June 14, 2018

EPIC Community Meetiing Draft Minutes 06 - 14


June 14th,  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: Laura Dale, Mary Gonsior, Tom Harris, Cassandra Holmes, Linda Leonard, Linda Vermillion.
Board Members Not Present: Rosie Cruz, Abah Mohamed, Carol Pass
Members Present: Brad Pass, Michael Green
Guests: Shirley Heyer, Cassandra Meyer, Kameron Lindsey, Mohamed Cali

6:30     Social Time/ Greetings and Introductions


MEETING AS A COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE: 6:53

6:53     Approval of Proposed Agenda: Approved with correction “next planning meeting is Tuesday, June 19th at 11:30 am.” BP, LD.
Approval of May 10th General Membership Draft Minutes: Approved with Correction “attendance/members: Brad Pass”. BP, MG.

 

7:00     Announcements:

·       SummerFest will be Sunday, June 24, 2018. The next planning meeting is Tuesday, June 19th at 11:30 am.

·       The next general membership meeting will be Thursday, July 12, 2018 6:30 pm.
·       Garden Steering Committee meeting TBD – look for an announcement.
·       Court Watch DATE CHANGED to Friday, June 15th, 10:30-11 am. 2100 Bloomington Ave.
o   Looking for impact statements.
·       QUORUM ACHIEVED: 7:03
·       Cassandra Meyer, lives next to EPIC and works for city of Minneapolis (here as a neighbor) with Smith Foundry permit application update. Once the application is updated, there will be public information process/public input opportunities. Effort is to establish that cumulative effect of improvements will not negatively impact he community. She is also working with Bituminous Roadways.
·       Somali celebrations. Good place to visit on both days, Mall of America.
o   EID (Holy Day), Say “Eid Mubaarak” tomorrow (Friday, June 15th.)
o   New mosque at 27th and Bloomington.
o   Somali American Independence Day, July 1st – Lake St. will be closed from Nicollet to Pleasant Ave.
·       Job Corps – flyer distributed and available at EPP. Info sessions available regarding free career training for youth ages 16-24. Call 612.790.0470.
·       American Indian OIC – free career training and certifications available.

7:35     More on Swimming passes for East Phillips Youth - Linda Leonard

The board discussed providing a limited number of swim passes for use in rewarding youth on a weekly basis this summer. EPIC has allocated $2,500 for swim lessons, but with only 5 children signing up for tis summer, perhaps we could allocate a portion of this money to purchase passes for teen workers.

MOTION: Whereas the funds set aside for summer swim lessons have not been spent, EPIC expands the parameters for spending these funds to be accessible for programming that has been arranged through Jeanne at EPP, and Minneapolis Aquatics which promotes swimming safety and recreation for EPIC residents, young or old, including up to 10 swim passes/coupons to be distributed as prizes at EPIC’s Summerfest celebration. MG, LD, Approved.

7:55     The Community Garden – Plots are still available with “pure country dirt". The garden serves              people who live, work or own property in East Phillips. There are 6 plots available, include one large plot and one small plot. You can contact Brad Pass at 612-916-8478.

8:00    Progress on the East Phillips Indoor Urban Farm project- Things you can do. (Flyer distributed)

You can Help! Please contact and express your support of the East Phillips Indoor Urban Farm Project at the former Roof Depot Site in South Minneapolis:

·       Your City Council Member and others you know;
·       Our Mayor;
·       Your Hennepin County Commissioner;
·       Your State Representative and Senator
·       Your Green Zone Representatives (request that the Green Zone Committee include in their findings a statement of strong support for the project.

Please send copies and results of your communication to:
Carol Pass, Board Chair of EPIC
612.916.8478
2436 18th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Attend the Green Zone meeting on June 19th.

8:15    Help Plan the EPIC SummerFest – Volunteer to set up! June 24th. A Day of Local Music by your neighbors! Talent Show for kids and youth! Food, etc. Bring your ideas and any musicians’ names you know.

This event is about the community coming together and celebrating the park that we built together. We need volunteers to help set up and clean up. City is donating bicycles to nonprofits and EPIC has 5 excellent bikes to give to those who sign up to volunteer. Contact Brad Pass at 612-916-8478.

8:15    Any Summer Issues you want EPIC to deal with…especially if you want to help!

LL will be volunteering as McGruff at Summerfest and is looking for someone to give her a break during the festival.

8:25     Adjourn

June 2, 2018

EPIC Board Meeting draft Minutes 6 - 2


June 2nd, 2018, 6:30 – 8:50
East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Ave S.
EPIC 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: Laura Dale, Mary Gonsior, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass, Abah Mohamed
Board Members Not Present: Rosie Cruz, Tom Harris, Cassandra Holmes, Linda Vermillion,
Members: Brad Pass
Guests:

10:00   Social Time/ Greetings and Introductions


10:10   Announcements:

  • EPIC Community Garden - plots available with “pure country dirt”.
  • General membership meeting – June 14th, Thursday at EP Park, 6:30-8:45

·       SummerFest will be June 24, 2018 - Sunday


10:30   Approval of Proposed Agenda: approved by consensus
Approval of April 12th General Membership Draft Minutes: LD, LL approved

10:30   Update on swimming- Linda Leonard - The swimming program is up and running… But it filled really fast and only a couple of kids from East Phillips took advantage of our sponsoring program. The program is funded now to $2500 and ready to go again. We may have to update our contract to include the next round of swimming lessons and get the word out more completely and in advance of the start time. We need to watch for when the next series of lessons is available and talk to neighbors right away. Also is the issue of summer passes which are expensive and could be used to get some of these kids swimming. Linda and Jean think we should sponsor summer youth swimming in general. Discussion.

MOTION: Approve up to $999 for summer swimming passes for teens (13-17), awarded according to the policy and procedure established by the director of youth programming at EPPark. LL, LD, Approved.

10:51   Proposal for EPIC Summer Youth Work

2018 All Together Now! The city will be inspecting exteriors of properties in Minneapolis, and may be doing the work, and sending YOU the bill. If you did not receive a notice, call 311 or visit www.minneapolismn.gov/inspections/. Examples of what the city is looking for:

Tall grass/weeds, Inoperable vehicles, Vegetation over the sidewalk, any garbage litter and junk

EPIC will explore possible partnerships for youth employment to facilitate neighborhood cleanup for All Together Now! EPIC will also contact Noah Schuchman, Director of Regulatory Services (Mpls.)

11:07   EPNI – Indoor Urban Farm Project progress

Next meeting on June 6th with Alondra Cano. While East Phillips meets every criteria for the city’s Green Zone resolutions, and while the EPIC Indoor Urban Farm Project meets every criteria for improving and mitigating the factors that burden Green Zone communities, the city staff continue to oppose the project. The city council will soon vote on how much, if any of the 16.42 acres will be allocated to the East Phillips project. The June 6th meeting at 5:30 pm, at EP Park, is a strategy meeting – everyone should attend.

EPNI is seeking funding to purchase the 3-acres needed for the project and build a wall to protect the existing building from the demolition area. It is difficult to raise money for a project when we don’t have the property committed yet.

11:37   Summerfest Planning - Flyers and agenda discussed. Board volunteer sign-up sheet was passed around.

11:48   Adjourn

May 10, 2018

EPIC Community Meeting Draft Minutes 05 - 10


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.

 

-----     Announcements:

  • 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, but we need a motion.

MOTION: EPIC makes 2nd vote to set aside $2,500 of our youth programming money for swimming lessons as here described. LL,LD Approved

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


8:30     Adjourn

May 5, 2018

EPIC Board Meetinig Draft Minutes 05 - 05


May 5th, 2018, 10:00 am -12:00
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, Abah Mohamed, Carol Pass, Linda Vermillion
Board Members Present: Laura Dale, Mary Gonsior, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass, Linda Vermillion, Rosie Cruz, Abah Mohamed
Board Members Not Present: Tom Harris, Cassandra Holmes.
EPIC Members: Brad Pass, Halima Abdi
Guests:

10:20   Introductions: Meeting as a committee of the whole

·       Greetings and Introductions
·       Approval of Agenda as amended: LV, LD, approved
·       Approval of Board Minutes from April 7th, 2018: LV, LD, approved

10:15   Announcements:
·       General Membership Meeting, May 10th, Thursday, at East Phillips Park, 6:30 to 8:45 pm.
·       SummerFest will be June 24, 2018 (Sunday)

10:15   Parking on 16th Avenue

Discussion of long standing parking issues and neighbor relationships on 16th Avenue.

10:51   EPIC Finances

·       EPIC has received $10,000 from our unused NRP dollars. The contract allows EPIC to spend these funds on Admin. We’re still waiting for the contract to come through for completing the Little Earth project.
·       WEI withdrew from EPNI, and Chad Hebert, Urban Farm Project will replace WEI and will receive $20,000 contract.
·       EPIC turned in a payment reimbursement request to DEED for $58K, to be disbursed to the partners of EPNI, in accordance with invoices submitted.

10:30   Welcome New and Incumbent Board Members:   

EPIC welcomes Abah Mohamed to the board!

MOTION: Accept the current executive committee to serve another year. LV, LD, approved.

11:24   EPNI - Urban Farm Project
·       Our payment request submission was described as “perfect”. We have a bill in the legislature for $3M which would also come in through EPIC.
·       CP and CH will advocate for the funding next week at the legislature.
·       EPNI is working on incorporating itself for future sustainability.
·       The city hasn’t changed its response to us – they don’t want to give us any space at all.
·       CH suggested looking into treaty rights in the area considering there are 30 different tribes represented at Little Earth; highlighting the impact of lack of jobs and opportunities, and the effect of pollution on youth in the area.
·       LL referenced an article about the impact of pollution on infants in the womb; miscarriage rates in the neighborhood. Fund a health survey at Little Earth and other nearby neighborhoods. Request stats from CUHCC, clinic at St. Paul’s community clinic, Smileys, and other neighborhood health clinic.
·       SH reported that the city is planning to build a public works building over NE – if this is approved, why would they need the Roof Depot site.

11:34   Swimming program
·       LL met with Park staff to present our concerns about roadblocks to our community to take advantage of the new swimming pool.
·       LL created a contact sheet so that EPIC can identify some families that are interested.
o   Families who qualify for free or reduced lunch, will receive a reduced fee for lessons.
o   Family pays $5 and EPIC pays $50 per student.
o   Sessions include 8 lessons.
o   Children 5-8 must be accompanied by an adult, in the water. Pool is 4.5 feet deep.
o   Children 9-12 must be accompanied by an adult (who does not need to be in the water.)
o   Park Board has not yet scheduled swimming lessons for the summer. Jean will have access to the schedule, but they are expecting children’s lessons to occur in the evening and on weekends.
·       Open Swim $5 (children ages 12 & under are free, up to four per paid adult.)
·       Monthly and Seasonal Passes are available.
·       Free swimsuit and life jackets are available for use by children and adults.
·       Some bi-lingual instruction will be available.

11:40   Summerfest Planning

See Handout.
Planning meeting is planned for Wed. May 9th at the park.

12:00   Adjourned