Webber-Camden Neighborhood Organization

Monthly Board Meeting 

Location: Hybrid (Board/Staff in person, Community online)

July 1st, 2021 — 6:30-8:30 PM

MINUTES

Attendees: Sheree Breedlove (Chair), Kevin Aldwaik (Treasurer), Em Matson (Comms. Coordinator), Krystin Eldridge (Vice Chair), Jane Riley Best, Kenneth Frazier, Eric Hoffer (Secretary), Patricia Deinhart-Bauknight (E.D.)

Community Presentations: Christian Zimmerman (Vision Zero)

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6:40 PM         Call to Order: Sheree Breedlove, Chair

6:42 PM         Approve Meeting Agenda (in board packet)

Added: “New Business”

MOTION to approve Agenda (Monica), seconded (Kevin). Unanimously approved.

6:45 PM         Community Presentation: Christian Zimmerman, City of Minneapolis Public Works, Vision Zero

Background

Dowling Ave. (from Penn to 94) . City did an analysis of “high-injury network”. Vision Zero is a national program, having a goal of reaching zero fatalities via traffic (driving and/or by a car while on bike or foot, etc…). “High injury” streets are 9% of our roadways but have 70% of the injuries. Rapid improvements to the corridors, so using non-permanent solutions (bollards, paint, reconfiguring of roads). Dowling is one of 4 corridors across the city.

Dowling Ave.

17 intersections. 22 bumpouts. 12 hardened center lines. 22 backplates on over-the-road stop lights. 12 bike conflict zone markings on roadway. No improvements/changes on Dowling/6th because of the nature of these intersections lane-wise.

U of M partnering with the city to improve Dowling/Bryant & Dowling/Fremont. Marking crosswalks. Putting up cameras for measuring driver stopping likelihood for pedestrians waiting to cross. Paddle signs on the side of the road.

GOAL: Within July 2021. For sure during 2021. Will do analysis in future years, sharing as they go. 

7:33 PM         Review/Approve June Minutes (in board packet)

MOTION: Kevin. Second: Krystin. Approved.

7:34 PM         Finance Report: Kevin Aldwaik, Treasurer

No updated report, due to the meeting being on the first of the month AND our accountant on vacation. Will have a report, possibly two for the next board meeting.

7:35 PM         Executive Director’s Report: Patricia Deinhart-Bauknight, E.D.

[See full report by request]. Focus areas: Strategic planning, supporting youth programming. 

Starting with the Office of Violence Prevention 4-neighborhood program with Shingle Creek, Folwell, W-C, and McKinley—working with Step Up interns, survey on safety. Will interact with 4th precinct on results. Logo/design contest. Culminate with a youth safety fair (2nd week in August). 

Loaned Project Jamar Saving Me $1k to do Violence Prevention week programming.They have submitted all necessary receipts for reimbursement from the city.

Great Streets grant small-business program has been developing. Intern job description has been released, and we’re hoping for good, local candidates! Due to a few factors, more money than expected will be accessible. Business surveys going out in July.

3 nonprofits applied for partnership with us for funding through the city—Friends of the Falls, Project Jamar Saving Me, and Edible Blvds.

Victory asked about going in on Ward 4 candidate forum through LWV, with W-C committing $150.

Need to have parameters around requests for small amount requests—Patricia is working on it. 

Informal request: That the Hmong Garden on 3800 Fremont be put on our insurance. We’re awaiting more information from the city and the gardening organization before we move forward. 

7:45 PM         Committee Highlights and Proposed Summer Hiatus

-Operations

Cleaning out the office, organizing paperwork, storing digitally. Getting Xerox machine switched out. Meeting about policy/procedure around expense reimbursement and digital giving. Meeting on Thursday. Made a visit to Camden Center. 

-Youth/Family

Interns for OVP. Already hosted violence protection week events. More upcoming events, too. Monica is officially the “Queen of the Waterballons!”

-Communications

New website should be launched this summer! Communications plan should come shortly thereafter.

8:00 PM         WCNO Strategic Planning — Goals and Strategies

Patricia, Sheree, Krystin met with Mario from the strategic planning organization. Mission Statement…

Webber Camden Neighborhood Organization: Empowering Collaboration and Connection to Create a Thriving and Equitable Community for All.”

Shared MISSION Plan (Patricia assembled based on our conversation and notes and decision from planning).

Follow-up team: Kenneth, Jane, Eric, led by Patricia. 

8:15 PM         Upcoming WCNO Events

            3-on-3 Basketball Tournament – July 14

Community BBQ – July 16 

8:23 PM         New Business

Xerox Machine

We need a new one, and discussed which option and whether to buy or lease. NEXT STEP: Email vote between 2 options (or 3). Kevin, Sheree, Patricia will help craft the options.

Interviews on Race on the Northside 

Already happened!

8:39 PM         Adjourn 

ACTION STEPS: Share Vision Zero materials to the website, link in minutes, and on Facebook. Send Sheree Camden Farmer’s market flyer to Sheree. Follow up with Xerox machine.

NEXT TIME: Name tags, print entire board packet. 

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