7:00 P.M.



Meeting called to order at 7:03 p.m. by Chairperson Frank Altimore.


MEMBERS PRESENT:         Altimore, Allen, Berthiaume, Bovid, Carlson, Jurado, Steidemann



MEMBERS ABSENT:           Kelley, Martin


OTHERS PRESENT:             Keith Baker, Planning Director

                                                Kerry Irons, NMT committee member


Minutes of December 1, 2009


Allen motioned, Steidemann seconded to receive minutes of the meeting of December 1, 2009. Motion passed 7-0.



Call to Audience




Non-Motorized Transportation Committee Update


Planning Director Keith Baker introduced Kerry Irons, member of the non-motorized transportation committee.  Mr. Irons gave a presentation on the committee’s goals, history and progress to date in promoting and providing recommendations to the city for enhancing non-motorized transportation opportunities throughout the community.  The NMT committee is now a formal subcommittee of the Planning Commission and meets on a monthly basis.  The NMT committee also provided input towards the 2010-2014 Parks Master Plan.



Project Reports


Park Rules:  Murphy provided the commission with copies of the current park rules.  The rules can also be found on the city’s website, www.midland-mi.org, on the Parks and Recreation home page.  The last revision of the rules occurred in 2004.  In keeping with the commission’s work plan for this fiscal year, the commission will review and discuss the rules over the course of the next few meetings.  Staff will present any recommended changes at the February commission meeting.



Thrune Park Project:  Murphy reviewed the proposed renovation of Thrune Park.  A goal in the upcoming Parks Master Plan, the renovation has been made possible through a generous gift from the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation on behalf of the Thrune family.  The Foundation has donated up to $350,000 to the city for this project, which will likely include a new restroom facility, redesign of existing pathways to improve accessibility, upgrades to the water feature, new play elements, the addition of picnic and shade areas, and replacement of the existing fence.  Due to the timing of the donation in December, the City Council has already accepted this gift and authorized staff to proceed with the design process.



Division Update


Winter Recreation Division Update:  In following the Commission’s working plan for FY09/10, Murphy gave an informational presentation about the winter recreation offerings.  Winter activities are concentrated at the City Forest, with sledding, toboggan runs, groomed cross county ski trails and an outdoor skating rink.  Other winter opportunities include cross country skiing at various parks, and ice rinks at Emerson and Plymouth Parks.  Winter programming includes the North Pole Calling program where volunteers help patch calls from Santa through to Midland youth, and the snow sculpture contest coordinated through Midland Public Schools.



Old Business


Jurado asked the status of the gate at Stratford.  Murphy replied that a gate will be fabricated this winter and installed prior to the opening of the park in the spring.



New Business


Berthiaume expressed concern over the school-park partnerships that exist at the schools that are scheduled for closure.  Murphy assured the commission that staff would address this concern with the school system as the closure process continues.



Motioned by Jurado, seconded Carlson to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed 7 – 0.  Meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.




Respectfully submitted,




Karen Murphy

Public Services Director