EGLE’s Water Service Line Verification Underway

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) revised the lead and copper rule for community drinking water, requiring municipalities to gather and update water service line material information for all structures connected to the distribution system. This has been an ongoing project for the City of Mt. Pleasant’s Water Department.

Starting the week of May 16, 2022 material verification will take place north of Broadway Street and west of Harris Street. During this process the water department will be digging down to the water service in the right of way. Once the water line material is identified (likely plastic or copper) the area will be backfilled and restored with topsoil and seed. Water service will not be interrupted. Households in future verification areas throughout the city will be notified with door hangars as the time draws closer. 

This work is being funded by a grant from the State of Michigan and insures compliance with the state’s lead and copper rule. Although the city does not know of any lead services that currently exist in the water distribution system, this process will verify the current inventory. If you have any questions about this process please call the Division of Public Works at 989-779-5400.

Marihuana Facility and Establishment Limits Lifted – Effective June 8, 2022

The Mt. Pleasant City Commission recently adopted amendments to Chapter 112 (Medical Marihuana Facilities) and Chapter 115 (Recreational Marihuana Establishments) of the Mt. Pleasant City Code. These amendments eliminate caps on the number of medical marihuana facilities and recreational establishments eligible for licensing by the City. These amendments are effective June 8, 2022.

The City will begin accepting new applications for Provisioning Centers, Retailers, Growers, and Microbusinesses on June 8, 2022. Applicants must be prequalified by the State of Michigan. All marihuana businesses are subject to operational and location criteria contained in the City of Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinance, including buffers from K-12 schools and the Central Michigan University campus.  

Processor, Secure Transporter, and Safety Compliance license types were not previously subject to a numeric cap and the City continues to accept applications for those facilities and establishments. The City does not allow Designated Consumption Establishments or Class A Microbusinesses.

Updated information regarding marihuana licensing can be found at  www.mt-pleasant.org/marihuana. Below are FAQ’s for medical and recreational marihuana.

www.mt-pleasant.org/marihuana.

Summary of Minutes from the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – May 9, 2022

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, May 9, 2022, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room, 320 W. Broadway St., Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with virtual options.

Approved the agenda as presented.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

9) Minutes of the special meeting of the CC held April 18, 2022.

10) Minutes of the regular meeting of the CC held April 25, 2022.

11) Bid of Peerless Midwest of Ionia, MI for the Well #6 Rehabilitation Project.

12) Bid of National Restoration, Inc. of Milford, MI for Building Crack Seal and Masonry Repair Project at DPS.

13) Resolution extending conditional approval of a Medical Marihuana Class C Grow Operation for Absolute Royale, Inc.

14) Resolution extending conditional approval of an Adult-Use Marihuana Class C Grow Operation for Absolute Royale, Inc.

15) Set a special meeting for follow-up discussion on 2023 goals and objectives for June 15, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. at DPS.

16) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a public hearing on the CDBG Water Related Infrastructure Program and adopted the resolution authorizing the grant application and funds for this project.

Held a public hearing and adopted the resolution authorizing the grant application and commit the local matching funds for the MEDC Revitalization and Placemaking Grant proposal.

Held a public hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance 1078, an Ordinance to amend Title XI: BUSINESS REGULATIONS, Chapter 110. GENERAL LICENSING to allow for and regulate the operation of pedicabs within the City.

Held a public hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance 1079, an Ordinance to amend Title XI: BUSINESS REGULATIONS, Chapter 112. Medical Marihuana Facilities of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances.

Held a public hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance 1080, an Ordinance to amend Title XI: BUSINESS REGULATIONS, Chapter 115. Recreational Marihuana Facilities of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances with the inclusion of §115.08 POLICY REVIEW IN 2023.

Approved a modified plan for Broadway Central for the 2022 season and budget amendment for same.

Approved a budget amendment for MERS contribution and Fire Truck Replacement.

Approved the resolution to authorize the issuance of $8.5m of General Obligation Bonds for WRRF upgrades.

Awarded contract for WRRF Phase I Upgrades to RCL Construction Co. of Sanford, MI.

Adjourned the meeting at 9:07 p.m.

Brown Street Reconstruction Project to Begin May 31, 2022

The Brown Street reconstruction project (North Drive to High Street) is scheduled to begin on May 31 with an anticipated completion date of August 12, 2022. During this time asphalt pavement, curbs and gutters will be removed and replaced. There will be partial sidewalk replacements completed and sidewalk ramps will be upgraded. A new storm sewer sump pump drain will be installed behind the curb between South Drive and High Street, which will then be connected to existing storm sewer structures.

Street Closure and Access

Brown Street will be closed to thru traffic between North Drive and High Street for the duration of the project. Residents will have direct access off of Brown Street except when work is being done on their driveways and during asphalt paving operations. The Contractor will notify residents prior to the work beginning on their driveway. During this time, residents will be asked to park on the nearest side street.

Entrances to McLaren Central Hospital and the Isabella County Medical Care Facility will be open at North Drive, Thomas Street and South Drive. The Brown Street entrances will be closed during construction.

A detour will be in place to direct traffic around the project using High Street, Mission Street (US-127BR) and Broadway Street as shown on the Detour Map.

Garbage Collection: Residents will need to bring their garbage cans and recycling to the nearest side street while their block is under construction. The Contractor can offer assistance, if needed.

Mail delivery will not be affected. 

Water Service:  Interruptions to water service is anticipated. The contractor will notifiy residents in advance via a door tag.

If you have questions, concerns, or you need a special accommodation due to a physical disability, please contact: 

Connie Houk, Project Engineer           Prein & Newhof                      (231) 468-3456

Stacie Tewari, City Engineer               City of Mt. Pleasant                (989) 779-5404

Redistricting Prompts Changes in Voting Precincts

Every ten years, in conjunction with U.S. Census results, revisions to city voting precincts, congressional, legislative and county commissioner districts occur. A decrease in the City of Mt. Pleasant’s population count over the past ten years has prompted a reduction in voting precincts from seven to five. This action will significantly reduce the cost of elections, assist with election worker recruitment, and streamline precinct logistics.

City of Mt. Pleasant Voting Precincts (Effective August 2022):

Precinct 1: Ganiard Elementary School, 101 South Adams Street

Precinct 2: Kinney Elementary School, 720 North Kinney Street

Precinct 3: Pullen Elementary School, 251 South Brown Street

Precinct 4: Fancher Elementary School, 801 South Kinney Avenue

Precinct 5: Vowles Elementary School, 1560 South Watson Street

Absentee Voter Counting Board: Mt. Pleasant City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street

Mt. Pleasant High School is no longer a voting precinct due to the high amount of scheduled extracurricular activities and limited convenient parking. 

Voter ID Cards to be Mailed:

Every registered voter in the City will be receiving a new voter ID card in the mail in late May/early June. These cards will include the updated voting precinct, congressional, legislative and county district information. On Election Day, Tuesday, August 2, 2022 voters should go to the precinct noted on this updated ID card.

Voter Registration:

Individuals who are not currently registered to vote can register online at https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/ or mail in the voter registration application found online. This must be completed by July 18, 2022 to vote in the August 2, 2022 primary election.

Residents may also visit www.mi.gov/vote to confirm voting precincts.

Topics to Watch at the Hybrid Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – May 9, 2022

Here are the topics to watch at the next in-person, as well as virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, May 9, 2022 at 7 p.m.

  • Administer oath of office to Commissioner Brian Assmann.
  • Public hearing on the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Revitalization and Placemaking Grant proposal and consider resolution on the same. (Town Center Civic Space)
  • Public hearing on an ordinance to amend Chapter 110 of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances to allow the operation of pedicabs and consider approval of the same.
  • Public Hearing on an ordinance to amend Chapter 112 of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances and consider approval of the same.
  • Public Hearing on an ordinance to amend Chapter 115 of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances and consider approval of the same.
  • Consider approval of Broadway Central for the 2022 season and consider budget amendment for the same.

To view the entire meeting packet visit: 

How to follow public meetings:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City Commission Meeting will be held in person in the City Chambers/City Hall (320 W. Broadway Street) with virtual attendance options as well. Non-voting participants may view the meeting live on the City’s YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/, on Spectrum Charter channel 188 or via Zoom.

If a virtual option becomes unavailable due to technical difficulties, the meeting will continue as scheduled. Residents who would like to provide a comment during the appropriate time are welcome to come to the meeting at City Hall, or email their statement to comments@mt-pleasant.org.

To participate via Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87227037368?pwd=OWhWRjdvTWJzMDR0d3AveDZLT0FkQT09

Meeting ID: 872 2703 7368

Passcode: 796101

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.

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

  • Members of the public are asked to provide their name and address with any comments.
  • Comments/Questions may be sent ahead of the meeting, or during the meeting via email to comment@mt-pleasant.org. Comments sent via email will be read aloud to the Commission during the public comment period.

Individual commissioners can be contacted at the following email addresses:

Mary Alsager               malsager@mt-pleasant.org

Brian Assmann            bassmann@mt-pleasant.org

Elizabeth Busch           ebusch@mt-pleasant.org

Olivia Cyman               ocyman@mt-pleasant.org

Maureen Eke               meke@mt-pleasant.org

Amy Perschbacher      aperschbacher@mt-pleasant.org

George Ronan             gronan@mt-pleasant.org

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.