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The September 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, Sue Brych, Fernando Pizarro, Dick Deichsel, Bob Yuhas,

Jeni Pope, Robert Bello, Sandy Gregory and Ric Higginbotham.

Two board members were

absent. Eleven other neighbors also attended. Sign in sheets are on file.

Board chair Reba Eagles called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Introductions were

made. The agenda was approved. The August 6 minutes were approved.

Dick Deichsel gave the Treasurer’s Report. For the month of August, there was $30.00

in income and $1791.30 in expenses (including $1000 to support CiQlovia and $719.22 for the

National Night Out). The August 31 balance was $30,092.82. The Treasurer’s Report was

approved and is on file.

There was no Police Report.


Representatives from the City and MRWM Landscape Architects presented proposed

options for the renovation of Mary Fox Park (14th

and Recreation, introduced the discussion. There is presently $180,000 available for the

renovation ($90,000 from a state grant sponsored by Rep. Rick Miera and $90,000 in City

Council Set Aside funds from Councilor Ike Benton). City staff believes the design and history

of the park make it unsuited for xeriscape. The work may be started as soon as Spring 2015 and

completed in less than six months. The plan intends to repair the pergola without damaging the


Greg Miller of MRWM described two tentative proposals and distributed plans.

Proposal A focuses more on children’s activities while Proposal B focuses on “passive

recreation”. Both proposals include irrigation and drainage improvements, and renewal of turf

areas. Several people recommended play sites for a wider age range of children. Ric suggested

locating the proposed second pergola (and table) closer to the center so street people aren’t

hidden. Fernando said he liked Summit Park (Constitution and Richmond) as a meeting place

for adults. David said he would be opposed to a basketball half court because the park is too

small and there are several other courts in the area. Miriam asked about a water fountain, but

these often have maintenance issues. Reba encouraged the meeting to email comments to Judith

Wong (


Bob Yuhas thanked Sandy Gregory for her coordination of the National Night Out and

presented her with a plaque.

Dick Deichsel passed around a bound draft sample of the book that Chan Graham is

proposing for the history project. This version would cost $10 each for 350 copies. Mark

Solomon asked why his home is pictured but he was not contacted to give permission. Reba

said we cannot print the book until that issue is resolved for all the homes pictured. But we must

have a contract with a printer before the deadline included in the County grant.

Robert Bello said there are no zoning issues.

Margaret Connealy (for the Care Committee) said that very few people were available

for the clean up after the National Night Out. She said we need to assign definite

responsibilities for set up and clean up at neighborhood events. David McCain said we should

bring this issue up in February in assigning tasks for the annual meeting.

Miriam Ortiz y Pino said she had been contacted by a contractor who conducts classes

(for a fee) about how to hire a contractor. There was little interest.

Mark Solomon said that the DNA minutes have not been posted on the website since

May. Reba and David will take care of this problem.

Reba asked Anna Muller about the remaining section of Robinson Park (8th

Dick Deichsel announced that volunteers for the neighborhood clean up will meet at

Mary Fox Park (14th

of hands so he knows how many burritos to get. There were ten volunteers to work from 9:00 to

noon. Dick encouraged neighbors to routinely pick up trash as they walk around the


Rowan Wymark announced that the Kimo Theatre (5th

movie with a live orchestra on the evening of Saturday, September 27.

A representative from CiQlovia (Sunday, September 21, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)

announced a route change for the open streets event. Mary Fox Park (14th

be a center of activities. Volunteers are encouraged. (

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40.

Respectfully submitted,

David McCain


and Roma) at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 27. He asked for a show