Community Meeting (Jordan Livability Forum) – 7/16/09

JACC held its second community forum tonight, facilitated by JACC board member Vladimir Monroe.  Called the Jordan Livability Forum (named after the group that formed in 2002-2003 to better represent Jordan residents at that time), this group was planning to meet on the third Thursday of the month every other month.  The third Thursday is also the meeting date adopted by the JACC Public Safety Committee, so a schedule had to be worked out.  It was decided that the community meeting will eventually be meeting every even-numbered month (February, April, June, August, October, December) on the third Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at St. Anne’s Senior Residence at 2323 26th Ave N.  The Public Safety Committee will meet in the odd-numbered months (January, March, May, July, September, November) at the same time at the JACC office.

However…since the community meeting today was in an odd-numbered month, we needed to work out a schedule that would get us to the one mentioned above.  To do that, the following scheduled was adopted for the rest of 2009:

  • August 20th – Public Safety Meeting, 6:30 p.m., JACC office
  • September 17th – Jordan Livability Forum (community meeting), 6:30 p.m., St. Anne’s
  • October 22nd – Annual Election Meeting, time and place to be determined (from this point on the community meeting will be every even-numbered month) [The Annual meeting was changed at the 8/12/09 board meeting–updated here 8/14]
  • November 19th – Public Safety Meeting, 6:30 p.m., JACC office (from this point on–every odd-numbered month)
  • December 17th – Jordan Livability Forum (community meeting), 6:30 p.m., St. Anne’s

It was suggested that… the dates be added to the JACC calendar with notifications sent out to the JACC list 3 days and 1 day prior to the community meetings.  Attendance was very light at this meeting.  Notification of the meeting was only sent out the night before.

Sherry Box, the volunteer event coordinator this month at St. Anne’s, provided information on things happening at St. Anne’s, including many things neighborhood residents are invited to participate in:

  • A mini farmer’s market happens every Monday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. — the first one was very successful this week.  They have five vendors scheduled and three more as backups.
  • They are planning a 70’s party (everyone dress up in the 1970’s style/hairdos) for the fall.  Cost will be $5, and it will be a pot luck.
  • On Halloween, there will be a bus trip to Majestic Casino. The cost will be $10 per person.  Some of that will be returned, and the casino is also planning on some goodies to make the trip worthwhile.
  • St. Anne’s is planning some landscaping changes for the patio area east of the building.  The plan includes installing a fountain, trees, flowers and a gazebo.

At this point, safety issues were discussed by many of the attendees.  The problems at Thomas and 29th/30th are serious.  There were at least 5 burglaries and home invasions during May and June.  As the block club talks with residents, they are learning about more crimes, so this number is probably low.  Police have put more squads in that area on a regular basis, and things are a bit quieter this month.  The block club there has obtained a permit for a National Night Out party and will be closing down part of the street for that.

Problems on the 2700 block of Penn were discussed, as well as the situation at the gas station at 26th and Penn.  The owner has indicated to St. Anne’s that he is doing all he can to keep trouble away from the store.  He has been asked to stop selling the kinds of things that attract trouble (single blunts, for example).  However, one resident said there is a small, handwritten sign in the window of the store advertising blunts for $1.50, which brings up the question of how serious the owner is about doing his part.

The group discussed crime fighting ideas and looked at some of the things that have been done in the past.  Sherry Box lived in Chicago before coming to Minneapolis, and she shared some of her knowledge and wisdom on neighborhood problems from that perspective.

The meeting ended about 7:45 p.m.

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