REGULAR MEETING OF THE

MIDLAND CENTER CITY AUTHORITY,

TO TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011, 3:00 P.M.

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   ROLL CALL

      MEMBERS PRESENT:   Jerry Deming, David Ginis, Jon Lynch, Clifford Miles, Christine Rapanos and Clinton Struthers

      MEMBERS ABSENT:     Joe Kozuch

      STAFF PRESENT:          Keith Baker, Planning Director; Cheri King, Community Development Specialist and Mike Telliga, Chamber of Commerce, and Julia Jodoin, Wolverine Bank and no others.

2.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

It was moved by Deming and supported by Struthers to approve the minutes of the May 18, 2011 meeting.  Motion was unanimously approved.

 

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

     

      None

4.   OLD BUSINESS

 

      None

 

5.   NEW BUSINESS

     

a.    Adopt 2011-2012 Center City Authority meeting dates.  Meetings are usually held on the third Wednesday of the month.

 

It was moved by Rapanos and supported by Miles to approve the 2012 Center City Authority meeting dates.  Motion was unanimously approved.

 

6.   COMMUNICATIONS

 

      a.   Organizational Development Committee report

 

Mr. Struthers reported that they have been monitoring the discussions that the Physical Improvements Committee have been having.  They have taken it upon themselves to update the website.  They are also looking at ways to more efficiently market the area to the community.  They referred the website development to the Marketing Committee.  They also re-visited the strategic plan.  They have asked to have that document updated so they can assess where they are and how they want to move forward.  They are looking at tools other corridor improvement authorities are using.  Mr. Ginis stated that sometimes it was unclear who committee chairs are.  With the exception of the economic committee, chairs have now been identified and they are taking minutes of the committee meetings.

 

b.    Marketing Committee Report

 

Joe Kuzuch was the committee chair.  He will remain on the committee but does not want to be the chair.  Julie Jodoin will be the new committee chair.  Julie reported that they have had two meetings in July to discuss the website and the Sidewalk Sales Event.

 

            i.     Sidewalk Sales Event – August 2nd – 4th.  There will be an ad in the Midland Daily News.  They will be selling space in that ad to businesses in the corridor.  They have distributed flyers to businesses in the corridor so they are aware of this event.  There are flyers that will be posted in businesses to let customers know of these dates also.  They will do yard signs to draw attention to the corridor at that time.  Their next meeting will be on August 12th.

 

            ii.    Website update – They have looked at the website and listed what they like and what they do not like.  They intend to do a quarterly newsletter.  Mr. Ginis asked that if board members see something on other websites, please send that information to someone on the Marketing Committee.  They would like to incorporate these things into the current social media.

 

            They spoke to the soccer club and they will be taking this to future soccer events to promote this area of the city. 

 

      c.   Physical Improvements Committee report - Jerry Deming reported that they met last month with Brian McManus, especially about the circle area.  Brian is going to get back to them in August with a proposal of what can be done to improve that area.  They also had a discussion about signage for the Center City area.  They have had discussions with the Entranceway Initiative Task Force and hope to be able to complement that signage.  They have also looked at trees in the area.  They have met with the city Forester and will see what can be done with trees in the area.  They also need to elect officers for this committee.  Mr. Ginis stated that Cindy Winland forwarded information regarding signage.  However, as it is a 98 page document, it will take a little time to digest.

 

           

7.   REPORT OF THE CHAIRPERSON

 

a.    Schedule election of officers – Nominating committee 

 

Mr. Ginis asked for volunteers for the nominating committee.  Please see him after the meeting. 

 

Dunham’s is gone from the area.  Larkin Photo is opening next to Material Mart in the Circle Area.  Billy’s Tobacco is now open on S. Saginaw Road in the old auto parts store.

     

8.   REPORT OF THE STAFF

            Mr. Baker had nothing to report.

 

9.   ADJOURNMENT

      As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:15 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Keith Baker, AICP, CFM

Director of Planning & Community Development

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY