REGULAR MEETING OF THE
MIDLAND CENTER CITY AUTHORITY,
TO TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, JUNE 20, 2012, 3:00 P.M.
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN
1. ROLL CALL
MEMBERS PRESENT: David Ginis, Joe Kozuch, Cliff Miles and Clinton Struthers
MEMBERS ABSENT: Jerry Deming, Jon Lynch, Christine Rapanos
STAFF PRESENT: Cindy Winland, Consulting Planner, Cheri King, Community Development Specialist, Joe Valent, Chamber of Commerce, and one other.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
It was moved by Struthers and seconded by Miles to approve the minutes of the May 16, 2012 meeting. Motion was unanimously approved.
3. PUBLIC COMMENTS (unrelated to items on the agenda)
4. OLD BUSINESS
5. NEW BUSINESS
a. New committee members
Action item – Appoint new members to the Marketing Committee
A new member, Ann Larkin, has been participating with the Marketing Committee and has helped with photos for the website. She would like to become a member of the committee. Motion by Kozuch, supported by Struthers, to appoint Ann Larkin to the Marketing Committee. Motion passed unanimously.
b. Tax Increment Financing Plan
Action item – Review and make recommendation to the City Council
Mr. Struthers stated they have spent considerable time reviewing and presenting the Tax Increment Financing Plan. They have sent 200 – 300 notices out to property owners in the District. It would seem they have done a good job of communicating the proposed plan. The people he spoke with were aware and curious about the activities that might ensue.
Ms. Winland stated that the motion is a recommendation to City Council. Following Council setting a public hearing date, they will go through all the statutory publication requirements. The primary taxing jurisdiction for this would be Midland County. We may be invited to present the TIF Plan to their Finance Committee. Cindy stated the notification requirements require publication 20 – 40 days prior to the public hearing. It will probably be mid to late August until they will be able to hold the public hearing.
Mr. Ginis stated that they are expecting personal property taxes to not be part of the captured taxes. The next step in this process is for the Board to recommend approval of the Tax Increment Financing Plan (TIF Plan) to City Council. Mr. Struthers moved that the TIF Plan be recommended to City Council, pending the statutory requirements being met. Motion supported by Kozuch. Motion passed unanimously.
a. Governance and Sustainability Committee Report
i. Special Boards and Committee meeting May 23rd
Mr. Struthers has worked with a special committee to inform them of the details of the TIF Plan, enabling them to go out and talk to others in the district and answer any questions they may have using a “Frequently Asked Questions” document that has been provided to occupants of the District. People who are not on the committee, but who own property in the district, participated at the meeting. There is information on the website regarding the TIF as well as contact information and a Facebook page that people can “Like” and find out what is happening in the District.
ii. Open House recap, June 13th
Joe Kozuch stated the turnout was O.K, with some new faces. Mr. Ginis stated he spoke with someone who wanted to know the history and how did we get to this point. He was able to answer the individual and assured them that a lot of thought has gone into this over quite some time.
b. Marketing Committee Report
There were no minutes from the previous Marketing Committee. The Governance Sustainability Committee has asked Marketing to come up with ideas for fund rasing for signage. They tried to come up with a list of entities who might be willing to contribute to this project. There are some other smaller contributions that they are also working on, but specifics are not finalized yet.
c. Physical Improvements Committee Report
The total cost of the sign project is expected to be about $62,000. They have received some funding from the PPS group. They have a commitment from the Gerstacker Foundation pending matching fundraising. The Center City business contributions will be solicited and efforts are underway for this activity. There is also a request for funding pending from the Midland Area Community Foundation. They are looking at ten identity signs to tie everything together. The two big signs will add a lot to the aesthetics of the community, one being at the circle and one being at Patrick Road. They also had Jason Garza, from MDOT, on the proposed roundabout at the Patrick, Lyon and Washington area. According to MDOT, crashes have gone down since the speed limit has been increased. With the roundabout, it will be easier to get to Saginaw Road than it is now. It is a nicer flow than we currently have. They are looking at $1.3 million improvements with the roundabout, compared with $20 million to redesign that intersection in another manner. The purpose is to try to reduce the number of “T-Bone crashes” in that area. There is a loop that by-passes the roundabout if you get off US-10 to Patrick Road. The roundabout would be if you got off US-10 at the Saginaw Road exit.
7. REPORT OF THE CHAIRPERSON
The Larkin Photography has closed their location at the circle. An internet company has
opened near Village Green, as has “Reaction Fitness”. Hair on the Square is a hair salon that has recently opened in the District.
8. REPORT OF THE STAFF
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:35 p.m.
Cynthia E. Winland, AICP, PCP
MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE CENTER CITY AUTHORITY.