Insider August
August 2011
In This Issue
Women's Volleyball
Upcoming Dates
AARP Driving Class
Central City Park Update
Coming to the Big Screen
Tee Up
Summer Tax Bills
Community Gathering
Going for the Gold
Soaking Up Summer
Hearing Seminar
Park Rentals
NSP Homeownership
Westland Works!
July in Review
Municipal Departments
City Council

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Michigan Humane Society


Summer Safety - Protect Your Pets


With the steamy summer in full swing in and around metro Detroit, the Michigan Humane Society (MHS) urges companion animal guardians to take the necessary extra precautions to protect their pets during hot and humid weather:


  • MHS strongly recommends that companion animals live indoors with the rest of the family, year-round. In the summer, this will help prevent heat-related illness and reduce exposure to mosquitoes, fleas, ticks and internal parasites.
  • Bring animals inside during hot weather. Pets should not be left outside in very warm, humid conditions for extended periods, even in the shade.
  • Ensure that pets have access to plenty of fresh, cool water at all times - indoors and out. Hydration is critical to help your pet regulate his body temperature.
  • Avoid chaining or tethering a dog outside. He may get twisted and become unable to reach shade or water, or his water dish may get knocked over.
  • In homes without air conditioning, use fans to keep air circulating or keep your pet in a cooler area of the house, such as the basement, during the hottest part of the day.
  • Avoid vigorously exercising pets during the heat of the day. Instead, take walks in the early morning or evening hours. Avoid hot concrete or asphalt surfaces as they may cause damage or discomfort to the animal's paw pads.
  • Keep in mind that old, young and short-nosed animals are especially susceptible to heatstroke. However, it is a concern for all pets during hot weather.

For more hot weather safety tips, please visit


Women's Volleyball 


Registration for Women's Volleyball will begin in August. Don't be left out in the cold! Volleyball season starts in October through February. Please visit the City's website for updates, registration dates and times.

Report from Mayor Wild

Mayor William R. Wild
Dear ,


It is with great pleasure that I announce an exciting new event in our All American City. In partnership with the Westland Chamber of Commerce, residents are invited to attend the 1st Annual Blues, Brews and BBQ on Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on City Hall Grounds, located at 36601 Ford Road.


This event will showcase some of the area's best known blues bands performing live on stage all afternoon. Event goers will also be able to taste some of Westland's best BBQ and sample some of Michigan's best micro-brewed beers. There will also be a classic car show and an incredible kid's zone to make it an event for the entire family.


The event will be manned by several of the area's non-profit organizations and the goal of the event is to distribute a portion of the proceeds back to the non-profit organizations to help them in their fundraising efforts.


We would encourage you to put this date on your calendar so you can come experience this exciting new community event. I look forward to seeing you there.




Mayor Signature


Mayor William R. Wild  



Upcoming Dates - August 2011

Mark your calendar...    


August Dates 


Farmers Market
The Westland Farmers Market 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


Keep Up on Your Driving Skills

AARP Driving Class will be offered to anyone over 50 years of age and older on August 31st and September 1st from 10:00 a.m. -2:30 p.m. You must be pre-registered. The class is limited to 25 people and will cover: judging yourself, road rage, intersections, trouble spots, physical changes, freeways, and physical changes. The class is $12.00 for AARP members and $14.00 for everyone else. Check with your insurance company to see if they will reduce your insurance rate if you take a senior driving class!

Central City Park Update

CC Park ParkingSand is being piled to finish leveling off the site at Central City Park. The parking lot has been paved and is now open. The newly constructed lot is a great place to park to use the popular H˛O Zone and Play Planet. You can follow the progress at

Yogi Bear Comes to the Big Screen!
Movie NightJoin us on Wednesday, August 24 for a free family movie night. This outdoor event is brought to you by Park It. Park It is a FREE outdoor family fun night that includes live music, bouncy houses, kid's activities, free popcorn provided by Mayor Wild and free giveaways, followed by a family movie under the stars. The movie will take place in the parking lot between the Bailey Recreation Center and City Hall. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. with the movie showing ar 8:30 p.m. Please bring a chair. This event is co-sponsored by the Westland Downtown Development Authority (DDA). No need to bring a picnic basket as concessions will be available for purchase. 

Time to Tee Up!

Golf CourseThe 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 our Facebook page to see our weekly specials and updates. Call (734) 721-6660 to book a tee time today!

Summer Tax Bills

Tax BillSummer taxes are due on or before August 31, 2011.  If you have not received a tax bill, 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.

Community Gathering

Community GatheringYou are invited to a FREE Community Gathering on Thursday, August 25, 2011 from 5-7pm at Jefferson Barnes Elementary located at 32150 Dorsey in Westland. This event will give residents a unique opportunity to meet Mayor Wild and his administration along with members of the Westland City Council in a relaxed setting celebrating the city's 45th anniversary. This event will include a FREE old fashioned BBQ. Other planned activities include the fire safety trailer, police K-9 demos, dunk a police officer in the dunk tank, kids bouncers, DJ and more.





Going for the Gold!

Senior OlympicsThe Friendship Center will be busy with preparations to host five events during the Western Wayne County Senior Olympics. The opening ceremony will be held across from Nankin Mill. After the ceremony some events such as the Football Throw will be held on the playing field that morning. During the rest of the week of August 15-19th, 16 communities will host different events for those ages 50 +. There are close to 40 different events to choose from including a 10 mile bike race, swimming, tennis, golf, bowling, etc. The Friendship Center will host the Trivia Tournament, Party Bridge, Way Bowling Tournament, Marksmanship, and the Bean Bag Toss. In the past three years, Westland has been the city to beat - taking more gold, silver and bronze medals than the other cities competing. Go Westland!

Soaking Up the End of Summer

Bailey Pool

Splash into the Bailey Pool throughout the month of August! The pool will be open daily from noon-3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. for open swim until Monday, September 5, 2011; weather permitting. You can enjoy the pool for a low rate of $5 for adults and $4 for kids 12 and under. The Bailey Pool also offers children's birthday party packages for more information call the Bailey Center at 734-722-7620 or visit our website.


H2O Zone

Beat the end of summer heat at the H2O Zone Spray Park. Shoot the water cannons, or just stand under the tumble bucket has the water cascades down! Watch out for the sea serpent that shoots water at you! The H2O Zone is open daily, weather permitting, into the Indian summer days of September! What a great way to enjoy those hot summer days!

Personalized Hearing Seminar

Personalized Hearing will be hosting "Come HEAR what you may be missing..." presented by Dr. Karissa Jagacki. The seminar will take place at the Friendship Center on Thursday, August 25, 2011 from 10 a.m. to noon. The free seminar includes a luncheon after the presentation. Please call the Friendship Center at 722-7628 to sign up! Find what YOU'VE been missing!

Park Rentals


Westland has several parks for you to consider for your family, church or scout troop picnic. Tattan Park features the Play Planet Playstation, one of the largest play structures in Michigan, and the H2O Zone Spray Park, which will be open weather permitting into September. Jaycee Park has large, beautiful trees that are spectacular in the fall as well as play equipment and ball fields. Corrado Park has play equipment and a large grassy area for football, soccer or frisbee. Every pavilion will accommodate groups of 50 comfortably. For more information contact the Bailey Center at (734) 722-7620.

NSP Homeownership Opportunities

The City of Westland, under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, has newly renovated houses for sale. Families and individuals with incomes below $55,000 for a single person and $79,000 for a four-person family are welcome to apply. Equal Housing Opportunity


All houses are newly renovated to the best standards, including energy efficiency improvements and appliances. A Homebuyer Warranty is also provided. Homebuyer assistance will be provided, based on family need.


For more information, interested persons can contact the Department of Housing and Urban Development 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 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 734-467-3210. By our community coming together in this joint effort we can make sure Westland Works.

July in Review

Summer FestivalThe month of July had many highlights from lighting up the night sky with the annual fireworks to beating the heat wave at the H2O Zone and Bailey Pool. The Summer Festival helped bring in the summer and celebrate Independence Day with style. Between the firework display, live music performances and rides fun was had by all. Westland seniors also socked up the summer fun with their Annual Summer Picnic at the Friendship Center.


As we all Moving Wallknow by now Westland is the place to shop and DINE! July played host to the 8th Annual Chamber of Commerce Restaurant Rally and the grand openings of Loaf & A Pound located at 34815 Ford Road (between Wayne and Wildwood) and Corned Beef House located at 888 S. Wayne Road.


To wrap up the month, the City of Westland welcomed back the Vietnam Moving Wall as a tribute to our veterans. Our All American City is honored to have been the only city to host the wall twice.

City of Westland Municipal Departments
MayorWilliam R.  734.467.3200
Follow on Twitter @MayorWild
Deputy MayorJade Smithjsmith@cityofwestland.com734.467.3200
BudgetJessica Letourneaujletourneau@cityofwestland.com734.467.3166
Building/PlanningBruce Thompsonplanning@cityofwestland.com734.467.3266
Clerk  Eileen Dehart  734.467.3185
Downtown Dev. AuthorityLori Fodalelfodale@cityofwestland.com734.467.3264
Golf CourseBrian  734.721.6660
Housing/Community Dev.Joanne  734.595.0288
FinanceSteve  734.467.3169
PurchasingBill Gabrielbgabriel@cityofwestland.com734.467.3204
Economic Dev.     Lori Fodale  734.467.3264
FireChief M. Reddy  firedept@cityofwestland.com734.467.3201
Library Marilyn Kwik (Interim)marilyn.kwik@westlandlibrary.org734.326.6123
Mike Modano Ice ArenaBrian    734.729.4560
Nankin TransitDick Fernandez  734.729.2711
Parks & Rec.        Bob Kosowskiparks@cityofwestland.com734.722.7620
PersonnelCindy King  cking@cityofwestland.com734.467.3263
PoliceChief G. Angelosanto  chief_of_police@wlpd.net734.722.9600
Public ServiceKevin 734.728.1770
Water & Sewer      Benny McCusker      bmccusker@cityofwestland.com734.728.1770
Senior Resources  Barb Marcum 734.722.7628
Information Tech.Dan Bourdeau        dbourdeau@cityofwestland.com734.467.7952
WLND - Cable       Craig Welkenbach cabletv@cityofwestland.com734.467.3198
Youth Assistance   Paul Motz    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.