Four new members and one returning member were sworn into office at Monday evening’s Edmore Village Council meeting. New members who won a seat on council in the Nov. 4 election were Karl Kluwe, who is the new president, and Jamie Ballard, Bonnie Davis and Phil Kohn, along with incumbent Karen Deja.
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After nearly three months without a village manager, this community has now found a man ready and willing to take the reigns with a goal to move it forward.
Campbell Industrial Force is experiencing some growing pains. Rick Campbell opened the family-owned business a decade ago in Edmore’s Industrial Park, where he and his employees manufacture custom cardboard shipping containers and wooden pallets. Campbell opened a second factory five years ago in the old Alma Plastics building. The arrangement is been neither practical nor convenient as Campbell, who lives in Gowen, has to drive back and forth between the Alma and Edmore plants every day.
After firing their last village manager, the Edmore Village Council is on the search for a new one. The village council will interview three finalists at a special meeting at 7 p.m. next Monday night. The three finalists are James Lower of Ionia, James Moreno of Mount Pleasant and Alan Richard of Howard City.
The humble potato received the recognition it deserves this weekend. The Edmore Potato Festival featured dozens of small-town activities, musical performances, parades and other events.
Again the four councilmen were asked, and again they deigned to answer why they voted not extend this village manager’s contract.
The question was asked at tonight’s Edmore Village Council meeting, which more than 30 people attended.
This village’s police department is taking community policing to a whole new level. The first ever Edmore Youth Academy wrapped up Wednesday. Thirteen youths from ages 8 to 14 participated in the first session in mid-July while 10 youths participated in the second session, which ended Wednesday. The youths hailed from Blanchard, Carson City, Cedar Lake, Edmore, Howard City, Sheridan, Six Lakes and Stanton.
This village’s manager is bowing out amid an employment dispute. Neil Rankin received a letter on Monday from the law firm of Mika, Myers, Beckett & Jones in Grand Rapids stating the village council’s 4-2 vote on June 30 to not extend Rankin’s contract means Rankin is no longer employed as village manager.
Village President Chet Guild waited until almost an hour into Monday night’s meeting to drop the bomb. A woman in the audience questioned why the Edmore Village Council had skipped over the manager’s report on the meeting agenda.
In a surprise move, the Edmore Village Council voted 4-2 at a special meeting this evening not to renew the contract of their village manager. Neil Rankin was hired as village manage last July, just shy of one year ago. His contract expires July 10.