Cory Smith

From left, Dan Manning, a community technology adviser with Connect Michigan, presents “Connected Community” certification to Casair founder Steve Meinhardt, Kathy Jo Vanderlaan, Montcalm County’s business development coordinator with The Right Place, Montcalm Economic Alliance Vice President Robert Clingenpeel, and Alliance President Rob Spohr, during Wednesday’s Alliance meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Connected Community: 99% of Montcalm County is online

In rural Michigan, reliable broadband internet may be hard to come by, but that is not the case in Montcalm County.

On Wednesday, Dan Manning, a community technology adviser with Connect Michigan, presented the county with “Connected Community” certification under Connected Nation’s Connected Community Engagement Program.

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IN BRIEF: Carson City-Crystal Area Schools approve city recreation plan

The Carson City-Crystal Area Schools Board of Education voted unanimously Thursday evening to approve this city’s new recreation plan.

Matt Nielsen, the backup operator for the Greenville Water Department, shakes hands Tuesday with Greenville City Council member Sylvia Warner, after being recognized by the council for becoming state certified. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville water department backup operator recognized

Matt Nielsen knows the ins and outs of this city’s water system — and based on recent test scores, he may know it better than anyone. During Tuesday’s Greenville City Council meeting, Nielsen was awarded a certificate of recognition from Public Services Department Superintendent Tom Pollock, based upon completing his qualifications to become the water department’s new backup operator.

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IN BRIEF: Greenville City Council approves MDOT resolution

The Greenville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday evening to designate three city officials to apply for permits associated with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT).

Ken Dixon of Dixon Architecture presents designs for a proposed Brann’s Retail Center at 10990 W. Carson City Road (M-57), which would feature four retail locations, two of them offering drive-thru services. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Planning Commission OKs ‘conditional site plan’ for Brann’s Retail Center

Brann’s Retail Center is one step closer to bringing four new retail locations to town, but one key word still stands between now and any physical construction: “Conditional.” During Thursday’s Greenville Planning Commission meeting, members debated nearly an hour and half throughout a public hearing and meeting discussion on whether to approve a site plan for the site at 10990 W. Carson City Road (M-57), a 1-acre piece of property on the northeast corner of M-57 and Satterlee Roads in front of Walmart and directly west of Murphy Oil.

Kelly Worden, a historian with the Flat River Historical Society and Museum, shows off the first conceptual design during the Jan. 10 Greenville Downtown Development Authority meeting, to be used for four historical signs on Lafayette Street. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA sees first designs for historical signs

With street lights, cars and trucks passing by and not a horse in sight, it’s not easy to picture Lafayette Street the way it may have been when it was first created more than 170 years ago. But soon, as patrons walk along either end of the downtown street, several lessons in history will be waiting for them at their leisure.

From left, Carson City Administrator Jean Southward, Mayor Bruce Tasker and Councilman Chad Parmenter listen as Councilman Tom McCrackin delivers his thoughts Wednesday on the construction of a future splash pad at one of the city’s parks. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Carson City parks & rec priorities include new splash pad

As local municipalities and organizations continue to work together to create a new community recreation plan, financing potential upgrades has now entered the conversation.

This past week, two meetings were held that directly connected to the new collaborative Carson City Area Parks and Recreation Plan.

Crystal Township Clerk Patty Baker-Marek, left, and Trustee George Bahm, read through the township’s Crystal Community Center rental agreement, as township board members discussed re-evaluating the center’s rental structure during Wednesday evening’s township board meeting. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal discusses financing community center repairs

The Crystal Community Center may have been purchased for the small fee of $1, but today township leaders are now looking at the potential of a rather large bill to keep it from crumbling in on itself. During Wednesday evening’s Crystal Township Board meeting, the board discussed a request from one of the tenants of the building, Sanchin-Ryu Karate of Lansing, to adjust the rental fee structure, at least temporarily, to be more affordable.

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IN BRIEF: Crystal Township approves purchase of air tanks for fire department

Members of the Crystal Township Board voted unanimously Wednesday evening to approve the purchase of new air tanks for the township fire department.

Flo's Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar in Greenville opened in May 2016 following a $1.5 million investment from owners Dan and Davide Uccello. The Uccellos are now working with the Greenville Downtown Development Authority through a brownfield grant arrangement in the hope of receiving $140,000 in financial assistance through future tax increment financing revenue. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Greenville DDA mulls brownfield grant for Flo’s

Eight months after the effort was proposed, additional financial assistance may come to fruition for Flo’s Pizzeria Ristorante & Sports Bar.

Just not immediately.