Summary of Minutes of the Virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – May 24, 2021

Summary of the Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, May 24, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.

Peter Haefner, Partner with Vredeveld Haefner LLC presented a video on the 2020 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held May 10, 2021.

2) Minutes of the closed session of the City Commission held May 10, 2021.

3) Amendments to the Demand Response Agreement with Consumers Energy and authorized the Mayor to sign the appropriate documents.

4) Budget allocation of $15,000 from Mission/Pickard DDA Assigned for Pedestrian and Traffic Safety for 2021.

5) Authorized award of municipal advising services to Bendzinski & Co. of Detroit, MI for water resource recovery bonds.

6) Proposal of Dickinson Wright of Detroit, MI for bond counsel services for water resource recovery bond issues.

7) Appointment of City Clerk Heather Bouck as the Interim City Assessor.

8) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a public hearing on proposed 2022-2027 Capital Improvement Plan. No action required by the Commission at this time.

Held a Public Hearing and confirmed approval of Ordinance 1066, an Ordinance to amend Chapter 154: ZONING ORDINANCES of the Mt. Pleasant City Code of Ordinances, to rezone 1024 & 1026 S. University from CD-3 (Sub-Urban) To CD-4 (General Urban).

Held a Public Hearing and approved the resolution recommending revocation of the Dayco Industrial Facilities Tax (IFT) Abatement effective January 1, 2022.

Held a Public Hearing and approved the Authorizing Resolution and Community Development Plan as part of the application for the CDBG Infrastructure and Resiliency grant as presented. (CC Exh. 5-2021)

Held a Public Hearing and approved the Resolution in support of creating an Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act (OPRA) District to include the Central Business District TIFA boundaries.

Approved a contribution of $1,500 towards the lighting project at Mission Creek/Hannah’s Bark Park and a budget amendment for the same from the Unassigned Fund Balance.

Authorized the Mayor to sign the appropriate documents to sell the two parcels of land at the southeast corner of Isabella Road and Airport Road to International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 876 for $4,000 as recommended.

Held work session discussions on: 1) 2022-2027 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP); and 2) possible amendments to Chapters 10 and 91 regarding harboring of animals.

Adjourned the meeting at 9:04 p.m.

City Commissioners Take Oath of Office; Mayor and Vice Mayor Elected

At tonight’s City Commission meeting, newly elected commissioners, William Joseph and Olivia Cyman were given the oath of office by Interim City Clerk Chris Saladine. Immediately following, William Joseph was elected mayor and Amy Perschbacher was elected vice mayor.

2021 City Commission:

Mary Alsagar, Commissioner                   malsager@mt-pleasant.org

Olivia Cyman, Commissioner                   ocyman@mt-pleasant.org

Lori Gillis, Commissioner                         lgillis@mt-pleasant.org

William Joseph, Mayor                           wjoseph@mt-pleasant.org

Amy Perschbacher, Vice Mayor               aperschbacher@mt-pleasant.org

George Ronan, Commissioner                 gronan@mt-pleasant.org

Petro Tolas, Commissioner                      ptolas@mt-pleasant.org

City Commission meetings take place at 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Monday’s of the month.

Due to COVID-19, City Commission meetings will take place as scheduled, but they will be electronically conducted meetings as allowed by Public Act 254 of 2020, allowing public bodies to meet remotely. City Commission Chambers will be closed to the public.

Citizens can watch the City Commission meeting live on Spectrum Charter Channel 188, web streamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/ or via Zoom.  What ‘topics to watch’ and Zoom sign-in information will be posted on the City of Mt. Pleasant Facebook Page, Twitter feed and blog (mpcityblog.com) the Friday before the City Commission meeting. 

Topics to Watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – January 11, 2021

Here are the topics to watch at the next virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, January 11, 2021 at 7 p.m.

  • Administer Oath of Office to Commissioners Olivia Cyman and Will Joseph.
  • Election of Mayor and Vice Mayor
  • Consider Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) performance resolution for governmental agencies for the purpose of representing the City in transactions.
  • Consider approval of Airport Joint Operations and Management Agreement.
  • Consider recommendation from Principal Shopping District Board (PSD) on waiving penalties.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:  

How to follow public meetings during social distancing:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Mt. Pleasant is following federal, state and county health officials’ recommendations while still providing valuable City services.

Even though the City Commission meeting will take place as scheduled, it will be an electronically conducted meeting as allowed by Public Act 254 of 2020, allowing public bodies to meet remotely. City Commission Chambers will be closed to the public.

Citizens can watch the City Commission meeting live on Spectrum Charter Channel 188, web streamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/ or via Zoom.

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

Zoom Meeting information

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81166411379?pwd=S2NFQldFay81OThxNE1TOXByUnB0dz09

Passcode: 511483   

Phone dial-in: (312) 626-6799

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@mtpleasant.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 Snow Emergency and On-Street Parking Updates

The Mt. Pleasant City Commission recently passed an ordinance allowing additional on-street parking and declaration of snow emergencies. If a snow emergency is declared by City staff, on-street parking will NOT be permitted.

During a snow emergency, failure to remove vehicles from the street will result in a ticket. Towing may be utilized if ticketing has proven ineffective and/or the vehicles parked on the street cause a delay in snow removal.

Notice of when a snow emergency is declared, and later lifted, will be provided through the city’s social media channels, blog https://mpcityblog.com/, community information phone line (989-779-5320), local media notification, and an email alert.

To receive an email notification, sign up to receive the city’s monthly eConnections newsletter by visiting http://www.mt-pleasant.org/news/e-news.asp.

Other parking ordinance guidelines are as follows:

  • Overnight street parking is allowed throughout the City of Mt. Pleasant year-round, except for the Downtown area.
  • Downtown street parking is prohibited from 4 – 6 a.m. year-round.
  • When a snow emergency is declared, all cars must be removed from the street.

Topics to Watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – 11/23/2020

Here are the topics to watch at the next virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, November 23, 2020 at 7 p.m.

  • Public hearing on recommended text change to amend section 154.405.A to update standards in the CD-3L, CD-3 and CD-4 zoning districts regarding residential housing standards and consider approval of the same.
  • Public hearing on an ordinance to amend Chapter 150 of the Mt. Pleasant City Code to create a new division entitled “Property Standards” to regulate property conditions, to amend Section 150.99 and to repeal and relocate the regulations in Section 96.09 pertaining to inoperable vehicles and consider approval of the same.
  • Public hearing on an ordinance to amend Chapter 50 of the Mt. Pleasant City Code to amend the regulation of accumulation of solid waste and associated penalties and consider approval of the same.
  • Consider resolution in support of final approval of Temporary Traffic Control Order #3-2020.
  • Consider resolution to amend implementation of multi-family unit optional trash carts.
  • Consider appointments to the various City boards and commissions as recommended by the Appointments Committee.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:  

How to follow public meetings during social distancing:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Mt. Pleasant is following federal, state and county health officials’ recommendations while still providing valuable City services.

Even though the City Commission meeting will take place as scheduled, it will be an electronically conducted meeting as allowed by Public Act 228 of 2020, allowing public bodies to meet remotely. City Commission Chambers will be closed to the public.

Citizens can watch the City Commission meeting live on Spectrum Charter Channel 188, web streamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/ or via Zoom.

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

Zoom Meeting information

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88996078522?pwd=aGx1cnQwYnVoZlR0Z3JTVGNPYnduUT09

Passcode: 427983

Phone dial-in: (312) 626-6799

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@mtpleasant.org.

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

malsager@mt-pleasant.org

lgillis@mt-pleasant.org

wjoseph@mt-pleasant.org

klalonde@mt-pleasant.org

aperschbacher@mt-pleasant.org

gronan@mt-pleasant.org

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.

Ransomware Attack Detected by the City of Mt. Pleasant; City Offices Opening 10/14/2020. (Updated 10/12 and 10/13/2020)

UPDATED (10/13/2020):  City Hall and Department of Public Safety offices will be open on Wednesday, October 14, 2020. There continues to be no delay in trash or recycling services. Thank you for your patience as we conduct a restoration and meticulous review of our data files as a result of the October 10th. Ransomware attack on the City’s computer and phone systems. Please note, there was no access to State Election computers and all ballot and voter information is secure.


Because we must intensely review all of our data, it will take some time before all our systems, phones and files are fully functional. Be assured our staff will make every effort to process and respond to all requests as quickly as possible. 

UPDATED (10/12/2020): City Hall and Department of Public Safety offices will be closed for face to face services on Tuesday, October 13, 2020. City email and phone services are currently unavailable. If there is a public safety emergency, call 911 or Central Dispatch at (989) 773-1000, as you would normally do. All other City services are still available and there is no delay in trash or recycling services. 

MT. PLEASANT, Mi – (10/11/2020): On early Saturday morning (October 10, 2020) the City of Mt. Pleasant identified a remote Ransomware attack on its computer and phone systems. The City’s firewall remained secure and the City does not plan to pay a ransom. The Michigan State Police is conducting an independent investigation of the cyberattack. At this time, it is not believed any personal information has been breached. There was also no access to State Election computers and all ballot and voter information is secure.

City Services
While a thorough data review is taking place, City Hall and Department of Public Safety offices will be closed for face to face services on Monday, October 12, 2020. City email and phone services are currently unavailable. If there is a public safety emergency, call 911 or Central Dispatch at (989) 773-1000, as you would normally do. All other City services are still available and there will be no delay in trash or recycling services. 

City Commission Meeting
The virtual City Commission meeting will still take place at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 12, 2020. Citizens can watch the City Commission meeting live on Spectrum Charter Channel 188, streamed on the City’s YouTube channel, or via Zoom. Visit www.mt-pleasant.org under City Updates for the full meeting agenda and links to the Zoom meeting. If individuals wish to make a public comment they must attend the meeting via Zoom. 

Updates will be provided as they become available. 

Topics to Watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – October 12, 2020

Here are the topics to watch at the next virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, October 12, 2020 at 7 p.m.

  • Public hearing on an ordinance for Mt. Pleasant Housing Commission Payment In lieu of Taxes (PILOT) and Municipal Services Agreement and consider approval of the same.
  • Consider approval of an ordinance to amend section 71.27 and 71.45 of City Code regarding parking and snow emergencies as postponed from September 28, 2020.
  • Receive proposed 2050 Master Plan as recommended by the Planning Commission and Parks and Recreation Commission and set a public hearing for November 9, 2020 on the same.
  • Consider resolution approving charter amendment ballot language to change the term of office for commission members.
  • Consider resolution approving charter amendment ballot language to increase the term of office for the mayor and vice mayor.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:

How to follow public meetings during social distancing:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Mt. Pleasant is following federal, state and county health officials’ recommendations while still providing valuable City services.

Even though the City Commission meeting will take place as scheduled, it will be an electronically conducted meeting as allowed by the Governor’s Executive Order and the City Commission Chambers will be closed to the public.

Citizens can watch the City Commission meeting live on Spectrum Charter Channel 188, web streamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/ or via Zoom.

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

Zoom Meeting information

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85049577042?pwd=bThLZjk0dHdCSitGZU1SYXM5eWJ1UT09

Passcode: 644394

Phone dial-in: (312) 626-6799

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 must email their comments.

Summary of Minutes of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – September 28, 2020

Summary of Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, September 28, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.

Scott Mertes gave a presentation on proposed Mid-Michigan College annexation.

Finance Director gave a presentation on the 2020 election status.

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 September 14, 2020.

2) Minutes of the electronically conducted Closed session held September 14, 2020.

3) Minutes of the electronically conducted Special Joint meeting held September 17, 2020.

4) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a public hearing on proposed amendment to Article VII: TRAFFIC CODE, Chapter 71 PARKING REGULATIONS, Sections 71.27 and 71.45 of the City Code of the City of Mt. Pleasant Code regarding parking and snow emergencies.  The matter was postponed until further legal review can occur.

Held a public hearing and authorized the Mayor to sign the required documentation as part of the CDBG-RLF program for Gursky Limited, LLC.

Approved a contract with the Mannik Smith Group of Lansing, MI for the groundwater testing near the former City landfill and the appropriate budget amendment.

Received proposed ordinance for the Mt. Pleasant Housing Commission Payment in lieu of Taxes (PILOT) and the Municipal Services Agreement and set a public hearing on same for Monday, October 12, 2020.

Prioritized and approved submission of City requests for Fall 2020 Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe 2% allocations.

Held Work Session discussions on the 2021 Operating Budget and Property Maintenance Ordinance.

Adjourned the meeting at 10:27 p.m.

Summary of Minutes of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – September 14, 2020

Summary of Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, September 14, 2020, at 7:00 p.m.

James McBryde, President of MMDC gave a quarterly update on MMDC activities.

City Planner Kain gave an update on the 2020 Census progress.

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 August 24, 2020.

2) Minutes of the electronically conducted Closed session held August 24, 2020.

3) Authorized the purchase of an unmarked (non-patrol) vehicle through the MiDeal program.

4) Received proposed amendment to Article VII: TRAFFIC CODE, Chapter 71 PARKING REGULATIONS, Sections 71.27 and 71.45 of the City Code of the City of Mt. Pleasant Code regarding parking and snow emergencies and set a public hearing for Monday, September 28, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. on same.

5) Set a public hearing for September 28, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. for Gursky Limited, LLC (Motorless Motion) as required through the CDBG program.

6) Authorized a three-year agreement with Consumers Energy for continued participation in their demand response program.

7) Received proposed 2021 Annual Operating Budget and set a public hearing for Monday, November 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. on same.

8) Resolution to amend 2020 Operating Budget.

9) Received Fall 2020 Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribal 2% funding requests from City Departments.

10) Warrants and Payrolls.

Approved service contract at 0% PILOT with 5% service fee for first five years and reset to 10% PILOT after five years in regard to the Mt. Pleasant Housing Commission’s potential purchase of property at 1414 West Broomfield.

Approved the contract amendment with Fleis and Vandenbrink for $20,600 for the multi-jurisdictional storm water study and the appropriate budget amendment.

Approved the resolution as presented authorizing the Mayor to sign the easements for the Isabella County Drain Commissioner for the Mission Creek Drain and the supplemental agreement as presented. (CC Exh. 11-2020)

Approved a contract amendment with L.D. Cocsa for the 1MG Reservoir Bypass Project and the appropriate budget amendment.

Approved and conducted a closed session pursuant to subsection 8(h) of the Open Meetings Act to consider material exempt from discussion or disclosure by state or federal statute.

Postponed the work session discussion on Potential Property Maintenance Ordinance.

Adjourned the meeting at 10:08 p.m.

Topics to Watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – September 14, 2020

Here are the topics to watch at the next virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, September 14, 2020 at 7 p.m.

  • Consider request from Housing Commission Payment In Lieu of Taxes (PILOT).
  • Receive proposed 2021 Annual Operating Budget and set a public hearing for November 9, 2020 on the same.
  • Consider approval of resolution to amend 2020 Operating Budget.
  • Consider approval of Mission Creek Dam easement to the Isabella County Drain Commissioner.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:

How to follow public meetings during social distancing:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Mt. Pleasant is following federal, state and county health officials’ recommendations while still providing valuable City services.

Even though the City Commission meeting will take place as scheduled, it will be an electronically conducted meeting as allowed by the Governor’s Executive Order and the City Commission Chambers will be closed to the public.

Citizens can watch the City Commission meeting live on Spectrum Charter Channel 188, web streamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/ or via Zoom.

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

Zoom Meeting information

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82437771093?pwd=WjZJNUphb0xPbmZ3U1U3Q0ttaVUzQT09

Meeting ID: 824 3777 1093

Passcode: 745152

Phone dial-in: (312) 626-6799

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 must email their comments.