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.
Two large subterranean tanks containing fuel oil located at the former site of the Carnation building will have to be dug up before the property can be further developed or sold. At Tuesday’s meeting of the Sheridan Village Council, council members discussed how best to address the problem.
Monday was a full day for the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners. The board held budget talks; completed the first round of interviews for hiring a new controller-administrator; appointed an interim leader; and set a special meeting for 1:30 p.m. next Monday to choose finalists for the job.
Four internal candidates and two external candidates are in the running for the job of Montcalm County controller-administrator. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners chose the six finalists during a special meeting Monday to fill the vacancy left by Chris Hyzer, whose last day was March 31.
Additional handicap entrance signs will be added to the Montcalm County Administrative Building after someone fell on the facility’s front steps. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners recently discussed the incident.
An appeal to overturn a denied Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request regarding emails sent by a former circuit court judge was rejected Monday by the Montcalm County Board Commissioners. The board voted 8-1 to deny an appeal submitted by Stanton resident and attorney Ron Finegood regarding a FOIA request he submitted on Feb. 11, which was denied by FOIA coordinator and outgoing Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer.
Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, has long voiced his opinion on educational matters in Michigan during his tenure in the Legislature, and Monday, he took aim at what some in Lansing are calling a controversial issue.
A proposal focused on students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or are questioning their sexual identity (LGBTQ) has been thrust into the limelight after a voluntary guidance, drafted with a goal to help school districts looking to better serve LGBT students, was outlined in a Feb. 23 memo from the Michigan Department of Education to the State Board of Education.
With more than 224,000 acres of farmland within its borders, agriculture is a driving force throughout Montcalm County. But size of land doesn’t necessarily equate proportionally to general appreciation or understanding, which is why consumers and vendors alike gathered Monday evening for the annual All Things Green event at the Montcalm Area Career Center.
Eliminate Animal Control? Merge the Equalization Department and the Register of Deeds Department? Privatize county services? Give county parks back to local townships? These were a few of the ideas discussed during a special Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee meeting Monday.
Budget cuts are coming to Montcalm County. The question is, how and where? Voters turned down a Headlee override millage proposal on March 8 by 58 to 42 percent. If it had been approved, the funds would have gone toward balancing the county’s $230,000 budget deficit as well as restoring some county services. Now what?