Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, Tuesday, May 13, 2003
800 LaSalle Avenue South, Suite 131
I. Call to Order and Announcements
With a quorum present, Tom Hoch called the
meeting to order at Other
board members present were: Dee Cotten; Andrew Hauer;
Leslie Hirsch; Mark Moller; Kim Motes, Vice
Chair; Gene Nessly, Treasurer; and Carletta
Sweet, Secretary. Nonboard members in attendance included: Inspector Robert
Allen and Crime Prevention Specialist Luther Kruger from the 1st Precinct; June
Harmon, financial consultant; Ellen Nigon,
Skyway News; George Rosenquist; Al Smith; and Paul Zerby, 2nd Ward Councilmember.
Tom announced the new Central Library groundbreaking on Tuesday, May 20, 2003, at 4th Street
and Hennepin Avenue with
Mayor Rybak, et.al.
II. Downtown SafeZone Presentation
Inspector Allen and Luther Kruger distributed and presented the “SafeZone”
proposal, which details the public and private partnership between the Minneapolis
Police Department’s 1st Precinct and the Target Corporation to install security
cameras on street corners along Nicollet Mall, Hennepin and First Avenues between
Washington and 12th Streets as
a deterrence to crime. Target, which has a strong commitment to the community,
public safety, and law enforcement, has agreed to purchase the cameras, and
the Minneapolis Police Department would monitor them 24 hours a day/7 days a
week. The SafeZone proposal is currently being presented to neighborhood groups
to ascertain level of interest and will then go before the City Council’s Public
Safety and Regulatory Services Committee on May 21st. If passed by the full
City Council, the cameras may be installed in downtown Minneapolis
as early as July.
Andy moved and Dee seconded to support the proposal.
The motion was carried unanimously.
III. Q&A with Councilmember Paul Zerby
Councilmember Zerby distributed a memo to the Public Safety & Regulatory
Services Committee from the City Attorney’s Office dated May 7, 2003 regarding additional court
options for livability offenses and explained the system the City is considering
for processing these misdemeanor crimes more quickly. Paul believes there are
two neighborhoods that would be ideal for conducting a same day/night court
pilot: downtown Minneapolis and
the U of M’s campus modeled after the “Eagles Court”
in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
However, since the present court structure [in HennepinCounty] is not currently designed
to handle this proposed system, Paul advised that to implement a pilot project
would require the support and resources of all stakeholders.
Paul advised that he would be in support of the extension of bar closing time
from to but for downtown only. Inspector Allen
commented that after having spoken to various bar owners, it really makes no
difference whether it is or as long as law enforcement knows when bar closing will occur.
Since the Target Corporation’s withdrawal of support for the SkywaySeniorCenter,
Paul wondered if DMNA had any interest and NRP funds available to support the
organization. DMNA indicated it had interest as well as the fact that it had
given support and was revisiting the matter.
IV. National Night Out Presentation
Al Smith, a downtown resident, apprised the board of his recent efforts toward
organizing downtown Minneapolis’
National Night Out event to be held on Tuesday,
August 5, 2003, and requested a donation from DMNA. After a brief
discussion, Kim moved and Gene seconded to fund the cost of a band performing
at the event. Andy amended the motion for the amount not to exceed $750. The
motion, as amended, was carried unanimously.
V. Financial Report from April 2003
June Harmon submitted and Gene
Nessly explained the F2003 Budget vs. Actual as of April 2003,
the Wells Fargo check register from April 1-30, 2003, and the April 2003 Profit & Loss statement.
These financial documents were unanimously received and filed.
VI. Consideration of Minutes from March and April 2003
The approval of the minutes from March 2003 was carried by majority vote with
Mark abstaining. The approval of the minutes from April 2003, as amended by
Andy to reflect the correct spelling of Lisa Goodman’s new assistant from “Cress”
to “Kress”, was carried unanimously.
VII. Land Use Committee Report
No items were considered for review. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 3, 2003 at
VIII. NRP Implementation Committee Update
Kim updated the board on its NRP Neighborhood Action Plan and the priorities
established going forward which include: affordable housing; the MinnesotaShubertCenter;
CCNP Restorative Justice and night court; public restrooms; Central library;
SkywaySeniorCenter; community building events;
and downtown beautification. Next steps will be to further refine the plan
and to allocate funds for each program. The next NRP IC meeting is scheduled
for Thursday, May 29th at
Tom read a letter from Diane Hofstede, Chair, NRP Policy Board, and Paul Ostrow,
President, Minneapolis City Council, regarding a significant loss in local government
aid and the allocation of $1 million of NRP Phase 2 funds to alleviate the budget
cuts. Due to a lack of clarity, the board took no action on the adoption of
a resolution to support the initiative.
The meeting was adjourned at
Signed this ________ day of ________________________, 2003.