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City of Mount Pleasant

Community Newsletter


Winter / Spring 2017

Lauria named director of public safety; community reception Feb. 13 Mt. Pleasant Police Capt. Paul Lauria has been named the City’s Director of Public Safety and Police Chief. Lauria will succeed longtime public safety leader Glenn Feldhauser after his retirement in February.

ten-week academy designed to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies. In addition to participating in specialized trainings and fitness challenges, Lauria completed a number of graduate classes covering leadership in law and personal development. He graduated from the program in March 2016.

Lauria was selected for the position following an internal search process consisting of As he embarks on the next chapter of his career, Lauria said he’s multiple panel honored and excited for the opportunity interviews with to “continue the great service and “I want our residents to know I welcome professionalism the Division of Public Safety community and their input and want them to feel city leaders. “Throughout the search provides everyone living and visiting the comfortable making suggestions, process, I heard tremendous support for City of Mt. Pleasant.” Lauria is also looking Paul from City staff, his prior supervisors criticisms or asking questions about what forward to making an impact on the and those involved in the interviews,” community on a much larger scale. “I’m is important to them.” said City Manager Nancy Ridley. “I am always looking for ways to improve,” he said. confident Paul’s abilities and commitment “I want our residents to know I welcome to the City of Mt. Pleasant make him the ideal candidate for this their input and want them to feel comfortable making suggestions, role. Our community will be served well by him.” criticisms or asking questions about what is important to them.” Lauria began his career with the City of Mt. Pleasant as a patrol officer nearly 20 years ago. Since then, his skills and dedication propelled him through the ranks of the police department, serving as a detective, lieutenant and most recently, captain. In early 2016, his exemplary reputation lead him to Quantico, VA, where he attended the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) National Academy. Lauria was one of 230 law enforcement officers from 31 different countries chosen to take part in the prestigious

Lauria praises his family, friends, coworkers and colleagues for their support and guidance throughout his career. “This has been a goal of mine since I began working in law enforcement,” he said. “I am very thankful to all of the people who have had a role in making this achievement possible.” The community is invited to attend a public reception for Lauria at City Hall on Monday, Feb. 13 from 3 to 6:30 p.m. After, the City Commission will hold their regular meeting at 7 p.m.

City to launch mobile app to connect with citizens On Feb. 13, the City will launch MP City Link - a free mobile app that empowers citizens to easily report non-emergency issues to City staff. The app also provides on-the-go access to the latest City news and information. Features of the app include: • • • • •

Report and track the repair process of non-emergency issues, such as potholes, streetlight outages, damaged playground equipment, yard parking, etc. Stay up-to-date on City news and events Pay City bills and tickets Register for Parks & Recreation activities And more!

Download MP City Link from the App Store and Google Play beginning Feb. 13!

­­Your 2017 City Commission Commissioners take office, mayor and vice mayor elected At the first City Commission meeting of 2017, newlyelected members Kathleen Ling and Tony Kulick were given the oath of office by City Clerk Jeremy Howard. Immediately following, Ling was elected mayor and Allison Lents was elected vice mayor.

2017 meeting schedule slated

The City Commission meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7 p.m. in the Commission Chambers at City Hall.

Public input encouraged on City Commission topics

There are a number of ways residents can provide feedback to the City Commission: Contact your Commissioners Mayor Kathleen Ling: (989) 773-7823 or Vice Mayor Allison Lents: (989) 854-0444 or Commissioner Lori Gillis: (989) 772-7544 or Commissioner Jim Holton: (989) 817-4288 or Commissioner Tony Kulick: (989) 289-7098 or Commissioner Nicholas Madaj: (989) 854-5231 or Commissioner Mike Verleger: (989) 621-2384 or

The 2017 Mt. Pleasant City Commission.

Recent News Timber Town 2.0 fundraising efforts reach project goal

With the generosity of several community members, businesses and organizations, the City of Mt. Pleasant reached its $156,000 fundraising campaign goal for the Timber Town 2.0 playground project. This one-of-a-kind, universally accessible play structure will replace the 22-year-old Timber Town playscape at Island Park in May. A portion of the donations were received during a crowdfunding campaign last fall. Administered through the crowdgrant organization, Patronicity, donations made during the 45-day fundraiser were matched through the “Public Spaces Community Places” program of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) and Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA).

Contact the City Manager 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 or visiting 320 W. Broadway. Attend a City Commission Meeting or Public Hearing Each City Commission meeting offers two opportunities for public comment. Public hearings provide residents with the opportunity to give input on a specified topic. To receive email notices of public hearings, send a request to Hearing notices are also published in the Morning Sun and online at “Thank you to all who donated for your help in making this project a reality,” said Rick Ervin of the Timber Town 2.0 Citizens’ Committee. “The families and children in Mt. Pleasant will be benefitting from this great project for decades to come, and we could not have done it without the incredible support and enthusiasm of everyone who participated in this fundraising effort.” Special thanks to the following campaign donors for their contributions of $500 or more: Executive Level (Donation of $5,000 or more) • Isabella Bank • Mercantile Bank • The Morey Foundation • Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation (Jane McNamara and Louise Williams Fund/ Kay Smith Family Fund/Community Impact Fund) • Muskegon Development • Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Skyline Level (Donation of $1,500 or more) • Doug and Melissa LaBelle Family Foundation • LaBelle Management • Merchandise Outlet • Mount Pleasant Abstract and Title • Mt. Pleasant Jaycees • Mt. Pleasant Optimist Club Tower Level (Donation of $500 or more) • General Agency Company • Jim Batcheller • Members First Credit Union • Michael Swirtz • Nancy Hartshorne

The Mt. Pleasant Area Community Foundation presented the City with $25,000 in November for the Timber Town 2.0 project.

Interested in Volunteering? Community Build Week is May 17-21. To stay informed about the project and service opportunities, sign up at

Mini grant awarded to condo association

The Orchard Glen Condo Association was recently awarded a $500 mini grant to support the maintenance of existing landscaping and removal of diseased trees in the neighborhood. Mayor Ling (right) presents a mini grant to the Orchard Glen Condo Association.

The Neighborhood Mini Grant Awards program began in 1999 for the purpose of strengthening the community’s neighborhoods.

City Commission approves restrictions to solid waste pickup times

The City Commission has approved an ordinance amendment prohibiting waste haulers from collecting refuse before 7 a.m. and after 8 p.m. in residential zones and commercial properties adjacent to residential zones that have dwelling units. The commission began considering the action last fall after residents raised concerns about the noise and disruption caused by garbage trucks emptying dumpsters during the early-morning hours. The ordinance change will go into effect for one year beginning Feb. 23. In February 2018, the commission will evaluate its success. Waste haulers may apply for an exception to collect refuse before 7 a.m. for business necessity, scheduling or dumpster location reasons. The DPW director will approve or deny the request based on factors cited in the application and public input. If approved, the exception will last for one year. Residents within 300 feet of the dumpster will be notified and may appeal to the City Commission for reconsideration. If the request is denied, the applicants may also appeal to the City Commission for reconsideration. The decision of the City Commission is final. For additional information, please call Public Works at (989) 779-5401.

Notes from your

Neighborhood Resource Unit Preventing Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning deaths are the highest during the winter. Follow these safety tips to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning: • Have your home heating systems (including chimneys and vents) inspected and serviced annually by a trained service technician. • Never use portable generators inside homes or garages, even if doors and windows are open. Use generators outside only, far away from the home. • Never bring a charcoal grill into the house for heating or cooking. • Do not barbeque in the garage. • Never use a gas range or oven for heating. • Open the fireplace damper before lighting a fire and keep it open until the ashes are cool. An open damper may help prevent build-up of poisonous gases inside the home. • Install battery-operated CO alarms or CO alarms with battery backup in your home outside separate sleeping areas. Know the Symptoms of CO Poisoning CO is odorless, colorless and otherwise undetectable to the human senses. Low to Moderate CO Poisoning

High CO Poisoning


Mental Confusion



Shortness of Breath

Loss of Muscular Coordination


Loss of Consciousness


Ultimately death

If you suspect CO poisoning, get outside to fresh air immediately and call 911.

Refuse & Recycling FAQs Why was my recycling not collected?

To ensure your recycling is collected, please remember: • Refuse and recycling must be out no later than 7:30 a.m. on collection day. • Only include accepted recyclables in your bin. For a list of unaccepted items, see the refuse and recycling page at • Use a blue City recycle bin. The City bin must be placed in the designated area or it will not be collected. If you have extra recycling that does not fit inside the bin, place the extra materials in another bin, laundry basket or similar type of container.

What if my recycle bin is missing?

If you are missing your bin, check with your neighbors in case high winds caused the bin to travel to their property, or to see if your bin was placed in front of their home in error. Replacement bins are available for $6 each at City Hall and the Public Works office. To help prevent losing your bin, try the following tips: • On windy days, place a brick or rock at the bottom of the bin to prevent it from blowing away, or hold your recycling until the following week. • Write your address on the bin in permanent marker.

Why was my trash not collected?

To ensure your refuse is collected, remember these tips: • If your residence qualifies, City refuse bags or tags must be used. To verify if you qualify, please contact Public Works at (989) 779-5401. • Refuse and recycling must be placed in the designated area no later than 7:30 a.m. on collection day, and no earlier than 5 p.m. the night before. • Refuse and recycling are collected at curbside and in some alleys. To confirm your collection location, contact Public Works. • Avoid overfilling your trash can. All extra refuse that does not fit inside the can must be individually tagged with a City refuse tag, including pizza boxes. • Refuse and recycling collection delays due to the holidays are listed in the eConnections newsletter and the quarterly print newsletter, as well as on the City’s website and social media outlets. • Delays due to inclement weather are announced on the City’s website and social media outlets as soon as possible.


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Upcoming Activities & Events

Special Events


Man vs Mountain 5k Challenge

Saturday, Feb. 4; Heats begin at 9 a.m. at Nelson Park Going beyond your typical course, this 5K dares thrill-seekers to run, climb and jump their way through obstacles strategically placed along the snow-covered trails of Mt. Pleasant City Parks.

Winter Kids Expo

Saturday, Feb. 11; 1 - 3 p.m. Finch Fieldhouse of CMU Do your kids have cabin fever? Join My 104.3 and Mt. Pleasant Parks & Recreation for a day out of the house filled with games, activities and prizes. This free event is fun for the whole family!


Planning Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall


Man vs. Mountain - 9 a.m. at Nelson Park


Winter Kids Expo - 1 p.m. at Finch Fieldhouse


City Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall


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


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


Parks & Rec Program Registration Night - 4:30 p.m. at City Hall


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


City Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall


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


The Great Egg Scramble

Saturday, April 8; 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. Finch Fieldhouse of CMU Children ages 2-10 scramble for plastic toy- and candy-filled eggs, candy and prizes. Crafts, games and refreshments are all part of the festivities! This free event is made possible through a partnership with 95.3 CFX - Today’s Best Music.

Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt

Sunday, April 9; 8:30 p.m. Island Park South Shelter Hundreds of candy-filled eggs will be waiting for teens and their flashlights at Island Park on Sunday, April 9! Find special eggs and win cool prizes including gift cards for food, music, movie passes and the grand prize!

Planning Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

13 City Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall 14 Historic District Commission - 5 p.m. at City Hall 16 Principal Shopping District Board - 8 a.m. at City Hall 22 Zoning Board of Appeals - 7 p.m. at City Hall 27 City Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall 28 Parks and Recreation Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall


Great Egg Scramble - 12:30 p.m. at Finch Fieldhouse


Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt - 8:30 p.m. at Island Park

10 City Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall 11 Historic District Commission - 5 p.m. at City Hall 20 Principal Shopping District Board - 8 a.m. at City Hall 24 City Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall 25 Parks and Recreation Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

To learn more about upcoming activities and events, visit

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

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