District Council Best Practices: Two consultants from the project being overseen by Union Park (District 13) were present to conduct a focus group of best practices in the district council system. They asked the following questions of board members:
1) Round of introductions, where board members live and how they got involved in the district council.
2) What District 1 does well?
3) How well does the interaction with City government (e.g., around land use, zoning, etc.) work?
4) Are there things that the group should be doing that cannot be done due to financial constraints?
5) Why do you volunteer your time to the board?
A report will be written with all of the information that gets collected for the study from 4 such boards, 2 gatherings from people across the city, a survey of district council staff and 2 focus groups with council staff. They will inform us when the report is done. The report will also go to the city. This report is funded by the City’s Innovation Fund.
July/August Financial Reports and 990: Board reviewed the July and August financial summaries and made formal approval of the Federal 990 form and the MN Charitable Organization Annual Report.
Strategic Planning Retreat: B. Leach provides an update of what came out of the recent board retreat. There was a short discussion on next steps, with duties assigned to committees so that work can be completed by the October Board meeting.
BTT Update: First task force meeting is October 5. It will be a “get-to-know-you” meeting with background of the project. We hired a worker thru the end of the year to work on the project. Our community organizer will take it over at the beginning of 2017.
Announcements – B. Leach announces that the Mural painting celebration will be from Noon to 2pm on Oct. 8th at Shamrock Apartments.
P. Sawyer entertains a motion to adjourn. Made/Seconded and carried on voice vote at 7:48 pm