Thursday, May 23, 2013
The museum is asking for a $311,000 budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
After a year of operating with a minimal budget, the Dearborn Historical Museum may have more room to grow its programs during the 2013-2014 fiscal year. Jack Tate, the museum's chief curator, proposed a budget of $311,000 for the upcoming fiscal year to city officials at a budget hearing on May 15. Tate said the museum is asking for a $225,000 subsidy out of the city's general fund for the next five years. The museum also wants to draw $30,000 out of the Lizzie Ross Fund for porch repairs, leaving nearly $860,000 in the account. The Ross Fund was established through the city's sale of property to Andiamo Italian Steakhouse. Tate said the museum is hoping to raise $50,000 in grants during the upcoming fiscal year. In addition, he is …
Trash pick-up will also be delayed by one day for the week of May 27-31 due to the Memorial Day holiday.
The calendar doesn't show it, but most folks view Memorial Day as the unofficial start of summer. Many state and federal offices are closed Monday, and in Dearborn, all city offices will be closed May 27. Dearborn’s trash pickup schedule will be delayed by one day for the week of May 27-31 due to the Memorial Day holiday. Trash will be picked up on a Tuesday-Saturday schedule, according to the city's website. For example, homes with Monday trash pickups will be serviced on Tuesday; homes with Tuesday trash pickups will be serviced on Wednesday, etc. Dearborn City Hall, the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 19th District Court and the Dearborn Ice Skating Center will be closed on Memorial Day. The Senior Services Center will also …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The public can comment on the city's proposed budget at 6:30 p.m. May 23 in the city council chambers.
The Dearborn City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the city’s fiscal year 2014 budget at 6:30 p.m. May 23 in the city council chambers at city hall. The public is invited to give comments and ask questions about the proposed budget at this hearing. The council is scheduled to adopt the proposed budget at a public meeting at 7 p.m. on May 28 in the city council chambers. Mayor John B. O'Reilly, Jr. is proposing a $5 million reduction from the city’s 2013 budget as a result of efforts to run departments on a leaner budget and combat the deficits faced in previous years. The proposed budget calls for nearly $100.3 million in revenues and nearly $99.8 million in expenditures. At the beginning of the budget process, the numbers …
Monday, May 20, 2013
Dunworth and Ford Woods pools will open on May 25. The city's four other pools will open on June 15.
Monday, May 20
Editor's note: The following press release was submitted by the city of Dearborn. Dearborn’s outdoor pool season begins May 25 with the opening of Dunworth and Ford Woods pools. Both pools will be open weekdays from 4-7 p.m., and Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 12-6 p.m. through June 13. Ford Woods will feature open swimming June 14 from 4-7 p.m. Dunworth pool will host the USA swim meet June 14-16, and consequently, will not offer opening swimming on these three days. Beginning June 17, Dunworth will feature open swimming weekdays and holidays from 1-8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 12-8 p.m. Ford Woods, along with Dearborn’s other four outdoor pools—Crowley, Lapeer, Summer Stephens and Ten Eyck—will offer open swimming daily …
The city's Department of Public Works say the Wyandotte-based company has not performed to the city's standards.
The Dearborn Department of Public Works announced this week that it plans to terminate its relationship with the Wyandotte-based Brock Sweeping once the city's contract expires on June 30. DPW Director Jim Murray told Mayor John B. O'Reilly, Jr. and members of the city council that the company has not performed to the city's standards since it was awarded the two-year contract in June 2011. "Street sweeping is an issue that is near and dear to all of our hearts. We learned a lot from the first couple of years of working with Brock," Murray told the council at a budget planning session on May 15. Murray said while the company had excellent references from other communities, Dearborn is the only one of Brock's clients that requests 10 sweeps…
DiPonio Contracting, Inc. will begin street resurfacing and water main replacement this summer.
A busy summer of street resurfacing, along with water main replacement will soon get under way in Dearborn. The Dearborn City Council approved a $1.6 million contract with DiPonio Contracting, Inc. at its meeting on May 8. The contract calls for water main replacement and asphalt resurfacing on Sherwood Court along Linden Street; Birchcrest Drive along Sherwood Court; Nowlin Street from Pelham to Byrd; and along Waynewood Court at Snow Street. Asphalt resurfacing will also take place on Byrd Street from Carlysle to Ash streets, and Detroit Street from Carlysle to Nowlin streets. The council also authorized up to $75,000 in contingincies for the project. "This construction is part of the city's ongoing maintenance of local roads," council …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
The parade will take place on May 27 along Michigan Avenue from Greenfield Road to Schaefer Road.
Sunday, May 19
Editor's note: This press release was submitted by the city of Dearborn. The city of Dearborn would like to thank the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council (DAWVC) Memorial Day Parade Committee for its dedication to planning the 89th annual event. The committee comprises many dedicated volunteers who help to create a parade honoring those who died in service to our country. The 2013 parade and remembrance ceremony will pay special tribute to prisoners of war, former prisoners of war, and those soldiers whose fate is still undetermined, and their families. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. on May 27, traveling along Michigan Avenue from Greenfield Road to Schaefer, ending at Dearborn City Hall. A solemn ceremony will follow at noon at …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony in Hines Park in Plymouth Twp. on May 16.
Come this September, Wayne County will be home to a newly completed First Responders Memorial for Wayne County police, fire and EMS agencies at the corner of Hines Drive and Haggerty Road in Plymouth Township. Wayne County Executive Robert Ficano said the memorial will be a tribute publicly to those who risk their lives day in and day out. "Many times it's so difficult to express the loss of someone who is a first responder," he said. "I think, like anything else, unfortunately for a couple of days, people sort of pay attention and then it fades from memory, which is really unfortunate. But the families carry on with it. It's like anything else, you never really leaves your heart. And if you have lost someone who is a first responder in …
Congressman John D. Dingell, who represents the 12th district stretching into the Downriver and Dearborn areas.
Longtime Congressman John Dingell criticized House of Representative Republicans Thursday for passing The Patients' Rights Repeal Act, calling it a "callous disregard for the health and well-being" of Americans. The House majority voted Thursday to repeal Obamacare—formally known as the Affordable Care Act. Many expect it will not pass in the Democratic-controlled Senate. Dingell, who represents communities in the Dearborn and Downriver areas, blasted the Republican-supported vote, according to a statement from his office. “Mr. Speaker, it has often been said by many, including everyone from Albert Einstein to Benjamin Franklin, that the very definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. “We…
Park entrances will be marked with a notice alerting residents that the herbicide has been applied to the grass beginning Monday.
The city of Dearborn will be applying a herbicide to control broadleaf weeds and dandelions at city parks the week of May 20-24. According to a press release issued by the city, park attendees are advised that the herbicide has a pungent odor and should avoid contact with grass until the herbicide has dried, which usually is about an hour after application. The herbicide used is the same that homeowners can purchase at local home and garden stores, the city said. The exact time of the herbicide application has not been determined. All park entrances will be marked with a notice alerting residents that the herbicide has been applied. For more information, visit http://www.cityofdearborn.org/.