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June General Membership Proposed Agenda

Wednesday 12th, 2024 – 7:00pm

ICCM (1812 Park Ave) AND ZOOM (includes phone in option)
ICCM: MASKS OPTIONAL   ZOOM: PLEASE MUTE WHEN NOT SPEAKING
Times listed are estimates and are not “times certain” 

7:00 Introductions/Correspondence 

7:10 ACTION: Approval of June 12, 2024 proposed agenda 

7:15 ACTION: Approval of May 8, 2024 minutes 

7:20 ACTION:

Recommendation 2406-1: Ask that 1019 East 21st Street be declared a disorderly house under Minnesota State law due to drug dealing, off-leash pit bulls attacking people, property crimes committed by people dealing and buying drugs, and threats to neighbors and that Ventura Village contact the County and City attorneys about enforcing the law, ask the police to conduct an investigation and contact other politicians who can intervene to stop the criminal activity.

Recommendation 2406-2: Support Norway House in organizing a meeting of all stakeholders to develop a comprehensive program that pools resources to change the perception and behavior of people causing the problems around Chicago and Franklin Avenues. 

Recommendation 2406-3: Send a letter to Council Member Osman asking him to intervene in getting the benches removed from the Southwest corner of Peavey Park.

Recommendation 2406-4: Allocate $500 to support a socializing component for the following groups: Franklin Avenue clean-up club, graffiti removal club, 911/311 email tree, movie night club, and crime prevention club.

Recommendation 2406-5: Cancel the July 2024 committee meetings and the August 2024 board and membership meetings

Recommendation 2406-6: Hire a professional consultant to conduct board training at a maximum cost of $3,000. 

Recommendation 2406-7: Pay the monthly electric bill for up to 5 lights on Xcel Energy-owned poles as part of a trial program to improve lighting and safety.

ACTION: To support ICCM’s request for a permit for their annual event taking place August 15th in ICCM’s Life Center parking lot and August 16th in Peavey Park. 

7:30 CCP/SAFE Crime & Safety – Update

7:50 City Council – Update

8:15 Committee Reports 

1) Wellness, Gardening & Greening (Meets 5:30 p.m., Last Thurs. of the Month – TBA) 

2) Community Engagement (Meets 5:30 p.m., Last Thurs. of the Month – TBA) 

3) Parks (Peavey/PCC) (TBA)            

4) Crime & Safety – (Meets 5:30 p.m., Last Thurs. of the Month – TBA) 

5) Housing & Land (Meets 5:30 p.m., Last Thurs. of the Month – TBA) 

6) Executive Committee  

7) Treasurer’s Report (NCR/NCEC)

8:25 New Business and Old Business – 

8:30 ACTION: Adjourn 

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May 2024 Committee Agenda

Ventura Village May Committee Agenda 

Engagement: 

1) Report from Equitable Engagement working group 

– Partners and budget balance 

2) Ongoing engagement activities open to all residents with a social component: – Bi-monthly Franklin Avenue clean-up with breakfast (Sat or Sun) 

– Graffiti removal with breakfast (Sat or Sun) 

– Monthly movie night (in the park?) with snacks 

– 311 phone tree 

Budget for food, maximum allowance is $15 per person for engagement events that are open to all residents. 

3) Ventura Village commitments to work with partner organizations – volunteer opportunities to implement MOUs. 

4) Communications 

– Website 

– emails (too many?) 

5) Policy to permanently not have July committee meetings and August board and general meetings. 

6) Board training (in-house or consultant) 

Crime: 

1) On-going strategies to reduce crime (especially at Franklin and Chicago) 

a) Temporary suspension of use of bus stops at Chicago and Franklin to gage impact on crime 

b) Removal of benches at Peavey Park Thrones area 

c) Citizen volunteers to help police book arrests 

d) Meeting of all stakeholders to develop a comprehensive program that pools resources  to change the perception and behavior of people at Chicago and Franklin 

e) Geographic trespass 

f) Deputizing private security officers to help police book arrests 

g) Mental incompetency 

2) CERT team activity at Chicago & Franklin 

3) Block clubs 

– Use to sign-up new members 

– Organizing with Kali & Banyon 

– Events 

4) Recent increase in burglary  

5) People hanging out under Highway 55 Bridge over Franklin Avenue blocking the sidewalk, posing traffic danger, and massive amounts of litter. (Acknowledge improvements at Franklin light rail station) 

6) Street, alley, and other lighting options 

Housing:

1) Minneapolis Solar Program (Minneapolis staff attendance not yet confirmed. We have asked Council Member Osman to help get staff to attend either the May, June, or July meeting.) 

2) Update on Dundry apartment building

April 2024 Board Minutes and Financials

MinutesBalance SheetIncome StatementCash Flow

Minutes of the April 10th, 2024

Ventura Village Board of Directors Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 6:04pm by Chair Marti Maltby

Present: Elizabeth Ihde, Ray Peterson, Steve Dreyer, Marti Maltby, Thor Adam, Patti Peterson, Rico Morales, Kellen Gustafson

Excused: Nardal Stroud

Motion: (Dreyer/Ihde) To approve the agenda for the April 10, 2024 meeting. Passed

Motion: (Ihde/Morales) To approve the minutes for the March 13, 2024 meeting. Passed

Motion: (Dreyer/Ihde) Recommendation 2404-1: Approval of the annual report submitted to NCR. Amended to: Approval of the submission of the annual report to NCR. Passed 

Motion: (R. Peterson/Dreyer) Approval of MOUs for Equitable Engagement Implementation. Amended to: Approve the four MOU’s contingent on the MOU’s for Hope Community and Banyan being reviewed and approved by the executive committee and the written changes on the SomFam MOU and the one change on the Peace House MOU changing from 20 to 10 on the first bullet point. Passed (Maltby abstained)

Motion: (Ihde/Dreyer) Receive and file the financial report. Passed

Motion: (Morales/Dreyer) Adjourn at 6:37. Passed

Special Board Meeting called at 7:54pm by Chair Marti Maltby

Board nominates Bashe Said for board membership. This vote will happen at the May General Membership meeting. 

Meeting adjourned at 7:57pm. 

March 2024 Board Minutes and Financials

MinutesBalance SheetIncome StatementCash Flow

Minutes of the March 13th, 2024

Ventura Village Board of Directors Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 6:06pm by Chair Marti Maltby

Present: Elizabeth Ihde, Ray Peterson, Steve Dreyer, Marti Maltby, Thor Adam, Patti Peterson

Unexcused: Rico Morales, Kellen Gustafson

Motion: (R. Peterson/Dreyer) To approve the agenda for the March 13, 2024 meeting. Passed

Motion: (R. Peterson/Dreyer) To approve the minutes for the February 14, 2024 meeting. Passed

Motion: (R. Peterson/Dreyer) Recommendation 2403-1: To allocate $500 from Ventura Village’s undesignated funds to establish engagement of targeted groups (e.g. purchase of gift cards). Passed

Motion: (Dreyer/P. Peterson) Recommendation 2403-2: Recommendation for Committee chairs:

Housing and Land Use –  co-chairs Thor Adam and Ray Peterson

Crime and Safety – Thor Adam

Community Engagement – co-chairs Steve Dreyer and Rico Morales

Parks – co-chairs Mary Watson and Thor Adam

Wellness and Gardening – co-chairs Steve Dreyer and Rico Morales

Passed

Motion: (R. Peterson/Ihde) Move that the officers of Ventura Village, Inc. be instructed to file a Charitable Organization Annual Report for the year ending December 31, 2023 with the Attorney General’s Office of Minnesota pursuant to state Laws governing charitable organization soliciting or intending to solicit contributions in excess of $25,000 or having paid staff or using a professional fundraiser, and that the content of that report, as presented in the draft are approved. Passed

Motion: Process for approval for direct “on-line” payments.  For example: Bremer Insurance is asking for direct payment for Directors and Officers Insurance. There was much discussion. The decision was made to create an ad-hoc committee to deal with online payments.

Motion: Approval of MOUs for Equitable Engagement Implementation

(R. Peterson/Dreyer) Move approval of MOU with Norway House. Passed – See below for MOU details

Motion: Opioid Community Survey. Motion details: (Maltby/Ihde) Ventura Village will disseminate the City’s Opioid Community Survey as widely as possible. Passed

Motion: (R. Peterson/Dreyer) Receive and file the financial report. Passed

Adjourned due to time