5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

Here are five things to watch at the Feb. 26, 2018 City Commission meeting:

  1. Parks Resource Leadership Award: The City Commission will recognize Director of Parks and Public Spaces Chris Bundy as the 2017 recipient of the Park Resource Leadership Award. Presented by the Michigan Recreation and Park Association, recipients of this prestigious award demonstrate outstanding contributions in the area of maintenance practice, equipment management, resource development and environmental stewardship. Read more here.
  2. Private Swimming Pool Ordinance Amendment: An amendment to the ordinance regarding private swimming pools will be introduced. Currently, private pools are not allowed to be emptied into the sanitary sewer system. To align with federal and state requirements, the proposed amendment would state that all discharge from private pools should be emptied into the sanitary sewer system. If that method is not possible, the amendment offers two additional options. It is recommended the City Commission set a public hearing on the topic for March 12, 2018.
  3. Ceilometer Replacement at the Airport: The City Commission will consider a resolution authorizing a contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) for the replacement of the Automated Weather Observation System (AWOS) ceilometer at the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport. The associated budget amendment will also be considered. Vital for the safety of pilots and passengers, the AWOS provides accurate and timely weather information to pilots who fly within range of the airport. One component of the AWOS instrumentation is the ceilometer, which is used to measure the height and thickness of cloud cover. MDOT will pay for 90 percent of the cost of the new ceilometer.
  4. Special Assessment for Alley Reconstruction: Discussion on the status of residential alleys occurred during both the 2016 and 2017 budget work sessions. As a result of those discussions in 2016, a letter was sent to property owners whose properties abut alleys that might benefit from reconstruction. The letter outlined the process for petitioning to have the City Commission consider a special assessment to pay for the cost. DPW received a petition in January for the reconstruction of the alley between Fancher and Kinney, from Locust to Wisconsin. The City Commission will consider resolutions #1 and #2 to begin the proceedings for a special assessment, tentatively determine the necessity, and set a public hearing for March 12 on the need for the project.
  5. Downtown Fire Protection Grant Program: The City Commission will consider a resolution to amend the Central Business District (CBD) Tax Increment Finance Authority (TIFA) plan to add the Fire Protection Grant Program as an eligible project. The program is intended to provide funding to property owners in order to assist them with installing fire protection systems including suppression systems, sprinklers and fire alarms in existing commercial and residential buildings in the downtown historic district.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for Feb. 26, 2018, 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 Nov. 27 City Commission meeting:

  1. Minor in Possession Ordinance Amendment: Last year, the Legislature passed, and the Governor signed into law, 2016 PA 357, which amended the Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP) statute. The City’s local ordinance related to minor in possession must be amended in order to comply with the new state law. A public hearing will be held on the initial proposed changes but no action will be taken at this meeting as the City Attorney will propose additional changes at a future meeting and another public hearing will be scheduled.
  2. TIFA Plan Amendment: The City Commission will consider 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.
  3. Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Plan Amendment: The City Commission will receive the recommended amendment to the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority Plan for the West Broadway Revitalization project and set a public hearing for Dec. 11, 2017. 
  4. 2018 Facilities License Agreements for Mt. Pleasant Little League, Mt. Pleasant Girls’ Fast Pitch and Mt. Pleasant Baseball: In February 2017, the City Commission approved agreements with Mt. Pleasant Little League, Mt. Pleasant Girls’ Fast Pitch Softball and Mt. Pleasant Baseball. The agreements outlined the shared expectations regarding the use of the City fields for these programs, and fees for the use of the fields were excluded based on the mutual benefit to the organizations and City residents. The City Commission will consider authorizing the continuation of each of the agreements.
  5. 2018 No-Fee Brush Collection Program: During the 2018 budget work sessions, the City Commission requested staff develop parameters for a no-fee brush collection program for 2018. The preferred parameters included a collection two times per year. In addition, discussions were held about the appropriate fee structure for this service during the remainder of the year. The City Commission will receive the recommendation as requested, and provide feedback and direction to staff.

Following the regular meeting, a work session will be held on to discuss the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for Nov. 27, 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.

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.

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.

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.

5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

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Here are 5 things to watch at the May 8 City Commission meeting…

  1. Municipal Clerks Week: May 7-13, 2017 is Municipal Clerks Week. Mayor Kathy Ling will read a proclamation extending appreciation to all municipal clerks for the vital services they perform with neutrality and impartiality, rendering equal service to all.
  2. National Public Works Week: Mayor Ling will proclaim May 21-27, 2017 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. Brownfield Redevelopment Program Policy: The City Commission will consider the adoption of an updated Brownfield Redevelopment Program Policy as recommended by the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority. The purpose of the new policy is to provide appropriate guidance to both staff and interested developers regarding the City’s expectations for future brownfield redevelopment projects.
  4. CMU Auction Agreement for obsolete traffic signal and signs: The City Commission will consider authorizing the sale of several outdated traffic signals and signs at Central Michigan University’s summer auction in June. The Division of Public Works (DPW) is requesting a one-time exception to the City’s purchasing policy as it allows the sale/disposal of City-owned equipment in an online auction, but not a live auction.
  5. Airport slope clearing project: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently indicated that the approach slopes for the airport had some potential obstructions starting to grow in the slope clearing area, and that it was necessary to address those concerns before future capital projects on the runway could be considered. The commission will consider an agreement with MDOT that will reimburse the City for 95% of the costs associated with the initial phase of the project.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for May 8, 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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CMU fraternity and sorority members volunteer their time to collect trash and clean up local residential neighborhoods as part of the “Greeks Clean the Streets” program. The program will be recognized during the April 24 City Commission meeting. 

Here are 5 things to watch at the April 24 City Commission meeting…

  1. “Greeks Clean the Streets”: Mayor Kathy Ling will read a proclamation recognizing the “Greeks Clean the Streets” program, a partnership comprised of the fraternities and sororities at Central Michigan University and the City of Mt. Pleasant. Since the program’s inception in 2012, close to 665 students have volunteered their time during 22 events to beautify and better the residential student neighborhoods.
  2. 2017 Citizens’ Academy participants: Mayor Ling will present certificates to the 19 participants of the 2017 Citizens’ Academy. The academy took place over the course of seven Tuesday evenings and the participants learned about the various facets of our local government.
  3. National Historic Preservation Month: Mayor Ling will read a proclamation declaring May 2017 as National Historic Preservation Month. This special observance celebrates the role of history in our lives, and recognizes that historic preservation is essential for revitalizing neighborhoods, fostering local pride and maintaining community character while enhancing livability.
  4. Human Rights Ordinance: A resolution to reaffirm the City’s Human Rights Ordinance will be presented. Adopted nearly five years ago, the Human Rights Ordinance outlines the City’s commitment to diversity, inclusion and non-discrimination, and assures the City will continue to provide protection from any violations of this ordinance.
  5. Brush pickup options: The City Commission will consider several options for free brush pickup.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for April 24, 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 April 10 City Commission meeting…

  1. Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) tree planting: The City Commission will consider authorizing a bid award for the purchase and planting of new trees and vegetation along portions of the Chippewa River. This project is part of the GLRI Grant Program in cooperation with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe to improve the Chippewa River corridor.
  2. Capital Improvement Plan: The commission will receive the 2018-2022 capital improvement plan, which details the projected infrastructure projects for the next five years. A public hearing will be set for May 22 to obtain public input.
  3. Adult Softball League fees: The commission will consider an adjustment to the team and participant fees for the 2017 Adult Softball League. These recommendations are based on the goal to have the adult leagues be self-sustaining for the direct costs, a comprehensive review of the City’s expenses and projected number of teams, and new rental rates implemented by CMU for use of its fields.
  4. Brush pick-up options: The City Commission will consider authorizing a one-time service of brush pickup for residential units in the City during the week of May 15, 2017.
  5. Appointments to Michigan Medical Marijuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMMFLA) ad-hoc committee: Mayor Kathy Ling will announce the appointment of the members of the MMMFLA ad-hoc committee.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for April 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

2017-city-commissionMount Pleasant City Commission meetings are held at City Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month. Meetings begin at 7 p.m.

Here are five things to watch at the March 13 City Commission meeting…

  1. Special Meeting: Prior to the start of the regular meeting, a special meeting with the City Commission and Planning Commission will include a presentation on new regulations for medical marijuana facilities licensing, followed by a discussion of next steps for the City. (See the agenda for the Special Meeting here.)
  2. Presentation of 2016 Community Improvement Awards: Since 1979, the Planning Commission has presented Community Improvement Awards for rebuilt or renovated residential and/or commercial properties. These awards are a way for the Planning Commission to thank and acknowledge the property owners for investment in our community and making our neighborhoods better places to live.
  3. Schedule public hearings regarding housing license fees and fines: The City Commission will consider setting public hearings for March 27 on the proposed rental housing licensing fees to be implemented July 1, as well as the new penalty amounts for owners and property managers who fail to obtain housing licenses.
  4. Renewals of facility agreements with community organizations: The City Commission will consider the renewal of a five-year facility agreement with the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan for the Jane Harris Girl Scout cabin located in Chipp-a-Waters Park. The Commission will also consider the renewal of a 10-year facility agreement with the Mt. Pleasant Lions Club for a storage building at Pickens Field.
  5. Bids and quotations: The City Commission will consider approving a number of bids and quotes recommended by City staff for the following purchases and/or services:
    • Grounds Mowing
    • Tractor
    • High Service Pump Rehabilitation
    • Primary Sludge Pump Replacement

 To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for March 13, 2017, click here