Planning and Community Development Director Keith Baker presented an overview of the Outdoor Café Proposal. After board discussion and questions were answered the public was invited to speak on the matter. Bryan McFadden of Molly’s Bistro, 134 Ashman Street in Downtown Midland, spoke in favor of the initiative and expressed his concerns for the safety of pedestrians and wait staff using the sidewalks which are also utilized by bicyclists in Downtown Midland.
Cline moved, seconded by Anderson, to approve the Outdoor Café Proposal as submitted. Further board discussion ensued. A vote was taken and the proposal failed 0:13
seconded by Lynch, that the concept of outdoor dining is supported by the
Downtown Development Authority and that other options for expanding outdoor
dining opportunities in Downtown Midland be further studied by the Economic
Sustainability Committee. A vote was
taken and the motion passed 13:0.
Committee reports were presented as follows:
No Public Comments were made.
Executive Director Selina Tisdale updated the DDA Board on the status the letter writing campaign and talks with the US Postal Service and Congressman Dave Camp’s office to oppose the potential closure of the Downtown Post Office.
DDA Executive Director Selina Tisdale reported on the status of the DDA staffing and offices moving from the Chamber of Commerce building to Midland City Hall that was taking place the first half of January.
Board member Lynch commented that Planning and Community Development Director Keith Baker’s work with the Non-Motorized Transportation committee would be a good place to effectively address the bicyclist-pedestrian safety concerns brought forward by Mr. McFadden during the Outdoor Café discussion
The meeting adjourned at 4:20 p.m.