MIDLAND PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING OF AUGUST 2, 2005

MIDLAND CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS

7:00 P.M.

 

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:           Berthiaume, Lengerman, Jurado, Peck, Dauer,

Martin, Allen, Rothhaar

 

MEMBERS ABSENT: Kasprzyk

 

Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairperson Chuck Martin.

 

Minutes

 

Motion by Jurado, second by Dauer to receive the minutes of the meeting of July 5, 2005.  Motion carried.

 

Call to Audience  

 

Chairperson Martin issued a call to the audience for items not on the agenda, but germane to Commission business.  There was no response.

 

Referral from City Council to consider Grove Park and Central Park as potential jail sites.

 

McGuire referred to a letter to City Manager, Karl Tomion from County Administrator David Benda in which Benda listed several City properties and asked if the parcels were available at the present time and if the City would be willing to sell the property.  The City Council referred the requests to the affected Commissions and specifically asked the Parks and Recreation Commission to consider the Grove Park and Central Park sites.

 

As to the availability question, McGuire pointed out that both Grove and Central are dedicated parks and as such would require a vote of the people at a general election to be used for anything other than park and recreational purposes.  The next general election will not be held until November 2006 so the short answer to “are they available at this time” is no.

 

As to the willingness to sell, the staff believes that both parcels have value as park properties and should not be sold for alternative uses.  Grove Park provides an important open space for the neighborhood, providing for neighborhood basketball, pick-up games and soccer practices. It also provides an attractive green space which serves to breakup


the central corridor which leads into and out of the downtown area.  Central Park is the home of the Central Park Bandshell, one of Alden Dow’s earliest projects in Midland.  It is part of a significant recreation complex as it abuts the Community Center, it is a central play area for a large portion of the community and it has even greater recreational potential after a determination is made regarding the Civic Arena building.

 

For all of these reasons McGuire indicated that the staff recommends that neither parcel be considered available for sale.

 

There was no public comment.

 

Jurado supported the staff recommendation in that the areas are both residential areas not suited for a jail.  Rothhaar supported the recommendation.  Lengerman spoke of uses of the park that are positive and the nature of the area as being incompatible with a jail use.

 

Motion by Allen, second by Lengerman that the Commission recommends that the City Council advise the County that Grove Park and Central Park are not available for consideration as a jail site at the present time due to their status as “dedicated parks” and further that due to their value to the community as parkland they will not be available for sale.  Motion carried 8 – 0.

 

Park Rules

 

McGuire presented the park rules for review.  Lengerman asked about enforcement issues and staff replied that parks staff and the police are responsible for enforcement.  Jurado suggested that a dog license be required for the dog park.  The consensus was to open the dog park with current rules and to monitor the need for specific rules.  Dauer asked about response to permit request and the response was that this is handled administratively.

 

Motion by Jurado, second by Lengerman to affirm the Park Rules.  Motion carried 8 – 0.

 

Program and Project Update

 

  • Civic Arena

The Civic Arena project is moving along and remains within budget.  There are currently issues with the concrete drying due to high humidity.  Testing has continued and dehumidification units have been turned on to aid in the drying process.  The current moisture levels are preventing the installation of the rubber flooring.  We are exploring options at this time and still hope to be skating by the end of the month.  We expect that there will still be some loose ends at that time so we are planning to go with a soft opening to be followed by a grand opening sometime late in September.

 

  • The Plymouth Pool project is currently out for bids with proposals due August 9, 2005.  We have gone with a design-build approach on this project and had five teams represented at our pre-bid meeting.

 

  • We received the fence bids for the Dog Park and they come in favorably. The low bid which we will be recommending to City Council next Monday is $30,230.56.  We hope to have the fencing installed early in September

 

 Old Business

 

At the last meeting there was discussion regarding the restrooms at Stratford.  There was concern about the painting and the lack of privacy curtains.  The curtains have been installed and the red paint that was used by a temporary employee in error has been painted over.

 

There was also question about the frequency of service of the porta-jons at the sprayparks. After discussion with the provider, both were increased to twice weekly.

 

McGuire also reported that staff was considering with the arena contractor the suggestion of a camera security system for the site.

 

Park issues reported for staff action were:

  • Maryland Park – exposed metal on a slide
  • Posting of numbers to call in restrooms for patrons.
  • Caldwell fishing site.

 

New Business

 

Allen complemented staff on condition of Currie Golf Course.  Lengerman indicated the new play equipment in Central is being well used.

 

Martin spoke of the five areas of the Parks and Recreation Department and asked for Commission feedback on how best for the Commission to become informed on total operation.

 

Martin encouraged the Commission to contact him with new business items and discussed the workings of the Commission.

 

Berthiaume suggested a Master Plan review for the September budget.

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.

 

Respectfully,

 

 

 

Marty McGuire

 

NOTE:  Civic Arena tour at 6:00 p.m. on September 6, 2005 just prior to the September meeting.