MIDLAND PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING OF SEPTEMBER 7, 2004

MIDLAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

 

 

 

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

 

MEMBERS ABSENT: Lincoln

 

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

 

McGuire asked for nominations for the position of chair.  Rothhaar nominated Peck, Lengerman seconded.

 

Peck was elected by a vote of 7 – 0.

 

Peck assumed the chair and called for nominations to the position of vice-chair.  Robert nominated Rothhaar, Zimmer-Janeczko seconded.

 

Rothhaar was elected by a vote of 7 – 0.

 

Berthiaume arrived at 7:05 p.m.

 

Minutes of June Meeting

 

Rothhaar asked that the minutes be amended to show that other members joined Lengerman in concern over Plymouth Pool budget process.  Motion by Lengerman, seconded by Rothhaar that minutes be approved as amended.

 

Meeting Schedule

 

McGuire presented the attached schedule of meetings in keeping with the group’s meeting date of the first Tuesday of the month.  The lone exception proposed was the meeting on February 17, 2005 for the purpose of conducting a public hearing on fees.  Commission asked McGuire to research appropriateness of meeting in the summer months and to report back.

 

Motion by Berthiaume, seconded by Robert to approve the meeting schedule as proposed.  Motion carried by a vote of 8 – 0.


Chippewa Trail

 

Dick Touvel, Steve Kin and Consultant Pam Blough made a presentation on the proposed trail which will link the Tridge with the Chippewa Nature Center.  They specifically asked that the Commission recommend to the City Council that easements for the trail be granted and that the City agree to maintain that portion of the trail which is on the City property.

 

James Reigler spoke against the project indicating that this was a continuation of recreation without responsibility.  He objects to taxpayer funding of this type of recreation facility and has asked for a breakdown of expenses and has not received it.

 

Motion by Lengerman, seconded by Rothhaar that the Commission recommends to the City Council that the City grants easements for the construction of the trail and that the City agrees to maintain that portion of the trail which is within the City.  Motion carried by a vote of 8 – 0.

 

Disposition of Current Civic Arena

 

McGuire indicated that as the process moves on to build a new Civic Arena, the time has come to discuss the disposition of the current facility.  He pointed out that the facility is on park property and use other than recreational would require a vote of the people.  He also reported that money had been allocated in the project for demolition.  He further stated that other uses of the building would require renovation costs as well as operation costs.  He asked the Commission to detail the information they would like to see in making this decision.

 

Lengerman asked about the roof.  McGuire indicated that temporary repairs had been made but long term use would likely require re-roofing the facility.

 

Motion by Dauer, seconded by Lengerman to schedule a public hearing at the October meeting on the topic of the Civic Arena and that youth groups be notified specifically.

 

Motion carried 8 – 0.

 

Set Public Hearing on Picnic Shelter Charge

 

McGuire proposed the following rates per past Commission discussion:

 

            Emerson A                               $20.00

            Emerson E                                $20.00

            Plymouth B2 and B3                 $20.00

            Plymouth A South or

            Plymouth A North                    $20.00

            Barstow Woods                       $20.00

            Stratford Woods                      $20.00

            Chippewassee                          $20.00

            Emerson D                               $40.00

            Plymouth A North & South       $50.00

 

He indicated that these rates, based on 2004 use would generate $23,760.00.

 

He asked the Commission to consider the recommendation and formulate their recommendation to present at a public hearing on October 5, 2004.  He also asked that they consider a policy of no exceptions and one of no-refunds.  He further asked for direction on the policy of picnic table loans as it relates to this policy.  The Commission discussed the issue at some length specifically addressing the issues of refund., increased expectations and an introductory base fee.  Motion by Dauer, seconded by Lengerman that staff develop a proposal based on Commission input including a charge for table delivery for the October meeting with a public hearing scheduled for November 1, 2004.  Motion carried.

 

Project Update

 

BMX Track – Track had been in place.  Dow reclaimed dirt due to internal policy and the process is once again underway with a completion date scheduled for September 24, 2004.

 

Sprayground

 

Opened on Friday, good use over the weekend, as with most new installations, some thing’s need to be addressed and will, as further evaluation takes place.  Dedication of the park will be September 9, 2004 in conjunction with a Longview PTO event.

 

Civic Arena

 

Bond revenue to be received this week, contract to be signed and construction to begin.

 

Childhood Obesity Program

 

McGuire reported that the program was conducted in two phases.  The first phase saw discussion with program play leaders on incorporating healthy principles into program while the second phase allowed a voluntary sign up for personal consultation and four of Mid-Michigan faculty.

 

Old Business

 

Commission asked staff to consider partnership with the Community Center for Playground Equipment in Central Park.

 

Commission asked specific questions on the Golf Committee, the Clubhouse Liquor License and the St. Charles softball complex.  Brief status reports were provided.

 

New Business

 

None

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 p.m.

 

Respectfully,

 

 

 

Marty McGuire