January 16, 2006

 

A special meeting of the City Council was held on Monday, January 16, 2006, at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers in City Hall.  Mayor Johnson presided.

 

Councilmen present:

Thomas Adams, Bruce Johnson, Hollis McKeag, James Myers, Joseph Rokosz

Councilmen absent:

None

 

2006-07 ENGINEERING CONSTRUCTION PRIORITIES

City Engineer Brian McManus reviewed projects for consideration in the 2006-07 Engineering Projects Priorities List. 

 

Terri Applegate, Chair of the West Main Street Historic District Commission, spoke regarding the Commission’s request for decorative street light upgrades in the historic district.  She stated the Commission would help pursue additional grant funding to help cover the costs of the lighting project but it was not their desire that this cost be handled as a special assessment.  She also clarified this request is for supplemental, decorative lighting and not intended to be replacement lighting for what is currently there.  Ms. Applegate also shared the street sign upgrade was not what the Commission had in mind and shared some ideas on how the signs could be modified. 

 

Since the Commission is not requesting a 2006-07 appropriation for the West Main Street Historic District Street Lighting Upgrade this project was removed from the Engineering Construction Priorities List.

 

Christin O’Callaghan, Executive Director for the Downtown Development Authority, spoke in favor of the Ashman and Rodd Street traffic study and its potential benefits to Downtown Midland and the community.

 

Dave Ginnis, Ginnis Goldsmiths and President of the Circle Area Business Association, spoke in favor of the Ashman and Rodd Street traffic study and its potential benefits to Circle Area businesses.

 

Bob Rogowski, President of the Midland Downtown Business Association, spoke in support of the Ashman and Rodd Street traffic study and the timing of it given the announcement of the new baseball stadium and improvements to Downtown Midland and the Circle Area.

 

Mark Smith, Smith Flower’s, stated he would like to see the “City of Modern Explorers” explore the traffic study on Ashman and Rodd Street to see what opportunities it could open up for the community.

 

John Cross, Material Mart, spoke regarding the frustrations the one-way streets bring to businesses on the Circle.

 

Dave Benda, spoke in support of the proposed improvements to Fast Ice Drive.

 

Being no further business the meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

 

                                                              

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                                                                        Selina Tisdale, City Clerk