The Montcalm County Administrative Building was so packed with people at the Oct. 28 Board of Commissioners meeting, we might have thought animal rights was on the agenda. But we knew better.
A more than 130-year-old landmark for lakeside dining has closed its doors for good — but the reason why remains a mystery. Early this week, the Clifford Lake Inn abruptly closed. A piece of paper is taped on each entrance door reading, “Closed. Thank you for your patronage.”
It’s been longer than two decades since Montcalm Township residents have heard the wailing of a siren warning them of severe weather in the area. Now township officials have committed to wiring the township with several signals by purchasing the first one.
For 17 years, the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) West Central Michigan has provided a private medical setting to assist and treat victims of sexual assault and now the Grand Rapids-based organization has branched those services out to Montcalm County. Beginning in April of last year, the program offers victims highly trained nurse examiners and victim advocates to provide recently victimized women with physical exams as well as someone to talk to.
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Arthur C. Clarke, author of “2001: A Space Odyssey,” among other books, once noted, “Behind every man now alive stand 30 ghosts, for that is the ratio by which the dead outnumber the living.”
If all goes according to plan, this village may find itself the recipient of $196,000 in state grant funds, money that will be used to provide a complete survey and mapping of its water and sewer infrastructure.
The Eureka Township Board has proposed a $783,000 budget for the 2014 fiscal year, a budget slightly thinner than the current year but including a small raise for administration and some board members.
The chairman of the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners began Tuesday’s meeting with an apology. Commissioner Patrick Q. Carr of Lakeview spoke up during public comment to reference another public comment — one at the Oct. 28 board meeting. Almost an hour of public comments were heard at that meeting regarding a proposed secondhand dealer ordinance, primarily authored by Commissioner Steve DeWitt of Coral.
A local economic development group has become as stagnant or more so than the local economy it’s trying to help. The Montcalm Alliance hasn’t met in months. The group has suffered a net loss of almost $20,000 in the past year and incurred a debt of $6,750 to cover operational shortfalls. The current membership list hasn’t been updated online since 2010 and the website (montcalmalliance.com) and Facebook page haven’t been updated since 2011.