Insider Fall Edition
In This Issue
Upcoming Dates
Community Gathering
Turn Off the Violence
Haunted House
Pumpkin Sale
Let it Snow!
Give Back - Become a Mentor
Smoke Alarms
NSP Homeownership Opportunities
Open For Business
September in Review
Municipal Departments
City Council
 
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Happy Halloween
Halloween Walk
 
Come join us at the Halloween Walk and take a tour in the Friendly Forest at the Bailey Center located at 36651 Ford Rd on Friday, October 22, 2010 and Saturday, October 23, 2010 beginning at 6:30 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. This Halloween adventure is a non scary, guided tour for all ages.  All Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes. For more information on tickets and registration please contact the Bailey Center at (734) 722-7620.
 
Journey to Better Heatlh

St. Mary's Health

"Your Journey to Better Health" is a program developed by Mayor William R. Wild and St. Mary Mercy Hospital staff, offering residents key information to help residents lead healthier lives. 
 
The next seminar will be held on October 6th at the Friendship Center at 1:00 p.m. The topic will be Effective Communication with Healthcare Providers. Please call the Friendship Center to let them know you're attending at (734) 722-7628. This event is open to all residents, so come and begin your journey to better health!
 
Veteran Movie Tribute

Greatest Generation

A phenomenal movie tribute will be held this year for our veterans. On Friday, October 29th, American House will be hosting a light lunch and showing the movie "Detroit's Greatest Generation." Accounts of World War II and a fascinating historical perspective will follow the noon lunch. Please call to sign up. The movie and luncheon is free to all residents and veterans. For more information visit www.cityofwestland.com and click on Seniors Resources, and then on Flyers, or call (734) 722-7632 for additional information or to sign up. 
 Report from Mayor Wild
Mayor William R. WildDear ,
 

The City of Westland had a bountiful summer between the groundbreaking of the DTE Energy Community Garden to the Grand Opening of Westland's Farmer's Market at the Westland Shopping Center. As we roll into autumn, the garden has already harvested over 800 pounds of vegetables that went to Gleaner's Food Bank to help feed the hungry in Southeast Michigan. In addition, Westland's Farmer's Market, which emphasizes quality and freshness, will continue to take place every Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through October 26, 2010.
 
In the upcoming months, you will begin to see the next stages of the remediation process of Central City Park. Crews will soon be on site to begin the remediation process which includes ground balancing and the installation of a geotextile membrane over the eastern 12 acres of the park. 12 inches of top soil will be deposited over the geotextile barrier and a passive methane system will be installed. After the remediation portion is complete this fall or early spring, the restoration of the park amenities will begin. They include a soccer complex, multiple pavilions, improved parking, a walking path, family style restrooms and a new concession building that will complement the Play Planet play structure, HO Zone Spray Ground Park, Bailey Pool and the Concrete Jungle Skateboard Park.
 
I hope you enjoy the next several weeks of fall. Should you have any questions on these items or if I can ever be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 
Best regards,
Mayor Signature
Mayor William R. Wild
 
Upcoming Dates - October 2010
Mark your calendar...
 
Oct. 1
- Friday Movie: The Last Station @ Library 7 p.m.
Oct. 1 - Noodles n' Neighbors @ Friendship Center 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 4 - Zumba Dance Party @ Library 1 p.m.
Oct. 4 - City Council Meeting @ City Hall 7 p.m.
Oct. 7 - Community Gathering @ Corrado Park 5 p.m.
Oct. 8 - Friday Movie: Youth in Revolt @ Library 7 p.m.
Oct. 11 - Columbus Day (City Offices Closed) 
Oct. 11 - District Coffee Hour @ Library 9 a.m.
Oct. 11 - District Coffee Hour @ Library 9 a.m.
Oct. 11 - Zumba Dance Party @ Library 1 p.m.
Oct. 11 - Fireside Chat @ Library 6 p.m.
Oct. 14 - Senior Pancake Breakfast @ Friendship Center
Oct. 14 - Turn Off the Violence @ Bailey Center 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 15 - Friday Movie: Ghost Writer @ Library 7 p.m.
Oct. 17 - Family Movie Matinee @ Library 1 p.m.
Oct. 18 - City Council Meeting @ City Hall 7 p.m.
Oct. 18 - Planning for College Workshop @ Library 7 p.m.
Oct. 20 - Blood Pressure and Glucose Testing @ Library 11 a.m.
Oct. 20 - Documentary Movie Night @ Library 7 p.m.
Oct. 21 - Open Mic @ Library 7 p.m.
Oct. 22 - Taking Care of Business @ Friendship Center 1 p.m. 
Oct. 22 - Halloween Walk @ Bailey Center 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 22 - Friday Movie: City Island @ Library 7 p.m.
Oct. 23 - Halloween Walk @ Bailey Center 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 25 - Zumba Dance Party @ Library 1 p.m.
Oct. 29 - Veteran's Day Tribute/Lunch @ Friendship Center Noon
Oct. 29 - Friday Movie: A Single Man @ Library 7 p.m.

 
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 www.cityofwestland.com.
 
Mayor Wild's Community Gathering
Mayor William R. Wild with Westland residents at a previous Community Gathering.
Community Gathering
Due to inclement weather, Mayor Wild's FREE Community Gathering that was originally scheduled for September 16, 2010 has been rescheduled for Thursday, October 7, 2010 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at Corrado Park located on Gladys south of Joy and west of Middlebelt.
 
Bring your family out for an old fashioned barbeque that everyone can enjoy. There will be fire safety trailer demonstrations, T-shirt giveaway, bouncers, a Live DJ and more. This FREE event is sponsored by ITC. If you have any questions please call the Mayor's office at (734) 467-3200 or go to the city website www.cityofwestland.com.
 
Turn Off the Violence
Kids enjoy the animal exhibit.
Turn Off the Violence
Now that the kids are back in school and parents are juggling soccer practices and homework as well as working, things can be a little busy!  Why not take a night off and bring the family to the Bailey Center located behind City Hall for "Turn off the Violence" presented by Wild About Youth on Thursday, October 14, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. This free event is for families to come and enjoy an evening together and have tons of fun! Our 16th annual "Turn of the Violence" includes activities such as face painting, circus acts, bouncers, live animals and much, much more. For more information please call the Bailey Center at (734) 722-7620.
 
Westland Jaycees Haunted House

Haunted HouseCome visit the 2,000 square foot haunted house located at 1645 Wayne Road behind the Wayne Ford Civic League now through October 30th. Friendly Monster Day is October 16th from Noon - 2 p.m. (lights on). Call (734) 226-0040 for more information or visit the website: www.westlandhauntedhouse.com.

 
Pumpkin Sale
Come pick your pumpkin!
Pumpkin
Looking to buy your Halloween pumpkin? From Saturday, October 2nd thru Saturday, October 30th, the Westland Historic Village Park located at 857 N. Wayne Rd. will be the hot spot to buy one! All proceeds will benefit the Historic Village Park. The pumpkin sale times are as follows:
  • Mondays 10 a.m. - Noon
  • Thursdays 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Saturdays 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. 
Let it Snow!
DPS installing snow plow blades onto their trucks. 
DPS
On September 15, 2010 the City of Westland Department of Public Service conducted "Operation September Snow," a surprise internal training event involving all of the department personnel. DPS treated the day as if it snowed 14 inches and as if the City declared a Snow Emergency. The Foremen worked side by side with the outside employees to get all of the vehicles up fitted with snow plowing apparatus including front plows, salt spreaders, and under belly scraper blades. This is the first time since this department was started that an emergency preparedness program was instituted and adhered to.
 
As a City of Westland resident, you can rest assured that the City is now ready for snow in any amount and are confident that they can respond within a moment's notice. The City of Westland was also able to retrain their operators in snow plowing practices and provide hands-on training with equipment controls. This exercise has given the City the ability to review all emergency communication procedures and establish winter snow and ice control goals to provide better service to Westland residents by being more prepared and informed. We would like to thank the City employees for their hard work.
 
Give Back - Become a Mentor
Are you looking for an opportunity to give back to your community?  Do you enjoy working with young people? Here is your chance!  
 
The Westland Youth Assistance Program is looking for people of various ages and backgrounds who are interested in becoming a mentor. Whether you are a parent with grown kids or a college student pursuing a degree in social work, we would like to hear from you.
 
You must be at least 20 years old, have a clean driving and criminal background record and be willing to attend 15 hours of training at no cost.  The next mentor training series begins in October.
 
John Melville was impressed with program after he had kids go through it years ago. He came back to become a mentor and is now working with Christopher Owens.
Mentor
The mentor training will be from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm at the YAP office on the following dates:
  • Monday, October 4
  • Tuesday, October 5
  • Tuesday, October 12
  • Monday, October 25
  • Tuesday, October 26
 Please call the Westland Youth Assistance Office at
 (734) 467-7904 for more details.

 
Smoke Alarms: A Sound You Can Live With
Assistant Chief Scott Neal checks smoke detector.
Smoke Detector
The Westland Fire Department is reminding everyone that October is National Fire Prevention Month. It is extremely important that everyone check their smoke detectors and replace the batteries if you have not done so this year. We recommend writing the month and year on a small piece of paper that can be taped to the battery. This simple act helps ensure that next year when you open up those detectors or when we, the fire department, conducts a home inspection we all know if they need to be replaced.
 
According to the NFPA, approximately 33% of the homes in America are not adequately protected with smoke detectors, and the death rates in homes are 45% lower when oneworking smoke detector is present. In an effort to ensure every home in Westland has working smoke detectors, the City has partnered with Toarmina's Pizza for the 1st annual "Pizza and Prevention Month." This is a win-win fundraiser for everyone to help the fire department purchase lifesaving smoke detectors for those without.
 
Toarmina's will be discounting their giant 24" pepperoni pizza from $20.99 to $15.99 with a coupon that is purchased from the fire department from now until October 23, 2010. You can buy as many as you like and they are valid until next October. 100% of the profits go directly to the fire department to help get a smoke detector in every home in Westland. The City's goal is 3000 pizzas, so contact Captain John Adams at jadams@cityofwestland.com to help reach the goal for LIFE SAFETY.
 
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 foreclosed houses in Westland for purchase 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.
 
NSPAs part of the City's "Mission: 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.
 
Interested persons can contact Home Renewal Systems at (866) 996-9754 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. 
 
Open For Business

MyLink

The City of Westland has remained prosperous during the recently tough economic times. The city administration is proud to continuously welcome several businesses who have chosen our city to open or reinvest in. This past month, AT&T My Link located at 8015 S. Wayne Rd. and Legends Official Hair Cutter of Men located at 6620 N. Wayne Rd. opened their doors for business. We wish these businesses the best of luck and encourage you to stop in and say hello.
 
 Pictured Left: Donna Jackson and Mayor Wild
 at the Grand Opening of AT&T My Link.
 
September in Review 
The month of September truly highlighted Westland as a place where you and your family want to live, work and play. 
 
POW/MIA Day Ceremony at City Hall.
POW/MIA Day Ceremony
LIVE. 
In honor and remembrance of those who have served our great country, our All American City hosted ceremonies in recognition of September 11th and POW/MIA Day. In addition, the City of Westland in partnership with Habitat for Humanity dedicated three homes to Westland residents this past month. Westland's Community Development Department works hard with Habitat for Humanity so that every man, woman and child has a decent, safe and affordable place to live in our city.
  
SEMCOGWORK.
Mayor William R. Wild traveled to Downtown Detroit to chair a Legislative Policy Platform Task Force meeting with other local leaders through SEMCOG, the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments, to develop its 2011-2012 state and federal legislative platforms to solve regional challenges.  
 
Pictured Left: Mayor Wild chairs a Legislative Policy Platform Task Force meeting at SEMCOG in Downtown Detroit.

Vintage Baseball Game 2010 at Jaycee Park.
Vintage Baseball Teams
PLAY.
As the old saying goes, "work hard, play harder." The City of Westland offers many recreational amenities for people of all ages. This past month, the Motor City Hogs held their 16th Annual Toy Run to help give children a Christmas. A week later, Mayor Wild and the Westland Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dahs versed the La-De-Dahs of Greenfield Village for the 2010 Vintage Baseball Game, which benefited the Westland Historic Village Park and the Westland Salvation Army.
 
City of Westland Municipal Departments

Mayor

William R. Wild

mayorwild@cityofwestland.com

Follow on Twitter @MayorWild

734.467.3200

Assessment

Jim Elrod

assessor@cityofwestland.com

734.467.3160

Budget

Building

Jessica Letourneau

Roger Shifflett

jletourneau@cityofwestland.com

building@cityofwestland.com

734.467.3166

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      

Benny McCusker      

bmccusker@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
 
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