IN BRIEF: Ionia County officials visit Belding council meeting


By Emilee Nielsen • Last Updated 8:26 pm on Tuesday, May 17, 2016

BELDING — During this evening’s Belding City Council meeting, Ionia County Deputy Clerk Janae Cooper and Ionia County Commissioner Dave Hodges stood to address the council during public comment.

Cooper announced she is running for clerk on the Aug. 2 primary ballot. She outlined the various things she is doing to improve the county and to save taxpayers money, including digitizing death certificates for the county in order to streamline processes with funeral homes.

Hodges addressed the council regarding an update on the status of various projects happening in Ionia County. He discussed the possibility of opening an assistance center for veterans, as Ionia County is lacking in that area.

He also discussed the county’s progress in constructing a building that will house all of the district court operations, including friend of the court. Hodges said the project will cost between $4 million and $5 million and will save the county at least $70,000 a year in the costs of maintaining security checkpoints in separate buildings.

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