May 6, 2017

EPIC Board Miinutes 05 - 06

May 6th, 2017, 10:00 am -12:00
East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Ave S.
EPIC web address:
Office: 2536 18th Avenue S., Minneapolis, MN 55404
Phone: (612) 280-8418

Board Roster: Jenny Bjorgo, Rosie Cruz, Laura Dale, Mary Gonsior, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass, Tom Harris,
Linda Vermillion, Cassandra Holmes
Board Members Present: Jenny, Laura, Linda V, Carol, Tom, Linda L, Cassandra
Board Members Not Present: Rosie hospital; Mary conference
EPIC Members: Brad Pass
Guests:  Shirley Heyer

10:00   Introductions:

·       Greetings and Introductions.
·       Approval of Agenda:  Linda moved to approve and Jenny second; approved
·       Approval of Minutes from April 1st, 2017 Tom  moved and Laura 2nd to approve; approved.

10:30   Announcements:
  • May Day Parade: TOMORROW!!! May 7th Bloomington Ave closed
  • EPIC Community Meeting, May 11th, Thursday, at East Phillips Park, 6:30 to 8:45; Adam will come from the Park /Board to explain the boards and plans for Cedar field.
  • Little Earth 18th Annual PowWow, Saturday, May 13th, Cedar Field from Noon to 9 PM. Free! All are Welcome
  • Garden Meeting, May 13th– 9:00 AM at the Community Center.
  • Summer Festival, Sunday, June 25, 2017.
  • Cinco de Mayo closed today and tomorrow parts of Lake Street

Crime and Safety letters: 2533 Bloomington is Air Scan Filter on corner of E 26th.  Back stairway crime site.  Letter to ask the company to remove the stairway to closed door. Copy Brett and Aisha,   By concensus

2532 Bloomington is an empty white house;  Send information to Midtown. Send letters to Brett Nyman and Aisha about problem property . Write listed property owner.  By concensus.

10:40  Joe Beaulieu, presenting the Native Youth Arts Collective proposal, needs to match Grant
            Joe did not show up. The motion should be contingent on his needing the money.. He said he needs a match  right away.
MOTION: Sustain the fall program of the Native Youth Arts Collective up to $999. Laura and Jenny   made the motion. Passed  

Joe didn’t come so Carol is representing the project. She went to Little Earth last Thursday and spoke with Carol Peterson, Joe, Fran, and Lupe. They have spent most of the $26,000 and are applying for another grant.  Cassie will check with Joe to see what the amount is because he may need only $500.
Pillsbury United budget changes. All the k-5 funding cut from United Good Way. The field trips and hours from her proposal have to be dropped without additional funding.  She will write an amendment to the current proposal.  She can write us some detail about what she could add back in for what price. We need to have documentation before the community meeting next week. Linda is authorized to speak with Julie ASAP and get the amendment and new proposal written and off to the Board.

11:00   Getting to know each other…Where did you grow up….Life Story to date…future Plans…why did you volunteer for EPIC?…Major neighborhood  concern? This was a delightful piece of story telling  

11:40    EPIC…..How does EPIC work? A look at the Bylaws and Policies. Q and A

11:50   Traffic Changes on 24th St. Opinions
MOTION:  LL and L  to have traffic safety rep come to the membership meeting and explain what is happening on 24th from Hiawatha to I 35.  Consensus. Tom will call 311 and follow up to get a speaker.

Cedar Bridge and one way:  Cedar will be closed on Monday.  Cedar will be closed going north from Lake Street. 
Shirley made a report about the walk/plaza concept Midtown Greenway funded for E 29th Street. Activities. Pedestrians. Cars. Etc all together as a crime deterant. They got a grant to do this but neighborhoods weren’t consulted.  IT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN BECAUSE OF THE CONSTRUCTION MATERIALS AND TRAILERS  DURING THE BRIDGE CONSTRUCTION.


Shirley reported 90 minutes of discussion about public art with the Greenway and the project for the I 35 transit station between Lake street and 28th.  There is a motion that the Midtown Greenway wants all the neighborhoods to pass a motion.

MOTION: EPIC requests that the plans for the Greenway for entry at 28th near I 35 NOT include wooden stairways .
Linda V and Cassie for the motion. Motion passed for letter of support to the county; greenway; and neighborhoods.

12:00   More Traffic =
Barricade Issue:
Speed Bumps on 2500 Block of 18th Children are coming out of the park on 18th Avenue speed bumps needed
  There is fundraising possible maybe at the powwow.
  Annual Summer Fest Planning

12:00   Adjourn