Summary of Minutes of the special meeting of the City Commission and Central Michigan University Student Government Association – October 29, 2018

Summary of Minutes of the special meeting of the City Commission and Central Michigan University Student Government Association held Monday, October 29, 2018, at 7:02 p.m., at Central Michigan University Bovee University Center Auditorium, 103 E. Preston St., Mt. Pleasant.

Mayor Lents provided an overview of the purpose of the meeting and facilitated introductions of the Commissioners to the Student Government Association (SGA).

Received Petitions and Communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, October, 22, 2018.

2) Bid of Republic Services of Pierson, MI for solid waste collection and disposal.

3) One-year contract extension with MMI of Mt. Pleasant, MI for curbside pick-up of recycling collection services.

Approved installation of a commercial ball field lighting system at one upper Pickens Field through a donation from the Mt. Pleasant Little League and authorized staff to establish a use agreement on same.

Held a work session in the Central Michigan University Bovee University Center Maroon Room to discuss:

1) Economic Development Contracts

2) Sidewalk Snow Removal.

Adjourned the meeting at 9:53 p.m.

Topics to Watch at the 10/29/18 Special Combined Meeting of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission and CMU’s Student Government Association

Topics to watch at the October 29 special combined meeting of the City Commission and CMU’s Student Government Association. This meeting will take place at CMU’s Bovee University Center’s Auditorium (third floor.)

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for October 29, 2018 click here.

-Bids and quotations for:

*Municipal Refuse Collection

*Curbside Recycling Collection

-Consider approval of commercial ball field lighting installation at Pickens Field by Mt. Pleasant Little League and use agreement on the same.

-Public comment on agenda and non-agenda items.

*The City Commission is interested in obtaining comment from SGA members regarding any items related to the City.

This special combined meeting of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission and CMU Student Government Association will be available for viewing at a later date on the MACTV website.

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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CMU ‘Greeks Clean the Streets’

Thirty student members of the Greek community at Central Michigan University joined the City of Mt. Pleasant’s Neighborhood Resource Unit (NRU) on Oct. 15 to clean the streets of the neighborhood north of Bellows Street. 30 bags of trash were collected from Bellows Street to High Street, and from Douglas Street to Lansing Street.

Jeff Pickler
Jeff Pickler

Sunday marked the first “Greek Clean the Streets” event since the retirement and passing of former City Code Enforcement Officer Jeff Pickler. Pickler established the “Greeks Clean the Streets” program six years ago, creating volunteer opportunities for Greek students to get involved in the community. “Jeff was always extremely proud of the students who volunteered their time to make the City of Mt. Pleasant a cleaner place for everyone to enjoy,” said Mt. Pleasant Police Officer Jeff Browne.

Asst. Fire Chief Mike Dunham added, “Jeff’s contributions will live on through the programs he initiated and friendships he made. We will always be thankful to Jeff for his dedicated work ethic and his desire to improve the organization’s success.”

CMU Health donates 50 first aid kits to City

Safety Alliance - First Aid Kits
City Public Works staff and members of the Safety Alliance, Chad Sapp (left) and Sarah Parrott (middle), receive 50 first aid kits from Jennifer Churchill (right) of CMU Health.

All City-owned vehicles will soon be stocked with first aid supplies thanks to the generosity of Central Michigan University Health. In an effort initiated by the City’s Safety Alliance, CMU Health recently donated 50 OSHA-compliant first aid kits to ensure City staff members would have an adequate supply of basic medical care items while working out in the field.

“Until now, only the police and fire departments had first aid kits in their vehicles, so it was a high priority for the Safety Alliance to provide the kits to the rest of the City,” said Sarah Parrott of the Division of Public Works. “The group is in the process of distributing the kits to each department. There are extras in case new vehicles are purchased or items are used, and the kits will be checked once-a-month to make sure they are fully stocked and up-to-date.”

Created this year, the Safety Alliance is comprised of nine City staff members who work collaboratively across departments to make recommendations on health and safety topics.

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

This 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. 24 to 7 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27. Please see the weekend’s statistics below:

Arrested or Received Citation:

  • 8 Disorderly Conduct
  • 1 Disturbing the Peace
  • 1 Driving While License Suspended
  • 40 Minor in Possession of Alcohol
  • 3 Nuisance Party-Attending
  • 9 Nuisance Party-Hosting
  • 64 Open Intoxicants
  • 6 OWI
  • 3 Possession of Drugs
  • 11 Traffic Citations
  • 3 Warrant Arrest

Calls for Service:

  • There were 97 calls for service from 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 24 to 7 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 25.
  • There were 199 calls for service from 7 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 25 to 7 a.m. on Saturday,
    Aug. 26.
  • There were 145 calls for service from 7 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26. To 7 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 27.

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, Michigan State Police – Mt. Pleasant, and Lakeview Post, Isabella County Central Dispatch, Department of Corrections, Mobile Medical Response, Alma Police Department, Gratiot County Sheriff’s Department, Clare Police Department, Midland Police Department, and Midland County Sheriff’s Department.