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Downtown Neighborhoods Association
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Annual Meeting
March 6, 2013

The March 2013 annual meeting of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association was held at the Fruit Avenue Baptist Church, pursuant to prior approval.
Board members in attendance: Holly Siebert, Rick Miera, Sue Brych, Miriam Ortiz y Pino, David McCain, Curtis Hunt, Chan Graham, Dick Deichsel, Reba Eagles, Jacque Wright, Ric Higginbotham, Lindi Anderson, Bob Yuhas, and Melanie Lewis. One board member was absent. Approximately forty other neighbors also attended. Sign in sheets are on file.
Board Chair Reba Eagles called the meeting to order at 7:20 p.m. Board members introduced themselves. The agenda was approved. The February 6 minutes were approved.
Jacque Wright gave the Treasurer’s Report. For the month of February, income was $15.00 and expenses totaled $2677.52. The major expenses were $1074.53 for equipment for the history project (to be reimbursed from a County grant) and $1352.50 for the printing and mailing of the winter newsletter. The February 28 balance was $24,677.52. The report was approved and is on file.

POLICE REPORT
Sergeant Kenneth Johnston reported that he again has no statistics to report due to technical problems. He announced that both he and Sgt. Cori Lowe have transferred, so our area temporarily will have no regular sergeant assigned to communicating with DNA. He introduced Officer Andrew Hsu (ahsu@cabq.gov, 761-8800), who will fill in until another sergeant is appointed. Miriam Ortiz y Pino asked about graffiti at 12th and Mountain.

ELECTED OFFICIALS
Roxana Meyers, District 2 City Councilor, discussed how she has lived in Albuquerque since she was 21 and owns Century Sign Builders in Martineztown. She is concerned that Albuquerque is “last on so many lists”. She is supports the $20 million renovation of the Convention Center and the UNM incubator for downtown businesses. The out-of-town bank which foreclosed the Anasazi condos at Sixth and Central will repair the façade, finish the first floor and attempt to lease the first floor commercial spaces.

Isaac Benton, District 3 City Councilor, discussed the Silver Moon workforce housing project proposed by Bernalillo County for the vacant lot at 10th and Central. He said that the project is in compliance with City zoning regulations so it is completely up to the County Commission to decide if the project will proceed. Councilor Benton asked for two DNA representatives to meet with county officials and representatives from the Raynolds and Huning Castle neighborhood associations.

URBAN AT ABQ
Susan Deichsel described this volunteer organization, which came together during the renovation of the Lowe’s Grocery and exists “to promote Positive Urbanism in great downtown Albuquerque”. The organization promotes walkable neighborhoods, more roads and spaces for bicycles, and more diversified shopping. The organization is currently promoting three issues:
1. Encourage “parklets” which are small spaces serving as an extension of a sidewalk to provide amenities and green space for people using the street. 2. Encourage more bicycle accessibility, especially in the flat areas of downtown and the valley. 3. A program to screen older movies in the Old Town Plaza. Susan can be reached at 796-5436 or susan@endion.co. The organization’s website is http://urban.abq.us.com/about/index.html and their facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/pages/Urban-at-ABQ/134837029902790.

BOARD ELECTIONS
Sue Brych described the election process. She reported that the following six current board members have terms which expire tonight and wish to remain on the board: Dick Deichsel, Reba Eagles, Chan Graham, David McCain, Miriam Ortiz y Pino, and Bob Yuhas. Lindi Anderson has resigned from the board. Sue nominated Margaret Connealy for Lindi’s position, so there were seven nominations for seven open positions. There were no further nominations from the floor. The seven nominees were elected by acclamation.
(Note: Later in the meeting, Jacque Wright announced that she will delay her planned resignation from the board until the board retreat (probably in April) to give DNA time to recruit a board member and a new treasurer. Jacque volunteered to continue to maintain DNA’s website after she leaves the board.)

Lindi Anderson drew names for door prizes, which were donated by Duran’s Pharmacy, Robin’s Kitchen, Vinaigrette Restaurant, and Cinemart.

Rick Miera reported on the current 60-day legislative session, which ends on March 16. He described the major issues. He reported that there will be funding for maintenance at Robinson Park, since the Growers Market there is such an economic benefit to downtown. There were questions and discussion of the Spaceport and drivers license issues.

ZONING
Sue Brych reported on three zoning issues: 1. There was no objection to a change proposed by the City regarding existing light fixtures in parking lots. 2. A renovation to a building in Old Town Plaza (outside of DNA). 3. The owner of parking lots at 600 and 615 Marquette NW is asking for a total of 5 variances involving landscaping requirements. After a discussion of the history of these lots, David McCain moved and Jacque Wright seconded a motion to oppose the requests. The motion passed and a letter will be sent to the Zoning Hearing Examiner.

COMMITTEES
Bob Yuhas reported on the work of the Safety Committee and encouraged people to call Steve Sink with the City (924-3600) to become a Neighborhood Watch block captain.

Miriam Ortiz y Pino discussed the history project and a project to restore Mary Fox Park, using research on the park’s original landscaping. She also announced that the next evening outing for the Downtown Discovery Club will be on Saturday, March 16. Everyone is invited to meet for dinner at 5:30 at the Thai Crystal restaurant (First and Gold). Then the group will go across the street to the BOX Theater to hear the comedian Stuart Davis. Tickets are $16 at the door or $11 in advance at www.ampconcerts.org/event/131587-Stuart-Davis/.

Curtis Hunt reported that the downtown traffic study is proceeding slowly. The last meeting has not yet been scheduled, but will involve a presentation of the final draft from Vector Engineering.

Chan Graham encouraged people to sign up for the History Project and share family photos and the history of their houses. Volunteers from DNA will scan the photos and take down respondents’ answers to questions about the homes. Chan can be reached at chan@centurylink.net.

Holly Siebert described the Care Committee, which hosts the annual Neighborhood Night Out each August. She solicited ideas for outreach activities and new ways to welcome people moving into the neighborhood.

Dick Deichsel described the DNA Curb Appeal Awards and described plans for Mary Fox Park.

Ric Higginbotham asked everyone to vote for one of the five proposed DNA mission statements posted on the wall. He will announce the results.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:50.

Respectfully submitted,
David McCain
Secretary

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