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Commission turns down payment terms for Principal Shopping District Special Assessment at Monday meeting

(07/11/17 1:45pm)

Former Mount Pleasant City Commissioner Jon Joslin thinks taxes for property owners in Downtown Mount Pleasant are "atrocious."He spoke at a public hearing at the commission's regular meeting on July 10 to voice his opposition for the Principal Shopping District Special Assessment, which he also spoke out against in previous meetings.

City awaits consideration of financial assistance after FEMA surveys flood damage

(07/10/17 10:34pm)

While it is still unclear if the city of Mount Pleasant or its residents will receive financial assistance, City Manager Nancy Ridley could not be more proud of the city and Isabella County for the efforts made while assessing damage caused by massive flooding last month."I can't say how proud I am of the work that everybody did," Ridley said.

CMU alumni return to compete in Food Truck Friday

(07/10/17 3:09pm)

This week's Food Truck Friday will include a face-off between two pizza vendors, one of which is a Lansing-based food truck run by a Central Michigan University alum.The event will be located in the parking lot of the Central Michigan University Research Corporation Food Truck Friday is hosted by the CMURC every week from the beginning of June to the end of August.

United Way raises over $30,000 with flood recovery fundraiser

(07/06/17 5:15pm)

The United Way of Gratiot and Isabella Counties has raised more than $30,000 for its flood relief fund. The funds will be used to reimburse non-profit organizations that are aiding people affected by the June 23 flooding, such as Habitat for Humanity and the American Red Cross, said Tom Olver,  president and CEO of the United Way of Gratiot and Isabella Counties.

Flood damage will cost Isabella County more than $87 million; assessments still going on

(07/03/17 9:40pm)

At a press conference on June 28, the Isabella County Emergency Operations Center announced that initial estimates of the cost of flood damage were at least $87 million across Isabella County. The estimates take into account damage to public property, private property, and local agriculture like crops and farmland. As the initial estimate was delivered on a time crunch, before many in-depth damage assessments could be made, the total cost could end up being higher, said Isabella County Administrator Margaret McAvoy. "It's a dynamic number, because people are still reporting damage," said McAvoy.

Thrilling Thursdays scavenger hunt offers tour of Downtown

(06/30/17 10:17am)

More than 20 teams scoured Downtown Mount Pleasant Thursday looking for local landmarks and solving riddles in a scavenger hunt hosted by the City of Mount Pleasant.The event was part of the 10-week Thrilling Thursdays series, which encourages residents to be active and explore the Mount Pleasant community. The purpose of the scavenger hunt was to introduce participants to what the Downtown district can offer, said Melinda Salchert, special events coordinator for the City of Mount Pleasant."We tried to incorporate a bunch of different aspects of the Downtown experience," Salchert said.

Flood damage may cost Mount Pleasant more than $6 million in repairs

(06/27/17 3:03pm)

As Mount Pleasant residents continue to cope with flooding from Thursday's thunderstorm, City Manager Nancy Ridley encouraged the community to stay patient as the city continues its efforts to  assess the damages.After covering all 10 agenda items at Monday's City Commission meeting, Ridley said it was necessary to talk about the recent floods, which have left Isabella County in a State of Emergency."Our community is under a level of stress that it has never been under," Ridley said.