Think There Isn’t a Need For Social Media In The City Of Dearborn Heights.

Hey Mr. Mayor and City Council Think there isn’t a need for social media. Let me give you a few numbers from this blog just today…

From 12:00am until right now 8:21pm today this blog has had 3,049 views out of that number 2,286 views are for the blog post, (Are You a Flood Victim in Dearborn Heights? You Need to Know.)

Keep on saying the City doesn’t need any other way to communicate with the residents.

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30 thoughts on “Think There Isn’t a Need For Social Media In The City Of Dearborn Heights.”

  1. Marge Horvath:

    So, are you saying that after these 5 people (out of the 7 you spoke with) get their computers replaced, that the city will then use ALL social media available to the city?

    I’m sure that would make everyone happy!

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  2. One more thing. Today is August 20 and the flood happened August 11th. That’s 9 days and does anyone out there have the claim form from the city? I sure don’t. Wouldn’t it have been nice if we could go to the city website and download the form like they can in Dearborn – who by the way has the very same computer people we have. We have 45 days from the flood date to get these forms in so now we have just 36 days left. But the city would rather dump more work on their 4-day a week employees than utilize the technology that is offered – FREE. And did I read from you, Kathy, that one of the councilmen didn’t even know we had a flood? Bet I can guess which one it was. One question: Does anyone know if the employees are expected to work 5 days until all the claim forms have gone out?

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  3. So, Marge. Are you saying that out of the 7 people you spoke with, 5 lost their computers because they were in the basement so that’s the reason we don’t need social media? I don’t even know what to say to that. At the last count, we had 56,838 people living in DH, minus the “7” you spoke with leaves 56,833 and I figured 60% of those have computers which is 34,099. Even if you took 40%, that’s 22,733. You use a computer and you don’t see the need for the city to update? What? You afraid if you opened a Facebook page for the city that people would go on there and tell you exactly how they feel? Got that right. When you have canvassed EVERY HOUSEHOLD IN THIS CITY and you come back with a VIABLE number, then I’ll listen. Until then, with all DUE respect, DO NOT hand me your foolish statistics. “The why is what makes journalism an adult game. The why is what makes policy coherent and useful. The why is what transforms bureaucrats and foot soldiers and political leaders into viable instruments of rational and affirmative change. The why is everything and without it, the very suggestion of human progress becomes a cosmic joke.”
    David Simon

    And we can’t have social media – Why?

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  4. Wayne County will have a DAV representative in our Wayne County Veterans Service Division, Detroit office on Thursday, August 21st from 10am-2pm. They will be issuing DAV Disaster funds of up to $500.00 per applicant. The applicant must be a service connected disabled veteran, his/her widow or dependent. They must have incurred a non compensated loss as a result of the recent flooding. Our Detroit office is located at 28 West Adams Street, Detroit…17th floor Any questions regarding this program can be directed to the DAV at 313-964-6595.

    Respectfully,

    Lisa Hicks-Clayton
    Dearborn Heights City Council Member
    313.633.1845
    #flood2014drbnhgts

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  5. Bitsy:

    Sorry you are upset. That was not my intent. I don’t know how else to explain it. Maybe someone else can do a better job of explaining water bills. Can anyone help?

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  6. Over the next three days, Wayne County, in partnership with the State of Michigan and local support agencies, will be opening Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) .

    The purpose of a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) is to provide a “one stop shop” for citizens to ask questions, gather information and find help that will assist in moving forward in their recovery efforts.

    Assistance will be available from on the following days and locations

    Tuesday, August 19,
    11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Wayne County Health Dept.
    33030 Van Born Road
    Wayne, MI 48184

    Wednesday, August 20
    11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Dearborn. Performing Arts Center
    15801 Michigan Avenue. Dearborn, MI 48126

    Thursday, August 21
    11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
    Brainard Senior Center
    14700 Reaume Parkway
    Southgate, MI 48195

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  7. Leadership: I don’t know if you’re criticizing the council WOMEN or complimenting them but let’s be clear. The council WOMEN are forward thinking. The men, on the other hand, are stuck WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY in the past. And can you believe one of them wanted to be our State Rep?????? Lord save us from know-nothing, do-nothing politicians.

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  8. Phones can be used to inform the residents a land line can be called with the reverse 911 we have in the city, and if Nexle was something offered here in the city residents could sign up for text alerts/email alerts. So yes a phone can be used along with tablets, Ipads, laptops, and desktop.

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  9. Don’t have any idea, Someone Who Knows, why you are correcting me. I was talking about a CURRENT water bill and the two amounts shown. What I said is ABSOLUTELY CORRECT.

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  10. Let me remind the ones who still wanna deny the needs for social media communications and claiming the desk-top/lap-top not been available to do social media because of the flood, and saying the phone calls will replace the social media. WOW, and WOU-WA-WE. The social media are connected to the phone so the city can disseminate all the info on the residents phones and save the time of employees to other manual work that need human manpower. I’m pulling the few hairs left on my head, I cant believe the councilwomen level of knowledge about the numerous venues of social media.

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  11. Mike and Bitsy:

    Sorry, but I must correct both of you.

    If you fail to pay your water bill, it will be added to your tax bill. However, this is after bills are sent out every two months, in addition to 2 notices advising you you are delinquent on your water bill. Example: if you had a water balance transferred to your summer 2014 taxes, this is from an UNPAID balance from 2013. The water balance is NOT added to the principle of your mortgage. If your mortgage company increases your monthly payment it is to cover the cost of your escrow payment. Had you contacted the water department, they could have made repayment agreements.

    Further, if you pay the higher amount on your water bill because you are LATE, and there is no penalty added, this will show as a CREDIT on your next bill.

    Don’t think there is much to complain about since you receive credit for the amount you pay.

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  12. And you know what else, Mike? Referring to DH not being there, NOT ONE COUNCIL MEMBER OR THE MAYOR has set up a meeting to talk about the flood. The one person who IS doing it is a former councilwoman. Where are the rest of them?

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  13. And you know what else, Mike? When you get your water bill you have 2 amounts shown; the amount if paid by the due date and the amount if paid after the due date. BUT WHAT THEY DON’T TELL YOU is that you have I think it’s 7 days PAST THE DUE DATE before it’s really late. They don’t tell you that because they want the extra money. How many people will call and check?

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  14. More resources available: After walking and meeting with our residents, I felt compelled and moved to seek additional resources and assistance. Today, I received a call which brought joy to my heart.

    ” Right now the SBC Michigan Disaster Relief is looking to deploy help, which may open up more opportunity for help.”

    Help and assistance for our elderly and disabled residents. Thank you Pastor Wayne and Pastor Dave of Merriman Road Baptist Church and SBC Michigan Disaster Relief.

    I will continue to work and bring forward needed resources to our community.

    Please call us if you need help with clean up at 734.751.5925 or 313.633.1845

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  15. When the city needs payment of your water and sewage bill, they are all over us for payment, even sending the late bills to the mortgage companies, tacking on to our principles. Now we need help financially to cover cost that insurance won’t and they are nowhere to be found., Gotta love Dbn. Heights!

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  16. Please remind folks that you talk to that they should be careful what they put at the curb. Anything at the curb is public property and I am sure a lot of personal papers are being thrown out in this mess. The Mayor has asked the PD to keep an eye on pickers but there is no law stopping them from going through bags. It is public property.

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  17. Dear Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton, thank you for what you are doing, but I agree with ABC, calling for town hall meeting will be a good call and affirmation of your leadership and challenge to the “Do nothing” status and the lake of leadership. You can partner with few DH community associations.

    Did you explore any grants to help seniors and disables? Did you ask the administration about emergency grants availability? Do we have employees know how to apply for grants?

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  18. The City had 35 trucks out through Saturday. They don’t work on Sunday so I am told. They will be back out tomorrow and until everything is cleaned up. It may take a while but it will get done. I was down at the South- end today. The devastation is unbelievable. It is truly heart breaking. I saw the Red Cross working with some of the home owners. It is important that the people down there contact DPW as I told many of them. As for Social Media. Here is what I discovered. 5 out of the 7 people that I actually spoke with lost their computers in the flood simply because they had their equipment in their basement. Any Senior or disabled person who needs helps call the City and give someone your name, address, phone number. Eventually someone will get back with you to see if your situation can be at least looked at . And I say eventually because we have so many who need help it will take time to get to everyone They Mayor has also instructed the PD to patrol the area because pickers are going through trash bags and some of those bags contain personal info of the homeowner. Much work is being done behind the scenes concerning this devastation. It’s a big job and I know this isn’t what we all want to hear but we have to be patient.

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  19. Waste Management trucks have been picking up items all week and had a special pick up on Saturday, August 16, 2014. In addition, I have requested we continue additional pick ups next week, as residents continue to clean and remove flood damaged items. I have requested street sweeping as well, The dirt an debris being kicked up contains contaminants including bacteria and chemicals. Of course, removing vehicles from the streets will be important. If you have not had your waste items removed, please contact 313.791.6000. If you are aware of any elderly or disabled residents in need of assistance, please contact me or the Mayor’s office. #flood2014drbnhgts

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  20. What has happened with the trucks that were supposed to be out on Saturday to pick up the flood refuse? I was out talking with one of my neighbors yesterday when a police car went by and they stopped to talk to him. My neighbor said he’d been around the city yesterday and so did the police and both said they hadn’t seen anyone picking up the garbage. One of the officers said he was in Wyandotte (I think that’s the city he mentioned) and they had front-end loaders going down the streets followed by a truck and after they scooped up everything, they deposited it in the truck. He said they were making fast work of cleaning up the mess.

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  21. Thank you Lisa

    I don’t think it’s your responsibility to hold a town hall meeting on this subject we do have a Mayor all though he’s been quite. If he knew the advantages to having a Youtube channel maybe he wouldn’t be so quite. I think abc is off the mark. Other City’s around us haven’t used those City’s Facebook Pages the way you have used yours’ to get information out to residents.
    Just a little suggestion to anyone posting flood related information to help people lets all start using hashtags (#) we could hashtag (#) information with #floodinfo or #flood2014 or both. Just a thought anyone searching on Facebook or Twitter using the word flood would be taken to the information.
    #flood2014 #flood2014drbnhgts

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  22. Town Hall meeting (response to ABC): I am walking the neighborhoods, along with the Southwest Dearborn Heights Neighborhood Association, meeting with residents and providing resources. Plus, I am visiting our residents and listening to their concerns,addressing their concerns including bringing clean up teams in to assist our elderly and disabled residents. In addition, SWDHNA will be hosting a workshop on Thursday, August 21, 2014. I will be there. I am always available to answer your questions, address your concerns by calling 313.633.1845 (my home), e-mail hicksclayton4dhcitycouncil@yahoo.com, office hours at Berwyn and Eton Senior Centers or visit my Facebook page. In addition, I have continued to post information and resources via use of social media since Monday, August 11, 2014.

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  23. Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton, why you din’t call for town hall meeting? You was elected by DH residents, so go ahead and show us that you have the leadership for valid mayoral candidate. Go ahead walk your talk and challenge the “do nothing status”. You are in the driver seat.

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  24. Not only should we reconsider visiting the area of communication the City has to implement all of it. Enough already we pay taxes Council and Mayor consider this just another service like police, fire, and trash pick up. We pay for those things with our tax dollars so why can’t we have these things to many of them are for free. This isn’t acceptable any longer and to the council man who called us whiners and other names I’m whining and so are a lot of other people. You should be ashamed of yourself for not wanting the most for your City and the residents of this City…

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  25. The city employees are working 4 days-32 hours but paid for 36 hours. The employees agreed with the administration and council about the city functions when they signed the contract, during the negotiations in 2011 the employees would’ve asked for modernization of city services to reduce the work load specially after they agreed to provide 5 days 40 hours work load of city services in 4 days 32 working hours without overtime. At that time the administration and council needed the union cooperation to accept the 10% cut in salary to show the voters that they sacrificing their own few dollars they make to help the city. A lot of city services can be delivered by interactive on line communication and should been inked in the contract in 2011 to be implemented during the contract term.

    Why agreeing on proving 40 hours of services in 32 hours work, that similar to saying we can do the 40 hours work in 32 hours if we get 4 hours pay without working. The automotive did that and use to be called “quota” sure didn’t work cause management later forced them back to full production and increased the process speed.

    For almost 3 years no study done to evaluate the condition of city service under 4 days 32 hours works, and we don’t see employees up in arms complaining about the situation, that give the impression they are OK and no need for 5 days 40 hours. It will be up to them to change that if they are suffering of heavy working loads. Or up to the voters to pressure the council to put on the ballot a charter amendment mandating the city to open 5 days 40 hours work schedule, and if passed the contract terms will be in violation of the charter.

    Labor relation, collective bargaining, and contracts negotiations are extremely complex and requires experienced negotiators and specialized lawyers on both sides of table.

    After DH residents give the city government $3 millions of additional taxes, they expect to have the best city services possible.

    The streets did not shorten, the sewage and water lines are the same, the parks and trees are still their and DH population is stable, so the services that been provided for decades in 40 hours remain the same. I don’t know how those services will be provided with similar technologies and no modernization including interactive electronic services with 20% less work? but 10% less pay? No other city in the nation have similar working and paying formula.

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  26. During this flood situation this blog has served the residents of Dearborn Heights a thousand times more than our city. I would rather have paid my $2,000.00 in taxes to this blog rather than to a city administration who is unwilling to take care of its residents.

    The really maddening part is that not only has the city been of no use in this disaster but the fact that it is not fighting to prevent this flooding from happening in the first place. This flooding has been going on for over 40 years in Dearborn Heights and the administration knows why. However, if they would be honest with the residents as to why we flood so badly and let them know that at least they are TRYING to fight the corrupt Wayne County government, all of us here might take a more kindly position to them as it pertains to flooding.

    Just a piece of advice to those who have put their sewage soaked things out to the curb for pick up. To prevent the unscrupulous pickers from trying to resell these things to unsuspecting people; please buy a cheap can of spray paint in a bright color and spray your stuff with it. Its heart rendering enough that many of us lost precious processions in this flood but it is awful to think that what was once precious to us could make unsuspecting people very ill from them.

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  27. As many of you are aware, former Councilwoman Janet Badalow began the quest for increased use of social media and increased communication tools. As a Council member, I continued this pursuit, resulting in a study session dedicated to “Communication Opportunities.” However, the ideas presented, including e-letter (electronic newsletter), Nixle, streaming of Council meetings via the city website and use of social media were not well received. It is imperative to stress the importance of communication and use of the various means to do so. During this past week, I received hundreds of calls and worked to push out information via social media, e-mail and other traditional communication methods. We must work to bring these communication opportunities to our city and our residents. As I had posted, “one thing became more clear, the necessity for embracing and the utilization of communication tools including Nixle, e-letter, and use of social media. I greatly appreciated the communication received and shared information via social media and e-mail to various members of our community and the neighborhood associations. These vehicles of communication have proved to be of great value to many. Certainly, should we not consider, reconsider, visiting the area of communication opportunities for our city and our residents.” (August 13, 2014).

    This week has brought forth many challenges and disappointment for our residents of southeast Michigan. What it has taught me, reminded me, is how resilient we, as a people and a community are. We work together, neighbor and neighbor, hand in hand, to clean up and heal from this natural disaster. It has reminded me, my place, my strength, as a public servant, to serve our residents, bringing forth needed resources and communicate needed information when it was needed most. During times of crisis, we work together. Together, we achieve the extraordinary.

    Respectfully,

    Lisa Hicks-Clayton
    Dearborn Heights City Council Member
    313.633.1845

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  28. What boggles my mind is this city is trying to save money and the employees are only working 4 days a week. But yet they pile on the work with this flood to both the employees and their residents by asking that the employees not only answer the hundreds and even thousands of phone calls to give the city their name and address so the employees can do even MORE work and physically mail out the forms to file a claim. What a bunch of backward yahoos!

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  29. Will, will, will, The city should pay this blog by the hit for advertising city news. I remember from few years ago that few city official what this blog shut down. Life go on and situations changes. May be in few days this blog will be visited by more visitors seeking information then the last election voters.

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