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Michael Sareini was elected to his first term on the Dearborn City Council in November 2013.


Sareini is a life long resident of Dearborn.  He is the son of the late Tom Sareini, owner of the Village Café previously located for over 25 years on Greenfield Rd at Rotunda Drive, and Suzanne Sareini, retired Dearborn City Council President Pro-Tem who served on the Council for 24 years.


Sareini and his wife Dalal have five children – Toufic, Houssain, Aliah, Suzanne and Hassan.


Sareini graduated from Fordson High School in 1990 and earned his Associate’s Degree from Henry Ford Community College in 1993. Sareini began a career in automotive sales in 1995. Sareini has won countless sales awards, and in 2011 was recognized by Ford Motor Company as Michigan’s #1 ranked volume salesman and #3 ranked salesman in the country.


Sareini was appointed as the sole representative of the state of Michigan in a national Ford Sales Advisory Panel that consisted of only 13 nationally renowned salesmen. Sareini’s recommendation resulted in a direct policy change within Ford Credit, the company’s financing arm.


In 2006, after 14 years out of the classroom, and while working full-time and raising his family, Sareini returned to school to complete his education at the University of Michigan-Dearborn. Sareini graduated in 2009 “With High Distinction,” earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Political Science and minoring in Psychology.


Sareini continued pursuing higher education, graduated from Thomas M. Cooley School of Law and has been a general practicing Attorney for 8 years.


Sareini was chosen by the Michigan Attorney General as a transition team guidance member of experts comprising extremely-revered individuals from the government, legal, indigenous, and corporate sectors.  This team was formed to guide a smooth and seamless transition between administrations as the Attorney General-Elect took office, effective January 1, 2019.


Sareini has a long history of participating in Dearborn youth recreation programs, sitting on boards and coaching. Sareini is a supporter of many local charities.

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 Dearborn City Council reviews police, fire portion of 2021 budget in study session

This article is republished from Press & Guide, originally written by Briana Gaskorski and can be found here.

The Dearborn City Council held its fourth of nine scheduled virtual study sessions and reviewed the police and fire portion of the 2021 budget on April 23.

Carole Rochon of the city’s finance department said that fire utilizes 85% of the general fund subsidy, which is $28 million of the 2021 proposed budget, while charges for services such as ambulance only makes up 14% of the budget.

Dearborn Fire Chief Joe Murray said there was a significant decrease in calls over the last year.

“Ambulance revenue is decreasing by $275,000,” he said. “We’ve had a reduction in calls and an increase in residents who are on Medicaid, so the reduction of revenue (is) from those contributors.”

Murray said this trend is the first decrease he’s seen since being with the department.

“There were a few hundred calls less over the last year,” he said. “Despite an acceleration in calls steadily over the last 10 years, there were less calls and we don’t know what will happen after this year with the way things are right now.”

Councilman David Bazzy said the time period affected by COVID-19 shouldn’t be factored in.

“If we are going to look at trends, we should be looking at pre-COVID trends,” he said. “We shouldn’t be looking at what’s been going on since March to make these decisions.”

While the total nondiscretionary proposed budget called for $14 million, Rochon said that will decrease.

“These numbers were as of the general fund overview budget workshop that began on April 1,” she said. “At the time we were still reworking the (annual required contribution) and fleet replacement sections so we expect this number to decrease by $1.2 million.”

Rochon also said that a large part of the difference in year-over-year numbers had to do with the (other post-employment benefits) bonding that council had approved in 2019, as well as some projects being moved forward.

“ARC contribution was reduced by approximately $730,000,” she said. “These numbers vary because of the bond. The fleet replacement will be reduced by $500,000 due to pulling ahead a pumper truck purchase to FY2020 and moving the purchase of two SUVs to FY2022.”

In the Police Department’s proposed 2021 budget, they’d be utilizing 34% of the general fund.

Councilman Mike Sareini said that the Police Department does not generate as much revenue as the Fire Department.

“The revenue from tickets and ordinances and things like that don’t go to the Police Department,” he said. “They go to courts and other areas instead, so the Police Department doesn’t have too much of a revenue (source).”

During the budget overview for police and fire, officials expressed what the difference would be if they added Dearborn Heights to centralized dispatch services, after having added Westland, Wayne, Inkster and Garden City to the dispatch services as of July 1.

While Dearborn Heights has remained neutral in the discussions in the past, Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said they’re expressing interest.

“We’ve been in contact with Dearborn Heights to join and there has been interest expressed,” he said. “But they haven’t met in almost two months so I’m not sure if, how, or when their council would address that.”

Adding Dearborn Heights to the consolidated dispatch could lead to more than $800,000 in additional revenue for the city, but also could lead to additional costs as more dispatchers would need to be added.

“The budget for (Dearborn United Dispatch Center) for 2021 has an income of $2.4 million, but with Dearborn Heights added, it could be at $3.3 million,” Rochon said. “The cost for payroll and benefits without Dearborn Heights added would be about $3 million. But with them added, it would be about $3.6 million.”

Dearborn Council President Susan Dabaja said the current program should be examined more before the council decides to include more cities.

“Before we look to expand, I’d rather know how it’s currently going,” she said. “I’d like to know if there are any complaints from residents on response times and in general and also we need to know if it’s effective operationally and financially before we consider adding any other municipalities.”

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