Mt. Pleasant- The Mount Pleasant City Council met last night with the big item up for discussion being the public hearing on the city mural ordinance. The new ordinance would allow wall signs in the B-2 district that are painted by hand or utilized hand-held tools that are applied to either the sides or rear of the buildings. The mural can fill the entirety of the wall and the city cannot force what can be painted, but Main Street Mt. Pleasant will be there to guide. The council approved the first reading of the ordinance.
The council also agreed to extend the time on the West Henry Street project along with approving a contract with Norris Asphalt Paving to resurface a portion of the cemetery road, which will cost $40,250 and resurface the alley behind the Post Office, which will cost $30,395.
The Burlington/West Burlington Area United Way Executive Director, Megan Brincks, attended the meeting to discuss how they acquired Mount Pleasant for their territory and discussed ways to create a partnership with the community. Additionally, Brinks explained that the United Way is affiliated with the 211 and 988 phone lines.
The City Pool will be closed at least for today as a bad water sample caused the pool to shut its doors. The city will have to wait until later today when the sample comes back from Iowa City, whether the pool will be able to open for Friday and Saturday.
The City Council also adopted ordinances to change to zoning for 200 and 202 North Jefferson Street and for 200/300 blocks of South Scott Lane. The 200 block of Jefferson will now be a B-2 zone, central business district, instead of a B-3 zone, general retail and service commercial district. The 200/300 block of S. Scott Lane will now be a B-4 zone, highway service commercial district, to allow the property to be used for storage units.
There will be public hearings on August 23rd for a resolution to vacate the unused alley between Mill Street, Harlan, Broadway, and North Lucas Street along with a resolution to sell the west portion of 1300 West Courtland.
There were also approvals to purchase a hot water pressure washer for the Public Works Department and for the Mayor to sign a contract with Kinney and Sons Excavating for the Mid-Am Sewer Project, which will cost no more than $29,720.
The next Mount Pleasant City Council meeting will be August 23rd.