REGULAR MEETING OF THE

MIDLAND CENTER CITY AUTHORITY,

TO TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 21, 2010, 3:00 P.M.

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   ROLL CALL

      MEMBERS PRESENT:   Jerry Deming, David Ginis, Joe Kozuch, Jon Lynch, Clifford Miles, and Clinton Struthers

      MEMBERS ABSENT:     Christine Rapanos

      STAFF PRESENT:          Keith Baker, Director of Planning & Community Development; Cindy Winland, Contract Planner; Debbie Marquardt, Technical Secretary; and Jason Geer, Chamber of Commerce

2.   ELECTION OF OFFICERS

It was moved by Deming and supported by Kozuch to elect David Ginis for Chairman and Clinton Struthers for Vice Chairman.  Motion was unanimously approved.

 

3.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

It was moved by Struthers and supported by Lynch to approve the minutes of the June 16, 2010 meeting.  Motion was unanimously approved.

 

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

      None

5.   OLD BUSINESS

 

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

 

Cindy Winland gave an update on preparation of the Center City Authority Development Plan.  A recap from the last meeting is that they incorporated public input into the plan.  They also added estimates of project costs.

 

The committees recommended changes to the transportation/infrastructure recommendations and clarification to the zoning overview language.  Staff is in the process of updating the tax capture chart and drafting language to describe the assumptions used in the tax capture projections. 

 

The next steps are to revise the plan to include the committee recommendations and forward the plan back to the board to make their final recommendation to city council. 

 

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

      None

 

 

 

7.   COMMUNICATIONS

 

a.    Economic Sustainability committee status report

 

Mr. Baker reported that they met yesterday and reviewed a number of items.  They welcomed Scott Marquiss who is now a member of the committee and was present.  They reviewed and discussed the development plan.  They got into a short discussion on the potential for additional funding upon the adoption of the plan for a physical improvement project within the district. 

 

       b.. Organizational Development committee status report

 

            Mr. Struthers stated that they continued discussion on the comprehensive message document and discussed the development plan in some depth.  It is exciting that the CCA is at a point where things are starting to happen and changes are starting to take shape.

 

      c.   Marketing committee status report –

 

            Mr. Kozuch stated that they met a couple of times since the last board meeting.  Dinosaur Days was a huge success with at least 300 in attendance and the feedback was good.  They have photographs from the event to show that they had people out there.  They will intend to hold the event again next year and build off this year’s success.

 

            They are also looking at events for next year, maybe a chalk contest to get the people out and down Saginaw Road.  The next event is the sidewalk sales on August 3, 4 and 5.  The Chamber of Commerce has gone to a new web provider and this one will be a lot more customer friendly.  The CCA newsletter went out yesterday.  They also reviewed the development plan.

 

8.   REPORT OF THE CHAIRPERSON

 

      Mr. Ginis stated that Jason Geer has been assisting the authority for a year now.  The Curves on the circle is closing their business.  The former Hang-Ups store is being renovated for a new business.  An Edward Jones office is opening on Saginaw Road and they are remodeling their space right now.  They are relocating from an office on Ashman Street. 

     

9.   REPORT OF THE STAFF

Mr. Baker had a follow-up and stated that July is the first month of the city’s fiscal year.  The City of Midland and the Chamber of Commerce entered into an agreement for supplemental staffing for the CCA through the chamber and so they have Jason for another year. 

 

The former Otway used car lot and adjoining Otway family owned properties are for sale.  The properties are located on Ashman and Mertz streets which are in the Circle area.  On June 12th there was a bike rodeo at the McDonald’s on South Saginaw Road sponsored by the Midland Police Department, McDonald’s and other organizations.  The city’s Non-Motorized Transportation Committee also participated in the event by distributing trail maps and bicycle safety brochures. 

 

Mr. Ginis asked about Otway’s lot and the location and if there are limitations to the use.  There are zoning regulations that dictate what could be built and for what types of uses.  It can no longer be a used car dealership since the nonconforming use has expired and it is not a permitted use in the “Circle” zoning district.

 

There was also an inquiry for a health food store. 

 

 

10. ADJOURNMENT

      As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:25 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Keith Baker, AICP, CFM

Director of Planning & Community Development

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED

BY THE CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY