Library foundation will not have initiative on August ballot

By Justine McGuire
Williamston Post staff writer

WILLIAMSTON – Recent developments have caused the Williamston Community Library Foundation to back off the plan to have its proposal for a new library building on the ballot this August.

Wheatfield Township’s board of trustees continue to block the initiative by refusing to appoint a representative to the joint building authority.

“We’re going to move a little bit more slowly but more carefully and strategically,” said Jack Helder, the foundation’s president.

Helder said that the trustees of the township don’t think there is enough interest to make the cost worthwhile. To prove them wrong, the foundation plans to gather 200-300 signatures, which would be about a quarter of the township’s adult population.
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Foundation hits bumps on way to new library building

The Williamston Community Library is housed in one room of the Williamston Community Center

By Justine McGuire
Williamston Post staff writer

WILLIAMSTON – Wheatfield Township trustees decided not to send a representative to form a joint building authority, putting a snag in the Williamston Community Library Foundation’s plans for a new library building.

The current plans require the City of Williamston, Williamstown Township and Wheatfield Township to form a joint building authority, then agree on the details of the building before the three municipalities can apply to put this initiative on the ballot.

Williamstown has agreed to send a representative to negotiate on the joint building authority committee. Williamston recently selected Kathleen DeForest, Mayor James DeForest’s wife, to represent the city.

Jack Helder, the foundation’s president and a resident of Wheatfield, said that the main reason Wheatfield gave for declining to send a representative was a lack of support in the community.

However, Wheatfield Treasurer Holly Miller said that lack of support was one of many reasons for the board’s decision.

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Foundation works toward new library

Williamston Community Library

By Justine McGuire
Williamston Post staff writer

WILLIAMSTON - Williamston Community Library Foundation is working toward getting a new library building in Williamston and wants its millage, .67 mils for 20 years, on the ballot in August 2012.

The foundation’s president and long-time Wheatfield Township resident, Jack Helder, has presented his proposal to the Williamston City Council, the Wheatfield Township Board of Trustees and the Williamstown Township Board of Trustees.

Since the presentations, the Williamstown trustees have voted to send representatives to negotiate for a joint building authority, Wheatfield has declined, and Williamston has not yet made a decision.
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