Summary of Minutes of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – July 25, 2022

Chief of Police Lauria introduced and swore in Police Officer Mike Williams.

Mt. Pleasant Schools Superintendent Jennifer Verleger gave a presentation regarding the school resource officer program and additional services needed.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

5) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held July 11, 2022.

6) Minutes of the closed session of the City Commission held July 11, 2022.

7) Awarded contract to Denali Construction of Mt. Pleasant, MI and budget amendment for the Nelson Park shop renovation project.

8) Awarded contract to Denali Construction of Mt. Pleasant, MI for Island Park Restroom addition.

9) Received proposed ordinance amendment to §154.410.B.4 of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances regarding registered student organization dwellings and set a public hearing for August 22, 2022.

10) Received proposed ordinance amendment to §154.410.C.2.B and Table 154.410.A of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances regarding group “B” special regulated uses and set a public hearing for August 22, 2022.

11) Warrants and Payrolls.

Approved a budget amendment for the purchase, setup and installation of Microsoft Office 365 and Barracuda SPAM and web filtering services.

Condolence letter which has been sent to Sister City Okaya, Japan was read aloud.

Approved and conducted a closed session.

Adjourned the meeting at 8:25 p.m.

Topics to Watch at the Hybrid Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – July 25, 2022

Here are the topics to watch at the next in-person, as well as virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, July 25, 2022 at 7 p.m.

  • Presentation from Mt. Pleasant Public Schools Superintendent Jennifer Verleger regarding school resource officer program.
  • Receive an ordinance to amend section 154.410.B.4 of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances regarding registered student organization dwellings and set a public hearing for August 22, 2022 on the same.
  • Receive an ordinance to amend section 154.410.C.2.B and Table 154.410.A of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances regarding group “B” special regulated uses and set a public hearing for August 22, 2022 on the same.

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How to follow public meetings:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the 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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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

Olivia Cyman               ocyman@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.

Mt. Pleasant High School Threat Investigated by Mt. Pleasant Police – UPDATED 12/10/2021

On December 9, 2021 at approximately 7:50 a.m. officers from the Mt. Pleasant Police Department (MPPD) responded to a written gun threat found at Mt. Pleasant High School. The school was already in enhanced secure mode when officers arrived. Police conducted a complete security check of the school, and as an extra precaution brought in bomb sniffing dogs. There were no weapons or bombs found during these searches.

While on site, police spoke with the student who initially discovered and reported the threat and found inconsistencies in their statement. That same student later admitted to writing the gun threats on Tuesday, December 7 and Thursday, December 9.

The investigation report was turned over to the Isabella County Prosecutors Office which led to the detention of the 15-year-old student, who is charged with two counts of Intentional Threat to Commit Act of Violence Against the School. One count is a felony, and the other is a misdemeanor.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department was assisted by Central Dispatch and the Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police Department.

Election Day – November 2, 2021

On November 2, 2021 an election will be held to elect three individuals to the Mt. Pleasant City Commission as well as consider a bonding proposal for the Mt. Pleasant Public Schools.

The five candidates running for City Commission are:

Elizabeth “Liz” Busch

Marueen N. Eke

Daniel “Dan” Hess

Philip “Phil” Kruska

Amy Perschbacher

To review candidate biographical information and ballot language visit: vote411.org  

To watch the League of Women’s Voters candidate forum visit:https://vimeo.com/610953099

Precinct Consolidation:

Please note precinct locations for this November 2, 2021 election.

  • Precinct 2 (City Hall): Voters from Precinct 1 (Ganiard) and Precinct 2 will vote at City Hall.
  • Precinct 3 (Pullen): Voters from Precinct 4 (High School) and Precinct 3 will vote at Pullen.
  • Precinct 6 (Vowles): Voters from Precinct 5 (Kinney) and Precinct 6 and Precinct 7 (Fancher) will vote at Vowles.

Permanent Absentee Voters:

Permanent absentee voters have been mailed an application for a ballot. If you wish to vote in this election you must return the application by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 29, 2021. A ballot will then be mailed to you. Ballots can be mailed to the City Clerk’s office (320 W. Broadway Street) or placed in the ballot drop box located in the City Hall parking lot.

Absentee Voting:

For those not on the Permanent Absentee Voter list, you can submit a request for an absentee ballot to the City Clerk’s office by mail, or email (clerk@mt-pleasant.org). This must be completed by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 29, 2021.

Absentee voting at the Clerk’s Office is available on Saturday, October 30, 2021 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. or Monday, November 1, 2021 from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Voter Registration:

If you are currently not registered to vote, you can register online at  https://mvic.sos.state.mi.us/ or mail in the registration voter application found online. This must be completed by October 18, 2021.

After October 18, 2021 voter registration will be available at the City Clerk’s office. Please bring a proof of residency and a photo ID. This can be done until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.

Election Day Information

Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Need a ride to and from the polls? I-Ride is offering free rides. Call (989) 772-9441 to schedule.

Visit www.mi.gov/vote to confirm where you are registered to vote.

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.