Newly Constructed Grid Street Named In Memory and Honor of Former City Manager and Dedicated Volunteer, Larry Collins

MT. PLEASANT, MI – The family of Larry Collins, former Mt. Pleasant City Manager from 1961-68, was in attendance at the December 10, 2018 City Commission meeting for the Collins Drive Street name presentation.  Collins Drive is a recently constructed grid street located north of Preston Street, between Pizza Hut and Blaze Pizza.  It is one of seven new streets constructed to help alleviate traffic congestion concerns on Mission Street.

Larry resided in Mt. Pleasant for 56 years before he passed away in August 2017.  A dedicated volunteer, Larry was still giving back to his community well into his 80’s and 90’s. Organizations which benefited from Larry’s talents include, but are not limited to, the Michigan Story Festival, Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation, First United Methodist Church, Habitat for Humanity, Kiwanis Club, Isabella Community Soup Kitchen and the Isabella County Restoration House. Larry was instrumental in the establishment of the sister city relationship with Okaya, Japan in 1965 which also included the annual student exchange.


Join the Mt. Pleasant Police to support Toys for Tots

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – The City of Mt. Pleasant Police Department invites the public to help ‘cram a cruiser’ from 6-8 p.m. on Monday, December 17 at Mt Pleasant’s Department of Public Safety.

Attendees are asked to bring a new, unwrapped, unopened toy to support the local Toys for Tots Drive.  The evening includes the chance to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus, meet the officers from the Mt. Pleasant Police and Fire Departments, sit behind the wheel of a fire truck, and enjoy hot cocoa and candy canes.

Parking and entrance will be at the rear (south side) of the Public Safety Building, 804 E. High Street.


Topics to Watch at the December 10 City Commission Meeting

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for the December 10, 2018 meeting click here.

-Presentation of Collins Drive street sign to Doug Collins as representative of the Collins family.

-Consider resolution approving the final 2019 Operating Budget and set the millage rate for 2019.

-Consider resolution approving the final amended 2018 Operating Budget.

-Consider setting the first meeting of 2019 for Monday, January 7, 2019.

-Thank you to Mayor Allison Quast-Lents and Vice Mayor Nicholas Madaj for their service the past three years.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings take place at 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings are also streamed live at the City’s YouTube Channel at and aired on Channel 188, or viewed online at a later date on the MACTV website.


UPDATE: Empty Keg Party Store Armed Robbery Suspect Arrested

 Mt. Pleasant, Mich. (12/4/18), – On October 6, 2018 at approximately 10:44 p.m. Mt. Pleasant Police received a call of an armed robbery which had just occurred at 122 E. Pickard Street in the City of Mt. Pleasant.

On October 7, 2018 a description and photo of the suspect, along with surveillance footage was released to the media.  The public responded with several tips of the suspect’s identity and the suspect was identified.

On October 8, 2018 an arrest warrant was issued for Rickery Donnell Cole Jr. a 29-year old black male.  Rickery Cole Jr. was believed to be in the Lansing, Michigan area and was considered armed and dangerous.

On December 3, 2018 the Mt. Pleasant Police were notified by the Lansing Police Department that Rickery Cole Jr. had been taken into custody.  Mt. Pleasant Police Officers transported Rickery Cole Jr. from Lansing to the Isabella County Jail where he is currently lodged on a $1,000,000 bond.

Rickery Cole Jr. will be arraigned today (12/04/18) on an eight count warrant for:

  • Robbery-Armed, Felony: Life or any term of years.
  • Weapons-Dangerous Weapons-Carrying with Unlawful Intent, Felony: 5 years
  • Weapons-Firearms-Possession by Felon, Felony: 5 years
  • Assault with a Dangerous Weapon, Felony: 4 years
  • Weapons-Felony Firearms are added to each of the above offenses, Felony: 2 years.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department would like to thank the public for assisting in the apprehension of this suspect, along with the help from the Lansing Police Department.

 Video of the robbery can be viewed at