Currently there are 40 people in our city who receive a cell phone stipend why there is even one is a question that has to be put to the Mayor.. Each stipend is for $65.00 that is $2,600 a month by 12 is $31,200 what the hell are people who work for this city doing still getting a cell phone stipend when the administration is eliminating positions. It is not that this Mayor is so great that he keeps this little perk for the few in the city that receive. This little perk is kept at the cost of someone’s job.. Is keeping a cell phone allowance so important to people who sit in their office all day that you would rather destroy someones livelihood over? There have been two post eliminated that are what you might call upper management. The first was the deputy comptroller and the second is the deputy clerk. The rest of the eliminating has come from AFSCME union workers clerk/typist, crossing guard, the animal control officer who is AFSCME not the police officers union. These are just what I can remember nothing is coming from the recreation department, and the ones coming from the police are not from the higher salaried officers. I know it is not much, but if the cell phone stipends are eliminated you might be able to save a job. Who is looking at the actual minute usage for each and everyone of these cell phones? Who is seeing if there are $65.00 dollars worth of calls made for city business on these cell phones? NO one that’s who, what for just give a straight $65.00 a month and that’s it. There are a few in the city that spend a lot of time out of the office, but in this day and age almost everyone has a cell phone anyway. Most have packages that give a lot of minutes for talk and text or in some cases you pay 5 dollars extra a month and get unlimited text messaging. I have asked some officials from other city’s to find out if they are offering cell phone stipends to anyone in those city’s. One person eyes got wide and moth fell open at the thought of a city even doing such a thing.
Same thing for the cars not one official that I talk with does not say “what”? Why is the city still giving cars to people to drive home? Who does that these days? One person said we stopped doing that years ago. You know every 3 thousand miles these cars need oil changes how much does that cost a year. The gas that is pumped into these cars how much is that every month? Tire change for the cars, any repairs that need to be done to them all of this adds up at the end of the year who is adding this up to see the totals? Does anyone keep track of this? How much does it come to at the end of the year? Someone told me that all of this is nothing compared to what was given to the police officers in their contract. That may be true, but the police contract is done and the council is not going to pursue it they are not even going to get the transcript of the arbitration to see just what happened. I think most of us who followed that knew what was going to happen long before the negotiating was over just look at who did the negotiating and you understand. When that all comes home to roost that is when you will hear from taxpayers of Dearborn Heights.