Summary of Jan. 8 City Commission meeting

The video of the Jan. 8, 2018 City Commission meeting is available here.

Below is the Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

1. Commissioner Lents was elected Mayor for 2018.

2. Commissioner Madaj was elected Vice Mayor for 2018.

3. Set time and day of regular meetings.

4. City Planner Kain gave a presentation on the upcoming 2018 Citizens’ Academy.

5. Received petitions and communications.

6. Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

  • Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held December 11, 2017
  • Receive proposed ordinance to amend Title V, Chapter 50, Section(s) 50.12 and 50.99 of the Mount Pleasant City Code regarding material collection licenses and penalties and set a public hearing for January 22, 2018 on same
  • Resolution in support of Final approval of Traffic Control Order #1-2018
  • Resolution in support of Final approval of Traffic Control Order #2-2018
  • Resolution authorizing MDOT contract for reimbursement for the 2017 Tree Abatement project
  • Appointments of City Officials to applicable City boards and commissions for 2018.

7. Held a public hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance 1032, an Ordinance to amend Title XIII, Chapter 132, Section(s) 132.03, 132.04 and 132.06 of the Mount Pleasant City Code regarding the purchase, consumption, and possession of alcoholic beverages by minors, furnishing or using fraudulent identification, and license sanctions, and to repeal Title XIII, Chapter 132, Section 132.07 of the Mount Pleasant City Code regarding preliminary breath tests.

8. Approved amendment to Motor Pool Budget for the replacement of a snow plow.

9. Approved Appointments to various City Boards and Commissions.

10. Approved proceeding with drafting of the general framework of ordinances with regard to MMMFLA leaving open issues for discussion and scheduling a work session at the earliest available time.

11. Approved and conducted a closed session pursuant to subsection 8(h) of the Open Meetings Act for material exempt from discussion or disclosure by state or federal statute.

12. Adjourned the meeting at 8:34 p.m.

5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

Here are five things to watch at the Jan. 8 City Commission meeting:

  1. Oath of Office Administration and Mayor/Vice Mayor Election: As the meeting begins, City Clerk Jeremy Howard will administer the oath of office to newly-elected members William Joseph and Kristin LaLonde. The City Commission will then conduct an election of the mayor and vice mayor.
  2. Material Collection Licenses and Penalties: In January 2017, the City Commission approved ordinance changes that restricted the hours of operation for refuse collection in certain zones, as well as provided penalties and allowed for an exception process. As part of the approval, a one-year sunset clause was added to the ordinance. Since then, the changes have had the desired positive impacts on the adjacent residential neighborhoods. The sunset clause must be removed in order for the law to remain in effect. The City Commission will consider setting a public hearing on the removal of the sunset clause for Jan. 22, 2018
  3. Temporary Traffic Control Order: An “Electric Vehicle Only” sign was placed at the electric car charging station parking space in Lot #2 (Jockey Alley) 90 days ago as a temporary traffic control order. With no comments received during the 90-day time period, the City Commission will consider the approving the order as final.
  4. Reimbursement of Airport Tree Abatement Project Costs: In 2017 the City Commission approved contracts related to the approach slope clearing project for the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport. The next step in the process is to approve the grant agreement with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) to fund 95 percent of these costs. The City Commission will consider the resolution authorizing the mayor to sign the agreement.
  5. Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMMFLA): The City Commission will consider directing City Attorney and City staff to begin drafting ordinance to opt-in to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMMFLA).

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for Jan. 8, 2018, click here.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings are held at City Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month. Meetings begin at 7 p.m.

Summary of Dec. 11 City Commission meeting

Pictured above: Mayor Kathy Ling with Commissioners Jim Holton (left) and Mike Verleger, whose terms as City Commissioners expire Dec. 31, 2017. Holton has served since 2006 and Verleger since 2015. Thank you for your service to the City of Mt. Pleasant! 

The video of the Dec. 11, 2017 City Commission meeting is available here.

Below is the Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, Dec. 11, 2017, at 7 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

1. Received petitions and communications.

2. Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

  • Minutes of the regular meeting and closed session of the City Commission held November 27, 2017
  • Minutes of the special meeting of the City Commission held November 28, 2017
  • Contract with Ferguson Waterworks of Grand Rapids, MI, for 2018 water meter purchase
  • Bid of Garber Contracting, Inc. of Mt. Pleasant, MI for Island Park East Storage Building Rehabilitation
  • Authorize the Mayor and Clerk to sign the agreement to share captured tax value generated by the Campus Commons Development between the Mission/Pickard
    DDA Board and the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority
  • Resolution for Final Amended 2017 Operating Budget
  • Set first meeting of 2018 for Monday, January 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Commission Room
  • Receive an ordinance to amend Title XIII, Chapter 132, Section(s) 132.03, 132.04 and 132.06 of the Mount Pleasant City Code regarding the purchase, consumption, and possession of alcoholic beverages by minors, furnishing or using fraudulent identification, and license sanctions, and to repeal Chapter 132 Section 132.07 regarding preliminary breath tests and set a public hearing for Monday, January 8, 2018 on same
  • Warrants and Payroll.

3. Held a public hearing and denied the amendment to Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Plan for West Broadway Revitalization site #3.

4. Adopted resolutions amending fees and charges for water rates, sewer rates, brush pickup and Parks and Recreation.

5. Adopted resolution approving the 2018 Annual Operating Budget and setting millage
rate.

6. Appointments to various City Boards and commissions as recommended by the Appointments Committee.

7. Approved bonus to the City Manager.

8. Canceled the December 18, 2017 regularly schedule City Commission meeting.

9. Authorized Finance Director Mary Ann Kornexl to approve the issuance of payrolls and warrants from December 12, 2017 through January 5, 2018.

10. Adjourned at 9:08 p.m.

SUMMARY OF NOV. 27 CITY COMMISSION MEETING

The video of the Nov. 27, 2017 City Commission meeting is available here.

Below is the Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

1. Received petitions and communications.

2. Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

  • Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Nov. 13, 2017
  • Bids for 2018 Water Treatment Plant treatment (bulk)
  • Bid of JBS Contracting, Inc., of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the Island Park West Storage Building Rehabilitation Project
  • Authorize the Mayor to sign a two-year contract with EHIM for all PBM services related to the City of Mt. Pleasant’s Section 125 pharmacy plan for both active and retiree enrollees
  • 2018 Facilities License Agreements for Mt. Pleasant Little League, Mt. Pleasant Girls’ Fast Pitch Softball and Mt. Pleasant Baseball and authorize staff to sign subsequent agreements if no changes are made
  • Warrants and Payroll

3. Held a public hearing on proposed ordinance to amend Title XIII, Chapter 132, Section(s) 132.03, 132.04 and 132.06 of the Mt. Pleasant Code regarding the purchase, consumption, and possession of alcoholic beverages by minors, furnishing, or using fraudulent identification, and license sanctions and Section 132.07 regarding preliminary breath tests. There was no action taken by the Commission at this time.

4. Postponed action on Resolution to amend the Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA)
plan for Central Business District.

5. Authorized the Mayor and City Clerk to sign the amended reimbursement agreement for 510-600 W. Pickard as presented.

6. Received recommended amendment to Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Plan for
West Broadway Revitalization site #3 and set a public hearing for Monday, December 11,
2017 at 7:00 p.m. on same.

7. Received 2018 No Fee Brush Pick-up Guidelines/Program and fee structure.

8. Appointments to various City boards and commissions as recommended by the
Appointments Committee.

9. Conducted a Work Session – Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act
(MMMFLA) discussion.

10. Approved and conducted a closed session pursuant to subsection 8(a) of the Open Meetings Act, to consider a periodic personnel evaluation of a City employee as requested by that employee.

11. Adjourned the meeting at 9:55 p.m.

5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

Here are 5 things to watch at the Nov. 27 City Commission meeting:

  1. Minor in Possession Ordinance Amendment: Last year, the Legislature passed, and the Governor signed into law, 2016 PA 357, which amended the Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) statute. The City’s local ordinance related to minor in possession must be amended in order to comply with the new state law. A public hearing will be held on the initial proposed changes but no action will be taken at this meeting as the City Attorney will propose additional changes at a future meeting and another public hearing will be scheduled.
  2. TIFA Plan Amendment: The City Commission will consider the amendment to the Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) plan to add fire safety grants as an eligible project. This reimbursement grant program assists downtown property owners with the cost to install necessary fire protection systems while maintaining and/or restoring the historic character of the building.
  3. Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Plan Amendment: The City Commission will receive the recommended amendment to the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Plan for the West Broadway Revitalization project and set a public hearing for Dec. 11, 2017. 
  4. 2018 Facilities License Agreements for Mt. Pleasant Little League, Mt. Pleasant Girls’ Fast Pitch and Mt. Pleasant Baseball: In February 2017, the City Commission approved agreements with Mt. Pleasant Little League, Mt. Pleasant Girls’ Fast Pitch Softball and Mt. Pleasant Baseball. The agreements outlined the shared expectations regarding the use of the City fields for these programs, and fees for the use of the fields were excluded based on the mutual benefit to the organizations and City residents. The City Commission will consider authorizing the continuation of each of the agreements.
  5. 2018 No-Fee Brush Collection Program: During the 2018 budget work sessions, the City Commission requested staff develop parameters for a no-fee brush collection program for 2018. The preferred parameters included a collection two times per year. In addition, discussions were held about the appropriate fee structure for this service during the remainder of the year. The City Commission will receive the recommendation as requested, and provide feedback and direction to staff.

Following the regular meeting, a work session will be held on to discuss the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for Nov. 27, 2017, click here.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings are held at City Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month. Meetings begin at 7 p.m.

5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

Here are five things to watch at the Nov. 13 City Commission meeting:

  1. Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting: The City Commission will receive the announcement that the City of Mt. Pleasant has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) for the 30th consecutive year. Presented by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA), this award is the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting.
  2. 2018 Annual Operating Budget: A public hearing will be held on the proposed 2018 Annual Operating Budget. To see the proposed budget, click here.
  3. TIFA Plan Amendment: A public hearing will be held on the amendment to the Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) plan to add fire safety grants as an eligible project. This reimbursement grant program assists downtown property owners with the cost to install necessary fire protection systems while maintaining and/or restoring the historic character of the building facades.
  4. Proposed Zoning Ordinance and Map: A public hearing will be held on the proposed zoning ordinance and map. To learn more about the proposed character-based code, including a link to FAQs, go to www.mt-pleasant.org/character.
  5. Barrier Free Parking Signs Downtown: The City Commission will consider the final approval of placing barrier free parking signs at several locations downtown Mt. Pleasant to identify the barrier free parking spaces added earlier this year. This temporary traffic control order has been in place for 90 days and staff is recommending it be approved as a permanent traffic control order.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for Nov. 13, 2017, click here.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings are held at City Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month. Meetings begin at 7 p.m.

5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

Here are 5 things to watch at the Oct. 9 City Commission meeting:

  1. Indigenous Peoples Day: Mayor Kathy Ling will proclaim the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples Day to reflect upon the ongoing struggles of Indigenous people, and to celebrate the thriving culture and value the Saginaw Chippewa and other indigenous peoples add to our City and community. Members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe community drummers will provide an honor song prior to the Proclamation.
  2. Storm Water Ordinance: A public hearing will be held on the proposed changes to the storm water ordinance, which will impact which parking lot reconstruction projects are eligible for permit waivers, clarify that normal maintenance of parking lots is exempt from the ordinance, address flow through of storm water from adjacent properties, and clarify single-family and two-family dwelling pavement changes. After the public hearing, the City Commission will consider approving the amendment.
  3. “Yield to Pedestrians within Crosswalk” Sign at Island Park Entrance: The City Commission will consider the final approval of placing a “Yield to Pedestrians within Crosswalk” sign on Main Street north and south of the entrance to Island Park on Lincoln Street. This temporary traffic control order has been in place for 90 days and staff is recommending it be approved as a permanent traffic control order.
  4. New Zoning Ordinance and Map: The updated draft zoning ordinance and map were released to the public last month, reflecting the comments received through the prior public review period, as well as changes requested by the City Commission at its special meeting in August. The City Commission will be asked to set a public hearing for Nov. 13 on the new zoning ordinance and map, pending the recommendation from the Planning Commission at its Oct. 19 special meeting.
  5. TIFA Development Plan Amendment for Fire Safety Grants: An amendment to the Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) development plan will be introduced to allow TIFA funds to be eligible for the Downtown Fire Protection Grant Program. This reimbursement grant program assists downtown property owners with the cost to install necessary fire protection systems while maintaining and/or restoring the historic character of the building facades. The City Commission will consider setting a public hearing for Nov. 13 regarding this amendment.

Following the regular meeting, the City Commission will hold a work session to discuss the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMMFLA).

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for Oct. 9, 2017, click here.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings are held at City Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month. Meetings begin at 7 p.m.

5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

Here are 5 things to watch at the Sept. 25 City Commission meeting:

  1. Domestic Violence Awareness Month: Mayor Kathy Ling will proclaim October 2017 as Domestic Violence Awareness Month to demonstrate support for the efforts of those who work to hold perpetrators of domestic abuse accountable, and recognize the efforts of those who work to prevent domestic abuse, address its brutal and destructive effects and make ending domestic abuse a local priority. The proclamation also recognizes the courage and strength of domestic violence survivors and encourages survivors and their families to seek assistance from local service organizations, such as Women’s Aid Service.
  2. Special Assessment Roll for District #1 – 2017: After a public hearing is held on the special assessment roll for properties in the Special Assessment District #1 – 2017 (downtown Mt. Pleasant), the City Commission will consider approving the roll and setting of payment terms. The special assessment funds are used for parking lot maintenance and snow removal, groundskeeping and beautification. If approved, the assessment would be in place for 2018 and 2019.
  3. Design and Bid Services for Projects at Mt. Pleasant Airport: The City Commission will consider an agreement with Mead and Hunt for services related to the tree abatement project at the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport to clear obstructions protruding into the approach slope – the path an airplane follows to land on a runway. The agreement also includes services related to the updating of the precision approach path indicator (PAPI) lighting. Click here to learn more about the tree abatement project.
  4. Painting of High Street Bridge Abutments: In 2013, a grassroots citizens group raised funds from private contributors to repaint the High Street Bridge with a “Welcome to Mt. Pleasant” sign. Currently, a group of citizens is working to generate contributions to also paint the abutments and the nearby pump house. The City has been asked to be a partner in the project because a governmental unit is needed to contract for the work on the bridge owned by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The City Commission will consider two contracts for the painting of the High Street Bridge abutments and pump hose.
  5. Storm Water Ordinance: The City Commission will receive proposed language on changes to the storm water ordinance, which will impact which parking lot reconstruction projects are eligible for permit waivers, clarify that normal maintenance of parking lots is exempt from the ordinance, address flow through of storm water from adjacent properties, and clarify single-family and two-family dwelling pavement changes.

Following the regular meeting, the City Commission will hold a two work sessions. The first will include a presentation on the 2018 Operating Budget, and the second will include a discussion on sidewalk snow plowing.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for Sept. 25, 2017, click here.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings are held at City Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month. Meetings begin at 7 p.m.

Summary of Aug. 14 City Commission meeting

The video of the Aug. 14, 2017 City Commission meeting is available here.

Below is the Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

1. Authorized the Mayor to sign a letter of intent from the City in support of the Mt. Pleasant Housing Commission’s grant application to HUD.

2. Received petitions and communications.

3. Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

  • Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held July 24, 2017
  • Minutes of the special meeting of the City Commission held August 7, 2017
  • Resolution in support of final approval of Temporary Traffic Control Order #5-2017
  • Resolution regarding grant application for new voting equipment
  • Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign a five year contract with CMU for copier leases
  • Authorize the Mayor to sign the annual delegation of School Plan Review and Inspection Authority for the Mt. Pleasant Public Schools
  • Appoint Chris Saladine as Employer Delegate and Shar Rappuhn as alternate to represent the City of Mt. Pleasant at the Municipal Employees’ Retirement system (MERS) annual meeting
  • Confirm appointment of Nancy Ridley as voting delegate for the Michigan Municipal League (MML) annual meeting on September 13, 2017
  • Payroll and warrants.

4. Authorized a contract with ATI Group of Flushing, MI for chiller repair.

5. Authorized a contract with Johnson Door and Central Vac. Systems of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the replacement of twelve garage doors at the Public Safety building and the appropriate budget amendment.

6. Approved the policy and procedure for public inspection and copying of assessment records as presented.

7. Reprioritized parks budget allocations as recommended.

8. Received the proposed policy and application for boards and commissions.

9. Approved and conducted a closed session pursuant to subsection 8(d) of the Open Meetings Act, to discuss the possible purchase or lease of real property.

10. Conducted a work session on Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMMFLA) Ad Hoc Committee recommendation.

11. Adjourned at 9:48 p.m.

5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

City Logo over downtown

Here are 5 things to watch at the Aug. 14 City Commission meeting.

  1. Four-way stop at intersection of Washington and Michigan: In May 2017, the intersection at Michigan and Washington streets was converted from a two-way stop to a four-way stop for a 90-day temporary time period. The City Commission will consider the recommendation to make the four-way stop a permanent traffic control order.
  2. Grant application for new voting equipment: The City Commission will consider authorizing the City Clerk to submit a grant application to the State of Michigan for new voting equipment. The grant funding covers the purchase of the new equipment, as well as the cost of maintenance and service for the first five years. The grant is part of a statewide plan to replace aging and outdated voting equipment in all cities and townships by August 2018.  If approved, the new equipment will be in place in the City of Mt. Pleasant in time for the November 2017 election. 
  3. Delegation document for school plan review: The City Commission will consider approving the annual delegation document for school plan review. This document allows City staff to provide the review and inspection for Mt. Pleasant Public School projects planned on its facilities from Oct. 1, 2017 through Sept. 30, 2018. The City’s Department of Building Safety has provided this service to the Mt. Pleasant Schools over the past few years.
  4. Parks budget amendment for flood repairs: The City Commission will consider a parks budget amendment that reprioritizes fund allocations to repair flood damage in the parks before initiating some previously planned capital projects.
  5. Boards and commissions draft policy and updated application: The City Commission will receive and review a draft of a new policy and updated application for boards and commissions. The purpose of the policy is to provide guidance to current and future appointment committee members, as well as to the public regarding the process of filling vacancies on the City’s boards and commissions.

Immediately following the regular meeting, the City Commission will hold a work session to discuss the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMMFLA) Ad Hoc Committee recommendation.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for August 14, 2017, click here.

Mount Pleasant City Commission meetings are held at City Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month. Meetings begin at 7 p.m.