Art and science came together in a unique way for Bridget Spann.
One of the coordinators of the town’s Bee Friendly Williamstown campaign was at the Clark Art Institute in May when she had an epiphany.
The major amendments changed the name of "hearing of visitors" and moved it closer to the end of the agenda; disconnected mayor's concerns from hearing of visitors; and placed in the rules the council president's existing right to disallow audience members from speaking during meetings.
Last May, town meeting adopted a non-binding resolution declaring Williamstown a pollinator-friendly community and encouraging landowners to adopt management practices to protect the bees, butterflies and insects that are critical to the ecosystem and the, specifically, our food supply.
The non-binding resolution will make the city a pollinator-friendly community that would encourage policies and practices that support pollinator health. This would include not using pesticides or any other chemicals harmful to pollinators – such as bees.
Building on that, the town has partnered with several local organizations - Caretaker Farm, the Clark Art Institute, Images Cinema, Sam & Elizabeth Smith, South the Williamstown Community Association, Williams College, the Williams Inn, the Williamstown Garden Club, Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation, and Willinet - to present a series of events to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators.