MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
WHICH TOOK PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2007
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND, MICHIGAN
Denise Hufford read Roll Call.
PRESENT: DDA MEMBERS – Bo Brines, Doug Chapman, Fr. Fleming, Mike Hayes, Jon Lynch, Jack McCandless, Sue Rabbage, Mark Ruhle, Claudia Wallin
ABSENT: Jenny Anderson, Paula Liveris, Ranny Riecker, Jim Stamas
PRESENT: STAFF – Denise Hufford, Stephanie Szostak, Keith Baker, Margaret Maday, Bradd Maki
PRESENT: OTHERS – John Palen (Midland Issues)
Wallin called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.
1. Approval of past meeting minutes
Motion to approve the November 14, 2007 meeting minutes by McCandless. Seconded by Hayes. Approved unanimously.
2. Financial Reports for October 2007, November 2007
Maday presented the October 2007 and November 2007 financial statements. Motion to approve statements by Hayes. Seconded by Fleming. Approved unanimously.
a) Design Committee
Chapman reported that the Design Committee is looking at a revised design for the downtown benches.
Chapman reported on the three kiosks for downtown. Cost is approximately $5,575 per sign or $16,725 for all three signs. Changing the business information was a bit costly so committee worked with sign manufacturer to bring the cost down from $800 per sign to $400 per sign each change.
b) Organization Committee
Wallin reported that the Strategic Planning session will be held on January 30, 2008 from 9:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Currie Clubhouse. Board and Committee members are invited to attend along with MDBA members. Please RSVP to Denise if you plan to attend.
Baker reported that the search committee for the Executive Director interviewed 5 candidates and identified one as their choice to be the director. The city and the candidate could not come to agreement on terms and so the candidate declined the offer. The committee did not identify any of the other 4 candidates as having the skills and/or experience necessary. The committee would like to rewrite the job description to include a different skill set and repost the job position in January.
c) Economic Restructuring Committee
Hayes reported that Ashman Court Hotel has been renamed and is now the H. It also named its upcoming restaurants as the Table, Café Zinc, and Oxygen. Restaurant projects should be completed by April, 2008 with the full renovation completed by end of 2008 or early 2009.
Hayes reported that a new business, Willow, is now open on Main Street. It is an impressive and lovely store that carries unique women’s apparel.
Hayes reported that the Midland Area Community Foundation will be leaving downtown sometime in the spring for their new location in the old Community Drug building on the Circle. At this point it is unclear if the property on Main Street is available for lease.
Hayes reported 8 downtown vacancies for lease and one property for sale.
Hayes reported that the 2nd story renovation above Willow is not yet complete, but scheduled to be completed by spring, 2008. It will be an exciting and new way to look at 2nd story residential in downtown.
d) Creating Cool Committee
Wallin reported that Breakfast with Santa (12/1) was a fun event held at the H Hotel and was sold out. Special thanks to the Midland Daily News for a nice feature story about the event.
Wallin reported that the 2008 Summer Sculpture Series theme will be Summer of the Dragons. Artists are needed to create these creatures and the deadline to submit a proposal is January 31, 2008. Dragon sponsorships are now available. Previous sponsors receive priority, but all sponsors are welcome. Please contact the DDA office for more information.
The 2008 Calendar of Events is now out - many events including the Great Lakes Loons All Star Game on June 16 & 17 with the grand finale of the week featuring the popular MCV Summer Solstice Stroll on June 21.
e) Midland Downtown Business Association
Hufford reported that there is only one more Holly Jolly Day this Saturday, December 15. From noon – 4 pm Downtown will host free horse and carriage rides, 25 cent hot cocoa available at Pizza Sam’s, Daddy O’s, Espresso Milano, and the United Way Building along with strolling carolers. A $5 coupon (off a $25 purchase) is available on the downtown midland website.
MDBA members are putting together a winter sidewalk sales event to be held at Dow Diamond. The event will be titled “Deals at the Diamond” and will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2008. Center City businesses will be invited to participate along with other retails businesses in the area. More information will be available in January.
Wallin wanted to thank the many businesses and individuals who volunteer their time and contribute to making Downtown a wonderful place.
There was no further business to come before the Board. Fleming moved that the meeting be adjourned. Brines seconded. Meeting adjourned at 3:20 p.m.