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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, July 7, 2010 at 7:00 PM pursuant to prior approval. Board members in attendance: Robert Bello, Sue Byrch, Audra Charity, Jim Clark, Jennifer deGarmo, Dick Deichsel, David McCain, Miriam Ortiz Y Pino, Holly Siebert, Jacque Wright, and Bob Yuhas,. (11)

Board Members not in attendance: (4)

Other neighbors present: Marilyn Bowman, Susan Deichsel, Jacqueline Guilbault, Stephen Miera, Anna Muller, Nathan Rael, and Peter Siebert.

DNA Board 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 June 2nd meeting as presented.

Treasurer’s Report

Jim Clark submitted the treasurer’s report for 1-30 June 2010.  The beginning balance was $20,692.55. One each, residence and business membership fee was deposited for a total of $40.00. Expenses were $2,000.00 to the Down Town Action Team – Growers Market, and $14.50 for the Opening Day Growers Market (dignitaries refreshments).  Disbursements totaled $2,014.50, leaving an Account Balance of $18,718.05 as of June 30, 2010.

Safety

Bob Y. conducted a meeting Friday evening on July 2nd at the Hotel Blue.  He passed out and reviewed a “Neighborhood Safety” outline, then talked about resources for and the process of setting up a neighborhood watch program. Attendees indicated their interest in setting up the program, and Bob will see if others are interested in participating at the next Sector Plan Update meeting.

Nathan Rael, from Associated Security Industries introduced himself and talked about his company’s services. The business opened, and has been operating in Santa Fe.  The company recently moved it’s corporate office to, and is expanding services in the Albuquerque area. The office is located at 320 Gold St. SW, Suite 900.  Phone number is 407-4881, and e-mail is n.rael@associated-security.com.

Neighborhood Projects Wish List

Jacque W. – Small park at Marquette and Luna.  City mows, waters, and neighbor Terry Linton has been filling in with all other maintenance.  The DNA was asked for $250 to help.  A motion was floored, seconded and passed for that contribution.

New signage for the DNA and community bulletin boards.  Anna M. will check to see if City Parks Dept. will provide for Robinson park.  Holly S. said she would research pricing.

Replacing dead or dying parkway trees, and planting where there are none.  Property owners need to water and maintain.  Submit candidates, and Anna M. suggested cost should be based of financial need.

Set up campaign to encourage the community to plant trees. Look for discounts from nurseries for this project.  Jacque W. will introduce project on the DNA website.

Susan D. – The trash-cans at Mary Fox Park get beat up and become unattractive.  Two have covering containers, but need maintenance.  She requested getting attractive containers for all trash-cans in the park as well as installing doggy clean-up bag dispensers such as are in the dog parks.  Anna M. said she would check to see if there was any State money left over from the Robinson park improvement fund.

Curb Appeal Appreciation Program

Dick D. – Asked for feedback on the first article posted on the website.  Two new candidates were submitted for the July article.  He asked about having a drawing for a gift card once a quarter, but it was felt that might cause competition and bad feelings.  It was suggested that something similar to a political campaign sign be designed so it could be posted in the yard of the home and business featured for that month.

Lowe’s Grocery Store Rehab

Jennifer D. – suggested not discussing the store’s desire for a liquor license until after the public meeting scheduled at the Hotel Andaluz on July 15th at 7:00pm, because it’s not clear what type of license they’re requesting.  Susan D. talked about the promotion and agenda of the presentation meeting.  There was also discussion about the pricing of liquor licenses.

Zoning and Development Actions

Robert B. – A number of DNA Board members attended the Appeal Hearing on the Jon Anderson project at 908 Roma.  A decision will be made the 2nd week of July.  Robert B. said the Hearing was interesting, and will write a review so future attendees may have a better understanding of the process.

The addition to the apartment at 1111 Fruit, applied for by Michael Weweka, was approved by the LUCC.

Jennifer deG. announced there will be a Rio Grande Boulevard Corridor Plan – Update meeting at the Los Duranes Community Center at 6PM on July 9th.  She sent an e-mail to the DNA list on that and future meetings scheduled for July 10th, 12th and 14th.

Adjourn

With no remaining business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 8:10 PM.

Respectfully submitted – Dick Deichsel – Secretary