7:00 P.M.





1)      Call to Order:  Meeting called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairperson Frank Altimore


2)      Roll Call:

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

b.      MEMBERS ABSENT:  Berthiaume

c.       OTHERS PRESENT: Craig Kendziorski, Friends of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail


3)      Minutes of February 1, 2011:  Approval of the minutes from February 1 was tabled until the next meeting due to a problem with the e-mail distribution of the minutes to the commissioners.


4)      Call to Audience:    None      


5)      Friend of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail Request:   Craig Kendziorski addressed the Commission with a request from the Friends of the Pere Marquette Rail Trail to place a donation tube along the city’s portion of the Rail Trail.  The donation tube would help collect money to be used to do maintenance and upkeep work on the trail.  There are currently tubes at Coleman, Sanford and Dublin Road.  The tubes are emptied several times per year and yield between $300-500 per year in total.  The request is to relocate the Dublin Road tube to a location near the trail head at the Tridge, as this area is more heavily used and is perceived to be a more secure location.  Kelley motioned to approve the relocation of the donation tube and Steidemann seconded the motion.  Motion passed 8-0.


6)      Division Report:  Horticulture

Stephanie Szostak shared an overview of the new horticulture webpage on the City’s website.  The webpage contains information on volunteer opportunities for 2011, including Saturday training sessions and the Adopt a Flower Bed program.  Szostak also shared information on the upcoming Tridge landscaping project.


7)      Project Report:  City Forest Winter Operation Summary

Marcie Post gave an update on the City Forest, indicating that most of the winter offerings are currently closed due to the warmer weather, including the ice rink and the toboggan runs.  The sled hill will be available as weather permits with staff posting signage and fencing off the entrance to the hill if conditions on the hill become unsafe for use.






8)      Old Business :

a.       Band Shell Update:  Murphy stated that the band shell has been fenced off due to the safety concerns outlined in MacMillan’s initial review of the structure.  Staff is working with the Alden and Vada Dow Foundation to complete a structural analysis of the band shell to see if restoration is a feasible option.  A quotation has been received for $4,500 from MacMillan to conduct the study.  The results will be shared with the Commission as they become available.  Martin asked about a location for the Chemical City Band to play this year, and Murphy stated that staff will work closely with the band to come up with an alternate arrangement preferably in Central Park if the band shell is not available this summer.


b.      Plymouth Pool Bid Update:   Murphy gave an update on the Plymouth Pool project.  The bids have been received and parks staff are in the process of reviewing the low bids to ensure that the vendors have met the specifications set forth in the bids.  Staff plans to award the bids at the March 24 City Council meeting so that work at the pool can start as soon as the weather allows.


c.       Pisten Bully Groomer Update: At the February meeting, information was shared with the Commission about the groomer used at the City Forest.  The groomer is no longer operable, and a used Pisten Bully groomer has been located at a cost of approximately $38,000.  Used groomers are hard to find at a reasonable price, and staff would like to take advantage of this opportunity to purchase.  Staff recommends reallocating $35,000 in this fiscal year’s parks budget that was originally set aside for playground equipment to purchase the groomer.  Murphy explained that all the major parks are up to date with compliant play equipment with the exception of Plymouth South, which will receive new equipment this season.  A plan with options for addressing playground equipment in neighborhood parks will be presented to the Commission later this year.  Staff does not intend to purchase any additional play equipment until the Commission gives direction on the proposed plan.  Jurado motioned to approve the reallocation of $35,000 in playground funds to be used for the purchase of the groomer and Martin seconded the motion.  Motion passed 8-0.


9)      New Business: 

a.       Tunes by the Tridge Lineup: Post shared the schedule of bands for this year’s Tunes by the Tridge concert series held Thursday nights at 7:00 p.m. in the grassy area adjacent to the Farmers Market.  Altimore commented on the nice variety of bands in this year’s lineup.


b.      Passport to Parks: Post discussed the current Passport to Parks brochure that gives an overview of all the city parks along with maps of their locations.  It is time to update the brochure and Post is working on a new design that would highlight featured parks, water parks, sports parks, and neighborhood parks.


c.       Other New Business:  Jurado asked about considering building a pavilion at Central Park according to the Central Park Concept Plan that could be used by the band as well as reserved by the public.  Murphy indicated that the city does not have any funding in place for this, and the main focus right now is on the band shell as this was the top priority identified by the Commission with regard to Central Park.




10)  Adjourn:  Motioned by Jurado, seconded by Steidemann to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed 8– 0.  Meeting adjourned at 7:44 p.m.



Respectfully submitted,




Karen Murphy

Director of Public Services