City commission approves several items at Tuesday's meeting


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. Hadden said the event last year brought in $25,000 per 100 participants during the race, with 400 people participating over the three-day period. The commission approved the annual race.

The race directors are looking for volunteers for the event, and those interested can email

A presentation on the 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report showed the city received a clean audit during last year. Data collected by Vredeveld Haefner, a public accounting firm, that the majority of Mount Pleasant's revenue came from property taxes at 43 percent. The city's expenses were largely made up of general government expenses and public safety. 

An agreement with Isabella County regarding Hannah's Bark Park was approved, which would split remaining costs not covered through the dog park's revenue between Mount Pleasant and Union Township for the next five years. The Mount Pleasant Parks and Recreation Department predicts the park's revenue to be $5,100, with an operating cost of $13,600. 

City Manager Nancy Ridley highlighted the importance of the contract between Mount Pleasant and Isabella County.

"We want to make sure it doesn't hinder our ability to make decisions about the park," she said. 

Recommended dog park fees were also approved, with an annual membership fee costing $30 and $20 for an additional dog. Visitor or trial memberships will be available at $5 for a seven-day period. Memberships will be able to be picked up at City Hall and will be given in the form of a fob that attaches to key chains.

Hannah's Bark Park is expected to be open after July 4. 

Several other items were approve at the meeting including: 

  • Sidewalk licenses for Curtiss Hardware and Jojo's Junk Shop
  • An extension of a Temporary Traffic Control Order, which includes signage for "Residence Parking Only." The extension will remain in place until the pilot program begins July 31. 
  • Payrolls and warrants

The meeting will rebroadcast at noon for two weeks and at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The next city commission meeting will take place at 7 p.m. June 8 in the City Commission Chambers at City Hall.


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