With his right hand raised upward and left hand placed firmly on the Bible, Jim Lower took his oath of office Monday evening to become a member of Michigan’s 99th State Legislature. Standing before family and friends, and a number of constituents who he has now grown to call friends, Lower, with his wife Kristen by his side, repeated after Lt. Gov. Brian Calley from the third floor of the Montcalm County Administration Building, keeping his hand placed on the very Bible his wife’s parents had once given to him upon converting to Catholicis
Montcalm Community College Trustee (MCC) Michael Williams participated in his final meeting of the board of trustees Tuesday evening.
Williams’ term is at an end and the board has a 30 day window to appoint someone new before the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) would intervene and appoint someone. There are four candidates currently vying for the open trustee spot.
Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard oversaw her first presidential election ballot recount in record time. Wednesday’s hand recount of ballots cast in November’s general election started at 9 a.m. and was completed by 3 p.m. for a total of six hours.
A former delivery car for NAPA Auto Parts in Stanton is getting a second chance and helping a local family. NAPA was planning on scrapping the 2004 Ford Focus after the timing belt broke earlier this year, but Store Manager Kimberlie Rivett and her husband Mike Rivett, a mechanic at Hevel Auto Repair in Stanton, had an idea to help someone in the community and “pay it forward.”
A man walked up to Robert Clingenpeel at a recent community event and declared, “Hello, Mr. Controller!”
Clingenpeel was quick to disabuse the man of the notion of that title.
“No, it’s just Bob,” he said. “I’m a papa, I’m a husband, I’m a father, I’m a taxpayer in Montcalm County. There’s a responsibility with that that supersedes even my job.”
Commissioner Karl Yoder asked the Stanton City Commissioners to continue discussing hiring a city manager at every meeting until the position is filled.
During Tuesday night’s meeting, talk revolved around the question of costs and options. The discussion follows a Nov. 15 meeting when the commission decided to look into hiring an exclusive city manager and ending a shared agreement with Lakeview.
Montcalm Community College (MCC) remains a bright spot in Montcalm County. During a regular meeting Monday afternoon, the MCC Board of Trustees heard an audit report from Lisa VanDeWeert, a certified public accountant with Grand Rapids-based Rehmann Group. Overall, the report was positive for the college and the MCC Foundation.
At the Sept. 14 Stanton City Commission meeting, Commissioner Ken Burris told his fellow commissioners he didn’t see any reason to change the shared manager arrangement between Stanton and Lakeview. Two months later, his feelings have changed. Now Burris, fellow commissioners, city residents and business owners want a manager they don’t have to share with the village of Lakeview.
A police academy of a different sort celebrated graduation Tuesday at Montcalm Community College.
A group of 25 excited men and women gathered to receive certificates of completion for finishing the inaugural Montcalm County Citizens’ Police Academy put on through a partnership between the Michigan State Police (MSP) Lakeview Post and the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Department.
Stanton has been the location for bad financial news lately when it comes to the Montcalm County seat, but the Stanton City Commission has received a positive review of its finances.
Ken Berthiaume, a certified public accountant from Berthiaume & Co. based in Saginaw, presented the 53-page audit report at the Oct. 25 commission meeting.