April 5, 2014

Board Meeting Minutes 04-05

April 5, 2014, Saturday, 1:00 pm
East Phillips Park Cultural and Community Center
EPIC web address:  www.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.”

Present board members: Linda Leonard (chaired), Carol Pass, Rosie Cruz, Ali Macalin, Jenny Bjorgo
Absent board members: Earl Sims, Sherdl Kordian, Mary Gonsior
Members: Brad Pass

1:00             Introduction:
·      Approval of Agenda -Consensus
·      Approval of the March 1st EPIC Board Minutes; These minutes are nonpublic from a closed meeting              about grievances.

1:10              Board Training: Discussion: Barry Rogers, Possible Board Training Consultant;. U Notre Dame degree in accounting and finance; CPA; with multicultural affiliations. Turned in a proposal. We want him to send us information about the content and time frames and cost of various components of Board training.  What materials will he provide? He is familiar with NRP. We could ask for training about Robert’s Rules of Order too. The city NCR office is an option. Maybe both? We could ask to get through the vagueness of a lot of rules.

1:20             East Phillips Commons Project, 2931 : See Elevations, seek buyer. We looked at the floor plan and elevations. There is space for two small businesses and living quarters on the second floor. The price is $275.000 for the larger proposal of 3 bedrooms; It may be $175,000 for the other smaller option.
Board members are going to look for buyers.

1:30            Problem Properties - Deposition of 2527 18th Single Family House: 
Jenny made a motion to support Linda Leonard purchasing the property from the city. Linda recused herself from the vote for conflict of interest. Motion passed after a second from Rosie Cruz.

1: 50            CPP Budget for 2014 and  Priority Plans -
We looked at a proposed EPIC operating budget from  2005. It’s clear that we have saved a lot of money by being a volunteer organization.   We looked at a possible EPIC 2014 operating budget. We took a guess at what we might budget for minimal financial staff and office supplies and events, outreach, and programs. HABITAT and PRG would be options for housing and empty lots if the community wanted to do that.

We looked at a chart of the priority plan process. Should use the Annual Meeting to survey for Priority Plans.

2:15            Annual Meeting: EPIC Slate, Food Donations
April 12.  There are 5 positions open. Carol, Rosie, Jenny, Laura Dale and Gloria R and someone on E 26th want to run. Rosie will ask Sherzad if he could help as he did last year. Shirley Heyer offered to do food.
Motion: Carol moved to offer Shirley Heyer $250 to arrange Annual Meeting breakfast. Rosie second, Passed

2:30             EPIC’s current position regarding Grievances : the meeting will be closed at this point.
            Any visitors would be asked to leave but there aren’t any.
             This part of the business  meeting is confidential and not for public report.
·      The Grievance Process
·      Our response
·      City Involvement
·      Current Situation

2:40            Adjourn