MIDLAND PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING OF OCTOBER 5, 2004

MIDLAND CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS

 

 

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

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:             Lincoln

 

OTHERS PRESENT:               M. McGuire, Director of Public Services

 

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

 

Minutes of September 7, 2004

 

Motion by Rothhaar, seconded by Lengerman to receive the minutes of the meeting of September 7, 2004.

 

Motion carried 6 – 0.

 

Call to Audience

 

Chairperson Peck issued a call to the audience for discussion of items not on the meeting agenda.  There was response from Paula Juardo who expressed opposition to statements made by James Reigler at the September meeting and supported the Chippewa Trail.

 

Dauer arrived at 7:04 p.m.

 

Berthiaume arrived at 7:05 p.m.

 

Public Hearing on Disposition of Civic Arena

 

McGuire presented information on the disposition of the Civic Arena including an opinion from the City Attorney indicating that if the park use of the property is to be discontinued, a vote of the people at a general election would be required and if it is to be continued, either owned or leased, the use would need to be “public recreation.”  He also spoke of a study undertaken by the Community Center which indicated a $54.00 per square foot cost to transition the building or $3,996,000.00.

 

Chairperson Peck invited public comment.

 

Juardo suggested an indoor skatepark, indoor rugby or flag football and indoor soccer.

 

Molly Muste proposed a velodrome bicycle track with banked turns.  She indicated the size of the facility is compatible.  She stated that there are only two indoor tracks in North America.

 

Dave Dornbos expressed interest in an indoor Skatepark, he spoke of the central location.  He praised the Trilogy Skatepark and other facilities.

 

The Commission expressed interest in multi use facilities and facilities which are unique in the community.

 

Commission asked staff to develop a report summarizing information gathered including input from the Midland Public Schools.

 

Consideration of Meeting Dates

 

The meeting schedule adopted by the Commission in September called for no meetings in July or August based on past practice.  The Commission discussed adding meetings and asked staff to research the possibility.  Research showed that the Ordinance requires a minimum of ten meetings with language allowing additional meetings at the discretion of the Commission.

 

Motion by Dauer, seconded by Rothhaar to schedule meetings for the first Tuesday of July and August of 2005.  Motion carried 8 – 0.

 

Recommendation on Shelter Fees

 

Staff presented the following schedule of fees for the picnic shelter program.

 

            Emerson Shelter A                                $20.00

            Emerson Shelter E                                $20.00

            Plymouth B-2                                       $20.00

            Plymouth B-3                                       $20.00

            Plymouth A South                                 $20.00

            Plymouth A North                                $20.00

            Barstow Woods                                   $20.00

            Stratford Woods                                  $20.00

            Chippewassee                                      $20.00

            Emerson D                                           $40.00

            Plymouth A (entire shelter)                    $50.00

            Unsheltered Areas                                $10.00

            Addition of a Canopy                           $20.00

            Delivery of tables                                  $20.00 (up to 10 tables)

            Additional tables                                   $3.00 each if available

 

Charges will be applied to all reservations, there shall be no refunds.

 

There was Commission discussion about school groups using shelters for class picnics and service clubs who have donated shelters.

 

Paula Juardo proposed a reduced fee at non-peak times.  Juardo suggested that the Plymouth A North and South shelter be $25.00.  She spoke of Midland County and Eaton County which offer refunds up to 14 days.  She spoke of various logistic issues.

 

Motion by Lengerman, seconded by Donovan to seek public input on the recommendation at the meeting of November 2, 2004.  Motion carried 8 – 0.

 

Project Update

 

McGuire informed the Commission that the BMX track was operational with the fence to be installed next week and finish landscaping is underway now.

 

He indicated that the Civic Arena project is underway with earth work being done at this time.

 

Old Business

 

Robert moved, Dauer seconded that Commission recommend to City Council that season pass holders be allowed to use Currie at no addition cost in November waiving the $5.00 per day charge.  Motion carried 8 – 0.

 

Berthiaume praised the groundbreaking ceremony for the Civic Arena.

 

New Business

 

Donovan spoke of Haunted Forest at City Forest which benefits Special Olympics.

 

Dauer asked if Special Olympics could benefit from use of the Civic Arena.

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Marty McGuire