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 …
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 …
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 …
Friday, May 17, 2013
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/.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Plans to accept an $8.5 million donation from Severstal for the Dearborn Administrative Center were put on hold Tuesday.
The Dearborn City Council put the brakes on an $8.5 million corporate donation from Severstal North America to the city at its meeting on Tuesday. Councilman David Bazzy requested that the council table the resolution, which would have authorized Mayor John B. O'Reilly, Jr. to enter into an agreement on behalf of the city to accept the donation to fund the redevelopment of the Dearborn Administrative Center. The donation was also earmarked to fund a Veterans Memorial Park next to the DAC and contribute to the Artspace renovation of the current city hall. The council also tabled a resolution authorizing O’Reilly to execute a purchase agreement, covenant deed and closing documents with Artspace for certain parts of the city hall building. …
Thursday, May 9, 2013
The department will see a decrease of approximately $574,500 for the upcoming fiscal year.
The Dearborn Fire Department's budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year will remain relatively unchanged. Dearborn Chief Joseph Murray presented the department's budget to the city council at a work session on Tuesday. The proposed budget includes roughly $19.1 million in expenses, a decrease of $574,522 from the current fiscal year. Some of the big ticket items include $17.2 million for combined salary and benefits for the department's 121 firefighters, $123,587 for rentals, and $360,700 for supplies and materials. According to James O'Connor, Dearborn's director of finance, the DFD budget makes up 19 percent of the city's general fund budget. O'Connor said the department requested $35,000 in direct subsidy funds from the city to replace …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The Dearborn City Council will discuss the budget for the Dearborn Historical Museum on May 15.
Wednesday, May 8
Editor's note: This press release was submitted by the city of Dearborn. Residents interested in following the discussion on the city of Dearborn’s proposed fiscal year 2014 budget can review the updated topics for the remaining budget workshops online. The schedule is still subject to change, and will be further updated if necessary at www.cityofdearborn.org. Look under the "transparency" heading under "popular links." Important dates include the public hearing on the budget, which is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. May 23 in the city council chambers. The public is invited to give comments and ask questions about the proposed budget at this hearing. The city council is scheduled to adopt the proposed budget at a public meeting at 7 p.m. on May …
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Resident Tom Tafelski is seeking another term on the city council; vows to work with mayor's office to boost city's economic growth if re-elected.
Tuesday, May 7
Dear Fellow Residents: I want to thank those who have spoken to me, called, and written letters to urge me to run for the office of mayor. There has been a lot of speculation. I appreciate the kind words and am grateful for your support. At this time, however, I will not run for mayor of the city of Dearborn. This decision has nothing to do with me not being up to the challenge, but one based purely on family priorities. Being a single father of three young boys, it is my desire to raise them to the best of my ability and to be there for those events that every proud parent is there for. My boys might not remember how good of an elected official I was, but my hope is that they will remember how great of a father they had during their …
Henry Ford Community College students are collaborating with the city of Dearborn to restore a historic 1919 home.
A historic home in Dearborn is getting a much needed facelift thanks to the help of students enrolled in Henry Ford Community College's architecture and interior design programs. The aspiring architects are working with the city of Dearborn to restore a home located at 22668 Nona Street built by Henry Ford in 1919 for factory workers. Dearborn acquired the structure after years of abandonment and complaints from neighbors about bad odors emanating from the property due to mold and deterioration, Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. explained. "Under our standards it was a candidate to be demolished," he said. "The Ford Historic Homes District wanted to preserve it, so we came up with the idea to work with students at HFCC as a training exercise." …