Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market Introduces New Safety Guidelines

Due to COVID-19, the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market has transitioned from a community gathering shopping experience to a transaction based In-and-Out Market. The market will follow recommendations from federal, state and local health officials to assure a safe environment for both shoppers and vendors.

Please note the new guidelines for the 2020 Farmers’ Market:

  • A limited number of people will be admitted to the market at one time.
  • If you do not want to wait in the admittance line you may reserve a 20-minute shopping time in advance by visiting:  www.mt-pleasant.org/farmersmarket; or calling 989-779-5330.
  • Attendees must wear a face mask.
  • Individuals should maintain 6 ft. social distancing between each other.
  • Follow one-way foot traffic patterns. There will be a designated entrance and exit.
  • Only one person per household/party should visit the market.
  • No pets.
  • Shop quickly, with a shopping list.   
  • Do not touch products. Vendors will select and bag purchases for you.
  • Use credit/debit cards, food assistance tokens or exact change. Change will not be given.
  • Preordered and prepaid orders are eligible for Curbside Pick-Up. In the future a list of participating vendors can be found at: www.mt-pleasant.org/farmersmarket.
  • Public restrooms and public seating areas will not be available.
  • Wash all produce before consuming.
  • If you are not feeling well, stay home.

The 2020 Farmers’ Market is scheduled as follows:

Thursday Market (Island Park): June 4 – October 29; 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday Market (Town Center/Downtown): June 20 – October 10; 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Summary of Minutes from the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – May 26, 2020

Summary of Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.

Jim McBryde, President of MMDC and Erin Strang, President of CMURC gave a presentation on Local Finance Development Authority.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held May 11, 2020.

2) Bid of Watertap, Inc. of Wixom, MI for water main valve insertion.

3) Bid of IRT Commercial Services of Traverse City, MI for the Riverside Cemetery Mausoleum Roof Replacement and appropriate budget amendment.

4) Resolution in support of Traffic Control Order 1-2020.

5) Resolution confirming recreational marijuana application dates as presented – (CC Exh. 5-2020).

6) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a public hearing on proposed 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Plan. No action required by the Commission at this time.

Received LDFA/DDA information and ability to provide grants to local businesses.

Denied proposed reduction of the tax capture of the LDFA to 20% for 2020.

Approved resolution temporarily permitting outdoor business activities as presented – (CC Exh. 6-2020).

Approved resolution amending fees for summer 2020 PEAK.

The Commission recessed at 9:12 p.m. and went into a work session at 9:20 p.m.

Held a work session discussion on the proposed 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Plan.

Adjourned the meeting at 10:10 p.m.

City of Mt. Pleasant COVID-19 and City Services Update

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 vital City services.

Therefore, through June 12, 2020 the City is following Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order 2020-100, and is continuing its level of building closure and only providing critical services at this time. This includes: police, fire, airport operations, water, wastewater, street and park services as well as construction permitting and inspection services.

Other City staff will be monitoring emails and phone calls and will attempt to answer urgent inquiries.

City Parks

City parks are currently open, but park restroom facilities are closed as well as Island Park’s Skate Park, Island Park’s Splash Park and Hannah’s Bark Park. 

Trash/Recycling

City trash pick-up is still taking place.

Curbside recycling is currently suspended due to the Materials Recovery Facility being closed. Recycling fees waived on the April, May and June utility bills.

As a result of building closures, the City has temporarily suspended the direct sale of recycling bins, City trash bags and tags. City trash bags and tags are available at Meijer and Ric’s. Individual tags are available at GreenTree Grocery.

Large Item Pick Up

Large item pick-up is now reinstated. Tags can be ordered online. Once payment is received your tag will be delivered to your door.

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/residents/online_service_center/

Public Meetings

The City of Mt. Pleasant will host its public meetings virtually as allowed by the Governor’s Stay at Home Executive Order. Citizens may watch these meetings live on Spectrum Charter Channel 188, webstreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/ or via Zoom. Any citizen desiring to make a public comment must email their comments on agenda items to comment@mt-pleasant.org.

-Virtual City Commission meeting will take place on May 26, 2020 at 7 p.m.

-May 27 Zoning Board of Appeals meeting is cancelled due to lack of action items.

-Virtual TIFA Meeting will take place on May 28, 2020 at 8 a.m.

-Virtual EDC/BRA Meeting will take place on May 29, 2020 at 1 p.m.

-June 4 Planning Commission Meeting is cancelled due to lack of action items.

-Virtual City Commission meeting will take place on June 8, 2020 at 7 p.m.

-Virtual DDA Board Meeting will take place on June 11, 2020 at 10 a.m.

-June 11 Airport Advisory Board Meeting is cancelled.   

Event Cancellations

-PEAK activities postponed until further notice.

-Adult and Youth Sport Leagues postponed until further notice.

-Thrilling Thursdays postponed until further notice.  

-Farmers’ Market was cancelled through the month of May, but the Thursday market will begin on June 4 and the Saturday market will begin on June 20, 2020.

-City of Mt. Pleasant park shelter rental reservations are cancelled for the months of May and June.

Payments and Building/DPW Permits

Citizens can 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 be electronically submitted by visiting www.mt-pleasant.org. In person inspections will follow recommendations from federal, state and local health officials. If needed, virtual inspections can be conducted through Skype or Zoom.

COVID-19 Resources

The City will continue to monitor this 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 Updates

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.

Small Business Relief

Are you a small business impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak? If so, you may be eligible for a grant or low-interest loan. Refer to these links for more information.

https://www.michigan.gov/Coronavirus

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options

Topics to Watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – May 26, 2020

Here are the topics to watch at the next Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

  • Public hearing on proposed 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Plan.
  • Receipt of Local Development Finance Authority/Downtown Development Authority information and ability to provide grants to local businesses.
  • Consider resolution confirming administrative actions regarding recreational marijuana licensing dates.
  • Consider resolution temporarily permitting outdoor business activities.
  • Consider resolution in support of amending fees for summer 2020 PEAK.

To view the entire meeting packet visit: 

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2020/5.26.20.pdf

How to follow public meetings during this social distancing:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Mt. Pleasant is following 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, web streamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/ or via Zoom.

Zoom Meeting instructions via computer, phone, or dial-in number are as follows:

  1. Zoom Meeting information
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84587632501?pwd=N3VoWlJqa1JrTnd2WnRQN0RpSjJXQT09

Meeting ID: 845 8763 2501

Password: 864380

Phone dial-in: (312) 626-6799

Audio and video will be muted for members of the public and then unmuted by the host during public comment periods.

  • For participants accessing via computer or smartphone please use the “Raise Your Hand” icon to indicate you would like to speak. First, click on the “Participants” icon at the bottom of your screen. Next, click on the “Raise Your Hand” icon near the bottom right corner of the screen.
    • To raise your hand for telephone dial-in participants, press *9.
    • Members of the public may be muted or removed if using abusive language or if they become disruptive to the meeting.

Any citizen desiring to make a public comment on an agenda item must email their comments to comment@mt-pleasant.org either before or during the meeting. Individuals must include their name and address.

Summary of Minutes of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – May 11, 2020

Summary of Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, May 11, 2020, at 7:02 p.m.

Mayor Joseph read and presented a proclamation to Public Works Director Moore recognizing National Public Works Week (May 17-23, 2020).

Item #12. Recommendation to look at fees related to outdoor dining was added to the agenda.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held April 27, 2020.

2) Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign a one-year contract extension with Brown and Brown for broker services.

3) Resolution authorizing an amendment to the Standard Lighting Contract between the City and Consumers Energy for the removal of the existing light pole in Parking Lot 7.

4) Warrants and Payrolls.

Approved the resolution extending conditional authorization for 3967 Euclid LLC as presented. (CC Exh. 3-2020)

Approved the resolution to waive summer tax bill penalties until September 14, confirm the waiver of late fees on utility bills until June 15, 2020 and authorize utility bill payment plans as presented. (CC Exh. 4-2020)

Waived outdoor dining fees for downtown brick and mortar businesses for the 2020 outdoor dining season that do not exceed two parking spaces.

The Commission recessed at 8:46 p.m. and went into a work session at 8:52 p.m.

WORK SESSION – 1) Presentation on the 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

WORK SESSION – 2) Discussion on the proposed 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Plan.

Adjourned the meeting at 9:51 p.m.

Special One-Time Recycling Collection for City of Mt. Pleasant Residents

The City of Mt. Pleasant has contracted with Republic Services to conduct a one-time special curbside pick up for recyclables. This collection, within the city limits, will take place on your regularly scheduled recycle pick-up date during the week of May 18, 2020.

Please place your items at the usual pick up point (curb or alley) by 7:00 a.m. on your usual scheduled pick up day. All usual City recycling guidelines are still in effect.

Based on the high volume of recycling to be picked up it is possible Republic Services may not be able to totally complete the collection on the scheduled pick up day. If that occurs, please leave your bin out overnight so the remaining recycling material can be picked up the next day.

Recycling Reminders:

  • All cardboard must be flattened and stacked.
  • All recyclable material should be placed in a blue recycle bin or near a blue bin in another container. A cardboard box may be used as a container for this pick up only. Plastic bags are not permitted.
  • Remove tape and staples from paper, and cellophane envelope windows before recycling.

Items which will NOT be picked up:

  • Pizza boxes and other food boxes.
  • Styrofoam
  • Shredded paper
  • Large metal objects
  • Colored glass
  • Kleenex, paper towels, and used personal products, such as diapers and wipes.
  • Wax or plastic coated cardboard/boxboard, such as milk and juice cartons, laundry soap boxes, and dog/cat food bags or water softener salt bags.
  • Metal cutting strips from aluminum foil and similar boxes are acceptable, but must be removed and included with your tin and aluminum recyclables. The boxes themselves can be included with your cardboard.
  • Plastic shopping bags.

Curbside recycling pickup will remain suspended after this one-time special pick up. Further announcements regarding the opening of the Isabella County Material Recovery Facility, and resumption of curbside recycling collection will be 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.

Still Time to Complete the 2020 Census

Although April 1 Census Day has passed, it is not too late for Mt. Pleasant residents, including Central Michigan University students, to complete their census form and make a difference in our community.

As of May 9, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that 56.7 percent of Mt. Pleasant households have completed their Census forms. The national average sits at 58.5 percent.

Towns across the country depend on residents responding to the census and the City of Mt. Pleasant is no different. As residents, you use and benefit from critical resources such as healthcare facilities, roadways, educational offerings and public safety services. 

Your census response helps determine the funding of these services as well as the amount of representation our community has in Lansing and Washington D.C. over the next 10 years. In addition, data from the census helps shape future retail and dining options for you, your family, and future CMU students.

Residents

The Census Bureau states you must report all individuals who lived in your household on April 1, 2020. The short online Census questionnaire is confidential and can be found be visiting my2020census.gov. The online form takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

College Students

The Census Bureau has stated if you typically reside in Mt. Pleasant to attend Central Michigan University you should be counted in Mt. Pleasant. If you would have resided on campus on April 1, you are already counted, and there are no additional steps you need to take. If you reside, or would have resided off-campus on April 1, you need to fill out the short Census online questionnaire. This confidential form can be found by visiting my2020census.gov. You can complete the Census form for all individuals who were, or would have been living in your house or apartment on April 1.  The online form takes less than 10 minutes to complete.

If your parents included you on their census forms at their residences you can still fill out your Census form stating where you would have been living on April 1. The Census Bureau will analyze the data to ensure there are no duplicate counts and make sure you count where you reside for school.

COVID-19 and City of Mt. Pleasant Services Update (5/8/2020; UPDATED 5/12 and 5/18/2020)

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 vital City services.

  • Therefore, through May 28, 2020 the City is following Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order 2020-77, and is continuing its level of building closure and only providing critical services at this time. This includes: police, fire, airport operations, water, wastewater, limited street services as well as limited construction permitting and inspection services.

Other City staff will be monitoring emails and phone calls and will attempt to answer urgent inquiries.

City Parks

City parks are currently open, but park restroom facilities are closed as well as Island Park’s Skate Park and Hannah’s Bark Park. 

Trash/Recycling (Updated 5/12/2020 and 5/18/2020)

City trash pick-up is still taking place.

Recycling

The City of Mt. Pleasant has contracted with Republic Services to conduct a one-time curbside pick up for recyclables. This collection will take place on your regularly scheduled recycle pick up date during the week of May 18, 2020. Please place your items at the usual pick up point (curb or alley) by 7:00 a.m. on your usual scheduled pick up day. All City recycling guidelines are still in effect.

REMINDER: Recycling should NOT be placed in plastic bags or in oversized/appliance-size boxes. Boxes 24” x 36” will be collected, if they are not too heavy and can be picked-up by recycling staff.

For detailed information visit:

https://mpcityblog.com/2020/05/12/special-one-time-recycling-collection-for-city-of-mt-pleasant-residents/

Recycling will remain suspended after this one-time pick-up. Further announcements regarding the opening of the Isabella County Material Recovery Facility, will be made when information becomes available.

Recycling fees were waived on the April and May utility bills due to the Materials Recovery Facility being closed.

As a result of building closures, the City has temporarily suspended the direct sale of recycling bins, City trash bags and tags. City trash bags and tags are available at Meijer and Ric’s. Individual tags are available at GreenTree Grocery.

Large Item Pick Up

Large item pick-up is now reinstated. Tags can be ordered online. Once payment is received your tag will be delivered to your door.

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/residents/online_service_center/

Second Spring Leaf Collection

Since landscaping companies are now operating, a second leaf pick-up for May 11, 2020 has been scheduled. Please note all leaves must be out and ready for pick up by 6 p.m. on May 10. There will be one collection through each neighborhood starting on May 11.

Public Meetings

The City of Mt. Pleasant will host its public meetings virtually as allowed by the Governor’s Stay at Home Executive Order. Citizens may watch these meetings live on Spectrum Charter Channel 188, webstreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/ or via Zoom. Any citizen desiring to make a public comment must email their comments on agenda items to comment@mt-pleasant.org.

-Virtual City Commission meeting will take place on May 11, 2020 at 7 p.m.

-May 12 Historic District Commission is cancelled.

-May 14 DDA meeting is cancelled.

-May 14 Airport Advisory Board meeting is cancelled.

-May 18 TIFA Board meeting is cancelled.

-Virtual Parks and Recreation Commission meeting will take place on May 19 at 6:30 p.m.

-Virtual Police and Fire Pension Board meeting will take place on May 21, 2020 at 8:15 a.m.

-Virtual City Commission meeting will take place on May 26, 2020 at 7 p.m.

-May 27 Zoning Board of Appeals meeting is cancelled due to lack of action items.

Event Cancellations

Federal and state health officials are mandating all events be cancelled or postponed to stop the gathering of people, of any size. This guidance has caused the cancellation of the following to date:

-PEAK activities cancelled until at least June.

-Farmers’ Market cancelled through the month of May.

-City of Mt. Pleasant park shelter rental reservations are cancelled for the duration of Governor Whitmer’s Stay at Home Executive Order.

Payments and Building/DPW Permits

Citizens can 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. Inspections will be scheduled once the City receives the proper recommendations from federal, state and local health officials. If needed, virtual inspections can be conducted through Skype or Zoom.

COVID-19 Resources

The City will continue to monitor this 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 Updates

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.

Small Business Relief

Are you a small business impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak? If so, you may be eligible for a grant or low-interest loan. Refer to these links for more information.

https://www.michigan.gov/Coronavirus

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options

Topics to Watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – May 11, 2020

Here are the topics to watch at the next Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for May 11, 2020.

-Consider resolution authorizing an amendment to the Standard Lighting Contract between the City and Consumers Energy for the removal of the existing light pole in Parking Lot 7.

-Consider extension of conditional approval of medical marijuana license for 3967 Euclid LLC.

-Consider resolution waiving summer tax bill late charges, confirmation of waiver of late fees on utility bills until June 15, and authorization for utility bill payment plans.

To view the entire meeting packet visit: http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2020/5.11.20.pdf

How to follow public meetings during this social distancing:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Mt. Pleasant is following 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, web streamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/ or via Zoom.

Zoom Meeting instructions via computer, phone, or dial-in number are as follows:

  1. Zoom Meeting information
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82681508676?pwd=bWpvVnU4UG1wQUZIMjJ2WDdacmpsZz09

Meeting ID: 826 8150 8676

Password: 929986

Phone dial-in: (312) 626-6799

  • Audio and video will be muted for members of the public and then unmuted by the host during public comment periods.
    • For participants accessing via computer or smartphone please use the “Raise Your Hand” icon to indicate you would like to speak. First, click on the “Participants” icon at the bottom of your screen. Next, click on the “Raise Your Hand” icon near the bottom right corner of the screen.
    • To raise your hand for telephone dial-in participants, press *9.
    • Members of the public may be muted or removed if using abusive language or if they become disruptive to the meeting.

Any citizen desiring to make a public comment on an agenda item must email their comments to comment@mt-pleasant.org either before or during the meeting. Individuals must include their name and address.

Stay the course. Wear a face mask.

In addition to continuing our social distancing practices of keeping a 6 ft. physical distance between ourselves and others, all individuals 2 years of age or older, who can medically tolerate it, must wear a cloth face mask. This mask must cover their nose and mouth when out in enclosed public spaces which includes stores and workplaces. Surgical and N95 masks must be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders. Thank you for doing your part to beat COVID-19.


For more information regarding the use of face masks visit:

• Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-70

http://www.michigan.gov/whitmer

• CDC Face mask FAQ: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html