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Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, speaks during Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College on the subject of the state’s 2016-2017 fiscal year budget. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Legislators get early start on state budget

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.

Plans for the first Taste of Montcalm event include children’s games, a beer tent, live bands, an arts show and more, all at D. Hale Brake Park on Stanton’s south side. — Courtesy photo

First ever Taste of Montcalm coming to Stanton in June

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.

A Sidney Township home that burned down in February is being rebuilt by Montcalm Area Career Center construction students. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

Montcalm Area Career Center students rebuild home from ashes

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.

Commissioner John Johansen, at left, reads a list of proposed questions to be asked at secondary interviews for the job of Montcalm County controller-administrator, as Johansen’s colleagues Tom Porter, Ron Baker and Ron Retzloff listen on Monday afternoon. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

4 get second interview for Montcalm County administrator job

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.

From left, Montcalm County Sheriff Bill Barnwell, Drain Commissioner Sandy Raines, Prosecutor Andrea Krause and Register of Deeds Lori Wilson discuss pending budget cuts with the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners at a finance committee meeting Monday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County finance committee hears budget cut proposals

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 fuel tanks located at the site of the former Carnation building in Sheridan must be removed before further development of the property can move forward. A similar tank was removed earlier and showed no indication of soil or groundwater contamination. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Fuel tank removal among final stages of Carnation building demo

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.

Mark Stuhldreher answers questions from commissioners Betty Kellenberger, Tom Lindeman and Dale Reyburn during Stuhldreher’s job interview Monday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County completes first round of controller-administrator interviews

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.

Six finalists for the job of Montcalm County controller-administrator were chosen Monday by Commissioner Patrick Q. Carr, at left, and his colleagues. The finalists include Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard, at right. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

6 finalists for Montcalm County administrator 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 in downtown Stanton. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County to add more handicap signs to admin building

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.

Montcalm County Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Coordinator and County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer, left, speaks to Commissioner Patrick Q. Carr on Monday about denying a FOIA request from Stanton resident Ron Finegood regarding a former local judge. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Montcalm County commissioners deny FOIA request regarding judge’s emails

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.