Downtown Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration Scheduled for December 3 and 4

Downtown Mt. Pleasant will be filled with holiday spirit at the Christmas Celebration slated for December 3 – 4, 2021. A community tradition for almost three decades, this event offers a variety of activities for the whole family.

On Friday, December 3 at 5 p.m. the celebration kicks off at Town Center with a new Winter Market featuring specialty crafts and food vendors. Candy Cane Lane at Town Center will host a variety of children’s games and activities, and the Community Sing-Along and Tree Lighting Ceremony will take place at 6 p.m. Christmas light tour hayrides will also be offered. Tours will begin at University and Broadway Street.

Celebration attendees are invited to help the Mt. Pleasant Police Department and Toys for Tots “Cram-A-Cruiser” with new, unopened, unwrapped toys. Stop by Town Center between 5 – 8 p.m. to get an up-close look at a police cruiser while helping the toy drive.

Saturday, December 4 highlights include the Jingle All-The-Way Kids Fun Run, 5K and 5 Mile Run starting at Max & Emily’s. Registration must be completed online. Races begin at 7:50, 8:25 and 8:30 a.m. Proceeds benefit Toys for Tots.

A pancake breakfast with Santa is scheduled from 9 a.m. – noon at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, admission is $7 per person and children under four are $5. The festivities continue with the lighted parade winding through the streets of downtown starting at 6 p.m. To celebrate and honor frontline/essential workers, Jeniffer Faydenko assistant produce manager at GreenTree Grocery, will serve as the parade Grand Marshal. To complete the day, holiday fireworks viewed from downtown, will light up the sky after the parade.  

Registration forms for the Jingle All-The-Way Kids Fun Run, 5 Mile Run and 5K Walk/Run, Winter Market Vendor Application, volunteer opportunities, and parade entry applications (due December 1) can be found at https://bit.ly/3k4Jw9B.

Summary of Minutes of the Virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – July 26, 2021

Summary of Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, July 26, 2021, at 7:02 p.m.

Introduced recently hired City employees; Braxton Gomez Police Officer; Alan Mosher Parks and Public Spaces I; and Philip Biscorner Director of Parks and Public Spaces.

Public Safety Director Lauria swore in Officer Braxton.

MMDC President James McBryde gave a quarterly update for the Middle Michigan Development Corporation.

Marc Griffis, Isabella County Emergency Management Director, gave a presentation on the Isabella County Central Dispatch proposition for renewal of 9-1-1 surcharge.

Latherio Agoff gave a presentation on Limitless Outdoors, a non-profit organization with the mission to give outdoor opportunities to people with disabilities. They are looking for assistance and donations for the cause. You can contact Limitless Outdoors via email or by phone, LMK1211@aol.com or (989)506-5673 or follow them on Facebook at LimitlessOutdoors Foundation.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held July 12, 2021.

2) Contract amendment with JCI Jones Chemicals of Riverview, MI, for caustic soda.

3) Authorized the Mayor to sign the 2020-2024 Mt. Pleasant Housing Commission Environmental Review for submission.

4) Resolution approving submittal of the grant application to the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs for the 2022 Paint the Pavement project.

5) Resolution for final approval for TCO #3-2021.

6) Resolution for final approval for TCO #4-2021.

7) Warrants and Payrolls.

Approved rescinding prior City liquor license polices, adopting two new liquor license policies, and approved the application fee resolution as presented. (CC Exh. 10-2021)

Authorized the Public Safety Director to represent the City in the State of Michigan pyrotechnic display application process. Fireworks display to be a part of the 2021 Christmas Celebration (December 4, 2021).

Moved to accept the initiative petition received under the MRTMA and approved the Resolution to Approve Ballot Language as presented for the November 2, 2021 election.

Approved resolution extending conditional authorization for LowKey Properties LLC medical marihuana Class A grower license at 1110 N. Fancher as presented.

Held a Work Session discussion on Principal Shopping District (PSD) Special Assessment.

Adjourned at 8:45 p.m.

Topics to Watch at the VIRTUAL Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – July 26, 2021

Here are the topics to watch at the next virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, July 26, 2021 at 7 p.m.

  • Consider update to Liquor License Policy and applicable fee resolution as postponed from July 12, 2021.
  • Consider resolution authorizing 2022 Michigan Arts Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs mini-grant submission for Paint the Intersection Project.
  • Consider approval of a fireworks display as part of the 2021 Christmas Celebration (December 4, 2021) and authorize the Public Safety Director to represent the City in the State of Michigan pyrotechnic display application process.
  • Consider resolution regarding recreational marijuana petition to increase number of retailers.
  • Consider resolution extending conditional approval of a Class A medical marihuana grow operation for LowKey Properties LLC.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:  

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2021/7-26-21.pdf

How to follow public meetings during social distancing:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, as allowed under the Open Meetings Act and consistent with the Isabella County Declaration of a State of Emergency (Resolution No. 20-12-03 effective 12-15-20), the City Commission Meeting will be held virtually. The public may view the meeting live on the City’s YouTube Channel https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/, on Spectrum Charter channel 188 or via Zoom.

Zoom Meeting instructions via computer, phone, or dial-in number are as follows:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83264306022?pwd=aitZSE9mYTU2RWVndFhXbDU5a3RjQT09

Passcode: 069764

Phone dial-in: (301) 715-8592

Audio and video will be muted for members of the public and then unmuted by the host during public comment periods.

  • For participants accessing via computer or smartphone please use the “Raise Your Hand” icon to indicate you would like to speak. First, click on the “Participants” icon at the bottom of your screen. Next, click on the “Raise Your Hand” icon near the bottom right corner of the screen.
  • To raise your hand for telephone dial-in participants, press *9.
  • Members of the public may be muted or removed if using abusive language or if they become disruptive to the meeting. Any citizen desiring to make a public comment on an agenda item may email their comments.

Attendance to the meeting and participation during public comment periods will be conducted as follows:

• Members of the public must provide their name and address with their comments.

• Comments/Questions may be sent ahead of the meeting in writing or emailed to comment@mt-pleasant.org.

• Individual commissioners can be contacted at the following email addresses:

Mary Alsager               malsager@mt-pleasant.org

Olivia Cyman               ocyman@mt-pleasant.org

Lori Gillis                      lgillis@mt-pleasant.org

William Joseph            wjoseph@mt-pleasant.org

Amy Perschbacher       aperschbacher@mt-pleasant.org

George Ronan             gronan@mt-pleasant.org

Pete Tolas                    ptolas@mt-pleasant.org

• Comments/Questions can be emailed to comment@mt-pleasant.org during the meeting and during normal public comment sections of the agenda.

• Comments sent via email will be read aloud to the Commission during the public comment periods.

Persons with disabilities needing assistance to participate may call the Human Resources office at (989) 779-5314. Persons requiring speech or hearing assistance may contact the City through the Michigan Relay Center at 711. A 48-hour advance notice is necessary for accommodation.

City of Mt. Pleasant Holiday Hours and Firework Reminders

CITY OF MT. PLEASANT HOLIDAY HOURS

City offices will be closed on Monday, July 5, 2021. Refuse and recycling pick-up will be delayed one day all week.

FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORK REMINDERS FOR THE CITY OF MT. PLEASANT

A person may only discharge or use consumer fireworks on private property on June 29 – July 4 from 11 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.

Individuals should not ignite, discharge, or use consumer fireworks, homemade fireworks, articles pyrotechnics or display fireworks on public property, school property, church property, or the property of another person without permission to do so.

Violations shall be punishable with fines of $500 up to $1,000.

Additionally, a minor shall not possess, ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks. Fireworks shall not be used while a person is under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, or during times when a burning ban has been established by the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, MI. For a list of burning restrictions by county, visit http://www.dnr.state.mi.us/burnpermits/.

SAFETY TIPS

For those planning on discharging fireworks this July Fourth holiday, please follow the City regulations as stated above, and practice these safety tips:

1.    Read and follow all warning and instructions.

2.    Never allow children to play with fireworks of any kind.

3.    Wear protective clothing, including eye wear.

4.    Only light devices on smooth, flat surfaces away from residential areas, dry leaves and flammable materials.

5.    Always keep a hose or bucket of water nearby in case of malfunction.

6.    Never try to re-light fireworks that have not fully functioned.

The best way to protect your family is to avoid the use of fireworks at home entirely. 

Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration Firework Display Update

Due to private fundraising efforts falling short of the $10,000 goal, there will not be a firework display at the 2019 Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration.

https://www.themorningsun.com/news/local/fireworks-might-be-part-of-downtown-christmas-festival/article_f01966ce-ef36-11e9-8e81-7bf7f08ce3e0.html

The Christmas Celebration, in its 26th year, will feature two full days (December 6-7, 2019) of holiday activities beginning with a sing-along and tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday at Town Center (Broadway and Main Streets.)

Saturday highlights include the Jingle All-The-Way 5K and 5 Mile Run starting at Max & Emily’s; registration begins at 7 a.m. A pancake breakfast with Santa is scheduled from 9 a.m.  – 12 noon at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, admission is $7 per person and children under four are $5. The festivities will conclude with the lighted parade which will wind through the streets of downtown starting at 6 p.m.

For a complete list of activities visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/551071875677259/

 

 

Summary of Minutes of City Commission Meeting – October 28, 2019

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, October 28, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held October 14, 2019.

2) Authorized Finance Director Mary Ann Kornexl to sign a contract with Tokio Marine HCC for health insurance stop loss coverage.

3) Resolution in support of Traffic Control Order No. 3-2019.

4) Received proposed Ordinance to amend Chapter 133: Fireworks to comply with State law and set a public hearing for November 11, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. on same.

5) 2019 budget adjustment to allow for a one-time payment to MERS.

6) Warrants and Payrolls.

Postponed action on environmental consulting services until next meeting to receive maps of drill holes and boundaries of landfill; justification for drilling holes in capped landfill; assurance that drilling will not cause future problems; and confirmation of the information regarding if aquifer and/or river is being contaminated.

Approved the resolution recognizing the importance of the 2020 Census as presented.

Approved amendment of the prior approval to include the purchase of two self-unloading trailers with compartments from Pro-Tainer and an additional budget amendment.

Confirmed the purchase of 800 tons of road salt for early delivery and the appropriate budget amendments.

Approved and conducted a closed session pursuant to subsection 8(e) of the Open Meetings Act to consult with counsel regarding pending litigation Fisher Transportation Company et al v. Union Township et al.

Requested the City Manager investigate the sewer connection situation in the alley between Fancher and Kinney and Locust and Wisconsin and, if appropriate, grant an exception on the sewer connection as per the Code of Ordinances, Section 51.040 and the City Manager will provide a report back to the City Commission including the basis of the decision.

Authorized the City Attorney to execute the consent to vacate part of the recorded plat in regard to the Fisher Transportation Company, et al v. Union Township, et al lawsuit.

Conducted a work session discussion on the 2020 Operating Budget.

Adjourned the meeting at 9:56 p.m.

Mt. Pleasant Christmas Festival Downtown Road Closures and Weather Forecast

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – In preparation for the 25th Annual Christmas Celebration’s lighted parade, the following downtown streets will be closed on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

Streets closed from 1:00 – 8:00 p.m.

-Main Street between Illinois and Mosher.

-Broadway Street between Main and Lansing.

 Streets closed from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m.

-Main Street from Cherry to Illinois.

Cars left on the street will be subject to towing. Please seek alternate routes during these time frames.

Weather Forecast/Festival Schedule Updates

Festival planners are closely watching the weather forecast for this weekend.  A decision regarding cancellation of the lighted parade and fireworks will be made by 12 noon on Saturday, December 1.  Updates will be provided on the City of Mt. Pleasant and Downtown Mt. Pleasant Facebook pages.

25th Annual Christmas Celebration and fireworks display

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – Downtown Mt. Pleasant will be filled with holiday spirit at the annual Christmas Celebration slated for November 30 – December 1, 2018. A community tradition for 25 years, this event offers a variety of activities for the whole family beginning with a sing-along and tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday at Town Center (Broadway and Main Streets.)

Saturday highlights include a pancake breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall. Admission is $7 per person and children under four are $5.  At 6 p.m. the lighted parade will wind through the streets of downtown and feature McLaren Central Michigan Hospital as grand marshal.

This year’s parade will host a contest for “Most Lights,” “Most Creative/Best Craftsmanship,” “Most Holiday Spirit,” and “Best in Show.”  To be eligible to compete, parade applications must be submitted to City Hall by Nov. 29.

On Saturday, the festival grand finale includes a fireworks display at 7 p.m. visible from the downtown area. This show, sponsored by the Bird Bar and Grill, is honoring both the 85th anniversary of The Bird and the 25th anniversary of the Christmas Celebration.  The fireworks will be shot off from a location in Island Park and will be visible throughout the downtown and surrounding areas. City Manager Nancy Ridley shared, “Mt. Pleasant is fortunate to have members of our community who believe in our city and want to give back, providing opportunities for our residents to gather and make memories.”

 For a complete list of activities visit www.facebook.com/downtownmp.

City reminds residents of fireworks regulations and safety

With Fourth of July celebrations quickly approaching, please follow the City’s regulations involving fireworks:

  • A person may ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks within the City on the day before, the day of, and the day after a holiday; but not from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • The ignition, discharge and use of consumer fireworks within the City are prohibited on all other days of the year.
  • Additionally, a minor shall not possess, ignite, discharge or use consumer fireworks.
  • Fireworks shall not be used while under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, or during times when a burning ban has been established by the National Weather Service in Grand Rapids, MI.

For a list of burning restrictions by county, visit http://www.dnr.state.mi.us/burnpermits/.

Fireworks Safety Infographic