Topics to watch at the City Commission Meeting – May 28, 2019

Here are the topics to watch at the next Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at City Hall.

  • Public hearing on proposed 2020-2025 Capital Improvement Plan.
  • Consider items related to sidewalk snow removal.
  • Receive Igloo review and consider revision to the Downtown Outdoor Dining Policy.
  • Initiate the special assessment process for the proposed principal shopping district.
  • Introduce an ordinance to temporarily prohibit recreational marihuana establishments under Initiated Law 1 of 2018, the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act, and set a public hearing for June 10, 2019 on the same.

To view the entire meeting agenda packet visit:

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2019/5.28.19.revised.pdf

Summary of Minutes of the City Commission Meeting held May 13, 2019

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, May 13, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Chambers.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held April 22, 2019.

2) Bid of Crawford Contracting of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the 2019 Maple Street and alley reconstruction project and the appropriate four budget amendments.

3) Bid of Sparling Corporation of Taylor, MI, for the purchase and installation of a new card reader for the airport fuel system.

4) Resolution in support of Traffic Control Order No. 1-2019.

5) Resolution establishing regulations for small cell wireless facilities.

6) Authorized the Mayor to sign the Storm Sewer Extension and Reimbursement Agreement with the Central Michigan Mental Health Facilities Board as presented.

7) Warrants and Payrolls

Held a public hearing and passed Ordinance 1043, an Ordinance to amend Section 154.410.B.4.k. of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances to correct a scrivener’s error within the general sign provision.

Approved a conceptual design for Brown Street from Broadway to High St.

Appointed Joshua Jerome to the LDFA as recommended by the Appointments Committee.

The Commission recessed at 7:49 p.m. and went into a work session at 7:55 p.m.

Held a work session discussion on Sidewalk Snow Removal Report.

Adjourned the meeting at 8:42 p.m.

Division of Public Safety Video Reveal and Department Highlights

The Mt. Pleasant Police and Fire Departments are committed to serving with pride, integrity and compassion as highlighted in this video produced by Drone the News. Click on the link below to view the video.

Division of Public Safety Video

In addition to responding to more than 25,000 service calls, and completing more than 100 hours of training a year, the Mt. Pleasant Division of Public Safety (DPS) sponsors a variety of events and programs. Below is a snapshot of these offerings.

14th Annual Coney’s for a Cause – June 12, 2019 from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. Stop by the Pixie Restaurant (302 N. Mission Street) and enjoy $1.19 coney dogs while helping the Mt. Pleasant Youth Services Unit (YSU) and Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the Great Lakes Bay Region. Pre-orders will be taken until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11 and can be emailed to ysu@mt-pleasant.org.  Order forms can be found at www.mt-pleasant.org. YSU officers will deliver pre-orders of $18 or more.

Vacation Security Checks – The Mt. Pleasant Police Department will check your house while you are away on vacation. Those individuals interested in this no fee service should fill out the Vacation/Security Check Application and submit it to the Police Department.

Prescription Drug Drop Off – The Mt. Pleasant Department of Public Safety offers a Prescription Drug Drop Box for the City of Mt. Pleasant and surrounding area. A secure mail slot is located in the Mt. Pleasant Department of Public Safety lobby located at 804 E. High Street. Individuals can walk in and anonymously deposit unused or expired prescription medications twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Neighborhood Resource Unit – This unit, housed within the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department, investigates new community-oriented programs, revamps existing programs, and works closely with neighborhood associations to assure neighborhoods remain desirable.

Annual Free Smoke Alarm Campaign – To help reduce the number of home fire-related injuries and fatalities, the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department, partners with the American Red Cross for their annual free smoke alarm installation drive.

 

 

 

Topics to watch at the City Commission Meeting – May 13, 2019

Here are the topics to watch at the next Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 13, 2019 at City Hall.

-Presentation of 2018 Historic District Commission Historic Preservation Improvement Award.

-Discuss reconstruction design of Brown Street and confirm design.

-Consider resolution to establish regulations for small cell wireless facilities.

-Consider whether a public hearing to adjust the 2019 millage rate should be held, if so set a public hearing.

-Consider storm sewer extension and reimbursement agreement with the Central Michigan Mental Health Facilities Board.

To view the entire meeting agenda packet visit:

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/boards_and_commissions/city_commission.asp

Broadway Street reconstruction

The Broadway Street reconstruction project is currently slated to begin on May 13th and conclude by June 28th.  During this time the road, portions of the storm sewer, sidewalk and curbing will be replaced between Main Street and the Grand Central Railroad (west of Mountain Town Station.)

Street and Sidewalk Closure Information

Broadway Street will be closed to all through traffic. A detour will route vehicular traffic from Main Street to Pickard Street to Harris Street. Access to businesses and City Hall along this route will be maintained the majority of the time. Sidewalk removal will take place along both sides of Broadway Street near the railroad crossing as well as the area between Main and Washington Streets. Pedestrian traffic will be limited.

Parking

Access to parking in the City Hall parking lot will be sporadic during construction.  All other city parking lots will be open.

Alternative Parking Options

Island Park (Gate opens at 7 a.m. Please note the Farmers’ Market takes place every Thursday beginning June 6.)

Lot 12: South side of Broadway Street, access from Oak Street.

Lot 3: Town Center, access from Main Street.

Lot 10:  In front of Riverview Apartments, access from Mosher Street.

Oak Street:  Parallel parking on the west side of the street.

Pine Street:  Parallel parking from Broadway to Michigan Street.

Washington Street:  Parallel parking on both sides of the street.

Lot 2: Jockey Alley

City Hall

City Hall will remain open during construction and will always be accessible via Island Park and the Oak Street pedestrian bridge.

Utility Billing

During construction, city residents are encouraged to pay their utility bills online at http://www.mt-pleasant.org/residents/online_service_center/ or by mail.

Project Updates

Updated information will be provided on the City’s social media channels, newsletters, blog (mpcityblog.com,) as well as the Community Information Phone Line (989) 779-5320.

Possession of counterfeit bills arrest made

On April 27, 2019 at approximately 11:12 a.m., officers from the Mt. Pleasant Police Department (MPPD) were dispatched to 212 W. Michigan St. (Blackstone Bar) for a subject who made a purchase with a counterfeit $50.00 bill.

Officers responded to the Blackstone Bar and with the assistance of bar staff, quickly located and made contact with the 23-year-old subject.

Officers learned the subject was approached by an “acquaintance” who had given him the bill to purchase a six pack of beer.

The “acquaintance” was contacted and identified as Ty Showerman, a 21-year-old male. Showerman stated he was given the money from an unknown male.

Further investigation showed Showerman had given six counterfeit $50.00 bills to a friend because he knew he would be speaking to officers.

Showerman was arrested for Possession of Counterfeit Bills and lodged in the Isabella County Jail.

Officers recovered a total of nine counterfeit $50.00 bills in this incident.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the staff of the Blackstone Bar in this investigation.

Counterfeit Bill 1 April 2019

Counterfeit Bill 2 April 2019

Home invasion and burglary arrest made

On April 27, 2019 at approximately 10:41 a.m., officers from the Mt. Pleasant Police Department (MPPD) were dispatched to a residence in the 900 block of Appian Way for a home invasion in progress.

MPPD officers made contact with a 32-year-old victim and a 25-year-old witness. The 25-year-old witness observed several people running out of his neighbor’s apartment and getting into a red minivan.  The witness stated the subjects appeared to be “in a hurry,” and he felt the situation was very strange.  The witness was able to provide officers with the license plate to the red minivan.

The victim, was home but asleep at the time of the burglary, and was awaken by noises inside the apartment. When the victim exited his apartment, he was informed by the witness on what had occurred.

The victim stated he returned to his apartment and discovered the subject(s) had taken his television, Xbox gaming system, other games and controllers.  Property was valued at approximately $1,400.

Officers from the MPPD proceeded to canvass the area for the red minivan which was later located at the Millennium Pawn Shop, just outside the city limits.

Three females from Flint; ages 31, 22, and 14 were taken into custody. A 46-year-old male from Flint was also arrested.

Statements from the suspects indicated one of the females met a subject on Facebook who claimed to have won $2,000 dollars at the casino. The plan was to drive to Mt. Pleasant and rob the subject.

The address given to the suspects was incorrect. However, once inside the residence the suspects decided to take several items and flee.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department.

 

City to offer no fee brush chipping

5/6/2019 UPDATE:  ALL SPOTS HAVE BEEN FILLED. NO LONGER TAKING RESERVATIONS

The City of Mt. Pleasant is offering up to 150 households within the City limits 30 minutes of no fee brush chipping during the week of May 13. 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 May 1 until May 9 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.

Summary of Minutes of the City Commission Meeting Held April 22, 2019

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, April 22, 2019, at 7:01 p.m., in the City Commission Chambers.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held April 8, 2019.

2) Bid of Green Scene Landscaping of Mt. Pleasant, MI for 2019 grounds mowing.

3) Bid of Insituform Technologies USA, LLC of Chesterfield, MO, for the 2019 Sewer Relining Project.

4) Bid of Fisher Transportation of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the 2019 Street Sweeping Disposal Project.

5) Bid of Rowe Professional Services Company of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the Island Park Fitness Trail and Bridge Project.

6) MDOT resolution for MDOT Contract 19-5115 authorizing the approval of a contract for reimbursement of funds for the 2019 West Broadway Street over the Chippewa River Scour Protection Project and approved an amendment to the 2019 Parks budget for the Nelson Park riprap work.

7) Receive proposed Ordinance to amend Subsection 154.414.B.4.k. of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances to correct a scrivener’s error within the general sign provisions and set a public hearing for May 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. on same.

8) Warrants and Payrolls.

Authorized the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the contract amendment with Consumers Energy for the 35 fixtures recently upgraded. In addition, approve authority for the City Manager to sign future contract amendments for high pressure sodium lights to LED replacements.

Approved a six-month trial program for delivery vehicle permits in the Central Business District.

Approved changes to the Purchasing Policy as recommended including when quotes and bids are required and the dollar threshold for approval.

The Commission recessed at 8:23 p.m. and went into a work session at 8:32 p.m.

Held a work session discussion on the 2020 – 2025 Capital Improvement Plan.

Adjourn the meeting at 9:33 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant suspends three-hour parking enforcement due to federal court tire-chalking ruling

Due to yesterday’s (4/22/2019) 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, stating it is unconstitutional for municipalities to chalk citizens’ tires to enforce parking, the City of Mt. Pleasant has suspended the specific practice of chalking tires. Monitoring and enforcement of all other parking regulations will continue.

The City is currently researching and evaluating other options for future parking enforcement.

In the meantime, the City will not be monitoring the three-hour parking areas for timed violations. Business owners and downtown employees are asked to refrain from parking in spaces intended for three-hour parking in order to allow customers easy access to all businesses in the downtown district.

Updated information will be provided when it becomes available.