Wixom Eagle http://www.wixomeagle.com Wixom, Michigan News & Events Sat, 28 Jan 2017 21:52:55 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.1 Forbidden Art Exhibit Coming to Wixom http://www.wixomeagle.com/2017/01/28/forbidden-art-exhibit-coming-wixom/ http://www.wixomeagle.com/2017/01/28/forbidden-art-exhibit-coming-wixom/#respond Sat, 28 Jan 2017 21:50:31 +0000 http://www.wixomeagle.com/?p=7307 Forbidden Art Exhibit, March 20 – April 6, 2017 The City of Wixom is proud to announce that they will host the traveling exhibition entitled Forbidden Art, a collection of images of artwork created by concentration camp prisoners while imprisoned by the Nazis during World War II. The exhibition originated at Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum […]

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Forbidden Art Exhibit, March 20 – April 6, 2017

The City of Wixom is proud to announce that they will host the traveling exhibition entitled Forbidden Art, a collection of images of artwork created by concentration camp prisoners while imprisoned by the Nazis during World War II. The exhibition originated at Poland’s Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum (A-B Museum) and is made up of twenty large color photos of drawings and sculptures made by inmates of the Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and Ravensbrüeck concentration camps. Each of the photographs is accompanied by a historical commentary and a narrative account as to why the piece was created. The original objects are permanently housed at the A-B Museum and are far too delicate for public display.

The mere act of producing these works was highly dangerous: Creating art was illegal in the Nazi concentration camps. “The uniqueness of all people was precisely the thing that the former camp administration sought to destroy,” states JJ Przewozniak, Curator of Collections for The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools. “The inmates were acknowledged by a number, not a name: their clothes were exchanged for uniforms; their hair was removed. Every aspect of life in the camp sought to remove one’s own identity. This artwork defies all of that. It’s truly a testament to the human spirit.”

Forbidden Art will be installed at the Wixom Public Library from March 20 through April 6, 2017. The exhibit is made possible by the Wixom Downtown Development Authority, the Wixom Community Foundation, and local sponsors. The exhibit was developed and is presented in North America by The Polish Mission of the Orchard Lake Schools in exclusive partnership with the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum. It has been displayed at prominent institutions such as the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, West Point, the Hoover Museum, and UCLA. The City of Wixom exhibit is funded in part through a grant provided by the Michigan Council for Arts & Cultural Affairs and the Anton Art Center.

Forbidden Art Reception
When: Sunday, March 19
Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm
Where: Community Center
Cost: $20 through April 30
$25 March 1 and after

Please join us for an opening reception to welcome this extraordinary exhibit. This evening’s almost-black-tie reception is sponsored by the Wixom Downtown Development Authority, the Wixom Community Foundation, and local Wixom businesses. We will be honored by the presence of a speaker from Poland’s famed Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum who will provide intimate details of this moving artwork. The reception includes refreshments and hors d’oeuvres, music, and exhibit viewing. To purchase tickets, please see the City website’s Activities & Events Registration Page or call 248-624-2850.

 

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City Manager, Goodlein Contributes to Political Millage Committee http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/11/03/city-manager-goodlein-contributes-political-millage-committee/ http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/11/03/city-manager-goodlein-contributes-political-millage-committee/#comments Fri, 04 Nov 2016 02:20:06 +0000 http://www.wixomeagle.com/?p=7290 According to the Michigan Department of State Bureau of Election, a pro Millage Increase Election Committee, identified as ”The Wixom Families for Community Safety” filed their financial report through their Campaign Treasurer, on October 25, 2016. Certainly, citizens and businesses interests have a right to express political concerns by donating to and forming political packs […]

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According to the Michigan Department of State Bureau of Election, a pro Millage Increase Election Committee, identified as ”The Wixom Families for Community Safety” filed their financial report through their Campaign Treasurer, on October 25, 2016.

Certainly, citizens and businesses interests have a right to express political concerns by donating to and forming political packs or committees to expressing their voices.

  • Remember Buckley v. Valeo court action ruled that …campaign finance spending…was the same as written or verbal expression or free speech. Money became free speech!

What is interesting and significant within the report is the contribution of Wixom City Manager, Clarence Goodlein of Milford of $500.00, and $427.94. This campaign spending  is interesting in that it would give the appearance of unethical behavior NS THE APPEARANDCE OF A DEFINATE CONFLICT OF INTEREST. …Let’s pass this millage:  I need the money and a raise?.  If the Millage were approve, he would, “feather his own MonetaryNnest.”

Other contributors are:

Mayor, Kevin Hinkley: $200.00 – Conveyall Industrial Supply, Inc.

Clarence Goodlein, Wixom City Manager, Milford, MI: $500.00

Karin Goodlein, Traverse City, MI: $500.00 – Retired

Ronald Moore Walled Lake, MI: $100.00 – [no employer given]

Raymond Shamoun Commerce Twp.: $500.00 – Jackson Automotive

Robert Bauriedl, Brighton, MI: $500.00 – Cut and Care

Carl Bumgardner Plymouth, MI: $500.00 – Royal Truck & Trailer

Charbel Alam Farmington, MI: $500.00: Magnum Towing

Wixom Families For Community Safety: $425.00

Clarence Goodlein, City Manager, Wixom (Hangers): $427.94

Stacey Banks Wixom, MI: Facebook Enhancement: $74.12.

Total contributions received by the WFFCS Committee is $3300.00 for political purposes supporting the increase of the millage proposal.

Individuals and businesses can participate in the political process of the community; however, City Manager, Goodlein should not give the impression that he wants a raise or showing a bias by contributing to the political interests of any committee; Mr. Goodlein would be wise to heed this advice. City Manager, Goodlein should do his “Administrative Job” of the City Manager and let the politics up to the community taxpayers, and voters.

Mr. Goodlein, you live in Milford, raise or lower their taxes if you want, but when you work in Wixom, let the taxpayers and voters decide what is best for them. It is called an Election: you are not a resident but an EMPLOYEE.

…Or, perhaps, Mr. Goodlein you should request an Absentee ballot!


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City Council Meeting Recordings Now Available http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/11/03/city-council-meeting-recordings-now-available/ http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/11/03/city-council-meeting-recordings-now-available/#respond Thu, 03 Nov 2016 21:11:38 +0000 http://www.wixomeagle.com/?p=7284 Following nearly a year of effort by Councilmembers Gottschall, Kennedy, and Smiley, nearly all future meetings of Wixom City Council will now be recorded by students of Walled Lake Schools and made available for interested residents to view through YouTube and WLTV. This is a very important advancement on Council, and important for a knowledgeable […]

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Following nearly a year of effort by Councilmembers Gottschall, Kennedy, and Smiley, nearly all future meetings of Wixom City Council will now be recorded by students of Walled Lake Schools and made available for interested residents to view through YouTube and WLTV. This is a very important advancement on Council, and important for a knowledgeable and engaged electorate. This will help to hold Council more accountable to the citizens of Wixom.

Walled Lake students first recorded the October 11th meeting of Council, which the administration has posted to its social media, and which the school television system has aired at various times for television viewing. As a concerned and interested resident you will now be able to see what has occurred in the meetings without worrying if your busy schedule doesn’t allow the time between family and errands to attend each meeting. These recordings will also help to overcome the vague and missed portions of official council minutes that sometimes occurs, giving you a better feeling for the personality of council and the discussion about important city issues . . . such as the budget and millages!

Congratulations to the Council on joining the times, and the many other local governments that have been broadcasting their meetings to their residents. It is about time Council has worked to be more transparent with voters and residents through these recordings. Now let us hope that future steps will be taken to address other inconsistencies in city recordkeeping and openness.

 

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Guest Article: Jane Kleban on Wixom’s Millage Renewal http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/11/01/guest-article-jane-kleban-wixoms-millage-renewal/ http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/11/01/guest-article-jane-kleban-wixoms-millage-renewal/#respond Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:53:14 +0000 http://www.wixomeagle.com/?p=7280 Some final facts to consider before voting Yes or No on Wixom’s Millage Renewal. Wixom has an excellent Police Department with a good ratio of officers to residents. According to the Mayor, nearly 90% of all crime is confined to a single apartment complex, making the rest of the City safer for other residents. The […]

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Some final facts to consider before voting Yes or No on Wixom’s Millage Renewal.

  • Wixom has an excellent Police Department with a good ratio of officers to residents. According to the Mayor, nearly 90% of all crime is confined to a single apartment complex, making the rest of the City safer for other residents. The previous millage allowed three new officers to be hired and $272,000 new vehicles and equipment to be purchased.
  • Also, according to the City’s website, our Fire Chief, staff and 20 paid on-call volunteers have 10 dedicated vehicles to help them fight fires and perform emergency rescues (including 2 engines, 2 medical vehicles, 1 aerial platform ladder truck, 1 grass fire rig, 1 heavy rescue, 1 tanker, a tech rescue trailer and a special response vehicle). Two of those vehicles were purchased since the last millage at a cost in excess of $700,000.
  • The DPW also serves the community well, plowing streets picking up leaves and maintaining city parks and property with $837,000 in new vehicles purchased since the last millage increase.
  • So how have we paid for these and other services? First there’s the 7.9 mill city operating budget which covers the bulk of City expenses. Then there’s the 3.5 in additional “make whole” mills levied in 2012, and the 1.15 mills for local roads and .3 mills for the safety path, and 1.7460 for water/utility. That’s one base rate, plus four additional millages–not including the separate library millage, which was recently passed thanks to the support of the community. In addition, the City receives several millions of dollars in grants for road construction and sewer maintenance, and has collected more than $1 1/2 million in building and construction permits according to the City Manager.
  • The city has done so well that after paying all of the City bills, cutting expenses, and spending more than $2 1/2 million dollars on one-of-a kind services and equipment designed to last 5-20 years (like those listed above), there is more than $4.81 million in surplus funds in what’s called the Budget Stabilization Budget. In addition, the City maintains an emergency Fund Balance of $1,644,868. Added together that’s $6,454,868 over and beyond the city’s $10.533 million dollar city budget.
  • Call it what you will–judicious spending, belt tightening, over taxation, or a combination of all three. This surplus will more than cover any potential reductions in police, fire, DPW, senior center and Community Center services for the next few years. So there is no reason to lose the services we have come to expect.
  • The common sense position appears be to Vote No on the 3.5 “new dedicated tax” and ask the City Council to reconsider a more realistic rate in a year or two. The 3.5 rate is just too greedy.

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Saving the Wixom Wire House http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/11/01/saving-wixom-wire-house/ http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/11/01/saving-wixom-wire-house/#respond Tue, 01 Nov 2016 15:04:14 +0000 http://www.wixomeagle.com/?p=7277 At the September 27th meeting of Council, those councilmembers present (Mayor Hinkley and Councilmember Rzeznik excused) voted to approve the restoration of Wixom’s Wire House in an amount not to exceed $54,000. This is great news for those in our community who care about the roots of our city, and Wixom’s past. According to Ms. […]

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At the September 27th meeting of Council, those councilmembers present (Mayor Hinkley and Councilmember Rzeznik excused) voted to approve the restoration of Wixom’s Wire House in an amount not to exceed $54,000. This is great news for those in our community who care about the roots of our city, and Wixom’s past.

According to Ms. Dorchak of the Wixom Historical Society, the Wire House was constructed in 1855 by one of the first settlers in our community. Over the years this home served as home to the pastor of the local church, where funerals of community members were sometimes carried out. The pastor’s name was Reverend Wire, and that is why Wixom knows this house as the “Wire House.” After the Wire Family the house was inhabited by the Tiffin family until the early-1970s, until the owners passed away at the very old ages of 104 and 93. At that time the home still used an outhouse! As the Wixom Historical Society knew, the Wire House has been a Wixom landmark and needing to be saved.

This action by Council comes after a long process carried out by the Wixom Historical Society, and their efforts to raise the funds necessary to carry out the repairs on their own. A number of months ago it became clear to the Historical Society that the foundation of this Wixom artifact were beginning to crumble, and that the house itself was at risk if left without repair. After this realization the Wixom Historical Society contacted a local architect to conduct a full evaluation of the work needed to restore the Wire House, and we surprised to learn that at the time it would cost nearly $25,000. The Wixom Historical Society undertook lengthy efforts to begin raising funds for the necessary repairs, even hosting fundraisers a the Wixom Station restaurant in the downtown area. After many months of hard work raising funds the Historical Society had raised approximately $10,000 toward the repairs.

As the Historical Society worked on their fundraising efforts, the condition of the Wire House continued to deteriorate, to the point that it was advised that no public access be granted creating a truly dire situation for this piece of Wixom history. It was at this time that the city of Wixom realized that extra efforts would be required to save the Wire House, and so Council stepped in to assist the Historical Society by fully restoring the home. The cost of the work approved by Council has grown due to the growing list of work to be completed at the Wire House to reopen the home to the public. Reinforcements will be added in the foundation to re-support the home. Additionally, other interior and exterior work will be carried out to insure that no further structural damage occurs to the home in the near future, thus protecting this Wixom landmark for future generations.

Finally, funds raised by the Wixom Historical Society will now be able to be used for the other important projects and efforts of this group, which really helps to secure the identity and character of our city.

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3.50 Mills is Too Much http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/10/21/3-50-mills-much/ http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/10/21/3-50-mills-much/#comments Fri, 21 Oct 2016 21:22:53 +0000 http://www.wixomeagle.com/?p=7270 For the past several months, Wixom Mayor, Kevin Hinkley, and Wixom City Manager, Clarence Goodlein, have painted a picture of “gloom and doom” if a new special millage is not passed on November 8th of this year. The current special millage of 3.50 mills expires at the end of 2016. During the Wixom City Council […]

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For the past several months, Wixom Mayor, Kevin Hinkley, and Wixom City Manager, Clarence Goodlein, have painted a picture of “gloom and doom” if a new special millage is not passed on November 8th of this year. The current special millage of 3.50 mills expires at the end of 2016.

During the Wixom City Council Regular meeting on 06/14/16, the council, discussed, debated, and voted on placing ballot language for the renewal of the current Special Millage in the amount of 3.50 mills on the November ballot.

Council members Kennedy, Gottschall, and Smiley made several attempts during the discussion portions of the meeting to lower the amount of the proposed new special millage. Mayor Hinkley, along with Councilmen Ziegler, Beagle and Rzeznik, were set firmly on 3.50 mills.

Council members Kennedy, Gottschall, and Smiley made a case for reducing the millage amount to be put before the voters of Wixom to 1.75 mills. They argued that 3.50 mills equates to about $2.3 million, of which an average of $1.1 million has been “tucked away” to the city’s Budget Stabilization Fund each of the last four years. It made sense to these councilman that the city government could maintain its services with essentially half of what the current special millage was currently collecting. Simply put, 3.5 mills is too much.

Kennedy, Gottschall, and Smiley have stated publicly that they did not want to take the tax increase decision away from the people of Wixom. However, they also wanted to put a better proposal on the ballot than what was being presented to them.

Unable to come up with a super-majority vote, Councilman Gottschall proposed an amendment to the ballot language. Instead of “3.50 mills”, it was changed to “up to 3.50 mills”.

This change to the millage proposal passed.

Council members Kennedy, Gottschall, and Smiley didn’t want a 3.50 millage renewal/increase, but they didn’t want to take the decision-power away from Wixom’s citizens.

This change to the wording of the proposal will allow the annual special millage amount to be less than 3.50 mills each year (but no higher). If passed, the amount will be debated, discussed, and determined by the City Council each year during Wixom’s budget sessions.

So, Wixom has a choice: vote for the 3.50 mills on the Nov. 8 ballot and hope that the council can or will go below the 3.50 mills allowed, or vote it down and make the council come back with a proposal that will be acceptable to the residents of Wixom.

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Theodore Roosevelt, “Duties of American Citizenship” http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/10/10/theodore-roosevelt-duties-american-citizenship/ http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/10/10/theodore-roosevelt-duties-american-citizenship/#respond Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:09:24 +0000 http://www.wixomeagle.com/?p=7264 Vote on Election Day Theodore Roosevelt, “Duties of American Citizenship” January 26, 1883; Buffalo, New York “…for what I wish to talk of is the attitude of the American citizen in civic life. It ought to be axiomatic in this country that every man must devote a reasonable share of his time to doing his […]

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Theodore Roosevelt, “Duties of American Citizenship”

January 26, 1883; Buffalo, New York

“…for what I wish to talk of is the attitude of the American citizen in civic life. It ought to be axiomatic in this country that every man must devote a reasonable share of his time to doing his duty in the Political life of the community. No man has a right to shirk his political duties under whatever plea of pleasure or business; and while such shirking may be pardoned in those of small cleans it is entirely unpardonable in those among whom it is most common–in the people whose circumstances give them freedom in the struggle for life. In so far as the community grows to think rightly, it will likewise grow to regard the young man of means who shirks his duty to the State in time of peace as being only one degree worse than the man who thus shirks it in time of war. A great many of our men in business, or of our young men who are bent on enjoying life (as they have a perfect right to do if only they do not sacrifice other things to enjoyment), rather plume themselves upon being good citizens if they even vote; yet voting is the very least of their duties, Nothing worth gaining is ever gained without effort. You can no more have freedom without striving and suffering for it than you can win success as a banker or a lawyer without labor and effort, without self-denial in youth and the display of a ready and alert intelligence in middle age. The people who say that they have not time to attend to politics are simply saying that they are unfit to live in a free community.

This is a repeat of a July 4th publication and it is important and worthy of repeating!

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Wixom Millage Debate http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/10/07/wixom-millage-debate/ http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/10/07/wixom-millage-debate/#comments Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:35:03 +0000 http://www.wixomeagle.com/?p=7257 The Spinal Column recently published two articles having to do with the November 8th vote on Wixom’s Millage. Below are links to those stories: Does Wixom really need a millage renewal? Guest column by Wixom resident Jane Kleban In 2012 Wixom taxpayers approved a four-year 3.5 millage request. That millage generated $2.35 million a year for […]

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The Spinal Column recently published two articles having to do with the November 8th vote on Wixom’s Millage. Below are links to those stories:

Does Wixom really need a millage renewal?

Guest column by Wixom resident Jane Kleban

In 2012 Wixom taxpayers approved a four-year 3.5 millage request. That millage generated $2.35 million a year for a total of $9.4 million over four years.

The millage was positioned as a temporary “make whole” proposition in order to provide essential police, fire, DPW and other emergency services to residents and businesses of Wixom. Many people felt that there was no choice but

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Wixom’s well-being depends upon renewal of its special operating millage.

Guest column by Wixom City Manager, and resident, Clarence Goodlein.

The renewal of Wixom’s special operating millage is critical to the immediate and long-term success of the community and the city’s ability to deliver services to its residents and businesses.

While it was believed in 2012 that the city’s property tax revenue would significantly recover and that extension of the special operating millage would be unnecessary, this has not occurred.

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Op-Ed, Mr. Wixom “All Lives Matter.” Get protests off the field!” http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/09/09/op-ed-mr-wixom-lives-matter-get-protests-field/ http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/09/09/op-ed-mr-wixom-lives-matter-get-protests-field/#respond Fri, 09 Sep 2016 16:14:33 +0000 http://www.wixomeagle.com/?p=7246 For a considerable time now there has been protests for All Lives Matter and many organizations have taken responsibility for protesting the lack of law-and-order as well as a potential lack of due-process for many civilians and police personnel in different regions of the country. This op-ed is directed to the Professional Leagues and their […]

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For a considerable time now there has been protests for All Lives Matter and many organizations have taken responsibility for protesting the lack of law-and-order as well as a potential lack of due-process for many civilians and police personnel in different regions of the country.

This op-ed is directed to the Professional Leagues and their respective personnel that have shown a display against the National Anthem while wearing a professional uniform.  This has been justified by a freedom of speech and freedom of activism by any individual and an absence of patriotic conformity of conduct by the League Owners and Managers.

It would be realistic to expect that on a National Platform of world exposure of the games and competitive competition that a National Sports Team and its members display a unity of commitment to the Country in which they live and earn their lively hood from a National audience.

While wearing any professional team uniform and representing a National Sports Team, an expectation of National respect for the Flag of our Nation and the National Anthem is a basic tenant of respect for the Country in which they live.

Those individuals on the field and representing an American Sports Team have an obligation to the Nation for respecting Flag and Anthem. While in uniform and on the American sports stage playing competitive professional sports for the pleasure and enjoyment of the Country’s citizens and viewed by the world, unity, respect, and patriotism to Country is expected and required while in uniform.

If those who feel strongly about individual activism, I support your activism as a Constitutional right and your personal obligation; however, while in uniform, it is not your right to use your affiliation and professional “stardom” as an individual on a national sports team to vent your activism while in uniform.

Take your activism off the sports field and into your home or to a place where you may exercise your right and obligation to promote your passions of interest in activism to that because you seek to vilify and to highlight the lack of injustices that are desirable for you to gain public awareness and support for your cause.

To recognize and bring to the public’s attention a lack of injustice, lawlessness, or absence of rule-of-law is an honorable endeavor, but noteworthy is the fact that the Flag and the National Anthem are Symbols of a Country where lives of many men, women and children have been sacrificed.

Your sacrifice, your activism, to “take a knee,” is petty…while you make millions-in- dollars while playing on a field, not riddled with bullets or dead bodies, but is a flawless green-plush-manicured-field, white stripped and with a national and global audience surrounding the activity.

The global and national audience has to be wondering, “Isn’t there a better way to display support for injustice and activism than to use your affiliations in a sport and your uniform-of-stardom as a way and means for venting your commitment to your ideology? ”

I believe there is a reasonable expectation that Owners of sports team emphasize that they represent not only a sports team with a tradition of unity and respect for country.

As one sports coach said, “You can be an activist and set on the bench or you can play the game you love.” It is a solution that I agree with. I would add, “By the way, while on the bench you won’t be paid.”

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Say “YES” to Library Millage http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/08/01/say-yes-library-millage/ http://www.wixomeagle.com/2016/08/01/say-yes-library-millage/#comments Tue, 02 Aug 2016 03:20:16 +0000 http://www.wixomeagle.com/?p=7232 What is it about a book or books that are so intriguing? Now, correctly stated, not all books are intriguing or of interest. Some books are to be read, others, perhaps pages scanned, many books are to be given some thought; then, there are those that catch your interest and your attention and have to […]

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What is it about a book or books that are so intriguing? Now, correctly stated, not all books are intriguing or of interest. Some books are to be read, others, perhaps pages scanned, many books are to be given some thought; then, there are those that catch your interest and your attention and have to be read. Every word on every page is a must read.

I have had many books that I have read three or four times, and I find some new thought or comfort in the reading.

Do you remember the first book you read or tried to read? Do you remember how that book felt, or did it have a definitive scent? Yes, my first-grade reader had a feel and an obvious wonderful scent. To this day I remember the feel and the scent of that book.

The few pages were filled with colorful pictures and short sentences: “See Spot run.” “Jack has a ball.” “Spot ran fast.”  Perhaps these informative learning to read years is when I became interested in books.  As the years passed, I engaged in developing my own library that became a very real part of my life. I turned to books for knowledge, for developing thoughtful and critical thinking about many subjects, and for just casual reading of global interests: people, places, and the world before the internet.

I remember when I purchased and received my first large addition to my library. I bought “The History of Civilization” an eleven-volume hard-cover set written by Will and Ariel Durant. It was amazing to just see these books let alone the thought of reading each of these great books. And I did read them and some of them twice!

I purchased many books after that, all hard covers, no paper-backs for me! My next large purchase was a complete set of Shakespeare’s Plays and Sonnets. I think there were 41 books in the series that contained some thirty-seven plays and about 150 +/_ Sonnets. These little Blue hard-cover volumes held  my attention for several years.  These purchases were followed by books of poetry, philosophy, history, literature and numerous anthologies.

Now what does my reading and purchasing of these books have to do with the Wixom Library and the Renewal of the Millage question? Am I just letting all know of my book purchases and my reading habits? Or the fact that I tried to develop my own little library?

What I am saying is that books are a valuable asset for many reasons, and there are those who cannot purchase or develop their own library.  There is also a desperate need for public access to a variety information about many subjects of interests that cannot be obtained without difficulty. The Library reduces the laborious task of seeking materials needed  by students, parents, and the public.

The Wixom Library started in the old City Hall in a room too small to be an office let alone a Library. There were many small shelves, few isles, one long table with folding chairs where one did not want to sit very long. The Council held their Executive Sessions in this Library.

When the time came to address the issues of the deficiencies of the Administrative’s offices and the inadequacies of office space,  the Library became an important phase of the development of the Civic Center which  is now constructed for public use. The Library has been a vital part of this community and without it, there would be a significant loss to the community that cannot be measured in dollars and cents; but may be measured in a loss of access to educational benefits and tutorials for those in need of these vital research services.

No one individual can reasonably be expected to own or have access to the materials they may need in their pursuit of essential materials that transform their lives, and the Library provides access to those materials.

Regardless of the format of the materials wanted for learning, research, or enjoyment, or the age of the public that wants to access these materials, the Wixom Library provides a valuable resource and community service for all. The programs offered and the staff contribute significantly to the benefit of the community, and it is essential that the Library remain an established and vital asset within the community.

Voters should say a definitive “YES” to the Renewal of the Library Millage on August 2, 2016

 

 

 

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