City of Mt. Pleasant COVID-19 and City Services Update (June 3 and July 6, 2020)

JULY 6, 2020 UPDATE:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Mt. Pleasant continues to follow recommendations of federal, state and county health officials while still providing vital City services.

City buildings are open to the public. Please remember, whether you have an individual appointment, or are visiting a City building, you must wear a face mask and adhere to the social distancing markings which have been laid out in all City buildings.

City Parks

City parks are open, as well as Island Park’s Skate Park, Island Park’s Splash Park and Hannah’s Bark Park. 

Trash/Recycling

City trash pick-up is taking place and is on the usual schedule.

City trash bags, tags and large item pick up tags can be purchased at City Hall.

City trash bags and tags are also available at Meijer and Ric’s. Individual tags are also available at GreenTree Grocery.

Public Meetings

The City of Mt. Pleasant will host its public meetings virtually. Citizens may 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 must email their comments on agenda items to comment@mt-pleasant.org.

Farmers’ Market

Both the Thursday and Saturday Farmers’ Markets are taking place with enhanced safety procedures.

Payments

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.

COVID-19 Resources

The City will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and 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.

Information Updates

Information will 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.

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 these links for more information.

https://www.michigan.gov/Coronavirus

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options  https://mmdcblog.org/coronavirus-covid-19-resources-for-your-business/

JUNE 3, 2020 UPDATE:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Mt. Pleasant continues to follow recommendations of federal, state and county health officials while still providing vital City services.

Due to Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-110, which opens offices, but encourages work to still be conducted remotely, City Offices will be open by appointment only during the weeks of June 8 and June 15, 2020. As was done during the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order City staff will be answering emails and phone calls and providing services remotely as much as possible.

City buildings are currently planned to be open to the public starting June 22, 2020. Please remember, whether you have an individual appointment, or are visiting a City building, you must wear a facemask and adhere to the social distancing markings which have been laid out in all City buildings.

City Parks

City parks are open, but park restroom facilities are currently closed as well as Island Park’s Skate Park, Island Park’s Splash Park and Hannah’s Bark Park. Use of outdoor facilities is currently being reviewed and updates will be provided when available.

Trash/Recycling

City trash pick-up is taking place and is on the usual schedule.

Curbside recycling will resume during the week of June 8, 2020 and follow the usual pick up schedule. Please follow normal collection guidelines. To assist our colleagues at Mid-Michigan Industries who conduct the curbside pick-up service for the City, it would be helpful if you have a large amount of recycling to please place it out for collection over a few weeks, or drop off your recycling to the Materials Recovery Facility.

The City has temporarily suspended the direct sale of recycling bins, City trash bags and tags until June 22. City trash bags and tags are available at Meijer and Ric’s. Individual tags are available at GreenTree Grocery.

Large Item Pick Up

Tags can be ordered online until June 22. Once payment is received your tag will be delivered to your door. http://www.mt-pleasant.org/residents/online_service_center/

Public Meetings

The City of Mt. Pleasant will host its public meetings virtually as allowed by the Governor’s Stay at Home Executive Order. Citizens may 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 must email their comments on agenda items to comment@mt-pleasant.org.

Events

In accordance with the latest direction from Governor Whitmer’s office, the City is currently reviewing the use of outdoor facilities and the status of outdoor activities. Updates will be provided when made available.

-PEAK Summer 2020 activities are cancelled.

-Farmers’ Market will begin on Thursday June 4 and the Saturday market will begin on June 20, 2020 with enhanced safety procedures.

-City of Mt. Pleasant park shelter rental reservations have been cancelled for the month of June.

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 Permits can be electronically submitted by visiting www.mt-pleasant.org. In person inspections will follow recommendations from federal, state and local health officials. If needed, virtual inspections can be conducted through Skype or Zoom.

COVID-19 Resources

The City will continue to monitor this situation and 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.

Information Updates

Information will 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.

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 these links for more information.

https://www.michigan.gov/Coronavirus

https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans/coronavirus-relief-options  https://mmdcblog.org/coronavirus-covid-19-resources-for-your-business/

Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market Introduces New Safety Guidelines

Due to COVID-19, the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market has transitioned from a community gathering shopping experience to a transaction based In-and-Out Market. The market will follow recommendations from federal, state and local health officials to assure a safe environment for both shoppers and vendors.

Please note the new guidelines for the 2020 Farmers’ Market:

  • A limited number of people will be admitted to the market at one time.
  • If you do not want to wait in the admittance line you may reserve a 20-minute shopping time in advance by visiting:  www.mt-pleasant.org/farmersmarket; or calling 989-779-5330.
  • Attendees must wear a face mask.
  • Individuals should maintain 6 ft. social distancing between each other.
  • Follow one-way foot traffic patterns. There will be a designated entrance and exit.
  • Only one person per household/party should visit the market.
  • No pets.
  • Shop quickly, with a shopping list.   
  • Do not touch products. Vendors will select and bag purchases for you.
  • Use credit/debit cards, food assistance tokens or exact change. Change will not be given.
  • Preordered and prepaid orders are eligible for Curbside Pick-Up. In the future a list of participating vendors can be found at: www.mt-pleasant.org/farmersmarket.
  • Public seating areas will not be available.
  • Wash all produce before consuming.
  • If you are not feeling well, stay home.

The 2020 Farmers’ Market is scheduled as follows:

Thursday Market (Island Park): June 4 – October 29; 7:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Saturday Market (Town Center/Downtown): June 20 – October 10; 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Stay the course. Wear a face mask.

In addition to continuing our social distancing practices of keeping a 6 ft. physical distance between ourselves and others, all individuals 2 years of age or older, who can medically tolerate it, must wear a cloth face mask. This mask must cover their nose and mouth when out in enclosed public spaces which includes stores and workplaces. Surgical and N95 masks must be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders. Thank you for doing your part to beat COVID-19.


For more information regarding the use of face masks visit:

• Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order 2020-70

http://www.michigan.gov/whitmer

• CDC Face mask FAQ: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html

Stay home. Stay safe. Save lives. Governor’s Stay at Home Order Extended Through April 30.

STAY HOME

To combat the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan, Governor Whitmer extended the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order 2020-42 requiring Michiganders to stay at home through April 30, 2020. We are still trying to get used to this new normal, but we must stay the course and follow the stay at home order. Why?  Because this virus knows no limits. All age groups are susceptible, all communities at risk.

STAY SAFE

We must remember why we are doing what we are doing. We are staying at home in order to keep our family, friends, neighbors, coworkers and community members safe. Act as if you have the virus, stay at home; stay 6 ft. away from others when you go to the store, or enjoy the outdoors. And, if you do go to the store, go alone.

FACE COVERINGS

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services recommends individuals over the age of two wear a face covering when leaving their home.  A face covering is any well-secured cloth (like a bandana or scarf) that covers your mouth and nose. Cloth face coverings are different from a surgical or N95 mask which must be reserved for healthcare workers and first responders.

SAVE LIVES

The road to recovery involves staying home now to reduce the spread of the virus, and to us resuming our normal lives sooner, rather than later. Thank you for protecting the health and safety of your community.

To view Governor Whitmer’s Stay at Home Executive Order 2020-42 visit: https://www.michigan.gov/whitmer/