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Downtown Neighborhoods Association
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Monthly Meeting
August 3, 2011

The August 2011 regular monthly meeting of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association was held at the Harwood Art Center, pursuant to prior approval.

Board members in attendance: Dick Deichsel, Holly Siebert, Robert Bello, Miriam Ortiz y Pino, Ric Higginbotham, Jacque Wright, Lindi Anderson, Jennifer deGarmo, David McCain, Sue Brych, Bob Yuhas, Rick Miera and Reba Eagles. No board members were absent. Nine other neighbors also attended. Sign-in sheets are on file.

Acting Board Chair Robert Bello called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Introductions were made. All board members thanked Holly Siebert for the beautifully organized and well-attended National Night Out on August 2. Ric Higginbotham said the agenda should have time frames allotted for each item in the interest of moving meetings along more efficiently. Susan Deichsel asked to add a brief discussion of membership and DNA’s visibility to the agenda. With that change, the agenda was approved. The July 6 minutes were approved.

Jacque Wright gave the Treasurer’s Report. For the month of July, there was one $25 membership and receipt of the first $1500 of the $3000 County tree grant. Expenses totaled $738.35 for the newsletter ($680.00), home tour office supplies, new checks and two-part carbonless sign-in sheets. The July 31 ending balance was $17,656.27. Jacque moved that DNA should send out invoices for membership renewals to collect the dues and to increase DNA’s visibility. The motion was approved. Miriam Ortiz y Pino moved and Reba Eagles seconded a motion to produce the mailing list for invoices. The motion passed. The treasurer’s report was approved and is on file.

APD Sergeant Art Sanchez gave the Police Report: APD has recently been concentrating attention on the area immediately north of 12th and Lomas. In response to a question, Sgt. Sanchez said that the Lowe’s parking lot is not a major problem, but the 1100 block of Orchard (behind Lowe’s) has illegal activity.

Robert Bello gave the Zoning report. The City of Albuquerque has applied for a full service liqor license for the Albuquerque Museum. The hearing on this permit is scheduled for August 11 at 9:00 a.m.

Robert asked for an e-mail vote on proposals for 903 Forrester NW. The proposals include renovation of the porch and front windows, and the construction of a garage in the back, to be accessed from the alley. The LUCC hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10 at 3:00 p.m.

Jennifer deGarmo presented a draft she had written as a response to the Sector Development Plan (the EPC draft) that will be considered by the City Council’s Land Use Planning and Zoning Committee (LUPZ) on Wednesday, August 10 at 5:00 p.m. (Jennifer’s draft is on file.) The changes that Jennifer proposed involve: the proposed designation of Central as an enhanced corridor and Mountain Road as a corridor; setbacks along alleys; increased open space requirements for Mixed Use Medium properties and properties along the Central Avenue corridor; restrictions on new bail bonds offices; and the zoning of the apartments on the southeast corner of 10th and Tijeras. A lengthy discussion ensued involving bail bonds and the 10th and Tijeras property. Jennifer will send out a revised draft by e-mail for comments and to request board approval of the draft as DNA’s position.

Miriam Ortiz y Pino updated the Board on the North Fourth Study.

Jacque Wright showed a map of DNA with potential homes for the 2012 Historic Houses Tour. Lindi Anderson asked for more volunteers for the tour committee and to act as docents for the tour. We will need approximately 50 docents and they don’t need to live in DNA.

Lindi reported that a few non-board members helped deliver newsletters. The next newsletter will come out near the end of January, in time to announce the March annual meeting.

Susan Deichsel discussed membership and outreach. She recalled that when she and Dick first moved to the neighborhood, the neighbors they talked to didn’t know there was a neighborhood association. She suggested changing the name of the newsletter to make it clear on first glance that it comes from the neighborhood association. Sue Brych suggested that every issue should have a map of DNA in it.

Jacque Wright reported that the first $1500 (of $3000) from the County tree grant is in place for the next six months of planting. There will be about 15 trees planted and she is still soliciting sites. (phone 401-3149 or email

Bob Yuhas reported on the Safety Committee, which has met three times so far. 28 people signed up to be block captains at Neighborhood Night Out. Bob distributed a flyer he had made, describing the Neighborhood Watch Program.

Holly Siebert reported that the Care Committee will meet in August and will reconsider the meal policy after one household who had lost a family member refused the food.

Dick Deichsel announced that the next Curb Appeal Award will go to Jeff Nash at 611 13th NW, for landscaping.

Miriam Ortiz y Pino said that the Projects Committee is working on signs announcing meetings.

Sue Brych will chair the next meeting, September 7.

State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino talked about the possibilities for the upcoming legislative redistricting.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
David McCain