A Little Respect Is Called For Here.


On April 4th, 2017 the City Council of Dearborn Heights was set to have the Mayor of Dearborn come for a special study session at 4:00 pm to present the 911 dispatch outsourcing contract. The time was set to accommodate the Mayor of Dearborn, not the residents of the City of Dearborn Heights and not our City Council. That meeting never happened the Mayor of Dearborn canceled the meeting the day before. This set into motion a scramble all over social media to get the word out because residents had taken work off in advance of this meeting so they would be able to attend the study session.

The Mayor of Dearborn and Dearborn Heights might like to know that in case you’ve forgotten that we do have council members that have day jobs. These council members had to clear their schedules to accommodate you maybe in your City it’s alright to treat people with such little respect and yes I’m sure you’ve been watching our very own Mayor treat his residents and council members as the ugly step-child for years. You might have gotten the impression that it would be okay for you Mr. Mayor John B. “Jack” O’Reilly, Jr. of Dearborn that you could do this. Need I remind you that you are now the Vendor you are coming to us to sell us something. Need I remind the council that they shouldn’t  be accommodating to such a blatant slap in the face.

While our Mayor has had this contract from the City of Dearborn since January and has said that he’s sent it to corporation counsel for review. Dearborn Heights City Council Members have yet to see the contract. A study session that was set for 4-4-2017 and the administration nor the City of Dearborn thought it would be a good idea to send them a copy of this contract so they might get a look at what they were going to be having this study session about in the first place. Maybe the council would have gotten a copy of the contract at the meeting, but nothing is for sure when it comes to this subject now is it. Who would have thought that a Mayor of a City would hold back a contract from council members for four months? Well in Dearborn Heights that can happen and has.

Instead the meeting was canceled and still, no contract was given to the public or Dearborn Heights Council Members. I say this to our City Council rescind the letter of intent. Yes, one of you that voted yes for this letter has to bring it back to the council table to vote to rescind. Stand up for us and stand up for yourselves stop letting yourselves be treated like a bunch of chumps. If you aren’t mad yet you should be this is unacceptable there is no way to spin this. Mr. Mayor you won’t be able to mumble and stumble your way through a speech at the council table to make this alright.  I say #rescindtheLOI maybe the Mayor of this City is alright with looking weak, but I don’t expect my City Council to look that way too.

I think we are more than ‘Door Matt’s’ for our Mayor and the Mayor of Dearborn. At least I would hope so I know I’m not into letting anyone take a big dump on me and then just walk away. Not sure about the rest of you, but that’s how I feel just like someone took a big dump and walked off.

 

Councilwoman Lisa Hicks-Clayton Live Facebook about 911 Outsourcing.


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.

 

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Where Oh Where Is The Contract?


The City still has a shortage of dispatchers I haven’t heard of any new dispatchers being hired. Is the Mayor still using police officers on overtime as 911 dispatchers? How much is that costing the City?  This shortage was a creation of the Mayor and most likely he will use as a reason that we have to move our 911 dispatch to Dearborn. If he uses that as one of the reasons to consolidate with Dearborn I hope someone on the council more than one on the council will tell him simply ‘we can hire more.’ It’s going to be very interesting to see what the contract is and how the Mayor is going to try to sell it to the City Council? He’s not going to sell it to us because he only needs four votes on the council to have it pass. Even more interesting are members of City Council going to listen to what the residents overwhelmingly want?

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