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Connections City of

Mt. Pleasant

A newsletter for City residents

July/August 2013

Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market celebrates 40 years Anniversary celebration planned for August 8

For 40 years the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market, which kicked off the 2013 season June 6, has offered the freshest in-season fruits and vegetables and an opportunity to meet and support area farmers. Meeting vendors and purchasing their products provides customers with a chance to learn more about where and how their food is produced and hear farmer recommendations on how products are best prepared. Also, as a member of Project Fresh and Senior Project Fresh, the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market strives to make healthy, locally grown food an affordable option for all incomes. The Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market is held every Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Island Park and Saturdays behind City Hall from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. A celebration of the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market’s 40th anniversary is being planned for August 8. This celebration will take place throughout the day at the regular market, and will include exciting activities for all ages. Connect with the Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market on Facebook and continue to visit the market’s webpage at for more information on the market and the anniversary celebration.

Sidewalk completion top priority for 2014 Installation of sidewalks to fill gaps in existing walking routes is at the forefront of projects that will likely take place in the City of Mt. Pleasant in 2014. “There are several areas throughout the city where sidewalks suddenly stop and start back up again down the street,” said City Manager Kathie Grinzinger. “The City Commission has realized the inconveniences this causes and has tentatively allocated funds to fill in these gaps and improve our current sidewalk infrastructure in 2014.” The proposed Capital Improvement Plan had $100,000 allocated for new sidewalk construction. The City Commission agreed to add an additional $100,000 for this project in 2014 to fill in more of the existing gaps sooner. The approved plan also increased the portion of the millage dedicated to infrastructure projects for each year of the plan to 2 mills. Another change made by the City Commission to the proposed Capital Improvement Plan was to remove proposed neighborhood pedestrian lighting in 2014, providing time to have additional data and parameters researched and recommended. The City Charter requires the City Manager to present the City Commission with a five-year Capital Improvement Plan each year. The Capital Plan is a systematic approach to planning for the construction, purchase and installation of the community’s infrastructure needs. It allows the City to forecast for its major expenditures and develop financing plans to meet those needs. Other projects outlined in the approved plan include the expansion of the public safety pole barn; renovation of roads, parking and trails within the parks; replacement of current sidewalk; and street resurfacing and reconstruction. Find a full copy of the 2014 through 2018 Capital Improvement Plan at

Community invited to provide input on future of Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport An open house on July 16 will allow the community to help plan the future of the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport. The open house, which will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall, is an opportunity for the public to: • • • •

Learn about the ongoing update of the Airport Layout Plan Review alternatives for airport infrastructure development over the next 20 years Ask questions to the project team Submit written comments

The open house is a “drop in” event — there is no formal presentation scheduled so attendees may arrive any time between 6 and 8 p.m. The event is open to the public and all interested parties are encouraged to attend.

Get fit and have fun with Mt. Pleasant Parks & Recreation

Know your rights after a sewer backup Residents have rights to recover damages caused by a sanitary or storm sewer back-up on their property under certain circumstances. Under Public Act No.222, if you experience an overflow or back-up of sanitary or storm sewer on your property, you must file a written claim with the City of Mt. Pleasant within 45 days of the overflow. While filing a claim does not guarantee that any damages will be covered, failure to provide the required written notice will prevent any possible recovery of loss. If you experience damage to your home and/or possessions as a result of a sewer backup, it is recommended that you consult your homeowner’s insurance policy for coverage of these items. (continued on back page)

Coneys for a Cause raises $4,700 for the Youth and Community Services Unit Mt. Pleasant police officers helped deliver approximately 3,000 Pixie Coney dogs during the eighth annual Coneys for a Cause on June 12. More than 13,700 Coneys were sold during the day-long event, raising $4,700 for the Mt. Pleasant Police Department Youth and Community Services Unit. These funds will be used to help provide educational programs such as the Youth Police Academy.

Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp When: August 5 through 9 Who: Anyone age 3 to 18 Where: Sunnyside Park Visit to register

Zumba in the Park When: August 3, 10, 17, 24 from 9 to 10 a.m. Who: Ages 18+ Where: Island Park sand volleyball courts Fee: Resident $20/Non Resident $25 (includes all four sessions)

Fall Youth Soccer When: Mid-September through October 20; games on Sundays Who: Ages 5 to 13 Where: Sunnyside Park Fee: Resident $33/Non-Resident $50 Registration deadline: August 23 Early discount: $5 when registered by August 9

Adult Coed Kickball When: Monday and Friday double header leagues; games begin September 9 and 14 Location: Island Park softball fields Fee: $170 per team Registration deadline: August 30

Learn more about these programs and register at:

Summer taxes due; deferment possible Summer tax bills were sent to residents on June 28 and will be due July 31. The State of Michigan allows residents to defer payment of summer property taxes for their principal residence should the following criteria be met: • Has a total gross household income of $40,000 or less for the preceding tax year, AND • Is totally and permanently disabled, blind, paraplegic, hemiplegic, quadriplegic, OR • Is an eligible service person, eligible veteran, or eligible widow or widower, OR • Is at least age 62 An owner of eligible property may file a completed summer property tax deferment form with the City treasurer’s office before September 15. A valid deferment permits summer property taxes to be paid on or before Feb. 14, 2014 without any additional penalty and interest. Additional information about taxes, as well as an application for deferment, may be found at Questions? Visit or contact the treasurer’s office at 989-779-5384.

Warm weather ordinance reminders With summer comes many outdoor activities, chores and projects. There are several City related ordinances to remember during the warm summer months, including those related to yard waste and lawn care; garage sales; and, what to do if you want to begin a building project. Yard Waste and Lawn Care • The depositing of dirt, litter and yard waste including grass clippings, weeds and twigs or other hazardous materials into any City street or alleyway is prohibited • Beginning May 1, grass or weeds exceeding 12 inches in height may be cut by a representative of the City after notifying the last known owner of the property • Notices are hand delivered, sent by first-class mail or posted on the property • Notice only needs to be given once per calendar year for the conditions on any parcel in the City • City may have the lawn on the property cut three business days after providing the notice

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May be held twice a year for up to three days at a time Should be conducted on owner’s property All signs for sales should be placed on private property with permission from owner and should be removed after close of sale No signs allowed in street rights-of-way or on utility poles

Building and Zoning Permits: When do I need a building permit? • All projects require approval even if a building permit is not required, except normal maintenance or repairs, such as painting or installing new wall or floor coverings, do not require a permit • A building permit should be obtained for the following: All new construction; changes to existing buildings; sheds over six feet by six feet; attached and detached garages; fences three feet and above; roofing; siding; signs; window replacement; decks; pools with a 300 or more gallon capacity; and, the demolition or moving of buildings

Garage Sales • No permit is needed for garage sales in the City of Mt. Pleasant

Contact the Department of Building Safety and Code Enforcement at 989-779-5302 for more information

Reporting streetlight outages

Swimming pools: Know the rules before you buy

If you spot a streetlight malfunction you can report the problem directly to Consumers Energy online or by phone at 1-800-477-5050. A Consumers Energy crew will be sent within five to seven business days to repair the streetlight. Decorative streetlight malfunctions, like those downtown and along Main Street, should be reported to Michelle Sponseller, Downtown Development Director, at 989-779-5348 or by email at

City Commission Nominating Petitions available Nominating Petitions for the office of City Commissioner are available at the office of the City Clerk, 320 W. Broadway Street in Mt. Pleasant. The clerk’s office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Completed Nominating Petitions may be filed with the City Clerk starting July 15, 2013. The deadline is 4 p.m. on August 13, 2013. The election will be held November 5, 2013. Two full-term City Commission positions are available for the term January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016. The terms of current Commissioners Nancy English and Kathleen Ling will expire.

If you’re considering the purchase of a swimming pool to beat the heat this summer, there are several requirements you should be aware of before you make your purchase, which will save you a lot of frustration and unwelcome surprises. The following requirements must be met for all pools with a capacity of over 300 gallons or a depth of more than 24 inches: • Pool must be completely enclosed within a permanent, substantial barrier no less than four feet in height • No lighting or electric wiring may hang over the surface of the water • Pool must be at least 10 feet from any side or rear lot line • Pool cannot be constructed within front, side or side-street yards of corner lots • Pool must be equipped with adequate filtration, circulation and purification systems to maintain clean and healthy water conditions • Water must be discharged into sanitary sewer In addition to these requirements, a Zoning Approval Form must be completed prior to installation of a swimming pool. Find the form at For more information, contact the Department of Building Safety at 989-779-5302 or visit our website to obtain necessary permits.

City of Mt. Pleasant Activities and Events For full event details, visit

JULY 8 11 18 22 25 25-27

City Commission meeting - 7 p.m. at City Hall Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series: The Ragbirds Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series: The Verve Pipe City Commission meeting - 7 p.m. at City Hall Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series: The Saucecats Downtown sidewalk sales

AUGUST 1 3 7-28 8 10 12 17 24

Planning Commission meeting - 7 p.m. at City Hall Movies by Moonlight: Raiders of the Lost Ark City Hall Art Walk Central - throughout Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market 40th Anniversary Celebration Island Park Movies by Moonlight: Happy Feet - City Hall City Commission meeting - 7 p.m. at City Hall Movies by Moonlight: Breakfast at Tiffany’s City Hall Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series: The Saucecats

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City Commission meeting - 7 p.m. at City Hall CMU fall semester classes begin Labor Day - City offices closed; refuse & recycling

SEPTEMBER 5 7 9 13 21 23

delayed one day Planning Commission meeting - 7 p.m. at City Hall CMU vs. New Hampshire – Kelly/Shorts Stadium City Commission meeting - 7 p.m. at City Hall Zombie Run CMU vs. Toledo – Kelly/Shorts Stadium City Commission meeting - 7 p.m. at City Hall


Planning Commission meeting - 7 p.m. at

OCTOBER 14 19 28 31

City Hall City Commission meeting - 7 p.m. at City Hall CMU vs. Northern Illinois – Kelly/Shorts Stadium City Commission meeting - 7 p.m. at City Hall Pumpkin Promenade - Downtown

Know your rights after a sewer backup (continued) In the event that a residence has a sanitary or storm sewer backup on their property, City staff will check the City’s sewer main for any blockages or problems. This service is provided free of charge and is a recommended first step in diagnosing a sewer problem. If the City’s sewer main is free of blockages, that indicates the blockage is somewhere in the homeowner’s sewer line or lead and it is recommended you contact a licensed plumber. Please contact the Division of Public Works at 779-5401 immediately upon discovery of an overflow or back-up. After 4:30 p.m. weekdays or during the weekend, please contact Central Dispatch at 773-1000.

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