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Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview, at right, was unanimously re-elected chairman of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners by his colleagues during Tuesday morning’s organizational meeting. Also pictured is Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel, at left. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County BOC switches to night meetings for more attendance

If your New Year’s resolutions included attending more Montcalm County Board of Commissioner meetings — but you work a day job — you’re in luck.

Commissioners voted 8-1 during Tuesday’s annual organizational meeting to start meeting at 6 p.m. each month for full board meetings, instead of the usual 1:30 p.m. meeting time. All full board meetings take place the fourth Monday of each month.

Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel, Commissioner Patrick Q. Carr, Clerk Kristen Millard and commissioners Betty Kellenberger, Tom Lindeman and Dale Reyburn listen to budgetary concerns during a meeting earlier this year. The county made $1.7 million in budget cuts and hired three legal and accounting firms to investigate what went wrong with the county’s financial situation. — File photo

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This year, Montcalm County lost a controller-administrator and hired a new leader, made $1.7 million in budget cuts equating to a loss of 30 jobs, fired its auditing firm and contracted with three new firms to investigate what went wrong with the county budget over the past decade.

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Montcalm County seeks legal opinion regarding election stipend

Montcalm County officials requested and received a legal opinion to clarify whether the county clerk can be paid an annual stipend for election programming.

Earlier this month, as she has done every year since 2008, Clerk Kristen Millard requested the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approve a $7,000 stipend be paid to her for her work in programming county elections, as the work is not part of a county clerk’s statutory job description.

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Montcalm County officials sworn into office

The 8th Judicial Circuit Courtroom was filled with a standing-room-only audience for a festive ceremony Thursday afternoon.

Judge Suzanne Hoseth Kreeger swore multiple Montcalm County officials into office, including newly elected Sheriff Mike Williams, who will succeed retiring Sheriff Bill Barnwell.

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Ionia County officials sworn into office

With humble beginnings from the small village of Hubbardston, Janae Cooper now finds herself with responsibilities that stretch to every corner of Ionia County. On Tuesday, Cooper was sworn in by 8th Judicial Circuit Court Judge Ron Schafer as Ionia County clerk after being elected in November.

John Axe, an attorney with Clark Hill in Detroit, reports on the slow progress of a Montcalm County financial investigation. Axe is pictured next to Montcalm County Treasurer JoAnne Vukin during Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Firms still investigating Montcalm County’s financial ‘mess’

Deciphering Montcalm County’s pecuniary puzzle is taking longer than expected.

During Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting, John Axe, an attorney with Clark Hill in Detroit, reported on the slow progress.Deciphering Montcalm County’s pecuniary puzzle is taking longer than expected.

During Monday’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting, John Axe, an attorney with Clark Hill in Detroit, reported on the slow progress.

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IN BRIEF: Montcalm County BOC hosts final meeting of the year

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners took action on multiple agenda items during their last regular meeting of 2016.

Members of the Crystal Township Board, from left, Curt McCracken, Treasurer Ted Padgett, Supervisor Chris Johnston, Clerk Patty Baker-Marek and George Bahm discuss contracting services with the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office Tuesday evening for a year of dedicated police coverage. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Crystal contracts for 1 year of dedicated sheriff’s coverage

Though the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office is currently struggling due to county budget cuts, one officer will be coming back to the department thanks to a new dedicated coverage contract. Members of the Crystal Township Board voted unanimously Wednesday evening to hire a full-time deputy dedicated to covering Crystal Township for 2017.

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IN BRIEF: Crystal Township creates library relocation committee

In a unanimous vote Wednesday evening, members of the Crystal Township Board created a library relocation committee to assist in the eventual move of the Crystal Community Library.

Montcalm County’s new website showcases the county seat via a slideshow of high-resolution photographs. Social media links are easily accessible and a calendar of events previews upcoming county meetings and news.

Montcalm County’s new website is live

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.