MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE
<br />EDINA VILLAGE COUNCIL HELD'AT VILLAGE HALL ON
<br />MONDAY, MAY 20, 1968 I
<br />Members answering rollcall were Councilmen Courtney, Johnson, VanValkenburg, and
<br />Mayor Bredesen.
<br />MINUTES of the Regular Meeting of May 6, 1968, were approved as submitted by motion
<br />of Councilman Johnson, seconded by Councilman VanValkenburg and carried. .- ".
<br />DANIEL STROT RECOGNIZED UPON COMPLETION OF PUBLIC WORKS CONSTRUCTION INSPECTION
<br />COURSE. Mayor Bredesen presented a certificate to Mr. Daniel Strot of the Eng-
<br />ineering ,Department in recognition of Mr, Strot's completion of a course in Public
<br />Works Construction ,Inspection. Mayor Bredesen pointed out that a number of Village
<br />employees extend additional efforts to,increase their skill and value of service to
<br />the Village. -
<br />HUMAN RIGHTS AD HOC COMMITTEE FINAL REPORT PRESENTED.
<br />Chairman of theXuman Rights Ad Hoc Committee, presented the Final Report of the
<br />Committee, stating that while the Committee did not encounter evidence of overt
<br />acts of discrimination within the community, there was unanimous opinion among
<br />Committee members that a Human Relations Commission should be established by the
<br />guiding and directing the efforts of individual citizens, private groups, and
<br />public agencies concerned with the problems of human relations.
<br />presented a prepar,ed Memorandum of Agreement which embodies the recommendations
<br />of the Committee for the establishment of a Human Relations Commission created
<br />jointly by the Village of Edina and Independent School District C273. In recom-
<br />mending that the two agencies cooperate under the Joint Powers Act, it is felt
<br />that theiCommission would act most effectively in achieving its goal of securing
<br />for all individuals of the community,,freedom from discrimination because of race,
<br />color, creed, religion, or national origin in connection with employment, housing,
<br />public accommodations, public services and education. Mayor Bredesen thanked the
<br />Committee for its efforts and advised that in his opinion the Memorandum of Agree-
<br />ment presented reflected completely the attitude of this community.
<br />thate the appointment of a "high school student" to the Commission be changed to
<br />permit appointment of rlany student;" Mayor Bredesen
<br />further pointed out that he believes that there are many 'Tdisadvantaged't people,
<br />citing epileptics,, diabetics, unmarried mothers, and e*-convicts, whose interests
<br />in finding work should also be of concern to this Human Rights Committee.
<br />Gus Gaynor suggested that the Mayor was."skir,ting the real issue" and recommended
<br />that the Commission be composed with some semblance of representation of propor-
<br />tionment for the community as a whole.
<br />Webb, 6825 Wooddale Avenue, as to the next step in the matter, Mayor Bredesen
<br />advised that after the Village and School District attcrneys have drawn the agree-
<br />ment in the form of a resolution, it will, be presented to the School Board and
<br />the Council for approval no later than the 17th of June, 1968.
<br />as to whether State Statutes permit the Village and the School District to enter
<br />into this agreement jointly.
<br />General has issued an opinion in a similar situation in St. Louis Park and that
<br />he will look into that matter before rendering his opinion.
<br />out that the joint agreement is largely a matter of form and that if the Joint
<br />Powers Agreement is indefensible, the Council could accept nominations from the
<br />School Board. Mayor Bredesen gave his assurance that the fourteenmembers of the
<br />Commission would be representative of the residents of the community. Councilman
<br />Johnson then moved that Council accept the report and direct. the Village Attorney
<br />to examine the agreement and report back to Council no later than June 17, 1968,
<br />at which time the agreement will be considered. The motion was seconded by Coun-
<br />cilman Courtney.
<br />jurisdiction the Commission will have. Mayor Bredesen advised Mrs. Ford that the
<br />Commission will draw up its own by-laws and make certain recommendations to the
<br />Council and the School Board, and that any problems which might arise would go
<br />before the Edina Human Rights Commission before going to the State level.
<br />Jeub added that any legal investigations would be handled by the State board. Mr.
<br />Roger Heegaard, 5633 Wooddale Avenue, expressed his thanks to the Ad Hoc Committee
<br />and to the Mayor and Council and expressed the hope that the positive thinking
<br />revealed at tonight's meeting will be continued. Mr. Ronald Kennedy, representing
<br />the School.Board, expressed the appreciation the representatives of Village govern-
<br />ment who served on the Ad Hoc Committee and indicated the hope that this Memorandum
<br />of Agreement might be useful as a pattern to be used throughout the State.
<br />man VanValkenburg's amendment to the motion of Councilman Johnson that Council
<br />show its appreciation to the Ad,Hoc.Committee for its service to the community was
<br />then accepted and the motion carried.
<br />Father Richard H. Jeub,
<br />This Commission could act as a coordinating agency in efficiently
<br />Father Jeub
<br />He recommended
<br />possibly a college student.
<br />In reply to a question from Mr. Stuart
<br />A question arose'
<br />Village Attorney Whitlock advised that the Attorney
<br />Mr. Hyde pointed
<br />Mrs. Yvonne Ford, 4831 Valley View Road, then inquired what