Mt. Pleasant City Commission Adopts Resolution in Support of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Emergency Order Regarding Face Masks

On October 12, 2020 the Mt. Pleasant City Commission adopted a resolution in support of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Emergency Order regarding the wearing of face masks due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). This new virus strain is an easily transferable respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death and it is caused by a new strain of virus that has not previously been identified in humans and can easily spread from person to person. There has recently been an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases in Isabella County. 


RESOLUTION SUPPORTING MICHIGAN DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES EMERGENCY ORDER REGARDING FACE COVERINGS


WHEREAS, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death and it is caused by a new strain of virus that has not previously been identified in humans and can easily spread from person to person; and


WHEREAS, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon has issued an emergency order to slow the spread of the virus including, but not limited to, requiring face coverings in public places and in certain instances outdoors; and


WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance to the public and employers to slow the spread of the virus including, but not limited to, encouraging individuals to wear face coverings and practice social distancing; and


WHEREAS, there have been 677 confirmed cases within Isabella County as of October 5, 2020; and WHEREAS, the City Commission recognizes the importance and effectiveness of face coverings in helping to slow the spread of the virus; and


WHEREAS, the City Commission desires to assist in returning to economic stability, which can more likely be obtained if businesses can stay open and gradually return to full capacity, and understands that this may be dependent on slowing the spread of the virus; and


WHEREAS, the City Commission desires to do what it can to keep residents, visitors, business owners and front-line workers safe; and


WHEREAS, the City Commission previously passed a resolution supporting the face coverings order by Governor Whitmer; and


WHEREAS, the City Commission emphasizes the personal responsibility of each individual to wear a face covering and believes doing so reflects a sign of respect for neighbors, front line and essential workers, and all residents and visitors


WHEREAS, the City Commission desires to provide leadership and support to implement the wearing of face coverings; and


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Commission of the City of Mount Pleasant as follows:


1. The City Commission supports Director Gordon’s Emergency Order requiring wearing of face coverings in any indoor public space and when outdoors and unable to maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of the same household.


2. Individuals are encouraged to implement their personal responsibility by wearing face coverings as required to help keep others safe both in public places and as appropriate outdoors and to eliminate putting businesses and law enforcement in the position of enforcing the standards.


3. Businesses are encouraged to do their part in implementing the requirements so that customers feel safe that the expected protocols are in place.


4. In the rare instances where law enforcement is called upon for enforcement, the City Commission supports the approach of educating first and attempting to get voluntary compliance. Using law enforcement discretion, in instances where personal responsibility and voluntary compliance cannot be achieved and the law enforcement staff feels that enforcement is the best option in the circumstances, enforcement that is deemed necessary will be supported. 

Street Closure Notice: Thursday, September 10, 2020

On Thursday, September 10, 2020 there will be a series of road closures due to a Legalize Being Black: Our Lives Matter Too March. This event begins at 6:00 p.m. at Bovee University Center on the campus of Central Michigan University (CMU).

The march route is as follows:

-East on Preston Street to Mission Street.

-North on Mission Street to Michigan Street.

(Partial Mission Street closure will take place between 6:15 and 6:45 p.m.)

-West on Michigan Street to Main Street.

-North on Main Street to Town Center.

A short program will take place in Town Center at approximately 6:45 p.m.

The march will then return to CMU’s campus by traveling south on Main Street to Bellows Street.

All event participants are reminded that face coverings are required. Individuals must also adhere to social distancing measures recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include remaining at least six feet from people outside the person’s household.

Events such as this are permitted under the United States Constitution’s First Amendment Rights and cannot be prohibited by the Governor’s Executive Order 2020-176, or the Central Michigan District’s Public Health Emergency Order.

Safety Information Regarding Fall Sports – Mt. Pleasant Recreation Department

Dear Parents,

First of all, thank you for your involvement in Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation programming.  We are thrilled to have our community’s youth outdoors and staying active as we enter into the Fall season.  As always, the health and safety of our community – especially those involved in our programs – remains our top priority. Our department is taking steps to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19, but this is a community effort, and one which requires the support and assistance from all of us to be effective.

As most of you are aware, the Central Michigan District Health Department recently issued a public health emergency order in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This order reinforces the importance of all participants adhering to our program safety guidelines. To host our programs, the guidelines below must be followed:

  • Equipment and supplies for outdoor athletic practices are shared to the minimum extent possible and are subject to frequent and thorough disinfection and cleaning as outlined in Executive Order 2020-160.
  • The gathering is designed to ensure that persons not part of the same household maintain six feet of distance from one another at all times.
  • The gathering must continue to comply with mask wearing provisions of Executive Order 2020-153.

Soccer and flag football practices take place in public spaces, and are highly visible to the general publicAll it takes is one person to voice a concern or complaint putting both programs in jeopardy. Therefore, we must ALL remain vigilant and keep interactions to a minimum, wear a face covering, and maintain proper social distancing. If we all do our part, we can continue to keep our kids active and engaged this Fall. In addition, we can be an example to our community that these programs can operate in a safe and responsible manner. 

Thank you once again to our participating families and volunteer coaches for doing your part in keeping our community safe and providing our youth with a rewarding outdoor experience this Fall. Please stay safe and healthy and we will see you on the field.

Ryan Longoria, CPRP

Director of Recreation and Sports

City of Mt. Pleasant

Mt. Pleasant City Commission adopts resolution in support of wearing face masks due to COVID-19

On July 13, 2020 the Mt. Pleasant City Commission adopted a resolution in support of wearing face masks due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).  This new virus strain is an easily transferrable respiratory disease which can result in serious illness or death. Isabella County has recently seen an increase in confirmed COVID-19 cases.

RESOLUTION SUPPORTING EXECUTIVE ORDER 2020-147 REGARDING FACE COVERINGS

WHEREAS, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death and it is caused by a new strain of virus that has not previously been identified in humans and can easily spread from person to person; and

WHEREAS, Governor Whitmer has declared a state of emergency to harness resources across the state to slow the spread of the virus including, but not limited to, requiring face coverings in public places and in certain instances outdoors (Executive Order 2020-147); and

WHEREAS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued guidance to the public and employers to slow the spread of the virus including, but not limited to, encouraging individuals to wear face coverings and practice social distancing; and

WHEREAS, there has been a recent increase in confirmed cases within Isabella County; and

WHEREAS, the City Commission recognizes the importance and effectiveness of face coverings in helping to slow the spread of the virus; and

WHEREAS, the City Commission desires to assist in returning to economic stability, which can more likely be obtained if businesses can stay open and gradually return to full capacity, and understands that this may be dependent on slowing the spread of the virus; and

WHEREAS, the City Commission desires to do what it can to keep residents, visitors, business owners and front-line workers safe; and

WHEREAS, the City Commission emphasizes the personal responsibility of each individual to wear a face covering and believes doing so reflects a sign of respect for neighbors, front line and essential workers, and all residents and visitors

WHEREAS, the City Commission desires to provide leadership and support to implement the wearing of face coverings; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the City Commission of the City of Mount Pleasant as follows:

  1. The City Commission supports Executive Order 2020-147 requiring wearing of face coverings in any indoor public space and when outdoors and unable to maintain a distance of six feet or more from individuals who are not members of the same household. 
  • Individuals are encouraged to implement their personal responsibility by wearing face coverings as required to help keep others safe both in public places and as appropriate outdoors and to eliminate putting businesses and law enforcement in the position of enforcing the standards
  • Businesses are encouraged to do their part in implementing the requirements so that customers feel safe that the expected protocols are in place.
  • In the rare instances where law enforcement is called upon for enforcement, the City Commission supports the approach of educating first and attempting to get voluntary compliance.   Using law enforcement discretion, in instances where personal responsibility and voluntary compliance cannot be achieved and the law enforcement staff feels that enforcement is the best option in the circumstances, enforcement that is deemed necessary will be supported.

City of Mt. Pleasant COVID-19 and City Services Update (Revised: June 3, July 6, and August 24, October 7, 2020)

OCTOBER 7, 2020 UPDATE:

Restricting Gatherings in Union Township and the City of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Outdoor social gatherings or events limited to 25 people or less.

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:

AUGUST 24, 2020 UPDATE:

Restricting Gatherings in Union Township and the City of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan

Outdoor social gatherings or events now limited to no more than 25 people.

The Central Michigan District Health Department issued 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.

“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.

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

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/