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.
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.