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Healthy Pet Community
Upcoming Dates
Election Day 2010
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony
Lightfest Events
Facebook Count
Tough Guys Wear Pink
Commodity Food Program
Open For Business
October in Review
Municipal Departments
City Council
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Healthy Pet Community

 Pet Community

The City of Westland and the Michigan Humane Society are partnering to make Westland one of Michigan's first "Healthy Pet Communities."  A "Healthy Pet Community" is one in which the city, its residents and partner organizations work together to address key issues that affect both people and pets. Together, we will focus on issues such as adoption, pet identification, spay/neuter and dangerous dogs.  In addition, you will find monthly tips on pet care from the Michigan Humane Society in the left column of this eNewsletter.  We look forward to a brighter future for the two and four legged citizens of Westland! 


Michigan Humane Society

Finding a Lost or Missing Pet


It's estimated that one in three pets will get lost at some point in their lifetimes.  Tragically, less than 20% of lost pets will ever be reunited with their guardians if they have no identification to speak for them.  Before the unexpected happens, the Michigan Humane Society recommends that all dogs and cats have two points of protection: 1. A collar with visible identification in the form of a current ID tag as well as a license tag as required in your community, and 2. A microchip, which provides a safe, effective and permanent form of ID should your pet's collar or tag fall off -- or get removed.  If your address or contact information changes, remember to update your pet's tag and microchip; otherwise, they become ineffective. For more information on how to protect your pet please visit the Pet Parenting section of our website.

Winter Taxes

Tax Bill

The winter tax bill will be mailed out on November 30, 2010.  Residents should receive their tax bill in the first week of December.  The due date for the winter tax bill is
Febraury 14, 2011.
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 November 3rd at the Friendship Center at 1:00 p.m. The topic will be Diabetes Prevention. 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!
 Report from Mayor Wild
Mayor William R. WildDear ,

The long awaited remediation of Central City Park has begun and I wuold like to invite you to the 2010 State of the City Address.


The remediation of Central City Park, located behind City Hall, began last month with an official Ground Breaking Ceremony that brought together many local and state dignitaries and is expected to be complete in late summer 2011. You can learn more about the remediation of Central City Park and be the first to view a video of a sneak peek of what the finished product will look like at the 2010 State of the City Address, which will be held on Friday, November 12, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in the John Glenn High School Auditorium.


Other topics to be discussed that night include an update on the city's finances and steps the city has taken to find new ways to deliver services, jump start economic development and reorganize the city's operations to fit how residents live today.  I will launch the new Shop & Dine Westland 2010 marketing campaign, discuss the progress of the rehabilitation and demolition of blighted properties in the Norwayne subdivision, the recent energy upgrades of the oldest municipal buildings and share my vision to create a healthy livable city to encourage long-term residency and attract new residents, innovative businesses and creative entrepreneurs.


The doors will open at 6:00 p.m. and seating is limited in the auditorium.  Following the address, I invited you to join me for a reception in the schools media center.


If you are unable to attend the event, you can watch it beginning Monday, November 15, 2010 on the city's website at  or on the city's government access channel, WLND, channel 12 on Comcast or channel 10 on W.O.W.


If I can ever be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact my office.


Best regards,
Mayor Signature
Mayor William R. Wild
Upcoming Dates - November 2010

Mark your calendar...  


Nov. 1City Council @ City Hall, 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 2Election Day - City Office Closed
Nov. 3Journey to Better Health @ Friendship Center, 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 5Thanksgiving Celebration @ Friendship Center, Noon
Nov. 5Movie Night @ Library, 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 6-7U.S. Figure Skating Competition @ Mondao Ice Arena
Nov. 7Family Movie @ Library, 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 7Daylight Savings Time Ends
Nov. 8Coffee Hour @ Library, 9:00 a.m.
Nov. 8Norwayne Community Citizens' Meeting @ Dorsey, 5:00 p.m.
Nov. 8Fireside Chat @ Library, 6:00 p.m.
Nov. 8Essay Contest Deadline @ 10:00 p.m.@ Bailey Center
Nov. 9Mike Modano Day @ Modano Ice Arena, 2:30 p.m.
Nov. 10"In Their Own Words" @ Friendship Center, 11:00 a.m.
Nov. 11Veterans Day - City Offices Closed
Nov. 12Movie Night @ Library, 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 15Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony @ City Hall, 6:15 p.m.
Nov. 15City Council @ City Hall, 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 16Lightfest 8K Fun Run/Walk @ Hines Park, 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 17Bike through Lightfest @ Hines Park, 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 18Open Mic Night @ Library, 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 18Friends of the Library Book Sale @ Library, 3:00 p.m.
Nov. 19Friends of the Library Book Sale @ Library, 10:00 a.m.
Nov. 19Movie Night @ Library, 7:00 p.m.
Nov. 20Friends of the Library Book Sale @ Library, 10:00 a.m.
Nov. 21Friends of the Library Book Sale @ Library, Noon
Nov. 24Family Movie @ Library, 1:00 p.m.
Nov. 25Thanksgiving - City Offices Closed
Nov. 26City Offices Closed
Nov. 28Youth Thanksgiving Tournament @ Modano Ice Arena
Nov. 30Winter Tax Bills will be mailed out


For more information on each event click on the calendar of upcoming events at

Election Day 2010
VoteMake your vote count!
Election Day is Tuesday, November 2, 2010. City offices will be closed for the day, but the Bailey Center and Library will remain open. Contact the City Clerk's office with any questions.
Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Tree LightingMayor William R. Wild and the Westland City Council are pleased to announce that the City of Westland will bring in the holidays with their annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony on Monday, November 15, 2010 at 6:15 p.m. in front of City Hall located at 36601 Ford Rd.


Santa will arrive in Westland to kickoff the holiday season. The program will include Christmas carols, a performance of "O Holy Night" by Jacquese Milosar, an original reading by local author Nancy Spinelle, the announcement of the "What Christmas Means to Me" contest winner, official tree lighting and more.


Click here to read more about the essay contest and tree lighting details.

Lightfest Events

'Tis the season for lights!


Come on out to Merriman Hollow park on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. for the "Lightfest 8K Fun Run/Walk" presented by Wayne County Parks located at the entrance to the Lightfest at Merriman Rd. and Hines Drive, between Ann Arbor Trail and Warren Avenue in Westland. For more event details and entry form click here.


Wayne County LightfestDue to popular demand, Wayne County Parks is also offering bike riders a chance to bike through the lights before Lightfest opens to the public. The ride is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, November 17, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. This is a point-to-point event, so all bike riders must be able to bike to the Warrendale picnic area and back (16K). For more information and entry form click here.

Facebook Fan Count!
Facebook Fans
Stay up-to-date with all the City's latest happenings through our Facebook page! We are quickly nearing 1,000 fans. We challenge you to join us and be recognized as our 1,000th fan!
Tough Guys Wear PINK!

Firefighters in PinkThe Westland fire fighter's "PINK" shirts were an overwhelming success throughout the month of October. Every member of the Westland Fire Department realizes the importance of research to eliminate cancer in our society and not only wore the color pink proudly, but also raised approximately $1,000 through their pink t-shirt sale. They salute those women who have beaten breast cancer, and stand by their side now and well into the future. Westland will continue to fight for those in our community and across the country during their time of need and fondly remember those who have lost their battle with breast cancer.

Commodity Food Program

The Commodity Food Program provides food once a month for low income households.  Food distribution is held at the Dorsey Center, 32715 Dorsey Road, for qualified Westland residents living north of Michigan Avenue, usually on the third Thursday of each month.  For Westland residents living south of Michigan Avenue, food distribution is held at St. James United Methodist Church, 30055 Annapolis, between Henry Ruff and Middlebelt Roads, usually the third Monday of each month.

To qualify, residents must meet the following guidelines:

  • For those under 60 years of age, 130% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.  For example, $28,665 for a family of four.
  • For those 60 years of age and older, 160% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.  For example, $23,312 for a family of two.

Applicants must provide proof of City of Westland residency and proof of income. Qualified residents of Greenwood Villa may pick up the food at Greenwood Villa and qualified residents of Taylor Towers may pick up the food at Taylor Towers, usually on the third Wednesday of each month.

For further information, including the type of food that will be provided, call the Commodities Hotline at (734) 595-0366.

Open For Business

We BuyThe City of Westland welcomed several new businesses to the City throughout the month of October. If you think that one man's trash is another man's treasure, you should stop on by "We Buy & Sell Everything" located at 8013 Middlebelt between Ann Arbor Trail and Joy. Moreover, if you are looking for a night of fun with the kids, go to Gamerz USA at 34700 Warren Rd. by Toys 'R Us. There you can play laser tag, arcade games and more. In addition, Surgical Institute of Michigan opened their doors in the City right behind Affiliates in Urology at 33545 Cherry Hill and Reign Christian Academy celebrated their grand opening at 28018 Warren Rd. Please make sure to stop in and say hello to our new neighbors!

October in Review 

Mayor ReadingWestland prides itself on being a family oriented community. The month of October was filled with events that brought residents of all ages together including the annual Turn Off the Violence night where families participated in activities such as face painting, circus acts, bouncers, live animal demonstrations and talent show. Mayor Wild also hosted his Community Gathering at Corrado Park where families came out for an old fashioned barbeque and walked through the fire safety trailer, enjoyed music and more. The Friends of the Library also welcomed residents to their annual Open House where Mayor Wild and Council President James Godbout read to the children.

Central City ParkIn addition, the month was packed with honorary events including a movie tribute to our veterans by accounting World War II, a Neighborhood Stabilization Program Wall Raising and the much anticipated groundbreaking of Central City Park. The City of Westland, Wayne County and State of Michigan dignitaries officially kicked-off the remediation and restoration project for Central City Park implementing a plan approved earlier this year by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

City of Westland Municipal Departments


William R. Wild

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Jim Elrod




Jessica Letourneau

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      

Benny McCusker


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
*Click the above pictures to e-mail the respective Council members.