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City of Mount Pleasant

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Fall / Winter 2017

United Way donates $100,000 to PEAK afterschool program Administered by Mt. Pleasant Parks & Recreation, in partnership with Mt. Pleasant Public Schools, PEAK (Partners Empowering All Kids) provides more than 300 students in grades K-8 with daily educational, enrichment and recreational activities after school and during the summer in a fun and safe environment. PEAK provides schoolwork help and healthy snacks throughout the week, with staff and volunteers serving as mentors, in all of the public elementary schools in Mt. Pleasant.

From the left, PEAK Site Coordinators Brooke Rowley and Heather Ramin, PEAK Program Coordinator Mary LaChance, and United Way Executive Board Chair Angie Evans Tessman.

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nited Way of Gratiot & Isabella Counties recently announced it will invest $100,000 over the next five years in the PEAK afterschool program. United Way President Tom Olver announced the bestowment at a City Commission meeting in September, praising the program’s focus on youth development and success in school, as well as the staff’s continued demonstration of community service and mentorship to local children.

This donation is an amazing gift to the youth and future of this town.

~Mary LaChance, PEAK Coordinator

“This donation is an amazing gift to the youth and future of this town,” said PEAK Coordinator Mary LaChance. “The money will go directly into PEAK, ensuring our continual efforts to provide the highest quality of service for years to come. PEAK is looking forward to future collaborating with United Way as we encourage kids to be involved and give back to the community.”

More features added to MP City Link app Would you like to quickly and easily report non-emergency issues to City officials? There’s an app for that! Would you like to see City news and events, and access City services with the tap of a button? There’s an app for that, too! The City of Mt. Pleasant’s free mobile app, MP City Link, allows citizens to report and track the repair process of 16 different types of non-emergency issues. Request categories include: • • • • • •

Abandoned/Inoperative Vehicle Accumulation of Trash on Lawn Broken/Damaged Play Equipment Clogged Catch Basin Damaged Facilities in Parks Graffiti/Vandalism in Parks

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Indoor Furniture Placed Outdoors Loose Manhole Cover Out Streetlight Pothole Street Sign Issue Tall Grass/Noxious Weeds

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Trail Obstruction Trash in Parks Uneven Sidewalk Yard Parking

Property Info and Job Openings Additionally, buttons have been added to the app for users to easily access City news and information. See property information, a list of the most recent job openings and more right from your mobile device. Pay Utility Bills and Parking Tickets MP City Link also offers online payment of City utility bills and parking tickets!


­­Your Connection to the November 7 Election Candidates for City Commission

There are six candidates running for two full-term City Commission seats (Jan. 1, 2018 - Dec. 31, 2020) in the upcoming election. The City Commission candidates are: • Damian S. Fisher • Will Joseph • Kristin LaLonde • Amy Perschbacher • Rick Rautenan • Marni Taylor The terms of current commissioners Jim Holton and Mike Verleger expire Dec. 31, 2017.

Precinct Hours and Locations

Polls will be open 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. on Election Day. To see your precinct location, go to www.michigan.gov/vote.

Absentee Voting

You can access an absent voter ballot if you are: • age 60 or older, • unable to vote without assistance at the polls, • expecting to be out of town, • in jail awaiting arraignment or trial, • unable to attend the polls due to religious reasons, or • appointed to work as an election inspector in a precinct outside of your precinct of residence. Absent voter ballots must be returned to the City Clerk’s office prior to 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Free Transportation to Polls

I-Ride is offering free rides to the polls on Election Day. Please call ahead to arrange your pickup at (989) 772-9441.

Recent News

Leaf pickup continues through November

Tree abatement at airport planned this winter

How to handle sanitary sewer back-ups

The City will complete a tree abatement project this winter at the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport to clear obstructions protruding into the approach slope - the path an airplane follows to land on a runway.

Residents and homeowners who experience a sanitary sewer back-up should first contact a plumber to determine the cause of the back-up 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.

The project was deemed necessary by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in order for the City to continue to safely accommodate the larger planes that utilize the airport. The majority of the abatement will occur west of the airport between US-127 and South Isabella Road. According to Airport Manager Bill Brickner, the project is not only essential for the successful arrival and departure of airplanes, it is also needed for the airport to remain a driver of local economic development and business growth. “The airport adds about $8 million of revenue to the community each year,” said Brickner. “If the trees remain, the runway will be shortened and several of our customers who fly larger planes will have to go elsewhere to land, purchase fuel and conduct business.” Federal and state funding will pay for 95 percent of the total project costs, with the remaining five percent budgeted in the Airport Capital Improvement Plan. Work is expected to begin before the end of the year.

Registration open for Parks & Recreation winter programs and events International Games Day When: Saturday, Nov. 18; 1 - 3 p.m. Who: Children of all ages Where: Veterans Memorial Library, 301 S. University Candy Cane Lane When: Saturday, Dec. 2; 9 - 11:30 a.m. Who: Children of all ages Where: Veterans Memorial Library Annex Room, 301 S. University Man vs Mountain 5K

City of Mt. Pleasant

Outdoor BurnDo’sing and Don’ts Cooking Outdoors

allowed: • Charcoal Grill • Gas Grill • Wood Chip Smoker • Propane/Natural Gas Free-Standing Fire Pit (in limited locations)

When: Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018; 9 a.m. Who: Coed, ages 12 and older Where: Course begins at Mountain Town Station, 506 W. Broadway Registration: Online at www.mt-pleasant.org/mvm

Not Allowed: Wood Fire

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A recreational campfire is a small fire for warmth, cooking and/or leisure.

Residents who live within City limits have until Nov. 27 to rake their leaves into the street to be collected in a citywide sweep. Please rake leaves in low piles into the gutter (please avoid covering catch basins).

When: Thursdays, Jan. 16 - Feb. 20, 2018 Who: Children, ages 4-7 Where: Morey Courts, 5175 E. Remus Rd. Registration deadline: Jan. 9, 2018

On High, Pickard and Main Streets, leaves may be raked between the curb and sidewalk. In uncurbed areas, leaves should be raked into the streets along the street shoulders. The full leaf collection schedule is as follows: • Week of Oct. 30 – City staff will collect leaves in a citywide sweep. • Week of Nov. 6 – Residents are to rake leaves into low piles, taking care not to cover catch basins. • Week of Nov. 13 – City staff will collect leaves in a citywide sweep. • Week of Nov. 20 – Residents are to rake leaves into low piles, taking care not to cover catch basins. • Week of Nov. 27 – Final collection of leaves in a citywide sweep. (Leaves left in the street after crews have made the final sweep

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will not be collected and are the responsibility of the homeowner.)

In January 2002, the State of Michigan passed Public Act No. 222, a law regarding citizens’ rights to recover damages caused by a sanitary or storm sewer back-up on their property. Under the law, if you experience an overflow or back-up of a sewage disposal system or a storm water system at your property and damage has occurred, you must file a written claim with the Division of Public Works within 45 days. While filing a claim does not guarantee damages will be covered, failure to provide the required written notice will prevent any possible recovery of loss. For more information, contact Public Works at (989) 779-5401.

When: Saturdays, Jan. 20 - Feb. 24, 2018 Who: Coed, grades K-2 Where: Morey Courts, 5175 E. Remus Registration deadline: Dec. 20, 2017 3rd-6th Grade Basketball When: Saturdays, Jan. 20 - Feb. 24, 2018 Who: Boys and girls, grades 3-4; Boys and girls, grades 5-6 Where: Morey Courts, 5175 E. Remus Rd. Registration deadline: Dec. 20, 2017 Learn more and register at www.mt-pleasant.org/recreation or use the “Rec Sign Up” button on the mobile app, MP City Link!

Recreational Campfire

ALLOWED: Burning of propane or natural gas in portable/free-standing fire pit (in limited locations) Not Allowed: Wood Fire Waste-Burning Fire

Special Event Bonfire allowed WITH PERMIT: Bonfires, ground fires or other similar fires are allowed only with a permit and payment of fee ($65 for permit, plus $145/hour if standby personnel are required). PLEASE NOTE: A bonfire is not equivalent to a recreational campfire and permits are not issued for wood/waste-burning recreational campfires. Permits must be requested at least 10 days in advance. Contact Fire Lt. Randy Keeler at (989) 779-5122.

Community Reminders Restroom Closure, Water Shutdown at Parks As the weather gets colder, Parks staff will begin closing the public restrooms for the winter months. Select restrooms at Island and Nelson parks will remain open daily until 3:30 p.m. When visiting Hannah’s Bark Park, please be sure to bring water for your dog as the water fountains will not be in service November - May (weather dependent).

Overnight Parking

Overnight parking regulations go into effect Dec. 1, 2017 through April 1, 2018. Parking is prohibited in the following locations during the specified times: • Non-downtown areas: On-street and City lot parking prohibited 2 - 5 a.m. • Downtown: On-street parking prohibited 4 - 6 a.m. throughout the year.

Clear Sidewalks Following Winter Weather

For Residents: For the safety of your family and neighbors, please clear your sidewalk of snow, including your mailbox approach, within 24 hours after inclement weather. For Commercial Property Owners: It is the responsibility of the commercial property owner to remove snow from sidewalks in business districts within 18 hours after snow, sleet or freezing rain fall, except on Sundays and holidays (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day). In this case, snow must be cleared by noon the day following the Sunday or holiday. If the snow or ice is too hard to remove, the owner must spread enough sand or other abrasive to make travel safe. As weather permits, a path at least 48 inches wide must be cleared. Code enforcement officers can write a municipal civil infraction ticket to commercial property owners who do not fulfill this requirement of the ordinance.

Snow Removal - Check Mailbox Post

The Street Department is responsible for snow removal and ice control on City streets. Please check your mailbox post before the snow begins to fall. If the post is worn, rotted or too close to the roadway, it may be damaged from the weight of the snow being plowed. If you need to move your mailbox post, please refer to the U.S. Postal Service requirements at: https://www.usps.com/manage/mailboxes.htm.

Christmas Tree Collection

The Street Department picks up Christmas trees during the first two weeks of January. Place your tree at the curb with the stump facing the street and remove any plastic bags from the tree. Wreaths will not be collected.


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Upcoming Activities & Events NOVEMBER 2

Planning Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

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Election Day - Polls open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Veterans Day Observed - City Offices Closed to Public (No delay in Refuse/ Recycling Collection)

11

Ladies Night Out - 4 p.m. Downtown

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City Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

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CBD TIFA / PSD Board - 8 a.m. at City Hall

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International Games Day - 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Library

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Thanksgiving Holiday - City Offices Closed (Thursday Refuse/Recycling Collection delayed until Friday, Nov. 24)

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Small Business Saturday - Downtown

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City Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

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Parks and Recreation Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

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Zoning Board of Appeals - 7 p.m. at City Hall

DECEMBER 1-2

Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration - Downtown

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Planning Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

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City Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

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Historic District Commission - 5 p.m. at City Hall

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City Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

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CBD TIFA / PSD Board - 8 a.m. at City Hall

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Christmas Day - City Offices Closed (Refuse/Recycling Collection Delayed One Day All Week)

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City Offices Closed

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Zoning Board of Appeals - 7 p.m. at City Hall

JANUARY 1

New Year’s Day City Offices Closed (Refuse/Recycling Collection delayed one day all week)

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First week of Christmas Tree Collection

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Planning Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

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City Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall (tentative)

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Second week of Christmas Tree Collection

15

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No delay in Refuse/Recycling Collection)

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CBD TIFA/PSD Board - 8 a.m. at City Hall

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Parks and Recreation Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

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Zoning Board of Appeals - 7 p.m. at City Hall

What’s Up Downtown Ladies’ Night Out Saturday, Nov. 11

Come to the Broadway Theater for a 4 p.m. kick-off with raffles and giveaways benefitting two of the area’s greatest charities Women’s Aid and the Women’s Initiative. Then roam around downtown and enjoy the wealth of bargains, sales and promotions the merchants have created just for you!

Small Business Saturday

Saturday, Nov. 25 This nationally recognized event encourages community members to “Shop Small.” Spend Small Business Saturday exploring the variety of locallyowned businesses downtown Mt. Pleasant!

Christmas Celebration

Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1-2 Get in the holiday spirit at the Mt. Pleasant Christmas Celebration! On Friday, join the Community Sing Along and attend the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Visit with Santa on Saturday and enjoy the Lighted Parade! See all the details as they become available at www.mt-pleasant.org.

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City of Mount Pleasant • 320 W. Broadway • Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 • (989) 779 - 5300

Connections - Fall / Winter 2017