June 14, 2012

General Membership Meeting Minutes 06-14

June 14th, 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

Board Members Present:  Carol Pass, Jenny Bjorgo, Steve Struthers, Earl Simms, Mary Gonsior, Rosie Cruz, Linda Leonard,
EPIC Members:  Brad Pass, Hindolo Pokavra, Ali Macalin, Pat Fleetham, Doug Wise, Margaret Kirkpatrick, Peggy Clark, Hannah Lieder, Annie Young
Board Members Absent:  Jose Luis Villaseno
Guests Present:  Doug Wise, Shirley Heyer, Lauretta Towns, Shirley Heyer,

6:45    Introductions:
·      Greetings and Introductions.
·      Approval of Agenda (approved)
·      Approval of Minutes from EPIC 5/10/2012 General Membership Meeting, Note: please add board members who are “absent”. (cp, ss, approved).

6:40    Announcements:
·      Court Watch – June 15th. If you want to help fight crime, you may want to come.
·      Criminal Justice Meeting: Wed. June 20th, 5:30 pm, St. Paul’s Church, 15th Ave. & 28th St. determining new crime control focus area and more.
·      East Phillips Park Soccer and Baseball Fields Ground-breaking, Thursday, July 12th, 4:30 to 6:00 pm, just preceding the EPIC meeting.
·      Waite House has a new computer lab in their new site in the Phillips Community Center,2323 13th Ave. S. They are holding holding a computer lab open house on Friday, June 22 from 10:30am-1pm. Come for coffee and snacks, a tour of the facility and information about all the programs.
·      Banyon programming starting JUNE 6TH FOR 1ST GRADERS AND KINDERGARTENERS

7:00             EPIC/NRP/CEE Phase II Housing Program
·      HomeOwner Rehab support program, Home buyer assistance and emergency loans all to be ratified by the community– Doug Wise
·      Foreclosure intervention coming soon…

MOTION: BP, JB. Approve the agreement with CEE for EPIC Phase II Scope of Services. Passed unanimously.

Doug distributed a draft for the EPIC Foreclosure Prevention Loan Program and Scope of Services with PRG. This program is designed to help people who “fall through the gap”; those who don’t qualify for other assistance that is available. CP mentioned that this is a tiny pool of money, but PRG believes some people could benefit from this program.

7:20     EPIC Finances
We need to roll over our CPP money and new grant from the city. We have not begun to spend all this and need a board vote with community support to retain it. The new procedures are difficult to say the least. Also need to consider a new task force for community engagement on how we choose to spend this new money.

Linda asked if the neighborhood could grab a house or a building for an office – can any of our funds be used to purchase property to maintain an office? Would this be a sustainable objective?

Carol presented an overview of two sources of funding (NRP – (money from Phase I Already allocated and spent); NRP Phase II dollars $322,000 allocated by community vote and un spent, CPP (Community Participation Program) $58,000 from City’s general fund with an additional $29,000, (money from general fund under new NCR dept.) now EPIC has a additional source of funding, $123,000, which is NRP Phase II money.

Q. Does this change what we can do with this money? CP: this last batch can be spent on capital expenses, buildings, etc. the same as the initial NRP.

MOTION: Combine what we haven’t spent of our CPP1 funds ($71,707.69) and add this to the new funds from CPP2 ($123,934); tell NCR we want to roll CPP1 funds forward to spend them in 2012-2013. JB, RC Passed with 1 abstention (PC).

MOTION: Establish a committee to present a draft plan to the general membership by August 9. PC, MK passed unanimously.

People signing up for Task Force: Carol Pass, Peggy Clark, Jenny Bjorgo, Rosie Cruz, Pat Fleetham, Brad Pass, Hindolo Pokavra, Earl Simms

7:40       Update on EPIC supported programs & Minneapolis Swims: The POOL & fund raising

Hannah gave an update on the POOL and fundraising. We really need to raise money and we need “all hands on deck”.

8:00   Smith Foundry and Bituminous Roadways
CP phoned the person who does air-testing who agreed to conduct testing around Smith Foundry and Bituminous Roadways. CP believes we need to petition the city, county and state to enforce existing environmental laws. AY described this as an “environmental justice battle”, which is not new for our neighborhood. Recommends that we form a task force to address this problem, and also form a coalition with others who have expertise and experience. AY would be willing to work with a task force on “procedures”.

1.     Find the existing air quality permits.
2.     Find the “good neighbor agreement”, city ordinances.
3.     Enlist the help of environmental advocates of MN.
4.     Enlist legal help (students at William Mitchell Law School, U of M Legal Clinic)
5.     Enlist the help of neighborhoods (Corcoran to start).
6.     Remember that these businesses have been here 80-90 years.
7.     You must also take on Dalsin and include them in this action.
8.     Remember, these companies have done good things for the neighborhood.
9.     Remember, these companies have lawyers.

People signing up for the Task Force: Steve Struthers, Annie Young, Pat Fleetham, Margaret Kirkpatrick,

2600 Alliance Housing Project …Next steps….
·      Petition Drive
·      Respond to Funders and CPED
·      Apply for a temporary moratorium as Linden Hills did. Consult with them.
·      Do a small area plan.

MK had a conversation with Gary Schiff about this project, asking why the city was supporting this project. He said that with all the foreclosures, people are buying up housing for their family members. He said the City is trying to assist with housing for elderly who are newly “homeless”, due to apartments going into foreclosure.

8:20   Crime – Progress or Regress?? New difficulties, Problem Houses
·      Situation with Impact Statements
·      Don Greeley- response
·      What to do??

8:45   Adjournment