Board of Directors Meeting Minutes
May 19, 2020
Kelleigh Eastman, JR Lee, Scott Kashnow, George Kleb
Abigail Breiseth, Jane Buccheri, Chuck Callahan, Edith Gilliard-Canty, Sonia Eaddy, Gregg Herlong, Heather Kangas, Bill Marker, Nancy McCormick, Donnell Nance, Richard Parker, Dan Rodenburg, Jane Shaab, Ashley Valis, Kenneth Watson
Michael Seipp, Khandra Sears
- Welcome and Introductions
Michael opened the zoom meeting and shared the agenda. Kelleigh welcomed everyone. Chris took attendance.
III. Approval of the Minutes
Motion to approve the minutes from April – Jane S – Dan R. second. All in favor. – the motion passes.
- Community Mediation – Shantay Jackson
- Tony introduced Shantay Jackson –
- Shantay – Executive Director of Community Mediation Center.
- They have a center in the Waverly community
- Presented – Vision & Mission
- 7 Employees
- Volunteer mediators ->As young as 14
- How to get each of the participants what they need – win/ win
- Not a compromise
- 140 locations for mediations – private rooms
- Libraries, rec centers, etc.
- They do trainings and workshops – it’s a revenue generator
- Conflict Management
- Inclusive listening
- Communication & Conflict
- New Hire – Keith Robinson (W Balto St Manager)
- Michael – Kiamani – is training and working on developing an intense knowledge of West Baltimore Street.
- Kiamani – Hello looking forward to the opportunity.
- Proposed Amount – W Baltimore Core Application
- Michael – one application for acquisition and stabilization of West Baltimore Street – subsequently Tonya Harris signed a contract to purchase 1420 West Baltimore Street.
- 20 market rate apartments on upper floors – Retail muse on first floor and vacant lot of Stricker street
- Scheduled to close in August –
- Asked to include her for stabilization funds. Boost application amount to $1.5M
- No action is required from us at the moment but we should be aware.
VII.State Proposal Rankings
- Elizabeth summarized the BRNI and CORE application rankings:
VIII. Annual Meeting Taskforce
- Jane Shaab – Sonia, Donnell, Ashley, JR , Kelleigh, Curtis
- Recommending – 2 events –
- one staged in late September at the Rec Center in Poppleton – brief recounting of SWP activities – exhibits and displays – light food
- Annual meeting in spring of 2021 – Ask the B&O to contribute a free event. More content very strong social aspect – 6-9 PM. Food is important – restaurant row – a tasting
- The committee has offered to serve as the events committee for these two events.
- JR – agreed
- Dottie – can they present Sarah Ann Street. – Michael Mellett knows a lot of that history. – bring a presentation for the board of the B&O.
- Executive Director Report
- Michael – the committees are still meeting actively.
- SWP is moved into the former LittlePages store
- There is a section to host meetings
- 1515 West Baltimore Street – almost finished the masonry – new windows are ordered
- Lord Baltimore Theater – Visioning day – was very successful – Two Point Studio has begun putting together conceptual plans
- The popup concept on West Baltimore – has been placed on hold due to Covid – 19.
- Housing – 1500 block of Mt Clare have started
- 300 South and North Gilmore are still waiting for title transfer.
- Alley Gating we are providing lock boxes on the installed gates
- Education – grocery support in Pigtown – supported by SBGP.
- Community School Coordinators are reaching out to families to share resources.
- Workforce Development –
- Retention 2. Southwest works helping individuals get jobs
- Vibrant Streets
- Closed the grant application yesterday 2. 2 murals going up 3. Clean block competition in fall
- Malachi Mills house stabilized 2. Negotiating on neighbor house for visitor space
- Met with Exec Committee
- Pandemic policy statement –
- Dotie: Any news on the old Y building – at Baltimore and Carey
- Not much has happened in the past year but they have an active permit so until that expires not much to do.
- Community Announcements
- Bill: Some concern of encampment at MLK – is anything happening to address homelessness issue. Ask homeless services to be involved
- Ashley: Spoke to a number of people about this. The City is not going to move them until COVID is over. Eric Costello has been pressing on this issue – it’s three tents with multiple people in each tent.
- Chuck: This is probably going to have to wait until after COVID
- JR: it’s going to get very bad at that location.
- Heather: They discussed this a bit at the housing committee meeting on Thursday. – offered to bring this to the next housing meeting to discuss further.
- Urban Agriculture program has been distributing food to 75 families for a number of years. They just got a bump in funding and now have capacity to supply 150 families. They still have a couple slots left. People can get in contact with Shakira Franklin at email@example.com or 443- 827-7781.
- Financial Help including navigation of stimulus checks/eviction prevention. Please call our main number (410-801-7101) and someone will get in contact within 48 hours.
- Ashley: The CEC is scheduled to be finished construction by the end of June. She gets the keys in July. – Due to COVID – planning to do a big opening in October.
- JR: The SOWEBO Festival is postponed.
- Abigail: will convene a group to address the needs of the community especially food – probably Friday.
Motion to Adjourn by Dan – 2nd by Ashley