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Public hearing on medical marihuana facilities ordinances is May 29 The City Commission has set a public hearing on the draft ordinances regarding the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMMFLA) for Tuesday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. These ordinances would “opt in” to the state law allowing medical marihuana facilities to operate within the City of Mt. Pleasant subject to certain limitations. Public input is being sought regarding the draft ordinances before the City Commission makes a final decision. The frequently asked questions listed below are intended to highlight some of the parameters contained in the draft ordinances.

Medical Marihuana Facilities FAQs What medical marihuana facility types would be allowed in the City? • All 5 types of facilities would be allowed: growers, provisioning centers, processors, secure transporters, and safety compliance. • No more than 3 of each of the 5 types of facilities allowed. • If more than 3 applications are received for a specific facility type, a public meeting will be held to randomly select 3 of the applicants to continue the approval process. Where would medical marihuana facilities be located? • All types of facilities would be permitted in the industrial zone. • Provisioning centers would be allowed in commercial zones within designated areas, including portions of Downtown, Mission and Pickard. • A facility could not be located within 1,000 feet of a public or private K-12 school. • A facility could not be located within 500 feet of Central Michigan University, unless the facility is located east of the CMU main campus, east of Mission of Street. What other regulations would be in place for medical marihuana facilities? • Each facility would be required to adhere to standards regulating odor, lighting, signage, storage, and exterior and interior appearance, hours of operation and more. • On-site consumption of marihuana would be prohibited on the premises of any facility.

How would medical marihuana facilities receive approval to operate? Applicants must complete the following steps before beginning to operate: 1. Apply to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) for prequalification 2. Apply to the City of Mt. Pleasant to operate a facility* 3. Obtain a special-use permit for the location of the facility 4. A public hearing would be held with the Planning Commission to approve the facility location. Notifications for all public hearings would be sent to property owners and occupants within 300 feet of the proposed location of the facility, as well as shared with the general public through the City’s communication channels. 5. Complete the state licensing process How can I give my input? • A public hearing will be held before the City Commission on Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. • If you are unable to attend the public hearing, opinions can be expressed by mail, email or phone to City Manager Nancy Ridley to be shared with the City Commission. Contact the City Manager’s office by calling (989) 779-5323, emailing manager@mt-pleasant.org or visiting City Hall at 320 W. Broadway. Where can I find additional information? • The complete draft of the ordinances and other background information can be found on the City’s website at www.mt-pleasant.org/MMMFLA. • If you have additional questions, please contact City Planner Jacob Kain at (989) 779-5346 or jkain@mt-pleasant.org.

* The City is not accepting applications for medical marihuana facilities at this time.


City News & Information Ordinance amendment requires private swimming pools be drained into sanitary sewer system

A recent ordinance amendment provides homeowners with new guidelines on how to properly empty private swimming pools. To align with federal and state requirements, the amendment states that all discharge from private pools must not be emptied into the storm sewer system, but instead into the sanitary sewer system. This method is also better for the environment as it prevents chemically-treated pool water from entering the river through the storm sewer system. How do I drain the swimming pool into the sanitary sewer system? Many houses have a sanitary cleanout (a pipe with a cap) in the yard that provides access to the sewer line going between the house and the street. Removing the cap and temporarily inserting the pool’s drain hose into this access point is often a convenient way to drain the pool. You may also empty the pool through the drain hose into a cleanout or trap in a basement (3-inch or 4-inch diameter pipe stub extending out from the slab floor) that is accessible through a window.

Young Eagles Day offered at Mt. Pleasant airport Chapter 907 of the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is hosting a Young Eagles Day at the Mt. Pleasant Municipal Airport on June 9 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event offers free airplane rides for kids ages 8 to 17. Limited flights are available. Call (989) 561-5266 to make a reservation.

City honors Citizens’ Academy participants

Participants of the third annual Citizens’ Academy of Mt. Pleasant were celebrated for their completion of the program at the April 23 City Commission meeting. Designed to engage members of the community to expand their knowledge of the structure and functions of local government, community members attended seven 2.5-hour sessions throughout February, March and April that explored the City’s day-to-day operations. For more information about the Citizens’ Academy, visit www.mt-pleasant.org/citizensacademy. To receive email notifications regarding future academies, contact City Planner Jacob Kain at (989) 779-5346 or jkain@mt-pleasant.org.

Additionally, the pool can be emptied through the drain hose into a bathtub, sink or other nearby sanitary drain. Alternative methods to drain swimming pools If draining the pool to a sanitary sewer is not an option, you may drain the pool to the ground. Be sure to control the rate of discharge across your property to avoid erosion and nuisance conditions for neighboring properties. To minimize the potential impact to your lawn due to chlorine, pH or algaecides, it is best to let the pool sit for at least 48 hours after the last application of treatment chemicals. A pH between 6.5-8.5 and a free chlorine level of <.01 mg/l is highly desirable prior to draining your pool. Why can’t I drain my pool into the street any longer? The city has two types of sewers, storm sewers and sanitary sewers. The purpose of storm sewer is to carry rainwater and snow melt from the streets and parking lots of the community to the river. Sanitary sewers are intended to carry wastewater from homes and businesses to the wastewater treatment plant where contaminants can be removed and recovered to prevent harm to the environment. The water in your swimming pool is chemically treated to keep it safe by killing pathogenic organisms that may be introduced by bathers and other sources. A properly maintained pool contains chemicals that are intended to make it acutely toxic to aquatic organisms that would otherwise turn a swimming pool into a thriving ecosystem similar to a pond or river. The addition of chlorine, bromine, copper-based algaecides, dyes, salts, acids and other agents are all aimed at keeping your pool sparkly clean and free from aquatic creatures. These treatments are effective at preventing growth in our pools, but are just as effective at killing organisms in the river.

Congratulations to the 2018 Citizens’ Academy participants: Mary Alsager Jay Martin Jonathan Strom Nicholas Bellestri Tyler Morkin Thomas Sullivan Luke Donohue Karyn Randall Anne Swift Peggy Funnell Orrin Shawl Candi Tomlinson Anne Heidemann Mike Sobolewski Theresa Turner Matthew Hewitt Christopher Stacer Kyle Wright Pete Little Ashley Stepniak Stéphane Maillard Steven Stressman

City Commission changes start time for summer meetings to 6:30 p.m. All City Commission meetings scheduled between Memorial Day and Labor Day (May 28 - Sept. 3), will begin at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. Please note: In recognition of Memorial Day, the second meeting in May will occur Tuesday, May 29 at 6:30 p.m.


2018 Construction Projects Construction projects take place throughout the City of Mt. Pleasant annually in order to maintain and improve the City’s infrastructure. Updates on these projects will be posted on the City’s website, and also are communicated through door hangers and letters (for residents directly affected by projects), local media, along with the City’s Facebook and Twitter pages. Questions about the projects listed below should be directed to the Division of Public Works at 989-779-5401. Local Street Projects (June 4 - Aug. 3) Reconstruction with curb repairs: • •

Chippewa: Mission to Brown Crosslanes: Arnold to Mission

Asphalt Crack Sealing (May 7 - 18) Various streets will be crack sealed as part of the preventative maintenance program. Asphalt Overlays (June 4 - Aug. 3) A new layer of asphalt will be applied on the following streets as part of the preventative maintenance program • • • • • • • • • •

Main: Pickard to Mosher Henry: High to Broadway Preston: Lynnwood to Isabella Sweeney: Broomfield to Preston Crosslanes: Fancher to Arnold Mission Alley: Mosher to Crosslanes Somerset Court: Somerset to dead end Somerset: Abbey to Eastpointe Ridge: Crescent to Preston Watson: Ridge to Preston

Manhole Rehabilitation (May 4 - June 8) Various sanitary sewer manholes throughout the City will be rehabilitated. Pavement Markings (Aug. 6 - 17) Various streets throughout the City will receive new paint markings. Pedestrian Lighting (July 16 - Aug. 24) Pedestrian lighting will be installed on Broadway Street from Maxwell to Bradley. Sewer Main Relining (July 9 - 27) Sanitary sewer mains in various locations will be relined. Sidewalk Replacement (April 30 - June 22) • • •

Henry: High to Broadway 23 ADA Ramps Complaint locations and the sidewalk ramps on those streets that receive asphalt overlay this year.

Community Reminders Licensing required for rental units prior to occupancy

The City is reminding its residents and property owners that any property currently used or proposed for use as a rental unit in the City of Mt. Pleasant must be licensed prior to occupancy. Prior to the license being issued, the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department must inspect the rental unit. The housing licensing code provides minimum requirements for the health, safety and welfare of the general public and the owners and occupants of certain residential buildings. Certain rental types, including rooming dwellings and short-term rentals (which include room or house listings on sites such as AirBnB) have additional zoning requirements that must also be met prior to licensing. For more information on rental housing licensing please contact the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department at (989) 779-5100.

City Commission Nominating Petitions Now Available

Nominating Petitions for the office of City Commissioner are currently available at the City Clerk’s office at City Hall (320 W. Broadway Street). Completed Nominating Petitions may be filed with the City Clerk from Monday, July 9, through Tuesday, Aug. 7 at 5 p.m. Petitions must contain no less than 50 and no more than 80 signatures. The election will be held Nov. 6, 2018. Three City Commission positions are available for the term Jan. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2021. The terms of current Commissioners Lori Gillis, Allison Quast-Lents and Nicholas Madaj expire Dec. 31, 2018.

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Depositing Yard Waste

As the weather becomes warmer and you begin preparing your yard for the spring, please remember City ordinance prohibits the depositing of dirt, litter, yard waste (grass clippings, weeds, twigs) or other hazardous materials into any City street or alleyway. These materials block storm catch basins, preventing rainwater from draining properly, resulting in street floods. Yard waste may be taken to the Material Recovery Facility at 4208 East River Road.


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Downtown Development Authority - 10 a.m. at City Hall

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USA Softball Tournament

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City Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

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

Fourth of July - City Offices Closed, Wednesday and Thursday Refuse/recycling collection delayed one day

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Tennis Fun Day - 2 to 3:30 p.m. at Island Park

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Farmers’ Market - 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Island Park Thrilling Thursday “Fun with Vegetables” - 6 p.m. at Town Center

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

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Farmers’ Market - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location TBD

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

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City Commission - 6:30 p.m. at City Hall

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Memorial Day - City Offices Closed; Refuse/recycling collection delayed one day all week

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City Commission - 6:30 p.m. at City Hall

Farmers’ Market - 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Island Park Downtown Development Authority - 10 a.m. at City Hall Thrilling Thursday “Bugs -R-Us” - 6 p.m. at Town Center

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HBA Classic Car and Motorcycle Show - Downtown Farmers’ Market - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location TBD

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Farmers’ Market - 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Island Park CBD TIFA / PSD - 8 a.m. at City Hall Thrilling Thursday “Mad Science Fair” - 6 p.m. at Town Center Max & Emily’s Concert Series “Monique Berry”- 7 p.m. Downtown

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Farmers’ Market - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location TBD

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City Commission - 6:30 p.m. at City Hall

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

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

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Farmers’ Market - 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Island Park Thrilling Thursday “It’s Nature” - 6 p.m. at Town Center

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Farmers’ Market - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location TBD

JUNE 7

Farmers’ Market - 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Island Park Planning Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

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Back to the Bricks Car Show and Promo Tour - 4 p.m. Downtown

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Young Eagles Day - 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Mt. Pleasant Airport

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City Commission - 6:30 p.m. at City Hall

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

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Farmers’ Market - 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Island Park Downtown Development Authority - 10 a.m. at City Hall Thrilling Thursday “Yogapalooza” - 6 p.m. at Town Center

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Farmers’ Market - 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Island Park CBD TIFA / PSD - 8 a.m. at City Hall Thrilling Thursday “Let’s Ride with the Optimists” - 6 p.m. at Town Center Planning Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

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City Commission - 6:30 p.m. at City Hall

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

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

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USA Softball Tournament Farmers’ Market - 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Island Park Thrilling Thursday “Scavenger Hunt” - 6 p.m. at Town Center Max & Emily’s Concert Series “Brian Vander Ark” - 7 p.m. Downtown Planning Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

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USA Softball Tournament

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USA Softball Tournament Farmers’ Market - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Location TBD

2018 Farmers’ Market begins in June Thursdays, June 7 - Oct. 25 Island Park, 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturdays, June 30 - Oct. 13 Location TBD, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients can use their Michigan Bridge Card. The market also accepts debit and credit cards, Double Up Food Bucks, WIC Project FRESH and Senior Project FRESH/Market FRESH coupons.

Special Events Thrilling Thursdays

Make downtown your family’s destination every Thursday evening beginning June 14 for the third annual 10-week event series, Thrilling Thursdays! Activities begin at 6 p.m. at Town Center. See the calendar for details and visit www.facebook.com/downtownmp for updates! Thrilling Thursdays are co-sponsored by Downtown Mt. Pleasant and Isabella Community Credit Union.

Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series

Grab your family, friends and lawn chairs and meet us on Broadway! Sponsored in part by Downtown Mt. Pleasant, the 10th annual Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series features diverse sounds and styles. All shows begin at 7 p.m. downtown on Broadway Street. • Thursday, June 28 - Brian Vander Ark • Thursday, July 19 - Monique Berry • Thursday, Aug. 9 - Paddlebots • Thursday, Aug. 16 - The Ragbirds • Saturday, Aug. 25 - Jeff Daniels with the Ben Daniels Band

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

Spring Summer 2018 Connections  

The quarterly print newsletter from the City of Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Spring Summer 2018 Connections  

The quarterly print newsletter from the City of Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

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