REGULAR MEETING OF THE

MIDLAND CENTER CITY AUTHORITY,

TO TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2012, 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:          Cindy Winland, Consultant Planner, Cheri King, Community Development Specialist, Mike Telliga, Chamber of Commerce, and no others.

 

2.   APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

It was moved by Struthers and seconded by Lynch to approve the minutes of the November 16, 2011 meeting.  Motion was unanimously approved.

 

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

 

      None

 

4.   OLD BUSINESS

 

      None

 

5.   NEW BUSINESS

     

      On November 28th, the Board met with Lee Rouse to work on the Strategic Plan.  They combined two committees into one and members of some of the committees were changed so no one had to serve on all three committees. 

 

a.    Strategic Plan Review – There were some typos that needed to be corrected and a few “housekeeping” items but Mr. Ginis would like to have this document approved at this meeting.  Mr. Deming asked to have a revision date added to the document so as time goes on they know which revision they are working from.  A final draft shall be sent to all Board members containing a date of its effectiveness. 

 

Motion by Deming, supported by Lynch to approve the Strategic Plan.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

6.   COMMUNICATIONS

 

a.            Governance and Sustainability Committee Report – Made up of the prior Economic Committee and the Organizational Committees

 

This committee met on January 4th and they spent a lot of time looking at the combined goals of this committee and condensing them into the six or seven goals on the strategic plan.  They were to:

·          maintain the strategic planning process,

·         to continue to develop and improve the Board and committee members,

·         a systematic approach of defining space,

·         developing a business recruitment plan,

·         securing and development of sustainable funding – They will be meeting with the City Assessor at their February committee meeting,

·         increase the level of engagement with members and businesses,

·         seek opportunities to leverage resources with other businesses and community groups.

 

For the February Board meeting they hope to have some information on the possible TIF status and some of the coordinating groups.

                                                                                                          

b.            Marketing Committee Report

 

The Chair is Julia Jodin.  Jerry Deming presented the report.  They had their last meeting on January 13th.  They got into the long term goals and discussion on planning, but they decided they need to expand their committee on the marketing side of things.  This will take a significant amount of time.  They are looking for someone who is specifically trained in marketing. 

 

They did not get into a lot of conversation about goals, but three that they did come up with are:

·         Planning special events and deciding which ones to participate in.

·         Developing and implementing an organizational marketing strategy.

·         Website development.

 

c.            Physical Improvements Committee Report

 

Joe Kozuch stated they met in December and on January 11th.  At the December meeting they went over the strategic planning update.  The one specific goal they came up with was to improve and keep the existing infrastructure in the area.  They want to meet with the City Engineer and stay on top of this.

 

They have also been discussing the way-finding plan that they have been granted through the Midland Area Community Foundation.  Their original estimate was for $13,600 and that figure has changed.  It is significantly more than anticipated.

 

They also talked about the proposed roundabout on Patrick and US-10.  That  affects the corridor.  Cliff Miles stated MDOT is going to hold two meetings on this topic on January 24th in City Council Chambers from 2:30 – 4:30 and from 5:30 until 7:30.  They will be identical meetings.  MDOT will be present to answer questions and show maps and listen to concerns.  The Center City Authority does not have a position on this issue at this point in time. 

 

Cindy Winland stated she hopes that the committee can come to the next CCA meeting and have the issue of funding resolved regarding the cost of the way-finding signs.

 

7.   REPORT OF THE CHAIRPERSON

 

      Mr. Ginis congratulated Mike on being with the Chamber and with the Board for one year.     

     

8.   REPORT OF THE STAFF

      a.   Update Operating Agreement with Chamber

In going from four committees to three, Cindy and Mike discussed the issue of staff support for the committees.  Mr. Ginis reported that the Facilities/Improvements committee will be changed from 8:00 until 9:00 in order to accommodate Cindy’s schedule.

Mike reported that he has seen a mock-up of the proposed website and it has also gone to the marketing committee.  He would like to receive comments on the proposed website so they can get it officially on-line as soon as possible.

9.   ADJOURNMENT

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

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

 

Cynthia E. Winland, AICP, PCP

Consultant Planner  

 

 

MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE CENTER CITY AUTHORITY.