25th Annual Christmas Celebration and fireworks display

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – Downtown Mt. Pleasant will be filled with holiday spirit at the annual Christmas Celebration slated for November 30 – December 1, 2018. A community tradition for 25 years, this event offers a variety of activities for the whole family beginning with a sing-along and tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. on Friday at Town Center (Broadway and Main Streets.)

Saturday highlights include a pancake breakfast with Santa at 9 a.m. at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall. Admission is $7 per person and children under four are $5.  At 6 p.m. the lighted parade will wind through the streets of downtown and feature McLaren Central Michigan Hospital as grand marshal.

This year’s parade will host a contest for “Most Lights,” “Most Creative/Best Craftsmanship,” “Most Holiday Spirit,” and “Best in Show.”  To be eligible to compete, parade applications must be submitted to City Hall by Nov. 29.

On Saturday, the festival grand finale includes a fireworks display at 7 p.m. visible from the downtown area. This show, sponsored by the Bird Bar and Grill, is honoring both the 85th anniversary of The Bird and the 25th anniversary of the Christmas Celebration.  The fireworks will be shot off from a location in Island Park and will be visible throughout the downtown and surrounding areas. City Manager Nancy Ridley shared, “Mt. Pleasant is fortunate to have members of our community who believe in our city and want to give back, providing opportunities for our residents to gather and make memories.”

 For a complete list of activities visit www.facebook.com/downtownmp.

Winter Reminders: Snow Removal and Parking

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – With the arrival of winter, the City of Mt. Pleasant is reminding community members of the following snow removal and parking practices.

SNOW REMOVAL

 For All Property Owners:  For the safety of your family and neighbors, please clear your sidewalk of snow, including your mailbox approach, within 24 hours after inclement weather.

For Commercial and Industrial Property Owners:  Commercial and property owners are required to clear sidewalks within 18 hours after snow, sleet, or freezing rainfall, with the exception of Sundays and holidays (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day).  In this case, snow must be cleared by noon the day following the Sunday or holiday.

If the snow or ice is too hard to remove, the owner must spread enough sand or other abrasive material to make travel safe, and as soon as weather permits, must clear a path of at least 48 inches in width.

Code enforcement officers can write a municipal civil infraction ticket to commercial and industrial property owners who do not fulfill this requirement of the ordinance.  For further information, contact Assistant Fire Chief Michael Dunham at (989) 779-5123 or mduhnam@mt-pleasant.org.

OVERNIGHT PARKING

From Dec. 1, 2018 to April 1, 2019, on-street and City lot parking is prohibited in non-downtown areas from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. On-street parking is prohibited downtown from 4 a.m. to 6 a.m. throughout the year. Those found in violation are subject to a fine.

Enforcement of this parking restriction may not occur each night, but will be enforced at times to help keep the streets clear and safe.

For those with overnight parking permits, several City parking lots have designated areas where overnight parking is allowed. For more information about parking permits, please contact the Division of Community Services at (989) 779-5347.

Items to watch at the 10/22/18 City Commission Meeting

Here are the five things to watch at the October 22 City Commission meeting.  To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for October 22, 2018 click here.

-Consider approval of previously postponed amended Sanitary Sewer House Lead Reconnection Policy.

-Consider Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) resolution authorizing the approval of a contract to receive funds for the acquisition of an easement for approach slope clearing.

-Consider lease renewal with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) for City-owned airport hangar and authorize the City Manager to execute future renewals.

-Consider contract amendment for the remaining sites in Eastpointe IV as recommended by the Property Committee.

-Consider approval of fireworks display as part of the 2018 Christmas Celebration and sole source contract for the fireworks.

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.

 

City Commission Meeting Summary of Minutes – October 8, 2018

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday,
October 8, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

Mayor Lents read and presented a proclamation to Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Council
Members, recognizing “Indigenous People Day – October 8, 2018”.

Mayor Lents read and presented a proclamation to Jerry Fountain with the Bowlers Hall of Fame, recognizing “Bowlers Hall of Fame Day – October 14, 2018”.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held September 24, 2018.

2) Set a special meeting for Monday, October 29, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the CMU Bovee University Center for the purpose of meeting with Central Michigan University Student Government Association.

3) Warrants and Payrolls

Held a public hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance 1041, an
Ordinance to amend Chapter 30, Sections 30.04, 30.05, 30.06, 30.07, 30.08, 30.09, 30.10,
30.11, 30.13, 30.15 and 31.01 and add Section 30.16 of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances having been introduced and read, now be passed, ordained and ordered published.

Held a public hearing and postponed action on changes to Section 98.37 of the Mt. Pleasant City Code regarding snow and ice removal until a work session discussion can be held.

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

Conducted a work session discussion on 2019 Operating Budget.

Adjourned at 10:10 p.m.

Police arrest suspect in theft of tip jar

On July 8, 2018, officers of the Mount Pleasant Police Department were dispatched to 110 N. Main St. (Pisanello’s Pizza) for a larceny of a “tip jar.”

The surveillance video of the incident was released to the public and media outlets to help identify the two adult males and one adult female involved.

Due to several tips from the public, all three subjects have been identified. The subjects include a 30-year-old male from Farwell, Mich.; a 24-year-old male from Weidman, Mich.; and a 26-year-old female from Ithaca, Mich.

On July 17, 2018 at approximately 2:30 a.m. officers made contact with the 30-year-old male from Farwell and placed him in custody for larceny charges related to the theft. The other two subjects have not been charged.

The 30-year-old male is currently lodged in the Isabella County Jail awaiting arraignment.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department would like to thank the public and media outlets for assisting in the apprehension of this subject.

Mt. Pleasant police seek help to identify larceny suspects

On July 8, 2018, officers of the Mount Pleasant Police Department were dispatched to 110 N. Main St. (Pisanello’s Pizza) for a larceny of a “tip jar.”

The larceny occurred when two unidentified males, one unidentified female and a young child entered the restaurant at 9:35 p.m. on July 8, 2018.

One of the males went into the bathroom while the other male, female and child ordered a pizza under the name “Desirae.”

When the first male exited the bathroom, he interacted with the other male, female and child. The video shows him take the “tip jar” from the cash register counter and flee the restaurant in an unknown direction.

The amount of money taken is unknown at this time.

A witness observed the first male as he was running from the restaurant and concealing a jar under his shirt. This witness asked Pisanello’s Pizza employees if they were missing anything from the restaurant. This is when the “tip jar” was discovered missing.

The male subject is described as approximately 30 years old, short brown hair, thin mustache, wearing black-colored shorts with a red stripe and a blue button up short sleeve shirt with thin white lines.

This incident was captured on video surveillance and is available at www.facebook.com/mtppublicsafety.

Anyone with information regarding the identification of the subjects involved is asked to contact Officer Jeff Thompson of the Mount Pleasant Police Department at (989) 779-6026 or (989) 779-5100.

Documentary filming to close roads in Mt. Pleasant on Saturday, July 7

A production company will be in Mt. pleasant on Saturday, July 7, to film portions of a documentary. As a result, the following roads will be closed for 30 minutes, from 7:30 to 8 a.m., for filming:

  • Preston from Washington to Franklin
  • Franklin from Preston to Bellows

Please seek alternate routes during this time frame.

City police provide update regarding the suspicious situation in Island Park on Tuesday, June 26

On June 27, 2018, officers of the Mount Pleasant Police Department received information from a mother in Midland, Mich. claiming her son and his friends were responsible for the situation in Island Park on Tuesday evening that led to both parks being evacuated and searched by several area police departments.

The mother indicated her 16-year-old son was part of a club that was filming a role-playing scenario in Island Park just prior to Central Dispatch receiving a report that two male subjects were seen in the park covered in blood and carrying what appeared to be a long gun. She stated she got a call from her son indicating he was coming home from Mount Pleasant and not to be shocked when he got there because he was covered in “fake blood.”

She further explained the group had at least one “prop gun” they were using in the video, and said her son was wearing camouflage clothing.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department assures the community that there is no threat to the public following this incident. The situation has been investigated and determined to be a miscommunication from a “role-playing club” to the proper authorities.

Citizens are reminded to inform public safety officials of actions that may cause the general public concern.

Police respond to suspicious situation at Island Park, no credible threat found

On June 26, 2018 at approximately 7:51 p.m., Isabella County Central Dispatch received a call that two male subjects, who appeared to be covered in blood, were seen entering a bathroom at Island Park.

Mount Pleasant City Police responded to the area and were approached by a citizen who stated they had seen two subjects in the park and one was carrying a long rifle. The citizen advised that the subjects were dressed in camouflage clothing and were last seen by the Vietnam Memorial within the park.

Mount Pleasant City Police Officers continued to search the park for the two subjects and were then contacted by a second citizen. The citizen advised officers they had also seen the two subjects in camouflage, now in Pickens Fields, walking towards the Post Office. Mount Pleasant Police evacuated both Island Park and Pickens Fields due to the two separate sightings.

Officers from the Mount Pleasant Department, Isabella County Sheriff’s Department, Michigan State Police, Central Michigan University Police, and Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police continued to search the area. Also assisting in the search was a Michigan State Police K-9.

After a thorough search, no suspects, victims or evidence of a crime were located.

The Mount Pleasant City Police would like to assure the public there is no credible threat to the community.

The Mount Pleasant City Police were assisted by: Isabella County Sheriff’s Deputies, Michigan State Police Troopers, Central Michigan University Police Officers, Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Officers and Isabella County Central Dispatch.

Downtown planter removal project begins June 22; Periodic parking space and street closures to occur

Beginning June 22, the City of Mt. Pleasant will remove the 42 round cement planters along the streets of downtown. Planters on Main Street will be removed first, followed by those on Broadway Street. Periodic parking space and street closures will occur throughout the project to accommodate the necessary equipment.

After the planters are removed, spaces will be filled with turf, concrete or brick pavers, depending on the location.

The project will conclude July 13.