DDA Board Meeting
Wednesday, September 8, 2010 at 3 p.m.
McGuire, Anderson, Cline, Hayes, Luongo, Lynch, McIvor, Prior, Riecker, Ruhle, Wallin
Board Members Absent:
Due to the close out of the 2009-10 fiscal year, a multi-month financial report will be presented in October.
Cheryl Smith, co-chair of the 2010 Totally Turtles Sculpture Series provided an update on this year’s event. Preparations are being made for the public auction is scheduled for September 23 at 7 p.m. at the H Hotel. The 2011 sculpture selection will be the Troll in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the Sculpture Series and the 30th anniversary of the Tridge.
Horticulturist, Stephanie Szostak reported that the hanging baskets have been removed for the year and portable pots will be taken out in a week or two. There will be no fall mum display downtown due to budget cuts so the summer plantings will be maintained as long as possible. Stephanie previewed plans for the Spring 2011 bulb display. She reported that the smoking receptacles for downtown have been ordered and will be placed in October and the forestry crew is conducting pruning along the Tridge edge.
DDA Executive Director Selina Tisdale presented a board informational on downtown’s incubator and façade programs.
· Economic Sustainability – Chair Mike Hayes reported that The ES committee continues to tweak the Incubator program as new considerations arise and that potential incentives for increasing downtown residential opportunities are being researched.
· Communications Committee – Chair Claudia Wallin, reported that the Communications Committee continues to review the new downtownmidland.com website design. She reported on the success of Taste of Downtown and previewed the Main Street Balloon Glow scheduled for Thursday, September 16. The Communications Committee is researching recognition opportunities for the great things going on downtown.
· Budget and Finance – The committee did not meet in August.
· MDBA Board – the MDBA Board did not meet in August.
No public comments were made.
Under new business Marty McGuire reported that he will be working with the new DDA Board members for subcommittee assignments and that no subcommittee changes were requested by current members so the current subcommittee structure will remain intact for 2011.
The DDA will continue to meet at 3 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month for the 2011 calendar year.
Meeting adjourned at 3:40 p.m.