Insider April
April 2011
In This Issue
Upcoming Dates
Car Seat Inspection
Municipal Golf Course
Pothole Patrol
Good Neighbor
Clerk's Corner - Elections
Mike Modano Ice Arena
Community Development Planning Survey
Orange Barrel Alert!
Coalition to Sell Foreclosures
Park Rentals
Concrete Jungle Skate Park
Fire Department Technology Saves Lives
Low Interest Loans/Grants for Emergency Home Repair
Curbside Recycling Containers
March in Review
Westland Works!
Municipal Departments
City Council

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Wayne County has recently announced electronic waste (e-waste) collections, where Wayne County residents can drop off their old electronic waste free of charge.  Items include TV's CRT monitors, VCR's, DVD players, microwaves, stereos, speakers, computer parts, phones, cables and mp3 players. 
Upcoming dates and locations include April 2 at the Redford Township DPS located at 1200 Beech Daly Road and April 16, at the Henry Ford Centennial Library located at 16301 Michigan Ave. in Dearborn.
For more information contact the Wayne County Resource Recovery coordinator at (734) 326-3936.

Michigan Humane Society


Keeping Families Together


During these difficult economic times, the Michigan Humane Society is responding with the "Keeping Families Together" program to help prevent pet owners from having to give up their companions. The free pet food bank program is a key part of this effort. Pet owners living in Westland and the surrounding communities that are struggling to support their families may be eligible to receive free pet food from the Michigan Humane Society. This program is designed to help individuals keep their pets at home where they belong, instead of having to relinquish them to a shelter. If you or someone you know needs help providing food for your pet, please contact the Berman Center for Animal Care in Westland at (734) 721-7300 for more information and to find out if you qualify.

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 April 13th at the Friendship Center at 1:00 p.m. The topic will be "Let's Talk About Getting Fit - Get Energized and Feel Great." 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!



The City of Westland Parks & Recreation Department is pleased to announce that we are now accepting passport applications on behalf of the U.S. Department of State.


U.S. citizens planning international travel may apply for their passports Monday through Friday from 9:30AM to 3:00PM at the Bailey Recreation Center located at 36651 Ford Road.


For application forms, information on documentation required, fees and a wealth of other passport and international travel information, visit the only official website for passport information

Open for Business


Please welcome the following businesses to our

All American City!


The Streets Skateboard Park 39048 Webb


Taylor Doors

37604 Ford Rd.


Beyond the Usual Salon

5947 N. Wayne Rd.


Blackhawk Recovery & Investigation

38236 Abruzzi


Save More Insurance Agency 33300 Warren Rd. Ste 13


Amy's Wig and Beauty Supply

31250 Michigan Ave. 


Deputy Mayor Jade Smith, Owner of "The Streets Skateboard Park," Economic Development Director Lori Fodale and Wayne County Commissioner Joan Gebhardt.

Report from Mayor Wild
Mayor William R. Wild
Dear ,


It is with great pleasure that I announce that according to the calendar, winter is officially over. Fortunately, spring has arrived just in time as the rough winter has proved to be very costly for the City of Westland.

The Detroit metropolitan area has seen temperatures approximately three degrees below normal and per meteorologist Andrew Humphrey, this was the second snowiest February in history with 31.7 inches of snow.  We had 63.4 inches of snow fall for the season which is almost 20 inches above normal.  The average snowfall is 44.0 inches.

Unfortunately, with all of the snow and cold weather comes snow emergencies, salt, water main breaks, extra hours for city workers and potholes.  This winter the City of Westland issued two snow emergencies, which is declared when six or more inches of snow falls during one snow event.  When a snow emergency is issued, residents are asked to move their vehicle off the street for the snow plows to clear the roads. Vehicles that are not removed may be ticketed, towed or both.

For the 2010-2011 winter season, the City of Westland used approximately 4,010 tons of salt at a cost of $108,435; City workers put in 327 snow removal overtime hours at a cost of $12,970.38; and the City repaired 66 water main breaks at a cost of $137,830 with additional costs expected for replacing sod, cement and other seasonal repairs this spring and summer.  The City will also continue to repair potholes into the spring and summer.

Now that spring has arrived and temperatures are slightly warmer, the Westland Department of Public Service will begin repairing the potholes that were brought on by the freezing temperatures.

Should you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office. 

Best regards,

Mayor Signature
Mayor William R. Wild

Upcoming Dates - April 2011

Mark your calendar...    

Apr. 1Westland Municipal Golf Course Opens for the Season
Apr. 1Friday Movie @ Library, 6:30PM
Apr. 4Compost Season Begins
Apr. 4Last Day to Register for School Election
Apr. 4City Council Meeting @ City Hall, 7PM
Apr. 5Planning Commission Meeting @ City Hall, 7:30PM
Apr. 8Friday Movie @ Library, 6:30PM
Apr. 9Car Seat Inspection @ Fire Station, 10AM
Apr. 12TIFA Meeting @ Economic Growth Center, 9AM
Apr. 12Historical Society Meeting @ Historical Park, 7PM
Apr. 14Civil Service Meeting @ City Hall, 9AM
Apr. 15Friday Movie @ Library, 6:30PM
Apr. 16Civitan Bunny Brunch @ VFW Post 3323, 9AM-Noon
Apr. 16Jaycees Easter Egg Scramble @ Jaycee Park, 1-4PM
Apr. 18Disability Concerns Committee @ Friendship Center, 5:30PM
Apr. 18City Council Meeting @ City Hall, 7PM
Apr. 19Housing Commission @ Dorsey Center, 5:30PM
Apr. 19Easter Delight Night @ Bailey Center, 6PM
Apr. 19Friends of Eloise @ Kay Beard Building, 7PM
Apr. 19Historical Commission @ Historical Park, 7PM
Apr. 20Zoning Board of Appeals @ City Hall, 5:30PM
Apr. 21Commodities Distribution @ Dorsey Center, 10AM-2PM
Apr. 21Lucus McGrail speaks about Detroit Train Station @ Friendship Ctr.
Apr. 21Open Mic @ Library, 7PM
Apr. 22City Offices Closed in Observance of Good Friday
Apr. 22Friday Movie @ Library, 6:30PM
Apr. 23Library and Museum Closed in Observance of Easter
Apr. 24Library and Bailey Center Closed in Observance of Easter
Apr. 26Rehabilitation Review Board @ Dorsey Center, 4:30PM
Apr. 27Youth Assistance Advisory @ Police Department, 5:30PM
Apr. 28Downtown Development Authority @ Economic Growth Ctr., 8AM


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


Car Seat Inspection

Car SeatMayor William R. Wild announces that the Westland Police Department in partnership with the Westland Fire Department has arranged a Car Seat Inspection Event to take place at the Westland Fire Station located at 36435 Ford Rd. in Westland on Saturday, April 9, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. This event will be registered and certified by Safe Kids Metro Detroit and Children's Hospital of Michigan. In addition, certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) technicians will be provided by these institutions. For more information click here.

Westland Municipal Golf Course

Golf CourseSpring means it's time to tee it up! The Westland Municipal Golf Course opens on April 1st. Boasting some of the nicest greens in the state and beautifully manicured course, our 9-hole lay out is truly a gem in the heart of our city.  Try some great food and drinks at the Snack Alley on the Links. Visit our new lounge and game room that includes pool tables, golden tee, darts and much more. With the clubhouse's six plasma TV's and Wi-Fi internet, there is no better place to spend your free time. Come in and play 9 or 18 holes, plan your next outing or schedule a party here as well. We also have become the best place around to hold your fantasy football draft in your very own draft day board room! You simply can't miss with Westland Municipal Golf Course! Call (734) 721-6660 for more information.

Pothole Patrol

Pothole Patrol

The City of Westland Department of Public Service will be out repairing potholes from the harsh Winter season throughout the Months of March and April starting with major roads working to all of the neighborhoods. The City has also started sweeping the streets in an effort to clear the dirt and debris that has been collected from the Winter season.


In the Month of April, DPS will start restoration efforts in areas where the City had water main breaks. So far, DPS has been out grading all of the seven miles of gravel roads in the City of Westland and will continue to grade them throughout April.


You can report a Westland pothole by simply clicking here and DPS will address them in a timely manner. We also have a pothole hotline (734) 728-1770.

Good Neighbor

On March 7, 2011, the Westland City Council has adopted the "Good Neighbor" resolution, which will extend resident rates to Westland and Wayne residents at all of their recreational facilities. The Wayne City Council adopted the "Good Neighbor" resolution at the Wayne City Council Meeting which was held on Tuesday, March 1, 2011.


The "Good Neighbor" Resolution is an effort to create a more comprehensive, sustainable recreation opportunity for residents of the City of Westland and the City of Wayne. The communities will be able to entitle the residents of each community the opportunity to qualify for all rates and promotions at all facilities located within the City of Westland and the City of Wayne, as if they were a resident of that community.


The communities will cross promote the programs of each recreation department, thus creating a larger target audience for their respective programs, classes, facilities and special events.

Clerk's Corner - Election News

Eileen DeHartThe election season is upon us again.  The City will have three elections in the next six months.  It is important for you to exercise your right to vote if you want a voice in decisions made by elected officials.  Remember the old adage that "the world is run by those who show up."


On May 3, 2011, there will be School Elections for Westland residents in the Wayne-Westland, Garden City and Inkster School Districts.  In a cost saving measure, the Livonia School District opted to hold their school elections in conjunction with November elections.  Applications for absentee ballots have been sent to all of those who have requested to be on the permanent absentee ballot list.  If you need an absentee ballot mailed to you for this election, you must fill out the application for a ballot first.  Please call City Hall (734) 467-3188 to request an application or you may stop by my office and we will be more than happy to give you an application and issue a ballot to you immediately.


There will also be a city Primary Election on August 2, 2011 and a General Election on November 8, 2011.  Some elected city offices will be on the ballot this year.  The filing deadline is Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. and the withdrawal deadline is Friday, May 13, 2011 at 4:00 p.m.  Please call (734) 467-3188 for information regarding quantity of signatures needed or the $100.00 filing fee that may be paid in lieu of submitting petitions. 


As with all elections, you must be registered to vote at least thirty days in advance.  For the May 3rd school election, the deadline to register is April 4, 2011.  For the August 2nd city Primary, the deadline to register in order to qualify to vote is July 5th and for the November election it is October 11th.



If you are sixty years of age or older, are physically unable to get to the polls, will be out of the city on election day or for other legal reasons, you may request an absentee ballot for any election.  Voters have until the Saturday before election day by 2:00 p.m. to request an absentee ballot be mailed to them.  They may request a ballot and vote it at city hall until 4:00 p.m. on the Monday before any election day.


FOOTNOTE:  The state legislature is currently working on a bill that would allow "no reason" absentee voting.  This would allow anyone to fill out an application for an absentee ballot without having to specify why they need.  Upon receipt of that application, local clerk's offices would then be able to mail that voter a ballot.


If I can be of any assistance to you in elections or with any other question, please call my office and I will be happy to help.


Eileen DeHart, Certified Municipal Clerk

City of Westland


Mike Modano Ice Arena

Hockey Night 2011The City of Westland would like to thank all who attended the tremendously successful Red Wing Alumni game on March 12, 2010 with a special thanks to all of the city directors, Westland Hockey Association and the Westland Figure Skating Club who volunteered to help the night of the game. This year's proceeds, which exceeded $20,000 will go back to the arena for improvements.


Following that wonderful event, we have the always specatacular and exciting year-end figure skating show. This year's show is titled and themed, "Made In Detroit" and promises to be one of the best. The dates for this show are May 6 at 7PM, May 7 at 6PM, and May 8 at 1PM. Tickets are going to be sold at the door and are $8.00 for adults, 17 and under are $6.00, with kids 3 and under for free. Come out to witness beauty on ice! For more information call (734) 729-4560.

City of Westland Community Development Planning Survey

Your input is needed!!  We value your participation!

The City of Westland has initiated the five year Consolidated Planning Process for the Community Development Block Grant Program.  The planning process includes many components, including study sessions, public hearings and, for the first time, a Citizens Survey.  The purpose of the planning process is to determine the City's housing and community development needs and how best to use our resources to address those needs.  The City currently receives federal CDBG, HOME, and Housing Voucher funds.  These funds provide decent and safe housing, rehabilitation grants and loans, infrastructure repairs, public services for seniors and youth, and much needed jobs.

An essential part of the planning process is the feedback citizens provide regarding the City's fair housing programs, affordable housing needs, homeless and special housing needs, and other non-housing related community development needs.  The next planning process public hearing will be held on April 18 at 7PM in City Council Chambers.  The Five Year Consolidated Planning Process Survey is available at from April 1-30.

For more information, or to request the survey in an alternative format, contact Deb Richardson, Community Development Secretary, at 734.595.0288, x2630.

Orange Barrel Alert!

ornage barrels

Contracting Crews have begun bridge repair on M-153 (Ford Road) over the C&O Railroad in Westland. According to the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), eastbound and westbound Ford Road will be reduced to a single lane between Lotz and John Hix roads. The project includes repairs to the bridge railings, lighting, substructure and driving surface. After the west half of the bridge is complete, all traffic will be moved to the newly refurbished side so repairs can take place on the eastbound half.


All work on this $1 million investment is scheduled to be completed before July.  For up-to-date information on this project, go to the list of statewide lane closures at: Follow MDOT at or

Westland Joins Unprecedented Coalition to Sell Foreclosures

NSP HomeThe City of Westland is part of an unprecedented coalition of REALTORS, lenders, non-profits, civic leaders, government policymakers and local elected officials who are working to sell at least 100 beautifully renovated foreclosed homes and newly built houses valued at $50,000 to $150,000 during 2011 in 15 Metro Detroit communities to low- and moderate-income buyers.


As part of the coalition effort, Home Renewal Systems and the City of Westland offer free education seminars that guide buyers through the purchase process. For qualified buyers, down payment assistance and credit counseling services are available through several government programs. To learn more about this opportunity click here.

Park Rentals

PavillionSummer is fast approaching and many people are planning for their summer events.  Picnics at one of our Westland Parks and Recreation Park Pavilions are excellent for a family reunion, child's birthday, graduation party or church picnic. Tattan Park, home of the Play Planet Playstation and the H2O Zone, provides an ideal place for events with lots of children. Jaycee Park and Corrado Park have play equipment for children; as well as large grassy areas for a game of Frisbee or soccer.  Every pavilion will accommodate groups of 50 comfortably. Reservations for the summer of 2011 have already begun and weekend dates are going fast. For more information contact the Bailey Center at (734) 722-7620.

Concrete Jungle Skate Park

Skate ParkThe thrill of skateboarding comes alive at the Concrete Jungle Skate Park at 36651 Ford Road in Westland, adjacent to the Bailey Recreation Center. The Concrete Jungle is now open, weather permitting. The Concrete Jungle boasts 20,000 square feet of different skate board features and is supervised.  Special events, bike times, and other activities will be scheduled once the winter weather is over. Call the Bailey Center at (734) 722-7620 for more information about event dates and prices.

New Fire Department Technology Saves Lives

AmbulanceA local Resident's life was saved this month by the swift actions and cutting edge technology of the Westland Fire Department.  The 34-year-old female patient's daughter called 911 after the woman complained of severe chest pain.Upon arrival of the EMS crew, it was determined that she was having a Myocardial Infarction (heart attack). The EMS crew began Advanced Life Support care and treated the patient accordingly. The EMS crew used the latest advancements in technology and transmitted the patients EKG (electrocardiogram) to the hospital via a wireless hotspot deployed in the ambulance.  Once notified the hospital alerted the Heart Catheterization Lab who was ready and waiting when the patient arrived.This time saving effort made all the difference in the world.

City of Westland Offers Low Interest Loans/Grants for Emergency Home Repair

Sponsored by federal funds through the City of Westland, assistance is available for emergency home repairs for low and moderate income homeowners.   Eligible repairs include items that pose a health or safety issue, such as electrical, heating, plumbing, roof damage, gas leaks, and structural damage. 

Applicants must own their home, be current in mortgage and tax payments, carry homeowners insurance and meet income guidelines.  City staff will meet with applicants to explain the program and determine the emergency needs of the house.

Income guidelines include:

1 person - $39,100      2 person - $44,700

3 person - $50,300      4 person - $55,850

For more information please call Rick Gowan, Community Development Specialist, (734) 595-0288 ext. 2635 or email

Free Curbside Recycling Containers Still Available!
Blue BinsThe City of Westland is also expanding its curbside recycling program. The City has now made available a FREE second 96-gallon container that can be delivered to your house 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. Please remember that these containers must be used for recycling only. The trash hauler, Midwestern Sanitation, will not empty the blue bins for trash.

March in Review

Mayor ReadingMarch is National Reading Month and the City of Westland recognized the occasion with local children as Mayor Wild read to students at various elementary schools.  This month also served as the official kickoff for Westland's annual Relay for Life which will be held at Jaycee Park on May 14-15. Not to mention we also said hello to a new season: Spring!


As we said goodbye to the snow and hello to warmer weather, the City also said farewell to two cinematic structures with the demolition of Quo Vadis and Showcase Quo VadisCinema. However the end of one movie era is the beginning of another as Westland broke ground on the new MJR Digital Cinema that will be built on Wayne Road where Showcase Cinema once stood.


The City also turned up the heat with competition. The Bailey Center hosted its annual Nursery School Olympics, the Mike Modano Ice Arena played host to the annual Hockey Night in Westland where the Westland Wild Wings versed the Detroit Red Wing Alumni in an exhibition game and the Westland Seniors shined at the Wayne County Dan Bourdeau and Mayor WildSpelling Bee. Speaking of seniors, the Friendship Center hosted their annual St. Patty's Day Celebration.


Lastly, Westland directors were proudly honored this past month for their hard work and dedication. IT Director Dan Bourdeau was recognized by the Westland Fire Department for his commitment to integrating the most up-to-date technology in the City's ambulances. In addition, Senior Resources Director Barb Marcum was nominated for her work for the 7th annual ATHENA awards.

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.

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
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