November 18, 2002
10:00 Am – 12:00 PM
David Leshtz, Chair called the meeting to order.
Present were Commissioners David Leshtz, Alicia Claypool, Connie Gronstal, Maria Waterman, Rick Morain, and Tim Tutt. Also present were Corlis Moody, Executive Director, Ron Pothast, Business Manager, Rick Autry, Assistant Attorney General and Araceli Goode, Executive Secretary.
No Press was present.
Motion was made by Commissioner Waterman and seconded by Commissioner Claypool to approve the October 10, 2002 Commissioners’ Meeting Minutes. The motion passed unanimously.
Commissioner Leshtz – reported had written the letter in support of to the Iowa Utilities Board to pursue a statutory amendment to allow expansion of the Iowa Utilities Board’s equipment distribution program to people who have physical and cognitive disabilities.
Commissioner Morain – introduced himself to Commissioners
Commissioner Waterman – reported a series on Racial Profiling covering a comparison between African-American and white population was being conducted in Davenport. This is separate from the State’s Racial Profiling Taskforce.
Corlis Moody, accompanied by the ICRC Investigative Unit, attended a Re-invention Workshop for three days. Their primary focus was time reduction of case processing. The unit is establishing guidelines and will put them in place by January.
NABRE Regional conference is scheduled for May 13 -15 of 2003 at Drake University. The Planning Steering Committee is meeting here in December 17 to coordinate program.
HUD Conference Training is being held December 13 at the Marriott Downtown, Kansas City, Missouri. Commissioners are invited to attend.
The Status of Women Report is available for sale for $20. Press conference is being held at the Capitol in conference room 118.
Action: Commissioner Claypool updated the Commissioners on the GLBT Taskforce Committee work so far. The Forum date is February 5, 2003 from 6 – 9 PM, at the Ames Municipal Auditorium. The Ames Human Rights Commission is providing refreshments.
The taskforce submitted a grant request from the Humanities to cover the costs of the forum but has not received notification it has been granted. Funding has not been received from Wells Fargo either. Commissioner Morain suggested contacting Mary Garst to request funding or volunteers to distribute packets. Meeting of the Taskforce is scheduled for this afternoon at which time requests for sponsorship from other prospective organizations will be discussed and how to publicize the Forum.
No old business.
Next meeting date is January 9, 2003, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. West Des Moines Human Rights Commission will host.
The meeting adjourned at 11:50 AM
Minutes submitted by Araceli Goode, Executive Secretary