Services and Programs
StreetlightsPlease report any streetlight outages to the Division of Public Works or to Consumers Energy.
Live Animal TrapsTraps can be borrowed and are available for pick-up at the Public Works Building, 1303 N. Franklin Street. Please call for availability of traps.
Tree TrimmingEach year the Street Department hires a contractor, through a bid process, to trim specified street trees in the rights-of-way throughout the City. If you notice any street trees that are in need of attention, please call the Street Department.
Christmas Tree Collection
The Street Department picks up Christmas trees around the first two weeks of January (specific dates announced each year). To have your tree picked up, place it at the curb with the stump facing the street and remove any plastic bags from the tree..
Sidewalk ReplacementThe Street Department replaces broken and/or hazardous sections of existing sidewalk each summer. If you see a sidewalk in need of repair, please contact us.
Leaf Pick-upEach fall, the City provides fall leaf pick-up program during late October and November.
Residents are reminded to rake leaves in low piles into the gutter. Leaves should not cover storm sewer catch basins. Yard waste bags should not be used. On major streets like High Street and Pickard Street where traffic prohibits leaves in the gutter, leaves may be raked between the curb and sidewalk. Watch for additional information on cable access Channel 96 or information will be published in local newspapers (CM Life and The Morning Sun). Residents may also contact the Division of Public Works at (989) 779-5401 with any program questions.
Sewer BackupsAll residents and commercial establishment operators should contact a plumber first prior to calling the City of Mt. Pleasant for assistance with sewer back-ups (sink or shower will not drain, toilet will not flush, water back-up from basement floor drain, etc.). The plumber is responsible for determining if the problem is in the property owner’s sanitary sewer service or lead. If the plumber is unable to remedy the back-up because the plumber believes the cause is in the sewer main, the plumber should contact the Division of Public Works office at 989-779-5401, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (after hours calls should be directed to Central Dispatch at (989) 773-1000). City crews will then be sent to check the sanitary sewer main and verify that the property owner is still experiencing a back-up. If the City is called to a sanitary sewer back-up and determines that the back-up is not caused by the City’s sewer main line, the resident/homeowner/business owner may be billed for the City’s time spent in determining the nature of the problem.
In January 2002, the State of Michigan passed Public Act 222, a law regarding citizens’ rights to recover damages caused by a sanitary or storm sewer back-up event. Under the law, if you experience an overflow or back-up of sanitary or storm sewer on your property and damage has occurred, you must file a written claim with the Division of Public Works within 45 days. While filing a claim does not guarantee that damages will be covered, failure to provide the required written notice will prevent any possible recovery of loss. If you experience damage to your home or business and/or possessions as a result of a sewer back-up, it is recommended that you consult your homeowner’s insurance policy for coverage of these items.How to file a claim for damages following a sewer backup
Snow RemovalThe Street Department is responsible for snow removal and ice control on city streets. Street crews are available 24 hours a day to respond to inclement winter weather.
The City is divided into four snowplowing routes and five salting routes. Major streets and downtown businesses are plowed first, followed by local (residential) streets, then parking lots, and lastly cul-de-sacs and alleys.
Salting and plowing may start anytime during the day or night. Cars should be off the streets or parked in driveways overnight when inclement weather is predicted. Cars parked in the street between the hours of 2 a.m. and 5 a.m. may be ticketed and towed at the owner's expense if the car is in the way of the plow trucks. The exception to this is in the downtown business district, where the no parking hours are between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m.
Please help us expedite snowplowing by:
- Avoid parking on streets when inclement weather is predicted.
- Clearing sidewalks of snow within 24 hours, including your mailbox approach. (Streets/Parks staff clear sidewalks in some areas of the City. See the map of sidewalk snow plow routes for details.)
- Checking your mailbox posts. If the post is worn, rotted, or too close to the roadway, it may be damaged from the weight of the snow being plowed. Please check with the U.S. Postal Service requirements if you wish to move your mailbox post.
Tree PlantingThe Street Department plants approximately 100-120 trees in the city rights-of-way as part of the Urban Forestry Plan. The goal of this plan is to establish a diverse population of street trees in the City to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the streets. Under the Urban Forestry Plan, a free tree is offered to citizens to have planted in front of their property right-of-way. Each parcel and/or property owner is allowed one free tree per year. The Street crew will determine the best location for the tree in the right-of-way. Once the tree is planted, the property owner is asked to water the tree once per week. Additional watering is encouraged during extended periods of hot, dry weather during the summer months.
To receive a free tree, fill out a Tree Application (PDF) and return it to the Public Works building at 1303 N. Franklin Street by December 31 of the current year for planting the following spring. Click here to view the City's Tree Planting brochure.
If a resident wishes to plant their own tree in the right-of-way, a permit must first be obtained from the Public Works office. There is no charge for the permit. However, there is a limitation to the size and species of tree that can be planted in this area. For more information, please contact the Division of Public Works office at 989-779-5401.
Brush Pick-UpThe program operates year-round, weather permitting, and provides curbside or alley pick up of brush that is not eligible for collection by the City's user fee, weekly refuse collection. Brush must originate from the adjacent property.
- BRUSH - $35.00 for initial 30 minutes
- PLUS $16.50 for each additional 10 minutes*
- PLUS 10.5% Overhead
Brush Pick-Up Requirements:
Brush must be neatly piled with the butt ends of the branches facing the street. BRUSH ONLY -- brush with trunks over 9" in diameter, grass clippings, leaves, stumps, roots, weeds, vines, flowers, wire, or other foreign materials are not permitted.
Brush may not be placed at the curbside or in the alley earlier than one week before the designated day of collection. The designated day of collection will be stated when residents pay for the service. Residents who place brush at the curbside for an extended amount of time will be subject to fines and/or asked to remove the brush from the curbside and store it properly until the day of pick up.
Placement and pick-up
- Brush for pick up is to be placed at the curbside or in the alley no earlier than the week before the scheduled pick up and no later than 7 a.m. on the scheduled day of pick up.
- City ordinance indicates that brush placed at the curbside for this program shall at no time obstruct any city sidewalk, right-of-way, or view of traffic.
- This program and the timely pick up of brush are subject to inclement weather conditions, the volume of pick-ups scheduled, and other obligations of City crews at the discretion of the Street Superintendent. If brush scheduled for pick up has not been picked up by 4 p.m. of the Thursday following the scheduled pick up, contact the Public Works office at (989) 779-5401.
Application and payment
Application and payment of fees must be made in advance and will be accepted until 4:30 p.m. the Thursday before the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Download the brush pick-up application here. Application and payment can be made at:
Treasurer's Office / City Hall
320 W. Broadway
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Public Works Office / DPW
1303 N. Franklin Street
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858
Residents are encouraged to read and follow the guidelines as set forth above. Failure to comply with the guidelines and restrictions of the program will result in forfeiture of the fees paid, and the property owner/resident will be responsible for removing brush from the public right-of-way in a timely manner.