REGULAR MEETING OF THE
MIDLAND CENTER CITY AUTHORITY,
TO TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2009, 3:00 P.M.
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN
1. ROLL CALL
MEMBERS PRESENT: Gregory Adkins, David Ginis, Joe Kozuch, Jon Lynch, Clifford Miles and Clinton Struthers
MEMBERS ABSENT: Jerry Deming
STAFF PRESENT: Cheri King, Community Development Specialist and Jason Geer, Chamber of Commerce and one other.
2. ELECTION OF OFFICERS
The Nominating Committee nominated David Ginis remain as Chairperson and Mr. Adkins remain as Vice Chair. There were no other nominations. Mr. Miles moved nominations be closed and a unanimous ballot cast. Mr. Kozuch seconded the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
It was moved by Lynch and supported by Adkins to approve the minutes of the June 17, 2009 meetings as amended. Motion was unanimously approved.
3. PUBLIC COMMENTS (unrelated to items on the agenda)
4. OLD BUSINESS
a. Update on MML Corridor Improvement Authority networking event - Lynch
The event will begin in Lansing about 1:00 p.m. with registration beginning about ½ hour prior to that. Cliff, Jerry, Joe and David are scheduled to attend. The topics include legal and practical issues in Establishing and Operating a Corridor Improvement Authority, CIP Infrastructure Financing, and a Corridor Improvement Authority that has been established in Richmond, and then they will wrap up with the Michigan Avenue corridor effort that is going on in Lansing.
b. Review of CBA & Center City Sidewalk Sales event - Ginis
The Sidewalk Sales were a joint venture between the CBA and the Center City Sidewalk Sales. They had about 10 volunteers who distributed flyers about the event. The actual sidewalk sales were somewhat spotty but they carried from the circle area down the corridor. All the banks were included this year. After the sidewalk sale, an on-line survey was done. Overall, people thought it was a good event and that it was well attended. In the future, they could include more signage and include more businesses in the event.
5. NEW BUSINESS (unrelated to items on the agenda)
a. Coupon book promotion - Ginis
The Marketing Committee has been working on a coupon book promotion. It will be a donation from Wolverine Bank that is paying for this flyer. So far, they have 15 out of 24 spots filled. They will make room for more if they have more vendors desiring to be included. There will be 2,500 copies printed with the first 250 going out at the Chamber breakfast. The bulk of them will go to the Center City businesses and they will be able to promote each other.
Mr. Lynch asked how this will work. Mr. Ginis stated this will be folded in three parts. The idea is that this will have a shelf life until the end of the year. The business can cross off their entry if they only want it to be used once. Otherwise, the offers will continue to the end of the year. Mr. Kozuch stated the block captains have really helped out. They are the ones who came up with the idea of the coupon book. Sponsorship was developed out of the committee and they are an aggressive group. They are having fun with it.
a. Economic committee status report – Adkins
Mr. Adkins reported this committee has met twice. They are trying to recruit new members for the committee and also talking about the 2010-2011 budget. They have a verbal commitment from one individual to join the committee that will come to the board in September for approval. The budget committee did receive the requests from the other committees for funding. After they reviewed the requests, they have two more requests for the committees. The first is that every one of the line items be researched a little bit and that there is a stronger rationale provided for each line item. The second is for the committees to prioritize the line items in their budgets. Those are the items the committee felt they needed to move forward. Keith and Jon have been a huge help in guiding the committee in the right direction, especially where it comes to grant funding.
They would like the additional information prior to their next meeting, to be held on September 15th. If they could have the information for that meeting, they will be able to move forward.
b. Organizational Development committee status report – Struthers
Mr. Struthers reported that this committee met once since the last Board meeting. As a committee, they have continued the discussions they have had previously. They have met with the Advertising/Marketing Committee. There was some significant discussion about two specific areas including the specific areas on which they are each supposed to be working, and the second being the charges to each of the committees. There seems to be a significant overlap between these two committees.
c. Marketing committee status report – Kozuch
Mr. Kozuch stated they have been meeting bi-weekly. They met with the Organizational Committee. They have been working on the budget and on the block captains. He is bringing forth two more block captains today for the committee to vote on. They include:
i. Appointment of Peggy Wagner to Marketing Committee
ii. Appointment of Melissa Anderson to Marketing Committee
Board members have had the opportunity to review their applications and their backgrounds. These individuals will be named committee members today, not block captains. They will be members of the Marketing Committee. Motion by Struthers, seconded by Miles to appoint Peggy Wagner and Melissa Anderson to the Marketing Committee. Motion passed unanimously.
7. REPORT OF THE CHAIRPERSON
The Board has been approached by Cheryl Wade of the Midland Daily News. She would like to do a story on the Center City Authority. They are attempting to set up a date at the next Marketing Committee meeting. If Board members are not able to make the next meeting, but they have thoughts they would like to be included, they should let someone from the committee know. Mr. Lynch reminded Mr. Ginis that, if they have a quorum of their Board at that meeting, it would have to be posted as a meeting under the Public Meetings Act.
8. REPORT OF THE STAFF
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:22 p.m.
Keith Baker, AICP
Director of Planning & Community Development
MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED
BY THE CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY