Topics to watch at the City Commission meeting – July 8, 2019

Here are the topics to watch at the next Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, July 8, 2019 at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street.

-Public hearing on special assessment roll for Special Assessment District #2-2019 and consider approval of Resolution #5 for approval of the roll and setting of payment terms for the Special Assessment District.

-Public hearing on proposed application for Gursky Limited, LLC for Community Development Block Grant Revolving Loan Fund Program and consider resolution on the same.

-Consider amendment to purchase and development agreement for 410 W. Broadway Street.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2019/7.8.19.pdf

 

UPDATE – Suspicious death investigation

On Monday, July 1, 2019 at 10:12 a.m. a call involving an aggressive dog in a neighborhood located on Mt. Pleasant’s west side was dispatched. During the call the dog’s owner was found deceased in her home. The deceased female was identified as 24 year-old Mt. Pleasant resident, Bianca Nieto.

Nieto’s family was notified on Monday. Upon investigation, it was discovered that Nieto did not return phone calls or text messages from family members, and did not report to work.

There are no known health issues which would have contributed to Nieto’s death. The Michigan State Crime Lab was called in to assist due to the circumstances of the scene.

This is an open investigation pending the report from the medical examiner’s office. Mt. Pleasant Police Department Detectives will be continuing the investigation and will provide updates as they become available.

Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police and the MSP Crime Lab.

Mt. Pleasant Police investigating suspicious death – No risk to the public

Mt. Pleasant Police were dispatched to an animal control complaint at 10:12 a.m. on Monday, July 1, 2019.  During this call it was discovered that a resident of the home was deceased.

Name and specific location information are being withheld until next of kin can be contacted. The Mt. Pleasant Police, along with the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police, are currently investigating. There is no risk to the public.

Firework safety and regulation reminders

As Independence Day approaches, now is a good time to review firework safety tips and regulations.

City of Mt. Pleasant Fireworks Ordinance

This ordinance states a person may only discharge or use consumer fireworks on private property on the day before, the day of, and the day after a recognized holiday (July 3, 4 and 5), but not between the hours of 1 a.m. and 8 a.m. On all other days of the year, fireworks may not be discharged within the City limits.

Additionally, a minor shall not possess, ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks. Fireworks shall not be used while a person is under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, or during times when a burning ban has been established by the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, MI. For a list of burning restrictions by county, visit http://www.dnr.state.mi.us/burnpermits/.

For those planning on discharging fireworks this July Fourth holiday, please follow the City regulations as stated above and practice these safety tips:

  1. Read and follow all warning and instructions.
  2. Never allow children to play with fireworks of any kind.
  3. Wear protective clothing, including eye wear.
  4. Only light devices on smooth, flat surfaces away from residential areas, dry leaves and flammable materials.
  5. Always keep a hose or bucket of water nearby in case of malfunction.
  6. Never try to re-light fireworks that have not fully functioned.

The best way to protect your family is to avoid the use of fireworks at home entirely. The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department recommends attending public fireworks displays and leaving the lighting to the professionals.

 

Summary of Minutes of the City Commission Meeting held June 24, 2019

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, June 24, 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 June 10, 2019.

2) Bid of Krapohl Ford of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the purchase of two police patrol vehicles.

3) Bid of Peerless-Midwest, Inc. of Ionia, MI for the retrofitting Well #17 project.

4) Award the contract for lime residuals removal to Rocky Ridge Development, LLC of Sylvania, OH.

5) Award contract for the 1MG Reservoir Bypass Project to L.D. Docsa of Kalamazoo, MI.

6) Award contract for the rotating biological contractor replacement to American Resource Recovery Services of Sparta, MI.

7) Accept ownership of the parcel containing the detention pond in Industrial Park South from the EDC.

8) Resolution regarding Industrial Park South grant as presented.

9) Set a public hearing for July 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at the Mt. Pleasant City Hall, City Commission Chambers on the application by Gursky Limited, LLC for a CDBG RLF loan.

10) Warrants and Payrolls.

Approved the contract amendment with McGuirk Sand and Gravel and the appropriate budget amendment as presented for the 2019 Broadway Street Reconstruction project.

Approved a contract amendment with Gawne Trucking for biosolids removal.

Approved Resolution #3 to proceed with improvements; and Resolution #4 to accept the special assessment roll and set public hearing for July 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. regarding said roll.

Approved the recommendation to maintain the current four-lane configuration of West Pickard Street within the city limits.

Endorsed the conceptual plan for the future use and conceptual design of the CMU Smartzone land.

Endorsed the concept of utilizing a municipal investment advisor for non-pension fund investments.

Conducted a work session discussion regarding the potential development on 410 W. Broadway Street.

Adjourned at 9:28 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant Police Department Investigates Credit Card Fraud

Mt. Pleasant, MI –Mt. Pleasant Police Department (MPPD) officers responded to an incident on March 3, 2019 at Wayside Central. The complaint was of a stolen cell phone and credit cards. Officers were aware of previous situations in which the suspects were stealing credit cards and going to local businesses that had self-checkout lanes.  Once officers heard the call they sat outside a business and observed two males going through self-checkout lanes trying multiple cards.  As officers approached, the two males fled the scene. Officers were able to make contact with the one suspect who stayed with the vehicle. Through their investigation they were able to identify all three suspects and seize evidence of the crime.

 

Together, MPPD officers and detectives were able to link the cell phones and credit cards used in prior thefts within that timeframe. Throughout the investigation MPPD detectives were able to identify approximately twenty victims. The majority of the property was recovered and returned to the rightful owners.  Two of the suspects have been charged and awaiting arraignment. The third suspect is still at large.

 

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by the Michigan Department of Corrections and Michigan State Police Intelligence Unit.

Topics to watch at the City Commission meeting – June 24, 2019

Here are the topics to watch at the next Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, June 24, 2019 at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street.

-Consider acceptance of ownership of Parcel #10-205-00 in Industrial Park South from the Economic Development Corporation.

-Consider Resolution #3 to proceed with improvements for the Principal Shopping District.  Consider Resolution #4 to accept the special assessment roll and set a public hearing for July 8, 2019 as postponed from June 10, 2019.

-Discuss mill and overlay of Pickard Street and confirm design of pavement markings. Share findings from Pickard Street Road Diet Forum and comments received.

-Consider endorsement of conceptual plan for Central Michigan University Smartzone.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2019/6.24.19.pdf

 

 

UPDATE: 9/5/2019: City of Mt. Pleasant and EGLE examining former landfill site

UPDATE:  September 5, 2019: 

The City of Mt. Pleasant has been working in conjunction with the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), regarding a parcel of land, previously used as a landfill located at West Pickard and North Franklin Streets.

During surface water sampling of the Chippewa River a clay tile pipe located on the river bank which had groundwater draining into the river, was identified. This pipe was not specified on historical maps, or in EGLE or Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) records. City staff immediately began consulting with EGLE and researching the pipe’s origin. This exploration led to verifying a total of five pipes near the area which had operated as a landfill between the 1950’s to 1975.

The City contracted with an environmental services company to determine the impact the former landfill has on the groundwater runoff to the Chippewa River. This firm recommended temporary monitoring wells be installed, which was completed in June.  After further investigation, the environmental services company also recommended the pipes be capped off and this has also been completed.

The City will continue to work closely with EGLE and the environmental services company, and will provide updated information when it becomes available.

 

June 17, 2019 Release:

The City of Mt. Pleasant has been working in conjunction with the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE), formerly known as the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), regarding the previous use and possible contamination of a parcel of land located at West Pickard and North Franklin Streets in Mt. Pleasant.

During surface water sampling of the Chippewa River a clay tile pipe located on the river bank which had groundwater draining into the river, was identified. This pipe was not specified on historical maps, or in EGLE or Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) records. City staff immediately began consulting with EGLE and researching the pipe’s origin. This exploration led to verifying a total of five pipes near the area which had operated as a landfill between the 1950’s to 1975.

Water tests were conducted by an independent lab as a precaution. These tests have shown that compared to surface water there are elevated levels of ammonia, boron, PFOS and selenium.

Upon receiving these water test results, the City has contracted with an environmental services company to determine the impact the former landfill has on the groundwater runoff to the Chippewa River. This company will be installing temporary monitoring wells and performing additional water sampling and analysis. Next steps to take, if needed, will then be determined.

The city will continue to work closely with EGLE and the environmental services company, and will provide updated information when it becomes available.

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Three Mt. Pleasant Police Officers Promoted to Sergeant

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department (MPPD) is proud to announce the promotion of three officers to the rank of Sergeant.  Director Paul Lauria shared, “The MPPD is fortunate to have officers who devote their entire law enforcement career to our department. This wealth of experience enables us to promote quality law enforcement professionals into supervisory roles resulting in seamless transitions despite the retirement of experienced Sergeants such as Sarah Cuthbertson, Dan Gaffka and Cary Murch.” Captain Andy Latham added, “We are grateful for the service these three retiring sergeants have given to our department. The impact made on their shifts is noticeable with these recent promotions.”

dvandykOfficer Dave VanDyke, has been with the department for 22 years and has recently served as the Public Information Officer (PIO) where he interfaces with the community and media. In addition to his PIO duties, Dave is an assistant team leader on the Emergency Services Team, and has been a member of that team for 19 years. Dave will begin his role as Sergeant on June 23 due to Sergeant Sarah Cuthbertson recently retiring after 26 years of service to the MPPD. Dave Vandyke will be following in the footsteps of his father, Wayne VanDyke who retired from MPPD as a Sergeant.

 

dhawksOfficer Dale Hawks has served the MPPD for 23 years. Dale was one of the first officers assigned to YSU when that unit formed and he laid the groundwork for the Unit’s success. Dale served as President of POAM for several years. Officer Hawks will take on the Sergeant’s role July 21 due to the retirement of Sergeant Dan Gaffka who has been with the department for 27 years.

 

 

 

bblissOfficer Brandon Bliss, has been with the department for 11 years and has recently served as the Youth Services Unit Officer.  Brandon has been responsible for all Youth Services Unit activities which include the Coneys for a Cause fundraiser and the Youth Police Academy, as well as being the onsite officer for Mt. Pleasant Public Schools. Brandon is the current Police Officers Association of Michigan (POAM) President. Officer Bliss will begin his new role this fall due to the retirement of Sergeant Cary Murch who has served the MPPD for 25 years.

 

Summary of Minutes of the City Commission Meeting held June 10, 2019

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, June 10, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Bid of JCI Jones Chemical, Inc. of Riverview, Michigan for 2019 Water Treatment Plant Caustic Soda.

2) Resolution recognizing Isabella Community Restoration House (ICRH) as a non-profit organization for the purpose of obtaining a charitable gaming license as presented.

3) Warrants and Payrolls.

Approved the Minutes of the May 28, 2019 regular meeting of the City Commission as amended to reflect that “Mayor Joseph called the meeting to order and the Pledge of Allegiance was recited, led by a local Boy Scout troop.”

Held a public hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance No. 1044, an ordinance to add a new Chapter 115, “RECREATIONAL MARIHUANA FACILITIES” to Title XI of the Mt. Pleasant City Code to temporarily prohibit recreational marihuana establishments under Initiated Law 1 of 2018, the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act.

Held a public hearing on the necessity of the public improvement; consider Resolution #3 to proceed with improvements; consider Resolution #4 to accept the special assessment roll and set a public hearing for June 24, 2019 regarding said roll for Special Assessment #2-19 and postponed action on Special Assessment #2-19 until staff can gather information on amount of increase in assessment in previous year.

Approved an amendment to the engineering design work to C2AE for the Wastewater Treatment Plant.

Approved the updated Downtown Outdoor Dining Policy and Application Procedures as presented.

Approved the 2020-2025 Capital Improvement Plan as presented with page 99 regarding Industrial Area Street Improvements being moved to 6 years out (2025).

Denied Temporary Traffic Control Order 2-2019 (Preston Street parking) and ordered “No Parking” signs be reinstalled.

Made appointments as recommended by the Appointments Committee.

Adjourned at 9:11 p.m.