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

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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.

Summary of the July 24 City Commission Meeting

The video of the July 24, 2017 City Commission meeting is available here.

Below is the Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, July 24, 2017, at 7:01 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 July 10, 2017
  • Authorize the Mayor and Clerk to sign a three year contract as approved by the labor attorney with Brown & Brown of Central Michigan for Broker services
  • Bid of Carrier and Gable, Inc. of Farmington, MI for flashing school crossing signs as a replacement for the July 10 award to Traffic Safety Corporation and approve the appropriate budget amendment
  • Fee/Charges Policy Guidelines as presented
  • Payroll and warrants

3. Received recommendation from MMMFLA Ad Hoc Committee and set a work session for Monday, August 14, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.

4. Denied contract with APM for mosquito control.

5. Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign the contract with Renaissance Public School Academy for PEAK services as presented.

6. Confirmed the purchase and development agreement for 410 W. Broadway as
recommended by the EDC.

7. Recessed at 7:44 p.m. and went into a work session on City Commission goals for 2018.

8. Adjourned the meeting at 9:42 p.m.

Summary of the July 10 City Commission meeting

The video of the July 10, 2017 City Commission meeting is available here.

Below is the Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, July 10, 2017, at 7 p.m., in the City Commission Room:

1. Department of Public Works Director Zang introduced newly hired Water Treatment
Plant Superintendent Jamie Hockemeyer.

2. City Manager Ridley gave an update on flood activity.

3. A moment of silence was observed for deceased members of Commissioners’ families.

4. Received petitions and communications.

5. Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

  • Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held June 26, 2017
  • Bid of Traffic Safety Corp. of Sacramento, CA for the purchase of 14 Solar LED Flashing School Crossing Signs
  • Resolution in support of modifying the July Board of Review date
  • Resolution extending MDOT contract for continued operation and maintenance of the airport AWOS
  • Payrolls and warrants.

6. Held a public hearing on the special assessment roll for Special Assessment #01-17 and
considered approval of resolution #5 for approval of the roll and setting of payment terms for the Principal Shopping District Special Assessment.

7. Motion to approve Resolution #5 for approval of the roll and setting of payment terms for the Principal Shopping District Special Assessment #01-17 failed.

8. Confirmed a contract with Republic Services for disposal of flood damaged items and
approved allocation of funds within the Solid Waste Fund to cover the cost as
recommended.

9. Conducted a work session on Fee/Charges Policy Guidelines.

10. Postponed work session “Goals Discussion for 2018” to a later date.

11. Adjourned the meeting at 7:59 p.m.

Summary of the June 26 City Commission Meeting

The video of the June 26, 2017 City Commission meeting is available here.

Below is the Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, June 26, 2017, at 7 p.m., in the City Commission Room

1. Removed “Worksession: Goals discussion for 2018” from the agenda.
Received petitions and communications.

2. Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

  • Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held June 12, 2017
  • Authorized the purchase of a 2017 Ford F-150 from Krapohl Ford and authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign the purchase-buyback contract
  • Resolution in support of the Sean Stanton Memorial Community Slow Roll
  • Received draft of Fee/Charges Policy Guidelines
  • Payrolls and warrants

3. Held a public hearing on Special Assessment #01-17. Approved Resolutions #3 and #4
regarding Principal Shopping District Special Assessment #01-17 as presented.

4. Confirmed contracts with W&B Underground of Indian River, MI and Block Electric, of Weidman, MI to perform emergency electrical repairs at Island Park as well as the appropriate budget amendment for this work.

5. Adjourned the meeting at 7:28 p.m.

Summary of the June 12 City Commission Meeting

The video of the June 12, 2017 City Commission meeting is available here.

Below is the Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, June 12, 2017, at 7:02 p.m., in the City Commission Room:

1. Director of Public Works Zang introduced newly hired Street Superintendent Matt Weaver.

2. Received petitions and communications.

3. Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

  • Minutes of the regular meeting and two closed sessions of the City Commission held May 22, 2017
  • Resolution to approve and authorize the City Manager to sign facilities license agreements
  • Resolutions #1 and #2 to commence proceedings for Principal Shopping District Special Assessment 1-2017, tentatively determine the necessity and set public hearing for June 26, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. to receive public input on necessity
  • Receipt of appointment of Mayor Ling to the Appointments Committee
  • Appointment of Police Captain Latham as alternate to the 9-1-1 Central Dispatch Governing Board
  • Set special meeting for August 7, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. for work session on Zoning
    Ordinance
  • Payrolls and warrants

4. Approved the bid of M & M Pavement Marking of Grand Blanc, MI for the 2017 Pavements Markings bid.

5. Authorized the City Manager to execute Agreement with Northern Initiatives, authorized the transfer of CLP funds to Northern Initiatives, and appointed committee members.

6. Approved an amendment to the contract with Countyline Power for additional $60,000 for the installation of pedestrian lighting on West Broadway Street from Harris to Maxwell.

7. Approved Ordinance 1025, an Ordinance to approve the Third Amendment to the Mission Street-Pickard Avenue District Development Plan and Tax Increment Financing Plan proposed by the Mt. Pleasant Downtown Development Authority and to provide for the collection of Tax Increment.

8. Divided Capital Improvement Plan motion into two parts: 1) Fire Safety Grant Program and 2) Remainder of 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Plan.

9. Approved Fire Safety Grant Program portion of 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Plan.

10. Approved remainder of 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Plan.

11. Approved the amended Outdoor Dining Policy.

12. Approved the outdoor dining applications for The Coffee Room-Narrativality Coffee Roasters and Pleasant City Coffee.

13. Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to execute the assessing contract as presented with Coucke Property Services, LLC.

14. Appointed Chris Coucke through Coucke Property Services, LLC as the Mt. Pleasant City Assessor in place of Mary Ann Kornexl as the interim Assessor.

15. Authorized the Mayor to sign letters of support for a bicycle passing law as presented.

16. Approved appointment of George Ronan to Historic District Commission.

17. Adjourned at 8:29 p.m.

 

5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

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Here are 5 things to watch at the June 12 City Commission meeting…

  1. Pedestrian lighting on West Broadway Street: The City received a $60,000 allocation during the spring Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal 2% request distribution to fund pedestrian lighting along West Broadway Street. The City Commission will consider two potential options for the utilization of these funds for the project.
  2. 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Plan: The proposed Capital Improvement Plan was received by the City Commission at the April 10 meeting. Following extensive review and feedback, the City Commission will consider approving the 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Plan with changes to the funding source for new sidewalks in 2018, which was recommended after a work session in May.
  3. Outdoor Dining Policy: The Commission will consider approving the amended Outdoor Dining Policy, which clarifies the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility requirements, and states that on-street barrier free parking cannot be used for decks.
  4. City Assessor appointment: The City Commission will vote on the appointment of Chris Coucke of Coucke Property Services, LLC, as City Assessor. Chris is a Michigan Master Assessing Officer MMAO(4) which is the highest level of assessing certification. Chris would be responsible for all assessing responsibilities for the City, and would have office hours at City Hall on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Contracting for assessing services is becoming more common throughout the state due to a limited number of certified assessors and because it provides more depth in the office.
  5. Statewide bicycle passing laws: The City Commission will consider authorizing the Mayor to sign letters to legislators that express support of having a statewide law that requires motorists to provide a specified minimum distance between the car and a bicyclist when passing.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for June 12, 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.