Summary of minutes of City Commission meeting – September 9, 2019

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, September 9, 2019, 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 26, 2019.

2) Minutes of the closed session of the City Commission held August 26, 2019.

3) Purchase of an additional RBC from American Resource Recovery Services of Sparta, MI and appropriate budget amendment.

4) Bid of MMI of Mt. Pleasant, MI for curbside recycling collection for 2020 through 2022 and allow for two additional one-year extensions.

5) Purchase of trailer from Pro-Tainer of Alexandria, MN and trailer from Scientific Brake of Mt. Pleasant, MI and appropriate budget amendment.

6) Purchase of two 2020 International HV507 SFA plow truck cab and chassis from Tri County International Trucks of Jackson, MI.

7) Contract with Fleis & Vandenbrink of Grand Rapids, MI to perform engineering services for the Multi-Jurisdictional Storm Water Master Plan project.

8) Continuation of purchase-buyback program with Krapohl Ford of Mt. Pleasant, MI for sixteen (16) 2020 pickup trucks.

9) Resolution approving contract with MDOT for trunkline maintenance.

10) Received proposed 2020 Annual Operating Budget and set a public hearing for Monday, November 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. on same.

11) Resolution to amend 2019 Operating Budget.

12) Received fall 2019 Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal 2% funding requests from City Departments.

13) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a public hearing and passed Ordinance 1046, an Ordinance to repeal Title XI, Chapter 115 RECREATIONAL MARIHUANA ESTABLISHMENTS and add a new Chapter 115 RECREATIONAL MARIHUANA ESTABLISHMENTS of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Mt. Pleasant to allow certain establishments to be operated in accordance with state law.

Held a public hearing and passed Ordinance 1047, an Ordinance to amend the Zoning Map of Chapter 154: Zoning Ordinances of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Mt. Pleasant to rezone a parcel of land at Canal and Riverview from CD-3L to CZ.

Held a public hearing and passed Ordinance 1048, an Ordinance to amend Chapter 154, Subsection 154.114 – Non-Conforming Lots, Uses, Structures & Improvements of the Zoning Ordinances of the City of Mt. Pleasant to regulate the reconstruction of certain non-conforming parking areas.

Approved the purchase of two Ford F-450 cab and chassis from Krapohl Ford of Mt. Pleasant, MI (replacing July action) and the appropriate budget amendment.

Adopted the standard MERS resolutions to allow offering 401 and 457 deferred compensation plans effective January 1, 2020 as presented and authorized the Finance Director to execute any necessary documents with MERS. (CC Exh 8-2019)

Received revised assessment roll and approved amended Resolution #5 for Special Assessment #1-18.

Conducted a work session discussion on 2019 Goals.

Adjourned the meeting at 10:00 p.m.

City to offer no fee brush chipping

The City is offering up to 150 households within the City limits 30 minutes of no fee brush chipping during the week of October 7. Brush chipping will be completed at curbside only, no alleys. Reservations will be accepted beginning September 23 until October 1 at 4:30 p.m.

Reservations can be made in person at City Hall,  by email at publicworks@mt-pleasant.org, online at www.mt-pleasant.org/departments/division_of_public_works/ street/services_and_programs.asp, or by calling the Division of Public Works, 989-779-5401.

Brush Chipping Guidelines:

  • Brush must originate from the property.
  •  Brush should be placed at curbside only, no later than 7:00 a.m. on Monday, October 7. Brush that is placed at curbside after this date and time will not be collected/chipped.
  •  Brush should be neatly piled with the cut or broken ends facing the street. Brush piles must not obstruct any sidewalk, right-of-way, or view of traffic. Non-compliant piles will not be chipped.
  • Brush will be chipped during the week of October 7, and not necessarily on Monday.
  •  Brush only please – grass clippings, leaves, roots, weeds, vines, flowers, wire, trim board, fencing, building materials, dead animals, etc. are not permitted.

 

Topics to watch at the City Commission meeting – September 9, 2019

Here are the topics to watch at the next Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, September 9, 2019 at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street.

-Public hearing on ordinance to repeal Chapter 115 Entitled “Recreational Marihuana Establishments”, Title XI of the Mt. Pleasant City Code and adopt new Chapter 115 entitled Recreational Marijuana Establishments to allow certain establishments to be operated in accordance with state law and consider approval of the same.

-Public hearing on recommended rezoning request from CD-3L to CZ for a parcel at Canal and Riverview and consider approval of the same.

-Public hearing on recommended text change to Section 154.114 to regulate the reconstruction of certain non-conforming parking areas and consider approval of the same.

-Receive proposed 2020 Annual Operating Budget and set a public hearing for November 11, 2019 on the same.

-Consider approval of resolution to amend 2019 Operating Budget.

-Receive revised assessment roll and consider amended resolution #5 for Special Assessment #1-18. (Alley reconstruction between Fancher and Kinney Streets.)

To view the entire meeting packet visit: http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2019/9.9.19.pdf.

Summary of minutes of City Commission meeting – August 26, 2019

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, August 26, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

Street Superintendent Matt Weaver gave a departmental presentation.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held August 12, 2019.

2) Minutes of the closed session of the City Commission held August 12, 2019.

3) Resolution recognizing the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen as a non-profit organization for the purpose of obtaining a charitable gaming license.

4) Amended Resolution authorizing electronic submission of Economic Development Administration (EDA) grant application and commit required matching grant funds.

5) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a public hearing and passed Ordinance 1045, an Ordinance to amend Chapter 30, Subsection 30.04 – Agenda of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Mt. Pleasant regarding the addition and or deletion of agenda items.

Approved the Resolution supporting fee recommendation for Neighborhood Enterprise Zone (NEZ) and Commercial Redevelopment District (CRD) applications.

Received proposed ordinance to amend Title XI: General Business; Chapter 115: Recreational Marihuana Establishments of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Mt. Pleasant to allow certain establishments to be operated in accordance with state law and set a public hearing for September 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

Approved Resolution for referral to the Planning Commission to introduce an ordinance to add a new subsection 154.410.B.4.b and to amend table 154.410.A of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances to regulate marihuana establishments as special uses.

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

Made appointments to various board and commission vacancies.

Held a work session discussion on competitive criteria for recreational marijuana applications.

Adjourned at 9:12 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant Police Department Statistics from Start of the Fall semester at Central Michigan University

This past weekend, thousands of student residents arrived in the area for the start of the Fall semester at Central Michigan University. The Mt. Pleasant Police Department, with the assistance of nine other law enforcement agencies, responded to 246 calls for service and generated 40 citations from 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22 to 7 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25. Please see the weekend’s statistics below:

Arrested or Received Citation:

21 Traffic Citations

13 Open Intoxicants

10 Disorderly Conduct

8 OWI

4 Nuisance Party

3 Driving While License Suspended

3 Minor in Possession of Alcohol

3 Warrant Arrest

1 CCW Violation

1 Domestic

1 Flee and Elude

1 Leave the Scene of Accident

1 Possess Weapon Under Influence

1 Resist and Obstruction

1 Retail Fraud

Calls for Service:
• There were 72 calls for service from 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22 to 7 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 23.
• There were 92 calls for service from 7 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 23 to 7 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24
• There were 82 calls for service from 7 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24. to 7 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25.

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 forge partnerships with local landlords, CMU and its students, as well as enforce ordinances on a more consistent basis.

Paul Lauria, Mt. Pleasant Police Chief shared, “For the third year in a row, the City has seen progress in students adhering to the community standards established four years ago. This continued improvement in behavior, and dedication to being a good neighbor, is encouraging and evidence of why people ‘meet here’ in Mt. Pleasant. The City will also continue to do its part by consistently upholding the community standards throughout the year,” Lauria added. “So, let’s stay Fired Up and continue this positive partnership throughout the entire academic year.”

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

Nau Named Youth Services Unit Officer

jnau portrait dark background editThe Mt. Pleasant Police Department (MPPD) is pleased to announce Officer Justin Nau has been named Youth Services Unit Officer, effective October 2019. This position was previously held by Officer Brandon Bliss who was promoted to Sergeant.

Officer Nau has 12 years of law enforcement experience, eight of those years with the MPPD. During his tenure, Officer Nau has been a member of the Emergency Services Team, served as a defense tactics, range and Taser instructor in addition to heading up the department’s Toys for Tots efforts.

The Youth Services Unit (YSU), in existence since 1996, is a valuable program which involves police positively interacting with youth at an early age. The YSU Officer spends a considerable amount of time in the schools and provides guidance and support to students when needed, ultimately forming lifelong bonds. The Youth Police Academy, Coneys for a Cause, and Shop with a Cop are just a few of the programs hosted by YSU.

Topics to watch at the City Commission meeting – August 26, 2019

Here are the topics to watch at the next Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday August 26, 2019 at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street.

-Public hearing on amendment to Chapter 30 Subsection 30.04-Agenda of the Mt. Pleasant City Code regarding the addition and or deletion of agenda items and consider approval of the same.

-Consider resolution supporting fee recommendation for Neighborhood Enterprise Zone (NEZ) and Commercial Redevelopment District (CRD) applications.

-Introduce an ordinance to amend Chapter 115 Entitled “Recreational Marihuana Establishments,” Title XI of the Mt. Pleasant City Code to allow certain establishments to be operated in accordance with state law and set a public hearing for September 9, 2019.

-Consider resolution for referral to the Planning Commission to introduce an ordinance to add a new subsection 154.410.B.4.b and to amend table 154.410,A of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances to regulate marihuana establishments as special uses.

To view the entire meeting packet visit: http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2019/8.26.19.pdf.

UPDATE (9/5/19) – Mt. Pleasant Fire Department responds to gas line explosion – 3700 E. Deerfield Rd.

UPDATE:  9/5/19: 

On August 22, 2019 at 1:55 p.m. the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department responded to a an explosion at the Lexington Ridge Apartment complex, 3700 E. Deerfield Road. When fire department personnel arrived at the scene light smoke was visible from the rear of building – V.

A fire in the crawl space was quickly extinguished. The building sustained light fire and smoke damage with structural damage to the structure’s end units.

The occupant of the apartment was not home at the time of the explosion. No injuries were reported from individuals in any of the adjoining apartments.

It has been confirmed that the explosion was due to a damaged gas line located on the exterior of the building.

 

August 22, 2019 Release: 

On August 22, 2019 at 1:55 p.m. the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department responded to a an explosion at the Lexington Ridge Apartment complex, 3700 E. Deerfield Road. When fire department personnel arrived at the scene light smoke was visible from the rear of building – V.

A fire in the crawl space was quickly extinguished. The building sustained light fire and smoke damage with structural damage to the structure’s end units.

The occupant of the apartment was not home at the time of the explosion. No injuries were reported from individuals in any of the adjoining apartments.

The explosion was due to a damaged gas line and is being investigated further by Consumers Energy and the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department.

Mt. Pleasant Fire Department responds to structure fire – 2668 Ivy Lane

On August 21, 2019 at 3:11 a.m. the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 2668 Ivy Lane in the Crossings Mobile Home Park. Firefighters arrived on scene and observed heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the structure. The occupant of the residence was home at the time of the fire and made it out of the structure safely.

The modular home and its contents received heavy fire, smoke and water damage. The Mount Pleasant Fire Department is currently conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported.

The Mt. Pleasant Fire Dept. was assisted by the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Fire Department, Shepherd Tri Township Fire Department, Deerfield Fire Department and Mobile Medical Response.

EGLE’s Water Service Line Material Identification Inventory

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) recently revised the lead and copper rule for community drinking water, requiring municipalities to gather and update water service line material information for all structures connected to the distribution system.

Participation from residents is essential for completing this inventory and the City of Mt. Pleasant Water Department is asking for your help.

Please email your name, address, and whether you have a lead, galvanized steel, copper, or plastic service line to jhockemeyer@mt-pleasant.org by November 4, 2019. If you have questions regarding this inventory, please call (989) 779-5427.

How to identify service line material:

  1. Locate the water meter. (Found inside the building.) Follow the water pipes in the basement or crawl space. Look near your water heater, furnace, or washer/dryer. The meter may also be under a kitchen or bathroom sink, inside the cabinet.

 

  1. Locate the service line. This is the pipe which comes up from the floor or out of the wall before the water meter. Water meters generally have an arrow printed on the body. The service line will be on the upstream side of the arrow. (See photo.)

 

  1. Identify the material. Lead, Galvanized Steel, Copper, or Plastic

Material details for identification:

Lead

  • Grey in color.
  • Non-magnetic
  • Soft metal, easy to mark.
  • Connections resemble a bulb shape.

Galvanized Steel

  • Silver/grey in color.
  • Magnetic
  • May observe red/rusty areas.

Copper

  • Similar color and shine of a Penny.
  • May have green and blue coloration.
  • Non-magnetic

Plastic

  • Blue or black in color.
  • Lettering or stripes may be imprinted.

Visit http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/dept/water/8.19.19.egle.flyer.REVISED.pdf for a helpful identification guide.