Neighborhood Committees

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Building Community Committee

This committee is responsible for building stronger ties between neighbors by planning a range of neighborhood events and strengthening the relationships between the residents, schools and churches in the neighborhood through information sharing and collaboration.

Events: Frost Fest (January), Picnic in the Park (July), Halloween Party (October), possible community meeting (fall)

Meeting schedule: This committee organizes Frost Fest, which occurs in late January or early February. Frost Fest planning meetings occur once each month in December & January. Picnic in the Park is held on the last Thursday in July. The Picnic committee meets once each month March through July.

Current Commitment: Committee members determine the games, attractions, and activities featured at the events, help obtain volunteers, create and distribute event publicity, obtain supplies and prizes, set up and tear down on the day of the events.

NRP Phase II category responsibilities: Building Community, Education

Crime Prevention and Community Safety Committee

This committee is responsible for promoting and supporting block club development in the neighborhood, strengthening the relationship between neighbors and the Minneapolis Police Department and Minneapolis Park Police, and providing information and education to residents and business owners to promote personal and property safety.

Events: Bike Rodeo and Safety fair (every other year), educational booth at Picnic in the Park (July), community meeting (March)

Meeting schedule: The Crime Prevention and Community Safety Committee’s (CPCS) meets each second Tuesday of each month. The Minneapolis 3rd Precinct Community Crime Prevention / SAFE Specialist of the Police Department attends these committee meetings and gives crime incident updates and assists the committee with educating the community.

NRP Phase II category responsibilities: Crime and Safety

Environment Committee

This committee is responsible for activities that improve and sustain the natural environment, beautify the neighborhood and protect the health of the residents. This also includes ensuring that parks are safe, attractive and accessible and that residents have a variety of safe and sustainable options for traveling within and outside of the neighborhood.

Current Commitments: The committee stays informed of traffic and airport issues affecting the HPDL neighborhoods and attends community meetings as necessary. Two volunteers maintain and beautify two HPDL sponsored community gardens at Bloomington Ave and Minnehaha Pkwy and at Hampshire and Diamond Lake Road. Committee helps with obtaining supplies and volunteers, and helps maintain the gardens throughout the gardening season.

Events: annual Earth Day celebration at Pearl Park (April), possible community meeting (summer)

NRP Phase II Category responsibilities: Environment, Transportation, Parks & Recreation

Board of Directors Committees

Finance Committee

The finance committee consists of at least three members from the Board. This committee creates and oversees HPDL’s annual operating and committee budgets, requests committee budget proposals, works with the NRP and CPED to create and amend contracts, and oversees the monthly accounting procedures and reconciliation reports.

The former Housing committee is responsible for overseeing the home improvement grant and loan programs and working to ensure that a variety of affordable housing options are available in the neighborhood. This function will become part of the Finance Committee

NRP Phase II Category responsibilities: Housing

Personnel Committee

The personnel committee is consists of two or three Board members. The Chairperson and Vice Chairperson of the Board are designated members of this committee. They manage HPDL’s one staff and one independent contractor, oversee payroll, hiring, reviews, and staff job descriptions.

Communications Committee

This committee is responsible for overseeing the communications plan for the organization and ensuring that all communications (i.e. newsletter, website, email, etc.) are consistent. Although this is a Board committee, community volunteers may be sought for newsletter and website workgroups.

Newsletter Workgroup: The newsletter workgroup plans, edits, and solicits writers, shoots photos, and creates the layout for the quarterly HPDL In the News newsletter (plus a one-page Board Election issue in September). Committee members meet about five times each year.

Website Workgroup: The website is managed through this committee. Volunteers plan, post and maintain content.

Business Association

The HPDL Business Association (HPDLBA) is composed of home based and storefront business owners who work toward strengthening the HPDL business community. The HPDLBA receives a grant from the City of Minneapolis Community Planning and Economic Development Department each year. Projects funded through this grant in the past include; website design, the HPDL Treasure Hunt, Business Fair, a business directory, and booth participation at the Picnic in the Park event. The committee meets once a month from around March – June.

NRP Phase II Category responsibilities: Commercial Development

HPDL Board will assign a liaison to the HPDL Business Association to assist with implementation of NRP Phase II activities. (Consider having an HPDL Business Association member attend HPDL Board meetings on a quarterly basis).

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