Commission Meeting MINUTES of Monday, September 24, 2012

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

350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN


The Monthly meeting of the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights was preceded by the presentation of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Award.


6:24 PM, Call to Order and Roll Call


Commissioners in Attendance: Thomas Gallagher, Emily Froehle, Lonnie Nichols, Terrance Noble, Patricia Nelson, Michelle Monteiro, John Oberreuter, Bernadette Casey, Adosh Unni, Peter Larsen, G. Christine Peters, Danielle Shelton Walczak, Kenneth Fukuda, Cecelia Rodriguez-Melendez, Wendy Adler Robinson


Commissioners Absent: Marla Khan, Jennifer Thompson


City Staff: Lee Zutz, Michael Browne, Sherman Patterson, Velma Korbel, Toni Newborn, Susan Trammel, Michael McHugh


Guest(s): Council Member Don Samuels


Council Member Samuels delivers an inspirational and motivational speech on civil rights and public service to the commission.


Public Comment is moved forward upon the direction of the MCCR Chair.  Michael McHugh states that he has resigned from the Commission and accepted the position of Assistant Director of Contract Compliance for the Civil Rights Department of the City of Minneapolis.


Approval of September 2012 MCCR Meeting Agenda by Froehle, approved by consensus, with Shelton-Walzak, Fukuda and Rodriguez-Melendez abstaining.


Approval August 20, 2012 MCCR minutes; Moved by Froehle, G. Christine Peters moved, approved by consensus with Shelton-Wolak, Fukada and Rodriquez-Melendez abstaining.


Interim Assistant Director, Toni Newborn, provides the Commissioner’s Update Brief (CUB).  As of September 24, 2012, there were 93 case files pending resolution with the department.  There were 51 cases 0-6 months of age, 31 cases in the 6-12 months age and two (2) cases older than 12 months; with nine (9) cases in mediation.  Any case over 365 days old is deemed to be in the backlog.  There are five (5) current cases under review by the Commission: one (1) Probable Cause (PC); two (2) No Probable Cause (NPC) and two (2) Dismissals.




Commission on Civil Rights Committee Reports:

Contract Compliance – Did not meet, the committee will need to reconvene to elect a new chair and conduct other business of the committee.


Standards and Procedures: Commissioner Gallagher reports that S&P did not meet in September, but is scheduled to meet in October.


Public Relations and Education: Commissioner Casey circulates a sign up list for Commissioners to select Schools additional schools to visit and provide packets for the MLK Essay Award, indicating that all packets should be delivered within approximately one week.  Commissioner Casey thanks everyone for the assistance and support on the MLK Community Service Award.


MN League of Human Rights Commissions: Commissioner Nelson reports that the MNLHRC will meet on Saturday, 12-01-12 for their annual meeting at the Red Cross Building in Minneapolis. 


Commission Chair report: Froehle affirms that the schedule for the Appeals Committee for September is Fukuda, Nichols and Noble.  Froehle encourages Commissioners to start thinking about notifying people to apply for open seats on the MCCR, and reminds Commissioners that a 3rd Ward Open House will be held at the Nicollet Island Pavilion on 10-10-12.  The Domestic Abuse Project (DAP) annual luncheon will be held on 10-16-12, contact Commissioner Khan for additional information.


Public Comment: Assistant City Attorney Susan Trammel clarifies that the correct terminology is Complaint Investigations Unit instead of Criminal Investigations Unit as a function of the MCCR.


Adjournment at 7:10 PM, Froehle moved, approved by consensus.


Last updated Nov 26, 2012



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