7:00 P.M.





Meeting called to order at 7:02 p.m. by Chairperson Frank Altimore


MEMBERS PRESENT:         Altimore, Bovid, Carlson, Jurado, Martin, Rice Steidemann



MEMBERS ABSENT:           Kelley, Berthiaume


OTHERS PRESENT:             Marcie Post, Recreation Manager


Minutes of October 5, 2010


Jurado motioned, Steidemann seconded to receive minutes of the meeting of October 5, 2010. Motion passed 7-0.


Call to Audience



Proposed Recreation Fees for 2011


Post reviewed the proposed recreation fees for the 2011 season.  The proposed changes to the fees include the following:


  • Addition of clause to allow director to enter into a cost recovery agreement with the Midland Community Tennis Center consistent with the recreation fee philosophy to recover costs for providing advertising and registration for youth tennis lessons.
  • Elimination of canoe rental fees and stage riser fees as these offerings are no longer available.
  • Addition of skate/sled rental fee of $2.00/ 2 hours as this fee has been inadvertently omitted from the ordinance to date.
  • Extension of daytime reservation of pavilions from Mon – Fri 8:00 am – 3:00 pm at no charge from May/June to April 15 – June 30 to match the current practice.
  • Change picnic table rental from $30.00 for up to 10 tables to $20.00 for up to 5 tables.  Additional tables can be rented for $4.00 each as available for a maximum of 10 tables per event.


All other fees, including competitive sports and swimming, continue to meet the goals set forth in the recreation fee philosophy and therefore there are no recommended increases for 2011.


A public hearing will be held at the December 7 meeting for the Commission to receive input from the public on the proposed fees prior to making a recommendation on the fees to the City Council.


Jurado motioned to accept the proposed fees as presented by staff, and Carlson seconded the motion.  Motion passed 7-0.


Project Reports


Softball season review:  Post gave an overview the structure of the city’s adult softball program, including a review of the roles of the Midland Softball Association and the Parks & Recreation department.  Post also reviewed the fee structure, and reported that with fee increases in 2010 and a switch to a part-time softball coordinator to oversee the program, the Parks & Recreation department realized full cost recovery for the program this year.  Staff is not recommending any fee changes for the upcoming season.  Post also reported on the number of team and players for the season, both of which held steady in comparison to the previous season.


Old Business


Post reported the Haunted Forest was a success this year with approximately 1,600 visitors walking through over the course of seven evenings.  


New Business


Post reminded the Commission about the annual Appreciation of Beautification Awards ceremony to be held Thursday, November 4, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers.  The public is welcome to attend this event.


Murphy informed the Commission about maintenance needs at Plymouth Pool that include replacement of the main pool boiler, rehabilitation of the concrete pool decking and repairs to the marcite pool surface.  These needs have been confirmed by an outside pool consultant, and staff is working to secure funding for the repairs prior to next swim season.



Motioned by Jurado, seconded by Bovid to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed 7– 0.


Meeting adjourned at 7:35 p.m.



Respectfully submitted,



Karen Murphy

Public Services Director