Dearborn Schools Millage Renewal on November Ballot, One-fifth of District’s Budget at Stake

October 10th, 2014

Dbn schools logoThe Dearborn Public Schools invites all community members to attend a special informational meeting on either Wednesday, October 15 or Monday, October 20.

The meetings to provide information about the Hold Harmless Millage RENEWAL on the ballot of the upcoming election will start at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Board Room at the school district’s Administrative Service Center, 18700 Audette, Dearborn, 48124.

The Hold Harmless Millage provides approximately $40 million of the district’s $180 million budget. It will expire in the spring of 2015. The district is asking residents to RENEW this millage for another 10 years. This is not an increase or new tax, only a RENEWAL of an existing millage.

The Hold Harmless millage was first approved by voters in 1995 then renewed in 2004. The millage is made up of two parts: 18 mills on business and commercial property, generating $27.8 million and 6.17 mills on homeowners, generating $11.5 million. Combined, the Hold Harmless Millage generates $39.3 million or 22 percent of the District’s total $178.7 million budget.

Dearborn Schools cannot afford to see this millage renewal fail. A 22 percent reduction in the budget would force the administration and Board of Education to make dramatic reductions across the spectrum of opportunities now offered to students. Services such as busing, programs such as art, music, and sports, co-curricular and extra-curricular activities and numerous elective classes would come under scrutiny and might need to be cut or drastically reduced.

Additional information can be found on a special Hold Harmless Renewal website HERE or by calling the Dearborn Public Schools Communications Office at 827-3006.

Dearborn Firefighters Pumpkin Patch Opens Oct. 18

October 9th, 2014

Help the Dearborn Firefighters Burn Drive help injured and sick children, and families in need, by visiting the Pumpkin Patch at the Fire Station on Outer Drive, north of Michigan Avenue, on Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 18-19 and Oct. 25- 26. The patch will be open noon to 5 p.m.

All pumpkins are $5.

Enjoy free hot dogs, cider, donuts, hot chocolate and coffee.

Family activities are on site. Children can climb on a fire truck, get their face painted, visit with a clown and see Sparky, the department’s mascot.

For more information, please call Steve Worden at 313-478-6761

Try Hockey for Free at Dearborn Ice Skating Center

September 26th, 2014

Dearborn-area children aged four through 10 are invited to “try hockey for free” Sunday, October 5, at the Dearborn Ice Skating Center (DISC).

Try Hockey for Free will offer two sessions: 1-2:15 p.m. for ages 4-6 and 1:45-3 p.m. for ages 7-10.

All equipment for the event will be provided, but pre-registration is required.

Prospective participants must pre-register for Try Hockey for Free by visiting the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association website, www.MAHA.org. Participation is limited to the first 40 youngsters.

Try Hockey for Free is a cooperative venture of the Michigan Amateur Hockey Association, the Detroit Red Wings Foundation and the Dearborn Recreation & Parks Department.
For more information, call the DISC at (313) 943-4098.

Sept. 23 City Council Meeting at New City Offices

September 20th, 2014

Residents wanting to attend the Sept. 23 business meeting of the Dearborn City Council are advised to go to the new Dearborn Administrative Center, 16901 Michigan Ave.

It will be the first council meeting in the city’s new government office building.

The DAC is the first building west of the Henry Ford Centennial Library. Parking is behind the building. For the City Council meeting, enter through the west door. The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

Note that the Sept. 23 council meeting will be taped and rebroadcast multiple times from Wednesday, Sept. 24 through Monday, Oct. 6 on CDTV, the city’s government access cable channel.

The Sept. 23 City Council meeting will not be broadcast live on CDTV or online.

Tuesday, Sept. 23, is the first day the DAC will be open to the public. The Mayor’s Office, City Council, City Clerk and many administrative departments will be conducting business at the DAC.

At the DAC, customers will find it easier to navigate in the new building, with all popular services provided at a comprehensive service counter immediately in the main entrance. A staff person will be stationed in front of the main service counter to direct and assist.

Getting a birth certificate, registering to vote, applying for a building permit or certificate of occupancy, paying taxes and water bills, or filing a Homestead Property Tax Credit are among the services provided within a few steps of the main door of the DAC.

Departments relocating to the DAC are Assessor’s, Economic and Community Development, Engineering, Finance, Housing, Human Resources, Law and City Plan, Management Information Systems, Public Information and City of Dearborn Television, Residential Services and the Treasurer’s Office.

All city phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same.

Departments still located in their own facilities are the Department of Public Works, Recreation and Parks, Libraries, Fire, Police and the Historical Museum.

For more information, please call the Department of Public Information at 313-943-2285 or visit www.cityofdearborn.org

Dearborn City Hall Relocating to New Home Sept. 22

September 4th, 2014
New Dearborn City Hall 2014

Dearborn City Hall will move to new offices Sept. 22. The new offices will be in a building now known as the Dearborn Administrative Center (DAC), 16901 Michigan Ave.

Dearborn’s City Hall is moving.

As of Monday, Sept. 22, the Mayor’s Office, City Council, City Clerk and many administrative departments will be conducting business about two miles west of the current City Hall.

The new offices will be in a building now known as the Dearborn Administrative Center (DAC), 16901 Michigan Ave.

It is on the south side of Michigan Avenue, generally across from Ford World Headquarters and just east of the Southfield Freeway.

It sits on the western edge of the city’s municipal complex, which includes the Ford Community & Performing Arts Center, the Police Station and 19th District Court, the Henry Ford Centennial Library, and an athletic field.

Customers will find it easier to navigate in the new building, with many popular services provided at a comprehensive counter immediately in the main entrance to the DAC. A staff person will be stationed in front of the main service counter to direct and assist.

Getting a birth certificate, registering to vote, applying for a building permit or certificate of occupancy, paying taxes and water bills, or filing a Homestead Property Tax Credit are among the services provided within a few steps of the main door.

The departments moving to the DAC are Assessor’s, Economic and Community Development, Engineering, Finance, Housing, Human Resources, Law and City Plan, Management Information Systems, Public Information, and Residential Services.

Departments still located in their own facilities are the Department of Public Works, Recreation and Parks, Libraries, Fire, Police and the Historical Museum.

City Council meetings are expected to begin taking place at the DAC with the regularly scheduled business meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 23.

The current City Hall at 13615 Michigan Avenue will be closed for business as of 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19.

For more information, please call the Department of Public Information at 313-943-2285 or visit www.cityofdearborn.org

Dearborn Offers Free Shredding Saturday, Sept. 13

September 3rd, 2014

The City of Dearborn is sponsoring a free document shredding day for residents 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, September 13 at the City of Dearborn DPW Yard, 2951 Greenfield Road, south of Rotunda Drive.

This event is open to Dearborn residents only and proof of residency is required.

There is a limit per person of five office sized boxes of personal documents and a maximum weight of 50 pounds.

The DPW Yard will not be open for any other services on September 13. For more information, please call 943-2433.

 

Dearborn Mayor says Scavengers Not allowed

August 19th, 2014

Dearborn Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. says the city is prohibiting any curbside scavenging of trash in Dearborn while crews are still cleaning up from the severe basement flooding that occurred Aug. 11 during the historic rainstorm.

His directive follows his emergency declaration of Aug. 13 in the wake of the basement flooding.

“For health and safety reasons, we can’t have people looking through trash bags and searching through piles of materials that are sometimes five feet high. We really can’t tell what is in the bags, but we know that materials are damaged from the flood, most likely contaminated with sewage. It is just not safe,” Mayor O’Reilly said.

In addition, reports have come in about scavengers creating litter by sorting through materials. City ordinance already prohibits curbside scavengers from creating litter and scattering trash while looking for discarded flood damaged materials they deem of value.

Scavengers, or anyone, can be charged with a misdemeanor crime if they are littering. The maximum penalty is $500 or 93 days in jail.

Residents should call the non-emergency police number at 943-2241 or the anonymous suspicious activity hotline at 943-3030 to report littering and to let police know if they are seeing scavengers in their neighborhoods sorting through flood damaged materials.

 

Dearborn says Flood Damaged Items Picked up Free

August 13th, 2014

Dearborn residents affected by basement flooding following the unprecedented amount rainfall on Aug. 11 are advised that damaged materials can be set at the curb on their regular trash day. There will be no special pickup fee assessed for flood-damaged material.

Until trash days, residents are encouraged to store the materials outside on their property in a manner that does not create a nuisance.

Note that carpet should be cut up and bundled in manageable pieces when set at the curb.

Trash and all loose debris should be bagged in heavy-duty trash bags.

Extra trash trucks from Republic Services will be dispatched each day.

The DPW yard, 2915 Greenfield, will be open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16 (a regularly scheduled day) and again on Saturday, Aug. 23 for Dearborn residents to drop off items to be disposed. Residents must be able to lift and carry their own items at the DPW Yard.

Residents wanting information about cleaning up flooded basements and the process and requirements of filing a claim regarding flood damage can visit the city’s website at www.cityofdearborn.org

 

Taubman Sells Fairlane Town Center in Dearborn

June 18th, 2014

Taubman Centers, owner and operator of malls and shopping centers across the U.S., announced today that it would sell seven of its 24 shipping center properties, including Fairlane Town Center in Dearborn, which first opened in 1976.

The properties are being purchased by Starwood Capital Group, a global private investment firm. Starwood will pay $785 million in cash and assume $620 million in debt, according to a statement Wednesday from the companies.

It isn’t yet clear what the new owners of Fairlane will change at the mall, if anything.

While Fairlane isn’t the draw it once was to many Dearbornites, the mall does deserve credit for keeping the facility in great shape over its 38 year existence.

Free Dearborn Summer Concerts Return June 13

June 4th, 2014

There’s music in the air as the summer outdoor concert series in the both east and west Dearborn downtown areas return, with the first concert June 13. All concerts are free.

The West Dearborn Downtown Development Authority hosts Friday Nites in the Park in the Bryant Library’s Muirhead Plaza at 22100 Michigan Ave.

All concerts are 6:30-9 p.m. and the lineup is as follows:

• June 13: The Beat Club (Beatles Tribute)

• June 27: The Sound Alternative Band

• July 11: Metro Jazz Voices (Carl Cafagna)

• July 25: Big Will & the 360º Band (rock and Latin jazz)

• August 8: Teen Angels

• August 22: Billy Mack & the Juke Joint Johnnies

The June 27, July 11 and 25, and August 22 concerts will feature food truck rallies from 5-9 p.m. in parking lot B, located across the alley from the concerts.

The rain alternate location will be at the Henry Ford Centennial Library at 16301 Michigan Ave.

For more information on the WDDDA’s concerts, visit www.dearbornwestonline.com.

The East Dearborn Downtown Development Authority’s series starts July 9 and brings back popular jazz musicians to City Hall Park at the corner of Michigan Avenue and Schaefer on Wednesdays in July and August.

Food from local restaurants will be available for purchase at the park again this year.

All concerts are 7-9 p.m. The 2014 Jazz on the Ave schedule is:

• July 9: Alexander Zonjic & Friends

• July 16: Straight Ahead

• July 23: Jackiem Joyner

• July 30: Urban Jazz Coalition

• August 6: Kevin Toney

• August 13: Alexander Zonjic’s All Stars with Thornetta Davis and Motor City Horns

The July 30, August 6 and 13 concerts will also feature a temporary art display, the 12 on 12 Pop Up Art Gallery, from 5-9 p.m. at Dearborn City Hall. For more information on the EDDDA’s concerts, visit www.eastdowntowndearborn.com.

Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the free entertainment.