DEARBORN (WWJ) – A tennis ball wrapped in duct tape and deemed suspicious was the cause of a bomb scare outside Dearborn Heights City Hall.
Nothing exploded and no one was hurt, according to Police Sgt. Steve Pop, who explained it started at around 10:30 a.m. Thursday.
“Our officer that has a detail here at City Hall was walking the grounds to check on things that were on the grounds and he found a device which is a tennis ball. It was wrapped in gray duct tape.” Full Story Here
Thank you Mr. Mayor, Fire, Police for sending us that Ping4Alerts. NOT! Those of us signed up didn’t get a ping on this why?
Call the Mayor 313-791-3490 or Email firstname.lastname@example.org ask him why he didn’t give an alert to his residents? Ask him why he hasn’t asked the Fire Department or the Police Department to use this service? Let him know you want to be notified through Ping4Alerts.
City Hall was open during this incident residents could enter the building. This might be the reason there wasn’t a Ping4Alert put out for the residents. Just trying to keep it real here guys.
As far back as 2010 former councilwoman, Badalow and Van Houten asked about the excess in the CSO Millage. They questioned the amount in this fund and asked at the time to have it lowered. I believe councilman Berry also had concerns about the water fund and this CSO Millage. Mayor Paletko wasn’t the Mayor in 1998, he sure was on City Council. He was well aware of what the residents paid into this account as Mayor and a CPA when members of City council, brought this to his attention he should have reduced it. No other council members voted on or discussed this Millage. Now in 2015 the Mayor pushed by a resident for answers ask for an opinion only to have them tell him what was said five years ago. Do we as residents get that money sent back to us in the form of a refund from the City with a thank you letter? No.
Yes, there is 6.8 million, this as the letter indicates is well over what is still owed. The last bond will mature in 2017.
Now what will happen with the 3.2 million that’s left after all bonds are paid off?
This Mayor and other elected officials in this City had their hands so deep in our pockets that the City will get after all is paid off over 3 million dollars of our money back in the general fund. This wasn’t good accounting or even being smart with our money. This was just doing something that the residents of the City didn’t pay attention to. To think that this Mayor can put another 3.2 million of our money into the general fund. Even when the law was clear that he should have lowered the rate years ago makes me so angry. Council when at least two council members brought this to your attention five years ago why didn’t you do something for us? All the years since not one of you looked/noticed something was wrong?
Five years ago was there even one resident who asked or called after this was brought up at a council meeting? I recall writing something here about it but did anyone ask or demand that the law be followed? As residents don’t we have some responsibility to make sure the people we elect are acting in our best interest? What can we do about it now? Nothing. Are we going to sue the City to give back our money? Is there even a provision in the law to do such a thing? I know what everyone is going to say make sure they don’t get re-elected. That’s fine to say this how are we going to make sure they aren’t re-elected? It’s not going to happen as long as we sit at home on election day. It’s not going to happen when the majority of residents aren’t even aware that these things are happening.
I thank Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton for all her work on this, and Councilman Berry five years ago for asking about this along with former Councilwoman Badalow and Van Houten. We won’t know until 2017 how much money is left or even what can be done with that money. One thing is for sure this Mayor will not be getting credit for it. Not if we remember what he’s done To let this man take credit for not following the law and spin it in a way that will make him look like some ‘budget genius’ would be an insult to us all.
On agenda, July 14th, is the Resolution to intervene, having a seat at the table, regarding the proposed Tariff, MPSC Rate Case U-17767.
The decision to intervene is simple: the City should have a seat at the table when its money is being spent. Projected loss of $100,000 annually for the City of Dearborn Heights, if the TARIFF passes. DTE would rather not have anybody else at the MPSC table, asking hard questions about its proposals, but I view that presence as a simple and necessary act of stewardship of public funds.
Thoughts on DTE Tariff/ Proposed Rate Increase before MPSC:
The focus needs to be on potential savings by migrating to new technology. Right now, the potential savings from LEDs is larger than it will be under the proposed rates.
Under current tariffs, municipalities are typically able to reduce annual spend around 35% by migrating to LED. That potential savings will be more like 20%-25% under the proposed tariffs. The difference sounds small in % terms but it’s a lot of cash when our budget is $1m/year.
26 communities have signed the Resolution. From: Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton.
Here is the conversation taken from the Truth Page on Facebook. Suzanne Todd posted this on the Truth Page for all residents of Dearborn Heights. The letter she is referring to is part of the Agenda Packet that is suppose to be on the City’s Website under the City Council Page, I didn’t find it there. For those that are so quick to praise the administration I ask you if this is fine with you? If taking money from you that wasn’t suppose to be taken from you is fine then there isn’t anything to talk about. If you do feel that enough is enough from this administration then I ask you dear resident of Dearborn Heights what are you going to do about it?
I read the letter from Miller, Canfield…. on the CSO bond we have been paying for since 1997. In 1997 we gave the city permission to charge us 2.5 mills ($2.50 per $1,000.00) for the CSO (Combined Sewer Overflow) bond in support of the City’s bonds and contractual obligations owed to the Wayne County. The total amount of this contractual obligation for the bond issues are estimated at $27 million dollars.
The letter goes on to say ” The fact that the City had an accumulated balance of over 6.8 million as of June 30, 2014 means that the city levied the CSO Millage at a higher rate than necessary to pay the obligations that were intended to be paid from the CSO Millage”
The letter goes on to say ” Section 701(4) of the Revised Municipal Finance Act requires a municipality to reduce the amount of the annual levy to take into account any surplus money on hand”
WOW! Our city administration and some council members are something else. Not only are we charged more for our water than any other city around us, we were also taxed more than we should have been on this CSO bond. They even had the kahunas to thumb their noses at Section 701(4) of the Revised Municipal Finance Act. We know the city borrows from the water fund in order to make ends meet; we now know that the City was sitting on millions of dollars in this CSO fund. Wonder how much they borrowed from the CSO fund to make ends meet. Of course, expecting a truthful answer is pie in the sky.
Now for those residents that flood and that means those along the Rouge River and Ecorse Creek, this is like throwing acid in our faces. We are overcharged for our water, overcharged on CSO bonds regarding sewers and we have to put up with water in our basements and houses.
People we have got to start culling some of the council members and we need to start with Ned Apigian. Thank goodness Ken Baron is leaving. That leaves two spots open on that council that need to be filled with people who will represent our concerns instead of their own. We need to keep Lisa Hicks-Clayton because she is the only council member that is working her butt off trying to help us. In two years we need to get rid of Horvath, Kosinski and Berry. Those three are as useless as lips on chickens.
For those of you who don’t know that the Council meetings are now on Youtube here is the latest meeting. Residents of Hanover Street take to the microphone to express their concern/anger. If you don’t want to watch the whole meeting and skip to the end you can. I do think it’s important to hear the whole meeting, but if you are pressed for time you can fast forward. You can join the conversation over on the Truth Page on Facebook.