The League of Woman Voters is not going to air the Mayors portion of the forum. The league is stating that there was a personal attack on the Mayor. Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton candidate for Mayor talked about the deficit and the headlee override and about the fact that police and fire were walking door to door campaigning. So after the forum one of the Mayor’s strong supporters said this was a personal attack. This supporter happens to have a wife who is a department head in our City. He is a member of the LWV and in the end he got his way. Thankfully someone was in the council chamber Live Facebooking the event with verbal permission from a league member. The League is now trying to make her take this off of Facebook and Youtube. She said no that isn’t going to happen. The residents of Dearborn Heights get little to no transparency and almost zero communication from this administration. Now because the Mayor and his supporter didn’t feel he did good for this forum they have managed to get the airing stopped.
Watch and see if talking about a candidate’s record is a personal attack. I would think a personal attack is more on the lines of something that is personal about yourself not your record while in office not stating facts.
One year ago corporation counsel was to put together language to give to residents living at River Oaks subdivision concerning the Old Orchard Pond. That was then going to be given to all those residents who live in the River Oaks area to sign that they agree to have a special assessment added to their taxes to pay for the repair again of the Pond.
Here is what I’ve written in the past about this project.
Old Orchard Pond what should the city do.
And This One
Now a year later and another meeting and nothing is given to the residents to enable them to collect signatures of those residents who are going to have this special assessment tax. The residents over at River Oaks should be up in arms at this point another year that they will have to live with the mosquitoes another year the pond isn’t going to be cleaned up. Why? Well, the Mayor who said that it was a top priority if this is how long it takes for a top priority we’re doomed folks. The association needs the language to collect the signatures it’s simple. Resident, if they agree with the special assessment tax (those who this pond is deeded too), would have to sign and those signatures would then from my understanding be brought to the council who then would vote on spending taxpayer money to clean this up and add the special assessment to all those living in the River Oaks subdivision.
The question I have is the Mayor just hanging on to this issue until election time is over? To try to gain votes from residents who live in the River Oaks subdivision in hopes that the Mayor will come through for them.
I say this it’s been a year if you want to be honest with yourselves it doesn’t take a year to get this done. Yet here we are a year later and nothing. Isn’t it good to know that this was a ‘top priority for the Mayor.’ For those of you in River Oaks ask that question when you go to vote. You keep voting for him as your Mayor and yet in last four years, it still wasn’t taken care of. Now it’s an election year and he’s going to make the same old promises he’s been making to you. If it’s me and I lived there I’d be walking door to door to elect someone else as your Mayor. That’s me and we all know how I feel about this man, but facts are facts and if you think it’s alright to be used and double talked too then, by all means, vote for him again.
During the League of Woman Candidate forum, Councilman Bob Constan said that a portion of the Warren Valley Golf Course was going to be developed. Oh but hang on a minute wasn’t it just a couple of weeks ago when the City Council was voting for this the Mayor said he wasn’t going to develop it if the City bought the golf course.
This is what happens when such a very important subject is discussed in closed sessions. Yep, no public plan for what the Mayor want’s to do with the property when the City buys it. Well, just his verbal assurance that he’s not going to develop the property. Well not so fast because now you have a councilman saying that they will be developing a portion of it. With no language added to the agreement saying otherwise the Mayor can pretty much do whatever he likes, again no transparency. I’ve said from the beginning the Mayor was in favor of developing this property and I still believe that to be true. If he wasn’t he would have added stipulations on himself and any other Mayor to come that they can’t develop this land.
The Mayor say’s something and everyone is so overjoyed because he said what you wanted to hear but we all fail to realize there isn’t one thing binding him to the statement. Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton tried to pass something to stop any development in the future but had no support for her resolution/motion. It’s all Talk and talk is just that talk and it’s cheap well for the Mayor it is anyway. It’s not going to cost him anything to develop a portion of this property, and if reelected who’s going to stop him? If Councilman Constan misspoke then he should write a press release stating as much. Otherwise, if you want to make sure this property isn’t developed don’t vote for Dan Paletko for Mayor it’s the only way to make sure.