This year is an election year for three of the sitting council members Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton Council Chair Barron and Councilman Ned Apigian. As more and more people are starting to wonder why our City doesn’t have this or that you can point to one body of the Dearborn Heights Government and your questions would be answered. Dearborn Heights City Council for years stood in the way of progress for no other reason than they don’t understand it. Those council members past and present who’ve tried to make improvements have been “black balled” for lack of a better word. Their initiatives have never gained any support from fellow council members. The list of those initiatives too numerous to write about in this post. Initiatives that would have saved the City money informed the residents and if implemented worked for administration and taxpayer alike.
The administration is to blame for much of what hasn’t gotten done in this City. The Mayor isn’t up for re-election this year and as a City we need to start changing. That change for the betterment of the City should start with the Council. The lack of vision on City Council is staggering a Council that likes to hide behind being ‘stewards of our money.’ This is their job yes, but I would dare say that they could… if they wanted to do so much more. It’s obvious they don’t they lack a vision for the City of Dearborn Heights. They lack the knowledge of what’s available to them to use. Even when it’s brought to their attention they refuse to bring things to the City that residents are asking for. Maybe the residents don’t pick up the phone or send them e-mails, but they are talking. They do notice what the City doesn’t have. They may not come to Council meetings, but they have taken notice. What has driven me crazy for years is as much talking as the public does do they dont’ show up on election day. This the only time that in my opinion that we as residents can make a difference.
The Council… even if they had a hundred taxpaying residents sitting at a council meeting wouldn’t even care. For years, I had the illusion that if we showed up at council meetings it would mean something to the council members. If we showed our faces there just showed up and let them know we are listening and watching it would get things done here. Nothing has changed not by the Mayor and not by the Council. The truth is the only way that we are ever going to see some kind of changes in the City of Dearborn Heights is to start by electing new council members. The only way that this will happen is if people are willing to run in the first place. I would love to see six or seven people run, but not just anyone. We just elected Bob Constan and as far as I can see he would just like to keep his head down until his time is up. That’s the impression I get the man hasn’t stood by one thing that’s been brought by the residents. Sorry, but that isn’t doing the residents a lick of good.
I want candidates that use “smart phones” that’s right if you want my vote not only do you use a smart phone you understand about social media. You have at the very least a Facebook page, or Twitter account that you actively post on. Not something you set up a month before your election. I want you to talk and actively come to me with how you are going to get us live streaming council meetings. I demand that you are going to insist on getting a Facebook Page for the City how you plan to go about that. I want to see you making plans for an e-letter or at the very least actively planning on joining councilwoman Hicks-Clayton in hers. I want to know that you know what a ‘tablet PC’ is or an iPad how you would like to use this technology in the city and why. I demand that you are well aware of our budget and what each department is spending and what ideas you would bring to the city in the form of technology that could save the City time and money. In short we don’t need more of the same.
If you know anyone that you think would make a good candidate nows the time to start talking to them and getting them ready. Now’s the time for them to start attending council meetings. Look at each agenda packet and what money is spent on. Now’s the time to start talking to residents about getting out and voting and why they should vote. Now’s the time to make plans for election day. You think it’s too early to start making these plans it’s not.