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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.
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.
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.
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.
Students could see new recycling ordinances this fall, as part of the city's proposed amendments to their solid waste program.During a July 13 Mount Pleasant City Commission meeting, commissioners voted to hold a public hearing on their proposed amendments for Aug.
The Mount Pleasant City Commission will hold a public hearing on Aug. 10 on proposed amendments to their solid waste program.The proposed changes came out of a June 8 work session, and address three factors to be targeted.
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.
Casa Loma apartments, located on Edgewood Drive, were approved for a permit to raze existing buildings and construct a 10-unit rooming dwelling for 39 occupants at the July 9 Mount Pleasant Planning Commission meeting.The addition will feature 10 buildings with 39 additional parking spaces, which can be shared with adjacent dwellings.
Planning Commissioner Michael Kostrzewa said the M-2 District will never look like a family-occupied dwelling.Kostrzewa used a comparison to Chicago to demonstrate the differences he sees in student neighborhoods there, and those included in the M-2 District, which are north of campus between Bellows and High streets."There is a mediocrity of buildings that have been done there," he said.
At a recent City Commission meeting, commissioners unanimously voted to have an additional code enforcement officer to work in student-populated neighborhoods.The recommendation came from City Manager Nancy Ridley, who said another officer would help build the city's relationship with students and their compliance with regulations on outdoor trash and partying.Ridley said the need for extra enforcement comes from concerns of Mount Pleasant residents who live close to the M-2 district.
More code enforcement will be established in the M-2 district when students return in the fall.At the June 22 City Commission meeting, commissioners voted on hiring an additional code enforcement officer who will work specifically in the mostly student-populated neighborhood.Mayor Jim Holton said the additional code enforcement is about education."(The officer) will be working differently in that area because of the behavior and attitudes in that area," he said.The commissioners also discussed a Zoning Ordinance amendment to provide greater flexibility in consideration of first-floor residential uses as a transitional use.
With the slow but steady increase in deer population in Isabella County, Mount Pleasant is predicted to have another deer culling in 2016.According to the Isabella County Deer Management Unit the City of Mount Pleasant has been challenged with an urban deer problem the past five years. "About five or four years management grew concerned about the overpopulated deer because it affected the urban areas," Cordelia Kohrman a Mount Pleasant resident said.
In 2014, the city entered an agreement with Central Michigan University to administer and enforce the city's metered parking adjacent to campus.The CMU parking enforcement team is responsible for issuing citations, processing payments, handling complaints and appeals and collecting unpaid citations.
The City Commission discussed changes to make to their solid waste program June 8 during their work session.The goal of the program is to have more incentives for residents and students to recycle.Commissioner Matthew Sous said students play a large role in the program."Recycling does not work without the students," he said. Along with recycling, the program works to address trash carts left at curbs, the structure of bag and tag fees and allowing non-residential occupants to utilize the bag and tag as an option. Areas the commission discussed were in between Bellows to High streets, Broadway to Pickard streets and the train tracks to Fancher Street.
A neighborhood parking update was presented by Building Official Brian Kench on June 8 at the City Commission meeting.A neighborhood parking analysis was done in the neighborhoods adjacent to Central Michigan University to determine what changes were necessary to on-street parking regulations in order to ensure several goals, including a balance in addressing student and resident needs, a reasonable amount of on-street parking, increased use in designated parking areas, sufficient travel lanes and on-street metered parking.The pilot programs were divided into six studies. The first followed a 2014 agreement with the university to administer and enforce the city's metered parking adjacent to campus.
Mount Pleasant Police Department Chief and Division of Public Safety Director Glenn Feldhauser led a discussion on behavior in mostly student-populated neighborhood M-2 during the City Commission's work session Tuesday. The M2 district holds a majority of near-campus student housing, including house or apartments converted to fit three to six people. Feldhauser pointed out the department's primary concerns, which could be split into two categories: nuisance parties and neighborhood appearance, including trash, parking, furniture and tall grass. In 2014, the department collected data on their diversion program, which offers those charged with misdemeanors an alternative to criminal court.
The Mount Pleasant City Commission approved several items at its meeting Tuesday.A presentation was given by Lisa Hadden and Bill Strickler, race directors for Le Tour de Mont Pleasant, urging commissioners to approve support for the seventh annual race, to take place the weekend of June 12.
Mount Pleasant Mayor Jim Holton is not a fan of roundabouts."I would rather take (the blueprint) and paper cut my eyeball than approve a roundabout down there," he said.Holton was referring to plans to construct a roundabout at Bellows and Washington streets.
A study done by the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe showed there is still E. Coli present in the Chippewa River, presented by Water Quality Specialist Carey Pauquette at the May 11 City Commission meeting at City Hall. The annual water quality assessment showed the North Branch of the river has the highest presence of E.
Isabella County commissioners passed a resolution of support for Michigan's controversial road funding proposal at Tuesday's County Board of Commissioners meeting.Five out of the seven county officials voted in favor of the resolution which urged county voters to help pass Proposal 1 on the May 5 election ballot. Proposal 1's sales tax increase and its attached legislation has been the center of controversy for voters, pundits and law makers across the state. Commissioners in favor of Prop 1 and the county resolution agreed the measure was Michigan's last best chance to fix its crumbing roads despite its flaws."There's a reason why its not pretty — It’s a compromise," said Commissioner Michael Fisher of District 7. "That's not easy these days.