7:00 P.M.



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




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


Minutes of October 14, 2003


Motion by Lengerman, seconded by Lincoln to receive the minutes of the meeting of October 14, 2003, as mailed. Motion carried 6 0.


Call to Audience


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


Civic Arena Report (Click here to view report)


McGuire presented a written report (see attached) and also gave a verbal presentation. The report detailed the history of the projects, the financial implications, and recommended that the renovation option be rejected, that $200,000 be budgeted for demolition, and that the staff be authorized to proceed to design and build a three-rink facility provided that bids fall within parameters as outlined.


Peck accepted public comment on the report.


  • Bill Bartlett of Fast Ice expressed support for the recommendation. He confirmed that the users had agreed to support the $175 per hour ice rate. He indicated that Fast Ice will work with the City to keep capital costs low and to increase hours of use as ways to manage the ice rate.
  • Paula Jurado asked questions with regard to the subsidy and pointed out that the burden of the subsidy fell solely to City of Midland taxpayers while others benefited from the facility. She asked about the enrollment in the clubs as to increase/decrease and expressed concern that the costs may drive some away.


  • Jane Watkins noted that the user groups each have scholarship programs in place.
  • Paul Lobig indicated that the Hockey League is unable to get the hours they would support despite renting in Midland, Bay City and Gladwin.


The Commission then discussed the report. Lengerman asked if acceptance of the report insured that the current facility would be demolished. McGuire indicated that the report recommended demolition at this point but other uses, if found to be practical were not precluded by this action. Rothhaar expressed support for the flexibility built into the report. Robert expressed concern over increasing the subsidy. Commissioner Lincoln had to leave the meeting due to a prior commitment.


Motion by Lengerman, seconded by Rothhaar to recommend to City Council that the renovation option for the Civic Arena be rejected, and that staff be authorized to proceed to design and bid a three-rink facility. Motion carried 6 1.


BMX Update


Since the September meeting, at which the Commission approved the concept of the BMX track in the community, staff has been working with local BMX enthusiasts as well as representatives of the National Bicycle League on details. Discussions have also been held with floodplain representatives of the DEQ. Consensus has been reached that Stratford Woods would provide a better venue for the track than the previously discussed area near the St. Charles Softball Complex which is in the floodplain. The Stratford site offers electric and water utilities, parking, and other family based activities.


Motion by Rothhaar, seconded by Lengerman to endorse Stratford Woods as the site for the BMX track.


Project Update


McGuire reported that the Master Plan Open House was well attended by a wide cross-section of interests. He also indicated that discussions with Spicer Engineering indicated that 380 returned surveys would reach the threshold for 95% confidence factor and as of today, with three days remaining before the deadline, we have received 382 surveys.


Old Business




New Business


Walking path at Central being well used.


Maps at City Forest.


Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,




Marty McGuire