Montcalm County commissioners play musical chairs during meeting

One commissioner’s complaint that too many commissioners were sitting at the table Tuesday morning led to the chairman’s exit.

During the Law Enforcement & Courts Committee meeting, Commissioner John Johansen pointed out that only committee members should be sitting at the table.

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Jim LaCroix, executive manager of Wright Plastics in Sheridan, gives students from Montcalm County Career Center a tour of the plant Friday.— Daily News/Meghan Koglin

Students tour Wright Plastics in Sheridan, learn about manufacturing

Wright Plastics in Sheridan opened its doors Friday for a group of students from Montcalm Area Career Center.

The students were from welding and computer-aided design classes. Thanks to the tour, they were able to see different machines and processes the business uses and learn how what their basic skills and knowledge could turn into a career.

IM Fostering Hope collects items and puts together backpacks for children transitioning in the foster care system in Montcalm and Ionia counties. — Courtesy photo

IM Fostering Hope aims to help foster families

Last year, more than 160 children in Montcalm and Ionia counties entered the foster care system, and IM Fostering Hope is hoping to make the transition easier for those children.

The group has put together backpacks with hygiene items, pajamas, comfort items, blankets, socks and underwear. The goal is to make the first night of transition easier on the children and the foster families.


IN BRIEF: Fairplain Township considers medical marijuana provisioning center

During a regular meeting Monday evening, board of trustee members discussed the possibility of a medical marijuana provisioning center within the boundaries of the township.


Fire truck grant proposal stalls in Stanton

More than a month since Stanton Community Fire Chief Brian Brasington presented the idea to apply for a grant for a new fire truck.

The topic was on the agenda again during Tuesday’s Stanton City Commission meeting, and again it was tabled.

The Stanton City Commission has been attempting to update the city’s website to include more pictures and be more personalized. Stanton originally contracted with Revize to make the changes, but they canceled the contract during Tuesday night’s meeting due to a lack of progress.

Stanton cancels contract for website due to no progress

The Stanton City Commission has been attempting to update the city’s website, but after months of getting nowhere, the commission decided cancel the contract. Stanton contracted with Revize in Troy in May for $1,850.

Firefighters from the Stanton Community, Sheridan Community and Crystal Township fire departments were able to successfully contain a structure fire in Evergreen Township to one bedroom Wednesday, saving the home. No one was injured on scene. — Daily News/Cory Smith

Firefighters quickly knock down fire and save Stanton-area home

Thanks to a quick response from firefighters, a Stanton-area home remains standing with damage limited to one room. At approximately 1:28 p.m. Wednesday, Sheryl Stewart had just returned to her home at 2851 Evergreen Road when she noticed smoke coming from the east end of her home. She called 911, and soon firefighters from the Stanton Community Fire Department were on scene.


IN BRIEF: Stanton takes steps to bring arcade to town

Nostalgic for the days of Donkey Kong, Mortal Kombat and Pac-Man?

Local gamers may soon be in luck.

An old ordinance was repealed during Tuesday night’s Stanton’s City Commission meeting in a effort to bring an arcade to town.

Montcalm County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Levand explains how he’s lost his job twice now due to budget cuts. He was let go in 2012, but was able to return about six months later after another officer retired. Now Levand is being let go again, along with eight other full-time sheriff’s officers, plus two part-time court security officers. Their last day on the job is Friday. — Daily News/Elisabeth Waldon

Commissioners cut pay; approve new budget, deficit elimination plan

No apologies yet, but commissioners have decided to cut their pay. Another standing room only audience was in attendance Monday afternoon as the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved the 2017 budget and a 2016 deficit elimination plan for the state of Michigan. Included in the new budget was a 15 percent salary cut for commissioners.

The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners will vote to approve the fiscal year 2017 budget on Monday, including $1.7 million in budget cuts. — File photo

Loss of jobs, services hit home hard amid Montcalm County budget cuts

Montcalm County is in the red, and pink slips went out this week as a result.

Last Monday, the Montcalm County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to make budget cuts totaling 22.5 full-time equivalents (FTEs). Those cuts, along with other budget adjustments, will equate to more than $1.7 million in cuts.