MIDLAND PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING OF JIUNE 7, 2005

CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS,

MIDLAND CITY HALL

7:00 P.M.

 

 

 

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

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:                         None

 

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

 

McGuire noted that Commissioner Donovan had submitted his resignation and that City Council would be moving forward to fill the vacancy.  He also noted that Chuck Martin and Sid Allen had been appointed to the Commission and would assume their seats in July.

 

Minutes

 

Motion by Lengerman, seconded by Dauer to receive the minutes of the meeting of May 3, 2005.  Motion carried 8 – 0.

 

Call to Audience

 

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

 

Rate for City Stage Use in Midland County outside of City

 

As a follow-up to action taken at the meeting of May 3rd in which the Commission approved providing the City stage unit for events in Midland County outside of the City, McGuire presented a staff recommendation that the initial rate be set at two times the City rate until such time as experience is gained and actual costs ascertained.  The rates would be $100.00 for non-profit groups and $400.00 for profit making groups.  The insurance requirements would remain the same.

 


Motion by Dauer, seconded by Rothhaar to recommend to City Council that the rental rates for the City’s portable stage for events in Midland County but outside the City of Midland be established at $100.00 per rental for non-profit groups and $400.00 for profit making groups.  Motion carried 8 – 0.

 

Cemetery Plat

 

McGuire noted that the Hillcrest Gardens section of the Midland Cemetery was established as a flush marker section in 1986.  A significant number of grave spaces remain available at this time and it does not appear that the land adjacent to Hillcrest Gardens will be needed for a flush marker section.  There is a need for an additional soldier section and staff is proposing a new soldier section and a buffer section for upright stones, known as Hillcrest serving as a buffer between the garden and soldiers section.

 

Motion by Robert, seconded by Dauer to accept the plat of the Soldier Section and the Hillcrest sections of the Midland Cemetery as proposed by staff.  Motion carried.

 

Dog Park

 

In accord with the recently adopted Master Plan, staff has been exploring the concept of a Dog Park within the City.  Staff has met with a group of interested people and have considered sites at Barstow Woods, Chippewassee Park and the City Forest.  After significant review, staff is recommending that planning go forward on a proposal to construct a Dog Park on the westerly end of Chippewassee Park.  At this point staff is seeking conceptual approval from the Commission and if it is given will present a plan at the July meeting.

 

There was significant discussion among commissioners regarding waste clean-up, accessibility, liability etc.  There was general agreement that an area away from a neighborhood is best.

 

Motion by Lengerman, seconded by Kasprzyk to grant conceptual approval of a Dog Park at the west end of Chippewassee Park and to authorize staff to develop a plan for such a park.  Motion carried 8 – 0.

 

Recommendation to Rezone Property at the New Civic Arena

 

McGuire informed the Commission that the property on which the Civic Arena is being built is zoned for agricultural use.  Under the Zoning Ordinance which was in effect at the time construction began, a public recreational facility was a permitted use.  Under the new Zoning Ordinance, it is not a permitted use so it will now be a permitted non-conforming use.  As the facility is new and the area surrounding it begins to grow, it

 

 

appears appropriate to appropriately zone the property.  Residential Commercial is identified in the Master Plan for this area and seems to offer the most flexibility in terms of auxiliary uses, signage and long term use.  Staff is recommending that the process to rezone the property to Regional Commercial be commenced.

 

Motion by Dauer, seconded by Rothhaar to recommend to City Council that they begin the process to rezone the property of the new Civic Arena to Regional Commercial.  Motion carried 8 – 0.

 

Golf Committee

 

McGuire presented the names of six citizens who had shown interest in serving on the Golf Committee.

 

Motion by Zimmer-Janeczko, seconded by Rothhaar to appoint all six applicants to the Golf Players Committee.

 

Old Business

 

McGuire recognized the service of Kim Zimmer-Janeczko and Paul Robert on the Commission and thanked them for their service.

 

The Commission raised questions about playground equipment progress and various programs.

 

New Business

 

McGuire reminded the Commission that the July meeting would be the organizational meeting of the Commission.

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm.

 

Respectfully,

 

 

 

Marty McGuire