MIDLAND PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
REGULAR MEETING OF OCTOBER 6, 2009
MIDLAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
MEMBERS PRESENT:† Altimore, Allen, Berthiaume, Bovid, Carlson, Jurado, Martin, Steidemann
MEMBERS ABSENT:††† Kelley
Meeting was called to order by Chairperson Frank Altimore at 7:02 p.m.
Past Meeting Minutes Approval
Motioned by Martin, seconded by Steidemann to approve the minutes from the September 1, 2009 meeting. Motion passed 8-0.
Call to Audience
Master Plan Update:† Rob Eggers from Spicer Group reviewed the process to date for the Parks and Recreation Master Plan development.† The notice of public hearing was sent out to satisfy MDNR requirements for a 30-day notification period.† A public hearing will be held at the November commission meeting, after which the Commission can recommend approval of the plan to City Council.
Allen asked how the public input process compared to the previous Master Plan.† Eggers replied that responses were fewer, but nothing unusual came in the way of input.† Berthiaume asked what types of projects the MDNR is focusing on for grants.† Eggers replied that trails that connect to regional networks, access to waterways, and nature-based recreation are the main areas of concentration for the current grant programs.† Eggers offered to review MDNR grant criteria with staff and the Commission at a future date.
Recreation Fee Process:† Murphy reviewed the recreation fee process that the Commission adopted at their September meeting.† The action before Commission this evening was to review the recreation fee philosophy and recommend any changes so that staff can move forward with developing a fee proposal.† Murphy discussed the current fee philosophy for the general recreation programs.† The philosophy has remained relatively unchanged in recent years and has served the parks and recreation department well as long as the fees reflect the philosophy.†
Allen motioned to support the fee philosophy as it currently stands, seconded by Jurado.† Motion passed 8-0.
There was no division update for this month.†† The golf course will be discussed at the November meeting.
Jurado shared some maintenance issues at the dog park.† Murphy will direct staff to attend to the issues.
Murphy indicated that competitive bids have been received for replacement of the boards at the hockey pen at Emerson, and the contractor will begin work in the near future.
Murphy asked for the Commissionís support to install a gate at the entrance to Stratford Woods Park.† There was an increase in vandalism at the park this past season caused by vehicles leaving the roadway and damaging the landscape.† The Commission supported the installation of a gate to help prevent future damage to the park.
Murphy asked the Commission to begin taking note of the park walkways that connect neighborhood parks to the sidewalk network.† Recent City Council action resulted in the closure of a park walkway at the request of a group of residents.† The Commission may be asked for input on the system of walkways in the future.
Murphy reported on a potential community project to renovate Thrune Park.† The Midland County Youth Action Council has adopted Thrune Park for several years, and has expressed interested in working in conjunction with other community groups to raise funds to renovate the park.† A local foundation has also expressed interested in supporting the project.† Staff is in the process of getting quotes from playground and landscape designers to create conceptual plans for consideration.† Murphy will keep the Commission updated on the progress of this project.
Motioned by Jurado, seconded by Berthiaume to adjourn.† Motion passed 8-0.† Meeting adjourned at 8:00 p.m.
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