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?


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?

All That’s Missing Is The Cheerleader Outfit and Pom Pom’s

While the Mayor told us he couldn’t discuss where he was going to get the funds from to buy the WVGC (Warren Valley Golf Course) or pay for doing his due diligence. It doesn’t look like he had any problem talking about it with County Commissioner Webb. In an email sent to concerned residents commissioner, Webb said this.

This money Commissioner isn’t a ‘rainy day’ fund for god’s sake this is what the Mayor uses and has been using for years to pay out payroll while waiting for tax revenue to come into the City.  These are the funds that the Mayor borrows from TIFA, the Water Fund, and others. It’s not because of the Mayor and his financial management that he has put this money aside it’s always there ready to take from and pay back with interest in a specific time period. It isn’t his leadership team for heaven’s sake can you stop campaigning for the man for just one minute and get real,. Oh, there’s more folks, but just this section should have you screaming for the Mayor’s seat. I say that because what’s said in closed session under the open meetings act can’t be talked about by anyone who was in the closed session. Not even the ‘Great Wizard’ can disclose what’s discussed in closed session that is unless you are running for re-election. There must be a section in the OMA that say’s it’s okay to use what is said in closed session as campaign material.   Based on her glowing review of the Mayor I give you one guess who told her.

According to you commissioner, the Mayor squirreled away 5 million dollars and hid it outside of the budget and left our City closed one day a week, and is continuing taking the Headlee Override Tax from the residents of Dearborn Heights. Thanks for the heads up nice to know how he’s cheating us again. We all remember the over captured money for the CSO Bond right?

Oh, he promised and he committed to ‘her’ and ‘his council.’ With all disrespect to you Commissioner Webb ‘his council’, when did that happen his council? We voted for this Council the Mayor did not appoint them and a promise to you who the hell are you that he has to make a promise to? The only people he needs, to tell the truth to and promise anything to is us his constituents the bill payers.

He also promised that he would not develop any part of the frontage for any purpose without the involvement of the residents, which to me is fair and reasonable.
So he is planning on developing this property he isn’t going to just keep it as is. No folks that little statement right there should tell all of you just what he’s planning and has wanted to do all along. Why not after all it’s fair and reasonable to commissioner Webb so who are we to say anything different?

Warning the next part needs you to have your boots on before you read because it’s going to get deep.





Bet you were surprised to know that the Mayor is working with the DDA (Downtown Development Authority) as was I. You would be because the City of Dearborn Heights doesn’t have a ‘DDA’ Commissioner Webb. What’s, even more, surprising is he’s working with this DDA to secure “Brownsfield Grant” dollars to do the environmental studies. At NO COST to the city or the taxpayers. These dollars are captured tax dollars public money for economic development. Brownsfield Grant is used for cleaning up a property to develop a new business on that site. TIFA funds are all so taxpayer money just in case anyone was wondering. Not to leave out the water fund money that too Commissioner Webb is our money the taxpayers of Dearborn Heights. So No he’s using our money the facts do matter here.

My favorite part of this campaign email for the Mayor is this,

Now just what part of what I’ve been posting on here is a rumor the part that the Mayor spoke to the Crestwood School Board and said to all of those members and ‘three have confirmed what he said.’

That he wanted to Build a New City Hall on the site of the WVGC. That he was going to move all departments to this new city hall. That he was going to sell the Canfield Center.

Commissioner Webb, are you saying that those who verified what was heard were lying? Those school board members are liars? I guess you are saying that the Mayor never said he was in favor of building the homes on the WVGC that is until it blew up in the public, and the two of you had to right the ship in a hurry right? What’s playing out where the residents can’t see the full picture is what is really worrisome. It’s to any residents determinant if you believe anything these two people are telling you. Haven’t you seen this play out before? Hasn’t the Mayor shown us time and again that he talks out of both sides of his mouth? How can you believe anything that’s being said if this information for whatever reason was hidden from you behind closed doors at the insistence of the Mayor who said it couldn’t be discussed in an open meeting.

Oh but wait he’ll just give all the information to Commissioner Webb and let her put it out to the public. How transparent can you get? To tell the people don’t listen to anyone else except herself and the Mayor. If that doesn’t put up some red flags for all of you I don’t know what to say. It’s a nice campaign Email sent out by your number one Cheerleader Mr. Mayor. I might even believe it if not for the fact that this wasn’t discussed in an Open Meeting. You Mr. Mayor made sure that there wasn’t any discussion in public of how this was going to be paid for.  So there is no way for us the residents to know if what this email has laid out concerning how the City will pay for the Warren Valley Golf Course is the truth. This isn’t the time to campaign Mr. Mayor not on this subject people have real concerns and real fears and you Mr. Mayor are just turning it into campaign material.