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City proclaims Oct. 12 Indigenous Peoples Day

(10/12/15 9:00pm)

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.

Police to continue Welcome Weekend-level enforcement during big event weekends

(09/14/15 9:02pm)

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.

City passes pilot recycling program

(08/10/15 8:56pm)

Matthew Sous saw his first proposal as a city commissioner pass during the Aug. 10 meeting. On a mission to make recycling accessible for more Mount Pleasant residents and students, Sous proposed the program, which passed along with several amendments to the city's solid waste ordinance. "Passing this will be a huge step forward for the city of Mount Pleasant," Sous said.

City Commission votes to allow additional apartments on Mission Street

(07/27/15 9:20pm)

During the July 27 meeting, the Mount Pleasant City Commission discussed amending the city's zoning ordinance to authorize transitional zoning in the Mission Redevelopment Overlay Zone. "The zone is intended to promote the redevelopment and rehabilitation of buildings and properties along and adjacent to Mission Street by allowing flexible and sensible zoning and design standards that measurably improve the city's tax base and overall property appearance," reads the ordinance. The commission voted 3-2 in favor of the amendments, which would allow for the building of apartments next to single-family residences or the university in the Mission Overlay Zone. Currently, the ordinance allows first-floor residential uses if they function as a transition between commercial and single-family dwellings.

City Commission to discuss Mission Overlay Zone at Monday meeting

(07/24/15 2:49pm)

At the July 27 City Commission meeting, commissioners will hold a public hearing to discuss amending Mount Pleasant's zoning ordinance for the Mission Overlay Zone.The zone focuses on the redevelopment of buildings along or adjacent to Mission Street, allowing flexible zoning and design standards that could improve the city's tax base and overall appearance, according to city documents. Currently, the ordinance allows first-floor residential uses if they function as a transition between commercial and single-family dwellings.

Residents speak out against duplex in downtown neighborhood

(07/22/15 9:59pm)

What started as a public hearing to appeal a decision of the Mount Pleasant Planning Commission turned into a series of comments from residents about student housing and behavior.At the July 22 Zoning Board of Appeals meeting, board members were set to discuss and possibly appeal the Planning Commission's May 7 decision to deny a Special Use Permit for a duplex at 714 S.

City Commission to discuss road projects, recycling program at July 13 meeting

(07/10/15 4:47pm)

The Mount Pleasant City Commission will discuss funding for an overlay project on Bellows Street at their upcoming July 13 meeting.The city engineering department submitted a Michigan Department of Environmental Quality grant application of ultra-thin overlays on some city streets, including Bellows Street to Crapo Street to Isabella Road.