Summary of Minutes of the VIRTUAL Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – May 10, 2021

Summary of Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, May 10, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held April 26, 2021.

2) Set a public hearing for Monday, May 24, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. on the CDBG Water Related Infrastructure Grant for the Water Resource Recovery Facility.

3) Set a public hearing for Monday, May 24, 2021 at 7:00 to consider revocation of the Dayco Industrial Facilities Tax (IFT) abatement effective January 1, 2022.

4) Authorized the Mayor to sign a contract extension with RBS for custodial services at the current rates, retroactive to January 1, 2021 through December 31, 2022.

5) Warrants and Payrolls.

-Held a Public Hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance 1068, an Ordinance to amend Chapter 97: PARKS and RECREATION, of the Mt. Pleasant City Code of Ordinances to make various changes which include: 1) Bicycle use in Parks and Cemetery; 2) Removal of wording referring to the Nelson Park Zoo; 3) Prohibition of animals in the cemetery and designated sports fields; 4) Use of unmanned aircraft in parks (drones) and various minor updates.

-Appointed members to the ad hoc committee for preliminary review of executive search firm proposals.

-Approved a budget amendment of $7,200 for a Neighborhood Enhancement Program intern.

-Approved and conducted a closed session pursuant to subsection 8(e) of the Open Meetings Act to consult with counsel regarding pending litigation.

-Conducted a Work Session discussion on 2022-2027 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

-Adjourned the meeting without objection at 10:11 p.m.

Accepting Applications for 20th Youth Services Police Academy

The 20th Youth Services Police Academy is scheduled for July 12 – 29, 2021, (Monday – Thursday) from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. This free program offers youth, going into grades 6-8 who have an interest in law enforcement, an up-close view of the skills and necessary training needed for law enforcement officials.

Mt. Pleasant Police Officers conduct the program in the manner of a real police academy with values such as teamwork, integrity, compassion and discipline being stressed. Cadets are required to participate in physical training and complete the same agility tests given to recruits during a standard police academy.

The curriculum also includes hands-on learning, field trips and demonstrations by specialized units such as the SWAT Team, K-9 and DNR. Classroom topics encompass crime scene investigations, traffic stops, marine patrol activities, firearm safety, first aid and CPR, and much more.

Applications are now available at the Division of Public Safety, 804 E. High Street, during 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The application deadline is June 11, 2021.

Topics to Watch at the VIRTUAL Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – May 10, 2021

Here are the topics to watch at the next virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, May 10, 2021 at 7 p.m.

  • Public hearing on an ordinance to amend Chapter 97: Parks and Recreation and consider approval of the same.
  • Consider setting a public hearing for May 24, 2021 on Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for Water Resource Recovery Facility (WRRF).
  • Consider setting a public hearing for May 24, 2021 to consider revocation of the Dayco Industrial Facilities Tax (IFT) abatement upon closure of the local facility.
  • Appointment of members to the ad hoc committee for preliminary review of executive search firm proposals.

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How to follow public meetings during social distancing:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, as allowed under the Open Meetings Act and consistent with the Isabella County Declaration of a State of Emergency (Resolution No. 20-12-03 effective 12-15-20), the City Commission Meeting will be held virtually. The public may view the meeting live on the City’s YouTube Channel, on Spectrum Charter channel 188 or via Zoom.

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

Zoom Meeting information

Passcode: 793611

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.

Attendance to the meeting and participation during public comment periods will be conducted as follows:

• Members of the public must provide their name and address with their comments.

• Comments/Questions may be sent ahead of the meeting in writing or emailed to

• Individual commissioners can be contacted at the following email addresses:

Mary Alsager     

Olivia Cyman     

Lori Gillis           

William Joseph  

Amy Perschbacher

George Ronan   

Pete Tolas         

• Comments/Questions can be emailed to during the meeting and during normal public comment sections of the agenda.

• Comments sent via email will be read aloud to the Commission during the public comment periods.

Persons with disabilities needing assistance to participate may call the Human Resources office at (989) 779-5314. Persons requiring speech or hearing assistance may contact the City through the Michigan Relay Center at 711. A 48-hour advance notice is necessary for accommodation.

10-digit dialing will soon be required for all calls in Michigan’s 616, 810, 906 and 989 area codes

Telephone users in four Michigan area codes will soon be required to include an area code in every phone call – known as 10-digit dialing – as part of the rollout of a new way to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Callers in Michigan’s 616, 810, 906 and 989 area codes should start dialing with 10 digits (area code plus telephone number) on April 24, 2021, the start date for what’s called a permissive dialing period designed to get customers used to the new requirement of including an area code when dialing, even for local calls.

Beginning Oct. 24, 2021, all consumers with numbers in the affected Michigan area codes must dial 10 digits for all local calls. Beginning that day, local calls dialed with only 7 digits may not be completed, and a recording may inform you that your call cannot be completed as dialed.

The change is in preparation for the July 16, 2022, activation of a new 3-digit dialing code – 988 – to reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)  designated 988 as the abbreviated dialing code to reach the suicide prevention hotline that provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources, and best practices for professionals. From now until July 16, 2022 individuals must continue to dial 1-800-273-8255 (TALK) to reach the Lifeline.

What other changes need to be made?

Reprogramming of alarms, medical equipment and other communication devices need to be completed during the permissive dialing period running April 24, 2021 to October 24, 2021 to avoid interruption of services. Examples of services that may need to be re-programmed are:

  • Life safety systems or medical monitoring devices
  • PBXs
  • Fax machines
  • Internet dial-up numbers
  • Fire or burglar alarm and security systems or gates
  • Speed dialers
  • Mobile or other wireless phone contact lists
  • Call forwarding settings
  • Voicemail services and other similar functions.

What will remain the same?

  • Your telephone number, including current area code, will not change.
  • The price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services will not change.
  • What is a local call now will remain a local call regardless of the number of digits dialed.
  • You will continue to dial 1 plus the area code and the telephone number for all long-distance calls.
  • You will continue to dial a prefix such as 9 when dialing from a multi-line telephone system (in a hotel or office building, for example) as required.
  • You can still dial just three digits to reach 711 for relay services and 911 for emergency services.
  • If 211, 311, 411, 511, 611 or 811 are currently available in your community, you may still dial these codes with just three digits.
  • The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline can still be reached by dialing 1-800-273-TALK (8255) even after the 988 code is in effect.

-Information provided by the Michigan Public Service Commission