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, Carlson, Jurado, Martin, Rice, Steidemann

b.      MEMBERS ABSENT:  Berthiaume, Kelley, Bovid

c.       OTHERS PRESENT: Stephanie Szostak, city horticulturist; Miller Kent, Kiwassee Kiwanis


3)      Minutes of April 5, 2011:   Jurado motioned, Steidemann seconded to receive minutes of the meeting of April 5, 2011. Motion passed 6-0.


4)      Call to Audience:    None



5)      Kiwassee Kiwanis donation at Stratford Woods Park:  Stephanie Szostak gave a presentation on a collaborative project with the Kiwassee Kiwanis group to renovate three landscaped areas at Stratford Woods Park.  The project involved removing old landscape timbers and installing stone walls around the perimeter of three landscaped beds.  The City removed the old timbers and prepared the beds for the new stone.  The Kiwassee Kiwanis provided a generous donation of $1,500 to purchase the stone material, and provided a crew of volunteers to construct the stone walls.  Miller Kent of the Kiwassee Kiwanis then addressed the Commission regarding the Kiwassee Kiwanis’ interest in a community service project and how this project met their goals.  The Kiwassee Kiwanis has a long history of supporting Stratford Woods Park by funding projects as well as doing volunteer work at the park.



6)      BMX track renovation:   David Rice, president of the Great Lakes Bay Region BMX, asked the Commission’s support for a project to renovate the existing BMX track at Stratford Woods Park.  The BMX group received a $3,500 grant from the Michigan Baseball Foundation this year to support the project.  BMX has received other in-kind donations to support the project including clay to sculpt the new track.  The renovation will lengthen the track and involves a new track design.  Jurado motioned to accept the donation of a renovated track.  Steidemann seconded the motion.  Motion passed 6-0.



7)      Emerald Ash Borer update:  Murphy gave an update on the Emerald Ash Borer in the city.  $500,000 has been included in the proposed fiscal year 2011-12 budget to combat EAB through a combination of planned treatment and removals.  This is year one of a three year plan to address the issue.  Murphy also shared the city’s efforts to provide educational information to the public regarding EAB, including the recent At Your Service newsletter and the new EAB webpage that can be accessed off the city’s website at www.midland-mi.org.   Murphy also shared some photographs of Fournie Street and Meadowbrook Drive where numerous mature ash trees have been recently removed to show the impact that EAB will have on the look of neighborhoods.



8)      Project Report:  

a.       Plymouth Pool update:  Murphy shared photographs of the current pool project to include the removal of the old marcite finish and the demolition of the old pool deck.  The project is moving along on schedule.  During the course of the project, staff discovered a new federal requirement for public swimming pools regarding accessibility for persons with disabilities.  This will require the purchase of a pool lift and staff is working to secure this prior to the start of the swim season.


b.      Tridge project:  Murphy discussed the renovation project currently underway on the Tridge.  The engineering department is overseeing this project, which involves replacing the handrail to meet current building/safety standards, upgrading the deck lights and the decorative globe lights, restaining the structure, and replacing the landscaping on the Farmers Market leg of the Tridge.  The new landscaping will replace old landscape timbers with new stone work as well as new plantings.



9)      Old Business:

a.       Band Shell update:  Murphy reported that she continues to work with Craig McDonald of the Alden and Vada Dow Family Foundation on a funding strategy for the band shell project.   McDonald has a concept in mind for a committee to help with the fundraising effort, which will likely include a combination of foundation support and community donations.  The Chemical City Band is planning to stage their performances directly in front of the construction fence surrounding the band shell so that patrons can still use the benches as seating. 



10)  New Business: 





11)  Adjourn:  Motioned by Jurado, seconded by Carlson to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed 6– 0.  Meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.



Respectfully submitted,




Karen Murphy

Director of Public Services