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Downtown Neighborhoods Association

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Monthly Meeting

October 7, 2015


The October 2015 meeting of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association was held at the Harwood Art Center, pursuant to prior approval. Board chair Reba Eagles was unable to attend. Vice-Chair Sue Brych called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

Board members in attendance: Sue Brych, David McCain, Dick Deichsel, Rowan Wymark, Chan Graham, Margaret Connealy, Sandy Gregory, Rick Miera and Ric Higginbotham. Six board members were absent. Eight other neighbors also attended. Sign in sheets are on file.

Introductions were made. The agenda was approved. The September 2 minutes were approved.

Dick Deichsel gave the Treasurer’s Report. For the month of September, there was $14.26 in income and no expenses. The September 30 balance was $24,356.09. The Treasurer’s Report was approved and is on file.


There was no police report.



At the September 2 general meeting, there was a unanimous vote to expand DNA’s boundaries to include the west side of 19th and both sides of San Pasquale from Central Avenue to Old Town Road. A board vote was required now to amend DNA’s bylaws to reflect the new boundaries. David McCain moved and Rowan Wymark seconded a motion to approve the amendment. The motion passed.



Margaret Connealy proposed that DNA somehow help businesses place bike racks by their locations. Dick Deichsel pointed out that DNA had donated racks to Lowe’s Grocery and Lowe’s had paid to install them. There was a lengthy discussion involving DNA funds, City funds and selection of businesses. Susan Deichsel volunteered to ask Councilor Ike Benton about using his discretionary fund to provide bike racks.



            Rick Miera reviewed plans for the celebration. He has 1200 books so far, including the 400 that DNA bought from the Salvation Army thrift store. Rick will make the necessary arrangements with the Police and Fire departments. He will also arrange for hay bales to block the streets. David McCain and Reba Eagles will buy the candy that DNA is donating and deliver to Rick.



            Ric Higginbotham announced that the first meeting of the 2016 Mother’s Day Tour Committee would be held at Reba’s home (610 11th NW) at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 11. The meeting will take no more than one hour and will not be a potluck, but committee members will go to dinner afterward. Mothers Day will fall on May 8 in 2016.

Seven homes and Lew Wallace School (a WPA building) are committed for the tour.

There was a discussion of whether the renovation of Mary Fox Park would be completed in time for the park to again serve as the organizing site for the tour. Susan Deichsel said that the work was scheduled to begin several months ago but the contractor backed out of the project. The new director of Parks and Recreation said a new contractor would be selected in the next month.

Ric said the trolley has been scheduled for the tour.



            Rick Miera announced that the Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission had approved the solar panels at 1024 Forrester N W.


Rowan Wymark solicited articles for the winter 2016 newsletter. This will be the first on-line issue, though there was a discussion of printing a limited number.


Dick Deichsel reminded the meeting that he would be resigning the Treasurer position by January 1. He will remain on the board. The new treasurer must be a board member.


Rowan said that Lew Wallace School (Roma and Sixth) has a problem with dogs defecating near their sidewalks.


Mark Solomon asked about the legal and safety regulations regarding tree trimming. Several neighbors offered comments.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

David McCain