Insider November
November 2011
In This Issue
Winter Taxes
Bailey Center Amenities
Upcoming Dates
Central City Park Update
Christmas Essay Contest
Mike Modano Ice Arena
Pancreatic Cancer Awareness
MJR Grand Opening
Partnership Produces New Houses
Disability Concerns Committee
Color Care Across America
Blues, Brews and Barbeque Benefit
Westland Works!
October in Review
Municipal Departments
City Council

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The City of Westland has its first gas station that sells E-85 fuel. 


Mayor William R. Wild and the City of Westland recently hosted a green ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Sunoco service station at the northwest corner of Merriman Road and Palmer Road to recognize the Merriman/Palmer Sunoco and its owner Adam Aslam for being the first service station within the City's boundaries to sell E-85 gasoline.  

All of you Flex-Fuel car owners can now spend your gasoline dollars right here is Westland.

Michigan Humane Society


Mega March for Animals


Approximately 7,000 animal lovers and hundreds of their devoted companions packed the streets of Detroit Sunday for the Michigan Humane Society's (MHS) sixth annual Mega March for Animals. Two and four-legged marchers took over Hart Plaza, Woodward Avenue and the Riverfront in support of MHS and the thousands of animals that MHS cares for every year. This year's Mega March for Animals, the largest and most successful in the event's history, raised more than $300,000.


We are humbled and extremely grateful for the outpouring of the community, who dedicated both their time and hard-earned money to the thousands of animals in need right now. With this tremendous support, MHS is one step closer to our critical goal of guaranteeing a home for every healthy and treatable animal that depends on us keeping our doors open to every animal in need.


If you did not get to attend the Mega March for Animals, we hope to see you next year! Thank you for helping pets go from Homeless to Loved!


For more information, please visit

 Winter Taxes

Tax Bill 


The 2011 winter tax bills will be mailed on November 30, 2011.  If you do not receive your tax bill by the second week in December or have questions regarding your bill please call the City of Westland tax office Monday - Friday from 9am-5pm at 734 467-3172.


The tax office will be closed on the following days in December: 

  • Friday, December  23
  • Monday, December 26
  • Friday, December 30 

For your convenience there is a drop box located at the south entrance of City Hall. 


Also tax payments can be made at any local Comerica and Fifth Third Banks. 

 Bailey Center Amenities



Beat those November blues at the Bailey Center. The Bailey Center offers a variety of fitness classes such as Zumba, cardio kickboxing, karate, gymnastics, baton twirling, dance and aerobics for all skill levels. If classes aren't what you are looking for; the Bailey Center also offers a weight room, cardio equipment, open gym for volleyball and basketball and racquet ball and wallyball courts. The Bailey Center and Karma Coffee Shop also offer an "Open Mic Night" on Thursday nights from 7:30 to 9:30 pm. Come show off your talents and have a fun-filled night. 


The Holidays are fast approaching! The Bailey Center has rooms for parties that accommodate 50-170 people. Perfect for weddings or baby showers, family reunions, anniversary parties, and holiday gatherings.


For more information contact the Bailey Center at (734) 722-7620 or visit our website.


Report from Mayor Wild

Mayor William R. Wild
Dear ,


It is with great pleasure that I announce the completion of some of Westland's most anticipated projects. After being closed for nearly five years, the Central City Park remediation project is almost complete, the MJR Westland Grand Digital Cinema 16 is near completion and will open to the public on November 4, 2011 and the final step of the 1st Annual Blues, Brews and Barbecue was the distribution of profit sharing checks at the Westland City Council Meeting on Monday, October 17, 2011.


Central City Park has been an active construction site for nearly a year with the installation of geotextile fabric, 10-15" of new soil and the site being balanced and hydro-seeded.


The newly asphalted parking lot has over 200 spaces available with two entrances and two exits and new curbs. A new sidewalk was installed along Carlson Road as well as walking paths that lead to several areas of the park.


Future plans for Central City Park include the installation of soccer fields, pavilions, a walking path, a concession area with family style restrooms and a plaza area that will host numerous activities ranging from the Westland Farmers Market to concerts in the park.


6800 North Wayne Road, home of the new MJR Westland Grand Digital Cinema 16, has also been an active construction site. Since late March, the site at has been transformed into a state-of-the-art 65,000 square foot cinema that will feature 16 screens and 3,100 seats.


Moviegoers will be treated to amenities that include a lobby screen showing continuous previews, five 3-D screens, MJR's famous "free refill" pop and popcorn policy and the MJR Movie Club Rewards.


The 1st annual All American Blues, Brews and Barbeque fest was a huge success. I had the honor of distributing checks, totaling more than $10,000 to the 8 local non-profit organizations that donated their members time to help ensure the success of the event.


Plans are being finalized to turn this successful event into a two day event next year on September 15 & 16, 2012.


In closing, I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you that Election Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2011 and to stress the importance of citizens taking the time to learn about the candidates and going to the polls and casting their vote on who they believe is the best person for the job.



Mayor Signature 


Mayor William R. Wild      





Upcoming Dates - November 2011

Mark your calendar...    


 November Dates


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

Central City Park Update

CC ParkThe month of October included hydro seeding and forming the berm that is located on the west side of Central City Park. The grass seed is really coming in on the soccer fields. All of the plants have been installed in the bio-swale area. You can follow the progress at

"What Christmas Means to Me" Essay Contest

The Winner will be invited to read their essay at the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony and then help Santa and Mayor Wild light up the holiday lights at City Hall on December 5th, 2011 at 6:15 p.m.


The Entry Deadline:

Monday, November 28th, 2011 at 10:00 p.m.


Kindergarten-5th grade students


Westland resident

Essay may be written at home or school.


EssayPlease include on your essay:

  • Your name, age and address
  • Your HOME phone number (so the winner can be contacted)
  • Name of your school and grade

Drop off your essay at the Mayor's office (Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.) or The Bailey Center, (9 a.m. - 10 p.m. daily) or mail to:





Christmas Essay Contest

Westland Parks and Recreation Dept.

36651 Ford Road

Westland, MI 48185


It's Great to Skate at the Modano Ice Arena.


The Mike Modano Ice Arena offers open skating! This would be a perfect time to learn how to skate, host class field trips, home school kids, practice figure skating, mom-toddler time, or just a great way to stay fit!


The Mike Modano Ice Arena also offers Glow Skate every Friday night from 8:00 pm to 9:20 pm.


The open skating schedule is Tuesday - Thursday 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. and Saturday 1:30 - 3:20 p.m.


The Timbit Program runs every Saturday morning from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. This is a great way to introduce your child to the exciting game of hockey.


The Breakaway Café at the Mike Modano Ice Arena is a perfect place to have a bite to eat. The café is open 7 days a week!


The Mike Modano Ice Arena also has ice time available for rental. Blocks of one hour slots are available throughout the skating season. Perfect for team practices, games or family events.


For more information and prices, please contact the Mike Modano Ice Arena at (734) 729-74560 or stop in at 6210 N. Wildwood.

November is Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

Pancreatic Cancer AwarenessThe City of Westland proclaims the month of November 2011 as "Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month" and encourages all citizens to help spread the word to let those in need know there are those who care. Pancreatic Cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States. 74% of pancreatic cancer patients die within the first year of diagnosis while 94% of pancreatic cancer patients die within five years. There is no cure for pancreatic cancer and there have been no significant improvements in survival rates in the last 40 years and an estimated 43,030 people will be diagnosed in the United States and 37,660 will die from the disease with approximately 1670 of those deaths occurring in Michigan. The Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and its affiliates in Michigan support those patients currently battling pancreatic cancer, as well as those who have lost their lives to the disease and are committed to nothing less than a cure.





 Empower Hour


MJR Grand Opening!

MJRSt. Mary Mercy Hospital and the City of Westland are partnering on a fundraiser called, "Lights, Camera & Take Action!" -- a pre-grand-opening event at the new state-of-the-art MJR Westland Grand Digital Cinema in Westland to support St. Mary Mercy Hospital's health programs offered in Westland. This exclusive event will be held on Wednesday, November 2, at the new MJR Cinema at 6800 North Wayne Road, Westland 48185. The public is welcome.


Guests of all ages will enjoy the star treatment as we roll out the red carpet for a movie-magic evening including a sneak peek at the new theatre, a chance to see the season's latest films, taste sensations from area restaurants, kids' activities like face painting, magic and more! Each guest will also receive free pop, popcorn and a "swag bag" of goodies. The evening promises to be fun for the whole family, offering a hint of Hollywood in a casual setting.


For the Lights, Camera & Take Action! event, individual tickets are $40 each, or a Family Fun Pak for up to four guests is $100. Corporate sponsorships are also available. For tickets or questions, please call the St. Mary Mercy Hospital's Development Office at (734) 655-2980, or visit Westland City Hall on the 2nd Floor.  The official Grand Opening to the public will be Friday, November 4.

Partnership Produces New Houses

The City of Westland, under the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, is working with the Wayne Westland Community School's Building Trades Program to construct and renovate homes for purchase to qualified home buyers. The partnership, now in its second year, has been a great success. The Building Trades Program completed construction on a 3 bedroom house on Birchwood in June. The house sold in September to first time homebuyers - the City's newest residents.


Columbia HouseRenovations for a house on Columbia will be complete by the end of the year. Construction of a new house has started on Manila, with a scheduled completion in May 2012.


The federally funded program requires that the houses be sold to families with incomes based on the number of persons in the household. For example, the maximum income for a single person is $37,200 and for a four person household is $53,100. Recently, applicants within these income levels with good credit scores are securing mortgages with participating banks.


Individuals and families must qualify for a mortgage and attend a homebuyer counseling session. Down payment, closing cost and credit counseling assistance are available.


As part of the City's "Green Initiative" each home in the program is evaluated for energy efficiency improvements during renovation. Where possible, homes are raised to Energy Star standards.


Interested home buyers persons can contact the City of Westland Community Development Department to apply, at (734) 595-0288 x3711,

Michigan Rehabilitative Services Representative Visits DCC 

The Disability Concerns Committee was pleased to welcome Steve Smith, Employment Specialist with the Wayne Office of the State of Michigan Rehabilitative Services (MRS) to the Committee's October 17 meeting. Mr. Smith, a Westland resident, wanted to make the Committee members aware of MRS. MRS has several goals, among them to promote an inclusive workforce that provides those with disabilities an opportunity for employment, and to promote independence.


MRS provides counseling services to assist the disabled in finding employment and to assist them with self-sufficiency. All counselors have a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling or a related field and are required to have skills in vocational rehabilitation assessment and the use of labor market data. The MRS counselors will work with youth in the areas of vocational counseling, career exploration, continuing education and job training, and employment support.


MRS works collaboratively with several other organizations including the Michigan Commission for the Blind, Michigan Protection and Advocacy Services, the Michigan Disability Rights Coalition and the Michigan Rehabilitation Council.


The MRS' Wayne Office may be contacted at (734) 727-2313 or visit the State's website at


Westland's Disabilities Concerns Committee encourages you to contact us if you've experienced difficulty in gaining access to a business or a service here in Westland. Inquiries may be made to the DCC through Cindy King, City Personnel Director, and the City's liaison to the DCC. She may be reached at (734) 467-3225 or via email to

"Color Care Across America" Campaign Comes to Westland

Color CareThe uplifting emotional impact of color was put to the test last month as Benjamin Moore Paints brought "Color Care Across America," a paint color makeover program for shelters, to The Wayne County Family Center. The Wayne County Family Center opened in 1994 and can accommodate 24 families comprised of no more than 103 individuals. The facility is among 51 chosen by the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) to undergo the chromatic transformation that several crews of volunteer painting contractors from around the state will tackle.


With a promise to paint the interiors of shelters that are up to 10,000 square feet in size, Benjamin Moore is providing enough paint for bedrooms, common areas such as living rooms, dining rooms and recreation spaces, entries/foyers, hallways and stairwells at the family center. It estimates that more than 3,000 gallons of paint will be put to use. The Color Care program is also underway in Canada, where a shelter in nine provinces is getting a color makeover, as well. Click here for more information. 

Blues, Brews and Barbeque Benefit Non-Profit Organizations

Mayor William R. Wild distributed checks totaling more than $10,000 to eight local non-profit organizations that donated their members time to help ensure the success of the 1st annual Blues, Brews and Barbeque Fest.


A representative from each organization attended the Westland City Council Meeting on Monday, October 17 to receive their profit sharing check from Mayor Wild. Attendees, including their non-profit organization and the amount of the check they received are listed below:


BBB Checks


Warm Hearts - $250

Westland Grange - $250

Historical Commission - $500

Westland Goodfellows - $1,000

Westland Rotary - $1,000

Westland Civitans - $1,000

Westland Community Foundation - $1,000

Westland Lions Club - $1,000

Westland Chamber of Commerce - $4,500

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.

October in Review

One of the major highlights from the month of October was that the City of Westland Fire Department went Passionately Pink for the Cure® to honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In addition, Westland residents came out to support another worthy cause at the Bailey Center with the annual "Turn Off the Violence" night where families enjoyed wildlife animals, face painting, bouncers, crafts, entertainment and more.


The All American City welcomed new homes and businesses this past month. Habitat for Humanity hosted a house dedication and ground breaking on Middlebelt. Tic Tac Nails located at 35688 Warren Road also celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony for their reinvestment in the community.


October proved to be a bargain with the City's Obsolete Equipment Sale and the Westland Historic Village Park's Americana Craft Show. However, October would not be complete without Halloween festivities. The 18th District Court hosted their annual candy screening, Norwayne held their Fall Harvest Festival and the Bailey Center presented its Halloween Spooktacular and Halloween Walks.

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 Sheila Collinssheila.collins@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.