We elected the Council and time and time again they are treated as if they are nothing but a bothersome fly to the Mayor. Who better to play the council like a fine tuned violin than the man who spent many years on that very council. Oh, but not so quick what’s that I see some claws on the council are they getting those claws out and sharpening them? I think so one thing is for sure there is a shift in how business is being done on the council.
It is a shame that the residents elected us and pay us a salary and we are nothing. That is what Councilman Tom Berry said on Tuesday July 26 2011 about the City Council. In a very long exchange Councilman Berry was angry and very passionate about the City Charter yet again being violated. The center of the dispute was once again the Mayor who gave permission to the Fire Chief to install equipment at the fire department in a joint venture with the City of Dearborn. Councilman Berry said “when do we stop this? When do we say enough is enough?” This is happening over and over and this is how the Mayor does things he approves it tells them go ahead do it and we will put it before the Council after the fact.. What is supposed to happen is you put it on the agenda for Council approval before you do any type of contract with anyone. You can go back over the past few years and find examples of things getting passed by the council because “they have to do it right away or else.”
This tactic has been used successfully so many times by the Mayor that it has just become the norm here in the City. What the Mayor is saying to the Council is you are nothing and I will do as I like and you will pass it even when I have circumvented the very form of government that the voters have put in place in this City. We may have a weak Council strong Mayor form of Government, but we do have a council and we elected them Mr. Mayor. We have check and balances that are to be followed and I agree with councilman Berry when and where does it end.
This is getting worse and worse before you know it the Mayor will be doing this with much bigger contracts and spending large amounts of money only after he has done it will he come before the council and say well it is done now. We are in this contract or that contract so sorry, but we can not get out of it now. Keep letting this happen and before you know it the Mayor will do just that. What is going to happen to the Mayor for once again violating the City Charter? Not a damn thing it was passed and on to the next time he will thumb is nose at the Council and the Taxpayers of the City..
Councilman Berry I applaud you in your effort and I thank you for saying what many in the city have been saying for a long time. What is going to happen the next time he does this and do not kid yourself he will do it again. Just a few months back the Police Chief came before the council for approval for new seals on the police cars. Council approved the expenses of it only to find out less than and hour later after seeing a police car that they had already put the seals on the cars.The argument was the right one to have and the next time he comes before you with something that he has already approved with out your permission TURN IT DOWN FLAT..Oh and please can we start having some type of reprisal for violating the Charter… In the words of Ray Muskat “if there is not going to be any ramifications for violating the charter just throw it away get rid of the council and stop having meetings.”