The Recreation Director of Dearborn makes less than the Recreation Director of Dearborn Heights, which is something I’d be upset about as well. Especially since Dearborn Heights Rec Director oversees between 8-10 parks, 2 small rec centers, the ice skating rink and a few more recreational amenities. Dearborns Rec Director oversees 43 parks – 9 with outdoor natural ice skating rinks, 14 with trails, Camp Dearborn, The Ford Performing Arts Center, The Dearborn Ice Skating Center, the Dearborn Hills Golf Course and far more than the Dearborn Heights Rec Center. Source Press and Guide comment section.
Our Parks and Recreation Director is considering a position with another city; that being said we should eliminate the position from the budget. This would save an additional $120,000.
Source Councilman Tom Berry in the Press and Guide
This same director is one of the several department heads that would be getting the same package as the DPW supervisors if the council approves it. If that package is extended to the department heads he would then be able to retire and come back to work for the city at his full salary (as the Mayor indicated) and his pension. Right now the department heads do not get to roll in their unused vacation time, sick time, personal days into their pensions. (The source for that information is a City council member.) Under the letter of understanding with the DPW supervisors if extended to the department heads they would now get to do this. By city charter we must have a recreation department that’s true however it doesn’t say the staffing levels or how much of the city budget is spent on it.
Let me ask you dear readers this if your neighbor needed a new roof on their home would you pay for it? You do not own the property they’re not family would you flip the bill for it? Our Council and the Mayor did just that when they passed the budget keeping the Eton Center open and approving the expenses of a new roof for 165,000.00 on a property the City doesn’t own. I know save the Eton Center at all cost. Here’s a novel idea someone wrote in a comment here that I should quite bitching (their words sorry) and come up with a solution. Well here’s one for you how about we fix the roof our selves yes hold fund-raisers for the supplies get a roofing company to donate their time and the rest of us can help out. Clean up the job site, get water what ever’s needed. I’m up for it anyone else?
How about we get volunteers to come into City Hall yes we can do the coping, the filing answer the phones in the Mayors office or any other office that might need someone. How many of us can put in a few hours a week give our time. Well for sure City Hall would not want me there, but you get what I’m saying. When I was running for city council I brought this idea to someone in the city. I was told that there’s no way that the union would ever allow that to happen. I haven’t seen anywhere in a Union contract that there is a clause that say’s the city can’t have Volunteers. At the time I left it alone and never brought it up during my campaigning because well let’s just say long story. At any rate I’m not running and I still think this is a good idea. How nice would it be to call the Mayor’s office and get your call answered. For that matter why not have someone to direct your call to the proper department this could be done by a volunteer. The HR department needs someone to help out during a busy time well if you have a list of volunteers containing the days they can come in what hours they can be there and what they can do. Well why not?
I’m not all about Bitching nor are the others that comment here we just have gotten tired of not being listened to. You see you can come up with all the good ideas in the world, but when you have an administration that’s threatened with even the slightest move in a direction they did not have a hand in they wont even consider it. Say what you will about the Police Officers they are not the problem the administration is. As for the Fire Department let’s not forget they did take a 10% cut in salary, as for the hiring of new Fire Fighters the City was awarded a grant to do this with. I would like to point out that there are laws that govern how many firefighters have to be on a shift to man the fire trucks and ambulances. If we do not meet those numbers they can’t go out on a run. If my house is burning down I don’t want to have the other end of the phone telling me sorry can’t come not enough firefighters today to man the truck.
What do I have to say about this budget well remember the last Balanced Budget Passed within a few months the city was in a deficit. Do I think the same thing is going to happen again? Yes. Do I hope I’m wrong? You bet I do I don’t want to see the city fail this is my home.