Elisabeth Waldon

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County borrows money to pay delinquent taxes

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday night to approve a borrowing resolution for 2016-2017 delinquent taxes.

The resolution was similar to action taken by commissioners last October to borrow no more than $2.6 million for the 2014-2015 delinquent tax revolving fund.

Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services Director David Feldpausch points out how the EMS facility’s parking lot in Stanton, which is located in a valley behind the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office and Jail, often gets flooded and messy due to water runoff. Feldpausch is hoping the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners will approve his proposed $81,000 revamp of the parking lot. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County EMS parking lot may get $81,000 improvement

The parking lot of the Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) building is falling apart, and the Road Commission for Montcalm County has offered to help fix it. EMS Director David Feldpausch appeared before the county’s Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee and the county’s Finance & Personnel Committee on Feb. 13 to ask for their approval of a parking lot project at what’s also known as the BVM facility (named in honor of former county commissioners Bogart, VanHarn and McCrackin). The project calls for improving the drainage, removing the current parking lot asphalt and expanding the parking lot around the BVM (which would add about 20 more parking spaces) at a cost not to exceed $83,000. The money would come from the EMS fund, not the county’s general fund.

The Montcalm County Drain Commission Office in Stanton is located directly above a newly installed steam boiler, which is causing problems for Drain Commission employees due to gas and chemical fumes in the air. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

New boiler proving to be a headache at county offices

The installation of a new boiler has solved one problem for Montcalm County, and created another. Last October, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved purchasing a new steam boiler for $45,600 after the previous steam boiler broke down. The new boiler was paid for out of the county’s contingency fund.

Larry Cole

Alley Cat owner sentenced to jail for sexual harassment

The sentencing of a Lakeview business owner for sexually harassing a young employee came down to distinguishing between “a tale of two Larry Coles.”

Larry Cole, 47, appeared in Montcalm County’s 8th Judicial Circuit Court for sentencing Thursday. Cole was previously charged with six counts of criminal sexual conduct (CSC) involving five women and one teenager at Cole’s popular Alley Cat Bar & Grill bowling alley and restaurant.

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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.