Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel, left, and Montcalm County Board of Commissioners Chairman Patrick Q. Carr consider the task before them during a special budget meeting Monday. Commissioners voted to move forward with a recommended $1.7 million in budget cuts. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County moves forward with $1.7 million in budget cuts

Montcalm County residents should prepare for a “new normal.” The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to accept a budgetary investigation analysis by Clark Hill, Rehmann Robson and Municipal Financial Consults Inc. (MFCI), and to make budget cuts totaling 22.5 full-time equivalents (FTEs). Those cuts, along with other budget adjustments, will equate to more than $1.7 million in cuts.

Leppink’s Food Centers operates five Leppink’s stores, 11 Save-a-Lot stores and a Do It Best Hardware store throughout West Michigan. The organization is being awarded the 2016 Outstanding Retailer by the Michigan Grocers Association on Sunday during the fall conference on Sunday. Pictured is the Leppink’s Food Center Howard City location. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Leppink’s recognized as Michigan Grocer’s outstanding retailer

Over the course of 88 years, the Leppink family has built a company with five Leppink’s Food Centers, 11 Save-a-Lot stores and a Do It Best Hardware store. This year, Leppink’s Food Centers has been recognized by the Michigan Grocer’s Association as 2016’s Outstanding Retailer.

Tamarack District Library Director Hope Nobel shared her ideas on Lakeview downtown development at Wednesday night’s meeting. She suggested creating something everyone could enjoy. Prein and Newhof hosted a design charrette at Tamarack District Library Wednesday night to collect ideas on how community members wanted to develop the on- and off-shore areas of downtown Lakeview. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Creative juices flow at Lakeview design meeting

The scene of the Tamarack Room at Tamarack District Library looked more like an art class than a design meeting Wednesday night.

From left, Stanton Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws, City Manager Jake Eckholm and City Commissioner Lewis Corwin at Eckholm’s final meeting as Stanton’s manager on Tuesday. Eckholm accepted a job as Muskegon Heights’ city manager, and his last day in Lakeview and Stanton is Sept. 23. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Eckholm has final meetings as shared manager

After two years of managing a pair of municipalities, Jake Eckholm had his final meetings in Lakeview on Monday and Stanton on Tuesday.


IN BRIEF: Lakeview holds design charrette

LAKEVIEW — Village President Ed Winter, new Airport Manager Clark Newell, Village Manger Jake Eckholm, DDA members and Lakeview residents gathered at Tamarack District Library Wednesday night to discuss potential ideas for lakeshore development in downtown Lakeview. Prein and Newhof, a design and environmental engineering firm based in West Michigan, hosted the design meeting. They [...]

The Lakeview District Fire Department and Department of Public Works currently share a building on Park Drive. The fire department has outgrown their portion of the building and offered to buy the Department of Public Works portion for $80,000. Village council members unanimously voted to accept the offer at Monday night’s meeting. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Lakeview fire department to purchase DPW building

The Department of Public Works will soon be moving into a new building. But before the department makes the transition, the building will have to be moved from Lakeview Airport-Griffith Field to North Street.

Stephen Blann of accounting firm Rehmann Robson reports Monday afternoon on how Montcalm County arrived at its current financial situation and what needs to be done in coming years to balance the budget. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County commissioners hear the latest on budget investigation

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners heard the initial findings of three financial, legal and consulting firms Monday regarding the county’s concerning budget situation.

Lakeview High School band members carry the American flag through the Lakeview during Sunday evening’s Patriot’s Day Silent Parade. The parade proceeded through downtown Lakeview to honor and remember those who lost and risked their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Lakeview Patriot’s Day Silent Parade evokes memories

Many tears were shed while the Lakeview 9/11 Patriot’s Day Silent Parade made its way through downtown Lakeview.


IN BRIEF: Eckholm has busy last night in Lakeview

LAKEVIEW — Lakeview Village Manager Jake Eckholm had a busy last village council meeting Monday night, as he wrapped up projects and prepared the council for transition. Eckholm’s last day is Sept. 23, and he recommended Darrin Dood be considered as interim village manager. During the meeting, the village went over their annual budget and [...]

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners will hear an update about the county’s budget situation from three financial, legal and consulting firms during a special board meeting at 1 p.m. Monday at the Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton. — File photo

Montcalm County commissioners haven’t heard audit report since 2006

Miley Cyrus debuted in “Hannah Montana” on the Disney Channel; the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Detroit Tigers in five games in the World Series; Vice President Dick Cheney shot and wounded an attorney in a hunting accident; and Sen. Barack Obama announced he was considering a run for president of the United States.

That was 2006 … the last time until this summer that the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners actually heard a report from the county’s auditing firm.