MINUTES OF THE

MIDLAND PARKS AND RECREATION

REGULAR MEETING OF NOVEMBER 1, 2005

MIDLAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

 

 

 

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:           Allen, Martin, Lengerman, Jurado, Peck, Dauer, Rothhaar, Kasprzyk, Berthiaume

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:             None

 

 

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Chuck Martin at 7:00 p.m.

 

 

Minutes

 

Motion by Jurado, seconded by Rothhaar to receive the minutes of the meeting of October 4, 2005.  Motion carried.

 

Call to Audience

 

Chairperson Martin issued a call to the audience for items not on tonight’s agenda.  There was no response.

 

Consideration of Gift of Gazebo near Gerstacker Sprayground

 

Dr. Herbert Buchalter, a long-time supporter of the rail-trail and user of the park system recently passed away.  Friends and family have offered to donate a gazebo to be placed near the rail-trail and sprayground.  The gazebo is similar to the one in Hart Park.  Staff is recommending that the gift be accepted.  There was discussion about the gazebo’s location and proximity to the electrical substation as well as suggestion to locate it nearer Riverside.

 

Motion by Allen, seconded by Rothhaar to recommend to City Council that the gift of a gazebo to be placed near the Gerstacker Sprayground be accepted.  Motion carried 6-3


 

Consideration of Fee Review Process

 

McGuire discussed the fee review process for Parks and Recreation fees and suggested combining the Public Hearing with the February Commission Meeting.  Commission discussed need for time for public to input and encouraged staff to produce recommendation as early as possible.

 

Motion by Peck, seconded by Kasprzyk to continue fee process with combined Commission public hearing with data made available to Commission and press prior to the meeting.  Motion carried 9 – 0.

 

Division Update – Forestry

 

In keeping with the Commission’s desire for updates on the various divisions of the department, McGuire presented information on the Forestry Division.  Commission asked several follow up questions regarding procedures.

 

Project and Program Update

 

McGuire reported that the Haunted Forest program attracted 1,242 people.  The project was a joint effort between the Parks and Recreation Department and Community Volunteers for the benefit of Special Olympics.  Special thanks to Rob Donovan who served as a volunteer project coordinator.

 

The US Jr. National Speedskating Championships are set for this weekend at the Civic Arena.  Competition will take place Saturday and Sunday during the day.

 

The Arena is now fully functional as the Office and Concession area were opened last month.

 

Plymouth Pool question was asked as to status with a response that permitting is being pursued and project is on schedule.

 

Old Civic Arena status was questioned.  Staff reported that City Council would be seeking formal proposals for use.

 

The Dog Park budget was questioned and staff reported that final accounting was not yet available, but that it appeared the project would be within the donated amount.

 

Old Business

 

None

 

 

 

 

New Business

 

Question was raised regarding the proposal to add Chippewassee Park to the Downtown Development District.  Staff indicated that such action would not change jurisdiction, it would simply allow the Downtown Development Authority to promote and fund activities within the park.

 

The following were identified a issues for staff action and/or study.

 

§         Lighting near Fast Ice Drive

§         A reward system to deter vandalism in Parks

§         Bags to be placed in Parks to encourage litter pick-up.

§         Pipeline designation near north entrance of Plymouth.

 

The Commission made positive comments about the Grand Curve efforts of the Entranceways Task Force.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 7:55 p.m.

 

Respectfully,

 

 

 

Marty McGuire