Downtown Muskegon Business Improvement District
Jan. 24, 2017
380 W. Western Ave., Suite 202 Muskegon, MI at 4 PM
1) Call to Order: 4:05 PM
2) Attendance: Doug Pollock (Chair), Gary Post and Bob Tarrant
Excused Absent(s): Connie Taylor, Justin Clark (VC) John Riegler, Bruce Lindstrom,
Mike Hennessy and Frank Peterson
Guests: Dave Alexander, Downtown Muskegon Now director; Cindy Larsen, Muskegon
Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce and Dennis Lohman, Northwester Industrial Sales.
3) There was not a quorum for regular business to be conducted. This is how the three BID
board members handled the items on the agenda:
• The group reviewed the financials and Dave Alexander explained how the unpaid 2016
and all of the 2017 assessments will be collected and provided the BID with the payment
of winter property tax bills by Feb. 14.
• Board discussed the snow removal services and lack of snow to this point. BID has paid
the city $16,000 through January and the city has had roughly $9,200 of expenses. If
such weather continues as we have had in January, the BID board should ask the city to
forego a portion of snow removal payments for additional resources put toward
• The special working group led by Bob Tarrant met once so far and will have a
recommendation for the BID beyond 2017 at our March 28 meeting. The group of Bob
Tarrant, Mike Hennessy and Doug Pollock and Dave Alexander as staff will meet again
Feb. 21 to complete a recommendation.
• The board will need to formally approve the DMN-BID letter of understanding for 2017
when we have a quorum March 28. The DMN board has already approved.
• Dave Alexander received the direction of the board members present to seek private
contractor quotes on landscape work for 2017, remaining the same as we have had
done for 2016. We can also seek those services from the city DPW as we have for
sidewalk snow removal.
• Dave Alexander was directed to seek quotes and get three community message boards
up for this summer at the Johnson Circle, the Farmers Market and the Depot. We
received $3,000 in foundation grants, which should cover most all of the cost and
• The BID events, marketing and promotion budget of $24,000 would cover a $2,500 First
Fridays sponsorship for the winter and early spring season.
• Cindy Larsen from the Muskegon Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce outlined the pop-up
shops for Western Avenue and requested $5,000 from the BID for the $25,000 project.
The consensus was to contribute out of the $13,000 streetscape BID budget.
• Board members asked that I take the community message board, First Friday and pop-
up issues to the DMN board for its approval at the Feb. 9 meeting.
Minutes produced and submitted by Dave Alexander, executive director of Downtown