IN BRIEF: Howard City Village Council looks to 2017

By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 8:05 pm on Monday, December 19, 2016

HOWARD CITY — The Howard City Village Council dealt with the final business of the year in a drama-free 29-minute meeting Monday night.

The meeting was a change of pace from November, when DPW Director Mike Van Wagner told Village Manager-President Randy Heckman that Van Wagner would be shutting off the water supply to Heckman Funeral Home, which Heckman owns. Van Wagner alleged Heckman failed to comply with backflow device testing requirements despite three notices being sent to the funeral home.

However, shortly after that meeting, Heckman and Van Wagner resolved the issue, and water access continued at the funeral home.

During Monday night’s meeting, the Village Council discussed plans for the annual Winterfest, which is scheduled for Jan. 28. Heckman reported many activities are being considered for the event in Ensley Park, including broom ball, frozen turkey bowling for adults, frozen chicken bowling for children, ice skating and a treasure hunt in the snow. The Panhandle Area Chamber of Commerce is helping plan the event.

The Village Council also approved contracting with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office for police protection for 2017 and 2018, with rates for 2019 yet to be determined. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved the same contract on Monday afternoon.

The Village Council also approved monthly bills totaling $279,623 including $116,000 to CNL Trucking for the ongoing Shaw Street project; and approved a regular meeting schedule for 2017, as follows (all meetings begin at 7 p.m.):

• Jan. 16

• Feb. 20 and 27

• March 20 and 27

• April 17

• May 22

• June 19

• July 17

• Aug. 21

• Sept. 18

• Oct. 16

• Nov. 20

• Dec. 18

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