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.
Montcalm County’s maintenance director is having a busy October. Scott Wright and his crew are getting county parks ready for the end of season and working on a backflow prevention device dilemma that’s causing problems for the county and the city of Stanton. And then the boiler broke.
When Congressman John Moolenaar visited the campus of Montcalm Community College on Monday, he was candid in giving an update on the current happenings in Washington, D.C.