The position of Williamston Township Clerk is up for grabs this Tuesday in a contested election. Mark Steinberg, the current Williamston Township clerk, is running against former IJC chair Dennis Schornack. Check out the infographic below to learn where they stand on Williamston’s major issues:
Earlier this month a Boston McDonald’s offered Big Macs via an ATM, and at some of its other stores, customers can order meals via a kiosk. As the company looks at an automated future, how would it affect its small-town stores?
Williamston school district superintendent Narda Murphy said there is no longer any need to be concerned over the quality of water in Williamston schools. This spring, elevated levels of lead were found in a teacher’s lounge faucet in Williamston High School, a restroom drinking fountain in Explorer Elementary, a kitchen sink and seventh grade hall drinking fountain in Williamston Middle School and a maintenance garage bathroom sink. Water tested by Testing Engineers & Consultants on Feb. 13 contained lead levels above the threshold of 0.015 mg/L which is the Environmental Protection Agency’s level for action. The lead was from the faucets themselves, including the soldering and the welds the the infrastructure within the faucet.
When he was younger, Justin McVay turned to games to bring him out of his shell. Video games did not require social interaction at the time but he found board and card games pushed him in a way to interact with people in a way he did not normally. But that did not bother him. In fact, it made him more social and happy. It was only natural for him to want to spread that joy to others, so he got the idea to open a gaming store.
In Williamston, it’s no secret that the roads could be in much better shape. “The roads are terrible,” Williamston resident John Endahl said. “We’ve lived on [Middle] street for 30 years, and it is basically paved potholes. It’s been that way for about five years.”
As a bike rider, the potholes on Middle street have caused Endahl to drop his phone on the pavement multiple times. The dire shape of some of Williamston’s roads has no quick fix, according to City Manager Alan Dolley.
Election Day is rapidly approaching and Williamston has several local elections on its ballot—among them is the Williamstown Township supervisor race. Incumbent Wanda Bloomquist (D) is seeking reelection and is challenged by retired Williamston police chief Howard Dahlstrom (R). The supervisor acts as the executive in the township government. According to the Williamstown Township website, some of the duties include: moderating board and annual meetings, acting as the township’s legal agent, appointing some commission members and developing the township budget. Township clerk Mark Steinberg said the race has high interest because of the two well-known candidates.
Williamston police officers responded to a call after someone threw a rock through a front window of a house on Williams Street early Sept. 22 at 2:30 a.m.
This is the 11th case of property damage this year in Williamston. No subjects have been arrested on suspicion of committing the crime. The case is pending further investigative leads. According to Williamston police chief Bob Young, the victim, Regina Ann Wilson, 49, reported hearing a crash sound at 1:30, but the call was made about half an hour later when the victim’s husband entered the living room to discover a large rock in the seat of a chair near the window.
New housing options will be available to Williamston residents as early as March. 304 River Edge, located at 304 W. Grand River Ave., will be mixed-use building with retail space on the first floor and three floors of apartments above. The building is going to be the first four story and one of the tallest edifices in Williamston. The project broke ground in September and is intended to open to tenants earlier than expected, regional property manager at KMG Prestige, the management company for the building, Andy Kneffel said. “We’re hoping it’s been expedited from our original plan,” Kneffel said.