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Downtown Neighborhoods Association
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Monthly Meeting
December 3, 2014

The December 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, Margaret
Connealy, Reba Eagles, Dick Deichsel, Bob Yuhas, Sandy Gregory, Chan Graham, Jeni Pope,
Sue Brych and Rowan Wymark. Four board members were absent. Fourteen other neighbors
also attended. Sign in sheets are on file.

The December meeting is traditionally a potluck. So after a period of socializing, board

chair Reba Eagles called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m. Introductions were made. The agenda

was approved. The November 5 minutes were approved.

Dick Deichsel gave the Treasurer’s Report. For the month of November, there was

$30.00 in income and $239.00 in expenses. The November 30 balance was $26,489.48. The

Treasurer’s Report was approved and is on file.

There was no Police Report.

CITY COUNCIL REPORT

Councilor Isaac (Ike) Benton discussed a number of issues and projects. He gave an

update on the status of the Railyard project, emphasizing the role tourism plays in economic

growth by showing Albuquerque to visitors.

The Complete Streets ordinance will be discussed by the Council in January. The

proposal would require walkability and pedestrian safety considerations to be included in the

planning of any street improvement projects. The Council Land Use, Planning and Zoning

Committee (LUPZ) will consider the Complete Streets proposal and a mental health triage

center for the homeless on Wednesday, December 10 at 5:00 p.m. There was a discussion of the

recent changes to Lomas in DNA. Ike said that the Lomas project did not enhance walkability

and is a good example of the need for Complete Streets. The City’s biannual capital budget

will be considered by the Council in the spring of 2015. Ike pointed out that this will be his

first capital budget cycle representing all of DNA. There was a discussion of street striping for

bicycles and parking as a low cost short-term alternative to expensive street projects.

Ike reported that the Downtown Action Team (DAT) has lost its dedicated tax revenue

in a recent court decision. Reba asked about expanding DAT’s boundaries to increase the

number of businesses with a stake in DAT. Susan Deichsel said that DAT’s sidewalk cleaning

could be replaced if business owners would take responsibility for their own spaces.

There was a discussion of the County grant DNA recently received for a tree survey

and planting a “pilot” block with trees. Ike said that he expects less help from the state due to

declining oil and gas revenues.

HISTORY PROJECT BOOK

Chan Graham had earlier distributed copies of Historic Houses in the DNA, the book he

researched and wrote for the County history project. Several people commented on how well

the text and photographs had turned out.

There were no zoning issues.

NINTH AND TIJERAS

David and Sandy reported on the results of the Landmarks and Urban Conservation

Committee hearing on Sheri Crider’s proposal for design changes to her proposed gallery and

studio project. The Committee agreed to a compromise that reduced the number of sun-blocking

metal screens on the building’s exterior. The project will apparently proceed. A discussion

ensued about the difference between no response from DNA versus support or opposition.

(DNA had taken no position on the design changes but had previously supported the project.)

COMMITTEES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

Miriam announced that the next outing for the Downtown Discovery Club would be

Monday, December 8 at the new 5 Star Burger at 17th

soon repair the streetlights on 12th

Ted Cloak described an exercise program (Silver Slippers) that provides gym

memberships to seniors enrolled in a Medicare Advantage program.

Rowan announced that December 15 is the deadline for submission of articles for the

winter newsletter. She asked Anna Muller to draft an article on Rick Miera, our retiring state

representative.

Lisa Trujillo and Catherine Mexal (from Wells Park) announced that they had 130

signatures on a petition regarding a zoning issue in their neighborhood. They also have a board

election coming up.

Bob Yuhas (for the Safety Committee) reminded the meeting that the holiday season is

also a busy time for burglars. We should pay attention to our neighbors’ houses and not leave

holiday presents in cars.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:25.

Respectfully submitted,

David McCain

Secretary