Downtown Development Authority

Board Meeting Packet Contents

 

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1.                                                      December 12, 2007 Board of Directors Meeting Agenda

2.                                                      Minutes from November 14, 2007 Board Meeting

3.                                                      Status Report

4.                                                      DDA Financials

-          October 2007

-          November 2007

5.                                                      DDA Meeting Schedule for December & January

6.                                                      Committee meeting minutes

a.       Creating Cool Committee

b.      Design Committee

c.       Design Committee Special Meeting

d.      Economic Restructuring Committee

e.       Organization Committee

7.                                                      December Hotstuff

8.                                                      November Website Usage Statistics

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AGENDA

 

 

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Wednesday, December 12, 2007, at 3:00 p.m.

Council Chambers, City Hall – Midland, Michigan

 

 

 

 

1.      Roll Call

 

2.      Approval of the minutes from the meeting of November 14, 2007

 

3.      Financial Reports from October 2007, November 2007

 

4.      Reports

a)      Design Committee Report

b)      Organization Committee Report

c)      Economic Restructuring Committee Report

d)      Creating Cool Promotions Committee Report

e)      Midland Downtown Business Association Report

 

5.      Public Comments

 

6.      Old Business

 

7.      New Business

 

 

Adjourn

 

Weather permitting; the DDA Board will walk downtown after the official meeting is adjourned to discuss possible sites for the kiosk signs. The public is invited to join Board and city staff on this walk.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE DOWNTOWN

DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2007

COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN

 

Denise Hufford read Roll Call.

 

PRESENT:     DDA MEMBERS – Jenny Anderson, Bo Brines, Doug Chapman, Fr. Fleming, Mike Hayes, Jon Lynch, Jack McCandless, Sue Rabbage, Ranny Riecker, Mark Ruhle, Claudia Wallin

 

ABSENT:       Paula Liveris, Jim Stamas

 

PRESENT:     STAFF – Denise Hufford, Stephanie Szostak, Keith Baker, Margaret Maday, Bradd Maki

 

PRESENT:     OTHERS – Neil Hershfield

 

Wallin called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.

 

Welcome to our new board member, Fr. TJ Fleming, local pastor at St. Brigid’s Parish.

 

1.      Approval of past meeting minutes

Motion to approve the October 10, 2007 meeting minutes by Brines. Seconded by Hayes. Approved unanimously.

 

2.      Financial Reports for September 2007

Maday presented the September 2007 financial statement. Motion to approve statements by Riecker. Seconded by Hayes. Approved unanimously.

 

3.      Reports

a)      Design Committee

Chapman showed the preliminary design for replacement benches for downtown.  The old benches are degrading and cost to repair is prohibitive. This new design is using metal and should wear well with a contemporary design. Hays asked about the expense, but compared to repair costs it will be affordable. The design ties in with the wayfinding signage. Would like to have new benches before Great Lakes Loons All Star Game in June, 2008.

 

Chapman showed design for three downtown kiosks. Features include a business listing that is changeable. To be installed in spring 2008. Locations possibly at Main/Ashman, Main/Rodd, by the Tridge (with Rail Trail information included). Cost is approximately $16,000 for all three signs. Brines asked about tamper resistance. Although they are not completely resistant they are very sturdy.

 

Wallin asked the committee to vote on moving forward on ordering and installing the 3 new kiosks this spring. Motion was seconded by McCandless and approved unanimously.

 

b)      Horticulture Report

Szostak reported that the crew divided out the day lilies. Crew was also able to clean out area behind Espresso Milano. The fall mums are starting to fade and will be cut back and the beds cleaned for winter. Szostak presented the design for the 2008 summer plantings that includes lots of hot colors, shapes, and textures.

 

Szostak thanked Dow Gardens for their generous donation of 20 flats of annuals.

 

c)      Organization Committee

Baker reported that the search for an Executive Director for the DDA continues. Committee has interviewed 3 candidates and will interview 2 more next week. Then the committee will meet to decide if additional interviews are necessary. There were 37 applicants with 5 applicants receiving interviews.

 

d)      Budget Committee

Reicker reported that the Budget Committee met for preliminary meeting. Will meet again in January and have all committees report to the budget committee.

 

e)      Economic Restructuring Committee

Hayes reported 8 downtown vacancies for lease and one property for sale. Many inquiries, but no firm business.

 

Hayes reported the business recruitment packets have been well received and available at the DDA office.

 

Baker presented the final Redevelopment and Design Study and asked the Board to vote on the action item:

 

The Downtown Development Authority Board of Directors hereby approves the adoption of the 2007 Hamilton Anderson Redevelopment and Design Study for the Downtown Development Authority.

Motion by Reicker to approve, seconded by Hayes.

Hayes would like to assure citizens that this is a suggested plan and that the DDA doesn’t plan to go out and move businesses out of the way. The plan has a time frame from 5-20 years. Baker noted that many committees are already looking at specific projects identified in the study. The study is already being utilized.

 

Approved unanimously.

 

 

 

 

f)       Creating Cool Committee

Wallin reported on the upcoming event, Breakfast with Santa (12/1) at Ashman Court Hotel. Tickets for Breakfast with Santa are almost sold out. Call the DDA office at 839-8433 for tickets.

 

The 2008 Calendar of Events is now out – over 20 events will take place downtown plus the Farmers Market, Tunes by the Tridge and the Artist Market.

 

g)      Midland Downtown Business Association

Hufford reported that the Santa Parade is this Saturday, November 17 at 10 am and the Courthouse Lighting and Arrival of Santa is November 27 at 7 pm. A new event will be held this year on the first three Saturdays in December – the 1st, 8th, and 15th. Downtown Midland will host free horse and carriage rides from 12 noon – 4 pm, 25 cent hot cocoa available at Pizza Sam’s, Daddy O’s, Espresso Milano, and the United Way Building along with strolling carolers – a fun and festive atmosphere downtown to do all your holiday shopping. A $5 coupon (off a $25 purchase) will be inserted into the Midland Daily News on November 29th – many retailers are participating.

 

Public Comments

None.

 

Old Business

None.

 

New Business

None.

 

Adjourn

There was no further business to come before the Board. Ruhle moved that the meeting be adjourned. Reicker seconded. Meeting adjourned at 3:35 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STATUS REPORT

December 12, 2007 DDA Board of Director’s Meeting

 

Reports

           

Design Committee

-                                              Bench update

Organization Committee

-          Executive Director Search

Economic Restructuring Committee

-                                              Space available downtown

Creating Cool Promotions Committee

-                                              Summer of the Dragons Sculpture Series – Artists Needed

MDBA Report

-                                              Holly Jolly Days

-                                              Winter Sales Event

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DDA MEETING SCHEDULE

 

 

 

 

December 2007

December 5.............. Organization Committee....................................................... 3 p.m.

December 11............ Economic Restructuring Committee................................... 3 p.m.

December 12............ DDA Board Meeting - Council Chambers.......................... 3 p.m.

December 18............ Creating Cool Promotions Committee....................... 11:30 a.m.

December 18 (rescheduled from December 25)….Design Committee.............. 3 p.m.

 

January 2008

January 2................... Organization Committee....................................................... 3 p.m.

January 8................... Economic Restructuring Committee................................... 3 p.m.

January 9................... DDA Board Meeting - Council Chambers.......................... 3 p.m.

January 15................. Creating Cool Promotions Committee....................... 11:30 a.m.

January 22................. Design Committee................................................................ 3 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*All DDA committee meetings are held at the DDA office at 300 Rodd Street, Suite 201 in Downtown Midland unless otherwise noted.