City discusses radium testing of water supply and new building

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By Matt Miller
Williamston Post Staff writer

On March 10, Mayor James DeForest led the city council in discussing Williamstons Radium testing and the future of the library and senior center

The foremost topic brought up at the meeting was the radium testing done to Williamston’s water supply. City Engineer Scott DeVries told the council that since the city had switched what laboratories, now reported radium levels had dropped.

DeVries said, “As part of any water system you are required to do chemical and bacteria testing”

DeVries said, Williamston has been using a single lab in Ohio for Williamston’s testing. Since the city had switched over to using multiple labs in multiple states, the city’s water tests have been coming back better.

Since the city had started using new labs, DeVries said, “The other labs being used reported consistently lower results.” DeVries also mentioned that during this transition, there were fewer problems.

DeVries also reported the results from adopting newer water treatment systems. DeVries said that now, “We have added treatment systems that had a tendency to reduce radium anyway.”

Community center

The next issue was the fate of Williamston’s library and senior center,located at the community center. There is discussion of moving these services to a new location due to the current building’s rundown condition. The council discussed two alternatives one being to move the services to a new building and the other would be to restore the current building.

The biggest challenge would be finding a place for development, with accommodations for seniors and children crossing the road to reach the building.

Library millage

The council also disscussed a newspaper article from DeWitt. that addressed a survey the city of DeWitt sent out regarding a library millage. This survey showed that 10 percent of the city would not support any tax increase.

Marlene Ann Epley, the former director of the Williamston Community Library foundation, strongly advocated for the library to be moved to a new location. Epley said she had seen a conceptual plan that meets all the needs the city council said it needed.

Police station

There was also some concern about a potential new home for the police station. The idea had been pitched before about moving it into the community center, but Councilwoman Sandy Whelton was very opposed to this move.

She said, “Anyone can walk in there every time of day, and pull a gun.” Whelton was concerned about the security of the location, especially since the police department holds drugs in it.

However, there was no other mention to moving the police station into the community center.

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