Important Plumbing Reminders

Your home’s plumbing, and the City’s sewage collection system are designed to handle water, human waste, and toilet tissue only. Clogged pumps lead to equipment failure and can cause the sewer to backup. Repairing these pumps and cleaning up any damage caused by backups is costly. To avoid these unwanted repairs and expenses follow the guidelines listed below.

Do not dispose of these items down drains or toilets:

  • Mop heads of any kind (recently found at the pump station).
  • Baby wipes, disposable personal wipes, towelettes, disinfecting wipes, or cloth wipes of any kind, even if the container indicates they are “flushable.”
  • Paper (other than toilet paper).
  • Medications: (Prescription or over-the-counter.) These may be dropped off for free at the City’s Public Safety Building, 804 E. High Street.
  • Feminine hygiene products of any kind.
  • Beauty products, Q-Tips, dental floss, makeup sponges.
  • Plastics of any kind.
  • Food
  • Grease of any kind, especially grease from cooking. Grease quickly congeals and clogs private sewer lead pipes and municipal sewer mains.
  • Garden supplies, such as pesticides or herbicides, paint, varnish, paint remover, nail polish remover, or chemicals of any kind.
  • Motor oil, gasoline, or any explosive material.

The items listed above should be thrown away in the trash, or disposed of at a recycling center or during a community household hazardous waste collection. Please share this information with all members of your household and any contractors that come in to clean your home.

EGLE’s Water Service Line Verification Underway

The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) revised the lead and copper rule for community drinking water, requiring municipalities to gather and update water service line material information for all structures connected to the distribution system. This has been an ongoing project for the City of Mt. Pleasant’s Water Department.

Starting the week of May 16, 2022 material verification will take place north of Broadway Street and west of Harris Street. During this process the water department will be digging down to the water service in the right of way. Once the water line material is identified (likely plastic or copper) the area will be backfilled and restored with topsoil and seed. Water service will not be interrupted. Households in future verification areas throughout the city will be notified with door hangars as the time draws closer. 

This work is being funded by a grant from the State of Michigan and insures compliance with the state’s lead and copper rule. Although the city does not know of any lead services that currently exist in the water distribution system, this process will verify the current inventory. If you have any questions about this process please call the Division of Public Works at 989-779-5400.

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.

Summary of Minutes of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – April 11, 2022

Summary of Minutes of the regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, April 11, 2022, at 7:00 p.m.

Added Item #23, Broadway Central, to the agenda.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

5) Minutes of the meeting of the CC held March 28th.

6) Set a public hearing for April 25 at 7:00 p.m. on a redevelopment liquor license for Jib-Bob, LLC.

7) Set a public hearing for April 25 at 7:00 p.m. to obtain public input on the CDBG Water Related Infrastructure Program.

8) Received proposed 2023-2028 CIP and set a public hearing for May 23 at 7:00 p.m. on same.

9) Amendment to the Consumers Energy Demand Response Agreement for continuation in the program, and authorized the Mayor to sign the Agreement.

10) Set a public hearing for May 23 at 7:00 p.m. for presentation of the Phase II Project Plan for upgrades at the WRRF.

11) Warrants and Payrolls.

Held a public hearing and postponed action on proposed amendment to Chapter 112. Medical Marihuana Facilities of the Code of Ordinances to update standards for medical marihuana facilities.

Held a public hearing and postponed action on proposed amendment to, Chapter 115. Recreational Marihuana Establishments of the Code of Ordinances to update standards for adult-use marihuana establishments.

Postponed the public hearing on the MEDC Revitalization and Placemaking Grant proposal.

Held a public hearing and approved the MEDC Public Gathering Spaces Grant application and resolution.

Held a public hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance 1076, an Ordinance to amend Article VII of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances to update the definition of liquor store.

Held a public hearing and passed, ordained and ordered published Ordinance 1077, an Ordinance to amend Sections 154.103, 154.613 and 154.615 of the Mt. Pleasant Zoning Ordinances regarding the types of improvements and applications requiring site plan review and approval.

Designated the five precincts and their locations as presented to be implemented beginning with the August primary election.

Appointed Dr. Amanda Garrison to the Historic District Commission as recommended by the Appointments Committee.

Placed the issue of Broadway Central on the April 25th meeting agenda and instructed staff to create an action plan providing a list of events and a proposed budget amendment.

Approved and conducted a closed session pursuant to MCL 15.268(1)(E) to consult with the city attorney regarding trial or settlement strategy in connection with Taco Boy of Mount Pleasant, Inc., v City of Mt. Pleasant, Circuit Court Case No. 22-27612-AA.

Approved proposed settlement in the case of Taco Boy of Mount Pleasant, Inc., v City of Mt. Pleasant and instructed the City Attorney to enter into the proposed agreement.

Adjourned the meeting at 9:38 p.m.

City of Mt. Pleasant’s 2021 Annual Report

Enhanced services and partnerships, desirable neighborhoods, new housing options, public safety, sustainable infrastructure, recreational activities and more are highlighted in the City of Mt. Pleasant’s 2021 Annual Report. To view the detailed report visit: https://issuu.com/mtpleasantmi/docs/annual_report_2021_ae09cb3c5a079a

WATER MAIN BREAK – Flushing of lines, water is safe to drink.

Due to a water main break earlier today (6/9/2021) at Broomfield and Mission Street, the water in that area may temporarily have a reddish/orange rusty appearance. Main breaks disturb the iron sediment in the water pipes causing discoloration.

If discoloration occurs, run your cold water from the tap closest to your water meter for several minutes to clear your lines. If there is a removable aerator at the tap this should be removed before flushing. You should also flush your toilets once or twice. The water should run clear within a few minutes but may last until the evening when hydrant flushing stops, and more people are home to move the rusty water out of the system. 

Please do not run warm water, as this forces the discolored water into the water heater, mixing it with clear stored water. If you do get rusty water in your hot water heater, drain the hot water heater per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Cross Connection Inspections to Begin on Residential Properties

A cross connection is a point in a plumbing system where it is possible for a non-potable substance, such as a chemical, to come into contact with the potable (safe) drinking water supply. Most cross connections occur beyond the customer’s service connection, within residential, commercial, institutional or industrial plumbing systems.

Michigan’s Safe Drinking Water Act protects drinking water and prevents cross connections that may pose a hazard to the potable water supply. In the past, the Water Department has focused its efforts on addressing cross connections at commercial and industrial properties due to their greater risk for potential contaminants. While these inspections will continue, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) is now requiring inspections of potential cross connections with residential properties. Most residential cross connections are found at a home’s exterior hose bib connection (your outside hose connection), or with a residential irrigation system.

At the end of May Hydrocorp, the entity conducting the exterior residential inspections, will be sending letters to some residents to inform them when their property will be inspected. Residential inspections will be completed in phases over a multi-year process. Underground irrigation systems will likely need to have their backflow prevention device tested. If so, the property owner will be notified.

Summary of Minutes of the Mt. Pleasant City Commission Meeting – February 22, 2021

Summary of Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held Monday, February 22, 2021, at 7:00 p.m.

Received petitions and communications.

Approved the following items on the Consent Calendar:

1) Minutes of the electronically conducted regular meeting of the City Commission held February 8, 2021.

2) Bid of Central Asphalt of Mt. Pleasant, MI for the 2021 DPS Parking Lot Mill and Resurface project.

3) Authorized the confirmation of the MERS Agreement Addendum for deferred compensation plans by Finance Director Mary Ann Kornexl as presented.

4) Appointment of Cory Friedrich as the representative of the Planning Commission to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a one-year term as recommended by the Planning Commission.

5) Received proposed ordinance to amend Chapter 52: WATER, §52.12 Cross Connections and §52.29 Right of Entry of City Employees of the Mt. Pleasant City Code of Ordinances and set a public hearing for Monday, March 8, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. on same.

6) Received proposed ordinance to amend Chapter 154: ZONING ORDINANCES, §154.203F Residential/Dwelling Use Restriction, §154.410.B Special Uses and Table 154.410.A Building and Lot Principal Use of the Mt. Pleasant Code of Ordinances to permit residential/dwelling uses under certain circumstances as recommended by the Planning Commission; and set a public hearing for Monday, March 22, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. on same.

7) Warrants and Payrolls.

Authorized the Mayor to sign the appropriate documents for a drain easement across Mission Creek Park as presented.

Confirmed the appointment of Heather Bouck as City Clerk and Chris Saladine and Mary Ann Kornexl as Deputy City Clerks.

Conducted a work session discussion on goals/objectives.

Conducted a work session discussion on work session schedule.      

Adjourned the meeting at 9:32 p.m.

PFAS Water Test Results Released for City of Mt. Pleasant Water Supply within Isabella County

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has been testing drinking water from all community water supplies across the state. This test is looking for a group of manmade chemicals called per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). MDEQ is taking this precautionary step of testing these drinking water sources to determine if public health actions are needed. Below is information provided by the MDEQ.

What is PFAS?

It is not uncommon to find low levels of PFAS in drinking water supplies, as PFAS can be found in fire-fighting foams, stain repellants, nonstick cookware, waterproof clothing, food wrappers, and many other household products. They do not break down in the environment and move easily into water.

Who paid for the initial testing?

Funding for the initial testing was provided by legislation signed by Governor Rick Snyder as a supplemental appropriation for the current fiscal year.

Who conducted the initial testing?

The MDEQ contracted with AECOM, a private environmental firm to conduct the statewide sampling.

Municipal Sample Testing Dates

As reported on October 10, 2018, The City of Mt. Pleasant, Charter Township of Union and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe were scheduled to be tested separately during the week of October 15, 2018. These tests were all conducted on October 18, 2018.  If you are unsure of who your water system/provider is, please refer to your water bill.

Lifetime Health Advisory levels set by Environment Protection Agency

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has set a lifetime health advisory (LHA) level for two PFAS in drinking water, perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA) and perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS). The LHA level is 70 parts per trillion (ppt, which is the equivalent of one drop of water in 20 Olympic-size swimming pools) for PFOA and PFOS combined, or individually if only one is present. The State of Michigan is using 70 ppt for decision making purposes.

Test Results

The following test results were provided by the MDEQ and can be found on the Michigan PFAS Action Response Team website, www.michigan.gov/pfasresponse.

City of Mt. Pleasant Test Results:  The City of Mt. Pleasant’s results show that of the PFOA and PFOS tested, a non-detect level was found in the water.  This level is below the EPA’s lifetime health advisory of 70 ppt.

Can I drink the water? 

With the information available at this time, and the test results received from MDEQ, there is no reason to believe the water is unsafe to drink. If you have individual concerns, please refer to the Updated Water Information section provided below.

Charter Township of Union test results have not yet been received from the MDEQ.

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe test results have not yet been received from the MDEQ.

Updated Water Information 

Updated water information can be found on the Central Michigan Health Department website at https://www.cmdhd.org/ or by calling the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services at 1-800-648-6942 or the MDEQ Environmental Assistance Center at 1-800-662-9278.

For information on PFAS including possible health outcomes, visit these websites:

  • State of Michigan PFAS Action Response Team (MPART) website serving as the main resource for public information on PFAS contamination in Michigan michigan.gov/pfasresponse
  • Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ASTDR) website including health information, exposure, and links to additional resources atsdr.cdc.gov/pfas
  • United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) website including basic information, U.S. EPA actions, and links to informational resources epa.gov/pfas.