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Downtown Neighborhoods Association

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Monthly Meeting

April 1, 2015

(revised)  

The April 2015 meeting of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association was held at the Harwood Art Center, pursuant to prior approval.

Board members in attendance: Alice Bergman, Noelle Baroody, David McCain, Margaret Connealy, Reba Eagles, Dick Deichsel, Chan Graham, Sue Brych, Sandy Gregory,

Fernando Pizarro, Jeni Pope, Rowan Wymark, Rick Miera. Two board members were absent. Thirteen 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 March 4 minutes were approved.

Dick Deichsel gave the Treasurer’s Report. For the month of March, there was $1340.08 in income, including $535 in memberships and $475.08 from the County tree grant. Expenses totaled $573.82. The March 31 balance was $27,470.61. The Treasurer’s Report was approved and is on file. Reba pointed out that the annual meeting expenses were only $127.60, thanks in part to the donation of food from Sandy Gregory, owner of Café Lush (7th and Tijeras).

 

There was no police report, but there was a brief discussion of door-to-door solicitors who are improperly working after dark.

 

BERNALILLO COUNTY EXTENSION AGENT

            Graeme Davis (243-1386, gdavis1@nmsu.edu) is available to come to homes and diagnose problems with plants or trees. He distributed circular 457-B (available on bernalillo extension.nmsu.edu), which gives information on planting dates, microclimates in yards, types of soils, compost, beneficial insects and sharing seeds. He answered audience questions on bugs, tree root damage to pipes and spiders. Neither Graeme nor anyone in the audience knew of any community gardens in Bernalillo County. Graeme also teaches master gardener classes from January through March (enrollment in September).

 

Norma Perez thanked DNA for our support of her proposal to enlarge the attic of her home in the Fourth Ward Historic Overlay Zone.

 

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

State Representative Javier Martinez (553-1129, javier.martinez@nmlegis.gov) described the recently concluded legislative session. The capital outlay budget is in limbo, awaiting the governor’s signature. Javier sponsored a bill to streamline the process to achieve legal guardianship over minor children. He would like to see legislation requiring former legislators to wait two years before they are allowed to work as paid lobbyists. He thanked retired representative Rick Miera for his help in Javier’s first legislative session. Javier serves on the Environmental and the Ways and Means Committees. He criticized the state’s reliance on the gross receipts tax. Javier encouraged people to contact him with concerns and ideas.

 

There were no formal zoning issues but Rowan Wymark asked if anyone knew if there was a project proposed for the vacant lot on the east side of 8th between Fruit and Roma. PNM has been doing some work there but no one at the meeting was aware of a proposed construction.

 

 

TREE PROJECT

Chan Graham announced that the Tree Project committee would meet at Harwood on Saturday, April 11, 8:30 a.m. at Harwood. He solicited more volunteers for the one-day tree survey to be held from 8:30 until around noon on Saturday, May16. Volunteers will meet at Harwood (7th and Mountain) for an orientation and then survey the number and condition of trees in assigned areas. Lunch will be provided.

 

COMMITTEES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

            Susan Deichsel discussed the maintenance of bus stops as a neighborhood project. She said that the best projects are the ones that are very visible.

 

Reba reminded the meeting that any DNA resident may start a committee devoted to some issue, whether that person is a board member or not.

 

Lisa Trujillo from Wells Park encouraged DNA to take out a group membership to the Explora Museum.

 

Sandy Gregory said that she would soon start planning the Neighborhood Night Out, the annual nationwide event that takes place in August.

 

Rowan said that the Communications Committee now includes Jeni Pope and Noelle Baroody. Jeni is handling the DNA website (abqdna.com) and Noelle maintains our facebook page.

 

BOARD RETREAT

Reba explained that the board has an annual retreat, mainly to discuss goals for the next year and elect officers. After some discussion, the retreat was scheduled for Sunday, April 19, 3:00 p.m. at Reba’s house, 610 11th NW.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35.

 

Respectfully submitted,

David McCain

Secretary