Businesses on this village’s busiest stretch will remain open throughout a $1 million road project set to begin after Labor Day and be completed by next Memorial Day. The Howard City Village Council in July approved a $1,036,389 bid from CL Trucking & Excavating of Ionia to work on Shaw Street from the village’s traffic light at Federal Road (old 131) west on Shaw to the village limits, which are located just short of the U.S. 131 expressway north and south ramps.
Montcalm County is contracting with a legal firm, a financial firm and a consulting firm in an effort to stop the bleeding of $2 million in savings per year over at least the last four years. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday, in three separate motions, to contract with Clark Hill PLC in Detroit for legal services, to contract with Municipal Financial Consultants Inc. (MFCI) in Detroit to assist Clark Hill and to contract with Rehmann Robson of Troy for accounting services as an emergency audit of the county gets underway.
Fifty Montcalm County properties will be up for grabs during the county’s annual land auction next week, including a Greenville residence with a pool once home to multiple goldfish. The auction will begin at noon Tuesday at the Sheridan Community Center, with registration starting at 11:30 a.m. Each foreclosed property will start at a minimum bid of that property’s current tax debt. Thirty foreclosed properties in Ionia County will also be up for auction during Tuesday’s event.
How long does it take to lose $9 million in savings? Montcalm County officials did it in just four years.
A festival more than a half century in the making continues to go strong. The 52nd annual Danish Festival got underway per tradition with the raising of the flags — Michigan, United States and Danish — at Heritage Park next to Greenville City Hall.
Bridgette Pollaski had some reservations about entering her first pageant, in this case the contest for Harvest Festival queen.
“The word pageant made me hesitant, as all I could picture were Barbie doll girls, mascara tears and helicopter moms,” she told an amused audience during Monday evening’s pageant at Heritage United Methodist Church just south of Howard City.
The fifth annual Hands on Hubbardston event outdid itself this year. Hubbapalooza V raised $35,000 over the third weekend in July. The funds will be split between the Angels of Hope cancer foundation and the Michigan Association for Suicide Prevention. A check presentation to the two charities is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sept. 10 at American Legion Post 182 in Hubbardston.
Montcalm County commissioners gave the go-ahead Monday to more expenditures for a Building Department computer server and the Juvenile Court child care fund, all the while wondering where the money is going to come from. Montcalm County is facing a $1.5 million budget deficit. Commissioners will need to vote to approve the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget by the end of September.
About a dozen residents had a chance to share an intimate conversation with their local Congressman on Friday afternoon.
Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, met with constituents at the Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton, where topics touched upon a variety of issues, including GMOs, Bridge cards, the national budget deficit and November’s presidential election.
Montcalm County saw its highest voter turnout in a nonpresidential primary election in more than a decade Tuesday. A total of 23 percent of Montcalm County’s registered voters — 9,844 people — participated at the polls. Past primary elections saw 15 percent in 2014, 17 percent in 2012, 21 percent in 2010, 17 percent in 2008 and 11 percent in 2006.