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The July 2014 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, Rowan Wymark,

Margaret Connealy, Reba Eagles, Sandy Gregory, Robert Bello and Chan Graham. Seven board

members were absent. Eight other neighbors also attended. Sign in sheets are on file.

Board chair Reba Eagles called the meeting to order at 7:10 p.m. Introductions were

made. The agenda was approved. The June 4 minutes were approved.

There was no Treasurer’s Report, though Dick Deichsel had submitted it by email.

DNA has received the $4790.93 reimbursement from the County for the history project. (Note:

the Treasurer’s Report is attached to these minutes, though it was not read at the meeting.)

Rowan Wymark reported that the summer newsletter (announcing the National Night

Out) is ready for the printer. Chan Graham needs to add the advertisements.

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

Sandy Gregory reported that the event is on schedule for Tuesday, August 5 at Tiguex

Park (19th

and Mountain Road) at 6:00 p.m. Sandy has reserved the northwest section of the

park, including two hours of electrical power. Sandy reported plans for a grill, sno cone

machine, tables, tablecloths and banners. Her husband Tom will handle the grill. David McCain

will contact Lowe’s Grocery about donating water. There will be 200 hamburgers and 200 hot

dogs.

There are two possibilities for music: Patty Stephens or Cactus Tractor (who might

perform for no charge). There was a consensus that Sandy and/or Reba will make these

arrangements.

Miriam Ortiz y Pino moved and Rowan Wymark seconded a motion to approve $1000

for the event. The motion passed.

Sandy encouraged everyone to bring coolers.

COMMUNITY REQUEST FUND

Miriam Ortiz y Pino had previously emailed the board a proposal for criteria for the

awarding of DNA funds. The proposal was created at a June meeting of the Neighborhood

Projects Committee. It was written to answer concerns that DNA has no objective standards for

considering funding requests from individuals or groups:

“We have set aside $5000.00 in a community requests fund to be used for arts

& culture or community improvement projects within the boundaries of the

Downtown Neighborhoods Association (DNA).

Organizations with a project within the DNA may request funds by submitting

a letter of request that reflects how the project supports the DNA’s mission and must

include a simple budget. Receipts documenting how funds were spent, and a final

report and/or presentation at a meeting or event is a requirement for funding.

All requests will be awarded at the discretion of the board in the amounts of

$100 – $5000.00.”

There was an extensive discussion and many amendments were proposed.

Margaret Connealy moved and Rowan Wymark Seconded approval of this revised

motion:

“The DNA tries to set aside funds each year in a community requests fund to be used

for arts & culture or community improvement projects within the boundaries of the

Downtown Neighborhoods Association (DNA).

Organizations with a project within the DNA may request funds by submitting a

letter of request that reflects how the project supports the DNA’s mission and must

include a simple budget. Receipts documenting how funds were spent, and a final

report and/or presentation at a meeting or event is a requirement for funding.

All requests will be awarded at the discretion of the board.”

The motion was approved.

ZONING

Robert Bello reported that Gabriel Holguin has requested a beer and wine

license for a “high-end tapas restaurant” at 11th

for August 19. The board took no position.

COMMITTEES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

There was a discussion of postponing the August meeting because it falls on the

evening after the National Night Out. There was a consensus to meet on the regular

evening, Wednesday, August 6.

Miriam announced that the next event for the Downtown Discovery Club would

be would be Shakespeare on Civic Plaza on Sunday afternoon, July 13. Tickets range

from $5 to $15. Following that is the Friday, August 1 ArtsCrawl starting at Sumner

and Dene Gallery, 517 Central NW.

There was a long conversation with three neighbors from the Wells Park

neighborhood. The discussion involved zoning issues and the means by which

neighborhood associations take positions and effectively represent the neighborhood at

public hearings. The association meets every second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 in

the Wells Park Community Center, Fifth and Mountain.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15.

Respectfully submitted,

David McCain

Secretary