Thursday, March 12, 2020

Westland reappoints 2 to city commission terms

Debra Fowlkes
Sharon Scott
Two long-serving Westland residents were re-appointed to city entities last month.
Members of the city council confirmed the re-appointment of Debra Fowlkes to the Westland Planning Commission and the re-appointment of Sharon Scott to the Downtown Development Authority during their regular meeting Feb. 18.
Fowlkes' new three-year term will expire Feb. 18, 2023 and Scott's four-year appointment will conclude Feb. 18, 2023.
Fowlkes, a long-time resident of Westland, has served on the planning commission since May 2015.  She previously served on the police and fire Civil Service Commission.
Fowlkes also served on the Wayne-Westland Community Schools Board of Education and was president of the board.

The planning commission is governed by a nine-member board appointed by the mayor and subject to confirmation by members of the city council.  Members of the commission serve three-year terms.  Members must reside, work or have ownership interest in property in the City of Westland.
The planning commission reviews and recommends to city council all applications for amendments to the zoning ordinance or zoning map, applications for special land uses, site plan approvals and planned unit developments. Meetings are scheduled for 6:30 p.m. the first Tuesday of each month at city hall.
Scott is also a long-time Westland resident and has served on the DDA since 2004.  She currently serves as treasurer of the Wayne County Community College District Board of Trustees and previously served on the Wayne-Westland Board of Education, the Westland City Council, the Wayne-Westland Credit Union Supervisory Board and the Wayne High School Alumni Association Board. 
The DDA is governed by an 11-member board appointed by the mayor and subject to the approval of the members 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 members  help firms by providing design assistance for redevelopment of commercial properties. Regularly scheduled board meetings take place at 8 a.m. the fourth Thursday of every month at city hall, located at 36300 Warren Road. The meetings are open to the public.
“Debra and Sharon have worked hard on their respective boards and commissions during their previous terms and I look forward to continuing to work with them throughout their upcoming terms,” commented Mayor William R. Wild.  “I am pleased to support their re-appointment and welcome their continued service and commitment  to the community.”