Summary of minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, January 7, 2019

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

Commissioner Joseph was elected Mayor for 2019.

Commissioner Gillis was elected Vice Mayor for 2019.

Set time and day of regular meetings for 2019.

Mayor Joseph read and presented a proclamation in support of Peacemaking Recognition Day, January 21, 2019, to Laura Gourlay of the Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Peacemaking Committee.

Finance Director Kornexl gave a presentation on the small business tax exemption available to those businesses that qualify.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1)Minutes of the special meeting of the City Commission held December 4, 2018.

2) Minutes of the closed session of the City Commission held December 4, 2018.

3) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held December 10, 2018.

4) Resolutions #1 and #2 to commence proceedings for special assessment, tentatively determine the necessity, and set a Public Hearing for January 28, 2019, regarding the necessity of Special Assessment District #1-19.

5) Authorized Finance Director Kornexl to approve the issuance of payrolls and warrants from January 4, 2019 to January 14, 2019.

6) Appointments of City Officials to applicable City boards and commissions for 2019.

Approved an amendment to the R & T Murphy Trucking contract for leaf hauling services.

Approved appointments to various City Boards and Commissions as recommended by the Appointments Committee.

City Attorney Homier conducted a training session on the Open Meetings Act (OMA) and the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Adjourned at 8:42 p.m.

Topics to watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting

Here are the topics to watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on January 7, 2019 at City Hall, 320 W. Broadway Street.

To see the full City Commission meeting packet and agenda click here.

-Election of Mayor and Vice Mayor and setting of 2019 meeting schedule.

-Proclamation in support of Peacemaking Recognition Day (January 21, 2019).

-Consider special assessment, determined the necessity, set a public hearing for January 28, 2019.

-Consider appointments of City Officials to applicable City Boards and Commissions.

-Consider appointments to the various City Boards and Commissions as recommended by the Appointments Committee.

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, December 10, 2018

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, December 10, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

Mayor Lents presented the newly created Collins Drive street sign to Bill and Doug Collins as representatives of the Collins family.

Approved motion to add Item #22: “Consider elimination of the Citizen Advisory Board and mandate that instead the Public Safety Director meet monthly with the Mt. Pleasant Area Diversity Group, Isabella County Human Rights Committee and City/CMU Liaison Committee.”; to the agenda.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held November 26, 2018.

2) Minutes of the closed session of the City Commission held November 26, 2018.

3) Contract with Ferguson Waterworks of Grand Rapids, MI, for 2019 water meter purchase.

4) Resolution for Final Amended 2018 Operating Budget.

5) Contract with Space, Inc. of Midland, MI for the design, purchase and installation of walls/furniture at the Borden Building.

6) Set first meeting of 2019 for Monday, January 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the City Commission     Room.

7) Warrants and Payrolls.

Approved Resolution for the 2019 Annual Operating Budget and setting of millage rate.

Authorized the Mayor to sign the EPA consent order as recommended by the City Attorney.

Approved a 2% wage adjustment for City Manager.

Appointments to various City Boards and Commissions as recommended by the Appointments Committee and correction for Board of Review appointment.

Cancelled the December 17, 2018 regularly scheduled City Commission meeting.

Authorized Finance Director Mary Ann Kornexl to approve the issuance of payrolls and warrants from December 11, 2018 through January 4, 2019.

Rescind the creation of the Citizen Advisory Board and mandated that instead the Public Safety Director meet monthly with the Mt. Pleasant Area Diversity Group, Isabella County Human Rights Committee and City/CMU Liaison Committee and at the end of the year a report would be prepared for the Commission.

Adjourned the meeting at 9:16 p.m.

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.