Is Dearborn Heights going to live up to its motto? ‘City With A Future’ To say that the administration failed to live up to this motto is an understatement.
The administration has used the economic downturn as the reason nothing has been done in Dearborn Heights. City Council with exceptions of a couple of council members went along with everything the Mayor has done. There is one excuse the Mayor and council have used for nothing getting done… NO MONEY. While saying this, the Mayor had Headlee override money coming in, raised water rates, and over captured by millions CSO funds. Council with the exception of Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton ignored the ‘Rat Problem’, but approved a $40,000.00 study on a private pond. The Mayor stopped the training of ordinance officers with the City of Dearborn because they would have to do it on ‘City time.’ Three years and counting and still not one certified ‘Vector Control officer’ The administration Milked the economic downturn all he can now, however, things are on an upward trajectory in the City and the State as a whole. Let’s not let the Mayor use what happened six years ago as an excuse not to make a difference. I bring up the private pond issue only to show how skewed things are in this City. This money was approved in 2014 while the Mayor was still saying that the City was still having economic problems.
On January 12, 2016, the first council meeting is held this will be the meeting that a new council chair is voted in. If there is any hope of having a City with a future it starts with this very first vote. With-out a council chair that will work for the residents not just rubber stamp what the Mayor want’s or doesn’t want on any given agenda, we are back to square one. Getting two newly elected council members won’t make one bit of difference for the City if nothing makes it on the agenda for discussion and a vote. January 12, City Hall 8:00 pm will you be there? Will you make sure that you let council members know you want a change? Will you make sure that they see we are paying attention, we want a City With A Future? Are you going to sit in a chair at this very important meeting showing that you won’t settle for the same old, same old from this administration?