“Coneys for a Cause” to occur June 14

The community is invited to feast on their favorite local Coney dogs while helping the youth of Isabella County at the 11th annual “Coneys for a Cause” on June 14 at the Pixie Restaurant. All net proceeds will benefit the Mt. Pleasant Police Youth Services Unit and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region.

Customers can purchase individual Coney dogs for $1.19 at the restaurant, or they can pre-order to have the Coney dogs delivered by an officer of the YSU or a representative of Big Brothers/Big Sisters.

At 7 p.m., the annual “Pixie Pig Out” contest will begin. Stop by to cheer on the contestants as they compete to consume the most Coneys.

The pre-order form is available here. Forms must emailed by 3 p.m. on June 13 to ysu@mt-pleasant.org. Delivery pre-orders must total $18 or more.

5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

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Here are 5 things to watch at the June 12 City Commission meeting…

  1. Pedestrian lighting on West Broadway Street: The City received a $60,000 allocation during the spring Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal 2% request distribution to fund pedestrian lighting along West Broadway Street. The City Commission will consider two potential options for the utilization of these funds for the project.
  2. 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Plan: The proposed Capital Improvement Plan was received by the City Commission at the April 10 meeting. Following extensive review and feedback, the City Commission will consider approving the 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Plan with changes to the funding source for new sidewalks in 2018, which was recommended after a work session in May.
  3. Outdoor Dining Policy: The Commission will consider approving the amended Outdoor Dining Policy, which clarifies the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility requirements, and states that on-street barrier free parking cannot be used for decks.
  4. City Assessor appointment: The City Commission will vote on the appointment of Chris Coucke of Coucke Property Services, LLC, as City Assessor. Chris is a Michigan Master Assessing Officer MMAO(4) which is the highest level of assessing certification. Chris would be responsible for all assessing responsibilities for the City, and would have office hours at City Hall on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contracting for assessing services is becoming more common throughout the state due to a limited number of certified assessors and because it provides more depth in the office.
  5. Statewide bicycle passing laws: The City Commission will consider authorizing the Mayor to sign letters to legislators that express support of having a statewide law that requires motorists to provide a specified minimum distance between the car and a bicyclist when passing.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for June 12, 2017, click here.

Mount Pleasant City Commission meetings are held at City Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month. Meetings begin at 7 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission Nominating Petitions due July 25

Nominating Petitions for the office of City Commissioner are available at the City Clerk’s office at 320 W. Broadway Street in Mt. Pleasant. The City Clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Completed Nominating Petitions may be filed with the City Clerk from Monday, June 26, through Tuesday, July 25 at 4 p.m.

The election will be held Nov. 7, 2017. Two City Commission positions are available for the term Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2020.

The terms of current Commissioners Jim Holton and Mike Verleger expire Dec. 31, 2017.

 

Consumers Energy employees beautify Mt. Pleasant; Present $1500 grant to City

More than 160 Consumers Energy employees gathered at the Borden Building early Wednesday to present the City of Mt. Pleasant with a $1,500 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation to enhance and maintain local park facilities. The group then spent the remainder of the morning beautifying several public spaces in Mt. Pleasant.

The volunteers completed staining projects, spread wood chips and raked pine needles at Chipp-A-Waters, Island, Mill Pond, Mission Creek and Nelson parks, as well as at Riverside Cemetery.

“Mt. Pleasant is extremely grateful for both the generous $1500 contribution from the Consumers Energy Foundation, as well as the willingness of so many Consumers Energy employees to spend the morning doing volunteer work in our parks,” said City Mayor Kathy Ling. “During a time when all cities are struggling to continue to provide services to residents with fewer resources, the work being done by these volunteers will be an enormous help in keeping our parks special places. We hope these volunteers from around the state will come back to Mt. Pleasant sometime in the future and enjoy our parks with family or friends.”

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy, giving Michigan cities, towns and neighborhoods the extra support needed to build communities that they’re proud to call home. The foundation provides grants and mobilizes volunteers to strengthen local education, social services, the environment, and community, economic and cultural development.

Grand Opening for Timber Town 2.0 is June 9

Thanks to the community’s outstanding support, the City of Mt. Pleasant is ready to unveil the Timber Town 2.0 playground! The grand opening will take place at Island Park on Friday, June 9 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Hot dogs and refreshments will be served. The official ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 5:30 p.m.

Timber Town 2.0 is a one-of-a-kind, universally accessible play structure at Island Park that replaced the original 1994 version of the playground. With the generosity of several community members, businesses and organizations, the City of Mt. Pleasant reached its $156,000 fundraising campaign goal for the playground project earlier this year. In May, hundreds of volunteers assisted with the playground’s construction and installation.

“The Timber Town 2.0 project is an amazing example of what a giving and collaborative community we live in,” said Rick Ervin of the Timber Town 2.0 Citizens’ Committee. “From the initial design phase of the playground to the community-wide build, people of all ages and backgrounds have made an impact on this project. We can’t wait to see the reactions of the families who will enjoy this space for years to come, and to celebrate everyone’s hard work!”

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10 Reasons to Make Downtown Your Destination this Summer

Summertime in Mt. Pleasant features not only beautiful scenery, but a wide variety of things to do! Events around the City offer something for everyone. Check out this list of why you should head downtown this summer:

1. Thrilling Thursdays

If you’re looking for some fun activities to fill your Thursday nights this summer, downtown is the place to be. Starting June 15, events like Yogapalooza, Bugs R Us and Mad Science Fair will be happening at the Town Center. To learn more about each week’s events, click here.

2. Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series

While you’re downtown for Thrilling Thursdays, stick around for a concert! The series opens on June 29 with country singer Brandon Ray. For the full line up, check out the Max & Emily’s Facebook page.

3. Spray Park

Hot day? Don’t want to spend it inside? Your little ones will love the Spray Park at Island Park. It’s designed for youth ages 12 and younger, and features 100 water activated sprayers and nozzles. The park is opened for the summer, so be sure to check it out! Summer hours are 9:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

4. Timber Town 2.0

Speaking of parks, Timber Town 2.0 is the latest Mt. P treasure! Thank you to the community volunteers who made this park possible. We think it’s pretty cool… So we can’t wait for you to check it out! The park officially opens on June 9. Want to be there for the opening? Come to our community event from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. to catch the ribbon cutting ceremony.

5. Trails

And while you’re out and about, check out the rest of the parks Mt. P has to offer! There are some cool trails too– perfect for a morning run or afternoon dog walk. Our website lists all of our parks along with maps of each.

6. Downtown shops & eateries

Searching for the perfect gift or date night? Look no further than downtown Mt. P. With cute, local shops and delicious hidden gems, downtown is the perfect place to spend a day out. Grab some coffee at the Coffee House to start your day, then work your way down Broadway and Main hitting shops like Basketree and Trillium. Getting hungry? Don’t even hop in the car. Walk to Max & Emily’s for soup and sandwiches, or check out the Brass Cafe for some unique cuisines.

7. Movies by Moonlight

Mark your calendars for Saturdays in August! The Movies by Moonlight series kicks off on August 5 with the movie “Zootopia.” Find a spot on the hill at City Hall to catch the 8:30 p.m. showing. Here’s the line up:

August 12 – Lego Batman

August 19 – Rogue 1: A Star Wars Story

August 26 – Finding Dory

Bring your blankets and snacks… There’s nothing better than a summer movie night!

8. Farmers’ Market

One of the best parts of summer: the fresh fruits and veggies found at the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market! Pick up some healthy, local food and products at Island Park on Thursdays and City Hall on Saturdays. The Thursday Farmers’ Market goes until October 26 and the Saturday Market begins June 24.

9. Car Show

On July 15, head downtown to catch the second annual Car and Motorcycle Show! The event, put on by the Home Builders Association, will feature contests like hula hooping, bubble blowing and watermelon eating in addition to the classic cars. Stick around until 5 p.m. to watch the trophy presentation. 60 cars will receive awards!

10. Other events around town

If that’s not enough, Mt. Pleasant also hosts events such as the Craft Beer Festival and and Art Walk Central. On Saturday, June 10, adults 21 years of age and older have the opportunity to sample Michigan’s own beer and fine wine. Later in the summer, Art Walk Central will fill the Mt. Pleasant community with art and cultural events such as a poetry slam, chalk art and artist talks. The art competition starts Aug. 3 and lasts until the end of the month.

For a full list of events happening in Mt. Pleasant this summer, visit www.mountpleasantwow.com.