The Best Choice… If you like being lied to.
The Right Choice… If you enjoy not having transparency.
The Only Choice For Dearborn Heights… If you are still believing the Bull.
Mayor Dan Paletko
(Assistant) is Working Hard (to make her boss look good)
Is Working Smart.
(to keep everything he does from our eyes)
Working For You.
(to pay for his pension and salary while he stays in office.)
Mayor Dan Paletko continues to lead and make the right decisions that keep (his hand in our pockets) that keep Dearborn Heights on sound financial (looting) while maintaining a high level of city services citizens deserve and expect. (to have to pay for)
When most Michigan communities slashed vital services to balance their budgets. Dan (got the Headlee Override) used his experience as a CPA (to move numbers from one column to another column) to maintain all the services residents rely on.
Paletko made the smart choices (Scaring the residents) to keep our residents safe and secure. Dearborn Heights has one of the lowest tax rates in Southeast Michigan (If you want to believe the political spin) and the finest Fire and Police Departments in the state. (Thanks to the taxpaying residents.)
That’s why he wanted to outsource our 911 dispatch right to slash wasteful spending. With the money he was supposed to save and didn’t he was going to give raises to his department heads. I guess 911 isn’t an essential city service.
What changes? We don’t have LED lighting in the City that would save money. Health Care okay if he say’s so. Liability insurance…Hard not to save money when you don’t compensate flood victims. emergency equipment…Grant money that the fire department applied for and received for a new fire truck, not Dan.
Yes someone in his office applied for a grant to buy the homes on Hanover…That took a decade.
Yes after taking the idea from former Councilwoman Janet Badalow when she ran for Mayor. Thank you, Janet Badalow for taking care of that for us. If not for you things would still be as they were.
Now that it’s an election year and Ford Motor Company is coming to the area Dan after a decade of ignoring that he even had a Van Born Corridor he’s going to revitalize.
Saying one thing behind closed doors and something else to the public. As said at the LWV City Council Candidate forum by Council Chair Bob Constan it will be partially developed. That isn’t saving the wetlands and floodplain. That’s doing just what you said you were going to do with it at a school board meeting behind closed doors and at closed session council meetings.
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.
If you haven’t watched the study session live Facebook Video please do before you read this.
Many issues to discuss surrounding this so much exposed during this study session. A half piece of paper was the catalyst for the explosive exchanges. As I’m sure you saw and heard. No one willing to do any of the work first and foremost the Mayor who absolutely refuses to have anything to do with this form the clerk want’s filled out. It was brought to our attention that the City Clerk refuses to go to department head meetings every Monday saying that the agenda is already finished by that time. The Mayor saying that the council secretary can attend and have the forms filled out at that time. What is the real story here? Since elected to office the Clerk decided not to go to the department head meetings saying nothing happens there.
Council Chair who said he thinks the form will be helpful for their meetings and likes it. The Mayor say’s ‘good then you fill it out’ The Mayor who told Council Chair he should have contacted his office first before putting this on the agenda. No sorry, Mr. Mayor they don’t need to get your approval of what and what will not go on the Council agenda. just in case you missed it Council Chair told the Mayor ‘I did call you and you didn’t return my call.’ Great leadership right? No, not so much. The clerk said that the administration is dysfunctional that nothing will ever get done until they work together. The Mayor wasn’t having any of that I guess he doesn’t want to work in harmony. The clerk can require this form to be filled out, but no one can make the Mayor do it.
The City Clerk said over and over that the council secretary is swamped and overworked and that was the reason he was doing this. For those of you who don’t know the secretary for the council works in the Clerks office, she is council secretary as well and is responsible for putting the agendas together. The council secretary is supposed to be doing most of her work for the council, but councilwoman Horvath pointed out at the end of the meeting that this isn’t the case anymore. I just want everyone to understand I’m not against what the Clerk is proposing I agree it’s not his job to run around getting the right information for these agenda items. I all so think the total lack of coöperation from the Mayor’s office is disturbing and I’ll tell you why.
One of the most heated exchanges last night was between the Clerk and Councilman Berry. The Clerk as you saw showed a folder of unsigned or missing signatures for contracts. To that, Councilman Berry said how long have those been sitting like that? Clerk ‘I don’t know’ Berry, ‘Why don’t you know it’s your job to know’ Yes it’s true the City Clerk is the keeper of the records. What happened next was well you saw the Clerk pointed at Councilman Berry. Then Councilman Berry said don’t point your finger at me and I will take that finger and put it some place. Well, you saw what happened ugly, to say the least. Councilman Berry insisted on an answer why are you not doing your job? That brings me to this after the heated exchange the Clerk was able to say that these are just copies that the Mayor has all of these and knows very well what is missing. Now, how many times does the Clerk need to ask for this when signatures for certain members of the administration are needed on these contracts isn’t that the job of the Mayor to make sure they are signed?
Next, I would ask if the signatures are not on the contracts how are they being implemented? Are there laws being violated? Are the contracts even ligament if the council instructed via a vote to have the Mayor and whoever else sign the contract? If I don’t sign a contract then that contract isn’t valid my signature isn’t there. How would a vendor be able to collect money from me if I didn’t sign the contract giving them the right to collect that money? What ordinances or contracts are in that file? How many vendors is the City doing business with now with contracts that are unsigned? This folk is a total breakdown in leadership it’s a total breakdown in the management of our City. This is a JOKE! For how long has this been going on? According to the Clerk six years. As you saw Councilman Abdallah said what we are talking about here is a half a piece of paper that the Clerk is asking to have filled out. The Mayor say’s that is an undue burden for him and his staff. Is it also Double Dipping Dan an undue burden to sign a contract? Is the ordinance that benefited yourself and allowed you to double dip not get signed? I bet that was signed the next day.
Are there any unsigned ordinances in that pile the City Clerk showed at the study session? Have there been tickets given to residents based on those unsigned ordinances? If a resident received a ticket on an unsigned ordinance what legal recourse if any do they have? You see Mr. Mayor while you are having a pissing contest with the City Clerk because you don’t like him your actions have consequences and open the door for someone like myself to ask these questions.