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Downtown Neighborhoods Association
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Monthly Meeting
February 6, 2013

The February 2013 regular monthly meeting of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association was held at the Harwood Art Center, pursuant to prior approval.
Board members in attendance: Miriam Ortiz y Pino, David McCain, Curtis Hunt, Chan Graham, Dick Deichsel, Reba Eagles, Jacqueline Wright, Ric Higginbotham, Lindi Anderson, Bob Yuhas, and Melanie Lewis. Four board members were absent. Seven other neighbors also attended. Sign in sheets are on file.
Board Chair Reba Eagles called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. Introductions were made. The agenda was approved. The January 2 minutes were approved.
Jacque Wright gave the Treasurer’s Report. For the month of January, income was $698.00, the first installment of the County History grant. Expenses were $799.29, for an I Pad for the history project. The January 31 balance was $27,266.02. The report was approved and is on file.

Sergeant Kenneth Johnston reported that he again has no statistics to report due to technical problems. There were no crime concerns expressed by meeting attendees. Sergeant Johnston thanked the meeting for their January comments. He reminded everyone that the man who shot at the 11th and Mountain stop sign lives just up the street on Rosemont.

(See the January 2 minutes for a description of the proposal.)
Anna Muller reported that she and Rick Miera had met with the Raynolds and Huning Castle neighborhood associations. Both groups are opposed to the project. Anna commented that she felt the Sector Development Plan should not have allowed high density zoning as far west as 10th St., which includes the site of this proposal.
Jacqueline Guilbault said that Petra Morris (with the City Planning Department) told her that the proposal does not violate any zoning regulations. But Petra also said she was not aware of any neighborhood objections to the project.
Jacque Wright moved and Chan Graham seconded a motion to send the County a letter opposing the project for three reasons: 1. the lack of adequate parking, which will force tenants to park in the nearby commercial and residential areas; 2. the high density of the project, which has only studio and one-bedroom apartments; 3. it is the fourth such project in Albuquerque, but the only one proposed to be 100% occupied by workforce housing tenants. The motion passed 11-0.

Chan Graham solicited History Project volunteers for the first two Saturdays in March (March 2 and March 9) from 9:30 a.m to 2:30 p.m at the Harwood Art Center. The volunteers will scan photos and record stories from downtown residents. The History Project Committee will finalize plans on Wednesday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. at Jacque Wright’s house, 509 11th NW. Potluck. This meeting will coincide with the organizing of the newsletter mailing, discussed below.
Chan also announced that the Harwood Art Center will have a fundraising campaign to match DNA’s grant for renovations to the south meeting room.

The DNA Annual Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 p.m. at the Fruit Avenue Baptist Church, corner of Fruit and Eighth. Reba Eagles will change the announcement signs to announce the meeting. Lindi Anderson solicited door prizes. She said that there would be pizza, and food from Café Lush.

Miriam Ortiz y Pino reported for the Projects Committee. There will be another evening out for pool at Anodyne (409 Central NW) on Monday, February 11 at 6:00 p.m. Miriam solicited project suggestions, including ideas for improvements to Mary Fox Park. She is working with a landscaper who has volunteered to find the original plans for the park. The next committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, Feb. 25, 6:00 p.m. at Miriam’s apartment, 819 12th St. NW. Potluck.

Curtis Hunt reported that adoption of the new traffic plan has been delayed. Tom Menicucci (with the City Traffic Engineers) needs to give an update to our new City Councilor, Roxana Meyers.

Chan Graham introduced the Budget Committee’s proposal for the 2013 budget. After some discussion of DNA’s current and past support of Harwood, Dick Deichsel moved and Chan seconded a motion to add $1000 to the budget to be donated to Harwood for “facility maintenance and improvement”. The motion passed 11-0.
David McCain asked why the proposed budget did not include funds for a new round of tree planting. The reason is that so far no one has stepped forward to administer the program.
As Treasurer, Jacque Wright read the budget to the board, who already had seen it by email. David McCain moved and Dick Deichsel seconded the passage of the budget as amended. The motion passed 11-0.

Lindi Anderson thanked Rowan Wymark (editing) and Chan Graham (design) for their work on the Winter newsletter, which is scheduled to be mailed the week of February 11. This newsletter will announce the annual meeting and ask neighbors to share their stories and photos for the history project.
The newsletters need to be tabbed and bundled with Post Office forms. Volunteers for the tabbing will meet at Jacque Wright’s house, 509 11th NW, on Wednesday, February 13 at 6:00 p.m. Potluck. This meeting will coincide with the meeting to plan the history project activities for the first two Saturdays in March.

Marilyn Bowman announced that the Membership Committee will have a table at the annual meeting.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:20 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
David McCain