MEMBERS PRESENT: Lengerman, Zimmer-Janeczko, Robert, Peck, Gerstacker, Wilson, Lincoln, Berthiaume


MEMBERS ABSENT: Ed McGuire (excused)



The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairperson Bruce Peck.




Motion by Lengerman, seconded by Gerstacker to receive the minutes of the meeting of January 14, 2003. Motion carried.


Call to Audience


Chairperson Peck issued a call to the audience, there was no response.


Request for Conceptual Approval and Support to City Council of Trail Project


In November of 2000 officials from the Chippewa Nature Center approached the Commission with the concept of a trail from the Tridge to the Nature Center. The Commission endorsed a study of the project and requested that the Nature Center report back before any actual implementation. Dick Touvel and Steve Kim of the Chippewa Nature Center made a presentation to the Commission on the plan and asked the Commission to recommend the project to the City Council and also that the project be included in the upcoming Master Plan. Lengerman questioned ownership of the property and Kim indicated that most is owned by the City or Nature Center and some land or easement would need to be obtained. Peck asked about cost and Kim estimated in excess of $1 million and indicated funds would be raised from foundations, local fundraising, and State and Federal.


Motion by Lincoln, seconded by Wilson that the Commission recommend to the City Council that the project to construct a path from the Tridge to the Chippewa Nature Center be endorsed at no capital cost to the City, that the City commit to owning and

maintaining the portion of the trail within the City and that the project be included in the upcoming Parks Master Plan. Motion carried 8 0.


Presentation of Recreation Fee Proposals


McGuire presented fee recommendations consistent with the philosophy discussed by the Commission and the City Council at their joint meeting of January 27, 2003. The only changes being recommended are the 18-hole weekend rate at Currie West being changed from $28.00 to $27.00, the ice rental fees being increased by $3.00 in each of three categories and a Fall League player fee of $5.00 being instituted in the softball program.


The fees will be considered at a public hearing on February 18, 2003 at 7:00 p.m. in City Hall.


Request from Engineering Department to Utilize Pine River Park for Wetland Mitigation


The City is currently involved in the planning process for future road projects. It is anticipated that some of these projects will impact existing wetlands. In order to prepare for this, the City is interested in creating a wetlands bank. This is done by enhancing existing wetlands or by creating new wetlands and creating credits. The credits are then used when existing wetlands are negatively impacted.


The Engineering Department is proposing to develop a bank on a 320 acre parcel in Porter Township known as Pine River Park. The site already has extensive wetlands and with minor berming these could be enhanced and others created which would result in substantial credits. The state would require a conservation easement which protects the wetlands in perpetuity but does not affect park uses such as walking, hiking, nature study, etc.


The staff believes this to be productive use of this property which is not otherwise being used and cannot be sold due to a reverter clause in the deed.


Motion by Lengerman, seconded by Zimmer-Janeczko to recommend to City Council that a wetlands bank be established on the 320 acre parcel of Pine River Park. Motion carried 8 0.


Proposed by Midland Area Community Foundation


McGuire presented a letter from the Midland Area Community Foundation in which they proposed to fund a design for enhancements to the boat dock and accompanying landscape at the Tridge area.


Motion by Gerstacker, seconded by Wilson to recommend to City Council that the offer of the Midland Area Community Foundation to fund a landscape design study for the boat dock area near the Tridge be accepted. Motion carried 8 0.


Old Business




New Business


Lengerman presented the attached article on an inclusive playground and asked that discussion of this type of playground be included in the Master Plan.


Wilson questioned safety of dock at Stratford.


Robert questioned proposed policy of tee-times at East Course.


Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.





Marty McGuire