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Public invited to Dearborn’s Flag Day ceremony on Tuesday, June 14

The public is invited to attend the City of Dearborn’s annual Flag Day ceremony at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 14 at Ford Field Park on Cherry Hill Street, west of Brady Street.

Those attending are asked to bring their own lawn chairs and to follow public health and safety protocols.

The ceremony is held in conjunction with the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council (DAWVC).

The June 14 Flag Day commemoration will include a dignified ceremony to burn tattered American flags, keeping with American Legion protocols for the disposal of flags no longer fit for public display.

June 14, 2021 will mark the 245th anniversary of the adoption of the nation’s flag by the Continental Congress in 1777.

See more about the history of flag retirement ceremonies here: https://tinyurl.com/3ak74ysm

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Police Department Reserves offer house checks to protect your home while traveling

For residents who travel, the City encourages them to register any vacations or time away from home with the Dearborn Police Department to provide an extra layer of safety to their homes. 

Through the Dearborn Police Reserve Vacation House Check Program, residents can request that Reserve Officers periodically monitor their home's perimeter while on vacation, and contact them if something seems amiss.

Individuals can register for a house check online at https://bit.ly/3uTxkew or by calling 313-943-2241.

Other tips to protect your home and valuables include:
• Do not allow mail or newspapers to build up in your mailbox or on your porch.
• Always keep your home’s doors and windows locked.
• Keep your garage door closed and locked.
• Keep your porch light on.
• Keep your parked vehicle’s doors locked and the windows closed.
• Do not leave your vehicle running with the keys in it and unattended.
• Do not keep valuables, including electronic devices, in your vehicle.

All residents are also encouraged to sign up to receive free text or email emergency alerts and other important information directly from the Police Department through the NIXLE system. They may do so by texting 48126 to phone number 888777 on their cell phone (normal text messaging rates may apply) or by logging onto www.nixle.com to set up a free account.

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May 20 Committee of the Whole and May 25 Council meetings to be in-person

The Dearborn City Council will hold its Thursday, May 20 Committee of the Whole meeting in person, and also is planning on an in-person business meeting on Tuesday, May 25.

Those two meetings will be held in person at the Dearborn Administrative Center, 16901 Michigan Ave. Both will begin at 7:30 p.m. and take place in the Council Chambers.

The meetings will be in person only; no Zoom option will be available.

Public health protocols will be strictly enforced. Capacity limitations in compliance with current state mandates will be enforced. All individuals attending the meetings must wear a mask over their mouth and nose and social distance. In addition, everyone entering the building will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.

In addition to being in person, the Tuesday, May 25 meeting will be broadcast on City of Dearborn Television (CDTV), which is channel 12 on Comcast, channel 10 on WOW and channel 99 on AT&T U-verse. It will also be live streamed online at www.cityofdearborn.org. Look for the “Watch CDTV Live” button at the bottom of the page.

For those unable to attend or view the May 25 meeting live, it will be available to watch beginning Wednesday, May 26 through the City’s On Demand website at https://cdtv.viebit.com as well as rebroadcasts on the cable channel.

The Council meetings are not Town Hall meetings, but do provide for an opportunity for residents to speak on city business, especially on items that are part of the business agenda before the council. There is a three-minute limitation. Those unable to attend can contact the council office and send their comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 313-943-2025 during business hours.

The City Council intends to continue holding meetings in person. Changing public health conditions and State guidelines may alter the format in which meetings are held.

Under state rules designed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the City Council had been meeting remotely, using Zoom technology. Their first in-person meeting was the Committee of the Whole on May 6.

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Residents, organizations invited to virtual May 12 community input meeting

Residents and community organizations are invited to a virtual meeting hosted by the City of Dearborn to provide their input on affordable housing and community development needs. 

The meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 12 at 2 p.m. on Zoom video conferencing.

The City of Dearborn is in the process of completing its Five Year Consolidated Plan, which is designed to help the City assess its affordable housing and community development needs, market conditions, and make data-driven, place-based investment decisions.

Residents and organizations will be asked for their thoughts on the following:
• Housing and homelessness
• Special Needs
• Community Development
• The Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding proposal, program descriptions, and expenditure summary, all of which can be located on the City’s website at https://tinyurl.com/m32vc386.

The Zoom meeting can be accessed from www.cityofdearborn.org . Look for the remote meetings button. It is also here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89604349365?pwd=ai9GMVhwMGxpcUVuUTB6ZzdlVXRCdz09

The Passcode is: 401213

The City greatly values community input, and hopes this meeting will determine what types of projects and programs are needed in Dearborn, what kind of assistance would help the less fortunate, and what the Consolidated Plan should focus on for the next five years.

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Dearborn Corporation Counsel honored in Michigan Lawyers’ Weekly Hall of Fame

City of Dearborn residents continue to be served by esteemed employees deeply dedicated to their professions. 

One example of this is Dearborn’s Corporation Counsel, Debra Walling, who was inducted into the Michigan Lawyers’ Weekly third annual Hall of Fame on April 13.

Michigan Lawyers’ Weekly is a respected independent newspaper that reports on legal news across the state of Michigan.

The prestigious award recognizes members of the legal profession who have been in practice for at least 30 years.

Walling has been serving as the City’s Corporation Counsel for 31 years, having been appointed by two Dearborn mayors and unanimously confirmed by the Dearborn City Council seven times.

Among Walling’s outstanding accomplishments are becoming the first woman elected as president of the Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys. She also served a term on the State Bar Board of Commissioners and continues to serve on the Government Law Section Council of the State Bar of Michigan.

Michigan Lawyers Weekly also honored her for achievements related to hiring, mentoring and retaining high quality attorneys and law clerks for the City of Dearborn, and leading them to even more professional success.

Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. recognized Walling for this Hall of Fame distinction by issuing a congratulatory citation, which was supported by the City Council.

When Mayor O’Reilly presented it, he said: “This is a significant recognition of your many professional accomplishments and shines a spotlight on your esteemed career in municipal government. It is a reflection of your considerable expertise, and highlights your dedication to the residents of the City of Dearborn.”

Walling said she was appreciative of the Hall of Fame recognition. “I am proud and grateful to serve the residents of Dearborn, and always try to do my best to advocate for our city on their behalf. It is an honor to serve with elected leaders and colleagues who share that same commitment.”

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