The Insider e-Version
  August 2010
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Upcoming Dates
In Memory of Angelo Plakas
Clerk's Counter
NEW Westland Uniforms
Volunteer to Volunteer
Family Night at Bailey Pool
Westland FD Loan Closet
Senior Olympics 2010
Volunteer to Volunteer
July in Review
Municipal Departments
City Council
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Mayor William R. Wild is pleased to announce that the City of Westland has begun the process of adopting a new ordinance in the City of Westland encouraging commercial and residential alternative energy sources including wind turbines.
This ordinance is an extension of the impact
Mission: Green has had on the City of Westland. To read more about the proposed ordinance click here
Other recent ordinance changes have included regulations for photovoltaic systems (solar panels) and pedestrian friendly design criteria.  As always, if any
Mission: Green member has an idea or a suggestion please contact the Planning Department. It is Mission: Green's goal to keep the City of Westland on the leading edge of green technology and practices.

Wind Turbine

Health Matters

St. Mary's Health

Mayor William R. Wild and St. Mary Mercy Hospital have collaborated on a new health project for residents to expand their knowledge through educational seminars and receive screenings through a pilot program that will begin on Wednesday, August 4th, at 1 p.m. at the Friendship Center. The first meeting will be an overview of the educational seminars and screenings that will be offered at the Friendship Center over the next year. Light refreshments will be served, so please call to register (no charge for seminars or screenings) if you plan to attend (734) 722-7632.
 Report from Mayor Wild
Mayor William R. WildDear ,
The City of Westland is pleased to continue to help support local businesses with the second phase of the Shopping & Dining District Marketing Campaign.  A 30-second commercial, featuring Miss Michigan 2008 Ashlee Baracy, to promote the district began running on both W.O.W. and Comcast Cable at the end of June and will run for 8 weeks.  The commercial, which promotes Westland as a shopping & dining destination will be shown on a number of channels including Fox Sports Detroit, TLC, E, Lifetime and the Food Network. 
The goal of this campaign is to give our city a competitive edge in the shopping and dining industry and encourage residents from surrounding cities to shop & dine in our All American City, which is home to one of the nation's oldest malls featuring over 95 shops and includes many other retailers that can be found throughout the city.  Westland also offers many choices when it comes to restaurants from fast food to inexpensive family eateries or restaurants offering a more formal atmosphere; there is a great place to eat for every occasion and every budget. 

The district is also home to the new Westland Farmers Market and the popular free outdoor movie nite, which are both held in the parking lot of Westland Mall.  The farmers market is open every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October 26.  Market goods include vendor grown fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices, bedding, hanging and potted plants, vendor produced farmstead products including cheese, meats, fish, poultry, eggs and baked goods. 

The outdoor movie nite, which featured "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" on a giant inflatable screen, was a huge success with approximately 300 attendees.  Unfortunately, a storm blew through and movie nite had to end early, but the City is working to bring this great event back at a later date. 

I am dedicated to fostering a thriving business community & ongoing promotion of our great city. If there is anything I can do to further assist you, please do not hesitate to contact my office. 
Best regards,
Mayor Signature
Mayor William R. Wild
Upcoming Dates - August 2010
Mark your calendar...
Mark your calendar!
  • August 2 - City Council Meeting @ City Hall 7 p.m.
  • August 2 - Magic Monday Family Night @ Bailey Center 7 p.m.
  • August 3 - Primary Election/City Offices Closed
  • August 4 - Health Project Seminar @ Friendship Center 1 p.m.
  • August 5 - The Waco Country Band @ Library 7 p.m.
  • August 6 - Friday Cult Classic "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" @ Library 7 p.m.
  • August 9 - District Coffee Hour (with State Senator Glenn Anderson & State Representative Richard LeBlanc) @ Library 9 a.m.
  • August 9 - Fireside Chat (with State Representative Richard LeBlanc and Wayne County Commissioner Joan Gebhardt) @ Library 6 p.m.
  • August 12 - Tyrone Hamilton  All-Stars @ Library 7 p.m.
  • August 13 - Friday Cult Classic "Welcome to the Dollhouse" @ Library 7 p.m.
  • August 16 - City Council Meeting @ City Hall 7 p.m.
  • August 18 - Free blood pressure and glucose testing @ Library 11 a.m.
  • August 18 - Documentary Viewing (Trouble the Water) @ Library 7 p.m.
  • August 19 - Andy John and Mark Jewett @ Library 7 p.m.
  • August 20 - Friday Cult Classic "Raising Arizona" @ Library 7 p.m.
  • August 31 - Extended Tax Deadline
Hot Dog Day
Also, every Tuesday in August will be "Hot Dog Day" at the Friendship Center.
Farmers Market
The Westland Farmers Market is open every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Westland Shopping Center by Kohls.
For more information on each event click on the calendar of upcoming events at
WLND 2.0

WLND 2.0Did you happen to miss a program on WLND that you would like to see? Is there a show you would like to pass along to your friends and family outside our viewing area? Now you can with WLND 2.0!

Westland's government access channel, WLND, is now broadcasting Live and On-Demand on the internet. Click here to see what is airing now! 
In Memory of Angelo Plakas
Hearts were heavy this past month as City Attorney, Angelo Plakas, passed away on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at the age of 70, after a nearly year long battle with cancer. Mayor William R. Wild announced that the City of Westland flags be lowered to half staff through Tuesday, July 20, 2010 in his honor.
Mayor Wild and Angelo Plakas at Westland's Community Gathering (June 2010)
Mayor Wild and Angelo Plakas
"Angelo fought tirelessly for the city and had such a positive influence on the city for nearly 35 years," stated Mayor Wild. "Angelo will be deeply missed."
Prior to studying law, Angelo was an elementary school teacher. He graduated from Wayne State University Law School in 1967. In addition to representing Westland, Angelo also served as attorney for Southgate and Plymouth Township as well as providing legal services to other communities including River Rouge, Riverview, Lincoln Park and others.
The Clerk's Counter


The state and federal Primary Election will be held on Tuesday, August 3, 2010. At this election, the field of candidates will be narrowed down to one candidate per party. Some of the offices on this year's ballot will be Governor/Lieutenant Governor, U.S. Congressman, State Senator and State Representative - to name a few. In compliance with state law, you cannot cross over party lines on this ballot.
The General Election will take place Tuesday, November 2, 2010. At this election, you will elect the person to be Governor, Congressman, State Representative, State Senator, etc. You may cross over party lines on this ballot. As is always true, you may register to vote at any time, but you must be registered to vote at least 30 days before any election in order to be eligible for that particular election. If you have any questions regarding the upcoming elections, please contact the City Clerk.
City Employees Have New Look

The next time you see a City employee, please take a good look.  See anything different?  Effective July 1, 2010, all City employees including those who work in the Department of Public Service, Parks & Recreation, Community Development, Building Department and City Hall offices will be wearing new uniforms.  These uniforms, a result of recently concluded contract talks, were implemented not only as a cost savings measure, but also to present a professional image for City employees and to provide an additional assurance to residents that those individuals accessing residential properties or enforcing City ordinances are people duly employed by the City.


Supervisory personnel have been provided black pants and royal blue shirts, other field employees will wear navy blue cargo-style pants and light blue shirts with the employee's first name on the front along with a patch stating "City of Westland," and clerical employees have been provided light blue shirts.  Employees performing outside work are also permitted to wear shorts in the summer months. 


In addition, all City personnel are in possession of new City identification cards that provide a color photo of the employee and state the employee's name and the department to which the employee is assigned.  A telephone number may be found on the front of the ID should you want to verify the person standing on your porch is a City employee.


New UniformsShould you ever be concerned about verifying whether someone is actually a City employee, please do not hesitate to call City Hall, the Police Department or the Personnel Department.  Like you, we take seriously your personal safety.


Westland employees pride themselves on providing you high quality, professional service.  However, if you have any issues with the manner in which a City employee has conducted him or herself, please let us know.  We are here to serve you.

The New and Improved Westland Municipal Golf Course
Golf Course Game RoomWestland Municipal Golf Course is truly a hidden gem in the City of Westland. The golf course boasts some of the best public greens in the state and has had a complete face lift this year. A lounge area with game room that includes a pool table, two dart boards, 2010 Golden Tee Live, Silverstrike Bowling, a pin ball machine, jukebox, and five plasma TVs are perfect to watch any sporting event. If your feeling lucky the golf course has Keno as well. A new ATM machine was also recently added.
Need somewhere to hold your NFL fantasy football draft in your own private room? Westland Golf is the perfect place with Wi-Fi internet throughout the building. The pro shop is your one-stop golf shop, with everything from Nike shoes, Wilson putters and wedges, Adams full sets of clubs, balls, tees, gloves and sunglasses; You name it, they got it! After a great round, grab some wonderful food at our Snack Alley on the Links with lunch and dinner specials daily.
The course will be hosting the First Annual PD State Farm Classic Junior Golf Tournament for boys and girls ages 8 to 17. There will be three separate age groups. For more information and the tournament date check out the course's website.
With help from Mayor Wild and approval from City Council, the course was able to lower many of the course rates as well. Don't miss the "Sundays Are Fundays" specials which are $12 to walk and $15 to ride anytime on Sundays. Stop in and see the wonderful changes at Westland Municipal Golf Course on Merriman Road just south of Cherry Hill. Visit the city's website to see a complete list of specials or call (734) 721-6660.
"Magic Monday" Family Night with WMGC 105.1
Are you looking for something really cool to do? Come and meet the WMGC 105.1 Family at the Bailey Pool. Tons of activities are planned including inflated games, pool games, swimming at the Bailey Outdoor Pool, and having fun at the H2O Zone.  Other activities planned include a paper plane flying contest and sidewalk chalking.Bailey Pool


All ages welcome


Monday, August 2, 2010


7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


$3 per adult, $2 per child; Pay at the door 

Please Bring:

Swimming attire, lock for locker


Tattan Park and the Bailey Pool

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled.
New Loan Closet Provided by Westland Fire Fighters
The Westland Fire Department had raised money to make the needed improvements to the roof on the fire safety house last week. The fire safety house located next to station #1 had been replaced by a mobile fire safety trailer. The new assignment for this building will be one of a "Loan Closet" for our citizens who are in need of items like wheel chairs, walking canes, etc...

The Fire Department has and always provided help to our citizens beyond the traditional response to fire and medical calls. This Loan Closet is another fine example of how they continue to help those in need. The Fire Department also encourages any citizen who has a wheelchair or any other item that they no longer need related to medical assistance to donate that item to the loan closet.

Fire HouseTo request an item is a very simple process. There is a short request form that has to be filled out for proof that you're a Westland citizen. This can all be done at our Fire Department offices located on 37201 Marquette. Please call first to ensure that we have the needed item at (734) 467-3201.
Senior Olympics 2010
Senior OlympicsThe Senior Olympics are held every August and are hosted by a different city each year. This year, the City of Dearborn will be hosting the annual event and Westland will be hosting the Pinochle Tournament, the Bridge Tournament and the Marksmanship Tournament. For the week of August 16-20, there are approximately 41 events held throughout the 16 Western Wayne County communities. While the events can be competitive, the main focus is to get people together, meet new friends, and stay engaged in life and activity. However, the most important thing is to have fun!
Competition groups are 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89 and 90+. The activities include the 5K and 10K bike race, tennis, bowling, golf, pickle ball, photography, baking, creative writing, ballroom dancing, shuffleboard, card tournaments, marksmanship, and a variety of other events. The entry fee is $5.00, which includes the Senior Olympics t-shirt, and the fee to participate in each event is $2.00. Last year, Westland had the highest number of participants and earned the highest number of gold, silver and bronze medals. Join in on the fun! For more information, please contact the Friendship Center at (734) 722-7632.
Volunteer in the City of Westland
Volunteers are the backbone of many organizations and communities. The support volunteers offer help to create a strong and steadfast foundation. Help build and strengthen our All American City by offering your time as a volunteer!
Click the "Sign Up Now" button to volunteer at the following locations:
July in Review 

Mayor Wild serving food to seniors.
Senior Summer Picnic
July began by celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Westland Summer Festival. The festive spirit lingered throughout the month with activities ranging from the annual Senior Summer Picnic to the Library's Summer Concert Series to Mayor Wild's Community Town Hall Meeting at Holliday Park honoring Darrell Clem.


As the days began to heat up reaching extreme temperatures, Mayor William R. Wild

opened several cooling centers around the City providing bottled water to help keep residents



The month of July was also found to be prosperous for Westland's economic development. The City of
Westland first celebrated the Grand Opening of Green LotGreen Lot, located directly next to Big Lots at the Corner of Wayne and Ford Rd., offers the freshest produce around at great prices along with numerous grocery items. In addition to Green Lot's produce, the city had the official ribbon cutting ceremony for Westland's Farmers Market. The market, which emphasizes quality and freshness, is held in the parking lot of the Westland Shopping Center every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October. Barbas Insurance, located at the corner of Middlebelt and Ann Arbor Trail, was also welcomed to Westland as a new business, which specializes in insurance for your auto, home and business.


Mayor Wild honoring Darrell Clem of the Westland Observer.
Mayor Wild and Darrell Clem
In addition to the new businesses, the Village of Westland
celebrated 20 years in the City of Westland.


To wrap up the month, the Friendship Center hosted their yearly Drug Disposal Day and the Westland Community Foundation held their annual Christmas in July event at Marvaso's Italian Grille & Electric Stick where they presented scholarships and collected non-perishable food items for the Westland Salvation Army Food Bank.

City of Westland Municipal Departments


William R. Wild



Jim Elrod



Roger Shifflett



Eileen Dehart 


Housing/Community Dev. 

Joanne Inglis


Deputy Mayor

Jade Smith



Steve Smith



Bill Gabriel


Economic Dev.     

Lori Fodale  



John Dickie   



Chief M. Reddy



Cheryl Napsha


Parks & Rec.        

Bob Kosowski



Cindy King



Bruce Thompson



Chief A. Ramsden


Public Service

Kevin Buford 


Water & Sewer      

Don Rohraff 


Senior Resources  

Barb Marcum  


Information Tech.

Dan Bourdeau


WLND - Cable       

Craig Welkenbach


Youth Assistance   

Paul Motz      


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