By Sandi Latimer
City park officials encouraged residents to attend upcoming meetings to discuss the Westland area’s master plan.
Two public hearings are scheduled on the Westside in early December, according to Shawn Thomas, Westland Area Commission (WAC) member.
The hearings will be from 5:30-7 p.m. on Dec. 4 at Dodge Recreation Center and Dec. 5 at the Westgate Recreation Center.
Thomas said the Camp Chase multi-purpose trail will be coming through the Westside and linking up with existing trails. He said a group that maintains the trail in Madison County would like to work with Franklin County residents to form a similar group.
WAC member Scott Taylor said he attended a Camp Chase Trail organizational meeting. Taylor said the Madison County stretch features amenities like port-a-johns, benches and picnic tables. He said they could be included on the Franklin County side, too.
Officer Russ Weiner said as many as six undercover officers are on the streets in attempt to reduce the high number of property crimes. He encouraged area residents to look out for each other and to mark their personal property in case it is stolen and recovered.
Thomas said he is concerned some areas are without street lights and wondered how that affected crime.
“Criminals take the path of least resistance,” Weiner said. “If your street it more lit up than the next one over, they’re going to go to the other one.”
WAC chair Linda Pitts said applications to participate in the city’s Neighborhood Pride program are available and need to be submitted by Jan. 30.