Montcalm Community College receives $200,000 from state for new road

By Kelli Ameling • Last Updated 10:44 am on Wednesday, July 25, 2012

After a collaborative effort, Montcalm Community College received $200,000 from the state to go toward the completion of Yellow Jacket Drive. Pictured, from left, are MCC Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Robert Marston, MCC Board of Trustees Chairwoman Karen Carbonelli, Sen. Judy Emmons, Rep. Rick Outman, Lt. Gov. Brian Calley, Greenville Public Schools Superintendent Pete Haines, City Manager George Bosanic and Mayor John Hoppough. — Daily News/Kelli Ameling

GREENVILLE — State Rep. Rick Outman held a press conference Tuesday to discuss funding of Yellow Jack Drive in Greenville — and to present the college with a $200,000 check.

When Montcalm Community College (MCC) started the process for construction on its new Greenville campus, ideas arose on how to utilize the partial road of Yellow Jacket Drive.

MCC, Greenville Public Schools, the city of Greenville and local officials worked together to get the road extended to run between MCC and the high school.

“There were a lot more hurtles to cross than we imagined,” Outman said at the conference.

Outman, R-Six Lakes, said he called not only on Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, but also Lt. Gov. Brian Calley and others to help get the job done.

“It was truly a collaborative effort by many,” Outman said.

The expansion of MCC and development of the road will benefit industries and businesses in Greenville, he said. The $200,000 was funded through the appropriation of the supplemental budget, which will go toward the completion of the project.

Because the state’s budget was a little better than normal, Emmons said it gave them the opportunity to try for the money to go toward the project. She said she was thankful for the collaboration effort to make such a thing possible.

“Outman was really the driving force,” Calley said.

Because of the way MCC, the city and the school district came together, Calley said it demonstrates a good example for others in the state.

“Congratulations to being a good (example) for the rest of the state,” Calley said.

Also in attendance Tuesday as part of the project were City Manager George Bosanic, Mayor John Hoppoug, MCC Board of Trustees Chairwoman Karen Carbonelli and MCC Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Robert Marston.

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