REGULAR MEETING OF MAY 4, 2010
MIDLAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
Meeting called to order at 7:02 p.m. by Vice Chairperson Chuck Martin
MEMBERS PRESENT: Altimore, Berthiaume, Bovid, Carlson, Jurado, Kelley, Martin, Steidemann
MEMBERS ABSENT: None
OTHERS PRESENT: None
Minutes of April 6, 2010
Steidemann motioned, Carlson seconded to receive the corrected minutes of the meeting of April 6, 2010. Motion passed 7-0.
Call to Audience
Parks Commission Ordinance Change
Murphy explained that the current ordinance requirement is for the Parks and Recreation Commission meet on a monthly basis with a minimum of ten meetings required each year. Occasionally, this results in the Commission meeting at times when there is no official business before the group for consideration. In order to make more effective use of meeting time and to respect the time commitment required of the commissioners, staff is recommending that the minimum number of meetings be reduced from ten to six per year. While this standard establishes the minimum number of times the Commission shall meet during the year, it does not prohibit the Commission from conducting more meetings as they are necessary.
Jurado motioned, Kelley seconded that a recommendation be made to City Council to amend the ordinance to set the minimum number of meetings to six per year. Motion passed 7-0.
Midland Softball Association Donation
Marcie Post gave a presentation outlining a donation made by the Midland Softball Association for field drainage improvements at the Redcoats Complex. Due to the timing of the donation and the start of the softball season, the work has already been completed. The project was done by Servinski Sod Service, with an estimated value of $27,000. The improvements include:
· Regrading of the infield surfaces to provide the proper crown. This will help with drainage and improve the playing surface.
· Drainage and tiling work on all five fields.
· Replacing the worn grass areas between the fields and the blacktop pathway with compacted gravel to improve the appearance and minimize maintenance.
Jurado motioned, Steidemann seconded to recommend that City Council accept this generous donation from the Midland Softball Association. Motion passed 7-0.
Central Park Development: Murphy asked the Commission for any additional comments related to the discussion held at the April 6 meeting pertaining to Central Park.
Martin asked about the City’s review of the band shell and recommended that this be recognized as a priority item that needs to have action taken. Murphy indicated that the City is in the process of evaluating the condition of the band shell and is working on rough estimates for refurbishment of the band shell. This information will be shared with the Commission once available.
Altimore questioned whether it is worth repairing the band shell or should a recommendation be make to pursue a new band shell located downtown near the Tridge. This location already has restroom facilities and a band shell might get more use in the downtown area. There is also ample parking downtown to accommodate events.
Murphy gave an informational update on the Midland Cemetery.
Jurado requested an updated list of who to contact with questions regarding various park offerings. Murphy suggested that any park related question be directed to the main parks office for distribution to the appropriate person.
Berthiaume motioned, Jurado seconded to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed 8– 0.
Meeting adjourned at 7:40 p.m.
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