REGULAR MEETING OF
MIDLAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
Meeting called to order by Chairperson Chuck Martin at
MEMBERS PRESENT: Allen, Peck, Rothhaar, Martin, Jurado, Dauer,
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.
Motion by Dauer, seconded by Rothhaar to receive the minutes
of the meeting of
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
McGuire informed the Commission that City Council had
requested that two master plans be developed for the
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
McGuire recommended contracting with the Spicer Group to
develop the plans as they were involved with the
After meeting with Spicer representatives he further recommended the following process:
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.
McGuire reported that staff had discussions with Northeast
Little League and have developed a conceptual plan to locate two Little League
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.
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.
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.
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