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.

Mt. Pleasant launches rental subsidy program for new downtown businesses

Beginning January 20, 2020, a rental subsidy program will be offered to new downtown Mt. Pleasant businesses. Fully Funded by Lake Trust Credit Union, and administered by the City’s downtown development office, the Make It Mt. Pleasant Program is designed to support new retail, dining, arts and entertainment businesses. The program focuses on first floor commercial spaces within the downtown TIFA district.

Up to two businesses will be accepted and funded per year. Selected applicants will receive 12 months of rental assistance, not to exceed $4200, as well as a City fees and charges waiver not to exceed $2500. The City fees and charges waiver includes costs associated with building, sign, outdoor merchandising and outdoor dining permits.

“Lake Trust Credit Union is committed to being an engine of community well-being. By funding the Make It Mt. Pleasant program we are providing pathways to entrepreneurship and fostering economic development. Supporting a thriving downtown delivers value and drives economic impact in Mt. Pleasant,” said David Snodgrass, President and CEO, Lake Trust Credit Union. “This program creates an important bridge for business owners toward long-term success.”

Michelle Sponseller, Downtown Development Director added, “The Make it Mt. Pleasant program provides entrepreneurs valuable start-up assistance, and the opportunity to establish their business in the downtown district.”

Applications will be available starting January 20, 2020. Interested parties must schedule a pre-application meeting with City staff prior to submitting an application. Contact Michelle Sponseller at (989) 779-5348 or msponseller@mt-pleasant.org to schedule an appointment. To download a copy of the Make it Mt. Pleasant guidelines and application please visit:
http://www.mt-pleasant.org/departments/division_of_community_services/downtown_development/

Overnight Parking Reminders; Winter Storm Preparations

DOWNTOWN OVERNIGHT PARKING

Parking on streets is prohibited downtown from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. throughout the year. These parking regulations will be enforced to help keep the streets clear for plowing.

For those with downtown overnight parking permits, several City parking lots have designated areas where overnight parking is allowed. Downtown parking lots designated for overnight parking include lots #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, and #6.

To assist with the prompt removal of snow from parking lots it is recommended overnight permit holders adhere to the following parking instructions:

PARKING LOT #1

Located at the NW corner of Michigan and Franklin, behind the Broadway Theatre, Stan’s and Grays Furniture and Boutique.

Please park along the section of the lot closest to Franklin Street.

PARKING LOT #2 (AKA JOCKEY ALLEY)

Located on Mosher, between Main and Court.

Please park in the spaces closest to Main Street.

PARKING LOT #3 (AKA TOWN CENTER)

Located at the NW corner of Main and Broadway.

Please park in the spaces closest to Broadway Street.

PARKING LOT #4

Located on Washington between Michigan and Broadway, behind Curtiss Hardware and the Upper Cut.

Please park in the spaces along the north side of the lot.

PARKING LOT #5

Located at the SE corner of Michigan and Washington, behind the old Ward Theatre.

Please park in the spaces closest to Michigan Street.

PARKING LOT #6

Located at the NW corner of University and Illinois, behind Listening Ear and The Bird Bar and Grill.

Please park in the spaces on the south side of the lot.

COMMERCIAL AND INDUSTRIAL PROPERTY OWNERS –

Sidewalk Snow Plowing

City ordinance requires commercial and industrial property owners to clear sidewalks within 18 hours after sleet, freezing rain or snow stops falling, with the exception of Sundays and holidays (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day). In this case, snow must be cleared by noon the day following the Sunday or holiday. If the snow or ice is too hard to remove, the owner must spread enough sand or other abrasive material to make travel safe and as soon as weather permits, must clear a path of at least 48 inches in width.

Code enforcement officers can write a municipal civil infraction ticket to commercial and industrial property owners who do not fulfill this requirement of the ordinance. 

ALL RESIDENTS – On Street Parking

With the forecasted winter storm, do NOT park on City streets, this will help our Street Department clear our streets quickly and efficiently.

From Dec. 1, 2019 to April 1, 2020, on-street parking is prohibited in non-downtown areas from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. These parking regulations will be enforced to help keep the streets clear for plowing.

ALL RESIDENTS – Sidewalk Snow Plowing

City staff will snowplow 25 miles of residential sidewalk. No salt will be used. Sidewalk snowplowing by City staff will generally not start until the City streets, alleys and parking lots have been cleared.

For a map on which sidewalks will be plowed visit: www.mt-pleasant.org/maps. For those sidewalks not currently being plowed by City staff, please keep the safety of your family and neighbors in mind and remove the snow from your sidewalk and mailbox approach as soon as practical after inclement weather.

Topics to Watch at the City Commission Meeting – January 13, 2020

Here are the topics to watch at the next Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, January 13, 2020.

-Administer oath of office to Commissioners Alsager and Ronan.

-Election of Mayor and Vice Mayor.

-Census 2020 Update – Presentation

-Consider resolutions #1 and #2 to commence the 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 (Pedestrian Lighting)

– Consider amendment to McKenna contract for Master Plan

To view the entire meeting packet visit: http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2020/1.13.20.pdf

Mt. Pleasant Fire Department responds to trailer fire – 505 S. Bradley Street

Mt. Pleasant, Mich. – On January 2, 2020 at 3:03 p.m. the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department responded to a trailer fire located at Lot 31 within the Bradley Street Mobile Home Park. Firefighters arrived on scene and observed heavy smoke and flames coming from the rear of the structure and quickly contained the fire. Occupants of the residence were not at home at the time of the fire.

The trailer sustained heavy smoke and fire damage. The Mount Pleasant Fire Department is currently conducting an investigation to determine the fire’s cause. No injuries were reported.

The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department was assisted by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Fire Department, Mobile Medical Response, DTE and Consumers Energy.

Most home fires occur at night when people are sleeping. Check your smoke detectors monthly and replace your batteries twice a year. Operating smoke detectors may save your life.

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Christmas Tree Collection

The City of Mt. Pleasant Street Department staff will be picking up discarded Christmas trees from City residents on January 7, 10, 14 and 17, 2020.  This service is free of charge.

Trees are to be placed at the curb, even in areas where normal trash collection is in the alley by 7:30 a.m. on January 17.  All tinsel and plastic bags must be removed, and the trunk ends of the trees to face the street. Evergreen wreaths will not be collected. After January 17 trees may be taken to the Materials Recovery Facility or disposed of through the City’s brush chipping program. Questions? Call 989-779-5401.

Summary of Minutes of the City Commission Meeting – December 9, 2019

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, December 9, 2019, at 7:02 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

Parks and Public Spaces Director Bundy introduced newly hired Parks and Grounds staff Cody Anderson and Lisa Meyers.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held November 25, 2019.

2) Minutes of the closed session of the City Commission held November 25, 2019.

3) Bid of F & K Tree Service, of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the 2020 and 2021 Tree Trimming and Removal project.

4) Resolution for Final Amended 2019 Operating Budget.

5) Authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to execute an addendum to the existing farming contract at former Mt. Pleasant Center property with Robert Ervin for an additional one year.

6) Set first meeting of 2020 for Monday, January 13, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Commission Room, City of Mt. Pleasant, 320 W. Broadway Street, Mt. Pleasant.

7) Warrants and Payrolls.

Received report on review of medical marihuana ordinances. No action required by the Commission.

Approved Resolution approving the 2020 Annual Operating Budget and setting millage rate.

Authorized the Mayor and City Clerk to sign the sanitary sewer service contract with Nottawa Township as presented.

Authorized the Mayor or City Clerk to sign the amended Memorandum of Agreement with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe for the former Mt. Pleasant Center Property as presented.

Approved a wage increase to base salary for the City Manager.

Cancelled the December 16, 2019 regularly scheduled City Commission meeting.

Authorized Finance Director Kornexl to approve the issuance of payrolls and warrants from December 10, 2019 through January 10, 2020.

Adjourned the meeting at 8:16 p.m.

Refuse and Recycling Reminders

During the holidays trash and recyclable materials can accumulate quickly. Below are tips to insure your trash and recycling are collected.

  1. All cardboard must be flattened.
  2. Large boxes must be cut into sections no larger than 2’ x 3’.  If the cardboard is too stiff or difficult to cut up, you may drop them off at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF), 4208 E. River Road, at no charge.
  3. Styrofoam cannot be collected at curbside. Formed Styrofoam, from a new TV or large appliance, may be dropped off at the MRF. Packing peanuts are not accepted; consider saving them for shipping next year’s presents or use them to protect delicate ornaments and other decorations.
  4. Plastic packaging, such as cellophane “windows” on toy packaging, should be discarded in your trash.   
  5. Holiday parties are enjoyable, but the extra trash can really pile up. Please do not overfill your trash can. If your trash can has a lid, it must fit securely. All extra trash should be placed in a City refuse bag or tagged with a City refuse tag.
  6. Need to dispose of old furniture or other large items?  Large item stickers are available for purchase for $15 each at City Hall. 
  7. Please place trash and recycling in the designated collection area no later than 7:30 a.m. on collection day.

If you have questions, please contact the Division of Public Works at (989) 779-5401.  Thank you for your cooperation, and have a wonderful holiday season.

Topics to Watch at the City Commission Meeting – December 9, 2019

Here are the topics to watch at the next Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, December 9, 2019.

-Receipt of report on review of medical marijuana ordinances.

-Consider resolution approving the final 2020 Operating Budget and set the millage rate for 2020.

-Consider resolution approving the final amended 2019 Operating Budget.

-Consider approval of agreement with Nottawa Township for processing wastewater.

-Consider amended Memorandum of Agreement for MPIIBS/MPC property.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2019/12.9.19.pdf

Innovation and resourcefulness leads to DPS building gear dryer

At the Division of Public Safety (DPS) commitment to safety is not only the focus of service calls, but is embedded in all they do. This philosophy is bolstered by their innovative thinking and resourcefulness. The latest example is the in-house construction of a state-of-the art turnout gear dryer for its firefighters.

After last year’s significant $11,000 investment in a turnout gear washer, Director Paul Lauria and Fire Chief Rick Beltinck began researching turnout gear dryers. They became aware that self-constructed dryers made out of PVC pipes were much more economical and rivaled their commercial counterparts which cost upwards of $10,000 – $15,000.

Lauria and Beltinck shared a picture of a completed PVC dryer with the department’s fire sergeants. Fire Sergeant Rich Clark refined the design and distributed it to all Mt. Pleasant Fire Department (MPFD) shifts for suggestions.  All full-time firefighters worked on the construction of the dryer with Shift 3 (Fire Sergeant Rich Clark, Equipment Operator Roger Fuller, Equipment Operator Bernie Schafer) taking the lead. After one month the dryer was completed.

The MPFD dryer possesses a capacity to dry 10-11 sets of gear at a time, whereas commercial dryers generally can handle only four sets at once. The total cost of the MPFD dryer was only $2,500 which included the PVC pipe, fittings and blower which is significantly lower than the $10,000 – $15,000 cost of a commercial dryer.  Since the average cost of turnout gear is $3,000 per set, this limits the number of spare sets of turnout gear available. Therefore, it is imperative gear is quickly dried and ready for the next call.

Turnout gear collects chemicals/hazardous materials which can cause a higher rate of cancer if not cleaned properly. These hazardous materials are byproducts of combustion from a fire. The full-time firefighters were dedicated and pleased to be able to build this gear dryer for their Paid-On-Call Firefighters as it is these first responders who enter structure fires.