7:00 P.M.



MEMBERS PRESENT:           Robert, Lengerman, Gerstacker, Wilson, E. McGuire, Zimmer-Janeczko


MEMBERS ABSENT:             Peck (excused-illness), Berthiaume and Lincoln (both excused due to prior commitments)


OTHERS PRESENT:               M. McGuire, Members of Boy Scout Troop 798


The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Vice Chair Margaret Wilson.




Motion by E. McGuire, seconded by Lengerman to receive the minutes of the meeting of February 11, 2003.  Motion carried.


Call to Audience


Wilson issued a call to the audience for discussion of items not on the agenda.  There was no response.


Project Update – Cemetery Plat


McGuire informed the Commission that in November 1998 they had received preliminary plans for Sections M and Q of the Midland Cemetery and approved preparation of the areas. The land has been appropriately modified for grave spaces now and a revised plan to develop 548 spaces in M for above ground stones and 466 spaces in Q for above ground stones.  He explained that 112 spaces had originally been planned for flush markers but trends had made that plan impractical.


Motion by E. McGuire, seconded by Lengerman that the City Council accepts the plats of Section M and Section Q of the Midland Cemetery for 548 and 466 spaces respectively.  Motion carried 5 – 0.


McGuire indicated that work would be resuming on the St. Charles Softball Complex as weather permits.  The building and field lighting have yet to be installed.


McGuire indicated that the fishing dock at Stratford was in the process of being removed and that alternatives are being studied.


Boy Scout leader spoke in favor of retaining dock in some form.


Old Business


Lengerman asked about the status of the Civic Arena.  McGuire reported that the RFP for architects should be out this week and a report would likely be ready for City Council sometime in June.


E. McGuire asked about the status of the golf course turf issues which have been discussed at recent City Council meetings.  M. McGuire reported that staff had several discussions with Michigan State University on preventative measures for the coming season and that affected areas had been reseeded.


New Business


McGuire reported that the City’s Engineering Department is coordinating a grant request for an addition to the grant that allowed for the construction of a bike path over US-10.  The proposed addition would extend the path from Jefferson to the Midland Cinema, then along Cinema Drive to the Midland Mall Service Dr.  The Engineering Department has asked for support from the Commission to include with the application.


Motion by Lengerman, seconded by Wilson to endorse the concept of a bikeway from Jefferson Ave to Midland Mall.  Motion carried 5 – 0.


McGuire informed the Commission that two people, Cheri Standfest and Bobbie Arnold had expressed interest in filling the two vacancies on the Beautification Advisory Committee.


Motion by E. McGuire, seconded by Robert to add Cheri Standfest and Bobbie Arnold to the Beautification Advisory Committee.  Motion carried 5 – 0.


Robert asked about Tee Time Procedure for East Course.  McGuire indicated that staff was waiting for a report from the Golf Pro.


Lengerman asked about park mowing.  McGuire explained some were contracted and some were done by the City.


Meeting adjourned at 7:33 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,



Marty McGuire