The City is borrowing money from the Water fund, and road Fund what if any thing is left in these funds? These funds have an intended purpose now they are not being used for that purpose. Take the road fund, the City has borrowed from that fund already and the streets are in desperate need of repair. While the streets are crumbling like a crumb cake and the problem is spreading will there ever be enough money to fix them? As the problem grows so does the expense of fixing the problem. putting off taking care of the City’s infrastructure is the same as putting off taking care of something that needs repair in your home. With time the problem gets worse and the expense of fixing it grows. What’s the difference between the City of Dearborn Heights and what they are doing now from Detroit? For years Detroit did nothing to take care of that city’s infrastructure the end result is a problem so large that the city can’t get a handle on it.
Is Dearborn Heights heading down this same path of self-destruction? Can the city ever catch up and when will the city start to work on the many streets that need repair? Same for the water fund while the Mayor threatens all of us with higher water rates because residents want to sue for damage caused by the flooding. Who’s to say water rates won’t increase so the city can again barrow from that fund. I think we’ll see an increase in our water rates and it will have nothing to do with lawsuits. I think the Mayor will use the lawsuits as an excuse to raises the rates. In the meantime money that is supposed to be used to fix the city is now being borrowed and used to keep the city running.
Maybe we should all do what the Mayor suggested to a resident who came before the council some months back about her street. At that time the Mayor said maybe she should get together with her neighbors and look into hiring someone and do it themselves. Just how does that work Mr. Mayor? Do the residents who decide to hire a company at their own expense to have the street redone now own it? After all you’re talking about thousands of dollars to have a street redone. How and who would give the residents on a street the authority to do that? You, or the City Council would you have to go to court for that? Better yet what will happen when neighborhoods get together and hire a lawyer to take the city to court to compel the city to use the road funds for the intended purpose, fixing the streets. Will the city have the money to even begin to repair the damage caused by neglect?