I Think We are On Our Way…I Hope So Anyway.

Absolutely great City Council study session tonight so much information great social media time saving measures that I’m going to look into using for my business. Many other things were presented to the council and those of us from the public that showed up. Many thanks to Dearborn Heights City council for having the study session. Thanks to Councilwoman Hicks Clayton for bringing the lady to present such wonderful information. The council all members were engaged and asked questions. Councilwoman Horvath I want to thank you for giving us a chance thank all the council for opening the door to the possibility to have these things in our city. Council did have legitimate concerns tonight one was people being able to comment and push out false information on a Facebook page for the City. Who was going to post and how much time that person would have to spend doing it. First I wouldn’t allow comments on the city’s Facebook page. Push out information put up videos and photos of events taking place in the City. Use the Facebook Page to promote the businesses in Dearborn Heights “brand” the city a term I used in an earlier post and the woman speaking tonight used the same term.

Folks I have to say the Mayor was the most candid that I’ve ever heard him this evening. Admitting that he doesn’t have much to do with social media he admitted that much of what the woman was talking about this evening was the first time he had heard of some of them. He wasn’t alone several of the things she referred to I hadn’t heard of either. The biggest surprise from the Mayor was when he said that there was a large part of the population that wasn’t represented with any of the social media being talked about. He was referring to the younger people living in the City from the age of his assistant 30 and below. He said they make up a very large part of the population and we want to make sure that we are able to communicate with them.   The Mayors assistant said that after the last council meeting her the Mayor and Bob Ankrap met to discuss better ways of communicating with the public.  Bob Ankrap has looked into an app called Ping4Alerts  sounds like a great app and when an alert/information is put up on ping4alerts it can be connected right to the Facebook or Twitter page for the City.

It was a lot to digest and look into there will be other meetings about this subject council chair said, but the council and the administration have much to look into. It was a great start and I commend all involved. I thank former councilwoman Badalow for getting that petition together and making sure along with councilwoman Hicks-Clayton that it was put on the agenda at the last council meeting.  A thank you must be given to the Mayor and his assistant fair is fair and he did step up to the plate so thank you Mr. Mayor and please work on getting this implemented as soon as possible.  Most of all I would like to thank all of you that posted about this subject on your Facebook Pages. Signed the petition came to council meetings and just made sure that at least we could start the ball rolling.  Let’s wait and see what the coming months will produce.

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7 thoughts on “I Think We are On Our Way…I Hope So Anyway.”

  1. Just want to remind everybody that in addition to financial aid for those poor souls along the creek, we also have to be proactive so the waters of that filthy creek never impact our neighbor’s lives again like it did this past August 11th..

    I was dismayed when I received in the snail mail a leaflet from our county commissioner, Diane Webb, pronouncing that there wasn’t any breakdown of the system in regards to the August 11th flood.

    I and four others heard (in a drain board meeting on 9-23-2014 where our drain commissioner, Ken Kucel, was present) that raw sewage was dumped into the Ecorse Creek on that day because the detention basin situated on Pelham and I-94 was only able to receive 50% of its capacity. The basin had been compromised by a collapsed roof during last winter and was in a state of being repaired.

    I don’t know about anyone else, I would certainly call it a breakdown in the system. There were probably hundreds of people that were exposed to the flooding of the Ecorse Creek that did not realize that along with the other “stuff” that is normally in that creek, they were also exposed to raw sewage.

    Even if you were not directly affected by the Ecorse flooding, we all need to work together so this doesn’t happen again. We are a community and we not only need everyone to protest this sewage dump but to also protest the dumping of “water” upstream of the creek into our neighborhoods. We need to tell our elected officials in the city, county and the state that we are mad as h–l and we are not going to take it anymore.

    Kudos to Bob Ankrapp , even during the time of his wife’s illness, passing and funeral he came to the assistance of the people in Dearborn Heights. This man wears three hats for the city. Yet he had his salary cut by 30% because the city administration knew he needed the health insurance for his wife’s terminal condition and was able to force a bigger decrease in pay then the other city workers took at 10%. I received this information from someone on the council last year. I know Bob will probably be embarrassed by my telling everyone this but I think the residents of Dearborn Heights need to know what Bob has done for this city instead of being criticized for not doing enough. Bob can only do what his boss, the mayor, allows him to do.

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  2. “I’m very impressed and positively motivated after I read ” Anonymous , October 1, 2014 at 2:10 pm” post”

    To: Anonymous , October 1, 2014 at 2:10 pm, “Who ever you are” I know its not Mr. Ankrapp.
    I posted my information and question on 10/1/2014 @ 1:15 PM. You was able to read and respond and arrange FEMA meetings for DH residents and post your request to Kathy to post your announcement using this particular blog as a social media venue in 55 minutes. Kudos to you, WOW and 1000 WOW.

    I’m happy to know that this blog is been read continuously by city officials and questions been answered within 55 minutes and cleared by the state for accuracy, good job trying to serve DH residents similar to Royal Oak.

    Kathy, Are you noticing and witnessing a new direction from the city officials? That is great accomplishment, WOW.

    This what I posted @ 1:15 pm
    “Did we ask FEMA for intake center in DH?

    FEMA Registration Intake Centers Open in Royal Oak

    FEMA
    As of Oct. 1, 2014, residents can talk to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) representatives face-to-face in Royal Oak to get an understanding of the various programs FEMA has to offer and get help registering for assistance.

    Where: FEMA agents are set up at two locations in Royal Oak – The Salter Center (1545 E Lincoln Ave) and the Mahany/Meininger Center (3500 Marais Ave). FEMA reps plan to be at the Royal Oak Registration Intake Centers for three weeks (through Oct. 22, 2014).

    Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Checklist: To apply for assistance, you, your co-applicant or a minor in your home must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national or qualified alien. If you plan to register at the intake center, please visit http://www.disasterassistance.gov/disaster-assistance/application-checklist for an application checklist.

    Please note: Residents may also apply online at http://www.DisasterAssistance.gov or by calling 1-800-621FEMA(3362). You do not have to go to a FEMA Registration Intake Center to register.

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    Karma , October 1, 2014 at 1:15 pm”

    And this what you posted @ 2:10PM

    Can you please post this as it was just cleared up in a conference call with the state…

    October 1, 2014

    For Immediate Release

    For More Information, Contact:
    Bob Ankrapp, PEM
    Emergency Manager & Public Information Officer
    Tel: (313) 277-7405 – Cell: (734) 751-5925
    E-mail: rankrapp@ci.dearborn-heights.mi.us

    FEMA Representatives schedule local meetings with Dearborn Heights flood victims

    Dearborn Heights, Michigan – Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct 4 local meetings in Dearborn Heights this week to assist residents who experienced flooding as a result of the August 11 storm. The meetings, known as Disaster Survivor Assistance meetings, will allow flood victims to express, in person, questions and concerns to FEMA representatives regarding their eligibility for federal assistance that is available through the agency, as well as learn more about how the application process works.

    The meetings will take place at the John F. Kennedy Library, 24602 Van Born Road (just West of Telegraph Road) in Dearborn Heights at the following dates/times:

    Wednesday, October 1 – 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m.
    Thursday, October 2 – 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m.
    Friday, October 3 – 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m.
    Saturday, October 4 – 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m.
    NOTE: Residents do not need to make advance appointments to meet with the FEMA staff.

    Portions of Dearborn Heights, particularly along and near Ecorse Creek along the city’s southern border, experienced significant flood damage during the storm.

    On September 25, President Obama signed a Federal Disaster Declaration for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, clearing the way for federal assistance for those who experienced significant storm/flood damage.

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    Anonymous , October 1, 2014 at 2:10 pm

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  3. Kathy, I agree 100% with your comments. It was a great informational meeting for all parties concerned and showed that all of us were on common ground when it came to the need for our city to broadcast events, especially those of an emergency nature. I think starting with something simple and working our way up is the best thing. Kudos to the council, the mayor, the presenter and the audience.

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  4. The social media users search the social media app’s for information about where are the best places for them and their families to live. DH is not on that grid yet. So why city officials are surprised that no participation from that population segment that use social media app”s to buy their groceries and tooth paste from their favorite store or order them on line wile they having lunch using their smart phones.

    DH is not in their networking circle. Kathy, you are welcome to feel sorry as much as you can for those officials for not knowing what their kids and grad kids know and you can pat on their shoulders for admitting that they didn’t know, the facts are not even basic social media (IE) Facebook and streamlining are in place. Just those basics !

    Why those 3 administrators din’t establish a basic Facebook pages the next day? And have a smiley face and few words about their administrative services they provide to DH?

    How many more studies and public debates you thing DH needs to have a Facebook? I’m glad you are happy for this great accomplishment of forcing a public healthy social media debates in DH. Can you help the city manage a Facebook? Just 101 basic one page DH Facebook.

    Good bless knowledge and common since for all.

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  5. Can you please post this as it was just cleared up in a conference call with the state…

    October 1, 2014

    For Immediate Release

    For More Information, Contact:
    Bob Ankrapp, PEM
    Emergency Manager & Public Information Officer
    Tel: (313) 277-7405 – Cell: (734) 751-5925
    E-mail: rankrapp@ci.dearborn-heights.mi.us

    FEMA Representatives schedule local meetings with Dearborn Heights flood victims

    Dearborn Heights, Michigan – Representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct 4 local meetings in Dearborn Heights this week to assist residents who experienced flooding as a result of the August 11 storm. The meetings, known as Disaster Survivor Assistance meetings, will allow flood victims to express, in person, questions and concerns to FEMA representatives regarding their eligibility for federal assistance that is available through the agency, as well as learn more about how the application process works.

    The meetings will take place at the John F. Kennedy Library, 24602 Van Born Road (just West of Telegraph Road) in Dearborn Heights at the following dates/times:

    Wednesday, October 1 – 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m.
    Thursday, October 2 – 12:00 Noon to 5:00 p.m.
    Friday, October 3 – 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m.
    Saturday, October 4 – 12:00 Noon to 4:00 p.m.
    NOTE: Residents do not need to make advance appointments to meet with the FEMA staff.

    Portions of Dearborn Heights, particularly along and near Ecorse Creek along the city’s southern border, experienced significant flood damage during the storm.

    On September 25, President Obama signed a Federal Disaster Declaration for Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties, clearing the way for federal assistance for those who experienced significant storm/flood damage.

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