Laura Dykes asked for approval of the February minutes.
Jane moved the motion for the approval of the February minutes and Freida seconded the motion. The February minutes were therefore approved.
Carrie gave a comprehensive update on the applications process on BRNI/CORE. This was followed by a Q&A session from the committee members. The discussion was centered on the grants and funding process and some specific projects of interest. A poll was conducted for members to vote on based on projects of interest. Members were asked to choose 3 out of the 6 choices provided. The results of the poll was displayed for all the members to see.
Laura talked about the article of the Baltimore Sun in respect to the restaurant Old Major regarding over enforcement. Committee members made comments and provided suggestions regarding this topic and how to support some of these businesses. Chris 4MyCity provided more insights regarding this topic and so did other members. We have to work together and join hands moving forward. We also have to hold the community associations accountable. We should be supporting the businesses that are in our neighborhoods. Some members observed that this is a community problem that requires a community solution. Bringing in and using the services of a professional mediator was also suggested. Forming a task force to deal with some of these issues was suggested as a starting point.
Minority-Owned businesses’ code enforcement issues
- CIP Competition Update – Carrie provided updates to committee members
- West Baltimore Street Updates – Curtis provided updates to committee members
- Mainstreet update – Curtis provided updates to committee members
- Facade subcommittee update – Carrie provided updates to committee member
- Pigtown Mainstreet Updates – Frieda provided updates to committee members