REGULAR MEETING OF THE

MIDLAND CENTER CITY AUTHORITY,

TO TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 16, 2010, 3:00 P.M.

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   ROLL CALL

      MEMBERS PRESENT:   Jerry Deming, David Ginis, Joe Kozuch, Clifford Miles, and Christine Rapanos

      MEMBERS ABSENT:     Jon Lynch and Clinton Struthers

      STAFF PRESENT:          Keith Baker, Director of Planning & Community Development; Cindy Winland, Contract Planner; Debbie Marquardt, Technical Secretary; Jason Geer, Chamber of Commerce; Nick Wolak, Midland Daily News and 1 other.

2.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

It was moved by Miles and supported by Kozuch to approve the minutes of the May 19, 2010 meeting.  Motion was unanimously approved.

 

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

      None

4.   OLD BUSINESS

 

      a.   CCA Development Plan – Public input session review/Plan Update

           

Ms. Winland presented a summary of what went on last month in the two input sessions.  They prepared a frequently asked questions sheet, prepared a presentation board with options for projects and publicized in the newspaper, sent a mailer to the businesses and put on the websites.

 

            Business Owners:

            15 business representatives attended (not including CCA members, staff, media)

 

            Comments:

            Infill development is great as long as parking is provided

            Have a computer animated demo of roundabout

            Traffic lights were too close to the circle to promote pedestrian movement
            Sidewalk and curb repair needed in NW quadrant of the circle

            Very positive feedback about drawings

            Addresses need to be more visible

            Revise the sign regulations to permit sandwich signs and marquees

            Revise the sign ordinance to require smaller and lower signs

            The need to close more driveways on Saginaw Road

            Hang banners on light posts

            Need to acquire dilapidated property

            Like circle reconfiguration

 

            Public

 

            5 citizens attended (three were planning commission members)

 

            Comments:

            Concerned about the roundabout working

            Nonmotorized zones for bikers, walkers and personal mobility

            Need nonmotorized boulevard along Saginaw Road

            Less concrete and more green

            Need more places to sit, chat and eat

            Connect Saginaw Road to nonmotorized infrastructure: 

                        Grand Curve

                        North/south bike routes

                        Eastlawn bike lane

                        Extend Ashman/Rodd shared lanes

 

            Next Steps:

            Choose projects to include in Development Plan

            Get estimates of cost for projects

            Discuss bonded indebtedness

            Prepare final draft and submit to Council

 

            Mr. Ginis asked that in anticipation of going to Council, how specific do they need to be?  If projects aren’t listed, can they add more later?  Ms. Winland stated they should be broad based.  They can amend the plan but they would have to go back through the public hearing process.  It is open enough to be altered.  It is also better to have more things than they can possibly accomplish. 

 

            Mr. Demiing requested a copy of the presentation and timeline for their records. 

 

            Mr. Miles asked if at the next meeting they have a list of projects they can start to rank.  Mr. Baker said they will have a discussion with the board to come up with a list of projects and review it and the final step would be to go to Council.  All the projects do not have to be completed.  If you don’t include it, you have to go through another effort to include it in the future.  Mr. Baker will prepare a list with some of the perameters.

 

            Mr. Miles asked what the goal is for a roundabout.  Mr. Ginis stated that it would be a more walkable area and it would bring it up to date.  People go the wrong way regularly.  At peak hours you are not going to walk anybody through there.  The traffic is supposed to stop for pedestrians and that would cause a traffic jam.  Ms. Winland stated that a study was done in 2002 to look at all the ramifications and what it does to traffic and where people would cross.  Each of the projects should be looked at and see what the goal is. 

 

            One of the members of the public that attended the public input session is a member of the non motorized transportation group.  From a staff stand point they were encouraged from the attendance from the business owners during the first night.  They were disappointed that they got a handful of people the second night.  No one came out and said they shouldn’t have a Corridor Improvement Authority.  People were excited to see something happening.     

 

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

      None

 

6.   COMMUNICATIONS

 

a.    Economic Sustainability committee status report

 

They did not meet this past month.

                                                                                                              

       b.. Organizational Development committee status report

 

            They did not meet this past month.

 

      c.   Marketing committee status report – Dinosaur Days – June 19th

 

            They met last Friday and discussed the Dinosaur Days.  The majority of the cost has been covered by sponsorship money and the rest from the Chamber of Commerce.  They had a great draw from one end to the other from the corridor.  For the first event it seems like everybody wants to be involved.  They have 15 sponsors.

 

            There is a passport of the different sponsors and each will stamp their square for coming in to their business and give the child a small token gift.  All the passports will be in the stores this week.  They are looking for volunteers to help.  The morning seems to be covered and they are looking for a couple of people for the afternoon shift.  The set up and tear down process is covered.  The Midland Daily News has put some ads in the paper and the sponsors have been glad about that.  They will also have t-shirts and a banner that they can take back and use again. 

 

            Next month they will have to work on sidewalks sales for August.   

 

7.   REPORT OF THE CHAIRPERSON

 

      Saginaw Road Auto Parts is closing and Hollywood Video is closed.  The Literacy Council building has been sold.  A & W is coming along.      

     

8.   REPORT OF THE STAFF

None

 

9.   ADJOURNMENT

      As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:40 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

Keith Baker, AICP

Director of Planning & Community Development

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED

BY THE CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY