REGULAR MEETING OF THE

MIDLAND CENTER CITY AUTHORITY,

TO TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17, 2009, 3:00 P.M.

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   ROLL CALL

      MEMBERS PRESENT:   Gregory Adkins, Jerry Deming, David Ginis, Joe Kozuch, Jon Lynch, and Clifford Miles

      MEMBERS ABSENT:          Clinton Struthers

      STAFF PRESENT:          Keith Baker, Planning Director, Cheri King, Community Development Specialist and Heidi Saidi-Zand, Chamber of Commerce and two others.

2.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES

It was moved by Lynch and supported by Adkins to approve the minutes of the May 20, 2009 meetings as amended.  Motion was unanimously approved.

3.   PUBLIC COMMENTS (unrelated to items on the agenda)

      None

4.   OLD BUSINESS

 

      a.   Time line for committee budgets - Adkins

 

            Mr. Adkins reported that they are going to need formal budgeting requests by the August CCA Board Meeting from each subcommittee.

 

      b.   Update on Corridor Improvement Authorities networking event - Baker

 

            Mr. Baker reported that August 25th is the date for the Michigan Municipal League Workshop in Lansing for the Board.  There will be a registration form to be completed but this is not available yet. 

 

5.   NEW BUSINESS (unrelated to items on the agenda)

      a.   Non-profit sponsorship at September WakeUp!  Midland event - Ginis

 

            Mr. Ginis reported that Heidi told them the Corridor Improvement Authority could become an associate member of the Chamber of Commerce.  This would allow the CIA to put a flyer in the folders for Chamber members for their monthly meetings.  This would go to all participants at the WakeUp! Midland event.  The objective would be to engage the area businesses to jointly advertise and promote businesses in the area.  There is time for the Marketing Committee to come back at the next meeting with a sample of what they plan to produce.  The first step, however, would be for the Center City Authority to become a Chamber member.  There is no charge for this as the CCA is a non-profit.

 

            Jon Lynch stated that the City of Midland is a member of the Chamber.  Does the CCA need to have an additional membership?  Heidi stated that the Downtown Development Authority is a member separate from the City of Midland so the Center City Authority could also become a member.  Mr. Lynch likes Mr. Miles’ suggestion for the marketing committee to bring something back to the next meeting to be approved by the Board at their next meeting.

 

            Mr. Lynch moved, seconded by Mr. Adkins, that the Chairman notify the Chamber of Commerce that they would like to become a member.  Motion passed unanimously.

           

6.   COMMUNICATIONS

      a.   Economic subcommittee activity report – Adkins

 

            Mr. Adkins reported that the committee is in contact with several individuals for serving on this committee.  The big issue they wanted to discuss is the timeline of the budget.  They hope to have a budget in place approved by this Board and City Council by June, 2010.  In order to do this, they are requesting that any of the other subcommittees have budgets submitted to this committee by the August meeting of the Corridor Improvement Authority.  They have another committee meeting scheduled for July 14th.  Mr. Adkins will have the committee create a template for the committees to use in requesting funding and distribute it at the next meeting.  The budgets will be for a period of one year, from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011.

           

      b.   Organizational Development subcommittee activity report – Struthers

 

             Mr. Struthers, the chair of this committee is not present.  Mr. Deming is also on the committee.  He reported that they met on Friday, June 12th; all their goals have been started.  They will continue to meet on a regular basis.  They do not have a date set for their next meeting at the present time. 

 

      c.   Marketing subcommittee activity report – Kozuch

 

            Mr. Kozuch stated they have met twice since the last board meeting.  They have created two newsletters and they have been successful.  They would like to appoint block captains so they can take the ten section leaders and can go out and tell everyone in their area what the Center City Initiative is doing for them.  They have also created a business card for the section leaders so they have something to identify themselves with as they visit the businesses in their area.  Sidewalk sales will be August 4th, 5th, and 6th.  Volunteers for the section captains so far are Julia Jordan from Wolverine Bank and Judy Seaman from the Paper Place.  There are ten sections so they are looking for additional volunteers.

 

            Motion by Deming to accept these two volunteers, seconded by Miles.  Motion passed unanimously.

           

7.   REPORT OF THE CHAIRPERSON

            Right now, the Circle Business Association has worked on a draft of a poster and they would like to place it in as many businesses as possible to advertise an event for the entire corridor.  The holiday tree on the circle is being decorated for the 4th of July.  They are currently working on the design.  Also, there were two board members, Mr. Adkins and Mr. Ginis, reappointed to new four year terms.  This was approved by City Council at their June 8, 2009 meeting.    

 

            Heidi Saidi-Zand, from the Chamber, will be leaving.  The board expressed their appreciation to Heidi for her two years of work with the Center City Initiative and now Center City Authority.  Jason Geer will be Heidi’s replacement and they look forward to working with Jason.

 

            The board will need to elect a Chair and Vice Chair for 2009-2010 fiscal year.  Board members should e-mail their nominations to Mr. Ginis by next month and they will vote at that time.

 

8.   REPORT OF THE STAFF

No report.

 

9.   ADJOURNMENT

      As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:38 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

 

Keith Baker, AICP

Director of Planning & Community Development

Secretary

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED

BY THE CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY