From the Mount Pleasant City Council Meeting

The Mount Pleasant City Council met in regular session Wednesday. President of the Midwest Old Threshers Board of Directors, Bob Gerdes, was there to update the Council on the 2023 reunion. And to thank the City for the continued assistance, cooperation and support for the annual Old Threshers Reunion.

Three members of the Mount Pleasant Historic Preservation Commission attended. The Commission is charged with presenting a report annually for both the State Historical Preservation Office and the City of Mount Pleasant.  Joy Lapp shared a summary of projects that includes the continuing restoration of the Historic Second Baptist Church, status and upcoming public of the new version of the Mount Pleasant Beautiful book of historic homes and work to restore grave markers in Forest Home Cemetery.  Lapp also explained an upcoming project to determine if the downtown business district could be eligible for the historic district designation.

The Council received a request from Jason Goody to purchase the undeveloped alley between North Broadway and North Lucas Streets in 1100 block.

March 8 at 5:30 pm was set as the date and time for a public hearing on an ordinance to amend the City zoning map for property on West Washington Street owned by Fratco.

The Council passed the first reading amending Park and Rec Department fees.  The Park Board recommends family pool passes be raised to $150 for two to five family members and $10 for each additional.  Individual pool passes would be raised to $75.  The pool facility rental rate would be changed to $600 with slides and would eliminate the option to rent the pool without the slides.

The City of Mount Pleasant has entered into a contract with Iowa Prison Industries for the labor to mow the City owned cemeteries.  As part of the agreement the City must provide the mowers and other equipment.  The Council approved the purchase of three mowers, a string trimmer, handheld blower, chainsaw, hedge trimmer and power pruner.