November 3, 2018

EPIC Board Meetiing Draft Minutes 11- 03

November 3rd, 2018, 10:00 am -12:00
East Phillips Office, 2433 Bloomington Ave S.
EPIC web address:
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, Abah Mohamed, Carol Pass, Linda Vermillion.
Board Members Present: Laura Dale, Mary Gonsior, Cassandra Holmes, Linda Leonard, Abah Mohamed, Carol Pass
Board Members Not Present: Rosie Cruz, Tom Harris, Linda Vermillion
EPIC Members: Brad Pass
Guests: Bob Cooper, Shirley Heyer

10:00   Introductions:
·       Greetings and Introductions
·       Approval of Agenda: CS, LD, approved.
·       Approval of Board Minutes from October 6th, 2018: CS, LD, approved.       

10:10   Announcements:         
·       General Membership Meeting, November 8th, Thursday, at East Phillips Park, 6:30 to 8:45 pm.
o   This will be a Major Meeting with Cassandra Meyer and MPCA staff for Q&A and reports on air pollution, polluting industries  in East Phillips. We've been working on this meeting for quite some time so please try to come and bring your questions.
·       The East Phillips Indoor Urban Farm Comes before the Ways & Means Committee Wednesday Nov. 14th at 1:15 P.M. at City Hall 3rd Floor in City Council Chambers
·       Be sure to vote on or before November 6th.
·       Next EPIC Board Meeting, December 3rd at the EPIC office 10 AM Saturday morning
·       Karen Clark is retiring, there will be a big kick-off meal for her right here at EPPCCC on December 6 at 6:30 pm. Contact EPIC if you want to help with this event.
·       VOTE!!

10:30   NRP Staff will discuss Board Diversity Profile
Discussion of NCR neighborhood survey, NCR funding, EPIC 2017-2019 priorities and more.

11:30    MPCA Community Meeting with MPCA on air pollution, polluting industries and permitting in East Phillips
Preparation for our next EPIC meeting: questions?? What do we most want to know? What do we most want to do?
We want MPCA to take away their permit.

There is an investigative and reporting process that is underway. Bituminous wants to move, so let them know if we find a place (within 20 miles of current location, or anywhere in Hennepin County.) There is a listserve available and if you want to be involved, see instructions below. Meetings will be announced over this listserve. Any S. Mpls project will appear in this listserve.

Listserve instructions:
Go to and enter your email; click “next”. If prompted, click the box titled “Air permitting in South Minneapolis” (under the “Air” category near the bottom of the page) and click “submit”. Or, email saying you would like to sign up for the South Minneapolis GovDelivery email list.

11:45   Update on East Phillips Indoor Urban Farm: We must prevent them from tearing down the Roof Depot   Building. The Urban Farm needs to reuse the southern portion & Must have at least 2-Acres – Preferably 3-Acres.

·       The East Phillips Indoor Urban Farm Comes before the Ways & Means Committee Wednesday Nov. 14th at 1:15 P.M. at City Hall 3rd Floor in City Council Chambers

BE THERE! BRING SIGNS! Show Support for the East Phillips Indoor Urban Farm! With 3-Acres it will bring Jobs, Affordable Family Housing, Year-round organic food, , the World Café and Bike repair on the Greenway

Connect with Heart of the Beast, South HS, Green Team, Midtown Greenway, Midtown, Ventura Village, MUID, Green Institute, Smiley’s Clinic, CUHCC, NACC, Indian Health Board, Indian Center, MN Indian Women Resource Center, NACDI, Banyon,

12:00   EPIC issues: the survey, focus groups, (Do we want to add projects) CPP application, Audit, phone surveys, door knocking.

·       Outreach
o   Existing Groups
o   LE elder’s bingo
o   Dad’s group
·       Add ideas and space for suggestions for future projects

12:10   Board attendance

LD will draft a letter.

12:15   Adjourn