Village has new council president

By: Linda Shepard | Birmingham - Bloomfield Eagle | Published November 26, 2018

BINGHAM FARMS — New Village Council President Ben Templeton has deep roots in the community.

Templeton, 37, is the co-president of Templeton Building Co., based in Birmingham, and he and his wife are raising two sons in the village.

Village officials administered the oath of office Nov. 19 in the Bingham Farms Village Council chambers. A group of approximately 25 people witnessed the ceremony.

“I look forward to working with the council and with Ken (Marten), who we hired as our new administrator and clerk in August,” Templeton said in a statement. “I think we have a good team of people who will keep the village on track.”

In 2012, Templeton was named one of Professional Remodeler magazine’s Top 40 Under 40. In 2016, he was elected to a four-year term on the seven-member Village Council.

According to the Bingham Farms village charter, the Village Council president assumes office at 8 p.m. on the second Monday following an election. Templeton, a village trustee, ran unopposed on the Nov. 6 ballot for Bingham Farms’ highest elected office.

Jeffrey Modell, who held the office of Village Council president for the previous six years, opted not to run for re-election.

“Ben is a young man with a lot of experience and a lot of good ideas,” Modell said in a statement. “I’m sure the village will be in good hands.”

Next, Templeton will appoint a replacement for his Village Council seat. The appointment will be subject to council approval, and the newcomer will join council members Mel Ettenson, Jeff Douville, Larry Freedman, Kurt Jones and Carl Grenadier.

The Village Council is the decision-making body that controls legislative issues in the form of ordinances, budgetary controls, future development of the village and more.

The council meets at 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of each month in the council chambers, located at 24255 W. 13 Mile Road.