REGULAR MEETING OF NOVEMBER 1, 2011
MIDLAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBERS
1) Call to Order: Meeting called to order at 7:01 p.m. by Chairperson Frank Altimore
2) Roll Call:
a. MEMBERS PRESENT: Altimore, Bovid, Carlson, Carney, Jurado, Metevia, Rice, Steidemann
b. MEMBERS ABSENT: Kelley
c. OTHERS PRESENT: Enas Yousaf, 6113 Summerset Drive; Susan Dusseau, Cancer Services
3) Minutes of October 4, 2011: Jurado motioned, Carlson seconded to receive minutes of the meeting of October 4, 2011. Motion passed 8-0.
4) Call to Audience:
5) Midland Softball Association tree planting donation: Laura Currie, vice president of the MSA, Mark Enszer, past president, and Nate Enszer, men’s slowpitch representative, requested that the Commission accept a donation of twenty-two 4” diameter maple trees to be planted at the Redcoats Complex to replace and augment trees originally planted that did not survive. The donation is valued at $10,000. Metevia motioned to accept this generous donation and Juardo seconded the motion. Motion passed 8-0.
6) Division Reports:
a. Softball end of season report: Post reviewed the MSA & Parks department’s joint involvement in the softball program, explaining each entity’s role in the program. Post reviewed the fee structure and shared season statistics with 199 summer league teams and 3,000 players involved in the program this year. The fees covered the cost for the softball programs this year per the recreation fee philosophy.
b. Plymouth Pool end of season report: Post reviewed the pool improvements made in early 2011, including a new concrete deck, marcite pool resurfacing, new pool boilers, and a new perimeter fence. Post also shared season statistics of 19, 802 total swimmers and 290 swim lesson participants. Despite being open less days at the start of the season due to construction delays, the pool still saw the same average number of swimmers per day as in previous seasons. The pool realized over 60% cost recovery for last fiscal year, which exceeds the recreation fee philosophy goal of 50%.
7) Proposed recreation fee changes for 2012: Murphy reviewed the proposed recreation fees for the 2012 season. The proposed changes to the fees include the following:
· Increase the per player fee for beach volleyball from $8 to $10.
· Add a new set of fees for a competitive beach volleyball league with sponsor fees of $45 for 2/4 person teams and $75 for 6 person teams, and a $10 per player fee.
· Add language to the stage rental to indicate rental allowed for community events only within the city limits and/or Midland County, and fees are non-refundable.
· Eliminate the fees for the Haunted Forest program.
All other fees, including softball and swimming, continue to meet the goals set forth in the recreation fee philosophy and therefore there are no recommended increases for 2012.
A public hearing will be held at the December 4 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.
8) Project Reports:
a. Band shell update: Murphy reported that the band shell project started on October 20. The original plan was to restore the side walls and replace the roof only, but once demolition began it was discovered the walls had too much deterioration to restore so the walls will be replaced as well. The goal is to complete the concrete work this fall and allow the concrete to cure over the winter before applying a coating to the structure.
b. Accessible canoe and kayak launch: Murphy reported that the MDEQ permit for the canoe launch was issued on October 27. Excavation began this week and the project is scheduled for completion yet this year.
c. Grove Park play structure: Murphy shared a drawing of the Grove Park accessible play structure funded by a Community Development Block Grant. The play structure will be installed this fall at the park.
d. Volunteer tree planting event with The Dow Chemical Company: Murphy reported that 290 trees were planted in 8 city parks with the help of 100 volunteers from Dow. The trees were purchased with a grant from Dow for $25,000, and will help replenish tree populations lost to the emerald ash borer.
9) Old Business : Murphy provided additional information requested by the Commission related to a request made at the October 4 meeting to make parks and playgrounds tobacco and smoke-free. The Commission asked for the city attorney’s opinion on the issue and Murphy shared that the attorney would not be in favor of an ordinance or rule that banned smoking in the parks due to the difficulty with enforcing such a rule. The attorney’s office and parks office have not received any prior complaints related to smoking in the parks which leads to the question of whether this issue is a community concern. There is also no current legislation regulating smoking in open park spaces. It would be the city staff’s recommendation to not pursue a ban of smoking in the parks at this time based on the aforementioned reasons.
The original requestors, Ms. Enos Yousef and Susan Dusseau, addressed the Commission with continued support to pursue an ordinance or policy as well as signage to be installed near play areas prohibiting smoking by park patrons.
After discussing the material presented by staff and the requestors, the Commission was of various opinions on the matter, so Altimore asked to table the issue again until the December meeting. Murphy will invite the city attorney to the December meeting to address the options of an ordinance/policy versus no smoking signage in the parks prior to the Commission making a recommendation on the issue.
10) New Business:
11) Adjourn: Motioned by Jurado, seconded by Metevia to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed 8– 0. Meeting adjourned at 8:22 p.m.
Director of Public Services