September 7, 2013

Board Meeting Minutes 09-07

September 7th, 2013, Saturday, 10:00 am

East Phillips Park Cultural and Community Center
EPIC web address:
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.”

Present board members: Carol Pass. Mary Gonsior, Linda Leonard, Aisha Gomez, Rosie Cruz, Ali Micali, Earl Simms
Absent board members: Jennie Bjorgo, Sherdl Kordian
Members: Brad Pass,

10:00             Introduction:
·       Approval of Agenda – Passed
·       Approval of August 3rd Board Meeting Minutes passed

10:10    Announcements: 
·       EPIC Membership Meeting: Thursday, September 12, 6:30 pm, the East Phillips Park Center
·       Today is the Monarch Festival, 10am to 4pm, East Lake Nokomis Ave. & 50th St.
·       Bridging Festival- Sunday,Sept. 8, 1pm -Whittier side of 24th St Ped. Bridge over 35W.
·       Peavey Park Celebration, Saturday, Sept. 14th, 12am – Sunday Sept. 15th 12 am
·       9th Annual Native American Day, Saturday, 12 am Sept. 28th-12 am  Sun, 29th MIDTOWN FARMERS MARKET
·       EPIC Harvest Party …October 19th at 5 pm in the Garden.
·       Clean Sweep- October 12th, first meeting yesterday; this is about our 15th year; give away 400 t-shirts each year (kids design); this is a great community event
·       EPIC funded East Phillips Programs: EPIC Park Youth Soccer, A Partnership of Diabetics, A-POD Collaborative
·       Roofs – Insurance pay outs are benefitting the neighborhood. Tell your friends to contact EPIC for details.
·       Crime Report- Lights and Cameras in the Alley behind the Cedar Store.

10:15             Requests for Program Funding:

Somali American Community Organization: funding for Back-to-School Backpacks, Reimbursement receipts required and addresses. Budget to be presented at GMM.

10:25             LITTLE EARTH Request for Support from EPIC:  for Little Earth Apartment Building Rehab

10:35            Homeownership Crisis in Phillips:  Foreclosures and Vacant Lots, Completion of the Village in Phillips and others with PRG. Possible Contract
·       Other lots and opportunities. Actions taken, Greater Metro Housing Corp, Hennepin County, PRG, TC Community Land Bank, Inventorying Properties, Seeking new HomeOwners.
·       Progress on rehab loans: EPIC moved the income cap from 80% to 100% of HUD medial income guidelines. This should help move these loans. Maybe we need a party for this?
Remove “for up to five houses” from paragraph 3.

Questions for PRG:
1. How would houses be selected? For which blocks?
2. Is there any cap on the total cost?
3. What category of housing does this apply to? Can “John Doe” get his house rehabbed under this program? Or, does this apply to only foreclosed, or tax-forfeited housing? Where is this explained in the funding documents?

10:50            Blueprint for Equity Report:   

District 7, Corcoran, Powderhorn, Central, Bancroft and four Phillips neighborhoods.

Based on the motion that was passed by EPIC (see below), EPIC should think about and have a conversation (among board members, and some others) how we understand equity and what we are doing to achieve it among all the groups in our neighborhood: political, religious, gender, age, sexual orientation, geographic, economic, and ethnic. We should write a policy or have policies regarding these issues.

NOTE: MOTION: (CP, AG) EPIC will join with the other District 7 neighborhoods to respond to the BluePrint for Equity from NCR, and will question the outlined process and seek to honor the Core Principles of Community Engagement , in particular items 4 and 5. Our concern is that the initial design of the process was not done in consultation with the neighborhoods, and the intake of information, and ultimate goals for this process are not transparent, were not initiated by the neighborhoods, and appear to violate the Core Principles of Community Engagement. (Passed.)

Health Insurance – MN Care new program
Minnesota is setting up its own outreach program, called MNsure. EPIC should facilitate education, outreach and enrollment for residents to access new health care program. There are funds available for training, and SH may write a grant.

11:15             Adjourn