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November 2, 2011

The November 2011 regular monthly meeting of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association was held at the Harwood Art Center, pursuant to prior approval.
Board members in attendance: Holly Siebert, Robert Bello, Miriam Ortiz y Pino, Ric Higginbotham, Jacque Wright, Lindi Anderson, David McCain, Sue Brych, Bob Yuhas, Rick Miera, Dick Deichsel and Reba Eagles. One board member was absent. Twelve other neighbors also attended. Sign-in sheets are on file.

Acting Board Chair Dick Deichsel called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Introductions were made. The agenda was approved with the addition of a discussion of a disclosure statement for prospective home buyers in an historic overlay zone. The October 5 minutes were approved with the addition of the thanks that were offered to Susan Deichsel at the October meeting for organizing the neighborhood clean up in September.

Jacque Wright gave the Treasurer’s Report. For the month of October, there were dues of $60 received, expenses of $1108.94, for an ending balance of $16,682.08. Expenses included $679.94 for the purchase of trees and $400.00 to Scott Carlson for tree planting. The treasurer’s report was approved and is on file.

Jacque Wright then asked the Board to approve $500 to purchase additional trees to plant now, since fall is a good time to plant. These trees will fulfill commitments already made to homeowners. The money will come from the County tree-planting grant. Miriam Ortiz y Pino moved and Sue Brych seconded a motion to approve the request. The motion passed.

YMCA
Kia Kennedy of the YMCA described the Infant, Toddler and Pre-School programs offered at the Y’s Child Development Center in the Bank of America Building (Third and Roma). She distributed flyers and described some introductory enrollment offers. There will be a Holiday Open House on December 16. Ms. Kennedy can be contacted at 881-4787 or by e-mail at kkennedy@ymcacnm.org or you can visit their web site at ymcacnm.org.

MARTIN HEINRICH
Marsha Garcia from Representative Heinrich’s office reviewed the congressman’s events in October, including a Job Fair attended by 10,000 people. Representative Heinrich successfully supported an urban wildlife refuge on the site of the former Price’s Dairy south of Albuquerque. He will also hold a Telephone Town Hall on November 15, emphasizing issues of importance to veterans.

Dick Deichsel pointed out that our rotating chair policy would expire in January. Jacque Wright moved and Ric Higginbotham seconded a motion to continue the policy through the March annual meeting. The motion passed. The following board members volunteered to chair upcoming meetings:
January- Reba Eagles
February- Jacque Wright
March- Sue Brych
If no permanent chair is selected at the Annual Meeting, Bob Yuhas will chair in April.

COMMITTEES
Robert Bello announced that the next hearing on the proposed Sector Development Plan would be Wednesday, November 30 at 5:00 p.m. in the Council Committee Room on the 9th floor of City Hall (5th and Marquette). Robert proposed that board members attend this hearing and that we consider it our December meeting, since DNA meetings in December often have poor attendance. Jacque Wright moved and David McCain seconded to approve moving our December meeting to November 30. The motion passed. There was some discussion of adjourning to Andaluz or some other place of public amusement after the hearing.

Robert concluded the Zoning Committee Report with an update on 1301 Marble NW. The property is still being converted from single family to two units. This conversion is allowed under the current Sector Development Plan but not in the proposed new plan. A third unit will be built on the site in a space now occupied by a garage.

Lindi Anderson reported that the Tour Committee would meet on Tuesday, December 6, 6:30, at Anna Muller’s house, 501 11th NW. Potluck. She solicited docents and ads for the tour program. The program will cost $900. Lindi emphasized that this meeting is important, as we get closer to the tour in May.

Lindi also gave the report for the Communications Committee. She asked for articles to be submitted before the end of December for the newsletter that will come out in January. Rick Miera will write an article on issues that will be covered in the upcoming legislative session. Since this newsletter will announce the March annual meeting, there was a discussion of the site for the meeting. There was a consensus for Hotel Blue.

Jacque Wright reported on the status of tree planting supported by DNA’s grant from Bernalillo County. Nine trees are in and 11 more need to be planted. Jacque and Bill are planning to do the planting. Miriam Ortiz y Pino asked if there was any need to revise the budget for the grant. Jacque will get the Tree Care Manual done. Sue Brych suggested that volunteers should help Jacque with the planting. Finally, Bernalillo County wants an interim report on the grant: Bernadette Miera from the County will meet with Miriam, Jacque and Reba Eagles to survey the trees planted so far.

Bob Yuhas announced that the next meeting of the Safety Committee is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, November 29, 6:30 at Hotel Blue. Attendance at the last two meetings has been disappointing and DNA needs many more block captains. Holly Siebert moved and Reba Eagles seconded a motion for a $200 snack budget for the Safety Committee. The motion passed.

Bob Yuhas then proposed a “disclosure statement” for people considering buying property in one of our Historic Overlay Zones. He distributed a tentative draft. (The draft is on file.) The statement informs potential buyers that there are restrictions on renovations or remodels in an HOZ. No vote was taken but there was no objection to the concept or the verbiage. The discussion centered on the mechanics of identifying potential buyers and informing them.

Holly Siebert said the Care Committee would meet after the holidays. No one has notified Holly of any new neighbors who have moved into DNA recently.

Dick Deichsel reported that there are no Business Curb Appeal awards for November and that the Residential Award went to Steve Cordova at 607 Luna NW.

Miriam Ortiz y Pino said the Neighborhood Projects Committee would meet in January. Dick Deichsel wants to repair the lettering and the worn wood on the old DNA wooden signs in the spring. Miriam will continue to investigate signs announcing our meetings and events.

Nathan Fox sent an e-mail to Mayor Berry (and copied DNA) concerning a proposal by the City administration to move the (Un)Occupy Albuquerque demonstration to Robinson Park at 8th and Central. After some discussion, there was no motion to support Mr. Fox’s letter. Jacque Wright moved and Reba Eagles seconded a motion that DNA write a letter opposing the plan to move the demonstration to Robinson Park. DNA’s letter will emphasize our concern for this historic park, the City’s recent investments in improvements to the park and the fact that the grass will soon be reseeded. The motion passed.

Rick Miera thanked the board for DNA’s donation of money for Halloween candy for Forrester Street and reported that over 1000 children attended this annual event.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:23 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
David McCain
Secretary