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Many City buildings closed in honor of Memorial Day on Monday, May 27

Purple Heart recipients to serve as Grand Marshals of Dearborn’s 98th Memorial Day parade 

The City of Dearborn’s 98th annual Memorial Day Parade and Remembrance Ceremony, in consultation with the Dearborn Allied War Veterans Council (DAWVC), will take place on Monday, May 27, 2024 at 9:30 a.m. in West Dearborn. This year, Michigan’s longest-running Memorial Day parade will pay tribute to Purple Heart recipients and honor the bravery and sacrifice of those who lost their lives in service to the United States.

The parade, which begins at Nowlin St and Michigan Ave in Dearborn, will be led by three Michigan-based Purple Heart recipients from the Army, Navy, and Marines who will serve as Grand Marshals.

Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud stated, “Memorial Day is a sacred moment in Dearborn. We're honored to continue in the traditions of our community by bringing the 98th annual Memorial Day parade to Dearborn this year and recognizing three Purple Heart recipients as our Grand Marshals.”
 
Grand marshals are Purple Heart recipients

Purple Heart recipients Seaman Ed Gorczyk of the United States Navy, Lance Corporal George Cassar of the United States Marine Corps, and Sergeant Chris Killion of the United States Army will serve as the Grand Marshals of the 98th annual Dearborn Memorial Day Parade. 

DAWVC Commander Rick Neveu stated, “Memorial Day is a time to honor our fallen heroes, and Purple Heart recipients hold a special place in that tribute. They were one step away from the ultimate sacrifice, having endured wounds and injuries in service to our country. By commemorating their bravery and resilience, we pay homage to their sacrifices and the strength and courage of all who have served. It's a theme that underscores the true spirit of Memorial Day and the debt of gratitude we owe to those who have served.”

Parade schedule, route, and road closures 

The parade starts at 9:30 a.m. at Michigan Ave and Nowlin St and will end at South Brady St and Michigan Ave.

A formal remembrance ceremony will follow the parade at 12 p.m. on the front lawn of the Dearborn Historical Museum, 915 Brady St.

To safely accommodate the parade route and ceremony activities, all traffic will be blocked along Michigan Ave between Outer Dr and Evergreen on May 27 between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The following detours will be provided during the Michigan Ave road closure:
 
- Traffic along south-bound Evergreen will be routed to east-bound Michigan Ave. 
- Traffic along west-bound Michigan Ave to north-bound Evergreen. 

No traffic will be allowed east of Outer Dr on Michigan Ave between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.  

Veterans who have passed to be honored during procession
 
Before the parade begins, the City of Dearborn and DAWVC will honor those who served and have since passed in a ceremonial military funeral procession. The procession, which specifically pays respect to former armed services members who were not interred, will begin at 9:30 a.m. along the parade route. 

Sponsors, volunteer drivers make the parade possible

The 98th annual Dearborn Memorial Day Parade is made possible with the support of its sponsors, including the Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency, Malek Al-Kabob, The Henry Ford, Village Ford, LaFontaine Automotive Group, Hackett Metcalf Funeral Directors, Baba’s Grill, the Ford Veterans Network Group and Howe-Peterson Funeral Home & Cremation Services.  

Veterans and special honorees in the parade are transported by local businesses and community members who have generously donated their classic vehicles and dedicated their time as drivers to help make the parade possible.

Learn more

To learn more about Dearborn’s Memorial Day Parade, including the lineup, visit CityofDearborn.org/MemorialDayParade

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Article posted May 20, 2024

Dearborn to enforce property maintenance requirements during upcoming Spring Sweep Week

The City of Dearborn will kick off a two-week Spring Sweep Week campaign to educate on, survey, and enforce property maintenance requirements among residents and businesses beginning Monday, May 20, 2024. The enforcement campaign will run through May 31.

Spring Sweep Week is an annual effort led by the City’s Economic Development Department to address common property maintenance issues with residents and notify property owners of ordinance violations when identified. The program allows City inspectors to help residents and businesses understand property ordinances, learn maintenance best practices, and to provide guidance on how to resolve violations.

Dearborn Mayor Abdullah H. Hammoud stated, “Sweep Week gives our team an added opportunity to remind businesses and residents of their responsibility to keep our residential neighborhoods and business districts vibrant, healthy, and safe.”

In preparation for the warmer months, the focus of these inspections will be on, and not limited to:

  • Tall grass and overgrowth
  • Trash
  • Unauthorized storage or placement of items on lawns and curbs
  • Business signage
  • Property upkeep and maintenance

Many code enforcement violations contribute to other public health problems and nuisances. Overgrowth, for example, creates habitats for rodents, which may also attract predators.

This season, inspectors will be especially focused on the upkeep of alleyways, including evaluating tall grass, trash and litter, and overgrowth, all of which can have an impact on pedestrian and vehicle traffic and pose aesthetic issues.

While ticketing is not the main focus of Spring Sweep Week, a citation may be given for egregious violations.

Renault Arseneau, Dearborn’s Code Enforcement Manager, explained, “We look forward to being more present in the community during Sweep Week to identify property maintenance concerns addressed in our code of ordinances that are commonly brought to us as complaints from residents. Once identified, our team will look to resolve these issues through a combination of education, notices of violations, and in the most egregious cases, ticketing.”

In order to enhance and refine enforcement practices, the City of Dearborn Code Enforcement team also tracks the number of notices or property maintenance guides handed out, the number of code issues resolved without a ticket, and more, during each seasonal Sweep Week.

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Article posted May 17, 2024

Neighborhood Coffee Hours begin April 24

Dearborn residents are invited to meet and chat with their Neighborhood Police Officer (NPO) and Neighborhood Liaison from the City of Dearborn starting Wednesday, April 24.

Coffee hours will be held at local businesses with neighborhood outreach teams from the Dearborn Police Department and Community Relations Department from 6 - 7 p.m. on April 24, May 1, and May 8, 2024.

Residents are encouraged to stop by and say hello, receive neighborhood updates, ask questions, and discuss any concerns they may have.

Locations and dates are as follows:

  • April 24, 6-7 p.m. at Al Ameer, 12710 W Warren Ave
  • May 1, 6-7 p.m. at Qahwah House (West), 22000 Michigan Ave
  • May 8, 6-7 p.m. at Dellah Coffee & Brunch House, 20219 Carlysle

We hope to see you there!

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Tall grass, weed, and property maintenance regulations to begin April 1

The City of Dearborn will resume its annual property maintenance and abatement program to address and abate tall grass, weeds, and untidy alleyways beginning Monday, April 1, 2024. The program - which kicks off several weeks earlier this year - tasks Code Enforcement officers from the Department of Economic Development with identifying residential and commercial properties across the city at risk of violating City ordinances and, in turn, educate and assist property owners with mitigation. 

Under City ordinances, Dearborn property owners must ensure that grass and weeds do not exceed six inches in height. To protect community health and safety, property owners are required to remove overgrown weeds along property lines, fencelines, and alleyways and must keep alleys tidy and free of litter and animal waste. Violations are subject to an official citation from the City, which, if left unresolved, can result in the property owner incurring additional fines and tickets. 

The program will begin earlier to allow staff to prioritize early identification, property owner education, and on-site customer service and support before issuing citations. We are also making these changes in response to resident feedback, asking for more certainty on the start date for the season and addressing the issue of increased litter, debris, and landscaping maintenance issues that emerge as the weather begins to shift from winter to spring. 

City staff will assist property owners in understanding Dearborn ordinances as they apply to yard and property care and offer coaching to mitigate issues before they result in a citation. Updates made to the abatement program allow City workers to manage their districts more efficiently while ensuring that the city maintains pleasant curb appeal.
Grass Man cleaning yard
Dearborn Code Enforcement Manager Renault Arseneau stated, “Code enforcement initiatives were introduced more than 25 years ago. This year, with a revamped program and more involvement from our team, we intend to help residents with anything officers may notice before a citation occurs. We plan to answer questions and offer customer service guidance through the fall season.”

Although the program emphasizes early education and proactive intervention, residents or businesses who are found to have violated City ordinances may receive a notice or citation requiring them to resolve concerns with the length, cleanliness, and safety of the grass, weeds, and alleyways on or near their property. Effective April 1, property owners must resolve cited issues within 24 hours of receiving a citation from the City of Dearborn. 


 
 Code Enforcement Guidelines 

Residents and businesses should follow these tips when caring for their properties to avoid violations:
  • Ensure tall grass and weeds are no higher than six inches
  • Remove overgrown grass and weeds along the property, including fencelines and alleyways 
  • Properly dispose of litter and animal waste
Questions about the city’s Code Enforcement Program may be directed to 313-943-2150.

Watch the video here for more information.
 

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