REGULAR MEETING OF THE
MIDLAND CENTER CITY AUTHORITY,
TO TAKE PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012, 3:00 P.M.
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN
1. ROLL CALL
MEMBERS PRESENT: Jerry Deming, David Ginis, Joe Kozuch, Cliff Miles, and Clinton Struthers
MEMBERS ABSENT: Jon Lynch and Christine Rapanos
STAFF PRESENT: Cindy Winland, Consulting Planner, Cheri King, Community Development Specialist, and one other.
2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
It was moved by Struthers and seconded by Deming to approve the minutes of the May 23, 2012 meeting. Motion was unanimously approved.
It was moved by Deming and seconded by Struthers to approve the minutes of the June 20, 2012 meeting. Motion was unanimously approved.
3. PUBLIC COMMENTS (unrelated to items on the agenda)
4. OLD BUSINESS
a. Tax Increment Financing Plan Status
Ms. Winland reported that we are currently in the statutorily required 60-day opt-out period. We expect that the TIF Plan will be considered for adoption by Council at their November 12th meeting. There will be an official hearing held at that meeting and there will be an opportunity for public comments.
The City Council meeting where the TIF Plan was presented went well. Two people spoke in opposition to it. One person thought there were other things that needed attention in the city, primarily streets. The second person thought that it would ultimately increase taxes. Mr. Ginis spoke and represented the Board very well. Mr. Ginis stated that Council has been very supportive all along and hearing it at that meeting was a pat on the back.
5. NEW BUSINESS
a. 2013 Regular Meeting Schedule of the Center City Authority
Motion by Kozuch, seconded by Miles, to approve the 2013 meeting schedule as presented. Motion passed unanimously.
a. Governance and Sustainability Committee Report
This committee did not meet.
b. Marketing Committee Report
Julia Jodoin stated the marketing Committee has met twice since the last CCA meeting. From the donation request that went out, they have reached their 15% goal. There has been increased awareness as a result of the communication.
They have been very successful with using the Facebook page and are offering a seminar to CCA business owners who want to start or better utilize their Facebook pages. Jeff DeHaven, is a local expert on social media, will present. They would like to have at least the majority of the attendees to be Center City residents. Should they not have enough to make it worthwhile, they will reschedule the event as opposed to cancelling it. They will send out another letter and an informational piece about how much funding they have received and what kinds of activities have occurred. The training will be from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. The committee’s next meeting is scheduled for October 4th.
Ms. Winland reported that she has been in contact with the Midland Area Community Foundation to see if they would be willing to collect the donations.
c. Physical Improvements Committee Report
Mr. Miles stated they are doing a survey of the businesses in the area. He did his survey on a Sunday afternoon and others did their surveys on different days, which made a difference in the outcomes of the surveys. Are there policy issues that need to be worked out? He was on the site for about 40 minutes and three bikes went by. The average age was about 18, plus or minus. Are bicycle racks needed as a policy issue?
7. REPORT OF THE CHAIRPERSON
Delta College has opted out of the TIF. A couple businesses have closed, including the Clock Shop and another next to the paper Place. The Dollar Tree did a complete parking lot replacement.
8. REPORT OF THE STAFF
As there was no further business, the meeting adjourned at 3:24 p.m.
Cynthia E. Winland, AICP, PCP
MINUTES ARE NOT FINAL UNTIL APPROVED BY THE CENTER CITY AUTHORITY.