Nice weather cancels vote on Montcalm County parks

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 12:10 pm on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

STANTON — Monday’s weather was so unseasonably warm, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners decided to postpone a vote.

Earlier this month, the county’s Parks & Rec Commission had recommended permanently closing the county’s day parks for the season one month early — on Oct. 1 instead of Nov. 1.

The recommendation came after the county’s Maintenance Director Jim Osborne reported his department employees were noticing a lot of abuse at county parks, primarily the dumping of household trash in park trash containers. Osborne also said his employees were extremely busy with leaf pickup during October and if the parks closed a month early, this would be one less thing to deal with.

The full board was presented with the recommendation to approve at Monday’s meeting. However, Commissioner Tom Lindeman of Greenville made a motion to send the topic back to the Parks & Rec Commission for further discussion.

“Today is a beautiful day,” Lindeman said. “We should be out there in those parks, we should be using them. The parks should be available 365 (days per year), I think.”

The full board unanimously approved postponing the vote until further discussion took place.

Monday’s temperatures reached an average of 70 degrees in Montcalm County.

The county’s day parks include Artman Park in Howard City, Bass Lake in Richland Township, Krampe Park in Winfield Township, McCarthy Park between Turk Lake and Langston and Schmeid Park in Lakeview.

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