Circle-Logo-RGBDDA Board Meeting

Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 3 p.m.

 

MINUTES

 

Board Members Present:  Jenny Anderson, Bo Brines, Dan Cline, Mike Hayes, Jon Lynch, Marty McGuire, Heidi McIvor, Zach Prior, Ranny Riecker, Mark Ruhle, Doug Thompson

Board Members Absent:  Lynne Luongo, Claudia Wallin

Staff Present:  Selina Tisdale

 

The DDA Board minutes from the January 12, 2011, meeting were approved as submitted.  Hayes/Cline

DDA Executive Director, Selina Tisdale, presented the financial report from November and December 2010. Financial reports approved as submitted.  Lynch/Anderson

 

What’s New Downtown - Mary Hart, owner of The UPS Store, is opening a second location in March at 139 Ashman Street. She spoke about her new business and its services.

 

City Attorney, Jim Branson, reviewed his counsel that the DDA does not need a separate set of by-laws and should, instead, adopt a guideline that references DDA procedures and obligations as provided for in the City’s Code of Ordinances and State law governing DDAs.  The DDA will receive and file this document at their March meeting.

 

DDA Executive Director, Selina Tisdale, presented a design overview of the enhanced downtownmidland.com website that will be launched this spring.

 

Committee Reports

·      Economic Sustainability Committee – Economic Sustainability Chair, Mike Hayes, presented the following action items:

·         WHEREAS the Economic Sustainability Committee of the Downtown Development Authority has reviewed the incubator application submitted by Mary Hart, The UPS Store, 139 Ashman Street, and found all information acceptable and in order; now therefore

RESOLVED, that the Economic Sustainability committee recommends that the Downtown Development Authority grant the UPS Store incubator request in the amount of:

$750/mo. for the first six months of the program (March 2011 through August ‘11);  $495 /mo. for months seven through 12 of the program (September ‘11 through February ‘12); $255/mo. for months 13 through 18 of the program (March ‘12 through August ‘12); and

RESOLVED FURTHER, that the amounts should be reviewed and adjusted, if necessary, to reflect any lease amount changes should there be any.

Riecker/Hayes

Motion approved:  11:0

 

o  WHEREAS the Economic Sustainability Committee of the Downtown Development Authority has reviewed the façade application submitted by Jeff and Jo Currier, Ways to Wellness, 140 Ashman Street, and found all information acceptable and in order; now therefore

RESOLVED, that the Economic Sustainability committee recommends the Downtown Development Authority grant the Ways To Wellness façade grant request in the amount of $1042.50 for awning and façade improvements. 

Anderson/Ruhle

Motion approved:  11:0

 

o  WHEREAS the Economic Sustainability Committee of the Downtown Development Authority has reviewed the façade application submitted by Messiah Lutheran Church, Journeys 2, 201 E. Main Street, and found all information acceptable and in order; now therefore

RESOLVED, that the Economic Sustainability committee recommends the Downtown Development Authority grant the Journeys 2 façade grant request in the amount of $5,000.00 for awning and façade improvements. 

Brines/Riecker

Motion approved:  11:0

 

o  WHEREAS, at the August 11, 2011 meeting of the Downtown Development Authority Board an incubator application was approved for Scott & Lisa Coyer, Coyer Candle Co., 134 W. Main Street; and

WHEREAS, said approval required that extension be reviewed upon renewal of the businesses six month lease at 134 W. Main Street; and

WHEREAS, documentation has been provided indicating that the Coyer’s lease agreement has been extended through August 31, 2011; now therefore

RESOLVED, that the Economic Sustainability committee recommends that the Downtown Development Authority grant the second six-month term of the Coyer Candle Co., incubator request be approved in the amount of $297/month through August 2011 and that this amount be revisited per renewal of the lease in August 2011.

Riecker / Lynch

Motion approved:  11:0

 

·      Executive Committee - Executive Committee Chair, Marty McGuire, reported that because of the snow storm the committee did not formally meet in February but did phone conference regarding the agenda and the March meeting which will include a discussion on expanding the DDA/TIF boundaries.

·      Communications Committee –Marty McGuire reported for Claudia Wallin that Jim Pilgrim, president, FS4USA which provides the GoMiWiFi free internet access downtown, reported to the communications committee on how the status of this service in Downtown Midland.

·      MDBA Board - There was no report from the Midland Downtown Business Association.

No public comments were made

New Business

·      City Council consideration of Obsolete Property Rehabilitation District, 114 E. Main Street, Better Grounds, LLC. - City Assessor Reid Duford presented an overview of the request that will go before Midland City Council to establish an Obsolete Property Rehabilitation District at 114 E. Main Street and its impact on the downtown district and tax increment financing capture.  Dave Hellgerson, petitioner, spoke regarding the project.

 

Dan Cline moved that the DDA forward its recommendation to Midland City Council that this request be given favorable consideration.  Mike Hayes seconded the motion.  Recommendation approved 11:0

 

Meeting adjourned:  4:05 p.m.

Next meeting: March 9 at 3 p.m.