August 11, 2016

EPIC Community Meeting Draft Minutes 08-11


August 11th, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – 8:50 p.m.

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: Jenny Bjorgo, Rosie Cruz, Laura Dale, Shawna Dillon, Mary Gonsior, Kristin Hanks, Linda Leonard, Margarita Ortega, Carol Pass.
Board Members Present: Rosie Cruz, Laura Dale, Mary Gonsior, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass.
Board Members Not Present: Jenny Bjorgo (E), Shawna Dillon, Kristin Hanks, Margarita Ortega.
Members: Craig Seifert, Brad Pass, Michael Green
Guests: Shirley Heyer, Alondra Cano

MOTION: Meet as a committee of the whole. Approved.

6:49     Introductions:

·      Greetings and Introductions:
·      Quorum achieved: 6:51 pm.
·      Approval of Agenda: CS, BP Passed.
·      Approval of Minutes from July 7th, 2016. LL, MG Passed.

6:45     Announcements:

·      Next EPIC Board Meeting will be Sept. 3rd, Saturday at the Park 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.
  • Next EPIC Community meeting will be Sept. 8th, Thursday at the Park 6:30 to 8:45 pm.
  • Neighborhood Network invitation to participate. Next Door is a private social network for you and your community. Talk to your neighbors online.
  • Banyon’s open house – everyone is invited to their open house and ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday at 4 pm…26th Street and 13th Avenue.
    • MOTION: EPIC will send a gift and card ($50 max.) LL, MG, Approved.
  • House for sale. Harvey Winge called to say his house is for sale. Location 2621 Bloomington Ave S. 6-bedroom, single family home. Contact Jeff Piper, REMAX.
  • Annual report approved – will be posted on website and Facebook posts.

7:10     Red Lake Band Development- MOTION of Support

A new development in Seward neighborhood (Former Amble’s Site: Mino-bimaadizawin (Red Lakes Band) Development – new “embassy” will replace the current embassy on Lake and Bloomington. This may provide a development opportunity for EPIC on the two city-owned properties on Bloomington (2900 block).

Concerns: New development in Seward may create traffic congestion, impact on the park, affordability.

Send a welcome letter and invite conversation to talk about the neighborhood, and partnering to provide mutual benefits. Also invite the county to work on improving the Franklin/Cedar intersection. (Consensus.)

7:30     Traffic Changes on Franklin/Cedar/ Minnehaha Aves

Plans for changes to the Cedar Franklin Minnehaha intersections were discussed and a satellite map was distributed showing the proposed changes. Concerns: semis and large trucks congesting roads, too many stoplights on Cedar (5 between Franklin and 24th St. There was a serious lack of consultation of EPIC’s needs for these roads by both the County and Seward Redesign, prior to decision making. We are apprehensive that this will make the traffic situation much worse, rather than an improvement.

Seward and Ventura Village were invited to public hearings on this change, but East Phillips was not included even though the EPPCCC park is located in the notification area. This plan was driven by bicyclists; all businesses were opposed to the plan, even though the Seward part of the affected area is “industrial”.  Trucks being re-routed are being routed through residential areas.

EPIC will invite Robert Byers and Peter McLaughlin to present this plan to the community at the next GMM, if possible. Invite residents and businesses from Seward and Ventura Village to attend also. Also invite city staff to be present for comments.

Does Minneapolis lack up-to-date software to run traffic flows. (Reference MPR story today.)

7:55     MNDOT Meeting Report

EPIC, Karen Clark and Alondra Cano presented our concerns, motions and diagram for Hwy 55, Hiawatha, traffic pattern, and access to Roof Depot Site to MNDOT. We had an opportunity to express the negative impact of the Public Works being located here, and the disaster that would result if traffic issues were not addressed at the outset, resulting in additional negative impacts on EPIC residents. Our presentation was well received, and MNDOT appeared interested in EPIC’s concerns. It seemed that MNDOT was really listening.

EPIC will continue looking for acceptable options and bringing attention to this issue.

8:11     Procedure for preparing minutes.

Mary G read the new, formalized procedure for EPIC’s process for preparing minutes.
Michael G. expressed concern regarding the “google” site that appears to contain a copy of the minutes, and that sometimes it seems the minutes are changed. Michael G. also would like to see edits to the minutes recorded at the meeting and that are edited by the board members prior to being published as draft minutes. Mary G. expressed that was a layer of detail that wasn’t needed; CP expressed that there should be no changes in the minutes from what is approved, and asked for examples. Stated that the minutes are posted to the website, which is accessible from the eastphillips-epic.com address. Mary G and MO asked Michael G. to send the “google” links to minutes that he is aware of.

8:20     Alondra Cano report

Distributed Ninth Ward Update (crime/police accountability; transportation).

Having a celebration of the 3rd Precinct to thank them for all their hard work and commitment to good policing in the neighborhood. Neighborhoods have agreed to co-host, inviting people to attend, etc. Will be held at Plaza Centenario (12th Ave & Lake St.)

Funding for the Orange Line is connected to the funding for the Lake Street Station…located at Lake St. and 35W. This Orange Line is important to Minneapolis in providing access to 200,000 jobs for people in our communities. Press conference on Monday at 11 am (bottom of the stairs at the Lake Street Station.)

Actions you can take:
Email decision makers; Attend the CTIB meeting Wednesday, August 17, 8:30 am; Ramsey County Plato Boulevard Building; use #SaveOrangeLine.

8:30     3rd  Camera  Proposed for Cedar Field and Camera Contract.

MO and CP received a demonstration of high definition camera specifications and estimated cost of $7,000 to $10,000 per camera.

MOTION: EPIC will look for additional moneys in our uncontracted funding and will commit to the first two cameras, and consider a third camera at a cost of $7-10,000 per camera. CP, LD. Approved with one abstention (Michael G).

8:40    Progress on Speed Bumps

All the money for all the speed bumps has been raised; the contract is being written. Funds came from a combination of East Phillips and individual donors. We have all the required signatures.

The 2500 block of 18th Avenue has now qualified for speed bumps. LL will print the petition and start gathering signatures.

Note: two board members own property on this block:
·      Linda Leonard owns property on this block.
o   (2) daughters own property on this block.
·      Carol Pass owns property on this block.
o   (1) son owns property on this block.

MO will talk to the Park Board about the Cedar Field park on the 2500 block and see if EPIC can get a contribution toward speed bumps on this block. There has to be a way to fund this in addition to EPIC funds.

8:55    Update on Radio Station: Mohamed Cali

Speaker not present.

8:55    Adjourn



August 6, 2016

EPIC Board Meeting Draft Minutes 08 - 06


August 6th, 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: Jenny Bjorgo, Rosie Cruz, Laura Dale, Shawna Dillon, Mary Gonsior, Kristin Hanks, Linda Leonard, Margarita Ortega, Carol Pass.
Board Members Present: Jenny Bjorgo, Mary Gonsior, Kristin Hanks, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass.
Board Members Not Present: Rosie Cruz (E), Laura Dale (E), Shawna Dillon, Margarita Ortega(E).
EPIC Members: Brad Pass, Khadga B. Poudel, Michael Green dropped off a request but did not stay for the meeting.
Guests: Shirley Heyer

10:20   MOTION: Meet as a committee of the whole. Passed.

Quorum Achieved 10:25

Introductions:

·       Greetings and Introductions.
·       Approval of Agenda: Approved.
·       Approval of Minutes from July 2nd, 2016, (Not available; CP will distribute via email.)

10:33   Announcements:
  • Next EPIC Membership Meeting, August 11th, East Phillips Park, Thursday 6:30 pm.
  • Next EPIC Board meeting, Sept. 3rd, East Phillips Park, Saturday, 10:00 am.

10:35      Update on Speed Bumps and Cameras – letter to Property owners

Speed Bumps: CP sent letters out to all property owners on 16th Avenue who are “absentee landlords”. We only need one or two more people. Alondra may be able to assist us if we don’t obtain these last couple of signatures. LL called 311 about a month ago requesting that a study be done on 18th Avenue between 25th and 26th Streets. LL has heard and seen nothing in response to this request. CP will add this to her agenda with Shane Norton. EPIC asked Shane to look at the problem on Cedar and 28th, and he said he needs a letter from the community.

MOTION: EPIC will propose to the City of Minneapolis that a left-turn arrow be added to the westbound 28th Street Signal at Cedar Avenue. LL,  JB, Approved

Cameras: CP and MO met yesterday to review locations for the cameras. Issues: we have to place it on a poswt that has electricity; it is easier to use a “city-owned” post vs. Excel Energy owned post. Strongly feel 2 cameras are needed at 18th Ave location. The park board needs to do some tree trimming. We need to address potential strong objection from some. We reviewed the sample lease agreement from Ventura Village; EPIC will investigate insurance costs for camera replacement if damaged, liability, etc. Terry Honkomb of police department gave a demonstration of the cameras. If the community approves a 2nd camera at the park (3rd camera total), we can simply amend an existing lease agreement for the additional camera.

MOTION: EPIC board defined and approved  Lease agreement template with the City of Minneapolis, acting through its Police Department, to lease up to 6 powered cameras. KH, LL, Approved.

Note: implement changes to sample agreement (Ventura Village Lease Agreement – Mobile Camera System), in the following sections: (1) Parties (EPIC, Equipment), (2) Term (dates), (3) Rent (LESSOR’s office), (4) Usage (locations).

10:53    Discussion and Motion for EPIC 2015 Annual Report

MOTION: EPIC board members unanimously approved the EPIC Annual CPP Report and expressed gratitude to Carol Pass for her detailed and excellent annual report. MG, LL

As the board knows, Carol and her family have suffered multiple illnesses, property damage, injuries and more this summer, and in spite of many challenges, the annual report is thorough, and accurate; it is an evaluation providing both the positives and negatives of EPIC’s performance, and EPIC’s evaluation of NCEC’s performance in supporting neighborhood efforts to improved lives and our community.

It is unfortunate that the City is unwilling to publish EPIC’s feedback on how the City of Minneapolis and NCEC might improve their operations and support for community organizations; EPIC should find a way to publish this report for the community. Suggestions: Post EPIC’s evaluation of City Services and Interactions section of annual report on EPIC’s Facebook page (each area could be a separate weekly post, with introduction to why EPIC is posting). Board members and EPIC members should “share” posts on their own Facebook page, thus spreading the evaluation with neighbors, and Minneapolis residents in general.

11:23      Presenting EPIC’s Concerns and Motion for Hwy 55, Hiawatha, traffic pattern, access to Roof Depot Site, to MNDOT

EPIC presented our motion and diagram to MNDOT. We had an opportunity to express the negative impact of the Public Works being located here, and the disaster that would result if traffic issues were not addressed at the outset, resulting in additional negative impacts on EPIC residents. Our presentation was well received, and MNDOT appeared interested in EPIC’s concerns. It seemed that MNDOT was really listening.

11:32     New Developments and More New Traffic Issues

A new development in Seward neighborhood (Former Amble’s Site: Mino-bimaadizawin (Red Lakes Band) Development – new “embassy” will replace the current embassy on Lake and Bloomington. This may provide a development opportunity for EPIC on the two city-owned properties on Bloomington (2900 block).

Concerns: New development in Seward may create traffic congestion

11:55   Agenda for GMM

Michael’s request for agenda items: two of three are requests for information that is available on EPIC’s website. These requests are not appropriate additions to the GMM agenda, rather are requests for summaries of available information (minutes posted from past meetings). MG will respond to these questions by email. EPIC will summarize process for EPIC Meeting Minutes in GMM agenda for August 9, 2016.

·       3rd Camera (2nd at Park location)
·       Midtown Greenway – bridges & streetcar (15 min. as early as possible.)
·       Annual report approved – on website and facebook posts
·       Contract for cameras
·       MNDOT meeting report
·       Red Lake Band development

12:10    Adjourn        

July 14, 2016

Community Meeting Draft Minutes 07 - 14


July 14, 2016, 6:30 p.m. – 8:50 p.m.

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: Jenny Bjorgo, Rosie Cruz, Laura Dale, Shawna Dillon, Mary Gonsior, Kristin Hanks, Linda Leonard, Margarita Ortega, Carol Pass.
Board Members Present: Jenny Bjorgo, Laura Dale, Shawna Dillon, Mary Gonsior, Kristin Hanks, Linda Leonard, Margarita Ortega, Carol Pass, Rosie Cruz
Board Members Not Present:
Members: Brad Pass, Margaret Kirkpatrick, Elizabeth H., Lupe Castillo, No Start No Finish, Britt Hower, Ashley Hicks
Guests: Shirley Heyer, Aisha Gomez, Mohamed Cali, Sofia Hernandez, Thalia Garcia, Aracely Garcia, Heidi Hafermann

6:40     Introductions:

·      Greetings and Introductions: What country is celebrating independence day today, and why is this important to us? France; their independence helped America gain independence from England.
·      Approval of Agenda: Approved by consensus.
Approval of Minutes from June 9th, 2016, JB, CP, Approved.

6:45     Announcements:

  • Houses for sale…Strong Home Buyer' help. Potential $40,000 write down on new home.
  • First Annual Pan-African Arts and Cultures Fair, July 23rd, 11am-6pm Peavey Park, Chicago & 22ndSt East, Food, Music
  • Celebrate the new Downtown City Commons, July 26, Thursday, 11:30-1:00, a short program with City officials plus performances by Asian Dance Team. The event will also feature food trucks, free yoga by Core Power Yoga.
·      National Night Out is on Tuesday, August 2nd. Register soon to avoid hefty fees. Each registered block may request reimbursement of eligible expenses up to $100.
·      Next EPIC Board Meeting will be August 6th, Saturday at the Park 10:00 am to 12:00 am
·      Suggesting August Community meeting be cancelled.  (No one agreed).
·      SummerFest: see the article in the Alley.
·      MN Legislative Manuals (available free).
·      CM Cano is teaming up with CM Glidden and CM Gordon to create a space to come together where CM’s can listen to people express feelings and needs with respect to recent violence in this city. Tuesday, July 26th from 6-8pm at Plaza Verde. There will be food and snacks. 

7:00     Presentation from the Native Youth Arts Collective, the CIF Grant recipients. Come and support Little Earth's budding artists.         
Aracely, Thalia, Sophia and Ashley visited on behalf of the Youth Arts Collective and shared why this program is important to them. The students visited MIA and Walker art center, creating crafts and learning different methods of creating art. At MIA created art and explored the diverse cultures on display at MIA. They saw a lot of different cultures using similar motifs in different ways. Observed different expressions of religion and spirituality. Had an opportunity to express their feelings in front 
of them. They commented that it was like a form of meditation. The student’s work is still on display, and is free all day, everyday. Contact Whit Siasoco (works with youth programming at MIA.)

They participated with a large feminist group (Guerrilla Girls), and could relate to the activism but the youth are more focused on different issues. Worked with a videographer to write out their concerns into a video story, which was shown at the Walker and downtown. Invited into a print-making facility to explore different printing methods. Youth have had a lot of opportunities to partner with local organizations. Youth have had opportunity to form relationships with these organizations.

Will continue the program this fall and the Walker Art Center has offered a special internship for this youth collective. Heidi and Joe have really done a good job of stretching the dollars, and are seeking another grant to keep the program going, and talking with community partners.

Youth would like the program to continue on. The program is affirming of the gifts the youth have, and confidence to overcome the “inner critic.” They believed it was a way to do something productive instead of falling into trouble; and said they could gain a sense of responsibility and strengthen mentally, spiritually, physically and emotionally. They saw you can make anything into art.

They want the program to go forward and be there in the future - an opportunity for their younger brothers and sisters. Since joining the program they said they have learned to love art and have become passionate about it.
There is a Facebook page: Little Earth Arts Collective. They told us “But don’t just sit and look at social media – get out there and see it in person!” People applauded and it deemed very affirming. Heidi used a lap top to show us pictures of their work. Everyone wanted to meet again.

7:55  Update on commercial building on 2701 Bloomington Ave.

Owners received all the variants needed and construction will begin.

7:57 Discussion of meeting with Greg Goeke about the Roof Depot site. History of our commitment to the area. Future vision. Where do we go from here?

GCP gave a brief history of EPIC’s involvement with this property, pollution concerns and the recent purchase by City of Minneapolis, which was in planning for over 10 years without telling the community. EPIC’s goal is to clean up pollutants, and create a space that adds positive benefits rather than negative costs to the community. We asked the city to save half the building for the community to build an urban farm, and wrote a proposal which we sent to the state, requesting $3M to begin funding the proposal. We haven’t  given up on this, but it  is currently stalled.

The city purchased the property, and when the city authorized staff to make the purchase, they directed staff to work with neighborhood residents to identify opportunities for creating space for community space. CM Cano worked to try to limit the space used for municipal purposes, but most of the council was opposed.

City will offer a request for proposal for a designer for the building. CM Cano has a call scheduled for Goeke tomorrow to discuss RFP.

The meeting on Monday: Goeke was at the meeting to negotiate between the city and the neighborhood.  His staff will do the interviews and recommend one team to the city council, and the neighborhood will have an opportunity to comment after the architect team is chosen.

Actions:

MOTION: Whereas EPIC wishes to remind the city of their commitment and duty stated in the City’s Core Principles of Community Engagement (adopted by the Mpls. City Council, December, 2007). EPIC is to have a:
Right to be involved Public participation is based on the belief that those who are affected by a decision have a right to be involved in the decision-making process. and,

Whereas East Phillips residents have been left out of the planning and decision-making process since it started more than 10 years ago,

Therefore, the neighborhood demands that the city provide a voice to the community in identifying qualifications and requirements for the RFP to hire the planning team for the roof depot site. Qualifications the community insists to be included in the RFP are (1) competency on Environmental Justice, and (2) that the position they hire be divided into two positions:one, an industrial designer with expertise in environmental justice issues, and two, a person who is an urban community designer*. BP, MO, Passed unanimously.

*EPIC will verify this is the proper name for the type of architect/designer desired here.
Alondra requested that this motion be sent to CM Cano/Alondra on Friday morning (ASAP.)

MOTION:
Whereas EPIC objects to the introduction of major additional traffic, pollution and noise into our residential neighborhood, and
whereas current traffic has already reached epidemic proportions on E. 26th, E. 28th Streets, and Cedar Avenue, resulting in increased chronic traffic jams, serious accidents, and is at present risking the safety and lives of thousands of child and adult pedestrians and cyclists,

Therefore, EPIC demands that an exit and entry way be created from Highway 55 to provide access to the property at 1850 28th St E and 2717 Longfellow Ave., commonly referred to as the “roof depot properties” via the Highway 55 side of the current Public Works facility. MG, RC.  Approved.

See Diagram

8:45     Clean Sweep T-Shirt Design Contest 
13 entries and the selection committee chose the first place, and runner up winners. The winner will receive an award, $50 and have their art featured on the T-Shirt.

8:47     Announcement: Mohamed Cali
Somalia-American radio will broadcast all over Minneapolis, and wants to partner with EPIC to promote activities of EPIC through the station. Requesting time on the agenda next month, if possible.

8:55    Adjourn