MINUTES OF THE DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY MEETING

WHICH TOOK PLACE ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2009 CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, MIDLAND MICHIGAN

 

Tony Kulick read Roll Call.

 

PRESENT:    DDA MEMBERS - Jenny Anderson, Bo Brines, Mike Hayes, Jon Lynch, Marty McGuire, Sue Rabbage, Ranny Rieker, Mark Rhule, Claudia Wallin,

 

ABSENT:      Paula Liveris, Jack McCandless, Keith Winter          

 

Present:          STAFF – Tony Kulick, Daryl Poprave

 

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. Approval of the November 12, 2008 Minutes.

M/S Hayes / McGuire - To approve the minutes of the November 12, 2008 meeting as submitted.

Approved Unanimously

                                     

2.      Financial Reports for October 2008.

Kulick presented the report for the month ending November 2008.  He reported a fund balance of $721,167 plus $61,192 in the Physical Improvements Project Fund and $18,043 in the Downtown Art Fund.  Kulick presented the report for the month ending December 2008.  He reported a fund balance of $ 668,267 plus $55,807 in the Physical Improvements Project Fund and $ 18,043 in the Downtown Art Fund. 

 

M/S  - Hayes / Rhule To accept and file the Financial Reports

Approved Unanimously

 

  1. Reports

 

a)      Design Committee – No design committee meetings took place since the last DDA meeting so no reports were presented.

 

b)     Organization Committee – Wallin reported that the Committee met in both December and January.  She reported that a complete list of all DDA Board and Committee meeting dates for 2009 was included in the meeting packet and is available on the DDA web site.  She reported that based on the survey the annual Strategic Planning / Board Retreat will be held March 3, 2009 at the Currie Golf Course Club House.  Staff was instructed to invite all DDA Committee members, MDBA Board and Committee members to the event.  She reported that draft copies of sidewalk café seating was reviewed and will be on the Design Committee agenda for January discussion.  Bids were opened for the possible sale of the artificial ice; a recommendation on the possible sale was requested from the Creating Cool Committee.  A list of 2009 Downtown Events and Dates was presented. 

It was reported that the SARA Special Assessment expires in 2009.  The Chair set February 11, 2009 at 3:00 pm, as the date for a SARA Board to consider requesting another two year extension of the SARA.

The chair read a resolution of appreciation to Jim Stamas for his years of service to the DDA.

 

b)     Economic Restructuring Committee – Hayes reported that the Committee did not meet in December.  At the January meeting they received a report that three businesses will be closed by the end of the month.  The district still will have less than 3% vacant floor space at the end of January.  One new business will be opening in February or March.  He also reported that the Committee received an update on the Buxton business recruitment from Sid Allen.

 

c)      Creating Cool Committee - No design committee meetings took place since the last DDA meeting so no reports were presented.

 

d)     MIDLAND DOWNTOWN BUSINESS ASSOCIATION REPORT – Kulick reported on the activities of the MDBA.  Holly Jolly Days and Breakfast with Santa were a success again in 2008.  Deals at the Diamond will be January 31.  The MDBA General Membership Meeting will be January 28, 2009; 8:00 am at Pizza Sam’s.

 

4.      Public Comments

 

            None

 

5.      Old Business

 

            None

 

6.      Adjourn

M/S – McGuire / Anderson - To adjourn the meeting

Approved Unanimously

Meeting adjourned 3:26 pm