DDA Minutes 7-11-17

Village of Kalkaska

Downtown Development Authority

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING HELD ON TUESDAY, JULY 11, 2017 IN THE VILLAGE COUNCIL CHAMBERS, 200 HYDE STREET, KALKASKA, MICHIGAN, 49646

  1. CALL TO ORDER: The Village of Kalkaska Downtown Development Authority regular meeting was called to order by Chair Zenner at 5:00 P.M.

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT: Chair Zenner, Sanborn, Paryani, Sieting, Coffey, Ascione, Burgin and Johnson

BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT:  Yost

PUBLIC PRESENT:  Cash Cook (DDA Director), Nicole Doom and Donald Doom

  1. APPOINT RECORDING SECRETARY: Chair Zenner appointed DDA member Kim Johnson.
  2. APPROVAL OF AGENDA: Motion by Sieting, second by Burgin, to approve agenda as presented. All Ayes, motion carried.
  3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Motion by Sieting, second by Burgin, to approve the June 6, 2017 Regular Meeting minutes as presented. All Ayes, motion carried.
  4. PUBLIC COMMENTS: Nicole Doom stated she has been in business for 4 years. She recently relocated in March from the State Farm Plaza to downtown. This is the first meeting she has been able to attend, but reads the minutes monthly. She voiced her concern of the deterioration of economic development in the downtown district. She would like to see more marketing and promotion of the downtown district and asked the DDA for their response to her concerns. She owns a resale shop and feels that resale is not supported in Kalkaska. Chair Zenner thanked Nicole for attending the meeting and bringing her concerns. Sieting also thanked her, and asked additional questions in regards to promotion. Doom expressed that Facebook, television, newspapers, radio and video promotions are being used in other communities such as Bellaire, Central Lake and Alden. She feels that many people do not know what there is downtown. Burgin referred Doom to the website, and asked if she saw her business listed. Doom responded that it is there now, but she had to reach out to Gayenell to have it added. Sieting explained that we have several new dynamics in the works that we could not share but, if she remained in the downtown district, she would see the benefits.
  5. PRESENTATIONS: None
  6. CORRESPONDENCE: None
  7. COMMITTEE REPORTS
  8.  
    1. DDA Director Update
      1. Is the NCT Relocation Proposal available? Not at this time.
      2. Bridge Topic – NCT Design – cross river one time – not motorized. Discussion.
      3. DDA should find small projects to work on instead of all focus on large, long-term projects. Items such as bike paths. Cash responded that he is continuing to work on Burgin’s presentation. Some items may be Parks and Recreation.
    1. Associate Director Update – No discussion

 

    1. Projects & Promotions Committee Report
        1. Working on final details for concerts.
          1. Entertainment, chairs and tables. Concert is 6pm-10pm with movie to follow.
        2. New events – Discussion.
          1. Offer property for group events – currently have different groups signed up for upcoming events.
          2. Fee schedule for events.
    2. Design Committee Report
      1. Reviewed and submitted updated designs (small revisions) to Scott at Wade Trim.
      2. Information Center discussion – Rotary Grant 8/2017. Waiting for this to move forward with tower, then will submit.
      3. Discussion about possible soft Streetscape at Fifth Street to M-72.
  1. CURRENT BUSINESS:
  2. Bills: Motion by Sieting, second by Sanborn, to approve payment of bills as presented. A roll call vote was then taken: Ayes – Burgin, Coffey, Paryani, Sanborn, Johnson, Sieting, Zenner and Ascione; Nays – None; Absent – Yost. Motion carried.
  3. Cash Balance Report: Motion by Sieting, second by Sanborn, to accept as presented. All Ayes, motion carried.
  4. Revenue Expenditure Report: Motion by Sieting, second by Sanborn, to accept Revenue Expenditure Report as presented. All Ayes, motion carried.
  5. Consider Endorsing Trails Coalition Letter to DNR: Put together by TART (non-motorized users). DNR Letter – Thank you letter requires edit on last line.Motion by Sieting, second by Paryani, to authorize Chair Zenner to sign the letter after edit. All Ayes, motion carried.
  6. OLD BUSINESS:
    1. Master Plan Update – Planning and Zoning has last meeting on July 12, 2017, then will work on finalizing all information. Final adoption goal is January 2018.
  7. FOR YOUR INFORMATION: None
  8. ADJOURN: Meeting adjourned at 6:06 PM by Chair Zenner. Next meeting: August 1, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Reminder to members: Submit Committee meeting notes to Gayenell prior to meeting if possible.

Recorded By: Kim Johnson, DDA Member