Councilman Berry Resigns Effective Immediately.


His name will still be on the ballot this August the deadline to drop out has long since passed. I got a text message from City Hall first thing in the morning with this news. All I can say is we will need to get the word out so voters don’t cast a vote for him. Imagine if reelected he would have to vacate the seat and the new council would have to appoint someone. If he lost in the primary no need for all that. Council can as I’ve been told accept it effective on 12-31-2017 this way he’s still a councilman and if he can’t attend council meetings he doesn’t have to.

Who’s The Slum Lord Now?


canfield ice arenaLast 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?

#wedeservebetter

Fire Marshal Condemns City Owned Property.


The Canfield Arena that the City of Dearborn Heights owns and is renting out hasn’t received rent for one year. Yet the Mayor ‘Double Dipping Dan’ hasn’t seen fit to say anything about it to the council until Tuesday’s May 2, 2017,  City Council Study Session. For one year the great financial wizard our very own CPA kept quite never saying a word to the Council that the rent hasn’t been paid. On May 1, 2017, the Building Department posted this 

On May 3rd our Fire Marshal Condemned the property, yes a property that the City owns and presumably is supposed to be taking care of has been Condemned. The City didn’t want to manage the Canfield Arena so it was rented out to a company who turned the arena into a multi-purpose arena. The Mayor has said if the City purchases WVGC he wants to rent it out the same way he’s rented out the Ice Arena and look at what a bang up job he’s done with that.

Canfield Arena is a multi-use facility in Dearborn Heights, Michigan.
We are located in the middle of Central Park off Kinloch Street. Our
facility is unique in that it can offer a cost effective facility to hold your
smaller functions to large events. From local meetings to multi-day
international sporting events, Canfield Arena has the capability to
meet your events needs.
Via: Powerpoint Presentation

After losing a year’s worth of rent and now having this facility condemned what’s the next step for the Mayor? How long will this building sit empty? How much will it cost the City to make the necessary repairs?