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City of Mount Pleasant

Community Newsletter

Connections

Summer / Fall 2017

Draft character-based zoning code unveiled; public input welcome The City is seeking the public’s feedback on the draft of the proposed character-based zoning code. Presented to the community last month, the draft code is available online at www.mt-pleasant.org/character, and printed copies can be viewed at City Hall and the Veterans Memorial Library. Citizens have until Aug. 24 to submit their comments.

Jacob Kain. “The hundreds of residents and business owners who participated throughout this process provided the direction that has shaped the draft code.”

The creation of the new zoning ordinance began in September 2016 when the project consultant, Town Planning & Urban Design Collaborative (TPUDC), visited Mt. Pleasant to hear from stakeholders and community members about the current zoning regulations and the development patterns that have occurred in the City as a result. In November, the City hosted its first ever “Planapalooza.” During this four-day event, more than 300 community members participated in discussions and shared their ideas regarding City planning.

The goal of a character• Download or read the draft based code is to create code a new city-wide zoning • View the video of the ordinance that would presentation emphasize form and function while updating standards for development throughout the community. This type of code would preserve and enhance the unique character of Mt. Pleasant and improve walkability, bikeability and safety along roads such as Mission Street.

“The new code was not only specifically created for Mt. Pleasant, it was really created by Mt. Pleasant,” said Mt. Pleasant City Planner

The formal adoption process is expected to begin in October with implementation of the new code occurring in December.

THINGS TO REMEMBER: Feedback is due Aug. 24 More info is available online at www.mt-pleasant.org/character:

PEAK Summer Campers ‘unplug’ outdoors The first week of PEAK Summer Camp began in June and proved to be a bit different than previous years. For the first time, the camp started outdoors! Held at Island Park, the camp welcomed co-founders of the local community organization, Unplugged Outfitters, to facilitate activities for the kids. “We used this opportunity to ‘unplug’ from our devices and do all of our programming outdoors,” said PEAK Coordinator Mary LaChance. “We focused on the kids playing together outside.” The faces behind Unplugged Outfitters, Dylan Banagis and Jordan Bruursema, spent time teaching PEAKers fun activities to do outside. One of the main activities featured a do-it-yourself way to make bubbles with rulers, string and dish soap. The message of Unplugged Outfitters tied in with PEAK’s outdoorsy first week. “We’re encouraging people to break away from the screen every once in awhile,” said Bruursema. “Go outside and enjoy the world around them.” Banagis and Bruursema also sent campers home with an “Unplugged Challenge.” The homework encouraged kids and parents to continue living life ‘unplugged’ beyond the camp’s first week. The challenge included cooking a meal together, staying screen-free after camp for one night, playing a game together and writing a letter to a friend or family member. LaChance said the message resonated with campers. “Our kids absolutely loved the program’s first week,” she said. “We look forward to incorporating many of the ideas into our entire Summer Camp.”


Recent News

City’s drinking water meets federal and state quality requirements According to the 2016 City of Mt. Pleasant Water Quality Report, the City’s drinking water meets all federal and state requirements. The Mt. Pleasant Water Department routinely monitors for a number of contaminants in the City’s drinking water. While it is reasonable to expect trace amounts of some contaminants, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets regulations which limit the levels of certain contaminants in water provided by public water systems to ensure the tap water is safe to drink. The report revealed the contaminants detected in the City’s drinking water measured well below the maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) set by government regulations. For example, when testing for the presence of fluoride, the amount of fluoride in the water cannot exceed 4 parts per million (ppm). In City water, the fluoride levels averaged at 0.7 ppm. Additionally, the City’s water system tested well below action levels of the federal Lead and Copper Rule (LCR). The action level of lead is 15 parts per billion (ppb). The level of lead detected in the City’s drinking water was zero. The Mt. Pleasant Water Department constantly monitors the water supply for various contaminants. Tests were performed for an additional 130 chemicals and no detectable concentrations were found. “At the Mt. Pleasant Water Department, we work hard to provide top quality water to every tap, and our motto, ‘Good Water Every Day,’ reflects this focus,” said Water Superintendent Malcolm Fox. To see the full report, visit http://www.mt-pleasant.org/docs/dept/ publicworks/2016waterreport.pdf.

Online signup and payment for brush chipping now available

Free brush-chipping service suspended The City’s brush-chipping program operates year-round (weather permitting) and provides curbside or alley pick up of brush that is not eligible for collection by the City’s weekly refuse collection.

Outdoor film series begins August 5 Bring chairs, blankets and snacks, and settle in on the lawn at City Hall (320 W. Broadway Street) for the annual outdoor movie series, “Movies by Moonlight.” All showings begin at 8:30 p.m. / dusk. Aug. 5: “Zootopia” (PG) Sponsored by Isabella Community Credit Union Aug. 12: “Lego Batman” (PG) Sponsored by Mercantile Bank Aug. 19: “Rogue 1: A Star Wars Story” (PG-13) Sponsored by Krapohl Ford Aug. 26: “Finding Dory” (PG) Sponsored by Isabella Bank This year’s media sponsorship is provided by WCFX-FM. The “Movies by Moonlight” event was founded by City of Mt. Pleasant, Isabella Bank and Max & Emily’s Eatery.

Police cars, fire trucks and more at Public Safety Night on Aug. 19 Area families are invited to join local public safety officers downtown on Aug. 19 for Public Safety Night. Beginning at 6 p.m., stop by the City Hall parking lot for the following: • Mt. Pleasant Police Department - Patrol vehicles, Youth Services Unit Trans Am and motorcycles • Mt. Pleasant Fire Department - Fire engines • Isabella County Sheriff - Car seat compliance checks and a motorcycle safety simulator • Patrol Units from the police departments of Central Michigan University and the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe • Department of Natural Resources (DNR) - Truck, ATV and boat • Mobile Medical Response (MMR) - Ambulance • Local township fire departments - Fire engines • Isabella County Central Dispatch • And more! As a preview for the Movies by Moonlight showing of “Rogue 1: A Star Wars Story” at dusk that evening, Public Safety Night may also feature special guest appearances by “Star Wars” characters!

NEW! Residents now have the option to apply and pay for the service using a single online form. Find the form at http://www.mt-pleasant.org/residents/online_service_center/. Please note: The free brush chipping program offered to residents this summer was recently suspended. The remaining funds from the program were reallocated to support the emergency curbside debris collection that took place following the June flooding event.

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Medical marihuana committee provides final recommendation to City Commission The City’s Ad-Hoc Committee on the Michigan Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act (MMMFLA) has issued its final recommendation to the City Commission on the parameters and elements to include in a draft ordinance(s) regulating the five facility types created under the MMMFLA: • Provisioning Centers • Processors • Safety Compliance Facilities • Secure Transporters • Growers The committee recommends opting-in to all five facility types, and includes several guidelines for each type. A draft ordinance(s) is expected to be introduced this fall and adopted before the end of 2017. Applications for medical marihuana facilities will not be accepted until ordinances are adopted. The full recommendation can be found at www.mt-pleasant.org/MMMFLA. Questions may be directed to City Planner Jacob Kain at (989) 779-5346 or jkain@mt-pleasant.org.

Parks & Rec offers fun for kids this fall Pre-K Coed Mini Soccer League When: Sept. 9 - Oct. 15; games on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons Who: Children ages 3-4 (as of Oct. 1, 2017) Where: Sunnyside Park Fee: Resident $30/Non-resident $40 Register deadline: Aug. 9 or when full Flag Football When: Saturdays, Sept. 9 - Oct. 14 Who: Children ages 5-10 (as of Sept. 9, 2017) Where: Sunnyside Park Fee: Resident $45/Non-Resident $55 Registration deadline: Aug. 9 or when full Fall Youth Soccer When: Sept. 9 - Oct. 15; games on Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons Who: Children in kindergarten through 8th grade Where: Sunnyside Park Fee: Resident $33/Non-Resident $50 Registration deadline: Aug. 9 or when full Start Smart™ Soccer When: Tuesdays, Aug. 1 - Sept. 5 Who: Children ages 3-5 (as of Aug. 1, 2017) Where: Sunnyside Park Fee: Resident $40/Non-Resident $55 Registration deadline: July 25 or when full

Learn more and register: www.mt-pleasant.org/recreation

Flood Recovery Update Since the June flooding event, the City and its community partners have worked closely with state and federal officials to document and report local storm damage. While financial assistance is not guaranteed, the City will keep the public informed as information regarding next steps becomes available. Updates will be posted to the City’s website at www.mt-pleasant.org. RESOURCES AVAILABLE: Resources are available for those who continue to recover from the flood. Contact 211 Northeast Michigan to connect with services that can help with food and clothing, moving large items from basements, and more.

Community Reminders 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. During growing season, 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. The City will have the lawn on the property cut three business days after providing the notice. The notice only needs to be given once per calendar year for the conditions on any parcel in the City, and the City may mow the property as many times as is necessary in order to meet the ordinance standards. Questions? Call Code Enforcement at (989) 779-5123.

WHAT NOT TO FLUSH* To keep your home, neighborhood and environment healthy, please flush only human waste and toilet paper down the toilet. Even if it is small or the package says “flushable,” some everyday items don’t dissolve well - or at all - and can cause messy, expensive problems for the plumbing in your home. These items can also get caught in the machinery of your local sewer treatment plant. If a scrap of undissolved material gets caught on a nick, bend or bump within a pipe, it can trigger a growth of buildup that could cause a sewer back-up. What NOT to Flush: • Pre-moistened wipes • Bandages or dressings • Cotton balls or swabs • Catheters • Wrappers • Feminine hygiene products • Facial Tissues • Test strips • Topical solutions • Medications or supplements • Cleaners or disinfectants • Cigarette butts • Dental floss • Diapers • Hair • Paper towels • Hypodermic needles • Dust, dirt or lint *source: www.mwra.com


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Upcoming Activities & Events AUGUST

SEPTEMBER

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

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Labor Day - City Offices Closed Refuse/Recycling Collection Delayed One Day All Week

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

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Farmers’ Market - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Hall Taste of Mid Michigan - 12 to 7 p.m. at Island Park

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Farmers’ Market - 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Island park TIFA/PSD Board - 8 a.m. at City Hall

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Farmers’ Market - 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

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

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

Farmers’ Market - 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Island Park Thrilling Thursday “Stepping Stones” - 6 p.m. at Town Center Planning Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

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Farmers’ Market - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Hall Movies by Moonlight “Zootopia” - 8:30 p.m. at City Hall

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Special Meeting of the 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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Farmers’ Market - 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Island Park Thrilling Thursday “Urban Printmaking” - 6 p.m. at Town Center

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Farmers’ Market - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Hall Movies by Moonlight “Lego Batman” - 8:30 p.m. at City Hall

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City Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

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Farmers’ Market - 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Island Park TIFA/PSD Board - 8 a.m. at City Hall Thrilling Thursday “Supersoaker Festivus” - 6 p.m. at Island Park Max and Emily’s Concert - 6 p.m. Downtown Special Meeting of the Planning Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

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Farmers’ Market - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Hall Public Safety Night - 6 p.m. at City Hall Movies by Moonlight “Rogue 1: A Star Wars Story” - 8:30 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

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Farmers’ Market - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Hall Max and Emily’s Concert - 6 p.m. Downtown Movies by Moonlight “Finding Dory” - 8:30 p.m. at City Hall

OCTOBER 5

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

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day / Columbus Day City Offices Open - No Delay in Refuse/Recycling Collection 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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Farmers’ Market - 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Island Park

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CMU Homecoming Parade Farmers’ Market - 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Hall

Thursdays through Oct. 26 Island Park, 7:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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Farmers’ Market - 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Island Park TIFA/PSD Board - 8 a.m. at City Hall

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City Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

Saturdays through Oct. 14 City Hall, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

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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

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.

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

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Halloween Pumpkin Promenade - 4 to 6 p.m. Downtown City Trick-or-Treating - 6 to 8 p.m.

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City Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

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

2017 Farmers’ Market continues through October The 2017 Farmers’ Market schedule is as follows:

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Connections - Summer/Fall 2017  

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

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