SUMMARY OF THE MINUTES CITY OF BROOKLYN PARK HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION Date of Meeting: May 19, 2005 City Hall Facility – Brooklyn Township Room Time Began: 7:05 pm Time Adjourned: 9:05 pm Meeting Attendance—Commissioners Present Present Member District Yes No Member District Yes No X Saeng Kue West x Wilfred Harris At Large Chair Hawa Diggs X x Vice-Chair At- large Myrnell Brusegaard At-Large At-Large x x Patrick Hoth Emmanul Okidegbe Central x Terry Parks East x John Granger At-Large Denise Rene Mike Trepanier Wollenburg Liaison x Council Liaison Liaison x City Staff Liaison OFFICAL MINUTES APPROVED Guests: Police Chief Setter and Michael Birchard 1. Meeting was called to order by Chair Harris at 7:05 pm. 2. Moved by Commissioner Brusegaard and 2nd by Commissioner Parks to approve the agenda. Motion Passed. 3. Moved by Commissioner Brusegaard and 2nd by Commissioner Kue to accept April 21 minutes. Motion Passed. 4. Discussion with Chief Setter on the Hennepin County Joint Community Action Law Enforcement Project. The Human Relations Commission welcomed Chief Setter in is dual role this week as Police Chief and acting City Manager. Chief Setter thanked the commission for the opportunity to work with them and listen to them. They have been working on developing relationships with the Liberian community for the past six or seven years, but some of the projects take money, which has not been invested by the city. Brooklyn Park has 35% people of color in our community, and some of the largest Southeast Asian populations in the state and metro area. Education Issues for Police Officers and the Community Range • Simple traffic violations- what do you do? • Relationship Discussion • Curfews • Child & Domestic Abuse • Code Enforcement It is important to have a dialog to discuss and work through different interpretations of these issues, instead of escalating the issue. County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin came to a city council meeting and discussed that so much of the resources are going to Minneapolis and southern part of the county. The city will receive $400,000 next year from the county to pilot this project. The Components of the Project are: • Training for Police Officers on diversity issues • Avoiding conflicts on the front end. • Community Training Issues • Community Liaison Officers The challenge to the HR Commission is to increase cultural awareness issues in Brooklyn Park. Commissioner Brusegaard asked for clarification that there would be one officer in Brooklyn Park and one in Brooklyn Center. Chief Setter clarified these officers would be county employees it is a pilot for 18 months to 2 years, but are looking for a long term county initiative. Commissioners supported the initiative County has more resources, Office of Multicultual Services. Group saw that these trainings could be easily modeled and made available for city employees in general. Give the city workers the tools they need to work with diverse members of our community. Discussion on education of groups on expectations for traffic, home maintenance, parities, etc. Discussion on Welcome Center aspects. Commissioners thanked Chief Setter for his time, and effort in this project. 5. Announcements A. Chair Harris- presentation on cultural center, not asking for money but assistance. Some sites were not big enough, but city staff was very helpful in looking at potential sites. B. Councilmember Trepanier- City council is willing to go off site, if the Human Relations commission would like to set up a location and a date. There has been a lot of discussion – what are our next steps? Can we have two or three trainings, and repeat those presentations. ( police enforcement, home care, etc.) Target the leaders of the community to find out what issues we should be discussion and offering trainings on. C. Staff Liaison Wollenburg- Just Tater Daze Updates. D. Commissioners- Commissioner Brusegaard invited members to Ceap’s Event on June 2nd. 6. Old Business A. Youth on Commissions- it has gone to the city council for review, youth will be non voting liaisons at this time. B. Work Plan will be tabled until next meeting. C. Tater Daze update- There will be shuttle buses, passed out changes. 7. New Business Commissioner Parks brought up letter about church and parking issues. He was concerned that we did not know that people had parked in a fire lane. Some concerns about having as much information as possible before we act on issues. Commissioner Kue stated that people park there on a regular basis. Commissioners still felt that it would have been easier to go in and discuss the matter with the people. Motion to Adjourn by Vice Chair Diggs 2nd by Commissioner Parks at 9:05 pm Motion passed.
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