Summary of Minutes of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – January 23, 2023

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, January 23, 2023, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room, 320 W. Broadway St., Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with virtual options.

Interim Fire Chief Doug Lobsinger introduced Code Enforcement Officer Michael Lopez.

City Manager Desentz provided a review of the 2022 Goals and Objectives.

Item #15b – Hazard Mitigation Plan Adoption Resolution was added to the Consent Calendar; and Item #20 – Consider closed session pursuant to subsection 8(1)(h) of the Open Meetings Act to discuss a written confidential legal opinion with the City Attorney was removed from the Agenda.

Approved the Agenda.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

8) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held January 9, 2023.

9) Resolution in support of final approval of TCO #1-2023.

10) Resolution in support of final approval of TCO #2-2023.

11) Received request to create an OPRA District to include the Mission-Pickard DDA boundary and set a public hearing for February 13, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

12) Received proposed ordinance to amend Chapter 116 Subsection 03(B)(12) of Title XI of the City’s Code of Ordinances entitled “Electric Scooters/Skateboards” and set a public hearing for February 13, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.

13) Set a special meeting for discussion on goals and objectives for February 6, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. at the Public Safety Bldg., 804 E. High St.

14) Set a special meeting for follow-up discussion on goals and objectives for March 6, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. at the Public Safety Bldg., 804 E. High St.

15) Warrants and Payrolls.

15b) Resolution adopting the Isabella County Hazard Mitigation Plan.

Approved the updated guidelines/criteria for Neighborhood Enhancement Grants as part of the MSHDA and increased the project cap to $11,000; waived the requirement for 25% homeowner match on the projects, and issue refunds to those that paid the 25% match to ensure fair treatment among participants in Round 6.

Made appointments of City administrative officials to boards and commissions.

Made appointments of City Commissioners to boards and commissions.

Made appointments of City Commissioners to City standing and special committees.

Approved and conducted a closed session pursuant to subsection 8(c) of the Open Meetings Act to discuss the strategy and negotiation sessions connected with negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement.

Conducted a Work Session discussion regarding the International Property Management Code.

Adjourned the meeting at 8:40 p.m.

Topics to Watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – January 23, 2023

Here are the topics to watch at the next in-person, as well as virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, January 23, 2023 at 7 p.m.

  • Presentation by City Manager on 2022 Goals and Objectives.
  • Receive request to create an Obsolete Property Rehabilitation Act (OPRA) District to include the Mission-Pickard DDA boundary and set a public hearing for February 13, 2023 on the same.
  • Receive an ordinance to amend Chapter 116 Subsection 03(B)(12) of Title XI: Business Regulations of the City’s Code Entitled, “Electric Scooters/Skateboards” and set a public hearing for February 13, 2023.
  • Presentation and discussion on Property Standards.

To view the entire meeting packet visit: 

How to follow public meetings:

City Commission Meeting will be held in person in the City Chambers/City Hall (320 W. Broadway Street) with virtual attendance options as well. Non-voting participants 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.

If a virtual option becomes unavailable due to technical difficulties, the meeting will continue as scheduled. Residents who would like to provide a comment during the appropriate time are welcome to come to the meeting at City Hall, or email their statement to comments@mt-pleasant.org.

To participate via Zoom:

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Meeting ID: 821 7692 3890

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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.

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Members of the public may be muted or removed if using abusive language or if they become disruptive to the meeting.

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

  • Members of the public are asked to provide their name and address with any comments.
  • Comments/Questions may be sent ahead of the meeting, or during the meeting via email to comment@mt-pleasant.org. Comments sent via email will be read aloud to the Commission during the public comment period.

Individual commissioners can be contacted at the following email addresses:

Mary Alsager               malsager@mt-pleasant.org

Brian Assmann            bassmann@mt-pleasant.org

Elizabeth Busch          ebusch@mt-pleasant.org

Bryan Chapman          bchapman@mt-pleasant.org

Maureen Eke              meke@mt-pleasant.org

Amy Perschbacher      aperschbacher@mt-pleasant.org

Boomer Wingard        bwingard@mt-pleasant.org

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.

Summary of Minutes of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – January 9, 2023

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, January 9, 2023 at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room, 320 W. Broadway St., Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with virtual options.

City Clerk Bouck administered the Oath of Office to Mary Alsager and Boomer Wingard for the term January 1, 2023 through December 31, 2026.

Commissioner Perschbacher was elected Mayor for 2023.

Commissioner Alsager was elected Vice Mayor for 2023.

Approved Resolution Setting Time and Day of Regular Meetings.

Mayor Perschbacher read and presented proclamation in support of Peacemaking Recognition Day “January 16, 2023” to Laura Gourlay of Mount Pleasant Public Schools.

Accepted the agenda as presented.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

5) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held December 12, 2022.

6) Isabella County Hazard Management Plan as presented.

Adjourned the meeting at 7:17 p.m.

Topics to Watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – January 9, 2023

Here are the topics to watch at the next in-person, as well as virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, January 9, 2023 at 7 p.m.

  • Administer Oath of Office to Commissioners Alsager and Wingard
  • Election of Mayor and Vice Mayor.
  • Consider approval of the Isabella County Hazard Management Plan.

To view the entire meeting packet visit: 

How to follow public meetings:

City Commission Meeting will be held in person in the City Chambers/City Hall (320 W. Broadway Street) with virtual attendance options as well. Non-voting participants 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.

If a virtual option becomes unavailable due to technical difficulties, the meeting will continue as scheduled. Residents who would like to provide a comment during the appropriate time are welcome to come to the meeting at City Hall, or email their statement to comments@mt-pleasant.org.

To participate via Zoom:

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Meeting ID: 889 3363 0594

Passcode: 538251

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.

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

  • Members of the public are asked to provide their name and address with any comments.
  • Comments/Questions may be sent ahead of the meeting, or during the meeting via email to comment@mt-pleasant.org. Comments sent via email will be read aloud to the Commission during the public comment period.

Individual commissioners can be contacted at the following email addresses:

Mary Alsager               malsager@mt-pleasant.org

Brian Assmann            bassmann@mt-pleasant.org

Elizabeth Busch           ebusch@mt-pleasant.org

Bryan Chapman           bchapman@mt-pleasant.org

Maureen Eke               meke@mt-pleasant.org

Amy Perschbacher       aperschbacher@mt-pleasant.org

Boomer Wingard         bwingard@mt-pleasant.org

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.

Summary of Minutes of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – December 12, 2022

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, December 12, 2022, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room, 320 W. Broadway St., Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:  

7) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held November 28, 2022.

8) Contract award for 2023 water treatment chemicals.

9) Final amended 2022 operating budget.

10) Agreement with Core Technology for new records management system.

11) Submittal of MDNR Spark Grant Application.

12) Cancellation of December 19, 2022 City Commission meeting.

13) Finance Director May Ann Kornexl to approve payrolls and warrants from December 13, 2022 through January 8, 2023.

14) First City Commission meeting of 2023 for January 9, 2023.

15) Warrants and Payrolls.

Adjourned at 7:14 p.m.  

Topics to Watch at the Hybrid Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – December 12, 2022

Here are the topics to watch at the next in-person, as well as virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, December 12, 2022 at 7 p.m.

  • Introduction of Recreation Coordinator, Tyler Moss.
  • Consider resolution approving the final amended 2022 Operating Budget.
  • Consider setting the first meeting of 2023 for January 9, 2023.

To view the entire meeting packet visit: 

How to follow public meetings:

City Commission Meeting will be held in person in the City Chambers/City Hall (320 W. Broadway Street) with virtual attendance options as well. Non-voting participants 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.

If a virtual option becomes unavailable due to technical difficulties, the meeting will continue as scheduled. Residents who would like to provide a comment during the appropriate time are welcome to come to the meeting at City Hall, or email their statement to comments@mt-pleasant.org.

To participate via Zoom:

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Meeting ID: 876 4911 9547

Passcode: 298556

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.

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

  • Members of the public are asked to provide their name and address with any comments.
  • Comments/Questions may be sent ahead of the meeting, or during the meeting via email to comment@mt-pleasant.org.
  • Comments sent via email will be read aloud to the Commission during the public comment period.

Individual commissioners can be contacted at the following email addresses:

Mary Alsager               malsager@mt-pleasant.org

Brian Assmann            bassmann@mt-pleasant.org

Elizabeth Busch           ebusch@mt-pleasant.org

Bryan Chapman           bchapman@mt-pleasant.org

Maureen Eke               meke@mt-pleasant.org

Amy Perschbacher       aperschbacher@mt-pleasant.org

George Ronan             gronan@mt-pleasant.org

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.

Summary of Minutes of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – 11/28/2022

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, November 28, 2022, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room, 320 W. Broadway St., Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with virtual options.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

8) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held November 14, 2022.

9) Purchase of 2023 model Caterpillar backhoe from Michigan CAT.

10) Bid of RBS of Grand Rapids, MI for 2023-2025 Custodial Services.

11) Purchase of a police administration replacement vehicle as part of the Krapohl Buy Back Program.

12) Authorized the purchase of 3 Lucas devices from Stryker Medical of Chicago, IL.

13) Authorized the Mayor to sign a letter of support for MSHDA NEP application.

14) Budget amendment to purchase water treatment chemicals.

15) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a public hearing and approved DDA License for China Master at their 1216 South Mission St. location.

Approved the final 2023 Annual Operating Budget as presented.

Adopted Resolution amending rates, fees and charges for sewer and water demand effective January 1, 2023.

Reappointments to various boards and commissions as recommended by the Appointments Committee.

Held a Work Session on Property Maintenance Code.

Held a Work Session on MML Annual Convention learning.

Adjourned at 8:12 p.m.

Topics to Watch at the Hybrid Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – November 28, 2022

Here are the topics to watch at the next in-person, as well as virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, November 28, 2022 at 7 p.m.

  • Consider purchase of Lucas devices from Stryker Medical.
  • Public hearing for the Development District (DDA) License for China Master and consider resolution on the same.
  • Consider resolution approving the final 2023 Operating Budget and set the millage rate for 2023.
  • Consider reappointments to the various boards and commissions as recommended by the Appointments Committee.

To view the entire meeting packet visit: 

How to follow public meetings:

City Commission Meeting will be held in person in the City Chambers/City Hall (320 W. Broadway Street) with virtual attendance options as well. Non-voting participants 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.

If a virtual option becomes unavailable due to technical difficulties, the meeting will continue as scheduled. Residents who would like to provide a comment during the appropriate time are welcome to come to the meeting at City Hall, or email their statement to comments@mt-pleasant.org.

To participate via Zoom:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81898905110?pwd=RFdFanltMGhCL2crUm1VQ0J6RG5qUT09

Meeting ID: 818 9890 5110

Passcode: 759190

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.

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

  • Members of the public are asked to provide their name and address with any comments.
  • Comments/Questions may be sent ahead of the meeting, or during the meeting via email to comment@mt-pleasant.org. Comments sent via email will be read aloud to the Commission during the public comment period.

Individual commissioners can be contacted at the following email addresses:

Mary Alsager               malsager@mt-pleasant.org

Brian Assmann            bassmann@mt-pleasant.org

Elizabeth Busch          ebusch@mt-pleasant.org

Bryan Chapman          bchapman@mt-pleasant.org

Maureen Eke              meke@mt-pleasant.org

Amy Perschbacher      aperschbacher@mt-pleasant.org

George Ronan            gronan@mt-pleasant.org

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.

Nominating Petitions for Mt. Pleasant City Commission Now Available

City Commission nominating packets for the May 2, 2023 election are available at City Hall, office of the City Clerk, 320 W. Broadway Street, from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.  

Completed nominating petitions may be filed with the City Clerk starting Monday, December 19, 2022. The deadline to file is 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2023. Petitions must have no less than 50 and no more than 80 signatures.

One (1) partial City Commission term is open due to the resignation of Olivia Cyman. This term runs from May 2023 through December 31, 2023.

The city election will take place on Tuesday, May 2, 2023.

Summary of Minutes of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – November 14, 2022

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, November 14, 2022, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room, 320 W. Broadway St., Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with virtual options.

Mayor Perschbacher recited the Proclamation recognizing the Elimination of Violence Against Women Day on November 25, 2022.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

7) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held October 24, 2022.

8) Contract with Adams & Associates of Grand Rapids, MI for appraisal services.

9) Bid of GreenScene Landscaping of Mt. Pleasant, MI for Downtown Sidewalk Snow Removal 2022-2023.

10) Set a public hearing for Monday, November 28, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. on China Master’s request for a Development District (DDA) License at 1216 South Mission St.

11) Resolution approving the submittal of an application for the 2022 TAP Grant.

12) MDOT resolution authorizing the approval of a contract for the reimbursement of funds for M-20 Reconstruction Project.

13) Appointments to the 9-1-1 Governing Board.

14) Bid of Tokio Marine HCC for 2023 stop loss coverage insurance.

15) Warrants and Payrolls

Held a public hearing on S.A. #3-22 roll and adopted Resolution #5 to approve the roll and set the payment terms.

Held a public hearing on proposed 2023 Annual Operating Budget. There is no action required at this time.

Approved the Resolution to dissolve the LDFA. (CC Exh. 2-22)

Adopted the final amended budget for the LDFA.

Adopted the proposed PILOT policy and authorized staff to solicit proposals for affordable housing projects during the first quarter of 2023.

Approved revised Resolution #5 for S.A. #2-22.

Approved Agreement on Restrictive Covenants associated with City property with Valero contingent on final review of the City Attorney and the City Manager and the change from Texas to Michigan in which the Guaranty shall be governed by.

Held a Work Session Discussion on Parking Enforcement.

Adjourned the meeting at 8:52 p.m.