What to do about the car’s in Dearborn Heights last night there was a study session called by the city council. This was to discus who use’s the car’s and how many are being taken home and from what department. Department heads spoke before the council to explain why they take home cars and how many if any are going home with employees from their department. In some case’s there were legitimate reasons to take the cars home Fire, Police and some in the DPW department. The rest made a case for keeping their cars some out right threatening. One department head said that he takes the car to run to an overflowing toilet, or a locked door. If this toilet is overflowing at night how would you know that? Further more you are a salaried employee and last I looked that is your job. Where in your job description does it say that you only have to go on these runs if there are any, only if you have a city car parked in your drive way? Then to turn around and threaten the council by saying I will not go any more if you take away my car you can call Zimmer and let him do it and that will cost the city more money.
The CEDD department head said that his car is paid for by CDBG money and does not cost the city anything. I think the federal government just might have a problem with that last I looked money for your car can not come out of the CDBG Grant a federal grant. I think maybe someone should get a “truth meter here.” Very simple call and find out if that is the case. If it is, then each employee in that department should have a car to take home paid for by the CDBG Grant.
The DPW department has 5 trucks that go home with personal that are on call in case of an emergency all who take them home live in the city “wink, wink.” When asked about the employee who was covering the seal of the city on the truck with a magnet and using the truck for personal use. Well he was verbally reprimanded and he was remorseful. No the truck was not taken away, no he did not lose his job, no nothing happened to him. When asked about the man who was caught driving drunk over Memorial day weekend. Oh we can not talk about that according to the Mayor because corporation counsel said we can not. Oh and you are innocent until proven guilty. That is why you have this person on administrative leave since last Friday right. Are you saying Mr. Mayor that the police department here in Dearborn Heights falsified a breathalyzer test? Just what are you saying Mr. Mayor that some how this man was set up by the Dearborn Heights Police department? Is this just another a temp of your administration to yet again sweept something under the rug. Not a very hard thing to do in this city when no one is asking for anything else hell why not you have been getting away with it for all this time should not be a problem to do it again. Who is going to stop you? who is going to say we are going to have an investigation? NO ONE…
To think that after the meeting a department head can come up to the council point his finger in their faces and tell them that this man here (looking at the Mayor) is my boss and when he tells me to park the car I will, not before that. To think this is a study session called for by the council why is the Mayor sitting at the table why is he not sitting in the audience. He can sit there and say that this is an “Inquisition” really Mr. Mayor are we just a wee bit dramatic? Of course the reason for the Mayors anger appears to be centered around one department head assistant to the Mayor who as it came out last night is considered a department head. When asked about the use of her car she could not answer how many personal miles she puts on the car just would not say. So councilwoman Badalow said that she got the information from the comptroller from August of 2010 to March 2011 she has put in for 15 miles. Not 15 hundred, but 15 miles. A person who does not own a car and everyone in the city knows this said that she only used the city car for 15 miles of personal use. She said that she has access to her “nanna’s” car. When asked if she lives with her? No she come’s and picks me up.
Well there was one women who had a little something to say about that. Cindy Laslo said “So Mr. Mayor it is okay that she takes the city car to another city to sleep with my husband all night.” This woman says she was parked outside of that house waiting for her husband to come out of it. The assistant to the Mayor did not have much to say and when the head of the DPW department wanted to get up and talk on her behalf councilwoman Badalow told him we are not talking about your car we are talking about her car you can have a seat. She went on to say that everyone else was willing to get up and talk about why they should get to keep their car why not her? The Mayor replied because I told her not to and the council has already made up your minds so I told her she does not have to answer any of your questions. Well Mr. Mayor what about our questions? what about us the taxpayers what about the people who are paying the bills here? I guess the better question here is why only her Mr. Mayor why did you tell only your assistant that she did not have to answer the council questions? Everyone who works for the city has to answer to the council and they have to answer to us, all of you including yourself Mr. Mayor have to answer to us. When asked about the assistant to the Mayors cell phone she was quick to say how much work she gets done over the phone through text messaging. The phone according to her is used a lot for disciplinary reasons when asked isn’t that a job for the Human Resource department? She said no they only do the paper work I do all the disciplining. Does she have the power to do what ever she wants to whom ever she wants? She is willing to give her text messages to the council to let them see how much work she does over the phone. Councilwoman Badalow said she would like to see them, but one look from the Mayor and his assistant clammed right up. What is being said in those text messages? The same woman that talked about the city car also said that the stipend-paid-for city cell phone was also used to send her husband nude pictures I confirmed from three different sources that this was said and who said it..
When something could have been done a year ago when it was asked of the council to do an investigation nothing was done. A year later and here we go more of the same and nothing going to be done after talking with several people who were there and others who heard what happened. They are demanding that something get done about this. They want to know where they can call who they can talk with how they can get this stopped. It was a real simple thing at the last council meeting they should have voted to take the cars away and then decide who is going to be taking them home. One department at a time instead it has turned into a free for all and the Mayor sitting back and basically telling the council to bad. People who were there said that it was mouth dropping they do not understand why the Mayor has anything to say at a study session for the council. They do not understand this total lack of respect for the council and for the residents. This administration it looks like would rather eliminate jobs, cut city services than to have these cars given up. It seems like this is only about one car just the one special car used by the very important person. I would venture to say if you took that one car out of the equation he would have nothing to say. After all he did not direct any other department head not to come and answer the council’s legitimate questions just his assistant was given that instruction from the Mayor.
Where is the ethics committee? We have one right? Oh No We do not. Another question where is it written that every department head shall have a car or they do not have to do their job? Where is it written that in-order to do their job they will be provided a city car to park in their driveways at night to wait for the call for them to go and do their job. When all of you got your jobs was that in your job description? If you are unwilling to do your job if the car does not go home with you at night than quite I am sure there are plenty of people that would be more then willing to come to work for us with out a city car. This has been like watching the Indy 500 round and round they go coming in for pit stops only to go back out and go around some more. The difference is the Indy 500 is only 500 laps and there are rules to follow that is not the case here in Dearborn Heights rules do not apply.
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