Topics to Watch at the Virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – July 12, 2021

Here are the topics to watch at the next virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, July 12, 2021 at 7 p.m.

  • Receive an ordinance to amend Section 154.410.B.4 of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances to update special use permit conditions and requirements for two-family dwellings and set a public hearing for August 9, 2021 on the same.
  • Receive an ordinance to amend Section 154.410.B.4 of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances to update special use permit conditions and requirements for accessory dwelling units and set a public hearing for August 9, 2021 on the same.
  • Receive an ordinance to amend section 154.410.B and table 154.410.A of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances to permit multiple-family dwellings as a special use in the CD-3-character district and set a public hearing for August 9, 2021 on the same.
  • Consider resolution regarding Charter Amendment for changing the City Commission term of office.
  • Consider setting a special meeting for August 21, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. for City Manager interviews.
  • Consider approval of an ordinance to amend Chapter 10.05 and Chapter 91 Animals of the Code of Ordinances as postponed from the June 28, 2021 meeting.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:  

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2021/7-12-21.pdf

How to follow public meetings during social distancing:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, as allowed under the Open Meetings Act and consistent with the Isabella County Declaration of a State of Emergency (Resolution No. 20-12-03 effective 12-15-20), the City Commission Meeting will be held virtually. The public may view the meeting live on the City’s YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/, on Spectrum Charter channel 188 or via Zoom.

Zoom Meeting instructions via computer, phone, or dial-in number are as follows:

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Phone dial-in: (301) 715-8592

Audio and video will be muted for members of the public and then unmuted by the host during public comment periods.

  • For participants accessing via computer or smartphone please use the “Raise Your Hand” icon to indicate you would like to speak. First, click on the “Participants” icon at the bottom of your screen. Next, click on the “Raise Your Hand” icon near the bottom right corner of the screen.
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  • Members of the public may be muted or removed if using abusive language or if they become disruptive to the meeting. Any citizen desiring to make a public comment on an agenda item may email their comments.

Attendance to the meeting and participation during public comment periods will be conducted as follows:

• Members of the public must provide their name and address with their comments.

• Comments/Questions may be sent ahead of the meeting in writing or emailed to comment@mt-pleasant.org.

• Individual commissioners can be contacted at the following email addresses:

Mary Alsager               malsager@mt-pleasant.org

Olivia Cyman              ocyman@mt-pleasant.org

Lori Gillis                     lgillis@mt-pleasant.org

William Joseph           wjoseph@mt-pleasant.org

Amy Perschbacher      aperschbacher@mt-pleasant.org

George Ronan             gronan@mt-pleasant.org

Pete Tolas                   ptolas@mt-pleasant.org

• Comments/Questions can be emailed to comment@mt-pleasant.org during the meeting and during normal public comment sections of the agenda.

• Comments sent via email will be read aloud to the Commission during the public comment periods.

Persons with disabilities needing assistance to participate may call the Human Resources office at (989) 779-5314. Persons requiring speech or hearing assistance may contact the City through the Michigan Relay Center at 711. A 48-hour advance notice is necessary for accommodation.

Nominating Petitions for City Commission

Nominating petitions for the office of City Commissioner are available at City Hall, office of the City Clerk, 320 W. Broadway Street, from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Completed nominating petitions may be filed with the City Clerk starting Monday, June 21, 2021. The deadline to file is 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 20, 2021.

Three (3) City Commission positions are available for the term January 1, 2022 through December 31, 2024.

The terms of current Commissioners Lori Gillis, Amy Perschbacher, and Petro Tolas are expiring December 31, 2021. 

The city election will take place on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

Summary of Minutes of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting – February 24, 2020.

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, February 24, 2020, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

Parks and Public Spaces Director Bundy gave a departmental presentation.

City Planner Kain and Mayor Joseph presented the 2019 Community Improvement Awards to the selected property owners.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

  • Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held February 10, 2020; 2) Bid of Central Asphalt of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the 2020 Pickard Street Overlay Project.
  • Bid of Wolverine Sealcoating, LLC of Jackson, MI for the City’s annual crack sealing project.
  • Bid of Robbin Harsh Excavating of Clare, MI for Parking Lot #7 Reconstruction and appropriate budget amendment from the TIFA.
  • Bid of Duperon Corporation of Saginaw, MI for the purchase of a Wastewater Washer Compactor and appropriate budget amendment from the Wastewater Reserve Fund
  • Appointment of Corey Friedrich as the representative of the Planning Commission to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a one-year term.
  • MDOT resolutions for the addition and deletion of streets to the City’s local street system.
  • Resolution to Allow for Partial Funding from MDOT for the 2020 Pickard Street Mill and Overlay Project.
  • Warrants and Payrolls.

Approved Resolutions #3 and #4 for Special Assessment District #1-2020.

Received proposed 2050 Master Plan as recommended by the Planning Commission and released for review and comment.

Approved budget amendments to the DDA budget and to the Public Safety Building account.

Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign a second amendment to the 2013 Real Estate Purchase Agreement with Mr. Olivieri as drafted by the City Attorney according to the parameters as proposed.

Postponed appointments to various board and commissions until next meeting.

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.

Approved the labor contract with full-time firefighters represented by the POLC as presented.

Held Work Session Discussions on potential drain easement for Mission Creek Dam.; and recommendation from TIFA regarding $80,000 from Economic Initiatives Fund.

Adjourned the meeting at 9:41 p.m.

Public presentations of City of Mt. Pleasant’s 2050 Master Plan draft scheduled

The City will present the draft 2050 Master Plan to the public during a series of meetings held in October. The draft plan can be viewed online at www.mtpleasant2050.com.

On Thursday, October 3, project consultant, McKenna & Associates will present the plan to the Downtown Development Authority at 10 a.m., the Parks and Recreation Commission at 6 p.m., and the Planning Commission at 7 p.m.

On Monday, October 14, McKenna & Associates will present the plan to the City Commission at 7 p.m.

All presentations will take place at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street. The Planning Commission and City Commission presentations will air on Channel 188 and will stream live on the City’s YouTube page.

In April 2019, hundreds of community members participated in formal and informal activities hosted by the City of Mt. Pleasant and McKenna & Associates. During this four-day event participants shared their vision for Mt. Pleasant in the year 2050. Hundreds of additional stakeholders also participated by completing online surveys, which further refined the vision.

“The bold vision established by this plan reflects the valuable input the community provided on Mt. Pleasant’s strengths and opportunities,” said Mt. Pleasant City Planner Jacob Kain. “The hundreds of individuals who took part in this process set the direction and momentum which has ultimately shaped the draft plan. We are excited to take the next step in the planning process by introducing the draft plan to the community.”

The draft plan establishes goals and objectives organized into the following themes: Sustainable Land Use, Connected Mobility Systems, Focused Redevelopment, Exceptional Parks and Public Spaces, and Innovative Services and Aspirations.

The formal adoption of the plan is expected to occur in 2020.

Topics to watch at the City Commission meeting – August 12, 2019

Here are the topics to watch at the next Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, August 12, 2019 at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street.

  • Consider resolution in support of exploring the creation of a recreational authority -as a means to advance community dialogue regarding an aquatic center.
  • Receive recommended rezoning request from CD-3L to CZ for a parcel at Canal and Riverview and set a public hearing for September 9, 2019 on the same.
  • Receive recommended text change to Section 154.114 to regulate the reconstruction of certain non-conforming parking areas and set a public hearing for September 9, 2019 on the same.
  • Introduce amendment to Chapter 30 Subsection 30.04-Agenda of the Mt. Pleasant City Code regarding the addition and or deletion of agenda items and set a public hearing for August 26, 2019 on the same.
  • Accept petition received for adult-use marijuana establishment and consider ballot language.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:

Click to access 8.12.19.pdf

Topics to watch at the City Commission Meeting – June 10, 2019

Here are the topics to watch at the next Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, June 10, 2019 at City Hall.

-Public hearing on an ordinance to temporarily prohibit recreational marihuana establishments under Initiated Law 1 of 2018, the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act and consider approval of the same.

-Public hearing on the necessity of the public improvements for the Principal Shopping District.  Consider Resolution #3 to proceed with improvements; consider Resolution #4 to accept the special assessment roll and set a public hearing for June 24, 2019.

-Receive igloo review and consider revision to the Downtown Outdoor Dining Policy postponed from May 28, 2019.

-Consider approval of 2020-2025 Capital Improvement Plan.

-Consider resolution in support of final approval of Temporary Traffic Control Order #2-2019 (Preston Street Parking).

To view the entire meeting packet visit:

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2019/6.10.19.pdf

Summary of minutes of the City Commission meeting held May 28, 2019

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Commission Chambers.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the special meeting of the City Commission held May 11, 2019.

2) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held May 13, 2019.

3) Resolution designating certifying officer and environmental review officer for CDBG funded projects.

4) Warrants and Payrolls.

A public hearing was held on proposed 2020-2025 Capital Improvement Plan. No action required by the Commission at this time.

Denied the proposed ordinance amendment to Section 98.37 Snow and Ice Removal From Sidewalks.

Moved to expand the current map of sidewalk snow plowing done by City staff to 25 miles within 3 years, and then add at least 5 miles a year with the goal of eventually covering all or most of the sidewalks in residential districts; that the funds to pay for the operating costs for this proposal be covered from the increase in fire protection funds which the City will be receiving through state grants as recommended by staff; and that the cost for the equipment needed to come from the Economic Initiative Fund (EIF) and/or the General Fund Balance as recommended by staff; after 3 years there would be an evaluation to determine if further staff would be needed to continue.

Postponed matter of revisions to the Downtown Outdoor Dining Policy until the next meeting to have staff investigate overhead electrical hookup.

Approved Resolutions #1 and #2 to commence proceedings for Principal Shopping District Special Assessment 2-2019, tentatively determine the necessity and set public hearing for June 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. to receive public input on necessity.

Received proposed ordinance to add a new Chapter 115, “RECREATIONAL MARIHUANA FACILITIES” to Title XI of the Mt. Pleasant City Code to temporarily prohibit recreational marihuana establishments under Initiated Law 1 of 2018, the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act and set a public hearing for June 10, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. on same at the City Hall, 320 Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

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

Adjourned the meeting at 10:13 p.m.

Summary of minutes of the City Commission meeting held April 8, 2019

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, April 8, 2019, at 7:30 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 March 25, 2019.

2) Minutes of the special meeting of the City Commission held March 30, 2019.

3) Bid of Central Asphalt Co., of Mt. Pleasant, MI for 2019 Street Overlay Project.

4) Bid of Lakeshore Construction of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the 2019 Sidewalk Replacement Project.

5) Bid of Asphalt Restoration, Inc. of Kalamazoo, MI for the 2019 Crack Sealing Project.

6) Receive 2020-2025 proposed Capital Improvement Plan and set a public hearing for Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. on same.

7) Receive requested information on sidewalk snow removal.

8) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a public hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance 1042, an

Ordinance to amend Chapter 113 of the City code regarding telecommunications companies within the public right-of-way.

Approved Outdoor Dining License for Brass Café.

Confirmed purchase of 500 tons of road salt under the 2018-2019 State of Michigan MiDeal Extended Purchasing Program; and authorized an advanced commitment to purchase 500 tons of road salt for early delivery and up to 800 tons as seasonal backup for the 2019-2020 season from State of Michigan MiDeal Extended Purchasing Program.

Authorized the Mayor and City Clerk to execute the contract with Coucke Property Services, LLC at the current rates with a consumer price index (CPI) increase factor effective 2020.

Approved continued appointment of Chris Coucke, through Coucke Property Services, LLC, as the Mt. Pleasant City Assessor.

Adjourned the meeting at 8:01 p.m.

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, November 12, 2018

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday,November 12, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved bringing the matter of establishing a Citizen Advisory Board to the next City Commission meeting for discussion.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the special meeting of the City Commission and CMU Student Government Association held October 29, 2018.

2) Bids for 2019 Water Treatment Plant treatment (bulk) chemicals.

3) Accepted PSD recommendation to utilize the Parks and Public Spaces Department for the downtown grounds care and flower basket watering;

4) Purchase of an unmarked 2018-19 Chevrolet Tahoe to be used by the Youth Services Officer from Berger Chevrolet of Grand Rapids, MI.

5) Authorized Finance Director Mary Ann Kornexl to sign a contract with Tokio Marine HCC for health insurance stop loss coverage.

6) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a public hearing on proposed 2019 Annual Operating Budget. No action required by the Commission at this time.

Postponed action on changes to Section 98.37 of the City Code until after the presentation of the proposed 5-year Capital Improvement Plan in the Spring of 2019 with amendment.

Approved the recommendation from the LOCC to increase the pay for both the City Commissioners and Mayor effective January 1, 2019 as presented.

Agreed to sell the GumBuster machine and place funds from the sale into the PSD fund.

Postponed action on downtown restructuring until the next City Commission meeting on November 26, 2018.

Approved a $5,000 contribution as a local match toward the Phase II Economic Impact Study for the Ann Arbor to Traverse City passenger rail service from the Economic Initiatives Fund.

Approved closed session pursuant to subsection 8(e) of the Open Meetings Act to consult with attorney regarding litigation strategy and settlement negotiations in the case of Western Islands, LLC v. City of Mt Pleasant.

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

Agreed to accept advice of counsel regarding settlement negotiations in the case of Western Islands, LLC v. City of Mt. Pleasant.

Postponed work session on 2019 Operating Budget until a future meeting.

Held a work session discussion on establishing a Citizen Advisory Board.

Adjourned the meeting at 10:10 p.m.

City Commission Meeting Summary of Minutes – August 13, 2018

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, August 13, 2018, at 6:30 p.m., in the City Commission Chamber.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held July 23, 2018.

2) Sole-source purchase of a UniMac industrial grade gear washer/extractor unit from Universal Laundry Machinery, of Westland, MI.

3)Resolution setting fees for 4-on-4 Youth Basketball Program.

4) Resolution setting fee for Medical Marihuana Facility Application.

5) Authorize the Mayor and City Clerk to sign license agreements with CMU for the CMU    wayfinding signs placed in the City right-of way.

6) Authorize Mayor and Clerk to sign the agreement with Renaissance Public School  Academy for PEAK services for 2018-2019 academic year.

7) Purchase-buyback of three F-250 trucks from Krapohl Ford and appropriate budget amendment.

8) Authorize the Mayor to sign the contract extension with CoreSource for the next three years.

9) Warrants and Payrolls

Approved the 2018 Economic Development Action Plan as presented.

Appointed City Manager Nancy Ridley as the voting delegate representing the City of Mt.

Pleasant at the MML annual member’s meeting and appoint City Planner Jacob Kain as the alternate.

Conducted a work session on Sidewalk Snow Removal Bids/Draft Ordinance.

Adjourned at 8:11 p.m.