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Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services Director David Feldpausch points out how the EMS facility’s parking lot in Stanton, which is located in a valley behind the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office and Jail, often gets flooded and messy due to water runoff. Feldpausch is hoping the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners will approve his proposed $81,000 revamp of the parking lot. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County EMS parking lot may get $81,000 improvement

The parking lot of the Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) building is falling apart, and the Road Commission for Montcalm County has offered to help fix it. EMS Director David Feldpausch appeared before the county’s Economic Development & Physical Resources Committee and the county’s Finance & Personnel Committee on Feb. 13 to ask for their approval of a parking lot project at what’s also known as the BVM facility (named in honor of former county commissioners Bogart, VanHarn and McCrackin). The project calls for improving the drainage, removing the current parking lot asphalt and expanding the parking lot around the BVM (which would add about 20 more parking spaces) at a cost not to exceed $83,000. The money would come from the EMS fund, not the county’s general fund.

Stanton City Clerk/Treasurer Lori Braman and Mayor Ken Burris listen to discussion during Tuesday night’s Stanton City Commission meeting. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton Veterans Park plans take a big step back

The future of Stanton’s Veterans Memorial Park is uncertain after the Stanton City Commission voted to rescind state grants for the park. Last December, Stanton officials learned they were approved for a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) grant worth $296,000, but it required at $596,800 match.

New Stanton Mayor Ken Burris, at left, welcomes new City Manager Elizabeth Pynaert after city commissioners unanimously voted to hire Pynaert full-time during Tuesday night’s Stanton City Commission meeting. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton hires new city manager; mayor resigns, blames new mayor

In the last five months, this city lost its manager, searched for a manager with Lakeview, cut ties with Lakeview, appointed an acting city manager and began advertising for a permanent manager. The “convoluted process,” as Stanton City Commissioner Karl Yoder called it, came to a close Tuesday night when the Stanton City Commission unanimously voted to offer acting City Manager Elizabeth Pynaert the full-time city manager job with a one-year contract.

A room full of people, including staff, students and community members, listened to NPR Jason Beaubien give a lecture about disease in Latin America on Tuesday.

NPR health correspondent kicks off MCC lecture series

Issues with viruses and disease in Latin America were the focus of a talk given at Montcalm Community College (MCC) on Tuesday. Jason Beaubien, a global health and development correspondent for National Public Radio (NPR), spoke in a room full of students, staff and community members. He touched on the outbreak and spread of viruses such as Zika, disease transmission and the prevalence of diabetes in Latin America.

Once built, the Veterans Memorial Park would include a trail, four softball fields, parking lot, concession/restroom building, veterans memorial, pavilion, sled hill, disc golf course, mountain bike course, nature path and amphitheater. But first, the Stanton City Commission must find $596,000 to match the Michigan Department of Natural Resources grant. — Courtesy photo

Stanton looking to fund $5 million park project

There’s a $596,800 grant match looming over the heads of the Stanton City Commission. In December, the city was approved for a $296,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR), but the grant only covers a portion of the first phase of a planned Veterans Memorial Park.

From left, Brennan Bunker, 18, Robert Cornell, 16, and Ryan Saxton, 16, work on grinding some Michigan signs students in the welding program at the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) are making. The signs the student made will be sold by staff members at the MACC to the local public to raise money for the memorial fund of St. Johns fabricator Curtis Feldpausch, who died Dec. 30 at the age of 22. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm Area Career Center welding class crafts signs for fundraiser

Funding for education programs at the Montcalm Area Career Center (MACC) comes from the federal and state level, local school districts and donations from people within the community. Students in the welding program at the MACC recently had the opportunity to pay it forward using equipment purchased from a donation to craft and sell signs.

Stanton Community Fire Chief Brian Brasington has worked with the district fire board to purchase a new tanker-pumper to serve Stanton, along with Douglass, Evergreen and Sidney townships. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Work underway for Stanton’s new fire department tanker-pumper

The only evidence of the Stanton’s Community Fire Department’s former tanker trunk is a large oil stain on the garage floor. Last July, the tanker truck suffered catastrophic engine failure. After bringing the issue to the Stanton City Commission and having it repeatedly tabled, Fire Chief Brain Brasington brought the issue to the fire board, which is comprised of residents from Stanton and Douglass, Evergreen and Sidney townships.

Congressman John Moolenaar, R-Midland, at left, met with 4th District constituents Tuesday afternoon at the Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Moolenaar hears health care concerns from constituents

Constituents of Michigan’s 4th District braved the icy roads Tuesday to tell their Congressman what scares them even more: Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without knowing replacement details. Rep. John Moolenaar, R-Midland, met with more than a dozen constituents for an hour at Montcalm County’s Administrative Building, where the ACA — or “Obamacare” — was the pressing concern.

The city of Stanton owned the lot at 111 S. Grove St., but recently received and approved an offer from the owners of the adjacent lot to purchase the property for $5,000. — Daily News/Meghan Nelson

Stanton sells lot once tabbed for city investment to next-door residents

This city has one less parcel for sale. Stanton previously had four city-owned properties for sale. Former City Manager Jake Eckholm planned on using the properties as part of the Stanton Housing Investment Program (SHIP), which would build homes on the property to be resold for the city’s profit and benefit. However, Eckholm left Stanton for another job, leaving the project to fizzle out.

Montcalm County Animal Control Officer Autumn DeVries, at left, and Director Angela Hollinshead groom Bella, an adult female labrador retriever who’s available for adoption through Montcalm County Animal Control. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Commissioners hear about animals, jail visits, emergency services

New Montcalm County Sheriff Mike Williams gave his first report to county commissioners during Monday’s Law Enforcement & Courts Committee meeting. Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead and Central Dispatch Director Tim Scott also presented reports to commissioners Monday as part of Controller-Director Robert Clingenpeel’s goal of having more people participate and communicate at monthly meetings.