REGULAR MEETING OF OCTOBER 5, 2010
MIDLAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
Meeting called to order at 7:01 p.m. by Chairperson Frank Altimore
MEMBERS PRESENT: Altimore, Berthiaume, Bovid, Carlson, Kelley, Martin, Rice, Steidemann
MEMBERS ABSENT: Jurado
OTHERS PRESENT: Marcie Post, Recreation Manager
Minutes of September 7, 2010
Martin motioned, Steidemann seconded to receive minutes of the meeting of September 7, 2010. Motion passed 7-0.
Call to Audience
Review of Recreation Fee Philosophy
Post 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. Post 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.
Martin motioned to accept the fee philosophy as it currently stands, seconded by Bovid. Motion passed 8-0.
Plymouth Pool End of Season Review: Murphy reviewed utilization statistics for the 2010 swimming season in comparison with the previous two seasons. Murphy also showed an expense and revenue comparison for the past three fiscal years. The pool continues to operate above the 50% cost recovery goal set forth in the City’s recreation fee philosophy, and therefore staff does not plan to recommend any fee increases for the upcoming year.
Murphy shared that the softball season is wrapping up and a similar end of season update will be provided to the Commission at the November meeting.
Recreation update: Recreation Manager Post shared information about the upcoming Haunted Forest event to be held at the City Forest October 21-24 and October 28-30. This program relies heavily on volunteers and the Parks office is currently seeking out volunteers to help make the event a success.
Post also informed the Commission about the first annual Mackinac Island trip for individuals 50 and older that will occur October 17-19 in partnership with Saginaw County’s recreation department. This program is part of an effort to expand recreation offerings to a wider audience in the community. Post reported approximately 25 participants are registered to attend.
Parks update: Post stated that the parks are scheduled to close for the season on October 15. Staff will begin winterizing buildings and pavilion rentals will end at this time as well.
Murphy reminded the Commission that the November meeting has been changed to Wednesday, November 3 due to a conflict with the election being held that week in City Council Chambers. A public notice will be posted at City Hall to alert citizens to the change in date.
Martin asked about the status of the bandshell. Murphy reported that she is working with a consulting firm to evaluate the condition of the bandshell and get recommendations on the future of the structure. Murphy will provide updates on this process as information becomes available.
Motioned by Berthiaume, seconded by Martin to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed 8–0.
Adjourned: Meeting adjourned at 7:32p.m.
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