City of Mt. Pleasant and EGLE examining former landfill site

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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Summary of Minutes of the City Commission Meeting Held April 22, 2019

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, April 22, 2019, at 7:01 p.m., in the City Commission Chambers.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held April 8, 2019.

2) Bid of Green Scene Landscaping of Mt. Pleasant, MI for 2019 grounds mowing.

3) Bid of Insituform Technologies USA, LLC of Chesterfield, MO, for the 2019 Sewer Relining Project.

4) Bid of Fisher Transportation of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the 2019 Street Sweeping Disposal Project.

5) Bid of Rowe Professional Services Company of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the Island Park Fitness Trail and Bridge Project.

6) MDOT resolution for MDOT Contract 19-5115 authorizing the approval of a contract for reimbursement of funds for the 2019 West Broadway Street over the Chippewa River Scour Protection Project and approved an amendment to the 2019 Parks budget for the Nelson Park riprap work.

7) Receive proposed Ordinance to amend Subsection 154.414.B.4.k. of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances to correct a scrivener’s error within the general sign provisions and set a public hearing for May 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. on same.

8) Warrants and Payrolls.

Authorized the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the contract amendment with Consumers Energy for the 35 fixtures recently upgraded. In addition, approve authority for the City Manager to sign future contract amendments for high pressure sodium lights to LED replacements.

Approved a six-month trial program for delivery vehicle permits in the Central Business District.

Approved changes to the Purchasing Policy as recommended including when quotes and bids are required and the dollar threshold for approval.

The Commission recessed at 8:23 p.m. and went into a work session at 8:32 p.m.

Held a work session discussion on the 2020 – 2025 Capital Improvement Plan.

Adjourn the meeting at 9:33 p.m.