Newly Constructed Grid Street Named In Memory and Honor of Former City Manager and Dedicated Volunteer, Larry Collins

MT. PLEASANT, MI – The family of Larry Collins, former Mt. Pleasant City Manager from 1961-68, was in attendance at the December 10, 2018 City Commission meeting for the Collins Drive Street name presentation.  Collins Drive is a recently constructed grid street located north of Preston Street, between Pizza Hut and Blaze Pizza.  It is one of seven new streets constructed to help alleviate traffic congestion concerns on Mission Street.

Larry resided in Mt. Pleasant for 56 years before he passed away in August 2017.  A dedicated volunteer, Larry was still giving back to his community well into his 80’s and 90’s. Organizations which benefited from Larry’s talents include, but are not limited to, the Michigan Story Festival, Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation, First United Methodist Church, Habitat for Humanity, Kiwanis Club, Isabella Community Soup Kitchen and the Isabella County Restoration House. Larry was instrumental in the establishment of the sister city relationship with Okaya, Japan in 1965 which also included the annual student exchange.

 

Topics to Watch at the December 10 City Commission Meeting

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for the December 10, 2018 meeting click here.

-Presentation of Collins Drive street sign to Doug Collins as representative of the Collins family.

-Consider resolution approving the final 2019 Operating Budget and set the millage rate for 2019.

-Consider resolution approving the final amended 2018 Operating Budget.

-Consider setting the first meeting of 2019 for Monday, January 7, 2019.

-Thank you to Mayor Allison Quast-Lents and Vice Mayor Nicholas Madaj for their service the past three years.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings take place at 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings are also streamed live at the City’s YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/ and aired on Channel 188, or viewed online at a later date on the MACTV website.

 

Summary of minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held November 26, 2018

Below is the summary of minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, November 26, 2018 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 November 12, 2018.

2) Minutes of the two closed sessions of the City Commission held November 12, 2018.

3) Authorized a contract with F&K’s Tree Service of Mt. Pleasant, MI for 2019 Tree Trimming and Removal.

4) Authorized staff to purchase 2019 supply of LCO2 at market price from USA Airgas of River Grove, IL.

5) Five-year agreement with the Charter Township of Union for fire protection services.

6) Resolutions supporting amended rates, fees and charges.

  1. Building Permits
  2. Sign Permits
  3. Appeals Board Filing
  4. Zoning and Planning
  5. DPW Permits
  6. Downtown Parking
  7. PEAK
  8. Water Service
  9. Water Demand

7) Warrants and Payrolls.

Appointed Martineau, Hackett, O’Neil and Klaus of Mt. Pleasant, MI as the prosecutorial firm and Foster Swift Collins & Smith of Lansing, MI as the general counsel firm.

Approved resolution regarding pursuit of an intergovernmental agreement with Nottawa Township.

Approved a two-year contract with MMDC.

Approved the revised request for the creation of a Citizens’ Advisory Board as presented by the Mt. Pleasant Area Diversity Group with the exception of the proposed section describing membership.

Approved the resolution in support of downtown board restructuring. (Option B) Approved the resolution in support of funding and responsibilities restructuring.

Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign the MIIBS/MPC Property Agreement.

Approved resolution supporting amended rates, fees and charges for refuse bags and tags.

Approved resolution supporting amended rates, fees and charges for residential curbside recycling pick-up.

Made appointments to various City Boards and Commissions.

Approved and conducted closed session pursuant to subsection 8(a) of the Open Meetings Act.

Conducted a work session discussion on the 2019 Operating Budget.

Adjourned at 11:07 p.m.

 

Topics to watch at the November 26 City Commission meeting.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for the November 26, 2018 meeting click here.

-Consider resolution in support of Nottawa Township sewer project.

-Consider establishment of a Citizens’ Advisory Board.

-Consider contract with Union Township for Fire Protection.

-Consider approval of Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe regarding the former Mt. Pleasant Center property.

-Consider approval of fees and charges.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings take place at 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings are also streamed live at the City’s YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/ and aired on Channel 188, or viewed online at a later date on the MACTV website.

 

Topics to Watch at the 10/29/18 Special Combined Meeting of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission and CMU’s Student Government Association

Topics to watch at the October 29 special combined meeting of the City Commission and CMU’s Student Government Association. This meeting will take place at CMU’s Bovee University Center’s Auditorium (third floor.)

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for October 29, 2018 click here.

-Bids and quotations for:

*Municipal Refuse Collection

*Curbside Recycling Collection

-Consider approval of commercial ball field lighting installation at Pickens Field by Mt. Pleasant Little League and use agreement on the same.

-Public comment on agenda and non-agenda items.

*The City Commission is interested in obtaining comment from SGA members regarding any items related to the City.

This special combined meeting of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission and CMU Student Government Association will be available for viewing at a later date on the MACTV website.

Summary of Minutes from City Commission Meeting – October 22, 2018

Mayor read and presented proclamation recognizing Kris and Mike Roethlisberger’s service to the community.

Introduced new Water System Operators Jason DeFeyter and Tyler Heard.

Introduced new Assistant Public Works Director Jason Moore.

Carey Hammel, Director MAC TV Network, gave a presentation on what MAC TV does for the City of Mt. Pleasant and community.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

  1. Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held October 8, 2018.
  2. Minutes of the closed session of the City Commission held October 8, 2018.
  3. Authorized a contract with R & T Murphy of Mt. Pleasant, MI for 2018 leaf hauling and for 2018-2019 snow hauling.
  4. Approved a five-year contract with Vredeveld Haefner LLC of Grand Rapids, MI for audit services with option for financial statement preparation if desired.
  5. Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign any closing documents regarding the purchase of easement for Parcel E-17 from Frontier Communications.
  6. MDOT Resolution authorizing the approval of a contract to receive funds for the acquisition of an easement for approach slope clearing.
  7. Resolution supporting fees and charges for the Learn to Bowl program.
  8. Warrants and Payrolls.

-Approved the amended Rear Yard Sanitary Sewer and Sewer Lead Serving Multiple Buildings Policy with amendment.

-Authorized the City Manager to sign a one-year agreement with EAA and also authorize the City Manager to sign subsequent leases if the terms remain unchanged and request the City Manager bring back a report to the Commission annually with the amount spent by EAA on maintenance and promotion before the renewal is signed.

-Authorized the Mayor and Clerk to sign an amendment to the June 2013 Real Estate Purchase Agreement with Mr. Joe Olivieri to waive the requirement of building a spec home in 2018.

-Authorized the fireworks display on Saturday, December 1, 2018 and approve a sole source contract with Wolverine Fireworks Display.

-Authorized staff to issue a refund for the six properties that were incorrectly classified in the Principal Shopping District assessment roll between 2008-2017 and the appropriate budget amendment from the Principal Shopping District assigned balance.

-Held a work session discussion on the 2019 Operating Budget.

Adjourned at 10:08 p.m.

Five things to watch at October 8, 2018 City Commission meeting

Here are the five things to watch at the October 8 City Commission meeting.  To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for October 8, 2018 click here.

-Proclamation recognizing Indigenous Peoples’ Day (October 8, 2018).

-Native American Drum Ceremony

-Public hearing on an ordinance to amend Chapter 30 and 31.01 of the Mt. Pleasant City Code and consider approval of the same.

-Public hearing on an ordinance to amend Section 98.37 of the Mt. Pleasant City Code regarding snow and ice removal and consider approval of the same.

-Consider setting a special meeting for October 29, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.in the CMU Bovee University Center Auditorium for the purpose of meeting with the Central Michigan University Student Government Association.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings take place at 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings are also streamed live at the City’s YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/ and aired on Channel 188, or viewed online at a later date on the MACTV website.

Here are the five things to watch at the September 10 City Commission meeting

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for September 10, 2018 click here.

  1. Public hearing on an ordinance to repeal Chapter 53 Section 53.01-Storm Sewer District No. 1 of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances, in its entirety and consider approval on the same.
  2. Receive Industrial Facilities Tax Abatement application for American Mitsuba and set a public hearing for September 24, 2018 on the same.
  3. Consider confirmation of Economic Development Corporation purchase and development agreement.
  4. Receive proposed 2019 Annual Operating Budget and set a public hearing for November 12, 2018 on the same.
  5. Consider reallocation of sidewalk funds to right-of-way improvements on Michigan and Illinois.

The Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings take place at 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of the month at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street.

The Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings are also streamed live on the City’s YouTube Channel at  https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/   and aired on Channel 188, or viewed online at a later date on the MACTV website.

5 Things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

Here are the five things to watch at the August 27, 2018 City Commission meeting.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for August 27, 2018 click here.

  1. Consider approval of amended Sanitary Sewer House Lead Reconnection Policy.
  2. Introduce an ordinance to repeal Chapter 53 Section 53.01-Storm Sewer District No. 1 of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances, in its entirety and set a public hearing for September 10, 2018 on the same.
  3. Consider confirmation of sale of land in Industrial Park South by the Economic Development Corporation (EDC).
  4. Consider approval of 2019 downtown budget request for 2019 Back to the Bricks Promo Tour.
  5. Consider closed session pursuant to subsection 8(h) of the Open Meetings Act for material exempt from discussion or disclosure by state or federal statue.

 

5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

Here are 5 things to watch at the June 11, 2018 City Commission meeting:

  1. Medical Marihuana Facilities Ordinances: The City Commission will consider adopting the medical marihuana facilities ordinances. These ordinances would “opt in” to the state law allowing medical marihuana facilities to operate within the City subject to certain limitations. Public hearings were held at the Planning Commission meeting on May 3, 2018, and City Commission meeting on May 29, 2018. The City Commission discussed the ordinances at a work session on June 4, 2018. To see the updated versions of the draft ordinances, click here.
  2. Zoning Ordinance Amendment: A public hearing will be held on an amendment to the zoning ordinance that adds a definition of “façade area” to the Definitions section. In conjunction with this updated definition, the proposed ordinance would also modify the facade glazing standards for the CD-3L and CD-3 character districts so it is consistent with the new definition of “façade area.” The City Commission will consider approving the amendment following the public hearing.   
  3. Painting of High Street Bridge Abutments: In September 2017, a grassroots citizens group requested the City to once again partner and serve as a governmental unit needed to contract for the painting of the High Street bridge abutments and pump house owned by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). The funds for this project have been raised and the agreement to contract for the painting is in place. To complete the final step, the City Commission will consider approving the MDOT Office of Rail resolution authorizing the Mayor and Clerk to sign the required MDOT Rail Permit and maintenance agreement for the project.
  4. Joint Water Systems Study Grant Funding: The City Commission will consider approving the resolution to formally accept grant funds awarded to the City and Charter Township of Union from the Competitive Grant Assistance Program (CGAP). The funds will support the City and Township’s Joint Water Systems Study Project.
  5. Pickens Field Scoreboards: The Mt. Pleasant Little League Organization has requested the installation of two new scoreboards to replace the old scoreboards at the upper ball diamonds at Pickens Field. Isabella Bank has committed to donating the cost to purchase the scoreboards, and Mt. Pleasant Little League will donate the cost of installation. The City Commission will consider approving the installation and authorizing City staff to update the scoreboard agreement with Mt. Pleasant Little League.

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for June 11, 2018, click here.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings are held at City Hall on the second and fourth Monday of the month at 7 p.m., and at 6:30 p.m. from May 28-September 3.