•OLD MILL PARK REVITALIZATION
Your support is needed! Be a part of a major improvement project that will create wonderful recreation spaces in downtown Williamston! The City of Williamston Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is revitalizing Old Mill Park. The DDA has secured a grant to cover a majority of the cost, but there is a funding gap to turn this vision into a reality. The DDA is seeking to fundraise $40,000 through the Public Spaces Community Places program. If we achieve $40,000, then the Michigan Economic Development Corporation will provide $40,000 in matching funds toward the project. Your donation can be doubled through this program! Please visit patronicity.com/downtownwilliamston to learn more and to donate!
•OLD MILL PARK GAZEBO UP FOR AUCTION
Resting within Old Mill Park between Putnam Street and the rapids of the Red Cedar River is a charming gazebo. It is a popular location to relax and enjoy the comings and goings of community members strolling along the river boardwalk or heading to McCormick Park. Framed by beautiful gardens, the gazebo is also one of the most photographed spots in the area. However, the current gazebo has outlived its life as a public structure and is slated to be replaced by a new gazebo as part of a major renovation of Old Mill Park. Funding for a new gazebo has been donated by the Williamston Red Cedar Garden Club as a gift to the City to commemorate the club’s 95th year of calling Williamston its home.
While the existing gazebo is no longer viable as a public structure, it is hoped that with a little tender loving care it just may be able to have a new life in someone's yard.
If you are interested in a charming historic gazebo as a feature of your home landscape, you now have an opportunity to bid on the gazebo. The City of Williamston is auctioning off the existing gazebo to the highest bidder. All proceeds received by the City for the gazebo will be donated toward the City’s improvements to Old Mill Park. Better still, the donation will be doubled through the Public Spaces Community Places grant program if the City achieves its fundraising goal under that grant program. In any event, the winning bid will be used to create a lasting contribution to the park. The winning bidder will be responsible for moving the structure to its new home. Moving work shall be coordinated with the City of Williamston. Anyone interested in bidding on the existing gazebo, can send an email, including the bidder’s name, phone number, bid amount, and method of moving the gazebo to: email@example.com. The City will maintain a current posting of the highest bid on its website at www.williamston-mi.us. The auction will close at 8:00 p.m. on July 1, 2021, after which the winning bid will be announced. The City of Williamston reserves the right to accept or reject all bids. Click here for entire document.
•CITY OF WILLIAMSTON TAX INCREMENT FINANCE AUTHORITY
The City of Williamston Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) adopted the following Resolution approving the 2021 Amendment to the Tax Increment Finance Plan and Development Plan 2B - click here for link
•FULL-TIME POLICE OFFICER POSITION AVAILABLE
The City of Williamston is seeking qualified candidates for the position of full-time police officer. The City of Williamston covers roughly 2.5 square miles and has a population of just under 4,000. Located in Ingham County just 15 miles east of the state capitol in Lansing. The department has a chief and six full-time officers. Click here for more information.
•LIMB AND BRANCH PICKUP
Collection dates are the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays from April through November. This is done by the City's Department of Public Works at no additional cost to residents.
● Branches may be set out no earlier than 8:00 a.m. on Saturday and no later than 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday. This eliminates branches lying out at the curb during the week.
● This is for fallen branches or minor tree trimming done by the property owner. The City will not collect brush or branches from trees that have been removed by a tree removal service.
● Place brush piles, no greater than 4 feet high, neatly at the curb with all the cut ends in the same direction, preferably with the ends facing away from the direction of traffic.
● This is for large branches and limbs over 4 feet in length. The main branch stem should have a minimum diameter of 1 inch and not be greater than 6 inches. (For the safety of employees, very small branches or sticks will not be collected.)
● Brush contaminated with dirt, vines, stumps, stones or metal cannot be chipped and will not be collected.
The public restroom at McCormick Park is open to the public. Following guidelines from the Center for Disease Control, users of the public restrooms are encouraged to practice social distance by maintaining six feet between individuals in all areas of the park, including the public restrooms. Users are also encouraged to wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Restrooms are checked for supplies and cleanliness each morning by City staff.
City meetings are held in accordance with Public Act 228 of 2020 amending the Open Meetings Act, and the Ingham County Board of Commissioners' Declaration of a State of Emergency for Ingham County and with the City's response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We thank our residents in advance for your patience as we implement electronic meetings during these challenging circumstances. Electronic meetings will be held using Zoom meeting technology. For more information, go to the Clerk's page.
Click here for the City Clerk's page and election information, including an absent voter fillable form.
Click here for the Treasurer's page.
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•NO PARKING ON CITY STREETS - WINTER REMINDER
There is no parking on any City Street from 2:00 a.m. - 5:00 a.m. from October 1-March 31, per Williamston City Ordinance Sec 66-145. If there is a late snowfall (in April) cars will need to be off the streets. This is to allow our DPW workers the ability to remove snow from streets.
•ICE AND SNOW REMOVAL
It is the responsibility of the property owner to remove any ice and snow from the entire length of the sidewalk on their property whether the property is unoccupied or if there is a building or structure on it. Sidewalks need to be cleared within 24 hours of cessation of snowfall if less than 4" or within 48 hours if greater than 4". Sidewalks not cleared may be cleaned by the City and the property owner will be invoiced. Per City Ordinance 50-32.
DIAL 2-1-1 FOR HELP
Were you aware that 2-1-1 is a free and confidential service that helps people across North America find the local resources they need? They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. You may also visit the website at www.211.org. The range of services includes help with crisis and emergency, disaster assistance, food, health, housing and utilities, jobs and support, reentry, veterans and human trafficking. All calls are private and confidential.
•CITY STAFF PHOTO (12/19)