Saturday Farmers’ Market moves to Michigan Street for 2018 season

The Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market is known for its fresh fruits and vegetables, and this summer, the Saturday Market will also be known for its fresh, new space!

With the support of Real Food Grows, the 2018 Saturday Farmers’ Market is moving to Michigan Street near the Main Street intersection downtown Mt. Pleasant. Open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays beginning June 30, customers will find a tasty selection of locally-grown foods, colorful plants, homemade baked goods and more.

“Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation is excited to bring the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market to a new downtown spot on Saturdays this summer that is both highly visible and easy for shoppers to access,” said Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market Manager Carol Moody. “We look forward to building on the market’s excellence from the last several years and boosting traffic for local businesses, while making Downtown Mt. Pleasant a vibrant community destination.”

Michigan Street will be closed to traffic one block east of Main Street on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Parking is available in the south west parking lot of Michigan and Main streets.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients can use their Michigan Bridge Card at the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market. The market also accepts debit and credit cards, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project FRESH and Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH coupons.

The Thursday Farmers’ Market will begin on June 7 and will remain at Island Park. Thursday Market hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Summary of the May 14 City Commission meeting

See the video of the May 14 City Commission meeting here.

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, May 14, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

1. Consumers Energy Forrester gave a presentation on their upcoming line clearing program in the city.

2. Mayor Lents read and presented a proclamation recognizing “National Public Works Week–May 21-27, 2018” to City of Mt. Pleasant Public Works Director John Zang.

3. Received petitions and communications.

4. Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

  • Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held April 23, 2018
  • Bid of Central Asphalt of Mt. Pleasant, MI for 2018 Street Overlay Project
  • Received recommendation from the Planning Commission regarding zoning ordinance amendment to Section 154.410 and new ordinance Chapter 112
  • Introduced a proposed ordinance to amend Section 154.410.B.4.s.iv of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances to correct a scrivener’s error within the special use standards for rooming dwellings and set a public hearing for Monday, June 11, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. on same
  • Introduced a proposed ordinance to amend Article VII and Table 154.405.A of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances to define “façade area” and to update standards for façade glazing in the CD-3L and CD-3 character districts and set a
    public hearing for Monday, June 11, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. on same
  • Warrants and Payrolls

5. Approved resolution in support of Traffic Control Order #6-2018.

6. Considered whether a public hearing to adjust the 2018 millage rate should be held. No action was taken by the Commission.

7. Endorsed the Public Participation and Engagement Strategy Plan as presented.

8. Approved the agreement and rates and fees as recommended for rental of the “GumBuster” machine and authorized the Downtown Development Director to sign the agreement on behalf of the City.

9. Made appointment to the Parks & Recreation Commission.

10. Held a work session discussion on the 2019-2023 Capital Improvement Plan.

11. Adjourned at 8:16 p.m.

Memorial Day Parade to honor country’s fallen military service members

On Monday, May 28, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3033 is hosting a Memorial Day Parade beginning at 10 a.m. in remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives while serving in the U.S. military.

Initially known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

The parade travels through Downtown Mt. Pleasant and begins at 709 E. Broadway St. by Rite Aid. The route travels west on Broadway to Main Street and from there a bus will visit Riverside Cemetery, Calvary Cemetery and the Memorial Gardens to honor veterans.

There will be no road closures for this event, but temporary traffic delays may occur. 

Back to the Bricks® car show stops downtown Mt. Pleasant June 8

The Back to the Bricks® car show will be making its first stop of the season in downtown Mt. Pleasant on Friday, June 8, as part of its “Mighty Mac and Back” promo tour. From 5 to 8:30 p.m., classic car owners and admirers can enjoy more than 270 automobiles on display along the streets of downtown.

Back to the Bricks® produces family-friendly automotive events that reflect Flint’s automotive heritage. The six-day tour is designed to promote all of the Back to the Bricks® events while showcasing each participating city’s unique features and foster economic development.

The following streets will be closed from 2 to 8:30 p.m. on June 8:

  • Broadway between Lansing and Washington
  • Main between Illinois and Mosher
  • University between Mosher and Michigan
  • Court between Broadway and Mosher
  • Franklin between Mosher and Michigan

The tour will leave from Davison with overnight stops in Mt. Pleasant, Gaylord, Petoskey, St. Ignace, and East Tawas, culminating with an “End of the Road” Luncheon at the Birch Run Speedway & Event Center.

For more information about Back to the Bricks®, go to

5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

Here are five things to watch at the May 14, 2018 City Commission meeting:

  1. Consumers Energy Line Clearing Project: A presentation will be given by a Consumers Energy representative about the annual line-clearing project. Trees near and around electric lines in specified areas will be trimmed or removed to continue to provide safe, reliable electric service to customers. Residents whose properties will be impacted have been notified of the work.
  2. National Public Works Week: Mayor Allison Quast-Lents will proclaim May 21-27, 2018 as Public Works Week. Sponsored by the American Public Works Association, this nationally recognized week honors the public works professionals responsible for the planning, operation and maintenance of the water treatment and distribution, solid waste systems, public properties, city streets and other facilities.
  3. West Campus Drive Parking: The City Commission will consider approving the Traffic Control Order to restrict parking on West Campus Drive between Preston and Vernon streets. If approved, Pango metered parking (pay-by-phone technology) will be installed.
  4. 2018 Millage Rate: The City Commission will consider whether a public hearing to adjust the 2018 millage rate should be held. City staff recommend leaving the millage rate at the previously approved 16.25 total mills as there are no substantial changes in the assumptions that were made when the Operating Budget was approved. If the Commission desires to change the millage rate, a public hearing will need be to set for the regular meeting on May 9.
  5. Medical Marihuana Facilities: The Planning Commission held a public hearing earlier this month on the ordinances proposed to “opt-in” and regulate medical marihuana facilities. The City Commission will receive the recommendation from the Planning Commission resulting from the public hearing. The City Commission will hold a public hearing on the updated ordinances on Tuesday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m. The recommended changes include the following:
    • Reducing the distancing requirement from a K-12 school such that properties north of Broadway within the Central Business District would be allowed. (this is similar to the change in the distancing requirement regarding the 500 feet from CMU along the east side of Mission Street).
    • Eliminating the limits on the number of facilities allowed for processors, secure transporter and safety compliance facilities.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for May 14, 2018, click here.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings are held at City Hall on the second and fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m., and at 6:30 p.m. from May 28-September 3.

K-Kids Mulch Potter Playground

Warm weather means mulch season! The K-Kids of Sacred Heart Academy spent Saturday morning spreading mulch at Potter Playground. In collaboration with the City Parks Department, thirteen elementary students of the club, advisers, family members, and a few Kiwanians turned the mountain of mulch into a flat playground surface. Thank you, K-Kids for serving your neighborhood and school!

Public invited to care for neighborhood playgrounds during “Mulch Madness” on May 19

City of Mt. Pleasant Parks & Recreation invites community members, service clubs and volunteer groups to “Mulch Madness” at their nearest City playground on Saturday, May 19. Throughout the day, volunteers will assist the City Parks Department in spreading mulch, also known as engineered wood fiber chips, at the following playground locations around the City:

  • Chipp-A-Waters – 1403 W. High St.
  • Horizon – 1535 Sweeney St.
  • Island Park Timber Town and Slide land – 331 N. Main St.
  • Mill Pond – 607 S. Adams St.
  • Pickens – 309 W. Pickard St.
  • Sunnyside – 1511 Elm St.
  • Yost Park – 206 S. Henry St.

Each year, nearly 500 cubic yards of mulch is distributed among the City’s playgrounds. This year, due to last summer’s epic flood, 640 cubic yards will be spread. The material is specially made to create a surface that is soft enough to cushion falls, but still stable enough to be accessible to wheelchairs.

“This event is a great opportunity to spend time with neighbors and work together to take care of our community playgrounds,” said Director of Parks and Public Spaces Chris Bundy.

Work will occur in two shifts, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 12 – 3 p.m. and volunteers are asked to bring hard rakes, flat shovels, and wheelbarrows to help spread the mulch evenly at each playground location.  Groups of five or more volunteers are advised to contact Parks & Recreation at (989) 779-5331 or in advance to sign up. Groups of less than five volunteers are welcome and do not need to call in advance.

Isabella Bank sponsors Movies by Moonlight

The City of Mt. Pleasant is pleased to announce Isabella Bank as the 2018 sponsor of Movies by Moonlight. The annual outdoor film series offers residents and visitors of the Mt. Pleasant area an opportunity to bring chairs, blankets and snacks, and settle in on the lawn at City Hall for the movie showings on Saturday evenings throughout August.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with our partnership with Isabella Bank for Movies by Moonlight,” said Downtown Development Director Michelle Sponseller. “As one of downtown Mt. Pleasant’s oldest and most trusted businesses, they understand the power of community engagement and giving back to others. This partnership will ensure Movies by Moonlight continues for years to come.”

All movies begin at 8:30 p.m. / dusk. This year’s lineup includes:

  • 4: “Leap!” (PG)
  • 11: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (PG-13)
  • 18: “Coco” (PG)
  • 25: “Jumanji” (PG-13)

Additional details will be announced as the event approaches. See for updates.

This year’s media sponsorship is provided by WCFX-FM. The Movies by Moonlight event was founded by City of Mt. Pleasant, Isabella Bank and Max & Emily’s Eatery.

City Commission changes start time for summer meetings to 6:30 p.m.


The regular meetings of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission scheduled between Memorial Day and Labor Day (May 28 – Sept. 3), will begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

The City Commission meets the second and fourth Monday of the month in the City Commission Chambers at Mt. Pleasant City Hall, 320 W. Broadway in Mt. Pleasant. Commission work sessions and special meetings are scheduled as needed.

In recognition of Memorial Day, the second meeting in May will occur Tuesday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m.

Meetings can also be viewed live on Channel 188. The meetings are rebroadcasted (for two weeks following the meeting) daily at noon, as well as Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m., or can be viewed on the MAC TV website at

Medical Marihuana Facilities FAQs

The City of Mt. Pleasant is currently reviewing ordinances related to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMMFLA). These ordinances would “opt in” to the state law allowing medical marihuana facilities to operate within the City subject to certain limitations.

Public input is being sought regarding the draft ordinances before the City Commission makes a final decision.

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the draft ordinances in early May and provided the City Commission with comments and recommendations following that public hearing. The draft ordinances have been revised to reflect the recommendations made by the Planning Commission.



  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. City Commission Public Hearing on the proposed ordinances.
  • Monday, June 4, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. City Commission Work Session to discuss the outcomes of the public hearing process and next steps.



What medical marihuana facility types would be allowed in the City?

  • All 5 types of facilities would be allowed: growers, provisioning centers, processors, secure transporters, and safety compliance.
  • No more than 3 growers would be allowed.
  • No more than 3 provisioning centers would be allowed.
  • If more than 3 applications are received for a specific facility type, a public meeting will be held to randomly select 3 of the applicants to continue the approval process.


Where would medical marihuana facilities be located?

  • All types of facilities would be permitted in the industrial zone.
  • Provisioning centers would be allowed in commercial zones within designated areas, including portions of Downtown, Mission and Pickard.
  • A facility could not be located within 1,000 feet of a public or private K-12 school, unless the facility is located north of Broadway in the Central Business District / Tax Increment Finance Authority.
  • A facility could not be located within 500 feet of Central Michigan University, unless the facility is located east of the CMU main campus, east of Mission of Street.


What other regulations would be in place for medical marihuana facilities?

  • Each facility would be required to adhere to standards regulating odor, lighting, signage, storage, exterior and interior appearance, hours of operation and more.
  • On-site consumption of marihuana would be prohibited on the premises of any facility.


How would medical marihuana facilities receive approval to operate?

Applicants must complete the following steps before beginning to operate:

  1. Apply to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) for prequalification
  2. Apply to the City of Mt. Pleasant to operate a facility**
  3. Obtain a special-use permit for the location of the facility
  4. A public hearing would be held with the Planning Commission to approve the facility location. Notifications for all public hearings would be sent to property owners and occupants within 300 feet of the proposed location of the facility, as well as shared with the general public through the City’s communication channels.
  5. Complete the state licensing process


How can I give my input?

  • A public hearing will be held before the City Commission on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
  • If you are unable to attend the public hearing, opinions can be expressed by mail, email or phone to City Manager Nancy Ridley to be shared with the City Commission. Contact the City Manager’s office by calling (989) 779-5323, emailing or visiting City Hall at 320 W. Broadway.


Where can I find additional information?

  • The FAQs are a summary of the draft medical marihuana facilities ordinances. The complete draft of the ordinances and other information can be found at
  • If you have additional questions, please contact City Planner Jacob Kain at (989) 779-5346 or


**The City is not accepting applications for medical marihuana facilities at this time.

Updated 5/18/18