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Webber-Camden Neighborhood Organization

Monthly Board Meeting 

Location: Webber Park

May 9th, 2022 — 6:30-8:30 PM


Attendees: Colleen Harris-Severns (WCNO Staff), Eric Hoffer (WCNO Secretary), Monica Colberg, Daniel LaCroix, Kip Vantrease (WCNO Vice Chair), Jane Riley Best (WCNO Treasurer), Rayshawn Gravdal, Rochelle Washington, Paul Arllen, Maria Ahlgren, Scott George, Krystin Eldridge (WCNO Chair)

6:51 PM Called to Order by Kip Vantrease, WCNO Vice Chair (acting chair)

6:52 PM Approved Meeting Agenda. 

Moved by Paul A. Monica C. seconded. Unanimously approved. 

6:53 PM Approved April 2022 Minutes. 

Jane R-B moved. Monica C. seconded. Unanimously approved.

6:45 PM Finance Report shared by Robert, WCNO’s accountant.

Since the actual report was not prepared the day-of, no physical report was handed out.

Total assets: about $16k in combo of bank accounts and petty cash. City owes WCNO $26k (via reimbursements) and WCNO requested an advance of $10k, which should be provided without issue. 

$25k in equity, when factoring in assets and liabilities. 

Robert says WCNO is in a very solid cash position, but we need to consider diversifying our income streams. 

7:00 PM Executive Director’s Report shared by Rochelle Washington (WCNO staff) as Patricia Deinhart-Bauknight (WCNO’s Executive Director) was ill. 

Highlights include…

Patricia and staff with the League of Women Voters to put together both info sessions and a candidate forum for Hennepin County Attorney Candidates. Lots of info TBD, but the forum will be between August and November. WCNO is partnering with Shingle Creek and Victory Neighborhood associations.

Patricia is waiting on partnership requests from the county. 

Patricia continues to meet with Jamil Ford (and others) about Baldwin Square. Solidifying tenants continues to be a challenge, though WCNO is in strong consideration.

Patricia continues to meet with businesses to see what they need, and assist/connect, as able.

Applications for WCNO’s Equity in Safety program are coming in, and the program is being promoted.

NOTE FROM DANIEL L.: In order to use a voucher program with North End Hardware, we have to have an account with them, with a method of payment or tab solidified. Kip also met with someone from the hardware store. Rochelle and Daniel will meet together with the hardware store.

Many events are coming up…

May 21 Community connection conference 

June 11th Housing Fair

July 16th BBQ (tentative)

National Night out

Another late summer youth event

Possible fall event with Camden Collective

Potential holiday on 44th

Community POP OUT event was a HUGE success–big props to Maria and Rayshawn! Served over 600 hot dogs, so we had many people!

Applied for and received summer OVP grant to get Maria on staff (which will continue beyond then, too)

Colleen will send out community connection conference details for folks to volunteer and attend.

7:15 PM Operations Committee Update from Paul Arllen.

Motion from Executive Committee (needs no second):  WCNO will change the number of hours that constitutes full time employment to “at least 32 hours” in its employee handbook and all supporting documents.

Approved unanimously.

7:21 PM Youth, Family, and Housing Committee Update from Kip Vantrease and others.

Discussion around solidifying the date and location of the WCNO Summer BBQ. Ideally, the 30th of July at Webber Park. 

Other location options: Library, Folwell, Salem Lutheran.

Check with the Lions about their availability.

Maria will ask for the drumline to perform!

Potential DJ? Otherwise, a playlist played on a speaker.

Spoken word? Does Pastor Malachi have a speaker/mic?

Upcoming this summer: Beekeeping event

Update: First Independent Bank would be interested in helping with financial literacy classes and more.

7:47 PM Outreach and Safety Committee Update by Monica.

Re-shared March 15th event details.

Monica has a list of 34 block club leaders, with whom she followed up. 

Summary of April 19th meeting coming soon!

8:00 PM Adjourn

Respectfully submitted by Eric Hoffer, WCNO Secretary.

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