Joint Management Committee… Of The Downriver Sewage Disposal System.

JOINT MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE

LIST OF REPRESENTATIVES AND ALTERNATES

 

 COMMUNITY DESIGNATED REPRESENTATIVE  ALTERNATE  EMAIL ADDRESS STATUS OF RESOLUTION
Allen Park William MatakasCity of Allen Park

16850 Southfield Rd.

Allen Park, MI  48101

Tom WilsonCity of Allen Park

16850 Southfield Rd.

Allen Park, MI  48101

mayor@cityofallenpark.orgtwilson@cityofallenpark.org  Passed – Resolution Approved 8/12/14
Belleville Keith Tackett6 Main Street

Belleville, MI  48111

 

DianeKollmeyer6 Main Street

Belleville, MI  48111

dps@belleville.mi.usdkollmeyer@belleville.mi.us Passed – Resolution Approved  3/17/14
Brownstown Twp. Mark GahryBrownstown Township

21313 Telegraph Road

Brownstown, MI  48183

Rodney JulianBrownstown Township

21313 Telegraph Road

Brownstown, MI 48183

markg@brownstown-mi.orgrodneyj@brownstown-mi.org Passed – Resolution Approved 12/02/13
Dearborn Heights Dan PaletkoCity of Dearborn Hgts

6045 Fenton

Dearborn Hgts, MI 48127

KrystinaLasloCity of Dearborn Hgts

6045 Fenton

Dearborn Hgts, MI 48127

dpaletko@ci.dearborn-heights.mi.usklaslo@ci.dearborn-heights.mi.us Passed – Resolution Approved 06/24/14
Ecorse Kevin LawrenceCity of Ecorse

3869 W. Jefferson

Ecorse, MI  48229

City of Ecorse

3869 W. Jefferson

Ecorse, MI  48229

 klawrence@ecorsemi.gov Passed – Resolution Approved  5/30/14
Lincoln Park Bob BartokCity of Lincoln Park

500 Southfield Road

Lincoln Park, MI  48146

City Engineer  bbartok@citylp.com 
River Rouge David Bajorek, Attorney6715 Park Ave.

Allen Park, MI  48101

MichaelBowdlerCity of River Rouge

10600 W. Jefferson Ave.

River Rouge, MI 48218

rrmayorsoffice@hotmail.com  Passed – Resolution Approved
Riverview Doug DrysdaleCity of Riverview

14100 Civic Park Dr.

Riverview, MI  48192

Kerry Morgan, AttorneyPentiuk, Couvreur & Kobilijak, P.C.

2915 Biddle  – Ste 200

Wyandotte, MI  48192

 

ddrysdale@cityofriverview.comkmorganesq@aol.com Passed – Resolution Approved 12/16/13
Romulus Roberto ScappaticciCity of Romulus

12600 Wayne Road

Romulus, MI  48174

Keith BocCity of Romlus

12600 Wayne Road

Romulus, MI  48174

rscappaticci@ci.romulus.mi.uskboc@ci.romulus.mi.us Passed – Resolution Approved 4/28/14
Southgate Joseph Kuspa, MayorCity of Southgate

14400 Dix-Toledo Hwy

Southgate, MI 48195

Hennessey Engineers13500 Reeck Road

Southgate, MI 48195

mayorkuspa@ci.southgate.mi.usjjhennesseg@hengineers.com Passed – Resolution Approved 12/18/13
Taylor Rick Sollars, MayorCity of Taylor

23555 Goddard Road

Taylor,  MI 48280

 David MackieCity of Taylor

23555 Goddard Road

Taylor, MI  48180

moffice@ci.taylor.mi.us  Passed – Resolution Approved 12/17/13
Van Buren Twp. DPW Interim DirectorJim Taylor

Van Buren Township

46425 Tyler Road

Van Buren Twp, MI 48111

Township SupervisorLinda Combs

Van Buren Township

46425 Tyler Road

Van Buren Twp, MI 48111

jtaylor@vanburen-mi.orglcombs@vanburen-mi.org Passed – Resolution Approved 11/27/12
Wyandotte Joseph PetersonCity of Wyandotte

3131 Biddle Ave.

Wyandotte, MI  48192

MarkKowalewskiCity of Wyandotte

3131 Biddle Ave.

Wyandotte, MI  48111

mayor@wyan.orgmkowalewski@wyan.org Passed – Resolution Approved 12/16/13
Wayne County Facilities Management Division Director(Elmeka Steele)

400 Monroe, Ste 400

Detroit, MI  48226

Water QualityMgmt. Division Director(Kelly Cave)

400 Monroe, Ste 400

Detroit, MI  48226

 

esteele@waynecounty.comkcave@waynecounty.com

Updated 11/10/14                                                                      DWR.jmc reps & alternates.doc

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23 thoughts on “Joint Management Committee… Of The Downriver Sewage Disposal System.”

  1. drheights48127 , November 13, 2014 at 10:07 am, The of Dearborn Height don’t have a city engineer to represent the city on that board? Somebody who have professional certification (IE, PE) to look for the city residents benefits? This board business is very sensitive and complex.

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  2. I was told by someone in the know that this mayor will not run again. From their lips to …… But who would run in his stead? Certainly there isn’t one person on the council who would make a good mayor. We need some qualified people to stand up and run for mayor and council. It’s time we got those who are and have been sitting – out.

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  3. Hey I just realized that the North End has it’s own retention basin that is not maintained just like we do down here in the south end.. Thankfully the pond does not run through their family rooms and basements nor does it produce a 10 ft wave flowing at 3700 gallons a second. None the less they deserve it to be maintained. I do see a common connection here, excuses from a mayor and council as to why it is is the shape that it is in.

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  4. I read about the different assets a Police Interceptor car has; this car has a lot of great defensive attributes to it, as it should be since it is for the safety of our police officers. I think the mayor might have bought it because he is afraid for life and limb. First, it started with having officers stationed at the council meetings and now a mayor-mobile for his protection. He has made a lot of people in this city very angry and some stupid and ignorant person(s) has probably threatened him. Hurting someone or taking someone’s life for things regarding the way the city is run is just plain wrong no matter how angry you are. I have always ascribed to a saying my mom would often repeat to me. “The pen is mightier than the sword”.

    I agree that new computers are needed if the ones employees are using now are causing city work to fall behind. Unlike $62,000 for a roof and a door, it sounds like new computers and sound software is something that would make the city run more efficiently, just like specialized tablets for the ordinance dept. However, common sense is not very common in this city’s sitting council (most but not all) and mayor.

    I am sorry to hear that some people might be moving out of the city because they see no possibility of change in the way things are run. I know I have harbored those feelings many times. However, I see more and more new and young families moving into my neighborhood and this gives me the boost I need to try and make a change so another generation can enjoy the Dearborn Heights I grew up in, my child grew up in and now my grandchildren. To these folks I would say don’t give up on us yet. The future will indeed see that the “pen (or in today’s lingo, the keyboard) is mightier than the sword”. Case in point- while the past flood of 8-11-2104 brought tremendous hardship to its victims it also hardened the resolve of a group of people who are now working together to make sure this never happens again. Be patient and hang in there-times will be a changing.

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  5. I was just out to dinner with friends and neighbors and one of them was telling me of a person renting a house in the neighborhood who brings his work truck home every night. It’s a great big truck. When calling the police, was told by the dispatcher they wouldn’t come out on it. What happened to the City Ordinance and what’s with this dispatcher? I’ve heard from several people how rude she is. Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe her job is to take the complaint and pass it on to the police to investigate. I don’t believe it’s her job to make a determination. There have been complaints lodged against her with the Police Chief but she’s still there and nothing has changed. Another rude one. It starts at the top.

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  6. If the City has been using this pond as a retention area then the City had better clean it up. As you said it’s serving purpose to the City as a whole not just for the residents that live around the pond. It’s sad that they City hasn’t taken care of it and has left the residents that live in this area to suffer.
    Something else that is very sad to hear is of some very good people that have tried for years to change things in this City moving. Yep I’ve heard of some that are just tired of things never changing and they are seriously considering moving out of the City. In the end that is just what the administration and some on the council want. They want taxpayers to move. Most of all they want the ones that pay attention ask questions, and demand more to pack up and leave.

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  7. And here’s something else the city could be spending their money on which is really needed. I was talking to Michelle in the Ordinance Dept. and she said her computer crashed LAST WEEK and she just got a new hard drive a couple of days ago. Instead of spending money on a car that’s not needed for the mayor, let’s take that extra money and start buying new computers for the city employees. This has been talked about before and nothing has been done about it. We NEED a Financial Manager who would have said NO to the mayor. We need an oversight committee to look at the money being spent because it’s a sure thing this council and this mayor don’t know what the heck they’re doing.

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  8. Wow, Curious. I think I want to throw up. There is NO reason for this mayor to be driving a Police Interceptor car except his wishes to be a “Wannabe” policeman. Besides which, with the city in the shape it’s in, why would we spend extra money for something that is ABSOLUTELY not needed. And as for other cities whose mayors have drivers – what cities? My God. Are you totally delusional?

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  9. Opps!!!!! an error and a correction. I said 3-5 years for maintenance of the Old Orchard Pond, it should be 1-3 years. When I take notes I scribble; its getting bad when you can’t even read your own scribble..

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  10. The problem is that our city is now flush with money from the Headlee Override and so its spend, spend, spend on what they want, yet they have problems with the wants (city newsletter) or even the needs of the residents (city hall open five days and streets cleaned on a regular basis). I feel pretty sure that the presence of many residents curbed the council’s regular rubber stamping. There was a large group of residents attending the meeting regarding the Old Orchard Pond and the $62,000 request came before discussion on the pond. The residents there for the pond issue sat through the discussion and you could see by their body language they thought the whole thing was ludicrous. I know the council picked up on this. Just goes to show how a large group of residents attending the council meeting and study sessions ( the $62,000 question and the pond came up during the study session before the regular meeting) could change the rubber stamping and force the council to actually think about what is being proposed.

    The person making the request was Recreation Director Grybel. It was for the Richard A. Young Recreation Center Maintenance Building Enclosure.

    There is one positive thing that came out of the meeting and that was the demolition of a garage. This might not sound like a big deal but one less blighted building in this city is a good thing. I would like to add Jack McIntyre (Ordinance Enforcement Director) to the small list of city directors that does a great job and really works for the betterment of our city. I know Mr. Mcintyre would like to have these tablet like thingies where his ordinance officers could actually be out in the field and enter information down that would go directly into the main computer system. This would give them more time to spend out in the field. Right now they have to write things down on a piece of paper come back to the office and type the information into the main computer. The council should buy these as this would be a good use of city money and would probably cost a lot less than $62,000 dollars.

    Here is another little tidbit I found interesting from the meeting. When the president of the neighborhood association for the pond got up to speak, he read from a letter that was written several years before where Councilman Kosinski was supportive of the city maintaining this pond. While the letter was being read Councilman Kosinski slouched over the council table and kept his head down and didn’t say a word.

    Regarding the Old Orchard Pond. I had the opportunity to speak with many members of this association. They have an untold fact that the rest of us do not know. The city of Dearborn Heights for years has used that pond as a type of retention/catch basin but did not keep it up and as a result the pond is just stagnant and filled with sludge and silt. We expect our catch basins to be cleaned and maintained with our tax money, I don’t think theirs is an unreasonable demand. If that pond had been maintained by the city it would not have gotten to the deplorable state it is in now. Even Mr. Brooks of Wade Trim said that once the pond is cleaned the maintenance once every 3-5 years would cost only $2,000 and could be done by an outside contractor in one day.

    Even though I live in the south end and the pond neighborhood is a much more affluent community than mine, we need to remember that they pay taxes too and expecting the city to have maintained that pond since it serves a function other than recreational is not an unreasonable request.

    You learn so much more by actually attending the meetings than watching them on tv. Talking with other residents can give you another side of the story. Our group, the Ecorse Riparians, is really coming up with some interesting facts of our own as to why we are hit so hard with the flooding. We just have one more question to be answered. However, that one question is not being answered by the people who can. Makes one go Hymmmmm-wonder why..

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  11. So far this mayor did not explaine why he whant to drive a police interceptor/police car? May be he have a legitimate reason for that. we should not forget he is the mayor! Other elected officials; not only rode a police car but have a driver too. At least DH mayor like to drive the car and save the residents the cost of driver.

    After all, we are a big city and the mayor did good job saving the city from bankrupcy and financial manager.

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  12. DH mayor is the chair of this oversite Sewage management Commette! This commette is very powerfull with a lot of elected officials representation! They should be asked why DH residents have to suffer frequently from flooding and why sewage dumping in NBEC is allowed? And why some facilities are not operating at full capacity? And why the system that the manage is not capable of handeling the rain? And what they did in the last 5 years to improve this system? And what their plans for the 5 years to stop the flooding in DH? Specially when the chair of this powerfull commette is the DH mayor! This should be an opportunity as a chair to force a resolution to help his city that he represent! Common since!

    So DH council should know a lot about the flood!

    Why the DH government officials acted if they don’t know about the flood issues during a council meetting, when resident asked questions regarding representation on some other SEWAGE BOARD or COMMETTE?

    The county commissioner was involved and did investigate and told the mayor and council that they can attend the meettings because its public.

    How many other boards and commetties are there dealing with our sewage?

    Its amazing when concerned residents, taxpayers, voters, community activists and civic representives get involeved and start investigating an issue! They start discovering a lot and forcing the responsable officiles to ansewar and act.

    I hope they secceseed in their mission.

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  13. Floor what about the water fountain that hasn’t worked for so long.. What about some of the roads in this city? I wonder if anyone looked/asked to see the break down on the police interceptor car vs a regular car. The bigger question is WHY?

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  14. What vehicle is this how could anyone with half a brain think this is okay to spend 30,000.00 for making a building that will store a $6,000.00 vehicle and some other equipment. Is the convenience of storing this vehicle and equipment at this location going to some how save us money? Is it going to be closer for them and in turn cut down on work hours? I’m sorry that anyone working for the City is inconvenienced while doing their job. If your inconvenience is costing us more money and this will over time save money. Well do the study present the numbers and show us how it’s going to save us money. What ever amount it’s going to cost the tax payers to build this building is too much for convenience sake. I would like to go before the council and ask them to lower my property taxes because it’s inconvenient for me to have to pay this much every year. Council please deduct my portion of this expenses I don’t want my tax dollar going to this. Doesn’t anyone on that Council just stop and ask what they heck they are doing? Come on guys can’t you see how stupid this is. 60k, 30k what ever the amount it’s just not right.

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  15. Hey it gets better. ALL of DH residents will be paying @$45 more a year starting in January now that this Committee along with the DSDS has applied for a 180 MILLION dollar loan for DSDS operating costs of which only 1/3 of DH uses? Hmmm – more FACTUAL info to follow for sure.. Remember ECPAD, it is also part of the DSDS that the JMC oversees! And All of DH pays 177,000.00 dollars a year for operation costs of the broken down Taylor Basin (the one that dumped 7.2 Million gallons of raw sewage on 8/11) which is inside of the ECPAD, Which is overseen by the JMC, because it is part of the DSDS. Again only 1/3 of the residents use this. Outrageous is the only way to describe what we are uncovering. Outrageous for sure.

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  16. The council did not approve it but wants it rebid and then brought to them again as they felt it was too high a cost. They also talked about building a garage for the $6,000 utility vehicle for around $30,000. which would be half the cost. I just sat there shaking my head; even $30,000. to store a $6,000. vehicle is ridiculous. It is already being stored somewhere else but having its own building would make it ” more convenient” . Oh yes, it was stated that the new structure would also store some other stuff; even though the other stuff is being stored just fine now.

    We don’t get our streets cleaned on a regular basis and city hall is only open four days a week but as long as things are “convenient” for people to do their jobs, that’s what counts. We the tax payers have the honor of paying for the convenience of those that are working for us, yet we receive nothing in return except a lot of excuses.

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  17. OK – a new roof and door and a Police Interceptor car for the Mayor but we can’t afford to get the floor of city hall cleaned as it should be. As far as I’m concerned, this mayor should be driving a Focus. All he needs is a car to get around. He CERTAINLY doesn’t need a Police Interceptor. How much more did that cost than a regular car? It just never stops with this guy.

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  18. Hi Bitsy08,

    This is a very important information regarding the Ecorse Creek and is another piece in the puzzle we are trying to figure out regarding the flooding. Dan Paletko is the chair of this committee and Missy Krissy is also on this committee representing DH..

    If it were not for the deep digging of my fellow Ecorse Riparians we would have never known this committee existed and that it was open to the public. We can finally get some real representation at these meetings as residents will now be attending instead of just the mayor and his assistant.
    Thankfully, Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton will be attending as well. Its good to know that at least one person on the council is actively doing something to help us.

    Off the subject but amazing to me, at the council meeting this past Tuesday one of the mayor’s appointed directors had the kahunas to stand up and ask for $62,000.00 to put a roof and door on an already existing structure to store a $6,000.00 piece of equipment – yet we cannot even get our streets cleaned. I hear all the time about how the DPW is trying to keep up with all the work that needs to be done because they do not have enough manpower. Okay, if the DPW cannot do the tasks hire outside contractors to take care of what the DPW cannot do. The city hired an outside contractor to clean up after a hot water tank in the city building burst and leaked water all over the place. They paid this contractor $7,500.00 to clean this up. Two thoughts on that:

    1) Next time a water heater bursts and floods the place, call seven south end residents (who are experts at cleaning up after floods) to come and clean it up and pay them $1,000.00 each. You could save the city $500.00 and help these residents recoup what they lost in the “real” flood.

    2) How quick our city administration is to call outside contractors when it affects them, yet the filth can pile up in our streets (ask the residents along Hanover how many weeks it took to clean their street after the 8-11 flood) and all we get is “the DPW is doing the best they can do with the little manpower they have”. The folks in city administration got their panties and shorts in a tangle because clean water flooded them and paid to have it cleaned up right away (with our tax money of course) yet wanted the patience of the folks in the south end because they were complaining of sewage soaked items not being picked up for weeks. The tail is indeed wagging the dog when it comes to Dearborn Heights.

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  19. And how much do you want to bet that DP doesn’t show but sends Mrs. Laslo in his stead? And why isn’t someone from the city going who actually KNOWS what they’re talking about?

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