Helen Richards said her archival work for the Pittsfield township began years ago thanks to a small request from township supervisor and neighbor Bob Lillie.
“Bob came to me, he came across the yards and said ‘Helen, I want you to do something for me, it won’t take a lot of time.’ That’s what recruited me,” she said.
Richards’ work as a historian and archivist were recognized by the Pittsfield charter township last week, as the board adopted a resolution to dedicate the township’s archive in her name. Richards, alongside her son Michael Richards, was presented a plaque commemorating the dedication during Wednesday’s meeting.
The newly dedicated archive is located at the Pittsfield Township senior center and includes thousands of physical and digital documents, including books, photographs and oral history tapes and transcripts. Richards’ work establishing the archive started in 1998. The former Cleary College library director led a team of volunteers while also serving on the Pittsfield Historic District Commission and the Pittsfield Township Historical Society for the last 20 years.
“There might not have been a lot of us involved, but there were two or three,” Richards said. “[Tonight’s meeting], it was really nice.”
Eco-friendly snow removal
Future efforts to remove snow and ice from township-owned properties will be more environmentally-friendly thanks to a resolution passed by the board.
The unanimously approved resolution, introduced by Supervisor Mandy Grewal, establishes four specifications for snow and ice removal from all township-owned sidewalks, parking lots and properties. According to the resolution, the specifications include applying a brine solution “to reduce the distance that salt will bounce when applied” and directing snow from plowed parking lots to detention ponds. Also, the resolution encourages all businesses and residents in the township to reduce the amount of salt applied to the community’s parking lots.