Insider May
May 2011
In This Issue
Upcoming Dates
Bailey Pool Season Opening
Municipal Golf Course
Concrete Jungle Sk8 Park
H2O Zone
Rental Information Link
Westland Police Help Local Soldier
Sprucing Up for Spring
Westland Police Help Local Soldier
Tall Grass Ordinance
Neighborhood Energy Savings Outreach
Senior Resources Article
Fair Housing Survey
Park Rentals
DPS Spring Cleaning
Curbside Recycling Containers
Westland Works!
April in Review
Municipal Departments
City Council

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We are happy to announce that after much work, along with the guidance of many helpful individuals, we have rolled out the new Mission: Green website. It is not a traditional website like you would expect, but rather a blog that will be more dynamic, user-friendly and focus on not just being "green," but working toward a "Sustainable Westland."  It will also allow the City to provide you with more up-to-date information including helpful links and tips about scheduled events in a more timely fashion. 

  

Michigan Humane Society

 

Meet Your Best Friend

at the Zoo

 

On May 14 and 15, the Michigan Humane Society and the Detroit Zoo will host the 19th annual spring Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak. Hundreds of adoptable dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be available for immediate adoption at the largest off-site pet adoption event in the country. There is no charge for admission to the event or for parking.

 

Last year, the spring Meet Your Best Friend at the Zoo event found homes for 498 animals. Since its inception in 1993, the event has helped more than 16,000 animals find new, loving families!

 

Because puppies are often in high demand, "puppy passes" will be given each morning to the first 25 adoption event guests who are looking specifically to adopt a puppy. Those with puppy passes will be allowed to enter the adoption tents at 9:45 a.m., with the remainder of guests allowed to enter at 10 a.m. Doing so will prevent a "puppy rush" and ensure that all adopters - and the adoptable animals - will have a wonderful experience.  A "get acquainted" area will be available to give guests an opportunity to spend time with an animal before adopting. 

 

Adoption fees and policies are set by each participating group and not by event sponsors. Animals will be adopted only to qualified homes. Adopters must present a driver's license or state ID card. All dogs and cats will have received a medical check-up and age-appropriate vaccinations.  For health and safety reasons, please leave current companion animals at home. Please visit www.michiganhumane.org for more information.

 

 


Passports

passport
 

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

www.travel.state.gov.


Open for Business

 

Please welcome the following businesses to our

All American City!

 

ABC Family Chiropractic Center

6639 N. Wayne Rd.

734-895-3280

 

Computer Aid, LLC

33300 Warren Rd. Ste. 18

313-451-4551

 

Harvest Bible Church

6420 N. Newburgh

734-895-3280

 

Indian Flavors LLC

37628 Ford Rd.

734-895-9466

 

Ultra Green

8067 N. Wayne Rd. 

734-425-1000


Orange Barrel Alert!

Construction

The City of Westland will commence construction along Glenwood Road just east of Newburgh Road, from the C&O Railroad east to Wayne Road and from Wayne Road east to Venoy Road. Construction is scheduled to start May 2nd weather and frost laws permitting. The work will begin with setting up traffic control signs, removing the south lane of pavement along Glenwood Road from Treadwell to Wayne Road and pulverizing the existing asphalt. This work is expected to take two weeks. Construction of the water main will follow and take an additional three weeks.

Report from Mayor Wild
Mayor William R. Wild
Dear ,

 

Out with the snow and in with the bloom! With the changing of the seasons, much change has come to several structures around town. If you have recently driven Wayne Road, north of Ford, you may have noticed the demolition of the Showcase Cinema and Quo Vadis movie theaters.  At one time these theaters were well attended and very popular in our All American City, but since their closure, they had become an eyesore and unsafe.  

  

I am sure many of you have fond memories of attending the theaters as children or with your children and some of you may have went on your first date or met your spouse at one of these theaters and the demolitions are bittersweet. 

 

When the demolition of Quo Vadis is complete, the owner will put the property up for sale and I am confident that this prime location will have a business before long.

 

The demolition of the Showcase Cinema is complete and a groundbreaking ceremony was held on March 24 to celebrate the construction of the all new, state-of-the-art, MJR Westland Grand Digital Cinema 16.

 

The 65,000 square foot cinema will be located at 6800 north Wayne Road and will feature 16 screens and 3,100 seats.  Additionally, the cinema will have all of the amenities that have made MJR Digital Cinemas a favorite among local moviegoers, including a lobby screen showing continuous previews, five 3-D screens, MJR's famous "free refill" policy and the MJR Movie Club Rewards.

 

It is with great pleasure that we welcome MJR Digital Cinemas to our community and I am sure that Westland moviegoers can already smell the popcorn and taste the jujubes as they look forward to the grand opening of the MJR Westland which is scheduled for November 4, 2011.

 

MJR Digital Cinemas is locally owned and operated and has been serving southeastern Michigan' entertainment needs for 30 years.  The MJR Westland will bring more than 60 new jobs to the area.

 

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

Sincerely, 

Mayor Signature
Mayor William R. Wild

Upcoming Dates - May 2011

Mark your calendar...    
 

May 2City Council Meeting @ City Hall, 7PM
(Includes public hearing on proposed 2011-2012 budget)
May 3School Election
May 3Farmers Market Opens for the Season @ City Hall, 8AM
May 4Planning Commission @ City Hall, 7:30PM
May 5Friendship Center Golf League Begins @ Municipal Golf Course
May 6Ice Show @ Modano, 7PM
May 7Armed Forces Day Celebration @ Historic Village Park, 11AM
May 7Ice Show @ Modano, 6PM
May 8Mother's Day
May 8Ice Show @ Modano, 1PM
May 10Filing Deadline for City Council/Clerk Election
May 10TIFA Meeting @ Economic Growth, 9AM
May 10Historical Society @ Historic Village Park, 7PM
May 11Civil Service Meeting @ City Hall, 9AM
May 11Parks and Recreation Advisory Council @ Bailey, 5:30PM
May 14Relay for Life @ Jaycee Park, 10AM (24 hour event)
May 16Disability Concerns Committee @ Friendship Center, 5:30PM
May 16City Council Meeting @ City Hall, 7PM
May 17Housing Commission @ Dorsey Center, 5:30PM
May 17Friends of Eloise @ Kay Beard Building, 7PM
May 18Civil Service Meeting @ City Hall, 5:15PM
May 18Zoning Board of Appeals @ City Hall, 5:30PM
May 19Commodities Distribution @ Dorsey Center, 10AM-2PM
May 20Senior Health and Resources Day @ CC Park, 10AM
May 21Armed Forces Day
May 22Perrinsville School Opens @ 1PM
May 23Recycling Trip @ Recycle Bank, Bus leaves Friendship Ctr. at 10:15AM
May 24Rehabilitation Review Board @ Dorsey Center, 4:30PM
May 24Historical Commission @ Historical Park, 7PM
May 26DDA Meeting @ Economic Growth, 8AM
May 28Bailey Pool Opens
May 28Historical Museum Closed
May 29Memorial Day Parade Starts @ Wayne Ford Civic League, 1PM
May 30City Offices Closed in Observance of Memorial Day

  

Farmers Market
  
The Westland Farmers Market opens May 3 and will run through October 28. It will be open every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Westland City Hall on Ford Rd. 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information on each event click on the calendar of upcoming events at www.cityofwestland.com.

  

Spring into Summer at the Bailey Pool!

Bailey PoolGrab your bathing suit and beach towel and have some fun in the sun!! The Bailey Pool is opening for the 2011 season on May 28 through September 5!  The Bailey Pool offers daily open swim, birthday parties and much, much more! Come visit the Bailey Recreation Center located at 36651 Ford Road or give us call at 734-722-7620 for more information!


Westland Municipal Golf Course

Golf Course

It's time to pull your golf clubs out of storage!  The Westland Municipal Golf Course is a challenging 9-hole golf course that is open to the public. Make sure you visit the Snack Alley on the Links Café. We now offer a game room featuring all of the latest arcade games, Keno and an Indoor Golf Simulator. Come and see why this is rated as one of the best deals for golf in Metro Detroit! Visit Westland Parks & Recreation on Facebook for weekly specials and updates.

 

The Golf Course is also looking to add new leagues (see below). For information click here. 

 

Leagues Now Open:

Monday

5 PM Women's League
Wednesday6 PMMen's League
Friday5 PM Mixed League

The Concrete Jungle Sk8 Park

Skate ParkThe Concrete Jungle Sk8 Park features many obstacles for your skating enjoyment. The highlights of the park include double and single bowls, ramps, stairs, rails, and a volcano that will surely test your skating skills. We offer daily open skating sessions 7 days a week. We also offer Bike Nights, Friday Night Skate under the Lights, birthday party packages, and private rentals.  Helmets and other protective gear are available for rental at the Bailey Center. For times and prices click here.


Fun in the Sun at the H2O Zone!

H2O ZoneBring the kids to our incredible H2O Zone and have a blast in the sun! This fun-filled Water Spray Park features a large tumble-bucket, water cannons, sea serpent and even a helicopter that sprays water from the rotors. Your kids are sure to have tons of fun this summer.  The H2O Zone is located at Tattan Park next to the Bailey Center and will be opening in May! For more information please contact the Bailey Center at 734-722-7620.


Rental Information Link Provided on City Website

For RentOwners and managers of rental housing can list available rentals on the City website.  In order to do this, click on the Community Development Department under the "Choose Service" tab.  Complete the Vacant Unit Form and submit to the Dorsey Center at 32715 Dorsey Road, or scan it and email to jinglis@cityofwestland.com.  A photograph of the rental may be included.

Listings for apartment communities will remain on the website indefinitely.  Listings for individual houses, condos, duplexes or quad-plexes will be removed after one month. If you have any questions, contact Gloria Samland at 734-595-0288.


Westland Police Help Local Soldier

Officer HorvathOfficer Tim Horvath who is currently deployed with the reserves to Helmand Province in Afghanistan recently encountered communication programs either due to topography or bad equipment. After exchanging several emails, trying to determine exactly what equipment was needed, Sergeant Dan O'Connell was able to determine what type of computer cable he needed and connected him with Mobile Communications who donated the equipment and shipped it to Afghanistan. Thank you to the Westland Police Department and Mobile Communications for supporting our local police officer who is serving our country overseas.


Sprucing Up for Spring

FlowersThe next time you're driving along Central City Parkway or Ford Road near the railroad overpass, take a look around at the landscaping.  We hope you like what you see.  The City of Westland is pleased to announce that the City's Downtown Development Authority and Tax Increment Financing Authority have contracted with WH Canon Company to perform landscape maintenance and to beautify the areas.  This work will take place along Central City Parkway between Ford and Warren and within the intersection corners at Ford and Wayne Roads, and Central City Parkway and Ford Road.  Plans call for making improvements to the landscaping in these areas to make them more attractive to motorists and those living nearby. 


Central City Park Update

CC ParkNow that winter finally seems to be over, work will begin again at Central City Park. During the next few weeks you'll see final grades being completed with the installation of the geotextile fabric. Asphalt work for the parking lots is scheduled to take place within a month and sod and seed being completed thereafter. You can follow the progress at www.allwestland.com.

Tall Grass Ordinance

Tall GrassStarting May 1st the Westland Fire Department will be responsible for ensuring compliance with the ordinance related to "tall grass and noxious weeds." Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Westland Fire Department's ordinance hotline at 734-718-3767. Information and a fillable complaint form are also available on the fire department page of the city's website.


Norwayne Community - Neighborhood Energy Savings Outreach

Under the Energy Efficiency Block Grant, the City of Westland in partnership with DTE Energy will sponsor a Neighborhood Energy Savings Outreach opportunity for residents of the Norwayne community.  This program will help residents save money and take control of energy costs. DTE representatives will assess the energy efficiency of your home and discuss ways of lowering your overall energy costs. This program is FREE and available for homeowners and renters. The program will also provide free:

 

o    ENERGY STAR® compact fluorescent light bulbs - These bulbs use 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, saving about $30 over the life of each bulb.

o    Water-saving showerheads - Save one to three gallons of water per minute, you can reduce water heating costs by 30 percent.

o    Water-saving faucet aerators in kitchen and bath - Reduce water use without lowering water pressure.

o    Hot water pipe wrap - Increase water temperature in your pipes, two to four degrees, which will save on water heating costs.

 

LogosThe home visits will be conducted in the last week of May. For more information about this FREE program, or to schedule a Home Energy Consultation please call 1-877-497-2191.


Senior Resource Opportunities

If you are interested in the many travel opportunities available through the Friendship Center, please stop over and take a look at the long list of flyers from our local tour companies and the trips offered through the center. Make this summer a summer to remember!  This month, the Friendship Express will be going to the Cherry Hill Theatre (May 11), and the Eastern Market (May 21). Call 734-722-7632 for details.

 

Senior Olympians 2010Applications for the Western Wayne County Senior Olympics will be available through the Friendship Center in May as well. Westland, for the past two years, has had the highest number of participants, taken the highest number of gold, silver and bronze medals during the week of numerous events and fun competition. This year, the Senior Olympics will be held from August 15- 19. You do not have to be a member of the Friendship Center to participate! All senior participation is welcomed. Your participation will make Westland the city to beat!


City of Westland Fair Housing 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 www.cityofwestland.com 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.


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.


Spring Cleaning

Road WorkThe Department of Public Service is moving into spring operations. After a long and harsh winter we are ramping up for an exciting season of restoring our city to the clean safe community we all love. Trees removed will have the stumps ground and areas where we had water main breaks will be restored. We will be patching holes on major and local roads throughout the city with street sweepers cleaning all of the streets too. The crews will be out removing trash and debris from streets, replacing faded or missing signs, servicing fire hydrants, cleaning sewers and cutting grass.

 

Compost season started Monday April 4, 2011 and will end this year on Friday December 9, 2011. Residents are encouraged to put grass clippings or leaves in brown Kraft style or garbage cans with a compost sticker on it at the curb with your trash and they will be collected the day of your regular trash pick-up. We would also like to encourage residents to still participate in our curbside recycling program that offers rewards for recycling.


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.

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 LinkedIn.com 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.

April in Review
Car Seat

Car Seat Inspection 2011

The Westland Police Department in partnership with the Westland Fire Department hosted a Car Seat Inspection Event conducted by Child Passenger Safety Technicians and volunteers from Children's Hospital of Detroit at the Westland Fire Station on Saturday, April 9, 2011. The event was a success by serving 25 families with approximately 50 children in restraints. Many of these children were provided with replacement seats that were provided by both the Police Department and Children's Hospital. Carlos' Mexican Restaurant in Westland provided lunch for the volunteers and WLND covered the event.

Westland residents also took part in Easter fun! The Westland Jaycees Easter Egg Scramble, sponsored by the Westland Jaycees in association with Westland Parks and Recreation, was held on April 16 at Jaycee Park. In addition, the Westland Civitan Bunny Brunch, sponsored by the Westland Civitan Club and Westland Parks and Recreation was held on the same day at the Harris Kehrer VFW Post 3323.

Garden Groundbreaking

Norwayne Community Garden Groundbreaking

 

 

Wayne County's 27th Annual Marshmallow Drop was held at Nankin Mills Park on Good Friday, April 22. Over 20,000 marshmallows were dropped from a helicopter to the delight of hundreds of eager children, who scrambled to collect their goodies. Since Marshmallow Drop fell on Earth Day, there were booths from various environmental organizations there. The City of Westland also celebrated Earth Day with a groundbreaking ceremony of the Norwayne Community Garden on April 22 at the corner of Dorsey Road and Newago Court. Dozens of volunteers worked to complete the Community Garden which will consist of 20 raised beds, producing over 2,000 pounds of fresh fruit and vegetables. For more information or to lend a helping hand, email norwaynecommunitygarden@yahoo.com.

  

The City of Westland wrapped up the month by recognizing their VIP senior citizens with an award ceremony at the Friendship Center and Stevenson Middle School played host to the 18th District Court for their 2011 Annual Law Day.

 


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

Fire

Chief M. Reddy  

firedept@cityofwestland.com

734.467.3201

Library 

Marilyn Kwik (Interim)

marilyn.kwik@westlandlibrary.org

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