MIDLAND PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING OF MAY 2, 2006

MIDLAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS

7:00 P.M.

 

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

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:           Allen, Peck, Rothhaar, Martin, Jurado, Dauer,

Kasprzyk, Berthiaume

 

MEMBERS ABSENT: None

 

Chairperson Martin recognized the contributions of active Commissioner Dottie Lengerman who passed away on April 8 of 2006.  A moment of silence was observed.

 

Minutes

 

Motion by Dauer, seconded by Rothhaar to receive the minutes of the meeting of April 4, 2006.  Motion carried 8 – 0.

 

Call to Audience

 

Chairperson Martin issued a call to the audience, there was no response.

 

McGuire asked to consider a new business item out of order.  The Commission consented.

 

McGuire suggested that the Commission consider canceling the meeting of July 5 because of its closeness to the holiday and that they consider scheduling a special meeting for the preceding week.  He explained that this would also allow the current Commission to follow the Central Park Master Plan through to completion.  He further pointed out that this would result in the August 1 meeting being the organizational meeting at which officers are elected.

 

Motion by Peck, seconded by Allen to cancel the meeting of July 5, 2006 and schedule a special meeting on June 27, 2006 at 5:30 p.m.  Motion carried 8 – 0.

 

Central Park Master Plan Process

 

McGuire informed the Commission that City Council had requested that two master plans be developed for the Central Park area, one assuming the presence of the Villas at Central


Park and one assuming that the property on which the Civic Arena is now located would be vacant.  The Council has asked for the plans for their July 10, 2006 meeting.

 

McGuire recommended contracting with the Spicer Group to develop the plans as they were involved with the Parks Master Plan and have base data for the park system.

 

After meeting with Spicer representatives he further recommended the following process:

 

  • May 2              Preliminary discussion of process.
  • May 16            Community input meeting.
  • May 17            Neighborhood meeting.
  • June 6              Presentation of preliminary plan and discussion.
  • June 27            Presentation of final plan.
  • July 10             Presentation of plan to City Council.

 

The Commission questioned the need to competitively bid the services of Spicer and it was reported that the dollar value of the project did not warrant formal bids and that the 2004 bid process was evidence of competitiveness. The Commission discussed specific elements of the process as well as the appropriateness of establishing parameters.   Motion by Allen, seconded by Kasprzyk to retain Spicer Group to develop Master Plans of Central Park and to follow schedule proposed by staff.  Motion carried 8 – 0.

 

Plymouth Park Design Follow-Up

 

McGuire reported that staff had discussions with Northeast Little League and have developed a conceptual plan to locate two Little League fields in Plymouth Park.  He further indicated that pursuant to placemaking discussions in the community the staff had developed a plan to further change Plymouth Park by eliminating the westerly road.

 

The Commission expressed concern that the plan be developed with minimal impact on trees and that consideration be given to either utilizing the soccer field for Ultimate Frisbee as well or dedicating the space to that game.  Motion by Dauer, second by Rothhaar to direct staff to develop cost estimates on proposed improvements and to schedule a public hearing for the meeting of June 6.  Motion carried 8 – 0.

 

Request from Michigan Ice

 

The Michigan Ice women’s softball team has requested permission to sell beer at their home games at Currie Stadium.  The club would partner with local non-profits allowing the non-profit to obtain the license, sell the beer and split the profits.

 

Commission questioned liquor license regulations regarding the split and it was agreed that it was a matter between the Ice and the Liquor Control Commission.  Motion by Allen, second by Dauer to recommend to City Council that the request be approved.  Motion carried 7 – 1.

 

Project Up-Date

 

  • Tridge staining is complete, funded by Midland Area Community Foundation.
  • Plymouth Park pool is on schedule.
  • GLIAC and MAC conference softball tournaments are being held in Midland this coming weekend and next.

 

Old Business

 

Commission asked if there was any new information regarding beer sales at Currie Golf course.  There is none at this time. 

 

Commission asked for an up-date progress on schedule of play equipment.

 

New Business

 

Commission discussed Adopt-A-Park program and offering a different group a chance.  It was agreed that several opportunities exist under current setup.

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

 

Respectfully,

 

 

 

Marty McGuire