February 2012
In This Issue
Park Rentals
Room Reservations
Upcoming Dates
Youth Assistance Program
Code Enforcement
Annual Family Hoedown
Annual Fairy Princess Ball...
Michigan Humane Society
Classes at the Bailey Center
Community Action Agency Partnership
Westland Works!
January in Review
Municipal Departments
City Council

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 2012 Recycling Schedule


 It's the start of a brand new year here in the City of Westland and the wildly successful residential curbside recycling program continues.  For those that need to be reminded when their recycle pick-up day is the new 2012 Recycling Collection Calendar has been posted.  


As always, if you have any questions please contact the Department of Public Service at (734) 728-1770 for details.  And don't forget to redeem your RecycleBank points for great rewards.

2012 Park Rentals

Reservations for the 2012 season have begun!  Now is the time to plan your family reunion, church or company picnic, or child's birthday party.    Each pavilion has 4-6 picnic tables and grills.  Prices vary.  Stop by the Bailey Recreation Center and make your reservations today!  For more information contact the Bailey Center at (734) 722-7620. 

Room Reservations

Planning a baby or bridal shower, wedding, family reunion, or graduation party?  The Bailey Recreation Center provides rooms of various sizes for special events, and meetings.  Reservations can be made up to one year in advance.  There are 6 different room sizes to choose from.  Stop by the Bailey Recreation Center for more information.

H.Y.P.E. Mid-Winter Break Basketball Clinic










Students ages 6-13 will learn many new basketball skills at the H.Y.P.E. Mid-Winter Basketball Clinic.  This 4 day clinic will focus on athletic improvement, individual and group drills, contests, and organized games.  Coaches include a former NBA player and a 2 time Basketball National Champion.  The clinic runs Monday-Thursday, February 20-24, 2012 from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  The cost is $30 per child.  Don't just sit home during Mid-Winter Break!  Come have fun at the Bailey Recreation Center!


Report from Mayor Wild

Mayor William R. Wild
Dear ,


It is with great pleasure that I announce that the "Passport to a Healthy City" campaign is in full swing and thousands of passports have been distributed throughout the City and residents are signing up at an amazing rate.


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.


Interested participants can pick up a passport at my office or any of the City buildings, register your passport online at www.cityofwestland.com/healthycity  and check out the complete list of eligible activities that will earn you a stamp. After filling your passport (16 stamps), bring it to my office to receive coupons and prizes from local businesses and retailers.  The more passports you fill the more rewards you will earn.


This is a new program and I am always open to ideas from residents on ways to improve programs we currently offer.  If you have any ideas that you feel would make this program better, please do not hesitate to contact my office.  Also, if you know of a business that can offer something that you believe should warrant being part of this program, please notify me or let the business know about the program and have them contact my office to learn how to participate. 


All residents are encouraged to participate to get on the path to a healthier lifestyle and help our All American City become one of the healthiest cities in America.


If you do not have internet access or have questions regarding this program, please contact my office for assistance.





Mayor Signature 



Mayor William R. Wild   

Upcoming Dates - February 2012

Mark your calendar...    


Feb 2012 


*The winter 2011 tax deadline has been extended without penalty until Wednesday, February 29, 2012. After this date all taxes for real property can only be made directly to Wayne County.


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

Westland Youth Assistance Program

The Westland Youth Assistance Program provides prevention services to help Westland youth ages 9-16 avoid problems with family, police, the juvenile court and school.  Youth engaging in problem behaviors such as school or home truancy, retail fraud, curfew violations, incorrigibility, school suspensions or other defiant behaviors can benefit from participation in our program. 


Youth Assistance offers the following FREE services to educate youth and families about ways to make better choices and avoid negative consequences:

  • 10-week Life Choices group
  • Parent Support group
  • Community Service
  • Guest Speaker Presentation
  • Taking Pride in Prevention workshop
  • Drug Testing
  • Mentoring
  • Referrals for additional or alternative services

For more information, please call Westland Youth Assistance at (734) 467-7904.

Code Enforcement

The City of Westland's Fire Marshal Division was assigned commercial & residential ordinance in addition to our Fire prevention and investigation duties.  The purpose of our ordinance program is to promote and protect public peace, health, safety and welfare, and to guide growth and development. Code Enforcement is the process by which the City gains compliance with these laws and regulations.


The goal of the Fire Marshal Division is to provide prompt response to public needs, questions and concerns regarding health and safety, and to effectively respond to violations and obtain property owners' compliance in correcting these violations.


The Fire Marshal Division responds to citizens' complaints regarding both commercial & residential properties.  It is our goal to work with both homeowners and business owners to create a win-win resolution for all parties involved. While much of this work is reactive, our division is taking a proactive approach to eliminate blight within the city.  We are currently identifying all vacant homes and unregistered rentals in an effort to bring all properties into compliance and further eliminate blight.




 Wings 2012  

Annual Family Hoedown

Hoe Down

Square dancing is an American tradition that provides a wonderful opportunity for families to have fun together!  The fun begins as your veteran square dance caller leads you through the simple and fun steps.  Also included will be special dances, games, and a sundae bar provided by the Westland Civitan Club. Each child will be "deputized" with a sheriff's deputy badge and a cowboy hat.  Complimentary photos and a goody bag for each child are provided.  Optional face painting provided for an additional fee.  Space is limited, so buy your tickets now! Fri., Feb. 3, 2012 ~ 6:30-8:30 p.m. The cost per couple is $15, plus $7 for each additional daughter or son. For more information please visit our website at www.cityofwestland.com.


Annual Fairy Princess Ball

Princess Ball

Little girls will know they are Daddy's Princess at the annual Fairy Princess Ball. After entering through the castle gates into the magical ballroom, every little girl will dance with her Daddy to her favorite tunes. Before the dance is over, each princess will get a complementary picture taken with her Dad, and be crowned with a sparkling tiara. She will be greeted by her fairy godmother and can have refreshments including a chocolate fountain provided by the Westland Jaycees.  As the dance ends, she will receive a special goody bag to take home. Memories of her special day with her Daddy will last a lifetime. There are two dances to choose from: Dance #1: 3:00-4:30 p.m. or Dance #2: 5:30-7:00 p.m. The cost per couple is $20, plus $7 for each additional daughter. Optional Corsages $8.  Optional face painting and/or photo packages provided for an additional fee. Space is limited, so buy your tickets now at the Bailey Recreation Center!


Low-Cost Feline Spay/Neuter



$35 per cat for a limited time


The Michigan Humane Society offers low-cost cat and kitten spay/neuter services for the pets of residents of southeast Michigan. There are many health, behavior and other benefits to having your pet sterilized. Some of these include preventing unwanted behaviors and preventing illnesses such as certain types of cancer and infection.


At an everyday price of just $35 per cat or kitten, a savings of more than $100 from the regular price, the package includes spay/neuter surgery and pain medication, rabies vaccination and FVRCP vaccination, which covers feline viral rhinotracheitis, calicivirus and panleukopenia (feline distemper).


Appointments for your cat can be made at any of the three MHS veterinary centers.

  • MHS Detroit Center for Animal Care: (313) 872-0004
  • MHS Rochester Hills Center for Animal Care: (248) 852-7424
  • MHS Berman Center for Animal Care in Westland: (734) 721-4195 

This low-cost package may not be used with any other discounts, coupons or special offers.


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


Classes at the Bailey Center

Aerobics For Adults:

aerobicsJust drop in for a great workout!  Choose the workout that is best for you.  Cardio Kickboxing/Aerobics provides a simple yet challenging pre-choreographed workout for all fitness levels which includes a variety of martial art disciplines.  This class is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6:00.  It is followed by Cardio-Ab Workout from 7-7:30 where the focus will be on abdominal toning and fitness.  Need a little more challenge?  Try the Kickboxing program from 7:30-8:30 on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  In addition, M & N Cardio-Explosion provides a fitness program for all levels on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30-7:30.  All of these classes are drop-in, pay as you go.  For more information click here.


For those participating in Passport to a Healthy City, every time you come to any 5 of the drop in programs you will get a stamp in your passport.   Sign up at the Bailey Center, Friendship Center, Ice Arena or Golf Course for free for a 5 visit pass.  Click here for more information.


Round Dance Classes

At this ballroom oriented dance class you will learn a variety of steps to different rhythms.  Centered on choreographed routines, the class will provide you with skills that can be used at any social dancing event.  Come by the Bailey Center for more information. 


Gymnastics Class

Gymnastics is a great way for children to improve their balance, endurance, focus, self-confidence and other important skills while having fun.  These classes for ages 2-12 years old will provide progressive skill instruction in a fun environment.  For more information visit our website.  


Karate with Lil' Dragons

Children ages 4 and up will love learning Karate with Lil' Dragons.  Karate teaches self-discipline, cooperation, focus, physical fitness and much more.    Children can learn the traditional Karate skills as well as stranger-danger while having fun.  For more information visit our website. 


Cheer America

CheerleadingCheerleading is one of the most popular sports in America.  At this class children from ages 4 years and up will learn all the important skills of cheerleading.   There will be lots of opportunities to participate in parades and competitions.   For more information visit our website. 


Young Champions Self Defense

This class, taught by a martial arts instructor, teaches self-defense and stranger danger techniques in a fun environment.  New this February, Young Champions will be adding an additional night.  Come once or twice a week!  Students will also have the opportunity to participate in competitions.  For more information visit our website. 


Studio K Dance Classes

Toddlers love to dance!  At this fun program, toddlers with parents can learn the basics of ballet, hip hop and jazz dance.  For more information visit our website. 


Open Gym

Just drop in and play!  The Bailey Center Gymnasium offers open gym for basketball and volleyball several times each week.  There are different periods for Adults, Middle School/High School Students and Families.  The schedule changes weekly.   Please stop by the Bailey Center or click here for a complete schedule.   


Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency Partnership Grows

The City's relationship with Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency (Wayne Metro) took another step through Wayne Metro's new partnership with the Michigan Department of Human Services. 

Wayne Metro is now able to provide enhanced services to Westland residents through the Information & Referral Call Center.  Through this avenue, Westland residents can receive assistance in the following areas:  State Emergency Relief for utility shut-off notices, Bridge Card food stamps, and general benefits questions.  Residents can receive one-on-one counseling for these services with Wayne Metro staff.  In addition, Wayne Metro is accepting applications for temporary rental assistance and utility assistance (expected in February).


Wayne Metro began its partnership with the City of Westland in 2008.  Wayne metro now has offices at the Dorsey Community Center, located at 32715 Dorsey Road.  To receive more information about these benefits and other Wayne Metro programs, or to make an appointment with Wayne Metro staff, call (734) 284-6999.


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 734-467-3210. By our community coming together in this joint effort we can make sure Westland Works.


January in Review

GodboutThe month of January started the New Year in good spirits. The City kicked off the month with an inaugural ceremony of the re-election of the city council members, James Godbout, Adam Hammons, Bill Johnson, Michael Kehrer and City Clerk Eileen DeHart. In the weeks to follow, the Westland City Council unanimously confirmed the reappointment of  Jim Fausone as the City Attorney, Robert Kosowski as Parks & Recreation Director and Bruce Thompson as Planning Director for the City of Westland. Council Members also unanimously voted to retain the firm of Plante Moran as the City Auditors and confirmed Westland residents Timothy Bailey, Ron Graunstadt, Jerome VanHook, Earl Lamp, Bud Prough, Greg Green and Robert Froreich to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Council. All appointments were effective January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2013. In addition, Zoning Board of Appeals member  Robert Dunajski was appointed to the Westland Planning Commission to fill an unexpired term, term to expire July 20, 2013.


SweepstakesOther excitement was had at Culver's when they presents the "Pay It Off, Live It Up" Sweepstakes winner Kate Mansell, a check for the grand prize of $20,000! That was not the only award shared last month. Mayor Wild presented United States Senator Carl Levin with the City of Westland Green Leadership Award at a visit to the Westland Colonial Village Apartments, which installed an electric vehicle charging station in January 2011. They were the first apartment complex in the nation to install a vehicle charger for its tenants.



In celebration of the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the City of Westland held its 14th annual MLK Day ceremony at the Friendship Center, which included uplifting performances and inspiring words all in remembrance of Dr. King's legacy.  Also at the Friendship Center was Marianne Simancek, Director of Community Outreach from St. Mary Mercy Hospital, who presented Journey to Better Health Senior Fitness.


While many of us watched President Obama's State if the Union last month, Mayor Wild had the honor of attending a White House Reception with President Obama as part of the U.S. Conference of Mayors 80th annual meeting. The Conference allowed mayors to discuss the most important topics plaguing the United States today including job creation and employability, business development, education, childhood obesity and more. 


City of Westland Municipal Departments
MayorWilliam R. Wildmayorwild@cityofwestland.com  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         edehart@cityofwestland.com  734.467.3185
Downtown Dev. AuthorityLori Fodalelfodale@cityofwestland.com734.467.3264
Golf CourseBrian Harnosbharnos@cityofwestland.com  734.721.6660
Housing/Community Dev.Joanne Inglisjinglis@cityofwestland.com  734.595.0288
FinanceSteve Smithfinance@cityofwestland.com  734.467.3169
PurchasingBill Gabrielbgabriel@cityofwestland.com734.467.3204
Economic Dev.     Lori Fodale  lfodale@cityofwestland.com  734.467.3264
FireChief M. Reddy  firedept@cityofwestland.com734.467.3201
Library Sheila Collinssheila.collins@westlandlibrary.org734.326.6123
Mike Modano Ice ArenaBrian Harnosbharnos@cityofwestland.com    734.729.4560
Nankin TransitDick Fernandez rtyme2@comcast.net  734.729.2711
Parks & Rec.        Bob Kosowskiparks@cityofwestland.com734.722.7620
PersonnelCindy King  cking@cityofwestland.com734.467.3263
PoliceChief G. Angelosanto  policechief@wlpd.net734.722.9600
Public ServiceKevin Bufordkbuford@cityofwestland.com 734.728.1770
Water & Sewer      Benny McCusker      bmccusker@cityofwestland.com734.728.1770
Senior Resources  Barb Marcum         bmarcum@cityofwestland.com 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             yap@cityofwestland.com 734.467.7904


City Council

Godbout     Adam Hammons     Christine Cicirelli Bryant     Bill Johnson  

                          James R.                 Adam                  Christine                    Bill         
                          Godbout               Hammons           Cicirelli Bryant            Johnson
                                  President               President Pro Tem

     Meriem Kadi     Michael A. Kehrer     Dewey K. Reeves    

                                           Meriem                Michael A.             Dewey K.                  
                                            Kadi                      Keher                   Reeves


Eileen DeHart, CMC - City Clerk


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