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.
During the League of Woman Candidate forum, Councilman Bob Constan said that a portion of the Warren Valley Golf Course was going to be developed. Oh but hang on a minute wasn’t it just a couple of weeks ago when the City Council was voting for this the Mayor said he wasn’t going to develop it if the City bought the golf course.
This is what happens when such a very important subject is discussed in closed sessions. Yep, no public plan for what the Mayor want’s to do with the property when the City buys it. Well, just his verbal assurance that he’s not going to develop the property. Well not so fast because now you have a councilman saying that they will be developing a portion of it. With no language added to the agreement saying otherwise the Mayor can pretty much do whatever he likes, again no transparency. I’ve said from the beginning the Mayor was in favor of developing this property and I still believe that to be true. If he wasn’t he would have added stipulations on himself and any other Mayor to come that they can’t develop this land.
The Mayor say’s something and everyone is so overjoyed because he said what you wanted to hear but we all fail to realize there isn’t one thing binding him to the statement. Councilwoman Hicks-Clayton tried to pass something to stop any development in the future but had no support for her resolution/motion. It’s all Talk and talk is just that talk and it’s cheap well for the Mayor it is anyway. It’s not going to cost him anything to develop a portion of this property, and if reelected who’s going to stop him? If Councilman Constan misspoke then he should write a press release stating as much. Otherwise, if you want to make sure this property isn’t developed don’t vote for Dan Paletko for Mayor it’s the only way to make sure.
Tonight was special maybe it’s because I’ve known him since he was in middle school or maybe it’s because so many of the young professionals I saw in that room I’ve known since they were in elementary or middle school whatever the reason tonight was special. Tonight was the campaign kickoff for Mo Baydoun who is running for Dearborn Heights City Council. I pulled into the parking lot at 6:15 pm the event started at 6:00 pm the parking lot was packed. After driving around the parking lot three times I found a spot. The room was packed and more were coming and what was most impressive was the room was full of young professionals all there to support their friend. Rightly so Mo Baydoun has got one of those personalities you just can’t help, but smile when he starts talking. So much passion and so sincere with the drive to make this City better then it is now.
I’ve waited a long time to see a young professional run for City Council. I’ve said for years we need someone who is young someone who can relate to the young professionals in our City. Someone who understands what they are looking for in a City that they would like to call home and start a family with. I didn’t just want any young professional to run nor would I just support anyone because they are young and sorely needed on our City Council.
Throughout my last few years I have grounded myself in building a foundation based off of the merits of education and compassion. Educated in the laws of our great country and more specifically our beloved city. However, even more, compassionate to the community it holds. Throughout this course I worked relentlessly to pave a road that would ultimately lead me to the position I seek today. Brick by brick through adversity and hardships many can relate to, we have finally arrived to our next stop. City council is an essential position to strengthening our community, and it is here I’d like to start. However, this is a community effort and my desire is for our voices to echo as one. There is no me without you.” – Mo Baydoun
Over the years I’ve gone to many campaign fundraisers and kickoffs I’ve never written about one of them here. Not because I didn’t support that person’s effort, but tonight was different. Tonight when talking with those of the same age as myself ‘older.’ I kept hearing the same thing “it’s exciting”, “it’s impressive”, “they are going to do good things.” I had someone tell me that they are so happy to see that the young professionals are now stepping up to take their place in the City. It’s time Dearborn Heights to put a young professional on our City Council we ask them to get involved he is and so are all of those that were in the room tonight. Let’s show them we support them we can’t just ask them to do it and when someone does we turn our backs on them. It’s Time.
Mo is Currently a business Manager, has government experience, Educated at U of M, Wayne State University and Graduated with a “MASTERS OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION” from CMU.
I’d all so like to say something about another candidate for City Council I got to meet tonight. Jeff Mallad and was impressed with this man very well spoken and I was impressed with what he had to say. Please take a minute to visit his website link is above. I really think we are lucky this election season to have so many qualified candidates running for office. Bill Bazzi another well-qualified candidate you can visit his Facebook page here I will post a full list of Candidates websites/Facebook pages as I get them.