DEWITT — Keeping the DeWitt District Library afloat has long been a topic of debate for the DeWitt Charter Board of Trustees, the DeWitt District Library Board, and several more township boards involved. For far too long, many argued, the library was forced to run on an insufficient allotment of 0.5 mill. The township’s shrinking budget further aggravated this problem; because of increased cuts in funding by the state, DeWitt Township had little to work with as it was. A proposed millage increase in this situation, along with a proposal for a new library building large enough to sufficiently serve the needs of its community, would likely prove challenging to gain public support for. This was indeed the case.
Delhi Charter Township’s Town Hall houses not only the offices of appointed and elected officials, but it also houses the public library. The reason for Delhi’s library branch is in the same building as the fire department, town hall, and recreation center located at 2074 N. Aurelius Road is that Delhi wanted to put the most important resources to its community all under one roof. “The council wanted to put all four buildings under one roof because of the level of important each facility would be to the community, and that is why they put it all here,” said assistant librarian Maxine Budzysnki. The public library is one of the township’s major landmarks that gets a wide range of business. Many townships in the Ingham County region have their own branches aside from the main library in downtown Lansing.
Proposals for CATA’s Redi-Ride service could increase taxes for Meridian Township citizens. Former Meridian Township Treasurer Tom Klunzinger said when Redi-Ride was voted into effect in 2000, the board proposed for a .2-mill tax to provide the service on a trial basis. Redi-Ride is a curb-to-curb bus service for citizens to any destination within Meridian, according to Township Manager Frank Walsh. “We have had some concerns raised about the service,” said Walsh, “So we are holding a community meeting to listen and engage the community in what issues have arisen.” The meeting was held on Oct. 27 at the Meridian Township Hall.
Haslett Public Schools and Williamston Community Schools have agreed on a consolidation technology agreement. Haslett will provide technology services for Williamston. The agreement comes as a result from rising education costs and a lack of federal resources. Williamston has never been in the position of having to cut programs from their school curriculum. Students will not be impacted in any manner from this agreement.