After weeks without a manager, the village of Lakeview and city of Stanton have finally settled on a replacement for James Freed, who left the post earlier this summer to take a job in Port Huron. Following an extensive search process and several interviews, Stanton’s City Commission on Wednesday voted to hire Jacob Eckholm as shared manager for both communities. Lakeview’s Village Council had already arrived at the same decision Monday evening.
After lengthy discussion and one failed motion, the Montcalm County Finance & Personnel Committee recommended a bonus for their controller-administrator. Montcalm County’s information and technology (IT) specialist position was vacant for several months, after Mary McMillen resigned last December. Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer stepped up and filled the position until April, when Eric McLaughlin was hired to fill the vacancy.
It’s down to the final two candidates in the search for a new manager for the village of Lakeview and city of Stanton. When selected, the new manager will serve both communities, allotting 20 hours per week to each.
Montcalm County commissioners continued to hash out the upcoming budget year in another three-hour meeting Monday. Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer led the meeting, along with Finance & Personnel Committee members Commissioners Ron Baker of Howard City, Tom Lindeman of Greenville, Betty Kellenberger of Carson City and Ron Retzloff of Crystal.
Hailey Hollenbeck was considering trying the Miss Stanton Scholarship pageant, but was hesitant. Her mom and her sisters, including her twin sister Hannah, encouraged her to go for it.
Montcalm County commissioners have begun sorting through a plethora of budget requests for the upcoming fiscal year. Montcalm County Controller-Administrator Chris Hyzer led Wednesday’s three-and-a-half-hour meeting, alongside Finance & Personnel Committee members Ron Baker of Howard City, Tom Lindeman of Greenville and Ron Retzloff of Crystal.
Results from township ballot proposals, renewals and board elections.
Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Township, once again earned the Republican nod for congressman for Michigan’s 3rd District by defeating fellow Republican challenger Brian Ellis on Tuesday.
State Rep. Lisa Posthumus Lyons, R-Alto, earned her party’s nod in Tuesday’s primary election, topping her opponent Angela Rigas, also a Republican from Alto.
A state senator is one step closer to representing the 15-county 4th District of Michigan. John Moolenaar, 53, of Midland, bested two other Republicans in one of Tuesday’s hottest primary election races. He came out on top with 34,401 votes. His main opponent Paul Mitchell, of Saginaw, had 23,844 votes. Peter Konetchy, of Roscommon, finished a distant third with 7,408 votes.