City of Mt. Pleasant Winter Storm Update: Closures, City Commission Meeting Cancelled for 1/28/19 and Street Parking Reminder (11:30 a.m.)

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. Due to the winter storm, below is a list of current closures from the City of Mt. Pleasant.

Updates to this list will be posted on the following social media accounts:

City of Mt. Pleasant @mtpleasantmi Facebook page

City of Mt. Pleasant Public Safety @mtppublicsafety Facebook page

City of Mt. Pleasant Twitter @MtPleasantMI

City of Mt. Pleasant Public Safety Twitter @mtppublicsafety

CLOSURES:

-All city offices will close at 12 noon on Monday, January 28, 2019.

-All City of Mt. Pleasant Parks

-Cemetery

-Hannah’s Bark Park

CANCELLATIONS:

-Tonight’s City Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. at City Hall has been cancelled, per Vice Mayor Lori Gillis.  The agenda from the January 28 meeting will be combined with the agenda of the February 11, 2019 City Commission meeting.

STREET PARKING:  Please remember to not park on City streets.  This will help our Street Department clear our streets quickly and efficiently during this winter storm.

As a reminder, from Dec. 1, 2018 to April 1, 2019, on-street and City lot parking is prohibited in non-downtown areas from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. On-street parking is prohibited downtown from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. throughout the year.

Overnight Parking Reminders;Winter Storm Preparations

OVERNIGHT PARKING REMINDERS/WINTER STORM 

With the forecasted winter storm, please remember to not park on City streets.  This will help our Street Department clear our streets quickly and efficiently.

As a reminder, from Dec. 1, 2018 to April 1, 2019, on-street and City lot parking is prohibited in non-downtown areas from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. On-street parking is prohibited downtown from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. throughout the year.

For those with overnight parking permits, several City parking lots have designated areas where overnight parking is allowed. For more information about parking permits, please contact the Division of Community Services at (989) 779-5347.

Thank you for your assistance as we prepare for this winter storm.

Topics to watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for January 28, 2019

Here are the topics to watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on January 28, 2019 at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street.

To see the full City Commission meeting packet and agenda click here.

-Consider public hearing for special assessment on pedestrian lighting.

-Consider approval of Storm Drain Painting Pilot Project for Island and Chipp-A-Waters Parks.

-Consider appointments to the various City Boards and Commissions.

Summary of minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, January 7, 2019

Summary of minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, January 7, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

Commissioner Joseph was elected Mayor for 2019.

Commissioner Gillis was elected Vice Mayor for 2019.

Set time and day of regular meetings for 2019.

Mayor Joseph read and presented a proclamation in support of Peacemaking Recognition Day, January 21, 2019, to Laura Gourlay of the Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Peacemaking Committee.

Finance Director Kornexl gave a presentation on the small business tax exemption available to those businesses that qualify.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1)Minutes of the special meeting of the City Commission held December 4, 2018.

2) Minutes of the closed session of the City Commission held December 4, 2018.

3) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held December 10, 2018.

4) Resolutions #1 and #2 to commence proceedings for special assessment, tentatively determine the necessity, and set a Public Hearing for January 28, 2019, regarding the necessity of Special Assessment District #1-19.

5) Authorized Finance Director Kornexl to approve the issuance of payrolls and warrants from January 4, 2019 to January 14, 2019.

6) Appointments of City Officials to applicable City boards and commissions for 2019.

Approved an amendment to the R & T Murphy Trucking contract for leaf hauling services.

Approved appointments to various City Boards and Commissions as recommended by the Appointments Committee.

City Attorney Homier conducted a training session on the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Adjourned at 8:42 p.m.

Important Tax Information for City of Mt. Pleasant Business Owners

MT. PLEASANT, MI – In December 2012, the State of Michigan created an exemption known as the Small Taxpayer Exemption. This program allows business and business personal property owners to exempt their equipment from property taxation if the value of the equipment is under $80,000 depreciated true cash value (40,000 assessed value) per jurisdiction.

Examples of personal property (equipment used in commercial and industrial businesses) include: cash registers, freezers, shelving, etc. Residential and agricultural personal property is exempt from taxation.

The 5076 Small Taxpayer Exemption Form was sent to City property owners by the assessor’s office.  This one-page form, with basic information already included by the assessor’s office, must be returned by February 20, 2019 to qualify for the exemption.

For the 2019 tax year, the State of Michigan has updated the small taxpayer exemption process. Property owners only need to file one time, instead of annually, to receive the exemption going forward.

The assessor’s office will annually audit each account to determine if the property still qualifies for exemption.  As long as the account is estimated to be valued at less than $80,000, the exemption will carry over year to year.

If you have questions regarding this exemption please contact the City of Mt Pleasant Assessor’s Office, (989) 779-5355.

35th Annual Daddy-Daughter Date Night planned for Jan. 27; register today

Young ladies and their fathers are invited to the 35th annual Daddy-Daughter Date Night on Jan. 27 at the Mt. Pleasant Comfort Inn & Suites.

Presented by Mt. Pleasant Parks & Recreation, the special evening of music, dancing, prizes and activities is open to girls of all ages and their dads or other favorite escort. Attendants may choose from the two event times offered; 2 to 4 p.m. or 6 to 8 p.m.

Due to limited space, advanced registration is encouraged and available through Jan. 23. The cost is $30 per family for City residents, $42 per family for non-residents or $45 per family at the door.

Sign up online at www.mt-pleasant.org/recreation or at the Mt. Pleasant Parks & Recreation office at 320 W. Broadway Street.

Professional quality portrait packages will also be offered by iDEAL Photo.

For more information, call (989) 779-5331.

Mt. Pleasant Fire Department responds to structure fire – 1604 W. Michigan Street

Mt. Pleasant Fire Department responds to structure fire – 1604 W. Michigan Street

On January 5, 2019 at 7:08 p.m. the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 1604 W. Michigan Street. The initial on the scene report indicated heavy smoke coming from the rear of a single story residential structure. The occupants were out of the house upon arrival of first responders and no injuries were reported.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire through an aggressive interior and exterior attack.

The structure received light structural damage and heavy interior damage with loss of most contents. Residents of the home will be displaced for an unknown period of time.

The Mount Pleasant Fire Department is currently conducting an investigation to determine the cause of the fire.  Damages are estimated at more than $100,000.

The Mt. Pleasant Fire Department was assisted by the Mt. Pleasant Police Department and Mobile Medical Response.

Most home fires occur at night when people are sleeping.  Check your smoke detectors monthly and replace your batteries twice a year.  Operating smoke detectors may save your life.

City to hold fourth Citizens’ Academy of Mt. Pleasant; now accepting applications

The fourth Citizens’ Academy of Mt. Pleasant 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 19.  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 Citizen’s 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 19, February 26, March 12, March 19, April 2, April 9, and April 16.  Graduates of the academy will be recognized at the April 22 City Commission meeting.

Applications are available at City Hall or online, and are accepted until January 31, 2019. Find the application and learn more at www.mt-pleasant.org/citizensacademy

Topics to watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting

Here are the topics to watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on January 7, 2019 at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street.

To see the full City Commission meeting packet and agenda click here.

-Election of Mayor and Vice Mayor and setting of 2019 meeting schedule.

-Proclamation in support of Peacemaking Recognition Day (January 21, 2019).

-Consider special assessment, determined the necessity, set a public hearing for January 28, 2019.

-Consider appointments of City Officials to applicable City Boards and Commissions.

-Consider appointments to the various City Boards and Commissions as recommended by the Appointments Committee.

Vaping on the rise among teens

MT. PLEASANT, MI – Over the past several months the Mt. Pleasant Police Department has been closely monitoring the use and accessibility of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes), e-juice (vaping liquids) and other nicotine products among middle and high school students. After conducting compliance checks at several tobacco retailers within the City of Mt. Pleasant, three local businesses were cited for Selling Tobacco Products to a Minor (anyone under the age of 18.)

What are e-cigarettes/vape pens?

E-cigarettes or vape pens, have become very popular among middle and high school aged students.  They are sold in many different shapes and sizes and resemble a thumb drive, cell phone battery charger or make-up containers, which makes it difficult for parents to identify.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) describes e-cigarettes as: A product which allows a user to inhale aerosol containing nicotine and other substances, and at times, marihuana.  E-cigarettes are composed of a rechargeable, battery-operated heat element, a cartridge that contains nicotine, and other flavored chemicals (e-juice/vape juice), and an atomizer.  When heated, the device converts the contents of the cartridge into an aerosol which is often flavored.  The fruity and candy-flavored vape juice is most popular among adolescents.

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there has been a 78 percent increase in vaping by high school students, with 3.6 million high school and middle school students now using e-cigarettes.

Vaping misconceptions and health warnings

There are misconceptions that vaping is not dangerous or addictive.  The Surgeon General has reported that the use of vape pens, which are nicotine products, do pose a danger.

In youth, vaping can disrupt the growth of brain circuits that control attention, learning and susceptibility to addiction.  The nicotine in e-cigarettes and other tobacco products can prime young brains for addiction to other drugs, such as cocaine and methamphetamine.

Nicotine exposure during pregnancy can affect fetal and postnatal development as well as contribute to sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Nicotine poisoning and symptoms

Ingestion of e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine can cause acute toxicity and possible death if the contents of the refill cartridges or bottles are consumed.

One conventional cigarette contains approximately 1 mg of nicotine.  Those smoking conventional cigarettes only absorb about 1/10th of the 1 mg of nicotine.  Some manufacturers are producing e-juice/vaping juice with 30-40 + mg of nicotine in a cartridge, which is considered lethal to adults.  Nicotine poisoning tends to be more critical in children and adults who are first time users.

Symptoms of nicotine poisoning include nausea, vomiting, increased blood pressure, abnormal heart rate, dehydration, loss of appetite, extreme fatigue, dizziness, headache, gas, anxiety, and hearing and vision changes.  Nausea and vomiting are the most notable symptoms in youth.

For a summary of common vaping myths and FAQ’s visit:  https://www.fda.gov/downloads/TobaccoProducts/AboutCTP/UCM624891.pdf

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