The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners looked a lot different half a century ago.
Levi Kinsey got a tattoo on April 6 to celebrate his 18th birthday. He went to the Creation Station Tattoo Studio in Newaygo to get Philippians 4:13 inked permanently on his arm: “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”
“It’s my life motto,” he said. “It always has been and always will be. It’s gotten me through a lot of tough times and challenges.”
Montcalm County didn’t go into debt overnight … and neither are elected officials going to be able to fix the problem in one day. This was Helen Hamler’s theory when she stood before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday to ask them not to shut down Animal Control.
The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted today against their own proposal to eliminate Animal Control and the animal shelter.
Jane Keon grew up in St. Louis, a small town devastated by a toxic chemical mix-up that continues to result in elevated poison levels in people’s blood throughout Michigan today. When Keon grew up, she mobilized her community to protect water and fight toxic pollution, taking the fight all the way to the EPA in Washington, D.C. When John Switzer learned there was high levels of fecal matter in the Upper Maple River, he obtained grant funding to implement a watershed management plan, then leveraged a grant to assist other watersheds developing plans for the Flat River and the Pine River.
The Howard City Village Council voted 6-1 on Monday night to leave employee health insurance as is, even though it will cost the village an extra $10,000 per year.
The village’s health insurance needed to be renewed by June 1. The village council had the option of staying with its current Priority Health plan at a cost of $74,000 per year or switching to a new Priority Health plan at a cost of $64,600 per year.
For the second month in a row, the Howard City Village Council discussed but took no action tonight on a blighted property.
The property at 121 Godfrey St. is one of 53 parcels that went into foreclosure this year in Montcalm County due to delinquent taxes from 2013.
A black helmet with “Amble Fire Dept.” written in white across the brim is behind glass in a display case at Winfield Township Hall. The helmet is a relic from the early days of the fire department. The present day fire department is about to become a piece of history too.
After two split votes Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved offering the controller-administrator job to Robert Clingenpeel.
Clingenpeel, the director of the Commission on Aging, was one of four internal candidates for the job. Clerk Kristen Millard and accountant Brenda Taeter were also in the running while Deputy Register of Deeds Catrina Woodruff recently withdrew as a candidate.
Montcalm County’s Finance & Personnel Committee is recommending shutting down Animal Control and the animal shelter and closing county parks to help with the county’s budget situation. Committee members made the recommendations Monday morning at the request of Commissioner Ron Retzloff. He recommended shutting down Animal Control, the animal shelter and all its employees, and having the Humane Society take over local animal services. Retzloff estimates this will save at least $100,000.