REGULAR MEETING OF THE
MIDLAND CENTER CITY AUTHORITY,
TO TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 2011, 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, Christine Rapanos and Clinton Struthers
MEMBERS ABSENT: None
STAFF PRESENT: Keith Baker, Planning Director; Debbie Marquardt, Technical Secretary and Mike Telliga, Chamber of Commerce
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
It was moved by Struthers and supported by Kozuch to approve the minutes of the January 19, 2011 meeting. Motion was unanimously approved.
3. INTRODUCTION OF NEW CHAMBER STAFF MEMBER – MIKE TELLIGA
Mr. Telliga is the Director of Government Affairs at the Chamber of Commerce. One of his roles at the chamber is to work with the Center City Authority and the revitalization effort.
4. PUBLIC COMMENTS (unrelated to items on the agenda)
5. OLD BUSINESS
a. CCA Development Plan Update – Approved by City Council on 1-24-11
Mr. Baker stated that the CCA Development Plan was adopted by City Council at its meeting on January 24, 2011. They (the CCA) now have the guide for which to operate under.
6. NEW BUSINESS
a. Organizational Development Committee report
Mr. Struthers stated that they have continued discussions to have accurate contact information for the businesses in the area for sending out the monthly business letter. Their biggest concern is the best way to create the web presence for the organization. They are also planning on contacting the Kochville Township DDA director to obtain some examples of their work and take a tour of their area.
Mr. Lynch asked about the website and using social networking media. Mr. Ginis stated that they want to do something through the chamber and then something separate for the authority.
Mr. Lynch stated that the DDA has a Facebook page and they use that to communicate events and enlist feedback from the users in the district. They can get into demographics and see who is using the site. Mr. Kozuch said they do have a Facebook page out there right now but it is limited. There is an opportunity to add the Chamber as a “friend” to get updates.
b. Marketing Committee report
Mr. Ginis was at the marketing committee meeting and the discussion was about the website and who needs to do that and what types of things should be put on the site. One of the sites they looked at before the holidays was West Palm Beach, Florida and they have a site that is very consumer oriented. They are going to look at that site again. They also will work on an advertising insert and set it up for about 40 participants and use the block captains to solicit sponsorships from businesses.
c. Physical Improvements Committee report
Mr. Deming stated that they met twice and they went through the team charter and they wanted to address the 7 verses 9 members for the committee. Their meeting schedule is the second Wednesday of each month at 8:00 in the morning. They are in the process of discussing some different projects and possible financing alternatives.
Economic Sustainability Committee has not met.
8. REPORT OF THE CHAIRPERSON
Mr. Ginis stated that there is a property for sale at 314 South Saginaw Road, it was Saginaw Road Auto Parts, and has 4,300 square feet. It is a solid building and has a good roof and they are asking $169,000. Other activity in the corridor is the liquor store is under new ownership and is now called Midland Wine and Spirits. The transition for Hang-ups is complete for Cellular Communications. Dunham’s is leaving the corridor and Save a Lot is moving into the location. Angel’s Karate has moved into another location in that shopping center. There has been a lot of activity in the corridor, which is nice to see.
Ms. Rapanos noted that a Sprint store is going in where Angel’s used to be and a Mexican restaurant is also going in and will be opening in a few months.
The Dow Kokam battery plant is coming along and they propose to start production at the end of the year.
9. REPORT OF THE STAFF
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:15 p.m.
Keith Baker, AICP, CFM
Director of Planning & Community Development
MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY