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Brush Chipping - Fee-Based (year-round)

The 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 - $45.00 for initial 30 minutes
  • Over 30 minutes, you will be billed $1.65 per minute plus 10.5% overhead for each minute over the initial 30 minutes.

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

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 (Fee-based service)

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. There are two ways to pay:

1. Complete the application and pay online. Click here to learn how.

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2. 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

NO REFUNDS

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.

Christmas Tree Collection

Two Trash Bag Tags Needed for Curbside Tree Collection

City of Mt. Pleasant Street Department staff will pick up discarded Christmas trees from residents within the city limits from January 4-15, 2021. This curbside collection can be utilized by attaching two City trash bag tags to the tree, for a cost of $6.30. Trash bag tags for this service can be purchased at Meijer, Ric’s, GreenTree Grocery Co-Op (individual tags), or via the online service center under the “Quick Links” section on the City’s website at www.mt-pleasant.org. Trees are to be placed at the curb, even in areas where normal trash collection is in the alley. Evergreen wreaths will not be collected. All tinsel and plastic bags must be removed, and the trunk ends of the trees face the street. During the first week of collection, the Street Department will leave an OOPS card at the residence for trees that are not tagged with City trash bag tags.  You may then add the trash bag tags to have the tree collected during the second collection week. As with trash disposal, any missing tags from trees must be replaced to have the tree collected.  It is recommended you write your address on both halves and sides of the tags. Any trees remaining after January 15 will not be collected, even if tagged, and may be taken to the Materials Recovery Facility, 4208 E. River Road, Mt. Pleasant, or disposed of through the City’s brush chipping program.

Large Item Pick Up
Following federal, state and local health officials’ recommendations regarding COVID-19, large item stickers may be purchased online with a credit card or bank account through the City’s payment portal.  Click here to purchase a sticker online.  For the building permit number, please enter your address. Once you complete the purchase, you must contact the Treasurer’s Office at (989) 779-5387 to let staff know of your purchase.  City staff will place the sticker(s) in an envelope for delivery by Public Safety personnel who will tape the envelope to the door of your choosing at your home.  Stickers may also be mailed to your home.  Please remember to purchase the stickers in advance of your collection day.  Stickers that are purchased the day prior to your collection day may not arrive in time for use the next day.  We will make every effort to deliver the sticker(s) as quickly as possible, but advanced purchase is recommended. Place the sticker on your large item and set out at your designated collection point (alley or curbside) by 7:30 a.m. on your City trash collection day.  The guidelines of the large item sticker program are available for review here.

Leaf Pick-up
Each fall, the City provides fall leaf pick-up program during late October and November.

See the most recent leaf collection schedule here.

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 Public Works at (989) 779-5401 with any program questions.

Live Animal Traps
Please call Public Works at (989) 779-5401 for availability.

Sewer Backups
All 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 Public Works 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. .

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
Sidewalk Replacement
The Street Department replaces broken and/or hazardous sections of existing sidewalk each summer. If you see a sidewalk in need of repair, please call Public Works at (989) 779-5401.

Snow Removal
The 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.

A recent change to the City’s parking ordinance allows for overnight parking, except in the downtown area. Overnight parking on the street in the downtown area is not allowed at any time of year. 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. If a snow emergency is declared, you are required by ordinance to remove your vehicle from the street. Vehicles parked on the street during a snow emergency are subject to ticketing and towing.

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.
Streetlights
Please report streetlight outages directly to Consumers Energy at 800-477-5050 or online at https://www.consumersenergy.com/outages/street-light-outage-report.   If there is an issue with one of the blue City-owned decorative lights, please contact Public Works at (989) 779-5401 or send an email to publicworks@mt-pleasant.org.

Tree Planting
The Street Department plants a variety of 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 property owners to have a tree planted in the right of way in front of their property. 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 and mail back to Public Works at 320 W. Broadway, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858. Or by email to publicworks@mt-pleasant.org by April 1 for planting in the following spring. Click here to view the 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 Public Works at (989) 779-5401.

Tree Trimming
Each 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 Public Works at (989) 779-5401.

Click here to access a complete list of forms and permits for all Public Works' Services and Programs.