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Albuquerque, NM Monthly Board Meeting
July 1, 2009

The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Neighborhood Association took place at Harwood Arts Center, 1114 7th St. NW, Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 7:00 PM pursuant to prior approval.

Board members in attendance: Lindi Anderson, Robert Bello, Sue Byrch, Lee Blaugrund, Gabe Campos, Jim Clark, Jennifer DeGarmo, Dick Deichsel, Reba Eagles, David Keleher, David McCain, Jacque Wright, and Bob Yuhas,. (13)

Board Members not in attendance: (2)

Other Neighbors present: Marilyn Bowman, Susan Deichsel, and Anna Muller.

Chair Jennifer DeGarmo, called the meeting to order. A quorum was present, the meeting duly convened, and ready to proceed with business. After introductions, the Board approved the agenda and minutes from the May Board of Directors Meeting as presented.

Treasurer’s Report
Jim Clark submitted the treasurer’s report for June 2009. The account balance as of June 30th was $11,780.30. There were no deposits and checks for $134.32 were written to Downtown Printing for Board Retreat Handouts and to for a thank you gift for George Kraehe.

Police and Safety Report
Present were Lt. Tim Gonterman, officers Tim Hotle and Tom Jacobo.. Officer Hotle will be the new supervisor, replacing Sgt. Matt Thompson, who was transferred to supervise the vise unit. Lt. Gonterman said that APD has implemented an attack plan for Fri., Sat. & Sun. nights to enforce traffic, noise violations, and pan handling on Central Ave. He advised that most bikes meet the decibel standard and that the officers had better results citing for exhibition of speed. Lt. Gonterman reiterated that the community is the eyes and ears to help APD do their work, and to call 242-COPS or to e-mail him directly – tgonterman@cabq.gov to give specific details of illegal activities and addresses. He assured us that police activity would be increased in those areas.

Lee Blaugrund contacted Bill Coleman with the City, and talked about traffic engineering and resurrecting the west corridor plan. One idea was to erect signs west of Lomas and Central, advising the various city ordinances that would be enforced.

Presentation of proposal from Harwood Art Center
Darby Photos was filling in for Wade Patterson. She stated that the windows in the building were in need of rehabilitation, and that the first floor had been done a few years ago. The plan is to do the second floor windows in the fall of 2009 with a cost of $6060.00 for materials and labor. Their requested donation from the DNA was $4,000 with the Harwood making up the difference. She also mentioned that the Harwood would appreciate any contribution the DNA would make to this project. After some lively discussion, the Board approved a motion by Robert B. and second by David Mc. to donate $2,000.

Membership
Marilyn Bowman and Laura Bruzzese redesigned the membership application. It was noted that we have 60 residential members and 1 business. To increase business membership, Marilyn suggested that acknowledgement be given to business members on the DNA website. It was also suggested to align all membership fees to be due in March, just before the annual meeting. Also, Lindy Anderson said the response has been good for the people working the table at the Farmers Market.

Newsletter Report
The deadline for this quarter’s newsletter has passed. Laura B. is taking it to the printer on July 15th. Articles can now be submitted for the next issue.

Zoning Report
Robert Bello reported that the 610 Luna carport variance was denied at the Zoning Hearing on Tues. June 16th. There will more than likely be an appeal before the owner tears it down.

There will be a facilitated meeting on July 9th @ 6:15 PM for the expansion of the Botanica La Salud building at 1701 Central Ave. It has a commercial/residential history. Meeting location will be the Wells Park Community Center on 5th and Mountain.

Realtor, John Lambert, contacted Robert B. about the DNA’s openness to converting a residence to a law office at 515 Marquette, Robert advised it wasn’t good, but invited his client to make a presentation at a future Board meeting.

Jim Clark presented the plans for the exterior renovation of his personal residence at 516 11th St. NW. His plans are to peel off the exterior stucco, exposing the original cedar shingles underneath, and restoring them. Also, the original full front porch was enclosed years ago to expand the interior space. He plans to take down that expansion and return the porch to its original state. Jim asked the DNA for it’s support for his renovation plans and it was given.

Reba E. expressed concern about her alley being gated between 11th & Luna/Fruit and Lomas without neighbors consent. DNA members agreed to look at the situation and see what could be done.

State representative Rick Miera talked of his concern about dropping released prisoners off at 620 Lomas Blvd. at 3:00am, that was proposed at the last County Commission Meeting. Rick said these are released prisoners and not necessarily homeless. Nothing is open, there are no phones, and these people will more than likely wander off into the downtown neighborhoods. Rick’s opinion is, it would be better to have the prisoners released at the Westside Detention Center, in a room with phones where they could stay awhile, rather than bus them downtown.

New Business
Anna Muller said that ‘Crash” stiffed the DNA after their last shoot, but she was assured a $500 check would be issued for this shoot. She also presented a bottle of Gruet to Gabe Campos for the good job that was accomplished on the Tree Project.

The next DNA potluck will be hosted by Jacque Wright and Bill Rombin on Saturday, July 18 @6:00pm. Their address is 509 11th St. NW . Flyers were passed out to the Board and guests.

Gabe C. suggested as a new project, the DNA should encourage homeowners to get their homes on the historic register, and advise how to apply to the County/State.

Jim C. suggested doing the large item pick up again, usually set up in late September.

With no remaining business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,
Dick Deichsel
Secretary

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Downtown Neighborhood Association

Albuquerque, NM Monthly Board Meeting

July 1, 2009

The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Neighborhood Association took place at Harwood Arts Center, 1114 7th St. NW, Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at 7:00 PM pursuant to prior approval.

Board members in attendance: Lindi Anderson, Robert Bello, Sue Byrch, Lee Blaugrund, Gabe Campos, Jim Clark, Jennifer DeGarmo, Dick Deichsel, Reba Eagles, David Keleher, David McCain, Jacque Wright, and Bob Yuhas,. (13)

Board Members not in attendance: (2)

Other Neighbors present: Marilyn Bowman, Susan Deichsel, and Anna Muller.

Chair Jennifer DeGarmo, called the meeting to order. A quorum was present, the meeting duly convened, and ready to proceed with business. After introductions, the Board approved the agenda and minutes from the May Board of Directors Meeting as presented.

Treasurer’s Report

Jim Clark submitted the treasurer’s report for June 2009. The account balance as of June 30th was $11,780.30. There were no deposits and checks for $134.32 were written to Downtown Printing for Board Retreat Handouts and to for a thank you gift for George Kraehe.

Police and Safety Report

Present were Lt. Tim Gonterman, officers Tim Hotle and Tom Jacobo.. Officer Hotle will be the new supervisor, replacing Sgt. Matt Thompson, who was transferred to supervise the vise unit. Lt. Gonterman said that APD has implemented an attack plan for Fri., Sat. & Sun. nights to enforce traffic, noise violations, and pan handling on Central Ave. He advised that most bikes meet the decibel standard and that the officers had better results citing for exhibition of speed. Lt. Gonterman reiterated that the community is the eyes and ears to help APD do their work, and to call 242-COPS or to e-mail him directly – tgonterman@cabq.gov to give specific details of illegal activities and addresses. He assured us that police activity would be increased in those areas.

Lee Blaugrund contacted Bill Coleman with the City, and talked about traffic engineering and resurrecting the west corridor plan. One idea was to erect signs west of Lomas and Central, advising the various city ordinances that would be enforced.

Presentation of proposal from Harwood Art Center

Darby Photos was filling in for Wade Patterson. She stated that the windows in the building were in need of rehabilitation, and that the first floor had been done a few years ago. The plan is to do the second floor windows in the fall of 2009 with a cost of $6060.00 for materials and labor. Their requested donation from the DNA was $4,000 with the Harwood making up the difference. She also mentioned that the Harwood would appreciate any contribution the DNA would make to this project. After some lively discussion, the Board approved a motion by Robert B. and second by David Mc. to donate $2,000.

Membership

Marilyn Bowman and Laura Bruzzese redesigned the membership application. It was noted that we have 60 residential members and 1 business. To increase business membership, Marilyn suggested that acknowledgement be given to business members on the DNA website. It was also suggested to align all membership fees to be due in March, just before the annual meeting. Also, Lindy Anderson said the response has been good for the people working the table at the Farmers Market.

Newsletter Report

The deadline for this quarter’s newsletter has passed. Laura B. is taking it to the printer on July 15th. Articles can now be submitted for the next issue.

Zoning Report

Robert Bello reported that the 610 Luna carport variance was denied at the Zoning Hearing on Tues. June 16th. There will more than likely be an appeal before the owner tears it down.

There will be a facilitated meeting on July 9th @ 6:15 PM for the expansion of the Botanica La Salud building at 1701 Central Ave. It has a commercial/residential history. Meeting location will be the Wells Park Community Center on 5th and Mountain.

Realtor, John Lambert, contacted Robert B. about the DNA’s openness to converting a residence to a law office at 515 Marquette, Robert advised it wasn’t good, but invited his client to make a presentation at a future Board meeting.

Jim Clark presented the plans for the exterior renovation of his personal residence at 516 11th St. NW. His plans are to peel off the exterior stucco, exposing the original cedar shingles underneath, and restoring them. Also, the original full front porch was enclosed years ago to expand the interior space. He plans to take down that expansion and return the porch to its original state. Jim asked the DNA for it’s support for his renovation plans and it was given.

Reba E. expressed concern about her alley being gated between 11th & Luna/Fruit and Lomas without neighbors consent. DNA members agreed to look at the situation and see what could be done.

State representative Rick Miera talked of his concern about dropping released prisoners off at 620 Lomas Blvd. at 3:00am, that was proposed at the last County Commission Meeting. Rick said these are released prisoners and not necessarily homeless. Nothing is open, there are no phones, and these people will more than likely wander off into the downtown neighborhoods. Rick’s opinion is, it would be better to have the prisoners released at the Westside Detention Center, in a room with phones where they could stay awhile, rather than bus them downtown.

New Business

Anna Muller said that ‘Crash” stiffed the DNA after their last shoot, but she was assured a $500 check would be issued for this shoot. She also presented a bottle of Gruet to Gabe Campos for the good job that was accomplished on the Tree Project.

The next DNA potluck will be hosted by Jacque Wright and Bill Rombin on Saturday, July 18 @6:00pm. Their address is 509 11th St. NW . Flyers were passed out to the Board and guests.

Gabe C. suggested as a new project, the DNA should encourage homeowners to get their homes on the historic register, and advise how to apply to the County/State.

Jim C. suggested doing the large item pick up again, usually set up in late September.

Adjourn

With no remaining business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Dick Deichsel

Secretary