How will the new City Council Make a Difference in Dearborn Heights come January? Will there be a difference? Newly elected council members can make a difference in Dearborn Heights, but they will have to work with other members on the Council. Some of those council members have been less than thrilled about working to see improvements in our City. They for their own reasons given up or just don’t care. Over the years, they seem to think of the residents as “Bothersome.” Their behavior made this painfully obvious with Councilman Berry yelling, badgering and dismissing residents who he feels the council has done enough for. Joseph Kosinski who questions residents if they’re educated enough to even speak at the podium during public comments. Not to mention the infighting that takes place.
For one Council member working to make improvements for the residents has come at a price. Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton has taken the side of the residents and the City as a whole. She has been well let’s just say not so liked on the council. Her fellow Council members have made it very obvious from their lack of cooperation on just about every intuitive she’s brought to the council. Residents who are seeing this play out understand and have taken the position it’s “us” against “them.” The “them” who we thought were there for us. The “them” that we thought were suppose to oversee the administration making checks and balances in the City. The “them” that residents thought were supposed to Make A Difference in the City of Dearborn Heights. They have now become the problem.
Well, the residents made a very big difference this past November and decided they want their council back. They elected not to bring back Ned Apigian the residents brought back Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton no surprise she works for the residents. I believe that if the rest of the Council members would have been up for re-election they would all be going home this January. That’s how fed up the residents are with this council and their lack of communication, their lack of wanting to make any type of changes in this City. Their lack of standing with the residents and forever wanting to be in the “shining light” of the Mayor. Newly elected council members have a very big decision to make come this January one that could change the course of how things are done in the City for the City and its residents. The vote for Council Chair for me as a resident and someone who want’s to see a difference in the City the choice of who the Council chair shouldn’t be is very obvious. I want a council chair that will work with the Mayor not work for the Mayor. I want a council chair that will bring back the council as an independent body in the City. One that will work independently from the Mayor making changes for the betterment of the City and the residents that live within its borders.
I would like to see a council that isn’t just going to fall for the Mayor coming and saying last-minute “you need to vote on it now or else.” I want a council that isn’t going to be intimidated by the Mayor. I want a council that is willing to vote something down brought to the Council by the Mayor because they know it’s not the right thing for the City. I want a council that’s willing to spend just a little of their time looking into things to make sure that the residents don’t get over charged by the City for any more millions. I want a council that will tell a resident who did find those 3.8 million dollars in overages on the (CSO) Thank You. I would like a council who will look at the Mayor when those charges were uncovered and say to him why didn’t you stop it Mr.Mayor? Why did you keep bringing this to us year after year for approval when you knew we shouldn’t be approving this? Instead of a Council that yelled and asked the resident what his qualifications were to bring it up in the first place. I want a council that would be willing to lay blame at the Mayors feet, not the residents for uncovering it.
Yes with this new council with the selection of the right council chair the possibilities for how this council can Make a Difference are endless. Are they willing to make sure that happens for the City and the Residents? Are they willing to make a difference in Dearborn Heights? Is it going to be business as usual? I hope the message that residents sent to Council this past election isn’t going to fall of deaf ears. There is a need the residents have to be heard they want this administration and the council to hear us, to follow through on making a difference in this City. Come on Council get on board and Make a Difference for Dearborn Heights. #makeadifference #madidh