Albion Michgian News

Meet Councilman Williamson

March 22, 2019-(AMN) — We recently had an opportunity to present some questions from the Albion Community to Councilmember Shane Williamson of the 6th District. We’d like to thank Mr. Williamson for taking the time to answer question during our Q&A. Mr. Williamson was the first to respond to our request for Q&A and we’re happy to have had the time to get to know him a little better as a representative of Albion. We look forward to other council members response to our community questions.

When did you decide you wanted to be a Councilmember?
I decided to run for Albion City Council during 2017-2018. I wanted to try and provide steady leadership after seeing some of the problems council was having in making itself work for the citizens of Albion.

What are your goals for your District?
Precinct 6 has a large aging population, some of the nicest parks in Albion, as well as a small sliver of the Downtown’s edge. The 6th precinct also houses some of the college, students, and employees of the college. My goals are to continue to make council a place that encourages the current direction of downtown development, maintain our parks and making sure residents can enjoy those spaces by making sure they are clean and safe. I also want to speak for the many residents who are looking for affordable/market-rate older-adult housing in Albion.

Are you from Albion? (If not what attracted you to Albion?)
I am from Albion. My Father’s family has been in Albion for over 70+ years. My parents returned to Albion after terms in the United States Army serving in many countries, but mainly stationed in Germany. My mother is a Pennsylvania native.

In what ways do you see Albion growing as a community?
Many of our citizens are beginning to see the connection between community, college, and industry which is something that has taken some time. For a while, because of the loss of industry and the great recession, many didn’t understand what was next for Albion. Now we see
the fruits of so many people’s labors (new business, more road improvements, more programs, etc.) and it is inspiring even more action. That growth in our community has deepened the relationships of the pillar institutions in our small town. We see that in order to grow and prosper, we are going to have to do that together. All of us.

In what ways do you see Albion growing as a community?
Many of our citizens are beginning to see the connection between community, college, and industry which is something that has taken some time. For a while, because of the loss of industry and the great recession, many didn’t understand what was next for Albion. Now we see the fruits of so many people’s labors (new business, more road improvements, more programs, etc.) and it is inspiring even more action. That growth in our community has deepened the relationships of the pillar institutions in our small town. We see that in order to grow and prosper, we are going to have to do that together. All of us.

~Albion City Council Meeting 3/1/19

How can the Council better reach out to the citizens of Albion?
I know that I keep a list of constituents that I try to email on a regular basis. I hope that in the future the city will figure out a budget mechanism for council members that might allow them to send some communications via snail mail, but I do think we can do better at online communication.

How can the Citizens of Albion reach the Council?
All council and mayor contact information is on the city website. I strongly encourage citizens to reach out to their council person. I personally enjoy meeting residents at a coffee shop or library to have a conversation about their concerns. I also try to be prompt with replies to citizens that
ask questions or make requests via mail. Please come to our meetings and ask questions/make comments during public comment portions of the meeting.

What are your goals as a Council-member for 2019?
I hope that we hire a highly qualified, motivated, and professional city manager to lead the city into the future.

How can members of your District reach you for questions of concerns?
Our information is published on the city website. My email is swilliamson@cityofalbionmi.gov and my phone number is 517-499-6457.

Are you looking forward to this years events?
Yes.

What are your favorite events in the City? (Which do you look forward to the most)?
I have a few favorites, but I enjoy the Memorial Day Parade and Program, The Festival of the Forks, and of course, the kick-off to the holiday season: The Albion Aglow Parade. Swingin’ at the Shell is also a favorite event of my children’s.

Who are you rooting for in the NCAA March Madness Tournement?
MSU!

Are you looking forward to hiking or biking the trails as temperatures warm up?
My family loves to be outdoors when the weather is nice and we will be taking advantage of the trails and the nature center during the spring-summer-fall months.

What is your favorite spot in the City?
My current favorite spot in the city is Victory Park. I like it even more now than I did as a kid when I watch my children have the grandest time playing and running around.

~Albion Michigan News

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