Imagination Is A Great Thing To Have When You Live In Dearborn Heights


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a City that gave a crap for what the residents want.

 

Imagine if you can I know it’s hard, but imagine we had a Mayor that didn’t lie to us. Imagine back to the Headlee Override if the Mayor didn’t have to lie to the residents imagine if he didn’t need to use the first responders and the elimination of them to scare the residents of this City. Imagine if he didn’t tell the taxpayer of Dearborn Heights that with the Headlee Override he would save our first responders and that includes the dispatchers. All of that done to get the Headlee Override money to bail out this City because we have a Mayor who didn’t see what the whole world saw. The economic meltdown. Imagine if he would have listened years in advance when then-Councilwoman Janet Badalow was pointing out the fact that the City’s fund balance was dwindling.  When she pointed out that State Shared revenue was going down. Year after year I listened as she tried to get the Mayor to pay attention he never did.

Imagine if we had an administration that when he first was approached by Dearborn with this idea for a consolidated 911 dispatch center. If the Mayor (double dipping dan) would have come to the residents held public meetings several of them. Imagine if he would have sent a survey asking us what we the taxpayers wanted. Imagine a Mayor who would have come to the City Council of Dearborn Heights just once in the two years he was meeting with the City of Dearborn. If he would have just said I’m meeting with them about consolidating our 911 dispatch center. Imagine a Mayor that didn’t say at a public town hall meeting about 911 dispatch the only town hall meeting held. That the savings he was getting if you want to believe there’s a savings when all is said and done. That the savings will go to giving raises to employees who haven’t had a raise since around 2010.

Just imagine you had a Mayor that didn’t give some if not all department heads their 10% back before the City is back open five days a week. Remember the 10% was what the employees were asked to give up to save the City. The Headlee Override was the residents ‘give’ to the City to keep it afloat. Now all these years later the City is still closed one day a week many of the department heads who took a 10% cut have gotten them back and are still only working four days a week. The Headlee Override is still being paid by the resident. Contracts are open back up and are being negotiated as I write this post. Did the City Council finally get someone at the negotiating table to represent what they were asking for? NO. The Mayor hired on his own two lawyers out of the law firm that already works for the City. These lawyers don’t report to the City Council as the council wanted they report to the Mayor’s office. Again City Council is locked-out.

Having a good imagination is a good thing to have when living in Dearborn Heights. It’s about the only thing that we the residents can rely on.  We can imagine a better City. We can imagine a Mayor that cares for all residents. We can use our imaginations to see our City with a future and what our City could be. We can let our imaginations run wild with the possibilities of what we could have if we had a new Mayor running our City. Yes, the imagination I dare say is what has kept many of from giving up long ago.

Nice Sumary Of The City Council Study Session On 11-29-2016 From Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton


The Dearborn Heights City Council study session subject was the River Oaks Pond Restoration Project.  This is a 20 year plus issue, which has remained unresolved. According to the civil engineers- Wade Trim, the blocked fountain, a natural spring, is blocked from sediment.  The sediment comes from the run off, which is a tributary.  The blockages create a stagnant pond, which is overgrown and mosquito infested.  Wade Trim reports 50% of the subdivision and public roads contribute to the pond.
During Mayor Ruth Canfield’s term, the City of Dearborn Heights applied for a grant to fix the problem.  At this point in history, by applying for a grant and attempt to resolve the issue, the City of Dearborn Heights acknowledges some responsibility, setting a precedent.  This is the argument the Mayor and Corporate Attorney presents.
The City of Dearborn Heights has allocated and approved $250,000 in the water budget for this River Oaks Pond Restoration. This was done and continues to be included, in the water budget since 2014.  I was the only no vote on this item..I publicly stated, in 2014, I did not feel it should be in the budget until verification and backup is presented confirming the tributary and liability on behalf of the City of Dearborn Heights by the engineering firm.  Currently, the City Council did authorize Wade Trim $40,000 to complete a study and bring forward information.  This is ongoing.
My questions remain, on will be based on the Wade Trim findings, how is the City of Dearborn Heights a tributary?  What percentage ?  How was this determined?  What liability does Wayne County have as a tributary, i.e. Evergreen contributing forces?  Contribute to the fix costs? Ford Road is a State road.  Does is contribute?  How much?  Are they liable and contribute to  cost of the fix?
In the meantime, the current directive is for the River Oaks Neighborhood Association to complete the petition survey on the Special Assessment.  The total project is estimated at $400,000.  River Oaks would need a Special Assessment for $150,000.  They must initiate public hearings , necessity, and assessment, to proceed.  In addition, River Oaks would be liable for all future maintenance moving forward and must prepare a sustainable action plan.  That is the responsibility of the River Oaks Neighborhood Association, not the City of Dearborn Heights.
In closing, please feel free to contact me for further assistance at (313) 348-9848.
Respectfully,
Lisa Hicks-Clayton
Dearborn Heights City Councilwoman

Therefor Be It Resolved That The Residents Of Dearborn Heights Don’t Want To OutSource Our 911 Dispatch.


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the minutes of the November 1, 2016 Dearborn City Council Meeting are posted on the Dearborn City website. I previously stated that I would send you the resolution showing Dearborn has recognized and accepted $214,000+ from Dearborn Heights. This information is on page 17 of the On-line council minutes, as shown below. Other interesting information is posted on the site immediately before this resolution. The Council minutes in entirety is shown below, followed by the resolution in question.
http://cityofdearborn.org/…/3629-november-1-2016-regul…/file

WHEREAS: The MIS Director is requesting that $214,300 in service fees from Dearborn Heights be recognized and $294,900 in expenditures be appropriated from General Fund fund balance in the Police Department, Dispatch budget to fund consolidated dispatch operations for the remainder of FY17. The amendment to expenditures is anticipated to exceed service fees collected because start-up costs are anticipated beginning in January but services will not actually be provided to Dearborn Heights until three months later; therefore be it

RESOLVED: That the Finance Director is hereby authorized to recognize $214,300 in service fees from Dearborn Heights and to appropriate $294,900 in expenditures from General Fund fund balance in the Police Department, Dispatch budget to fund Consolidated Dispatch Center Operations for the remainder of FY17.
This resolution was unanimously adopted.

Email exchange,

Good Morning Councilmembers Abdallah, Hicks-Clayton and Muscat,
I sent a letter to each Dearborn Councilmember asking about the $214,300 from Dearborn Heights for their 911 Dispatch Center.  A reply is below.  Here is my take on the answer.  We are paying $71,433.00 to Dearborn every month for some kind of service and they are putting that money towards their 911 Dispatch Center.
What service are we paying $71,433.00 to Dearborn on a monthly basis or $214,300.00 for three months of service?
Thank You,
Suzanne
Ms. Todd,
I am attaching the back-up material for the item you refer to. As it says in the resolution the $214,300 is a “charges for services”. On the second page of the back-up material there is a notation that this revenue is from 3 months Dearborn Heights charges. These fees were approved according to the policies and procedures of Dearborn Heights, I do not know who approved them. I also imagine these funds were paid by Dearborn Heights for the services rendered, but not specifically “to go towards the consolidated dispatch center”.Thank you,
Laura K. Freeman
Dearborn City Council Office
16901 Michigan Ave. #10
Dearborn, MI 48126
Office: (313) 943-3955
Fax:      (313) 943-2842
LFreeman@ci.dearborn.mi.us

Suzanne,

I spoke with John Laub, our new Comptroller on this issue again. This has not been submitted to the City of Dearborn Heights Comptroller for payment, the $214k or any installments of $77k for IT or the 911 Dispatch Consolidated Service Center. Once it is submitted, the Dearborn Heights City Council would need to approve or dissaprove via Current Claims during a regular City Council meeting .
In addition ,  these amounts would exceed to current budget for IT services, as included in the City of Dearborn Heights Budget FY 16/17, which is $100k.
This greatly concerns me, as the City Council approved the Letter of Intent ,  which does create some legal liabilities .   This is the reason I voted no. A Letter of Intent is more than just exploratory.   I understand  the City of Dearborn would like monies by January ,  2017. Dearborn Heights City Council has one more meeting for the 2016 year.
In closing, I do not support the outsourcing of the Dearborn Heights 911 Dispatch services .  In addition ,  I do not support paying for an services related to this item, especially  “pay before we buy or see a contract . ” Please feel free to contact me at ( 313 ) 348 -9848, if I may be of further assistance .
Respectfully ,
Lisa Hicks – Clayton
Dearborn Heights City Councilwoman
Here is the letter of intent and letter from Mayor Dan Paletko to the City Council of Dearborn Heights.
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So they are going to come to Dearborn Heights not sure when to ask for this money because,

consolidated dispatch operations for the remainder of FY17. The amendment to expenditures is anticipated to exceed service fees collected because start-up costs are anticipated beginning in January but services will not actually be provided to Dearborn Heights until three months later; therefore be it

RESOLVED: That the Finance Director is hereby authorized to recognize $214,300 in service fees from Dearborn Heights

Except in the email sent from Dearborn it states,

On the second page of the back-up material there is a notation that this revenue is from 3 months Dearborn Heights charges. These fees were approved according to the policies and procedures of Dearborn Heights, I do not know who approved them. I also imagine these funds were paid by Dearborn Heights for the services rendered,

photo_55492_20151127So on the one hand, they are going to ask for money because expenditures are anticipated to exceed service fees collected because the start-up cost will start in January but services won’t start until three months later. Okay and that is the problem of the Dearborn Heights Taxpayer how?  The council hasn’t even seen this contract to vote on it and they want money by January. Just when do they think this is going to be put on the agenda? There is on meeting left for the Year is the Mayor going to pull on of his famous moves ‘hurry up we need to pass it right now.’ Has the Mayor given guarantees to Jack over there in Dearborn that he can get this done? Are council members really going to ignore what the residents of the City are saying once again? Based on what I’m hearing out of City Hall the Mayor say’s it’s a done deal and he has the votes to pass the 911 dispatch contract. So who has he been talking to on the Council? Are the council members we rely on going to turn their backs on us and vote to give this Mayor one more thing he wants.  We know CM Joe, CM Tom, and CW Marge will give the Mayor what he wants they’ve made it clear for years they could care less what the residents are asking for. What about the rest CM Ray and CW Lisa have said they are NO votes so that leaves CM Bob and CM Dave.

Have council members even looked at the record of Dearborn and the managing of their projects? How many have come in on time and with-in budget? Over the past 20 odd years, Dearborn has had one failed project after another just ask around. The last people I want in charge of my life or the lives of my family members is the City of Dearborn.  The Mayor wants to sell the residents and the council this bull shit yeah I said it. That this is going to save us money.  If council and the Mayor are so concerned about saving us money why have department heads gotten their 10% back before going to work five days a week? Why did the Mayor ask for and get his salary and a pension if we are so hard up for money that we need to outsource our 911 dispatch? How could they vote yes on this given what Dearborn is soon to be asking for? If that doesn’t raise a red flag what will? So sure is the Mayor of the Yes vote to approve this is it a surprise? He plays the council like his well-played violin. Whatever tune he want’s them to dance to he just plays and they dance wonder when they will dance to our tune. I hope what I’m hearing is wrong not sure how many it will take to stand up, show up and yell,

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Maybe one of the council members could give me a number of residents they need to hear from or show up at a council meeting to speak at that podium in order for them to understand. How many residents are even aware that this is happening? How much has the administration tried to inform the residents that this is something that could happen? Has this administration taken the time to hear from the residents? Has the administration done a poll? The Mayor sat with Jack over there in Dearborn for two years that’s what he said. In those two years did he take the time to inform his residents that this was what he was looking into. No, No, and No why should he? He will shove this down our throats and tell us here you go take it and shut up. Those who vote for outsourcing our 911 on the City Council will be doing the same thing to us. I’m mad are you yet? If you are what are you going to do about it. Are you going to inform your neighbors, are you willing to walk door to door to let them know what’s going on?  Who’s willing to give money to send out  City-wide literature to each household informing residents of what’s going to happen?

Maybe we should just let it happen without a fight and wait for the 2017 election. I don’t know what to do anymore and for sure this blog and the Facebook Page aren’t the only solution to this more has to be done.

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