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The monthly meeting of the Board of Directors of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association took place at Harwood Arts Center, 1114 7th St. NW, Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 7:00 PM pursuant to prior approval.

Board members in attendance: Lindi Anderson, Robert Bello, Sue Brych, Jennifer deGarmo, Dick Deichsel, Reba Eagles, Rick Miera, David McCain, Miriam Ortiz Y Pino, Holly Siebert, David Taylor, and Bob Yuhas. (12)

Board Members not in attendance: (2)

Other neighbors present: Marilyn Bowman, Jacqueline Guilbault, Anna Muller, and Peter Siebert. (5)

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 this meeting’s agenda, and minutes from the October meeting as presented.

Treasurer’s Report
Board Chair, Jennifer deGarmo submitted the treasurer’s report for 1-31 October 2010. The beginning balance was $18,625.65. There were expenses paid for retiring Board member gift of $205.00 and Forrester Halloween block party gift of $462.00, for a total of $667.00. This left an Account Balance of $18,208.65 as of October 31, 2010.Jacque Wright wasn’t able to attend the meeting. She e-mailed the Board regarding setting up a Paypal account. (see Jacque W. e-mail.pdf attachment)

Chair, Jennifer deGarmo, asked for a motion and vote for the retirement gift for Jim Clark. David Taylor said he was fine with the gift, but not be paid with nonprofit funds. Sue B. made a motion to pay for Jim Clark’s gift with DNA Board funds. The motion was seconded and passed. Robert B. suggested a research of the DNA Board By-Laws be done for clarification about the use of Board funds for this purpose.

Neighborhood Trees
Jacque Wright gave a Neighborhood Trees report in the e-mail mentioned above.

Neighbor Curb Appeal Appreciation
Dick Deichsel. showed a photo of the new sign. Board members indicated they liked it. The October article didn’t get posted on the website, and Jacque Wright suggested the possibility of putting it in every other month. The Board’s consensus was, they liked the idea of it being posted every month, and that there was room for two articles, if need be. Dick Deichsel. suggested he would like to have a smaller exterior stake sign to display for businesses.

Signs Update
David McCain ascertained these street signs are about $5,000.00 each. He talked to the Policy Analyst at Councilor, Debbie O’Malley’s office, and found that there are funds available that may pay for most or all the costs for these signs. There was discussion about style of sign available (there are two) and location. The Board was unanimous on the style, and that the location should be at the east and west boundaries of the DNA on Lomas Blvd. David Mc. said we would complete the application and submit it. Bob Yuhas mentioned there are two types of signs. Boundary, already talked about, and kiosk signs, announcing events. There was further discussion about a kiosk type of sign, and whether that should be located at the northern boundary of the DNA on 12th Street, Mary Fox or Robinson Parks. There may be funds left over from the Robinson Park rehab to locate one there.

Police Report
Officers Simmons and Latrell arrived, and asked if there were any questions or crime related concerns. Robert B. asked what the APD policy was on parking in vacant lots. Officer Simmons said that APD will respond to property owner complaints. David Taylor asked about the crime report requested a couple of meetings back. Chair, Jennifer deGarmo said that Sgt. Paul Duran, from Area Command, had given her a link for crime statistics. Officer Simmons suggest she contact Sgt. Duran again to request area crime report. Sue Brych voiced concern about vandalism on 11th St. south of Mountain. Jennifer deGarmo said she had a problem with people drinking in the alley behind her property, made several calls to APD, but they weren’t registered. Officer Simmons suggested she get a motion sensor light, and to get incident numbers when calling in complaints. Jacqueline Guilbault asked about crime around the 7-11 on 12th and Lomas. Officer Simmons said there hasn’t been much because the patrol officers pull into that parking lot with some regularity. He mentioned that because the lots are connected, panhandlers will move over to the Lowe’s grocery store lot, but then move back to the 7-11.

Harwood Art Center Grant
Chair, Jennifer deGarmo asked if the Board was open to giving monies for Harwood’s future projects. Miriam Ortiz Y Pino said it would be better for them to approach the Board to request money for projects, rather than the Board approaching them. David . thought it prudent to apply for grants for these types of projects, before offering DNA funds. Bernadette Miera will be at the next DNA meeting to present Bernalillo County grant programs available.

Lindi Anderson talked to Laura Bruzzese, who said she would produce the next DNA news letter. Laura Bruzzese. said she would like all articles in by the end of November, because of the Holidays. She plans on having it printed by the end of January, to be distributed in February, before the Annual Meeting in March. There was discussion about where to have the Annual Meeting, plus offering food and door prizes.

Film Location
Anna Muller advised there was going to be a shoot at 519 11th St. on Nov. 4th, but was only given one day notice by the ABQ Film Board. She complained that more notice needs to be given. Anna was told the neighborhood needs to be more film friendly, to which she responded the film industry needs to be more neighborhood friendly, or the downtown area will block them out, as has Los Ranchos.

Sector Plan Update
Chair, Jennifer deGarmo advised the new Sector Plan Update draft has been completed with some minor changes after the last public meeting. An EPC Hearing is scheduled for Thursday, December 2nd at 3:30pm. The draft is available at Consensus Planning and also on their website. David Taylor said the plan isn’t specific about the changes proposed on 12th St. south of Lomas Blvd. He requested the Board write a letter specifying the speed bumps not be taken out, 12th St. not be widened to accommodate a left hand turn lane at the south side of Lomas, and that the street be downgraded from arterial to collector. The Board agreed that most members hadn’t seen the latest draft, and didn’t have enough information to state a position at this point. Robert Bell made a motion to set up a special DNA Board meeting with Consensus Planning and traffic expert Nevin Hardwick to make a presentation on the changes proposed on 12th St. south of Lomas before the EPC Hearing. The motion was seconded and passed with the date and time to be announced.

With no remaining business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 9:20 PM.

Respectfully submitted – Dick Deichsel – Secretary