Heights announces Friday closure of all non-emergency offices

HEIGHTS — All city government non-emergency business offices — including City Hall, Canfield Community Center, and Berwyn and Eton senior centers — will be closed Fridays, Mayor Dan Paletko announced Tuesday.

The closures come in response to financial challenges the city faces.

Paletko cited several factors, including a steady decrease in property values, the reduction of State Revenue Sharing funds and the proposed elimination of the State Personal Property Tax that together have created a financial “perfect storm” – resulting in a critical erosion of the city’s revenue base.

“It is an unfortunate but necessary move that we reduce our business hours to help cut costs” Paletko said. “We realize this will cause some inconveniences for our residents and business owners. I apologize for these inconveniences, but ask for everyone’s understanding and patience as we work through these challenges.

“Together, however, we will weather this storm and keep Dearborn Heights the best community to live, work and play,” Paletko said.

Paletko said the city’s response to emergencies, including police. fire, emergency medical services and Public Works will continue unaffected in spite of the Friday closures.

The Police Department’s central phone line (313) 277-6770 (or 911 in case of police, fire or medical emergency) will remain staffed. However, the department’s non-emergency offices, such as the Records Department, DPW Office and the Fire Department’s Administrative offices will remain closed on Fridays. Public works-related emergencies such as water line breaks, occurring on Fridays should be reported to the Police Department’s main number (313) 277-6770, Ext. 3.

The Friday closures do not affect the Caroline Kennedy Library, which will maintain its published schedules.

Residents with additional questions should contact Mayor’s Office at mayor@ci.dearborn-heights.mi.us.