The Detroit News reported Thursday the problem cropped up July 23, five days into the bankruptcy, when a paper vender demanded cash payment for the special embossed paper rather than continue to let the city operate on credit.
Even worse, the city’s vital records department will close October 1. Wayne County will assume responsibility for issuing birth and death certificates.
“Employees (at the vital records department) were sitting outside because they didn’t have anything to do,” says the Rev. Gleo Wade, Stinson Funeral Home director, who drove to the vital records department that day to see what was going on. “I’ve never seen the employees just sitting outside like that before.” The assumption is that these employees are still being paid their full salaries, even though the city cannot afford a modest payment for printer paper.
You can read more in an article by Laura Berman published in the Detroit News at http://goo.gl/qHGUhm as well as in an unsigned UPI article at http://goo.gl/s1t2Ht.
My thanks to newsletter reader Pam Holland for telling me about this story.