April 12, 2012

General Membership Meeting Minutes 04-12

April 12th, 6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Ave S.
EPIC web address: http://www.eastphillips-epic.com/index.html
Office: 2536 18th Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55404

Attendees: Board Members present: Mary Gonsior, Linda Leonard, Steve Struthers, Earl Simms, Chiffon             Williams, Carol Pass, Rosie Cruz,
            EPIC Members: Brad Pass, Margaret Kirkepatrick
6:45    Introductions:
·      Greetings and Introductions.
·      Approval of Agenda
·      Approval of Minutes from EPIC 3/8/2012 General Membership Meeting,

6:40    Announcements:
·        EPIC Community Garden Meeting, Saturday, April 14th, 9:30 AM in the Garden
·        EPIC Annual Meeting, Saturday, April 28th, 2012, 9:30 AM; East Phillips Park Center
·        Running Wolf Contract completed.

7:00  Redistricting Outcome…Our New Ward 9- Q and A, Maps were handed out, discussion of implications some appearance of greater fault lines along racial lines. Some worry about how this will impact the future, especially of Ventura Village Native population.  EPIC and Midtown now have the largest Latino population of any ward in the City

7:20   Phase II Housing Contract with CEE-
·      Housing Rehab Loans – Loan Pool - $90,000.00, Lottery??? Discussion about contents?
·      Home Buyer Loans – Loan Pool $32,000.00
·      Emergency Repair Loans – Loan Pool $18,000.00
·      Foreclosure Assistance Loans – Loan Pool 

DEFERRED LOAN PROGRAM (HOMEOWNER REHAB) we want to include this in the name.

·      Doug told us that CEE cannot do a lottery for these loans. How can EPIC ensure that non-English speakers and immigrant households can successfully apply for these loans? Discussed several options, including hiring Doug w/translators to “hand-hold” residents through the application process.
·      Doug will talk with CEE to find out what resources they can provide. A lottery is more fair, and EPIC really wants to pursue this option.
·      Decided to remove the “match”, due to the financial climate. Therefore, the 50% income limit is moot.
·      We prefer to require repayment of loan upon refinancing. Doug will find out more about this from CEE.
·      EPIC wants to review the list of improvements that are allowed by MHFA Fix Up Fund.

We prefer to require repayment of loan upon refinancing. Doug will find out more about this from CEE.

·      Program intent: Doug will check with CEE to determine whether CEE will follow criteria stated in EPIC’s intent statement.
·      Interest rate: too complicated to administer – agree to use 0%.
·      We prefer to require repayment of loan upon refinancing. Doug will find out more about this from CEE. (Drop “or within 5 years.”)
·      What is the process for applying for emergency loans in light of the $100 inspection fee.

     PRG has money for foreclosure counseling and assist in obtaining funds, and has an 80% success rate. Consider providing funds through PRG as “last resort” foreclosure assistance. Doug will write up a proposal; may have CEE administer if it is a loan program. Other possibility would be a grant program, and no one would have to administer it.

·      Is the $15,000 admin fees a “cap”? Are the fees on page 2 included in the cap.
·      Admin service fees; Doug will bring additional questions to CEE:
·      $425 fee
·      $100 fee
·      $6 per month fee

7:50   Alliance Housing Project – 2600 17th Ave S. 15 Land Use Issues: Already have these issues: Smith   Foundry, Bituminous Roadways, Now we have this again!!
      Issues – History -  2600 17th Ave. Alliance Petition – Other options??
      How do we get action from our Council Member?
      Several residents, who have written letters and emails to Gary S. to support neighboring residents’ efforts to see the 2003 Minneapolis Plan and Greenway plan for this area, implemented in this neighborhood, that is, the removal of heavy industrial activities at these sites. Bituminous Roadways. Smith Foundry

8:30 EPIC Annual Meeting: Plans so far:
·      Contracted with Shirley to do food
·       Room reserved
·      Ad in Alley botched, E-News Ad out, Door-to-door needs a little translating, flyering will happen
·      Music to be arranged
·      Board Members whose terms continue: Mary Gonsior, Linda Leonard, Earl Simms, Chiffon Williams,       Steve Struthers, who wishes to run again? Jennie Bjorgo? Rosie Cruz? Carol Pass?  ?? Slate??
·      Door Prizes??
·      Other?? Speaker??

Shirley’s Memorandum of Understanding
Will write a new agreement for making arrangements for food for annual meeting.

Help Needed on Friday
Setting up tables, Food,Table decorations
Rosie will bring about 4 students

Help Needed on Saturday
Clean up (Brad has to attend a meeting immediately after the meeting)
Rosie will bring about 4 students

Door Prizes
Only a few are already arranged,  Roger Beck (Mary will contact)

12:20 Adjournment