One year ago corporation counsel was to put together language to give to residents living at River Oaks subdivision concerning the Old Orchard Pond. That was then going to be given to all those residents who live in the River Oaks area to sign that they agree to have a special assessment added to their taxes to pay for the repair again of the Pond.
Here is what I’ve written in the past about this project.
Old Orchard Pond what should the city do.
And This One
Now a year later and another meeting and nothing is given to the residents to enable them to collect signatures of those residents who are going to have this special assessment tax. The residents over at River Oaks should be up in arms at this point another year that they will have to live with the mosquitoes another year the pond isn’t going to be cleaned up. Why? Well, the Mayor who said that it was a top priority if this is how long it takes for a top priority we’re doomed folks. The association needs the language to collect the signatures it’s simple. Resident, if they agree with the special assessment tax (those who this pond is deeded too), would have to sign and those signatures would then from my understanding be brought to the council who then would vote on spending taxpayer money to clean this up and add the special assessment to all those living in the River Oaks subdivision.
The question I have is the Mayor just hanging on to this issue until election time is over? To try to gain votes from residents who live in the River Oaks subdivision in hopes that the Mayor will come through for them.
I say this it’s been a year if you want to be honest with yourselves it doesn’t take a year to get this done. Yet here we are a year later and nothing. Isn’t it good to know that this was a ‘top priority for the Mayor.’ For those of you in River Oaks ask that question when you go to vote. You keep voting for him as your Mayor and yet in last four years, it still wasn’t taken care of. Now it’s an election year and he’s going to make the same old promises he’s been making to you. If it’s me and I lived there I’d be walking door to door to elect someone else as your Mayor. That’s me and we all know how I feel about this man, but facts are facts and if you think it’s alright to be used and double talked too then, by all means, vote for him again.
Last night May 10, 2017, at the City Council meeting we learned that the Canfield Ice Arena hasn’t been inspected since 2006 the Ice Arena was condemned by the Fire Marshal May 3rd and condemned by the building department on May 1st. City council members weren’t told of the building being condemned at the May 2nd study session. They were only told that the company leasing the property from us hadn’t paid since August of 2016.
What started this? The Ice Arena was set to have the circus coming yep School District 7 was renting the arena to have the circus there. The Fire Marshal found there was only one viable exit in the building apparently the other exit door didn’t open. I’ve all so heard that the building has electrical problems could these electrical “problems” have caused a fire? How long has there been only one exit from this City building? We will never know because the City hasn’t inspected that property since 2006 putting how many people at risk who were working and attending events here? Yet in 2015 the arena underwent a conversion from a traditional ice arena to an in-line skating/hockey arena along with a host of other improvements.
Who’s a ‘slumlord now’ Mr. Mayor?
A slumlord (or slum landlord) is a derogatory term for a landlord, generally an absentee landlord with more than one property, who attempts to maximize profit by minimizing spending on property maintenance.
Is it any wonder our City looks the way it does when you have a Mayor that doesn’t care for the City’s own properties allowing this property to get so bad that it’s condemned. While other rental properties are inspected or they’re supposed to be every three years. Are they? This makes me wonder how many never get looked at. If our own property didn’t have a CofO before it was rented how many other properties are there without a certificate of occupancy?
What do I need to license my business in the City?
In order for a business license to be issued, water and personal property tax bills must be current with the City. In addition, you must have a valid Certificate of Occupancy for the building in which you are operating the business. This is from the City of Dearborn Heights website.
How many other City-owned buildings aren’t taken care of how many of those buildings are putting people’s lives at risk? When if ever are those buildings inspected? Based on the maintenance record or the lack of for the Canfield Ice Arena I think we should all be asking this question? The Mayor it seems takes little if any pride in the City he is Mayor of if he did he would never let one of our properties get in this condition. If he did have pride in our City he would follow the very laws of the City he’s the Mayor of. How many violations have been given out since 2006? How many Certificate of Occupancy have been denied by our Building Department since 2006? On top of all of this corporation counsel wants to pursue going after the nonpayment of rent. This will cost the City more then what we are going to get from this company and I wonder will this company turn around and sue the City for renting out a property that hasn’t met the City’s own laws?