MP to see 10-cent increase to recycling fees

MP city council approves higher wages for seasonal employees

The Mt. Pleasant City Council approved a 10-cent increase to recycling fees, higher wages for part-time temporary and seasonal employees, wages for fire department volunteers and other items at a city council meeting on Wednesday, April 24.

Mt. Pleasant residents will see a 10-cent increase to their recycling fees, with the city council approving the first reading of a proposed amendment to city recycling fees. There will be two more readings before the amendment is passed.

The City of Mt. Pleasant is a member of the Des Moines County Regional Landfill, which charges the city an administrative, hazardous waste handling and curbside cycling fee. The fee they are charging the city is going up 10 cents from $3.75 to $3.85 per household.

Brent Schleisman, city administrator, said this is a “pass through” fee that is sent directly to the Des Moines County Regional Landfill.

The city council approved more competitive wages for all temporary and seasonal workers the city hires. Positions include lifeguards, cashier and concessions at the community pool, snow removal in public works and youth program instructors.

Mayor Steve Brimhall said that over the past two years, the city has found they need to raise part-time wages to attract workers.

“They can go a lot of places and make a lot more money than they used to. We need to be competitive moving forward,” Brimhall said.

Additionally, the city council approved a temporary part-time employee to help the Public Works Department for the spring, summer and fall. The recommendation was made by Public Works director Rick Mullin.

Brimhall said Public Works needs a little more help over the summer months, especially downtown with lawn care.

The city council also approved wages for the Mt. Pleasant Fire Department volunteers. Brimhall said he met with firefighters on Wednesday, and they discussed their operating guidelines.

The fire department is looking to hire two additional firefighters. Fire chief Drew Schumacher has received some applications.

“We’re always in need of firefighters and firefighter reserves,” Brimhall said. “They have good pancakes and sausage too,” he added about the fire department’s recent pancake breakfast on Saturday, April 20.

In other news, the council approved a resolution authorizing Brimhall to sign a utility easement for the South Jefferson Street Reconstruction project. The easement was provided by resident Mike Brown and covers existing storm sewer and sanitary sewer lines that need repair.

Schleisman said this will help fix some storm sewer issues that are in desperate need of repair.

“We appreciate the citizens who worked with us,” Schleisman said.

The city council also approved awarding the contract for the South Jefferson Street Reconstruction project from South Street to Green Street to the low bidder of Jones Contracting for $791,507. Four bids were received.

The next Mt. Pleasant City Council meeting is Wednesday, May 8, at 5:30 p.m.