Monday afternoon’s Montcalm County Board of Commissioners meeting will feature a public hearing about a controversial economic development proposal. And the commissioner who has been the most vocal advocate of the property tax increase no longer thinks the proposal has enough support from his fellow commissioners to be approved.
Dec. 7, 1941, a date that, according to President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, would live in infamy. It also was a date that would forever change the face of America. With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Japanese military brought the United States into a war upon which the country would eventually expend 418,500 lives, most of them young men.
Twenty years ago, a major surveying project got underway in Montcalm County. The Montcalm Remonumentation Program was part of a statewide effort starting in 1993 with the goal of preserving history, protecting cadastral surveys (maps showing boundaries or property lines) and promoting professional surveying practices, according to William Tingley of Tingley & Associates, a land surveying and engineering service in Stanton. Tingley has a contract for the remonumentation of Gratiot and Montcalm counties.
Like a wobbly gait of a toddler, Central Montcalm Public School took baby steps in the right direction. On Wednesday evening, the school board approved amendments to two different funds after hearing from Chief School Business Official Ron Simon that the district had gained revenue in both the general fund and food service fund.
It’s 4 a.m. and there isn’t a soul on the country roads of Montcalm County. The sun hasn’t yet risen. With a hot cup of coffee in his lap and only the dull scraping of his snow plow along the gravel road and the humming of the diesel engine in his ears, Yale Parker finds an unspeakable peace.
Five fire departments worked together for several hours Thursday evening in attempt to save a large two-story home, but the challenges of extinguishing the fire proved to be too great in the end.
Mark Christensen would like to have a few words with whoever started the rumor about road commission employees not working Monday. Christensen, the managing director for the Road Commission for Montcalm County, said he received several phone calls from people saying they heard workers weren’t out plowing the roads due to hydraulics freezing on the trucks.
The first big winter storm of 2014 has completely shut down several municipalities. Belding city offices are all closed today due to the weather, as are all Ionia County government buildings, including the courthouses.
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