The Mt. Pleasant City Council made quick work of their meeting last night. Kiley Miller and David File of the Mt. Pleasant Area Chamber Alliance started off the meeting by showing council members a video they produced with Terry Bradshaw and has been aired around the country. If you haven’t seen the video yet, you can check it out at mountpleasantiowa.org. They also gave a brief overview of the programs for 2012 at the Chamber.
A 3rd reading of a proposed ordinance was held for a revision of the City Code Nuisance Abatement Section. There was no discussion and it was adopted. Next, Martha Johnson was approved to become a Library Board Trustee. A change order was made to the Airport Runway Rehab Project. This one works in the city’s favor as it is a decrease of over $18,000. The Engineer and contractor determined that the old pavement markings did not have to be removed before a sealing was applied saving the project money.
The list of tax abatements was approved. Don’t forget: you’ve got until January 31st to turn your tax abatements in. The city approved a resolution to authorize the mayor to sign an agreement for the Energy Efficiency Conservation Block Grant for LED lighting along North Grand Avenue. These are the traffic headlights that were also discussed at Tuesday’s Mt. Pleasant Municipal Utilities Board meeting and will be placed at Mapleleaf, Baker and Winfield. This is a 50/50 match program and the hope is they can replace the rest of the lights with a second block grant in the near future.
A hearing date has been set for a Community Development Block Grant application. It has been set for Tuesday, January 29th at noon. This grant is for funding for the Union Block Building project.
In other actions, the Council approved a wastewater discharge agreement with Midwest Precast Concrete of Mt. Pleasant. This is regarding how the company was discharging run-off. The DNR said the company could either pre-treat it or have it run into the city sanitary sewer. Mayor Steve Brimhall says that the city has the capabilities of treating this, where it could be a financial hardship to make the changes per the DNR. This is the third such contract the city has with a company. There is some work required before it goes into the sewer system and the city will monitor the situation. There are limits and if they are found to go over them, there are stiff penalties.
On the recommendation Chief Ron Archer, Ryan Pilling was approved for the Police Investigator for the Mt. Pleasant Police Department. He joined the force in September but has worked in law enforcement for seven years. The vacancy comes after Office Murray was promoted.
Finally, Mayor Brimhall wanted to update the community regarding the vehicle nuisance ordinance. He says that they are closer to getting a solution. There are still some sticking points but he says it is an issue that every community struggles with. The final hope is in his words, to get the community “looking nicer.”