7:00 P.M.



Meeting called to order by Chairman John Rothhaar at 7:00 p.m.


MEMBERS PRESENT: Rothhaar, Altimore, Allen, Jurado, Martin, Kelley, Berthiaume




Minutes of Meeting of October 7, 2008


Motion by Jurado, seconded by Altimore to approve minutes. Motion carried 7-0.


Call to audience


No response


Introduction of New Civic Arena Manager


Secretary Ireland reminded the commission that staff has been consolidating management positions at the Civic Arena to allow for more effective management and marketing of the facility.


After an extensive interview process, Kenny Benson was selected as the new Civic Arena Manager effective Monday, November 3, 2008. Kenny brings his past experience as Manager of the Polar Palace Arena in Lapeer with him to this position. Kenny holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation, Parks and Leisure Services from Central Michigan University.


He is a welcomed addition to the staff.




Presentations of Master Plan Proposals


Ireland introduced to the commission (in hour intervals) representatives of each of the top three firms chosen by staff for their master plan proposals.


The first presentation was by Doug Schultz and Craig Schriptshama of Rowe.


The second presentation was by Vanessa Warren of Wilcox.


The final presentation was by Rob Edgers and Allan Bean of Spicer.


Commission members were given a list of questions prepared by staff to ask each of the candidates.


After the final presentation the commission discussed the merits of each of the presentations and what direction the department was heading considering budget issues. Commissioner Allen was not comfortable with making a recommendation at this meeting and asked for more time to review material. The commission discussed this and agreed to revisit this item at the December meeting


Old Business


Recreation Manager Marcie Post updated the commission on the outcome of this years Haunted Forest event. She reported that the first weekends profits were $6015 and 1613 people attended. The profits from this weekend were retained by the city.


The second weekends profits were $2884 with 789 people attending and these proceeds were donated to the Special Olympics. Both weekends included a total of 1788 volunteer hours.



Motion by Jurado, seconded by Martin to adjourn. Motion passed. Meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.