Foundation hits bumps on way to new library building

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.

Foundation works toward new 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. Helder said that the primary reason Wheatfield gave was a lack of support in the community for a new library. He added that 50 households plan to attend the March 13 meeting to try to convince them to reconsider.