City Commission recognizes Indigenous Peoples Day at regular meeting


Members of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe perform an honor song at the Mount Pleasant City Commission meeting on Oct. 9 at Mount Pleasant City Hall.

Mount Pleasant Mayor Kathy Ling recognized a positive relationship with the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe by welcoming members to conduct an honor song at City Commission meeting Oct. 9. 

Ling opened Monday’s meeting by reading a proclamation of Indigenous Peoples’ Day to residents of Mount Pleasant and tribal members. She said the city desires to continue collaborative efforts with the tribe in a relationship built by mutual respect and trust. 

The meeting also covered emergency ordinances that are up for expiration in early November. Ordinances are centered on waiver availability for making stormwater compliances for parking lot reconstruction. 

The ordinances are designed to minimize increased stormwater runoff rates, deterioration of existing watercourses and non-point source pollution, among other strategies made to eliminate flood and other water-related damages. 

City Manager Nancy Ridley said emergency ordinances will continue to allow waivers for total reconstructions of the exact same footprint unless a parking lot exceeds 2600 square feet. 

Ordinance renewal was unanimously approved and will be initiated immediately after expiration. 

A public hearing for comment on the city's proposed new zoning ordinance will take place Nov. 13, another hearing regarding Tax Increment Finance Authority changes will also occur. 

Downtown businesses will be handing out treats to children ages 12 and under from 4 to 6 p.m. on Oct. 31 in the annual Pumpkin Promenade event. 

The League of Women Voters of the Mount Pleasant Area will host an introductory presentation of 2017 City Commission candidates at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in City Hall. The league will also organized profiles on candidates on

Code enforcement also painted over graffiti at the pump station and train bridge entrance off of High Street.


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