The Insider e-Version
January 2011  
In This Issue
Upcoming Dates
Hockey Night in Westland
Winter Tax Bills
Get with the Program!
The Bailey Center
Snow Removal
Waynewood Fundraiser
Award-Winning WLND
Utility Assistance
Recycling Updates
Shop with a Hero
Weatherization Assistance
Westland Works!
December in Review
Municipal Departments
City Council

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Michigan Humane Society

Adopt a Pet


Are you ready to add the perfect new pet to your household?  Then look no further than the Michigan Humane Society Adoption Center located right in your neighborhood! Come visit us at our MHS Berman Center for Animal Care on Newburgh Road to view all of our adoptable animals. If by chance you don't find your new best friend that day, MHS has additional locations; including adoption centers in Detroit and Rochester Hills and adoptable cats within four local PetSmart stores.  For more details about our adoption process or to view adoptable animals online, visit our website. We hope that you will visit us soon and remember - Somebody Here Needs You!


MHS Family

Pictured above:

Local family adopts dog at Westland MHS location.

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 January 12th at the Friendship Center at 1:00 p.m. The topic will be Heart Women's Health Issues. 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!

Emergency Warning Sirens

The City of Westland will be a recipient of a regional $100,000 grant funded by the Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI) to upgrade each of the 10 emergency warning sirens in the city. For a list of siren locations throughout Westland, click here.

 Report from Mayor Wild
Mayor William R. WildDear ,


It's hard to believe that another year has come and gone.  As we ring in the New Year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the residents and business owners for their continued support of our All American City.


I am pleased to announce that the City has established as the City's premier source of information about the renovations being made to Central City Park.  Launched at my fourth State of the City Address on Friday, November 12, 2010, will provide comprehensive, up to date, information about the daily work being performed to create an improved Central City Park.


The website will feature artist renderings of how the park will look following the restoration project.  The site will also include video and photographs that will depict the progress being made as well as written updates.


The improvements to Central City Park were made possible through a partnership with HUD and Wayne County including funding from the County Parks Millage.  Park improvements include a concession area with a changing area and restrooms, pavilions, walking paths, picnic areas and soccer fields.  The park will be the future home of the City's Farmers Market.


Having an open, ongoing dialogue with Westland residents and business owners is a high priority for me and will provide another venue for keeping you abreast of the latest events taking place at one of our City's greatest assets, Central City Park.  


In closing, I would like to wish you a happy and safe holiday season.  If I can ever be of assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Best regards,

Mayor Signature
Mayor William R. Wild

Upcoming Dates - January 2011

Mark your calendar...  


Jan. 1Library Closed for New Years Day
Jan. 3City Council Meeting @ City Hall, 7 PM
Jan. 7Friday Night Movie @ Library, 6:30 PM
Jan. 12Health Seminar @ Friendship Center, 1 PM
Jan. 14All Senior Programs Canceled @ Friendship Center
Jan. 14Friday Night Movie @ Library, 6:30 PM
Jan. 17City Offices Closed in Observance of MLK Jr. Day
Jan. 17MLK Jr. Day Ceremony @ Friendship Center, 10 AM
Jan. 18City Council Meeting @ City Hall, 7 PM
Jan. 20Open Mic @ Library, 7 PM
Jan. 21Dinner & Movie @ Library, 6:15 PM
Jan. 28Movie "Eat, Pray, Love" @ Friendship Center, 1 PM
Jan. 28Friday Night Movie @ Library, 6:30 PM
Jan. 30Family Movie @ Library, 1 PM
Jan. 31

Library Closed for Staff Inservice

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For days and times of hockey and skating programs at the Mike Modano Ice Arena click here.


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

Hockey Night in Westland


Wild WingsOn Saturday, February 26, 2011, Mayor Wild and the Westland Wild Wings will be playing an exhibition hockey game vs. the Detroit Red Wing Alumni at 7:00 p.m. Ticket sales start on January 15, 2011.


For sponsorship or ticket sale information, call (734) 722-7620 or email All proceeds of the event will go to fund improvement to the Mike Modano Ice Arena.

Winter Tax Bills

Tax BillThe 2010 winter tax bills were mailed during the first week of December.  If you did not receive a bill please call the Finance Office at (734) 467-4172.  Also the due date for the winter taxes has been extended until February 28, 2011. 


The end of year tax summary statements will be mailed during the last week of January 2011.

Get with the Program!

Are you ready to give back to your community?  Are you interested in supporting an at-risk youth?  Have people been telling you for years that you would make a great mentor? 


Well now is your chance to get with the program - The Westland Youth Assistance Program!  Start the New Year off right by volunteering to mentor a young person.  Westland Youth Assistance will be hosting a FREE new mentor training on January 7, 8 and 11th.


Please call (734) 467-7904 if you are interested in more information or you wish to register for the training.

Get with the Program, your efforts may be life changing!

The Bailey Center

Bailey CenterJump start the New Year by getting in shape at the Bailey Center! The Bailey Center offers a variety of fitness classes such as Zumba, Cardio Kickboxing, and Aerobics for all skill levels.  If classes aren't your forte the Bailey Center also offers a weight room and an array of cardio equipment.  For more information, contact the Bailey Center at (734) 722-7620 or come visit us at 36651 Ford Rd. in Westland.

Snow Removal

Snow RemovalWhen six inches or more of snow has fallen, the City of Westland may declare a snow emergency. Such declaration will be made through the major electronic news media that residents are encouraged to monitor during inclement weather.


You are then required to remove any vehicle from the city right-of-way.  Failure to do so could result in your vehicle being towed and/or ticketed.  Major roads are plowed first followed by specified bus routes (routes are determined by the Wayne-Westland Schools).  The City will also plow/salt overpasses, hills, curves and the intersections in subdivisions.

Waynewood Fundraiser

Waynewood FundraiserThe City of Westland Fire Department responded to Waynewood Apartments at approximately 6 PM on Monday, December 13, 2010. Thirty-nine families (78 people) had been displaced 12 days before Christmas. The Westland Fire Department immediately established a donation center for the families at their Main Station, which was then moved to the Friendship Center due to the large amount of physical donations from hundreds of generous people throughout Southeast Michigan.  In an attempt to help these families, Mayor William R. Wild, UAW Local 900, the Westland Fire Department and Marvaso's Italian Grille also held a fundraiser on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at Marvaso's Italian Grille. With additional donations from Westland FF's Local 1279, Westland Community Foundation, MeijerŪ, Olympic Coney, Mary Dennings Cake Shoppe, D.A.V. Thrift Store, Waynewood Apartment Managing Company and various other corporations and civic groups, total monies collected came to the amount of $50,779.64. The Fire Department would like to thank everyone that helped out on behalf of the Waynewood families. If you are still interested in donating, please contact Fire Captain John Adams at (734) 467-3261.

And the award goes to...

WLNDWestland's cable channel, WLND, was recently honored with a Philo T. Farnsworth award for excellence in production. This is a win in the Regional Category of a National Contest.  The Central States Region consisted of entries from Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Illinois and Kentucky.  The winners were announced at the Philo T. Farnsworth Video Festival held in Grand Rapids.  Unfortunately, WLND was unable to attend due to other producing obligations.

WLND last won this award in 2008 and this year beat out Louisville, KY who won two of the previous three years.

The Overall Compilation included clips from a variety of WLND programs including: City Council Meetings, Mayor Wild's Month In Review, Sports Coverage, Grand Openings and several Informational/PSA programs.  The goal was to produce a compilation DVD that included a variety of programs to show that WLND informs as well as entertains.

Production Crew that was responsible for this award: Craig Welkenbach, Dave Monak, Kevin Kreis, Mike Cischke, Chuck Riffenburg and Craig Hebert.

For a complete list of award recipients, click here.

Utility Assistance During the Winter Months

ThermostatLow-income Westland residents may be eligible for assistance with utility bills and weatherizing their homes during the winter months.  Senior citizens are protected from utility shut-offs from November to March. However, they are required to contact DTE and/or Consumers Energy to inquire if they are eligible for the Winter Protection Plan. 

The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW) provides energy assistance to low-income families and individuals during times of financial crisis. Often times a family can make payment arrangements for utility balances beyond the THAW contribution. Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency processes applications for assistance under THAW. For more information, contact Katrina Kelly at (734) 729-7635. The Wayne-Westland Salvation Army also accepts applications for energy assistance. Contact the office at (734) 722-3660. 

Recycling Updates

Tree RecyclingBeginning January 4, residents may drop off their tree at the City of Westland Recycling Center located at the rear of the DPS building at 37137 Marquette. Trees may be dropped off during regular operating hours Monday - Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trees should be free of lighting, tinsel and decorations. All trees received will be chipped and recycled for use at the City of Westland Community Garden and other locations. Trees will be accepted through January 17. Christmas trees will continue to be picked up curbside for residents unable to drop their tree off at the recycling center; however, they will not be recycled. For more information, please click here or call (734) 728-1770.

Bagged LeavesThe City of Westland is also expanding its curbside recycling program. The City has now made available a second 96-gallon container that can be delivered to your house free of charge by calling the Westland Department of Public Service at (734) 728-1770. When calling DPS, request a new container and provide your name and address to be put on a list. The container should be delivered to your residence within two business days. There are approximately 1,000 surplus containers left over from Phase 1 and they are available on a first come first basis, with a limit of one extra per household.

Shop with a Hero
Shop with a Hero

On December 10, 2010, twenty children and their families participated in "Shopping with a Hero" at the MeijerŪ on Warren Rd in Westland. This has become an annual event with MeijerŪ, the Westland Goodfellows and the City's Police and Fire departments. This was one of several ways the City of Westland celebrated the holiday season while giving back to the community.Members of each department took a child in need and shopped with them for Christmas, while MeijerŪ generously donated gift cards for each child and a very large gift basket for the families. The event also included a visit from Santa and party in the store.

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

WeatherizationWeatherization Assistance is a home energy conservation program providing services to low-income residents. Families receiving weatherization services can expect heating costs to be reduced 20-25 percent, amounting to about $300 saving per year.  Eligible projects include floor insulation, storm windows, window repair/replacement, programmable thermostat, furnace and duct repair or replacement, roof repairs, etc. Wayne-Metropolitan Community Action Agency manages the Weatherization Program for Wayne County, including residents of Westland.  Contact Jeff Boyd, Weatherization Director, at (734) 284-6999.  

Westland Works!

Westland Works!If you're a job-seeker, you probably know that in these tough economic times jobs seem to be hard to come by and yet there are a many websites to help you find an employer, but none quite like Westland Works. This program is designed to inform you of job opportunities that are available right here in the City of Westland. A variety of positions are currently listed under the "Jobs" heading on the city website. In an effort to make these postings even more available to you at your fingertips, the Westland Works program has now been integrated with the quickly growing social media site, LinkedIn. By going to and joining the group "City of Westland," you can get instant e-mail notifications of the most recent job postings on Westland Works and network with other business professionals. If you are an employer and would like the City to list a job posting for our residents, please call the Mayor's Office at 734-467-3200. By our community coming together in this joint effort we can make sure Westland Works.

December in Review 

First LadyTaking a look back at December, we can reflect upon many holiday festivities. To bring in the holidays, the City of Westland hosted the Mayor's Annual Tree Decorating event at the Bailey Recreation Center. Children came out to decorate the trees between City Hall and the Bailey Recreation Center with handmade ornaments consisting of all-natural materials like bird seed and cereal. The crowd them moved inside to meet Santa, sing carols and participate in several holiday craft activities. Likewise, the seniors in town were also in the holiday spirit as they and the first lady decorated the Friendship Center in anticipation of their annual Christmas party.


Magic 105.1Other festive events that took place last month included the Holiday Taste Fest at the Hellenic Cultural Center, the Community Foundation's Holiday Event benefiting the Salvation Army and Shop with a Hero. The Library was also a hot spot as they hosted the "Meet Santa" show that aired on WLND and a beautiful harpist performance.


During this time of year, there were also a couple messages that needed to be shared. The first message came from Mayor Wild on Magic 105.1 with Jim Harper as they discussed the "Shop and Dine Westland" campaign. In addition, M.A.D.D. held their "Tie One On" event at Westland Shopping Center to heighten awareness of safety this season.


Lastly, the City of Westland would like to wish John Dickie, City Engineer, the best on his recent retirement and thank him for his 20 years of service.

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  



Chief M. Reddy



Marilyn Kwik (Interim)


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.