Elisabeth Waldon

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Howard City extends cell tower lease through 2070

This village is extending its tower lease agreement well into the future.

American Tower Corp. sent Howard City a letter requesting the village extend American Tower’s lease on the village’s cell phone tower for another 30 years. The current 30-year lease is seven years in and would expire in 2040. The new agreement extends the lease to 2070.

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IN BRIEF: Howard City village manager reduces public comment

The nearly 20 people who attended Monday night’s Howard City Village Council meeting only had one opportunity to share their thoughts.

Village Manager-President Randy Heckman removed the second public comment opportunity from the end of the meeting agenda. The public comment opportunity at the beginning of the meeting remains on the agenda.

Devin Tumbleson

Belding man sent to prison for strangling, nearly killing woman

A Belding man has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison after attacking and nearly killing a Crystal woman nearly one year ago.

Cheyanna Fleming

Trio of female cousins from Saginaw get jail for robbing Sidney man

A trio of female cousins from Saginaw received jail sentences for their roles in robbing a Sidney Township home last autumn.

Michigan’s 70th District State Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, explained his decision not to ask the Michigan Attorney General’s Office for an opinion about whether election programming is a county clerk’s statutory duty in a Feb. 1 letter to Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel and Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Chairman Patrick Q. Carr. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Rep. Lower declines to request AG opinion about election programming

The decision of whether to pay a county clerk additional salary for election programming is back before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.

In January, commissioners voted to seek a legal opinion from the Michigan Attorney General, with the assistance of 70th District State Rep. Jim Lower, R-Cedar Lake, regarding the question of whether election programming is a statutory duty for county clerks.

Joe Verlin of Gabridge & Co., a Grand Rapids-based auditing firm, updated Montcalm County commissioners on Monday about the county’s ongoing audit and financial progress. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County commissioners hear update from new auditor

The Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee heard some hopeful news Monday from the county’s new auditor.

Joe Verlin of Gabridge & Co., a Grand Rapids-based auditing firm, updated commissioners on the ongoing county audit.

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Greenville Department of Public Safety director resigns

The embattled director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety has resigned. Mark Reiss was hired as Greenville’s public safety director in 2013. He resigned Monday.

Joe Verlin of Gabridge & Co., a Grand Rapids-based auditing firm, updates Montcalm County commissioners on the ongoing county audit progress. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

IN BRIEF: Montcalm County hears report from new auditor

The Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee heard some hopeful news today from the county’s new auditor.

Joe Verlin of Gabridge & Co., a Grand Rapids-based auditing firm, updated commissioners on the ongoing county audit.

Mark Reiss

JUST IN: Greenville Department of Public Safety director resigns

The embattled director of the Greenville Department of Public Safety has resigned amid allegations of felony health care fraud.

The Montcalm County Clerk’s Office has kept detailed records of election programming billing and receipts for local municipalities and school districts since the clerk’s office started billing in 2006 at the direction of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County records contradict election billing allegations

A simmering dispute about Montcalm County election programming has come to a boil.

During the Jan. 23 Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting, Commissioner Betty Kellenberger of Carson City stated that officials from local municipalities have been telling her this is the first year they’ve been billed by the county for election programming services. Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard, who was present at that meeting, adamantly disagreed with this claim, saying the county has billed municipalities for this service since 2006 at the request of the Board of Commissioners.