MINUTES OF THE
MEETING OF THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY WHICH TOOK PLACE ON WEDNESDAY,
JUNE 11, 2008 COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL,
Tony Kulick read Roll Call.
PRESENT: DDA MEMBERS - Jenny Anderson, Bo Brines, Mike Hayes, Jon Lynch, Jack McCandless, Sue Rabbag, Ranny Riecker, Mark Ruhle, Jim Stamas, Claudia Wallin
ABSENT: Paula Liveris, Marty McGuire
Present: STAFF Tony Kulick, Keith Baker, Margaret Maday, Stephanie Szostak, Daryl Poprave
PRESENT: OTHERS John Palen (Midland Issues), Cheryl Wade (Midland Daily News)
Wallin called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m.
M/S Riecker / Lynch to approve the May 14, 2008 minutes as presented.
Maday presented the May 2008 financial statement.
Wallin reported on upcoming downtown events:
June 14 visit by the travel queen
Weekly Tunes By the Tridge Thursday evenings
Weekly Artist Market Thursday evenings
Weekly Farmers Market Wednesday and Saturday
Summer of the Dragon Art in Public Places
MCV Summer Solstice Stroll Saturday June 21, 2008
Fourth of July fire works
b) Design Committee
Baker reported that the four additional benched have been fabricated and may be installed next week if it can be coordinated round all the events that will be taking place. He also reported hat the kiosks are due by the end of the month and one additional way finding sign is yet to be installed in front of the H.
Szostak reported that all the beds have been planted, hanging baskets installed and large pots placed this year. Her crew will be busy weeding, mowing and keeping the downtown looking good.
c) Organization Committee
Wallen reported that that she had met with Kulick and Baker to give Kulick the history and background of the committee.
d) Economic Restructuring
Hayes reported on properties available for rent, lease or sale in the downtown. He attended Rich Pomeoys open house for his new loft apartment and spoke of the high quality of the development.
Hayes reported that the city has released the request for proposals on the housing study. The proposals are due July 1, 2008, it should take 6 8 weeks to complete the study.
Hayes reported on the Economic
Restructuring meeting yesterday, the committee continued discussing the need
for a consultant to help with identifying possible new retail businesses in the
downtown. He reported that the
M / S Hayes / Rieker
The Downtown Development Authority has the role of promoting retail development in the downtown district and funds have been budgeted to develop a retail market analysis for the downtown. The Economic Restructuring Committee has been studying the issue along with the Midland Chamber of Commerce and has recommended that the Downtown Development Authority allocate up to $40,000 to partner with the Chamber to hire a consultant and have a downtown retail market analysis performed.
The Downtown Development Authority allocates up to $40,000 for the purpose of having a downtown market analysis prepared in partnership with the Midland Chamber of Commerce.
Hayes continued on how the analysis will do more that simply identify types of businesses, but will actually provide specific companies and key contact persons in those targeted companies.
Discussion continued on the motion
on how analysis will benefit the downtown, how it will provide recognition to
the community from regional and national firms that have currently written all
Motion approved unanimously.
e) Midland Downtown Business Association
Kulick reported on the upcoming events:
MDBA Annual Dinner July 29
To adjourn the meeting.
The meting adjourned at 3:43 p.m.