Dearborn City Council: Police body cams, Wagner Place, Vince Gill

Minutes from the Nov. 15, 2016 Dearborn City Council meeting

The Dearborn City Council met for a regular meeting on Nov. 15, 2016. Councilman Robert A. Abraham delivered the invocation. 

Here are actions taken at the meeting

WAGNER PLACE: The council voted 6-0 with one abstention to spend $10.925 million to build a 373-space parking deck in Wagner Place. The contract was awarded to Devon Industrial Group. The parking deck is part of the larger Wagner Place project in downtown West Dearborn, which has support from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. MEDC is scheduled to vote on the project at its Dec. 20, 2016 meeting. 

BODY CAMS: Council members voted unanimously to purchase police body cameras from L-3 Mobile-Vision Inc. for $110,946. 

VINCE GILL: The council agreed to spend $55,800 for a performance by Vince Gill on Sunday, May 14 at 7 p.m. at the Ford Community and Performing Arts Center. The contract includes $55,000 for artist fees, $650 for catering, and $150 for ground transportation. 

BURTON-KATZMAN SUIT: A 6-year-old lawsuit between the City of Dearborn v. Bank of America and West Dearborn Partners continues to cost the city money. The council voted to extend the professional services agreement with Zausmer, Kaufman, August & Caldwell, P.C. for $50,000.  The law firm has represented the city concern the Burton-Katzman project since 2010. The case dates back to 2007 when Burton-Katzman Development Co. said it would not complete the final phase of a project at a former Jacobson's store. 

CUSTODIAN: The council voted to convert three part-time custodian positions in the Department of Public Works to one full-time position to improve performance and save an estimated $10,000. 

Dearborn Government

City Council members include: 

  • Susan A. Dabaja - Council President 
  • Thomas P. Tafelski - Council President Pro Tem
  • Michael T. Sareini
  • Brian C. O'Donnell 
  • David Bazzy
  • Robert A. Abraham 
  • Mark Shooshanian

The Dearborn mayor is John B. O'Reilly Jr. 

The City of Dearborn website is: www.cityofdearborn.org

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