I received an email today and a response from a resident I found the information contained in both important and very interesting.
The first email is from Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton,
Truly, the Tuesday, March 17th City Council meeting was of great value, providing information, insight, and answered many questions. In addition, it created an opportunity for open dialogue and critical thinking. Thank you, everyone!The questions were raised and warrant additional follow up, including the documenting discharges of tributaries, i.e Butler Drain (Banner and Amherst). Indeed, a good question- Why do we get Taylor’s sewage? Wayne County oversight?In closing, the active pursuit and lobby effort for federal funding will be imperative. On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments Legislative Platform Task Force reviewed the Platform Policy for 2015/ 2016. I serve on this task force. Yesterday, I stressed the importance for seeking a legislation solution to fund stormwater system construction, improvements, and operations. Wayne County Commissioner Ray Bashem was very supportive, as we eagerly seek funding for the Ecorse Creek project and other municipal grant funding opportunities. SEMCOG has included this issue to the legislative platform for support, lobbying efforts for stormwater management and seeking increased grant funding for improving municipal wastewater treatment and water supply.It will take all of our efforts to bring forth an active and effective lobby campaign. Local elected officials, county, state and federal must work together. Our residents’ stories, experiences, photos, and videos are hugely important- we are all lobbyist for our community on this important issue. Improving quality of life for our residents must be a top priority.Respectfully,Lisa Hicks-ClaytonDearborn Heights City Council Member
The response in from Troy Brown South Dearborn Heights who has along with others been uncovering a lot of information about the Ecorse Creek and its flooding.
As always Lisa, thank you for your tireless effort on our behalf. I just wanted to point out that the overcapacity of the NBECD is not a “county” oversight. Also note that Ray has a large interest because it is Taylor which is the largest contributor to the overcapacity of the NBECD and that is by “hidden” design as the facts that Suzanne and I have uncovered, assembled and continue to present to who ever will listen. The county and even Wade Trim ( Wade Trim Hq is in Taylor) are very knowledgeable of these facts.We will see how many friends we have when the administration files a motion in court, to stop ALL entities from dumping non permitted Cso, Rtb And detention waters into any and all tributaries or pipes or sewers that have a outfall to the NBECD. Once our city does this, funding for fixing this problem will never be a issue again. In fact I am certain that our biggest supporters for funding will be the county Commisioner that represents Taylor and the county drain Commisioner ( as you know the county commissioner is Chair of ecpad and Ray is on the board and ecpad dumped 7.2 million gallons of raw sewage on 8/11 and they can do it again without warning). We must mitigate this until a fix is in place.Let’s press on!Regards,Troy Brown – South Dearborn Heights Resident.
I think it’s important for the City to know who each and every one of the people who are involved in this. What positions of government agencies they hold past and present. What boards if any they sit on past and present. Have they held positions in City, County, or State government. We all have to lobby for this what we want to make sure of is that we are lobbying the right people. We don’t want any lobbying efforts to fall on deaf ears.
I’m in no way saying that the people involved in this will not work with the City to find a solution nor am I saying that they don’t have the whole region’s best interest at heart. The City and the residents of it can’t afford to waste any more time lobbying people that can’t or won’t work for the best interest of Dearborn Heights. It’s in that spirit that I bring this to all of our attention.