DDA Minutes

 

2017 Minutes

 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting:  January 26, 2017

 

 

Present:  Coty, Giles, Moore, Bailey, Near, Lewis, McCloskey, Saurman, Morrow also Hansen and Marr

Absent/Excused:  Kubin, Peterman, Anderson, Worden

 

Meeting called to order by Chairman Morrow at 12:15 p.m.

 

Officers for 2017 were discussed.

 

Moved by Coty, supported by Moore for the slate of officers for 2017 to be: Chair, Morrow; Vice-Chair, Anderson and Secretary/Treasurer, Peterman.

            All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Minutes of meeting of October 27, 2016 were reviewed.

 

Moved by Moore, supported by Coty to approve the minutes of October 27, 2016 and the reports from October 27, 2016 and December 1, 2016 and place them on file. 

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Financial statement presented through December 31, 2016.  City Treasurer Bobbie Marr was in attendance to answer any questions.

 

Final payment on parking lot project will be made next September, 2017 which is of course in the 2017-2018 FY budget. 

 

Moved by Lewis, supported by Moore to approve the financials and place them on file. 

All Ayes/Motion Carried. 

 

111 North Mill Street – renter Rhonda Clark sent us a proposal expressing her willingness to purchase the building for its appraised value of $67,500 on a Land Contract.  She also included proposed terms of the Land Contract.  Discussion was held and Treasurer Marr presented some potential scenarios, including Ms. Clark’s proposal, and their financial impact on the DDA account. 

 

Moved by Moore, supported by Near to decline to sell the property on a Land Contract and see if Ms. Clark might be interested in an outright sale.  Directed Hansen to meet with her to discuss.

            All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Hansen gave report on downtown properties and project activities:

 

131 North Mill Street – one space of approximately 1,300 square feet for rent

 

219 North Mill Street – one office space for rent

 

224 North Mill Street – Gratiot County Community Mental Health continue in the planning stages for renovations of former St. Louis Family Clinic building; complete interior and exterior renovation including front faηade improvements, larger windows, etc.; estimates for a July/August completion

 

115 North Mill Street – China King – restaurant was opened in November with new managers; phone number is new too at 681-3330; new menu and planning a Grand Opening

 

103 East Saginaw Street – formerly St. Louis Corner Café – interest from someone to re-open with different theme and menu

 

Schneider Apartments next to Post Office – ready for occupancy

 

The Blue Shamrock Pub – project ongoing to add to the current business; interior renovation going well

 

DeShano Project – 24 unit senior housing project; on track for late summer completion

 

Old City Hall – 108 West Saginaw Street – City planning to demolish west section of building and sell remaining building

 

Hansen gave report on Streetscape Improvements/Maintenance/Signage:

 

State Champions sign went up last week at Subway; lots of nice comments

 

Gratiot Downtown Art Expo banner project has begun for 2017; deadline for art submissions is March 1

 

Flower Urns on North Mill Street – flyers to donate/sponsor; goal to get six more urns

 

MDOT Project – Prospect Street and Olive Road to be done this season; reminded DDA Board to get ideas to Hansen on signage north of town directing people into downtown area

 

Hansen gave report on Promotion/Advertising/Events:

 

Calendar of Events – completed, and flyer available

 

Swiss Steak Dinner – fundraiser at Elks next Thursday, February 2; need Silent Auction items turned in by next Tuesday, January 31; flyer available

 

Dueling Pianos – comedy show Saturday, March 11 at Elks; flyers and tickets available

 

St. Louis Campground – new brochure handed out; new contact person/manager is Tom Schaefer

 

Middle of the Mitten Community Golf Outing – Thursday, June 8 at Hidden Oaks

 

Heritage Classic Car Tour/Back to the Bricks – another car tour of approximately 200 cars stopping downtown on Friday, June 9 from about 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.

 

St. Louis Historic Site – map, brochure, walking tour in/around downtown area being worked on by Dave McMacken and Rich Apps

 

Gratiot County Quilt Trail – in second year; would like to tie it together with Downtown St. Louis now that it is up and running and being promoted; small blocks for each business/storefront possibly

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:55 p.m.

 

 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting:  February 23, 2017

 

Present:  Coty, Giles, Moore, Bailey, Near, Lewis, Peterman, Kubin also Hansen

Absent/Excused:  Anderson, Worden, McCloskey, Morrow, Saurman

 

Meeting called to order by Peterman at 12:15 p.m.

 

Minutes of meeting of January 26, 2017 were reviewed.

 

Moved by Moore, supported by Bailey to approve the minutes of January 26, 2017 and place them on file. 

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Financial statement presented through January 31, 2017.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Moore to approve the financials through January 31, 2017 and place them on file. 

All Ayes/Motion Carried. 

 

111 North Mill Street – Hansen passed along DDA board view that they did not want to sell the property on a land contract; renter Rhonda Clark asked if she could have some time to consider an outright purchase; after discussion, board decided to not put any deadline on a decision, but for Hansen to talk to her between now and next DDA meeting

 

Hansen gave report on downtown properties and project activities:

 

131 North Mill Street – owner Bill Coty has a good prospect

 

224 North Mill Street – Gratiot Integrated Health Network (formerly Gratiot County Community Mental Health) continue in the planning stages for renovations of former St. Louis Family Clinic building; complete interior and exterior renovation including front faηade improvements, larger windows, etc.; estimates completion end of summer/early fall

 

103 East Saginaw Street – formerly St. Louis Corner Café – potential new renter was not able to make this happen

 

The Blue Shamrock Pub – renovations and expansion hoping to be completed by St. Patrick’s Day

 

DeShano Project – 24 unit senior housing project is getting the roof put on already

 

Old City Hall – 108 West Saginaw Street – City has bids and approval to move forward with demolition of west portion of building

 

Office of Human Services has new sign emphasizing their Thrift Shop and Food Pantry

 

Has been some out of town interest in the Clark Station property

 

St. Louis Variety – sale of business has had some interested parties but nothing finalized

 

Community Room at St. Louis City Hall is being used more often; St. Louis Area Fire Department hosting training again this Saturday with over 120 people signed up to attend from all over Lower Michigan; great feature of our downtown and community

 

Pine River Health Care Center may have new ownership soon; filling up those rooms could increase visitor traffic into St. Louis

 

City working with Correctional Facilities on their purchasing locally

 

Hansen gave report on Streetscape Improvements/Maintenance/Signage:

 

Gratiot Downtown Art Expo banner project deadline for art submissions is March 1

 

Flower Urns on North Mill Street – flyers to donate/sponsor; ordered six more urns; three or four have been sponsored/committed already

 

MDOT Project – Prospect Street and Olive Road to be done this season; reminded DDA Board to get ideas to Hansen on signage north of town directing people into downtown area

 

Hansen gave report on Promotion/Advertising/Events:

 

St. Louis Promotional Brochure – trying to complete that in March this year

 

Dueling Pianos – comedy show Saturday, March 11 at Elks; flyers and tickets available

 

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt – downtown on Saturday, April 15 day before Easter; Parkside Assembly organizing and hosting again

 

St. Louis Farmers Market – opening on May 4 this year running through October 26; Thursdays open from 2-6 p.m. instead of 3-7 p.m. like last year

 

Middle of the Mitten Community Golf Outing – Thursday, June 8 at Hidden Oaks

 

Heritage Classic Car Tour/Back to the Bricks – another car tour of approximately 200 cars stopping downtown on Friday, June 9 from about 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.

 

Joe Scholtz Memorial Free Fishing Derby – Saturday, June 10

 

Gratiot County Quilt Trail – in second year; would like to tie it together with Downtown St. Louis now that it is up and running and being promoted; small blocks for each business/storefront possibly

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:55 p.m.

 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting:  March 23, 2017

 

 

Present:  Coty, Giles, Moore, Bailey, Near, Lewis, Peterman, Anderson also Hansen

Absent/Excused:  Worden, McCloskey, Morrow, Saurman, Kubin

 

Meeting called to order by Peterman at 12:15 p.m.

 

Minutes of meeting of February 23, 2017 were reviewed.

 

Moved by Moore, supported by Bailey to approve the minutes of February 23, 2017 and place them on file. 

All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Financial statement presented through February 28, 2017.

 

Moved by Bailey, supported by Giles to approve the financials through February 28, 2017 and place them on file. 

All Ayes/Motion Carried. 

 

Jim Moore will be retiring from the board after next month’s meeting.  Board discussed possible replacements and directed Hansen to ask Lance O’Boyle from O’Boyle Insurance if he is interested. 

 

Hansen gave report on downtown properties and project activities:

 

111 North Mill Street – have message in to renter Rhonda Clark on her plans for possible purchase

 

131 North Mill Street – owner Bill Coty finishing up interior renovations on north section of building

 

224 North Mill Street – Gratiot Integrated Health Network (formerly Gratiot County Community Mental Health) continue in the planning stages for renovations of former St. Louis Family Clinic building; complete interior and exterior renovation including front faηade improvements, larger windows, etc.; estimates completion end of summer/early fall

 

The Blue Shamrock Pub – renovations and expansion continues; just waiting for inspections, then should be able to open

 

DeShano Project – 24 unit senior housing project; tentative completion date is September; handouts to board with details, application form, etc. 

 

Old City Hall – 108 West Saginaw Street – City has bids and approval to move forward with demolition of west portion of building; hope to begin in April

 

Clark Station property – no current interest; company willing to talk to any potential buyers; no local realtor involved

 

St. Louis Variety – sale of business has had some interested parties but nothing finalized

 

Board asked about VCare Pharmacy ownership; Hansen stated that ownership group is the same, just have a new pharmacist

 

Pine River Health Care Center may have new ownership soon; filling up those rooms could increase visitor traffic into St. Louis

 

Hansen gave report on Streetscape Improvements/Maintenance/Signage:

 

Gratiot Downtown Art Expo banners being painting in April/May

 

Flower Urns on North Mill Street – flyers to donate/sponsor; ordered six more urns; three or four have been sponsored/committed already; Gratiot County Players just committed to one; need to help with a plan on how to get flowers watered more often, especially on weekends

 

MDOT Project – Prospect Street and Olive Road to be done this season; starting in late May; Giles also mentioned City’s efforts with legislators to add bike/pedestrian path on M-46 between bridge and entrance to Hidden Oaks Drive and ICE Grant application for M-46 from Mill to Watson; both for 2018

 

Hansen gave report on Promotion/Advertising/Events:

 

St. Louis Promotional Brochure – hoping to go to printer by end of the month

 

Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt – downtown on Saturday, April 15 day before Easter; Parkside Assembly organizing and hosting again

 

St. Louis Farmers Market – opening on May 4 this year running through October 26; Thursdays open from 2-6 p.m. instead of 3-7 p.m. like last year

 

Middle of the Mitten Community Golf Outing – Thursday, June 8 at Hidden Oaks

 

Heritage Classic Car Tour/Back to the Bricks – another car tour of approximately 200 cars stopping downtown on Friday, June 9 from about 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.

 

Joe Scholtz Memorial Free Fishing Derby – Saturday, June 10

 

Gratiot County Quilt Trail – in second year; would like to tie it together with Downtown St. Louis now that it is up and running and being promoted; small blocks for each business/storefront possibly

 

Fireworks site – EPA is being responsive to see if the plant site can be used

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:50 p.m.

 

 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting:  May 25, 2017

 

 

Present:  Morrow, Saurman, Bailey, Peterman, Coty, Giles, Moore, Kubin, Near, Lewis also Hansen

Absent/Excused:  Worden, McCloskey, Anderson

 

Meeting called to order by Morrow at 12:15 p.m.

 

Minutes of meeting of April 20, 2017 were reviewed.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Giles to approve the minutes of April 20, 2017 and place them on file.  All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Financial statement presented through April 30, 2017.

 

Moved by Giles, supported by Lewis to approve the financials through April 30, 2017 and place them on file.  All Ayes/Motion Carried. 

 

W.T. Morris Swimming Pool Director Lizette Shirely introduced herself and gave a brief report on plans for the pool.  Included programing, hours and ideas for activities and opportunities for businesses to sponsor and help out.  Board members asked questions, made a lot of positive comments and were given Lizette’s contact information.  She will follow up with e-mails and visits.  Pool can really be an asset and traffic generator for downtown if promoted well. 

 

Hansen gave report on downtown properties and project activities:

 

108 North Mill Street – Old City Hall – teardown of west side of building completed; Freed Construction to do finishing work; appraisal being done, then building will be for sale

 

131 North Mill Street – owner Bill Coty finishing up interior renovations on north section of building; new business to open within a few weeks once inspections are complete

 

224 North Mill Street – Gratiot Integrated Health Network continue in the planning stages for renovations of former St. Louis Family Clinic building; fall completion date expected

 

401 North Mill Street – River View Place – 24 unit senior housing project; tentative completion date is September; building exterior looks great

 

220 West Washington Street (M-46) Clark Station – tank inspections were done recently; no significant violations and no current interest by any potential purchasers

 

134 North Mill Street – St. Louis Variety – Retirement Sale for Jim and Susan Moore continues; final day scheduled for July 14

 

202 North Mill – Corner Market – owner looking to sell or lease the property; Hansen will contact

 

Discussion about recent fires in Downtown Alma and the need for all downtowns to do inspections of their buildings to help try to prevent this; may proceed at the County level

 

Hansen gave report on Streetscape Improvements/Maintenance/Signage:

 

Gratiot Downtown Art Expo banners are finished and have been put up by the St. Louis Electric Department

 

Flower Urns on North Mill Street – just put in place the other day; six additional ones this year on North Mill Street; downtown businesses encouraged to help water the plants on a daily basis; thanks to the St. Louis Garden Club and St. Louis DPW guys for their work on this, as well as Twin City Landscape

 

SLHS students and their teachers will taking part in a Cleanup Day TODAY from 12:35 to 1:20 PM; this is also Graduation Day 

 

MDOT Project – Prospect Street and Olive Road to be done starting date May 30; work on Prospect Street east of starting point as well

 

Classic Car Art Block has been installed in the 200 block of North Mill Street on the fence at the Office of Human Services; looks very nice

 

Continued to have discussions about possible placement of more directional signs aiming drivers to downtown; Utilities Director Keith Risdon is working with MDOT to see what they can allow in M-46; Saurman will look for potential spots north of town to consider

 

Hansen gave report on Promotion/Advertising/Events:

 

St. Louis Promotional Brochure – now available; distributing them steadily

 

St. Louis Farmers Market – running through October 26; Thursdays open from 2-6 p.m.; nice features added; flyer passed out

 

Middle of the Mitten Community Golf Outing – Thursday, June 8 at Hidden Oaks

Heritage Classic Car Tour/Back to the Bricks – another car tour of approximately 200 cars stopping downtown on Friday, June 9 from about 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.; last day of school so tour will try to arrive early, hopefully more like 11:30 or earlier

Joe Scholtz Memorial Free Fishing Derby – Saturday, June 10

 

Fireworks site – waiting for reply from EPA to see if the plant site can be used; churches again planning to have a day in Clapp Park on Saturday, July 1; flyers handed out for Clapp Park events

 

Board expressed that there is a problem with pigeons downtown

 

Kubin mentioned putting together a history of each downtown building; he would be willing to be the first one to try to put this together for his store

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:50 p.m.

 

 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting:  May 25, 2017

 

 

Present:  Morrow, Saurman, Bailey, Peterman, Coty, Giles, Moore, Kubin, Near, Lewis also Hansen

Absent/Excused:  Worden, McCloskey, Anderson

 

Meeting called to order by Morrow at 12:15 p.m.

 

Minutes of meeting of April 20, 2017 were reviewed.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Giles to approve the minutes of April 20, 2017 and place them on file.  All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Financial statement presented through April 30, 2017.

 

Moved by Giles, supported by Lewis to approve the financials through April 30, 2017 and place them on file.  All Ayes/Motion Carried. 

 

W.T. Morris Swimming Pool Director Lizette Shirely introduced herself and gave a brief report on plans for the pool.  Included programing, hours and ideas for activities and opportunities for businesses to sponsor and help out.  Board members asked questions, made a lot of positive comments and were given Lizette’s contact information.  She will follow up with e-mails and visits.  Pool can really be an asset and traffic generator for downtown if promoted well. 

 

Hansen gave report on downtown properties and project activities:

 

108 North Mill Street – Old City Hall – teardown of west side of building completed; Freed Construction to do finishing work; appraisal being done, then building will be for sale

 

131 North Mill Street – owner Bill Coty finishing up interior renovations on north section of building; new business to open within a few weeks once inspections are complete

 

224 North Mill Street – Gratiot Integrated Health Network continue in the planning stages for renovations of former St. Louis Family Clinic building; fall completion date expected

 

401 North Mill Street – River View Place – 24 unit senior housing project; tentative completion date is September; building exterior looks great

 

220 West Washington Street (M-46) Clark Station – tank inspections were done recently; no significant violations and no current interest by any potential purchasers

 

134 North Mill Street – St. Louis Variety – Retirement Sale for Jim and Susan Moore continues; final day scheduled for July 14

 

202 North Mill – Corner Market – owner looking to sell or lease the property; Hansen will contact

 

Discussion about recent fires in Downtown Alma and the need for all downtowns to do inspections of their buildings to help try to prevent this; may proceed at the County level

 

Hansen gave report on Streetscape Improvements/Maintenance/Signage:

 

Gratiot Downtown Art Expo banners are finished and have been put up by the St. Louis Electric Department

 

Flower Urns on North Mill Street – just put in place the other day; six additional ones this year on North Mill Street; downtown businesses encouraged to help water the plants on a daily basis; thanks to the St. Louis Garden Club and St. Louis DPW guys for their work on this, as well as Twin City Landscape

 

SLHS students and their teachers will taking part in a Cleanup Day TODAY from 12:35 to 1:20 PM; this is also Graduation Day 

 

MDOT Project – Prospect Street and Olive Road to be done starting date May 30; work on Prospect Street east of starting point as well

 

Classic Car Art Block has been installed in the 200 block of North Mill Street on the fence at the Office of Human Services; looks very nice

 

Continued to have discussions about possible placement of more directional signs aiming drivers to downtown; Utilities Director Keith Risdon is working with MDOT to see what they can allow in M-46; Saurman will look for potential spots north of town to consider

 

Hansen gave report on Promotion/Advertising/Events:

 

St. Louis Promotional Brochure – now available; distributing them steadily

 

St. Louis Farmers Market – running through October 26; Thursdays open from 2-6 p.m.; nice features added; flyer passed out

 

Middle of the Mitten Community Golf Outing – Thursday, June 8 at Hidden Oaks

Heritage Classic Car Tour/Back to the Bricks – another car tour of approximately 200 cars stopping downtown on Friday, June 9 from about 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.; last day of school so tour will try to arrive early, hopefully more like 11:30 or earlier

Joe Scholtz Memorial Free Fishing Derby – Saturday, June 10

 

Fireworks site – waiting for reply from EPA to see if the plant site can be used; churches again planning to have a day in Clapp Park on Saturday, July 1; flyers handed out for Clapp Park events

 

Board expressed that there is a problem with pigeons downtown

 

Kubin mentioned putting together a history of each downtown building; he would be willing to be the first one to try to put this together for his store

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:50 p.m.

 

 

 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting:  May 25, 2017

 

Present:  Morrow, Saurman, Bailey, Peterman, Coty, Giles, Moore, Kubin, Near, Lewis also Hansen

Absent/Excused:  Worden, McCloskey, Anderson

 

Meeting called to order by Morrow at 12:15 p.m.

 

Minutes of meeting of April 20, 2017 were reviewed.

 

Moved by Kubin, supported by Giles to approve the minutes of April 20, 2017 and place them on file.  All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Financial statement presented through April 30, 2017.

 

Moved by Giles, supported by Lewis to approve the financials through April 30, 2017 and place them on file.  All Ayes/Motion Carried. 

 

W.T. Morris Swimming Pool Director Lizette Shirely introduced herself and gave a brief report on plans for the pool.  Included programing, hours and ideas for activities and opportunities for businesses to sponsor and help out.  Board members asked questions, made a lot of positive comments and were given Lizette’s contact information.  She will follow up with e-mails and visits.  Pool can really be an asset and traffic generator for downtown if promoted well. 

 

Hansen gave report on downtown properties and project activities:

 

108 North Mill Street – Old City Hall – teardown of west side of building completed; Freed Construction to do finishing work; appraisal being done, then building will be for sale

 

131 North Mill Street – owner Bill Coty finishing up interior renovations on north section of building; new business to open within a few weeks once inspections are complete

 

224 North Mill Street – Gratiot Integrated Health Network continue in the planning stages for renovations of former St. Louis Family Clinic building; fall completion date expected

 

401 North Mill Street – River View Place – 24 unit senior housing project; tentative completion date is September; building exterior looks great

 

220 West Washington Street (M-46) Clark Station – tank inspections were done recently; no significant violations and no current interest by any potential purchasers

 

134 North Mill Street – St. Louis Variety – Retirement Sale for Jim and Susan Moore continues; final day scheduled for July 14

 

202 North Mill – Corner Market – owner looking to sell or lease the property; Hansen will contact

 

Discussion about recent fires in Downtown Alma and the need for all downtowns to do inspections of their buildings to help try to prevent this; may proceed at the County level

 

Hansen gave report on Streetscape Improvements/Maintenance/Signage:

 

Gratiot Downtown Art Expo banners are finished and have been put up by the St. Louis Electric Department

 

Flower Urns on North Mill Street – just put in place the other day; six additional ones this year on North Mill Street; downtown businesses encouraged to help water the plants on a daily basis; thanks to the St. Louis Garden Club and St. Louis DPW guys for their work on this, as well as Twin City Landscape

 

SLHS students and their teachers will taking part in a Cleanup Day TODAY from 12:35 to 1:20 PM; this is also Graduation Day 

 

MDOT Project – Prospect Street and Olive Road to be done starting date May 30; work on Prospect Street east of starting point as well

 

Classic Car Art Block has been installed in the 200 block of North Mill Street on the fence at the Office of Human Services; looks very nice

 

Continued to have discussions about possible placement of more directional signs aiming drivers to downtown; Utilities Director Keith Risdon is working with MDOT to see what they can allow in M-46; Saurman will look for potential spots north of town to consider

 

Hansen gave report on Promotion/Advertising/Events:

 

St. Louis Promotional Brochure – now available; distributing them steadily

 

St. Louis Farmers Market – running through October 26; Thursdays open from 2-6 p.m.; nice features added; flyer passed out

 

Middle of the Mitten Community Golf Outing – Thursday, June 8 at Hidden Oaks

Heritage Classic Car Tour/Back to the Bricks – another car tour of approximately 200 cars stopping downtown on Friday, June 9 from about 12 noon to 2:00 p.m.; last day of school so tour will try to arrive early, hopefully more like 11:30 or earlier

Joe Scholtz Memorial Free Fishing Derby – Saturday, June 10

 

Fireworks site – waiting for reply from EPA to see if the plant site can be used; churches again planning to have a day in Clapp Park on Saturday, July 1; flyers handed out for Clapp Park events

 

Board expressed that there is a problem with pigeons downtown

 

Kubin mentioned putting together a history of each downtown building; he would be willing to be the first one to try to put this together for his store

 

Meeting adjourned at 12:50 p.m.

 

 

 NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE IS THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 2017

AT 12:15 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL

 

There was no meeting held in June, July or August

 

City of St. Louis Downtown Development Authority

Minutes of Regular Meeting:  September 28, 2017

 

 

Present:  Bailey, Giles, Peterman, Lewis, Kubin, Coty, Saurman, McDaid also Hansen

Absent/Excused:  McCloskey, Morrow, Anderson, Near, Worden

 

Meeting called to order by Peterman at 12:15 p.m.

 

Minutes of meeting of May 25, 2017 were reviewed, along with notes from June 22 and July 27 meetings which did not have a quorum.

 

Moved by Giles, supported by Kubin to approve the minutes of May 25, 2017 and notes from June 22 and July 27 and place them on file.  All Ayes/Motion Carried.

 

Financial statement presented through August 31, 2017.

 

Moved by Lewis, supported by Giles to approve the financials through August 31, 2017 and place them on file.  All Ayes/Motion Carried. 

 

Hansen gave report on downtown properties and project activities:

 

103 East Saginaw Street – former Corner Café – new business owner Randy Most; working with Jan Bunting to open new eatery after January 1; tentative name Legacy Pizza as they would like to use some of Jan’s Pizzeria’s items and recipes 

 

108 West Saginaw Street – Old City Hall – building has been approved for sale to Coty Properties; plans are to turn it into commercial space with multiple businesses housed there

 

116 & 118 North Mill Street – Extreme Fitness moving from 116 to 118 under LEAN Fitness; new business being planned for 116; NextLevel Graphics moving out of 116 within a month or so

 

119 North Mill Street – Bev and Rich Apps working on sale of Weathervane Antiques building

 

122 North Mill Street – Country Ceramics moved out; building being renovated and prepared as the new home for MAC TV in Gratiot County; new front windows being installed; interior gutted

 

124 North Mill Street, Suite B – Blue Moon Boutique; Kim Vliet plans to open on October 3; on the parking lot/east end of the Therapeutic Massage by Tammy building, next to Peters Hardware

 

134 North Mill Street – renovations completed in preparation for Sweet Rickedy Redo’s; signs just installed; hoping to be open in a couple of weeks or so

 

202 North Mill Street – Corner Market – owner looking to sell or lease the property; still talking to some people who might be interested

 

222 North Mill Street – Delta Family Chiropractic Center – Dr. Zia Khorrami having his storefront renovated along with the GIHN project next door

 

224 North Mill Street – Gratiot Integrated Health Network project is in full swing; interior and exterior renovations underway; tentative completion date is now November sometime

 

401 North Mill Street – River View Place – 24 unit senior housing project; people begin moving in this Saturday, September 29; nearly all units rented

 

North Main Street – Hornus house; Steve Miller of Miller Auto purchased and is renovating for resale; lots of work being done on this

 

Center Street Apartments – next to Post Office; Steve Miller painted exterior; new windows coming; plan for new roof next year

 

Coty Properties Apartments – Center Street – paved parking lot/alley area recently

 

Kubin asked that we explore options to encourage the sale of the former Clark gas station. 

 

Hansen gave report on Streetscape Improvements/Maintenance/Signage:

 

MDOT Project – Prospect Street/Corinth/Olive Road complete; parking area for Penny Park is now paved, as well as road paving, underground utilities, curb and gutter and new sidewalks; next possible project the 100 and 200 blocks of North Main Street to the bridge; Coty asked if City could consider not allowing semi-trucks on North Mill Street to help with wear and tear on asphalt; also asked if, now that the downtown parking lots were paid for, if maintenance on them was part of a schedule along with the roads; Giles & Hansen will make sure of this

 

Downtown Sidewalk Project – now scheduled for early October; some uneven spots being shaved as well as some slabs being raised/leveled; more details on dates and locations as we know more

 

Hansen gave report on Promotion/Advertising/Events:

 

St. Louis High School Homecoming – Friday, October 6 – parade at 5:30 PM and game at 7 PM; Chief Ramereiz announced 200 and 300 blocks of North Mill Street will be closed to parking from 3:30 PM through the end of the parade for safety reasons because with cars parked in those blocks, children and parade watchers continued to get too close to the vehicles in the parade

 

Gratiot County Quilt Trail Open House – Saturday, October 14; Common Threads Quilt Shop will be the Open House site in St. Louis; new brochures available

 

St. Louis Cub Scouts Haunted Yard – later in October; dates to be announced soon, once they evaluate costs, etc.; South Main Street east side just inside the City Limits 

 

St. Louis Farmers Market – final day is Thursday, October 26 from 2-6 PM; Halloween celebration; people dressing up; music; candy; working on a pumpkin carving demonstration, etc. 

 

Meeting adjourned at 1:05 PM

 

 

NEXT REGULAR MEETING DATE IS

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2017

AT 12:15 PM IN COUNCIL CHAMBERS IN CITY HALL

 

 

 

 

   
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