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The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Neighborhood Association took place at Harwood Arts Center, 1114 7th St. NW, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2010 at 7:00 PM pursuant to prior approval.             Board members in attendance: Lindi Anderson, Robert Bello, Lee Blaugrund, Sue Byrch, Gabe Campos, Jim Clark, Jennifer DeGarmo, Dick Deichsel, David Keleher, David McCain, Jacque Wright, and Bob Yuhas,. (12)

Board Members not in attendance: (2)

Other neighbors present: Marilyn Bowman, Susan Deichsel, Sgt. Paul Duran, Jacqueline Guilbault, David Liotta, Dave & Karen Taylor, Lora Vassar, and Pat Weston.

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 the January Board of Directors Meeting as presented.

Treasurer’s Report

Jim Clark submitted the treasurer’s report for January 2009.  Beginning balance was $9,372.62.  Membership dues of $15.00 and Movie Location Fees of $100.00 for a total of $115.00 were deposited.  $70.00 Post Office Box Rental was paid. .The month-end balance was $9,417.62

Police Report

Sgt. Paul Duran was present to represent the APD.  The APD officers are continuing work on speeding and other traffic issues on Central and Lomas.  Members talked about issues with homeless, break-ins, etc.  Sgt. Duran said to e-mail him directly,, with information or concerns.  He was also asked if crime statistics could be presented at a future DNA meeting.   He stated that they were, and would try to have them available at the next DNA meeting.

Zoning and Development Actions

1.     Lora Vassar presented for Steven Sacks, re garage conversion to art studio at 609 11th St. NW.  Plan is to expand existing garage 8’ forward and 10’ to one side with no variances required.  The DNA Board will vote by e-mail and a letter reflecting the results will be sent to the LUCC.

2.     Owner David Liotta presented, re windows not approved by LUCC on the renovation of 224 14th St. NW for his future personal residence.  Problems sited by the LUCC were window sizes, windows not having true divided light, and north kitchen window being too small.  Mr. Liotta stated that permits were issued based on the windows installed, but the LUCC pulled the permits, because said windows didn’t match the ones he was replacing.  Mr. Liotta is claiming hardship, saying the cost of replacing the new windows with ones the LUCC requires, would not leave him with enough funds to finish the renovation, causing him to loose the house and force him into bankruptcy.  DNA Chair, Jim Clark, advised Mr. Liotta to write a letter to the LUCC advising the benefits of the windows he installed and plead his case.  The DNA Board will vote by e-mail and a letter reflecting the results will be sent to the LUCC.  LUCC hearing date is scheduled for March 10th.

3.     1216 (1200) Lomas NW – Conrad Skinner Townhome Development:  Application was withdrawn.  ZHE Hearing was scheduled for Feb. 16th.

4.     601 11th St. NW – Steven Sacks – Front gate Arbor: Mr. Sacks will not pursue getting permits, and will remove arbor frame.

5.     1008 Forrester NW – James Opel – Demolition of 441 sq.’ single car garage then building a new 750 sq.’ double car garage, with  a 2nd. floor office space. There was discussion about the second floor office space being able to look down on neighbors yards, and possibilities to avoid this problem.  The LUCC Hearing is scheduled for February 10, 2010.

Activities – Updates

1. Sector Plan Meetings

a. The next Committee Meeting is Wednesday, Feb.10th @ 5:30PM, at the Consensus Planning office – 302 8th St. NW.

b. A Sector Plan Public Meeting by Consensus Planning is on Saturday February 20th, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at Manzano Day School.

2. Home Tour Committee

Lindi Anderson and Jacque Wright advised:

a. Scheduled for Sunday, May 9th – Mothers Day

b. That seven homes have committed – are fairly close together and mostly south of Lomas.

c. Work needs to be done on advertising.

d. Advanced ticket sales be available on website and purchased on Pay-Pal.

e. A motion was submitted and passed to authorize $500.00 for promotion of the Home Tour.

3. The DNA Google Blog is set up.  Jacque Wriight advised to go to the topic,

then make comments.

4. Gabe Campos suggested setting up a link to Google Maps on the DNA website, for a virtual tour of houses in the historic neighborhoods.


With no remaining business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned @8:30 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Dick Deichsel


P.S. The Home Tour Committee meeting will be held at Lindi Anderson’s house – 421 11th St. NW on Tuesday, February 23rd at 6:00 PM.