MIDLAND PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 9, 2003

MIDLAND CITY HALL CONFERENCE ROOM B

7:00 PM

 

 

 

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

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:              Rob Donovan

 

OTHERS PRESENT:                M. McGuire, Midland Daily News, Midland Issues, Jane Watkins, Joy Buchanan, Spicer Group, Don Hall

 

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm by Secretary Marty McGuire.

 

McGuire called for nominations for the position of chair.

 

Lengerman nominated Rothhaar, seconded by Robert.

 

Robert nominated Peck, seconded by Rothhaar.

 

Rothhaar nominated Lengerman, no one seconded.

 

Peck was elected Chair by a vote of 6 – 1.

 

Peck assumed the chair.

 

Peck called for nominations for the position of vice-chair.

 

Lengerman nominated Rothhaar, seconded by Robert.

 

No other nominations were received.  Rothhaar elected.

 

Minutes

 

Motion by Zimmer-Janeczko, seconded by Rothhaar to receive the minutes of

August 26th Special Meeting as corrected to include spelling of Lauerson on page 2 and include Laeder’s disagreement with Don Hall regarding citizen support for tourism. Motion carried.

 

Schedule of Meetings

 

A schedule of meetings was presented which maintains the traditional second Tuesday of the month through 2003 and converts to the first Tuesday of the month beginning in January 2004.  This change will allow for the televising of the meetings in 2004 on MGTV.

 

Motion by Lengerman, seconded by Lincoln to accept the schedule of meetings as proposed by staff (see attached schedule).  Motion Carried.

 

Call to Audience

 

Chairperson Peck issued a call to the audience for items not otherwise on the agenda.  Jane Watkins spoke on behalf of Fast Ice and noted that City Council referred the matter to the Commission and noted that Fast Ice was making a presentation to each member and they offered their assistance to the Commission.

 

Don Hall encouraged the Commission to have further dialogue on the site for the new arena.

 

Discussion of Master Plan Process

 

Planner Rob Eggars and Alan Bean consultants retained to assist the City in developing a Parks Master Plan, presented an overview of the process.  They also presented a time schedule which will see the plan adopted in March 04.  They indicated that the first stage is information gathering.

 

Eggars discussed community input options.  The four options offered by Spicer were Community Survey, Community Open House, Community Meeting and Community Charette (informal community meeting). Peck and Lengerman asked what has produced best success.  Eggars indicated that a survey was typically most successful.  The tenor of the Commission was to offer a survey and also open house.  The survey goal was 1000 mailed out.  Consultants will work with these two components and provide a schedule.

 

Cemetery Rule Changes

 

McGuire presented proposed changes to the following cemetery rules.

 

            Page 2 Definitions F.

            Page 3 General Regulations.

            Page 5 Section III A-1.

            Page 5 Section III A-3.

            Page 7 Section III B-8.

            Page 9 Section IV C-3.

            Page 12 Section V B6C


He indicated that the changes had been sent to each of Midland’s three major funeral homes and he had received no negative comments to the proposals.

 

Motion by Lengerman, seconded by Zimmer-Janeczko to recommend to City Council that the changes be accepted as recommended (see attached).  Motion carried 7 – 0.

 

Project Update

 

McGuire reported that staff had participated in ongoing conversations with the Midland Area Community Foundation, since the opening of the Skate Park, regarding a Bicycle Motocross BMX track.  The Foundation has proposed that a track be built as a thirtieth year anniversary project and have pledged funds to adequately fund the project.  McGuire reported that he had been in contact with local BMX enthusiasts as well as representatives of the National Bicycle League, the national governing body of the sport.  McGuire proposed that such a track could be built in the St. Charles Recreation Area near the new St. Charles Softball Complex.  He asked the Commission to recommend to City Council conceptual approval of a BMX Track at no capital cost to the City so that staff could begin the process of design and DEQ permits.

 

Motion by Lengerman, seconded by Berthiaume to recommend to City Council that conceptual approval be given for the building of a BMX track at no capital cost to the City.  Motion carried.

 

McGuire reported that work is progressing on the St. Charles Softball Complex and the Civic Arena recommendation.

 

Old Business

 

Berthiaume expressed concern about the Plymouth Pool Project.

 

New Business

 

None

 

Adjourned at 8:30 pm

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Marty McGuire

 

 

NOTE:  Master Plan Open House will be scheduled for November 5, 2003 from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., site to be determined.