May 10th, 2018, 6:30 – 8:50
East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Ave S.
EPIC web address: eastphillips-epic.com
Office: 2536 18th Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: (612) -280-8418
Board Roster: Rosie Cruz, Laura Dale, Mary Gonsior, Tom Harris, Cassandra Holmes, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass, Linda Vermillion, Abah Mohamed
Board Members Present: Rosie Cruz, Laura Dale, Mary Gonsior, Tom Harris, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass, Linda,
Board Members Not Present: Cassandra Holmes (E), Linda Vermillion (E), Abah Mohamed.
Members: Bras Pass, Kelly Ekart, George Kennedy Carol Hill Kennedy,
Guests: Shirley Heyer
6:30 Social Time/ Greetings and Introductions
7:10 Approval of Proposed Agenda: BP, LD, approved.
Approval of April 12th General Membership Draft Minutes: BP, LD, approved.
- EPIC Community Garden Meeting – May 12th, 9:00 this Saturday morning, EPPark, 6 plots available!
- Clean dirt! The soil was remediated back in 2005.
· SummerFest will be Sunday, June 24, 2018. The next planning meeting is Tuesday, May 15th at 11:30 am.
- Green Zones is meeting monthly for 8 months. There is a citizen’s board that meets the 4th Tuesday of the month. You can find their sustainability project with CPED. Their meeting calendar is on the City website.
- Haitian Flag Day (Powderhorn Park) May 18th 5:30-9:00 commemorates the adoption of the Haitian Flag; Join with the Haitian Community to celebrate their history and culture.
- Field-Regina-Northrop Neighborhood Celebration, Saturday at 11:30 am on June 2nd at McRae Park. Parade begins at field School – 4645 4th Ave S at 10:45 am.
7:30 Reflections on the Annual Meeting
The annual meeting was a big success. We gained a new board member, Abah Mohamed. We have good board that is stable, and has learned how to do a lot of big things for he neighborhood. Thank you to all those who volunteered to help plan, and carry out the meeting.
7:35 More on Swimming Lesson Plans for East Phillips Kids-Linda Leonard
Update. MPLS park board now has a swimming schedule for the summer. Classes are small (12 at most). Jean is going to print some pre-published schedules. The park needs to know when they will get EPIC money for the project; Jean proposes that EPIC provide a letter from an authority, guaranteeing that EPIC has the funds for $50 each child, up to 50 total children for a total of $2,500.00. Details to be figured out.
7:46 The Community Garden – Plots available with “pure country dirt”.
The garden serves people who live, work or own property in East Phillips. There are 6 plots available, and you can contact Brad Pass, or attend the garden meeting on Saturday.
7:49 Any Summer Issues you want EPIC to deal with…especially if you want to help
- Carry out events through the summer.
- Neighborhood BBQ at the park – August?
- Expand our October Harvest party (block off the street)
- Special invites to families that have been here for years
- Raise money for EPIC
- Youth car wash
8:20 Help Plan the EPIC SummerFest – Mid-June, Talent Show, Music, Food, etc. Bring your ideas and any musicians’ names you know. Do you want a table?
The next planning meeting is Tuesday, May 15th at 11:30 am. Lunch will be served. Ideas:
· (from Kelly Trius) We’ve been talking about traffic control, and there was a small boy killed last year; if someone was interested in leading a project at SummerFest for the community to work together to create beautiful signs to place around the neighborhood: “slow for children” and “drive like your kids live here”.
· Open Mike for Children
8:22 Crime and Safety issues: Questions we want answers to:
- Stop and Shop: dealing, parking, weapons, trash, prostitution
- Businesses on Lake St. have to deal with guns, gangs, drugs,
- 2 shootings in East Phillips – people are shook up
- Little Earth (6 victims, everyone was apprehended); LE community is meeting tonight
- 2600 block of Cedar (police were in the alley on the east side of Cedar)
- TH reported a man speeding 50 mph in the neighborhood; the police took almost an hour to arrive. Officer took so long because “he was doing something better”.
- Reminder: hit the reset button. Keep calling 911. Over time we will see impact
- Underwhelming police presence: call CM Cano