, 6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Ave. S.
Mailing Address: 2536 18th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55404
Board: Carol Pass, Linda Leonard, Steve Struthers, Mary Gonsior, Chiffon Williams
Visitors: Doug Wise, Shirley Heyer, Michelle Beaulieu
Members: Mohamed Cali, Brad Pass, Margaret Kirkpatrick, Kim Hayden, Hannah Lieder, Stephanie Allen, Troy Benjegerdes
Greetings and Introduction s
Minutes from EPIC
7/14 /2011 General Membership Meeting
Correction: Motion under Bituminous Roadways: add Smith Foundry to the motion.
(BP, CP passed)
The Greenway Coalition believes that the best of three options for commuter traffic along the greenway is a streetcar (rapid bus or LRT are the other options). Michelle Beaulieu provided a handout with information about an upcoming study of the Midtown Corridor for transit improvements. For more information visit www.midtowngreenway.org/railtransit or contact Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MOTION: EPIC supports a Midtown Greenway Streetcar….etc. see handout, with Linda’s modifications. (LL, KH passed)
Hannah attended the legislative bonding meeting. Jeff Hayden and Karen Clark issued a press release which was released today. The Minneapolis Swims project has been published in four journals so far. The Governor has said he will add an addendum on the bonding bill supporting the Phillips Pool. Heidi at Gary’s office is working on a request for $300,000 to get some seed money for fundraising for a large operating endowment.
EPIC has set aside money to be contracted for housing rehabs, and Doug has been selected to set up this program. We will be looking for ways to increase the funds that are available, by looking for ways that we can use EPIC funds to leverage additional funding for this program. We have $100,000 in the fund to start.
Decisions such as matching funds, interest vs. no-interest, how to return funds to the pot when a house is sold later, etc. are to be determined. The last time EPIC operated a similar lottery in Phase I of NRP, there were about 48 homes that received funding. Planning meeting for the housing program is Thursday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 here at the park. Contact Douglas_Wise@msn.com.
CP took photos of the neighborhood, the kids boarding buses and brought these photos to the committee deciding on the variance for this property. Unfortunately, Gary Schiff is supporting this project. EPIC is willing to work with the Alliance Housing planners to find a better location for this building – not in the middle of a residential street filled with immigrant families. CP did not want to jeopardize another project on the agenda; in fact, EPIC received almost $600,000 to do affordable family housing on the Greenway. Since then, CP spoke with Peter McLaughlin and explained the situation. Peter offered to help EPIC with the Met Council. EPIC needs to start working on locating a more appropriate location.
EPIC connected with the permit holder for the daycare project and found that she is still working hard to complete the project. She has good connections, and EPIC will invite her and her funder(s) to attend our March meeting. According to the Latino Development group that is helping her, the reason they have stopped is because they are waiting for her loan to be approved. CP distributed the plan approval, conditional use, and plans for parking – these are things that the daycare provided to show that they are moving forward.
8:25 Contract for Running Wolf Fitness Center : Ratify motion passed last month.
MOTION: to assist Running Wolf in their healthy living work for at least 50 East Phillips residents with $5000.EPIC collaborates with Recruiting/Marketing. (CW/CP) Passed
CP spoke with Kent Peterson and discussed the idea of it being time for Bituminous Roadways to think about moving out of its current site, and think about finding a new space.
Xcel Energy: The chair of the public utilities commission ruled that the world health information must remain in the document; she also lead the committee to vote in favor of putting the lines underground. There is still a question of who will pay for putting the lines underground. There will be a separate hearing for this.
Troy noted that the City of Minneapolis could pass a regulation to create a utility, and take over Xcel’s assets. It may be that we could create our own “Phillips” municipal utilities commission.
8:50 Great Streets Grant: This program provides up to $50,000 in designated areas of the city for improvements. Shirley has written a grant for 25th and Bloomington, for branding designs and merchandising the area. The final step is to unify this area as a welcoming, safe, business community. EPIC will coordinate the grant and partner with various neighborhood nonprofits, businesses, schools, etc.
Work on the playing fields has been postponed due to the natural gas pipeline going down 18th avenue s and Centerpoint Energy has agreed that they will rebuild this in June, and after that, we’ll start on the soccer field and the baseball diamond. 93% full size soccer field (including 2 kid-fields) with artificial turf, soft-ball/baseball kid-sized diamond. Soccer in 2012, and baseball in 2013!
Go over and take a look at Philips Pool & Gym – looks great! Running Wolf is up and running, teen center is phenomenal!