7:00 P.M.




Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairperson Frank Altimore


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


MEMBERS ABSENT:           None


OTHERS PRESENT:             Jan Yuergens, Carl Coons


Minutes of November 3, 2010


Jurado motioned, Steidemann seconded to receive minutes of the meeting of November 3, 2010. Motion passed 9-0.


Call to Audience



Friends of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail Request

Tabled – the Friends of the Pere Marquette representative was not able to make the meeting.


Project Reports - None


Proposed Recreation Fee Public Hearing:  Post reviewed the proposed recreation fees as presented to the Commission at their November meeting.  A public hearing was conducted with no public comments offered.  Martin motioned to recommend the fees as proposed to City Council at the upcoming joint meeting with the Parks and Recreation Commission and the City Council.  Jurado seconded.  Motion passed 9-0.


Division Update

Vice-Chair Carl Coons delivered a presentation on the Beautification Advisory Commission regarding the commission’s work. 


Old Business

Commissioner Altimore announced that there will be a joint meeting between the Parks and Recreation Commission and the City Council at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, December 20th.  As a reminder, there is no meeting in January, 2011.


Band shell update

The City has solicited a basic structural analysis of the band shell and results show significant work is required.  Right now the City is discussing with the Alden and Vada Dow Foundation options regarding the needed work.


New Business


Haunted Forest

As published in the December 6, 2010 edition of the Midland Daily News, it was decided recently that the Haunted Forest will come to an end, based primarily on liability concerns regarding the event.  Answering questions from the commissioners, Marcella Post added that there was a safety issue at the forest between two volunteers. Post also added that volunteer help is very unpredictable and not dependable and also that weather and local events such as football games are always and issue and always potential for low-event attendance.  Other factors that were mentioned were that several staff hours go into the preparation of the event and therefore the event is not financially profitable.  Post mentioned that the City did extend the offer for Special Olympics to take over their event in its entirety but they declined.  Finally, Post mentioned that there will be another Halloween-themed activity that will replace the event.


Motioned by Jurado, seconded Carlson to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed 9–0.


Adjourned: Meeting adjourned at 7:22 p.m.



Respectfully submitted,




Marcella Post

Recreation Manager