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Human Relations Commission - November 15, 2018 Minutes

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Human Relations Commissioners of the City of Fargo, North Dakota, was held in the City Commission Room at City Hall at 12:00 p.m., Thursday, November 15, 2018.

The Human Relations Commissioners present or absent were as follows:

Present: Abdiwali Sharif-Abdinasir, Cheryl Schaefle, Matuor Alier, Barry Nelson, Hamida Dakane, David Lanpher, Paul Jensen (via conference call)

Absent: Laetitia Hellerud, Rachel Hoffman

Item 1. Welcome and Introductions
Chair Nelson welcomed Members to the meeting and introductions were made.

Item 2. Approve Order of Agenda
Member Lanpher moved the Order of Agenda and the minutes of the October 18, 2018 Human Relations Commission meeting be approved as presented. Second by Member Alier. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 3. Honoring Keith Bjornson: 09/23/1951 – 11/07/2018
Chair Nelson read a statement honoring former Human Relations Commission Board Member Keith Bjornson and extending condolences to the family.

Item 4. Funding Request: Global Youth United: $200 APPROVED
Chair Nelson presented the funding request from Global Youth United for $1000, noting the Executive Committee has recommended facilitating a conversation with the Park Board regarding the fees associated with the rental space and approving $200 towards transportation costs.

Member Lanpher moved to approve $200 for Global Youth United. Second by Member Schaefle. All Members present voted aye and the motion was declared carried.

Item 5. Strategic Planning Update/Meeting Availability
Assistant Planner Kara Gloe noted that a Request for Proposals (RFP) has been sent out and the submission deadline is November 16.

Ms. Gloe shared that a poll has been sent out regrading scheduling availability for the first meeting.

Item 6. Budget Process Review
Planning Director Nicole Crutchfield provided a handout to Board members regarding the timeline and process of budget review and presented an overview. She provided a background of the difference between Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Social Service, and General Funds.

Item 7. MLK Update
Ms. Gloe announced the winners of the 2019 Martin Luther King Jr. awards as Ellen Mahli, Haley Dellaneva, and Family Healthcare & NDSU Pharmacy.

She noted that work is continuing to secure a photographer, entertainment, and sign language interpreter for the event scheduled for January 21, 2019.

Item 8. Attendance Policy
Chair Nelson shared that the attendance policy was established at the last meeting, and noted the importance for prompt responses to attendance emails.

Office Associate Miranda Wolf provided an overview of the attendance responses for the November meeting.

Item 9. Staff Reports
a. November Attendance Report
Heard with Item 8
Planning Coordinator Tia Braseth noted a typo in the first sentence of the attendance policy and stated it will be updated and resent out. She also provided an update on the call-in process for board members unable to attend meetings in person.

Item 10. Public Comment
No public comment was provided.

Ms. Gloe shared that an email was sent out this morning to Board members regarding the Human Rights Film festival.

Chair Nelson gave an overview of the ND Human Rights Summit taking place on November 17.

Item 11. Adjourn
The time at adjournment was 12:42 p.m.