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.

Topics to watch at the City Commission meeting – July 8, 2019

Here are the topics to watch at the next Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2019 at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street.

-Public hearing on special assessment roll for Special Assessment District #2-2019 and consider approval of Resolution #5 for approval of the roll and setting of payment terms for the Special Assessment District.

-Public hearing on proposed application for Gursky Limited, LLC for Community Development Block Grant Revolving Loan Fund Program and consider resolution on the same.

-Consider amendment to purchase and development agreement for 410 W. Broadway Street.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2019/7.8.19.pdf

 

UPDATE – 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.

Nieto’s family was notified on Monday. Upon investigation, it was discovered that Nieto did not return phone calls or text messages from family members, and did not report to work.

There are no known health issues which would have contributed to Nieto’s death. The Michigan State Crime Lab was called in to assist due to the circumstances of the scene.

This is an open investigation pending the report from the medical examiner’s office. Mt. Pleasant Police Department Detectives will be continuing the investigation and will provide updates as they become available.

Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police and the MSP Crime Lab.

Mt. Pleasant Police investigating suspicious death – No risk to the public

Mt. Pleasant Police were dispatched to an animal control complaint at 10:12 a.m. on Monday, July 1, 2019.  During this call it was discovered that a resident of the home was deceased.

Name and specific location information are being withheld until next of kin can be contacted. The Mt. Pleasant Police, along with the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police, are currently investigating. There is no risk to the public.

Firework safety and regulation reminders

As Independence Day approaches, now is a good time to review firework safety tips and regulations.

City of Mt. Pleasant Fireworks Ordinance

This ordinance states a person may only discharge or use consumer fireworks on private property on the day before, the day of, and the day after a recognized holiday (July 3, 4 and 5), but not between the hours of 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. On all other days of the year, fireworks may not be discharged within the City limits.

Additionally, a minor shall not possess, ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks. Fireworks shall not be used while a person is under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, or during times when a burning ban has been established by the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, MI. For a list of burning restrictions by county, visit http://www.dnr.state.mi.us/burnpermits/.

For those planning on discharging fireworks this July Fourth holiday, please follow the City regulations as stated above and practice these safety tips:

  1. Read and follow all warning and instructions.
  2. Never allow children to play with fireworks of any kind.
  3. Wear protective clothing, including eye wear.
  4. Only light devices on smooth, flat surfaces away from residential areas, dry leaves and flammable materials.
  5. Always keep a hose or bucket of water nearby in case of malfunction.
  6. Never try to re-light fireworks that have not fully functioned.

The best way to protect your family is to avoid the use of fireworks at home entirely. The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department recommends attending public fireworks displays and leaving the lighting to the professionals.

 

Summary of Minutes of the City Commission Meeting held June 24, 2019

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, June 24, 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 June 10, 2019.

2) Bid of Krapohl Ford of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the purchase of two police patrol vehicles.

3) Bid of Peerless-Midwest, Inc. of Ionia, MI for the retrofitting Well #17 project.

4) Award the contract for lime residuals removal to Rocky Ridge Development, LLC of Sylvania, OH.

5) Award contract for the 1MG Reservoir Bypass Project to L.D. Docsa of Kalamazoo, MI.

6) Award contract for the rotating biological contractor replacement to American Resource Recovery Services of Sparta, MI.

7) Accept ownership of the parcel containing the detention pond in Industrial Park South from the EDC.

8) Resolution regarding Industrial Park South grant as presented.

9) Set a public hearing for July 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant City Hall, City Commission Chambers on the application by Gursky Limited, LLC for a CDBG RLF loan.

10) Warrants and Payrolls.

Approved the contract amendment with McGuirk Sand and Gravel and the appropriate budget amendment as presented for the 2019 Broadway Street Reconstruction project.

Approved a contract amendment with Gawne Trucking for biosolids removal.

Approved Resolution #3 to proceed with improvements; and Resolution #4 to accept the special assessment roll and set public hearing for July 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. regarding said roll.

Approved the recommendation to maintain the current four-lane configuration of West Pickard Street within the city limits.

Endorsed the conceptual plan for the future use and conceptual design of the CMU Smartzone land.

Endorsed the concept of utilizing a municipal investment advisor for non-pension fund investments.

Conducted a work session discussion regarding the potential development on 410 W. Broadway Street.

Adjourned at 9:28 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant Police Department Investigates Credit Card Fraud

Mt. Pleasant, MI –Mt. Pleasant Police Department (MPPD) officers responded to an incident on March 3, 2019 at Wayside Central. The complaint was of a stolen cell phone and credit cards. Officers were aware of previous situations in which the suspects were stealing credit cards and going to local businesses that had self-checkout lanes.  Once officers heard the call they sat outside a business and observed two males going through self-checkout lanes trying multiple cards.  As officers approached, the two males fled the scene. Officers were able to make contact with the one suspect who stayed with the vehicle. Through their investigation they were able to identify all three suspects and seize evidence of the crime.

 

Together, MPPD officers and detectives were able to link the cell phones and credit cards used in prior thefts within that timeframe. Throughout the investigation MPPD detectives were able to identify approximately twenty victims. The majority of the property was recovered and returned to the rightful owners.  Two of the suspects have been charged and awaiting arraignment. The third suspect is still at large.

 

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Michigan Department of Corrections and Michigan State Police Intelligence Unit.

Topics to watch at the City Commission meeting – June 24, 2019

Here are the topics to watch at the next Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, June 24, 2019 at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street.

-Consider acceptance of ownership of Parcel #10-205-00 in Industrial Park South from the Economic Development Corporation.

-Consider Resolution #3 to proceed with improvements for the Principal Shopping District.  Consider Resolution #4 to accept the special assessment roll and set a public hearing for July 8, 2019 as postponed from June 10, 2019.

-Discuss mill and overlay of Pickard Street and confirm design of pavement markings. Share findings from Pickard Street Road Diet Forum and comments received.

-Consider endorsement of conceptual plan for Central Michigan University Smartzone.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2019/6.24.19.pdf