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Downtown Neighborhood Association, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Monthly Board of Directors Meeting

August 5, 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, August 5, 2009, at 7:00 p.m. pursuant to prior approval.

Board members in attendance: Robert Bello, Sue Byrch, Jennifer DeGarmo, Reba Eagles, Jacque Wright, Laura Bruzzese, David Keleher, Lindi Anderson, Gabe Campos, and Jim Clark (10)

Board members not in attendance:  (5)

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 July meeting as presented.

Treasurer’s Report

Jim Clark Submitted the treasurer’s report for July.  Income was $30 Membership Dues, $50 Business Memberships and $500 Movie “Crash” site location Contributions, for a total of $580.00.  Expense was $194 for Downtown Printing, leaving a balance of $12,166.30.

Police and Safety Report

City Council on Monday passed the noise ordinance proposed by Mayor Chavez prohibiting engine revving.  Several neighbors mentioned that there has already been a noticeable improvement.

A neighbor presented concerns about a parking ticket he received for blocking his own driveway.  The police officer who attended explained that it is illegal, but that the neighbor might talk to a supervisor and ask for a special allowance based on his particular circumstances.  Several members of the DNA agreed to help him to solve the problem.

Sector Development Planning Process

Several representatives of Consensus Planning, the firm recommended by the City Planning Department as the best candidate for serving as consultant to the DNA, attended.  Jim Strozier and Jackie Fishman gave a short presentation on their background and proposed approach to assist the Association with making effective changes to the SDP.


Robert Bello reported that the proposed development at 1701 ½ Central Ave NW has become inactive and will likely reappear in the future.  The Board expressed support for the application for a beer and wine license at Café Green (5th and Lead).

Other Business

Gabe said that someone at the City had indicated to him that $9,000 leftover from the Mountain Road projects still remains available to either DNA or Wells Park Neighborhood Association.  Gabe will email Jay Evans expressing our interest in using the money for various beautification projects we have planned.

Various neighbors volunteered to serve on the biannual Home Tour Committee: Dave McCain, Lindy Anderson, Reba Eagles, and Jacqueline Guilbault.  Other folks interested in helping may contact Jennifer deGarmo.

Deadline for submitting proposed logos will be extended to accommodate people who did not receive the newsletter announcing this plans to create a new logo until very near the initial deadline.  Laura will notify people of this change via the listserve and the information will be posted on the DNA website.

The Board voted unanimously to approve Consensus Planning as consultant for the SDP revisions.

The Board elected Jim as Chair and Jennifer as co-chair of the SDP.

With no remaining business to discuss, meeting adjourned at 8:25.