Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, speaks at Monday’s Legislative Update meeting at Montcalm Community College.

Outman reflects on 6 years as state representative

For six years, Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, has made monthly trips to Montcalm Community College to update his constituents on the happenings of Lansing.

From state budget issues and road funding concerns, to education legislation and thoughts on the Flint water crisis, Outman rarely, if ever, shied away from speaking on a topic, whether those in the audience agreed with his thoughts or not.


IN BRIEF: Stanton approves Christmas light purchase

The Stanton City Commission unanimously voted Tuesday to purchase lights for a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in downtown Stanton.

City commissioners agreed the purchase should not exceed $1,000.


IN BRIEF: Montcalm County to borrow $2,677,000 to fix budget

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners approved a 2016 borrowing resolution to borrow no more than $2,677,000 for the 2014-2015 delinquent tax revolving fund Monday.

The state of Michigan began withholding 25 percent of revenue sharing from Montcalm County on Oct. 13 after the county was late in submitting a deficit elimination plan.


Central Montcalm school board approves designs

The Central Montcalm Public School Board of Education was presented with a schematic design and pricing package Monday of the upcoming construction/renovation, and approved it … sort of. Designers from the engineering and architect firms presented designs for construction and renovation, focusing first on secure vestibule entrances for four school buildings. The board, in a 6-0 vote with Mark Grossbauer absent, approved the design, with a Plan B proposal for the high school/middle school entrance.

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Montcalm County hears economic development update

In describing greater Grand Rapids, Birgit Klohs was forthright in her approach of the area from an economic standpoint.

“Nobody wonders where Grand Rapids is,” said Klohs, the president and CEO of The Right Place. “They know New York, they know Las Vegas, they know Chicago, they know L.A., but the middle of the country is often called flyover territory.”


MAISD hears positive audit report

Fund balances across the board are looking healthy for the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD).

During a regular meeting on Oct. 13, the MAISD Board of Education heard a presentation from Ali Barnes, a certified public accountant with Yeo & Yeo CPAs and Business Consultants.


Some Montcalm County commissioners decline to file expense reports

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners recently voted to give themselves a pay cut, but some commissioners have been quietly declining to turn in their expense reports for years.

Commissioners voted in September to give themselves a 15 percent salary cut, which will save $14,990, as part of $1.5 million in overall county budget cuts. Commissioners each earn an annual salary of about $9,600.


JUST IN: 3 injured in accident at intersection of M-57 and M-66

At approximately 9:47 a.m., a Hogan’s Transportation semi-truck and yellow Saturn Vue crashed at the intersection of M-57 and M-66, about 2 miles south of Sheridan.


Agencies fill the gap left by 2-1-1 in Ionia and Montcalm counties

Within the last year, Montcalm and Ionia counties lost its 2-1-1 service, which provided health and human resources to those in need.

The Montcalm Human Service Coalition unanimously decided to cancel 2-1-1 in Montcalm and Ionia counties in December 2015, effective in January 2016.

The old Carnation property, on the corner of S. Sheridan (M-66) and E. Condensery, is in the final stages of being available for development. Sheridan Village Council members talked about what to do with the property during Tuesday night’s council meeting. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Sheridan officials preparing to put up former Carnation property for sale

The Sheridan Village Council is talking about next steps to take with the former Carnation property on M-66.

Kathy Jo VanderLaan from The Right Place and Robert Anderson from ASTI Environmental gave an update on the status of the property during Tuesday night’s Village Council meeting.