MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2008 COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND MICHIGAN

 

Tony Kulick read Roll Call.

 

PRESENT:    DDA MEMBERS - Bo Brines, Jon Lynch, Jack McCandless, 

Sue Rabbage, Ranny Rieker, Claudia Wallin, Keith Winter

 

ABSENT:      Jenny Anderson, Mike Hayes, Paula Liveris, Marty McGuire, Mark Rhule, Jim Stamas,    

 

Present:          STAFF – Tony Kulick, Keith Baker, Margaret Maday, Stephanie Szostak, Denise Hufford,

 

PRESENT:    OTHERS – John Palen (Midland Issues), Cheryl Wade (Midland Daily News)

 

Wallin called the meeting to order at 3:00 p.m. – a quorum was present

 

  1. Wallin introduced new member Keith Winter.

 

  1. Approval of the August 20, 2008 special Meeting minutes.

M/S  Rabbage/Lynch  -  To approve the minutes as submitted.

Approved Unanimously

 

3.      Financial Reports for August 2008.

Margaret Maday presented the report for the month ending August 2008.  She reported a fund balance of $691,718 plus $58,870 in the Physical Improvements Project Fund and $14,668 in the Downtown Art Fund

 

M/S Lynch/Brines - To accept and file the Financial Reports

Approved Unanimously

 

  1. Reports.
    1. Design Committee

Kulick reported that the Design Committee received a presentation from Lindsay Burgess, who was working on redeveloping and rededicating the Veteran’s Memorial at Main and Gordon.  The committee was supportive but needs to see more detailed plans before they can make a formal recommendation.  He reported that the flowers are still doing good and that Stephanie Sostak had been named to the Sculpture Committee so she will be better able to choose colors and types of flowers for future years.  He reported that the committee is awaiting copies of the Riverfront Workshop Concept Plans. The Committee reviewed the current Façade Program Guidelines and information on the Ann Arbor Historical Street Exhibit Program. 

 

    1. Organization Committee

Wallin reported that the Committee met and made several referrals to other committees.  Those referrals included a review of the Parking Fund and fees by the MDBA Physical Improvements Committee and the DDA Economic Restructuring Committee.  A request for a Boy Scout recycling project has been referred to the MDBA Design Committee and the DDA Physical Improvement Committee.  The Santa Parade had been referred to the MDBA Business Liaison Committee to see if they were interested in participating.

 

c.       Economic Restructuring Committee

Kulick reported that the Committee had received updates on the Buxton and Residential Market Studies.  It is expected that final versions of both reports will be presented to the DDA in October.  The Committee reviewed a list of land uses that they will be bringing to the DDA in October along with a request that the City Planning Commission ban those uses from the downtown.

 

d.      Creating Cool Committee

Wallin reported that the committee discussed the possible partnership in the purchase of a portable movie system.  The Committee also discussed upcoming events.

 

e.       DDA Budget Committee Report

Rieker reported that the Budget Committee met to review the status of the budget following last month’s unanticipated $130,000 Michigan Tax Tribunal expense.  The committee noted there was sufficient fund balance to deal with the expense but that the 2009 – 2010 budget must show more restraint.  The Budget committee will most likely begin budget development in November of 2008 with the committee chairs.

 

f.       MIDLAND DOWNTOWN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION REPORT

Ireland reported on the upcoming Downtown events including the Cruise ‘n Car Show, Dragon Auction, Chili & Salsa Taste-Off, and Pumpkin Festival.

 

5.      Public Comments

None

 

  1. Action Item

M/S Rieker/McCandless  - To set the meeting dates for the DDA as the second Wednesday of the month at 3:00 pm in the Midland City Council Chambers.

 

Approved unanimously

 

7.      Old Business

      None

 

8.      Adjourn

M/S Riecker/Brines - To adjourn the meeting

Approved Unanimously

Meeting adjourned at 3:56 pm