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United Apartments offers reward for information on arsons

(07/14/14 3:39pm)

United Apartments is offering a $1,000 reward for information that would lead to an arrest and conviction of the persons responsible for the dumpster fires at Yorkshire Commons, Tallgrass Apartments, and The Forum Apartments. According to files obtained by Central Michigan Life through the Freedom of Information Act, there has been 11 incidents of arson in Mount Pleasant since April.

Mount Pleasant makes offer to communications director candidate

(07/14/14 12:50pm)

The City of Mount Pleasant has yet to officially hire a communications director, though the city has taken a step toward filling the position. The individual, whose hiring is considered a personnel matter and cannot be named, is currently in the process of completing all pre-employment screenings said, Laura Veldhuis, senior executive assistant of the city's Human Resources department. "We did make an offer of conditional employment to a candidate," she said.

Mount Pleasant City Commission urges residents to vote 'yes' on Proposal 1

(07/12/14 1:19pm)

Mount Pleasant's city commissioners are urging people to vote yes on Proposal 1 in the August 5 election. The state-wide proposal would remove personal property taxes from businesses and replace the lost revenue with state funding in a use tax. The current personal property tax places a tax on items they have already purchased and paid a six percent sales tax on.

Planning Commission reviews comments from public hearing on master plan

(07/11/14 12:49pm)

Mount Pleasant's Planning Commission moved forward with its master planning process at its regular meeting Thursday, this time wading through a list noteworthy comments about the document made at a June public hearing. Alan Bean, a consultant for Spicer Group acting as the city's planner, said the drafts of the master plan are at the point where the commission could make a recommendation to the City Commission.

CMU students play large role in Mount Pleasant economy

(07/07/14 3:12pm)

Approximately 20,000 on-campus Central Michigan University students migrate to and from the city each year, dividing the community's fiscal year into two nine month halves. Managing the ebb and flow of a cycling consumer and employee base presents an unique economic climate for Mount Pleasant, for which this population impact is more influential than in larger college communities. The duality of the Mount Pleasant economy keeps it dynamic. "If you look at it compared to an Ann Arbor or East Lansing, you have a buffer against the seasonality of students," said Brian Anderson, president of the Middle Michigan Development Corporation. "If you're going to look at it as a challenge, it's pretty much all positive.

Soaring Eagle continues to rock summer concerts

(07/07/14 12:57pm)

The Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort has a stacked line-up of shows for the rest of July and August. The shows will bring genres such as rock, country and comedy to Mount Pleasant. The concerts and events range from raunchy to retro and Central Michigan Life has compiled a list of the must-see groups at the premier Mount Pleasant locale. Tickets for all the shows are available for purchase at the Soaring Eagle Box Office. Train wsg.

Planning Commission postpones M-2 zoning discussion, seeks input from local developers

(06/26/14 10:26pm)

Mount Pleasant's Planning Commission expected to move forward on its M-2 zoning codification process at its Thursday work session. However, the group came to an impasse when looking at how their vision for a possible buffer zone and new professional housing could affect the bottom line for its local developers. The impasse forced the planning commission to postpone its codification discussion until they could gather input from the developers. "My job is to come up with a vision," Alan Bean, a planning consultant with Spicer Group, told Central Michigan Life. "I want town homes with nearby bike paths and walkable communities.