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City of Mount Pleasant

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Spring / Summer 2017

City to offer free brush chipping beginning in June

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The City has allocated funds to provide approximately 400 households with 30 minutes of complimentary brush chipping beginning in June. The service is first come, first served, and residents must make a reservation by contacting the Division of Public Works.

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Brush chipping will take place during the first and third weeks of the month. After a reservation is made, the week during which the service will be provided will be based on the customer’s refuse/recycling collection day. See the table below for details:

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Refuse/Recycling Collection Day

Brush Chipping Service Week

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Monday, Tuesday

First week of the month beginning June 5

Wednesday, Thursday

Third week of the month beginning June 19

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Residents must adhere to the City’s regular brush chipping guidelines (available at www.mt-pleasant.org) and make a reservation no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Thursday prior to the brush-chipping week. If residents have more brush than what can be chipped within the allotted 30 minutes, they have the option of being billed $1.82 per minute for each additional minute, or, at the time the reservation is made, can request crews stop at 30 minutes. The free brush chipping service is an expanded program for 2017 only, and is made possible by one-time funding. The free service will continue during the first and third weeks of each month until funds are no longer available. One complimentary service per household is permitted. During the month of May and after the completion of the free program, the City will offer brush chipping services for a fee. Residents may also take yard waste and brush to the Materials Recovery Facility at 4208 East River Road. To make a reservation or learn more, contact DPW at (989) 779-5401, publicworks@mt-pleasant.org or visit the office at 1303 N. Franklin Street.

Volunteers needed for the Timber Town 2.0 community build Volunteers are needed for the construction and installation of the Timber Town 2.0 playscape at Island Park. “Community Build Week” will take place May 17-21 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Throughout the week, professional builders will guide community members through a variety of tasks, accommodating all levels of skill. Participants may attend the entire day or sign up for a five-hour shift 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 12 to 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided for the morning shift, and dinner will be provided for the afternoon shift. On Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21, activities will be available onsite for the children of those volunteering. The activities planned are suitable for children ages 5-12. Sign up to volunteer at http://www.uwgic.org/timbertown. Additional project information can be found at www.timbertownmp.org and www.facebook.com/timbertown2.0.


­­Your 2017 Summer Construction Projects

Construction projects take place annually throughout the City of Mt. Pleasant in order to maintain and improve the City’s infrastructure. Updates on these projects will be posted to the City’s website at www.mt-pleasant.org/construction. MAJOR STREET PROJECTS • Pickard Road Bridge over the Chippewa River Rehabilitation Project (Approx. June 5 - Aug. 11): This project will include removing and replacing the bridge deck, sidewalk, concrete approaches and railings on the existing bridge. Travel Impacts: Access for local traffic will be maintained; Pickard Road will be closed to through traffic between Bradley and Mission streets; the bridge will be closed to all traffic; traffic will be detoured from Mission to High to Bradley streets. • Three Leaves Drive and Denison Drive Project (Approx. June 19 - July 7): During this project, crews will crush, shape and repave the streets. LOCAL STREET PROJECTS (Approx. July 17 - Aug. 4) Forest Lane from Wendrow Way to the dead end is scheduled for a reconstruction in 2017. The asphalt pavement will be removed and replaced. The existing curb and gutter will not be replaced. This project also includes removing and replacing the existing water main underneath the cul-de-sac. ASPHALT CRACK SEALING (Approx. April 24 - May 5) Various streets will be crack sealed as part of the preventative maintenance program. PEDESTRIAN LIGHTING (Approx. May 5 - June 2) Pedestrian lighting will be installed along the north side of Broadway Street from the bridge over the Chippewa River to Harris Street.

SIDEWALK REPLACEMENT (Approx. May 1 - June 9) Complaint locations and the sidewalk ramps on the streets that receive asphalt overlay this year. ASPHALT OVERLAYS (Approx. June 12 - July 14) A new layer of asphalt will be applied on the following streets as part of the preventative maintenance program: • • • • • • • • • •

Betsy Lane: Bradley Street to Kelly Drive East Grand: Crosslanes Street to Manor Lane Elm Street: Harris Street to Henry Street Harris Street: Broadway Street to Lyons Street Kelly Drive: Betsy Lane to Woods Way Lyons Street: Adams Street to Harris Street Manor Lane: West Grand to the dead end Palmer Street: Brown Street to Mission Street West Grand: Crosslanes Street to Manor Lane Woods Way: entire street

ADDITIONAL CITY PROJECTS (Approx. August - September) Throughout the City, various sanitary sewer manholes will be rehabilitated, several streets will receive new paint markings, and sanitary sewer mains in a number of locations will be relined. MDOT PROJECT - ROUNDABOUT CONSTRUCTION (Approx. May - July) MDOT will construct a roundabout at the intersection of US-127 BR and North Mission Road. Travel Impacts: At least one lane will be open in each direction throughout most of the project. Both US-127 BR and North Mission Road will be detoured for up to two weeks. During this time, US-127 BR traffic will be detoured via the M-20 interchange.

Recent News Don Sytsema accepts role of lieutenant The City recently announced the promotion of Detective Don Sytsema to police lieutenant. Sytsema has dedicated 22 years to the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, serving first as an officer and later as detective. As lieutenant, Sytsema will oversee day-today operations of the road patrol and detective bureau, and will be responsible for duties related to crime analysis and prevention. He will also coordinate special operations with other area law enforcement agencies, among many other tasks. “We are very confident and pleased with Don’s decision to be a part of the police administration team,” said Police Captain Andy Latham. “Don is a creative and analytical thinker who uses his head and his heart to make decisions. This lends to an inclusive leadership style that is well received and embraced by those around him.” Sytsema is looking forward to the new challenge. “My vision is that our department will continue to use and explore new technology to support the solving of crime,” said Sytsema. He also envisions continued police engagement with the community and businesses, as he is committed to cultivating positive relationships.

PEAK volunteer receives United Way award PEAK program volunteer Maggie Klumpp is among the 2017 recipients of the LIVE UNITED award for her continuous dedication to the Mt. Pleasant area’s after-school program Presented by the United Way of Gratiot & Isabella Counties, the award honors key volunteers for their work to improve the community. Nominated for the award by PEAK Coordinator Mary LaChance, Klumpp donates her time to the PEAK participants at West Intermediate School five days a week. “Maggie attended PEAK until she graduated high school and has since been a wonderful volunteer and addition to our team,” said LaChance. “She always greets everyone with a smile and high five, and encourages the current PEAKers to never stop reaching for their goals.” LaChance calls Klumpp a positive role model for students and a “staple” of the PEAK program. “We are so glad Maggie is continuing to be a part of our PEAK family by graciously volunteering her time with us,” said LaChance. “She is truly an inspiration.”


City amends outdoor burning regulations The City Commission recently approved an updated outdoor burning ordinance effective May 24, 2017. The ordinance clarifies the options for outdoor cooking, allows for special event bonfires with a permit and a fee, and allows outdoor recreational fires that meet specific requirements. Outdoor cooking: For the purpose of outdoor cooking, fires of propane, charcoal or woodchips are allowed on private property without a permit. The fires must be contained in the appropriate metal, brick or other fireproof container designed for cooking purposes. Residential Recreational Fires: The burning of propane or natural gas in a recreational outdoor portable fire pit, or other free standing container designed for outdoor fires is allowed without a permit. Additional regulations include: • The fire container must be at a one-family or two-family dwelling • The fire container cannot be on a balcony or deck • The fire container must be 20 feet from any structure, combustible material, lot line, roadway, alleyway or fence • At its largest point, the fire container must not exceed 3 feet wide, 3 feet deep and 3 feet tall • The fire container must be UL certified and installed according to manufacturer’s recommendations • The fire container must be made of non-combustible materials • Burning of yard waste, leaves, trash, refuse, building materials or other materials is prohibited • Fires are prohibited during times of high fire risk or burning bans Other types of outdoor fires, such as bonfires, ground fires or other similar fires are allowed only with a permit. To see the full outdoor burning ordinance, go to www.mt-pleasant.org.

City approves updated rental housing license fees

The City Commission recently approved changes to rental housing license fees and fines. Increase in rental housing licensing fees: Updated fee amounts for rental housing licenses were determined following an analysis of the direct expenses associated with rental licensing. New fees effective July 1, 2017. PROPERTY TYPE

LICENSE FEE

Single-family dwelling

$84

Two-family dwelling

$94

Condominium unit in multi-family dwelling

$102

Rooming dwelling

$102

Hotel or Motel

$173 base + $10 per guest room

Multi-family dwelling

$66 base + $19 per dwelling unit

Increase in penalty for no rental housing license: Property owners and managers who fail to obtain rental housing licenses are subject to the following penalties (new penalties took effect in April 2017): First offense

$50

Second offense (or offense by an individual who should have known about the requirements)

$2,500

Each subsequent offense

$5,000

City of Mt. Pleasant starts blogging

The City now offers a blog! See the “News” section of the blog to read the City’s most recent press releases, find information about City Commission meetings, and more. The section titled, “Why MP,” showcases why Mt. Pleasant is such a great place to live, work and play! Check out the blog at www.mpcityblog.com. or click the “City News” button on the MP City Link mobile app.

Community Reminders City Commission Nominating Petitions available at City Clerk’s office 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, June 26, through Tuesday, July 25 at 4 p.m. The election will be held Nov. 7, 2017. Two City Commission positions are available for the term Jan. 1, 2018 through Dec. 31, 2020. The terms of current Commissioners Jim Holton and Mike Verleger expire Dec. 31, 2017.

Non-Chemical Mosquito Control for Homeowners

If mosquitoes are a problem where you live, make sure you are not providing breeding sites in your yard. The most effective way to control mosquitoes is to eliminate the standing water where they lay eggs, and where their larvae live and grow. Follow these tips to reduce mosquito breeding sites commonly seen around homes: Remove sources of standing water around residences: • Cover outdoor refuse and recycling containers or drill holes in the bottom of containers to keep rainwater out. • Change water in birdbaths weekly. • Dispose of water-holding containers, such as plastic jugs, empty barrels, tin cans, buckets, etc. • Dispose of old tires or stack and store them properly to avoid water collection. Old tires have become one of the most productive mosquito breeding sites in the country. • If storing wheelbarrows outside, store upside down or cover with a tarp. • Keep drains, ditches and culverts free of weeds and trash so water will drain properly. • Keep roof gutters free of leaves and other debris. • Repair leaky pipes and outside faucets. • Keep grass cut short and shrubbery trimmed, so adult mosquitoes do not hide in shaded areas during the day. • Drain dishes under flowerpots every few days and after rainstorms, or move them inside.


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Make downtown your destination this summer! 2017 Farmers’ Market begins in June

The 2017 Farmers’ Market schedule is as follows: Thursdays, June 1 - Oct. 26 Island Park, 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturdays, June 24 - Oct. 14 City Hall, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Upcoming Activities & Events

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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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Special Meeting of the City Commission - 5 p.m. at City Hall

17-21

Community Build of Timber Town 2.0 - 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day at Island Park

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Principal Shopping District Board - 8 a.m. at City Hall

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City Commission - 7 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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Memorial Day - City Offices Closed; Refuse/recycling delayed one day all week

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.

JUNE

Thrilling Thursdays are back!

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Thursday Farmers’ Market begins - 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Island Park

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

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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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Principal Shopping District Board - 8 a.m. at City Hall

Beginning June 15, make downtown your destination every Thursday evening for activities designed to take you and your family back in time when summer was all about fun! Each of these “Thrilling Thursdays” will begin at 6 p.m. at Town Center. See the calendar to the right for specific event dates and visit www.facebook.com/ downtownmp for updates!

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Thrilling Thursday - Yogapalooza

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Thrilling Thursday - Let’s Ride

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Mt. Pleasant Area Girls Softball Tournament

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Saturday Farmers’ Market begins - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Hall

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City Commission - 7 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

This year’s Thrilling Thursdays are co-sponsored by Downtown Mt. Pleasant and Isabella Community Credit Union.

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Thrilling Thursday - Scavenger Hunt

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Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series - Brandon Ray

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Planning Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series

29-30

Michigan Amateur Softball Association (MASA) Tournament

Grab your family, friends and lawn chairs and meet us on Broadway! Sponsored in part by Downtown Mt. Pleasant, the Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series includes five outdoor concerts featuring diverse sounds and styles. The June and July show dates are listed in the calendar to the right. All shows will take place downtown on Broadway Street.

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

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MASA Tournament

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Fourth of July - City Offices Closed; Tues., Wed., Thurs. Refuse/recycling delayed one day

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Thrilling Thursday - Bugs-R-Us

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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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Thrilling Thursday - Fun with Vegetables

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Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series - Kelley Hunt

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Home Builders Association Classic Car Show

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Principal Shopping District Board - 8 a.m. at City Hall

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Thrilling Thursday - Mad Science Fair

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Max & Emily’s Summer Concert Series - The Saucecats

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City Commission - 7 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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Thrilling Thursday - Superhero/Princess Extravaganza

Connections - Spring/Summer 2017  

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

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