REGULAR MEETING OF
MEMBERS PRESENT: Donovan, Dauer, Lengerman, Peck, Kasprzyk, Rothhaar, Robert, Zimmer-Janeczko, Berthiaume
MEMBERS ABSENT: None
The meeting was called to order at by Chairperson Bruce Peck.
Motion by Lengerman, seconded by Dauer to
receive the minutes of the regular meeting of
Motion by Rothhaar, seconded by Robert to
receive minutes of the special meeting of
Call to Audience
Chairperson Peck issued a call to the audience. There was no response.
Berthiaume arrived at .
Consideration of Recommendation to demolish existing Civic Arena
Peck explained that staff and the Commission had looked
closely at the future use of the current Civic Arena. At the
The Commission discussed the issue. Lengerman indicated she had concern that there. might be a use not yet identified and was uneasy recommending demolition at this time. Robert pointed out that the issue had been before the community for nearly two years and
no viable plan had been brought forward. He also indicated that no use had been identified in the recent master plan process. Rothhaar indicated that he had begun the process hoping to preserve the building but that he had seen no ground swell of support.
Kasprzyk said she did not see evidence that the benefit outweighed the cost. Dauer asked if there was an actual timeline for making a decision. Donovan indicated that a motion to recommend to City Council was not the final action but would create a sense of urgency if a viable plan did exist.
Motion by Berthiaume, seconded by Donovan to recommend to
City Council that the Midland Civic Arena in
Discussion of Plan for
McGuire presented a preliminary plan for unifying the St. Charles Recreation Campus. He highlighted major components of the area and indicated that he would be seeking input from the Softball Association before bringing a final plan for consideration. A copy of the plan is available at the Parks and Recreation Office.
Peck encouraged Commissioners to forward any comments to McGuire after they have reviewed it.
Update on Civic Arena Project
McGuire informed the Commission that the Civic Arena Project was progressing on schedule and within budget. He presented photos of the progress and indicated that the building was to be finished in August.
McGuire read a letter from Joe Harrison, president of Midland Girls Softball League in which the league proposed donating $10,000.00 for fencing and parking lot improvements and an additional $5,000.00 worth of bleacher seating for Optimist Park.
Motion by Donovan, seconded by Dauer to recommend to City
Council that the donations totaling $15,000.00 in cash
and equipment for
McGuire indicated that staff is continuing to study the issues of a liquor license at Currie Golf Course. He reported that one of the more compelling reasons to have a liquor license was to make the revenue appealing to specific golf outings. As it is now, an event organizer needs to make arrangements to have drinks brought to the course and they must get insurance while other courses build that into their outing cost.
As a pilot, the staff is proposing, for certain events to procure one-day liquor licenses to attract major outings which benefit the course.
Richard McCreadie addressed the
Commission on this issue. He stated that
if Gil Currie Sr. were still alive he would be opposed to the proposal. He indicated that Currie Golf Course was
built to serve the citizens and should not be attempting to compete with other
courses. He also spoke of possible
charter violations associated with selling liquor. McCreadie then
informed the Commission that although he had missed the discussion on the Civic
Arena he had comments on that issue as well.
He indicated that the library and
Commissioner Robert addressed the proposal for one day liquor licenses saying that the trial appeared to be a prudent way to get a read on the potential.
Motion by Dauer, seconded by Zimmer-Janeczko to recommend to City Council to authorize staff to pursue one day liquor licenses for Currie Golf Course. Motion carried
9 – 0.
McGuire indicated that staff was working on developing a partnership with the Arnold Center/Michigan Works to operate the food concession at Currie Golf Course.
Meeting adjourned at .