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.
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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.
Montcalm County commissioners gave the go-ahead Monday to more expenditures for a Building Department computer server and the Juvenile Court child care fund, all the while wondering where the money is going to come from. Montcalm County is facing a $1.5 million budget deficit. Commissioners will need to vote to approve the 2016-2017 fiscal year budget by the end of September.
James Ehle of Stanton was one of many visitors at the 30th annual Heritage Festival at Montcalm Community College’s Sidney during a three-day celebration this weekend, but he was one of the few who could say he grew up at the village. The Ehle family has been involved with the historic village over the years with the Ehle Barn formerly owned by Merle Ehle and donated by granddaughter Tammy DuVall; the Pavilion planned by Fred Ehle; and years of horse-drawn wagon rides around the perimeter.
Mary Andersen has a love for books that some people might say borders on bibliomania — those people just don’t get it. Ever since she was a girl, Andersen of Greenville has had a passion for the written word. Her personal collection of books is extensive. Even she is unsure how many books she has exactly, but she does know that she has no plans to part with them anytime soon.
The tightest race in Montcalm County came down to the sheriff’s next man in command. Voters convincingly chose Undersheriff Mike Williams to succeed longtime Sheriff Bill Barnwell on Tuesday. Barnwell is retiring at the end of this year and endorsed Williams to follow in his footsteps.
Montcalm County law enforcement officials are armed with something new after a special training session Wednesday. In partnership with the Montcalm Care Network, Brandon Hool and Jonathan Lamaire gave two presentations to law enforcement officers on the drug naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, which acts as an antidote to opioids such as heroin, morphine, methadone and Oxycontin.
Montcalm County officials are trying to crack down on littering at recycling sites, even the future of those recycling sites appears uncertain. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners on Monday voted 8-1 to ask the Montcalm County Prosecutor’s Office to look into the possibility of making littering at recycling sites a civil infraction enforced by community members. The recommendation was made by the county’s Solid Waste Management Planning Committee on July 21.