7:00 P.M.


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




OTHERS PRESENT:               M. McGuire, Bean & Eggars (Spicer Enginering)


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




Motion by Lengerman, seconded by Robert to receive the minutes of the meeting of  September 9, 2003.  Motion carried 8 – 0.


Call to Audience:


Chairperson Peck issued a call to the audience for discussion not related to topics on the agenda.  There was no response.


Master Plan Update:


Rob Eggars of Spicer Engineering updated the Commission regarding the Master Plan.  The discussion centered primarily around the Community Opinion Survey and the Community Open House to be held November 5, 2003.


The Commission reviewed the proposed survey and made suggestions for change.  The Commission decided to send the survey out late in October 2003.




McGuire presented a letter from Alan Ott regarding the Spraypark.  The letter indicated that the Foundation would prefer to wait on funding improvements to Central Park until after a decision is made regarding the Civic Arena.  They further indicated a willingness to donate a Spraypark to be constructed in the Longview School area.  Subsequent to receiving the letter, discussions have been held with representatives of Midland Public Schools and it does appear that a partnership could be formed to establish a community school park on Midland Public School property at Longview.


Lengerman expressed disappointment that Central Park was being overlooked. Donavan echoed Lengerman’s comments that younger children are moving into the Central Park area.


Motion by Lincoln, seconded by Donavan to accept the offer of the Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation to build a Spraypark in the Longview School area and further to urge the staff to develop a school/park partnership with Midland Public Schools.  Motion carried  7 – 1.


Improvements to the Dock Area at the Tridge:


The Midland Area Community Foundation has worked with the City to develop a plan to improve the docking facility and the aesthetics near the Tridge.  The plan would include building a floating T docking system to attach to the current dock.  The new system would allow for water level adjustments and would make the dock more useable for Riverdays and other events which utilize a riverboat.  It would also remain available for fishing.  In addition the plan calls for aesthetic improvements to the area immediately surrounding the dock.


The Foundation has offered to fund the project and has allocated up to $70,000 for the work.


Motion by Lengerman, seconded by Donavan to recommend that the City Council accept the gift of $70,000 from the Midland Area Community Foundation and undertake a project to improve the docking system at the Tridge and the surrounding landscape.

Motion  carried 8 – 0.


Project Update: 


McGuire informed the Commission that discussions were ongoing with stake-holders in the Arena project.  Funding options are continuing to be discussed.  If a recommendation is formulated prior to the next scheduled meeting, a special meeting may be called.


Old Business:


Lengerman proposed that gun safety workshops be a part of the Gun Show.  McGuire was asked to pass the suggestion to the organization.



New Business:




Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,




Marty McGuire



NOTE:             Commission Member Schedule

                        Open House

                        3 – 4                Lincoln Berthiaume

                        4 – 5                Peck                Donavan

                        5 – 6                Robert              Rothhaar

                        6 – 7    Zimmer-Janeczko         Lengerman