long and brutal winter is starting to fade in our memories… temperatures are warming flowers are up and blooming and its budget time in the City of Dearborn Heights. It’s been a while folks I know. The budget passed. With [what’s] that a 1.4 million dollar surplus. Mayor Dan Paletko submitted a budget with a surplus and City Council passed it. Just want to point out the obvious our CITY IS CLOSED ONE DAY A WEEK! Has that fact been forgotten by all parties involved? How do you consider it a surplus budget when you’re not providing 5 day a week service to the taxpayers of the City? Hey who am I to say anything? Council ‘brainiacs’ passed the budget and even managed to spend some more of our tax money. Not saying that what they are spending it on is bad…not all of it anyway.
The Mayor created a new department last year (ordnance department) with its very own department head at 44k a year plus 10-15k for benefits. This department has 3 full-time employees one of whom is a relative to someone working closely with the Mayor. This department is getting a clerk/typist not sure the starting salary for that. There are part-time workers all so working in this department. Is this department needed? Yes. Is a clerk/typist necessary for this department? I don’t think so. Can’t they type up their own reports? They certainly did before when ordinance was part of the building department and all the workers at that time worked on a part-time basis. Why If you’re going to make a whole new department wouldn’t you give them the equipment needed to file reports with photos while they are in the field? (iPads, or tablet pc’s?) I think the cost of those would be much less than a clerk/typist position salary and benefits. Why didn’t one member who sit inside the ‘brain chamber’ think of asking for iPads/Tablet PC’S before they just simply put their stamp of approval on this department’s budget? I know many on that sit at the ‘table of knowledge’ aren’t equipped to understand the benefits and cost savings of using such equipment/technology so maybe it’s best if I just stop on this line of thought.
oving on. The City Clerk got his deputy clerk a [position] written out of the budget a few years back. The council approved this at a cost of $48,000.00 a year plus benefits. The deputy was brought back to the comptroller’s office at 45,000.00 a year plus benefits. This deputy is a needed one the comptroller’s office is a very busy office and deals with all moneys in the City.
Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton was nice enough to post on her Facebook Page that the Mayor said and I use this word “Said” carefully that he put money in the budget for what the Give-me group are asking for. For those of you who don’t know who the ‘Give-me group’ is click here That would include an E-Newsletter something that’s been asked for as far back as 10 years ago. The ” I want” the group of taxpayers would like to see the council meetings streaming live on the City’s website. We would like to have Nixle, Facebook, Twitter, and so much more. Many of these things are for free and every City around us and throughout this nation are using them to communicate with their residents. I would appreciate it Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton if you could please let us know in what department this money was put and what line item it’s under. I can’t seem to find it in the budget. God bless me if we ask or should I say beg for something from the Council and this administration. When we do we are put in one category or another to delegitimize what we are asking from our elected officials.
or example last night I caught the ending of the May 13 2014 council meeting do any of you that sit at that ‘table of knowledge’ in the ‘brain chamber’ ever watch the council meetings? I was listening not watching and cringing at the way everyday residents are talked to or yelled at. The Chief of police for Gods sake went after a resident on camera yelling at him over the fact that he didn’t know… and he should know. How many cars the police department has. To my understanding after the meeting the Chief of police went after this 70 year old man and the Chief of the fire department had to get in-between them.
Suzane Todd who spoke about the email sent out by one of those who sit at the ‘table of knowledge.’ Was told that she was making a personal attack against that councilman. She answered that she was. She went on to read the email undeterred by Council Chair trying to violate her rights. He sent out the email calling residents who ask for anything Gime, Gime, Gime group and so on. He sent this out to another council member and cc the resident who then posted it here on the blog. It’s all right for the council member to publicly name call residents asking for very simple things, but Councilman Berry wanted to cut her off because she was “attacking him personally.” Instead of Councilman Berry apologizing for what this man said about the taxpayers of this city… he want’s to shut her up.
Next up to the mic was Mary who asked again about the use of the cars in the city. Stating that she’s been waiting a long time for the information. Only to be told by the Mayor that he doesn’t believe that her and ‘others’ are right about the cars usage being abused. Well how in the hell would he know? There is no system in place to keep track of who uses the cars. For what they are used for. For times taken out for what purpose. No mileage written before or after the car is used. Hey how about putting GPS on the cars in question including the Mayors taxpayer paid for car? Mary was quick to point out that the Mayor worked for Ford Motor Company and knows very well that when a car was used the use of that car had to be accounted for. She said I expect no less from my City.
his folks is typical behavior of Dearborn Heights Government. Don’t ask what [they] are doing.
, don’t say a word about how they are running the City or not. Pay your damn taxes and shut your mouths we only want to hear from [you] the taxpayer… when you want to make an announcement, or when [you] want to sing our praises. I use to think this was just the Mayor, but have found this attitude is Citywide department heads, Council members just about everyone who works for the City. I guess everyone just watched the Mayors office for all these years get away with it and decided why not do the same thing..