Many people have voiced opinions about a proposed economic development millage, but in the end it was silence that made the decision. After a 39-minute public hearing Monday afternoon, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners declined to vote on a property tax increase to fund the Montcalm Alliance using Michigan’s Public Act 88, which would bypass a vote of the people.
In a historic move, the Howard City Police Department will merge with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office. And the village’s police chief will become a county sheriff’s deputy.
The new wording on a proposed secondhand dealers ordinance should leave local antique dealers breathing a sigh of relief. Antique dealers comprised a major portion of the audience during a Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting last October, during which commissioners heard overwhelming dissent against the proposed ordinance.
As the national economy remains in an uncertain state and people struggle to find work and pay the bills, local food and baby pantries quietly continue to operate, offering a critical service to the community.
Monday afternoon’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting will feature a public hearing about a controversial economic development proposal. And the commissioner who has been the most vocal advocate of the property tax increase no longer thinks the proposal has enough support from his fellow commissioners to be approved.
Two “broke” individuals were arraigned Tuesday afternoon for their alleged roles in a methamphetamine laboratory and standoff with multiple police agencies Sunday. John Vogl II, 42, of Greenville, and Cassaundra Kidder, 22, of Wayland, are each charged with operating or maintaining a lab involving meth, a felony with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or a $25,000 fine.
Twenty years ago, a major surveying project got underway in Montcalm County. The Montcalm Remonumentation Program was part of a statewide effort starting in 1993 with the goal of preserving history, protecting cadastral surveys (maps showing boundaries or property lines) and promoting professional surveying practices, according to William Tingley of Tingley & Associates, a land surveying and engineering service in Stanton. Tingley has a contract for the remonumentation of Gratiot and Montcalm counties.
Two brothers have been looking to get into the restaurant business for several years. Jason Wieber, 34, and Justin Wieber, 29, finally found their calling in a century-old bar and restaurant in northeast Montcalm County. The Wiebers are in the process of purchasing The Phenix at 413 E. Main St. in Edmore from Travis Jensen.
A Carson City man was arrested after allegedly causing a series of drug-fueled car crashes Wednesday afternoon, leaving a teenage girl injured.
The proposed merger of the Howard City Police Department into the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office took another step forward Monday. The Montcalm County Law Enforcement & Courts Committee unanimously voted to recommend the full board approve the merger.