December 2011
December 2011
In This Issue
Winter Taxes
Passport Applications
Upcoming Dates
Central City Park Update
Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Deck the Halls
White Christmas Poster Contest
The Buzz
Special Christmas Gift
Homeowner Rehab Program
Commodity Food Program
Wayne County Family Center
Holiday Traditions
Westland Works!
November in Review
Municipal Departments
City Council

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This challenge is even bigger with three different ways to win. You can win for earning the most points, by submitting the best content or just by participating! Prizes include $5000 towards a Kohler dream bathroom, Citizen Eco-Drive watches and thousands of Recyclebank Points.


We'll be kicking it off with tips on how to green your autumn. Earn points by learning more about composting and sustainable forests. Invite your friends so they can learn too (and it's another way for you to earn more points!).

The temperature is dropping, so make a cup of hot cocoa and enter the Green Your Seasons Challenge today!


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Michigan Humane Society


Petie Heads Home


After months of searching, Petie, a four-year-old Jack Russell terrier, has been reunited with his owner, Jim Arrighi of Erin, Tennessee. Missing since July, Petie was recently found wandering in a backyard in Rochester Hills. Though no one knows how Petie made the nearly 600 mile trek from Erin to Rochester Hills, when Petie was brought to the Michigan Humane Society's (MHS) Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care, he was scanned for a microchip which has become his ticket home!




"This story put a smile on the faces of our entire adoption center team," said Marcelena Mace, shelter manager at the MHS Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care. "It's wonderful when we see microchip reunions, including those that seem like miracles. It really proves that no matter how far your pet may travel, a microchip can help him find his way home!"


As soon as word got out that Petie needed a way back home, scores of MHS staffers and volunteers asked if they could be the one to drive Petey back home to Tennessee. On Wednesday, Oct. 26, Petie was picked up and driven back to his home in Erin, Tennessee by Nancy Greiser, an MHS foster parent and volunteer since 2009.


MHS strongly recommends that all dogs and cats be implanted with a microchip - a permanent and unalterable form of identification - in addition to ensuring they wear a collar and I.D. tags. For more information on microchipping, please visit

 Winter Taxes

Tax Bill 


If you do not receive your 2011 winter 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. 

 Accepting Passport Applications


The City of Westland accepts 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 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 36651 Ford Road, Westland, MI 48185. 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:









Report from Mayor Wild

Mayor William R. Wild
Dear ,


Do you make the same resolution every New Year to live a healthier lifestyle in the upcoming year and not stick to it? If so, I am pleased to announce that I am here to help you stick to your resolution, and to reward you for doing so, with my new "Passport to a Healthy City" campaign.


The "Passport to a Healthy City" campaign is a partnership between the City of Westland and St. Mary Mercy Hospital that promotes healthy, active lifestyles for all of Westland's residents through the development of fun, convenient programs created through strong public/private partnerships between the City of Westland, local businesses and its residents.


The overall health of a community plays a major role in the viability of cities as healthier people statistically live longer, less stressful and happier lives. With that said, I am putting forth a challenge to all residents of Westland to join me and make a commitment to a healthier lifestyle through education, diet and exercise with the goal of creating one of the healthiest cities in America!


Interested participants can pick up a passport at my office or any of the City buildings and are encouraged to get started on having fun while getting healthy by attending a campaign approved or sponsored event or by participating in an eligible activity. A complete list of eligible activities can be found at Upon program or activity completion, get your passport stamped and register to earn prizes, coupons and discounts from local businesses and retailers.


Traveling throughout Westland enjoying a healthy meal at one of our many restaurants, visiting the William P. Faust Public Library, the Bailey Recreation Center, the Westland Friendship Center, golfing and/or ice skating are some of the many local activities that can lead to a healthier lifestyle.


So, fill your passport as many times as you can and show that you have the dedication to take my challenge and become a healthier member of the All American City. Let's get healthy Westland and have fun creating memories along the way.


As a friendly reminder, whether you have questions about this particular program or any other matter, please do not hesitate to contact my office.





Mayor Signature 


Mayor William R. Wild      



Upcoming Dates - December 2011

Mark your calendar...    



Friendship Center will close for the holidays on Saturday, December 17th and re-open Tuesday, January 3rd.


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

Central City Park Update

The second half of the parking lot was paved last month at Central City Park. That was the final layer of asphalt and now the parking lot is ready for sealing and parking stripes.The walking path was also paved and will be just under a mile in length.

You can follow the progress at

Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Santa Visits the Mike Modano Ice Arena

Santa is making a special trip to the Mike Modano Ice Arena! The ice arena skaters and Santa are preparing a special holiday program to benefit the Westland Goodfellows! The Westland Goodfellows help bring holiday cheer to families throughout the City of Westland.


SantaBring your family and friends to watch an amazing Holiday Show with our skaters on Saturday, December 17, 2011 at 1:30 p.m.; then you can skate with Santa following the Holiday Show at the Mike Modano Ice Arena located at 6210 N Wildwood, Westland. For more information please contact the ice arena at 734-729-4560.


Santa Visits the Octagon House

The Westland Historic Commission is inviting children and adults to spend some time with Santa in an historical atmosphere on Saturday, December 3, 2011 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the Westland Historic Park located at 857 N Wayne Road, Westland. You can tour the Octagon House and the Felton Farm House. There will be plenty of activities throughout the day and also enjoy holiday entertainment and refreshments!

Deck the Halls!

Annual Tree Lighting

Santa arrives in Westland on Monday, December 5, 2011! Come to our "Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony" to welcome him and kick off the holiday season on city hall's front lawn at 6:15 p.m. We will sing Christmas carols, and watch the Christmas lights come to life!! The winner of "What Christmas Means to Me" essay contest will be announced and hot chocolate and cookies will be served at the fire station next to city hall!


Annual Tree Decorating

Please join Mayor William R. Wild and his special guest, Santa Claus, ring in the holidays and welcome the holiday season with many schools and scout troops as they decorate the trees between City Hall and the Bailey Recreation Center. Each group will decorate a tree specially chosen for them and then present their trees to Tree DecoratingMayor William Wild and Santa Claus. The celebration and presentation will be on Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 4:30 pm and includes greetings from the Mayor and Santa, a Christmas carol sing-along, and refreshments. For more information, call the Mayor's office at 734-467-3200.

We Promise You a White Christmas Poster Contest

The entry deadline is December 16, 2011 - 10 p.m.

Kindergarten - 5th grade students

MUST be a Westland resident


All you have to do is draw a poster of what your house would look like covered in snow on Christmas Day! Your poster may be drawn at home or school.


Please include on your poster the following information so we may contact the winner:

*Your name, age and address

*Your HOME phone number (so winner can be contacted)

*Name of your school and grade


White Christmas Poster


You may drop off or mail your poster to:

Poster Contest

Westland Parks and Recreation Dept.

36651 Ford Road

Westland, MI 48185


The winner will be notified by Monday, December 20. If there is no snow on the ground, a truck load of snow will be placed on the winner's front lawn on December 21. If there is snow already covering the ground, another prize will be awarded.

 The Buzz Coming Dec. 6!

The Buzz


A new holiday edition of WLND's "The Buzz" will begin airing on Tuesday, December 6th. The show will feature the new shop and dine campaign, holiday tips, an interview with Santa Claus and much more!


You can watch WLND on Comcast - Channel 12 or W.O.W. - Channel 10. WLND is also available online and on demand at

Shop and Dine Westland 



A Special Christmas Gift

Westland Fire DepartmentThe Westland Fire Department provides more than just Fire and Rescue services to our citizens. An early Christmas gift was given to one of our residents this month. This resident has a disability that is progressively getting worse and negatively impacting her daily life. The seemingly simple task of taking a shower had become almost impossible until now. The Westland Fire Department was contacted by her social worker, Megan Graber, from the "Medical Team." Ms. Graber asked if the Fire Department could volunteer to remodel the patient's bathroom to accommodate her disability. We jumped to the task without hesitation. Battalion Chief Patrick Harder and Captain Michael Stradtner led the way from the demolition of the bathroom room, to the final installation of the new shower enclosure. Westland's Fire Department is always proud to serve the citizens of Westland, regardless of the request. If we can't get it done we will find a way to help.

Homeowner Rehab Program 

Are you a low to moderate income homeowner in need of limited home repairs? The Department of Housing and Community Development manages the Limited repair Home Rehabilitation Program, which provides grants or loans to repair all home items that are needed to meet local building codes. Examples include roofs and gutters, furnaces, water heaters, windows, cement, fencing, sewer backups, basement flooding, 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 $42,500 and for a family of 4 is $53,100. 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.  

Commodity Food Program 

The Commodity Food Program provides food once a month for low income households. Food distribution is held at the Dorsey Center, 32715 Dorsey Road, for qualified Westland residents living north of Michigan Avenue, usually on the third Thursday of each month. For Westland residents living south of Michigan Avenue, food distribution is held at St. James United Methodist Church, 30055 Annapolis, between Henry Ruff and Middlebelt Roads, usually the third Monday of each month.

To qualify, residents must meet the following guidelines:

  • For those under 60 years of age, 130% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. For example, $28,665 for a family of 4
  • For those 60 years of age and older, Dorsey160% of Federal Poverty Income Guidelines. For example, $23,312 for a family of 2.

Applicants must provide proof of City of Westland residency and proof of income.

Qualified residents of Taylor Towers may pick up the food at Taylor Towers, usually on the third Wednesday of each month.


For further information, including the type of food that will be provided, call the Commodities Hotline at (734) 595-0366.

Give Back - Wayne County Family Center

The Wayne County Family Center provides a safe haven for families who have lost their homes. The Family Center can accommodate 24 families with children and serves an average of 85 people each month. Each family has a "room of their own", where the family members can share private, restful nights. The shelter is funded through Wayne County and federal grants. As with all human services, these families find themselves in need of many items, day-to-day necessities that many take for granted.


At this special time of the year, please keep the families of the Wayne County Family Center in mind. Donations are always welcome. In particular, the Family Center is in need of:


-        bath towels, wash clothes, pillows, twin size sheets

-        snacks - pre-packaged individual serving size

-        paper towels, multipurpose cleaners, liquid hand soap, dish soap, laundry detergent, brooms & dust pans, kitchen degreaser - floors & hood

-        diapers and wipes- children's larger sizes

-        flashlights & batteries


The Family Center also welcomes groups interested in cooking and serving meals for the families.


For more information about donations to the Wayne County Family Center, please contact (734) 721-0590.

Holiday Traditions Bring Families Together

Whether it's eating a holiday dinner together, picking out a Christmas tree, volunteering together, or watching a favorite family video together, family traditions are important to build strong families. People value traditions because they bring family members together and strengthen relationships.


Family traditions are valuable because of the recurring planned time with family members that give children, parents, and relatives a meaningful sense of security and connectedness. This is becoming more essential in this day and age as families become increasingly separated by divorce, hectic schedules and demanding work commitments.


Children need to see that parents take family traditions seriously. The goal is to have younger generations enjoy participating and continue the tradition. Teens learn the value of traditions by being included in the planning and carrying out family activities. Including teens in the planning gives them a sense of being needed and wanted.


FamilyTraditions are a special reason for families to get together, the interaction and togetherness is important for family bonding. In the face of increasing time pressures and stress on family members, traditions may provide a mechanism to restore family unity and cohesiveness. Be sure to document your precious family events by taking and sharing pictures or keeping a scrapbook. Whatever your family decides to do to celebrate, make this holiday season special by continuing or starting a tradition that will last for generations.


Westland Youth Assistance supports youth and families in Westland. For more information, call (734) 467-7904.

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.

November in Review

MJR CinemaNovember was a time of celebration in the City of Westland between the Grand Opening of the MJR Digital Cinema to the kickoff of the annual Wayne County Lightfest. Westland Seniors were in the holiday spirit at the annual Thanksgiving Dinner at the Friendship Center and kids were cheering for Santa as he arrived via helicopter at Westland Shopping Center. The celebrating continued at the William P. Faust Public Library as they recognized their 15-year anniversary and the Wayne-Westland Distinguished Young Woman of the Year (formerly known as Junior Miss) honored the finest young women from our local area.


Habitat AwardMayor Wild was busy throughout the month of November starting with his involvement in the Ford Road/I-275 intersection hearing where several dignitaries voiced their support to improve that area. Shortly after, Mayor Wild and St. Mary Mercy Hospital team up with MJR Theaters to launch his Healthy City Campaign to turn Westland in to one of America's healthiest cities with a fundraiser called "Lights, Camera & Take Action! Harvest Bible Chapel and ITT Technical Institute also welcomed the Mayor for tours of their facilities. In addition, Mayor Wild joined Jim Harper on 105.1 on his final Sunday Morning Brunch show to promote the Westland Shopping and Dining district for the coming holiday season. Later in the month, the Mayor was proud to accept the Habitat for Humanity Raymond & Theresa Carbott Service Award on behalf of the City of Westland (pictured above) in recognition of significant supportive contribution.

Salt Truck 

City departments were also busy in November going above and beyond their expected duties. Westland Police Chief Greg Angelosanto and fellow officers provided retail fraud information at an event to protect businesses from becoming a victim by offering tips and advice on a number of crime prevention techniques. In addition to that, the Department of Public Service has officially geared up for the snow season with its delivery of salt. Let it snow!

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.