The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners took action on multiple agenda items during their last regular meeting of 2016.
A solitary sign is all that remains of Howard City’s recycling site. The Montcalm County-operated service was shut down Dec. 5 after the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted on Nov. 7 to eliminate it due to an increase in county recycling costs, as well as garbage and trash abuse at the site, which was located in the parking lot of Leppink’s Food Center on M-82.
A man was sentenced to jail after using a stolen trailer to blackmail and threaten a longtime friend. Ryan Griffee, 28, of Coral, was in possession of a utility trailer he had stolen, according to the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office. He loaned the stolen trailer to a longtime friend last spring in Howard City. While the trailer was in the friend’s possession, it was stolen.
Homeowners and their dogs remained safe after a house fire at 1308 Hawkview Drive on Thursday evening. When the Sand Lake Fire Department arrived on the scene after receiving a call at 7:28 p.m., neighbors had already rescued the puppies.
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.
Jennifer Bouck has seen the hardships families face during the holiday season.
The coordinator of Montcalm County’s Toys for Tots is familiar with scenes of homelessness and poverty.
In response, Bouck and her volunteers are working to provide a “magical” Christmas for families in need this year.
Opening day of hunting season is practically a holiday in Montcalm County, so it’s no surprise Howard City’s inaugural buck pole event was a smashing success. The buck pole went up in the vacant lot at the corner of Ensley Street and Shaw Street (where the village’s farmers market is held) in the early morning hours of Nov. 15, sponsored by Mattson’s Hardware and Mac’s Rustic Sports. The Howard City Fire Department helped with lighting for the event.
This village’s funeral home may have its water turned off this morning due to the owner, who is also the village manager-president, allegedly not complying with backflow device testing requirements, according to another village employee.
During Monday night’s Howard City Village Council meeting, Department of Public Works Director Mike Van Wagner informed Manager-President Randy Heckman that Van Wagner would be shutting off the water supply to Heckman Funeral Home at 225 E. Edgerton St. in downtown Howard City at 9:15 a.m. Tuesday.
Two of Montcalm County’s seven recycling sites will have closed by year’s end, and the future remains uncertain for the remaining five locations.
The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Nov. 7 to eliminate Howard City’s recycling site due to an increase in county recycling costs.
The most divisive presidential election in recent history resulted in a decrease in voter turnout for both Ionia and Montcalm counties Tuesday. Ionia County saw a 61 percent turnout, while Montcalm County was not much better at just under 63 percent.