Mt. Pleasant approves rules on fireworks, off-road vehicles

MT. PLEASANT — The Mt. Pleasant City Council approved amendments to ordinances regarding off-road vehicles and fireworks on Wednesday evening.

The council approved a third reading of the city’s motor vehicles ordinance, which would allow golf carts and utility terrain vehicles on city streets. Residents will now be able to register and license those vehicles with the city.

Before the adoption of the ordinance, the city followed state law, which only allowed registered vehicles to operate on roads, Mt. Pleasant Building and Zoning Administrator Jack Swarm explained. The state law authorizes cities and municipalities to license golf carts, UTVs and ATVs. The city opted not to license ATVs.

The council adopted amendments to a fireworks ordinance that will restrict the days fireworks can be set off to June 21 through July 6 and Dec. 24 through Jan. 1. Violations of the ordinance will be considered a municipal infraction, which will allow local police to issue a ticket for violations. The ordinance requires fireworks vendors in the city to post signs listing the city rules regarding fireworks so the public can be reasonably informed of the regulations.

Both ordinances passed 5-0. Council member Terry McWilliams was not present for the meeting.


  • • The council approved a resolution amending the city’s request for reimbursement for costs related to COVID-19 from the Iowa Government relief fund. Deputy City Clerk Lori Davis said she would be applying for $206,000, the maximum amount the city could request.

• The city accepted a lease on farm ground at the Municipal airport. The bid went to Mark Waters, who offered $216 per acre.

• The council approved an additional $1,380 in funding for the Jefferson Street Trail project. The extra funds will go to constructing a retaining wall to protect trees, which will add two days of construction time.

• The council approved the hiring of Carissa Burke, who will serve as the new administrative assistant for the city. Burke will begin in her new role on Oct. 30.