RSS Feed

Downtown Neighborhoods Association
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Monthly Meeting
September 7, 2011

The September 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, David McCain, Sue Brych, Bob Yuhas, Rick Miera and Reba Eagles. One board member was absent. Eight other neighbors also attended. One person was present for a presentation. Sign-in sheets are on file.

Acting Board Chair Sue Brych called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Introductions were made. The agenda and August 3 minutes were approved.
Jacque Wright gave the Treasurer’s Report. For the month of July, there were dues of $115 received, no expenses, for an ending balance of $17,771.27. The treasurer’s report was approved and is on file.
There was no representative from APD and no police report.

Tim Karpoff of Karpoff and Associates reported on this City project, which narrows Central to three lanes (with a center turn lane) from 8th Street to Rio Grande Blvd. Karpoff’s firm is one of several involved in the project; he is a “facilitator”. The project also adds a bike lane to 47th Street and redesigns the area where Central and Lomas merge. Another firm, Civil Transformations Co., is gathering traffic data for a year with the new alignment. Several board members questioned whether there was any prior data for comparison. There were also questions regarding traffic on Lomas and the effect on pedestrians on Lomas. Karpoff will send Sue Brych a list of the firms involved.

Robert Bello gave the zoning report. He reported that Maryellen Hennessy will be at our October 5 meeting to discuss the impact of solar panels and other technology in historic overlay zones. Robert proposed that DNA needs to create a policy for this new technology. He said that some solar panel installations are reversible and others are designed to be less obtrusive. David McCain asked if Maryellen could bring pictures of appropriate panels to the meeting. Robert asked the board to have questions ready for Maryellen in October.
Sue Deichsel will host a breakfast for Neighborhood Clean-up Day (her birthday). Breakfast will be at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 24 at the Deichsel’s, 508 14th NW. The work will start around 9:00.
Ric Higginbotham asked the board to consider asking the City for a Rapid Ride stop in DNA. We have sufficient density and a large number of residents without vehicles. Ric suggested 12th and Central. Jacque Wright moved and Miriam Ortiz y Pino seconded a motion that Ric write a letter to City Transit. The motion passed.
The owners of Latin Fusion restaurant (8th and Lomas) introduced themselves and passed out coupons for the restaurant.
Lindi Anderson reported that the next meeting of the Tour Committee will be a potluck at Jacque Wright’s (509 11th NW) on Tuesday, September 13. We still need a few more suggestions for houses for the tour.
Rick Miera announced that there will be a neighborhood yard sale on Forrester in the near future. No definite date has been set.
Lindi Anderson solicited articles for the next newsletter. Articles should be submitted by early December for a January issue (in time to announce the March annual meeting).
Jacque Wright announced that there are no more trees available for this cycle of planting. She suggested that people look at the conifers by the coffee shop at 8th and Mountain.
Bob Yuhas reported that the Safety Committee would meet in the next month.
Holly Seibert reported that the Care Committee met in August.
Dick Deichsel reported that the next Curb Appeal award will go to Steven Littlejohn at 504 Luna NW. Reba Eagles nominated Steve Cordova’s house on Luna and the suggestion was approved.
Miriam Ortiz y Pino announced that the next meeting of the Neighborhood Projects Committee will be at her house, 819A 12th St. NW on Tuesday, September 20 at 6:30 p.m. Potluck.
There was a brief discussion of signs in parks announcing meetings and attachments to the DNA signs on Lomas for the same purpose.
Miriam announced that e-waste hardware may be taken to the Eagle Rock disposal site.
Reba Eagles announced the Carnuel parade.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:20.

Respectfully submitted,
David McCain