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REPLAY: Dearborn State of the City

Check out our chat from Mayor Jack O'Reilly's State of the City, held Monday night at Dearborn City Hall.

Dearborn Mayor Jack O'Reilly held his State of the City address Monday night in the City Council chambers.

In his speech, O'Reilly addressed both the issues facing Dearborn, as well as upcoming developments and successes–and new ways for residents to measure city progress.

O'Reilly unveiled 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.

"Essentially, it's our report card."

O'Reilly focused heavily on the city government's transparency on issues, as well as their commitment to giving residents results for their tax dollars.

"We cannot worry first about satisfying this group vs. that group," he said. "We worry first about our whole community. We pursue what's best for the future of our city because we know that's what is best for all of us in the long run."

Check out the replay from our live chat for more details from the speech, or watch it on CDTV or the City of Dearborn's website.

CDTV's schedule for airing the State of City, beginning March 7, is as follows:
•    Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays :  7 a.m., 11 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m. and 11 p.m.
•    Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8 a.m., noon and 4 p.m.
•    Saturdays: 9 a.m., 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
•    Sundays: 9 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Rita Dennaoui March 08, 2012 at 06:38 PM
Bob, I live next door to people who do not rake their leaves. My home has no trees, and all the leaves blow onto my property. When you complain the city says we have no ordiance enforced for these types of issues. Therefore, in plain English, I think the city is afraid to enforce such laws, fearing discrimination and nit picking. The world has changed. We the people in the City of Dearborn are afraid to speak up, because of retailiation. It happened to me and I came home to a broken windown and vandalized jeep. It is so sad to have to read about the city that my parents came to live in since 1950.
Lee Jacobsen March 15, 2012 at 06:34 AM
Bob, The issue is keeping the streets clean and safe. That includes leaves. With 1.6 million saved in snow removal, that leaves leaves in the green for funding & still one million remaining. The 165,000 is for disposal, with another $400,000 for the labor to remove the leaves from the streets by the city workers. This fee could be halved by private contractors. Details are here: http://www.pressandguide.com/articles/2011/05/25/news/doc4dd6a29ea288f245436065.txt?viewmode=default As far as what policies used to be, that is like saying we used to use the post office to mail our bills, but most folk are using modern technology, ie the internet to do that now. We have technology to remove massive amounts of leaves, let's use it. If the city can't afford it, then the residents can wait until all the leaves fall off the trees, into the streets, and then either bag them, shred them, or compost them. Code says we can't burn them. Large paper bags are not cheap, at least $2 each, so the math is not that hard to figure out. Shredders are available, and noisy, but neighbors can chip in and share. If the small bits 'happen' to get washed into the street drains...oh well, we have a fancy storm system to sort it out....... If you have lots of trees, then leaf removal is an issue. If you don't, then you need to plant some trees!
edward binkley March 21, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Bob sorry but most of the Mayor's ideas come from other people, he has taken and used 3 of my ideas in his speeches 1 was the parking meters,but he said he was going to wait for a lawsuit appeal to come in and i said just remove them. the 1st part of the speech were my words from her the patch so vote for me and I promise I will show you the books and the numbers actually for my pay all I want is 31,100.00 and the other 100,000.00 I will put back into the city's budget where it belongs
edward binkley March 21, 2013 at 07:28 PM
Lee then you tell the city you have a cut you grass ordinance and garbage can ordinance and why can't I smoke in my backyard ordinance if I live behind oakwood hospital but nothing for leaves go back to the drawing board on the ordinances.
edward binkley March 21, 2013 at 07:29 PM
Im terribly sorry I meant Rita

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