March 2012
March 2012
In This Issue
Unpaid Taxes
Room Reservations
Youth Assistance Program
Upcoming Dates
Nursery School Olympics
Easter Events
Walk for Warmth
Michigan Humane Society
Activities at the Bailey Center
Fire Department Increases Manpower
Westland Works!
February in Review
Municipal Departments
City Council

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e-Waste Recycling


As part of its ever-expanding Mission:Green initiative, the City of Westland now provides a permanent collection site for area residents, businesses and schools to drop off old electronics.  The drop-off site is located at the Westland Recycling Center at 37137 Marquette.  Items to be collected include Covered Electronic Devices (CEDs) such as computers, monitors, televisions and printers, Eligible Electronic devices (EEDs) such as mobile telephones, computer cables, mouse or keyboards, fax machines, MP3 players, PDF's, video game consoles, VCR and DVD players, zip drives, scanners, and other devices such as microwaves, telephones, stereos, radios and small household appliances.  No large appliances can be accepted such as air conditioners, stoves, refrigerators, etc. and please no hazardous waste or items containing mercury.   While you're at the recycling center you will notice that the center has now gone single-stream like our award winning curbside recycling program. Everything gets put into the compactor at the west side of the site unless collection is posted otherwise.

We make it easy to be green here in Westland!!!

Unpaid Taxes

Property Taxes 

The finance department is open from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday - Friday.  After March 1st, any unpaid 2011 property taxes for real property must be paid to Wayne County.  You can reach them at (313) 224-5990 from 8:00am-4;30pm Monday- Friday or on their website.

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.

Westland Youth Assistance Program - Teen Workshop

The Westland Youth Assistance Program in collaboration with the Oakwood Taylor Teen Health Center will be hosting a FREE "Talk Early, Talk Often" parent workshop.  What is "Talk Early, Talk Often?" it is a nationally recognized parent workshop aimed at helping parents talk with children about abstinence and sexuality.  The workshop helps parents recognize and use opportunities to open the door for conversation, listen and respond with greater confidence and skill and to feel comfortable seeking outside sources of information.


The FREE "Talk Early, Talk Often" workshop will be held on Thursday, March 15th from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Friendship Center - located at 1119 N. Newburgh Rd. in Westland.  FREE food and drinks will be provided, FREE child care for potty trained kids ages 4 and up.


To register, call Brianna Gorka at (734) 287-2076 ext. 6


It's never too late to improve a relationship with a child or teenager.  Don't underestimate the great need that children feel - at all ages - for close relationships with their parents and for their parents' guidance, approval and support.

The Buzz!


The Buzz  

Tune in this month to see a special edition of "The Buzz" on WLND from the Wayne Community Center.



Report from Mayor Wild

Mayor William R. Wild
Dear ,


It is with great pleasure that I announce that the Wayne Aquatic Center, located at 4635 Howe Road, recently reopened and Westland residents are eligible to receive the resident rate under the new Wayne-Westland Good Neighbor Plan.  Membership includes Cardio-Theater Area, Wellness Area, Whirlpool, Open Ice Skating, Dry and Wet Saunas, Locker Rooms, 1 free 15 minute orientation, Walk/Jog Indoor Track and Indoor Pool. Follow this link for hours of operation, rates and more.


I am also pleased to announce the Third Annual "Hockey Night in Westland" Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Mike Modano Ice Arena, located at 6210 N. Wildwood.


I invite you to join me and the Westland Wild Wings as we take on the Red Wing Alumni in an exhibition charity hockey game to raise funds for an expansion of the Mike Modano Ice Arena.  There are many fun-filled activities planned for the event including a score-o-competition, chuck-a-puck, a Mite Hockey shootout, raffles, prize giveaways and much more.


Tickets are $10 per adult, $5 per child (kids under 3 are free).  Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at the Mayor's Office, the Bailey Recreation Center and the Mike Modano Ice Arena.  Seating is limited to 800 so be sure to get your tickets early.


Lastly, 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 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. 


If you are interested in any of these programs or events, you can find more information at or call (734) 467-3200.


Mayor Signature 



Mayor William R. Wild   

Upcoming Dates - March 2012

Mark your calendar...    


March 2012 


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

15th Annual Nursery School Olympics

Nursery School OlympicsPreschoolers can ride stick horses, throw marshmallows, jump over pillows, ride Big Wheels, and 16 other activities at the 15th Annual Nursery School Olympics.  New this year: the St. Mary's Hospital Fitness Challenge and, thanks to the Wayne Masons #112, all admissions will be free. The event is for children ages 18 months to 5 years old.  Children should be at least able to walk with assistance to participate.  Bring your youngster on Saturday, March 3, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. - noon.  The course takes 30-45 minutes, so please arrive before 11:30 to register. 


Sponsored by Westland Parks and Recreation, Westland Civitan Club, Wayne Masons #112, Dads' Athletic Club of Westland, Westland Bowl, Westland Christian Union, St. Mary's Hospital and Westland Jaycees.

Easter Events!

Westland Civitan Club Bunny Brunch

Sponsored by the Westland Civitan Club and Westland Parks and Recreation 

EasterThe Westland Civitan Bunny Brunch is a Westland tradition.  For over 20 years, families have enjoyed this traditional activity that provides an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, Easter games and activities, and a chance to meet the Easter Bunny.  Parents with cameras can get portraits of their child and the Easter bunny. 


Ages: Children ages 1-12 years old are $3.00 each, adults are $5.00 each

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012

Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon

Place: Harris Kehrer VFW Post 3323, 1055 S. Wayne Rd., (at Avondale).

Tickets are now on sale at the Bailey Center.

Westland Jaycees Easter Egg Scramble 

Sponsored by the Westland Jaycees and Westland Parks and Recreation 


What would be more fun at Easter time than an Easter Egg Scramble?  The Westland Jaycees invite all children under 14 years old to join them at Jaycee Park, 6210 North Wildwood, for an afternoon of games, refreshments, and a mad dash across the field to collect Easter Eggs.  Each child should bring their own Easter Basket, Bucket or Bag to put their eggs in.  The Easter Bunny will also be on hand to greet children and for photo opportunities. 


Ages: 14 and under.  

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Time: 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Place: Jaycee Park, corner of Wildwood and Hunter.
For more information contact the Westland Jaycee Hotline at 734-226-0400.


Walk for Warmth

Walk for WarmthWayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency will host the 16th Annual Walk for Warmth on Saturday, March 3, 2012. The event will run from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at Westland Shopping Center. 


Walk for Warmth raises funds to assist families in desperate need of utility assistance. Utility assistance funds have been significantly reduced from federal and state budgets. Last year, the Walk for Warmth raised over $50,000 to support local families in need of assistance through the Walk for Warmth


The event includes entertainment, door prizes and team awards. Team awards include Best Team Name, Most Pledges Raised, Biggest Team of Walkers and Most Team Spirit in both adult and youth categories.  Walkers are asked for a minimum $15 donation to receive a Walk for Warmth t-shirt and goody bag. The individual that raises the most over $1,000 will win a two night stay at the Grand Traverse Resort and Spa in Acme, Michigan.

In addition to energy assistance, Wayne Metro offers a variety of educational, housing and basic needs services to support low- income individuals and families.


Westland is the all-American city, and helping our less fortunate neighbors is one of the backbones of our country.  The City is proud to be a part of this helpful event.


For more information, please visit or contact Erin Southward at (734) 246-2280 ext. 123 



Fiscal Fitness


 Wings 2012  


Happy Birthday MHS!



This year the Michigan Humane Society will celebrate its 135th Birthday (that's 945 in dog years) as a private, non-profit organization.   Each year we care for more than 100,000 animals while working to end companion animal homelessness, provide the highest quality service and compassion to the animals entrusted to our care, and to be a leader in promoting humane values.  

As an open admission shelter we receive a wide variety of animals.  As a general rule we take in the greatest amount of dogs, cats, puppies and kittens.  It is not uncommon for us to see iguanas, tarantula's, pigs, birds, ducks, lizards, rats, mice, snakes, goats, chickens, roosters, sheep, wildlife, plus the occasional lion, tiger and/or bear! 

Many people may not realize all of the services our shelters offers in the community. This list just barely "scratches" the surface!

  • Operate Animal Shelters in Westland, Rochester Hills and the City of Detroit. 
  • Petco Satellite Adoption Center - Sterling Heights
  • Petsmart - 6 permanent Cat Adoption Centers
  • Cruelty Investigation Department
  • Animal Rescue Department
  • Food Banks - 3 shelters
  • On Site - Veterinary Centers - 16 on staff Veterinarians
  • Wildlife Rehabilitation Center - Rochester Hills
  • Trap/Neuter/Release - Feral Cat Program
  • Legislation Lobbying Program
  • "Protect A Pet" - Vaccination Clinics - 8 events
  • "Meet Your Best Friend at the Detroit Zoo" - Animal Adoption Events

Our efforts have greatly expanded in the community due to the dedication of our over 350 foster homes and almost 2,000 volunteers.  It is truly a rewarding experience to offer care to an animal in need.  Please visit for more information.  Don't forget to "like" us on Facebook! 



Activities at the Bailey Center


Your tiny dancer will learn basic ballet movements choreographed to music at this fun program.  This new program provides children ages 3-5 years old a fun filled environment to learn about dance.  Children who register in March can participate in an informal recital on the last day of the last session in June.  The next session begins on Monday, March 5, 2012. 


Cheer/Tumble Gymnastics for High School Cheerleaders

Cheerleaders can improve their tumbling and cheer skills at this new class at the Bailey Center.  This class will focus on skills that cheerleaders need to perform well at competitions and Varsity games.  These skills can help your cheerleading team achieve better scores at competitions.  The class meets on Thursdays at 4:00 p.m.  softballThe next session begins on March 8, 2012 for 4 weeks.  Registration is required by March 6 2012.  Please contact the Bailey Center for more information at 734-722-7620.



Come and join an exciting and competitive softball league! The Westland Parks and Recreation Department is offering leagues for the 2012 season.  All games will take place at Jaycee Park, adjacent to the Mike Modano Ice Arena. Registration begins March 1, 2012 for returning teams. Open registration will begin on March 21, 2012. For more information, contact the Bailey Center at 734-722-7620.


Fire Department Increases Manpower

FirefightersThe City of Westland Fire Department is pleased to announce the nine federally funded firefighters hired under the FEMA SAFER grant have completed their initial training. This intensive training program prepares our probationary firefighters to work at the high level of service the Westland Fire Department provides to the citizens and visitors to the City of Westland.  These nine probationary firefighters now count as manpower and are able to be included as part of the daily staffing.  With three additional firefighters per shift, the chief is able to staff more vehicles and increase the service level to our citizens.  With our run volume at an all-time high of 9700 calls for service in 2011 the Westland Fire Department is the third busiest fire department in Wayne County behind Detroit and Dearborn.  Approximately 85% of our calls are EMS based incidents including vehicular accidents.  The newest firefighters we have hired have all come with experience as paramedics and many of them had firefighting experience as well.  The reputation of the Westland Fire Department as a progressive fire department and industry leader helps us attract these high caliber entry level employees. The department is proud of their achievements in completing their initial training and we have high hopes for their future contributions to continued success.


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.


February in Review

Wayne Aquatic CenterThe Michigan Department of Education selected the William D. Ford Career Technical Center Construction Trades partnership with the City of Westland Neighborhood Stabilization program for its annual Excellence in Practice Award. Mayor Wild also joined Wayne Mayor Al Haidous as partners in the "Good Neighbor Policy" for the re-opening of the Wayne Aquatic Center (pictured top right).


Also last month, Mayor Wild hosted a summit luncheon of all Westland Veterans groups to formalize a Veterans' Day Ceremony that will be the pride of our great City and set thestandard for Southeast Michigan. In the meantime, local 

Relay for Life Kick Off 2012

volunteers met again at the Bailey Center to kick off the 2012 Relay for Life which will be held from 10 a.m. Saturday, May 12, to 10 a.m. Sunday, May 13, at Jaycee Park (pictured right).


Westland Business Owners took advantage of a FREE Energy Efficiency Seminar on Wednesday, February 1 at the William P. Faust Public Library where they learned about low cost energy upgrades, operational energy cost savings, utility rebates/incentives, tax credits and deductions and the Westland Downtown Development Authority's New Energy Efficiency Enhancement Grant Program (EEEG).


February also welcomed the appointments and re-appointments of the following board and commission members:


City of Westland Municipal Departments
MayorWilliam R.  734.467.3200
Follow on Twitter @MayorWild
Deputy MayorJade Smithjsmith@cityofwestland.com734.467.3200
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  policechief@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

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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