UPDATE (9/4/2019): Mt. Pleasant Police and Fire Departments respond to a fatal structure fire – 505 S. Bradley St.

September 4, 2019 UPDATE: 

On August 16, 2019 at 6:06 p.m. the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department along with the Mt. Pleasant Police Department were dispatched to a structure fire at 505 S. Bradley Street.

Mt. Pleasant Police Department Detectives worked with the Michigan State Police Fire Investigation Unit and the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department to determine this was an accidental fire which claimed the life of 2-year-old, Arthur Hughes.

The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department was assisted by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, the Isabella County Sheriff Department, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Fire Department, Michigan State Police, Central Michigan University Police, Isabella County Central Dispatch and Mobile Medical Response.

 

August 20, 2019 UPDATE:

On August 16, 2019 the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department along with the Mt. Pleasant Police Department responded to a structure fire which claimed the life of a 2-year-old boy. The medical examiner’s office classified this an accidental death with the autopsy revealing smoke and soot inhalation being the cause of death. A DNA sample to confirm the child’s identity has been provided to the medical examiner’s office. Police are expecting results from the DNA test within a week.

The Michigan State Fire Investigation Unit has found no suspicious circumstances regarding the fire and the investigation is ongoing at this time. The Mt. Pleasant Police Department will provide further updates regarding the confirmation of the child’s identity and investigation as they become available.

The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department was assisted by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Fire Department, Michigan State Police, Central Michigan University Police, Isabella County Central Dispatch and Mobile Medical Response.

 

August 19, 2019 Media Release:

On August 16, 2019 at 6:06 p.m. the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department along with the Mt. Pleasant Police Department were dispatched to a structure fire at 505 S. Bradley Street. Police officers arrived on scene and observed flames coming from a trailer. Officers were notified by neighbors that subjects may be inside. Mt. Pleasant Police Department Officers and Isabella County Sheriff Office Deputies attempted entry and were unable to enter the structure due to heavy smoke and flames.

The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department made entry to search for a victim and extinguish the fire. During the search, the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department located a 2-year-old male who was deceased. An adult male was able to escape with minor injuries.

Mt. Pleasant Police Department Detectives are working with the Michigan State Police Fire Investigation Unit and Mt. Pleasant Fire Department to determine the cause of the fire. Interviews, examination of evidence, autopsy results and witness statements are being conducted and compiled.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department will provide further updates when available.

The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department was assisted by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, the Isabella County Sheriff Department, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Fire Department, Michigan State Police, Central Michigan University Police, Isabella County Central Dispatch and Mobile Medical Response.

 

August 16, 2019 Media Release: 

Mt. Pleasant Police and Fire Departments respond to a fatal structure fire – 505 S. Bradley St. 

On August 16, 2019 at 6:06 p.m. the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department along with Mt. Pleasant City Police were dispatched to a structure fire at 505 S. Bradley Street. Officers arrived on scene and observed flames coming from the trailer. Officers were notified by neighbors subjects may be inside. Mt. Pleasant City Police and Isabella County Sheriff Office Deputies attempted entry and were unable to enter the structure due to heavy smoke. Mt. Pleasant Fire Department made entry to search for a victim and extinguish the fire. During the search the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department located a 2 year oldmale who was deceased.  An adult male was able to escape with minor burns. The crisis team has been called in for the family members.

Mt. Pleasant Police along with the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department are still on scene. The investigation is on going at this time with the assistance of the Michigan State Police Fire Investigation Unit.

The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department was assisted by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Fire Department, Michigan State Police, Central Michigan University Police, Isabella County Central Dispatch and Mobile Medical Response.

No fire or police officers were injured during this call.

Updates will be provided when available.

                                                                                         

Summary of Minutes of City Commission Meeting – August 12, 2019

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, August 12, 2019, 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 July 22, 2019.

2) Resolutions to adopt and implement a local pavement warranty program.

3) Receive proposed map amendment to rezone the property located at the northwest corner of Canal and Riverview from CD-3L, Sub-Urban Large Lot to CZ, Civic Zone and set a public hearing for September 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. on the same.

4) Receive recommended text change to section 154.114 to regulate the reconstruction of certain non-conforming parking areas and set a public hearing for September 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. on the same.

5) Receive proposed amendment to Chapter 30 subsection 30.04 – Agenda of the Mt. Pleasant City Code regarding the addition and or deletion of agenda items and set a public hearing for August 26, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. on the same.

6) Authorize the Mayor and Clerk to sign the Agreement with Renaissance Public School Academy for PEAK services for the 2019-2020 academic year.

7) Approve the appointment of Mayor Will Joseph as the voting delegate, representing the City of Mt. Pleasant at the Michigan Municipal League annual member’s meeting and appoint Vice Mayor Lori Gillis as the alternate.

8) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a public hearing on intent to designate a Neighborhood Enterprise Zone. No action taken at this time.

Held a public hearing and approved the resolution designating a Commercial Redevelopment District (CRD) West Broadway Commercial Redevelopment District No. 1 as presented. (CC Exh. 3-2019)

Heard appeal to the removal of dangerous trees on private property under City Ordinance 99.11 Tree maintenance, obstructions prohibited and reversed the request for the tree removal and asked that the property owners provide a written report to the DPW Director annually regarding the health of the tree.

Approved a resolution in support of exploring the creation of a recreational authority as a means to advance community dialogue regarding an aquatic center.

Approved and conducted a closed session pursuant to subsection 8(h) of the Open Meetings Act to consider material exempt from discussion or disclosure by state or federal statute.

Accepted the initiative petition received under the MRTMA and approved the ballot language as presented for the November 5, 2019 election.

Held a work session discussion on recreational marijuana.

Adjourned the meeting at 10:17 p.m.

Topics to watch at the City Commission meeting – August 12, 2019

Here are the topics to watch at the next Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, August 12, 2019 at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street.

  • Consider resolution in support of exploring the creation of a recreational authority -as a means to advance community dialogue regarding an aquatic center.
  • Receive recommended rezoning request from CD-3L to CZ for a parcel at Canal and Riverview and set a public hearing for September 9, 2019 on the same.
  • Receive recommended text change to Section 154.114 to regulate the reconstruction of certain non-conforming parking areas and set a public hearing for September 9, 2019 on the same.
  • Introduce amendment to Chapter 30 Subsection 30.04-Agenda of the Mt. Pleasant City Code regarding the addition and or deletion of agenda items and set a public hearing for August 26, 2019 on the same.
  • Accept petition received for adult-use marijuana establishment and consider ballot language.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2019/8.12.19.pdf

Empty Canvas concert scheduled for September 9

Music lovers.  Meet here.  Grab your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a free performance by Empty Canvas scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, September 9 at the Island Park Arts Pavilion. The event, sponsored by the Mt. Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, is part of the Island Park Arts Pavilion Concert Series.

Empty Canvas is a unique combination of music and art. Artist Mike McMath, accompanied by his twin brother Scott on guitar, sings while painting a complete image. Empty Canvas performs a wide variety of music from Frank Sinatra to Jason Mraz; Led Zeppelin to Kings of Leon.

The Island Park Arts Pavilion project, in the works for four years, was recently completed and is the end result of Mt. Pleasant High School 2019 graduate, Taylor Idema’s Girl Scout Gold Award Project.  For the past few years Idema has been working with Chris Bundy, Mt. Pleasant Parks and Public Spaces Director to make this performing arts pavilion a reality.

More than $200,000 was raised through grants from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe 2% Distribution, and generous donations from the Morey Foundation, W.E. Martin Fund of the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation, Isabella Bank, Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant, Isabella Community Credit Union, Doug and Melissa LaBelle Family Foundation, Mercantile Bank of Michigan, City of Mt. Pleasant Parks Partnership Fund, United Way of Gratiot & Isabella Counties, Mt. Pleasant Jaycees, Mt. Pleasant Agency, Inc. – Central Insurance.

The newly constructed Island Park Arts Pavilion is located near Timbertown 2.0.  For information on how to reserve the Island Park Arts Pavilion contact the Mt. Pleasant Parks & Recreation Office at (989) 779-5331. #meetmtp

Mt. Pleasant Police Department seeking assistance in identifying suspect

Mt. Pleasant, Mich., – Mt. Pleasant Police are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a male suspect who was at the Shell Station, 799 South Mission Street at approximately 10:00 a.m. on July 13, 2019.

A female reported she was groped by a suspect described as a white younger male, 5’6” tall, with facial hair, and a thin build. The suspect was wearing blue jeans, a gray cut-off shirt and work boots.

This incident was reported to the Mt. Pleasant Police at approximately 2:45 p.m. on July 13, 2019.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department is asking anyone with information about this incident, or the identity of the subject, to call the Anonymous Tip Line at 989-779-9111.

Shell-Snip July 13 2019

 

Summary of minutes of City Commission meeting – July 22, 2019

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, July 22, 2019, at 7:01 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

Assistant Finance Director/IT Director Saladine introduced newly hired IT Specialist Travis Welsh.

Parks and Public Spaces Director Bundy introduced newly hired Parks and Grounds I employee Logan Schafer.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held July 8, 2019.

2) Minutes of the closed session of the City Commission held July 8, 2019.

3) Bid of Fredrickson Supply of Grand Rapids, MI for an Articulated Wheel Loader and Snow Blower Attachment and a budget amendment for the same.

4) Purchase of two Ford F-450 cab and chassis from Jorgensen Ford Sales of Detroit, MI and dump bodies from Knapheide Truck Equipment of Flint, MI through the MIDeal extended purchasing program and a budget amendment for the same.

5) Resolution approving submittal of the grant application to the Michigan Arts Council for the 2020 Paint the Intersection project as presented.

6) Warrants and Payrolls.

Adopted the Resolution Of Intent To Designate A Neighborhood Enterprise Zone (NEZ); Tentative Neighborhood Enterprise Zone; Notice of Public Hearing for August 12, 2019. (CC Ex. 1-2019)

Adopted the Resolution Regarding Intent To Designate A Commercial Redevelopment District (CRD); Notice of Public Hearing for August 12, 2019. (CC Ex. 2-2019)

Received 3-hour parking enforcement options.

Formally committed $25,000 toward the Interlocal Pathway Connector Project Area B and authorized the City Manager to finalize partnership agreements with the Charter Township of Union on this project.

Continued work session discussion on Recreational Marihuana.

Adjourned without objection at 9:48 p.m.

Topics to watch at the City Commission Meeting – July 22, 2019

Here are the topics to watch at the next Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, July 22, 2019 at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street.

  • Consider resolution to create Neighborhood Enterprise Zone (NEZ) and Commercial Redevelopment District (CRD) for 410 W. Broadway Street and set a public hearing for August 12, 2019 on the same.
  • Receipt of 3-hour parking enforcement options.
  • Consider resolution authorizing grant submission for 2020 Paint the Intersection project with Art Reach.
  • Consider final confirmation of allocation of funds toward joint inter-local pathway connector between Deerfield Road and Broomfield Road.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2019/7.22.19.pdf 

Summary of minutes of the City Commission meeting held July 8, 2019

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, July 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

Director Lauria introduced and swore in new Mt. Pleasant Police Officer Shane Waskevich.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held June 24, 2019.

2) Bid of Bell Equipment of Lake Orion, MI for a municipal tractor and snow plow with a budget amendment.

3) Appoint IT Director/Assistant Finance Director Chris Saladine as Employer Delegate to represent the City of Mt. Pleasant at the MERS annual meeting.

4) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a public hearing and approved Resolution #5 to confirm the special assessment roll and set payment terms for Special Assessment #2-19 as presented.

Directed staff to bring back information to the Commission on market comps and market sales used to determine the assessors report regarding assessed values.

Held a public hearing and approved the resolution regarding the application by Gursky Limited, LLC for a CDBG RLF application.

 Approved Amendment #3 to the Purchase and Development Agreement with Michigan Community Capital for 410 W. Broadway.

Approved and conducted a closed session pursuant to subsection 8(h) of the Open Meetings Act to consider material exempt from discussion or disclosure by state or federal statute.

Conducted a work session discussion on recreational marijuana.

Adjourned at 10:26 p.m.

Island Park Arts Pavilion inaugural concert and ribbon cutting slated for August 5

Music lovers.  Meet here.  Music lovers now have a place to gather to enjoy free concerts in the park thanks to the vision of Taylor Idema, a 2019 Mt. Pleasant High School graduate.  The Island Park Arts Pavilion project, in the works for four years, is the end result of Idema’s Girl Scout Gold Award Project. The Gold Award is the highest honor a Girl Scout can earn. In 2016 Idema pitched the arts pavilion idea at the United Way’s Pitch-Er event and won first place honors along with the $5,000 seed money to launch her project.

For the past few years Idema has been working with Chris Bundy, Mt. Pleasant Parks and Public Spaces Director to make her vision a reality. More than $200,000 was raised through grants from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe 2% Distribution, and generous donations from the Morey Foundation, W.E. Martin Fund of the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation, Isabella Bank, Rotary Club of Mt. Pleasant, Isabella Community Credit Union, Doug and Melissa LaBelle Family Foundation, Mercantile Bank of Michigan, City of Mt. Pleasant Parks Partnership Fund, United Way of Gratiot & Isabella Counties, Mt. Pleasant Jaycees, Mt. Pleasant Agency, Inc. – Central Insurance.

Idema shared, “Mt. Pleasant is an active community with many talented citizens interested in not only attending fine arts events, but performing in them as well. The Island Park Arts Pavilion provides a venue for local citizens of all ages to perform, and enjoy a myriad of events close to home.” Idema continued, “Potential pavilion events include; concerts, theater and dance performances, art exhibits, ceremonies, public speeches, holiday celebrations, auctions, reunions, weddings and more.”

The public is invited to celebrate the opening of the Island Parks Arts Pavilion on Monday, August 5, 2019.  This free event will begin at 6 p.m. with a short program and ribbon cutting ceremony. At 6:30 p.m. Jim McKeith, a one-man acoustic rock band, sponsored by the Mt. Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, will perform.  At 7:15 p.m. the Central Michigan Area Concert Band will take to the stage to perform a full concert.  Food will also be available for purchase from the Cruisin’ Chef Food Truck.

For information on how to reserve the Island Park Arts Pavilion contact the Mt. Pleasant Parks & Recreation Office at (989) 779-5331.

UPDATE: Medical examiner results received in suspicious death investigation

On Monday, July 1, 2019 at 10:12 a.m. a call involving an aggressive dog in a neighborhood located on Mt. Pleasant’s west side was dispatched. During the call the dog’s owner was found deceased in her home. The deceased female was identified as 24 year-old Mt. Pleasant resident, Bianca Nieto.

On Monday, July 8, 2019, Mt. Pleasant Police Department Detectives received information from the Sparrow Medical Examiner’s Office stating there were no signs of trauma resulting in the death of Nieto. A final autopsy report is pending due to toxicology and tissue lab results, which could take up to 6-8 weeks.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police Department and the Sparrow Medical Examiner’s Office.