Let me make it very simple at the 2-14-2017 council meeting during the council announcement section of the meeting Councilwoman Horvath indicated that some of her fellow council members have violated the OMA (open meetings act.) She said that she had gotten a legal opinion (not from her brother) who is a lawyer. She said she wanted council chair to get an opinion from corporation counsel. For those who don’t know who corporation counsel is the lawyer for the Mayor and City Council and paid from taxpayers money $165.00 an hour. How is it that a council person can just say I want this looked into without this being voted on by the council. Isn’t that misappropriation of funds. Isn’t there some rule that was violated here by Councilwoman Horvath and Council chair?
If there is a legal opinion obtained by Councilwoman Horvath that opinion should be submitted to the council chair along with the evidence and her complaint. Then council chair can add that to the agenda for the council to vote on if they want to have corporation counsel to look into this. If they feel that our tax dollars should be spent on running after this then it will be sent for a closed session Councilwoman Horvath would not be allowed in that meeting. She, after all, is the plaintiff bring charges of wrongdoing against her fellow council members. You do not discuss your strategy of how you are going to handle a legal issue in front of the plaintiff. Not only will our money go to pay for corporation counsel fee to answer questions and so on. Any legal fees issued by those council members that they will have to pay to defend themselves will have to be paid by taxpayers.
I’m sure that all those years Councilwoman Horvath went to Mexican Fiesta after council meetings along with at least three other council members and sat around and talk shop that wasn’t a violation right? Residents would often be there with them if some of you are wondering when there are four council members in one place this is considered a ‘quorum’ that is against the (open meeting act.) No one went out and hired a lawyer to bring charges against her or any other of the council members who were there at the time. Yet it seems that councilwoman Horvath and Council chair think it’s just fine to spend our money on this. How about this – you two pay for it leave us taxpayers out of it this time around. How about you follow the rules. You want to spend my money then put it up for a vote.
Years yes years so many have said they want a new Mayor that they are sick of what this Mayor is doing to our City. For years here and now on Facebook so many Dearborn Heights residents have expressed their dissatisfaction with our Mayor Dan Paletko. This year the Mayor isn’t running unopposed this isn’t the first time that he hasn’t run unopposed so again we as residents are given a choice. The question is are we as residents going to chose this time to make the change we’ve been screaming about all these years?
It’s not enough to complain,
The time has come to work for the change that we have all wanted. It’s a good thing to expose all that this administration has done all these years. It’s good to write and express yourself here and on social media. Now, however, it’s time to do more than just ‘bitch’ about it and that includes me. Now it’s time to take action. You need to ask yourself do I just want to sit on my phone or on my computer and talk or do I want to take control and do something about this? If you do then join a campaign get involved. If you don’t know it yet I’m supporting Lisa Hicks-Clayton for Mayor. It’s not enough to just replace the Mayor we need to replace the Mayor with someone who has a proven track record of looking out for us. We need a person who has shown over the years that they are willing to go the extra mile for us. Someone who has always listened, who finds solutions to problems we are having. Who when they say they are going to look into something do just that and get back to you with an answer.
Lisa team has created a sign-up sheet asking what you can do to help her campaign and Join The Team the question is what can you do this isn’t going to be easy. Many of you know from a previous post the Mayor cleaned out his campaign fund and sent almost $25,000.00 to a PR firm in Lansing to prepay for his campaign. He will have his annual fundraiser in April where he will collect even more money to hire this firm to run his campaign. So yes it’s big deal folks he used this same firm when he ran against Janet Badalow. Money is important to get your message out there, but there are other important things you can do. Vote; the City of Dearborn Heights has a low voter turn out. You would think with all the issues that are in this City and all that this Mayor has done there would be lines on an election day. That isn’t the case one thing that needs to happen if you want to help for starters start talking about what is happening in this City.
Talk with neighbors, friends, and family meet up for coffee and have a discussion. Join the groups on Facebook, watch the Live Facebook this Friday that Lisa Hicks-Clayton is having on the subject, What Do You Want From Your Mayor? If we want a new Mayor we are going to have to work for it the Mayor has his campaign machine we need to make our own.