7:00 P.M.





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



3)      Minutes of March 6, 2012:   Jurado motioned, Metevia seconded to receive minutes of the meeting of March 6, 2012. Motion passed 8-0.


4)      Call to Audience:    None      


5)      Chemical City Band proposal to rename the Ted Nicholson Band Shell: Duane Townley, member of the Chemical City Band’s board of directors, presented a proposal to rename the band shell the Nicholson-Guenther Community Band Shell in honor of two long-time directors of the Chemical City Band, and to also recognize the community nature of the venue.  Jurado motioned, and Bovid seconded the motion to recommend that the City Council approve the name change.   The motion passed 7-1.


6)      Neighborhood park playground review and public input:  Murphy gave an overview of the neighborhood park review process to date, and indicated that 21 parks have been identified by staff as having equipment that should be removed.  The purpose of the review is to determine which parks warrant replacement equipment based on public input and staff recommendations, as well as to determine a priority for replacing equipment and establishing fall protection zones.  Once staff has this recommendation in hand, a 3-5 year replacement schedule will be developed for those impacted parks to be implemented as funding allows.  Approximately 550 property owners living adjacent to the identified parks have or will receive a letter outlining the process and requesting their input.  Half of these residents were invited to give input at the May meeting and the other half will be invited to the June meeting. 


Six residents offered input at the meeting as follows: Two residents spoke in support of retaining equipment at Greenfield Park with particular interest in keeping equipment for use by older children; two residents spoke in support of keeping the existing equipment at Shipps Park; and two residents spoke in support of replacement equipment at Lowell Park.  Murphy also reported receiving 17 responses from residents via telephone and email communication as follows:  Two resident in favor of keeping equipment in Greenfield Park; two residents in favor of keeping equipment in Lowell Park and one resident in favor of removing that equipment; four residents in favor of keeping the equipment at Shipps Family Park; two residents in favor of keeping the equipment at St. Mary’s Park and one resident in favor of removing that equipment; four residents in favor of keeping the equipment at Sunset Park; and one resident in favor of replacing the equipment at Wyndemere Park.


Public input will again be received at the June commission meeting.  After all input is received, Murphy will compile the results and provide the commission with a revised staff recommendation that takes into account the input received.


7)      Midland Softball Association donation for drainage improvements at Redcoats:  Marcie Post presented a donation from the Midland Softball Association to improve drainage adjacent to the restroom building and playground area at the Redcoats Complex.  This is the last piece of drainage improvements currently needed to remedy wet areas at the facility.  Steidemann motioned to accept this generous improvement to Redcoats.  Carney seconded the motion and the motion passes 8-0.


Post also recognized the Midland Girls Softball League for a recent volunteer work day at Optimist Park in conjunction with the Delta College Grappling Club.  Projects included restoration work to the park sign, spreading of playground mulch and staining of the dugouts.


8)      Project Updates:

a.       Fun Zone staining -  Murphy reported that bids have been received for restaining of the Fun Zone.  The initial intent was to stain the Fun Zone in late spring/early summer.  However, in order to honor all pavilion rentals at Plymouth A for people intending to use the Fun Zone as an activity at their event, the staining will occur in mid-September.


b.      Arbor Day tree planting event – Murphy discussed the recognition of Arbor Day as a pre-requisite to qualifying for the Tree City USA status that the city has earned the past 16 years.  As part of the recognition, the City holds a tree planting event annually.  This year’s event was held at Siebert Elementary school where city staff helped a group of 4th and 5th grade students plant a tree in front of the school.


c.       General parks opening update  - Murphy reported that all park restroom facilities are now open, including Thrune Park.  Staff is in the process of hiring the temporary labor crew for the season.


9)      Old Business:              None


10)  New Business:  Altimore encouraged the commissioners to visit the neighborhood parks involved in the playground review.   Steidemann invited people to join the Horseshoe Club at Emerson Park on Thursday evenings at 6:00 p.m.


11)  Adjourn:  Motioned by Jurado, seconded by Carlson to adjourn the meeting. Motion passed 8– 0.  Meeting adjourned at 8:08 p.m.



Respectfully submitted,



Karen Murphy

Director of Public Services