Elisabeth Waldon

John MacDougall

Free drug recovery symposium set for Saturday

Anyone who is struggling with a drug addiction or has a loved one who is struggling knows how impossible the situation can feel. Montcalm County’s fourth annual Recovery Symposium aims to encourage and inspire these people.

The house and property at 121 Godfrey St. in Howard City has been an ongoing blight problem for years. The Howard City Village Council is considering purchasing and demolishing the foreclosed home. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Howard City considers demolishing blighted, foreclosed property

The Howard City Village Council is considering purchasing and demolishing a blighted house in the village.

The property is one of 53 parcels that went into foreclosure this year in Montcalm County due to delinquent taxes from 2013.

Commissioner John Johansen, at left, reads a list of proposed questions to be asked at secondary interviews for the job of Montcalm County controller-administrator, as Johansen’s colleagues Tom Porter, Ron Baker and Ron Retzloff listen on Monday afternoon. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

4 get second interview for Montcalm County administrator job

Four internal candidates will be asked back for second interviews for the job of Montcalm County controller-administrator. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to re-interview Commission on Aging Director Robert Clingenpeel, accountant Brenda Taeter and Chief Deputy Register of Deeds Catrina Woodruff.


IN BRIEF: Howard City Village Council talks DPW in closed session

The Howard City Village Council went into closed session for 34 minutes tonight to discuss a DPW employee issue.

From left, Montcalm County Sheriff Bill Barnwell, Drain Commissioner Sandy Raines, Prosecutor Andrea Krause and Register of Deeds Lori Wilson discuss pending budget cuts with the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners at a finance committee meeting Monday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County finance committee hears budget cut proposals

Closing county parks, closing MSU Extension one day per week, increasing document fees for residents, sending dead animals to a landfill … These were some of the suggested budget cuts presented to the Montcalm County finance committee on Monday as county officials work to scale back local government operations.


Should Montcalm County ask local municipalities for money?

Would local municipalities be willing to help fund Montcalm County services as budget cuts loom? Four county department heads approached commissioners with this idea during a finance meeting Monday, but the chairman of the board found the proposal “offensive.”

Phase 1 of a voter-approved $2.7 million sinking fund millage for Tri County Area Schools was celebrated Thursday morning by, from left, Superintendent Al Cumings, School Board Secretary Kevin Hoisington, Trustee Bill Baker, Trustee Jan Dewey, Board Treasurer Sharon Schwalbach, Board Vice President Janet Powell, Trustee Brian Campbell, Board President Jill Fennessy, Tri County Facilities Director Brian Ackey, Fritz Walhfield Jr. of Fritz Wahlfield Construction and Craig Nicely, architect from Progressive A&E. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Groundbreaking for $2.7 million project at Tri County Area Schools

Tri County Area Schools officials chose what felt like the first day of spring to begin Phase 1 of a five-part construction project.

A groundbreaking ceremony Thursday morning kicked off a $2.7 million sinking fund millage project approved by voters in February 2015. The goal of the 1.5 mill project is to enhance safety and security throughout the school district.

Montcalm County accountant Brenda Taeter was appointed interim controller-administrator for Montcalm County on Monday. Taeter is also a candidate for the job. She is pictured answering questions from commissioners Tom Lindeman and Dale Reyburn. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Candidate appointed interim controller-administrator

Montcalm County has a new controller-administrator, at least temporarily. On Monday, the Board of Commissioners voted to appoint county accountant Brenda Taeter as interim controller-administrator as the hiring process to fill the job continues.

Mark Stuhldreher answers questions from commissioners Betty Kellenberger, Tom Lindeman and Dale Reyburn during Stuhldreher’s job interview Monday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County completes first round of controller-administrator interviews

Monday was a full day for the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners. The board held budget talks; completed the first round of interviews for hiring a new controller-administrator; appointed an interim leader; and set a special meeting for 1:30 p.m. next Monday to choose finalists for the job.

Montcalm County accountant Brenda Taeter Interviews for the job of Montcalm County controller-administrator. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

4 interview for controller-admin position; 5th interview set for Monday

nterviews are underway for the job of Montcalm County controller-administrator. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners interviewed four internal candidates for the job on Thursday, with one external candidate — Mark Stuhldreher of Kalamazoo, who is treasurer and interim city manager of Inkster — slated to be interviewed Monday.