Summary of the March 26 City Commission meeting

See the video of the March 26 City Commission meeting here

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, March 26, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room. 

1. Mayor Lents read and presented a Proclamation recognizing National Barbershop Quartet Day, April 11, 2018. Four members of the local Barbershop Quartet sang.

2. City Assessor Chris Coucke gave a department presentation.

3. Received petitions and communications.

4. Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

  • Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held March 12, 2018
  • Bid of Peerless Midwest of Ionia, MI for Well #16 rehabilitation and the appropriate budget amendment
  • Bid of Malley Construction of Mt. Pleasant, MI for 2018 local streets reconstruction project
  • Bid of Bay Landscaping of Essexville, MI for 2018 Spring Tree project
  • Recreation Budget amendments for replacement of flood damaged supplies
  • Budget amendments from the building reserve accounts to fund security upgrades to City buildings as presented
  • Resolution to accept $75,000 from the MDNR for the Island Park Amphitheater Project Recreation Passport Grant and authorize the Mayor and Clerk to sign the project agreement
  • Warrants and Payrolls

5. Held a public hearing and postponed the final decision on resolution #5 for approval of the roll and setting of payment terms for the Special Assessment District 1-18.

6. Supported TIFA/PSD Board recommendation to retain the bus shelter at the Main and Broadway Streets location.

7. Prioritized Broadway Street from Maxwell to Bradley for the pedestrian lighting project in 2018 and postponed May, Clayton and Gaylord Streets to a future year.

8. Postponed action on Item 1 to purchasing policy revisions.

9. Approved changes to the purchasing policy as outlined in Item 3 to expand equipment disposal options to include any auction advertised and available to the general public.

10. Approved submission of City requests for Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe two percent allocations with a summary of the Commission’s top priorities.

11. Appointments to various City Boards and commissions as recommended by the Appointments Committee.

12. The Commission conducted a work session discussion on 2019 goals.

13. Adjourned at 8:50 p.m.

Riverside Cemetery spring cleanup begins April 1

Spring cleanup will begin April 1 at Riverside Cemetery. All holiday decorations, decorative flowers and light-weight items on grave sites must be removed by April 15 or they will be discarded.

Spring plantings may be placed beginning May 1. Riverside Cemetery is open daily from dawn to dusk.

For further information or questions, contact the Parks & Recreation Office at 779-5331.

Thirty-five pounds of pills collected at Prescription Drug Drop Off

A total of 35 pounds of pills were collected during a Prescription Drug Drop Off event held this month at the Isabella County Commission on Aging in partnership with Ten16 Recovery Network and the Mt. Pleasant Police Department.

Prescription Drug Drop Off events are held in the community several times throughout the year and allow residents to drop off unwanted or outdated prescription medication to ensure it is disposed of in a safe manner. It also keeps the drugs out of the hands of people who would misuse them, as well as prevents them from entering landfills and groundwater.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department thanks the partners for this event and the public for helping keep the community safe and healthy.


Community members may also safely discard prescription medication at the
Mt. Pleasant Police Department at any time.  

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5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

Here are five things to watch at the March 26, 2018 City Commission meeting:

  1. Proclamation of National Barbershop Quartet Day: Mayor Lents will proclaim April 11, 2018 as National Barbershop Quartet Day in Mt. Pleasant, and recognize the MountainTown Singers for their charitable work, service to the community and efforts to preserve and share this unique American musical art form.
  2. Special Assessment Roll for Alley Reconstruction: A public hearing will be held on the special assessment roll for Special Assessment District #1-18 to support the reconstruction of the alley between Fancher and Kinney, from Locust to Wisconsin. After the public hearing, the City Commission will consider the resolution to approve the roll and set payment terms for the Special Assessment District.
  3. I-Ride Bus Shelter: The City Commission will consider the recommendation of the CBD TIFA and PSD boards to keep the I-Ride bus shelter at its current location at the intersection of Main and Broadway streets.
  4. Pedestrian Lighting Project: Based on updated cost allocations, the City Commission will consider prioritizing Broadway Street from Maxwell to Bradley for the pedestrian lighting project in 2018, and postpone May, Clayton and Gaylord streets to a future year.
  5. Passport Grant for Island Park Amphitheater Project: In April of 2017 the City Commission approved an application to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources Recreation Passport Grant Program for the construction of a community amphitheater at Island Park. The project was proposed by Taylor Idema, a student at Mt. Pleasant High School. The state selected the amphitheater project and has awarded the City of Mt. Pleasant $75,000 towards its completion. In order to receive the grant funds, the City is required to adopt a resolution and have the Mayor and City Clerk sign the Project Agreement accepting the grant.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for March 26, 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.

City creates Public Participation and Engagement Strategy, invites community feedback

The City of Mt. Pleasant recognizes an educated, informed and engaged citizenry is essential to the present and future success of the community.

The Public Participation and Engagement Strategy was recently created to help community members better understand the opportunities available to them to obtain information and participate in the local government.

See the comprehensive strategy here. If you have questions or would like to provide feedback, please contact the Communications Department at

Great Egg Scramble is March 24

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Hop your way to Finch Fieldhouse (Campus of Central Michigan University – between Bellows and Preston streets) and join Mt. Pleasant Parks & Recreation, 95.3 WCFX and Graff of Mt. Pleasant for the Great Egg Scramble on Saturday, March 24. The celebration begins at 12:30 p.m. and admission is free. Canned goods will be collected for the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen.

Youth ages 2-10 will scramble for plastic eggs, candy and prizes. The event will also include crafts, games, refreshments and the opportunity to meet Peter Cottontail!

Scramble times are scheduled by age group: Ages 2-3 at 1 p.m., ages 4-5 at 2 p.m., ages 6-7 at 2:30 p.m., and ages 8-10 at 3 p.m.

The Great Egg Scramble is made possible by Mt. Pleasant Parks & Recreation, 95.3 WCFX, Graff of Mt. Pleasant, Soaring Eagle Waterpark and Hotel, Isabella Bank, Morey Courts, DuHadaway Dance Dimensions, Cornerstone Church and Celebration Cinema.

For more information, call (989) 779-5331 or visit

City to offer free brush chipping service week of April 9; reserve your spot today!

The City is offering up to 150 households within the City limits 30 minutes of free brush chipping during the week of April 9. The service is first come, first served, and residents must make a reservation by contacting the Division of Public Works no later than 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 5.

Brush chipping will be performed once per address at no cost for a period of up to 30 minutes. Residents may not transfer a portion of the 30-minute maximum to another resident. If residents have more brush than what can be chipped within the allotted 30 minutes, they have the option of being billed $1.82 per minute for each additional minute, or, at the time the reservation is made, can request crews stop at 30 minutes.

Residents must adhere to the City’s regular brush chipping guidelines. A letter outlining the guidelines will be sent to registrants in advance.

Brush chipping will be completed at curbside only. No chipping will occur in the alleys.

If 150 reservations are not made by the April 5 deadline, reservations will continue to be accepted to fill the remaining spots. For reservations made after the April 5 deadline, brush chipping services will take place the week of April 23.

After the completion of the free program, the City will offer brush chipping services for a fee. Residents may also take yard waste and brush to the Isabella County Materials Recovery Facility at 4208 East River Road.

To make a reservation or to learn more, contact the Division of Public Works at (989) 779-5401 or, or visit the office at 1303 N. Franklin Street.

Sign up online! You can also make your reservation online! Click here for the online submission form.


Summary of the Feb. 26 City Commission meeting

The video of the Feb. 26 City Commission meeting is available here

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday,
February 26, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

1. Director Mrdeza presented Parks & Public Spaces Director Bundy with the Parks Resource Leadership Award.

2. Assistant Fire Chief Dunham gave a presentation on the City’s Neighborhood Resource
Unit (NRU).

3. Received petitions and communications.

4. Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

  • Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held February 12, 2018
  • Minutes of the special meeting of the City Commission held February 13, 2018
  • Bid of Spartan Distributors of Sparta, MI for the purchase of a Toro Groundmaster 7200 Mower and appropriate budget amendment
  • Bid of Krapohl Ford of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the purchase of a Ford F-350 cab and chassis
  • Resolution in support of MDOT Contract 2018-0227 for Replacement of AWOS Ceilometer and budget amendment
  • Budget amendments from the assigned fund balance of the PSD Board
  • Warrants and Payrolls.

5. Received proposed amendment to Title XV, Chapter 150, §150.02 of the Mount Pleasant City Code regarding private swimming pools and set a public hearing for March 12, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. on same.

6. Approved the adoption of Resolution Nos. 1 and 2 to commence the proceedings for
Special Assessment District 1-18.

7. Approved the adoption of the Resolution to approve the Fifth Amendment to the Central Business District Improvements Development Plan and Tax Increment Financing Plan proposed by the City of Mt. Pleasant Tax Increment Financing Authority and to provide for the collection of tax increment revenues as presented. (CC Exh. 2-2018)
Appointed Tim Driessnack to City/CMU Student Liaison Committee.

8. Held a work session to discuss a potential property maintenance/blight ordinance.

9. Adjourned at 9:17 p.m.


Special Meeting – Feb. 27, 2018

A special meeting of the City Commission was held Monday, February 27, 2018, at 9:02
a.m., at Veterans Memorial Library, 301 S. University Ave., Mt. Pleasant. to discuss goal
setting. The meeting adjourned at 3:52 p.m.

Message from the City of Mt. Pleasant

The suspect in yesterday’s incident on the campus of Central Michigan University was apprehended early this morning. We are incredibly grateful to the hundreds of dedicated law enforcement personnel who worked tirelessly throughout the day and night to find the suspect.

The Mt. Pleasant community is safe and no threat from this incident remains. We encourage all of our residents to resume their normal activities.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department will continue to assist the Central Michigan University Police Department with the ongoing investigation.

Thank you for your cooperation and support throughout this matter!