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Downtown Neighborhoods Association

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Monthly Meeting

December 2, 2015

 

The December 2015 meeting of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association was held at the Harwood Art Center, pursuant to prior approval. The December meeting is always a potluck social event and a monthly meeting. Board chair Reba Eagles called the meeting to order at 7:15 p.m.

Board members in attendance: Sue Brych, David McCain, Dick Deichsel, Rowan Wymark, Chan Graham, Margaret Connealy, Rick Miera, Noelle Baroody, Reba Eagles, Ric Higginbotham, Sandy Gregory and Alice Bergman. Three board members were absent. Seven other neighbors also attended. Sign in sheets are on file.

The agenda was approved with the addition of a discussion of the winter newsletter. The November 4 minutes were approved.

Dick Deichsel gave the Treasurer’s Report. For the month of November, there was $313.40 in income and $785.92 in expenses, including $737.92 for Halloween on Forrester. The November 30 balance was $24,468.57. Dick pointed out that sales of DNA’s guide to historic homes have exceeded $3000. The Treasurer’s Report was approved and is on file.

 

Reba announced that the new DNA boundaries are now officially recorded with the City.

 

TREE PROJECT

            Ric Higginbotham announced that the planting of frontier elms on the demonstration block (14th between Lomas and Fruit) would be completed on December 3. The County grant included eight trees but DNA will use its matching contribution of $1000 to plant two additional trees. There will be a photo opportunity with board members on December 3. Susan Deichsel attended the recent City Council swearing in ceremony and said that our councilor, Ike Benton, mentioned trees as one of his priorities.

 

DNA BUDGET AND PROJECTS

            Alice Bergman said that DNA should seek out ways to initiate more neighborhood projects since we consistently have more than $25,000 available. A long discussion followed about various proposals for projects. Gwyn Metz asked if DNA could sponsor the trimming of dangerous low-hanging limbs like the ones at 12th and Roma. Dick Deichsel pointed out that DNA has leveraged its cash as matches for grants like the tree project and the history project. Gwyn also asked if DNA could sponsor additional lighting for dark sidewalk areas in the neighborhood. There was a discussion of the propriety of DNA providing $40 lights with motion detectors for individual homes even if a larger area of sidewalk was provided additional lighting.

 

MOTHERS DAY TOUR

            Ric Higginbotham said that Jim Clark has proposed a theme for the 2016 tour: “what made the neighborhood?” The next meeting of the tour committee will be at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, 12/7 at Ric’s home, 1401 Roma N W. All board members are expected to volunteer for one of the several tasks required for a successful tour. Board members should also publicize the tour on any publicity outlet they have access to.

 

COMMITTEES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

            Rowan Wymark announced that only 300 people are currently on the email list for the digital version of the winter newsletter. She proposed that DNA produce a flyer in hard copy- a single two-side 8.5 X 11 sheet with the two most important articles. This flyer would go out to the whole neighborhood by U S mail. David McCain moved and Dick Deichsel seconded a motion to produce the flyer. The motion passed.

 

Susan Deichsel announced that she is organizing a group to attend “A Christmas Carol” at the Albuquerque Little Theater. Saturday, 12/19 at 2:00 p.m. The group will go to dinner afterward.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:10.

 

Respectfully submitted,

David McCain

Secretary