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Only minutes after being elected as one of three new Mount Pleasant city commissioners, Allison Lents was elected vice mayor.Although comfortable with the city hall space after having been on the planning commision and zoning commission prior to being elected, Lents said she arrived a half hour early to calm her nerves.At the Jan.
Though Mayor Jim Holton would rather "bob for french fries in a deep fryer" than discuss a roundabout being installed in the city, the Mount Pleasant City Commission approved the allocation of funding for a roundabout at Washington and Bellows streets. At its Dec.
Union Township is counting on Central Michigan University participation to address safety issues on Crawford Road.After a hit and run on Nov.
After several residents voiced their concerns, the Mount Pleasant City Commission voted to contract with APM Mosquito Control on sprays and sewer bricks.At its Nov.
By 2024, Mount Pleasant could be a stop along the way of a passenger train that runs from Ann Arbor to Traverse City. On Nov.
A task force of students, city officials, law enforcement and Mount Pleasant residents was assembled to answer one question: How can student behavior be addressed to improve city and student relationships?The CMU/city liaison committee met for the first time last night to brainstorm ideas. "We're not going to walk out of here with a solution," said City Manager Nancy Ridley.
A proposed 30 percent increase in property taxes has some Mount Pleasant business owners worried about the future of their shops and restaurants downtown.At Monday's Mount Pleasant City Commission meeting, the commission held a public hearing on proposed payment terms for the special assessment district, which would increase property taxes for businesses.
Students walking to or from downtown will not have to make their trek in the dark much longer.At tonights Mount Pleasant City Commission meeting, commissioners unanimously voted to accept $60,000 from CMU to aid in the cost of lighting on streets north of campus, with student safety and behavior in mind."CMU is really stepping forward for this, and we're going to step forward together on these issues," said Mount Pleasant Mayor Jim Holton.
Allison Quast-Lents, Nicholas Madaj and Lori Gillis all won their bids for election. The trio will each have three year terms.
City Commission Liaison Ian Elliot spoke in the Senate tonight, asking for student input regarding a meeting on student conduct and how it effects residents Nov 11 in the Lake Huron Room of the Bovee University Center.
When the Mount Pleasant City Commission first brought up a roundabout on Washington and Bellows streets in May, Mayor Jim Holton said he would rather paper cut his eyeball with the blueprint of it than talk about construction. During its work session tonight, plans for the roundabout were brought up again."I would rather drop a bowling ball on my bare foot in the shower," Holton said this time. Whether Holton likes it or not, a roundabout at Washington and Bellows is a possibility with Central Michigan University partnership. Public Works Director John Zang said CMU is in the process of getting bids for what the roundabout would look like so the city can approve its design.
Rick RautanenWe understand students are a huge part of the community, but in recent years we've seen a change in behavior.
At tonight's Mount Pleasant City Commission meeting, Mayor Jim Holton declared Oct. 12, 2015 Indigenous Peoples Day. The meeting began with a special drum ceremony from Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Chief Steve Pego, followed by a proclamation from Holton. Pego expressed his gratitude to the commission."If more people started working with their hearts, the world wouldn't be a bad place to live," he said. Holton highlighted the proclamation, saying Mount Pleasant and the Tribe have a relationship based on mutual respect and trust.
Local developers will soon replace two iconic Mission Street
buildings with new townhomes and business space.Labelle Limited Partnership plans to demolish the Pho Viet
restaurant and the Mission Street antique store by the end of this year, said
Jacob Kain, Mount Pleasant city planner.
Developers seeking to turn Todd's Party Store into new student housing were given permission to move forward Thursday.Joe Olivieri wants to demolish the beer and wine depot at 104 E.
After much debate and the passing and failing of several motions, the Mount Pleasant City Commission voted to amend several sections of the city's zoning ordinance to update standards for student-populated neighborhoods north of campus.Known as the M-2 district, the redevelopment of the area has been an issue for city government for years.
Todd's Party Store closed in March 2014 after eight years of business at 104 E. May St. The store was owned by Todd Gurzick, who leased the property from Marshall Real Estate, according to Mount Pleasant property tax records.
Students can expect Welcome Weekend-level police enforcement during all of Central Michigan University's big event weekends. At tonight's Mount Pleasant City Commission meeting, Mount Pleasant Police Captain Paul Lauria presented feedback to commissioners regarding student behavior during Welcome Weekend. He said police implemented plans to deal with behavior, including large crowds, ordinance violations, trash and fireworks.
"It's good to inform students over the summer, but then the other 19,000 come back and don't know about the changes.
For decades, longtime Mount Pleasant residents have watched with skepticism as Central Michigan University and city officials attempt to tame student partying.