The Greenville Department of Public Safety will have a new face as its leader starting at the end of March. The Greenville City Council confirmed the appointment of Michael Pousak as the city’s public safety director during its regular scheduled meeting Tuesday night.
With Belding City Council member Roger Wills’ empty seat to his left, Belding Mayor Ron Gunderson read a prepared statement to begin Monday night’s city council meeting announcing the official resignation of Wills from the council. “Yesterday, Mr. Wills tendered his resignation which became effective at this evening’s city council meeting,” Gunderson said. “While I am disappointed with his decision, I respect his wishes. That being said, I would like to officially thank Roger Wills for his 11 years of service on city council. Roger has been a valuable asset to this community and his talent and expertise will be sorely missed. I wish Roger and his wife Nancy all the best.”
Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education members were introduced to a state-mandated anti-bullying proposal on Monday. The board will have 30 days to review it before voting on whether to accept it. The Bullying and Other Aggressive Behavior Toward Students policy will be brought back to the board at their March 19 meeting where they will vote on whether to accept it.
Though the Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education does the official hiring, board members want input from the staff and community on the qualifications they are looking for in the person who will replace Superintendent Jake Helms. Helms is retiring June 30. “We had sent out a survey to the staff to hear what they are looking for in a candidate,” Board Secretary Roxanne Switzer said. “We met today in a workshop to hear more, to hear their ideas.”
On Feb. 28, the citizens of Montcalm County have the opportunity to support a millage request to maintain the road patrol function for the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office. This letter supports the effort to pass this proposal. The Greenville Police Officers Association of Michigan chapter fully endorses the proposed millage and feels the necessity to maintain the safety and policing of this county is dependent on passing this critical levy request.
When Belding Fire Captain Don Eady was informed of a family’s financial struggle to replace car seats damaged in a recent car accident, he didn’t waste any time taking action. On Monday afternoon at the Belding Fire Department, Eady presented Greenville residents John Hohl Jr., his wife Courtney and three of their five children with two new car seats and one booster seat just hours after having been informed of their need to replace the seats damaged in the accident.
Belding Area Schools Superintendent Leslie Mount received full support from the Board of Education when her contract negotiation was brought to a vote at Monday night’s meeting. Earning a positive evaluation from the board, Mount’s contract extension of one additional year was approved in a unanimous vote.
Local running and walking enthusiasts can look forward to a new challenge with a 5K run/walk event March 24. The event is a fundraiser for To: Africa From: U.s., a nonprofit organization founded by Mary Fournier of Cedar Springs, who is committed to supporting communities and youths in African nations.
Each year the Danish Festival seeks an original poster to celebrate the current festival theme. This year’s theme is “The Snow Queen.” Original designs in any medium are acceptable for the contest. The artwork should represent the Hans Christian Andersen story of “The Snow Queen” in a creative but realistic interpretation. The artwork must not have been previously reproduced.
Read The Daily News Funeral Notices for Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012