Commission Meeting MINUTES of Monday, June 18, 2012

Minneapolis City Hall, Martin Luther King, Jr. Conference Room - 241

350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN



6:05 PM, Call to Order and Roll Call


Commissioners in Attendance: Thomas Gallagher, Emily Froehle, Wendy Adler Robinson, Lonnie Nichols, Terrance Noble, Patricia Nelson, Michelle Monteiro, Jennifer Thompson, Surya Rochel, John Oberreuter, Bernadette Casey, Kenneth Fukuda, Marla Khan, Cecelia Rodriguez-Melendez, G. Christine Peters


Commissioners Absent: Danielle Shelton Walczak, Adosh Unni, Peter Larsen, Michael McHugh


City Staff: Velma Korbel, Carol Bachun, Lee Zutz, Johnnie Burns, Toni Newborn, Michael Browne, Sherman Patterson


Guests: None


Chair Froehle moves approval of meeting agenda; approved by consensus, no objections.


Approval May 21, 2012 MCCR minutes; Moved by Froehle as amended to correct attendance list, approved by consensus with Khan, Peters and Rodriguez-Melenedez abstaining.


Velma Korbel, Civil Rights Director, reports attending Council Committee meetings about the Vikings Stadium.  The Department and staff will be integrally involved in contract compliance aspects of construction contracts for the stadium, which will include monitoring the goals set for women and minority hiring.  Korbel also shares that Commissioner McHugh was interviewed Minnesota Public Radio related to the Stadium project.

Johnnie Burns contributes that the Department will be monitoring an estimated $1 Billion worth of contract awards and is looking to hire additional staff in fall 2012.  Burns added that the public will be well served by the rules put in place by the Council and implemented by the Civil Rights Department.


Michael Browne, Civil Rights Assistant Director provides report on Probable Cause (PC), No Probable Cause (NPC) and Dismissals, indicating that as of June 18, 2012, there are 99 case files pending resolution with the department.  There are eight (8) current cases under review by the Commission; 1 PC, 2 NPC and 5 Dismissals.  There were 94 cases 1-12 months age, four (4) cases in the 13 – 30 month category and zero (0) cases were older than 31 months.  Any case over 365 days old is deemed to be in the backlog.  AD Browne indicates that 139 cases have been contracted for the 2012 EEOC, with 52 cases having been submitted to date for credit.


AD Browne introduced three interns who are working with the Department: Victor Cadono on Targetted Business Groups, Ayah Helmy on Community Outreach, and John Phelps, an urban scholar working on Small Business Development.  Commissioners are invited to join Civil Rights Department Staff to table at the Pride Festival on June 23-24.


Commission on Civil Rights Committee Reports:

Contract Compliance – Commissioner Thompson indicates that the CC committee may want to schedule time on a future full commission agenda to discuss contract compliance standards and performance records.


Standards and Procedures: Commissioner Gallagher provides a Hand-out and self-described Twitter-like educational presentation on Commission Rules of Procedure for contested case hearings.


Public Relations and Education: Commissioner Casey invites Commissioners to provide feedback and attend a review meeting of nominations for the MLK Community Member Award.  Commissioner Khan shares information on the Pride Festival and distributes a sign-up sheet to volunteer at the event.


League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions: Commissioner Nelson shares that she does not have an update because the LMHRC will not meet until June 30, 2012.


Commission Chair report: Froehle affirms that the schedule for the Appeals Committee is Peters, Fukuda, Khan, with alternate Rochel.  Froehle recognizes the work of staff toward participating at Juneteenth, indicating even though we did not get a table for the event staff’s efforts are much appreciated.


Public Comment: None


Adjournment at 6:55 PM, moved by Rodriguez-Melendez, Thompson second, approved.



Last updated Jul 23, 2012



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