5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

City Logo over downtown

Here are 5 things to watch at the Aug. 14 City Commission meeting.

  1. Four-way stop at intersection of Washington and Michigan: In May 2017, the intersection at Michigan and Washington streets was converted from a two-way stop to a four-way stop for a 90-day temporary time period. The City Commission will consider the recommendation to make the four-way stop a permanent traffic control order.
  2. Grant application for new voting equipment: The City Commission will consider authorizing the City Clerk to submit a grant application to the State of Michigan for new voting equipment. The grant funding covers the purchase of the new equipment, as well as the cost of maintenance and service for the first five years. The grant is part of a statewide plan to replace aging and outdated voting equipment in all cities and townships by August 2018.  If approved, the new equipment will be in place in the City of Mt. Pleasant in time for the November 2017 election. 
  3. Delegation document for school plan review: The City Commission will consider approving the annual delegation document for school plan review. This document allows City staff to provide the review and inspection for Mt. Pleasant Public School projects planned on its facilities from Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018. The City’s Department of Building Safety has provided this service to the Mt. Pleasant Schools over the past few years.
  4. Parks budget amendment for flood repairs: The City Commission will consider a parks budget amendment that reprioritizes fund allocations to repair flood damage in the parks before initiating some previously planned capital projects.
  5. Boards and commissions draft policy and updated application: The City Commission will receive and review a draft of a new policy and updated application for boards and commissions. The purpose of the policy is to provide guidance to current and future appointment committee members, as well as to the public regarding the process of filling vacancies on the City’s boards and commissions.

Immediately following the regular meeting, the City Commission will hold a work session to discuss the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMMFLA) Ad Hoc Committee recommendation.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for August 14, 2017, click here.

Mount Pleasant City Commission meetings are held at City Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month. Meetings begin at 7 p.m.

2017 pavement marking project to begin Monday; City parking lots downtown closed Aug. 13

City parking lots downtown Mt. Pleasant will be closed on Sunday, Aug. 13 for the application of new pavement markings. Six of these lots will be marked for additional ADA accessible parking spaces.

Between Aug. 7 and 18, pavement markings will also be repainted on 14 streets, as well as on 39 crosswalks and intersections.

Questions may be directed to Downtown Development Director Michelle Sponseller at msponseller@mt-pleasant.org or (989) 779-5348.

Police cars, fire trucks and more at Public Safety Night on Aug. 19

Public Safety Night 2016

Area families are invited to join local public safety officers downtown Mt. Pleasant on Aug. 19 for Public Safety Night. Beginning at 6 p.m., stop by the City Hall parking lot (320 W. Broadway in Mt. Pleasant) for the following:

  • Pleasant Police Department – Patrol vehicles, Youth Services Unit Trans Am and motorcycles
  • Pleasant Fire Department – Fire engines
  • Isabella County Sheriff – Car seat compliance checks and a motorcycle safety simulator
  • Patrol Units from the police departments of Central Michigan University and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe
  • Department of Natural Resources (DNR) – Truck, ATV and boat
  • Mobile Medical Response (MMR) – Ambulance
  • Local township fire departments – Fire engines
  • Isabella County Central Dispatch
  • And more!

As a preview for the Movies by Moonlight showing of “Rogue 1: A Star Wars Story” at dusk that evening, Public Safety Night will also feature special guest appearances by “Star Wars” characters!


Outdoor film series scheduled for Saturdays in August

Over the weekend, Mt. Pleasant area families brought chairs, blankets and snacks, and settled in on the lawn outside of City Hall for the showing of “Zootopia,” the first film in this year’s Movies by Moonlight event series.

Movies by Moonlight will continue on Saturdays in August outside of City Hall (320 W. Broadway). All showings begin at 8:30 p.m. / dusk.

  • Aug. 12: “Lego Batman” (PG) Sponsored by Mercantile Bank
  • Aug. 19: “Rogue 1: A Star Wars Story” (PG-13) Sponsored by Krapohl Ford
  • Aug. 26: “Finding Dory” (PG) Sponsored by Isabella Bank

This year’s media sponsorship is provided by WCFX-FM. The “Movies by Moonlight” event was founded by City of Mt. Pleasant, Isabella Bank and Max & Emily’s Eatery.

To learn more, see the event section of the Downtown Mt. Pleasant Facebook page at www.facebook.com/downtownmp/events.

Summary of the July 24 City Commission Meeting

The video of the July 24, 2017 City Commission meeting is available here.

Below is the Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, July 24, 2017, at 7:01 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

1. Received petitions and communications.

2. Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar

  • Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held July 10, 2017
  • Authorize the Mayor and Clerk to sign a three year contract as approved by the labor attorney with Brown & Brown of Central Michigan for Broker services
  • Bid of Carrier and Gable, Inc. of Farmington, MI for flashing school crossing signs as a replacement for the July 10 award to Traffic Safety Corporation and approve the appropriate budget amendment
  • Fee/Charges Policy Guidelines as presented
  • Payroll and warrants

3. Received recommendation from MMMFLA Ad Hoc Committee and set a work session for Monday, August 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

4. Denied contract with APM for mosquito control.

5. Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign the contract with Renaissance Public School Academy for PEAK services as presented.

6. Confirmed the purchase and development agreement for 410 W. Broadway as
recommended by the EDC.

7. Recessed at 7:44 p.m. and went into a work session on City Commission goals for 2018.

8. Adjourned the meeting at 9:42 p.m.

City’s drinking water meets federal and state quality requirements


According to the 2016 City of Mt. Pleasant Water Quality Report, the City’s drinking water meets all federal and state requirements.

The Mt. Pleasant Water Department routinely monitors for a number of contaminants in the City’s drinking water. While it is reasonable to expect trace amounts of some contaminants, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets regulations which limit the levels of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems to ensure the tap water is safe to drink.

The report revealed the contaminants detected in the City’s drinking water measured well below the maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) set by government regulations. For example, when testing for the presence of fluoride, the amount of fluoride in the water cannot exceed 4 parts per million (ppm). In City water, the fluoride levels averaged at 0.7 ppm.

Additionally, the City’s water system tested well below action levels of the federal Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). The action level of lead is 15 parts per billion (ppb). The level of lead detected in the City’s drinking water was zero.

The Mt. Pleasant Water Department constantly monitors the water supply for various contaminants. Tests were performed for an additional 130 chemicals and no detectable concentrations were found. “At the Mt. Pleasant Water Department, we work hard to provide top quality water to every tap, and our motto, ‘Good Water Every Day,’ reflects this focus,” said Water Superintendent Malcolm Fox.

To see the full report, visit http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/dept/publicworks/2016waterreport.pdf.

Online signup and payment for brush chipping now available

Free brush-chipping service suspended

The City’s brush-chipping program operates year-round (weather permitting) and provides curbside or alley pick up of brush that is not eligible for collection by the City’s weekly refuse collection.

NEW! Residents now have the option to apply and pay for the service using a single online form. Find the form here.

Please note: The free brush chipping program offered to residents this summer was recently suspended. The remaining funds from the program were reallocated to support the emergency curbside debris collection that took place following the June flooding event.

Summary of the July 10 City Commission meeting

The video of the July 10, 2017 City Commission meeting is available here.

Below is the Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, July 10, 2017, at 7 p.m., in the City Commission Room:

1. Department of Public Works Director Zang introduced newly hired Water Treatment
Plant Superintendent Jamie Hockemeyer.

2. City Manager Ridley gave an update on flood activity.

3. A moment of silence was observed for deceased members of Commissioners’ families.

4. Received petitions and communications.

5. Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

  • Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held June 26, 2017
  • Bid of Traffic Safety Corp. of Sacramento, CA for the purchase of 14 Solar LED Flashing School Crossing Signs
  • Resolution in support of modifying the July Board of Review date
  • Resolution extending MDOT contract for continued operation and maintenance of the airport AWOS
  • Payrolls and warrants.

6. Held a public hearing on the special assessment roll for Special Assessment #01-17 and
considered approval of resolution #5 for approval of the roll and setting of payment terms for the Principal Shopping District Special Assessment.

7. Motion to approve Resolution #5 for approval of the roll and setting of payment terms for the Principal Shopping District Special Assessment #01-17 failed.

8. Confirmed a contract with Republic Services for disposal of flood damaged items and
approved allocation of funds within the Solid Waste Fund to cover the cost as

9. Conducted a work session on Fee/Charges Policy Guidelines.

10. Postponed work session “Goals Discussion for 2018” to a later date.

11. Adjourned the meeting at 7:59 p.m.

Traffic stop leads to drug arrest


On July 10, 2017, an officer stopped a vehicle for failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign. The driver was identified as Christopher Perez, a 32-year-old Grand Rapids man, whose license was currently suspended. The officer re-approached the vehicle and found Perez chewing a green leafy substance later identified as marijuana. Perez was taken into custody for Driving with a Suspended License and Tampering with Evidence.

While at the Isabella County Jail, the officer searched Perez and recovered 12 individually wrapped bindles of heroin stuffed in Perez’s pants. The total weight of the bindles was 11 grams.

Perez was lodged at the Isabella County Jail. Perez was arraigned on charges of Controlled Substance-Delivery/Manufacture Less than 50 grams-second offense notice; Controlled Substance-Possession-second offense notice; Tampering with Evidence; and Operating-License Suspended, Revoked, Denied-second office notice. Bond was set at $800,000/ten percent.

Perez remains lodged at the Isabella County Sheriff’s Department.

City parking lot and several streets closed this weekend for Classic Car Show


A City parking lot and several streets will be closed this weekend to accommodate the Classic Car and Motorcycle Show presented by the Home Builders Association of Central Michigan.


  • Lot #3 (Town Center) will be closed on Friday, July 14 at 5 p.m. until Saturday, July 15 at 6 p.m. Overnight permit holders should use parking lot #2, located behind Max and Emily’s. Cars left in parking lot #3 lot will be towed to parking lot #12 across from City Hall (320 West Broadway).


The following streets will be closed Saturday, July 15 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Cars left on streets will be towed to parking lot #12 across from City Hall (320 West Broadway).

  • Broadway from Washington to Franklin
  • Main from Mosher to Lansing (Please note: Michigan will remain open to through traffic.)
  • Court from Broadway to Mosher (Please note: Access to parking lot #2 will remain open.)
  • University from Michigan to Broadway
  • Franklin from Michigan to Mosher

Mosher and Michigan will remain open to move traffic traveling east and west. Washington will remain open until the roundabout for north and southbound traffic.

Questions may be directed to Downtown Development Director Michelle Sponseller at msponseller@mt-pleasant.org or (989) 779-5348.