Summary of Minutes of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – January 11, 2021

Summary of Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, January 11, 2021, at 7:00 p.m..

Commissioner William Joseph was elected Mayor for 2021.

Commissioner Amy Perschbacher was elected Vice Mayor for 2021.

Adopted resolution setting time and day of regular meetings. 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month beginning at 7 p.m.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held December 14, 2020.

2) MDOT performance resolution for governmental agencies for the purpose of representing the City in transactions.

3) Appointments of City Officials to applicable City boards and commissions for 2021.

Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign the Airport Joint Operations Agreement as presented and to retain the current Airport Advisory Board members until their terms expire. 

Approved the resolution to waive the 3% penalty on unpaid taxes between February 17 and March 1 as presented.

Approved and conducted closed session pursuant to subsection 8(e) of the Open Meetings Act to consult with counsel regarding pending litigation.

Adjourned the meeting at 9:30 p.m.

Topics to Watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – January 11, 2021

Here are the topics to watch at the next virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, January 11, 2021 at 7 p.m.

  • Administer Oath of Office to Commissioners Olivia Cyman and Will Joseph.
  • Election of Mayor and Vice Mayor
  • Consider Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) performance resolution for governmental agencies for the purpose of representing the City in transactions.
  • Consider approval of Airport Joint Operations and Management Agreement.
  • Consider recommendation from Principal Shopping District Board (PSD) on waiving penalties.

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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 254 of 2020, allowing public bodies to meet remotely. 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

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Passcode: 511483   

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 may email their comments.

Attendance to the meeting and participation during public comment periods will be conducted as follows:

• 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:

Mary Alsager                malsager@mt-pleasant.org

Olivia Cyman                ocyman@mt-pleasant.org

Lori Gillis                         lgillis@mt-pleasant.org

William Joseph            wjoseph@mt-pleasant.org

Amy Perschbacher     aperschbacher@mt-pleasant.org

George Ronan         gronan@mt-pleasant.org

Pete Tolas                      ptolas@mt-pleasant.org

• Comments/Questions can be emailed to comment@mt-pleasant.org during the meeting and during normal public comment sections of the agenda.

• Comments sent via email will be read aloud to the Commission during the public comment periods.

Persons with disabilities needing assistance to participate may call the Human Resources office at (989) 779-5314. Persons requiring speech or hearing assistance may contact the City through the Michigan Relay Center at 711. A 48-hour advance notice is necessary for accommodation.

Tree abatement near airport to begin Feb. 26

The City will begin a tree abatement project Monday, Feb. 26 near the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport to clear obstructions protruding into the approach slope – the path an airplane follows to land on a runway.

The project was deemed necessary by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in order for the City to continue to safely accommodate the larger planes that utilize the airport. The majority of the abatement will occur west of the airport between US-127 and South Isabella Road.

According to Airport Manager Bill Brickner, the project is not only essential for the successful arrival and departure of airplanes, it is also needed for the airport to remain a driver of local economic development and business growth.

“The airport adds about $8 million of revenue to the community each year,” said Brickner. “If the trees remain, the runway will be shortened and several of our customers who fly larger planes will have to go elsewhere to land, purchase fuel and conduct business.”

Federal and state funding will pay for 95 percent of the total project costs, with the remaining five percent budgeted in the Airport Capital Improvement Plan.

 

3 Reasons Why the Mt. Pleasant Airport is a Community Asset

Active since 1940, the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport is administered as a department within the Division of Public Works of the City of Mt. Pleasant. Covering an area of 344 acres, the airport is categorized as a General Utility Airport with two available runways.

Highlighted in this month’s “Why MP,” check out 3 reasons why the Mt. Pleasant Airport is a community treasure.

1. The City airport adds millions of dollars to the local economy each year.

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1935 – First Airplane to Visit Mt. Pleasant

Close to 1,300 aircraft utilize the airport annually, bringing visitors to the Mt. Pleasant area who stay at local hotels, eat at local restaurants and patron local businesses. As a result, nearly $8 million of revenue is added to the community each year!

“When the doors open on the plane, I rarely know who’s going to be on the other side,” said Airport Manager Bill Brickner. “People use the airport for a wide variety of reasons, from selling wares and delivering emergency parts, to transferring prisoners. Even celebrities use our airport.”

Corporate aircraft are among those that use the airport regularly, serving as a means of transportation for several companies, including Morbark, Bandit Industries, Delfield, Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Meijer, Walmart, Kay Jewelers and Harley Davidson – just to name a few!

2. It serves as a resource for community safety and emergency services.

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Used for the U.S. Military, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Michigan State Police and Medi-Vac flights, the City Airport offers a quick and efficient method of transportation for those in emergency situations. With on-call staff members and a 24-hour phone line, emergency personnel rely on the airport in times of need.

Most recently, the airport housed airplanes that helped people in the paths of the hurricanes Harvey and Irma flee Texas and Florida.

In addition, the nonprofit organization, Wings of Mercy, uses the Mt. Pleasant Airport to provide free air transportation to distant medical centers for those with serious or rare illnesses in need of specialized care. Wings of Mercy connects those who can’t afford the financial burden of commercial flights with volunteer pilots who can get them there.

3. It offers educational and engaging events to promote aviation to all ages.  

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Young Eagles Day

The Airport plays host to events organized by Chapter 907 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), a group of aviation enthusiasts who plan events tailored to engage community members of all ages in hopes of sparking interest in aviation.

This year alone, the EAA’s Young Eagles program has provided free airplane rides to approximately 120 kids between the ages of 8-17. “With each flight lasting about 20 minutes, local kids love the opportunity to fly over Mt. Pleasant and potentially their houses,” says Brickner.

Another EAA-hosted event, “Wings & Wheels,” takes place on Sept. 16. For details, check out the Facebook event page here.

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EAA Chapter 907 – With a team of only 5 individuals making up the staff at the airport, the EAA loves to volunteer their time and effort to ensure the future of aviation is as bright as ever.

For more information about the Mt. Pleasant Airport, contact Airport Manager Bill Brickner at (989) 444-1996 or bbrickner@mt-pleasant.org.

To learn more about the local chapter of EAA, go to www.907.eaachapter.org.