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Dearborn State of the City Address Set for Feb. 27

Mayor Jack O'Reilly will update residents on city finances, plans and accomplishments.

The 2013 Dearborn State of the City address will take place Feb. 27, the City of Dearborn confirmed Tuesday.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the address by Mayor Jack O'Reilly, which will start at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at Dearborn City Hall. However, seating is limited and is not guaranteed.

Mayor O'Reilly is expected to recount accomplishments of the city over the past year, as well as give an update on city finances and upcoming initiatives.

During last year's State of the City address, O'Reilly stressed government transparency, specifically highlighting the city's Performance Dashboard, which he explained is "a meaningful tool to measure our efforts and assess how we are doing as an organization."

For those who cannot attend, the address will be shown at a later time on CDTV and will also be posted on the City of Dearborn's website.

Full coverage of the address will also be available on Dearborn Patch the evening of the event.

laplateau February 21, 2013 at 03:02 PM
Marooned...yes...spread the Tafelski word!
Bob February 26, 2013 at 01:24 AM
The truth about what is really going on with Art Space and City Hall. Their letter of intent expired in October 2012 and one of the latest articles I read on the issue mentioned Art Space now "leasing" City Hall which I hadn't heard before. I thought Art Space was going to PURCHASE City Hall. An update would be nice on where the City stands with this situation. Seems to me one way or another the City is going to have to maintain an empty building for a while - right now it's the former ADP building and once the city moves in there it will be the empty former City Hall until Art Space can raise all that money - from their Web site that can take 3 to 5 years.
Pam February 26, 2013 at 01:11 PM
Supposedly the City ordinances require commercial properties to be brought up to code before they are occupied. So either they will not be in compliance or they will be vacant until improved as you state, Bob. Either way we have another mess in a central area of Dearborn.
Lee Jacobsen February 26, 2013 at 03:35 PM
The city may be in a tough situation as it would be much less expensive to sell the Old City Hall 'as is' . Perhaps that is the agreement. If so, Arts and space could bring the basic sections of the City Hall back to code enough for safety concerns, and do a partial occupancy regarding the fine aspects of the code, say one wing at a time. Who controls the code? Compliance? The city of course, so they have a vested interest and some flexibility to make the sale as palatable as possible to Arts and Space, allow them to function, and protect the public. The last thing we want is the city to make improvements to Old City hall, those will be expensive dollars.
laplateau February 26, 2013 at 05:01 PM
Lee, your reference to the tough situation the city is in regarding this mess was brought on by O'Reilly and 5 of the current city council members! It is absolutely contrary to city ordinances to allow the sale (or lease) of a building that is not up to code. And, you cannot do only a partial upgrade...absolutely NOT. It would be like you trying to sell your house, getting the required city inspection, receiving the inspection report listing all the things required to be corrected, and then only doing those related to the first floor of the house, and completing the remainder until some future date. NO CAN DO. And Lee...you are right, the codes and the compliance thereof is controlled by the city itself. Residential properties are controlled by the Residential Services Dept, and the commercial properties by the Economic and Community Development Dept. And, NO they DO NOT have the flexibility to make this bad decision. To do so would be a slap in the face of all the codes enforced on all citizens and a danger to anyone inhabiting the old city hall. You can be sure there is asbestos all over the place and plenty of lead paint contamination to mention just two of those dangers. Then consider all the other requirements relating to structural defects, mechanical and electrical problems, etc. Moving into a building that is substandard in any way could leave the city liable and open to litigation, especially knowing there are defects beforehand.

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