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Tafelski Tells Residents Unhappy with City Hall Sale: Voice Your Anger at the Ballot Box

Dearborn's City Council President has been vocal about his opposition to pending sale of City Hall to Artspace.

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Annie September 20, 2012 at 11:13 AM
Again O'Reilly and Walling stick their heads in the sand and make decisions based on their personal feelings. They are collectively sinking this city. The timing couldn't be worse and the promises made on the tax increases were lies. We were told it would be used for city services, public safety, employees and revitalizing our city. The cost of this move will be north of $5.7 million and we will be watching. This will be another CSO debacle, new world software and mishandling of Terry Jones. See you in 2013!
Donna Hay September 20, 2012 at 11:24 AM
I don't always agree with the way Tom handles people at the council meetings but I certainly agree with him 100% on this one. I find it hard to believe that the rest of the council just went along with that - well, maybe not they go along with everything else.
Kassem Allie September 20, 2012 at 12:25 PM
Why didnt the City buy the Lear Building that was for sale at Ford Road and Southfield? It has 29 Acres, 3 buildings totally 450,000 sq. ft, cafeteria, garages, board rooms and an auditorium that was perfect for a council chambers.?? It was for sale at the same time the City bought the lousy ADP Building...the best part is it sold for $1.6 million , half of the ADP building price????
Youssef September 20, 2012 at 12:29 PM
Wow, I really wasn’t a fan of Tafelski before this, thinking he was part of the problem that is Dearborn’s city leaders. But I see now that I was wrong. O’Reilly is really alienating himself from the voters of Dearborn. I think he and Detroit Mayor Bing should start looking for a nice place to retire soon.
Donna Hay September 20, 2012 at 01:14 PM
Thanks for NOT playing 'follow the leader'! Well maybe not leader.
Carol Perrin September 20, 2012 at 01:36 PM
I cannot believe that we are moving City Hall out of the existing location when our neighborhoods are falling apart. People are racing down the residential streets thru stop signs with no consequences because the mayor doesn't want to anger residents by making them accountable for their actions. Same with maintenance of property. The real estate fraud is out of control and it's a free for all that effects the residents that do the right thing. The city needs to get a handle on things before they think about moving to a new expensive site.
Dominic Raona September 20, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Oust all of them! We need to start anew. The city has no business moving out of our historic city hall! I voiced my opposition to the mayor and ALL the city council members via email. I got one response from Councilman Abraham who agreed to meet with me and express his views on the sale of the old and purchase of the new city hall. I give him a lot of credit for taking the time to meet with me. I don't agree with his decision but respect him for answering my email and taking the time to meet with me! More than I can say to any of the other puppets in City Hall! Another time to say "what a shame" when it comes to the City of Dearborn!
Sean September 20, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Tafelski should be running the show.
cmg September 20, 2012 at 02:22 PM
Good job Tom!
Mary Forton RN September 20, 2012 at 02:42 PM
OK, is the old City Hall economicly and enviornmentaly functional? Sure, sure...nice old buliding, holds lots of memories for older residents, me included, but a new centrally located building brings potentially cheaper operational costs. Forward thinking ideas people! And whats wrong with bringing art to our community? Oh yeah, I think the Belle Isle proposal to make it a state park is brilliant. Any one have a better idea? By the way, a nominal fee to enjoy better services is cool, just think of all the crap we buy but don't need or use. A park will be enjoyed.
James September 20, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Looks to melike Tom Tafelski has taken off his socks and shoes and is dipping his toes into the mayoral pool.
Alan Siwarki September 20, 2012 at 03:34 PM
I believe the old building is in need a lot of maintence has been for years it should have been replaced about 40 years ago the master plan back then was to move the city hall next to the civic center and mayor hubbard got a lot of opposition for it by the local businness in the area. The idea to move city was brought up again around 1976 when the current mayors dad was mayor at that time turn it down it was a good plan to build a 5 story building in the same spot where the old maple post office use to be the city got the property from the post office but instead the mayor decided to expand the old city hall with a parking garage and council cambers for more than cost to build a new city hall across the street from the cityhall annex building. Goes to show you goverment is incompetent and its time to put responsibile people in charge and change Dearborn from mayor type of goverment to a city manager type where as the manager will be held accountable and dismissed for not doing their job
May September 20, 2012 at 04:26 PM
I am so glad that I moved two years ago. I can now sit back and laugh as I watch the mayor and city council ruin a town.
Lee Jacobsen September 20, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Tom hit the ball out of the park with his comments. We have plenty of other historical buildings that would serve the Art folk just as well, one that comes to mind is the library next to Buddy's in West Dearborn. It is beautiful, plenty of parking, and the museum is nearby to have joint art fairs etc to raise funds. Plus, it would not cost the city any money. The city does have the Centennial library not too far away, so residents are not too inconvenienced. I say support Tom, and stop the sale of our City Hall. Want to save money on renovating City Hall? Sell it to a private non profit org, let them contract out for the renovations, getting bids from both union and non union sources and you will see the costs come 'way' down. Why? High costs are due to only union firms allowed to work on public buildings) . Since the non profit ownership makes it non public, competition in bidding can occur, saving costs. The non profit can lease it back to the city for a buck. Let's support Tom.
May September 20, 2012 at 04:28 PM
So true!
Tammi Ruselowski September 20, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Congratulations, Tom!! I am tired of the city constantly "putting the cart before the horse". They have done this countless times and should be held accountable.
James September 20, 2012 at 08:04 PM
I believe the building that houses that branch was endowed to the city from Clara Bryant and there was a stipulation that said that should the city of Dearborn ever close or cease to use that building as a library the building goes back to the trust? Or to Ford? And what parking are you speaking of? The six spots (two handicapped) on the property? OR the lot that's paid?
Lee Jacobsen September 20, 2012 at 08:30 PM
James, you are probably right about the Clara Bryant aspect, one learns much on these forums, however seems to me the city is not exactly faithful in following those bequests. There have been other properties donated with 'strings', and the strings have been pulled. Time for research. Parking? Paid parking lot of course, without the art attraction, it will stay 'underused'. If art is not a draw....can't get much worse than it is now for parking....
Hussein Saleh September 21, 2012 at 12:41 AM
Keep up the good fight Tom, don't let the rest of the froup try to intimidate you. You will be surprised next election, as to how much backing you have as people are noticing you seem like the only one with a backbone on the Council, the rest are simply rubber stampers.
AC September 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM
Tom Tafelski is the sole bright spot in an otherwise dull, rubber stamp city government. Tom Tafelski is the only council member defending the interests of the citizens of this city, while the rest simply covet their seats while our egotistical mayor looks to create a legacy and hang his name on a building. Keep up the good work Tom.
Rich September 22, 2012 at 02:56 AM
"Centrally located"????? How big do you think (?) this city is???
Rich September 22, 2012 at 02:57 AM
Somebody skipped a whole bunch of English classes.
Rich September 22, 2012 at 02:59 AM
God - the end of the world MUST be coming! I actually fully agree with Lee.
POWDERBURNER September 22, 2012 at 05:58 PM
So will the city get a lower insurance rate on the building by moving further away from Detroit like AAA Mich. tells me to do when I complain about my illogical, unjustified rate increases?
Tracy Gatt September 27, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I would love to "invest' in a lot of things that need repair around my house, but we don't have the money. "Invest" is a nicer way for politicians to say that they're spending our tax dollars on pet projects that THEY want. This whole thing infuriates me. The city is going downhill and the politicians want a new workplace! Incredible.
jdamianlapko October 26, 2012 at 11:51 PM
I love the idea of using the Bryant branch library for the art space. There's no one in that tiny library space anyway. Re-open Snow library which is in the middle of a neighborhood and was utilized by lots of people & children every day.

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