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.

5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

Here are 5 things to watch at the Sept. 11 City Commission meeting.

  1. United Way Week Proclamation: Mayor Ling will proclaim Sept. 17-23, 2017 as United Way Week in the City of Mt. Pleasant to kick off the 2017 Community Campaign and celebrate the more than 60 years of community investment provided through United Way.
  2. Ordinance Amendment to Permit Shooting Ranges in the City: A potential expansion of a local business includes an indoor shooting range. Currently the City Code prohibits the discharge of firearms within the City limits except in the legal defense of person or property. After holding a public hearing, the City Commission will consider an amendment to this ordinance to allow the discharge of a firearm at regularly established indoor firearm ranges authorized by the City, at times and places approved by the City Commission following a public hearing.
  3. Hanger Lease with the EAA: The City Commission is requested to approve a lease with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) for the City-owned hangar at the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport. The City-owned hangar has been vacant for over a year, and is in need of cleaning and repairs. As part of the lease agreement, the EAA would not be charged a monthly rental fee, rather they would complete the cleaning and repairs. The agreement would allow the EAA to sublet portions of the hangar to a mechanic, for airplane storage or other aeronautical opportunities, subject to approval by the City. The City would receive funds from the subleases.
  4. Downtown Special Assessment: Earlier this year, the Commission approved the resolution to determine the need for a downtown special assessment to fund downtown parking lot maintenance and snow removal, beautification and groundskeeping. In July, after holding the public hearing on the proposed roll to spread the assessment, the City Commission did not approve the assessment roll. Since then, modifications to the assessment roll have been made. The City Commission will set a public hearing on the revised recommendation for the 2018-2019 special assessment process for the Downtown Principal Shopping District.
  5. 2018 Annual Operating Budget: The City Commission will receive the proposed 2018 Annual Operating Budget. A formal presentation on the proposed budget will occur during the Sept. 25 City Commission meeting, and a special meeting has been scheduled for Oct. 30 for further discussion. It is recommended the City Commission set a public hearing for Nov. 13, 2017 to obtain public comment on the proposed budget. Members of the community may view the document online at www.mt-pleasant.org, or view a printed copy at the City Clerk’s office.

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 Sept. 11, 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

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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.

5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

Here are 5 things to watch at the July 10 City Commission meeting:

  1. Introduction of new Water Superintendent: Jamie Hockemeyer, the new Water Treatment Plant Superintendent, will be introduced to the City Commission.
  2. 2017 Solar LED Flashing School Crossing Signs bid: The City Commission will consider approving a contract with Traffic Safety Corporation for 14 Solar LED Flashing School Crossing Signs to be installed at the crossing guard locations. Funds for this purchase are made available by the Tribal 2 percent grant.
  3. Confirmation of emergency curbside pickup contract: The City Commission will be asked to confirm the contract with Republic Services for the July 1 curbside pickup of flood-damaged items.
  4. July Board of Review date: The City’s July Board of Review was scheduled to be held on July 18, 2017. Two of the three Board of Review members have conflict with the schedule and have requested the date be moved to Thursday, July 20, 2017. The City Commission will consider supporting the request to modify the July Board of Review date.
  5. Extension of MDOT Contract:  The City Commission will consider extending the contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation for continued operation and maintenance of the Automated Weather Observation and Data Dissemination System at the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport until July 31, 2018.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for July 10, 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.

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.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission Nominating Petitions due July 25

Nominating Petitions for the office of City Commissioner are available at the City Clerk’s office at 320 W. Broadway Street in Mt. Pleasant. The City Clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Completed Nominating Petitions may be filed with the City Clerk from Monday, June 26, through Tuesday, July 25 at 4 p.m.

The election will be held Nov. 7, 2017. Two City Commission positions are available for the term Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2020.

The terms of current Commissioners Jim Holton and Mike Verleger expire Dec. 31, 2017.

 

5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

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Here are 5 things to watch at the May 22 City Commission meeting…

  1. Historic Preservation Improvement Awards: The Historic Preservation Improvement Awards are presented each year to honor exterior improvements to residential and commercial property in the City of Mt. Pleasant in four areas – Preservation, Rehabilitation, New Construction or Downtown Historic District Choice. The Historic District Commission will present the annual awards to Art Reach of Mid-Michigan for the rehabilitation of its lower front façade, and Rubble’s Bar for the rehabilitation of its entire front façade.
  2. Special Olympics Michigan Week: Special Olympics Michigan has been a part of the Mt. Pleasant community since 1972, and has positively impacted the lives of its athletes and their family members, as well as provided opportunities for inclusion, health screening and lifelong fitness. In honor of the State Summer Games on June 1-3, Mayor Ling will proclaim May 28 through June 3, 2017 to be Special Olympics Michigan Week, and will extend best wishes for continued success to organization, the volunteers and the athletes.
  3. 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report: The 2016 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report has been finalized and will be presented to the City Commission by the audit firm. View the report here.
  4. 2018-2022 Capital Improvement Plan: The proposed Capital Improvement Plan for 2018 through 2022 was presented to the City Commission in April. A public hearing will be held to receive public input on the proposed plan. See the proposed plan here.
  5. On Street Barrier Free Parking Downtown:  As requested by the Isabella County Human Rights Committee, the City Commission will consider budget amendments for the cost of constructing two on-street barrier free parking spaces downtown. The spaces would be located on Broadway near the intersection of Broadway and University, and on Illinois near the intersection of Illinois and Main.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for May 22, 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.