March 14, 2019

EPIC Community Meeting Draft Minutes 03-14


March 14th, 2019, 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, Cassandra Holmes, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass.
Board Members Not Present: Tom Harris, Linda Vermillion, Abah Mohamed.
Members:
Guests:

6:30     Social Time


6:50     Greetings and Introductions

7:00     Minutes: Approve the minutes from February 14th, 2019:
            Agenda: Approve the agenda

7:05     Announcement:
            Next Board meeting April 6th  at our little office at 2433 Bloomington Ave.
Next GMM meeting April 11th at East Phillips Park Cultural and Community Center at 630 p.m.
            Swimming lessons are open, and there are scholarships available through EPIC funds.
Training pool opens at 8 am, and you can ask for a neighborhood rate.
The Annual Meeting: April 27, 9:30 a.m. at East Phillips Park. We will elect new board members.
Waite House Community Party 11 am tomorrow.
7:05     Meet the Little Earth Scout Youth Team and hear their report about their trip to New York to learn  about “Peacemaking” as an positive alternative to the Criminal Justice System.    
            Q and A after presentation.

Samantha, age 14                      Daniel, 14                     Diego, 15

Shared videos, slides and stories. One important core value from the Navaho trainers and native people’s own traditions to seek healing, not punishment. Shared additional activities of the Scout Youth Team. Mackenzie, the director of Scout, passed around a sign-up sheet for more information. There are going to be a couple of info sessions scheduled which will be communicated through email. Contact Cassie Holmes, or look for Scout Initiative on Facebook, or Scout.Initiative on Instagram.
           
7:45     Consolidating and updating EPIC finances.

Some of EPIC’s contracts are very old, and EPIC is reviewing our old contracts and moving funds as needed in order to move old contract funds to current contract funds. This is necessary to ensure we can access these funds for the benefit of EPIC residents.

Foreclosure funds leftover: This is the 2nd community vote on this motion.

            MOTION: Move the remaining $25,000 Foreclosure Assistance to new Admin. LL, CH, approved.

            MOTION: Seek a contract to lease our current space on Bloomington Avenue for three years and prepay the rent. LL, CH, Approved.

Consolidate leftover programming funds (approximately $17,000): This is the 2nd community vote on this motion.

MOTION: Consolidate $7,000 Elder Programing and $10,000 Adult Programming into a new Youth Programming Contract. LD, MG, Approved.

7:50     What's Next for Neighborhoods? Especially East Phillips?  Will Neighborhoods continue being supported by the City? Neighborhoods 20/20

NCEC has worked for a year on a work plan to support and improve neighborhoods. The NCR director has tried for years to get rid of the neighborhood representation organizations and stop the flow of funding to neighborhoods. We have learned that the city has scheduled public hearings on a plan to have a single organization oversee all funds for neighborhoods and to end funding of individual neighborhoods in favor of a single pot from which funds would be distributed by a single entity based on their self-written guidelines and criteria. Four neighborhoods have responded including Powderhorn Park Neighborhood Association (PPNA), who has submitted a proposal to operate the program for the entire city.

We need to join with other neighborhoods to respond. Longfellow Organization is holding a meeting on Tuesday, March 19th. See their website for their response. 

MOTION: EPIC will send representative(s) to the Longfellow meeting and will write a letter of support endorsing their concerns. SS, RC, Approved.

Waite House is holding a meeting tomorrow at 6 pm to discuss the 20/20 plan.

8:31     Further Update on the struggle for the Indoor Urban Farm. See motion from the last meeting

The city is ignoring us and specifically we have a meeting with Alondra on Tuesday – the first time she has agreed to meet with us since the directive was issued (3 months ago)

The city is planning on executing option A, and Mark Ruff has claimed there is no room for EPIC at the site. As far as we know, they haven’t asked anyone in EPIC to join the advisory committee on the Roof Depot project either, as required in Cano’s directive.

Can the city proceed on the site without forming the advisory committee?

Rosie and others might want to attend the meeting at Waite House at 6 pm to ask, Where is Alondra?

8:40     The Annual Meeting is on Saturday, April 27th (Setup on Friday, April 26th)
  • Sign up if you want to be on the board, get your application in
  • What can you do to help?
  • Any creative thought
·       We will accept nominations for board vacancies to be filled at the annual meeting. All nominees wishing to serve must complete an application and eligibility must be verified before the annual meeting election.

Friday, 7 pm…setup
Saturday, 9:30 breakfast; 10-11: Board Elections; 11-12 Looking Back & Ahead

8:50    Adjourn

February 14, 2019

EPIC Community Meeting Draft Minutes 02 -14


February 14th, 2019, 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, Cassandra Holmes, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass.
Board Members Not Present: Rosie Cruz, Tom Harris, Linda Vermillion, Abah Mohamed.
Members: Carol Hill-Kennedy, George Kennedy, Sarah Santiago, Brad Pass, Steve Sandberg, Viviana Ratee, Kamille Wilson,
Guests: Shirley Heyer, Ethan Fawley, Chris Kartheiger

6:30     Social Time

6:55     Greetings and Introductions

Me      Meeting as a committee of the whole:    

Minutes: Approve the minutes from January 10th, 2019: MG, LD, Approved
            Agenda: Approve the agenda with addition, MG, LD, Approved

7:00     Announcements
            Next Board meeting March 2nd
Next GMM meeting March 14th
            Swimming lessons are open, and there are scholarships available through EPIC funds.
Training pool opens at 8 am, and you can ask for a neighborhood rate.
The Annual Meeting: April 27, 9:30 a.m. at East Phillips Park. We will elect new board members.
Happy Valentine’s Day

7:03     Quorum was achieved
7:10     Traffic Concerns, Project on Bloomington & 27th

Chris Kartheiser  (Mpls) presented plans and report regarding the project on Bloomington and 27th. Funding came out of pedestrian safety fund and addresses intersections that have no signals. A median with signage to divide Bloomington Ave north of 27th in combination with a pedestrian crosswalk is expected to give pedestrians a place to stop in the middle of crossing, if needed, as well as slow down drivers who will become more aware of pedestrians using the intersection.

Other intersections discussed:

Cedar at 28th Street
Hiawatha Expansion
Bloomington at 22nd Street
16th Avenue at 27th Street
24th Street at 7th Avenue
24th Street at 10th & Elliot (Somali mall)
Traffic circle at 17th and 25th Street (asking the city to make it permanent)

MOTION: EPIC endorses the plan by the city for the intersection of 27th and Bloomington. LL, LD, Approved.

7:50     The All-Neighborhood Conference report

Cassie attended the event, and attended a couple of workshops. One was on the Census, which was kind of scary. They can’t guarantee that non-citizens participating will be protected. Many indigenous people are also considered “non-citizens”. People who are Native American, who also check “Hispanic”, will have all their Native American tossed out. The Census is important because of its impact on funding and representation. She participated in a conversation with a CM who failed to include her discussion on EPIC and the Indoor Urban Farm project when reporting back to the large group. The food was good.

Sarah attended a useful workshop on Watersheds and raingardens.

8:00     Report on SCOUT training

Cassie took four youth to NY for this training, and the trip was funded by EPIC and LIRA. Cassie took the youth around the city (over 27,000 steps in one day.)

RedHook (Brooklyn) combines a Navajo peacemaking circle with the court system and schools, and came George Kennedy George with a program that serves about 10,000 people. We would like to have them come and train us. A visit to Syracuse and a smaller program operated with the same effect.

The staffing for these peacemaker programs is federally funded. Additional funding is raised for space and other expenses. Both programs have few staff, and many volunteers.

8:20     Consolidating and updating EPIC Finances
Discussion of the current Phase II funding report and how to move funds into categories as needed. In order to access some of our NRP Phase II funds, we need to move and/or consolidate funds from old contracts into new contracts. These old contracts have leftover funds and we want to make the funds easier to spend. The process takes about 3 months. 

MOTION: Move the remaining $25,000 Foreclosure Assistance to new Admin. Contract. MG, SS, Approved.

MOTION: Consolidate $7,000 Elder Programing and $10,000 Adult Programming into a new Youth Programming Contract. MG, LD, Approved.

8:30     Further update on the Indoor Urban Farm
Meeting with Mark Ruff, head of finance for city of Minneapolis. Feb. 4, 2019

Re Cano’s staff direction: Words of Staff Directive:
#6 – increase the size of space so EPIC can put some stuff in there
#7 – pilot project
#8 – demolition of the building

All decisions on these items are made by City people, and not EPIC members. The City engagement policy requires more than just allowing citizens to “present” ideas. Mark Ruff has said that there is “no room for any non-municipal uses.” The neighborhood has a “maybe” possibility for some “back door” training center space that would be available “off hours, and weekends.”

Decision by EPNI: We will go back to our original plan to purchase the site in whole. We have been down this road before. If we are defeated, this will be our first. We don’t intend to be defeated. We will be making signs “Stop the Waterworks” – “No More Diesel” – “Stop the Pollution” – and we will be posting them all around the neighborhood. We have to embarrass the city into following its own policies.
   
Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) – we can petition to have this completed, which is required to obtain an injunction. East Phillips should consult an attorney to assist with research to do the EAW for EPIC/EPNI.

MOTION: Given the city’s unwillingness to abide by its Community Engagement mandate, and given the statement by Mark Ruff that there will be “no non-municipal use of the Roof Depot site”, EPIC will return to its initial position that the water yard be located elsewhere and the Roof Depot site be sold to further the de-industrialization of East Phillips and support the East Phillips indoor urban farm project at the Roof Depot site. LL, CH, approved.
8:40     The Annual Meeting
  • Sign up if you want to be on the board, get your application in
  • What can you do to help?
  • Any creative thought
·       We will accept nominations for board vacancies to be filled at the annual meeting. All nominees wishing to serve must complete an application and eligibility must be verified before the annual meeting election.

8:50    Adjourn

February 9, 2019

EPIC Board Meeting Draft Minutes 02 - 09


February 9th, 2019, 10:00 am
East Phillips Office, 2433 Bloomington Ave S.
EPIC web address: eastphillips-epic.com
Office: 2433 Bloomington Ave 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.
Board Members Not Present: Rosie Cruz, Tom Harris, Cassandra Holmes (E), Abah Mohamed, Linda Vermillion.
EPIC Members: Brad Pass, Sarah Santiago
Guests:

No Quorum: Meeting as a committee of the whole.

10:00   Introductions:
·       Greetings and Introductions
·       Approval of Agenda, MG, LD, approved as amended.
·       Approval of Board Minutes from Jan. 5th, 2019, MG, LD, approved.

10:10   Announcements:         
·       General Membership Meeting, Feb.14th, Thursday, at East Phillips Park, 6:30 to 8:45 pm
·       Next EPIC Board Meeting, March 2nd at the EPIC office, 10 AM Saturday morning
·       Valentine's Day (Feb. 14, EPIC General Membership Meeting)
·       Annual Meeting- April 27th
·       Garden meetings begin on Saturday, March 2nd and March 9th. (Abah will attend)
o   Steering committee at EPIC office 9 am March 2nd Saturday morning
o   Garden Membership meeting at EPPCCC at 9 am March 9th Saturday morning

10:15   Update on East Phillips Indoor Urban Farm:

Meeting with Mark Ruff, head of finance for city of Minneapolis. Feb. 4, 2019

Re Cano’s staff direction: Words of Staff Directive:
#6 – increase the size so EPIC can put some stuff in there
#7 – pilot project
#8 – demolition of the building

All decisions on these items are made by City people, and not EPIC members. The City engagement policy requires more than just allowing citizens to “present” ideas. Mark has said that there is “no room for any non-municipal uses.” This is just a power play. The city did the same thing with the East Phillips Park plan, with the power lines, and more. We have been down this road before. If we are defeated, this will be our first. We don’t intend to be defeated.

We will be making signs “Stop the Waterworks” – “No More Diesel” – “Stop the Pollution” – and we will be posting them all around the neighborhood. We have to embarrass the city into following its own policies.

We will go back to our original plan to purchase the site in whole.

Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW) – we can petition to have this completed, which is required to obtain an injunction.
East Phillips should consult an attorney to assist with research to do the EAW for EPIC/EPNI.

MOTION: Given the city’s unwillingness to abide by its Community Engagement mandate, and given the statement by Mark Ruff that there will be “no non-municipal use of the Roof Depot site”, EPIC will return to its initial position that the wateryard be located elsewhere and the Roof Depot site be sold to further the de-industrialization of East Phillips and support the East Phillips indoor urban farm project at the Roof Depot site. MG, LD, approved.

11:05   Additional Consolidation of NRP dollars under newer, broader contracts

Discussion of the current Phase II funding report and how to move funds into categories as needed. Will bring a motion to the General Membership Meeting. The city seems to limit easy redirection of funds to about $25,000 at a time. Otherwise a huge neighborhood process is required. EPIC needs additional Admin funds. The EPNI/State Funding for the Indoor Urban Agriculture project is on a reimbursement basis.

11:57   Contents of Annual Report

·       Document the big battle with the city over the water yard.
·       EPNI work; feature the programs coming out of it
·       Dedicated, loyal board
·       Clean Sweep
·       Park programming
·       Swim program
·       Summer youth programming
·       Memorial park
·       Peacemaker training (NYC)

12:05  Planning  for the Annual Meeting and Board Vacancy

We will accept nominations for board vacancies to be filled at the annual meeting. All nominees wishing to serve must complete an application and eligibility must be verified before the annual meeting election.

Letters will go out to Tom and Linda V.

12:10   Adjourn
           

NOTE: TEXT FOR INTRO TO EPNI RESPONSE

Whereas the EPNI Founding Member organizations and the EPIC Community have worked for three decades to end over-industrialization in a densely populated residential neighborhood and end the resultant health damaging pollution resulting in asthma, ADHD and cancer in the East Phillips neighborhood, and

Whereas the Minneapolis City Council Action fails to adequately address the needs of the community for a positive economic and environmental future,

Therefore, EPNI Board and Community offers the following required amendments to the 12/7/2018 Hiawatha Maintenance Facility Council action and CM Cano’s Staff Direction