At the September 9 2014 CCM the meeting started at 8:10 I looked at the clock in the chambers by 8:20 the meeting was over. The Council handled claims 1-31 as one vote opened it up for discussing seeing none, all in favor “I” that was it over a million dollars spent not so much as a word. During the public section of the meeting Susan Todd of Dearborn Heights had a lot to say about what they spent her money on. Below is what she’s put up in the comment section of the blog.
This council is so arrogant they feel they can do anything they want. Last night they also approved without so much of a blink to take over 1.6 million dollars from the slush (oops, my bad) the water fund. When I questioned what the line items were for that accounted for the 1.6 million + dollars I was told by Baron that “they can’t be responsible for remembering all that”. They wanted me to address my question to the DPW director, and got really upset when I said that since they voted for all this money I wanted to hear it from their mouths as I am sure Mr. Zimmer who had requested the money knew what he was asking for. Berry was waving the 15 second warning sign so I could not ask anymore questions.
However, as arrogant their reply was we now have video evidence that they don’t know what they are voting for, don’t feel they have to answer legitimate questions regarding how money is spent in the city, and violated my rights to freedom of speech; especially as they were legitimate questions regarding how they handle city money..
When Council Chair asked
Do you expect us to know what every one of these is for?
I was left with my mouth hanging open. Of course we do why they hell do you think you’re sitting in those chairs.
I expect that when you get your agenda packet that you go through it page by page and investigate make calls ask questions
At the very least know what that money was spent on. If it’s a study a study to study what. If it’s a road project what road where why. If you are going to roll every one of those expenses into one vote darn tooting I expect you to know what each one of those was for. If you didn’t know why are you rolling them into one vote instead of taking them one at a time. You council chair when you opened it up for discussion didn’t ask what they were for. Why? You clearly along with some others on the council didn’t know what you were spending taxpayers money on. As Susan Todd went through the list there were many that the Council Chair did answer for what each one of the expenses was. Unfortunately the highest amount he didn’t know neither did others at the table.
At least he didn’t look at the Mayors assistant for an answer like (if I only had a brain) does we can be thankful for that.. No folks I think it’s time that we start asking some more of these questions yep just what is that 90k going to? Oh you spent 5,000.00 on number what was that for? Just think how many years this has been going on meeting after meeting of approved spending and not taking the time to know for what reason that money is being spent. Gone folks are the days when there was a council that was looking out for us. No they are too busy fighting us.