Power out again.

August 1, 2006


On the issue of Dearborn utility problems that are getting worse every year.

I am curious about a topic that has once again reared its ugly head. Service outages threaten the Dearborn power grid. Once again, Dearborn residents are powerless to do anything. Despite paying some of the highest utility bills in history, having to deal with record increases in utility costs we are not being told that the infrastructure wont support the usage in a time of record high temperatures. They want us to pay more money but yet tell us that we can’t rely on the integrity of the power grid. They tell us to reduce our consumption, yet what do we get for conservation? Higher prices and lower quality of service.

I contend that neighboring communities are sprawling at an uncontrolled rate and not contributing to upgrades in their own power grid infrastructure. Dearborn has spent millions to beef up and maintain our infrastructure, yet we still continue to be at the mercy of DTE to do whatever they want because Canton and Plymouth and Brownstown won’t spend any money on their infrastructure despite growing property tax revenue from new home builds. I hear a lot of lip service about public service commissions and law suits from Dearborn politicians but once again, we are spot lighting a failure of several public officials to act in Dearborn’s public interests. Hundreds of residents in Dearborn are reported and identified for theft of electricity, water and natural gas, but somehow, never seem to be brought to justice.

Sue Hubbard, who begins the crusade to reduce airport noise, has gotten the same result in dealing with our public utility for service concerns.....NO RESULT! She has done nothing! Is this who we want sitting in judgment of our city? We have heard our city council president bellow on and on at times about how we are getting screwed by DTE and the Detroit Water Board, yet what has that gotten us? Higher prices and declining service. Is this who we want running our city?

Who will be the next aspiring politician in Dearborn to rant on about the Utility problems and the Airport issues and advance their political careers yet still do nothing?

Concerned citizen