What was once a calm Williamston City Council meeting turned into a heated debate within the city hall chambers, pitting the Farmers’ Market Ad Hoc Committee and the Williamston City Council. A “spirited back-and-forth” is how the newly-minted council member Daniel Rhines described it. The Williamston Farmers’ Market is set to run for May 20 to Oct. 14. It’s an annual tradition many residents are fond of — including a number of council members.
It’s official: Daniel Rhines is the final member of the Williamston City Council, as determined Feb. 26 by the council. He was sworn in after the council meeting, and now, the Williamston City Council has all seven of its members. “Feels good,” Rhines said. “I hope that I can do well for the city and be worth the confidence the board placed in me by picking me.”
As Mayor Tammy Gilroy and the city council moved to its action items on the agenda, the decision to appoint the new council member came swiftly.
While the Williamston City Council welcomed its newest member to its ranks — council member John Bisard — there is one spot still up for grabs. And for at least the next two weeks, it’ll stay that way: Vacant. As is procedure, the City Council met again Monday evening, as it’s wont to do every second and fourth Monday of the month. And as part of the agenda, the public servants interviewed the third and final applicant for the open spot, Paula Curtis. Curtis brings a Williamston-heavy resume, as she said she’s been in the town for the past 55 years.
Williamston’s City Council held its regular bi-monthly meeting last week, but this time there was a 20-minute presentation about beekeeping to persuade the council for a change in their area on Oct. 23. City council meeting attendee Meghan Milbrath stepped up to present her view on Williamston’s local code ordinance section 10-2 No. 42, which has prohibited beekeeping within the city since 1929. Milbrath is a beekeeper, research associate in the Department of Entomology at MSU and the coordinator of the Michigan Pollinator Initiative, a program that is loyal to the safekeeping of honeybees in Michigan.
By Katie Krall and Tiago Zielske
The Williamston Post
Voters in the City of Williamston approved three charter amendments Tuesday. Those in favor totaled 56.18 percent on the Deputy Administrative Officers Proposal, which will amend Section 6.6, Chapter 6 of the Charter. This amendment will allow the City Council to authorize deputy administrative officers and those same officers will be appointed and removed by the city manager. The next two Charter amendments were accepted by wider margins. Charter Amendment Section 6.4, Chapter 6.