At last night’s Mt. Pleasant City Council meeting no one objected to plans for renovating the airport terminal. So the council moved forward with approving the project that will completely update the terminal built sometime in the1970’s. The city received a grant to cover $75,000 of the project. The city’s share is $25,000. The work will start in January and be completed by May 1.
Also at last night’s council meeting the public was invited to comment on the vacation of a section of Threshers Road. Since no objections were raised the council approved closing the section of street between the trolley tracks. December 27 at 7 pm was the time set for the sale of what amounts to 3 parcels of land at $300 apiece. The city expects Old Threshers to purchase the parcels. This will mean the entire trolley track will be on private property and will alleviate any potential difficulty with federal railroad requirements. Old Threshers had been informed by the federal railroad association that there was a safety problem with the trolley tracks crossing a city street in two places.
Following a third reading, the Mt. Pleasant City Council approved permanent four way stop signs at the intersection of Madison and Jefferson, Monroe and Jefferson and Monroe and Main. These are the intersections in the downtown area and were previously regulated by stop lights.
The next Mt. Pleasant alley to be re-done will be the one located between Two Rivers Bank and Shelter Insurance. The city council approved the engineering services agreement last night. There will have to be some sewer work done in the alley. In other business, the Mt. Pleasant Council approved the Mayor’s recommendation to re-appoint Paula Kinney to another three year term on the Main Street Board of Directors. Mayor Brimhall cited Kinney’s work on the fund raising for the Union Block renovation as one of the main reasons to renew her appointment.
The council passed the second reading of ordinances amending the fees for the Police Department and Park and Rec as well as the electrical fees.
A class B wine permit was approved for The Creative Touch on the north side of the square and wine, beer and retail cigarette sales permits were approved for the new owner of Mt. Pleasant BP, the former Unity Biofuels.
City Administrator Brent Schleisman reported on the successful testing of the city’s new outdoor warning sirens. The installation was completed and the first tests run last week. And then Wednesday the sirens were sounded again as part of the weekly test. The new sirens are located near Old Threshers and the Little League diamonds as well as in the East Lake/High School area and out on Courtland close to the golf course. The siren on top of City Hall was installed in the 1950’s but still works.