Right Way Auto Armed Robbery Suspect in Custody

On January 19, 2022 at approximately 9:55 a.m. officers from the Mt. Pleasant Police Department responded to an armed robbery at Right Way Auto, 1119 S. Mission Street.

Upon arrival, officers were informed that a male suspect brandished a gun and fled the scene in a vehicle stolen from the Right Way auto lot. Dealer employees were able to give a description of the suspect and stolen vehicle. The suspect was identified as a 20-year-old male from Mt. Pleasant by the vehicle he drove to the dealership and left at the scene. Mt. Pleasant Police detectives and officers issued a ‘be on the lookout’ for the suspect and vehicle to surrounding law enforcement agencies. A short time later, the Bay County Police Department located the suspect and placed him into custody without incident. The handgun seized by police was a BB gun. The suspect will be arraigned on January 20 in the Isabella County Court. This was an isolated and targeted incident. There is no risk to the public.

Anyone with further information regarding this incident are asked to contact the Mt. Pleasant Police Department’s Anonymous Tip Line at 989-779-9111 or Central Dispatch at 989-773-1000. This is an ongoing and open investigation.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Bay County Police Department, Bay County Central Dispatch, Michigan State Police and Isabella County Central Dispatch.

Know Your Neighbors. A message from Director of Public Safety Paul Lauria.

Being neighborly, is not only polite – but your front line of defense in emergencies.

Your neighbors, if they know you, will be the first to notice if something is not quite right.

To make sure your front line of defense is strong, get to know your neighbors.

Talk now, before a problem arises.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Peace March and Vigil – Road Closures 1/17/22

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Peace March and Vigil will take place from 3 – 5 p.m. on Monday, January 17, 2022. Periodic street closures will occur during this time.

The march begins on the campus of Central Michigan University with the route continuing on Washington, Bellows and Main Streets. The march will end at Town Center in Downtown Mt. Pleasant. All are welcome to take part in this event.

City offices are open on Monday, and there will be no delay in trash/recycling collection.

Summary of Minutes of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – 1/10/2022

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, January 10, 2022, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room with virtual attendance options.

Commissioner Amy Perschbacher was elected Mayor for 2022.

Commissioner Olivia Cyman was elected Vice Mayor for 2022.

Approved resolution setting time and day of regular meetings as presented.

Accepted the agenda as presented.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

6) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held December 13, 2021.

7) Bid of Fedewa, Inc., of Hastings, MI for 200,000-Gallon Claricone Interior Repainting and Minor Repairs.

8) Depository Resolution

9) Resolution in support of final approval of Temporary Traffic Control Order #1-2022.

10) Resolutions #1 and #2 To Commence Proceedings For Special Assessment, Tentatively Determine The Necessity, And Set A Public Hearing For January 24, 2022, Regarding the Necessity of Special Assessment District #1-22.

11) Resolutions #1 and #2 To Commence Proceedings For Special Assessment, Tentatively Determine The Necessity, And Set A Public Hearing For January 24, 2022, Regarding the Necessity of Special Assessment District #2-22.

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.

Adjourned the meeting at 8:41 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant City Commissioners Name Mayor and Vice Mayor

At the January 10, 2022 City Commission meeting, newly elected commissioners, Brian Assmann, Elizabeth Busch, Maureen Eke and Amy Perschbacher were given the oath of office by City Clerk Heather Bouck. Immediately following, Amy Perschbacher was elected Mayor and Olivia Cyman was elected Vice Mayor.

City Commission meetings take place at 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Monday’s of the month.

The City of Mt. Pleasant is offering a combination of in-person and virtual attendance (hybrid meeting option) for its City Commission, Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings. This is an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. For more information visit: https://mpcityblog.com/2021/12/28/city-to-offer-hybrid-meeting-option/

City to hold Citizens’ Academy of Mt. Pleasant; now accepting applications

The sixth Citizens’ Academy is now accepting applications. Presented by the City of Mt. Pleasant, the academy is designed to engage members of the community and to expand their knowledge of the structure and functions of local government.

Participants will attend seven, weekly sessions beginning Tuesday, February 15.  Each session will offer an in-depth look at the fundamentals of the City’s administration and budget; public works and utilities; parks and recreation; public safety; and community development. Additional topics covered include the basics of local government, elections and more.

The Citizens’ Academy is open to anyone living, working, owning property or attending school in the City.  “The Citizens’ Academy is an opportunity for residents to capture a close up view of how a municipality operates,” said Mt. Pleasant City Planner Jacob Kain. “Past participants have indicated the program is informative, enjoyable and has broadened their insight into local government.”

Registration for the academy is free and space is limited. Sessions will occur on the following Tuesdays from 6 – 8:30 p.m.: February 15, February 22, March 15, March 22, April 5, April 12, and April 19. Graduates of the academy will be recognized at the April 25 City Commission meeting.

Applications are available at City Hall or online, and are accepted until January 31, 2022. Find the application and learn more at www.mt-pleasant.org/citizensacademy.

Island Park Ice Rink Now Open

The new Island Park Ice Rink is now open to skaters. Located on the south softball field this 54’ x 95’ rink is open daily during the months of January and February from 8 a.m. – 11 p.m., weather permitting. There is no charge to use this facility, which is maintained by the City of Mt. Pleasant Parks Department. 

As you are gathering up your skates, please review the outdoor ice rink rules before you hit the ice. 

Island Park Outdoor Ice Rink Rules

Hours of Operation:

The Island Park Ice Rink is open daily from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm conditions permitting. 

The City of Mount Pleasant reserves the right to close the Ice Rink at any time in its sole discretion by posting a sign on the rink which states, “Rink Closed – No Skating.” Skaters shall not enter the Ice Rink area when the sign is posted.

Code of Conduct:

All Ice Rink participants, including skaters and bystanders, will be required to follow the general rules of conduct established in the City’s Parks and Recreation Ordinance (Section 97.01 – 97.21 of the City Code of Ordinances) while at the Ice Rink.

Further, all Ice Rink participants will be required to adhere to the following Ice Rink specific rules and regulations:

  1. Skaters shall be courteous and cautious of other skaters and bystanders while using the skating area. Skaters shall not push, shove, or otherwise engage in raucous behavior while using the skating area.
  2. Skaters shall not dig, spray, chip, throw, or otherwise expel ice or snow within the skating area.
  3. The following shall be prohibited in the skating area:
    1. Food and beverage items;
    2. Tobacco products;
    3. Hockey equipment, including hockey sticks, pucks, and nets;
    4. Street shoes; and
    5. Animals.
  4. Skaters under the age of 5 shall be under adult supervision while in the skating area. The Ice Rink does not have designated supervisors. Skaters shall skate at their own risk.

Failure to abide by the rules and regulations of the Ice Rink could result in enforcement actions against you.

Lost Items and Reporting Misconduct:

The City of Mt. Pleasant is not responsible for lost, stolen or damaged items. 

Report damage or acts of abuse to Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation at (989) 779-5331 or Police Anonymous T.I.P. Line at (989) 779-9111.  In case of emergency call 911.  

Topics to Watch at the In-Person and Virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – January 10, 2022

Here are the topics to watch at the next in-person as well as virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, January 10, 2022 at 7 p.m.

  • Administer oath of office to Commissioners Assmann, Busch, Eke and Perschbacher.
  • Election of Mayor and Vice Mayor.
  • Consider resolution #1 and #2 to commence the proceedings for special assessment, tentatively determine the necessity, and set a public hearing for January 24, 2022, regarding the necessity of Special Assessment District #1-22 and #2-22.

To view the entire meeting packet visit: 

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2022/1-10-22.pdf

How to follow public meetings virtually:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City Commission Meeting will be held in person in the City Chambers/City Hall (320 W. Broadway Street) with virtual attendance options as well. Non-voting participants 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:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89106544011?pwd=bEFkNFpqa0NyOUIwUmd0Q2E1SWprdz09

Meeting ID: 891 0654 4011        

Passcode: 904615

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.

Virtual attendance to the meeting and participation during public comment periods will be conducted as follows:

  • Members of the public are asked to provide their name and address with any comments.
  • Comments/Questions may be sent ahead of the meeting, or during the meeting via email to comment@mt-pleasant.org. Comments sent via email will be read aloud to the Commission during the public comment period.

Individual commissioners can be contacted at the following email addresses:

Mary Alsager               malsager@mt-pleasant.org

Brian Assmann            bassmann@mt-pleasant.org

Elizabeth Busch          ebusch@mt-pleasant.org

Olivia Cyman              ocyman@mt-pleasant.org

Maureen Eke              meke@mt-pleasant.org

Amy Perschbacher      aperschbacher@mt-pleasant.org

George Ronan            gronan@mt-pleasant.org

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.

City Commission Nominating Petitions Available

There is one open seat on the Mt. Pleasant City Commission, which term runs from May 4, 2022 – December 31, 2023.

Nominating petitions are available at City Hall, office of the City Clerk, 320 W. Broadway Street, from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Completed nominating petitions which require a minimum of 50, and a maximum of 80 certified signatures may be filed with the City Clerk between Friday, December 17, 2021 and 4 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. For nominating petition information visit: https://bit.ly/2YLFvzs 

The City election will take place on Tuesday, May 3, 2022.

City to Offer Hybrid Meeting Option

Starting January 2022, the City of Mt. Pleasant will be offering a combination of in-person and virtual attendance (hybrid meeting option) for its City Commission, Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings. This is an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Meetings will take place in the City Chambers/City Hall (320 W. Broadway Street). The virtual attendance options for non-voting participants include viewing on the City’s YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/, on Spectrum Charter channel 188, or via Zoom.

If a virtual option becomes unavailable due to technical difficulties, the meeting will continue as scheduled. Residents who would like to provide a comment during the appropriate time are welcome to come to the meeting at City Hall, or email their statement to comments@mt-pleasant.org.

Meeting agendas, packet materials, and step-by-step instructions on how to virtually attend a meeting are available under City Updates on the City’s website at www.mt-pleasant.org.

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.