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:

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2019/8.12.19.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.

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.