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Downtown Neighborhoods Association

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Monthly Meeting

July 1, 2015

 

The July 2015 meeting of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association was held at the Harwood Art Center, pursuant to prior approval. Board chair Reba Eagles called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

Board members in attendance: Alice Bergman, Noelle Baroody, David McCain, Reba Eagles, Dick Deichsel, Robert Bello, Rowan Wymark, Chan Graham, Margaret Connealy and Sandy Gregory. Five board members were absent. Seven other neighbors also attended. Sign in sheets are on file.

Introductions were made. The agenda was approved. The June 3 minutes were approved.

Dick Deichsel gave the Treasurer’s Report. For the month of June, there was $1091.28 in income (including $415 in newsletter ads and $330 in history book sales). Expenses totaled $228.21. The June 30 balance was $26,281.92. The Treasurer’s Report was approved and is on file.

 

POLICE

            APD was represented by Valley Area Commander Donovan Olvera (250-2661), Lt. A. Sanchez and Crime Prevention Specialist Scott Seibel (761-8805, sseibel@cabq.gov). Olvera has created a new website, valleyareacommand.com. He encouraged the meeting to not leave valuables in plain sight and to lock doors. Crime in DNA is “about average” for Albuquerque. Robert Bello asked about a man who was going from house to house, trying to open doors on his block: does that situation call for a 911 call or a lower priority 242-COPS call? Olvera and the other APD people said it’s a 911 call. Neighbors should be aware of unusual situations on their block- for instance if an individual with a history of property crimes has recently been released from prison.

Crime Prevention Specialist Scott Seibel reminded the meeting about his residential and business inspections, including the many $20 “fixes” he can recommend to improve the security of a building. Neighbors know what is normal activity on their blocks and should not hesitate to call 911 or 242-COPS if they see something that seems suspicious. He reviewed the DNA statistics for June: there were two reports of shots fired. One was an accident and the other was vandalism against a friend’s car, resulting from an argument.

Seibel described the website crimemapping.com which shows the types and locations of crimes. For a small fee more detail about an incident can be requested by calling 768-2030. The website shows that there is more crime around DNA than in our formal boundaries.

For the month of June, DNA had nine reported thefts, which includes shoplifting. Seibel singled out older model (1990-2005) imported cars as easy targets for auto burglaries because they generally do not have good locks or alarms. He also said that it’s a bad idea to leave valuables in plain sight in a car, or anything that even looks like it might be valuable. Garage door openers should be concealed in a car.

 

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT

            Sandy Gregory reviewed plans and committee assignments for the National Night Out (Tuesday, August 4, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Tiguex Park, 19th and Mountain). She distributed sheets with members and detailed responsibilities for each of the four committees. She will look into some way to provide shade for the band. She discussed the raffle, printing extra newsletters for the event, setting up, toilets and cooking. Some board members will be bringing gallon freezer bags of cut fruit. There was a consensus to pay Garcia’s to deliver and pick up the grill. DNA will pay $200 to the face painter who works at the Growers Market.

 

 

EXPANSION OF DNA’s BOUNDARIES

            Reba proposed that DNA expand its western boundary to include the west side of 19th Street and San Pasquale from Lomas to Old Town Road. These areas are currently not part of any neighborhood association. Reba met with several residents at a meeting organized by Phyllis Harper. The change will require that DNA hold a general meeting in September and conduct a vote.

 

COMMITTEES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

            Rowan Wymark will approach Hotel Blue about the possibility of storing our supplies and equipment for the Growers Market information table.

 

There were no zoning issues.

 

Dick Deichsel announced that the Curb Appeal Award for this month is for the residence at 314 14th N W.

 

Dick also announced that Downtown Discovery Club events would go on hiatus through 2015 since DNA members are so involved with the Growers Market and the National Night Out.

 

Chan Graham distributed a progress report on the tree project. Clay Gardner of Desert Gardens Outdoors will submit a proposal to plant trees with 2.5” to 3” trunks on the demonstration block, for the budgeted fee of $3750 to $4000. Dick Deichsel has gotten the required agreements from homeowners in the 400 block of 14th N W. A discussion ensued around the question of planting the demonstration block in all the same species versus planting a variety. Several people said that a single block might be prudent, but planting the same species throughout the neighborhood might expose the neighborhood to some sort of blight. There was no consensus but the Tree Project Committee will research the question.

 

Rowan Wymark said she has “No Soliciting” signs at the meeting for anyone who wants one. She will also put up posters for the National Night Out.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:35.

 

Respectfully submitted,

David McCain

Secretary