Montcalm County’s Finance & Personnel Committee is recommending shutting down Animal Control and the animal shelter and closing county parks to help with the county’s budget situation. Committee members made the recommendations Monday morning at the request of Commissioner Ron Retzloff. He recommended shutting down Animal Control, the animal shelter and all its employees, and having the Humane Society take over local animal services. Retzloff estimates this will save at least $100,000.
Portions of three gravel roads will be restored to asphalt as part of $4 million in road work projects this year. The Road Commission for Montcalm County borrowed $4 million from Chemical Bank (a 10-year loan with a 2.2 interest rate) to get a jump start on repairing roads based on Michigan’s $1.2 billion road funding package approved by legislators last November.
Montcalm County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a two car crash on M-66 near Schmeid Road in Belvidere Township. The crash was reported at approximately 7:18 p.m. on Sunday. Two people have died as a result of the crash.
Montcalm Community College (MCC) students are going to see some new fees in the upcoming fall semester. To compensate for falling budgets and rising costs, the MCC Board of Trustees recently voted to raise tuition and to add extra fees to student costs.
The Montcalm County Jail will be short an administrator and a corrections officer for at least another month. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners reviewed a request Monday from Sheriff Bill Barnwell to fill the vacant jail administrator position, as well as a vacant corrections officer position.
Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, doesn’t find the state budget an exciting topic, but it is one that he deems important. Outman spent more than 30 minutes on the subject of the upcoming 2016-2017 fiscal year state budget during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College, as two budget bills were introduced in the House of Representatives last week.
Everyone has that one restaurant they’ve always meant to try. You’ve heard the food is good and the waitstaff is attentive. And yet, somehow, you’ve never gotten around to it. On June 25 in Stanton, you’ll have your chance. That’s when the city’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) presents the first ever Taste of Montcalm County.
Montcalm County construction students are taking their skills outside the classroom. The Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Board of Education on Thursday heard an update about an ongoing project for Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) construction students.
Four internal candidates will be asked back for second interviews for the job of Montcalm County controller-administrator. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to re-interview Commission on Aging Director Robert Clingenpeel, accountant Brenda Taeter and Chief Deputy Register of Deeds Catrina Woodruff.
Closing county parks, closing MSU Extension one day per week, increasing document fees for residents, sending dead animals to a landfill … These were some of the suggested budget cuts presented to the Montcalm County finance committee on Monday as county officials work to scale back local government operations.