On Dec 16th, The City of Dearborns Police Chief Haddad had a Town Hall Meeting and in one part spoke about the dispatch project, including it will be operational in the first quarter of 2017. See video between 12:45 and 23:00 for details. He also makes mention that he will supply a report to council and expects Dearborn to go with Dearborn Heights and Melvindale, and others are interested. If Dearborn goes with Melvindale and Dearborn Heights, 9 more dispatchers are needed (they have 20), and it takes 6 months to train. Chief Haddad says he thinks Melvindale and Dearborn Heights if they join, will be after operational in the first quarter, meaning after maybe April? Not if it takes 6 months to train personnel. And if they are hiring now, how can they do so without a signed contract? I don’t see how this could happen until summer. As was told to residents during the Mayor of Dearborn Heights town hall about this subject ‘it would be they hope up and running in June.’
The Mayor of Dearborn Heights has had the contract since early January that’s what I’ve heard. I all so understand the City of Dearborn council did not vote on this contract before it was sent to Dear Heights Heights. I’m not sure of the process for doing these things in the City of Dearborn, but I know here I thought the council would approve the contract before it’s sent out for signatures with other City’s. If the City Council of Dearborn when they get the contract back doesn’t like what’s in it then what? They ask for changes and it comes back to our City with those changes? This back and forth and the residents of Dearborn Heights overwhelming don’t want to outsource our 911 dispatch. Shame on Mayor Dan Paletko for even thinking of doing this.