Be it a medical epidemic or a release of harmful chemicals by terrorists, preparing for the worst of outcomes is not only important, but required for the Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD). On Wednesday morning, officials with the department did necessary steps to do just that — be prepared — by staging an emergency preparedness exercise.
Amid ongoing rumors and speculation in this small town, Sheridan Community Hospital Administrator Randy Flechsig got right to the point. He was defiant in his attempt Thursday evening to reassure an audience of more than 80 people, all of whom had questions or concerns about doctors leaving or the hospital closing.
“We’re not going away,” Flechsig declared. “We’re going to be different, we’re going to retool and that’s going to happen on an ongoing basis. But we’re not going away.”
In an effort to quell the looming $1.5 million budget deficit that is facing Montcalm County, every department head within the county is working to reach a solution. During Monday morning’s Finance and Personnel Committee meeting, Montcalm County Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead presented a reduced 2016-2017 fiscal year budget at the request of the county commissioners.
Two of the most important decision-making positions in Montcalm County are up for election this year, and the candidates running for those positions are eager to make their voices heard.
Montcalm County officials have come up with an Adopt-A-Park plan to help keep county parks open amid budget cuts.
But who will adopt a sheriff’s deputy?
A Hawaii judge came all the way to Montcalm County to meet with local judges who are hoping to follow in the footsteps of a successful approach to a probation program.
Judge Steven Alm, who has been a circuit court judge since 2001, created Hawaii’s Opportunity Probation with Enforcement program (or HOPE). He created the program after witnessing a high failure rate in Hawaii’s probation system; offenders who were up to 20 probation violations with no improvement, and the only options being used were talking to them or sending them to prison.
What does Montcalm County taste like? Festival-goers will have a chance to vote for some of their favorite local restaurants at the inaugural Taste of Montcalm from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday at D. Hale Brake Park in Stanton. The festival is free.
After months of being unable to agree to take action on budget cuts, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners have decided to allow their new controller-administrator to take over those decisions. The board voted 6-3 on Monday to approve Controller-Administrator Robert Clingenpeel’s recommendation that the board authorize him to “make necessary budget reductions” effective that same day. The proposal is part of Clingenpeel’s effort to help the county’s $1.5 million budget deficit leading up to approval of the 2016-2017 budget. He will make budget reductions in conjunction with county department heads, and will report his action back to the board.
Michael Kotenko rose to speak before the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners.
May 23 was the first major public appearance for the 14-year sheriff’s deputy since last autumn, when he narrowly escaped being murdered on the job.
In 1942, following the bombing of the Pacific fleet in Pearl Harbor, the United States joined World War II. Hundreds of young men felt the pull of their patriotic duty and went to enlist in the armed forces. John Hansen, then age 23, was one of those.