Connections A newsletter for City residents
Construction season Audio tour added to Access Adventure Trail kicks off New sidewalks, lights; Broadway Street reconstruction on tap The City of Mt. Pleasant Engineering Department is getting ready for a busy construction season this spring and summer. Various projects are planned throughout the City.
The City of Mt. Pleasant’s Parks and Recreation Department has added another level of accessibility to the City’s parks through the installation of an audio tour. The audio tour is the newest addition to Chipp-A-Waters Park’s Access Adventure Trail. Visitors can access the guide along the trail by using their smartphones to scan any of the nine specially-designed signs.
One major street project that will take place beginning in June is the reconstruction of Broadway Street between Bradley and Harris Streets. The reconstruction work includes the removal of the existing pavement, curb and gutter, installation of new storm sewer structures, reconstruction of the street, and paving of all drive approaches in the area from the street to the sidewalk. The water main also will be replaced.
“This tour is designed to provide access to the park for people of all abilities,” said Chris Bundy, director of parks and public spaces. “Those who are visually impaired can still learn about and enjoy the park.”
Installation of new sidewalks to fill gaps in existing walking routes throughout the City also will take place this year. Several areas where sidewalks suddenly stop and start back up again were identified as areas for new sidewalks.
“People who are nervous about going new places can also listen to the tour online at our website and then feel more comfortable coming to the park,” said Bundy.
The tour talks about the plants, animals, river bed and forest life of the park. It also is available through the City’s website.
Refuse and recycling collection change Collection no longer to take place in alleys
As of March 31, refuse and recycling will no longer be collected in the alleys. Residents should place their refuse and recycling at the curb in front of their house. This change does not affect collection routes. This change is being made for the long-term use and protection of the alleys. The life of alleys can be extended if we keep large trucks off of them as much as possible. Over the long run, the capital improvement funds necessary to repair or replace alleys is great. In addition, alleys are only cleared of snow after all of the streets are done. When alleyways are not passable, it slows and restricts refuse and recycling collection. Street-side pick-up will make collection more efficient and give longer life to the alleys, which will keep overall costs down. We appreciate our residents’ understanding and cooperation. Questions should be directed to the Division of Public Works office at 779-5401.
Spring brings potholes - Be part of the solution Potholes are common to areas of the country that generally have several freezing-thawing conditions during the winter months. A pothole starts as a small failure in the road surface where water has seeped through cracks and into the road base. As the water freezes it expands; then when it thaws, a void is left under the asphalt. As vehicles are driven over the voided area, the asphalt fails, causing a pothole to form. City crews try to prevent this from happening by sealing any cracks found during non-winter months. Potholes that do occur are fixed using season-appropriate asphalt patching mix. The City relies on the help of residents to notify us of pothole locations. If you notice a pothole that requires patching, you
Keep the streets clean
Depositing of materials on streets prohibited The onset of spring weather makes many residents eager to get started on lawn and garden projects. While exercising your green thumb, please keep in mind that a City ordinance is in place that prohibits the depositing of dirt, yard waste, including grass clippings, weeds, and twigs generated by a lawn mower or hand trimming, or other hazardous materials into any City street or alleyway. These materials accumulate and block the storm water catch basins, preventing rainwater from draining properly during storms and results in street flooding. Grass clippings and general yard waste must be taken to the Material Recovery Facility, located at 4208 East River Road. If you have brush that needs to be chipped, the City offers a fee-based brush chipping service the first Monday of every month, weather permitting. For more information about proper yard waste disposal or the brush chipping service, please contact the Division of Public Works at 779-5401 or visit the City’s website at www.mt-pleasant.org.
(continued from front page) The signs were designed to allow information to be updated or changed. Future updates may include seasonal, fitness or historical guide information. The overall cost of the project was approximately $4,500. The project was funded through a grant awarded to the Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation via Midwest Community Foundations’ Ventures. Parks intern Chris Coale installs the new audio tour signs along the Access Adventure Trail in Chipp-A-Waters Park
may report the exact location (address and nearest cross streets if possible) by using the following methods: 1. Submit a service request via the City’s website (preferred method) at www.mt-pleasant.org/servicerequest 2. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org 3. If you do not have Internet access, please feel free to call the Public Works office at 779-5401. Once the request has been received, City crews will make every attempt at filling in the pothole within seven business days.
Mt. Pleasant, Okaya celebrate 50th anniversary of Sister City relationship Delegation from Okaya, Japan to visit April 13-18 In anticipation of the 50th anniversary of the Sister City relationship with Okaya, Japan, 18 adult delegates from Okaya will visit our community April 13 through 18. The official 50th anniversary happens in 2015. Numerous activities are planned for our visitors from Japan throughout the week. The delegates are giving a gift of trees to the City of Mt. Pleasant to plant on Okaya-Dori Drive in Nelson Park. These trees join others gifted to Mt. Pleasant from Okaya delegates for the 40th anniversary in 2005.
New trees will be planted in Nelson Park thanks to a gift from the Okaya, Japan delegates
The delegates also will be recognized at the City Commission meeting on April 14. On April 15, an updated mural painting of the Sister City relationship will be unveiled at the Mt. Pleasant Discovery Museum. The mural is being painted by a Central Michigan University student artist. A delegation of adults from our community will visit Okaya in 2015. The Sister City relationship between Mt. Pleasant and Okaya was established in 1965 and has been enriched by many reciprocal exchanges of students and adult contingencies. The Mt. Pleasant Area International Relations Council is responsible for coordinating these cultural exchanges.
(continued from front page) Pedestrian lighting, similar to the lights along Main Street, will be installed on Washington Street between Bellows and High Streets. The project will likely begin this spring. For a full list of 2014 construction projects, visit www. mt-pleasant.org/construction.
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Farmers’ Market Thursdays ~ Saturdays June 5 - October 30
June 7 - October 25
www.mt-pleasant.org/farmersmarket Accepting Bridge Cards & participating in Double Up Food Bucks WIC Project Fresh ~ Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH
Head into summer with Mt. Pleasant Parks & Recreation Great Egg Scramble Date: Saturday, April 12 Time: 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Location: Finch Fieldhouse (CMU Campus)
Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt Date: Sunday, April 13 Time: 8:30 p.m. Location: Island Park
Search for new city manager in full swing The search for a new city manager is underway. The City Commission agreed to hire Colin Baenziger and Associates to administrate the search. The next city manager will replace Kathie Grinzinger, who retired in December. Colin Baenziger, owner and principal of the firm, was in Mt. Pleasant the week of February 24 to kick off the process. He met with staff and City Commissioners, and the next step will be promoting the position to potential candidates. The entire process is expected to take several months.
Trade Your Treasures and Residential Large Item Collection programs Trade Your Treasures - May 10 & 11 • • •
Get rid of the stuff cluttering up your garage and basement by placing unwanted items at curbside in front of your house for trading Property owners/residents are responsible for the proper disposal of all items not claimed by May 11 Stickers may be purchased to have these items picked up during the Large Item Collection on May 16 (see below)
Residential Large Item Collection - May 16 • • • •
Purchase a sticker at City Hall or the Division of Public Works May 12 through 15 Cost is $10/sticker for each non-Freon item or $35/sticker for each item containing Freon, such as an air conditioner or refrigerator Place the sticker(s) on the item(s) and set the item(s) at the curb by 7:30 a.m. on May 16 Unacceptable items include, but are not limited to: Pianos, hot tubs or any oversized item; automobile tires; clothing; hazardous items; and, small, miscellaneous items
Contact Public Works at 779-5401 or Code Enforcement at 779-5347 with questions or for more information.
Adult Leagues - Softball, Kickball, Sand Volleyball Registration deadline: April 18 Season begins: May 11
Golf Lessons - Youth and Adult Registration deadline: April 30 Lessons begin: May 7
Tennis Lessons - Youth and Adult Registration deadline: June 11 Lessons begin: June 16
Fitness Summer Sampler
PiYo, Insanity, Bootcamp, Yoga, Pilates, Turbo Kick
Dates: June 9 through 21 (three sessions per week) Registration deadline: June 4
PEAK Summer Camps
School’s Out! Summer Camp: Grades K-6 Registration deadline: June 7 Camp begins: June 16
Camp PEAK: Grades K-6
Registration deadline: May 30 Save $20 if registered by June 13 Camp begins: June 23
West Adventure Camp: Grades 7-8 Registration deadline: May 30 Save $20 if registered by June 13 Camp begins: June 23
Start Smart™ Tee-Ball Dates: Tuesdays or Wednesdays, May 6 through June 10 Times: 5:30 or 6:30 p.m. Location: Sunnyside Park
Learn more about these programs and register at:
City of Mt. Pleasant Activities and Events For full event details, visit www.mt-pleasant.org/calendar
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Riverside Cemetery cleanup Great Egg Scramble - 12:30 p.m. at CMU’s Finch Fieldhouse Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt - 8:30 p.m. at Island Park Okaya delegation tree planting ceremony City Commission meeting - 7 p.m. at City Hall Good Friday - City offices closed at noon Parks & Recreation Commission mtg. - 7 p.m. at City Hall City Commission meeting - 7 p.m. at City Hall
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Trade Your Treasures City Commission meeting - 7 p.m. at City Hall Large Item Collection National Public Works Week Truck Fun Center – 11 a.m. at Veterans Memoria Library Memorial Day - City offices closed City Commission meeting - 7 p.m. at City Hall 2014 Special Olympics Michigan State Summer Games
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Thursday Farmers’ Market opens for the season Island Park Mt. Pleasant Summer Festival Le Tour de Mont Pleasant Mt. Pleasant Craft Beer Festival Saturday Farmers’ Market opens for the season City Hall City Commission meeting - 7 p.m. at City Hall School’s Out! Summer Camp begins City Commission meeting - 7 p.m. at City Hall K-6 Camp PEAK & West Adventure Camp begin Parks & Recreation Commission mtg. - 7 p.m. at City Hall MASA Girls’ Fastpitch State Championship
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Summer tax bills mailed - payable without penalty through July 31 Fourth of July - City offices closed Back to the Bricks Classic Car Show City Commission meeting - 7 p.m. at City Hall Parks & Recreation Commission mtg. - 7 p.m. at City Hall City Commission meeting - 7 p.m. at City Hall
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What to do if you experience a sewer back-up Residents/homeowners who experience a sanitary sewer back-up should first contact a plumber to determine the cause of the backup prior to response from City crews. The plumber will be responsible for determining if the problem is in the property owner’s sanitary sewer lead. If the plumber is unable to remedy
the back-up, the plumber should contact the Division of Public Works office. City crews will then be dispatched to check the City’s sanitary sewer main and verify that the property owner is still experiencing a back-up. Questions regarding this policy may be directed to the Division of Public Works at 779-5401.