Photo by Russ Tindall, Pro Photo Image
Matt Nieboer of Nieboer Electric hung a banner over Main Street in
downtown Fremont, promoting next weeks Fremont Harvest Festival. As the banner went
up, a new crop of Hay Art installments also started sprouting at various spots around
Passenger injured as
car crashes into office
vehicle crashed through the front window of the H and R Block office in Newaygo on
Saturday, injuring a passenger in the vehicle.
to a Newaygo Police Department report, police were dispatched to the location at 136 W.
River Valley Drive at 12:24 p.m. on Sept. 13. Police arrived to find a 2002 Pontiac
Montana minivan in the front entrance of the H and R Block office.
business was not open at the time.
driver, Carol Dewindt, 65, of Wyoming was uninjured, but her passenger, Linda Rodriguez,
66, of Newaygo was injured. A Life EMS ambulance crew transported her to Spectrum Health
Gerber Memorial with what police described as non life-threatening injuries.
Police Department officers were assisted at the scene by people from the Newaygo County
Sheriffs Office, Life EMS and the Newaygo First Responders and Newaygo Fire and
Newaygo County Board of Commissioners
County board approves 3 percent raise
the Wednesday, Sept. 10 regular meeting, the Newaygo County Board of Commissioners
approved a three-percent raise for county employees and elected officials.
increase, effective in October, excludes county commissioners.
Chairman, Commissioner James Maike said before the vote, we have never gotten
raises when everyone else does, but when there are concessions, we always are part of
them. Can you explain this to me?
know we were part of paying a higher percentage of health care we asked the employees to
do, but I am not going to vote myself a pay raise, responded board Chairman Patrick
think were already well compensated, said Commissioner Larry Lethorn, maybe
too much in my opinion.
sorry I opened this can of worms, Maike said. I was just asking the question.
like this needs to be looked at from an independent source, said Commissioner
at some point in the future, said Commissioner Gardner.
know as a first time commissioner Im certainly not going to go down that road,
said Commissioner Phil Deur.
wage increase resolution passed unanimously.
may not be as much as we would like, Gardner said, but it is something to show
our appreciation to the county employees for the great job they do.
other business, the board unanimously elected Grant City Manager Ryan Rudzis to the
Brownfield Authority Board. The board also received the nominations of Tammy Van Doorne
and Marilyn Snell to the Newaygo County Commission on Aging Board and Brian Hettinger,
Cynthia Harwood and Patrick Hedlund for the Central Dispatch Authority Board.
board also approved the submission of a grant request from the Binky Foundation, a private
charitable organization, for money to fund rabies vaccinations at the county animal
shelter. The initiative would be expected to help increase adoptions by defraying the cost
of the immunizations.