Summary of Minutes of the City Commission Meeting – 12/14/2020

Summary of Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, December 14, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held November 23, 2020.

2) Minutes of the electronically conducted closed session held November 23, 2020.

3) Bids for 2021 Waste Water Treatment Plant treatment (bulk) chemicals.

4) Bid of Greenscene Landscaping of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the 2020-2021 snow season.

5) Resolutions supporting amended rates, fees and charges:

 a. Water Service Fees

b. Sewer Demand

c. Water Demand

6) Resolution to approve the final amended 2020 Operating Budget.

7) Authorized the Mayor or City Manager to sign the interlocal agreement for the designated assessor as presented.

8) Authorized the Mayor and City Clerk to execute an addendum to the existing contract with Mr. Ervin for an additional one year ending December 31, 2021.

9) Set the first City Commission meeting of 2021 for January 11, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

10) Warrants and Payrolls

Held a Public hearing on Michigan Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program application for GreenTree Cooperative Grocery, Inc.  and approved the resolution in support of same.

Approved resolution approving the final 2021 Operating Budget and set the millage rate.

Authorized the Mayor to sign a three-year contract with MMDC for economic development services and the appropriate 2021 budget amendment.

Received and discussed report by City Planner Kain on review of medical and adult-use marihuana ordinances.  No action by the Commission required at this time.

Failed motion to consider each appointment to various city boards and commissions as recommended by the Appointments Committee individually.

Approved appointments to various city boards and commissions as recommended by the Appointments Committee.

Reviewed report on City Manager evaluation and determined no wage adjustment would be made at this time.

Cancelled the meeting of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission scheduled for December 21, 2020.

Authorized Finance Director Mary Ann Kornexl to approve the issuance of payrolls and warrants from December 15, 2020 through January 11, 2021.

Adjourned the meeting at 10:07 p.m.

Topics to Watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – December 14, 2020

Here are the topics to watch at the next virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, December 14, 2020 at 7 p.m.

  • Public hearing on Michigan Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) program application for GreenTree Cooperative Grocery, Inc. and consider approval of resolution on the same.
  • Consider resolutions supporting amended rates, fees and charges.
    • Water Service
    • Sewer Demand
    • Water Demand
  • Consider resolution approving the final 2021 Operating Budget and set the millage rate for 2021.
  • Consider resolution approving the final amended 2020 Operating Budget.
  • Consider extension of farming contract with Robert Ervin for a portion of Mt. Pleasant Center land.
  • Consider contract with Middle Michigan Development Corporation (MMDC) and appropriate budget amendment.
  • Receipt of report on review of medical and adult-use marihuana ordinances.

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How to follow public meetings during 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 Public Act 228 of 2020, allowing public bodies to meet remotely. City Commission Chambers will be closed to the public.

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• Members of the public must provide their name and address with their comments.

• Comments/Questions may be sent ahead of the meeting in writing or emailed to comment@mtpleasant.org.

• Individual commissioners can be contacted at the following email addresses:

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Recreational (adult-use) Marihuana Information

Under the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA), it is legal for adults, 21 years of age or older, to grow, possess and use marihuana within certain limitations. This act also creates a commercial market for recreational (adult-use) marihuana. Local regulations related to the commercial market for recreational marihuana were adopted by the City Commission (City Commission Approved Marihuana Establishments Ordinance). A citizen initiative ordinance has also been approved for the November 5, 2019 ballot (Citizen Initiative Recreational Marihuana Establishments Ordinance). 

A timeline and detailed information about the two ordinances are described below in the document below.

Recreational Marihuana Background Flyer