MIDLAND PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
REGULAR MEETING OF JULY 7, 2009
MIDLAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
MEMBERS PRESENT: Altimore, Jurado, Martin, Allen, Kelley, Carlson, Bovid, Steidemann
MEMBERS ABSENT: Berthiaume
Meeting was called to order by Vice Chairperson Frank Altimore at 7:00 p.m.
Altimore welcomed the three new commissioners joining the Parks & Recreation commission. The new commissioners are Marcia Steidemann, Patty Carlson and Kristen Bovid.
Past Meeting Minutes Approval
Motioned by Jurado, seconded by Altimore to approve the minutes from the June 2, 2009 meeting. Motion passed 8-0.
Call to Audience
In keeping with the practice of electing a new chair and vice chair each July, Altimore asked for nominations for the position of chair. Allen nominated Altimore and Jurado seconded the nomination. Altimore nominated Martin and Steidemann seconded the nomination. The Commission voted and selected Altimore to serve as the chair. The Commission elected Martin to serve as vice chair.
The Commission reviewed the proposed meeting calendar for the upcoming fiscal year. Allen motioned to approve the calendar as presented and Martin seconded the motion. The motion passed 8-0.
Murphy presented a draft work plan for the Commission to consider. The work plan defines the role of the Parks and Recreation Commission as an advisory committee to City Council, and explains the director’s role as staff liaison to the Commission. The plan also includes a schedule of proposed discussion topics for the upcoming fiscal year. Murphy asked for suggestions on the proposed topics. Altimore said he thought the plan was well done and gives the Commission some structure moving foward. Martin suggested staff share a report with the Commission on the economic benefit of parks and recreation. Martin motioned to accept the work plan as presented, and Jurado seconded the motion. Motion passed 8-0.
Murphy provided an update on the Master Plan project and reviewed the public input that was received through the on-line survey and the public open house. Spicer Group formulated seven broad goals based on the public input, and staff is working on a list of objectives to meet these goals. Spicer will make a presentation to the Commission at the August meeting to include a review of the draft goals and objectives. Altimore asked if the Commission had any comments to share on the Master Plan process. Kelly expressed concern over only receiving 180 responses to the survey. Murphy commented that the consultants were satisfied with the level of response.
Murphy reported that the dog park fence repair is complete and both the large and small dog parks are open for use. Altimore asked if we could have more publicity about the park reopening. Jurado and Bovid have received positive feedback about the new layout of the park.
Allen asked Altimore how Currie Golf Course is doing. Altimore explained that course conditions are very good right now, and that the problems earlier in the season related to snow mold have been resolved. Altimore gave the food and beverage operation a good review as well.
Motioned by Jurado, seconded by Martin to adjourn. Motion passed 8-0. Meeting adjourned at 7:37 p.m.
Public Services Director