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2021 Good Friday, Easter closings in Dearborn

The Dearborn Administrative Center, the 19th District Court and the Dearborn Public Library buildings will be closed in honor of Good Friday on April 2.

Trash, recycling and yard waste pickup in the City is not affected by the holiday and will be on its regular schedule for Friday, April 2.

All library buildings will remain closed from Friday, April 2 through Monday, April 5, and will reopen Tuesday, April 6.

The Ford Community and Performing Arts Center, 15801 Michigan Ave., will be open on Friday, April 2 from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 3 from 8 a.m. – 7 p.m. as normal.

The Center will be closed on Easter, Sunday, April 4.

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March 30 statement from city clerk about candidate filing fees

The following is a statement from City Clerk George T. Darany:

Today, Tuesday, March 30, 2021, it came to my attention that a process error was identified in the 2021 Dearborn City Municipal Election candidate filing process, in which a candidate seeking office for mayor, City Clerk, or City Council could pay a $100 fee in lieu of submitting nominating petitions before the April 20, 2021 filing deadline.

The intent to allow candidates to make a payment in lieu of petitions was well-intentioned, as we sought to do our part during the COVID-19 pandemic. In accepting payment in lieu of petitions, we incorrectly followed an existing precedent established by the 2020 School Board election, in which candidates were allowed to make a fee payment in lieu of nominating petitions.

MCL 168 authorizes election authorities to collect a filing fee of $100 in lieu of nominating petitions, so long as this provision is authorized within the charter of the local body of government. The Dearborn City Charter does not contain this provision at this time.

It is a regrettable error and my staff and I have taken corrective action. All candidates running for elected office in 2021 have been notified by email and by telephone. Nominating petitions have been prepared for all candidates who have filed their intent with the Dearborn City Clerk, and a $100 refund has been issued to all of the candidates who made the payment.

To qualify for the August 2021 ballot, a candidate must submit nominating petitions with not less than 100 valid signatures and not more than 200 valid signatures from registered voters in the City of Dearborn. Candidates still have three weeks to meet the signature requirement, as the candidate filing deadline is 4:00 PM on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

Curbside yard waste pickup is ongoing

Dearborn’s 2021 curbside yard waste program began the week of March 15-19, 2021 and will last through the week of Dec. 6-10, 2021.

Residents can put yard waste in properly marked containers at the curb on their trash collection day.

Residents are reminded to place the yard waste materials in the proper containers at least three feet away from their trash cart and recycling cart. Yard waste may not be placed in the street.

Acceptable containers include yard waste paper bags or a resident’s own 20-32 gallon container clearly marked with a yard waste sticker. These free stickers are available at Henry Ford Centennial Library, Esper Branch Library, and at the

Dearborn Administrative Center (DAC), 16901 Michigan Ave. during normal operating hours.

Yard waste placed in plastic bags or cardboard boxes will not be picked up.

This convenient service provides residents the opportunity to get a head start on spring cleanup and dispose of materials left over from the fall.

Yard waste includes grass clippings, weeds, leaves, shrubs and brush trimmings.

Fruit, vegetables, animal droppings and seasonal decorations cannot be mixed with yard waste. Sod and dirt are not yard waste and will not be collected.

To arrange for a special pickup of unbundled or improperly bundled brush, or for more information, please call the Sanitation Division at (313) 943-2433.

To pick up a free yard waste sticker, visit the DAC from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Or visit the Henry Ford Centennial Library Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., and on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Free yard waste stickers may also be obtained at the Esper Branch Library Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 1:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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Fiscal Year 2022 Adopted Budget

View the current, complete adopted Budget Book for Fiscal Year 2022 here:

Budget Book FY2022

Budget Workshops for FY2022

The Dearborn City Council each year approves a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The budget is presented by Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. and is voted on before taking effect.

Fiscal Year 2022 runs July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.

All available budget workshop documents proposed for FY2022 are posted here: Budget Workshop Documents

Workshops between Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. and his administration and the City Council will take place and focus on a variety of topics concerning the proposed 2022 fiscal year budget.

Workshops regarding the proposed 2022 budget are set for 6:30 p.m. and are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Monday, March 22: Actuary Reports, CIP & Capital Debt
  • Tuesday, April 6: Proposed Budget Overview & Tax Rates
  • Monday, April 12: Police and Fire
  • Wednesday, April 21: DPW
  • Wednesday, April 28: PMADS 
  • Thursday, April 29: Museum, Clerk & Legal
  • Tuesday, May 4: Court, Recreation & DPI
  • Monday, May 10: DDDAs, Component Units & Library
  • Wednesday, May 26: Wrap-Up & Public Hearing    

Please note that topics, dates, and times are subject to change.

The session on May 10 and the Wrap-Up session and Public Hearing on May 26 will be held in person in the Council Chambers at the Dearborn Administrative Center, 16901 Michigan Ave. Workshops from March 22 to May 4 were held virtually via Zoom. 

All available budget workshop documents are posted here: Budget Workshop Documents

City hosting Facebook Live forum about COVID-19 vaccines on Thursday, Feb. 25

The City of Dearborn is dedicated to keeping its residents informed and our community safe and healthy, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. To address residents’ concerns about the availability, safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine, the City will be hosting a special program via Facebook Live on Thursday, Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m.

The interactive program, called “Here for You: Dearborn’s COVID-19 Forum,” is part of an ongoing series of discussions related to the current pandemic. Past topics have included grant programs for small businesses, rent relief for individuals, and mental health resources.

With the support of Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr., the forum will be hosted by City Council President Susan Dabaja and Councilwoman Erin Byrnes. The special guests for this forum are Wayne County Commission Sam Baydoun and Thomas B. Lanni, Jr, chief operating officer at Beaumont Dearborn. The Feb. 25 discussion will be centered COVID-19 vaccines.

Individuals with Facebook accounts will be able to make comments or ask questions during the discussion.

The program will also be broadcast on CDTV, the City’s cable TV channel, and will stream live at https://media.discovervideo.com/show?vg=1683184194&vt=2.

Past episodes may also be view on CDTV’s website at https://cdtv.viebit.com/.

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