City to offer no fee brush chipping

UPDATED 9/8/21:  All 150 no fee brush chipping slots have been filled. To be placed on the wait list please call, (989) 779-5401.

The City of Mt. Pleasant is offering 150 households, within the City limits, up to 30 minutes of no fee brush chipping during the week of September 20, 2021. Brush chipping will be completed at curbside only, no alleys. Reservations will be accepted beginning September 7 at 8:00 a.m. until September 10 at 4:30 p.m. or until all spots are filled.  

To make a reservation or to learn more, contact the Division of Public Works at (989) 779-5401 or email publicworks@mt-pleasant.org.

City Manager Interviews Scheduled for August 21

The City of Mt. Pleasant will be conducting public interviews for the City Manager position on Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall (320 W. Broadway Street). These interviews will not be live streamed, but recorded and available for viewing on the City’s YouTube channel.

COVID-19 safety protocols will be followed. Therefore, seating will be limited due to social distancing, and face masks must be worn per guidance from federal, state and local health departments.

The following candidates will be interviewed:

  • Justin Lakamper, Chief Administrative Officer, Village of Edmore, Michigan
  • John Hanifan, City Manager, City of Chelsea, Michigan
  • Susan Montenegro, City Manager, City of Leslie, Michigan
  • Aaron Desentz, City Manager, Eaton Rapids, Michigan

As a result of current City Manager Nancy Ridley’s scheduled retirement in October, the City Commission hired Walsh Municipal Services to conduct the City Manager recruitment process. Out of 63 applications received, 10 candidates were presented to the City Commission for review. The City Commission selected four candidates to interview.

The City Commission will determine which candidate will move forward in the hiring process at their regularly scheduled virtual commission meeting, slated for 7 p.m. on Monday, August 23, 2021. As with all virtual City Commission meetings, citizens can watch this meeting live on Spectrum Charter Channel 188, web streamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/ or via Zoom.

Current City Manager Nancy Ridley, announced her plans to retire in April 2021. She has been employed with the City for 24 years.

Face masks to be worn in City of Mt. Pleasant facilities beginning 8/11/2021

Due to Isabella County’s substantial COVID-19 transmission rate, beginning August 11, 2021, all employees and visitors regardless of COVID-19 vaccination status, must wear a face mask when inside a City building. The City is following guidance from the CDC, MDHHS and the local health department.

There will be no change to the level of City services.

Public Meetings

The City of Mt. Pleasant will host its public meetings virtually as permitted by Public Act 254 of 2020. Citizens can watch these meetings live on Spectrum Charter Channel 188, web streamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/ or via Zoom. Any citizen desiring to make a public comment can email their agenda item comments to comment@mt-pleasant.org or attend the virtual Zoom meeting.

Utility and Tax Payments and Building/DPW Permits

  • Citizens can make payments via mail (320 W. Broadway Street), the City’s Drop Box located outside of City Hall, or online at www.mt-pleasant.org.
  • Building and DPW Permit requests can be electronically submitted by visiting www.mt-pleasant.org. In-person inspections will follow recommendations of federal, state and local health officials. If needed, virtual inspections can be conducted through Skype or Zoom.

Small Business Relief

Are you a small business impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak? If so, you may be eligible for a grant or low-interest loan. Refer to this link for more information.https://mmdc.org/our-blog/coronavirus-covid-19-resources-for-your-business/

COVID-19 Health Resources

The City will continue to be guided by information provided by the Central Michigan District Health Department https://www.cmdhd.org/novel-coronavirus, the State of Michigan https://www.michigan.gov/coronavirus, and the Center for Disease Control & Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html.

COVID-19 Vaccination Information

To stay updated on the most recent COVID-19 vaccination information, visit the Central Michigan District Health Department’s website at www.cmdhd.org.

Information Updates

Information will continue to be updated and shared via the City’s website (www.mt-pleasant.org), Blog (mpcityblog.com), Facebook and Twitter accounts, MACTV Charter Spectrum Channel 188, and the Community Information Phone Line (989) 779-5320.

Topics to Watch at the VIRTUAL Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – July 26, 2021

Here are the topics to watch at the next virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, July 26, 2021 at 7 p.m.

  • Consider update to Liquor License Policy and applicable fee resolution as postponed from July 12, 2021.
  • Consider resolution authorizing 2022 Michigan Arts Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs mini-grant submission for Paint the Intersection Project.
  • Consider approval of a fireworks display as part of the 2021 Christmas Celebration (December 4, 2021) and authorize the Public Safety Director to represent the City in the State of Michigan pyrotechnic display application process.
  • Consider resolution regarding recreational marijuana petition to increase number of retailers.
  • Consider resolution extending conditional approval of a Class A medical marihuana grow operation for LowKey Properties LLC.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:  

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2021/7-26-21.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:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83264306022?pwd=aitZSE9mYTU2RWVndFhXbDU5a3RjQT09

Passcode: 069764

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.
  • To raise your hand for telephone dial-in participants, press *9.
  • 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.

Additional Video Campaign Honor: City of Mt. Pleasant Receives Bronze Telly

The City of Mt. Pleasant was recently conferred with a bronze Telly Award for its “Be the reason” online video campaign. This honor is in addition to the Award of Excellence presented earlier in the Communicator Awards competition.

The Telly Awards are respected worldwide and honor excellence in television and video for all screens as judged by a group of leading television and video experts from some of the most prestigious companies in entertainment, publishing, advertising and emerging technology, such as WarnerMedia, NBC News, ESPN Films and Dow Jones. In determining winners, entries are evaluated against a comprehensive industry benchmark for excellence.

For this year’s judging, more than 12,000 entries were received from all 50 states and 5 continents. Telly award winners represent submissions of the most respected advertising agencies, television stations, production companies, publishers and public relations units from around the world. Other Telly Award Winners include: Netflix, CBS/Late Late Show with James Cordon, Nickelodeon, FOX Entertainment, Disney, Comcast, the Smithsonian, Colorado State University and Santa Cruz County.

“In the face of a year like no other, the visual storytelling community has continued to defy the limitations of our new world,” shared Sabrina Dridje, Telly Awards Executive Director. “This year’s submissions doubled down on what we already know about the industry,” she added. “Creativity will never be stopped. Collaboration will always prevail. New ideas and stories will always find a way to break through to an audience.”

The City’s “Be the reason” online video campaign addressed the COVID-19 pandemic.

The purpose of the effort was not only to educate the public on proper safety measures, but to emphasize the purpose and urgency of these precautions while creating a feeling of comfort and unity. Due to the state’s Stay-at-Home Order, no new video could be shot. Instead, existing footage was repurposed with all production being completed remotely by the City’s creative team. 

To view the award-winning campaign visit:

https://bethereasonwearamask.myportfolio.com/

The creative team for the “Be the reason” PSA video campaign included Tenley McLaughlin-Good/Graphic Designer, Paul Lauria/Director of Public Safety, Zach Huffman/Videographer/CEO and Founder of Hyvion, Jim Bollella/Voiceover Talent/Owner of Freeform Audio, and Darcy Orlik/Director of Public Relations.

Free Tree Planting Program

The City of Mt. Pleasant plants a variety of trees in the city rights-of-way as part of the Urban Forestry Plan. Residential and commercial property owners are eligible for one free tree per year, to be planted in the right of way in front of their property. The Street Department will determine the best location for the tree. Once planted, the property owner is asked to water the tree, with additional watering encouraged during extended periods of hot, dry weather.

To receive a free tree and have it planted in the Spring, fill out a Tree Application form and return it to the Department of Public Works at 320 W. Broadway Street, by April 1, 2021. Both the application and tree brochure are located on the City’s website at www.mt-pleasant.org.

If individuals wish to plant their own tree in the right-of-way, a permit must be obtained from the Division of Public Works office. There is no charge for the permit, however, there is a limitation to the size and species of tree which can be planted in this area. For more information, please contact the Division of Public Works office at 989-779-5401.

Central Michigan District Health Department Rescinds Public Health Emergency Order (Updated 5/14/2021)

UPDATE: On May 14, 2021, Central Michigan District Health Department (CMDHD) rescinded its local Emergency Order that limited public gatherings in Isabella County in the City of Mt. Pleasant and Union Township. This local order limited outdoor gatherings and events to 25 or fewer people and applied to residential and non-residential venues.

Please reference the State of Michigan’s page here for current information about capacity limits, guidance, and frequently asked questions.

10/7/2020 UPDATE: The Central Michigan District Health Department has updated and reissued the local public health order to coincide with applicable Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Emergency Orders issued on 10/5/2020. You can view the updated order here:

8/24/2020: Central Michigan District Health Department is issuing a public health emergency order to limit the size of social gatherings or events within Union Township and the City of Mt. Pleasant. No more than 25 people may gather at outdoor events. The local order enhances existing state orders and further restricts social gatherings in areas at increased risk for COVID-19 outbreaks since the student population returned to the local community. The order takes effect on August 24, 2020 at 8:00 p.m. and will remain in effect until amended or rescinded. (Updated 10/7/2020)

“We have seen a large increase in cases since students returned to the Mt. Pleasant area. Our investigations have shown that the majority of these cases had attended large social gatherings. Restrictions on the size of outdoor gatherings, along with other preventive measures will help us reduce the spread of this virus” said Steve Hall, R.S., M.S, health officer for the Central Michigan District Health Department.

The local order reduces the size of allowable outdoor social gatherings from 100 down to 25. Indoor gatherings remain limited to 10 or fewer people not of the same household, as per Michigan Executive Order 2020-160. At any gathering or event, inside or out, individuals not living in the same household should keep a minimum of 6 feet distance from one another.

Face coverings continue to be required in public indoor settings and any crowded outdoor settings under Executive Order 2020-153.

Isabella County has reported a total of 297 confirmed cases of COVID-19 to date. County data shows that in the third week of August there was a 350% increase in the number of COVID-19 cases compared to the previous week. During that week, 92% of reported cases were among those 18 to 24-years-old. This is compared to the first 2 weeks of August in which 39% of cases were among this age group. With thousands of students returning to Central Michigan University in Isabella County, many from states with high rates of COVID-19, living in congregate settings, and traditionally disposed toward socializing in large groups, further restrictions need to be put in place to prevent outbreaks related to large social gatherings and organized events. Large social gatherings have demonstrated an increased public health risk with potential for further outbreak, including super-spreading events.

“We wholeheartedly support the Central Michigan District Health Officer’s order further limiting outdoor gatherings to protect our community from the spread of COVID 19,” says Nancy Ridley, Mt. Pleasant City Manager. “These are not normal times and it takes all of us working together to mitigate the spread of this virus. This includes the consistent wearing of face masks and changes in how we interact and gather. Putting these safety measures in place increase the chances of our schools and businesses staying open, as well as protecting all of our residents, our community’s visitors, and our valued frontline workers.”

“Union Township supports the Central Michigan District Health Department’s Health Officer’s social gathering limitation 100% and thank him for his leadership,” says Union Township Manager Mark Stuhldreher. “Whether permanent residents, students, or visitors to our community we all are the key to slowing the spread of COVID-19. If we all follow the guidance of our public health officials, we can keep ourselves, first responders, and our neighbors as safe as possible. It’s up to each of us to do our part.”

State law provides local health officers with the authority to issue orders to protect the public health under Section 2453 of the Public Health Code (MCL 333.2453). Those who disregard the order could be subject to a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment for not more than six months and/or a fine of up to $200.

You can read the order here: https://b7415fe4-3f8d-4ed9-b594-7f18ad7f0403.filesusr.com/…

To reduce the spread of illness in our community, the Health Department recommends wearing a face covering, maintaining a minimum of 6 feet distance from others not in your household and washing your hands frequently. Testing is recommended for anyone reporting to work in person, with known exposure or with any mild or unusual symptoms. Symptoms may take up to 14 days after exposure to appear, and individuals are considered contagious two days before symptoms appear.

The number of local cases, guidance for employers, prevention information, testing options and more are available at https://www.cmdhd.org/novel-coronavirus. Health Department staff are also available to answer questions. CMDHD has established a Coronavirus Message Center line at 989-773-5921 extension 1444. Leave your name, phone number, county of residence, and a brief message. Staff will return calls as soon as possible.

This article has been brought to you by Central Michigan District Health Department, which serves the counties of Arenac, Clare, Gladwin, Isabella, Osceola and Roscommon. Visit our website at http://www.cmdhd.org, LIKE Central Michigan District Health Department on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @CMiDHD.

Summary of Minutes of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – August 10, 2020

Summary of Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, August 10, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.

Item 12: “Consider extension of contract with Republic Services for solid waste pick up; and Item 13: “Consider resolution setting fee for trash carts.” were removed from the agenda.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held July 27, 2020.

2) Sole-source purchase of replacement self-contained breathing apparatus equipment from Dinges Fire Company of Amboy, IL.

3) Set a special meeting for Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. with the Mt. Pleasant Public School Board and the Charter Township of Union Board of Trustees to discuss the Recreation Authority Study Committee’s final report.

4) Warrants and Payrolls.

Approved providing input to CMU that the current draft of the amended Restrictive Covenants is supported and in addition, the City Commission would recommend further consideration of two items.

Approved the City Commission Agenda Setting Policy as presented. (CC Exh. 9-2020)

Moved to send out for competitive bids on environmental consulting services for former landfill site.

Conducted a work session on 2019 Goal Report Discussion on Downtown Study.

Adjourned the meeting at 10:13 p.m.

City of Mt. Pleasant’s 2019 Annual Report

Good news abounds in the City of Mt. Pleasant’s 2019 Annual Report. Community partnerships, economic expansion, desirable neighborhoods and reliable infrastructure. That and more are highlighted in this annual publication. To view visit:

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/departments/city_manager/

Topics to Watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – August 10, 2020

Here are the topics to watch at the next virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, August 10, 2020 at 7 p.m.

  • Receive Center for Applied Research and Technology (CART) restrictive covenants for Smartzone and provide input.
  • Consider extension of contract with Republic Services for solid waste pick up.
  • Consider resolution for setting fee for trash carts.
  • Consider policy on City Commission agenda setting.
  • Consider sole source contract with AKT Peerless for environmental consulting services and additional testing at the former landfill site.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:

How to follow public meetings during social distancing:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Mt. Pleasant is following federal, state and county health officials’ recommendations while still providing valuable City services.

Even though the City Commission meeting will take place as scheduled, it will be an electronically conducted meeting as allowed by the Governor’s Executive Order and the City Commission Chambers will be closed to the public.

Citizens can watch the City Commission meeting live on Spectrum Charter Channel 188, web streamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/ or via Zoom.

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

Zoom Meeting information

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89023497162?pwd=Z2NPWTRRV0tHZCt0dG1WVUEvL0xaZz09

Meeting ID: 890 2349 7162

Password: 239397

Phone dial-in: (312) 626-6799

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.

·         To raise your hand for telephone dial-in participants, press *9.

·         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 must email their comments.