Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard oversaw her first presidential election ballot recount in record time. Wednesday’s hand recount of ballots cast in November’s general election started at 9 a.m. and was completed by 3 p.m. for a total of six hours.
Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin updated the county’s Finance & Personnel Committee on Monday about a $2.5 million bond aimed at correcting the county’s financial situation. In October, commissioners approved borrowing no more than $2.5 million for the 2014-2015 delinquent tax revolving fund.
Wednesday is shaping up to be a long day for local clerks. Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein has requested a hand recount of Michigan’s nearly 4.8 million ballots cast in November’s election, alleging the number of blank presidential votes could possibly signify election fraud — despite no evidence to support these claims.
Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin updated the county’s Finance & Personnel Committee on Monday about a $2.5 million bond aimed at correcting the county’s financial situation.
A man walked up to Robert Clingenpeel at a recent community event and declared, “Hello, Mr. Controller!”
Clingenpeel was quick to disabuse the man of the notion of that title.
“No, it’s just Bob,” he said. “I’m a papa, I’m a husband, I’m a father, I’m a taxpayer in Montcalm County. There’s a responsibility with that that supersedes even my job.”
Montcalm County’s new website went live this week.
The goal was for montcalm.us to be a more user-friendly website for mobile users, according to IT Director Eric McLaughlin.
A Montcalm County sheriff’s deputy has succeeded a Montcalm County sheriff’s lieutenant as Edmore’s new leader. Karl Kluwe retired as a sheriff’s patrol lieutenant in 2010. He went to work as Edmore’s manager and police chief from 2010 to 2013, and then again as village president since 2014. He oversaw his final Edmore Village Council meeting in October.
Montcalm County public safety officials were hoping to collect 500 items in a recent food drive. They collected more than 4,000.
Opening day of hunting season is practically a holiday in Montcalm County, so it’s no surprise Howard City’s inaugural buck pole event was a smashing success. The buck pole went up in the vacant lot at the corner of Ensley Street and Shaw Street (where the village’s farmers market is held) in the early morning hours of Nov. 15, sponsored by Mattson’s Hardware and Mac’s Rustic Sports. The Howard City Fire Department helped with lighting for the event.
This village’s funeral home may have its water turned off this morning due to the owner, who is also the village manager-president, allegedly not complying with backflow device testing requirements, according to another village employee.
During Monday night’s Howard City Village Council meeting, Department of Public Works Director Mike Van Wagner informed Manager-President Randy Heckman that Van Wagner would be shutting off the water supply to Heckman Funeral Home at 225 E. Edgerton St. in downtown Howard City at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.