Montcalm County employees plan green tribute to commissioners

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 11:33 am on Tuesday, May 15, 2012

STANTON — Montcalm County employees are preparing to donate their own funds to plant trees in memory of the late Carl Paepke and other commissioners.

Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services Director Dave Feldpausch appeared before the Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee on Monday to request permission to plant five trees on county property.

Feldpausch said the trees would be “a living memorial honoring those who have supported the ambulance service in a truly green tribute” — including Paepke.

Paepke, the longtime District 5 commissioner, died at his Pierson home on April 18 after fighting lung cancer. He was 86 years old.

Several crimson maple and pear trees would be planted on Emergency Medical Services property in Stanton. Emergency Medical Services employees have already offered to fund the cost of planting the trees, which is estimated to be around $490.

“One of the employees offered to write me a check right there on the spot,” said Feldpausch of the response when he first mentioned the idea.

Commissioners unanimously voted to recommend the idea to the full board, which will convene May 29.

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