Last night there was a study session Councilman Berry brought a company to explain just what they can do for the city. This company has the hardware to monitor the fuel for each vehicle that is used in the city. When they are filled up how many times they can be filled up in a day, the person driving that car will be issued a pin the car is issued the card and before you can fill-up they have to put in the mileage of that car. All of this can be monitored from a computer and I am sure residents will have access to these reports too. One person in control of who is doing what and for how much..
I know I have been very critical of certain people on the council one of those council members has been councilman Berry, but I must give credit where credit is due. Councilman Berry gave to the council his resolution for the cars. What I really like about this resolution is the fact that councilman Berry points out to the Mayor that they (the council) do have the right and the responsibility to do this.. What councilman Berry is pointing out is that yes they do have power and yes they will use it Finally.
Whereas; City (municipal) Property is defined in the Charter as real or personal property owned, leased or used by the City.
Whereas; Vehicles, including marked and unmarked cars and trucks are personal property leased or owned by the City.
Whereas; The City of Dearborn Heights is experiencing budget deficits due to falling property tax values and state share revenues.
Whereas; The City Council is elected and charged with the responsibility of enacting recommendations reducing the City’s budget deficits.
Whereas; In accordance with City Charter Section 2.1, “The City and its officers shall have power to exercise all municipal powers in the management and control of municipal property…
Therefore, Let it be resolved, effective immediately and commencing at the beginning of each new budget term City Council will have the authority by a majority vote to restrict or grant the use of City vehicles by any elected, appointed and/or employed City personnel from removal of said property from the confines of City grounds after normal business hours.
Also let it be resolved, any contractual agreements verbal or written regarding the use of said property must be approved by a majority vote of City Council.
The above is what was written by Councilman Berry the section in the Charter that refers to property owned by the city is section 18.3.
Now let us talk about what the Mayor is trying to do. He directed corporation counsel to give an opinion if the council can do this. He is asking corporation counsel to circumvent the charter and by doing that circumventing you the voter. He has no right to disregard the charter as he has done so often in the past. This time how ever Mr. Mayor if you proceed down this road a recall is necessary and if that is not the answer then legal action by the taxpayers of this city will be taken in circuit court. A way will be found to put a legal injunction against you barring you from violating our rights again.
Sham on you Mr. Mayor, for even asking corporation counsel to spend our money trying to find a way to violate our rights. Mr. Mayor the voters are the one’s who decide if the Charter can be changed the City Charter is clear in what it say’s if you want to change it then put it before the voters to do so as the law requires you to do. I am asking each and every one of you who comes to this blog to email, call do what ever you can do to let everyone know what this man is trying to do to us again. I am asking all of you to call the Press and Guide and other news papers and tell them what is going on. Write or call the council members have as many as you know do the same. Council does have the power and they are using it support them in their effort and stop this man from doing any more harm. Like I said he is spending our money to violate our rights.
I would like to point out that you Mr. Mayor have a car that cost the taxpayers 800.00 a month. You have not taken a pay cut like you have asked so many to do in the city. You did not cut your own office budget by even 1% the council did not come near your office budget in any way. Is that not enough for you Mr. Mayor? It is time for you sir to eat some humble pie and please let the council do the job that we elected them to do this is Enough.
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