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The pomes on the Bradford pear trees along Camburn Street in Stanton are starting to mature. The trees have been discussed at the last three Stanton City Commission meetings, including the meeting Tuesday night. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Conversation on Stanton tree removal remains controversial

Trees across Montcalm County are beginning to change, with apples maturing and leaves on the tips of trees starting to transform to their fall colors.

From left, Stanton Mayor Monica Tissue-Daws, City Manager Jake Eckholm and City Commissioner Lewis Corwin at Eckholm’s final meeting as Stanton’s manager on Tuesday. Eckholm accepted a job as Muskegon Heights’ city manager, and his last day in Lakeview and Stanton is Sept. 23. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Eckholm has final meetings as shared manager

After two years of managing a pair of municipalities, Jake Eckholm had his final meetings in Lakeview on Monday and Stanton on Tuesday.

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IN BRIEF: Stanton moves forward with master plan

STANTON — The Stanton City Commission decided on Tuesday to move forward with a 20-year master plan. The plan was tabled at the last meeting to allow city commissioners more time to review the plan. Since the plan has been approved, it now goes to a 63-day review period where the public can look it [...]

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners will hear an update about the county’s budget situation from three financial, legal and consulting firms during a special board meeting at 1 p.m. Monday at the Montcalm County Administrative Building in Stanton. — File photo

Montcalm County commissioners haven’t heard audit report since 2006

Miley Cyrus debuted in “Hannah Montana” on the Disney Channel; the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Detroit Tigers in five games in the World Series; Vice President Dick Cheney shot and wounded an attorney in a hunting accident; and Sen. Barack Obama announced he was considering a run for president of the United States.

That was 2006 … the last time until this summer that the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners actually heard a report from the county’s auditing firm.

Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) Associate Superintendent for Business Stephanie Weese, left, answers questions about the tax levy on behalf of the MAISD from Board President Stephen Foster and Superintendent Ron Simon during Thursday morning’s meeting. — Daily News/Emilee Nielsen

MAISD prepares for accreditation visit

Even those who work in the field of education get graded from time to time.

In October, the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) will host a visit from AdvancED, an accreditation organization with headquarters in Georgia and Arizona.

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IN BRIEF: MAISD approves hires and resignations

The new school year is underway for the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District and the board of education is approving lots of new hires.

Montcalm County is now contracting with Republic Services of Pierson to pick up corrugated cardboard at county recycling sites, like this one in Lakeview, after Recycle World of Greenville discontinued the service. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Montcalm County has new cardboard recycling service

Recycle World may have discontinued its cardboard recycling service at Montcalm County recycling sites, but residents won’t notice much of a difference. Recycle World, located at M-91 and Sidney Road just north of Greenville, ended its program of picking up corrugated cardboard at Montcalm County’s six recycling sites effective today. Recycle World owner Kevin Willemstein said he made the decision as he was running out of space to store cardboard at his facility; plus his contract is for residential use, yet many commercial businesses use the cardboard recycling service, which he says has added to the issue of overflowing bins.

Recent Grand Valley State University graduate Jake Eckholm started his new job as village manager of Lakeview and city manager of Stanton on Tuesday. He will divide his time equally between the municipalities. — Daily News/Mike Taylor

Eckholm leaving Lakeview and Stanton to manage Muskegon Heights

The dual manager of the city of Stanton and the village of Lakeview has accepted a new job. Jake Eckholm will be the next manager of the city of Muskegon Heights. He accepted the job Tuesday and will start Oct. 1.

Fire Chief Brian Brasington spoke at Tuesday night’s Stanton City Commission meeting regarding options for replacing the fire department’s tanker truck. The city and fire department are looking into a loan/grant option to help pay for the truck. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Stanton considers replacing fire truck

This city’s fire chief wants a new fire truck.

Stanton Fire Chief Brian Brasington spoke to the Stanton City Commission during Tuesday’s meeting about procuring a new truck for the department.

Trees along Camburn Street, south of Main Street, would be included in a proposed removal in the cit of Stanton. City commissioners, Stanton resident and former Judge Charles Miel and the audience discussed the removal again during Tuesday night’s Stanton City Commission meeting. — Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Pear trees leave Stanton residents divided

The suggested removal of Bradford pear trees along Camburn Street has branched out into a larger conversation.

The topic was brought up again during Tuesday’s Stanton City Commission meeting when Stanton resident and former Judge Charles Miel presented several reasons why he believed the trees should remain.