City Commission Meeting Summary of Minutes – September 10, 2018

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, September 10, 2018, 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 August 27, 2018.

2) Minutes of the closed session of the City Commission held August 27, 2018.

3) Received Industrial Facilities Tax Abatement application for American Mitsuba and set a public hearing for Monday, September 24, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to hear public comment on same.

4) Received fall 2018 Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal 2% funding requests from City Departments.

5) Received proposed 2019 Annual Operating Budget and set a public hearing for Monday, November 12, 2018 on same.

6) Resolution to amend 2018 Operating Budget.

7) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a public hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance 1040, an Ordinance to Repeal Chapter 53, Section 53.01 – Storm Sewer District No. 1 of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances, in its entirety.

Confirmed the purchase and development agreement for 410 W. Broadway as recommended by the Economic Development Corporation.

Approved appointment of Josh Agardy to EDC/BRDA as recommended by the Appointments Committee.

Authorized the allocation of $4,450 of sidewalk funds to the proposed right of way improvements on Michigan and Illinois and authorized City staff to work with Sacred Heart representatives to coordinate the work.

Authorized the Mayor to sign the Mt. Pleasant Housing Commission Environmental Review package for the 2019 Energy Performance Contract.

Approved and conducted a closed session pursuant to subsection 8(c) of the Open Meetings Act for strategy and negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement.

Conducted a work session discussion regarding setting the Medical Marihuana Application deadline.

Adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

City meetings now streamed live

Staying informed on City government has become even more convenient.

The Mt. Pleasant City Commission, Planning Commission and Zoning Board of Appeals meetings will now be streamed live on the City’s YouTube Channel at  https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/

All meetings are held at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street, Mt. Pleasant.

The City Commission meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of the month at 7 p.m.

The Planning Commission meets on the 1st Thursday of the month at 7 p.m.

The Zoning Board of Appeals meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.

Meetings can also be viewed on Channel 188 or, online at a later date under Mt. Pleasant Government Access on https://mactvnetwork.viebit.com/

Here are the five things to watch at the September 10 City Commission meeting

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for September 10, 2018 click here.

  1. Public hearing on an ordinance to repeal Chapter 53 Section 53.01-Storm Sewer District No. 1 of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances, in its entirety and consider approval on the same.
  2. Receive Industrial Facilities Tax Abatement application for American Mitsuba and set a public hearing for September 24, 2018 on the same.
  3. Consider confirmation of Economic Development Corporation purchase and development agreement.
  4. Receive proposed 2019 Annual Operating Budget and set a public hearing for November 12, 2018 on the same.
  5. Consider reallocation of sidewalk funds to right-of-way improvements on Michigan and Illinois.

The Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings take place at 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street.

The Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings are also streamed live on the City’s YouTube Channel at  https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/   and aired on Channel 188, or viewed online at a later date on the MACTV website.

City offering no fee brush chipping – WE ARE NO LONGER ACCEPTING RESERVATIONS, THE SCHEDULE IS FULL as of 9/12/18.

As of 9/12/18:  We are no longer taking reservations.  The schedule is full. 

The City is offering up to 150 households 30 minutes of no fee brush chipping during the week of Sept. 24. The service is first come, first served, and residents must make a reservation by contacting the Division of Public Works no later than 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 20, 2018. Registration can be completed online, in person or by calling Public Works at (989) 779-5401.

Brush chipping will be performed once per address at no cost for a period of up to 30 minutes. Residents may not transfer a portion of the 30-minute maximum to another resident. If residents have more brush than what can be chipped within the allotted 30 minutes, they have the option of being billed $1.82 per minute for each additional minute, or, at the time the reservation is made, can request crews stop at 30 minutes.

Residents must adhere to the City’s regular brush chipping guidelines. A letter outlining the guidelines will be sent to registrants in advance. Brush chipping will be completed at curbside only. No chipping will occur in the alleys.

After the completion of the no fee program, the City will offer brush chipping services for a fee. Residents may also take yard waste and brush to the Isabella County Materials Recovery Facility at 4208 East River Road.

To make a reservation or to learn more, contact the Division of Public Works at (989) 779-5401 or publicworks@mt-pleasant.org, or visit the office at 1303 N. Franklin Street.

City Commission Meetings to Begin at 7 p.m.

Starting September 10, 2018 the regular meetings of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission will begin at 7:00 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.

Meetings can also be viewed live on Channel 188. The meetings are rebroadcast (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 www.mactvnetwork.org.

City Commission Meeting Summary of Minutes – August 27, 2018

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, August
27, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

Presented the 2017 Historic Preservation Improvement Award to George Ronan, 201 S.
University for the renovation of the granite stairs on the front of the building which is
phase three in a series of preservation projects on the building.

Introduced newly hired Public Relations Director Darcy Orlik.

Presentation on the City’s Airport.

A moment of silence was observed for Senator John McCain.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held August 13, 2018.

2) Bid of Rowe Professional Services of Mt. Pleasant, MI for engineering design and construction services for the 2019 bridge repairs for Lincoln Bridge and Broadway Street Bridge.

3) Received proposed Ordinance to Repeal Chapter 53, Section 53.01: Storm Sewer District No. 1, of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances, in its entirety and set a public hearing for Monday, September 10, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to hear public comment on same.

4) Authorized the Mayor to sign the MEDC grant agreement for the $15,000 grant toward the branding project.

5) Warrants and Payrolls

Postponed action on the revised Sewer Lead Policy and requested a legal opinion clarifying the City responsibility and property owner responsibility in the various situations that may require changing the lead sewer line from a back yard hookup to a front yard hookup.

Confirmed the sale of the approximately four acre parcel in Industrial Park South from the EDC to Rice & Diggs LLC for $75,000.

Authorized the allocation of $3,000 toward hosting the Back to the Bricks Promo Tour in
June, 2019.

Approved and conducted closed session pursuant to subsection 8(h) of the Open Meetings Act for material exempt from discussion or disclosure by state or federal statute.

Conducted a work session on proposed amendment to Chapter 30: Commission, of the
Code of Ordinances of the City of Mt. Pleasant.

Adjourned at 8:35 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant Police Department statistics from start of the fall semester at Central Michigan University

Mt. Pleasant, Mich. – This past weekend, thousands of student residents arrived to the area for the start of the fall semester at Central Michigan University. The Mt. Pleasant Police Department responded to several calls for service and generated a number of citations from 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23 to 7 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26. Please see the weekend’s statistics below:

Arrested or Received Citation:

4 Disorderly Conduct
0 Disturbing the Peace
5 Driving While License Suspended
6 Minor in Possession of Alcohol
25 Nuisance Party-Attending
18 Nuisance Party-Hosting
24 Open Intoxicants
3 OWI
4 Possession of Drugs
10 Traffic Citations
4 Warrant Arrest

Calls for Service:

  • There were 79 calls for service from 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23 to 7 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 24.
  • There were 89 calls for service from 7 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 24 to 7 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25
  • There were 96 calls for service from 7 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25. to 7 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26.

In 2014, the City of Mt. Pleasant developed a multi-year plan to address the history of violations and increasing tension among residents in the neighborhood north of Central Michigan University’s campus where owner-occupied properties and student rentals are intermingled. To decrease disruptive behavior and improve relationships between the full and part-year residents, City officials have worked to improve partnerships with local landlords, CMU and its students, as well as enforce ordinances on a more consistent basis.

“We are proud to be home to Central Michigan University. The students are a great asset to our community and the energy and diversity they bring strengthens the City as a whole,” said Mt.Pleasant City Manager Nancy Ridley. “The students are also City residents, and all residents are expected to uphold our community standards, which include respecting your neighbors and taking care of each other to ensure Mt. Pleasant continues to be a safe and desirable place to live and visit.”

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department and Fire Department were assisted by the Central
Michigan University Police Department, Central Michigan University Dispatch, Isabella County Central Dispatch, Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police, Mobile Medical Response, Alma Police Department, Gratiot County Sheriff’s Department, Clare Police Department, Midland City Police Department, and Midland County Sheriff’s Department.

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North Main Street (Pickard to Lincoln) Closed on Wednesday, August 29 at 5 p.m.

UPDATE: Due to the rain on Friday, August 24, 2018 – the paving of Main Street from Pickard Street to Lincoln Street will now take place on Wednesday, August 29 starting at 5 p.m.

North Main Street residents are advised to move their vehicles out of driveways and off of North Main Street by 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29. On-street parking on North Main Street will not be allowed. Parking is available on the side streets. Cars parked on side streets will not be ticketed during the road work project.

Post Office Access:

Please visit the Post Office before 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 29 since there will be limited to no access after 4 p.m.

Island Park Access:

Residents may still enter Island Park coming from the south (downtown area) on Wednesday after 4 p.m.

 

5 Things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

Here are the five things to watch at the August 27, 2018 City Commission meeting.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for August 27, 2018 click here.

  1. Consider approval of amended Sanitary Sewer House Lead Reconnection Policy.
  2. Introduce an ordinance to repeal Chapter 53 Section 53.01-Storm Sewer District No. 1 of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances, in its entirety and set a public hearing for September 10, 2018 on the same.
  3. Consider confirmation of sale of land in Industrial Park South by the Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
  4. Consider approval of 2019 downtown budget request for 2019 Back to the Bricks Promo Tour.
  5. Consider closed session pursuant to subsection 8(h) of the Open Meetings Act for material exempt from discussion or disclosure by state or federal statue.

 

MT. PLEASANT POLICE DEPARTMENT INVESTIGATION LEADS TO CREDIT CARD FRAUD ARREST

Mt. Pleasant, Mich., –  On August 20, 2018 at 3:46 p.m., the Mt. Pleasant Police Department (MPPD) received a call of credit card fraud at 1805 S. Mission Street (Silverberg Finer Jewelers) in Mt. Pleasant.

MPPD Officers made contact with a Silverberg Finer Jewelers employee who stated two males entered the store and purchased a necklace for $450.00.  The store employee told Officers he received a telephone call 15 minutes later from a subject in Iowa stating his credit card had been fraudulently used at the store for the $450.00 purchase. The Silverberg Finer Jewelers employee immediately notified local pawn shops to be on the lookout for the subjects, and the recently purchased necklace.

At approximately 4:30 p.m., Central Dispatch received a telephone call from New Millennium Pawn Shop (5281 E. Pickard Road) indicating the two possible suspects had been in their store attempting to make purchases with a credit card. The employee of New Millennium Pawn Shop was able to give a description and direction of travel of the possible suspect’s vehicle.

MPPD Officers located the suspect’s vehicle and performed a traffic stop on Mission Street near High Street.  As a result of this stop, a 19-year-old male from Flint was arrested for both Possession and Use of a Fraudulent Credit Card. Officers conducted an investigation which quickly resulted in the recovery of the necklace and fraudulent credit card. Surveillance video and witness statements indicated that only one of the subjects used the fraudulent credit card.

The 19-year-old male suspect is currently lodged at the Isabella County Jail awaiting arraignment.