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Downtown Neighborhoods Association

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Monthly Meeting

November 4, 2015


The November 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: Sue Brych, David McCain, Dick Deichsel, Rowan Wymark, Chan Graham, Margaret Connealy, Rick Miera, Noelle Baroody, Reba Eagles, Robert Bello, Jeni Pope and Fernando Pizarro. Three board members were absent. Six other neighbors also attended. Sign in sheets are on file.

Introductions were made. The agenda was approved. The October 7 minutes were approved.

Dick Deichsel gave the Treasurer’s Report. For the month of October, there was $705 in income, including $600 in donations from film crews. Expenses totaled $120. The October 31 balance was $29,941.09. The Treasurer’s Report was approved and is on file.



            A.P.D. Crime Prevention Specialist Scott Seibel reported that DNA had ten cases of petty theft and five auto burglaries in October. He reminded the meeting that during the holiday season there are many parcel thefts from porches. He also reminded that in cold weather drivers should not leave a vehicle unattended while it warms up. Don’t leave obvious empty cartons visible if you have gotten expensive electronics.

There was a discussion of police response times, priorities and what types of calls should go to 911 or 242-COPS. Sue Brych asked about recent tagging that looks like “AMRE” but neither Scott nor the uniformed officer recognized the name. On-line reports can be made on

APD is currently about 400 officers short of full strength. Police recruiting is a national problem.



            Reba reported that DNA’s boundaries now include both sides of 19th and both sides of San Pasquale from Central to Old Town Road. We need to deliver revised by-laws to the City.



            Rick Miera said that there were at least 1400 children at the event, based on the number of books given out. Some of the 8th Street hay bale traffic barriers were stolen.



            Reba reported that there are eight homes and Lew Wallace School committed for the tour. Jim Clark will again write and design the tour brochure. The tour committee is considering arranging Mothers Day brunches at restaurants. Tickets will be $15 in advance and $20 at the event. The committee wants to cap advance sales at 1000 tickets. The City is still not sure if renovations to Mary Fox Park will be done in time for the tour. Lew Wallace may be available as a backup.



            Robert Bello reviewed the LUCC approval of solar panels at 1024 Forrester NW (in the 8th and Forrester Historic Overlay Zone). The DNA Sector Development Plan has no provisions for emerging “green technologies” (solar, thermal windows, gray water, etc.) in overlay zones. Robert said that appropriate green modifications should be reversible and have a minimal profile. He said that the Silver Hills neighborhood has a good set of guidelines.



            Rowan Wymark asked for articles for the winter newsletter. The deadline is December 8. Articles can be emailed to


Chan Graham reported that the trees would be planted soon in the demonstration block of 14th between Fruit and Lomas.


Dick Deichsel reminded the board that he would be resigning as Treasure effective January 1, 2016. He will remain on the board.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:30.


Respectfully submitted,

David McCain