November Election Absentee Voting Reminders

Due to the November 2018 passage of a statewide ballot proposal, all registered voters in Michigan are now eligible to vote via absentee ballot without a specific reason.  This, coupled with our current COVID-19 reality, the City of Mt. Pleasant has experienced a dramatic increase in absentee ballot requests. A record number of individuals participated in absentee voting for the August 2020 Primary Election, this number is expected to grow for the November 3, 2020 General Election.

How to Sign Up for Absentee Voting

If you did not select the absentee ballot option for the November General Election on the August Primary absentee ballot application, which was mailed to your residence, or request a ballot already, you may still vote absentee on November 3rd by:

  • Completing an Absentee Voter Application Form which is available at the City Clerk’s office, or can be found online at http://www.michigan.gov/sos.  The United States Postal Service is recommending individuals mail absentee ballot applications 15 days prior to Election Day.

Absentee Ballot Mailing Timeline

Absentee ballots were mailed on September 24 to those individuals who previously requested an absentee ballot for the November 3rd election.

Absentee Ballot Return Options

All ballots must be received by 8:00 p.m. on November 3, 2020.

  • Drop absentee ballots off at the Absentee Ballot Drop Box located on the sidewalk near the main entrance of City Hall.
  • Drop off ballot in person at the City Clerk’s Office located on the second floor of City Hall. 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • Absentee ballots can be mailed to City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street.  If mailing your absentee ballot, the United States Postal Service recommends mailing at least 7 days before Election Day. 
  • In-person absentee voting: This option is available at the City Clerk’s office starting September 24, M-F 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. until Monday, November 2, 2020 at 4 p.m.  For your convenience, the City Clerk’s office will also be open for in-person absentee voting on Saturday, October 31, 2020 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Absentee Ballot Tracking

Absentee ballots can be tracked by visiting www.mi.gov/vote.

Election Day Information

Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Even though safety protocols will be in place at all polling locations, absentee voting is the safest option during this COVID-19 pandemic. Need a ride to and from the polls? I-Ride is offering free rides. Call (989) 772-9441 to schedule.

Visit www.mi.gov/vote to confirm where you are registered to vote. If you have questions regarding absentee voting, or being added to the permanent absentee voter list, call (989) 779-5361.

Topics to Watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – September 28, 2020

Here are the topics to watch at the next virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, September 28, 2020 at 7 p.m.

  • Public hearing on an ordinance to amend section 71.27 and 71.45 of City Code regarding parking and snow emergencies and consider approval the same.
  • Public hearing on Gursky Limited, LLC DBA Motorless Motion job creation accomplishment through the Michigan Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program and authorize the Mayor to sign the required documentation on the same.
  • Receive proposed ordinance for the Mt. Pleasant Housing Commission Payment In lieu of Taxes (PILOT) and the Municipal Services Agreement and set a public hearing for October 12, 2020 on the same.
  • Prioritize and approve submission of City requests for Fall 2020 Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe 2% allocations.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:

How to follow public meetings during 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:

Zoom Meeting information

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85291700218?pwd=QnNaL2hvbnRBYnFBRVN0eldjZFMwdz09

Passcode: 010579

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.

2020 Fall Leaf Collection Information

As the temperatures cool, and the trees start to show their vibrant colors, residents and landscaping companies are reminded to not rake leaves into the streets until the week of October 26. City staff will make one sweep through the entire City during pick up weeks. Therefore, leaves should be raked into low piles before Monday of pick up weeks and not cover catch basins.

On High and Pickard Streets, where high traffic volume prohibits leaves in the gutter; residents and landscaping companies should rake the leaves onto the rights-of-way, between the curb and sidewalk. Those who live on streets other than High and Pickard must place their leaves in the street.

Yard waste bags should not be used; this collection is for leaves only. Leaf piles must not contain garden or shrubbery clippings, dead grass, branches, trim board or other material.

Residents who wish to rake their yards ahead of the City’s collection schedule may bag and dispose of the leaves for a fee at the Material Recovery Facility, located at 4208 E. River Rd., Mt. Pleasant. Leaves may also be mulched with a mulching lawnmower.

The City’s 2020 leaf collection schedule is as follows:

Week of November 2: Staff will collect leaves in a City-wide sweep.

Week of November 16: Staff will collect leaves in a City-wide sweep.

November 30: Final collection of leaves in a City-wide sweep.

Any leaves left in the street after the crews have made their final pass will not be collected and are the responsibility of the homeowner.

Questions may be directed to the Division of Public Works, 989-779-5401.

Summary of Minutes of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – September 14, 2020

Summary of Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, September 14, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.

James McBryde, President of MMDC gave a quarterly update on MMDC activities.

City Planner Kain gave an update on the 2020 Census progress.

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 August 24, 2020.

2) Minutes of the electronically conducted Closed session held August 24, 2020.

3) Authorized the purchase of an unmarked (non-patrol) vehicle through the MiDeal program.

4) Received proposed amendment to Article VII: TRAFFIC CODE, Chapter 71 PARKING REGULATIONS, Sections 71.27 and 71.45 of the City Code of the City of Mt. Pleasant Code regarding parking and snow emergencies and set a public hearing for Monday, September 28, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. on same.

5) Set a public hearing for September 28, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. for Gursky Limited, LLC (Motorless Motion) as required through the CDBG program.

6) Authorized a three-year agreement with Consumers Energy for continued participation in their demand response program.

7) Received proposed 2021 Annual Operating Budget and set a public hearing for Monday, November 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. on same.

8) Resolution to amend 2020 Operating Budget.

9) Received Fall 2020 Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal 2% funding requests from City Departments.

10) Warrants and Payrolls.

Approved service contract at 0% PILOT with 5% service fee for first five years and reset to 10% PILOT after five years in regard to the Mt. Pleasant Housing Commission’s potential purchase of property at 1414 West Broomfield.

Approved the contract amendment with Fleis and Vandenbrink for $20,600 for the multi-jurisdictional storm water study and the appropriate budget amendment.

Approved the resolution as presented authorizing the Mayor to sign the easements for the Isabella County Drain Commissioner for the Mission Creek Drain and the supplemental agreement as presented. (CC Exh. 11-2020)

Approved a contract amendment with L.D. Cocsa for the 1MG Reservoir Bypass Project and the appropriate budget amendment.

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.

Postponed the work session discussion on Potential Property Maintenance Ordinance.

Adjourned the meeting at 10:08 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant Police Seeking Assistance in Identifying Suspect

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a female suspect who stole more than $500 in merchandise at Hobby Lobby, 2121 South Mission Street at approximately 4:54 p.m. on September 14, 2020.

The suspect is described as a white female in her 50’s with dark hair with auburn tones. The suspect was wearing a cheetah print shirt, drawstring khaki pants, and carrying a large black purse.

There are no safety concerns for the City of Mt. Pleasant.

If you have any information in regards to the identification of this subject, please contact the Mt. Pleasant Police Department’s anonymous tip line at 989-779-9111.

Topics to Watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – September 14, 2020

Here are the topics to watch at the next virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, September 14, 2020 at 7 p.m.

  • Consider request from Housing Commission Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT).
  • Receive proposed 2021 Annual Operating Budget and set a public hearing for November 9, 2020 on the same.
  • Consider approval of resolution to amend 2020 Operating Budget.
  • Consider approval of Mission Creek Dam easement to the Isabella County Drain Commissioner.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:

How to follow public meetings during 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:

Zoom Meeting information

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82437771093?pwd=WjZJNUphb0xPbmZ3U1U3Q0ttaVUzQT09

Meeting ID: 824 3777 1093

Passcode: 745152

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.

Street Closure Notice: Thursday, September 10, 2020

On Thursday, September 10, 2020 there will be a series of road closures due to a Legalize Being Black: Our Lives Matter Too March. This event begins at 6:00 p.m. at Bovee University Center on the campus of Central Michigan University (CMU).

The march route is as follows:

-East on Preston Street to Mission Street.

-North on Mission Street to Michigan Street.

(Partial Mission Street closure will take place between 6:15 and 6:45 p.m.)

-West on Michigan Street to Main Street.

-North on Main Street to Town Center.

A short program will take place in Town Center at approximately 6:45 p.m.

The march will then return to CMU’s campus by traveling south on Main Street to Bellows Street.

All event participants are reminded that face coverings are required. Individuals must also adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include remaining at least six feet from people outside the person’s household.

Events such as this are permitted under the United States Constitution’s First Amendment Rights and cannot be prohibited by the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-176, or the Central Michigan District’s Public Health Emergency Order.

Broadway Street Closure

Due to a sanitary sewer lead being relocated, Broadway Street will be closed to through traffic between Harris and Main Street beginning September 9 through approximately September 23, 2020.  Local traffic access to all businesses and properties between Harris and Main Street will be maintained.

This closure is in addition to Broadway Street being closed from Main to University Street to promote social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During construction, access to the City Hall parking lot will be reduced to one lane.

Through traffic will be detoured to Harris, Pickard and Fancher Streets.

City of Mt Pleasant Traffic Signals Receive Upgrade

Dependent on the weather, two separate traffic signals in the City of Mt. Pleasant will be receiving upgrades during the week of September 7, 2020.

The traffic signal at Main/Pickard Street will be upgraded with LED retrofits and have a dedicated left turn signal added. This work will begin on September 8. The intersection will function as a three-way stop on September 9.

On September 10, LED retrofits will be installed on the Brown/Broadway Street traffic signal. At times, the signal will be down and the intersection will function as a four-way stop.

City to offer no fee brush chipping (All slots filled as of 9:00 a.m. on 9/18)

The City is offering up to 150 households within the City limits 30 minutes of no fee brush chipping during the week of September 28. Brush chipping will be completed at curbside only, no alleys.  The service is first come, first served, and residents must make a reservation by contacting the Division of Public Works beginning at 8:00 a.m. September 14 through September 18 at 4:30 p.m.   

To make a reservation or to learn more, contact the Division of Public Works at (989) 779-5401, email publicworks@mt-pleasant.org, or visit the office at 320 W. Broadway Street.

If you need assistance disposing of yard waste, the Materials Recovery Facility located at 4208 E. River Road, is an option. Cost to drop off yard waste at the MRF is $1 per bag or $12.50 per cubic yard.