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.
The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners heard a sobering audit report today and unanimously voted to approve the report.
Bill Tucker from Abraham & Gaffney gave the report based on county financial statements from September 2015. He pointed out several weaknesses and failures in the county’s current financial statements, as well as those from years past.
Mike Williams had spent several months wondering what he could do to make a significant difference in the community, and thanks to the charitable spirit of more than 100 women, he found an answer.
On Tuesday evening, the Montcalm County Undersheriff hosted the first 100+ Men Who Care event at Montcalm Community College, following in the footsteps of the second annual 100+ Women Who Care event.
Local emergency service departments will host an open house Saturday to showcase the many services they provide.
The public services house will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at 655 N. State St. and will feature the Montcalm County Sheriff’s Office, Montcalm County Emergency Medical Services, Montcalm County Central Dispatch and the Road Commission for Montcalm County.
Be it a medical epidemic or a release of harmful chemicals by terrorists, preparing for the worst of outcomes is not only important, but required for the Mid-Michigan District Health Department (MMDHD). On Wednesday morning, officials with the department did necessary steps to do just that — be prepared — by staging an emergency preparedness exercise.
Four meetings will be held throughout the Flat River Watershed to present water quality data and discuss recommendations to restore and protect the watershed.
Spanning 564 square miles in Kent, Montcalm, Ionia, and Mecosta counties and incorporating three major communities — Belding, Greenville, and Lowell — the Flat River Watershed is home to a lively biotic community and viable small mouth bass fishery. Incorporating 150 miles of stream channel, the Flat River and its tributaries are incredibly scenic and beloved for their recreation possibilities.
Amid ongoing rumors and speculation in this small town, Sheridan Community Hospital Administrator Randy Flechsig got right to the point. He was defiant in his attempt Thursday evening to reassure an audience of more than 80 people, all of whom had questions or concerns about doctors leaving or the hospital closing.
“We’re not going away,” Flechsig declared. “We’re going to be different, we’re going to retool and that’s going to happen on an ongoing basis. But we’re not going away.”
Montcalm Community College (MCC) has a special guest this summer. Dr. Brijender Singh Panwar, one of the founders of M.S. Panwar Community and Technical College in Solan, Shimla Hills, India, is visiting the college, and the Montcalm County area, for the summer.
MCC President Bob Ferrentino met with Panwar last year and “talked about his work coming from India to the states to build his understanding of what a community college does and how it works in the states.”
In an effort to quell the looming $1.5 million budget deficit that is facing Montcalm County, every department head within the county is working to reach a solution. During Monday morning’s Finance and Personnel Committee meeting, Montcalm County Animal Control Director Angela Hollinshead presented a reduced 2016-2017 fiscal year budget at the request of the county commissioners.
Three new school buses are going to be on their way to the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) in the coming weeks to replace buses that need to be phased out. During an organizational meeting Monday morning, the MAISD board approved the purchase of three buses for the special education program. One of the buses will be equipped with a lift for wheelchair access. This will serve as a replacement for the existing bus with wheelchair access that’s already in the fleet.