Social Distancing – What does that mean?

As we continue our fight against COVID-19 we have made drastic changes to our daily lives and have added new terminology like ‘social distancing’ to our vocabulary. What does this mean and how does that look? Simply put, we must keep 6 ft. of physical distance from each other.

Keep this in mind as you are navigating the aisles at the grocery store or pharmacy as well as standing in the checkout lines. This is also true when you are getting exercise and enjoying a walk or run through our parks system or your neighborhood.

Please remember you can still shop for your necessities; continue to enjoy the outdoors, all while helping stop the spread of COVID-19 by simply keeping a 6 ft. distance from others. Thank you for doing your part in keeping our community safe and healthy.

Michigan Street Reconstruction

The Michigan Street reconstruction project which was originally scheduled to start on July 6, 2020 will begin on Monday, March 30, 2020. During this time the road, portions of the storm sewer, sidewalk and curbing will be replaced between Oak and Washington Streets. Site amenities such as benches, trash cans, and pedestrian lighting will follow later in the summer due to lead time in ordering materials.

This civil construction project is classified as critical work as outlined in Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-21. Starting this project earlier while traffic levels are lower will decrease the length of disruption to those along this corridor.

Michigan Street between Oak and Washington Streets will be closed to through traffic starting on March 30, 2020.

Curbside Recycling Fee Waived – Utility Bill Payment Due Date Extended

The impact of COVID-19 is far-reaching and each day brings new information as well as many changes to our jobs, schooling, recreational activities and level of municipal services provided. Due to curbside recycling being suspended, that fee will be removed from your next utility bill. The City has also delayed utility bill due dates from April 15 to May 15 without penalty. Payments may be made online, by mail, or dropped off at the drop box located in the City Hall parking lot.

City staff and City Commissioners are committed to identifying potential ways to help our residents and businesses. We are still working on, and researching additional local options available to make this challenging time a little easier. Information will be updated and shared via the City’s website (www.mt-pleasant.org), Blog (mpcityblog.com), Facebook and Twitter accounts, MACTV Charter Spectrum Channel 188, and the Community Information Phone Line (989) 779-5320.

We ask you continue to follow the recommended guidelines from our health officials, adhere to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Orders, and please, stay safe and be well.

Summary of Minutes of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – March 23, 2020

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, March 23, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held March 9, 2020.

2) Bid of Lakeshore Construction of Mt. Pleasant, MI for 2020 New Sidewalk and Sidewalk Replacement Project and approved a budget amendment from Major and Local Streets.

3) Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign the revised sewer agreement with Nottawa Township as presented.

4) Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign the easement document with Nottawa Township as presented.

5) Warrants and Payrolls.

Denied Resolution #5 and instead authorized a budget amendment of $17,400 from the Capital Improvement Fund to fund the remaining cost of the street light improvements.

Approved Option A (add lighting with irrigation) and awarded the contract for the 2020 Michigan Street Reconstruction Project to McGuirk Sand and Gravel, of Mt. Pleasant, MI and appropriate budget amendments.

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

Appointed Mayor Joseph to the County Tax Allocation Board.

Adjourned the meeting at 7:54 p.m.

A Message from Director of Public Safety, Paul Lauria –

As we enter unchartered territory in our fight against COVID-19, we as a community must first and foremost take care of others. Each of us needs to be the first to respond effectively in exhibiting smart and responsible social distancing; projecting selflessness towards others even while our daily schedules are altered, and strictly adhering to Governor Whitmer’s Stay at Home Executive Order which continues through April 13. None of this is easy, or convenient. But following these recommendations of health officials now will determine how well and how quickly we can resume our normal lives.

Committed to serving with pride and integrity; Mt Pleasant’s Division of Public Safety will be monitoring email and phone calls. Critical and emergency calls for service will continue to be done in person and follow CDC recommendations for first responder protocols.

We would like to thank our residents in advance for your cooperation and understanding as we navigate through these ever-changing times.

Governor Whitmer’s Stay at Home Executive Order 2020-21:

https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/

Topics to Watch at the City Commission Meeting – March 23, 2020

Here are the topics to watch at the next Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for March 23, 2020.

-Consider approval of Resolution #5 to approve the roll and set payment terms for Special Assessment District #1-2020 as postponed from March 9, 2020.

-Prioritize and approve submission of City requests for Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe 2% allocations.

-Consider approval of amended agreement with Nottawa Township for processing wastewater.

-Consider approval of easement with Nottawa Township.

To view the entire meeting packet visit: http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2020/3.23.20.pdf  

How to follow public meetings during this unprecedented time:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Mt. Pleasant is taking proactive steps to follow federal, state and county health officials’ recommendations while still providing valuable City services.

Even though the City Commission meeting will take place as scheduled, it will be an electronically conducted meeting as allowed by the Governor’s Executive Order and the City Commission Chambers will be closed to the public.

Citizens can watch the City Commission meeting live on Spectrum Charter Channel 188 or web streamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/.  Any citizen desiring to make public comment must email their public comments on agenda items to comment@mt-pleasant.org.

City of Mt. Pleasant Buildings Closures, Event and Recycling Pick Up Cancellations – (Updated 3/23/2020)

MARCH 21, 2020 (Updated 3/23/2020)

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Mt. Pleasant continues to follow recommendations of federal, state and county health officials while still providing valuable City services.

Therefore, effective Monday, March 23 at 8:00 a.m. through April 13, the City is expanding its level of building closure to only providing critical services at this time. This includes: police, fire, airport operations, water and wastewater services. Other City staff will be monitoring emails and phone calls and will attempt to answer urgent inquiries.

At this time, City parks are open, but park restroom facilities are closed. City trash pick-up is still taking place, although curbside recycling has been suspended.

Evaluation of critical services and building closure duration will occur on a weekly basis.

The City will continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation and be guided by information provided by the Central Michigan District Health Department https://www.cmdhd.org/novel-coronavirus, the State of Michigan https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus, and the Center for Disease Control & Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Information will be updated and shared via the City’s website (www.mt-pleasant.org), Blog (mpcityblog.com), Facebook and Twitter accounts, MACTV Charter Spectrum Channel 188, and the Community Information Phone Line (989) 779-5320.

MARCH 20, 2020
City of Mt. Pleasant COVID-19 Video Update

MARCH 19, 2020 (Updated 3/23/2020): Due to the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) closing there will be NO curbside recycling pick-up starting March 19 through at least April 13, 2020. The MRF Facility is also closed to the public through at least April 13, 2020.  At this time, there is no change to City trash pick-up schedules.

MARCH 17, 2020: (Updated 3/23/2020): In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Mt. Pleasant is taking proactive steps. Following recommendations of state and county health officials’ and the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), the focus is still on providing valuable City services. Therefore, alterations are being made to City building access and further event cancellations have been implemented.  

Operations

Beginning at 12 noon on Tuesday, March 17, through April 13, 2020, City buildings including City Hall and Public Safety will be closed to the public. However, staff will still be available to provide City services via phone, email, and online (www.mt-pleasant.org). Documents can be mailed to City Hall (320 W. Broadway Street) or dropped off at the Drop Box located outside City Hall. Services that cannot be accomplished by phone, online or mail will be addressed on a case by case basis. Please call the appropriate City department if you have specific questions. 

Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport

Will still conduct its normal operations.

Event Cancellations

The CDC recommends organizers cancel or postpone events with 50 people or more for the next eight weeks. This guidance has caused the additional cancellation of the following:

-All Peak activities through at least April 13. (Updated 3/23/20)

-Master Plan Open Houses (March 25 and April 23)  

-Current Speed Camp sessions which run through March 26.

-Soccer and T-ball Coaches Meetings. (March 26)

-Great Egg Scramble (April 4) 

-Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt (April 5)

-Airport Advisory Board Meeting (April 9) (Updated 3/23/20)

-Special Joint Meeting of the City and Planning Commissions (April 9) (Updated 3/23/20)

-Youth Soccer Program (Registration refunds will be issued.)

-Start Smart Program (Registration refunds will be issued.)

-Youth Tee Ball (Registration refunds will be issued.)

Farmers’ Market (May 7)

The City will continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation and be guided by information provided by the Central Michigan District Health Department https://www.cmdhd.org/novel-coronavirus, the State of Michigan https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus, and the Center for Disease Control & Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Information will be updated and shared via the City’s website (www.mt-pleasant.org), Blog (mpcityblog.com), Facebook and Twitter accounts, MACTV Charter Spectrum Channel 188, and the Community Information Phone Line (989) 779-5320.

City of Mt. Pleasant COVID-19 Update (Updated 3/23/2020)

MARCH 13, 2020:

In an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the City of Mt. Pleasant is taking proactive steps to follow state and county health officials’ recommendations while still providing valuable city services.

Beginning on Friday, March 13 through Sunday, April 13, 2020, please be advised of the following:

City Sponsored Event Cancellations Updated 3/23/2020

Citizens’ Academy – March 17 and March 24 class sessions.   

Master Plan Open Houses (March 25 and April 23)

Current Speed Camp sessions which run through March 26.

Soccer and T-ball Coaches Meetings. (March 26)

Great Egg Scramble (April 4)

Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt (April 5)

Airport Advisory Board Meeting (April 9) Updated 3/23/2020

Special Joint Meeting of the City and Planning Commissions (April 9) Updated 3/23/20

Youth Soccer Program (Registration refunds will be issued.) Updated 3/17/2020

Start Smart Program (Registration refunds will be issued.) Updated 3/17/2020

Youth Tee Ball (Registration refunds will be issued.) Updated 3/17/2020

Farmers’ Market (May 7) Updated 3/17/2020

PEAK Program

All PEAK activities (after school activities and Spring Break Day Camp) cancelled through at least April 13. Pre-paid enrollments will be applied to family household accounts as a credit.

Events Which Require City Approval

Community sponsored events occurring before May 11 on City property, and/or require road closures will not be approved.

City Hall Conference Rooms

No public rental/use of City Hall conference rooms.

Public Meetings

City Commission, Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings will take place as scheduled. However, to limit the number of people gathered, we encourage citizens to watch the meetings live on Spectrum Charter Channel 188 or web-streamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/.  Citizens are also encouraged to email comments on agenda items to manager@mt-pleasant.org.

Payments and Building Permits

Citizens are encouraged to make payments via mail (320 W. Broadway Street), the City’s Drop Box located outside of City Hall, or online at www.mt-pleasant.org.

Building Permits can also be electronically submitted by visiting www.mt-pleasant.org.

Building Inspections

If you are ill, please reschedule your building inspection.

Rental Housing Inspections

Property owners will be contacted to reschedule inspections previously scheduled before April 13.

Employment Applications

Individuals are encouraged to submit Applications for Employment electronically. Applications can be emailed to HR@mt-pleasant.org, or faxed to 989-779-5317.

The city will continue to monitor this rapidly evolving situation and coordinate closely with the Central Michigan District Health Department https://www.cmdhd.org/novel-coronavirus, the State of Michigan https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus, and the Center for Disease Control & Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Information will be updated and shared via the City’s website (www.mt-pleasant.org), Blog (mpcityblog.com), Facebook and Twitter accounts and the Community Information Phone Line (989) 779-5320.

Summary of Minutes of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting – March 9, 2020

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, March 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Commission Room.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held February 24, 2020.

2) Minutes of the closed session of the City Commission held February 24, 2020.

3) Bid of Block Farm Operations, LLC of Weidman, MI for the 2020 Lime Residuals Removal project.

4) Authorize an advanced commitment of 500 tons of road salt for early delivery as seasonal backup for 2021 through the State of Michigan MiDeal Purchasing Program.

 5) Approve the resolution as part of the grant process for the 2020 Brown Street Reconstruction Project as presented.

6) Receive City requests for Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe 2% allocations.

7) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a public hearing and postponed action on Special Assessment District 1-2020 until the next meeting.

Postponed action on the bid for Michigan Street Reconstruction until the next meeting.

Approved a budget amendment of $40,000 from the Economic Initiatives Fund to the TIFA-CBD to be used for marketing and promotion as outlined in the recommendation dated February 25, 2020.

Approved vote by roll call on the issue of agreement with Michigan Community Capital for the administration of the EGLE grant for 410 W. Broadway as drafted by the City Attorney.

Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign the agreement with Michigan Community Capital for the administration of the EGLE grant for 410 W. Broadway as drafted by the City Attorney.

Made appointments as recommended by the Appointments Committee.

Conducted work sessions on 1) Solid waste pick up discussion for non-single family residential buildings; and 2) Conference Room E renovation review.

Adjourned the meeting at 9:05 p.m.

Public invited to learn more about the City of Mt. Pleasant’s Proposed 2050 Master Plan

The City will hold a series of public open houses regarding the proposed 2050 Master Plan. The proposed plan can be viewed online at www.mtpleasant2050.com.

On Wednesday, March 25, project consultant McKenna Associates will hold an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Rotunda of the University Center on the campus of Central Michigan University.

On Thursday, April 23, McKenna Associates will hold two open houses. One will occur at Cops and Donuts – Central Precinct, 1327 S. Mission Street, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The other will be held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant’s City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street. 

Hundreds of community members participated in formal and informal activities during a four-day event in April 2019, hosted by the City and McKenna Associates. Participants shared their vision for Mt. Pleasant in the year 2050. In addition, hundreds of additional stakeholders participated in online surveys to further refine and validate the vision.

“The proposed plan establishes a clear vision for the City’s future,” said Mt. Pleasant City Planner Jacob Kain. “We are excited for the community to review the plan and learn more about how it will guide the community over the next several decades.”

The plan is organized around specific goals and objectives including Sustainable Land Use, Connected Mobility Systems, Focused Redevelopment, Exceptional Parks and Public Spaces, and Innovative Services and Aspirations.

A series of public hearings will follow later this year leading to formal adoption of the plan.