JUST IN: Montcalm County officials recommend closing Animal Control and parks

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 12:34 pm on Monday, May 09, 2016

STANTON — Montcalm County’s Finance & Personnel Committee is recommending shutting down Animal Control and the animal shelter and closing county parks to help with the county’s budget situation.

Committee members made the recommendations this morning at the request of Commissioner Ron Retzloff. He recommended shutting down Animal Control, eliminating all its employees and having the Humane Society take over local animal services.

Retzloff also recommended closing six of the county’s parks — Artman Park in Howard City, Bass Lake Park in Richland Township, Krampe Park in Winfield Township, Flat River Nature Park in Montcalm Township, McCarthy Park in Montcalm Township and Schmeid Park in Lakeview — with the exception of Camp Ford Lincoln in Lakeview, which funds itself.

Anyone who has a wedding booked at a county park in the near future will still be allowed to have their wedding there, but other events scheduled for later this summer will be refunded and will need to find other venues.

The requests will go to the full board for consideration at their next meeting, which is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. May 23. The meeting is open to the public.

See Tuesday’s Daily News for a complete story.

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