What The Mayor Has Done To Our City Part Three.

Mayor Dan Paletko Dearborn HeightsThe City of Dearborn Heights has been closed for one day a week for years now.  Mayor Dan Plaletko did this years ago during the economic downturn. When the Mayor needed to come before the residents of Dearborn Heights and ask them to vote to raise their taxes. There were several things Mayor Dan Paletko told the residents would happen in order to save money. The Mayor said there would be a 10% cut in pay for all department heads and they would be working on Fridays. He went to the union and asked them if they wanted to take the 10% cut or would they like to work one less day a week. They decided for working one less day a week.

What was said to the council was that we are going to close the city down one day a week. Council asked at that time can this be reversed if it doesn’t work out or if the residents don’t like it? To that question, the Mayor said yes of course. When weeks later than Council Chair Baron asked to have the City go back to a five-day work week he was told by the Mayor that this is now part of the union contract and is closed until 2017. This was never supposed to be part of a union contract. There wasn’t supposed to be any overtime and when asked by council members about the over time the Mayor said there isn’t any overtime. I wrote this in 2015,

How about that overtime? Well, the Building Maintenance department overtime numbers for 2014-2015 $82,164.00. The DPW overtime numbers for 2014-2015 $131,144.00. How’s that four-day work week working out for us? Have one of you sitting on that council even ask for documentation from the administration showing how much money the City saved over these past years of having only a four-day work week? I guess a better question would be.. did the administration even keep track of those numbers?  Did one of you look and compare overtime numbers for a five-day work week and a four-day work week. Is there even a way in the City to break down those numbers?  Have you all forgotten that the Mayor said over and over that there is NO OVERTIME! That was part of the deal you Mr. Mayor made with us residents and the Council I see as always you are holding up your end of the agreement. I thank you so much for again showing all of us what a great man you truly are.

City union workers were supposed to take one day a week off that would have put them at 32 hours a week. They are getting paid for 36 hours a week. We as residents were told that all department heads would be working on Fridays. That didn’t happen the Mayor his assistant and most department heads do not work on Fridays as was told to the taxpayers they would be.

The Headlee Override vote was an important vote. All residents should have voted on it, but they didn’t. As soon as the City got its money every promise made was soon forgotten. Ask your Council members when if ever did they sit with the administration? As they said they were going to.

In the same post, I wrote this,

Ground work  laid it was time to go to the residents and ask them for more money. Not an easy thing right?  The Headlee Override was the answer to the money problems for the City. Council approved it for the ballot, but the Mayor still needed to sell it to the residents. How did he do that? There’s  one steadfast group of voters in the City. Absentee voters made up of mostly seniors. What’s the first group of people the Mayor scared?  Well, the seniors of course and the council followed right in line. Well, not all there was that one who didn’t, but for those who know this subject you know who she is.  The Mayor and Council told residents the city was going to close the senior centers. Get rid of 50 yes 50 police officers. Then they started talking about the fire department and the cuts made there. If you’re a senior in the City. You’ve just been told that the centers you like so much are going to be shut down. Crime was on the rise then and you are no longer safe.  The fire/rescue that you might need if you have an emergency may be cut. In short people, they scared the pants off the largest bloc of voters in the city.

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Here are other posts you might like to read about this subject,

With A Sprinkle Of Fairy Dust, Any Budget Is Possible.

Budgets Season Is Here.

Warmer Temperatures, Blooming Flowers, Budgets, and Rudeness.

Call it anything, but a surplus budget, please.

Budget Deficit Plan.

Peek-A-Boo look at what I can do…

There is more and you can find it if you like by doing a search here. Department heads have been given back their 10% the City is still closed one day a week. Overtime is still going on, the Mayor hasn’t shown one report not one sheet of paper showing what all of this has saved the City. Those who took the early outs and stayed working with the City well they are now getting checks for vacation days, sick days, and personal days, they didn’t take. This was afforded to them thanks to the Mayor. Yes even though they retired from the City they were still able to collect their unused days. Thanks, Mr. Mayor way to save us money and gee thanks for using that Headlee Override money with such care. The bottom line don’t be fooled the Mayor hasn’t been a good steward of our Tax Dollars.

Is This The Site Of Our New City Hall?

On March 14, 2013, Mayor Dan Paletko submitted a resolution to City Council members to allow him to negotiate with Wayne County to purchases Warren Valley Golf Course.

What does Mayor Dan Paletko plan on doing with the golf course? Do members of the City council have any idea? Do the residents of Dearborn Heights know that your tax dollars might go to buy this golf course? The Mayor’s big plan for the golf course is to build a new City Hall on the land sell off the Canfield center, move all departments to the New City Hall that he want’s to build and hire a company to run/maintain the golf course. This is the man the same man who was all for the idea of building 150-200 homes on the land, but after seeing how the residents felt soon changed his mind.

What the Mayor forgets is we have a half empty Justice center, and that center might have even more empty space if the Mayor has his way about it. The Mayor is pushing to have our 911 dispatch outsourced to the City of Dearborn leaving, even more, space. Even without outsourcing our 911 dispatch there would still be enough room to move all of City Hall to the justice center. According to several people I’ve talked with over the years, this could be done there is plenty of space. The Chief of police office space alone could have two departments in it or so I’ve been told I’ve not seen it but by all accounts, it’s huge. Just how does the Mayor plan on paying for all of this? Does he think that he’s going to put a millage to get it paid for? How much will it cost taxpayers to pay for a company to run and maintain a golf course? Is this how the Mayor is going to spend our tax dollars? Yes, it is if he has his way about it.

Sell off the Canfield center okay for what use? It sit’s between a fire station and a high school and in front of an Ice arena that the City couldn’t maintain so we had to give that up to a company to manage it.  Is this New City Hall going to house the Berwyn center in it all so? Those events that take place at the Canfield center are they going to be moved to the Mayor’s New City Hall?  What will happen to the old City Hall is that going to go up for sale too? Sitting right in the middle of a neighborhood? I don’t want to own a golf course my tax dollars through Wayne County paid for this golf course for years. The tax dollars of 1.775 million other Wayne County residents. Compare that to the population of Dearborn Heights 56,620 as of 2013 if you think you pay to much in taxes right now in Dearborn Heights wait if the Mayor has his way we are going to be paying a lot more.

#DDD #WeDeserveBetter



It’s Not Enough To Complain It’s Time To Do Something.

Years yes years so many have said they want a new Mayor that they are sick of what this Mayor is doing to our City. For years here and now on Facebook so many Dearborn Heights residents have expressed their dissatisfaction with our Mayor Dan Paletko. This year the Mayor isn’t running unopposed this isn’t the first time that he hasn’t run unopposed so again we as residents are given a choice. The question is are we as residents going to chose this time to make the change we’ve been screaming about all these years?

It’s not enough to complain,

The time has come to work for the change that we have all wanted. It’s a good thing to expose all that this administration has done all these years. It’s good to write and express yourself here and on social media. Now, however, it’s time to do more than just ‘bitch’ about it and that includes me. Now it’s time to take action. You need to ask yourself do I just want to sit on my phone or on my computer and talk or do I want to take control and do something about this? If you do then join a campaign get involved. If you don’t know it yet I’m supporting Lisa Hicks-Clayton for Mayor. It’s not enough to just replace the Mayor we need to replace the Mayor with someone who has a proven track record of looking out for us. We need a person who has shown over the years that they are willing to go the extra mile for us. Someone who has always listened, who finds solutions to problems we are having. Who when they say they are going to look into something do just that and get back to you with an answer.

Lisa team has created a sign-up sheet asking what you can do to help her campaign and Join The Team the question is what can you do this isn’t going to be easy. Many of you know from a previous post the Mayor cleaned out his campaign fund and sent almost $25,000.00 to a PR firm in Lansing to prepay for his campaign. He will have his annual fundraiser in April where he will collect even more money to hire this firm to run his campaign. So yes it’s big deal folks he used this same firm when he ran against Janet Badalow. Money is important to get your message out there, but there are other important things you can do. Vote; the City of Dearborn Heights has a low voter turn out. You would think with all the issues that are in this City and all that this Mayor has done there would be lines on an election day. That isn’t the case one thing that needs to happen if you want to help for starters start talking about what is happening in this City.

Talk with neighbors, friends, and family meet up for coffee and have a discussion. Join the groups on Facebook, watch the Live Facebook this Friday that Lisa Hicks-Clayton is having on the subject, What Do You Want From Your Mayor? If we want a new Mayor we are going to have to work for it the Mayor has his campaign machine we need to make our own.