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Board of Review

The Westland Board of Review reviews the annual assessment roll and hears appeals of real and personal property assessments. The board also corrects “clerical errors, mutual mistakes of fact, and homestead status” relative to the current and prior year’s assessment rolls.  The board currently has three (3) members that are appointed by the Mayor and subject to confirmation by the City Council. The Board meets the first Tuesday of every March, the third Wednesday in July, and the second Tuesday in December. The meetings are held at Westland City Hall, 36300 Warren Rd.

Brownfield Redevelopment Authority

An eleven (11) member Board appointed by the Mayor and subject to the approval of the City Council.  This Board meets following the submission of a Brownfield Redevelopment Plan.  The Authority facilitates business and property owners in redeveloping brownfield sites throughout Westland.

Building Authority

The three (3) member board is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council.  The Building Authority issues bonds to pay for construction of municipal buildings.

Committee on Disability Concerns

The Westland Committee on Disability Concerns is committed to the research, education, encouragement, and promotion of community involvement in the acknowledgement of the needs and concerns of disabled citizens. The board currently has seven (7) members who are appointed by the Mayor, two of which have disabilities covered by the ADA. This committee meets the third Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Downtown Development Authority (DDA)

The DDA is governed by an eleven (11) member board appointed by the Mayor and subject to the approval of the City Council. The Downtown Development Authority implements an improvement and business development plan in a commercial district along Ford Road and Wayne Road south of Ford and they help firms by providing design assistance for redevelopment of commercial properties. Regularly scheduled board meetings take place the fourth Thursday of every other month at 12 PM at City Hall, 36300 Warren Rd and are open to the public.   

 

 

Library Board

The five (5) member Library Board is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council.  The Board oversees the Library Director and the operations of the William P. Faust Public Library.  Meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the Library's Community Meeting Room, located at 6123 Central City Parkway.

Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA)

LDFA

The City of Westland LDFA Board is governed by an eleven (11) member Board appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council.  Regularly scheduled board meetings take place the third Friday of March, June, September and December each year at 9 AM at City Hall, 36300 Warren Rd. and are open to the public.  The Authority's primary objective is to encourage local development to prevent conditions of unemployment and to promote economic growth.

 

 


Municipal Services Bureau (MSB)

The five (5) member board is appointed by the Mayor and operates as a non-profit organization.  The MSB operate the Mike Modano Ice Arena, the Municipal Golf Course, a home chores program and a crossing guard unit.  Meetings are held quarterly (Feb., May, Aug., Nov.).

Parks & Recreation Advisory Council

This seven (7) member board is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council.  The Advisory Council reviews plans and specifications for work undertaken in City parks and volunteers for programs provided by the City's Recreation Department.  The board also advises the administration on Parks & Recreation decisions.  Meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, located at 36300 Warren Road.

Police & Fire Retirement Board

A five (5) member board made up of the City Treasurer, one representative elected from the Police employees, one elected from the Fire  employees and 2 Westland residents appointed by the Mayor.  The board oversees the pension funds established for the police and fire retirees.  Meetings are held the second Monday of each month.

Rehabilitation Review Board

The five (5) member board, which includes the City Treasurer and Bank representatives acting as service agents for the Neighborhood Development Program, are appointed by the Mayor.  The board approves and monitors the use of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for housing rehabilitation programs available through the Community Development Department.  Meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of every other month, beginning in January, at 4:30 p.m. at the Dorsey Center, located at 32715 Dorsey Road.

Sanitation Authority

The Central Wayne County Sanitation Authority (CWCSA) is a five (5) city authority that oversees the managing of the solid waste disposal costs for all Cities in the Authority.  Each City has one position on the Board and Westland's position is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council.  The board meets the first Thursday of each month at the CWCSA offices, located at 35000 Simms St. in Wayne.

Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) / Economic Development Corporation (EDC)

The City of Westland TIFA/EDC Board is governed by a nine (9) member board appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council. The purpose of the Tax Increment Finance Authority /EDC (TIFA) is to promote economic and business development through programs and public improvement projects that create economic opportunity, provide entrepreneurial support, and preserve property values. Regularly scheduled board meetings take place the second Tuesday of every other month at 8 AM at City Hall, 36300 Warren Rd. and are open to the public.

 

Westland Taylor Corporation

A nine (9) member board consisting of all of the Westland Housing Commission and 4 appointees by the Mayor to make policy and budgetary decisions regarding Thomas Taylor Towers. Meetings dates and times are yet to be determined.  Meetings are not open to the public.

Youth Assistance Program

The Westland Youth Assistance Advisory Board is apprised of the development, implementation, and evaluation of program services. Board members draw from their individual experience and expertise to provide suggestion and feedback regarding the direction of the program. The board currently has twelve (12) members that are appointed by the Mayor. Board meetings are typically held the fourth Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. during the months of January, April, and October. The meetings are held in the Youth Assistance Office located at City Hall, 36300 Warren Rd.

Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Board of Appeals consists of nine (9) members and one (1) alternate.  All members of the Zoning Board of Appeals, except one (1), are Council appointees.  The member who is not a Council appointee must be a Planning Commission member per state law.  They meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:30 p.m.  They elect their Chair and Vice-Chair from amongst the members.  Their duties include conducting hearings from any petitioner – business or residential – who have applied at the Building Department and been  denied their building permit due to not meeting ordinance requirements in their plans for the property.  This Board does exactly as their name implies – they hear appeals for any denial of a building permit.

Civil Service Commission

The Westland Civil Service Commission is charged with governing the hiring of all classified service positions. Oversight of the hiring of classified positions includes; determining the need to update hiring (eligibility) lists, noticing the need for applicants, accepting applications from applicants, conducting testing and interviewing of applicants, and creating the official eligibility lists through which applicants are subsequently hired into classified positions. The Civil Service Commission is a three (3) member board with one member appointed by the Mayor, one appointed by the employees, and one by the Commission. This commission meets the second Wednesday of: January, March, May, July, September, and November. The meetings are held at Westland City Hall, 36300 Warren Rd.

Commission on Aging

The Commission on Aging is an eleven (11) member board appointed by the Mayor.  The Commission meets every other month (Jan., Mar., May, July, Sep., Nov.) at 10 a.m. at the Friendship Center, located at 1119 N. Newburgh, to discuss issues relevant to the older adult population in Westland. The Commission meets with Senior Resource Director on a regular basis and often collaborates on various issues and topics of concern. The Commissioners vary in age, backgrounds and represent citizens 50 and over from different areas of the city. A wide range of topics are discussed in meetings along with problems and solutions for older adults. Many of the Commissioners are active members of the community and/or the Friendship Center.

Historical Commission

The Historical Commission has nine-members appointed by the Mayor.  The Commission collects, maintains, and preserves any materials and documents relating the the history of Westland and Nankin Township.  The Commission also operates the Helen C. Brown Historical Museum at 857 N. Wayne Road.  The Commission meets on the last Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Helen C. Brown Historical Museum.

Fire and Police Civil Service Commission

The Commission consists of a three (3)  member board, one of whom is appointed by the fire and police unions,one is a mayoral appointee and the third one is appointed by the other two members of the Commission.  They meet on the second Wednesday of each month at 8:00 a.m.  The Commission’s responsibilities include administering all promotional and new hire tests for all police and fire positions within the City of Westland. They must oversee the administering of all pre-hire examinations including psychologicals, vision and health.  They hear any appeals concerned with new hires and/or promotional and as such they have subpoena powers and may call someone for testimony at these hearings.  They have adopted their internal rules and regulations and follow Act 78 and Act 345 as prescribed by the Michigan Legislature.

Housing Commission

A five (5) member board, appointed by Mayor to make policy and budgetary decisions regarding the Westland Housing Commission / Housing Voucher Program and act as Community Development Citizen Advisory Council for annual planning of CDBG and HOME funds.  Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday each month at 5:30 p.m. at the Dorsey Community Center, located at 32715 Dorsey.

Mayor William R. Wild's Task Force

A task force appointed by the Mayor with a primary goal to provide an opportunity for families to spend time together in an effort to encourage positive, constructive behavior among our children.

Planning Commission

The nine (9) member board is appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council.  The Planning Commission meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall, located at 36300 Warren Road.  They review site plan approvals, special land use requests, rezoning requests, land division requests, mechanical amusement licenses, street and alley vacations, and more.