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Downtown Neighborhood Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

October 1, 2008

The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Neighborhood Association took place at Harwood Arts Center, 1114 7th St. NW, Wednesday, October 1, 2008, at 7:00 p.m. pursuant to prior approval.

Board members in attendance: Robert Bello, Sue Byrch, Sandy Gregory, David Keleher, Jacque Wright, George Kraehe, Jennifer DeGarmo, Jim Clark, Laura Bruzzese, Gabe Campos (10)

Board members not in attendance: Ivan Alley, Bob Yuhas, Carol Giannini, Terry Brunner (4)

Other Neighbors present: Lindi Anderson, Jacqueline Guilbault, Anna Muller, Jerry Ortiz y Pino, Dick & Susan Diechsel, Mary Stouffer

Guests: Keith Francini, Joe Omi, Chris Goblet

George Kraehe, serving in the role of acting Board Chair, called the meeting to order.  A quorum was present, the meeting duly convened, and ready to proceed with business.  After introductions, a motion to approve the agenda was made with the following additional agenda items:  Halloween donation request to support Forrester street, Movie production policy, Mr. Francini’s proposed conditional use application.  Motion to approve agenda was seconded, and passed unanimously.  Minutes from September meeting were approved as distributed.

Chris Goblet presented information about activities and aims of the Downtown Action Team and requested donations in the amount of $750 – $500 for general use and $250 to be applied toward the upcoming Pumpkin Fiesta.  Mr. Goblet indicated that donors are recognized on the DAT website and in the DAT newsletter.  A motion was made and seconded, and the Board voted unanimously to donate $1000.


Jim Clark submitted a financial report for August 1 to September 30. DNA received donations from 5 movie producers and one membership renewal of $15. The Treasurer’s Report was approved as submitted.

Jim also mentioned that we might want to switch our post office box, soon up for a renewal fee,  to a smaller one that will still be perfectly adequate.   The Board unanimously requested that this change be made.  The address change will need to be made on DNA letterhead, newsletter, etc., and with the Department of Neighborhood Coordination and on the website.


Robert Bello made the Zoning Committee report, presenting no new applications to discuss.  The Board came to agreement with Robert on the suggestion that the Committee Chair send out brief descriptions not only of notices of application for special exception or LUCC hearings, but also of LUCC administrative approvals.

Mr. Francini presented reasons for his decision to reapply for conditional use for 100% office use of his property on 5th street.   After some questions and discussion, George K. summed up the stance of the DNA policy and stated that while we understand his desire to create a sensible use of the property, it would go against our efforts to maintain residential uses in properties such as his, and we will maintain the position outlined in our previously submitted letter.


Jennifer DeGarmo, Chair of the Membership committee, recommended nomination of Lindi Anderson to be added to the board, and someone else suggested nominating Sue Diechsel.  After she deferred the opportunity to the other proposed nominee, Mrs. Anderson was nominated and elected to the Board.

The next agenda item was to elect a co-chair.  George K. and Laura B. were nominated.  With Laura declining, and George willing to fill the role, George was named co-chair.

New Business

    Representative Rick Miera reminds us that we have not yet spent any of the $10,000 he has

dedicated for expenses related to introducing new trees into the Neighborhood.  Gabe campos will speak with City Forrester Nick Kuntz about good candidates for locations for new trees, replacing old ones, etc., and will be a contact person for coordinating an adopt-a-tree program to help ensure that once planted, trees will be care for.

Upon Representative Miera’s request for a donation for this year’s Halloween events on Forrester, the Board voted to dedicate $500 towards candy, toothbrushes, or other items purchasers see as fitting.  Sandy agreed to coordinate this.

Sue Brych and Lindi Anderson will take steps toward enlivening the bulb planting efforts of previous years.

Anna Muller indicated that we now have a Federal tax ID # and that has been helpful in obtaining donations from film production companies.  In addition to serving as the industry’s contact person representing the DNA, she will write a statement to be added to the Website explaining some of the issues involved so that neighbors will be more informed.

Suggested agenda items to add for November meeting:

    Tree Project Committee Report

Sue Brych to present Sidewalk report

Newsletter Reminder:  Ivan requests that article submissions for November newsletter be made by October 15.

With no remaining business to address, meeting adjourned shortly before 9:00.
David Keleher