Special event road closures; October 13-14, 2018

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – Race for a Reason 5K Run sponsored by Grace Church will take place on Saturday, October 13 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The race route is through Mill Pond, Nelson and Island Parks and a portion of the Downtown area, causing the closure of Main Street between Illinois and Michigan Streets.

McLaren Central Hospital will be closing the south side of Maple Street, between South Drive and Brown Street on Saturday, October 13 from 3 – 5 p.m. and Sunday, October 14 from 7 a.m. – 2 p.m. for their Road of Ribbons project, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

Please seek alternate routes during these time frames.


Applications for City boards and commissions accepted through October 29, 2018

Community members interested in serving on any of the City’s boards and commissions should apply by Oct. 29. Qualified electors may submit their name or the name of another for consideration.

“We accept applications for all of the City’s boards and commissions throughout the year,” said City Manager Nancy Ridley. “However, each fall, we encourage community members to apply so the Appointments Committee has the information of potential candidates readily available to review if partial-term vacancies occur.”

Applications are available online or at the City Manager’s Office, located at 320 W. Broadway. For more information, visit www.mt-pleasant.org.

McLaren Central Hospital Named Grand Marshal of Lighted Christmas Parade

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – The staff and directors from McLaren Central Hospital will serve as grand marshal of the 2018 Lighted Christmas Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Michelle Sponseller, Downtown Development Director shared, “This year’s Christmas Celebration marks two milestones, McLaren Central commemorating 75 years as Mt. Pleasant’s community hospital, and the 25th anniversary of Mt. Pleasant’s Christmas Celebration.”  She continued, “Since 2004 a local organization who has given so much to our community throughout the year, is honored in this special way at the popular lighted parade.”

Previous grand marshals include:

  • 2017       Max and Emily’s People Helping People Program
  • 2016       Central Michigan University (125th anniversary)
  • 2015       PEAK program
  • 2014       Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation (25th anniversary)
  • 2013       United Way of Isabella County
  • 2012       Goodrow Fund
  • 2011       Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
  • 2010       Chippewa River District Library
  • 2009       Toys for Tots
  • 2008       Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe
  • 2007       Hospice of Central Michigan
  • 2006       Child and Family Enrichment (CAFÉ)
  • 2005       Isabella Community Soup Kitchen
  • 2004       Friends of the Broadway
  • 2003       Mr. and Mrs. Sheehan

Martin Tursky, McLaren Central President & CEO stated, “It is an honor to be selected as the grand marshal for this year’s event.  We look forward to the festival and celebrating with the community in December.”

The Lighted Christmas parade begins at 6 p.m. in downtown Mt. Pleasant, and is one of several events taking place Nov. 30 – Dec. 1 for the 25th annual Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration. Additional activities include a community sing-along and tree lighting ceremony on Friday night; and a pancake breakfast and visits with Santa on Saturday. For details, go to www.facebook.com/downtownmp.

Memorial Day Parade to honor country’s fallen military service members

On Monday, May 28, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3033 is hosting a Memorial Day Parade beginning at 10 a.m. in remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives while serving in the U.S. military.

Initially known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

The parade travels through Downtown Mt. Pleasant and begins at 709 E. Broadway St. by Rite Aid. The route travels west on Broadway to Main Street and from there a bus will visit Riverside Cemetery, Calvary Cemetery and the Memorial Gardens to honor veterans.

There will be no road closures for this event, but temporary traffic delays may occur. 

Isabella Bank sponsors Movies by Moonlight

The City of Mt. Pleasant is pleased to announce Isabella Bank as the 2018 sponsor of Movies by Moonlight. The annual outdoor film series offers residents and visitors of the Mt. Pleasant area an opportunity to bring chairs, blankets and snacks, and settle in on the lawn at City Hall for the movie showings on Saturday evenings throughout August.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled with our partnership with Isabella Bank for Movies by Moonlight,” said Downtown Development Director Michelle Sponseller. “As one of downtown Mt. Pleasant’s oldest and most trusted businesses, they understand the power of community engagement and giving back to others. This partnership will ensure Movies by Moonlight continues for years to come.”

All movies begin at 8:30 p.m. / dusk. This year’s lineup includes:

  • 4: “Leap!” (PG)
  • 11: “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” (PG-13)
  • 18: “Coco” (PG)
  • 25: “Jumanji” (PG-13)

Additional details will be announced as the event approaches. See www.facebook.com/downtownmp for updates.

This year’s media sponsorship is provided by WCFX-FM. The Movies by Moonlight event was founded by City of Mt. Pleasant, Isabella Bank and Max & Emily’s Eatery.

Medical Marihuana Facilities FAQs

The City of Mt. Pleasant is currently reviewing ordinances related to the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMMFLA). These ordinances would “opt in” to the state law allowing medical marihuana facilities to operate within the City subject to certain limitations.

Public input is being sought regarding the draft ordinances before the City Commission makes a final decision.

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on the draft ordinances in early May and provided the City Commission with comments and recommendations following that public hearing. The draft ordinances have been revised to reflect the recommendations made by the Planning Commission.



  • Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. City Commission Public Hearing on the proposed ordinances.
  • Monday, June 4, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. City Commission Work Session to discuss the outcomes of the public hearing process and next steps.



What medical marihuana facility types would be allowed in the City?

  • All 5 types of facilities would be allowed: growers, provisioning centers, processors, secure transporters, and safety compliance.
  • No more than 3 growers would be allowed.
  • No more than 3 provisioning centers would be allowed.
  • If more than 3 applications are received for a specific facility type, a public meeting will be held to randomly select 3 of the applicants to continue the approval process.


Where would medical marihuana facilities be located?

  • All types of facilities would be permitted in the industrial zone.
  • Provisioning centers would be allowed in commercial zones within designated areas, including portions of Downtown, Mission and Pickard.
  • A facility could not be located within 1,000 feet of a public or private K-12 school, unless the facility is located north of Broadway in the Central Business District / Tax Increment Finance Authority.
  • A facility could not be located within 500 feet of Central Michigan University, unless the facility is located east of the CMU main campus, east of Mission of Street.


What other regulations would be in place for medical marihuana facilities?

  • Each facility would be required to adhere to standards regulating odor, lighting, signage, storage, exterior and interior appearance, hours of operation and more.
  • On-site consumption of marihuana would be prohibited on the premises of any facility.


How would medical marihuana facilities receive approval to operate?

Applicants must complete the following steps before beginning to operate:

  1. Apply to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) for prequalification
  2. Apply to the City of Mt. Pleasant to operate a facility**
  3. Obtain a special-use permit for the location of the facility
  4. A public hearing would be held with the Planning Commission to approve the facility location. Notifications for all public hearings would be sent to property owners and occupants within 300 feet of the proposed location of the facility, as well as shared with the general public through the City’s communication channels.
  5. Complete the state licensing process


How can I give my input?

  • A public hearing will be held before the City Commission on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.
  • If you are unable to attend the public hearing, opinions can be expressed by mail, email or phone to City Manager Nancy Ridley to be shared with the City Commission. Contact the City Manager’s office by calling (989) 779-5323, emailing manager@mt-pleasant.org or visiting City Hall at 320 W. Broadway.


Where can I find additional information?

  • The FAQs are a summary of the draft medical marihuana facilities ordinances. The complete draft of the ordinances and other information can be found at www.mt-pleasant.org/MMMFLA.
  • If you have additional questions, please contact City Planner Jacob Kain at (989) 779-5346 or jkain@mt-pleasant.org.


**The City is not accepting applications for medical marihuana facilities at this time.

Updated 5/18/18

“Bingo Bash” to offer fun for all ages on Feb. 24

Community members of all ages – from the very young to the young at heart – are invited to the Isabella County Commission on Aging on Feb. 24 for “Bingo Bash,” presented by Mt. Pleasant Parks & Recreation, Commission on Aging and McDonald’s.  This free event will allow players as many rounds of Bingo as they desire, with winners advancing to the Bonus Bingo rounds!

Prizes and free refreshments will be available. Bingo Bash will take place from 2 to 4 p.m.

The Isabella County Commission on Aging is located at 2200 S. Lincoln Road in Mt. Pleasant. For more information, click here or call (989) 779-5331.

Seasonal jobs available at the City of Mt. Pleasant

The City of Mt. Pleasant is seeking individuals to fill a variety of seasonal employment positions. The available positions include:

Applications can be found on the City’s website at www.mt-pleasant.org/jobs or at the Human Resources office, located on the second floor of City Hall. When applying for more than one position, applicants must complete an application for each position.

The application deadline for all positions is Thursday, March 1.

5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

Here are five things to watch at the Jan. 22 City Commission meeting:

  1. Material collection licenses and penalties: In January 2017, the City Commission approved ordinance changes that restricted the hours of operation for refuse collection in certain zones, as well as provided penalties and allowed for an exception process. As part of the approval, a one-year sunset clause was added to the ordinance. Since then, the changes have had the desired positive impacts on the adjacent residential neighborhoods. The sunset clause must be removed in order for the law to remain in effect. The City Commission will hold a public hearing on the removal of the sunset clause and consider its approval.
  2. Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) bottles: A sole source purchase for 44 SCBA bottles will be considered.  This purchase will replace the carbon fiber bottles used by the fire department, which have a March 2018 expiration date, with new aluminum bottles that do not have expiration dates.
  3. Tree trimming and removal: A bid recommendation for F & K Tree Services to complete the necessary tree trimming and removals within City Right-of-ways during 2018 will be considered.
  4. Proposed character-based zoning code and map: The City Commission will consider the approval of the proposed zoning ordinance and related zoning map. To see more information about the draft character-based zoning code, click here.
  5. Patrol vehicle camera systems: Several years ago, the City purchased and installed cameras in the Police Department’s patrol vehicles. Central Michigan University Police Department (CMUPD) was using the same equipment vendor, so the City entered into an agreement with CMUPD to share one system. As part of the agreement, the cost of future hardware replacements would be split evenly between MPPD and CMUPD. The hardware is now in need of replacement and the City Commission will consider the recommendation to approve the cost of the shared purchase.


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

Summary of Jan. 8 City Commission meeting

The video of the Jan. 8, 2018 City Commission meeting is available here.

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

1. Commissioner Lents was elected Mayor for 2018.

2. Commissioner Madaj was elected Vice Mayor for 2018.

3. Set time and day of regular meetings.

4. City Planner Kain gave a presentation on the upcoming 2018 Citizens’ Academy.

5. Received petitions and communications.

6. Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

  • Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held December 11, 2017
  • Receive proposed ordinance to amend Title V, Chapter 50, Section(s) 50.12 and 50.99 of the Mount Pleasant City Code regarding material collection licenses and penalties and set a public hearing for January 22, 2018 on same
  • Resolution in support of Final approval of Traffic Control Order #1-2018
  • Resolution in support of Final approval of Traffic Control Order #2-2018
  • Resolution authorizing MDOT contract for reimbursement for the 2017 Tree Abatement project
  • Appointments of City Officials to applicable City boards and commissions for 2018.

7. Held a public hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance 1032, an Ordinance to amend Title XIII, Chapter 132, Section(s) 132.03, 132.04 and 132.06 of the Mount Pleasant City Code regarding the purchase, consumption, and possession of alcoholic beverages by minors, furnishing or using fraudulent identification, and license sanctions, and to repeal Title XIII, Chapter 132, Section 132.07 of the Mount Pleasant City Code regarding preliminary breath tests.

8. Approved amendment to Motor Pool Budget for the replacement of a snow plow.

9. Approved Appointments to various City Boards and Commissions.

10. Approved proceeding with drafting of the general framework of ordinances with regard to MMMFLA leaving open issues for discussion and scheduling a work session at the earliest available time.

11. 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 statute.

12. Adjourned the meeting at 8:34 p.m.