Summary of Minutes from City Commission Meeting – March 25, 2019

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, March 25, 2019, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

Public Relations Director Orlik gave a departmental presentation including new promotional videos.

-Received petitions and communications.

-Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held March 11, 2019.

2) Bid of Garber Contracting of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the Island Park Arts Pavilion Site Work.

3) Bid of McGuirk Sand and Gravel of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the 2019 Broadway Street Reconstruction Project.

4) Authorized a contract with Fleis and Vandenbrink of Grand Rapids, MI for Professional Engineering Services for Industrial Pretreatment Program.

5) Authorized the Friends of the Dog Park to fundraise and install lighting for Hannah’s Bark Park and authorized staff to establish a Use Agreement on same.

6) Set Special Meetings for March 30, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. and May 11, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. for goal setting discussion.

7) Received proposed ordinance to amend Chapter 113 of the City Code regarding telecommunications companies within the public right-of-way and set a public hearing for Monday, April 8, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. on same.

8) Warrants and Payrolls.

-Approved submission of City requests for Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe two percent allocations with a summary of the Commission’s top priorities.

-Authorized the Mt. Pleasant Little League and the Mt. Pleasant Girls Youth Softball to construct a 16’ x 40’ addition to the storage building at Pickens Field and authorized staff to establish a Use Agreement on same.

-Approved Resolution Supporting Amended Rates, Fees and Charges at the Airport as recommended by the Airport Advisory Board.

-Authorized the City Manager to sign the sub-recipient agreement with Northern Initiatives and the MEDC allowing the use of loan funds through June 30, 2021.

-Conducted a work session discussion on priority topics.

Adjourned at 9:15 p.m.

City of Mt. Pleasant receives certification as Redevelopment Ready Community

Designation facilitates private investment, improves economic development opportunities

For their efforts in establishing a solid foundation to attract private investment and further build on municipality assets, the city of Mt. Pleasant has been awarded the Redevelopment Ready Communities (RRC) certification, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) announced.

The MEDC will formally present the award on Monday, March 11. A reception will be held at the Middle Michigan Development Corporation from 4:30 – 5:30. Attendees will hear remarks from city, state and legislative attendees. MEDC representatives will also be on hand at the 7:00 p.m. City Commission meeting for a brief presentation and formal awarding of certification.

Mt. Pleasant joins 30 other Michigan communities which have qualified as “thoroughly prepared” when it comes to planning and zoning to remove traditional barriers and promote opportunities for prospective investors.

Other certified RRC communities include:

  • Allegan
  • Alpena
  • Battle Creek
  • Bessemer
  • Boyne City
  • Dearborn
  • Eastpointe
  • Escanaba
  • Ferndale
  • Grand Haven
  • Grand Rapids
  • Grayling
  • Howell
  • Hudsonville
  • Jackson
  • Kalamazoo
  • Lansing
  • Lathrup Village
  • Manistee
  • Marshall
  • Meridian Charter Township
  • Middleville
  • Muskegon
  • Oak Park
  • Petoskey
  • Pinckney
  • Roseville
  • Southfield
  • Traverse City
  • Ypsilanti

“Our mission at MEDC is to empower communities so they can proactively shape their future; a future built on a solid foundation of retaining and attracting business investment and talent,” said MEDC Senior Vice President Katharine Czarnecki. “Mt. Pleasant’s commitment to continuous improvement and community-focused development will pay dividends for many years to come. We look forward to further strengthening our relationship with the city and its other economic development partners.”

As an RRC participant, the city of Mt. Pleasant received a comprehensive assessment that measured current community and economic development practices compared to RRC best practice standards. The program evaluates and certifies communities which integrate transparency, predictability and efficiency into economic development practices. Certification status is a compelling indicator that a community has removed development barriers and streamlined processes to be more competitive and attractive to investors.

“The city of Mt. Pleasant prides itself on being a welcoming community,” said Mayor Will Joseph. “To be the first community in Region 5 to receive this designation, highlighting efficiency and transparency, is truly an honor and speaks volumes to the commitment of our city staff and Commissioners.”

To reach certification, the city of Mt. Pleasant undertook several notable projects: a new city-wide, character-based zoning ordinance; an update to the city’s economic development strategy; improvements to the development review process and production of a new brand and marketing strategy to guide the efforts of the city and its partners.

“We have developed and implemented new initiatives in the planning and economic development arena to keep our city attractive to not only current and prospective businesses, but residents as well,” said City Manager Nancy Ridley. “We are happy that the effort, innovative thinking and dedication of our team has been acknowledged, enabling our community to achieve this honored designation.”

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