Summary of Minutes of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – June 8, 2020

Summary of Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, June 8, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held May 26, 2020.

2) Resolution confirming the waiving of housing license late fees as presented. (CC Exh. 8)

3) Budget amendment for chiller repair at City Hall.

4) Warrants and Payrolls.

Approved resolution approving the 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Plan with modifications as presented.

Confirmed the sale of 3.579 acres in Industrial Park South to Konwinski Construction (or any related entities) as recommended by the EDC.

Confirmed the reinstatement of Parking Lot #10 as a 10-hour lot and authorized prorated refunds for eight permit holders as recommended.

Held a work session discussion on the 2019 goal reports and next steps.

Adjourned the meeting at 9:19 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant Fire Department Responds to Downed Power Lines and Structure Fires

1202 and 1147 Eastwood Drive

Mt. Pleasant, MI – On June 10, 2020 at 1:34 p.m. the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department (MPFD) responded to a call of a downed power line behind 1211 Eastwood Drive.

Upon arrival to the scene firefighters found downed power lines between Eastwood and Elizabeth Streets and smoke coming from a home at 1202 Elizabeth Street. A fire was quickly extinguished and there was no damage to the home’s interior. The occupant of the home was not injured.

Approximately one hour later a small exterior fire at 1147 Eastwood Drive occurred due to melting communication lines. No injuries to fire personnel or residents occurred. MPFD was assisted by Consumers Energy.

1103 Pennsylvania Street

Mt. Pleasant, MI – On June 10, 2020 at 3:41 p.m. the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department (MPFD) responded to a structure fire at 1103 Pennsylvania Street.

Firefighters arrived on scene and observed heavy smoke and flames 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. Fire crews quickly brought the fire under control. The rear of the structure sustained heavy smoke and fire damage.

The Mount Pleasant Fire Department is currently conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported.

MPFD was assisted by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, Mobile Medical Response, DTE and Consumers Energy.

City of Mt. Pleasant Park and Outdoor Facilities Update

As has been done during the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Mt. Pleasant continues to follow recommendations of federal state and county health officials as we navigate through the reopening process. Below is the current reopen schedule for City parks and outdoor facilities.

This timeline is subject to change based on updated information from health officials. Failure to follow social distancing protocols and posted occupancy levels may lead to facility closures.

June 11, 2020: Island Park Skate Park and Hannah’s Bark Park will reopen. Both parks will have capacity limits and visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines.

June 22, 2020:  Island Park Spray Park and the following park restrooms and ballfields to open.

  • Island Park Spray Park: Capacity limits will be posted and visitors must adhere to social distancing guidelines.
  • Park Restrooms:  Island Park South, Pickens, Yost
  • Ballfields:  Pickens, Yost

July 1, 2020: Opening of additional park restrooms and limited park shelter reservations.

  • Park Restrooms:  Island Park North, Nelson, Chipp-A-Waters
  • Park Shelters Available for Reservations: Island Park, Chipp-A-Waters, Yost, Nelson Park Gazebo open with limited occupancy and seating capacity. Visitors must adhere to social distancing and occupancy guidelines.

Facilities Currently Closed:

  • Lower Pickens Field closed due to Spring flooding.
  • Island Park Softball fields closed due to Spring flooding.
  • Restrooms at Horizon, Mill Pond, Mission Creek and Sunnyside Parks.
  • Shelters at Horizon, Mill Pond, Mission Creek Park and Sunnyside Parks.

Information Updates

Information regarding facilities reopening will be updated and shared via the City’s website (www.mt-pleasant.org), Blog (mpcityblog.com), Facebook and Twitter accounts, MACTV Charter Spectrum Channel 188, and the Community Information Phone Line (989) 779-5320.

Brown Street Reconstruction Project to Begin June 15

6/29/2020 UPDATE: Brown and Broadway Street detour scheduled for July 7- 9, 2020.

The Brown Street reconstruction project (Broadway Street to North Drive) is scheduled to begin on June 15th and be completed by the end of August. During this time asphalt pavement, curbs and gutters will be removed and replaced. There will be partial sidewalk replacements completed and sidewalk ramps will be upgraded. Driveways will be reconstructed from the street to sidewalk and water main valve replacements and sanitary sewer upgrades will take place.

Street Closure and Access

Brown Street will be closed to thru traffic between North Drive and Broadway Street for the duration of the project. Residents will have direct access off of Brown Street except when work is being done on their driveways. The Contractor will notify residents prior to the work beginning on their driveway. During this time, residents will be asked to park on the nearest side street.

Employees of Pullen Elementary School are asked to access the school from East Michigan Street, unless otherwise directed by the Contractor.

Access to McLaren Central Hospital from South Brown Street (between High Street and North Drive) will not be affected.

A detour will be in place to direct traffic around the project using High Street, Mission Street (US-127BR) and Broadway Street as shown on the Detour Map. Work at the Broadway Street intersection will require an additional section of detour to Pickard Street and North Brown Street. This additonal detour will be in effect for a maximum of 3 days.

Garbage Collection: Residents will need to bring their garbage cans and recycling to the nearest side street while their block is under construction. The Contractor can offer assistance, if needed.

Mail delivery will not be affected. 

Water Service:  Interruptions to water service is anticipated. The contractor will notifiy residents in advance via a door tag.

If you have questions, concerns, or you need a special accommodation due to a physical disability, please contact: 

Connie Houk, Project Engineer    Prein & Newhof                  (231) 468-3456

Stacie Tewari, City Engineer          City of Mt. Pleasant             (989) 779-5404

Topics to Watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – June 8, 2020

Here are the topics to watch at the next virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, June 8, 2020 at 7 p.m.

  • Consider approval of the 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Plan.
  • Consider resolution confirming the waiving of housing license late fees.
  • Consider confirmation of the sale between the Economic Development Corporation and Konwinski Construction for property in Industrial Park South.

Receive report on downtown parking lots and enforcement and consider changes to Parking Lot 10 and partial refunds.

To view the entire meeting packet visit: 

How to follow public meetings during this social distancing:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Mt. Pleasant is following federal, state and county health officials’ recommendations while still providing valuable City services.

Even though the City Commission meeting will take place as scheduled, it will be an electronically conducted meeting as allowed by the Governor’s Executive Order and the City Commission Chambers will be closed to the public.

Citizens can watch the City Commission meeting live on Spectrum Charter Channel 188, web streamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/ or via Zoom.

Zoom Meeting instructions via computer, phone, or dial-in number are as follows:

Zoom Meeting information

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84594300356?pwd=blFnL0xBSTdhU3pacjYzUTFucWRIUT09

Meeting ID: 845 9430 0356

Password: 552954

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.

Any citizen desiring to make a public comment on an agenda item must email their comments to comment@mt-pleasant.org either before or during the meeting. Individuals must include their name and address.

City of Mt. Pleasant Provides Outdoor Business Activity Options

In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, and the changes in current business operations, the Mt. Pleasant City Commission recently adopted a resolution temporarily authorizing outdoor business activities. These activities include waiving certain standards and fees for outdoor dining, tent and merchandise display permits.

The resolution adjusts City policy as follows through September 30, 2020:

  • To allow for social distancing, the use of private outdoor parking areas, lawns, or other open spaces for sales, service, or other types of work which would normally be required to occur within an enclosed building will be permitted. Certain standards will still apply.
  • Fees will be waived for Outdoor Dining and Merchandise Display licenses. These licenses permit dining or merchandise sales on adjacent sidewalks or on-street parking spaces.
  • Outdoor Dining License eligibility can be expanded beyond Downtown Mt. Pleasant. Businesses without on-site parking areas would have the opportunity to use adjacent on-street parking for dining or merchandise sales.
  • Fees will be waived for tent permits when associated with a business otherwise operating within an enclosed building. These permits can be issued beyond the normal 30-day limit.
  • Staff will have the ability to authorize Outdoor Dining and Merchandise Display Licenses to accelerate the approval process.
  • Alcohol service in outdoor areas will be subject to the satisfaction of certain requirements and approval by the Director of Public Safety.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created many challenges for businesses large and small,” said City Planner Jacob Kain. “Recognizing that business-as-usual is not possible in many instances right now, this resolution will help support our local business community create a safe environment for their employees and customers as well as operate in accordance with federal, state, and local guidelines.”

For more details visit http://www.mt-pleasant.org/departments/division_of_community_services/downtown_development/

City of Mt. Pleasant COVID-19 and City Services Update (June 3 and July 6, 2020)

JULY 6, 2020 UPDATE:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Mt. Pleasant continues to follow recommendations of federal, state and county health officials while still providing vital City services.

City buildings are open to the public. Please remember, whether you have an individual appointment, or are visiting a City building, you must wear a face mask and adhere to the social distancing markings which have been laid out in all City buildings.

City Parks

City parks are open, as well as Island Park’s Skate Park, Island Park’s Splash Park and Hannah’s Bark Park. 

Trash/Recycling

City trash pick-up is taking place and is on the usual schedule.

City trash bags, tags and large item pick up tags can be purchased at City Hall.

City trash bags and tags are also available at Meijer and Ric’s. Individual tags are also available at GreenTree Grocery.

Public Meetings

The City of Mt. Pleasant will host its public meetings virtually. Citizens may watch these meetings live on Spectrum Charter Channel 188, web streamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/ or via Zoom.  Any citizen desiring to make a public comment must email their comments on agenda items to comment@mt-pleasant.org.

Farmers’ Market

Both the Thursday and Saturday Farmers’ Markets are taking place with enhanced safety procedures.

Payments

Citizens can make payments via mail (320 W. Broadway Street), the City’s Drop Box located outside of City Hall, or online at www.mt-pleasant.org.

COVID-19 Resources

The City will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and be guided by information provided by the Central Michigan District Health Department https://www.cmdhd.org/novel-coronavirus, the State of Michigan, https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus, and the Center for Disease Control & Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Information Updates

Information will be updated and shared via the City’s website (www.mt-pleasant.org), Blog (mpcityblog.com), Facebook and Twitter accounts, MACTV Charter Spectrum Channel 188, and the Community Information Phone Line (989) 779-5320.

Small Business Relief

Are you a small business impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak? If so, you may be eligible for a grant or low-interest loan. Refer to these links for more information.

https://www.michigan.gov/Coronavirus

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options  https://mmdcblog.org/coronavirus-covid-19-resources-for-your-business/

JUNE 3, 2020 UPDATE:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Mt. Pleasant continues to follow recommendations of federal, state and county health officials while still providing vital City services.

Due to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-110, which opens offices, but encourages work to still be conducted remotely, City Offices will be open by appointment only during the weeks of June 8 and June 15, 2020. As was done during the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order City staff will be answering emails and phone calls and providing services remotely as much as possible.

City buildings are currently planned to be open to the public starting June 22, 2020. Please remember, whether you have an individual appointment, or are visiting a City building, you must wear a facemask and adhere to the social distancing markings which have been laid out in all City buildings.

City Parks

City parks are open, but park restroom facilities are currently closed as well as Island Park’s Skate Park, Island Park’s Splash Park and Hannah’s Bark Park. Use of outdoor facilities is currently being reviewed and updates will be provided when available.

Trash/Recycling

City trash pick-up is taking place and is on the usual schedule.

Curbside recycling will resume during the week of June 8, 2020 and follow the usual pick up schedule. Please follow normal collection guidelines. To assist our colleagues at Mid-Michigan Industries who conduct the curbside pick-up service for the City, it would be helpful if you have a large amount of recycling to please place it out for collection over a few weeks, or drop off your recycling to the Materials Recovery Facility.

The City has temporarily suspended the direct sale of recycling bins, City trash bags and tags until June 22. City trash bags and tags are available at Meijer and Ric’s. Individual tags are available at GreenTree Grocery.

Large Item Pick Up

Tags can be ordered online until June 22. Once payment is received your tag will be delivered to your door. http://www.mt-pleasant.org/residents/online_service_center/

Public Meetings

The City of Mt. Pleasant will host its public meetings virtually as allowed by the Governor’s Stay at Home Executive Order. Citizens may watch these meetings live on Spectrum Charter Channel 188, web streamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/ or via Zoom. Any citizen desiring to make a public comment must email their comments on agenda items to comment@mt-pleasant.org.

Events

In accordance with the latest direction from Governor Whitmer’s office, the City is currently reviewing the use of outdoor facilities and the status of outdoor activities. Updates will be provided when made available.

-PEAK Summer 2020 activities are cancelled.

-Farmers’ Market will begin on Thursday June 4 and the Saturday market will begin on June 20, 2020 with enhanced safety procedures.

-City of Mt. Pleasant park shelter rental reservations have been cancelled for the month of June.

Payments and Building/DPW Permits

Citizens can make payments via mail (320 W. Broadway Street), the City’s Drop Box located outside of City Hall, or online at www.mt-pleasant.org.

Building Permits can be electronically submitted by visiting www.mt-pleasant.org. In person inspections will follow recommendations from federal, state and local health officials. If needed, virtual inspections can be conducted through Skype or Zoom.

COVID-19 Resources

The City will continue to monitor this situation and be guided by information provided by the Central Michigan District Health Department https://www.cmdhd.org/novel-coronavirus, the State of Michigan, https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus, and the Center for Disease Control & Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Information Updates

Information will be updated and shared via the City’s website (www.mt-pleasant.org), Blog (mpcityblog.com), Facebook and Twitter accounts, MACTV Charter Spectrum Channel 188, and the Community Information Phone Line (989) 779-5320.

Small Business Relief

Are you a small business impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak? If so, you may be eligible for a grant or low-interest loan. Refer to these links for more information.

https://www.michigan.gov/Coronavirus

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options  https://mmdcblog.org/coronavirus-covid-19-resources-for-your-business/

Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market Introduces New Safety Guidelines

Due to COVID-19, the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market has transitioned from a community gathering shopping experience to a transaction based In-and-Out Market. The market will follow recommendations from federal, state and local health officials to assure a safe environment for both shoppers and vendors.

Please note the new guidelines for the 2020 Farmers’ Market:

  • A limited number of people will be admitted to the market at one time.
  • If you do not want to wait in the admittance line you may reserve a 20-minute shopping time in advance by visiting:  www.mt-pleasant.org/farmersmarket; or calling 989-779-5330.
  • Attendees must wear a face mask.
  • Individuals should maintain 6 ft. social distancing between each other.
  • Follow one-way foot traffic patterns. There will be a designated entrance and exit.
  • Only one person per household/party should visit the market.
  • No pets.
  • Shop quickly, with a shopping list.   
  • Do not touch products. Vendors will select and bag purchases for you.
  • Use credit/debit cards, food assistance tokens or exact change. Change will not be given.
  • Preordered and prepaid orders are eligible for Curbside Pick-Up. In the future a list of participating vendors can be found at: www.mt-pleasant.org/farmersmarket.
  • Public seating areas will not be available.
  • Wash all produce before consuming.
  • If you are not feeling well, stay home.

The 2020 Farmers’ Market is scheduled as follows:

Thursday Market (Island Park): June 4 – October 29; 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday Market (Town Center/Downtown): June 20 – October 10; 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Summary of Minutes from the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – May 26, 2020

Summary of Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.

Jim McBryde, President of MMDC and Erin Strang, President of CMURC gave a presentation on Local Finance Development Authority.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held May 11, 2020.

2) Bid of Watertap, Inc. of Wixom, MI for water main valve insertion.

3) Bid of IRT Commercial Services of Traverse City, MI for the Riverside Cemetery Mausoleum Roof Replacement and appropriate budget amendment.

4) Resolution in support of Traffic Control Order 1-2020.

5) Resolution confirming recreational marijuana application dates as presented – (CC Exh. 5-2020).

6) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a public hearing on proposed 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Plan. No action required by the Commission at this time.

Received LDFA/DDA information and ability to provide grants to local businesses.

Denied proposed reduction of the tax capture of the LDFA to 20% for 2020.

Approved resolution temporarily permitting outdoor business activities as presented – (CC Exh. 6-2020).

Approved resolution amending fees for summer 2020 PEAK.

The Commission recessed at 9:12 p.m. and went into a work session at 9:20 p.m.

Held a work session discussion on the proposed 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Plan.

Adjourned the meeting at 10:10 p.m.

City of Mt. Pleasant COVID-19 and City Services Update

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Mt. Pleasant continues to follow recommendations of federal, state and county health officials while still providing vital City services.

Therefore, through June 12, 2020 the City is following Governor Whitmer’s “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order 2020-100, and is continuing its level of building closure and only providing critical services at this time. This includes: police, fire, airport operations, water, wastewater, street and park services as well as construction permitting and inspection services.

Other City staff will be monitoring emails and phone calls and will attempt to answer urgent inquiries.

City Parks

City parks are currently open, but park restroom facilities are closed as well as Island Park’s Skate Park, Island Park’s Splash Park and Hannah’s Bark Park. 

Trash/Recycling

City trash pick-up is still taking place.

Curbside recycling is currently suspended due to the Materials Recovery Facility being closed. Recycling fees waived on the April, May and June utility bills.

As a result of building closures, the City has temporarily suspended the direct sale of recycling bins, City trash bags and tags. City trash bags and tags are available at Meijer and Ric’s. Individual tags are available at GreenTree Grocery.

Large Item Pick Up

Large item pick-up is now reinstated. Tags can be ordered online. Once payment is received your tag will be delivered to your door.

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/residents/online_service_center/

Public Meetings

The City of Mt. Pleasant will host its public meetings virtually as allowed by the Governor’s Stay at Home Executive Order. Citizens may watch these meetings live on Spectrum Charter Channel 188, webstreamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/ or via Zoom. Any citizen desiring to make a public comment must email their comments on agenda items to comment@mt-pleasant.org.

-Virtual City Commission meeting will take place on May 26, 2020 at 7 p.m.

-May 27 Zoning Board of Appeals meeting is cancelled due to lack of action items.

-Virtual TIFA Meeting will take place on May 28, 2020 at 8 a.m.

-Virtual EDC/BRA Meeting will take place on May 29, 2020 at 1 p.m.

-June 4 Planning Commission Meeting is cancelled due to lack of action items.

-Virtual City Commission meeting will take place on June 8, 2020 at 7 p.m.

-Virtual DDA Board Meeting will take place on June 11, 2020 at 10 a.m.

-June 11 Airport Advisory Board Meeting is cancelled.   

Event Cancellations

-PEAK activities postponed until further notice.

-Adult and Youth Sport Leagues postponed until further notice.

-Thrilling Thursdays postponed until further notice.  

-Farmers’ Market was cancelled through the month of May, but the Thursday market will begin on June 4 and the Saturday market will begin on June 20, 2020.

-City of Mt. Pleasant park shelter rental reservations are cancelled for the months of May and June.

Payments and Building/DPW Permits

Citizens can make payments via mail (320 W. Broadway Street), the City’s Drop Box located outside of City Hall, or online at www.mt-pleasant.org.

Building Permits can be electronically submitted by visiting www.mt-pleasant.org. In person inspections will follow recommendations from federal, state and local health officials. If needed, virtual inspections can be conducted through Skype or Zoom.

COVID-19 Resources

The City will continue to monitor this situation and be guided by information provided by the Central Michigan District Health Department https://www.cmdhd.org/novel-coronavirus, the State of Michigan https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus, and the Center for Disease Control & Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

Information Updates

Information will be updated and shared via the City’s website (www.mt-pleasant.org), Blog (mpcityblog.com), Facebook and Twitter accounts, MACTV Charter Spectrum Channel 188, and the Community Information Phone Line (989) 779-5320.

Small Business Relief

Are you a small business impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak? If so, you may be eligible for a grant or low-interest loan. Refer to these links for more information.

https://www.michigan.gov/Coronavirus

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options