Budget

The budget was passed tonight.

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  1. LIKE I SAID YOU SHOULD RUN FOR COUNCIL OR MAYOR . THIS CITY WOULD LOOK GREAT IF YOU KNOW THE BUILDING DEPT THAT WELL.I DID CALL THE ORDINANCE OFFICE TWO YEARS AGO AND THIS YEAR AND NOTHING IS GETTING DONE .THATS WHEN I CALLED KEN BARON. WELCOME TO DETROIT HEIGHTS. BECAUSE NO ONE GIVES A SH&$ ABOUT THAT HOME.

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  2. Big Dog…. Why can’t you disagree without being so nasty to the writer. bitsy08 as well as everyone should be able to give their opinion without you getting all sarcastic and mean spirited about it. . You want to call our city Detroit Heights so be it but those of us who care about the city have the right to tell you we don’t agree.

    Regarding the house on Ford Road. Did you contact the ordinance department with your complaints? Or did you just beef to Ken Baron about it?. If you did contact the ordinance department and nothing was done, you need to come to the council meeting and voice your complaint. After every council meeting the general public can make comments, complaints or concerns. Its hard for the mayor, council members or dept heads to ignore when you make a televised remark.

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  3. Obviously, Big Dog, I know more than you because I don’t have a problem getting things done. And what about what I’ve said is B.S.? I just think you wanted another chance to call this DH (I’m not even given THAT B.S. another format). I didn’t say to call Ken Baron. If you had to tell him over a 2 year span about the same problem, you should have picked up the phone and called the Building Dept. directly. Cut to the chase and avoid the middle man.

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  4. FOR YOUR INFORMATION BITSYO8 I HAVE CALLED AND TALK TO KEN BARON TWO YEARS AGO ABOUT THIS PROBLEM WITH THE HOUSE ON FORD RD. AND WITH THE PICTURES OF THE DPS WORKER USING THE TRUCK FOR PERSONAL USE.. SO I DO MY PART AND CALL IN WITH PROBLEMS. IT LOOKS LIKE YOU NEED TO RUN FOR MAYOR OR COUNCIL WITH ALL THE B. S. YOU SAY ON THIS WEB SITE.IT LOOKS LIKE YOU KNOW EVERYTHING. LOOK THE LAST FIVE YEARS THIS CITY HAS GONE DOWN HILL . SO YES I WILL CALL THIS CITY DETROIT HEIGHTS HEIGHTS.

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  5. The ordinance officers can only do so much and only cover so much ground within a day. It’s up to us, people, to help them do their jobs. If you are aware of the city regulations and you see an infraction, report it to the Building Department. As I’ve said before. They have ALWAYS taken care of anything I’ve sent them – and it’s usually taken care of within 24 hours. So get off your soap box, Big Dog, and do your part. It could be that people in Detroit don’t pay attention to their property(ies), or their neighbors and don’t notify the city when they see something wrong. It could also be that the City of Detroit doesn’t have the caliber of people we have in the Building Department. If you don’t want Dearborn Heights to become Detroit Heights (your words – certainly not mine) then be pro-active, Big Dog, and report those infractions you see to them. As you can tell from Councilwoman Clayton’s note, all it took was for her to let them know about the house across from Target and they’re going to take care of it. You could have done the same thing by picking up the phone. Or would you rather just complain so you can continue calling this Detroit Heights? Think if you repeat it enough you’ll make it so? Isn’t that sad?

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  6. Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton

    That would be great if you have it in E file even better if not a copy would be fine I can scan it.

    By the way the address you put up here do you want that public I like to ask before I post those things.

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  7. I would be happy to drop off a copy of the information in regard to this subject which maybe can be posted on this blog.

    It is ordinance # H-12-05 and being amended by adding section 1-12 for the purpose of eastablishing a Municipal Ordinance Violations Bureau and adding Section 1-13 for the purpose of establishing a schedule of fines for municipal civil infractions that apply in certain, specific circumstances.

    I think it might be good to post it enabling interested residents the opportunity to read the document.

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  8. That is indeed a great suggestion. GMCA (a civic association in DH) has created an ordiance guide highlighting the most frequently addressed ordinance issues and listed the City ordinance. Effective communication would make a positive impact in this arena.

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  9. I discussed the home on Ford (across from Target) with our Building/ Ordinance Department today. Apparently, this was a re-occurring problem last year. An ordinance officer will be following up on this violation the beginning of next week.

    Ordinances apply to everyone. Ordinances are written with a specific purpose to resolve a specific issue facing our community. I agree with you. We need to be consistent when implementing and follow up on problems/ ordinance violations.

    In closing, I most definately wish to work with our residents, our local government leaders, City employees and our Department Heads to maintain and make improvements in the City of Dearborn Heights. It takes a village….

    Wishing Everyone the Best,

    Lisa Hicks-Clayton
    Dearborn Heights Councilwoman

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  10. The ordinances are already online on the city’s website. If you’ve seen the, you’d know it is IMPOSSIBLE to reduce all the ordinances down to 1 page (even if you take only the ones applying to home owners/renters). People will just have to learn how to be responsible and figure it out. It’s a lot easier these days since the ordinances are on the world wide web for the whole world to see!

    I was always taught that ignorance of the law is no excuse for breaking the law. Unfortunately, in this city we seem to have more and more people who break the laws and then claim they didn’t know, or actually argue that they’re being “picked on” because they got caught speeding or something like that. It’s sad.

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  11. I agree. Buying a house does not make a person an experienced homeowner. It takes years to figure out what we’re really “supposed to do.”

    Years ago, my husband and I had a sailboat. During the “off” season, we parked it on its trailer behind our house. No one ever told us we couldn’t and no one ever complained. We also had unlicensed cats because the community we moved *FROM* (in another State) didn’t license cats.

    I’d recommend summarizing the ordinances on a single page and mailing it to each resident for posting on their refrigerator, giving a copy to each new resident, and making it available online for printing.

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  12. I wish I could make it happen quicker! I totally agree with you in regard to the rental properties and vacant homes. Landlords and banks should be held accountable and held to the same standards. We must be consistent with our ordinances implementation and follow up. Certificates of Occupancy and inspections are necessary for safety of all neighbors! I am open to your suggestions and have reference other municipalities, sharing these reports with our Building Director.

    I want to reassure everyone I am working with our residents and our Building/ordinance Department daily. Our Council passed the Municipal Civil Infraction ordinance tonight, June 12th. This is good news to apply and collecting fines directly at City Hall, versus warning, warning- go to court! It should yield more effective and beneficial results. I am excited and very pleased with this ordinance. It was introduced several years ago and did not move. I re-introduced it as an ordinance recently and Director Sobh and Corporate Counsel Miotke agreed, leading to Council vote and passage.

    I encourage you to feel free to contact me anytime at hicksclayton4d\hcitycouncil@yahoo.com

    Respectfully,

    Lisa Hicks-Clayton
    Dearborn Heights Councilwoman

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  13. bigdog – Let’s say you have people starting to see this city is changing to detroit heights – then what? Does that mean you win? Win what? Maybe you just want company in your mysery. Should you succeed in changing the minds of people, what good will that do? Perhaps a better path, would be to step up and not only do your part, but go just a bit further. Do you think you could do that? I think you will not be able to because you are drowning in negativity.

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  14. Part of the problem, Big Dog, is people who don’t know what the city ordinances say. You cannot park anything on the grass, and boats, trucks and motor homes over a certain size cannot be parked in the back yard and I would presume that would include the front yard as well. Work trucks are not allowed to be parked on the street. Instead of complaining, why don’t you call the Building Department and give them the problem as you see it and the address. I usually just send them an e-mail and they have NEVER failed to take care of any of the problems I see. I did suggest to Janet Badelow that the City Ordinances should be presented or mailed to everyone who buys a house in Dearborn Heights. Every homeowner, whether intending to live in the house themselves or rent it out, should be aware of these ordinances and landlords should be instructed to give a copy to every renter. Our city needs to take a more pro-active approach.

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  15. as I had entered in the earlier blog positng…yes, the budget passed. Yes,it includes a budget line item for Eton Center. Thus it remains open. Corrrect, the roof is in need of repair and this has been true for several years. It does not have a line item or Council approval to replace the Eton Center roof (the $165k mentioned earlier). After meeting with various government leaders and residents today (June 12, 2012), I am following up on a grant application for any repairs, as information on the grant was submitted to the Parks & Rec Director. I would not approve a roof replacement, since it is not the City’s building and because of the expense. I am under the impression a “patch up” is a possibility. A bid (indepently arranged) came in at $5000.000-$6000.00. I am following up on this piece and requesting written documentation.

    Office Hours (Get Connected With Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton) for June:

    Monday at Berwyn Center 9-11:00 a.m.
    Tuesday at Eton Center 10-Noon
    Wednesday at I-Hop (Tele/Ford) at 4:00 p.m.
    Thursday at Richard Young Center at 4:00 p.m.
    Caroline Kennedy Library (June date)- TBA

    Respectfully Submitted,

    Lisa Hicks-Clayton
    Dearborn Heights Councilwoman

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  16. NUMBER ONE. LISA HICKS-CLAYTON CHANGE THE ORDINANCE TO THE PEOPLE BUYING HOMES AND RENTING THEM OUT SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE THEY DONT CARE . NUMBER TWO. WHY DO CERTAIN PEOPLE GET AWAY WITH BOATS IN FRONT OF THERE HOUSE ON THE SIDE OF THERE HOUSE AND THEY PARK THERE WORK TRUCKS THERE 24/7.YES THE HOME ON FORD ROAD ACROSS FROM TARGET. IF YOU WANT TO MAKE THIS CITY BETTER THEN WHY DOESNT THE ORDINANCE OFFICER TAKE THE SIGNS OFF THE STREET LIGHT POLES WHEN THEY ARE DRIVING AROUND THE CITY. OTHERWISE. WELCOME TO DETROIT HEIGHTS.

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  17. Sorry did I miss something? Did the council not approve the budget including the Eton center staying open? Doesn’t the Eton center need a new roof, and didn’t someone come before the council and tell them how much it was going to cost to repair that roof. There wasn’t an amendment to the budget stating we will keep the center open,but we are not going to repair it. For the record I did go to the source for my information one of your own thank you very much.

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  18. budget passed, no police lay offs, no Eton roof repair approved (165,000 or other). Additional part-time ordinance officers-yes! We need to get the facts and rely less on what we “hear.” Go to the source.

    In addition, I continue to join residents in neighborhood “drive around”, working together towards resolving blight issues in our City. Please feel free to contact me with tyour questions and/or concerns.

    This is our City- I encourage all residents to invest in our City and get involved. Together, we can make a difference!

    Study session on amendment proposal for our current dog ordinance will be scheduled soon. I have submitted a proposal for a more comprehensive dog (vicious/dangerous) ordinance amendment, working for our residents’ safety.

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  19. FINNALY I HAVE PEOPLE STARTING TO SEE THIS CITY IS CHANGING TO DETROIT HEIGHTS .OPEN YOU EYES PEOPLE.

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  20. WELL LET ME TELL YOU SUZANNE. I DID COME FROM DETROIT PENROD WARREN AREA MOVED FROM THERE TO DBN.HGTS 1960. LOOK AROUND THIS CITY DBN. HGTS. BACK THEN PEOPLE CARED ABOUT THERE HOMES. NOW PEOPLE DONT GIVE A SHIT ABOUT THERE HOMES. PEOPLE USE THERE BACK YARD AS JUNK YARDS STORAGE UNITS. THEY DONT CUT THERE GRASS SHURBS WEEDS ALL OVER THERE YARD. LOOK AROUND YOU PEOPLE MUST HAVE BLINDERS ON. LOOK AT THE HOUSE ON FORD THE BIG BOAT THE WORK TRUCKS THE FRONT YARD. LOOK ALL OVER HOMES BOUGHT BY PEOPLE TO RENT THEM OUT THEN THE TAKE THERE MONEY BUT DONT GIVE A DAM ABOUT THE HOME THERE FALLING APART.YES I HAVE CALL OUR ORDINANCE OFFICER .LOOK AT THE LIGHT POLES PEOPLE USE IT FOR FREE ADVERTISING. I HAVE ASKED WHY THE ORDINANCE OFFICER DOES NOT TAKE THEM DOWN WHEN THERE DRIVE AROUND YOU HAVE TO CALL IT IN THAT IS B.S. SO I CAN SEE THIS PLACE TURNING INTO DETROIT SO I WILL CALL IT DETROIT HEIGHTS . AND TO THE PEOPLE THAT KEEP BITCHING ABOUT THE POLICE AND FIREMAN STOP OR LETS SEE YOU PEOPLE PUT UP WITH THE B.S. THEY HAVE TO DO EVERY DAY. THANK YOU TO OUR POLICE AND FIREMAN IN THIS CITY.

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  21. At both town hall meetings the Police and Fire Department were rated as first priorities. We need to maintain these departments at all costs. The next priority would be the DPW as we need to keep this city maintained and the water flowing in our pipes and not in the streets.

    The city is under siege from criminals who are trying to take over this city. Its our hard-working and dedicated police on the street that are the only ones keeping them at bay. Yes, I agree there are some drones in the Police department and the police that do most of the work would be the first ones to go in a lay-off thus leaving us with a bunch of drones defending the city.

    However, if I had to make a choice between spending over $165,000.00 to replace a roof on a building we don’t own and keeping the drones, I would vote to keep the drones and work like hell to get them off their butts and get them back working on the street thus adding to the patrols and keeping crime in check. Our council should be doing exactly this rather than just chopping 16 police from the budget. That just doesn’t make sense and I am wondering if all the facts are in because I respect the two council members that suggested this; thus said if indeed they meant this I am glad their motion was not passed. HOWEVER, Isn’t it just dandy to know that council has made sure if we lose our war with crime in this city we can all seek shelter in Fort Eton.

    One more thing, I am also sick and tired of having our city called Detroit Heights. My parents moved from SW Detroit to Dearborn Heights over 50 years ago when I was barely a teen. Even back then I was stigmatized as something less because I was from Detroit. There are a lot of good citizens that came from Detroit to Dearborn Heights then and NOW; so stop putting down those people from Detroit who have come to our city seeking a better life and are working harder to make this a great city than some lifetime residents who only contribute CO2 to the atmosphere with their continual whining and complaining.

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  22. The quote to replace roof was an estimated $145,000. However a decision has not been made to repair or replace it. Repair or patch job could be less. Don’t have figures. Lisa Hicks Clayton stated at meeting that she provided grant details to recreation dept. to apply for grant for repair or replace. Budget includes Eton staying open.

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  23. Anonymous. I’m not sure if it was you, but someone else mentioned 5/25/06. Although it was a horrible tragedy, it could have happened in ANY city. The shooter had serious mental issues. I’m really not sure what that has to do with police officers, or lack thereof. The point that you’re TRYING to make, really isn’t a valid point at all. And leave police officers alone? Really? How about take all the high ranking officers that sit in the office and put them back on the road. Then they can cut from the bottom. Makes sense to me. The only place the city HASN’T cut is the police and fire. So, what IS your point?

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  24. I Just do not get it! Why why why is the police the first that they want to layoff why do you think laying off police is the anwser …there so many other places you can cut! Tom Berry think about May 25th 2006 do you remember what happen that day ? Get the hell off your high horse and leave our police officers alone ! Tom maybe you need to step down ..our C C is a joke watching the meeting are a joke they are more worried about who being invited to what ….it’s a big joke !

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  25. Kathy,
    CDBG is an actual entity/term of reference that actually exists and is used. ACME is not the name of the union at all in any way, shape or form. It was completely wrong. “AFSCME” ….sorry, it’s not hard to remember, especially if it’s your job to know it and work with it on a regular basis. If your accountant can’t make change for a dollar, would you trust him doing your taxes???

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  26. He knows the name just used the wrong letters. It’s the same when the council calls the community and economic development department the CDBG department. CDBG is the grant that department handles not the name of the department. Doesn’t imply they don’t know what the department does or how much each person working in it gets paid they do know. It most certainly doesn’t say the are stupid.

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  27. Wondering,
    It’s his JOB to know. He’s voting on a multi-million dollar budget for our city, and other important city matters including contracts with these groups. If anybody in this city should know who the unions are it absolutely is the administration and city council. If he doesn’t even know their names I’m concerned. These are basics.

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  28. I’ve gotta agree with Eddie G on this one. The city is letting almost everything fall apart. Look at the disaster the North end is turning into with all these renters. Instead of tightening restrictions for rentals it seems that they’re just making it easier and easier to turn into Detroit. This starts first and foremost with strict and honest ORDINANCE enforcement. Employ police officers to enforce ordinance then maybe it will be done right.

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  29. In fairness to Tom, how many people do you think know actually know all the unions the city has, who they represent, and what the acronyms stand for? It is easy to criticize semantics.

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  30. JUST TELLING THE TRUTH LOOK AROUND THIS CITY IS IN TROUBLE. NOBODY CARES . AND I WILL NO STOP CALLING THIS CITY DETROIT HEIGHTS.

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  31. Yes, Eddie we could have layed off 16 officers but where would they have come from? The bottom of the food chain. You know, the guys that are out there everyday doing the grunt work? They would have been replaced with people at the top of the food chain who are making $70/80.000 a year. How hard do you think they would be working? Also, in case anyone forgets we do have contracts to live up to. Do we like this particular contract, absolutly, not but right now it is what it is.

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  32. Can you tell us who voted no and yes on the budget. Were are they going to get $165,000.00 to pay for the roof. And how are they going to hire when the city is broke. Are there going to layoff in any other depts. Sounds like DETROIT HEIGHTS.

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  33. The Eton center is going to be repaired for the amount you stated. Each of those departments is getting another employee, nothing about layoffs, corporation counsel is getting a raise for his services. They haven’t decided on giving department heads the package yet.

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  34. Face facts the governing body of this city is just not working. Did the council ever hear of Just say no. Its time for the State to step in before the city falls off the cliff.

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  35. I overheard at a restaurant some people were saying that the budget includes the laying off of 16 police officers, repairing Eton’s roof for at least $165,000.00 and a person each to the clerk’s , assessor’s and HR department. Before I go into orbit, please tell me this is just gossip. I am sorry I have not been able to attend these past months as we have two sick kin in the hospital.

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  36. Mr. Berry,
    You and the council had the power to make changes, but have failed to do what is best for the city. The only changes that need to be made is electing a new council. It is embarrassing watching the council bash my city, the mayor and our police dept. and DPW. Your preaching to the wrong choir once again.

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  37. Yes, the budget was passed Monday but not without objection and major issues. I am saddened to write that our city will have more of the same…

    ‘Nothing is going to change unless something changes’…

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