June 14, 2018

EPIC Community Meetiing Minutes 06 - 14

June 14th,  2018, 6:30 – 8:50
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, Abah Mohamed
Board Members Present: Laura Dale, Mary Gonsior, Tom Harris, Cassandra Holmes, Linda Leonard, Linda Vermillion.
Board Members Not Present: Rosie Cruz, Abah Mohamed, Carol Pass
Members Present: Brad Pass, Michael Green
Guests: Shirley Heyer, Cassandra Meyer, Kameron Lindsey, Mohamed Cali

6:30     Social Time/ Greetings and Introductions


6:53     Approval of Proposed Agenda: Approved with correction “next planning meeting is Tuesday, June 19th at 11:30 am.” BP, LD.
Approval of May 10th General Membership Draft Minutes: Approved with Correction “attendance/members: Brad Pass”. BP, MG.

7:00     Announcements:

·       SummerFest will be Sunday, June 24, 2018. The next planning meeting is Tuesday, June 19th at 11:30 am.

·       The next general membership meeting will be Thursday, July 12, 2018 6:30 pm.
·       Garden Steering Committee meeting TBD – look for an announcement.
·       Court Watch DATE CHANGED to Friday, June 15th, 10:30-11 am. 2100 Bloomington Ave.
o   Looking for impact statements.
·       QUORUM ACHIEVED: 7:03
·       Cassandra Meyer, lives next to EPIC and works for city of Minneapolis (here as a neighbor) with Smith Foundry permit application update. Once the application is updated, there will be public information process/public input opportunities. Effort is to establish that cumulative effect of improvements will not negatively impact he community. She is also working with Bituminous Roadways.
·       Somali celebrations. Good place to visit on both days, Mall of America.
o   EID (Holy Day), Say “Eid Mubaarak” tomorrow (Friday, June 15th.)
o   New mosque at 27th and Bloomington.
o   Somali American Independence Day, July 1st – Lake St. will be closed from Nicollet to Pleasant Ave.
·       Job Corps – flyer distributed and available at EPP. Info sessions available regarding free career training for youth ages 16-24. Call 612.790.0470.
·       American Indian OIC – free career training and certifications available.

7:35     More on Swimming passes for East Phillips Youth - Linda Leonard

The board discussed providing a limited number of swim passes for use in rewarding youth on a weekly basis this summer. EPIC has allocated $2,500 for swim lessons, but with only 5 children signing up for tis summer, perhaps we could allocate a portion of this money to purchase passes for teen workers.

MOTION: Whereas the funds set aside for summer swim lessons have not been spent, EPIC expands the parameters for spending these funds to be accessible for programming that has been arranged through Jeanne at EPP, and Minneapolis Aquatics which promotes swimming safety and recreation for EPIC residents, young or old, including up to 10 swim passes/coupons to be distributed as prizes at EPIC’s Summerfest celebration. MG, LD, Approved.

7:55     The Community Garden – Plots are still available with “pure country dirt". The garden serves              people who live, work or own property in East Phillips. There are 6 plots available, include one large plot and one small plot. You can contact Brad Pass at 612-916-8478.

8:00    Progress on the East Phillips Indoor Urban Farm project- Things you can do. (Flyer distributed)

You can Help! Please contact and express your support of the East Phillips Indoor Urban Farm Project at the former Roof Depot Site in South Minneapolis:

·       Your City Council Member and others you know;
·       Our Mayor;
·       Your Hennepin County Commissioner;
·       Your State Representative and Senator
·       Your Green Zone Representatives (request that the Green Zone Committee include in their findings a statement of strong support for the project.

Please send copies and results of your communication to:
Carol Pass, Board Chair of EPIC
2436 18th Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55404

Attend the Green Zone meeting on June 19th.

8:15    Help Plan the EPIC SummerFest – Volunteer to set up! June 24th. A Day of Local Music by your neighbors! Talent Show for kids and youth! Food, etc. Bring your ideas and any musicians’ names you know.

This event is about the community coming together and celebrating the park that we built together. We need volunteers to help set up and clean up. City is donating bicycles to nonprofits and EPIC has 5 excellent bikes to give to those who sign up to volunteer. Contact Brad Pass at 612-916-8478.

8:15    Any Summer Issues you want EPIC to deal with…especially if you want to help!

LL will be volunteering as McGruff at Summerfest and is looking for someone to give her a break during the festival.

8:25     Adjourn

June 2, 2018

EPIC Board Meeting Minutes 6 - 2

June 2nd, 2018, 6:30 – 8:50
East Phillips Park Cultural & Community Center, 2307 17th Ave S.
EPIC 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, Abah Mohamed
Board Members Present: Laura Dale, Mary Gonsior, Linda Leonard, Carol Pass, Abah Mohamed
Board Members Not Present: Rosie Cruz, Tom Harris, Cassandra Holmes, Linda Vermillion,
Members: Brad Pass

10:00   Social Time/ Greetings and Introduction

10:10   Announcements:

  • EPIC Community Garden - plots available with “pure country dirt”.
  • General membership meeting – June 14th, Thursday at EP Park, 6:30-8:45

·       SummerFest will be June 24, 2018 - Sunday

10:30       Approval of Proposed Agenda: approved by consensus
Approval of April 12th General Membership Draft Minutes: LD, LL approved

10:30   Update on swimming- Linda Leonard - The swimming program is up and running… But it filled really fast and only a couple of kids from East Phillips took advantage of our sponsoring program. The program is funded now to $2500 and ready to go again. We may have to update our contract to include the next round of swimming lessons and get the word out more completely and in advance of the start time. We need to watch for when the next series of lessons is available and talk to neighbors right away. Also is the issue of summer passes which are expensive and could be used to get some of these kids swimming. Linda and Jean think we should sponsor summer youth swimming in general. Discussion.

MOTION: Approve up to $999 for summer swimming passes for teens (13-17), awarded according to the policy and procedure established by the director of youth programming at EPPark. LL, LD, Approved.

10:51   Proposal for EPIC Summer Youth Work

2018 All Together Now! The city will be inspecting exteriors of properties in Minneapolis, and may be doing the work, and sending YOU the bill. If you did not receive a notice, call 311 or visit www.minneapolismn.gov/inspections/. Examples of what the city is looking for:

Tall grass/weeds, Inoperable vehicles, Vegetation over the sidewalk, any garbage litter and junk

EPIC will explore possible partnerships for youth employment to facilitate neighborhood cleanup for All Together Now! EPIC will also contact Noah Schuchman, Director of Regulatory Services (Mpls.)

11:07   EPNI – Indoor Urban Farm Project progress

Next meeting on June 6th with Alondra Cano. While East Phillips meets every criteria for the city’s Green Zone resolutions, and while the EPIC Indoor Urban Farm Project meets every criteria for improving and mitigating the factors that burden Green Zone communities, the city staff continue to oppose the project. The city council will soon vote on how much, if any of the 16.42 acres will be allocated to the East Phillips project. The June 6th meeting at 5:30 pm, at EP Park, is a strategy meeting – everyone should attend.

EPNI is seeking funding to purchase the 3-acres needed for the project and build a wall to protect the existing building from the demolition area. It is difficult to raise money for a project when we don’t have the property committed yet.

11:37   Summerfest Planning - Flyers and agenda discussed. Board volunteer sign-up sheet was passed around.

11:48   Adjourn