No apologies yet, but commissioners have decided to cut their pay. Another standing room only audience was in attendance Monday afternoon as the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the 2017 budget and a 2016 deficit elimination plan for the state of Michigan. Included in the new budget was a 15 percent salary cut for commissioners.
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Montcalm County residents should prepare for a “new normal.” The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday to accept a budgetary investigation analysis by Clark Hill, Rehmann Robson and Municipal Financial Consults Inc. (MFCI), and to make budget cuts totaling 22.5 full-time equivalents (FTEs). Those cuts, along with other budget adjustments, will equate to more than $1.7 million in cuts.
Recycle World may have discontinued its cardboard recycling service at Montcalm County recycling sites, but residents won’t notice much of a difference. Recycle World, located at M-91 and Sidney Road just north of Greenville, ended its program of picking up corrugated cardboard at Montcalm County’s six recycling sites effective today. Recycle World owner Kevin Willemstein said he made the decision as he was running out of space to store cardboard at his facility; plus his contract is for residential use, yet many commercial businesses use the cardboard recycling service, which he says has added to the issue of overflowing bins.
The dual manager of the city of Stanton and the village of Lakeview has accepted a new job. Jake Eckholm will be the next manager of the city of Muskegon Heights. He accepted the job Tuesday and will start Oct. 1.
After Megan Ayres’s high school graduation in 2015, she decided to take a year to participate in Rotary Club’s exchange student program. During Tuesday’s Greenville Rotary Club meeting, she presented a movie she made about her experience and gushed about the memories she had made.
On the surface, a piece of vacant, foreclosed property in Edmore would attract little to no attention to anyone driving past it. But at Tuesday’s Montcalm/Ionia county public land auction, nearly every piece of property up for grabs, including small empty parcels such as that rural roadside lot on North Cedar Lake Road, commanded attention.
Montcalm County is contracting with a legal firm, a financial firm and a consulting firm in an effort to stop the bleeding of $2 million in savings per year over at least the last four years. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted Monday, in three separate motions, to contract with Clark Hill PLC in Detroit for legal services, to contract with Municipal Financial Consultants Inc. (MFCI) in Detroit to assist Clark Hill and to contract with Rehmann Robson of Troy for accounting services as an emergency audit of the county gets underway.
Each fall, a dozen or so students from foreign countries begin a new school year as part of the Central Montcalm Public School student body, bringing a taste of their home to Montcalm County. For many hometown youths, this is the only experience they have with a different country, a different culture, a different community. It has been 20 years since one of their own has been able to represent Central Montcalm as a student ambassador, to serve as an exchange student.
The rain couldn’t keep Montcalm County residents from coming out to enjoy the Star Quest Talent Show and the Firemen’s Parade Friday night. The talent show was moved to the steamy auditorium at Central Montcalm Middle School to keep performers and the audience dry, but the crowd was still full. Sixteen acts took to the stage. They showcased talents like comedy, dance and singing.
The Stanton City Commission plans to discuss a proposed housing program with the community. The Stanton Housing Investment Program (SHIP) would take vacant, city-owned lots and turn them into houses the city could sell. A public forum on the topic will take place at 6 p.m. Sept. 15. The community is invited to attend.