MINUTES OF THE MIDLAND PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING OF MAY 3, 2005

MIDLAND CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS

7:00 PM

 

 

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

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:             Robert

 

Minutes

 

Motion by Rothhaar, seconded by Lengerman to receive the minutes of the meeting of  April 5, 2005.  Motion carried.

 

Call to Audience

 

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

 

Civic Arena  Advertising Program

 

McGuire presented an advertising plan for the new Civic Arena which includes packages for dasher board, in-ice and ice resurfacer advertising.  The plan excludes alcohol and tobacco advertising and called for sales by a contractor.  It further called for 15%, to go to Fast Ice for scholarships, in recognition of their effort in developing the program and continuing to identify prospects.  The net profit to the Arena, if the entire inventory is sold, would be $75,829.00.

 

Rothhaar questioned the appropriateness of this level of advertising in a facility designed for amateur athletics.  He was concerned about commercialization of youth sports and the overemphasis which could be perceived to be promoted by the advertising and the “professional image”.  Lengerman spoke of the tradition of sponsors being a part of youth sports without a negative effect.  Kasprzyk and Zimmer-Janeczko pointed out that the advertising adds to the professional atmosphere and excitement associated with the rink.  Peck indicated that he thought staff had attempted to respond to concerns identified earlier and that he supported the plan.  Berthiaume expressed concern that the Center Circles should be reserved for City logos.  Dauer suggested that staff encourage advertisers to incorporate messages of sportsmanship into their ads.

 


Lengerman moved, Zimmer-Janeczko seconded that the advertising program proposed by staff be recommended to City Council.  Motion carried 6 – 2.

 

Playground Equipment

 

McGuire spoke of earlier priorities as regards playground equipment being Chippewassee, Central and Stratford Woods.  He outlined a plan which included donations of $25,000, $15,000 and $3,000 respectively from the Midland Area Community Foundation, Ruth Dixon and the Midland Community Center.  The donations will facilitate the purchase of $70,000 worth of equipment for Chippewassee and Central at a City cost of $17,250.

 

Motion by Donovan, seconded by Dauer that the Commission recommend to the City Council that they accept the gifts from the Midland Area Community Foundation, Ruth Dixon and the Midland Community Center and that they waive bids for the Chippewassee Park equipment and that they authorize staff to proceed with both the Chippewassee Park and Central Park playground projects.  Motion carried 8 – 0.

 

Request to Change Policy on Portable Stage

 

In 1997 the Commission passed a resolution limiting the use of the City’s portable stage units to events within the City.  Staff has received a request to use the unit at a fund-raising event in Sanford Lake Park within the county, permission was delayed based on the policy and staff was asked to have the Commission reconsider the policy.

 

There was discussion about added expense and whether such a policy would cause a hardship to events within the City.  McGuire advised that if the policy changed, staff would develop an amended fee schedule for consideration in June.

 

Motion by Dauer, seconded by Kasprzyk to amend the policy to allow use of the City stage for use in Midland County.  Motion carried 5 – 3.

 

Change in Cemetery Plat

 

McGuire reported that an earlier proposal to utilize part of the Whispering Pines for a mausoleum had proven, after field inspection to be impractical.  He presented a revised plat for the section.

 

Motion by Rothhaar, seconded by Dauer to recommend to City Council that the revised plat be accepted.  Motion carried 8 – 0.

 

Project Update

 

McGuire reported that progress was continuing on the Civic Arena and that planning is continuing on the Plymouth Pool project.  It is expected that bids will be sought on the project shortly after the budget is approved in May.

 

Old Business

 

Lengerman asked about the obesity education program which was incorporated into the playground program last year.  McGuire reported that a “train the trainer” program will be implemented for the leaders in 2005.

 

Lengerman noted that there appears to be a predatory plant choking out others in Barstow Woods.  McGuire to have forester check it out.

 

New Business

 

None

 

Meeting adjourned at 8:10 pm.

 

Respectfully,

 

 

 

Marty McGuire