Special meeting held on February 21 the plan that most council members are not happy with came back to them for a vote. This vote is to approve what the Mayor is planning on doing to reduce the city’s deficit. Here again I would like to remind you that most on council are not satisfied with what he plans to do or with the lack of details in how he intends to reach these goals. The council votes, 3 yes votes and 4 no votes the plan did not pass. Oh but wait just a minute because No doesn’t mean No in Dearborn Heights No means that you get to talk about it some more until someone changes their vote and gives the Mayor what he wants. That’s right Council Chair doesn’t just close the subject he say’s well it’s up to the ladies to change their vote. All the Councilwoman voted No on this plan finally a chance to make the mayor come forth with the details. Finally a chance to get some real work done a chance for the council to put some of their ideas on the table. Not so fast discussion opens up again after the vote and the Mayor of course promises to work with the council. Same thing we’ve heard before the November election. If he hasn’t done it yet stands to reason he’s not going to do it now. This isn’t the first time that something like this has happened many times in the past when something the Mayor wants happens to get voted down council chair always finds a way to get his man what he wants.
I thought when the vote was over that was it, did not know you can talk until you get someone to change their vote. What’s being said in those two or three minutes that could change one persons vote? What pearls of wisdom are coming forth that would convince you to change your vote? Was it Councilman Apigian words when he said we all know this is a fantasy, but we have to pass it. Maybe it was the Mayor with his promise to work with the council a promise he’s been making since August. For the first time in a very long time the Mayor was going to have to put up or shut up.
The council for a moment said no more Mr. Mayor we don’t believe you. We don’t believe your plan we’re not playing ball anymore, than it was gone like so many other opportunities when dealing with this Mayor. Why can’t council chair just turn to the Mayor and say well Mr. Mayor the council has voted NO and let’s hear what they would like from you. Maybe he could say Mr. Mayor sorry, but you are going to have to come up with more details the council chair knows why they voted no. If council chair would’ve said Mr. Mayor if this would’ve been brought to us in a timely manner with full details giving the council a full understanding on how you plan to come up with these numbers then maybe it would have passed. No, none of that just put subtle pressure on the council members who voted NO and get one of them to change their vote. I’m not here to place blame I’m sure there was a very compelling reason for changing the vote. This however does make twice that this plan has passed council the same plan that they are not happy with the plan with the numbers and goals that council doesn’t think the city can meet.