You Wonder Why?

Tony said this,

A couple weeks ago when I was visiting my parents I noticed a police car pull into the driveway of a home down the block. This home is also the home of a council person. After a few minutes and as the officer was walking back to his car I approached him and explained that my elderly parents live down the street and I just wanted to make sure that everything was ok before I left. The officer who turned out to be a sergeant stated that everything was ok and that he was just delivering council packages. I am furious that we are paying tax dollars to have a police sergeant deliver council packages. Next time the council complains about what our city employee’s are getting or not giving back they better check how much it is costing for that sergeant to deliver council packages.

I give you this,

March 6, 2002

 

Council members

City of Dearborn Heights

 

 

Dear Council member:

 

As our budget crisis continues, we all have been searching for ways to save the city money.  In the Jan/Feb 2002 edition of the MMR, I read an article on E-Packets for council members.  The cities of Troy and Farmington Hills currently use this format.  Subsequently, I contacted Barbara Holmes (Troy Clerk-www.ci.troy.mi.us) and Kathryn Dornan (Farmington Hills Clerk-www.ci.Farmington-hills.mi.us) to inquire about implementation and additional uses of the E-Packets.  Both clerks were enthusiastic about sharing their format with other cities and offered to train our employees.  They have found that the E-Packets have saved both time and money for their respective cities.  I would like to invite one or both of these clerks to a study session to further enlighten this council with more details on E-Packets.

 

Here are the ways I feel our City would benefit from using E-Packets:

 

ü Meeting information is available much faster to everyone (emailed), so more time is         allowed for Q & A

ü Less time spent by Clerk’s office putting together packets

ü Police officers do not have to deliver packets to Council or others

ü The public may attend more of our meetings if they could access meeting info (posted on website)

ü Less paper used (saving money as well as environment)

 

Therefore, I would like to recommend that the City Council direct the Chair to set up the appropriate study session and invite key persons to attend.

 

For your information, I have enclosed a copy of the article from the MMR.  If you have any questions or comments regarding this proposal, please feel free to contact me.  Thank you for your consideration.

 

Sincerely,

 

 

 

Janet S. Badalow

Councilwoman

 

This,

October 16, 2002

To:  Dearborn Heights Council Members

From:  Councilwoman Badalow

Re:  E-Packets

Fellow Council Members:

Several months ago I proposed that the Council discuss the possibility of E-packets for our City.  Subsequently, we had a study session on the topic.  All expressed many views and concerns.  I believe that I have modified my ideas to better fit our City’s current situation.

I would like to implement E-Packets in the following ways:

¨     Compile all packet information into one format (i.e. Word, .pdf, etc.). The Clerk’s Office would be the collector of the files.

¨     Post both the agenda and packet on our website for public access.  I believe the purpose of our website is to share pertinent information to the residents of this city.

¨     Send out via email all packets to Department Heads, newspapers, and other interested parties.  That way they can print and assemble their own packets, which will save time in the Clerk’s office.

¨     Make the Council packets available in file format to those Council Members who request it.  Storage of paper files is difficult and CDs take up less space.

Therefore, I request that a brief study session (1/2 hour) be set up on Nov. 12th so that I may present these modified ideas.  A PowerPoint presentation has been provided to me by the City of Farmington Hills for this purpose.   Scheduling a time for the Clerk of Farmington Hills to present has proved too difficult.

If you have any questions or comments regarding this proposal, please feel free to contact me.  Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Janet S. Badalow

Again,

 

January 20, 2004

Council members

City of Dearborn Heights

Dear Council member:

As our budget crisis continues, we all have been searching for ways to save the city money.  In the Jan/Feb 2002 edition of the MMR, I read an article on E-Packets for council members.  The cities of Troy, Livonia, and Farmington Hills as well as many others currently use this format.  Subsequently, I contacted Barbara Holmes (Troy Clerk-www.ci.troy.mi.us) and Kathryn Dornan (Farmington Hills Clerk-www.ci.Farmington-hills.mi.us) to inquire about implementation and additional uses of the E-Packets.  Both clerks were enthusiastic about sharing their format with other cities and offered to train our employees.  They have found that the E-Packets have saved both time and money for their respective cities.  The IT Manager in the city of Livonia said that they have realized a resource savings and have been able to store all E-packets easily.

Here are the ways I feel our City would benefit from using E-Packets:

ü Meeting information is available much faster to everyone (emailed), so more time is         allowed for Q & A

ü Less time spent by Clerk’s office putting together packets

ü Police officers do not have to deliver packets to Council or others

ü The public may attend more of our meetings if they could access meeting info (posted on website)

ü Less paper used (saving money as well as environment)

ü Less storage space is needed; storage is on CD

Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Janet S. Badalow

Councilwoman

Attachments

Here’s another one.

 

April 19, 2005

Re: E-packets for Council Packets

Fellow Council members and Mayor Paletko:

In the past, I have presented the idea of adopting E-packets on our Council agenda.  I gave several reasons why it would benefit our City and increase communication with the public.  A former Council had a study session on the topic.  I believe that as a City we were not ready for this technology update at that time.  However, the time is now!  With our soon to be updated computer systems (T-1 lines, new computers for some, and new software), I believe this to be the time to incorporate E-packets into our plan.

I have asked City Clerk Kathy Dornan (Farmington Hills) to give a presentation on how they implemented and use E-packets.  She will discuss how it has worked for her City and will answer any questions you may have on the subject.  I hope this study session will prove more useful in explaining what E-packets are and what benefits it can provide Dearborn Heights.

My intention is to have this issue placed on our next agenda.  I hope it will meet with your approval and be adopted.  If you have any questions, please ask them during the meeting or direct them to me afterwards.  I strongly believe that this is the direction that Dearborn Heights must go in to provide better communication to our citizens.

Thank you for your attention!

Janet S. Badalow, Councilwoman

Finally,

 January 3, 2009

To: Honorable City Council

Re: Going semi-paperless/E-packets/email usage

Since March 6th  of 2002 I have encouraged the City to utilize technology in order to reduce paper usage and

waste. I presented E-packets in 2002, 2004, and in 2005. As I recall, in 2005 the Council did approve Epackets

in concept. I urge the current Council members to consider full implementation of this concept and a

real move towards a semi-paperless environment.

I request that the Council chair set up such a meeting at the next available study session. I further request that

all interested parties are present at the meeting.

Thank you,

Janet S. Badalow, Councilwoman

Since 2002 Councilwoman Janet Badalow Candidate for Mayor has been asking. Don’t expect different results if your going to keep doing the same thing.

 There’s more and will be posted in the future.

 

 

 

 

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23 thoughts on “You Wonder Why?”

  1. It is not that I dislike Janet it is just the fact that I believe she will not make a good mayor or get the job done. Case in point if she suggested electronic communications/E-packets 10 years ago she should have gotten it done by now. She talks to much and gets nothing accomplished. If possible I still say cut are council down from 7 members to 5 to save some money. A couple of the council members are clueless anyway.

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  2. This post is about IT and city council agenda in full electronic format.

    The council should adopt a resolution to make the agenda fully electronic, NO scanning, no manual processing.

    We are in 2013. Get real.

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  3. Wow, resident and Anonymous. It’s pretty obvious you don’t watch the council meetings or you would KNOW that everything is put to a vote. If the rest or a majority of the council don’t like Janet’s ideas, then they vote it down. Like it was said above. She doesn’t have a magic button to push and get her ideas put through. If she did, Paletko would have been gone long ago. Besides which – at least she has ideas. That’s more than Paletko’s had in the last few years. And Kathy – if you’ve repeatedly asked for people to put a number after anonymous and they don’t, don’t publish their comments until they do.

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  4. Councilwoman Horvath, You are the only one brave enough to tell it the way you see it here on this blog. I am that type of person too and although you and I don’t see eye to eye on many things, you are indeed honest and open. I just might change my vote because honesty, openness and feistiness, to tell it like one sees it, are traits I admire.

    Seems like the only ones with kahunas on the council are the females as they are not afraid to come here and post. Too bad Councilmen Berry and Kosinki are afraid to come on this blog and voice their opinion and prefer lurking in the shadows and letting the women do the work Since the males out number the females on the council its no wonder this council is so weak. We need to vote out the drones and get more working bees.

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  5. Ms. Heart and Mavarnn, Spot on! More residents need to know what is going on. Our city government is so dysfunctional but few residents know this. Mayor Paletko is depending on voter ignorance to get him re-elected.

    Councilwoman Horvath, the laptops/I Pads could be purchased with the “surplus” that came from the mayor’s “balanced” budget that you and the other five council members approved.

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  6. I think that mavarnn has the right ideas. Get involved! Don’t be led by your nose hairs, look and see who knows what is going on!

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  7. To all readers, and:

    Councilwoman Horvath, Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton

    Anonymous says:
    AUGUST 13, 2013 AT 8:01 PM
    How ridiculous. If ms. Badalow can’t even figure out how to implement a simple idea like this, how does she think she’s going to be mayor? Little kids say “it was my idea”. Leaders put the ideas to action

    resident says:
    AUGUST 14, 2013 AT 7:19 AM
    I’m confused…. TEN years ago, Ms Badalow suggested going paperless, and in ten years couldn’t push through such a simple change? How does she intend to lead a city?

    Responding:

    You are absolutely correct. The majority of the council and the strong mayor did not agree with her.

    She dos not have the magic power and she not the wonder women. it’s the responsibility of the strong mayor to lead and manage the city efficiently. The charter mandate that.

    It should never been the responsibility of a council member to manage or lead. Councilwomen Badalow did a superb job by introducing resolutions to that fact.

    The mayor should acted on them long time ago.

    Candidate for mayor and councilwomen Badalow if elected mayor will implement such innovative ideas without blaming others.

    Anyway, the city still not fully electronic, The agenda is processed manually, than scanned as photo electronic document document, than send as an attachment to council members.

    The agenda should be processed electronically not manually.

    The city Clerk should receive the agenda by email or by chaired document computer file, not manually to be scanned.

    I hope this answer will clear this very complicated issue, and enlighten you about this difficult task, that the city of Dearborn Heights is facing hard time resolving.

    Just for your information, most k12 students present their assignment fully electronic.

    IT=technology=more information=more knowledge=public input=debates=exposure=facts=truth.

    Gran-MA Dearborn Heights is scared of IT. Don’t even have an IT department (Check the city website), How about IT coordinator? I guess you have to call Dearborn.

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  8. I personally have heard ideas, innovations, money saving techniques, and more from Ms Bad and I have watched how some folks ignore her, deliberately and rudely dismiss her. “Resident” and the lonely “Anonymous” with no number are totally clueless. Either you are living under a rock or you are just blinded by a light that takes your senses away. I plan on putting my foot down on the brainless crap and helping the real residents of DH make well informed decisions when it comes to the voting. Get your heads out of your personal space and watch the council meetings, really listen to what they each are saying, ask questions, you voted these people in so use them for the job they are holding. Get the information needed and if you don’t get it, call one of the council, they will be happy to help you. Are you involved with DH? Get involved!

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  9. Councilwoman Horvath – I will be the first person to support buying laptops or e-pads for the council. Purchased at consortium pricing, I estimate the cost is $500. 7 laptops = $3500 total (est) Financial assumptions: Delivery Sgt makes 55K per year, with benefits of 40% of salary (national average) so add 55K to 22K = $77,000 / by 2080 work hours = $37. Multiply $37 x 2 hours to deliver = $74 and multiply again by 52 weeks a year. Cost for delivery is $3,848 per year. If laptops are rotated every 4 years, the savings is approx $11,500. The ROI is less than one year, also calculation does not make assumptions about the lost revenue that could be gained if the the police officer were writing tickets, and does not include cost for mileage of vehicle. .

    Even mailing out the packets next day with gov’t rates may be cheaper than delivery service, especially if you consider the lost revenue and cost of mileage. Pick up hard copies, is obviously cheapest option and easiest to implement. Please calculate ROI with actual with wage details from Chief Gavin, and consider all options to make the city more cost efficient. Since you have stated that Council gets packets by e-mail, I am utterly confused as to why efforts are duplicated.

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  10. OK, I am going to try and explain this. WE DO get the agenda packet on line. All of the Council does. Technically we are paperless. I can print the packet from my e-mai because that’s how I receive it before it is delivered. Or I can go on line and get it. Going paperless would require all of the council to have lap tops that they can bring to the meetings and I am not sure if everyone has a lop top. That said who want’s to buy lap tops for council? Oh, there I go again being rude and mean!!!

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  11. As a member of our City Council, I agree with Councilwoman Badalow. I support new and innovative ideas which would improve our existing operations. We should all be seeking improvement opportunities. As a new Council member, I serve on several Southeast Michigan Council of Government task forces and the Michigan Municipal League’s Municipal Service Committee. These opportunities have allowed me to network with other Michigan government leaders providing valuable resources and grant opportunities for our City and our community. Opportunities including Safe Routes to Schools, Green Infrastructure and most recently Redeveloping our Business Corridors- enabling our City and the Planning Commission a useful tool for future visioning and development. As government leaders, elected by the voters, we must represent your concerns and look for innovative and viable means to address the financial state of our City. As leaders, we must work together toward the common goal of making Dearborn Heights the place we wish to live. Lastly, I continue to offer office hours on the 1st and 3rd Mondays at the Berwyn Senior Center (10:00 a.m.) and 1st and 3rd Tuesdays at the Eton Senior Center (10:00 a.m.). I encourage you to stop by with your questions or concerns or you may e-mail me at hicksclayton4dhcitycouncil@yahoo.com. I appreciate the opportunity to serve the residents of Dearborn Heights. Thank you!

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  12. The reason why Janet can’t implement this is simple , the council votes. The budget, the expeditures, acceptance of grants and plans…etc. If Janet is the only “youngster” who is willing to use electronic format the vote never changes, and processes can’t be changed. Can you imagine any company where employees can say “I don’t want the new technology – use the old, even it’s more expensive” and the manager does it. If you want to break the quorum of Council votes that consistently vote against change you need to change your vote this election!

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  13. Anonymous

    I’ve asked repeatedly that a number be used after the word anonymous please do so in the future.

    She doesn’t sit up there at that council table alone. It’s 2013 why hasn’t the administration done this?

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  14. Councilwoman Badalow has had a lot of good ideas that have been ignored by the rest of the council. This would have been a great idea if it had been implemented.

    In addition to Councilwoman Badalow’s suggestion, all the paperwork and copying could be eliminated if our council members were to use IPads. Now a days we have the technology to carry around all the information we need in one of these devices.

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  15. I knew that Councilwoman Badalow had suggested e-packets several years ago. I personally find it crazy that we are still doing paper copies in 2013. I have heard many times – “but I like the paper copies”….fine print it out. Or to save thousands of dollars in labor/delivery/lost revenue if they must be printed out for you – pick them up yourself. I even suggested they could be left in the Caroline Kennedy Library office since the offices are closed on Friday. (packets are assembled on Thursday) and that went nowhere.

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  16. Wow! Janet has been making this suggestion for yrs!
    How many times has tony said she is not good for mayor.
    Well, tony, she has been making suggestions for years, and our
    City is in the dark ages.
    Being in the dark ages, has cost the city more money, and janet has been pro active about it, making those ideas apparent.
    Sounds like you both have some similiar ideas.
    You, tony, just have personal issues with janet. Its always apparent.
    Set that aside. She is qualified for mayor.

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  17. Wow! Janet has been making this suggestion for yrs!
    How many times has tony said she is not good for mayor.
    Well, tony, she has been making suggestions for years, and our
    City is in the dark ages.
    Being in the dark ages, has cost the city more money, and janet has been pro active about it, making those ideas apparent.
    Sounds like you both have some similiar ideas.
    You, tony, just have personal issues with janet. Its always apparent.
    Set that aside. She is qualified for mayor.

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  18. I’m confused…. TEN years ago, Ms Badalow suggested going paperless, and in ten years couldn’t push through such a simple change? How does she intend to lead a city?

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  19. How ridiculous. If ms. Badalow can’t even figure out how to implement a simple idea like this, how does she think she’s going to be mayor? Little kids say “it was my idea”. Leaders put the ideas to action.

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  20. And yet another good idea from Janet ignored by the council. As I said, we not only need a new mayor, let’s start with this election by voting out those currently sitting on the council and voting in any new, qualified people running for those seats.

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