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DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Board of Directors Meeting
MINUTES
Wednesday, March 14, 2012, 3:00 p.m.
Council Chambers, City Hall – Midland, MI

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In Attendance:  Anderson, Brines, Hayes, McGuire, McIvor, Miller, Prior, Thompson,
Absent:  Cline, Lynch, Riecker, Ruhle, Wallin

The minutes from the February 8, 2012 meeting were presented.  Miller moved, seconded by Hayes, that the minutes be approved.  Minutes were unanimously approved. 

Executive Director Selina Tisdale introduced Randy and Mary Moore, owners of the new downtown art gallery, Serendipity 181, located at 144 Ashman Street.   The Moore’s spoke regarding their new business.

City Horticulturist Stephanie Szostak presented a review of the tulip layout for the spring gardens that will be blooming soon and reported that forestry will be downtown pruning trees along Main Street.  Stephanie will bring the annual display to the next DDA Board meeting.

Executive Director Selina Tisdale presented a board informational update on the status of the Downtown District Boundary Expansion.  This item will go to City Council in March and again for public hearing in May and will be formally adopted in July.

 

Committee Reports

a)      Economic Sustainability Committee – Committee Chair Mike Hayes reported on discussions it has been having on the incubator program and on budget requests. 

b)      Executive Committee – Committee Chair Marty McGuire reported on discussions it has been having to resolve some refuse disposal issues for the downtown; aesthetics of the farmers market areas and some improvements the DDA and Farmers Market will be taking on jointly;.

c)      Communications Committee – reporting for Chair Claudia Wallin, McGuire discussion on web presence from NextMedia on mobile apps and expanding the DDA’s web presence.  Continuing to look at ways to increase the DDA’s web presence.  Held a joint meeting with the MDBA and some business representatives as part of a strategic plan goal.  Good first meeting to clarify roles and discuss various missions for the downtown.  These meetings will continue on a quarterly basis

d)      Budget and Finance Committee – reporting for Chair Ranny Riecker, McGuire presented an overview of the 2012-12 DDA budget that is being recommended by the Budget and Finance Committee.   The following action item was presented:

WHEREAS, the Budget and Finance Committee of the Downtown Development Authority has prepared and submitted a proposed DDA budget for fiscal year 2012-13; now therefore
RESOLVED, that the Downtown Development Authority hereby accepts and adopts the proposed budget as submitted.

Hayes moved approval, seconded by Brines.  Action item was unanimously approved.

e)      Midland Downtown Business Association Report – Events Coordinator Denise Hufford reported on behalf of the MDBA on upcoming events Meet Your Merchants and Opening Day Parade for the Great Lakes Loons.

Public comments regarding items that are not on this agenda
None

New Business

Dan Cline and Doug Thompson will serve as the nominating committee for members interested in being considered for the Chair and Vice Chair role for 2012-13.  Doug and Dan will bring a recommended slate to the next meeting.

 

WHEREAS, the Budget and Finance Committee of the Downtown Development Authority has prepared and submitted a proposed DDA budget for fiscal year 2012-13; now therefore

 

RESOLVED, that the Downtown Development Authority hereby accepts and adopts the proposed budget as submitted.

 

 

Presented to the Downtown Development Authority Board on March 14, 2012

 

Motion made by:                    Hayes 


Motion supported by:              Brines


Yeas:                                       
Anderson, Brines, Hayes, McGuire, McIvor, Miller, Prior, Thompson

Nays:                                       None                            

 

Absent:                                    Cline, Lynch, Riecker, Ruhle, Wallin

 

Outcome:                                 Unanimously Approved

 

Meeting adjourned:  3:25 p.m.