“Bingo Bash” to offer fun for all ages on Feb. 24

Community members of all ages – from the very young to the young at heart – are invited to the Isabella County Commission on Aging on Feb. 24 for “Bingo Bash,” presented by Mt. Pleasant Parks & Recreation, Commission on Aging and McDonald’s.  This free event will allow players as many rounds of Bingo as they desire, with winners advancing to the Bonus Bingo rounds!

Prizes and free refreshments will be available. Bingo Bash will take place from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Isabella County Commission on Aging is located at 2200 S. Lincoln Road in Mt. Pleasant. For more information, click here or call (989) 779-5331.

Nominations for Historic Preservation Improvement Awards due March 31

The City of Mt. Pleasant’s Historic District Commission (HDC) is currently seeking nominations for the 2018 Historic Preservation Improvement Awards.

The awards are presented each year to honor exterior improvements of residential and commercial properties in the City of Mt. Pleasant in four areas – Preservation, Restoration, New Construction or Downtown Historic District Choice. Nominated properties must be at least 25 years old, and the improvements must have been completed between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017.

The HDC will evaluate applications that best reflect the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties. Winners will be announced in May as part of National Historic Preservation month.

Nominations are due by 4:30 p.m. on March 31, 2018. Nomination forms can be found on the City’s website at http://www.mt-pleasant.org/boards_and_commissions/HDC.asp.

For more information, contact Downtown Development Director Michelle Sponseller at (989) 779-5348 or msponseller@mt-pleasant.org.

Seasonal jobs available at the City of Mt. Pleasant

The City of Mt. Pleasant is seeking individuals to fill a variety of seasonal employment positions. The available positions include:

Applications can be found on the City’s website at www.mt-pleasant.org/jobs or at the Human Resources office, located on the second floor of City Hall. When applying for more than one position, applicants must complete an application for each position.

The application deadline for all positions is Thursday, March 1.

5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

Here are five things to watch at the Feb. 12 City Commission meeting:

  1. Peacemaking Recognition Day Proclamation: Every year, Mt. Pleasant Public Schools nominates students of all grade levels who promote peace with their words and actions. Mayor Allison Quast-Lents will read a proclamation declaring Feb. 26, 2018 as Peacemaking Recognition Day in the City of Mt. Pleasant to affirm the peacemaking efforts of local youth are valued and contribute to the quality of life in the community.
  2. Mini Grant Award: In 1999, the City received a 2 percent grant from the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe to establish an endowment fund for the purpose of strengthening capacity within neighborhoods. This fund has permitted the City to award mini grants of $500 or less to several different neighborhoods. A $500 Neighborhood Mini Grant will be awarded to the Orchard Glen Condo Association to make landscaping improvements to the entrance median of Orchard Drive, north of Broomfield Street.
  3. Parks Resource Leadership Award: The City Commission will recognize Director of Parks and Public Spaces Chris Bundy as the 2017 recipient of the Park Resource Leadership Award. Presented by the Michigan Recreation and Park Association, recipients of this prestigious award demonstrate outstanding contributions in the area of maintenance practice, equipment management, resource development and environmental stewardship.
  4. Airport Tree Removal and Runway Lighting: Last year, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) required changes to the approach slope at the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport in preparation for the installation of Precision Approach Path Indicator (PAPI) lighting upgrades on the runway. The City Commission will consider the appropriate resolutions and contracts for the necessary lighting and tree removal near the airport.
  5. Horizon Park Donation and Improvements: As part of its 2017 improvements to the Chase Run Apartment Complex on Isabella Road, MHT Housing Inc. of Bingham Farms, donated $50,000 for improvements at the City’s nearby Horizon Park. The proposed projects will improve park access, the restroom building and sport areas, as well as add amenities such as benches, picnic tables, grills and trees. The City Commission will consider authorizing the proposed improvements and associated budget amendments.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for Feb. 12, 2018, click here.

Mt. 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 POLICE PRESS RELEASE: Domestic assault turns into stand off

On Feb. 2, 2018, at approximately 7:17 p.m., City officers responded to a domestic assault complaint in the 1820 block of South Crawford Road, also known as Country Place Apartments. Woodrow Lewis, a 38-year-old Mt. Pleasant man and his wife were arguing because Lewis believed his wife was bugging the apartment. Lewis became upset and pushed his wife up against the wall. Lewis then knocked her over a couch causing her to fall. The female left the apartment, called the police and filed a domestic assault report.

Police took a statement from Lewis’ wife and then attempted contact with Lewis. Lewis initially would not answer the door, but then came to the door with a knife 8 to 10 inches in length. The officers backed off the residence and contacted the Isabella County Emergency Services Team, a team of police officers from several jurisdictions who serve as tactical officers and crisis negotiators.

An officer obtained a domestic assault warrant for Lewis while officers continued to ask Lewis to exit the residence. Lewis attempted to start his apartment on fire by burning the drapes. Officers then evacuated residents from the apartment building complex.

The decision was made to introduce pepper spray to Lewis’ apartment to get him out of his apartment. Lewis surrendered without further incident.

Lewis was lodged at the Isabella County Jail on charges of domestic assault. Lewis remains in custody at the Isabella County Jail on the domestic assault charge and $10,000/ten percent bond.

Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department, Michigan State Police, Central Michigan University Police, Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, and Mobile Medical Response.