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Minutes for the Monthly Board of Directors Meeting October 7, 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, October 7, 2009, at 7:00 PM pursuant to prior approval.

Board members in attendance: Lindi Anderson, Lee Blaugrund, Robert Bello, Sue Byrch, Gabe Campos, Jim Clark, Jennifer DeGarmo, Reba Eagles, Jacque Wright, David Keleher, Dave McCain, and Bob Yuhas. (12)

Board members not in attendance: (3)

Guests in attendance: Marilyn Bowman, Donna Bruzzese, Jesse Herron, Connie Moore, Anna Muller, and Michael Silva.

DNA Chair, Jim Clark, 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 September’s meeting as presented.

Treasurer’s Report
Jim Clark Submitted the treasurer’s report for September. Beginning balance was $10,256.30, plus income of $50 Membership Dues received with no expenses paid, leaving an ending balance of $10, 311.30. Jim also listed approved expense budgets for 2009. He also prepared a 2 year cycle summary. It was proposed to discuss this plan at the November Board meeting.

ABQ Trolley Co. – presentation and Q&A
Representatives, Michael Silva & Jesse Herron presented. jesse@abqtrolley.com
Season is April 1 – October 31, six days a week with 2-4 tours per day. Donna Bruzzese filed a complaint regarding the speaker noise as the tour proceeds on 12th Street between Lomas Blvd. and Central. Connie Moore has been calling traffic engineering weekly with a response that there is nothing the city can do. The representatives stated their vehicle weighs 17,000 lbs., which is less than a school bus @ 24,000 lbs., and wanted to open a dialog regarding 12th Street. Donna Bruzzese and Connie Moore were in opposition, citing the law prohibits any vehicles over 5 tons (police will cite), plus spoke of the impact on older homes and quality of life in the neighborhood. The representatives volunteered to turn the volume off completely, and asked if they could complete the season. They also said they would re-contact the DNA before they open their 2010 season. Donna and Connie requested support to decrease traffic of over 5 ton vehicles in the neighborhood. Jim C. volunteered to research the vehicle weight limits. He also stated that the issue of neighborhood traffic will be addressed in the development of the new sector plan.

Updates:
DNA Logo Voting Results – Design #3 by Jothan Abdalla received the majority of votes.
It was approved that all three who submitted logo designs would receive a $50.00 gift certificate as a thank you.

Zoning
Robert Bello covered the following:
1. 903 Forrester Ave. NW – put a 2nd story on a back structure. Was approved by Mary Ellen Hennessey. DNA to take no action.
2. 908 Roma NW – Robert B. proposed that Jon Anderson be invited to present his project to the DNA. Jennifer DeGarmo suggested the Board wait for him to formally present his plan to the city. Jim Clark suggested that an applicant can time their application so the Board doesn’t have time to respond.
3. 420 Central – Brickyard Pizza’s application for transfer of full service liquor license.

Jim C. read letter from applicant to request waiver of distance requirement from schools. Board approved to write letter to City in opposition.

4. 1701 Central – neighbors and Hunning Castle Neighborhood Association apposed.

Traffic on Central
Lee Blaugrund informed us that there is move underway to consider revising the traffic patterns on Central from Rio Grande to 8th St. with the coordination of Debbie O’Mally’s office, and representatives for the DNA, Hunning Castle and Reynolds neighborhood associations. No meeting is scheduled yet. Ike Benton is trying to coordinate the group effort. Jennifer D. proposed a traffic study be done before any design is considered. Concern is Lomas Blvd. will experience more traffic. It was agreed that the DNA is very concerned about these traffic issues and would like to be kept abreast of the developments as they occur. .

Newsletter
The deadline for articles to be turned in is October 15th, and will be sent to Printer on November 1

Historic Preservation Handbook
Jennifer D. stated that Mary Ellen Hennessey is proposing that this handbook would apply to all historic neighborhoods in the city. Ms. Hennessey asked that Board members review and give feedback.

Sector Development Plan Update
Consensus Planning suggested the DNA have walking tours with them to identify and discuss objectives for the Sector Plan. Proposed dates for the walks are as follows:
Oct. 15 10:00 AM to Noon
Oct. 16 10:00 AM to Noon
Oct. 19 10:00 AM to Noon

The next Sector Plan meeting is 6:30 PM, Weds. Oct. 14th at Hotel Blue.

Halloween on Forrester
The DNA approved donating $500.00 for Halloween treats again this year.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Dick Deichsel, Secretary

with the assistance of Jacque Wright