REGULAR MEETING OF JUNE 7, 2011
MIDLAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
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, Martin, Rice, Steidemann
b. MEMBERS ABSENT: Kelley, Berthiaume
c. OTHERS PRESENT: Keith Baker, Director of Planning and Community Development; Jan Lampman, Access to Recreation representative
3) Minutes of May 4, 2011: Martin motioned, Steidemann seconded to receive minutes of the meeting of May 4, 2011. Motion passed 7-0.
4) Call to Audience: None
5) Non-Motorized Transportation Committee update on markings and signage: Keith Baker, Planning and Community Development director for the City of Midland, gave a presentation on behalf of the Non-Motorized Transportation Committee (NMTC) outlining the efforts of the committee with regard to Midland’s Complete Streets initiative. Complete Streets emphasizes the importance of ensuring streets are safe and accommodating to bicyclists, walkers, transit, persons with disabilities as well as automobile traffic. A Complete Streets policy was approved in 2010 as an advisory policy with regard to future construction projects. NMTC has been working on other activities including bicycle workshops, a bicycle friendly designation, bike and pedestrian counts, and increasing the number of bike racks in the city. Related to Complete Streets, bike route signs have been placed around the city and sharrow pavement markings have been installed to designate bike routes on streets. Baker reviewed the NMTC’s map that shows existing and proposed non-motorized routes. Funding for the NMTC projects to date has been provided through grants, City of Midland street funds, and a new challenge grant. Ongoing projects include a proposed Swede Avenue bike lane, bike racks, signage, intersection crosswalk improvements, and organized rides to help raise awareness.
6) Access to Recreation request for support for an accessible canoe launch: Jan Lampman from the Access to Recreation committee gave a presentation on a proposed accessible canoe and kayak launch to be located near the Tridge. According to Lampman, Access to Recreation is a group committed to making recreational offerings accessible to all people both those with and without disabilities. Phase I of the committee’s work included the accessible spray parks at the Midland Community Center and Sanford Lake park, as well as an accessible walking trail at the West Midland Family Center. Phase II involves making the rivers more accessible. The group is focusing on accessible canoe and kayak launches, with proposed sites at the Chippewa Cabin near Meridian Rd., the Tridge, and Manitou Park. The group is pursuing adequate funding to purchase the launch and build the accessible pathway to the river for the Tridge location. The group would ask the City’s help to remove the launch in the winter, store it for the winter, and reset it in the spring. Access to Recreation has an ongoing fund set aside for long term maintenance of the launch as well. The committee is looking for the Commission’s support to build the launch if the appropriate funding is secured. Martin motioned to support the canoe launch project at the Tridge and Carlson seconded the motion. Motion passed 7-0.
7) Project Reports
a. Parks and Recreation Master Plan goal attainment update: Murphy gave a progress report on the goals and action items outlined in the plan. Goals that have been completed to date include renovating Thrune Park, reconstructing the Emerson hockey rink, and renovating the Central Park Tennis Courts. Other goals have ongoing activity, including reviewing city playgrounds for compliance, renovating park restrooms and developing new recreation programs. Murphy feels staff has done a commendable job of pursuing the goals in the first year of the plan especially with the challenge of reduced budgets to work within.
b. Plymouth Pool project: Murphy reported that the pool project is behind schedule due to the rain in recent weeks. The concrete deck is being installed and the pool itself is prepped for the final marcite plastering. As the plaster material is installed, the pool will be filled with water and treated with chemicals as the marcite must cure underwater. The new perimeter fence is scheduled for installation next week. Once the fence is in place, the City will invite the Health Department for their annual inspection. If the facility passes the inspection, an opening date will be announced shortly thereafter.
c. Band Shell update: A fundraising committee is in place consisting of Frank Altimore and Kristen Bovid from the Parks Commission, a Central Park neighborhood representative, a Chemical City Band member, Murphy as a city staff liaison, an alumni from the first graduating class of Midland High, and Craig McDonald from the Alden Dow Home and Studio. The committee met initially and outlined a proposed funding plan that includes requesting support from local foundations, businesses and residents to support the project. A fund has been established at the Midland Area Community Foundation to collect donations.
8) Old Business : Altimore encouraged everyone to visit Thrune Park and appreciate the wonderful renovation funded by the Charles J. Strosacker Foundation.
9) New Business: Altimore recognized Martin and Berthiaume’s years of service on the Commission as this is their last meeting as park commissioners. The insight they have provided to the Commission has been appreciated and will be missed.
Altimore reminded the Commission that there is no meeting scheduled for July. The Commission will meet again the first Tuesday in August.
10) Adjourn: Motioned by Jurado, seconded by Carlson to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed 7– 0. Meeting adjourned at 8:17 p.m.
Director of Public Services