Blog post by John Hoff
Yesterday's Public Safety and Health Committee, which last month had kicked the "winning" proposal by Cultural Wellness Center back to staff for further questions and review, has now rejected the proposal by Cultural Wellness Center and reformulated the Request For Proposals. The entire portion of the meeting pertaining to this topic--approximately 13 minutes--can be viewed above. (The sound of cats meowing didn't happen at the meeting, however, that's just kind of a technical issue which cropped up as the meeting was videotaped off a laptop computer kind of like "head shadows" in bootleg videotapes shot in movie theaters)
The new Request For Proposal makes it clear the final recipient of the grant will need to be a not-for-profit, something which apparently wasn't crystal clear in the previous Request For Proposal, but apparently needed to be. Furthermore, a business expert will be added to the approval process to render an opinion on the financial feasibility of any proposal. It is strongly emphasized by council members that previous applicants (all two of them) should apply again.
In a subsequent action following this meeting item, money to promote biking and walking in North Minneapolis was also delayed. This is federal money, part of President Obama's economic stimulus package.