Summary of Minutes of the Virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – 11/22/2021

Summary of Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, November 22, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.

Mayor Joseph read and presented a Proclamation recognizing Elimination of Violence Against Women Day “November 25, 2021”.

MMDC President and CEO Jim McBryde gave a presentation of MMDC’s Third Quarter Report and 2022-2024 Strategic Plan.

Presentation by Isabella County Restoration House (ICRH) Director Dee Obrecht.

Introduction of Mike Kurbel as the City’s System Administrator.

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 November 8, 2021.

2) Warrants and Payrolls.

-Approved the bid of Gateway Refrigeration, Inc. of Clare, MI for 2021 Make-Up Air Unit and Installation at the WRRF.

-Approved the resolution approving the final 2022 Operating Budget and set the millage rate for 2022.

-Approved Resolution to Set Fees and Charges for Certain City Services.

-Approved appointments as submitted by the Appointments Committee.

-Accepted the resignation of Mayor William Joseph.

-Adjourned the meeting at 8:07 p.m.

Isabella County Enhances 9-1-1 Services and Emergency Notification with Smart911; Replacing CodeRED

Isabella County public safety officials announced Smart911 is now available for free to all residents. Individuals who were previously signed up for CodeRED will need to sign up for Smart911 to receive timely and actionable emergency alerts via email, text or voice message. This should be completed before the CodeRED system is discontinued on December 6, 2021.

Smart911 not only informs citizens of emergencies, but allows individuals to create a Safety Profile for their household, if they wish. These profiles include detailed information citizens want 9-1-1 representatives and response teams to know in the event of an emergency. Profiles can be completed by visiting www.smart911.com or downloading the Smart911 App.

With this new system, when an individual makes an emergency call their Safety Profile is automatically displayed for the 9-1-1 representative, enabling the proper response team(s) to be dispatched to an exact location with detailed information. Examples include fire crews knowing how many people reside in a household, EMS staff being informed of allergies or specific medical conditions, or police having a photo of a missing child in seconds, rather than minutes or hours.

Sign up for free at www.isabellacounty.org/911, www.smart911.com, or by downloading the Smart911 App.  

Topics to Watch at the VIRTUAL Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – November 22, 2021

Here are the topics to watch at the next virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, November 22, 2021 at 7 p.m.

  • Consider resolution approving the final 2022 Operating Budget and set the millage rate for 2022.
  • Consider appointments to the various boards and commissions as recommended by the Appointments Committee.
  • Accept Mayor Will Joseph’s resignation from the City Commission.

To view the entire meeting packet visit: 

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2021/11-22-21_Packet.pdf

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 https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/, on Spectrum Charter channel 188 or via Zoom.

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

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86737883611?pwd=aE1uVEpNTUhSbERmcWk5b0N5MTZMQT09

Meeting ID: 867 3788 3611         

Passcode: 642002

Phone dial-in: (929) 205-6099

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 may email their comments.

• 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 comment@mt-pleasant.org.

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

Mary Alsager               malsager@mt-pleasant.org

Olivia Cyman              ocyman@mt-pleasant.org

Lori Gillis                     lgillis@mt-pleasant.org

William Joseph           wjoseph@mt-pleasant.org

Amy Perschbacher      aperschbacher@mt-pleasant.org

George Ronan            gronan@mt-pleasant.org

Pete Tolas                   ptolas@mt-pleasant.org

• Comments/Questions can be emailed to comment@mt-pleasant.org 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.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission Vacancy

The Mt. Pleasant City Commission has one vacancy due to Mayor Will Joseph recently accepting the Village Manager position in Paw Paw, Michigan. Applications for this open position are being accepted now through December 2, 2021. The Appointments Committee will consider applications and make a recommendation to the full City Commission at the December 13, 2021 meeting. This appointed term would expire on May 3, 2022. Application information is available at the City Manager’s Office as well as http://www.mt-pleasant.org/boards_and_commissions/.   

Nominating petitions to run for this open seat, which term runs from May 4, 2022 – December 31, 2023, are available at City Hall, office of the City Clerk, 320 W. Broadway Street, from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Completed nominating petitions which require a minimum of 50, and a maximum of 80 certified signatures may be filed with the City Clerk starting Friday, December 17, 2021. The deadline to file is 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. For nominating petition information visit: https://bit.ly/2YLFvzs 

The City election will take place on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

Downtown Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration Scheduled for December 3 and 4

Downtown Mt. Pleasant will be filled with holiday spirit at the Christmas Celebration slated for December 3 – 4, 2021. A community tradition for almost three decades, this event offers a variety of activities for the whole family.

On Friday, December 3 at 5 p.m. the celebration kicks off at Town Center with a new Winter Market featuring specialty crafts and food vendors. Candy Cane Lane at Town Center will host a variety of children’s games and activities, and the Community Sing-Along and Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Christmas light tour hayrides will also be offered. Tours will begin at University and Broadway Street.

Celebration attendees are invited to help the Mt. Pleasant Police Department and Toys for Tots “Cram-A-Cruiser” with new, unopened, unwrapped toys. Stop by Town Center between 5 – 8 p.m. to get an up-close look at a police cruiser while helping the toy drive.

Saturday, December 4 highlights include the Jingle All-The-Way Kids Fun Run, 5K and 5 Mile Run starting at Max & Emily’s. Registration must be completed online. Races begin at 7:50, 8:25 and 8:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit Toys for Tots.

A pancake breakfast with Santa is scheduled from 9 a.m. – noon at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, admission is $7 per person and children under four are $5. The festivities continue with the lighted parade winding through the streets of downtown starting at 6 p.m. Essential/frontline workers will be this year’s Parade Grand Marshal. To complete the day, holiday fireworks viewed from downtown, will light up the sky after the parade.  

Registration forms for the Jingle All-The-Way Kids Fun Run, 5 Mile Run and 5K Walk/Run, Winter Market Vendor Application, volunteer opportunities, and parade entry applications (due December 1) can be found at https://bit.ly/3k4Jw9B.

Cram a Cruiser: Join Forces with the Mt. Pleasant Police Department to Support Toys for Tots

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department and Krapohl Ford Lincoln invites the public to help ‘cram a cruiser’ with new, unwrapped, unopened toys to support Toys for Tots.

Mt. Pleasant Police Officers look forward to personally thanking you for your generosity at the toy drop offs scheduled for:

  • December 2 from 3:00 – 5:30 p.m. at Kraphol Ford Lincoln, 1415 E. Pickard Road.
  • December 3 from 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Main and Broadway Streets during the Christmas Celebration.
  • December 8 from 4:00 – 6:30 p.m.  in front of the Division of Public Safety Building, 804 E. High Street.

Summary of Minutes of the virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – November 8, 2021

Summary of Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, November 8, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

  • Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held October 25, 2021.
  • Warrants and Payrolls

Held a public hearing on proposed 2022 Annual Operating Budget. No action required at this time.

Held a public hearing and approved resolution #5 for approval of the roll and setting of payment terms for S.A. 2-2021 Principal Shopping District.

Authorized the City Manager to execute the contract with RISE, Inc. as presented.

Held a work session discussion on the 2022 Operating Budget.

Adjourned the meeting at 7:43 p.m.

Topics to Watch at the Virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – November 8, 2021

Here are the topics to watch at the next virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, November 8, 2021 at 7 p.m.

  • Public hearing on proposed 2022 Annual Operating Budget.
  • Public hearing on special assessment roll for Special Assessment District #2-21 and consider approval of resolution #5 for approval of the roll and setting of payment terms for Special Assessment District #2-21 for Principal District Shopping special assessment.
  • Consider contract with Recovery, Independence Safety & Empowerment (RISE) Advocacy, Inc. for mental health services assistance.

To view the entire meeting packet visit: 

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2021/11-8-21.pdf

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 https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/, on Spectrum Charter channel 188 or via Zoom.

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

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85117429936?pwd=VTZ5Rk5BZmtqeFFtQ1NuRmJ3M1lFQT09

Meeting ID: 851 1742 9936

Passcode: 968314

Phone dial-in: (929) 205-6099

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 may email their comments.

• 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 comment@mt-pleasant.org.

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

Mary Alsager               malsager@mt-pleasant.org

Olivia Cyman              ocyman@mt-pleasant.org

Lori Gillis                     lgillis@mt-pleasant.org

William Joseph           wjoseph@mt-pleasant.org

Amy Perschbacher      aperschbacher@mt-pleasant.org

George Ronan            gronan@mt-pleasant.org

Pete Tolas                   ptolas@mt-pleasant.org

• Comments/Questions can be emailed to comment@mt-pleasant.org 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.

Ladies Day Out – Scheduled for November 13, 2021

Ladies Day Out is scheduled for Saturday, November 13, 2021 and is poised to be another great event in downtown Mt. Pleasant. And, a wonderful opportunity to conquer that holiday shopping list.

New name and updated logo. After 17 years, some alterations have been made to this popular event, prompting an updated logo and name. Since the event has transitioned from an evening event to an all-day shopping experience, what was once Ladies Night Out is now coined, Ladies Day Out. An updated logo also reflects this change.

Big prizes. Rather than smaller raffle prizes being distributed at the Broadway Theatre, attendees will have the opportunity to win $250, $500 or $1,000 in downtown gift certificates. Individuals can stop by the Downtown Development kiosk at Main and Broadway from 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. to register to win these notable prizes.

 Questions: Contact Downtown Development Director Michelle Sponseller at msponseller@mt-pleasant.org or (989) 779-5348.