Westland, MI (January 10, 2019) - On Monday, January 7 the Westland City Council formalized a state grant to provide funding to assist with the compliance plan and cost analysis approved by the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission (MIDC) for indigent criminal defense services in the amount of $385,618. These standards were approved by LARA on May 22, 2017 and the process was amended and described in the Michigan Indigent Defense Act by Public Act 214 in 2018, which mandates the court provide a Court Appointed Attorney at all arraignments and all critical stages of the trial process for indigent defendants.
Nocerini Strategies Group (NSG), which manages the city's grant portfolio, announced that the City of Westland was awarded a Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) from the State of Michigan in the amount of $46,700 to fund the Learning Lab located at the Jefferson Barns Community Vitality Center.
The lab, which is geared towards creating pathways out of poverty for under privileged children in the city, offers tutoring services and instruction on coding, hydroponics, 3D printing and other STEM proficiencies as well as transportation.
NSG also announced that the Westland Police Department was awarded an additional JAG grant in the amount of $108,964 to purchase LIDAR and Radar units to reduce speeding and accidents. The department will use the funding to purchase and deploy:
- 8 Prolaser III LIDAR kits (speed guns)
- 12 Golden Eagle Radar Units
- 4 Decauter Onsite 300M Speed Trailers and
- 14 Speed Radar Signs
Former State Representative Robert Kosowski attended the council meeting and announced that during the recent lame duck legislative session, he was able to secure a $150,000 state grant to be used for upgrades to the amenities at Stottlemeyer Park. Kosowski, who left office January 1, successfully secured $950,000 in grant funding for parks in Westland/Wayne during his 6 year tenure from 2013 to 2018.
"The City really depends on grants like these to continue to fund improvements and service enhancements for our residents," remarked Mayor Bill Wild. "I appreciate the work of our grant team and Representative Kosowski to secure these much needed funds."
For more information, contact Aubrey Berman, Administrative Secretary at (734)467-3200