The Eton Senior Center is just one of Mayor Dan Paletkos dirty little secrets. The Eton Senior Center is owned by the D7 School District. However, the City of Dearborn Heights leases it for $1 per year and is fully liable for the maintenance of the property. Furthermore, the City of Dearborn Heights is liable for the safety and wellness of our tax paying, senior citizens. Tile is popping off, creating tripping hazards for our senior citizens. Tiles are cracking, breaking and are asbestos tiles. Water is seeping from a water line under the building, creating an opportunity for mold. The Ceiling falling. The picture of the 2×4 board is in the only handicap accessible bathroom, which cannot be used. These items have been reported over 6 months ago by residents and the Commission on Aging. This building has not been properly maintained at a risk to our residents. Similar to the Canfield Arena, the Mayor overlooks and places our residents at risk.
The Mayor can pay lip service with the best of them and has for a very long time now. The Mayor has enjoyed the majority of the support from seniors of Dearborn Heights. If this is how he treats his supporters is there any wonder why the City looks the way it does? Actions speak louder than words Mr. Mayor.
Dan Paletko that man who was reelected as our Mayor that man who’s running around all over Dearborn Heights telling anyone who will listen that he’s going to open City Hall back up to a five-day work week. That man hasn’t even brought it up in the negotiations with the unions. Remember last year when the Mayor brought in two lawyers to represent the City in contract negotiations hired through the Acho law firm. The City Council didn’t want the Mayor’s assistant doing the negotiating for the City anymore they didn’t want her in the room. The Council members said it was a conflict of interest that’s the reason for the lawyers being hired. The only problem with this is according to members of the union the assistant to the Mayor never left the room.
The Mayor late last year or early this year called his department heads to his office and gave them all $10,000.00 raises. Just in time for the election got to keep the troops happy can’t have them bad mouthing him or working against him. The Mayor’s secretary got a 13% raise after working for three years. The assistant to the Mayor’s father and husband are both union members. So how does that work they sit in on all the talks with the union members and what? Report back to their daughter/wife on what they are going to ask for or what each employee is saying? What is the Mayor offering those who belong to the TPOAM union? 2% the first year then 1% each year after that for 2 years. A signing bonus of $900.00 but insurance is going up and that bonus will not cover the ridiculous amount that the insurance is being raised.
All this and the City is still closed on Fridays and the Mayor has never I repeat never even brought the subject of opening the City back up to five days to the negotiating table. Now many of you who are reading this were at those two town hall meetings all those years ago and the several council meetings that followed. After the Mayor and his ridiculous accounting brought our City to the brink of disaster when he came with Hat in Hand scarring the whole city with we are going to close this and that and get rid of police, fire and so much more. Do any of you remember the bargain when you voted Yes on the Headlee Override? Do any of you remember the Mayor saying that I’m going to give back the 10% that employees are taking and going to give them all raises for $ 10,000.00 and they are going to work fewer hours for more money? Did I miss that part of the presentation? Mind you not everyone working for the City are given these little goodies. No only his inner circle his group of people get this all the rest well you can eat the crumbs that are left from the inner circle. As for us taxpayers, we don’t even get the damn crumbs we get zip just higher taxes and no relief in sight and higher water rates that are going to keep going up. Still, think his so wonderful?
If you’ve gotten to the end of this post and are saying there she goes again then you have learned nothing in the eight years of me posting here and there is not a darn thing I can do. If however, you read this and get ticked off with what is going on please share it. Talk with your family, friends, neighbors make sure they vote. Make sure you help get the right people in office if you care about this City like I do if you call this City home as I have for over 25 years don’t let the same people make the decisions for you.
#TOCB (Take Our City Back) because I feel that the city hasn’t been in the hands of the residents since Dan Paletko became Mayor. I’ve watched since Paletko was elected to office and with a majority of Council members in lock step with him have taken our City away from us ‘the residents of Dearborn Heights.’
Over the years residents who have asked begged or demanded change in our city have been called Give me, Give me people, Whiners, complainers, that group of people and much more. Over time the residents of Dearborn Heights have been ignored so much that they stopped caring about their City. They stopped voting believing that no matter what they do nothing will ever get better. You just look at the post on Facebook and right here most say the same ‘It doesn’t matter they never do what we ask them to.’ Ignore and say No long enough the people will lose faith in those that they have elected. The Mayor has done that here in Dearborn Heights he has made sure with a nod and a wink to his department heads that you don’t have to do what the people want they don’t matter. The Mayor and his ‘Yes’ votes on the council have made sure to sideline the residents and what they’ve asked for. It’s such a simple thing just ignore what they are asking for and in time they will go away. That is just what happened, for the most part, residents have gone away. They don’t get involved in the City residents don’t go to council meetings… Why would you? If you are going to get insulted while you are trying to bring something to their attention.
Oh I know we elect and we pay, but that doesn’t mean anything in Dearborn Heights. The numbers on an election day bear witness to the fact that residents don’t vote in large enough numbers to make them listen. That is just what the Mayor and several on the council have counted on for years. This election is set to go the same way that all the rest have gone unless we the majority in Dearborn Heights get out and vote to make the change we so desperately need. That is why I came up with ‘Take Our City Back’ that’s how I feel I pay my taxes, I pay for those who are working for the City. I pay the salary of those who are elected to office. Yet we the majority hold no power what so ever. I want to take our City back from those who don’t care to take back from those who have for so long ignored what we’ve been asking for. Take back our City from an administration who has gone unchecked for years. Take Back Our City from a Mayor who has taken advantage of all of us. Just think about it for a moment residents out of frustration and being ignored have decided to ‘check out’ of the process by doing that the Mayor has gotten away with so much. He came up with an ordinance that let him retire from our City stay in office and now is running for reelection. That gave him the right to take his salary and his pension (that he earned) and if elected again he will collect both as he is now.
Who was paying attention to put pressure on the pension board not to give him a pension based on over 25 years on the council at his salary as a Mayor? No one. Who was shouting that he had a separation of service for over 6 months and wasn’t entitled to collect a pension based on a Mayor’s salary? No one. That’s our money paying for it you would think we should have said something right? Now the Mayor gets his pension based on calculations of over 25 years of service at a Mayor’s salary. Instead of a pension based on a council salary for 20 years or more. He hasn’t been Mayor for over 25 years yet he’s gotten a pension based on that salary. Click here for something interesting
This is what I wrote back in 2013 during that election The Taxpayers are the Backup Plan for the Mayor..
This past October I wrote this,
When I first got wind of this months ago I was livid I can honestly say I couldn’t stand the fact that this man our Mayor was even considering this. This subject is now public now that it’s come up at an open study session. My anger on this subject was purely personal I don’t like the Mayor I don’t think he’s done a good job for this City. I don’t think
Mayor Dan Paletko has been transparent. I don’t think that Mayor Dan Paletko gives a *&^% for the residents. This way of thinking skewed my thought process on this subject I fully admit it. Plain and simple I don’t want him to get away with anything I just want one time for us the residents to have a win. I as a resident I can say this I believe that the only way we are going to have a true win will be 2017 when we all stand together and vote Mayor Dan Paletko out of office. No matter what our City Council decides to do we can have the last say in 2017 remember that and let’s get it done. Read the full post
This is just one thing just one subject it’s more than just ‘we need a change’ it’s moved way beyond that now. We needed a change in 2013 what we need in 2017 is to Take Back Our City.