Thursday, March 26, 2020

City buildings closed, community events postponed, canceled

In Westland, Mayor William Wild has closed the Westland administrative offices to the public in an effort to comply with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's orders to implement social distancing and  close non-essential businesses.
In a prepared statement, Wild said that several city buildings would be closed and community events postponed or canceled. He stressed that all the closings and postponements would be revaluated and updated and the current coronavirus pandemic conditions progress.
The Westland Friendship Senior Center will be closed and AARP will suspend tax services at the site.

Meals on Wheels deliveries will not be affected at this time, according to the prepared announcement. 
Also closed are Historical Village Park and the Westland Public Library. All published programs, events and classes at the library have been canceled.
The Mike Modano Ice Arena will remain open for leagues until further notice, however, all public skating including Glow Skate, Open Skate, Sticks & Pucks, Learn to Skate and Timbits are cancelled through March 31.
Wild also announced the temporary closure of the Jefferson Barns Community Vitality Center to the public. 
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In accordance with state and federal guidelines with regards to social distancing, Westland City Hall will remain operational with a limited staff, Wild said.  Residents are encouraged to utilize the online city  services at during this time.  Contact information for city departments are also available on the city website. City staff will still be responding to emails and voicemailsas quickly as possible.
There are also two drop boxes located in front of city hall Which residents can utilize to drop off payments and paperwork which will continue to be checked daily.
Essential government services that will continue include public safety, utilities, animal control, housing and building departments, sanitation (including trash collection), and finance.
“The City of Westland has been monitoring and evaluating the COVID-19 situation closely,” commented Wild. “Like all other communities facing this unprecedented challenge, we are working to ensure the safety and well-being of members of our community as well as our employees.”
Wild has appointed Fire Chief Michael Stradtner as the Westland COVID-19 emergency preparedness coordinator.  Stradtner is maintaining constant communication with federal, state and county officials and has also opened an informational hotline to answer individual questions and concerns regarding the virus at (734)793-9261.