o I shouldn’t have to write about this again not when you consider I did around 4 years ago. I think it was two years ago when the council finally voted for Dearborn to take care of the IT (information technology) for the City. The council approved a contract with the City of Dearborn to handle IT for the City. Now two years later and the website still hasn’t been done. There still isn’t an E-Newsletter. For all you non-techies on the council “E” stands for electronic (sent to your email) and “newsletter” well if I have to explain that please go home.
Here’s What the City of Dearborn’s Website Looks Like
Dearborn Heights website
There hasn’t been one thing changed on the website for the City of Dearborn Heights in since signing the contract with the City of Dearborn. While the City of Dearborn utilizes all the social media outlets Dearborn Heights hasn’t tried even one. What is Social media?
Ron Jones puts it like this Essentially is a category of online media where people are talking, participating, sharing, networking, and bookmarking online. Most social media services encourage discussion, feedback, voting, comments, and sharing of information from all interested parties.
Here’s the City of Dearborn FaceBook page
The City of Dearborn doesn’t just stick with Facebook as a way of communicating with its residents twitter,and YouTube. They make sure they use all means of communication with their residents. On YouTube, you can now make a channel that’s just what the City of Dearborn did. Garden City has a twitter account here while other City’s around us are putting copies of City Council meetings on City websites so residents can watch at any time. The City of Dearborn Heights still hasn’t. When I mentioned this years ago Garden City and Dearborn had already been doing it. Yet here we sit stagnant never moving forward.
On the Facebook pages I used as examples you will notice people are able to leave comments and ask questions. That is part of communicating and that is something I thought for a long time was just this administration’s problem. I thought for years that it was just the administration who didn’t want to communicate with the residents. After hearing what’s been said at the council and by council members to residents. My thinking is this… the council has let the administration keep things this way because the majority on the council have no more interest than this administration in communicating with the public.