Topics to Watch at the Hybrid Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – June 27, 2022

Here are the topics to watch at the next in-person, as well as virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, June 27, 2022 at 7 p.m.

  • Introduce and swear in Mt. Pleasant Police Officer Mason Nash.
  • Consider approval of contract with McKenna for planning services.
  • Consider resolution approving the transfer of adult-use marihuana retailer license location to 1207 E. Pickard.
  • Consider resolution approving the transfer of adult-use marihuana retailer license to H & G Ventures LLC.
  • Consider resolution approving charter amendment ballot language to change the term of office for City Commission members and hold elections in even years.

To view the entire meeting packet visit: 

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:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88962935714?pwd=pI6VEbcL2GfHnxrJPMBlH0wsypGfKR.1

Meeting ID: 889 6293 5714

Passcode: 262066

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.

Marihuana Facility and Establishment Limits Lifted – Effective June 8, 2022 (UPDATED 6/8/2022)

UPDATE 6/8/2022: The City has received a referendum petition relating to the recreational marihuana ordinance which was adopted by the City Commission on May 9, 2022. In accordance with the City Charter, implementation of the ordinance is paused pending petition review. The City has up to 20 days to review the submitted petition. Updates will be provided when available.

MAY 2022 POST: The Mt. Pleasant City Commission recently adopted amendments to Chapter 112 (Medical Marihuana Facilities) and Chapter 115 (Recreational Marihuana Establishments) of the Mt. Pleasant City Code. These amendments eliminate caps on the number of medical marihuana facilities and recreational establishments eligible for licensing by the City. These amendments are effective June 8, 2022.

The City will begin accepting new applications for Provisioning Centers, Retailers, Growers, and Microbusinesses on June 8, 2022. Applicants must be prequalified by the State of Michigan. All marihuana businesses are subject to operational and location criteria contained in the City of Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinance, including buffers from K-12 schools and the Central Michigan University campus.  

Processor, Secure Transporter, and Safety Compliance license types were not previously subject to a numeric cap and the City continues to accept applications for those facilities and establishments. The City does not allow Designated Consumption Establishments or Class A Microbusinesses.

Updated information regarding marihuana licensing can be found at  www.mt-pleasant.org/marihuana. Below are FAQ’s for medical and recreational marihuana.

www.mt-pleasant.org/marihuana.

Summary of Minutes from the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – May 9, 2022

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, May 9, 2022, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Commission Room, 320 W. Broadway St., Mt. Pleasant, Michigan with virtual options.

Approved the agenda as presented.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

9) Minutes of the special meeting of the CC held April 18, 2022.

10) Minutes of the regular meeting of the CC held April 25, 2022.

11) Bid of Peerless Midwest of Ionia, MI for the Well #6 Rehabilitation Project.

12) Bid of National Restoration, Inc. of Milford, MI for Building Crack Seal and Masonry Repair Project at DPS.

13) Resolution extending conditional approval of a Medical Marihuana Class C Grow Operation for Absolute Royale, Inc.

14) Resolution extending conditional approval of an Adult-Use Marihuana Class C Grow Operation for Absolute Royale, Inc.

15) Set a special meeting for follow-up discussion on 2023 goals and objectives for June 15, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. at DPS.

16) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a public hearing on the CDBG Water Related Infrastructure Program and adopted the resolution authorizing the grant application and funds for this project.

Held a public hearing and adopted the resolution authorizing the grant application and commit the local matching funds for the MEDC Revitalization and Placemaking Grant proposal.

Held a public hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance 1078, an Ordinance to amend Title XI: BUSINESS REGULATIONS, Chapter 110. GENERAL LICENSING to allow for and regulate the operation of pedicabs within the City.

Held a public hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance 1079, an Ordinance to amend Title XI: BUSINESS REGULATIONS, Chapter 112. Medical Marihuana Facilities of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances.

Held a public hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance 1080, an Ordinance to amend Title XI: BUSINESS REGULATIONS, Chapter 115. Recreational Marihuana Facilities of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances with the inclusion of §115.08 POLICY REVIEW IN 2023.

Approved a modified plan for Broadway Central for the 2022 season and budget amendment for same.

Approved a budget amendment for MERS contribution and Fire Truck Replacement.

Approved the resolution to authorize the issuance of $8.5m of General Obligation Bonds for WRRF upgrades.

Awarded contract for WRRF Phase I Upgrades to RCL Construction Co. of Sanford, MI.

Adjourned the meeting at 9:07 p.m.

Summary of Minutes of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – 4/25/2022

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, April 25, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.

Approved the agenda with the cancellation of Item #23, “Public hearing on the CDBG Water Related Infrastructure Program; Postponement of Item #24 “Consideration of Broadway Central” to May 9, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.; addition of Item #21a to the Consent Calendar “Set a public hearing for Monday, May 9, 2022 for the CDBG Water Related Infrastructure Grant”.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

9) Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held April 11, 2022.

10) Minutes of the closed session of the City Commission held April 11, 2022.

11) MDOT performance resolution for governmental agencies for the purpose of representing the City in transactions. (CC Exh 2-2022).

12) Bid of Fisher Transportation of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the 2022-2023 Street Sweepings Disposal Project.

13) Bid of McGuirk Sand & Gravel of Mt. Pleasant, MI with budget amendment for the Crapo Street Reconstruction Project.

14) Resolution Establishing Fee for Minor Site Plan Review.

15) Received proposed ordinance to amend Chapter 110. GENERAL LICENSING to add a new Section 110.30 PEDICABS to allow for and regulate the operation of pedicabs within the City and set a public hearing on same for May 9, 2022.

16) Set a public hearing for May 9, 2022 to obtain public input on the MEDC Revitalization and Placemaking Grant proposal.

17) Received proposed amendment to Chapter 112. Medical Marihuana Facilities of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances and set a public hearing for May 9, 2022 on same.

18) Received proposed amendment to Chapter 115 Recreational Marihuana Establishments of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances and set a public hearing for May 9, 2022 on same.

19) Received proposed ordinance to amend Chapter 154.410.B.4. of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances and set a public hearing for May 23, 2022 on the same.

20) Budget amendment in Major Street fund and Water fund for the 2022 Brown Street Reconstruction project.

21) Warrants and Payrolls

21a) Set a Public hearing for Monday, May 9, 2022 on the CDBG Water Related Infrastructure Grant.

Held a public hearing and approved the resolution approving a redevelopment liquor license to Jib-Bob, LLC at 214 N. Franklin St.

Work session presentation and discussion on 2023-2028 Capital Improvement Plan.

Work session discussion on Housing Study next steps.

Adjourned the meeting at 9:09 p.m.

Topics to Watch at the Hybrid Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – April 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, April 25, 2022 at 7 p.m.

  • Receive an ordinance to amend Chapter 110 of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances to allow the operation of pedicabs and set a public hearing for May 9, 2022 on the same.
  • Consider setting a public hearing for May 9, 2022 to obtain public input on the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Revitalization and Placemaking Grant proposal. (Town Center Civic Space)
  • Receive an ordinance to amend section 154.410.B.4. of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances to reference numeric limits for adult-use marihuana establishments and medical marihuana facilities and set a public hearing for May 23, 2022 on the same.
  • Public hearing on a redevelopment liquor license for Jib-Bob, LLC and consider approval of resolution on the same.
  • Public hearing on the Community Development Block Grant Water Related Infrastructure Program application and consider approval of resolution on the same.
  • Consider approval of Broadway Central for the 2022 season and consider budget amendment for the same.

To view the entire meeting packet visit: 

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.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82548845265?pwd=akJ2cEREQXZ3cUF6dC9abUpzcS82QT09

Meeting ID: 825 4884 5265

Passcode: 996048

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.

Topics to Watch at the HYBRID Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – April 11, 2022

Here are the topics to watch at the next in-person, as well as virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, April 11, 2022 at 7 p.m.

  • Public Hearing on an ordinance to amend Chapter 112 of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances to update standards for medical marihuana facilities and consider approval of the same.
  • Public Hearing on an ordinance to amend Chapter 115 of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances to update standards for adult-use marihuana establishments and consider approval of the same.
  • Public hearing on the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) Public Gathering Spaces Grant application and consider resolution on the same. (New Civic Space in Town Center)
  • Consider designation of five precinct facilities commencing August 2022.

To view the entire meeting packet visit: 

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2022/4-11-22_packet.pdf

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.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81145327455?pwd=dUpXS01DeEs3UFBpTGVNaTUvYzhVZz09

Meeting ID: 811 4532 7455

Passcode: 373040

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.

Summary of Minutes of the Virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – 12/13/2021

Summary of Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, December 13, 2021, at 7:02 p.m.

Approved the December 13, 2021 City Commission Agenda.

Introduced Kevin Thrusher as the City’s newest paid on-call firefighter.

Received petitions and communications.

Item #21 “Consider motion to cancel City Commission meeting scheduled for December 20, 2021.” was removed from the Consent Calendar.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held November 22, 2021.

2) Bids for 2022 Water Treatment Plant treatment (bulk) chemicals.

3) Resolution for 2021 Final Amended Budget.

4) Resolution to waive the penalty and fees associated with Property Transfer Affidavits (PTA).

5) Resolution extending conditional approval of a Recreational Marihuana Class C Operation for Absolute Royale, Inc.

6) Set first meeting of 2022 for Monday, January 10, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

7) Authorized Finance Director Mary Ann Kornexl to approve the issuance of payrolls and warrants from December 13, 2021 through January 9, 2022.

8) Warrants and Payrolls.

Approved the resolution to purchase, acquire and construct improvements and to publish notice of intent to issue municipal securities.

Approved the continuation of the purchase-buyback program with Krapohl Ford for (17) 2022 model pickup trucks and one Ford Expedition.

Waived the fees to Nottawa Township for 113 fixed REU’s starting January 1, 2022 and extend that deadline to June 1, 2022.

Confirmed the purchase of water meters from Ferguson Waterworks.

Appointments were made to various City Boards and Commissions as recommended by the Appointments Committee and correction to LOCC appointment.

Approved the appointment of Brian Assmann to fill the City Commission vacancy.

Cancelled the December 20, 2021 regularly scheduled City Commission meeting.

Adjourned the meeting at 7:47 p.m.

Topics to Watch at the VIRTUAL Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – July 26, 2021

Here are the topics to watch at the next virtual Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Monday, July 26, 2021 at 7 p.m.

  • Consider update to Liquor License Policy and applicable fee resolution as postponed from July 12, 2021.
  • Consider resolution authorizing 2022 Michigan Arts Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs mini-grant submission for Paint the Intersection Project.
  • Consider approval of a fireworks display as part of the 2021 Christmas Celebration (December 4, 2021) and authorize the Public Safety Director to represent the City in the State of Michigan pyrotechnic display application process.
  • Consider resolution regarding recreational marijuana petition to increase number of retailers.
  • Consider resolution extending conditional approval of a Class A medical marihuana grow operation for LowKey Properties LLC.

To view the entire meeting packet visit:  

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2021/7-26-21.pdf

How to follow public meetings during social distancing:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, as allowed under the Open Meetings Act and consistent with the Isabella County Declaration of a State of Emergency (Resolution No. 20-12-03 effective 12-15-20), the City Commission Meeting will be held virtually. The public 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.

Zoom Meeting instructions via computer, phone, or dial-in number are as follows:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83264306022?pwd=aitZSE9mYTU2RWVndFhXbDU5a3RjQT09

Passcode: 069764

Phone dial-in: (301) 715-8592

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. Any citizen desiring to make a public comment on an agenda item may email their comments.

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

• Members of the public must provide their name and address with their comments.

• Comments/Questions may be sent ahead of the meeting in writing or emailed to comment@mt-pleasant.org.

• Individual commissioners can be contacted at the following email addresses:

Mary Alsager               malsager@mt-pleasant.org

Olivia Cyman               ocyman@mt-pleasant.org

Lori Gillis                      lgillis@mt-pleasant.org

William Joseph            wjoseph@mt-pleasant.org

Amy Perschbacher       aperschbacher@mt-pleasant.org

George Ronan             gronan@mt-pleasant.org

Pete Tolas                    ptolas@mt-pleasant.org

• Comments/Questions can be emailed to comment@mt-pleasant.org during the meeting and during normal public comment sections of the agenda.

• Comments sent via email will be read aloud to the Commission during the public comment periods.

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.

Adult-Use Marihuana Retailer Selection Results

The City of Mt. Pleasant Adult-Use Marihuana Establishment Selection Committee has selected three applicants to receive conditional authorization to operate a Retailer establishment in the City:

EntityLocation
Lume Cannabis Co. 901 E. Broomfield
Lume Cannabis Co. 1207 N. Mission
House of Fire Provisioning1005 Corporate

The Mt. Pleasant City Commission adopted ordinances related to the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act (MRTMA) on September 9, 2019. These ordinances “opt in” to the state law allowing adult-use marihuana establishments to operate within the City subject to certain limitations.

In February 2020, the City received ten applications for three available Retailer licenses. Since more applications were received for Retailers than licenses available, the City held a competitive selection process intended to select applicants who are best suited to operate in compliance with the MRTMA in the City. Applicants submitted supplementary applications which were reviewed and scored by a selection committee comprised of City Clerk Jeremy Howard, City Planner Jacob Kain, and Director of Public Safety Paul Lauria.

At this time, the City is no longer accepting additional applications for Provisioning Centers or Retailers. But, applications for Growers, Processors, Secure Transporters, Safety Compliance Facilities, and Microbusinesses are still being accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until numerical limits, where applicable, are reached.

Updated information regarding marihuana licensing can be found at
http://www.mt-pleasant.org/marihuana.

Topics to Watch at the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – May 26, 2020

Here are the topics to watch at the next Mt. Pleasant City Commission meeting scheduled for Tuesday, May 26, 2020.

  • Public hearing on proposed 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Plan.
  • Receipt of Local Development Finance Authority/Downtown Development Authority information and ability to provide grants to local businesses.
  • Consider resolution confirming administrative actions regarding recreational marijuana licensing dates.
  • Consider resolution temporarily permitting outdoor business activities.
  • Consider resolution in support of amending fees for summer 2020 PEAK.

To view the entire meeting packet visit: 

http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/board/city.commission/agendas/2020/5.26.20.pdf

How to follow public meetings during this social distancing:

In an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Mt. Pleasant is following federal, state and county health officials’ recommendations while still providing valuable City services.

Even though the City Commission meeting will take place as scheduled, it will be an electronically conducted meeting as allowed by the Governor’s Executive Order and the City Commission Chambers will be closed to the public.

Citizens can watch the City Commission meeting live on Spectrum Charter Channel 188, web streamed at https://www.youtube.com/user/MtPleasantMi/ or via Zoom.

Zoom Meeting instructions via computer, phone, or dial-in number are as follows:

  1. Zoom Meeting information
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84587632501?pwd=N3VoWlJqa1JrTnd2WnRQN0RpSjJXQT09

Meeting ID: 845 8763 2501

Password: 864380

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.

Any citizen desiring to make a public comment on an agenda item must email their comments to comment@mt-pleasant.org either before or during the meeting. Individuals must include their name and address.