted a Facebook page. I’m sure that most residents of Dearborn don’t even go to City’s Facebook page. That’s not the point the point is they are using it to inform and yes promote that City.
From Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton
The Dearborn Heights communication/social media/ civic engagement study session will be Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 7:00 p.m., 6045 Fenton, Dearborn Heights. I have invited Robin Pierman, a specialist in communication & municipalities. She will be presenting a program on benefits, the how’s & why’s of social media use by local governments.
Residents of Dearborn Heights if you in any way want to make sure that the next time there’s a flood that you can get a text message alert. Something you can sign up for from Nixle if the City only offered that to you. If you as a resident would like to see the City have a Facebook Page where you could get information that could help you. Then you need to be at the September 30,2014 study session. That’s not all if you would like to watch the City council meetings online. If you would like an E-Newsletter then please show up to the meeting. I know we are all busy I know it’s a pain to go there, but it’s worth the effort to make sure they see there are more than a handful of residents asking for these things.
Dear Dearborn Heights Truth Page Followers,
For the record, as an elected official of the City of Dearborn Heights, I did respond and answer all questions regarding the current claims from the City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 9, 2014. I am aware and informed in regard to the bills our City Council is approving. When in doubt, I call and make an inquiry. In regard to the dynamics, workings and relationships between the City and Wayne County (sewage, water, rates), I have continued to pursue this topic, so I may be informed when making decisions which impact our community. On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, a group of Dearborn Heights residents, along with myself, meet with the Wayne County Airport Authority (a separate entity from Wayne County, established in 2002). The result of this meeting was the clear understanding of the “urban legend” of the airport open gates and flooding in Dearborn Heights. As a result, reviewing the data, records and such, the 4 retention ponds do not impact our community, When the gates are open, which was the day after the August 12th flooding, the water flows into the Frank & Poet, which ends near Gilbraltor,, and the Sexton-Kilfoil, which ends in Lincoln Park, both discharging excess into the Detroit River. I will continue to work with local government officials (all levels) and our residents to address these issues. No excuses. In closing, I believe I have responded to concerns brought to my attention. I have and will continue to make myself available via office hours, e-mail, in-person appointments (meetings), and posting informational updates via social media and other sources. If anyone is interested in discussing our cost per square cubic feet, please call me.
Dearborn Heights City Council Member
I want to thank councilwoman Hicks-Clayton for sharing these with me…
How much has the Clerks office cost the taxpayer for August 2014? Please don’t misunderstand he is an elected official that does have to use the attorney for the City when a legal matter arises. When someone in the City does something that could potentially be breaking the law, or someone brings legal action against the City the city lawyers are called. Maybe it’s just a legal question or getting a legal opinion. When ever corporation council is called that is chargeable time and corporation counsel isn’t charging the City outrageous hourly rates, actually he’s kept his rates very reasonable over the years. Taxpayer money pays the cost of attorneys working for the city. In the case of the Clerk during the month of August much of the charges are for absentee ballots issue and no it wasn’t just Arab American voters who didn’t receive their ballots. No it wasn’t just Arab Americans that went to vote at the clerks counter at City hall who were told they would have their ballot mailed to them. It wasn’t an Arab American who sued the clerk not to count the large group of ballots he had put to the side. It wasn’t an Arab American who had him down town in court over the issue. I make that clear for those that I’ve heard calling it a ‘Arab thing’, or it’s just a bunch of Arabs “yelling.” I hate the term ‘Arab American’ in the end Americans were turned away at the counter, and Americans didn’t receive their absentee ballots. The majority of those were of Arab descent.
In an injunction request filed in Wayne County Circuit Court, Citizens for David Nathan asked local, county and state election officials to not process “potentially fraudulent absentee ballots” until an investigation has been conducted.
After David Nathan asked for the investigation the judge hearing the case halted counting of the absentee ballots.
The judge dismissed the case saying.
“There is absolutely no evidence in this case that there has been one fraudulent ballot submitted by absentee ballot,”
How much did this cost the City? With all the election issues and a lawsuit filed by a resident to look into the issue of the Clerks resignation the total is $3,226.48 out of $9,640.48. Many believe that the issue with the ballots might have been avoided with telephone calls to those whose ballots had issues. The clerk’s office during the time that all of this was happening did have a shortage of help in the office. If the ‘poor me card’ is going to be played then at the very least the record should be set straight. He was down by two after, two women had left the clerk’s office months previously. The leaving of those women is what caused the clerks Censure from the City council not that the clerk wants anyone to talk about that. No he’s even gone so far as to have an attorney not the City attorney send a (warning shot) by way of a letter to Zouher Abdel-Hak , Not sure how a public matter can’t be discussed or even distributed.
The Censure voted on and approved by the council in a public meeting it’s now a public record. I dare to say if the clerk has a problem with the censure he can have the lawyer he hired file a letter with the council. He might even want to look into having the censure over turned in a court of law. Until that time it’s not for the clerk to say to the residents what we can and can’t talk about. Even if the clerk sued the city council and won we still could talk about and distribute the censure. Still looking to find out just how much the censure of the clerk cost the taxpayers of Dearborn Heights that’s for another post when and if I get the information. Councilman Berry indicated at a council meeting that there is still on going litigation surrounding the issue of the reason these women left his office.
Much has been said about the fact that the clerk was understaffed during the August primary election. The office of the clerk being understaffed was a result of what the clerk did inside his own office. The facts are there the investigation conducted by the city. The censure is part of the permanent record of the city. To have him or anyone else pretend that this didn’t happen and letting him get away with playing the ‘poor me card’ shouldn’t stand. To my understanding the new council secretary who works in the clerk’s office has left after two weeks. Why is it that every person that’s gotten in that office has left? To my understanding I think this is the fifth person to leave the clerk’s office. Why? What is going on in that office? In the past people stayed there for years now that office has a revolving door of staff that leave as fast as they can. Yes, decision have a price tag when those decisions bring about a firestorm of controversy.
If interested in helping by baking something for the Southwest Dearborn Heights Neighborhood Association Bake Sale please read below for details.
SOUTHWEST DEARBORN HEIGHTS NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION
IS HAVING A BAKE SALE ON
OCTOBER 11, 2014
FROM 10:00AM TO 2:00PM
LOCATED ON VAN BORN ROAD, DEARBORN HEIGHTS
AND WE NEED YOUR HELP IN BAKING OR SELLING FOR THIS EVENT
IF YOU CAN HELP
PLEASE CALL THE
ALL ITEMS BAKED NEED TO BE LABELED AS TO WHAT IT IS
IF THE BAKED ITEM CONTAINS NUTS, PEANUT BUTTER, ETC.
ALL BAKED GOODS SHOULD BE BROUGHT TO THE PRESIDENT’S
HOUSE LOCATED AT 24725 ANNAPOLIS, DEARBORN HEIGHTS NO
LATER THAN 7:00PM ON FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10TH FOR PLATING, PRICING
AND LABELING. IF NECESSARY WE CAN PICK UP YOUR BAKED ITEMS.
WE CAN ALSO SELL WHOLE BAKED ITEMS SUCH AS: PIES, CAKES, ETC.
REMEMBER ALL BAKED GOODS SHOULD BE MADE IN DISPOSABLE