Why would a Mayor from another City need to come and sell you something? On April 4th the Mayor of Dearborn will be coming to meet with our City Council at 4:00 pm to sell them on the 911 outsourcing contract. Maybe I’m over suspicious but Mayor Dan Paletko (DDD) has had the contract from the City of Dearborn since the beginning of January. He has yet to give a copy to the council members for them to review it. Since last April when councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton brought this to our attention via a town hall meeting. Six City’s have now become three and one of those City’s isn’t going to pay a dime for five years. Our equipment is being sold to Dearborn for peanuts and we still haven’t paid it off. Without our equipment, the City of Dearborn will have to pay millions to get in compliance.
Since the signing of the letter of intent (councilwoman Hicks-Clayton) did not sign this. we have lost almost all of our dispatchers and the Mayor hasn’t replaced them hasn’t put out for the openings for someone to apply for the job. He’s using police officers on overtime to fill in and how much is this costing the taxpayers? Who knows. When Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton brought this concern up at the last city council meeting on 3-28-2017 she was told by Councilman Berry that this is normal. What part of this is normal? Does anyone else find it unusual that city council chair agreed to a study session at 4 pm to accommodate a salesman (be it the Mayor from another City?) For all intents and purposes, we are the customer here. Is this an attempt to make sure the public isn’t there? I dare say yes it is. Is it any surprise that council members haven’t been given a copy of the contract? No. The Mayor doesn’t want that to happen because that’s public information and we can ask for it.
Do any of you think the numbers are going to be the same? I don’t and if they are then something stinks the savings wouldn’t be the same because there aren’t six other cities on board with this. Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton is going to be holding a live Facebook on this issue
This is the Live Facebook Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton did about this subject. Click on the image below to watch.
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.’
Here is the link to video of the City of Dearborns Chief Haddad town hall meeting in
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.
From Kenneth Paris on the Keep Our 911 Facebook Page.
the minutes of the November 1, 2016 Dearborn City Council Meeting are posted on the Dearborn City website. I previously stated that I would send you the resolution showing Dearborn has recognized and accepted $214,000+ from Dearborn Heights. This information is on page 17 of the On-line council minutes, as shown below. Other interesting information is posted on the site immediately before this resolution. The Council minutes in entirety is shown below, followed by the resolution in question.
WHEREAS: The MIS Director is requesting that $214,300 in service fees from Dearborn Heights be recognized and $294,900 in expenditures be appropriated from General Fund fund balance in the Police Department, Dispatch budget to fund consolidated dispatch operations for the remainder of FY17. The amendment to expenditures is anticipated to exceed service fees collected because start-up costs are anticipated beginning in January but services will not actually be provided to Dearborn Heights until three months later; therefore be it
RESOLVED: That the Finance Director is hereby authorized to recognize $214,300 in service fees from Dearborn Heights and to appropriate $294,900 in expenditures from General Fund fund balance in the Police Department, Dispatch budget to fund Consolidated Dispatch Center Operations for the remainder of FY17.
This resolution was unanimously adopted.
Good Morning Councilmembers Abdallah, Hicks-Clayton and Muscat,
I sent a letter to each Dearborn Councilmember asking about the $214,300 from Dearborn Heights for their 911 Dispatch Center. A reply is below. Here is my take on the answer. We are paying $71,433.00 to Dearborn every month for some kind of service and they are putting that money towards their 911 Dispatch Center.
What service are we paying $71,433.00 to Dearborn on a monthly basis or $214,300.00 for three months of service?
I am attaching the back-up material for the item you refer to. As it says in the resolution the $214,300 is a “charges for services”. On the second page of the back-up material there is a notation that this revenue is from 3 months Dearborn Heights charges. These fees were approved according to the policies and procedures of Dearborn Heights, I do not know who approved them. I also imagine these funds were paid by Dearborn Heights for the services rendered, but not specifically “to go towards the consolidated dispatch center”.Thank you,
Laura K. Freeman
Dearborn City Council Office
16901 Michigan Ave. #10
Dearborn, MI 48126
Office: (313) 943-3955
Fax: (313) 943-2842
I spoke with John Laub, our new Comptroller on this issue again. This has not been submitted to the City of Dearborn Heights Comptroller for payment, the $214k or any installments of $77k for IT or the 911 Dispatch Consolidated Service Center. Once it is submitted, the Dearborn Heights City Council would need to approve or dissaprove via Current Claims during a regular City Council meeting .
In addition , these amounts would exceed to current budget for IT services, as included in the City of Dearborn Heights Budget FY 16/17, which is $100k.
This greatly concerns me, as the City Council approved the Letter of Intent , which does create some legal liabilities . This is the reason I voted no. A Letter of Intent is more than just exploratory. I understand the City of Dearborn would like monies by January , 2017. Dearborn Heights City Council has one more meeting for the 2016 year.
In closing, I do not support the outsourcing of the Dearborn Heights 911 Dispatch services . In addition , I do not support paying for an services related to this item, especially “pay before we buy or see a contract . ” Please feel free to contact me at ( 313 ) 348 -9848
, if I may be of further assistance .
Lisa Hicks – Clayton
Dearborn Heights City Councilwoman
Here is the letter of intent and letter from Mayor Dan Paletko to the City Council of Dearborn Heights.
So they are going to come to Dearborn Heights not sure when to ask for this money because,
consolidated dispatch operations for the remainder of FY17. The amendment to expenditures is anticipated to exceed service fees collected because start-up costs are anticipated beginning in January but services will not actually be provided to Dearborn Heights until three months later; therefore be it
RESOLVED: That the Finance Director is hereby authorized to recognize $214,300 in service fees from Dearborn Heights
Except in the email sent from Dearborn it states,
On the second page of the back-up material there is a notation that this revenue is from 3 months Dearborn Heights charges. These fees were approved according to the policies and procedures of Dearborn Heights, I do not know who approved them. I also imagine these funds were paid by Dearborn Heights for the services rendered,
So on the one hand, they are going to ask for money because expenditures are anticipated to exceed service fees collected because the start-up cost will start in January but services won’t start until three months later. Okay and that is the problem of the Dearborn Heights Taxpayer how? The council hasn’t even seen this contract to vote on it and they want money by January. Just when do they think this is going to be put on the agenda? There is on meeting left for the Year is the Mayor going to pull on of his famous moves ‘hurry up we need to pass it right now.’ Has the Mayor given guarantees to Jack over there in Dearborn that he can get this done? Are council members really going to ignore what the residents of the City are saying once again? Based on what I’m hearing out of City Hall the Mayor say’s it’s a done deal and he has the votes to pass the 911 dispatch contract. So who has he been talking to on the Council? Are the council members we rely on going to turn their backs on us and vote to give this Mayor one more thing he wants. We know CM Joe, CM Tom, and CW Marge will give the Mayor what he wants they’ve made it clear for years they could care less what the residents are asking for. What about the rest CM Ray and CW Lisa have said they are NO votes so that leaves CM Bob and CM Dave.
Have council members even looked at the record of Dearborn and the managing of their projects? How many have come in on time and with-in budget? Over the past 20 odd years, Dearborn has had one failed project after another just ask around. The last people I want in charge of my life or the lives of my family members is the City of Dearborn. The Mayor wants to sell the residents and the council this bull shit yeah I said it. That this is going to save us money. If council and the Mayor are so concerned about saving us money why have department heads gotten their 10% back before going to work five days a week? Why did the Mayor ask for and get his salary and a pension if we are so hard up for money that we need to outsource our 911 dispatch? How could they vote yes on this given what Dearborn is soon to be asking for? If that doesn’t raise a red flag what will? So sure is the Mayor of the Yes vote to approve this is it a surprise? He plays the council like his well-played violin. Whatever tune he want’s them to dance to he just plays and they dance wonder when they will dance to our tune. I hope what I’m hearing is wrong not sure how many it will take to stand up, show up and yell,
Maybe one of the council members could give me a number of residents they need to hear from or show up at a council meeting to speak at that podium in order for them to understand. How many residents are even aware that this is happening? How much has the administration tried to inform the residents that this is something that could happen? Has this administration taken the time to hear from the residents? Has the administration done a poll? The Mayor sat with Jack over there in Dearborn for two years that’s what he said. In those two years did he take the time to inform his residents that this was what he was looking into. No, No, and No why should he? He will shove this down our throats and tell us here you go take it and shut up. Those who vote for outsourcing our 911 on the City Council will be doing the same thing to us. I’m mad are you yet? If you are what are you going to do about it. Are you going to inform your neighbors, are you willing to walk door to door to let them know what’s going on? Who’s willing to give money to send out City-wide literature to each household informing residents of what’s going to happen?
Maybe we should just let it happen without a fight and wait for the 2017 election. I don’t know what to do anymore and for sure this blog and the Facebook Page aren’t the only solution to this more has to be done.