Board of trustees passes Human Relations Ordinance

By Jordan Goltz
Meridian Times staff writer

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP- It is no longer legal in Meridian Township to discriminate against people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered after the board of trustees passed the Human Relations Ordinance on a 6-1 vote at Monday night’s board meeting. Members of the LGBT community gathered at the meeting to support the ordinance. The ordinance was introduced in July and brought up in several subsequent meetings. It outlaws discrimination or harassment against any residents, regardless of their sexuality. Meridian Township resident and LGBT rights supporter Joel Meredith spoke to the board about what this ordinance would mean.

Prohibiting smoking in the parks

By Tiara Marocco
Bath-DeWitt Connection Staff Writer

BATH, Mich. – In Bath Township’s efforts to provide a cleaner environment for its citizens, the board passed the first reading of the proposed ordinance amendment to prohibit smoking in the parks. On Monday, October 1, 2012, the board debated on the importance of banning smoking in the parks.  The first reading passed with four votes in favor of the ordinance while three opposed. “The No Smoking Ordinance will become effective November 21, 2012 and will be enforced by our police department on a complaint-basis only,” said Kathleen McQueen, Bath Township Clerk. To support or not to support?

Meridian Completes the Streets

By Florian Cherdron
Meridian Times staff writer

Meridian Township — Meridian Township is working to improve public safety on its roads and pathways.The township was recently given a $4,500 grant to improve public safety and increase awareness of safe travel habits.The grant was awarded by the Ingham County Health Department. The money comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, passed in 2009, to create jobs by investing in infrastructure, education, health and green energy. Complete Streets is a movement dedicated to making roads safer and more convenient for various transportation methods. In the ideal “Complete Street,” there are separate lanes for cars, buses and bikes as well as pedestrian pathways. “Here in Michigan we have about 70 ordinances at the local level, which is the most of any state,” said John Lindenmayer, a member of the Michigan Complete Streets Coalition.