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City of Mount Pleasant

Community Newsletter


Winter / Spring 2018

New zoning ordinance and map adopted

A new character-based zoning ordinance has been adopted for the City of Mt. Pleasant, providing updated standards for development and redevelopment throughout the community. This new ordinance reflects input gathered from hundreds of community members throughout an extensive process that began in early 2016, and replaces the prior ordinance originally adopted in 1984. The ordinance takes effect Feb. 21 and provides a regulatory framework to help the City achieve several key objectives prioritized by the community, including preserving family neighborhoods, enhancing Downtown Mt. Pleasant and transforming our commercial corridors including Mission Street. Highlights of the new character-based zoning ordinance: • Encourages mixed-use development to promote a greater variety of housing types; reduce distances between housing, workplaces and businesses; improve walkability and bikeability; and more. •

Protects parks and open spaces

Supports high-quality transformative redevelopment on Mission Street and other commercial corridors to create a sense of place and improve walkability

Provides standards to ensure all new development and redevelopment reflects, maintains and enhances the character of the surrounding area

Permits new housing options to meet community needs

“We are so thankful to those who participated in the development of the new zoning ordinance,” said City Planner Jacob Kain. “Your time and input were critical in creating these regulations, which will shape the future of the Mt. Pleasant community.” The new ordinance and map can be viewed online at planning. Printed copies are also available for inspection at City Hall during normal business hours. Questions may be directed to City Planner Jacob Kain at (989) 779-5346 or

Timber Town 2.0 Lodge renovations continue Benches donated by Bills Custom Fab were recently added to the Lodge at the Timber Town 2.0 playscape. Integrating artwork that reflects the culture of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe, the benches are one of several updates made to the lodge since the rebuild of the community playground in 2017. To date, renovations include stone pillars, a pine and cedar ceiling, a new roof and composite decking. “The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe played an integral role in the design of the original Timber Town Lodge in 1994 and we wanted to honor that partnership during the rebuild,” said Director of Parks and Public Spaces Chris Bundy. “The Lodge renovation will be completed this spring with the incorporation of the Tribe’s seven grandfather teachings, making it the main centerpiece and gathering space of Timber Town 2.0.”

Hundreds attend DaddyDaughter Date Night

City News & Information

Last month, fathers and their daughters dressed their best for the 34th annual Daddy-Daughter Date Night, presented by Mt. Pleasant Parks & Recreation.

Commissioners take oath of office; mayor and vice mayor elected

At the first City Commission meeting of 2018, newly-elected members Will Joseph and Kristin LaLonde were given the oath of office by City Clerk Jeremy Howard. Immediately following, Commissioner Allison Lents was elected mayor and Nicholas Madaj was elected vice mayor. 2018 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 Allison Lents: (989) 854-0444 or Vice Mayor Nicholas Madaj: (989) 854-5231 or Commissioner Lori Gillis: (989) 772-7544 or Commissioner Will Joseph: Commissioner Tony Kulick: (989) 289-7098 or Commissioner Kristin LaLonde: (810) 877-4855 or Commissioner Kathleen Ling: (989) 773-7823 or

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 City Hall at 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

Held at the Mt. Pleasant Comfort Inn & Suites, the special evening offered those in attendance the best music, tasty food and lots of dancing; making it a night they’ll never forget!

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The 2018 City Commission. Pictured from the left, Vice Mayor Nicholas Madaj; Commissioners Kristin LaLonde, Tony Kulick, Lori Gillis, Kathleen Ling and Will Joseph; and Mayor Allison Lents.

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Public Hearing Notices

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What you need to know about City snow removal The Street Department is responsible for snow removal and ice control on city streets. Street crews are available 24 hours a day to respond to inclement winter weather. Snowplowing Routes: The City is divided into four snowplowing routes and five salting routes. Major streets and downtown are plowed first, followed by local (residential) streets, then parking lots, and lastly cul-de-sacs and alleys. Overnight Parking: Salting and plowing may start anytime during the day or night. Cars should be off the streets or parked in driveways overnight. From Dec. 1 - April 1, cars parked in the street 2 - 5 a.m. may be ticketed. The exception to this is in the downtown business district, where parking is prohibited 4 - 6 a.m. all year Mailboxes: Please check your mailbox post. 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, please refer to the U.S. Postal Service requirements at

Community Reminders Protect your home from freezing temperatures

Protect your pipes. Cold winter weather can cause plumbing to freeze and possibly burst. Water pipes at most risk for freezing include exposed pipes in unheated areas of the house and pipes located in exterior walls or plumbing on the exterior of the house. Wrap these pipes with insulation or a thermostatically controlled heat tape. Know the location of your water shutoff valve. To minimize the damage when a pipe bursts you can turn off your valve located at the water meter. This is usually in your basement. Operate this valve carefully if it has not been used in several years. The City will contact at-risk properties if the service line to the house is in danger of freezing. Through a Code Red message or a door tag, the at-risk properties will be instructed to run a small, specific amount of water.

Keep Mt. Pleasant walkable all winter!

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, with the exception of 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, and as soon as weather permits, must clear a path of at least 48 inches in width. Code enforcement officers can write a municipal civil infraction ticket to property owners who do not fulfill this requirement of the ordinance. For further information, contact Asst. Fire Chief Michael Dunham at 779-5123 or

Overnight Parking Ordinance

The City of Mt. Pleasant is reminding residents of the following overnight parking regulations: •

From Dec. 1, 2017 to April 1, 2018, on-street and City lot parking is prohibited in non-downtown areas from 2 to 5 a.m.

On-street parking is prohibited downtown from 4 to 6 a.m. throughout the year.

For those with overnight parking permits, City parking lots 1-6 have designated areas where overnight parking is allowed.

Those found in violation of any of the above ordinances are subject to a fine.

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Special Events

Upcoming Activities & Events FEBRUARY 8

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

Saturday, Feb. 24; 2 - 4 p.m. Isabella County Commission on Aging


City Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall


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

All ages are invited to the Isabella County Commission on Aging on Feb. 24 for “Bingo Bash,” presented by Mt. Pleasant Parks & Recreation, Commission on Aging and McDonald’s. This free event will allow players as many rounds of Bingo as they desire, with winners advancing to the Bonus Bingo Rounds! Free prizes and refreshments will be available. Bingo Bash will take place from 2 to 4 p.m.


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


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


Presidents’ Day - City Offices Open, No Delay in Refuse/ Recycling Collection


Bingo Bash - 2 p.m. at Isabella County Commission on Aging


City Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall


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

The Great Egg Scramble


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

Bingo Bash

Saturday, March 24; 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, March 25; 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, March 25! 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


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

12 City Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall 15 CBD TIFA / PSD Board - 8 a.m. at City Hall 24 Great Egg Scramble - 12:30 p.m. at CMU Finch Fieldhouse 25 Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt - 8:30 p.m. at Island Park 26 City Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall 27 Parks and Recreation Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall 28 Zoning Board of Appeals - 7 p.m. at City Hall 30 Good Friday - City Offices Close at 12 p.m.


Planning Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall


City Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

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

To learn more about upcoming activities and events, visit or call (989) 779-5331.

12 Downtown Development Authority 19 CBD TIFA / PSD - 8 a.m. at City Hall 23 City Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall 24 Parks and Recreation Commission - 7 p.m. at City Hall

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

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

Connections - Winter/Spring 2018  

A quarterly newsletter from the City of Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Connections - Winter/Spring 2018  

A quarterly newsletter from the City of Mt. Pleasant, Mich.