April 13, 2017

EPIC Community Meeting Draft Minutes 04 - 13


04-13-2017, 6:30 – 8:50
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, Mary Gonsior, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass.
Board Members Present: Rosie Cruz, Laura Dale, Mary Gonsior, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass.
Board Members Not Present: Jenny Bjorgo.
Members: Jolene Jones, Julie Ellis, Linda Vermillion, Brad Pass, Steve Sandberg, Tom Harris, Susan Harris, Westin Martin, Alfonso Cruz, Alima Abdi
 Guests: Tammy Williams, Bret Nyman, Julie Graves, Mahamed Cali 

6:30     Social Time/ Greetings and Introductions 

 

6:45     Approval of Proposed April 13th Agenda: MG, BP, approved.Approval of General MembershipLD, MG, Approved as amended  (correction to spelling, Marian Gavin).

 

6:55     Announcements:

 

o  EPIC Annual Meeting- Saturday, April 22 – 9:30 AM at the Community Center- We are seeking additional board members. Members of the East Phillips Improvement Coalition seeking election to the Board of Directors, whether nominated by themselves or another person. You can find Applications online at EPIC website: www.eastphillips-epic.com. Click on “About EPIC”. See the application forms -middle of page. Turn in completed application forms to any EPIC board member.

o  Next EPIC Board Meeting will be May 6th, 2017, Saturday at the Park 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.

o   Next EPIC Community meeting will be May 11th, 2017, Thursday at the Park 6:30 to 8:45 pm.

o  Third Garden Meeting of the Year. Gardening will be starting a month earlier this year. Next meeting is Saturday, May 13th. 9:00 am at the Community Center. Come if you want to garden. Some open plots; there are 33 plots total.

o  Little Earth Mother’s Day PowWow onMay 13 (Saturday) from 1-9 pm.

o   Summer Festival, Sunday, June 25, 2017. Planning meeting on Tuesday, April 25th, at the Park, at 11:30 am. Lunch is served.


7:10    Introducing New Crime Prevention Specialist, Brett Nyman.
Brett has been serving in this position for 2 months, replacing Don Greeley. Eager to work with everyone in the community and help make a positive impact. Can inform neighborhood about activities, trends, data, and can work with neighborhood to problem solve.

Works out of the 3rd Precinct serving Ventura Village and 3 Phillips neighborhoods. Brett is not a police officer, and his role is relationship building, information gathering. His email is brett.nyman@minneapolismn.gov.

Discussion of problem areas included 17th and Lake St. Prostitution, the bus stop, drug dealing. Can police move the camera from 16th Ave to 17th Ave. Is this camera effective? Does it help improve the situation? Do cameras even work? Do they take images at night? Are they too old? Residents are experiencing long waits for response to phone calls to 911. What is the precinct’s plan to monitor and break up prostitution occurring overnight under the bridges on 29th street? EPIC wants to work together to address a couple of specific issues and see a positive impact on drug houses, negligent landlords, etc. The 2800 block of 16th Ave has seen drug dealing, graffiti, people trying to force their way into homes, cars racing down the street, and more. Police response to calls takes 1-2 hours.

3rd Precinct is getting some more police officers this summer. Resources do get distributed based on incidents so continue to call in crimes. Give lots of details and describe the criminal offense. Ask for an incident number. Give the address where the crime is happening (not your address, if not at your home.) Precinct is in the process of building a “fusion center” ramping up their camera operations.

Our neighborhood has some issues unique to Minneapolis. Many people don’t speak English and many children are making 911 calls. Some of laws have been relaxed (loitering for example) have contributed to less relief and more safety for the community. We want to partner with the police to communicate vital information about the police and their work to our entire diverse, multi-lingual community.

Just as EPIC was about to provide a camera to the Police, we were told Police couldn’t manage the camera. We’d like to know if that situation has changed.

Block leader training is coming up (flyer distributed).April 20th and May 10th.

7:30    Board Training for prospective EPIC board members: Mary Gonsior

See Handout and Q&A.

7:50    EPIC partnership East Phillips Youth - Waite House All Summer Day Camp-Julie Graves- Final Vote.

Julie has been surveying the neighborhood and has learned that there are a number of programs that will NOT be providing services this summer. She is already receiving calls from outside the neighborhood looking for services. Waite House can only serve 80 kids, and the majority of these live in East Phillips, Midtown and Ventura Village. This summer program is more needed than ever. See Handout for details on benefits. Julie’s team is willing to make house calls to find kids who are at loose ends this summer. This will be a robust, fun and safe program this summer.

2nd and FINAL VOTE
Board Recommended Motion: $5,000 memorandum of understanding Spring and Summer, 2017

March MOTION: Support youth programming for East Phillips kids with Waite House Summer Youth Program. LL, LD, Approved.
April MOTION: EPIC WILL support youth programming for at least 30 East Phillips kids by providing $5,000 to support the 2nd Annual Waite House Summer Youth Program Partnership . MG, LD, Approved.

8:05    EPIC partnership with MPRB drop-in youth summer program, Tammy Williams.

There are about 65 kids who are here at the Park daily, through the summer. These children are not involved in the many existing Park, Waite House, Banyon, or other programs. EPIC asked the Park Board to consider how EPIC could help provide meaningful activities for these children this summer. Prop;osal page 2 was amended to read “at least 30 East Phillips” participants, and the budget was increased to $3,290. See proposal for more information.

Board Recommended Motion: EPIC will fund Tammy Williams’ program East Phillips Youth Extraordinary Summer Partnership Proposal through the Park Board –for Summer 2017, $3,290 for program expenses for drop-in participants, with at least 30 East Phillips youth, with programs running from early June to August. LL, JB, Approved.

MOTION: EPIC will support the partnership with Tammy Williams’ program East Phillips Youth Extraordinary Summer Partnership Proposal through the Park Board –for Summer 2017, $3,290 for program expenses for drop-in participants, with at least 30 East Phillips youth, with programs running from early June to August. MG, BP, Approved.

8:25   Annual Meeting Planning and recruitment of Board Members: We need volunteers to help. Also EPIC needs New Board Members.  Nominations for the Board:
Members of East Phillips seeking election to the Board of Directors, whether nominated by themselves or another person, find Applications on line at EPIC website: www.eastphillips-epic.com. Click on “About EPIC”; see middle of the page for Application forms. Turn in completed application forms to any EPIC board member soon.  Individuals seeking to serve on the board must be eligible for EPIC membership and must have attended at least one general membership meeting during the year previous to the annual meeting.

Nominations can come from the floor, but application forms are also available online.

EPIC Received applications to serve on the board from:
Thomas Harris, 16th Ave. S.
Julie Ellis, 18th Ave. S.
Cassandra Holmes, E. M. Stately
Linda Vermillion, Omega

Planning meeting for food: Contact Brad Pass
Pancake breakfast (Brad has appropriate licenses.)
Solicit donations for food, decorations, etc.
Mary will serve at the welcome table.
Setup on Friday at 7 pm, Michael Green will provide plates, napkins and utensils, Tom will provide tablecloths.
Door prizes. Mark Welna, Little Earth, others?

8:40   EPIC sponsorship - EPIC/KALY Radio Station Programming Partnership, 2017. Mahamed Cali

2nd and FINAL VOTE
Board Recommended Motion: EPIC approved the SAC Kaly Radio LP 101.7 proposal to underwrite sustaining costs for the remaining months of 2017 for KALY Radio programming.

March MOTION: Accept the memorandum of understanding, and the board motion: JJ, MG, Approved.
April MOTION: Accept the memorandum of understanding, and the board motion. MG, LL, Approved.

8:58     Adjourn






























April 1, 2017

EPIC Board Meeting Draft Minutes 04 - 01


April 1st, 2017, 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, Mary Gonsior, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass.
Board Members Present:. Jenny Bjorgo, Laura Dale, Mary Gonsior, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass.
Board Members Not Present: Rosie Cruz (E)
EPIC Members: Brad Pass, Linda Vermillion
Guests: Shirley Heyer

10:20   Introductions:
·       Greetings and Introductions.
·       Approval of Agenda with addition of Little Earth item. JB, LD, Approved.
·       Approval of Minutes from March 4th, 2017. MG, JB, Approved.

10:10   Announcements:
  • Community Connections Conference. 2017 TODAY, Saturday, April 1st. This a Free Conference to us, paid for by the Neighborhood Community Relations Dept. Many of the Workshops will involve getting input from folks. It’s our board meeting day.
  • Rental of the Office. Lease has been signed. Cleaning Day to be announced.
  • EPIC Community Meeting, April 13th, Thursday, at East Phillips Park, 6:30 to 8:45. Anyone who wishes to serve on the board must have attended one Community Meeting in the year prior to the Annual Meeting.
  • Garden Meeting of the year, April 8, 2017 – 9:00 AM at the Community Center.
  • Annual Meeting April 22 – 9:30 AM at the Community Center. We are seeking additional board members; visit the website for information and application forms.
  • Little Earth 19th Annual Mother’s Day PowWow, Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Cedar Field from Noon to 9 PM. Free! All are Welcome
  • Summer Festival, Sunday, June 25, 2017.

10:30   Summer Drop-In Youth Program and Event Coordinating for SummerFest – Tammy Williams   
There are about 65 kids who are here at the Park daily, through the summer. These children are not involved in the many existing Park, Waite House, Banyan, or other programs. EPIC asked the Park Board to consider how EPIC could help provide meaningful activities for these children this summer. Proposal page 2 was amended to read “at least 30 East Phillips” participants, and the budget was increased to $3,290.

Motion: EPIC will fund Tammy Williams’ program East Phillips Youth Extraordinary Summer Partnership Proposal through the Park Board –for Summer 2017, $3,290 for program expenses for drop-in participants, with at least 30 East Phillips youth, with programs running from early June to mid August. LL, JB, Approved.

Motion: EPIC will fund Tammy Williams’ program, Standing Solid Rock Event Coordination for EPIC Summerfest 2017 for $700. LL, LD, Approved.

10:50   Little Earth 19th Annual Mother’s Day PowWow – Linda Vermillion
Little Earth 19th Annual Mother’s Day PowWow, a free event for the public will be held Saturday, May 13, 2017 from Noon to 9 PM. Requesting funding of $999 toward their $10,000 budget.

Motion: EPIC will fund Little Earth 19th Annual Mother’s Day PowWow for $999 toward eligible expenses. JB, LL, Approved.

11:00   Commitment to use EPIC Funds for Speed Bumps on 2500 Block of 18th
Children are coming out of the park on 18th Avenue and additional speed bumps are needed. Summer is upon us, and if this. LV reported that Little Earth will not receive funds from their Grant project for safety projects until Fall 2017.

Motion: EPIC will spend $7,500 to get additional speed bumps on the 2500 Block of 18th Avenue, and will seek reimbursement from donations. LD, LL. NO VOTE.

Discussion addressed concerns about a perception of conflict of interest, and whether EPIC should fully fund any speed bumps in light of past discussions/decisions. Does the Park Board have any liability for the safety issues related to the park’s location? Can the speed bumps be included in the redesign for the pocket park? The second to the motion was withdrawn, and the motion is tabled for further research.

11:20   Commitment to deal with the barricades, Crime committee for Lake, 2900 and Bloom and around SA.
LL presented photos of planter barricades that exist on Crosby Place and 34th Avenue. In addition, this intersection has limited parking on Crosby Place. EPIC

Motion: EPIC will pursue funding and permission to install 3 planter barriers similar to those that exist on Crosby Place and S. 34th Avenue. LL, JB. Approved.

Discussion of crime and whether EPIC should hire police officers to patrol the trouble spots in the neighborhood. Also discussed Wolf Security. 3rd Precinct has a new crime and safety officer, Brett Nyman, replacing Don Greeley. EPIC will invite him to the Community Meeting in April to introduce him, and present information on police plans for safety this summer, and to discuss funding from the city, Little Earth, and other organizations, etc.

11:40   Recruitment of new board members.
Tom Harris and wife, Susan Harris; both are interested. Potential board members must attend a Community Meeting (general membership meeting). Several residents of Little Earth have expressed interest. Flyer for both apartment buildings on 29th and Bloomington. Will announce on KALY radio.

11:50   Agree to meet some night next week to finish work on Bylaws
Thursday, 6:45 PM at Perkins, on Franklin Ave.

11:55   Annual Meeting Planning
Volunteers are needed to setup and cleanup, Friday evening (7-9), serving breakfast (planning), setting up tables and chairs.

12:00   Adjourn

March 9, 2017

EPIC Community Meeting Draft Minutes 03-09


03-09-2017, 6:30 – 8:50
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, Mary Gonsior, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass.
Board Members Present: Rosie Cruz, Laura Dale, Mary Gonsior, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass,
Board Members Not Present: Jenny Bjorgo (E),
Members: Brad Pass, Sandi Mason, Marian Gabvan, Jolene Jones, Cassandra Holmes, Linda Vermillion, Julie Ellis, Margaret Kirkpatrick, Halima Abdi, Michael Green, Tom Harris, Susan Harris
Guests: Shirley Heyer, Ed Burke, Cora Peterson, Carrie Aspinwahl, Mahamed Cali, Nathan Van Wylen, Pamela Ellis, Johan Ellis

6:30      Social Time/Greetings and Introductions  

6:45    Approval Proposed March 9 Agenda:MG, LD         
           Approved as amended.
          Approval of General Membership Draft                                  Minutes from February 9th: LD, MG,             
            Approved as amended.

6:55    Announcements 
o    Little Earth announcement: CA thanked EPIC board for welcoming all the residents of Little Earth to the meeting. Little Earth residents are going to increase their participation in EPIC. We have some resources that we can share with EPIC, and we want to learn the process and participate in EPIC.  
.    First Garden Meeting of the Year. Gardening will be starting a month earlier this year.  March 11, this Saturday, 9:00 am at the East Phillips Community Center. Come if you want to garden. Some open plots.There are 33 plots total. 
.     Next EPIC Board Meeting will be April 1st, 2017, Saturday at the Park 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.
o    Next EPIC Community meeting will be April 13th, 2017, Thursday at the Park 6:30 to 8:45 pm.
o    Community Connections Conference 2017 Saturday, April 1st, 8:00 - 3:00 at the convention center. Registration is now open. This is a Free Conference for us, paid for by the Neighborhood Community Relations Dept. Many of the Workshops will involve getting input from folks. It’s also our board meeting day?? What to do?                                        
o    Annual Meeting- Saturday, April 22 – 9:30 AM at the Community Center- We are seeking additional board members. Members of the East Phillips Improvement Coalition seeking election to the Board of Directors, whether nominated by themselves or another person. You can find Applications online at EPIC website: www.eastphillips-epic.com. Click on “About EPIC”. See the application forms -middle of page. Turn in completed application forms to any EPIC board member.
o     Summer Festival, Sunday, June 25, 2017. Planning meeting on Tuesday, March 28 at 11:30 am. Lunch is served.
o   Phillips Pool groundbreaking March 28th. See the Alley for more information.

7:10     Plans for Phillips Garden’s Development at 2700 Cedar Ave., Ed Burke

Provide landscape design and maintenance for clients with disposable income. The cufrrent site of the business was renovated from an old gas station, and there was a lot of remediation of toxic chemicals. 62% of employees live in East Phillips and 48% use public transportation or bike to and from work. Have been working for 3-4 years to address parking concerns and will probably cost $.5M with no public funds. The plan was approved at the city hearing and there were no residents present who opposed the plan. The building will have 3 stories. 1st floor will be a workshop where materials will be stored. The 2nd floor will be an open mezzanine. The 3rd floor will be a residence, where owner can stay when he is in town (owner lives in Vermont.)

The existing house on the site was a victim of a past fire, and is not salvageable. Company is committed to staying in the neighborhood and has developed a traffic plan to address traffic on 27th St. There have been many accidents at the intersection of 27th and Cedar and Company would be happy to work on issues with community to prevent congestion and traffic problems.

The proposal needs to go to zoning, and then to the city council. Groundbreaking is expected sometime in July and to be occupied by March 2018.

7:25     EPIC sponsorship - EPIC/KALY Radio Station Programming Partnership, 2017. Mahamed Cali

MC has a history with EPIC and actually served on EPIC’s board a few years back. When granted a license for the radio station, the planners wanted to work in partnership with the communities that supported them in their efforts to gain the station.

This is the first Somali American radio station in the US, and the largest, oldest Somali-American community. The radio is 24 hours, you can listen at home or in your car. In both English and Somali, mostly Somali. Broadcasting events and news. Seeking a partnership with EPIC to advance the mission of EPIC and to underwrite the sustaining costs of Somali-American radio programming. The leadership of SAC KALY Radio has developed a diverse board. The proposal will add a bullet to provide quarterly financial reporting. See Memorandum of Understanding for support of $10,000 in 2017.

Right now the station is partnering with the city of Minneapolis, Metro Transit, Minneapolis schools and library, University of Saint Thomas; about 10 partners. Partnering with MPR and BBC to learn about funding the station, and this will be aired live.

The station is a nonprofit and cannot promote politics, or businesses; they must follow FCC regulations. Tower is located at 301 E. Lake St.

Board Recommended Motion: EPIC approved the SAC Kaly Radio LP 101.7 proposal to underwrite sustaining costs for the remaining months of 2017 for KALY Radio programming.

MOTION: Accept the memorandum of understanding, and the board motion: JJ, MG, Approved.

7:55   Support for a Greenway Extension down Minnehaha/Hiawatha corridor across the river on the Shortline Railway bridge. Cora Peterson

Minn-Hi community group is seeking an expression of support from neighborhoods to extend the Shortline Railway bridge, and extend the Greenway over the river. Asking the city to buy the areas of track that are not used now, and the tracks that are unused eventually be turned over to the businesses to develop. Two existing users of the tracks are experiencing dwindling business: ADM at 38th St. and Leder Bros. on Snelling. Metro Transit brings in their new rail cars on this line also.

Concerns for some East Phillips residents would be displacing the scrap yard; this is a source of support for some of EPIC’s residents.

Board Recommended Motion: Approve and support the Greenway Extension & Shortline Railway bridge river crossing.

MOTION: Send a letter of support for the Midtown Greenway Coalition and Min Hi Line Coalition in their work to advance a Greenway Extension down Minnehaha/Hiawatha corridor across the river on the Shortline Railway bridge. LL, MK. (9) Approved with (2) opposed.

8:15     EPIC sponsor Summer Youth Program for East Phillips kids -Julie Graves

The Waite House’ goal for the summer is achievement; they want to create low cost or free academic opportunities to
Last year EPIC supported the program.

About 98% of students remained in the program throughout.  The feedback on twice a week field trips, and meals, were the highest rated activities for East Phillips participants; both programs are a source of much of the cost. Kids are assessed at intervals during the programming period.

Can EPIC provide more money? Waite House wuld like to carry forward through school time with programming for these kids. 

Board Recommended Motion: $5,000 memorandum of understanding Spring and Summer, 2017

MOTION: Support youth programming for East Phillips kids with Waite House Summer Youth Program. LL, LD, Approved.


8:25     Annual Meeting Planning and recruitment of Board Members: We need volunteers to help. Also EPIC needs New Board Members.  Nominations for the Board:

Members of East Phillips seeking election to the Board of Directors, whether nominated by themselves or another person, find Applications on line at EPIC website: www.eastphillips-epic.com. Click on “About EPIC”; see middle of the page for Application forms. Turn in completed application forms to any EPIC board member soon.

Individuals seeking to serve on the board must be eligible for EPIC membership and must have attended at least one general membership meeting during the year previous to the annual meeting.

Nominations can come from the floor, but application forms are also available online.

Planning meeting for food: Contact Brad Pass
Pancake breakfast (Brad has appropriate licenses.)
Solicit donations for food, decorations, etc.
Mary will serve at the welcome table.
Setup on Friday
Michael will provide plates, napkins and utensils
Tom will provide tablecloths

Door prizes. Mark Welna; others?

8:55     Adjourn