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Monthly Meeting
April 6, 2011

The April 2011 regular monthly meeting of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association was held at the Harwood Art Center, pursuant to prior approval.
Board members in attendance: Reba Eagles, Dick Deichsel, Holly Seibert, Bob Yuhas, David McCain, Jennifer deGarmo, Robert Bello, Lindi Anderson, Miriam Ortiz y Pino, Jacque Wright, and Sue Brych. Two board members were not in attendance. Seven other neighbors attended. Sign in sheets are on file.
Jennifer deGarmo called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.
The agenda was approved.
Jacque Wright gave the Treasurer’s Report, which was approved. Our March 1 balance was $18,375.50; March income was $255; March expenses were $1304.74, for a March 31 balance of $17,325.76. Jacque pointed out that the biannual house tour and fees from film crews are the organization’s only significant sources of income. The treasurer’s report was approved.
Nominations were requested to fill the one year remaining on the board positions left open by the resignations of Jim Clark and David Taylor. Ric Higginbotham was nominated by Lindi Anderson and seconded by David McCain. Ric spoke briefly, several board members voiced their support and the nomination was unanimously approved.
Vera Gonzales declined a nomination since she is so frequently out of town on business. There were no other nominations.
Maryellen Hennessy, Planner with the Landmarks and Urban Commission, announced the window restoration workshop to be held May 14 through May 18. Restoration of wooden windows is an historically appropriate alternative to window replacement. She distributed fliers.
Jacque Wright gave an update on the Tree Committee. DNA will donate approximately 20 trees from the $2000 previously approved. Other residents will buy approximately 10-20 trees. Jacque distributed a list of available trees. Our neighborhood grant application for more trees from Bernalillo County is due April 12.
Miriam Ortiz y Pino solicited ideas for the Projects Committee. A discussion ensued regarding available grants, potential partners and fiscal partners for projects.
Bob Yuhas reported on the Safety Committee. He reminded the board of the upcoming meeting, April 9 at Hotel Blue. There will be two speakers from the City to discuss Neighborhood Watch. Bob explained block layouts and the role of block captains, and solicited volunteers. He also thanked Hotel Blue for their donation of the meeting space.
Holly Seibert reported that the Hospitality Committee (tentative name) will meet at her house on Saturday, April 16, 1:00 p.m., 408 11th NW. The committee will discuss ways that they can greet new neighbors. The board agreed that Holly could be reimbursed for reasonable expenses.
Dick Deichsel showed pictures of two houses as curb appeal award nominees. He mentioned that some people might not like the signs in their yards. There was a brief discussion.
Miriam Ortiz y Pino volunteered to chair the May board meeting as the first of the rotating chairs.
Robert Bello suggested that we need a board retreat, in part to schedule rotating chairpersons a few months in advance. After some discussion of dates for the retreat, the board agreed to Friday, May 6 at 6:00 p.m. Bob Yuhas volunteered his house, 215 12th St. NW. The event will be a potluck.
There was a discussion of the upcoming April 7 hearing on the Sector Development Plan before the Environmental Planning Commission. There could be significant opposition to the plan from bail bond offices and property owners whose property is proposed for downzoning.
Robert Bello discussed zoning. Burt’s Tiki Lounge has gained approval to transfer its liquor license from the owner to his children. Lowe’s Grocery has been approved for an off-premises liquor permit. Lowes has agreed to several DNA requests involving security cameras, better cleaning up and some effort at remodeling.
The board voted to not participate this year in the Great American Cleanup on April 30.
Robert Bello proposed that there be a monthly informal get-together on Saturday mornings at Cafe Azul. The purpose is to provide a less formal opportunity for neighbors to meet and share ideas and concerns.
Jacque Wright reported that the limousine service that operates illegally at 510 11th NW (zoned residential) has resumed parking their vehicles on 11th St. The landlord says they will stop, but that only moves the parking problem around the corner to Roma. Robert Bello moved and Jacque Wright seconded a motion that DNA send a letter to the City. The motion was approved unanimously.
With no remaining business to discuss, the meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, David McCain, Secretary.