April 27th, 2013, 6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.
East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Ave.
EPIC web address: eastphillips-epic.com
Office: 2536 18th Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55404
“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers,
but most of all the world needs dreamers who do.”
Board Members Present: Carol Pass, Mary Gonsior, Earl Simms, Linda Leonard, Jenny Bjorgo, Sherdl Kordian, Rosie Cruz.
(NOTE) Prior to this meeting, Board members Jose Luis Villasenor and Chiffon Williams resigned for personal reasons)
EPIC Members Present: Shoui Tsai, Guadalupe Martinez, Rose Gbadamassi, Mohamed Nur, Ali Macali, Margarita Aguilar, Aisha Gomez, Indalacio Muroz, Alfonso Cruz, Sharif Ali, Jose Luis Villasenor, Fred Jack, Michael Green, Clara Emma, Tim Springer, Alondra Cano, Hannah Lieder, Kevin Lieder, Margaret Kirkpatrick, Audrey Jackson, Lee Sanaban, Karen Clark, Pat Welna, Virgil Welna, Kristy Jacobsen, Ernestina Ganga, Hamsa Mohamed, Troy Benjegerdes, Ganga Ram, Govinda, Cindy Wright, Alondra Cano, Lavern Turner, Mary Juanita Leonard, Pat Fleetham, Sherzad Kordian, Gloria Kordian, Aden Awil, Mary-Grace Alton, John Mortenson, Max Mortenson, Jeremy Gray, Sky Sellars, Paula Weikle, Maria Riana, Annie Young, Kim Hayden, Shey Castaway, Megan Kraft Steppes, Seth Kuhl-Stenes, Carol Hill, Joseph Sperenzella, Francisca Pass, Carol June Leonard, LeRoy Jeffers, Jorge Granados, Margaret Kirkpatrick, Cedric Wash, Sherdl Kordian, Elizabeth Johnson, Alfred Johnson, Fred Jack, Gabriel Pass, Amy Pass, Aurora Pass, Jenny Bjorgo, Bryce & Kristy Jacobsen, Carol Thomas, Brad Pass, Margaret Castaway, Cynthia Aguirre, Brennen BuBray, Vickey Felder, Abdi Hakim, Don Olson,
Guests: Shirley Heyer, Doug Wise, Donna Smith, Kathy Mastel, Dean Dovolis, Dean’s son & Daughter.
(77 attendees signed in. There are estimates that an additional 9 attendees did not sign in and many children are not listed)
9:30 BREAKFAST, MEET NEIGHBORS,
The doors opened for breakfast and conversation.
The Menu included Mexican style scrambled eggs (Huevos Rancheros), turkey and pork sausage, chicken & vegetarian tamales, Sambusa, Fish Tortes, fruit platter, doughnuts, bagels, fruit juice, milk & coffee including all the accoutrements. Three EPIC Spanish birthday cake and cupcakes finished it off.
Brad Pass emceed and welcomed everyone, explained the timing of the agenda, the Door Prizes and encouraged everyone to continue eating and to have a great time.
10:10 EXPLANATION OF THE ELECTION PROCESS, NOMINATIONS, SPEECHES & VOTING for BOARD MEMBERS.
· In preparation for the Board election, Brad explained the board eligibility requirements and that the board consists of 9 members who were expected to attend two monthly meetings and be available for additional meetings should the need arise.
· He explained that 6 board positions were open to be filled today and indicated the EPIC Slate of 6 candidates.
· Brad explained that there would be an opportunity for nominations from the floor and those nominated would have an opportunity to introduce themselves.
· Brad explained the election process – who is eligible to vote, that each voter has 6 votes and can vote for each candidate no more than one time.
· All current board members and those running on the EPIC Slate were asked to come to the front and he introduced EPIC Board President, Carol Pass to applause.
· Carol introduced each of the candidates on the EPIC Slate (listed below) and they each gave a brief statement on how they felt able and qualified to serve on the EPIC Board.
o Mary Gonsior
o Linda Leonard
o Earl Simms
o Sherdl Kordian
o Ali Macalin
o Aisha Gomez
· Brad then opened Board Nominations from the floor.
o Cedric Wash was nominated but refused the nomination.
o Troy Benjegerdes was nominated and accepted the nomination.
o Michael Greene was nominated but refused the nomination.
o Nominations were closed.
· Troy Benjegerdes introduce himself.
· Brad called for the vote. BALLOTS which were distributed to qualified voters at the sign-in table were filled out and turned in. Annie Young and her appointed helper counted the ballots.
Door prize donated by Welna Hardware at 2438 Bloomington Ave. S.
10:35 EPIC’s 2012 ACCOMPLISHMENTS & SEE BROCHURE
Carol Pass Brought attention to the many accomplishments of EPIC as detailed in the Tri-Fold Brochure and this year’s EPIC Annual Report for 2012.
· THE EAST PHILLIPS PARK CULTURAL & COMMUNITY CENTER SOCCER, BASEBALL FIELDS, MORE HOOPS
Construction on the soccer fields and baseball diamond was completed last fall. Soccer has already started. Baseball must wait for the natural turf field to mature.
· HOUSING, IMPLEMENTING PHASE II PLAN. REHAB LOANS, HOME BUYER LOANS, HELP for FORECLOSURES
All loans are 0% interest with no monthly payments. Loans are not due until the sale or transfer of ownership of the property.
· GREENWAY HEIGHTS APTS.
The only affordable housing on the greenway – under way since 2006.
· HELPING RESTORE THE PHILLIPS COMMUNITY CENTER POOL
· MORE PROGRAMS FOR EVERYONE, ESPECIALLY KIDS
· FUTURE GOALS.NRP PHASE II PLAN See EPIC Annual Report for 2012
10:40 GREENWAY HEIGHTS APARTMENTS - Kathy Wetzel, Progress Report, slide show, boards for viewing.
Kathy Wetzel reported that the project will be starting soon. There will be a public hearing in June with cinstruction starting soon after. Greenway Heights will include 42 two-, three, and four bedroom units affordable to households earning less than 50% AMI. Because of the loss of affordable rental units to the foreclosure crisis, this project is needed to fill that gap and it will also address the housing needs created by the growth of larger families within the neighborhood.
The project provides a secure outdoor play areas for both younger and older children. Tables will be provided to allow parents a place to watch their children and also to serve as a picnic area. A grill will provide for outdoor barbeques.
The project includes five raised-bed gardens which can produce nearly 1,000 pounds of food each season for its residents.
The Greenway Heights/EPIC project will prevent the probability of a much larger, less desirable project on this valuable site.
Balconies are desirable eyes on the Greenway amenities that are important crime prevention features as well as providing added outdoor space for the apartments. They are beyond the budget of this project but will be guaranteed if EPIC will help subsidize them with a $35,000 contribution. Note this will be reallocating Phase II home Buyer funds to be replaced later by CPP funding.
MOTION: EPIC agrees to help with funding for the Balconies for our final new construction housing Project of $35,000, using current Phase II Home Buyer Funds to be replaced later and contingent on approval of a community supported design with balconies. Motion made by Hannah Leider, seconded by John Mortenson. Passed with one negative vote.
Door prizes were donated by Welna Hardware at 2438 Bloomington Ave. S.
11:00 THE SWIMMING POOL PROJECT – Hannah Leider, MplsSwims
Carol Pass explained that she, with help from many East Phillips residents spent 1 year at the State Legislature raising money for this East Phillips Park Cultural and Community Center. It was a grueling experience. Hannah spent one year doing the same for the pool project but was turned down at the last minute. She had to go through two years at the legislature, and she was successful after a two year struggle. She deserves accolades for this effort.
Hannah Leider explained the lack of indoor swimming facilities in Minneapolis. The only city with a worse record is Chicago.
The drowning rate of minority youth, especially blacks is horrific and totally reversible with swimming lessons.
Door prizes were donated by Welna Hardware at 2438 Bloomington Ave. S.
11:20 – 11:40 BYLAW CHANGE-
MOTION: That 30 day notification for review of items requiring that timing be changed to read “required notification and review time is to be to the next monthly membership meeting, but not in any case less than 21 days, and to include amendments to the Bylaws”. (Sometimes the meetings do not fall on an exact 30-day gap, causing problems in timely review and response.)
Motion passed unanimously
11:40 RESULTS OF VOTING- The EPIC slate of Directors won the election.
FINAL DOOR PRIZE – THE BEST ONE – a Weber Grill
Door prizes were donated by Welna Hardware at 2438 Bloomington Ave.