2021-01-21

Greenville City Council approves annual state assistance request for city transit system

Councilman expresses continued “skepticism” of service

In large part, residents of this city have state funding to thank for the continued operation of its transit system, a contribution that is likely to continue well into 2022.

Despite the approval of the annual request, however, not all city leaders are on board with how the system operates.

Traces of PFAS found in abandoned Stanton landfill, city looks at next steps

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) and the city of Stanton are looking into a minor detection of per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) found at an abandoned landfill north of Central Montcalm High School.

In 2018, the state of Michigan passed legislature mandating that all schools connected to their own private well must have their water sources tested for PFAS chemicals.

Ionia boys basketball eager to start after abrupt shutdown of 2020 season

As Michigan Department of Health and Human Services restrictions lifted on winter sports teams being allowed to practice on Saturday, there was no place Scott Swinehart and his players would have rather been than the Ionia High School gymnasium.

As they couldn’t envision themselves elsewhere, the Ionia boys basketball head coach drummed up excitement and held a brief one-hour practice at what he referred to as a “Midnight Madness,” event, similar to how some college basketball teams open their season with a midnight practice.

$500,000 bond remains for 17-year-old murder suspect

A 17-year-old from Stanton was arraigned on a new charge of murder Wednesday afternoon in Montcalm County District Court related to the shooting death of an 18-year-old Greenville woman.

Magistrate Shannan Kane declined defense attorney Lori Shearer’s request to lower bond for Nicholas Bauer, but the magistrate also declined Prosecutor Andrea Krause’s request to revoke Bauer’s bond altogether.

Ionia school board elects officers

Board also approves Headlee override millage, budget amendment

The Ionia Public Schools Board of Education welcomed two newly elected board members and welcomed back one re-elected board member at the first meeting of 2021 on Monday evening.

Jenna Perry and Danielle Yokom were elected as trustees and Brian Siemen was re-elected as a trustee last November. Perry and Yokom replace outgoing trustees Karen Balice-Gregory and Mike Keast.

Ionia County commissioners meet interim Road Department director/engineer

County has paid Prein & Newhof $75,500 for engineering services over past 6 months

The Ionia County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday met one of the engineers who will be filling the vacant Road Department managing director position on an interim basis.

Ionia County Finance Director Linda Pigue introduced Connie Houk, an engineer with Prein & Newhof in Grand Rapids, during the meeting which was held via Zoom. Pigue noted Houk was physically on-site at the Road Department on Monday for her first “exhausting day.”

Upcoming and pending services for Jan. 21, 2021

Upcoming and pending services for Jan. 21, 2021

Thursday, January 21, 2021

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