The Insider e-Version

 
July 2010
In This Issue
Upcoming Dates
Westland Summer Festival
DTE Community Garden
Camp Bailey
Job Opportunities
NSP Homeownership Opportunities
May/June in Review
Municipal Departments
City Council
 
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DID YOU KNOW... You can now follow Mayor Wild on Twitter?

To create an open and casual line of communication with Westland residents, the Mayor is now tweeting as part of his daily routine. By following @MayorWild, you will have the opportunity to experience a day in the life of Mayor Wild.  
 
 
 
e-Tip #1:
 
You can now pay your taxes online! The City of Westland is partnering with Chase Bank to offer this internet tax paying option to you. Click here for online tax payments.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Welcome to the First Edition of Westland's eNewsletter
Mayor William R. WildDear ,
 

I am very excited as the Mayor of the City of Westland to introduce you to yet another tool to keep residents informed. The NEW Insider e-Version will be the City's FREE eNewsletter and will allow the City to increase communication with its residents and anyone else that is interested in the happenings in The All American City. An additional feature will be the increase to a monthly distribution versus the quarterly printed version of the past. I am also pleased that the new electronic format is yet another way to keep our environment eco-friendly and will support my Mission Green initiative of leaving a green legacy for our community.

 

I encourage you to pass this newsletter along to your friends and family as they can join our mailing list by simply clicking the icon in the left panel under Quick Links or by going on our city's website: www.cityofwestland.com. I assure you that it is the City's priority is to uphold your privacy and by joining our mailing list, your e-mail address will be kept safe and will not be sold to other distributors.

 

I look forward to this new initiative and hope you find the NEW Insider e-Version fun and informative.

 
Best regards,
Mayor William R. Wild
 
Upcoming Dates - July 2010
Mark your calendar...
Mark your calendar!
June 30-July 4 - Westland Summer Festival
July 4 - Fourth of July Fireworks
July 5 - City Offices Closed
July 6 - City Council Meeting
July 8 - Summer Concert Series at the Library (Mustard's Retreat)
July 9 - Cult Classic Film at the Library (Blade Runner)
July 16 - Summer Picnic at the Friendship Center 
July 16 - Cult Classic Film at the Library (The Gods Must Be Crazy)
July 19 - City Council Meeting
July 21 - Ann Arbor Art Fair Trip* (Friendship Express)
July 21 - Making Chocolate Candy Workshop at the Library*
July 22 - Summer Concert Series at the Library (Peter Madcat Ruth)
July 22 - Commodity Food Distribution at the Dorsey Center
July 23 - Drug Disposal Day at the Friendship Center 
July 23 - Cult Classic Film at the Library (The Warriors)
July 27 - Super Smash Bros. Brawl Tournament at the Library*
July 29 - Shredding Day at the Friendship Center 
July 29 - Summer Concert Series at the Library (Lynn LaPlante Group)
July 30 - Cult Classic Film at the Library (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)
 
*Registration or restrictions may apply
Hot Dog Day
 
Also, every Tuesday in June, July, and August will be "Hot Dog Day" at the Friendship Center.
 
 
Farmers Market
 
 
The Westland Farmers Market is open every Tuesday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the parking lot of Westland Shopping Center by Kohls.
 
 
 
For more information on each event click on the calendar of upcoming events at www.cityofwestland.com.
Westland Summer Festival 2010

Festival FireworksThe Westland Summer Festival is the single largest annual event in the City of Westland, MI.  It has been estimated that our Summer Festival draws over 400,000 people annually from the City of Westland and surrounding communities.  The Festival is supported completely through donations, sponsors and volunteers.

Click here for the 2010 Westland Summer Festival Entertainment Lineup.
 
DTE Community Garden

DTE Community GardenMother Nature finally relented from her deluge of rain to allow the Westland community its chance to plant the DTE Community Garden.  On Sunday, June 13, 2010 a handful of volunteers along with DTE Energy representatives gathered at the DTE Cherry Hill Training facility site on Cherry Hill Road, west of Newburgh Road to start what promises to be a bountiful garden project designed, in partnership with Gleaner's Community Foodbank, to feed the homeless of metro Detroit.  Countless flats of seedling were planted in the ground from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM that included the seedling planted by the families an children of Westland involved in the Action for Earth Program that the William P. Faust Public Library and Mission: Green sponsored this Spring.  All types of seedling were planted including tomatoes, peppers, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, watermelon, beans, collards and much, much more.

 

But wait, it's not over, we still need your help. Every Wednesday from 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM is garden maintenance day, where folks like you can come and weed, cultivate, water and ultimately harvest this wonderful garden. To get involved with planting, weeding, and harvesting Westland's DTE Energy Garden, just show up or call Marc Zupmore at 313.235.3579.

 

Thanks to those volunteers that worked on the initial planting day.  We look forward to seeing more of you there in the future.

 
Camp Bailey

Looking for an exciting day camp this summer? Look no further! Camp Bailey will be the best camp you can choose this summer. We offer the best "fun stuff" for kids of all ages. The camp has many activities planned including daily visits to the new H0 Zone Spray Ground, Play Planet and the Bailey Outdoor Pool. Mix that in with arts & crafts, games and other activities, and we are sure your kids will have tons of fun!

 

Ages 6-12 years old
Monday-Friday, July 12-16, 2010 - Preregister by July 7

Early Drop Off: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Camp Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.


Rates

$100.00 resident week pass

              $125.00 nonresident week pass

$25.00 resident daily pass

$30.00 nonresident daily pass

 H2O Zone

DON'T MISS THE FUN! SIGN UP TODAY!

 
Job Opportunities

Westland WorksToday more than ever before, businesses are using the Internet to advertise job openings.  Residents are reminded that on the City's website, www.cityofwestland.com, under "Jobs," Westland Works! offers local businesses the opportunity to advertise for vacant positions.  If you are looking for work, please keep Westland Works! in mind as a possible source for job postings in the local area.  Currently, there are several local businesses that have postings on this site.

 

In addition, residents are encouraged to visit www.michigan.gov as the State also lists vacant jobs from various public and private employers on the State's website.  These are but two potential sites when looking for work.  Monster.com and careerbuilder.com are other popular, well-known sources for finding jobs.  If you're interested in public sector work, you may want to review the Michigan Municipal League's website, www.mml.org under "Classifieds" for job postings. 

 
NSP Homeownership Opportunities

The City of Westland, under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, is working with Home Renewal Systems and Guy Construction Services to renovate and offer for purchase foreclosed houses in Westland to qualified homebuyers. The NSP program provides opportunities for qualified individuals and families to purchase a newly renovated home.

 

The federally funded program requires that the houses be sold to families with incomes based on the number of persons in the household. For example, the maximum income for a single person is $58,700 and for a four person household is $82,900.

 

Individuals and families must qualify for a mortgage and attend a homebuyer counseling session.  If needed, down payment, closing cost and credit counseling assistance are available.

 

As part of the City's "Green Initiative" each home in the program is evaluated for energy efficiency improvements during renovation. Where possible, homes are raised to Energy Star standards. A Homebuyer Warranty is also provided.Equal Housing Opportunity

 

Interested persons can contact Home Renewal Systems at 866.996.9754 or go to www.homerenewalmi.com and Guy Construction Services (via National Faith Homebuyers) at 313.255.9500 for more information on how to qualify for homeownership under the City of Westland's NSP Program. 

 
May/June in Review 

Habitat for Humanity Women's BuildThe month of May was packed with events in the City of Westland. The month commenced with community service activities including a Volunteer Luncheon at the Bailey Center that was open to all Westland residents and the Habitat for Humanity's Women's Build. In the following weeks, the residents came out for the annual Community Garage Sale, Citizen's Fire Academy and Armed Forces Day. In addition, citizen's participated in worthy fundraisers including North Brother's 12th Annual 5K Fun Run that benefited Karmanos Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Furthermore, residents young and old alike enjoyed activities at the WYAA Opening Day and Senior Health and Fitness Day. To wrap up the month, the city splashed into summer fun with the opening of the Bailey Pool and H2O Zone. 

Community GatheringJune kicked off summer in full swing! As part of the annual river clean up to improve the health of the Rouge River, Westland residents observed Rouge Rescue Day on June 5th by volunteering at the Holliday Nature Preserve.  The next week continued with excitement between a fantastic "Accelerated Reader" parade put on by P.D. Graham students, DARE graduations, a Wii Bowling Challenge at the Friendship Center, First Responders Recognition at Annapolis Park Church and more. In the following weeks, the city honored Flag Day, hosted a "Movie Nite," opened its brand new Farmers Market, and welcomed hundreds of residents to Tattan Park for the first FREE Community Gathering of the summer.
 
City of Westland Municipal Departments

Mayor

William R. Wild

mayorwild@cityofwestland.com

734.467.3200

Assessment

Jim Elrod

assessor@cityofwestland.com

734.467.3160

Building

Roger Shifflett

building@cityofwestland.com

734.467.3210

Clerk  

Eileen Dehart         

edehart@cityofwestland.com

734.467.3185

Housing/Community Dev. 

Joanne Inglis

jinglis@cityofwestland.com

734.595.0288

Deputy Mayor

Jade Smith

jsmith@cityofwestland.com

734.467.3200

Finance

Steve Smith

finance@cityofwestland.com

734.467.3169

Purchasing

Bill Gabriel

bgabriel@cityofwestland.com

734.467.3204

Economic Dev.     

Lori Fodale  

lfodale@cityofwestland.com  

734.467.3264

Engineering

John Dickie 

jdickie@cityofwestland.com   

734.467.3210

Fire

Chief M. Reddy  

firedept@cityofwestland.com

734.467.3201

Library 

Cheryl Napsha

cheryl.napsha@westland.lib.mi.us

734.326.6123

Parks & Rec.        

Bob Kosowski

parks@cityofwestland.com

734.722.7620

Personnel

Cindy King  

cking@cityofwestland.com

734.467.3263

Planning   

Bruce Thompson   

planning@cityofwestland.com

734.467.3266

Police

Chief A. Ramsden  

chief_of_police@wlpd.net

734.722.9600

Public Service

Kevin Buford

kbuford@cityofwestland.com 

734.728.1770

Water & Sewer      

Don Rohraff      

drohraff@cityofwestland.com 

734.728.1770

Senior Resources  

Barb Marcum         

bmarcum@cityofwestland.com 

734.722.7628

Information Tech.

Dan Bourdeau        

dbourdeau@cityofwestland.com

734.467.7952

WLND - Cable       

Craig Welkenbach 

cabletv@cityofwestland.com

734.467.3198

Youth Assistance   

Paul Motz             

yap@cityofwestland.com 

734.467.7904

 
City Council

James R. Godbout     Michael A. Kehrer     Christine Cicirelli Bryant     Adam Hammons          

                    James R.             Michael A.              Christine                  Adam                     
                    Godbout                 Kehrer              Cicirelli Bryant          Hammons         
                           President               President Pro Tem

Bill Johnson     Meriem Kadi     Dewey K. Reeves    

                                        Bill                     Meriem                 Dewey K.                  
                                     Johnson                  Kadi                     Reeves
 
Eileen DeHart, CMC - City Clerk