MIDLAND PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING OF JANUARY 6, 2004

MIDLAND CITY HALL, COUNCIL CHAMBERS

7:00 P.M.

 

 

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

 

MEMBERS ABSENT: Berthiaume (excused)

 

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

 

Minutes

 

Motion by Zimmer, seconded by Lengerman to receive the minutes of the meeting of December 9, 2003. Motion carried.

 

Call to Audience

 

Chairperson Peck issued a call to the audience for items not listed on the agenda. There was no response.

 

Master Plan Goals

 

McGuire indicated that staff had met with representatives of Spicer Engineering to formulate suggested base goals for the Parks Master Plan. The base goals will serve to direct the activity of the plan and to categorize objectives and action steps. The suggested base goals are:

 

1)                  Make existing Community Parks more user-friendly.

2)                  Develop linkages for non-motorized traffic from neighborhoods to community parks and attractions.

3)                  Develop partnerships to acquire property or use of property in areas shown to be deficient in park areas.

4)                  Develop tools to publicize parks and recreation facilities and events.

5)                  Prioritize new recreation activities and innovations.

6)                  Ensure parks continue to be accessible for disabled.

7)                  Explore ways to ensure playgrounds are safer and more inviting for children.

8)                  Protect and preserve significant natural features at appropriate parks.

 

The Commission discussed the base goals in preparation for their goals and objectives work session to be held January 13, 2004.

 

 

 

Beer-Wine License for Currie Clubhouse

 

In 2002, prior to the opening of the Currie Clubhouse, the Commission held preliminary discussions about obtaining a beer-wine license for the Clubhouse operation. Although there was no formal action by either the Commission or the City Council, a decision was made to begin the operation without a license and evaluate.

 

We have now operated the concession for two years with two separate vendors. In both instances profits have been minimal but there has not been an expense to the City to operate the concession. It appears now that there will be a cost to the City for concession services if changes are not made. One obvious change that could be made and has been requested by customers is the sale of beer and wine.

 

The purpose of this item tonight is simply to learn if the Commission is interested in our considering this as an option and learning what information or process the Commission wishes to use in formulating a recommendation to the City Council.

 

Motion by Lengerman, supported by Rothhaar to provide a detailed report. Motion carried 7 0.

 

Joint Meeting with City Council

 

A joint meeting has been scheduled for January 12, 2004 between the Commission and the City to discuss Recreation Fees. McGuire outlined the purpose and the format of the meeting.

 

Old Business

 

None.

 

New Business

 

City Forest

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Marty McGuire

 

Note: Special Meeting on Fee Philosophy at 6:00 p.m., Monday, January 12, 2004, City Hall Conference Room B.

 

Special Meeting on Goals for Master Plan at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 13, 2004, City Hall Conference Room B.