REGULAR MEETING OF THE

MIDLAND CENTER CITY AUTHORITY,

TO TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011, 3:00 P.M.

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

1.   ROLL CALL

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

      MEMBERS ABSENT:     Jon Lynch and Christine Rapanos    

      STAFF PRESENT:          Keith Baker, Planning Director; Cheri King, Community Development Specialist, Julia Joidin, Wolverine Bank; and no others.

 

2.   ELECTION OF OFFICERS

 

      The Nominating Committee met and places the names of David Ginis for Chairperson and Clinton Struthers for Vice Chairperson.

 

      Motion by Struthers, seconded by Kuzuch, to accept the Nominating Committee’s slate of

      officers.  There were no additional nominations from the floor. Motion passed 5 to 0.

 

3.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

It was moved by Deming and seconded by Struthers to approve the minutes of the August 17, 2011 meeting.  Motion was unanimously approved.

 

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

 

      None

 

5.   OLD BUSINESS

 

      None

 

6.   NEW BUSINESS

     

      None

 

7.   COMMUNICATIONS

 

            a.         Organizational Development Committee report

 

                        Mr. Struthers reported that they received updates from other committees.  The person they were working with from OmniTech was Lee Rouse and they will meet on October 13th at 8:30 a.m. to begin the strategic planning update process. 

 

      b.         Marketing Committee Report

 

Julia Joidin reported they had a meeting on Friday, September 16th.  Most of their business was about the website.  The theme for the Santa Parade this year is “Holiday Wishes”.  Businesses have the opportunity to man their own tents rather than having the CCA do it all again this year.  Sponsor forms will be going out the end of this month. 

 

Deva Massey, with the DDR, showed the proposed website for the CCA.  There will be a slide show at the top and highlight different photos of the Center City area.  There is an area for “Showcased Deals” from the Center City area.  There is a spot for the e-mail newsletter sign-up.  Content can be easily added.  There are a “Get to Know Us”, “Our Businesses”, What’s Happening” and “Deals” tabs across the top of the website.  There is also a “Contact Us” tab at the top, which brings up a page to contact the CCA and leave a message.  There will be a map of the Center City District under “Our Businesses”.  Cliff Miles stated that Midland Tomorrow is going ahead with some software that will show a virtual tour of the City of Midland.  The Board thought it looked good. 

 

            c.         Physical Improvements Committee report

 

                        i.    Circle infrastructure improvements

 

                              Mr. Baker stated the area in front of the Plaid Giraffe will get new curb, sidewalk and, next summer, a resurface of the pavement.

 

                        ii.    Gateway signage grant/design meeting

 

                              Relative to the gateway sign process, we have received notice from the Community foundation that funding has been approved.  The first meeting will be next week, in the second floor conference room of City Hall, beginning at 8:30 a.m. 

 

                        iii.   Tree survey/action plan

 

                              A group within the committee has been working to survey the tree situation within the corridor.  They are making recommendations for tree removal, tree pruning, and tree planting.  They are looking at sign visibility and what work needs to be done in this area.

     

8.   REPORT OF THE CHAIRPERSON

 

      Mr. Ginis reported that there have been several businesses in the Center City who have started business or who are about to.  There is a tobacco store, a baby boutique, and an Italian/American restaurant, called Bella-Bella, and a store called “Country Blessings” that will be opening soon.  There is also the Mexican Restaurant called “Al Patrone” that is scheduled to open sometime next week.  Save-A-Lot was announced in the Midland Daily News last week.              They will be closing their facility on M-20 and be closed for about a month.  Then they will be opening at their new location where Dunham’s used to be. 

 

     

9.   REPORT OF THE STAFF

     

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 CENTER CITY AUTHORITY.