The Edmore Village Council has finally decided on hiring a snowplowing company, but the agreement is far from unanimous.
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At least one local government body is against the Montcalm Alliance’s proposed countywide millage to fund joining forces with The Right Place. The Stanton City Commission voted 6-1 in favor of a resolution in opposition to the Montcalm Alliance’s proposal to have the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners vote to enact a countywide millage using Public Act 88.
The Montcalm Alliance’s request for a countywide millage to fund economic development efforts will be voted on without local voters or a ballot. Montcalm Alliance members previously presented an overview of their millage request to the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Nov. 12. At that meeting, Montcalm Alliance members said they wanted to pursue voter approval of .1 mills to generate $162,000 to allow the Montcalm Alliance to join forces with The Right Place, a West Michigan business development and economic development agency which offers services to support existing and new businesses.
A reduction in post office hours may seem like a minor thing, but it’s a major blow to this small village. Starting on Jan. 1, hours at the Hubbardston Post Office will be reduced by half. Officer in charge Menita Merrill, who has worked at the post office for the past 10 years, will be working four hours per day instead of eight hours. “It’s not a happy story,” she said. “It’s not just me, it’s not just here, it’s a lot of places. It’s just sad.”
A historic building housing the Crystal Post Office will be auctioned off this week, but the post office will remain in the building for at least two more years. The Crystal Masons have owned the building since at least the 1930s. The post office is downstairs while the Masons historically met upstairs. However, three years ago the Crystal Masons merged with the Hubbardston Masons and both groups now meet at the Hubbardston lodge.
This year has been a draining but productive one for the Montcalm County Drain Commission. Sandy Raines was elected drain commissioner last November. According to Raines, her office has either started or completed 10 major drain projects throughout the county this year.
The multiple courts of Ionia and Montcalm counties are about to be consolidated underneath one chief judge. Ionia County’s 64A District Court Judge Raymond Voet was recently appointed chief judge of circuit, district and probate courts in Ionia and Montcalm counties. His new appointment will take effect Jan. 1.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then Montcalm County officials are about to receive a set of picture encyclopedias. On Nov. 12, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved writing a letter of intent to contract with Pictometry for a compilation of aerial photographs of county parcels.
Two former members of the Duck Lake Improvement Board recently wrote letters to the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners complaining about one of the commissioners.