Mt. Pleasant Man Arrested for Criminal Sexual Conduct

On November 30, 2019 the Mt. Pleasant Police Department was contacted regarding an alleged criminal sexual conduct complaint involving a child. The Mt. Pleasant Police Department in conjunction with Child Protective Services, began an investigation.

The investigation, involving David Alsager, a 66-year-old Mt. Pleasant man, and a 12-year old female was forwarded to the Isabella County Prosecutors Office. A warrant for Alsager’s arrest was issued on February 26, 2020.

Alsager is charged with criminal sexual conduct-second degree and is out on bond.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted in the investigation by the Michigan State Police, the Department of Health and Human Services, and Open Arms Child Advocacy Center.

UPDATE (2/24/2020): Suspect in Wayside Central Stabbing Arraigned

Around midnight on February 22, 2020, officers of the Mt. Pleasant Police Department (MPPD) responded to a fight involving a knife at the Wayside Central Bar (2000 S. Mission Street). Upon arrival, MPPD officers identified three injured victims which were transported to local hospitals.  

After numerous witnesses were interviewed, and video footage was reviewed, the suspect was quickly identified as 19 year-old Octayvious Jerome Sanchez-Lewis. The suspect was arrested and transported to the Isabella County Jail. This was an isolated incident and there was no risk to the public.

Sanchez-Lewis was arraigned in the Isabella County Court on February 24, 2020 and charged with:

-(3) Counts of Assault with Intent to Murder

-(2) Counts of Dangerous Weapon, Carrying with Unlawful Intent

The suspect is currently lodged in the Isabella County jail on a $850,000 cash bond.

Two of the three victims who suffered injuries have been treated and released from local hospitals. The third victim is still hospitalized and is in stable condition.

At this time a clear motive has not been established and at least one of the victims knew the suspect.

Anyone with additional information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Mt. Pleasant Police Department’s Anonymous Tip Line at 989-779-9111.

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

Mt. Pleasant Police Arrest Suspect in Wayside Central Stabbing – No Threat to the Public

MT. PLEASANT, MI – Around midnight on February 22, 2020 officers of the Mt. Pleasant Police Department responded to a fight at Wayside Central Bar (2000 S. Mission Street). Upon arrival, officers identified three injured victims which were transported to local hospitals.

After numerous witnesses were interviewed, and video footage was reviewed, a suspect was identified and arrested. This was an isolated incident and there is no safety concern to the public at this time.

This is an ongoing and open investigation. Updates on victim injuries and suspect information will be released as they become available.

Anyone with information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Mt. Pleasant Police Department’s Anonymous Tip Line at 989-779-9111.

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

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Topics to Watch at the City Commission Meeting – February 24, 2020

Here are the topics to watch at the next Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, February 24, 2020.

  • Consider resolution #3 as postponed from February 10, 2020 to proceed with pedestrian lighting improvements and consider resolution #4 to accept the special assessment roll and set a public hearing for March 9, 2020 regarding said roll for Special Assessment District #1-2020.
  • Receive proposed 2050 Master Plan as recommended by the Planning Commission and consider release for review and comment.
  • Consider Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) resolutions for the addition and deletion of streets to the City’s local street system.
  • Consider resolution to allow for partial funding from Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for the 2020 Pickard Street Mill and Overlay Project.

To view the entire meeting packet visit: http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2020/2.24.20.pdf

Summary of Minutes of the City Commission Meeting – February 10, 2020

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, February 10, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

Mt. Pleasant Police Officer Jason Haines was introduced and sworn in by Public Safety Director Lauria.

Mayor Joseph read and presented a Proclamation to members of the Mt. Pleasant Area League of Women Voters in recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the United States League of Women Voters.

City Clerk Howard gave an update on the 2020 Census in the City of Mt. Pleasant.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

 1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held January 27, 2020.

2) Minutes of the special meeting of the City Commission held February 3, 2020.

3) Bid of Thielen Turf Irrigation of Mt. Pleasant, MI for Island Park ball field irrigation.

4) Bid of Isabella Corporation of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the Island Park Bridge and Trail Project and the appropriate budget amendments.

5) Resolution authorizing the Mayor and Clerk to sign the amended Standard Street Lighting Contract with Consumers Energy as presented.

6) Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to execute an amendment to the assessing services contract with Coucke Property Services, LLC as presented.

7) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a Public Hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance 1055, an Ordinance to amend Title XI, Chapter 112, Section 112.03 “Medical Marihuana Facilities” of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances to provide greater clarity on what materials are needed upon application.

Held a Public Hearing on the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Infrastructure Resiliency Grant application for the Wastewater Treatment Plant and

authorized the resolution and development plan as presented.

Postponed action on Special Assessment District #1-2020 until a future meeting where at least five commissioners are present for discussion.

Gave consent to the recording of the restrictive covenants from the EDA for the City owned parcel and EDC owned parcel in Industrial Park South.

Conducted a work session on Central Michigan University Center for Applied Research and Rural Studies (CARRS) Report on Mayor Election Research.

Adjourned the meeting at 8:03 p.m.

Topics to Watch at the City Commission Meeting – February 10, 2020

Here are the topics to watch at the next Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, February 10, 2020.

  1. Census 2020 update.
  2. Public hearing on an ordinance to amend Section 112.03 of Chapter 112, Entitled “Medical Marihuana Facilities”, in Title XI of the Mt. Pleasant City Code and consider approval of the same.
  3. Public hearing on the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Infrastructure Resiliency Grant application for the Wastewater Treatment Plant and consider resolution approving the same.
  4. Consider resolution #3 as postponed from January 27, 2020 to proceed with improvements and consider resolution #4 to accept the special assessment roll and set a public hearing for February 24, 2020 regarding said roll for Special Assessment District #1-2020, Pedestrian Lighting on Michigan Street from Oak to Washington.
  5. Consider restrictive covenant requirements associated with the Economic Development Association (EDA) Grant for Industrial Park South Detention Pond project postponed from January 27, 2020.
  6. Consider resolution authorizing an amendment to the Standard Lighting Contract between the City and Consumers Energy for new LED street lighting at Mission and High and Mission and Pickard.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:  http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2020/2.10.20.pdf

Summary of Minutes of the City Commission Meeting – January 27, 2020

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, January 27, 2020, 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 January 13, 2020.

2) Bid of Master Electric of Gladwin, MI for the access control system and approved the appropriate budget amendments.

3) Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign the Professional Services Agreement with Mead & Hunt for Phase II of the Airport Tree Abatement Project.

4) Received proposed Ordinance to amend Title XI, Chapter 112, Section 112.03 “Medical Marihuana Facilities” of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances to provide greater clarity on what materials are needed upon application and set a public hearing for Monday, February 10, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

5) Set a public hearing on the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Infrastructure Resiliency Grant application for the Wastewater Treatment Plant for February 10, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

6) Warrants dated January 13 & 16, 2020.

Held a Public Hearing on the necessity of Special Assessment District #1-2020. Postponed action on Special Assessment District #1-2020 until more information can be brought to the Commission from staff on further options regarding lighting design and funding.

Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign the Parking and Access Easement related to the 410 W. Broadway project.

Authorized an engineering services agreement with C2AE for 2020.

Appointed City Commissioners to City standing and special committees.

Appointed City Commissioners to applicable City Boards and Commissions.

Set a special meeting for April 9, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. to hold a joint meeting between the City Commission and the Planning Commission.

Set a special meeting for February 3, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. for a City Commission team building dinner.

Postponed the matter of restrictive covenant requirements associated with the Economic Development Association (EDA) Grant for Industrial Park South Detention Pond project until the next meeting on February 10, 2020 to have the City Attorney gather further information and get clarification on the restrictive covenant.

Adjourned the meeting at 8:05 p.m.

Topics to Watch at the City Commission Meeting – January 27, 2020

Here are the topics to watch at the next Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, January 27, 2020.

  • Public hearing on the necessity of the public improvement of installation of pedestrian lighting on Michigan Street from Oak to Washington.
  • Receipt of Planning Commission’s 2019 Annual Report.
  • Receive an ordinance to amend Section 112.03 of Chapter 112, Entitled “Medical Marihuana Facilities”, in Title XI of the Mt. Pleasant City Code and set a public hearing for February 10, 2020 on the same.
  • Appointment of City Commissioners to City standing and special committees and applicable City Boards and Commissions.
  • Consider parking easement agreement with Michigan Community Capital.
  • Consider restrictive covenant requirements associated with the EDA Grant for Industrial Park South detention pond project.

To view the entire meeting packet visit: http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2020/1.27.20.pdf

Free Tree Planting Program

The City of Mt. Pleasant plants a variety of trees in the city’s right-of-way as part of the Urban Forestry Plan. Residential and commercial property owners are eligible for one free tree per year, to be planted in the right of way in front of their property. The Street Department will determine the best location for the tree in the right-of-way. Once planted, the property owner is asked to water the tree, with additional watering encouraged during extended periods of hot, dry weather.

To receive a free tree and have it planted in the Spring, fill out a Tree Application and return it to the Department of Public Works at 320 W. Broadway Street, by March 1, 2020. Click here to view the Tree Brochure.

If individuals wish to plant their own tree in the right-of-way, a permit must be obtained from the Division of Public Works office. There is no charge for the permit, however, there is a limitation to the size and species of tree which can be planted in this area. For more information, please contact the Division of Public Works office at 989-779-5401.

Summary of Minutes of the City Commission Meeting – January 13, 2020

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, January 13, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

Commissioner Joseph was elected Mayor for 2020.

Commissioner Perschbacher was elected Vice Mayor for 2020.

Adopted resolution setting time and day of regular meetings.

Mayor Joseph read and presented a proclamation in support of Peacemaking Recognition Day, January 20, 2020, to Laura Gourlay of the Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Peacemaking Committee.

City Clerk Howard gave an update on the 2020 Census.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held December 9, 2019.

2) Bid of Fisher Transportation of Mt. Pleasant, MI for street sweepings disposal for 2020 and 2021.

3) Bid of Green Scene Landscaping of Mt. Pleasant, MI for 2020 and 2021 grounds mowing.

4) Bid of Ted’s Electric Service, Inc. of Midland, MI for the removal and replacement of two generators for the Wastewater Treatment Plant and the Pickard Street Lift Station and authorized the budget amendment.,

5) Resolution establishing authorized City signatories for MERS documents.

6) Resolutions #1 and #2 To Commence Proceedings for Special Assessment, Tentatively Determine the Necessity, And Set a Public Hearing for January 27, 2020, Regarding the Necessity of Special Assessment District #1-20.

7) Appointments of City Officials to applicable City boards and commissions for 2020.

Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign the contract amendment with McKenna Associates and authorized a budget allocation from the Unassigned Fund for the same.

Adjourned the meeting at 7:44 p.m.