5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

Here are 5 things to watch at the July 10 City Commission meeting:

  1. Introduction of new Water Superintendent: Jamie Hockemeyer, the new Water Treatment Plant Superintendent, will be introduced to the City Commission.
  2. 2017 Solar LED Flashing School Crossing Signs bid: The City Commission will consider approving a contract with Traffic Safety Corporation for 14 Solar LED Flashing School Crossing Signs to be installed at the crossing guard locations. Funds for this purchase are made available by the Tribal 2 percent grant.
  3. Confirmation of emergency curbside pickup contract: The City Commission will be asked to confirm the contract with Republic Services for the July 1 curbside pickup of flood-damaged items.
  4. July Board of Review date: The City’s July Board of Review was scheduled to be held on July 18, 2017. Two of the three Board of Review members have conflict with the schedule and have requested the date be moved to Thursday, July 20, 2017. The City Commission will consider supporting the request to modify the July Board of Review date.
  5. Extension of MDOT Contract:  The City Commission will consider extending the contract with the Michigan Department of Transportation for continued operation and maintenance of the Automated Weather Observation and Data Dissemination System at the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport until July 31, 2018.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for July 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.

FEMA teams to survey flood damage

img_2572.jpgThroughout Friday, July 7, representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Michigan State Police and the City will be out in the community to review the reported flood damage to public infrastructure, and private residences and businesses.

These teams will be wearing recognizable shirts with logos and are carrying identification. If your home is visited by a team, please allow them to complete a damage assessment as this is an important step in applying for state and/or federal aid.

We will keep you informed of next steps as we learn more. Please remember, financial assistance is not guaranteed.

NOTE: Teams will only visit a handful of private residences and businesses that were impacted by the flood, so do not be concerned if your property is not visited.

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.

Several City parks closed and events canceled following flood


UPDATE: The Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market on Thursday, July 6 will now take place in the parking lot at Morey Courts from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. (This market was originally canceled due to the flooding that closed Island Park indefinitely.)

Due to extensive flood damage, the City of Mt. Pleasant has closed all of Island Park and Nelson Park, as well as portions of several other City parks until further notice. Additionally, the USA Softball State Tournament scheduled for June 29-July 2 in locations throughout Mt. Pleasant has been canceled; and the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market at Island Park is canceled for both Thursday, June 29 and Thursday, July 6.

The parks partially closed include:

  • Chipp-A-Waters Park (bridge and trails)
  • Mill Pond Park (trails)
  • Mission Creek (various locations)
  • Pickens Field (lower fields)

“Although the flood waters are starting to recede, there are still many locations throughout our parks that are unsafe to access,” said Director of Parks and Public Spaces Chris Bundy. “We are asking the community to please abide by these closings so we can focus on recovering and repairing our parks and facilities as quickly as possible.”

Additional information and scheduling changes for upcoming events will be posted as they become available at www.mt-pleasant.org and on the City’s social media pages.

See a video update regarding the City parks at https://vimeo.com/223335251.

Community asked to provide feedback on City communication

The City of Mt. Pleasant is seeking community input through an online survey to measure the effectiveness of its current methods of communication with the public. Responses to the survey questions will help the City improve its efforts to ensure citizens are informed and involved.

“As technology and social media evolve, it is important we continuously evaluate how well our communication strategies are working,” said City Manager Nancy Ridley. “This feedback will help us determine the best ways to reach as many of our residents and property owners as possible,” said City Manager Nancy Ridley.

A link to the survey is available here. Hard copies of the survey can be found at the reception counters of City Hall (320 W. Broadway), the Division of Public Safety (804 E. High Street), and the Division of Public Works (1303 N. Franklin Street).

The survey closes July 1.

USA Softball of Michigan Girls’ State Championship Tournament slides into Mt. Pleasant

Softball Tournament 2016The City of Mt. Pleasant’s Parks & Recreation Department will host the 2017 USA Softball of Michigan Girls’ Fastpitch State Tournament June 29 – July 2. A total of 108 Class A teams comprised of age groups 12U through 18U will compete for the state title, and the winning team from each age group will continue on to the prestigious USA National Fastpitch Tournament. Games will be held at Island Park, Pickens Park, Mt. Pleasant High School, Central Michigan University and McDonald Park. Admission is free.

“The City has been fortunate to host the USA Softball of Michigan State Tournament for the past seven years, and we look forward to this weekend every year,” said Tournament Director Steve Hofer. “Some of the best athletes across to the state will be here to provide excellent competition for the community to watch. We expect this event will bring more than 3,000 people to Mt. Pleasant, and we are excited to provide a great experience for them on and off the field.”

The tournament will likely generate several hundred bookings for local hotels, and increased business for restaurants and attractions. Mt. Pleasant Parks & Recreation staff is committed to providing unbeatable service to the teams and spectators.

For more information, call Parks & Recreation at (989) 779-5331 or visit www.mt-pleasant.org/recreation, and select “Youth Athletics and Activities.”

Ad-Hoc Committee develops draft recommendation regarding medical marihuana facility regulations; Town Hall meeting set for June 19


The City’s Ad-Hoc Committee on the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMMFLA) has developed a draft recommendation on the suggested parameters and elements to include in a draft ordinance(s) regulating the five facility types created under the MMMFLA: Provisioning Centers, Processors, Safety Compliance Facilities, Secure Transporters, and Growers. A Town Hall meeting will be held at City Hall on Monday, June 19 for the community to offer feedback on the draft recommendation. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m.

The recommendation can be found at www.mt-pleasant.org/MMMFLA. Written comments may also be submitted to the Ad-Hoc Committee by mail to Ad-Hoc Committee on MMMFLA, 320 W. Broadway Street, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858; or by email to manager@mt-pleasant.org.

The committee was formed in April to further research the MMMFLA and make a recommendation to the City Commission for opting in to the act. A draft ordinance(s) is expected to be introduced in September.

Questions about the committee’s work may be directed to Jacob Kain, City Planner, at (989) 779-5346, or jkain@mt-pleasant.org.

5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting


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.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission Nominating Petitions due July 25

Nominating Petitions for the office of City Commissioner are available at the City Clerk’s office at 320 W. Broadway Street in Mt. Pleasant. The City Clerk’s office is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Completed Nominating Petitions may be filed with the City Clerk from Monday, June 26, through Tuesday, July 25 at 4 p.m.

The election will be held Nov. 7, 2017. Two City Commission positions are available for the term Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2020.

The terms of current Commissioners Jim Holton and Mike Verleger expire Dec. 31, 2017.


Consumers Energy employees beautify Mt. Pleasant; Present $1500 grant to City

More than 160 Consumers Energy employees gathered at the Borden Building early Wednesday to present the City of Mt. Pleasant with a $1,500 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation to enhance and maintain local park facilities. The group then spent the remainder of the morning beautifying several public spaces in Mt. Pleasant.

The volunteers completed staining projects, spread wood chips and raked pine needles at Chipp-A-Waters, Island, Mill Pond, Mission Creek and Nelson parks, as well as at Riverside Cemetery.

“Mt. Pleasant is extremely grateful for both the generous $1500 contribution from the Consumers Energy Foundation, as well as the willingness of so many Consumers Energy employees to spend the morning doing volunteer work in our parks,” said City Mayor Kathy Ling. “During a time when all cities are struggling to continue to provide services to residents with fewer resources, the work being done by these volunteers will be an enormous help in keeping our parks special places. We hope these volunteers from around the state will come back to Mt. Pleasant sometime in the future and enjoy our parks with family or friends.”

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy, giving Michigan cities, towns and neighborhoods the extra support needed to build communities that they’re proud to call home. The foundation provides grants and mobilizes volunteers to strengthen local education, social services, the environment, and community, economic and cultural development.