The regularly scheduled
meeting of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Minneapolis Neighborhood Association,
Inc. (DMNA) was held on
With a quorum present, Mark Moller called the meeting to order at Other board members in attendance included: Dee Cotten; Andrew Hauer; Tom Hoch, Vice Chair; Gerry Spry, Treasurer; and Carletta Sweet, Secretary. Larry Calhoun had an excused absence. Board member Will Murden did not attend. Others in attendance included: June Harmon, One Stop Shop; and Ellen Nigon, Skyway News.
The Chair announced that June Harmon, who was highly recommended by Barb Lichness, was hired on a contract basis to assist in the organization of the financial records, help complete the outstanding items for the 1999-2000 audit, and help prepare for the 2001 audit.
June advised that she has run her own business, One Stop Shop, for 10 years.
She is a financial consultant and an NRP Specialist. June’s background also
includes 38 years of experience in accounting and bookkeeping, chair for the
economic development committee of the Powderhorn neighborhood,
and member of the advisory accounting committee for
The Chair then advised that no downtown councilmembers had been invited to the meeting as he wished to establish a rotation schedule to avoid having all three at the same meeting unless a specific topic required otherwise.
On February 27th the Chair
attended a conference between neighborhood organizations, Mayor Rybek
and councilmembers in the
1. Staffing. Mark and Gerry met to address the three staffing
functions considered imperative to DMNA’s future operational
efficiency: an accountant/financial consultant (resolved by the discretionary
hiring of June Harmon); a neighborhood coordinator; and a public relations/marketing
After comments were made regarding allowing board input going forward before hiring occurs and approaching recruitment more innovatively, the Chair advised that one of the next steps would involve recommending a budget for DMNA’s NRP approximately $60,000 administrative dollars. In addition, Gerry will draft a memo to seek input from the city on methods for pursuing staffing assistance.
2. Finance. Mark advised that the final audit for the years
1999 and 2000 would be mailed soon.
Gerry is in the process of bringing DMNA’s insurance status up-to-date by seeking three bids for comprehensive general liability, hired non-owned auto liability, employee dishonesty, and DNO.
3. Land Use. Mark, Larry and Gerry attended a LUC meeting on
Tuesday, March 5th to review Hell’s Kitchen and Chipotle’s request for liquor licenses. The Chair moved and
Gerry seconded to approve both liquor licenses. The motion was carried unanimously.
4. Governance. After Tom explained the purpose for his modifications
to the By-Laws he had emailed to the board on March 9th, he asked members to
forward their comments/changes to him within the next couple weeks in order
to prepare for a more formal board review of the proposed amendments.
No issues were raised regarding team norms. Gerry will obtain a poster-size copy for office use as well as a laminated letter-size copy for board meetings.
5. Public Relations. Mark drafted an outline for the marketing/public relations program to aid in developing a RFP to send to a combination of small shops (i.e., one to two people businesses) and large shops seeking pro bono assistance (see Attachment 1).
Conflict of Interest
The Chair advised that the interpretation he received from Barb Lichness regarding the NRP Conflict of Interest policy would prevent Dee, Andy and Carletta, due to their CCHT board membership, from voting for DMNA NRP funds going for CCHT projects. Tom advised that it is the responsibility of each board member to read and understand the policy and to police themselves regarding potential conflicts.
Approval of minutes
Carletta advised that no changes were proposed for the minutes for August; the minutes for October were re-submitted to reflect the removal of two board members (i.e., Rebecca Hentzler and Eric Mitchell); and the minutes for November were re-submitted to reflect that Will Murden was elected to a 1-year term. Given these changes it was agreed to postpone approval of the minutes to the April 2002 board meeting.
Andy updated the board on the function of the Skyway Advisory Committee. They
meet six times a year to approve the skyway system being constructed in the
Tom updated the board on the function of the Hennepin Advisory Board. It is
a long-standing board formed to oversee the development along
Carletta updated the board on the function of the Industry Square Project Committee. It is the citizens advisory group of the MCDA for the Mill Ruins area. ISPC meets every 2 months and reviews all development projects within the area bounded by the Mississippi River, 3rd Avenue South, Washington Avenue to Portland/5th Street South to Chicago Avenue/7h Street South to 11th Avenue, and 35W.
The Chair advised the board
that Will Murden moved to
The regularly scheduled board meeting was adjourned at
Signed and approved by
[Outline for Marketing/Public Relations Program]