Not being comfortable using technology is an excuses that is no longer acceptable. Some elected officials in Dearborn Heights act like technology is a dirty word.
Unfortunately we have an administration (the Mayor) who can’t use, doesn’t understand the technology, and/or isn’t remotely interested in even trying.
A council who the majority of refuse to take the time to investigate how to use technology to the advantage of the City. Councilman Berry and Councilwoman Badalow both have suggested at separate times using technology to monitor fuel consumption. In both instances went no where. Why?
For a group of elected who constantly say that their role is to be stewards of the taxpayers money. Then why aren’t they being good stewards of the money ? Why aren’t the stewards of our money using technology to save the taxpayers money?
Why should a whole City have to suffer because a very few just don’t want to try. In the year 2013 every study, every bid, contract, proposal, and invoice can be sent electronically. Every council meeting should be archived on the City web site for anyone at any time to watch them. Why shouldn’t every gallon of gas be accounted for? Why shouldn’t cars being taken home by department heads and the Mayor be tracked. Why would the Mayor object to this? Could it be he’s using that car for personal use?
Why doesn’t City Hall have free wifi at the very least during the council meetings. There are people that would like to tweet the meetings, live blog the meetings and so on. Why can’t we have our council meetings on Twitter and Facebook giving the public a chance to ask questions through those social mediums. That would require wifi for such a thing and someone to monitor a Twitter feed and Face Book page. Oh that’s right the City doesn’t have either one. Again technology isn’t a dirty word, but hard to tell that here in Dearborn Heights.