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.

Items to watch at the 10/22/18 City Commission Meeting

Here are the five things to watch at the October 22 City Commission meeting.  To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for October 22, 2018 click here.

-Consider approval of previously postponed amended Sanitary Sewer House Lead Reconnection Policy.

-Consider Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) resolution authorizing the approval of a contract to receive funds for the acquisition of an easement for approach slope clearing.

-Consider lease renewal with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) for City-owned airport hangar and authorize the City Manager to execute future renewals.

-Consider contract amendment for the remaining sites in Eastpointe IV as recommended by the Property Committee.

-Consider approval of fireworks display as part of the 2018 Christmas Celebration and sole source contract for the fireworks.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings take place at 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings are also streamed live at the City’s YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/ and aired on Channel 188, or viewed online at a later date on the MACTV website.

 

City Commission Meeting Summary of Minutes – October 8, 2018

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

Mayor Lents read and presented a proclamation to Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council
Members, recognizing “Indigenous People Day – October 8, 2018”.

Mayor Lents read and presented a proclamation to Jerry Fountain with the Bowlers Hall of Fame, recognizing “Bowlers Hall of Fame Day – October 14, 2018”.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held September 24, 2018.

2) Set a special meeting for Monday, October 29, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the CMU Bovee University Center for the purpose of meeting with Central Michigan University Student Government Association.

3) Warrants and Payrolls

Held a public hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance 1041, an
Ordinance to amend Chapter 30, Sections 30.04, 30.05, 30.06, 30.07, 30.08, 30.09, 30.10,
30.11, 30.13, 30.15 and 31.01 and add Section 30.16 of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances having been introduced and read, now be passed, ordained and ordered published.

Held a public hearing and postponed action on changes to Section 98.37 of the Mt. Pleasant City Code regarding snow and ice removal until a work session discussion can be held.

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 statue.

Conducted a work session discussion on 2019 Operating Budget.

Adjourned at 10:10 p.m.

City Commission Meeting Summary of Minutes – September 24, 2018

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, September 24, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

Mayor Lents read and presented a proclamation in support of United Way Week – September 23-29, 2018.

Fire Lieutenant Randy Keeler gave a presentation on the City’s Fire Department.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held September 10, 2018.

2) Minutes of the closed session of the City Commission held September 10, 2018.

3) Bid of McKenna and Associates of Northville, MI for Master Plan Consultant project and authorized the Mayor to sign the appropriate contract documents.

4) Received a proposed Ordinance to amend Chapters 30 and 31.01 of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances and set a public hearing for Monday, October 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to hear public comment on same.

5) Received a proposed Ordinance to amend Section 98.37 of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances regarding snow and ice removal and set a public hearing for Monday, October 8, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to hear public comment on same.

6) Purchase-buyback of 11 trucks from Krapohl Ford and appropriate budget amendment.

7) Resolution for fireworks display permits.

8) Warrants and Payrolls

Held a public hearing and adopted resolution approving Application of American Mitsuba Corporation for Industrial Facilities Exemption Certificate for a New Facility.

Awarded the contract for 2018-2021 Airport Snow Removal to Pat McGuirk Excavating, Inc. of Mt. Pleasant, MI.

Received Commissioners’ top rankings for Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe two percent allocations.

Approved resolution setting the initial receipt deadline date for medical marihuana facility license applications as presented.

Held work session on 2019 Operating Budget.

Postponed work session discussion on feedback received on potential Property Maintenance Standards to a future date not yet determined.

Adjourned at 9:13 p.m.

City Commission Meeting Summary of Minutes – September 10, 2018

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, September 10, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held August 27, 2018.

2) Minutes of the closed session of the City Commission held August 27, 2018.

3) Received Industrial Facilities Tax Abatement application for American Mitsuba and set a public hearing for Monday, September 24, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. to hear public comment on same.

4) Received fall 2018 Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal 2% funding requests from City Departments.

5) Received proposed 2019 Annual Operating Budget and set a public hearing for Monday, November 12, 2018 on same.

6) Resolution to amend 2018 Operating Budget.

7) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a public hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance 1040, an Ordinance to Repeal Chapter 53, Section 53.01 – Storm Sewer District No. 1 of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances, in its entirety.

Confirmed the purchase and development agreement for 410 W. Broadway as recommended by the Economic Development Corporation.

Approved appointment of Josh Agardy to EDC/BRDA as recommended by the Appointments Committee.

Authorized the allocation of $4,450 of sidewalk funds to the proposed right of way improvements on Michigan and Illinois and authorized City staff to work with Sacred Heart representatives to coordinate the work.

Authorized the Mayor to sign the Mt. Pleasant Housing Commission Environmental Review package for the 2019 Energy Performance Contract.

Approved and conducted a closed session pursuant to subsection 8(c) of the Open Meetings Act for strategy and negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement.

Conducted a work session discussion regarding setting the Medical Marihuana Application deadline.

Adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

5 Things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

Here are the five things to watch at the August 27, 2018 City Commission meeting.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for August 27, 2018 click here.

  1. Consider approval of amended Sanitary Sewer House Lead Reconnection Policy.
  2. Introduce an ordinance to repeal Chapter 53 Section 53.01-Storm Sewer District No. 1 of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances, in its entirety and set a public hearing for September 10, 2018 on the same.
  3. Consider confirmation of sale of land in Industrial Park South by the Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
  4. Consider approval of 2019 downtown budget request for 2019 Back to the Bricks Promo Tour.
  5. Consider closed session pursuant to subsection 8(h) of the Open Meetings Act for material exempt from discussion or disclosure by state or federal statue.

 

5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

Here are 5 things to watch at the June 11, 2018 City Commission meeting:

  1. Medical Marihuana Facilities Ordinances: The City Commission will consider adopting the medical marihuana facilities ordinances. These ordinances would “opt in” to the state law allowing medical marihuana facilities to operate within the City subject to certain limitations. Public hearings were held at the Planning Commission meeting on May 3, 2018, and City Commission meeting on May 29, 2018. The City Commission discussed the ordinances at a work session on June 4, 2018. To see the updated versions of the draft ordinances, click here.
  2. Zoning Ordinance Amendment: A public hearing will be held on an amendment to the zoning ordinance that adds a definition of “façade area” to the Definitions section. In conjunction with this updated definition, the proposed ordinance would also modify the facade glazing standards for the CD-3L and CD-3 character districts so it is consistent with the new definition of “façade area.” The City Commission will consider approving the amendment following the public hearing.   
  3. Painting of High Street Bridge Abutments: In September 2017, a grassroots citizens group requested the City to once again partner and serve as a governmental unit needed to contract for the painting of the High Street bridge abutments and pump house owned by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The funds for this project have been raised and the agreement to contract for the painting is in place. To complete the final step, the City Commission will consider approving the MDOT Office of Rail resolution authorizing the Mayor and Clerk to sign the required MDOT Rail Permit and maintenance agreement for the project.
  4. Joint Water Systems Study Grant Funding: The City Commission will consider approving the resolution to formally accept grant funds awarded to the City and Charter Township of Union from the Competitive Grant Assistance Program (CGAP). The funds will support the City and Township’s Joint Water Systems Study Project.
  5. Pickens Field Scoreboards: The Mt. Pleasant Little League Organization has requested the installation of two new scoreboards to replace the old scoreboards at the upper ball diamonds at Pickens Field. Isabella Bank has committed to donating the cost to purchase the scoreboards, and Mt. Pleasant Little League will donate the cost of installation. The City Commission will consider approving the installation and authorizing City staff to update the scoreboard agreement with Mt. Pleasant Little League.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for June 11, 2018, click here.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings are held at City Hall on the second and fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m., and at 6:30 p.m. from May 28-September 3.

Summary of the May 29 City Commission meeting

See the video of the May 29, 2018 City Commission meeting here.

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

1. Introduced newly hired Paid On Call Firefighter Brad Wahr.

2. Read a proclamation recognizing Special Olympics Michigan week, May 31 – June 2.

3. Presented a Neighborhood Mini Grant to South West Association of Neighbors.

4. Presentation of the 2017 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

5. Received petitions and communications.

6. Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

  • Minutes of the special meeting of the City Commission held May 8, 2018
  • Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held May 14, 2018
  • Bid of Apollo Fire Equipment Company of Romeo, MI for hydraulic rescue tools
  • Bid of Garber Contracting of Mt. Pleasant, MI for construction of the Mission Creek restroom facility and a budget amendment. In addition, advance approval for additional funds for the concession/warming area construction by Garber Contracting is approved if grants or donations are received
  • Outdoor dining application for Pure Vitality
  • Agreement with the USA Softball of Michigan for the Girls’ Fast Pitch State Tournament
  • Agreement with FAA for the PAPI light inspection and appropriate budget amendments
  • MDOT resolution authorizing a contract for continued operation and maintenance of the airport AWOS system until July 31, 2023
  • Warrants and Payrolls

7. Held a public hearing and approved the 2019-2023 Capital Improvement Plan.

8. Held a public hearing on proposed ordinance to add a new Chapter 112, entitled “Medical Marihuana Facilities” to allow certain facilities operated in accordance with state law and to add a new subsection 154.401.B.4.p. and to amend Table 154.410.A of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances to regulate medical marihuana facilities as special uses. No action was taken by the Commission at this time.

9. Approved budget amendments for a) TIFA round planter removal; b) Additional staff
position in Public Works; and c) LDFA conceptual development design.

10. Conducted a work session discussion on barriers that exist for infill redevelopment and Economic Development action plan draft.

11. Adjourned at 9:20 p.m.

Summary of the May 14 City Commission meeting

See the video of the May 14 City Commission meeting here.

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, May 14, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

1. Consumers Energy Forrester gave a presentation on their upcoming line clearing program in the city.

2. Mayor Lents read and presented a proclamation recognizing “National Public Works Week–May 21-27, 2018” to City of Mt. Pleasant Public Works Director John Zang.

3. Received petitions and communications.

4. Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

  • Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held April 23, 2018
  • Bid of Central Asphalt of Mt. Pleasant, MI for 2018 Street Overlay Project
  • Received recommendation from the Planning Commission regarding zoning ordinance amendment to Section 154.410 and new ordinance Chapter 112
  • Introduced a proposed ordinance to amend Section 154.410.B.4.s.iv of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances to correct a scrivener’s error within the special use standards for rooming dwellings and set a public hearing for Monday, June 11, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. on same
  • Introduced a proposed ordinance to amend Article VII and Table 154.405.A of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances to define “façade area” and to update standards for façade glazing in the CD-3L and CD-3 character districts and set a
    public hearing for Monday, June 11, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. on same
  • Warrants and Payrolls

5. Approved resolution in support of Traffic Control Order #6-2018.

6. Considered whether a public hearing to adjust the 2018 millage rate should be held. No action was taken by the Commission.

7. Endorsed the Public Participation and Engagement Strategy Plan as presented.

8. Approved the agreement and rates and fees as recommended for rental of the “GumBuster” machine and authorized the Downtown Development Director to sign the agreement on behalf of the City.

9. Made appointment to the Parks & Recreation Commission.

10. Held a work session discussion on the 2019-2023 Capital Improvement Plan.

11. Adjourned at 8:16 p.m.

5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

Here are five things to watch at the May 14, 2018 City Commission meeting:

  1. Consumers Energy Line Clearing Project: A presentation will be given by a Consumers Energy representative about the annual line-clearing project. Trees near and around electric lines in specified areas will be trimmed or removed to continue to provide safe, reliable electric service to customers. Residents whose properties will be impacted have been notified of the work.
  2. National Public Works Week: Mayor Allison Quast-Lents will proclaim May 21-27, 2018 as Public Works Week. Sponsored by the American Public Works Association, this nationally recognized week honors the public works professionals responsible for the planning, operation and maintenance of the water treatment and distribution, solid waste systems, public properties, city streets and other facilities.
  3. West Campus Drive Parking: The City Commission will consider approving the Traffic Control Order to restrict parking on West Campus Drive between Preston and Vernon streets. If approved, Pango metered parking (pay-by-phone technology) will be installed.
  4. 2018 Millage Rate: The City Commission will consider whether a public hearing to adjust the 2018 millage rate should be held. City staff recommend leaving the millage rate at the previously approved 16.25 total mills as there are no substantial changes in the assumptions that were made when the Operating Budget was approved. If the Commission desires to change the millage rate, a public hearing will need be to set for the regular meeting on May 9.
  5. Medical Marihuana Facilities: The Planning Commission held a public hearing earlier this month on the ordinances proposed to “opt-in” and regulate medical marihuana facilities. The City Commission will receive the recommendation from the Planning Commission resulting from the public hearing. The City Commission will hold a public hearing on the updated ordinances on Tuesday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m. The recommended changes include the following:
    • Reducing the distancing requirement from a K-12 school such that properties north of Broadway within the Central Business District would be allowed. (this is similar to the change in the distancing requirement regarding the 500 feet from CMU along the east side of Mission Street).
    • Eliminating the limits on the number of facilities allowed for processors, secure transporter and safety compliance facilities.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for May 14, 2018, click here.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings are held at City Hall on the second and fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m., and at 6:30 p.m. from May 28-September 3.