City to hold fifth Citizens’ Academy – accepting applications now


The fifth Citizens’ Academy is now accepting applications. Presented by the City of Mt. Pleasant, the academy is designed to engage members of the community and to expand their knowledge of the structure and functions of local government.

Participants will attend seven, three-hour weekly sessions beginning Tuesday, February 18.  Each session will offer an in-depth look at the fundamentals of the City’s administration and budget; public works and utilities; parks and recreation; public safety; and community development. Additional topics covered include the basics of local government, elections and more.

The Citizens’ Academy is open to anyone living, working, owning property or attending school in the City.  “The Citizens’ Academy is an opportunity for residents to capture a close up view of how a municipality operates,” said Mt. Pleasant City Planner Jacob Kain. “Past participants have indicated the program is informative, enjoyable and has broadened their insight into local government.”

Registration for the academy is free and space is limited. Sessions will occur on the following Tuesdays: February 18, February 25, March 3, March 17, March 24, April 7, and April 14. Graduates of the academy will be recognized at the April 27 City Commission meeting.

Applications are available at City Hall or online, and are accepted until January 31, 2020. Find the application and learn more at

Be a Good Neighbor – Keep Sidewalks Clear of Snow and Ice

For All Residents:  In May 2019, the City Commission decided to expand city residential sidewalk snowplowing from approximately 13 miles to approximately 25 miles within three years, and adding at least five miles each year thereafter with the goal of clearing all, or a majority of the 46 miles of city residential district sidewalks. An evaluation of the effectiveness will be conducted after the first three years.

To provide more time for evaluation of the expanded process, City staff will begin sidewalk snowplowing along 25 miles of residential sidewalks this season.  No salt will be used. The expanded areas are based on an evaluation of school locations, parks, other assumed high walking areas where pedestrian lighting exists, and contiguous areas to the extent practical. Sidewalk snowplowing by City staff will generally not start until the City streets, alleys and parking lots have been cleared.

For a map on which sidewalks will be plowed visit: For those sidewalks not currently being plowed by City staff, please keep the safety of your family and neighbors in mind and remove the snow from your sidewalk and mailbox approach as soon as practical after inclement weather.

For Commercial and Industrial Property Owners:  City ordinance requires commercial and industrial property owners to clear sidewalks within 18 hours after sleet, freezing rain or snow stops falling, with the exception of Sundays and holidays (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day). In this case, snow must be cleared by noon the day following the Sunday or holiday. If the snow or ice is too hard to remove, the owner must spread enough sand or other abrasive material to make travel safe and as soon as weather permits, must clear a path of at least 48 inches in width.

Code enforcement officers can write a municipal civil infraction ticket to commercial and industrial property owners who do not fulfill this requirement of the ordinance. For further information, contact Assistant Fire Chief Doug Lobsinger at (989) 779-5123 or

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

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.

City to offer no fee brush chipping

The City is offering up to 150 households within the City limits 30 minutes of no fee brush chipping during the week of October 7. Brush chipping will be completed at curbside only, no alleys. Reservations will be accepted beginning September 23 until October 4 at 12:00 p.m.

Reservations can be made in person at City Hall,  by email at, online at street/services_and_programs.asp, or by calling the Division of Public Works, 989-779-5401.

Brush Chipping Guidelines:

  • Brush must originate from the property.
  •  Brush should be placed at curbside only, no later than 7:00 a.m. on Monday, October 7. Brush that is placed at curbside after this date and time will not be collected/chipped.
  •  Brush should be neatly piled with the cut or broken ends facing the street. Brush piles must not obstruct any sidewalk, right-of-way, or view of traffic. Non-compliant piles will not be chipped.
  • Brush will be chipped during the week of October 7, and not necessarily on Monday.
  •  Brush only please – grass clippings, leaves, roots, weeds, vines, flowers, wire, trim board, fencing, building materials, dead animals, etc. are not permitted.


Mt. Pleasant Police Department Statistics from Start of the Fall semester at Central Michigan University

This past weekend, thousands of student residents arrived in the area for the start of the Fall semester at Central Michigan University. The Mt. Pleasant Police Department, with the assistance of nine other law enforcement agencies, responded to 246 calls for service and generated 40 citations from 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22 to 7 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25. Please see the weekend’s statistics below:

Arrested or Received Citation:

21 Traffic Citations

13 Open Intoxicants

10 Disorderly Conduct


4 Nuisance Party

3 Driving While License Suspended

3 Minor in Possession of Alcohol

3 Warrant Arrest

1 CCW Violation

1 Domestic

1 Flee and Elude

1 Leave the Scene of Accident

1 Possess Weapon Under Influence

1 Resist and Obstruction

1 Retail Fraud

Calls for Service:
• There were 72 calls for service from 7 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22 to 7 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 23.
• There were 92 calls for service from 7 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 23 to 7 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24
• There were 82 calls for service from 7 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 24. to 7 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 25.

In 2014, the City of Mt. Pleasant developed a multi-year plan to address the history of violations and increasing tension among residents in the neighborhood north of Central Michigan University’s campus where owner-occupied properties and student rentals are intermingled. To decrease disruptive behavior and improve relationships between the full and part-year residents, City officials have worked to forge partnerships with local landlords, CMU and its students, as well as enforce ordinances on a more consistent basis.

Paul Lauria, Mt. Pleasant Police Chief shared, “For the third year in a row, the City has seen progress in students adhering to the community standards established four years ago. This continued improvement in behavior, and dedication to being a good neighbor, is encouraging and evidence of why people ‘meet here’ in Mt. Pleasant. The City will also continue to do its part by consistently upholding the community standards throughout the year,” Lauria added. “So, let’s stay Fired Up and continue this positive partnership throughout the entire academic year.”

The Mt. Pleasant Police and Fire Departments were assisted by the Central Michigan University Police Department, Isabella County Central Dispatch, Michigan State Police, Mobile Medical Response, Alma Police Department, Gratiot County Sheriff’s Department, St. Louis Police Department, Midland Police Department, and Midland County Sheriff’s Department.

Broadway Street open – project completed ahead of schedule

Broadway Street is now open to vehicular and pedestrian traffic, several weeks before the projected completion date.  Some final clean-up work and removal of construction barrels and barricades will take place this week.

Thank you to our residents and business owners for your understanding during this improvement project.

Gratitude is also extended to the following contractors whose dedication enabled this job to be completed ahead of schedule.

  • McGuirk Sand & Gravel, General Contractor
  • Central Asphalt
  • City of Mt. Pleasant Street Department
  • CMS & D
  • DTE
  • Green Scene Landscapes
  • Intertek – PSI
  • J & N Concrete LLC
  • K & H Concrete Cutting
  • Kuiper Productions, Inc.
  • LS Hayes Construction
  • Michigan Pavement Markings, LLC
  • Mid Michigan Hydro seed
  • Thielen Turf Irrigation, Inc.
  • West Michigan Sign Company

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:

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.

Topics to watch at the City Commission Meeting – May 13, 2019

Here are the topics to watch at the next Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on May 13, 2019 at City Hall.

-Presentation of 2018 Historic District Commission Historic Preservation Improvement Award.

-Discuss reconstruction design of Brown Street and confirm design.

-Consider resolution to establish regulations for small cell wireless facilities.

-Consider whether a public hearing to adjust the 2019 millage rate should be held, if so set a public hearing.

-Consider storm sewer extension and reimbursement agreement with the Central Michigan Mental Health Facilities Board.

To view the entire meeting agenda packet visit:

City to offer no fee brush chipping


The City of Mt. Pleasant is offering up to 150 households within the City limits 30 minutes of no fee brush chipping during the week of May 13. Brush chipping will be completed at curbside only, no alleys.  The service is first come, first served, and residents must make a reservation by contacting the Division of Public Works beginning May 1 until May 9 at 4:30 p.m.   

To make a reservation or to learn more, contact the Division of Public Works at (989) 779-5401 email, or visit the office at 320 W. Broadway Street.

If you need assistance disposing of yard waste, the Materials Recovery Facility located at 4208 E. River Road, is an option. Cost to drop off yard waste at the MRF is $1 per bag or $12.50 per cubic yard.