Topics to watch at the 11/12/18 City Commission Meeting

Topics to watch at the November 12 City Commission meeting. To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for November 12, 2018 click here.

-Public hearing on proposed 2019 Annual Operating Budget.

-Consider approval of an ordinance to amend Section 98.37 of the Mt. Pleasant City Code regarding snow and ice removal postponed from October 8, 2018.

-Receive and consider recommendation from Local Officers Compensation Commission on compensation of elected city officials.

-Consider approval of Downtown restructuring.

  1. Resolution for board restructuring.
  2. Resolution for funding and responsibilities restructuring.

-Consider Ann Arbor to Traverse City (A2TC) passenger train study funding request.

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.

Mt. Pleasant police warn of money scam

On July 12, 2018, the Mount Pleasant Police Department was contacted by a citizen about a Mount Pleasant police detective’s name being used in a scam for money.

The scam uses a current Mount Pleasant detective’s name and credentials. This person has called potential victims and requested money after threatening to arrest or pursue criminal charges. The scam has been used throughout the state of Michigan.

The person impersonating a Mount Pleasant detective will avoid meeting in person and will request payment through “Green Dot” or some other form of untraceable fund transaction.

The Mount Pleasant Police Department will never ask for any payments by phone.

This incident is currently being investigated by the Mount Pleasant Police Department.

If anyone receives a phone call from someone claiming to be a Mount Pleasant police detective or officer, please contact Isabella County Central Dispatch at 989-773-1000 or 989-779-5100 during regular business hours to confirm the call is legitimate.

Thrilling Thursdays return to downtown Mt. Pleasant

Beginning June 14, the community is encouraged to make downtown its destination for the return of Thrilling Thursdays! Co-sponsored by Downtown Mt. Pleasant and Isabella Community Credit Union, each Thrilling Thursday features fun activities and offerings designed to engage all members of the family. Thrilling Thursdays begin at 6 p.m. at Town Center, with the exception of the Supersoaker Festivus, which will be held at Island Park.

The 2018 Thrilling Thursdays include:

  • June 14: Yogapalooza with Redbloom Yoga
  • June 21: Let’s Ride with the Mt. Pleasant Optimist Club
  • June 28: Fun with Vegetables with McLaren Central Michigan*
  • July 5: Scavenger Hunt
  • July 12: Bugs-R-Us with CMU Museum of Cultural and Natural History
  • July 19: Mad Science Fair with Kim Kady the Science Lady*
    July 26: It’s Nature! With CMU Play on the Way
  • August 2: Stepping Stones with Mt. Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • August 9: Urban Printmaking with Art Reach and Paul Waters*
  • August 16: Supersoaker Festivus with Art Reach and CMU Play on the Way*

*Followed by the Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series

This year’s media sponsorship is provided by MY1043. For additional details, visit the event section on the Downtown Mt. Pleasant Facebook page at www.facebook.com/downtownmp.

Chippewa Street reconstruction begins June 4

Reconstruction of Chippewa Street between Mission and Brown streets will begin Monday, June 4, and continue through Friday, July 13. The road will be closed to through traffic, but businesses will remain open and accessible.

Questions about the project may be directed to the City of Mt. Pleasant Division of Public Works at (989) 779-5401.

Mt. Pleasant leaders launch community branding initiative; Public input sought through Town Hall event and online survey

Community leaders are issuing an open call for thoughts and opinions with the launch of a Mt. Pleasant community branding initiative. The cornerstone public event will be a Town Hall on June 21 at 7 p.m. at City Hall (320 W. Broadway in Mt. Pleasant). Participants will roll-up their sleeves and expect robust discussion in the form of inclusive, interactive activities. In addition to the Town Hall, a public opinion survey has been created to capture a breadth of perspective. The survey can be found at www.madebydarwin.com/mt-pleasant.

The purpose of the initiative is to create a strategic, unifying promise the entire community can deliver. This promise will serve as the foundation for a magnetic reputation that creates an expectation around Mt. Pleasant to boost tourism, economic development and community spirit. While a new logo and messaging are expected to be produced, the main project goals are to:

  1. Identify who the Mt. Pleasant community is to the world
  2. Identify what makes the Mt. Pleasant community different
  3. Identify what the Mt. Pleasant community offers
  4. Identify who the Mt. Pleasant community is speaking to and what it should say

The process for this initiative is being facilitated through partnership with Darwin, a center for social impact. Their process uses many cutting-edge research methods and will engage a variety of stakeholder groups such as residents, professionals, students, visitors, business owners and more.

The City of Mt. Pleasant and the Mt. Pleasant Area Convention & Visitors’ Bureau are leading the initiative, with support from Central Michigan University, Charter Township of Union, McLaren Central Michigan, Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Middle Michigan Development Corporation and Mid Michigan Community College.

The full duration of the engagement is six months, with plans for the new logo and messaging to be completed in the fall and the full public brand launch held before the end of the year. More information about this initiative, including a link to the public survey and registration for the Town Hall, can be found at www.madebydarwin.com/mt-pleasant. The survey will be available until June 29. Additional questions may be directed to Molli Ferency, City of Mt. Pleasant public relations coordinator, at (989) 779-5322 or mferency@mt-pleasant.org.

Saturday Farmers’ Market moves to Michigan Street for 2018 season

The Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market is known for its fresh fruits and vegetables, and this summer, the Saturday Market will also be known for its fresh, new space!

With the support of Real Food Grows, the 2018 Saturday Farmers’ Market is moving to Michigan Street near the Main Street intersection downtown Mt. Pleasant. Open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays beginning June 30, customers will find a tasty selection of locally-grown foods, colorful plants, homemade baked goods and more.

“Mt. Pleasant Parks and Recreation is excited to bring the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market to a new downtown spot on Saturdays this summer that is both highly visible and easy for shoppers to access,” said Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market Manager Carol Moody. “We look forward to building on the market’s excellence from the last several years and boosting traffic for local businesses, while making Downtown Mt. Pleasant a vibrant community destination.”

Michigan Street will be closed to traffic one block east of Main Street on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Parking is available in the south west parking lot of Michigan and Main streets.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients can use their Michigan Bridge Card at the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market. The market also accepts debit and credit cards, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project FRESH and Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH coupons.

The Thursday Farmers’ Market will begin on June 7 and will remain at Island Park. Thursday Market hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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Summary of the May 14 City Commission meeting

See the video of the May 14 City Commission meeting here.

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, May 14, 2018, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room.

1. Consumers Energy Forrester gave a presentation on their upcoming line clearing program in the city.

2. Mayor Lents read and presented a proclamation recognizing “National Public Works Week–May 21-27, 2018” to City of Mt. Pleasant Public Works Director John Zang.

3. Received petitions and communications.

4. Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

  • Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held April 23, 2018
  • Bid of Central Asphalt of Mt. Pleasant, MI for 2018 Street Overlay Project
  • Received recommendation from the Planning Commission regarding zoning ordinance amendment to Section 154.410 and new ordinance Chapter 112
  • Introduced a proposed ordinance to amend Section 154.410.B.4.s.iv of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances to correct a scrivener’s error within the special use standards for rooming dwellings and set a public hearing for Monday, June 11, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. on same
  • Introduced a proposed ordinance to amend Article VII and Table 154.405.A of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances to define “façade area” and to update standards for façade glazing in the CD-3L and CD-3 character districts and set a
    public hearing for Monday, June 11, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. on same
  • Warrants and Payrolls

5. Approved resolution in support of Traffic Control Order #6-2018.

6. Considered whether a public hearing to adjust the 2018 millage rate should be held. No action was taken by the Commission.

7. Endorsed the Public Participation and Engagement Strategy Plan as presented.

8. Approved the agreement and rates and fees as recommended for rental of the “GumBuster” machine and authorized the Downtown Development Director to sign the agreement on behalf of the City.

9. Made appointment to the Parks & Recreation Commission.

10. Held a work session discussion on the 2019-2023 Capital Improvement Plan.

11. Adjourned at 8:16 p.m.

City parks director receives top state award

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Chris Bundy

Chris Bundy, director of parks and public spaces for the City of Mt. Pleasant, is the 2018 recipient of the Park Resource Leadership Award.

Presented by mParks – Michigan Recreation and Park Association – the award is among the highest of individual honors granted by the statewide organization and recognizes professionals who demonstrate outstanding contributions in the area of maintenance practice, equipment management and resource development.

Chris has served the City for nearly 30 years, beginning his career as the director of recreation, and later assuming the role of director of parks and public spaces.

Throughout his tenure, his leadership has resulted in extensive growth and improvement within the City parks system. Chris was instrumental in the original build of the Timber Town playscape at Island Park in 1994, as well as the rebuild of the playground in 2017, working with the volunteer committee to secure hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations and coordinate hundreds of volunteers.

In 2009, he led the design and construction of the Access to Adventure Trail, which is part of the GKB Riverwalk that connects five of the City’s parks along the Chippewa River.

In 2013, Chris spearheaded the Green Maintenance Bike Initiative, reducing the use of motorized carts and introducing bicycles with trailers for the daily maintenance tasks in City parks. This effort produced a significant cost savings, reduced noise and air pollution, and gained statewide recognition.

“The list of opportunities and facility improvements Chris has made is extensive, but more impressive is his ability to plan, maintain, and think to the future sustainability of projects that will impact future generations,” said City Recreation Coordinator Steve Hofer.

Chris has also dedicated much of his career to preserving the community’s natural resources, specifically the Chippewa River and the riverbank corridor. In 2016, Chris worked in coordination with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe to obtain Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funds to improve the corridor connected to City park lands. These efforts protected much of the riverbank during the flood in June of 2017.

“Chris strives to set a good example and be an out-of-the-box thinker,” said City Manager Nancy Ridley. “He is most certainly deserving of recognition for the tremendous support and exemplary leadership he provides for all things related to parks and recreation in our community.”

Chris was honored at the 2018 mParks conference earlier this month. He is also the 1994 winner of the mParks Recreation Leadership Award.

Award recipients are selected based on their development of innovative programs and services, community affiliations and volunteer experiences, contributions to the profession, and more.

 

mParks created the video below as a tribute to Chris!

5 things to watch at the next City Commission meeting

Here are five things to watch at the Jan. 22 City Commission meeting:

  1. Material collection licenses and penalties: In January 2017, the City Commission approved ordinance changes that restricted the hours of operation for refuse collection in certain zones, as well as provided penalties and allowed for an exception process. As part of the approval, a one-year sunset clause was added to the ordinance. Since then, the changes have had the desired positive impacts on the adjacent residential neighborhoods. The sunset clause must be removed in order for the law to remain in effect. The City Commission will hold a public hearing on the removal of the sunset clause and consider its approval.
  2. Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) bottles: A sole source purchase for 44 SCBA bottles will be considered.  This purchase will replace the carbon fiber bottles used by the fire department, which have a March 2018 expiration date, with new aluminum bottles that do not have expiration dates.
  3. Tree trimming and removal: A bid recommendation for F & K Tree Services to complete the necessary tree trimming and removals within City Right-of-ways during 2018 will be considered.
  4. Proposed character-based zoning code and map: The City Commission will consider the approval of the proposed zoning ordinance and related zoning map. To see more information about the draft character-based zoning code, click here.
  5. Patrol vehicle camera systems: Several years ago, the City purchased and installed cameras in the Police Department’s patrol vehicles. Central Michigan University Police Department (CMUPD) was using the same equipment vendor, so the City entered into an agreement with CMUPD to share one system. As part of the agreement, the cost of future hardware replacements would be split evenly between MPPD and CMUPD. The hardware is now in need of replacement and the City Commission will consider the recommendation to approve the cost of the shared purchase.

 

To see the full City Commission agenda and packet for Jan. 22, 2018, click here.

Mt. Pleasant City Commission meetings are held at City Hall on the second and fourth Monday of every month. Meetings begin at 7 p.m.