By Rene Cizio
Press & Guide Newspapers
The city carried over a deficit of $3.4 million from the 2011-12 budget. The 2012-13 budget has a $3.2 million surplus, leaving an overall fund balance deficit of about of $143,000.
Paletko’s said he also plans to reduce the city’s legacy cost. Another item on the list is to purchase large, wheeled garbage cans for the city. The current garbage contract expires in October 2016.
Other items include to resolve the city’s sewer overflow issues; work on the Ecorse Creek flood abatement; become more efficient; reevaluate how the layout of city hall can be better used; and develop a fleet management system for city vehicles.
“Those are the overall — some of the major goals,” Paletko said.
Many of the department heads said their plans for success require more staff and better equipment. Staffing and time off was a concern voiced in each department.