Insider June
June 2011
In This Issue
Summer Tax Bills
Upcoming Dates
Happy 45th Birthday Westland
Recycling Old Clothes
Central City Park Update
Police Promotions
NASCAR Visits Westland's Farmers Market
Summer Camps
Splash into Summer!
Working to Better Serve You
Park Rentals
Homebuyer Assistance Program
Neighborhood Energy Savings Outreach
Homeowner Rehab Program
Westland Works!
May in Review
Curbside Recycling Containers
Municipal Departments
City Council

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The City of Westland and DTE Energy garden is now under way. This year the garden has been moved north on the site along the east side of the property.  All volunteers must enter from the Cherry Hill entrance and go through the gate to the rear of the site. The weekly garden day will be every Wednesday from 4- 7 pm.

  

As always, any time anyone goes to the site to work they should bring their own tools, water, sunscreen, hats and hard-toed shoes.  If you need any more info please do not hesitate to contact us via the Mission:Green Facebook page or via email at planning@cityofwestland.com.  You may also contact Marc Zupmore of DTE at zupmorem@dteenergy.com. We look forward to working with you on this season's project and Happy Gardening!!!

 

ALERT!

We need cardboard for the garden.  Please let everyone know and bring any cardboard to the site that you may have or can collect.

 


Michigan Humane Society

 

Kitty Forts for Cats and Kittens
 

Kitty forts make a great craft project for school or scout groups, family get-togethers or a birthday or holiday activity!  Kitty forts help keep the cats and kittens happy and alleviate stress while they await new, loving homes.  They're bright and colorful, and made from simple cardboard boxes. You can donate kitty forts to any of our three adoption centers, in Detroit, Rochester Hills and Westland. 

 

Kitty forts:

  • Are easy and fun to make!
  •  Provide a safe, secure perching spot or retreat for kitties
  • Provide a structure that can be scratched or rubbed against
  • Create a comforting environment that carries the cat's scent on it
  • Can be enhanced with toys to add to their enjoyment
  • Can go with the kitty to his or her new home, providing comfort during the transition

How to do it:

  • Select a cardboard box with these approximate dimensions: 12" x 12" x 12"
  • Cut out a large opening for the front side (ask an adult for assistance)
  • Cover the box with construction paper, butcher block paper or mailing paper
  • Use only nontoxic school glue
  • Decorate your kitty forts with ink stamps or small stickers
  • Please do not use string or yarn
  • Deliver your kitty forts during adoption center hours, Mon.-Sat.   

For more information, please visit www.michiganhumane.org!


Summer Tax Bills

 Tax Bill

 

Summer tax bills will be mailed on June 30, 2011.  The taxes are due on or before August 15, 2011.  If you do not receive a tax bill by July 11, 2011, please call the tax office at (734) 467-3172.   

 

The millage rates for the City taxes have remained the same as last year.   If the name or address is incorrect on your tax bill, please call the Assessor's office at (734) 467-3160.

Report from Mayor Wild
Mayor William R. Wild
Dear ,

 

As Mayor of the City of Westland, I have long felt it extremely important for the City and business community to work together with the common goal of creating a world class city and creating a partnership of growth, even during these difficult economic times.  The City has launched several initiatives to help foster partnerships with local businesses, below are a few examples. 

 

In February 2008, the City of Westland adopted the Local Preference Ordinance, which aims to grant a competitive advantage to local businesses bidding on City contracts or services.  The ordinance allows an advantage to local vendors by awarding an equalization percentage to the Westland based company.  Thus, on paper a Westland business would be treated as the low bidder so long as its price didn't exceed those from outside companies by 3 percent for items under $100,000 or by 1 percent for bids over $100,000.  Since its inception, the City has spent millions of dollars with local businesses, helping the local economy and promoting job growth.

  

In October 2009, Westland in partnership with the Westland Chamber of Commerce launched "Westland Works!".  "Westland Works!" allows local businesses the opportunity to market their company's job openings to reach Westland job seekers quickly through WLND, the City's award winning cable channel and the City's website www.cityofwestland.com at no charge.  Information provided will be displayed in a professional manner to enhance your ability to attract individuals to fill important positions within your organization.

 

Lastly, I am pleased to announce our newest program "Wild About Youth - Works!"  The Westland Chamber of Commerce, Wayne-Westland School District, Fifth-Third Bank and I have joined forces on this new program in an effort to match 15 local students between the ages of 16-18 with local employers to spend 6 weeks during the summer serving in summer jobs.  As part of our program, participants will be challenged to set financial and personal goals.  The individual who wins the challenge at the end of the program will be the recipient of a free iPad2.

 

Students will work approximately 16 hours per week and make at least minimum wage.  Students that participate are required to attend at least one financial literacy training presented by Fifth Third Bank.

 

If you would like to get involved with these exciting programs or would like more information, please feel free to contact my office.

 

Sincerely, 

Mayor Signature

 

 

 Mayor William R. Wild     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Upcoming Dates - June 2011

Mark your calendar...    
 

  

June 4Planting Day @ Friendship Center, 9AM
June 6City Council Meeting @ City Hall, 7PM
June 7Farmers Market @ City Hall, 8AM
June 7Planning Commission Meeting @ City Hall, 7:30PM
June 8Civil Service Meeting @ City Hall, 9AM
June 8Parks and Recreational Council Meeting @ Bailey Center, 5:30PM
June 11Frankenmuth Trip @ Friendship Center, 8:30AM
June 11Ice Cream Social @ Historic Village, 1-4PM
June 14Farmers Market @ City Hall, 8AM
June 14TIFA Meeting @ City Hall, 9AM
June 14Historical Society Meeting @ Historical Village, 7PM
June 15Zoning Board of Appeals @ City Hall, 5:30PM
June 16Commodities Distribution @ Dorsey Center, 10AM-2PM
June 16Senior Game Night @ Friendship Center, 6PM
June 17LFDA @ , 9AM
June 18Household Hazardous Waste Day @ Henry Ford CC, 8AM
June 20Disabilities Concerns Meeting @ Friendship Center, 5:30PM
June 20City Council Meeting @ City Hall, 7PM
June 21Farmers Market @ City Hall, 8AM
June 21Commodities Distribution @ Dorsey Center, 10AM-2PM
June 23DDA Meeting @ , 8AM
June 26Perrinsville School Open 1PM
June 28Farmers Market @ City Hall, 8AM
June 28Rehabilitation Review Board @ Dorsey Center, 4:30PM
June 28Historical Commission @ Dorsey Center, 7PM

 

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.

  

Happy 45th Birthday Westland!

 

BirthdayThe City of Westland is celebrating its 45th birthday. Over the years, Westland has grown to become Michigan's 10th largest city and today our population exceeds 84,000. Our city is recognized throughout the region for its shopping and dining and continues to attract, despite tough times, quality development such as MJR Theaters, a Farmers Market, and our greatest asset, the people who call Westland "home."

 

To commemorate this milestone, all residents are invited to join Mayor Wild, City Council and his administration on Thursday, June 23, 2011, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. in Tattan Park for a community gathering. Tattan Park, home to Play Planet and the H20 Zone Spray Park, has something for everyone. Westland youth will have a grand time enjoying the face painting, water games, hot dogs, slushes, cotton candy, moon walks, dunk tank, a live band and more. Best of all, our "birthday party" is FREE for all!


Recycling Old Clothes Turns into New City Revenue

Clothing BinThe City of Westland and "Wear it Again" (WIA), a Canton based textile recycling firm, have partnered together to reduce the City of Westland's carbon footprint. Attractive blue containers will be placed in the parking lots of all City buildings around Westland as well as the City's five fire stations and the drop off recycling center on Marquette. WIA will empty the containers on a weekly basis and the city will receive revenue based on the tonnage collected each month, which is expected to generate approximately $35,000 annually.

 

According to the statistics presented on www.eartheasy.com, 12 million tons of textile waste is generated each year in North America amounting to approximately 68 pounds of textile waste per household per year. The Council for Textile Recycling also reports that the clothing recycling industry prevents 2.5 billion pounds of post-consumer textile waste from entering our landfills and waste stream each year.


Westland Summer Festival

The 2011 Westland Summer Festival will be held on the grounds of Westland City Hall (south side of Ford Road, east of Newburgh) from June 30 - July 4, 2011. The annual Fireworks are scheduled as a finale for the festival on July 4th. Click here for a list of events.


Central City Park Update

CC ParkGravel has been brought in for the base of the parking lots. The corresponding picture shows piles of gravel which will be spread in the next few days.  Important note: Carlson road will be closed for pedestrian use starting Wednesday, June 1, 2011. The approaches to the park will be worked on with concrete and asphalt being installed.You can follow the progress at www.allwestland.com.

Police Promotions

Chief AngelosantoMayor William R. Wild is proud to announce that the promotion of several police personnel in the City of Westland including Chief Greg Angelosanto. Chief Angelosanto was sworn in on May 5, 2011 and has been with the Westland Police Department since May 7, 1990. His previous experience includes serving as Deputy Chief since August 2010, numerous high level positions as Lieutenant including the commander of the Detective Bureau, the Special Investigations Unit and the Metro Street Enforcement Team, a multi-jurisdictional crime task force. Chief Angelosanto has earned 34 Departmental Awards during his career and is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy Associates School of Leadership and the Eastern Michigan University School of Police Staff and Command.

 

Other recent promotions included Lt. Collier to Deputy Chiefin charge of the Uniform Division, Sgt. Michael Harhold to Lieutenant, Officer Mark Cholak to Sergeant, Officer Steve Ewing to Sergeant and Officer Norm Brooks to Sergeant.


NASCAR Visits Westland's Farmers Market

Aflac

 

NASCAR is coming to Westland! The No. 99 Aflac Ford Fusion Show Car will be at the Westland Farmers Market on June 14, 2011 from 9:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m.! 

 

Many people have already discovered the fresh fruits, vegetables, crafts and other items at affordable prices, all locally grown, that are available every Tuesday from May until October from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. located at 36651 Ford Rd.


Summer Camps

BaseballDrama, arts and crafts, science soccer, basketball, baseball or football - whichever is your child's interest - there is a day camp program that is just right for your child at the Westland Parks and Recreation this summer!  There are a wide variety of fun camps for elementary, upper elementary and middle school students beginning in June. There are four camps that start on June 20; choose the one that best fits your child's interests.  What's more fun in the summer than playing baseball?  Hype Elite Baseball Camp will teach all the fundamentals of the sport, which will improve overall knowledge and skills. Your child can learn soccer from professional and college soccer players of Detroit Waza Flo Pro Soccer. You can spend the morning learning soccer, then bring a bag lunch and spend the afternoon at the Bailey Pool.  Does your child have a dramatic side?  Shoestring Theatre ½ day Music Camp and Shoestring Theatre ½ day Arts and Crafts Camp teach all the skills necessary to create props, and sets, and then perform a play on the last day of camp. For more information about all the camps at Westland Parks and Recreation this summer, please check out the website.


Splash into Summer!

What's more fun in the summer than an afternoon at the pool?  The outdoor Bailey Pool offers open swim daily as well as swim lessons and adult aquatic exercise programs.  Slide down and splash into the pool, or climb the wall and drop back into the water when you reach the top!  Beginner, intermediate and advanced swimmers can all learn new skills each morning in a swim class.  Adults!  Don't be left out!  Join the Aqua Zumba Party on Tuesday nights!   Seniors you can come to the Senior Splash Bash sponsored by HAP on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons! We also have children's birthday parties, end of school picnics and private rentals are all also available. For more information and prices visit our website.

 H2O Zone

We have the perfect summer fun for children to cool off and get some of that energy out!! Our fun-filled H2O Zone! The H20 Zone features a large tumble-bucket, water cannons, sea serpent and even a helicopter that sprays water from the rotors.  The H2O Zone is located at Tattan Park next to the Bailey Center and will be open daily until September 5! For more information please contact the Bailey Center at 734-722-7620.


Working to Better Serve You

In April, nearly 80 employees, representing all City departments, took advantage of conflict resolution training offered through the Michigan Municipal League.  This included a number of department directors, part-time employees and staff from the Supervisory, Court and AFSCME employee groups.  The City's cost for the training was a bargain at just under $1,700 (roughly $21.25 per employee).  Two half-day training sessions were held with Nancy Ohle of the MML serving as trainer/facilitator.  All employees who participated in this training will earn continuing education credits through the MML.  More importantly, employees had an opportunity to learn new techniques for addressing the conflict they may experience in their professional and personal lives.

 

This training provided tips on recognizing sources of conflict, the emotions people display that sometimes cause conflict, how to think constructively about conflict such as striving to better understand the other person and how to problem solve.  Employees spoke candidly about the stressors they experience, techniques they've learned to cope with conflict and how to better respond to tough situations or how to avoid conflict altogether.

 

Training

In addition, members of the Mayor's executive staff recently attended Leadership Training hosted by Northville Township.  John Santomauro, the well regarded former Township Director and Public Safety Director of Canton Township, facilitated this training that centered on leadership in the public sector.  Mr. Santomauro spoke about the importance of understanding an entity's culture, the art of influencing, inspiring and directing others and the art of finding common ground and forecasting problems before they occur.  Mr. Santomauro donated his services thus there was no cost to attend this valuable training. 

 

The Mayor's goal in making such training opportunities available to City employees is so these public servants are better able to serve you, our residents and business owners, as they go about their day performing valuable and needed municipal services.


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.

 

Looking to rent a park that is already booked? Remember that the City of Westland and the City of Wayne have adopted the "Good Neighbor" resolution, which will extend resident rates to Westland and Wayne residents at all of their recreational facilities in both cities including park rentals!


Homebuyer Assistance Program

The City of Westland Homebuyer Assistance Program provides down payment and/or closing cost assistance for eligible homebuyers.  Families or individuals must meet Federal income guidelines, for example:

  • 1 person household - $58,700 annual income, with some homes designated for those below $24,450;
  • 4 person household - $83,900 annual income, with some homes designated for those below $34,950.

Equal Housing OpportunityUnder the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, the City of Westland has homes for sale that are newly renovated, including energy efficient upgrades and home warranty.   Applicants must qualify for conventional mortgage financing and there is a liquid asset limit of $10,000 per household.  If the homebuyer sells the property during the first 5 years, the homebuyer must fully repay the down payment assistance to the City of Westland.  For more information, applicants should contact National FAITH Homebuyers at 313-255-9500 and/or Home Renewal Systems at 866-996-9754.


Neighborhood Energy Savings Outreach
DTE Energy SavingsUnder the Energy Efficiency Block Grant, the City of Westland in partnership with DTE Energy will sponsor a Neighborhood Energy Savings Outreach opportunity for all Westland residents.  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 provide free:
  • 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.
  • Water-saving showerheads - Save one to three gallons of water per minute, you can reduce water heating costs by 30 percent.
  • Water-saving faucet aerators in kitchen and bath -Reduce water use without lowering water pressure.
  • Hot water pipe wrap - Increase water temperature in your pipes, two to four degrees, which will save on water heating costs.

For more information, and to request to participate in this FREE program, contact DTE at 877-497-2191.


Homeowner Rehab Program

Are you a low to moderate income homeowner in need of a new furnace or roof repair?  The Department of Housing and Community Development manages the Home Rehabilitation Program, which provides grants or loans for limited repairs of hazardous housing conditions that may jeopardize the health or safety of the homeowner and family.  Examples include repair or replacement of furnaces, water heaters, water line breaks, roof leaks, sewer backups, basement flooding, concrete repair, etc.  The program also provides grants or loans for barrier free home access, such as installation of ramps, handrails and modifications of bathroom fixtures.

 

In order to participate, homeowners must meet Federal income guidelines, adjusted by family size.  For example, the maximum income for a family of 2 is $45,450 and for a family of 4 is $56,800.  The type of grant or loan is dependent on family income.  If approved for the program, City staff will work with the homeowner to hire contractors and inspect the quality of the work.

For more information, call Deborah Richardson at 734-595-0288, x2630. 


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 Lori Fodale at 734-. By our community coming together in this joint effort we can make sure Westland Works.

May in Review
Relay for LifeMay was a month of celebration in the City of Westland. Starting with a celebration of Life, was the Life Remodeled house reveal in the Norwayne Community shortly followed by the city honoring the men and women serving our country at the Historic Village Park for Armed Forces Day. In addition, to recognizing our troops, the City of Westland also celebrated its local men and women in uniform with an award ceremony for its Police Department. Moreover, the American Cancer Society Relay for Life, North Brothers 5K Fun Run and JGHS Softball Charity Event celebrated cancer survivors and remembered those who are no longer with us while simultaneously raising funds to find a cure.

Sports were also a major highlight this past month kicking off with the Detroit Pistons Youth Training Camp at the Bailey Recreational Center, the annual Westland Figure Skating Club's Ice Show and Norwayne GardenWYAA's Opening Day. Even the Westland seniors recognized health and wellness on Senior Health and Fitness Day.

In conjuction with our city's green initiative, May played host to this year's grand opening of our Farmer's Market, the Norwayne garden planting and a plant exchange at the Historic Village Park. This past month was great to also be a kid in our All American City with the official season opener of the Bailey Pool and H2O Zone Spray Park.

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.

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

Jessica Letourneau

jletourneau@cityofwestland.com

734.467.3166

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 G. Angelosanto  

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.