Summary of Minutes from City Commission Meeting – October 22, 2018

Mayor read and presented proclamation recognizing Kris and Mike Roethlisberger’s service to the community.

Introduced new Water System Operators Jason DeFeyter and Tyler Heard.

Introduced new Assistant Public Works Director Jason Moore.

Carey Hammel, Director MAC TV Network, gave a presentation on what MAC TV does for the City of Mt. Pleasant and community.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

  1. Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held October 8, 2018.
  2. Minutes of the closed session of the City Commission held October 8, 2018.
  3. Authorized a contract with R & T Murphy of Mt. Pleasant, MI for 2018 leaf hauling and for 2018-2019 snow hauling.
  4. Approved a five-year contract with Vredeveld Haefner LLC of Grand Rapids, MI for audit services with option for financial statement preparation if desired.
  5. Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign any closing documents regarding the purchase of easement for Parcel E-17 from Frontier Communications.
  6. MDOT Resolution authorizing the approval of a contract to receive funds for the acquisition of an easement for approach slope clearing.
  7. Resolution supporting fees and charges for the Learn to Bowl program.
  8. Warrants and Payrolls.

-Approved the amended Rear Yard Sanitary Sewer and Sewer Lead Serving Multiple Buildings Policy with amendment.

-Authorized the City Manager to sign a one-year agreement with EAA and also authorize the City Manager to sign subsequent leases if the terms remain unchanged and request the City Manager bring back a report to the Commission annually with the amount spent by EAA on maintenance and promotion before the renewal is signed.

-Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign an amendment to the June 2013 Real Estate Purchase Agreement with Mr. Joe Olivieri to waive the requirement of building a spec home in 2018.

-Authorized the fireworks display on Saturday, December 1, 2018 and approve a sole source contract with Wolverine Fireworks Display.

-Authorized staff to issue a refund for the six properties that were incorrectly classified in the Principal Shopping District assessment roll between 2008-2017 and the appropriate budget amendment from the Principal Shopping District assigned balance.

-Held a work session discussion on the 2019 Operating Budget.

Adjourned at 10:08 p.m.

City Commission Meeting Summary of Minutes – September 24, 2018

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, September 24, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

Mayor Lents read and presented a proclamation in support of United Way Week – September 23-29, 2018.

Fire Lieutenant Randy Keeler gave a presentation on the City’s Fire Department.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held September 10, 2018.

2) Minutes of the closed session of the City Commission held September 10, 2018.

3) Bid of McKenna and Associates of Northville, MI for Master Plan Consultant project and authorized the Mayor to sign the appropriate contract documents.

4) Received a proposed Ordinance to amend Chapters 30 and 31.01 of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances and set a public hearing for Monday, October 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to hear public comment on same.

5) Received a proposed Ordinance to amend Section 98.37 of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances regarding snow and ice removal and set a public hearing for Monday, October 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to hear public comment on same.

6) Purchase-buyback of 11 trucks from Krapohl Ford and appropriate budget amendment.

7) Resolution for fireworks display permits.

8) Warrants and Payrolls

Held a public hearing and adopted resolution approving Application of American Mitsuba Corporation for Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate for a New Facility.

Awarded the contract for 2018-2021 Airport Snow Removal to Pat McGuirk Excavating, Inc. of Mt. Pleasant, MI.

Received Commissioners’ top rankings for Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe two percent allocations.

Approved resolution setting the initial receipt deadline date for medical marihuana facility license applications as presented.

Held work session on 2019 Operating Budget.

Postponed work session discussion on feedback received on potential Property Maintenance Standards to a future date not yet determined.

Adjourned at 9:13 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant Police Department statistics from start of the fall semester at Central Michigan University

Mt. Pleasant, Mich. – This past weekend, thousands of student residents arrived to the area for the start of the fall semester at Central Michigan University. The Mt. Pleasant Police Department responded to several calls for service and generated a number of citations from 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23 to 7 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26. Please see the weekend’s statistics below:

Arrested or Received Citation:

4 Disorderly Conduct
0 Disturbing the Peace
5 Driving While License Suspended
6 Minor in Possession of Alcohol
25 Nuisance Party-Attending
18 Nuisance Party-Hosting
24 Open Intoxicants
4 Possession of Drugs
10 Traffic Citations
4 Warrant Arrest

Calls for Service:

  • There were 79 calls for service from 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 23 to 7 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 24.
  • There were 89 calls for service from 7 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 24 to 7 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25
  • There were 96 calls for service from 7 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 25. to 7 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26.

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

“We are proud to be home to Central Michigan University. The students are a great asset to our community and the energy and diversity they bring strengthens the City as a whole,” said Mt.Pleasant City Manager Nancy Ridley. “The students are also City residents, and all residents are expected to uphold our community standards, which include respecting your neighbors and taking care of each other to ensure Mt. Pleasant continues to be a safe and desirable place to live and visit.”

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


UPDATE: North Main Street Construction to take place August 24 after 5 p.m. due to forecasted rain on August 25.

Traffic Alert

UPDATE:  Due to the forecasted rain on Saturday, August 25, 2018 – the paving of Main Street will begin on Friday, August 24 starting at 5 p.m.   

North Main and North Washington Street residents are advised to move their vehicles out of driveways and off of North Main Street by 4:00 p.m. on Friday, August 24

On-street parking on North Main Street will not be allowed.  Parking is available on the side streets east of North Main or at Pickens Field on West Pickard.  Cars parked on side streets will not be ticketed during the road work project.

Main Street WILL be open on Saturday, August 25.  The post office lobby will also be OPEN on Saturday, August 25.  


Breaking and entering at Freddie’s Tavern

On July 20, 2018 Mount Pleasant Police received a call of an alarm at 705 S. Adams Street (Freddie’s Tavern).

Officers met with an employee and confirmed that a breaking and entering had occurred and an undetermined amount of money was stolen.

Police searched the area around Freddie’s Tavern with K-9’s from the Michigan State Police and Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police.

It was determined that the subject responsible for the break in was no longer in the area.

The subject was seen on security video inside of Freddie’s Tavern and in the immediate area.

A video of the subject who appears to be wearing a mask and hoody will be posted to the Mt. Pleasant DPS Facebook page shortly. (

The Mount Pleasant Police Department is asking that anyone with information about this incident or the identity of the subject in the video to call the Anonymous Tip Line (989 779-9111.

Search continues for shooting suspect; City reminds residents to lock doors and report suspicious activity

Update – March 3, 12:50 a.m.:The suspect in the shooting on the campus of Central Michigan University has been taken into police custody without incident.

Thank you to the community for their help and cooperation throughout this situation.

At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Friday, March 2, there was a shooting on the campus of Central Michigan University. The suspect, 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr., fled northbound and was last seen in the area near Maple and Cherry streets. He is considered armed and dangerous. Residents are encouraged to stay inside their residences and lock the doors of their homes, outbuildings, garages and vehicles.

More than 100 officers from multiple police agencies continue to search for the suspect and will be conducting door-to-door checks in the vicinity of Maple and Cherry streets until dark. Law enforcement helicopters will continue to assist in the search through the evening.

Community members are reminded to remain vigilant of their surroundings. Please do not actively search for the suspect or engage anyone matching the description of the suspect. Instead, please call 911 or 773-1000 to report suspicious activity or someone matching the description of the suspect.

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5 Reasons Why Mount Pleasant is a Great College Town

  1. The Location

Located right in the center of the mitten, the City of Mount Pleasant appeals to students from every corner of the state. Mt. P is just an hour away from Lansing, an hour and a half from Grand Rapids, and two and a half hours from Detroit. The quick drive up to CMU is easy, but the nearly “Up North” vibe of Mount Pleasant makes it feel like a world away.

  1. The Opportunity

Mount Pleasant hosts an array of businesses and restaurants. In the last few years, multiple new restaurants have opened on Mission Street. Many of these places employ students part time while they go to school. CMU students have the opportunity to intern, work and develop by getting involved during their time at school.

  1. The Parks

Mount Pleasant is home to parks, trails, and a river. You can spend the day hanging out at Island Park, walking one of the many trails or kayaking down the Chip River. Whether it’s summer or winter, there are always things to see and do in the City’s beautiful parks.

  1. The Downtown

Close to campus, Main Street offers a wide variety of restaurants and quaint local businesses. Shopping, pottery painting and great homemade food are all found downtown Mount Pleasant. Take a study break before finals week and head to the annual Christmas Celebration downtown– it proves to be a fun event for residents of all ages!

  1. The Entertainment

With multiple golf courses, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, a movie theater and a summer concert series, there is always something to do in Mount Pleasant. When you’re not busy with homework, head out for a game of golf on a sunny day or spend a rainy day catching a new movie. Home to Soaring Eagle, Mount Pleasant has become a tourist destination for many looking for a short getaway or big-name concert.

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