December 2, 2017

EPIC Board Meeting Minutes 12-02-17


December 2nd, 2017, 10:00 am -12:00
East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Ave S.
EPIC web address: eastphillips-epic.com
Office: 2536 18th Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: (612) 280-8418

Board Roster: Rosie Cruz, Laura Dale, Mary Gonsior, Tom Harris, Cassandra Holmes, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass, Linda Vermillion.
Board Members Present: Laura Dale, Mary Gonsior, Cassandra Holmes, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass, Linda Vermillion.
Board Members Not Present: Rosie Cruz (E), Tom Harris (E),
EPIC Members: Brad Pass, Marc Trius.
Guests: Shirley Heyer

MOTION: Meet as a committee of the whole. LL, MG, approved

10:20   Introductions:

·       Greetings and Introductions
·       Approval of Agenda: LL, LD, approved.

10:27   QUORUM ACHIEVED

·       Approval of Minutes from November 4th: LL, LV, approved.

10:32   Question about Banyan NNO participation

A former staff person communicated with Little Earth about the program, and subsequent staff were not aware of the request from Little Earth to participate in the program. LL reported that at a later date, the Banyon set a policy that requires block clubs to be part of their Lighthouse Network to participate.

10:36   (SH) Celebration of the Somali community and the new radio station. Colin Powel center, today – Dec. 2, 4-10pm.

10:10   Announcements:
·       LLEPIC General Membership Meeting, December 14th, Thursday, at East Phillips Park, 6:30 to 8:45
·       Police Inspector Johnson for our precinct has quit. One of the sergeants in charge of our special police officers is also leaving at the end of the year.
·       Planning Commission meeting, City Hall. Monday, Dec. 4th 3:30 to consider Stop ‘n Shop expansion to include tobacco shop, residents are concerned.
·       Construction: 35W from 62 to Downtown will be shut down for 3 years beginning after the Super Bowl. Additional transit lines will be available.
·       Road running over the Greenway are expected to be open in December.
·       Ned Brooks of MPCA, (lawsuit over Volkswagen) is working on setting up a meeting with East Phillips  and Little Earth residents.
o   After long discussion, CH and BP will obtain guidelines, and work out dates and timelines. Looking for a date in early January.

11:10   Board Vacancy-Process: Only one candidate applied so far. Interview, Marc Trius

MOTION: the EPIC board recommends Marc Trius to the community to fill the open board seat. LL, CH, approved. 

11:30   Grievance Resolution

The board determined resolution of the Michael Green grievance and a letter will be sent.
11:52  Looking at partnership contracts: PACE

Reviewed the PACE agreement as a model for partnership contracts where EPIC is working as a partner with another organization.

12:01   Plan Modification of old NRP Funds 

Tabled to the membership meeting.

12:02   Adjourned

November 9, 2017

EPIC Community Meeting draft Minutes 11 -09


11-09-2017, 6:30 – 8:50
Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Ave S.
EPIC web address: eastphillips-epic.com
Office: 2536 18th Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: (612) -280-8418

Board Roster: Rosie Cruz, Laura Dale, Mary Gonsior, Tom Harris, Cassandra Holmes, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass, Linda Vermillion.
Board Members Present: Rosie Cruz, Laura Dale, Mary Gonsior, Cassandra Holmes, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass, Linda Vermillion.
Board Members Not Present: Tom Harris.
Members: Brad Pass, Bill Jones, Jolene Jones, Carol Hill Kennedy, George Kennedy, Mohamed Cali, Mark Trius,
Guests: Shirley Heyer

6:30     Social Time/ Greetings and Introductions

6:50     Approval of Proposed Agenda: CH, LV, approved by consensus
Approval of October 12th General Membership Draft Minutes: LV, LD, approved by consensus.

7:00     Announcements:

o  Next EPIC Board Meeting, Saturday, December 2nd, 10:00 am-noon, EPIC’s office at 2433 Bloomington Ave. S.

o  Next EPIC Community Meeting, Thursday, December 14th, 6:30 - 8:45, East Phillips Park

o   Southside Green Zone Meeting 2 (28th & Cedar). Nov. 28th at Stewart Park. 5-8 PM.
o   Police Inspector for our precinct has quit. One of the sergeants in charge of our special police officers is also leaving at the end of the year.
o   Construction: 35W from 62 to Downtown will be shut down for 3 years beginning after the Super Bowl. Additional transit lines will be available.
o   Roads running over the Greenway are expected to be open in December.
o   Ned Brooks (lawsuit over Volkswagon) is working on setting up a meeting with East Phillips and Little Earth residents. CH and BP will work out dates and timelines.
o   Board Vacancy – A board member has not met the attendance requirements and thus, the board will seek a new member to fill the vacancy. The vacancy will be posted online and will be announced at the GMM on Thursday. EPIC will also send out a broadcast email.
o   Banyon Dinner-We registered too late and it wasn’t possible to accommodate us for the dinner.
o   Urgent Community Meeting to support the Community Plan for the Depot Site, Nov. 30th, 6:30 pm at the Park.
o   This is IMPORTANT – PLEASE ATTEND. Invite your neighbors!
o   Contact radio stations; interviews with EPNI leaders on radio; translate Alley article.
o   Will be on the business page of StarTribune.
o   Invite all the city council members to attend.

7:05     Little Earth funding request for proposed playground and need for Youth Program Dollars
Plan Modification of old NRP Funds to playground and Youth programs
The board received a proposal from Little Earth Residents Association to bring forth a motion to provide funding for a proposed playground over two months ago. EPIC agreed to this request but it was tabled because of uncertainty about the amount.

Jolene reported on the status of the playground project. The original request was $15,000 but the request was reduced when it was thought that other funding was going to come through for the project. Unfortunately, the other funding did not come through and the project still needs $15,000. While EPIC has already passed a motion to approve $4,500, Little Earth would like to ask EPIC to increase their support to the full $15,000. Ground has already been broken on the project, and this is the last funding that is needed. 

MOTION: EPIC will transfer $15,000 from NRP Phase I (numerous small categories) into the NRP Phase I Playground Category. LV, LL, Approved. This motion requires a 2nd vote in December.

MOTION: 2ND Vote on October motion to provide $4,500 to fund the Little Earth Youth and Elder Memorial Playground. This funding will come from Playgrounds in our NRP Phase I funding. MG, LL, Approved.

MOTION: EPIC will provide another $10,500 to fund the Little Earth Youth and Elder Memorial Playground. LL, CHK, approved. This motion requires a 2nd vote in December.

By consensus, the following agenda item was approved.

7:45     NRP Phase I categories
There are funds sitting in the NRP Phase I plan which are in categories that are not being used. Since there is a need to spend funds toward Youth Programming, the board would like to offer a motion to make unspent funds available to be used in accordance with EPIC’s partnership agreement program. If approved, proposals for spending these funds will be presented to the General Membership for approval.

MOTION: EPIC will move up to $52,000 + from multiple NRP Phase I categories into NRP Phase II Youth Programming as a Plan Modification to be available for new and continuing Programs. LL, LV, Approved. This motion requires a 2nd vote in December.

7:50     Grant and status of the Project and Budgets.
Pictures of the Project
EPIC’s shared State Grant Budget and our EPIC CPP Budget

Board Motion: EPIC approves the EPIC Proposal for State of Minnesota $319,000 Grant Disbursement.
Board Motion: EPIC will accept EPIC’s portion of the shared EPNI Budget to be included in our next CPP Submission.

MOTION: Epic approves both the two board motions. BP, CHK, Approved.

8:12     What happened at the Park Soccer Fields?

Someone poured gasoline and lit a large fire on one of the soccer fields and caused a lot of damage. The Park Director said that there is other damage to the soccer fields also. Please be aware that this and other activities are happening at various parks. If you see someone vandalizing the park, please do call the police (9-1-1).

8:22     Crime Concerns: How to Stay Safe

Our crime prevention specialist has not responded to requests to visit EPIC meetings. CP distributed flyers describing information that should be reported when reporting crimes to police, including drug houses, vehicles and suspects.

8:27    What does the election mean for EPIC?? Thoughts?

Alondra was re-elected.

8:30     Adjourned.
    

November 4, 2017

EPIC Board Meeting draft Minutes 11 - 04


November 4th, 2017, 10:00 am -12:00
East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Ave S.
EPIC web address: eastphillips-epic.com
Office: 2536 18th Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: (612) 280-8418

Board Roster: Jenny Bjorgo, Rosie Cruz, Laura Dale, Mary Gonsior, Tom Harris, Cassandra Holmes, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass, Linda Vermillion.
Board Members Present: Laura Dale, Mary Gonsior, , Cassandra Holmes, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass.
Board Members Not Present: Jenny Bjorgo, Rosie Cruz (E), Tom Harris, Cassandra Holmes, Linda Vermillion.
EPIC Members: Brad Pass
Guests: Shirley Heyer

10:20   Introductions:

·       Greetings and Introductions
·       Approval of Agenda: Approved with addition of Approval of Sept. Minutes, Board Vacancy item, Grievance announcement, Error in Alley Newspaper, Hi-Lake Redesign Project update item. Approved.
·       Approval of Revised Minutes from September 9th, 2017; CH, LD, Approved as revised.
·       Approval of Revised Minutes from October 7th, 2017;  LL, CH, Approved as revised: (1) item Greivance report, change “concerned with problems about what should remain private” to “problems with un-vetted comments”; (2) Barricade/One-Way: Add “Motion” and “Discussed, but no vote”

10:10   Announcements:
·       EPIC General Membership Meeting, November 9th, Thursday, at East Phillips Park, 6:30 to 8:45
·       Major Community Meeting for the Roof Depot Site future and presentation of East Phillips Neighborhood Institute (EPNI) Indoor Urban Farm Project
o   CoSponsored by EPIC and EPNI
o   EPNI (East Phillips Neighborhood Institute) was formed by EPIC and is funded by legislative funds received by EPIC, acting as Fiscal Agent
o   Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017. 6:30 PM at EPPCCC
·       Southside Green Zone Meeting 2 (28th & Cedar). Nov. 28th at Stewart Park. 5-8 PM.
·       Police Inspector for our precinct has quit. One of the sergeants in charge of our special police officers is also leaving at the end of the year.
·       Construction: 35W from 62 to Downtown will be shut down for 3 years beginning after the Super Bowl. Additional transit lines will be available.
·       Road running over the Greenway are expected to be open in December.
·       Ned Brooks (lawsuit over Volkswagon) is working on setting up a meeting with East Phillips and Little Earth residents. CH and BP will work out dates and timelines.

Grievance Resolution
The Executive Committee will meet following the GMM on Thursday.

Board Vacancy
Jenny Bjorgo has not met the attendance requirements and thus, the board will seek a new member to fill the vacancy. The vacancy will be posted online and will be announced at the GMM on Thursday. EPIC will also send out a broadcast email.

Banyan Dinner
We registered too late and it wasn’t possible to accommodate us for the dinner. The Banyan would love to host a Tea or other opportunity for EPIC to visit and learn more about The Banyan Community. We would like to accept and learn more about their programs, policies and procedures regarding who they reach out to, etc.

We would like to ask why the Little Earth request to receive food for NNO was denied (See minutes from July).

11:40   Grant and status of the Project and Budgets.
Pictures of the Project
EPIC’s shared State Grant Budget and our EPIC CPP Budget an how they go together.

Motion: EPIC approves the EPIC Proposal for State of Minnesota $319,000 Grant Disbursement. LD, MG, Approved.
This motion will be recommended to the GMM for approval also.

Motion:   EPIC will accept EPIC’s portion of the shared EPNI Budget to be included in our next CPP Submission. MG, LD, Approved.
This motion will be recommended to the GMM for approval also.

12:12   Meeting as a Committee of the Whole

12:15   Plan Modification of old NRP Funds  

Motion: Tabled.

12:21   Hi-Lake Redesign Project update item
The City and County manage the property at the Lake Street light rail station. They held a meeting and took a lot of information from affected neighborhoods and the Greenway folks, and others. The next meeting will be listed as an announcement at the GMM.

12:25  Adjourn

October 12, 2017

EPIC Community Meeting Minutes 10 - 12 - 2017


10-12-2017, 6:30 – 8:50
Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Ave S.
EPIC web address: eastphillips-epic.com
Office: 2536 18th Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: (612) -280-8418

Board Roster: Jenny Bjorgo, Rosie Cruz, Laura Dale, Mary Gonsior, Tom Harris, Cassandra Holmes, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass, Linda Vermillion.
Board Members Present: Rosie Cruz, Laura Dale, Mary Gonsior, Tom Harris, Cassandra Holmes, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass, Linda Vermillion.
Board Members Not Present: Jenny Bjorgo.
Members: Brad Pass, Jolene Jones, Michael Green, Andrew Sheard, Lida Sheard, Halima Abdi, Kim Hayden
Guests: Shirley Heyer,
 

6:30     Social Time/ Greetings and Introductions

6:50     Approval of Proposed Agenda: MG, LD, approved.
Approval of September 14th General Membership Draft Minutes, LV, MG, approved.
 

7:00     Announcements:

o    Highway closing: Construction has begun on Hwy 35W and will go on for 2 years. Working from the Tunnel south, the Franklin Ave. and Lake St bridges as well as 26th and 28th Street bridges will be impacted. You can sign up for a weekly email update on the construction from City of Minneapolis/Transportation. Detours for 35W include Hwy 100 and Hwy 62, Cedar bridge, Hiawatha, and Minnehaha.

o  Next EPIC Board Meeting, Saturday, November 4th, 10:00 am-noon, EPIC’s office at 2433 Bloomington Ave. S.

o  Next EPIC Community Meeting, Thursday, November 9th, 6:30 - 8:45, East Phillips Park

o    Phillips Clean Sweep, Saturday, October 14th starting at 9:00 AM with a free Breakfast at the Welna Hardware parking lot, then Clean the ‘Hood, followed by Free lunch and entertainment at Stewart Park.
o    EPIC’s East Phillips Community 17th Ave. Garden Fall Harvest Party on Saturday, October 21st starting at 4:30 PM at the Garden. Party continues until the fire goes out.
o    Banyan Dinner, EPIC will send board members to Banyan annual dinner on Oct. 25 (5-8 pm.) This is an opportunity to get to know an organization working in our neighborhood, better.

7:05   25th Street Barrier is GONE! One Way Signs are UP! Roundabout on 17th is up! Comments?  What’s Next?

  • Have seen a ticket on a car that has been parked in the wrong direction for two days.
  • Have seen the police address a driver who ignored the “do not enter” sign.
  • Have seen cars slow down at the roundabout.
    • Most people reporting that they “like it”.
    • One comment “it’s too narrow” to have a round-about.
  • It looks cleaner by the SA.
  • Don’t feel “boxed in” when walking home from the bus stop.
  • EPIC should flyer the neighborhood regarding parking restrictions for these changes.
7:25   Little Earth funding request for proposed playground- NRP Plan Modification from old NRP before the neighborhood split up into four pieces. What is a plan modification?

The board received a proposal from Little Earth Residents Association to brought forth a motion to provide funding for a proposed playground

Board MOTION:  EPIC will provide $4,500 to provide funding to their proposal to build a Youth and Elder Memorial Playground. LL, CH, approved.

MOTION: EPIC will move $2,210.43 from 24 -hour youth center to Playgrounds in our NRP Phase I funding, for the purpose of funding the Little Earth Youth and Elder Memorial Playground. AS, TH, approved.

NOTE: EPIC will bring this motion back for Review to next Community Meeting for Final Vote.

7:45   Up Date:   Roof Depot Site – Hiawatha Public Works Expansion, The latest on the neighborhood project, the Indoor Urban Farm

Presentation of maps of the site, including original building site (was originally the “Sears Warehouse”!!) The city plans to remove the entire building, built in 1947. The building is clean and solid as a rock. There is no lead paint, and the building is in very good condition.

In the 1930’s there was a grasshopper epidemic, and tons of arsenic were deposited on this site, causing huge contamination. The area is known as the arsenic triangle, and the city went all over to inspect for wells, as the poison is still there. The EPA did remove a large proportion of the contaminated soil, in the triangle and all over the neighborhood.

Because this building was built in the 40’s, there is arsenic “encapsulated” under the building. If they tear this down, they will expose the neighborhood to widespread exposure to this poison again.

EPIC is asking the city to give us 3 acres and authorize us to convert a portion of the existing building into a year-round indoor urban agriculture (low tech). EPIC also wants to build needed housing with garden space on the rooftop of the building.

The proximity of these improvements will provide added motivation to reduce other pollution in the area, including the asphalt plant whose smokestacks are pouring out over their fence into an apartment playground.

This is information that every resident of East Philips needs to know. Discussed options (newsletters, alley, star Tribune, Somali radio) for communicating this information to people in the city, especially in light of upcoming elections. Public Works Dept. was tasked by the City Council to work with the neighborhood regarding any space that they don’t intend to use.

MOTION: EPIC supports the efforts of EPNI to create a sustainable indoor urban farm which includes a bicycle repair facility, a small retail operation , affordable housing, and other amenities as described in the EPNI goals as listed below. LL, LD, approved.

ADD LIST HERE.
Organizational Goals (as revised at the 10/3/2017 meeting)

      • Create quality green jobs for people of East Phillips,
      • In an East Phillips facility that will house;
      • A Sustainable Organic Indoor Urban Farm,
      • An affordable bike repair, building and training facility,
      • A small coffee shop and additional entrepreneurial space to sell some of the produce from the farm, and other neighborhood culturally specific arts & crafts.
      • Space permitting, a play area for children.
      • Required exterior green areas will be farmed or be used, in part, as a children’s play area.
      • Fundraise to complete project.
      • Incorporate Affordable Housing.
      • Provide Job training with Completion Certification and “Recovery & Second Chance” opportunity serving the Phillips Neighborhood.
      • Deindustrialize East Phillips.

8:15   Housing Issues: No more NEW HOMES?

One of EPIC’s main ways of fighting crimes is building houses on the empty lots. EPIC has been told that the city will not sell city-owned property to anyone outside of the land going into a land trust. There are pros and cons to this situation. Some people want to own the land. Houses in a land trust are not allowed to deteriorate, and help for homeowners is readily available. EPIC will do further research into this situation. We might want to contact the ACLU about the legality of this stance.

8:25     29th Street & Bloomington Avenue; Improvement Project progress on the “Woonerf”. 

The Woonerf is a system that is used to make the street more pedestrian friendly. Trucks and vehicles are eliminated. The Midtown Greenway Coalition, who received the grant to study the possibility of this design at this intersection. There were a lot of complaints about the picnic table that was set out as a trial, as it was used constantly for prostitution and drug use, so it was given to an apartment building nearby. Some residents are disappointed, and some residents are unhappy and didn’t have any input or notice of the project.

8:40   Crime Concerns.....

Our crime prevention specialist, Brett Nyman, has been invited to our meetings but has not responded.

There are three gangs set up in Powderhorn Park, but they have moved into East and West Phillips. They are camping in houses under construction and on intersections under bridges.

Gunfire too nearby. What can we do to help?

Homeowners and businesses have been asked to trim hedges and other plants – removing places to hide.

8:50     Adjournment