June 11, 2015

General Membership Meeting Minutes 06 - 11

June 11, 2015, 6:30 p.m. – 8:45 p.m.

East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Ave S.
EPIC web address: eastphillips-epic.com
Office: 2536 18th Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55404

Board Roster: Jenny Bjorgo, Rosie Cruz, Mary Gonsior, Jean Howard, Linda Leonard, Margarita Ortega, Carol Pass, Gloria Reyes,
Board Members Present: Mary Gonsior, Margarita Ortega, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass, Rosie Cruz,
Board Members Not Present: Jenny Bjorgo, Gloria Reyes, Jean Howard,
EPIC Members: Laura Dale, Michael Green, Brad Pass, Margaret Kirkpatrick
Guests: Shirley Heyer,

6:40     Introductions:

·      Greetings and Introductions
·      Meeting of the committee of the whole (AY, LD) Approved
·      Approval of Agenda: approved by consensus
·      Approval of Minutes from EPIC April 9th EGM Meeting: Tabled to next month.
·      Approval of Minutes from EPIC Mary14th EGM Meeting: CP, MK, Approved

6:55    Announcements:

  • Potential Date for EPIC Summerfest, Sunday, June 21
  • Next months’ meeting are rescheduled
    • Next EPIC Board Meeting, Saturday, July 11th
    • General Membership Meeting, Thursday, July 16th
  • Greenway Saturday, June 20 (evening – 6-Midnight)
    • art installations, fundraiser bike ride
  • Street resurfacing and bikeway (discussion)
    • 26th St. and 28th St.
    • Councilmembers met with residents to discuss concerns.
    • Follow up meeting was planned;
    • Personal follow up with individuals did happen.
    • Aisha reported that there was a meeting held with ???, special planning was needed to address the bike connection at that intersection. Staff completed new traffic counts for the portion directly affected by??? Plan is not finalized…for the section of Cedar to Hiawatha. Aisha will send information and links.
  • Speedbumps
    • CP looked into this and learned that no neighborhood in the city funds these because if you provide funds for one, you have to provide funds for all. Cost is $7,500 for the pair of bumps and two signs.

7:35     Recent Board Actions

·      Completion and submission of CIF Grant in partnership with Little Earth
·      Letters to Council Members
·      Board Members and neighbors went to planning commission/CLIC meeting and spoke for our plan for Roof Depot

7:40     History of East Phillips

This neighborhood has been fighting off environmental injustice since at least 1992. For 100 years, this neighborhood has been an immigrant neighborhood. Hiawatha was a foot path before it was a highway. The plan that was drawn by Dovolis is a good one and we need to remember how long it takes to bring these dreams to fruition. There have been many kinds of struggles here over many years, by many generations of residents. This is the “epicenter” of Minneapolis – the easiest way to get in and out of here. While we want to create a vision for retaining the benefits of industry, we want to protect our residents from the poisons that are covering this area, and eliminate the special and environmental inequities that are entrenched in our cities culture.

Turning the negatives into the positives
How can we work with the city to help defeat the vote to authorize negotiation for the property on Monday? The community involvement has been beneficial to our councilmember’s work to stop the purchase. Hearing that the community has a vision has empowered the CM to continue to say “NO” and call on the council to hear community voices and empower the community to share their own vision for the space. Annie Young wanted to present to the council on how to work with the community to create a commercial/community benefits agreement/plan, however, the committee is not accepting any speakers except by invitation.

Michael Green asked about the diesel trucks, how that adds to the pollution. Wants more information about actual pollution (studies, projections, etc.), information about jobs, taxes.

Aisha reported that the council was not really excited about a CBA, but under pressure from CM Cano and various community residents and organizations, are starting to at least listen.

CP pointed out that the current plan by the city includes NOTHING for the community…we may be forced into a compromise, but it is reasonable for residents to have expectations for jobs, clean air, taxes for the city, and more.

Robert Lilligren is writing a letter to the council committee.

If the vote succeeds, next steps for city:
·      Proposal to purchase
·      Community meeting
·      Permits

Community will have additional opportunities to provide input.

Ideas from Annie Young (for Sunday meeting)
·      EVERYONE write to the city council since they aren’t letting us speak.
·      Solar powered trucks
·      New HVAC
·      We won an award by Pres. Clinton for the Green Institute
·      We can win another award if we can work out a partnership agreement to build a green village (CBA)
o   Help us put in the green features
o   Give us jobs
o   City is already committed to green designs

Carol reminded members that EPIC has been working on this in our own meetings and with other organizations, and has already passed a motion in connection with the plans that offer an alternative possibility for the site. The plan includes having identified investors, consultants, and ethnic participation with Native American tribes.

MOTION: Form a committee to perform a thorough cost/benefit analysis on all possible uses of the Roof Depot site so that we have full backup plans for every possible eventuality. MGr, MK. Failed.

Shirley Heyer: What other options has the city studied for this site? They have only studied one buyer, themselves.

8:40     Sunday Meeting 9:00 am at the East Phillips Park

Carol agrees that there isn’t anyone getting all the facts, dollars and numbers, but what information there is, is coming through our CM Cano. Discussion about having meetings on Sunday mornings excluding a large percent of constituency from these meetings.

8:45     Adjournment.