7:00 P.M.


Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairperson Bruce Peck.


Members Present: Martin, Peck, Dauer, Jurado, Allen, Altimore, Berthiaume,

Kelley, Rothhaar


Members Absent: None




Motion by Altimore, seconded by Dauer to receive the minutes of the meeting of April 3, 2007. Motion carried.


Call to Audience


Peck issued a call to the audience for items not on the May 1 agenda. There was no response.


Peck offered the following statement praising McGuire:


The Parks and Recreation Commission of the City of Midland express its sincere appreciation to Marty McGuire for 30 years of service both as a Director and a member of Parks and Recreation/Public Services. Marty has done an outstanding job in his role as the City Staff Liaison and resource person to this Commission. He directed the City staff to countless improvements to the Midland parks system over the years: The Rail Trail, Emerson Park expansion, softball diamonds and our new Civic Arena, just to name a few projects. We thank him for his leadership and support and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.


Allen moved, Peck seconded that the statement be adopted by the Commission. Motion carried.


Plymouth Park Phasing Plan


McGuire discussed the phasing plan for Plymouth Park which includes:


1)      Closing the westerly road with wooden posts to allow a trial period - (Summer 07).


2)      Begin construction of Little League fields using outside funds donated for this project - (Summer 07).

3)      Purchase additional grills and tables to be placed consistent with the plan for the pathway - (Summer 07).


4)      Pave remaining northeasterly roadway as part of the local street paving program - (Fall 07).


5)      Seek state or other funding sources for the accessibility pathway system - (Fall 07).


6)      Remove westerly roadway as appropriate with at least the portion affecting the Frisbee field being addressed - (Fall 07).


7)      Prepare the Frisbee field and relocate the Beach Volleyball court at a City cost of $10,000 (Fall 07).


8)      Install trail system as funds become available.


9)      Install parking lot as need is determined.


Motion by Altimore, seconded by Berthiaume to endorse the phasing plan for Plymouth as proposed by staff. Motion carried.


Rothhaar arrived at 7:14 p.m.


Formation of Golf Committee


McGuire reported that five people, Paul Robert, Pat Schwertz, Ethel Dresch, Edwin Foote and Connie Good expressed interest in serving on the Golf Players Committee. McGuire recommended that the five be appointed along with a representative(s) of the Commission and that the Committee be empowered to recruit and add members.


Motion by Allen, seconded by Martin to appoint five applicants plus Frank Altimore to the Golf Committee and further that the Committee be empowered to add members as they see fit. Motion carried.


Project Update


  • McGuire informed the Commission that Midland is hosting the GLIAC and MAC Conference College Softball Tournaments in May at Currie Stadium.


  • Arena sign to be installed.


  • Ireland to be point of contact as McGuire leaves City Service.


Old Business


  • There was a question about the disposition of an electrical panel and the sign at the Collins Street Civic Arena.


  • Questions were raised about the golf course concession.


  • Staff was thanked for the temporary fence installed at the dog park.


New Business




Meeting adjourned at 7:30 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,




Marty McGuire