City to offer no fee brush chipping

The City of Mt. Pleasant is offering 150 households, within the City limits, up to 30 minutes of no fee brush chipping during the week of May 10, 2021. Brush chipping will be completed at curbside only, no alleys. Reservations will be accepted beginning April 26 at 8:00 a.m. until April 30 at 4:30 p.m. First-come, first-serve.

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

City of Mt. Pleasant offering home exterior improvement funding for second year

The City of Mt. Pleasant currently has $90,000 available for home exterior improvement projects. $60,000 is available to owner-occupied homes located in the city’s West Side Neighborhood which is bordered by the Chippewa River, Pickard Street, High Street/M-20 and the western city limits. The remaining $30,000 is available to all other neighborhoods located within the city limits.

The Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) recently awarded the City of Mt. Pleasant a grant totaling $30,000 to specifically assist homeowners in the city’s West Side Neighborhood. MSHDA provides financial and technical assistance through public and private partnerships to create and preserve safe and decent affordable housing, engage in community economic development activities, develop vibrant cities, towns and villages, and address homeless issues. The remaining $60,000 of funding is being provided by the City of Mt. Pleasant.

Selection criteria includes:

  • Single-family owner-occupied homes whose taxes are up to date.
  • Exterior projects only.
  • Household income at or below 120% median income.
  • No outstanding code violations.
  • No prior tax foreclosure on property within the city limits.
  • Properties who were awarded funds in 2020 are not eligible.
  • Minimum funding for a project is $1,000. 
  • Maximum funding with no monetary contribution by owner is $7,499.
  • Maximum funding of $10,000 with 25% of monetary contribution by owner above $7500.

Deadline to apply is May 19, 2021.  Grant funding applications can be found at www.mt-pleasant.org/neighborhoods

Summary of Minutes of the Virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – April 12, 2021

Summary of Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, April 12, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.

Introduced recently hired City employees Christina Parrish, Reice Hart and Heather Bouck to the Commission.

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 March 22, 2021.

2) Bid of Spartan Distributors of Sparta, MI for the purchase of a Toro Groundsmaster mower and attachments.

3) Bid of ATI Group of Flushing, MI for the City Hall HVAC ductwork and both City Hall and DPS HVAC control systems and appropriate budget amendments.

4) Purchase of a plow truck cab and chassis through the MIDeal extended purchasing program.

5) Bid of Denali Construction of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the Mill Pond Park Fishing Deck Replacements.

6) Resolution to amend the water meter installation kit fee.

7) Received the 2022-2027 proposed Capital Improvement Plan and set a public hearing for May 24, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. on same.

 8) Authorized the City Manager to sign the sub-recipient agreement with Northern Initiatives and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation allowing the use of loan funds through June 30, 2024.

9) Resolution Extending Conditional Authorization for Recreational Marihuana Class C Grower License for Absolute Royale, Inc. at 801 Industrial Dr.

10) Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign the license agreements with CMU for two additional wayfinding signs placed in the right-of-way.

11) Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign the release of easement for land at Industrial Park North as presented.

12) Authorized the City Manager to sign MDOT contract #2021-0560 for reimbursement for the easement purchases and the related engineering work for the slope clearing project.

13) Allocation of funds from the WRRF to complete the carryover projects in 2021.

14) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a Public Hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance 1066, an Ordinance to amend Chapter 154: ZONING ORDINANCES of the Mt. Pleasant City Code of Ordinances, to rezone 1024 & 1026 S. University from CD3 (Sub-Urban) To CD-4 (General Urban).

Held a Public Hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance 1067, an Ordinance to amend Chapter 154: ZONING ORDINANCES, Table 154.410.A of the Mt. Pleasant City Code of Ordinances, to permit music, art and dance studios in the SD-1 District.

Authorized a contract with Green Tech Systems LLC for the 2021 Parking Lots #6 and #8 Reconstruction Project, and appropriate budget amendments.

Authorized a contract extension with MSG of Lansing, MI for environmental consulting services at the former landfill and the appropriate budget amendments.

Approved the Resolution as drafted in support of final approval for traffic control order #2-2020.

Approved a budget amendment from the Economic Initiatives Fund for Broadway Street closure appearance and activity improvements as presented.

Authorized staff to contact property owners with projects greater than $7,500 with an offer of not filing the lien if a 25% owner contribution is paid on the project portion over $7,500 within one month of the contract.

Approved adding a program parameter for the current Neighborhood Enhancement Program which would indicate that properties funded in the first-round of grant awards would not be eligible to apply in the second round.

Approved appointments to various boards and commissions as recommended by the Appointments Committee.

Conducted Work Session discussion on

  1. Water Resource Recovery Facility bonding next steps; and 2) OPRA District and Policy.

Adjourned the meeting at 10:06 p.m.

Topics to Watch at the Virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – April 12, 2021

Here are the topics to watch at the next virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, April 12, 2021 at 7 p.m.

  • Public hearing on recommended rezoning request from CD-3 (Sub-Urban) to CD-4 (General Urban) for 1024 & 1026 S. University and consider approval of ordinance on the same.
  • Public hearing on recommended text change to Table 154.410.A to permit music, art and dance studios in the SD-I District and consider approval of ordinance on the same.
  • Receive proposed 2022-2027 Capital Improvement Plan and set a public hearing for May 24, 2021 on the same.
  • Consider contract amendment with environmental firm for additional landfill evaluation services.
  • Receive information on Neighborhood Enhancement Grant Liens and consider update to program parameters.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:  

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2021/4-12-21.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:

Zoom Meeting information

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83686157671?pwd=dUhPUjIzMEVhVjVaT0hPWk0yVEhPdz09

Passcode:  632003

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 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@mtpleasant.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.

Summary of minutes of the virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting – March 22, 2021

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

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the Special meetings of the City Commission held Tuesday, March 2, 2021 and Thursday, March 4, 2021.

2) Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held March 8, 2021.

3) Authorized the purchase of two police patrol vehicles from Krapohl Ford.

4) Bid of The Isabella Corporation of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the 2021 Gaylord Street Reconstruction project and approved a budget amendment for the same.

5) Bid of K & B Asphalt Sealcoating, Inc. of Adrian, MI for the Crack Sealing Project.

6) Bid of The Isabella Corporation of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the 2021 Sidewalk Project and the appropriate budget amendment.

7) Authorized an advanced commitment of 500 tons of road salt for 2022 through the State of Michigan MiDeal Purchasing Program.

8) Received recommended rezoning request from CD-3 (Sub Urban) to CD-4 (General Urban) for 1024 & 1026 S. University and consider setting a public hearing for Monday, April 12, 2021.

9) Received recommended text change to Table 154.410.A to permit music, art and dance studios in the SD-1 District and consider setting a public hearing for Monday, April 12, 2021.

10) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a Public Hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance 1065, an Ordinance to amend Chapter 154: ZONING ORDINANCES, §154.203.F Residential/Dwelling Use Only and §154.410.B Special Uses and Table 154.410.A Building and Lot Principal Use of the Mt. Pleasant City Code of Ordinances to permit residential/dwelling uses under certain circumstances as presented.

Approved submission of City requests for Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe two percent allocations with a summary of the Commission’s top priorities.

Rescinded the October 2015 Fair Housing Policy for the Central Business District since the Human Rights Ordinance provides appropriate guidance.

Approved the Economic Opportunity Policy for Section 3 covered contracts as presented. (CC Exh. 2-2021)

Approved the resolution defining slum and blighted areas for CDBG activities as presented.

Authorized the Mayor to sign the Agreement for Annexation and Detachment of Property with Charter Township of Union as presented.

Authorized the Mayor to sign the appropriate MSHDA documents for the acceptance of the $30,000 Neighborhood Enhancement Program Grant, approved the allocation of $60,000 of HODAG Funds and endorsed the program parameters as presented.

Approved the resolution extending conditional authorization for MI Operations LLC Medical Marihuana Class A grower license at 1110 N. Fancher as presented.

The Commission recessed at 8:11 p.m. and went into a work session at 8:15 p.m.

Conducted a Work Session discussion on Closure ideas for Broadway Street from Main to University.

Adjourned the meeting at 8:39 p.m.

Armed Robbery Suspect Apprehended

MT. PLEASANT, MI – On March 28, 2021 at approximately 9:15 p.m. an armed robbery was reported at the NextDoor Food Store located at 1622 S. Mission Street. The suspect, wearing a wig at the time of the robbery, did produce a handgun and left on foot.

Officers from both the Mt. Pleasant Police and Central Michigan University Police Departments were in the vicinity when the call was dispatched and quickly located the suspect three blocks away. Officers placed the suspect into custody and recovered the gun which was plastic.

The suspect, who is a 33-year-old male from Mt. Pleasant, will be arraigned on Monday, March 29, 2021 in the Isabella County Court. 

Anyone with information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Mount Pleasant Police Department’s Anonymous Tip Line at 989-779-9111 or Central Dispatch at 989-773-1000.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Central Michigan University Police Department and Central Dispatch.

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

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

  • Public hearing on an ordinance to amend sections 154.203.F and 154.410.B and Table 154.410.A of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances to permit residential/dwelling uses under certain circumstances and consider approval of the same.
  • Prioritize and approve submission of City requests for Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe 2% allocations.
  • Receive recommended rezoning request from CD-3 (Sub-Urban) to CD-4 (General Urban) for 1024 & 1026 S. University and consider setting a public hearing for April 12, 2021 on the same.
  • Receive recommended text change to Table 154.410.A to permit music, art and dance studios in the SD-I District and consider setting a public hearing for April 12, 2021 on the same.
  • Consider policy changes and resolution for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funded projects.
    • Consider rescinding Central Business District Fair Housing Policy.
    • Consider amendment to Economic Opportunity Policy for Section 3 covered contracts.
    • Consider resolution defining slum and blighted.
  • Consider acceptance of $30,000 from the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA) for a neighborhood enhancement grant, authorize the Mayor to execute the necessary documents and approve the allocation of additional funds.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:  

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2021/3-22-21.pdf

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 Public Act 254 of 2020, allowing public bodies to meet remotely. 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/84178328213?pwd=MmdveFpWM0RxdEpyc29UZ0JjeWVqdz09

Passcode: 376502

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 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@mtpleasant.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.

Summary of Minutes of the virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting – March 8, 2021.

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

Steve Hall, Health Officer with Central Michigan District Health Department gave an update on COVID-19 in Isabella County.

Julianne Pastula, general counsel for Michigan Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission (MICRC) gave a presentation on the new process for redistricting which was passed by voters in 2018.

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 February 22, 2021;

2) Bid of M&M Pavement Marking of Grand Blanc, MI for the 2021 Pavement Marking Project Bid;

3) Bid of Prein & Newhof of Grand Rapids, MI for the design and construction engineering for the 2022 Brown Street Reconstruction Project and authorized a 2021 budget amendment for same;

4) Authorized a two-year contract (2021-2022) with McLaren Central Michigan HealthSteps for wellness programming;

5) Received City requests for Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe 2% allocations;

6) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a Public Hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance 1064, an Ordinance to amend Chapter 52: WATER, §52.12 Cross Connections and §52.29 Right of Entry of City Employees of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances. 

Approved a five-year contract with HydroCorp of Troy, MI for the Cross-Connection Inspection Program as presented.

Approved the contract for the 2021 Storm Sewer Extension Project with The Isabella Corporation of Mt. Pleasant, MI as well as a budget amendment.

Approved the resolution extending the temporary permitting of outdoor business activities to November 15, 2021 as presented.  (CC Exh. 2-2021)

Approved the purchase of easements for parcels E-19, E-20 and E-21 and authorized the Mayor and Clerk to execute the closing documents.

Approved a contract amendment with C2AE of Lansing, MI for the completion of the Water Reliability Study.

Approved budget amendments for 2020 projects as presented.

Conducted a work session discussion on CMU class report regarding data for owner-occupied incentive program.

Adjourned the meeting at 9:44 p.m.

Topics to Watch at the VIRTUAL Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – March 8, 2021

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

  • Public Hearing on ordinance to amend sections 52.12 and 52.29 of the City Code regarding cross connections and consider approval of same
  • Consider resolution extending temporary permitting of outdoor business activities.
  • Consider authorization for purchase of easements for approach slope clearing project.
  • Receive City requests for Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe 2% allocations.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:  

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2021/3-8-21.pdf

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 Public Act 254 of 2020, allowing public bodies to meet remotely. 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/85388592854?pwd=QlhtWXU3V3k0V3lKaFdWdmNiNTNqZz09

Passcode: 929462

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 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@mtpleasant.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.