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Downtown Neighborhoods Association

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Monthly Meeting

October 5, 2016

 

The October 2016 meeting of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association was held in the Library of Lew Wallace Elementary School, pursuant to prior approval.

 

Board Chair Reba Eagles called the meeting to order at 6:45 p.m. Board members in attendance: Reba Eagles, David McCain, Dick Deichsel, Margaret Connealy, Noelle Baroody, Israel Chavez, Rowan Wymark, Ric Higginbotham, Rick Miera, Chan Graham and Alice Bergman. Two board members were absent. (The board currently has only 13 members.) Eleven other neighbors and guest speakers also attended. Sign in sheets are on file.

 

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

 

Dick Deichsel gave the Treasurer’s Report. For the month of September, there was $15.00 in income. Expenses totaled $534.97. The September 30 balance was $46,994.56. The Treasurer’s Report was approved and is on file.

 

CITY COUNCIL REPORT

            Councilor Ike Benton was unable to attend the meeting so Susan Deichsel presented the report Ike had prepared. Ike wants a study of the Bike Boulevard, including the crossing at 14th and Lomas. Susan also described the recent ART event at O’Neill’s Pub.

 

217 THIRTEENTH N W

At the September DNA meeting, Minerva Camp had asked for support for a home office (a conditional use) at the abandoned house she and her husband have bought. They intend to live there with their two small children. They have obtained funding for an extensive renovation but the loan requires that 51% of the renovated building be used as Minerva’s law office. She said that the impact would be very low because she has only two employees, her clients do not meet at her office and there will be no signage. Reba discussed the problem of monitoring these conditional uses. Jacqueline Guilbault said she is opposed to any exceptions to the Sector Development Plan. Scott Alley lives two doors away and supports the conditional use because the house has been abandoned for many years, is in terrible condition and has been a site of drug activity. Ric Higginbotham said that having a family with children in the home is consistent with the mission statement of DNA, “…promoting positive urbanism with a strong sense of community while preserving the historic nature of its homes”. Dwight Auten said that if there is an agreement on a conditional use, it should be in writing. Tom Decker described past successes with these types of conditional uses. Minerva said she has a ZHE hearing in November. Reba said that she will call for an email discussion and vote.

 

HALLOWEEN ON FORRESTER

            Ric Higginbotham moved and Margaret Connealy seconded a motion to provide $1000 for candy, as previously budgeted. The motion passed.

Chan Graham moved and Ric Higginbotham seconded a motion to approve $120 to buy 400 books from the Salvation Army Broadway Thrift Store. The books are given out at Rick Miera’s house. The motion passed.

 

 

 

HISTORIC HOMES PROJECT

 

            Mark Solomon proposed a social history of DNA as a follow-up to the book Chan Graham produced on the neighborhood’s architectural history. Chan said he found much social history in the research he did for the architectural book. Minerva Camp suggested that DNA establish a Google account so that anyone can contribute. Flyers could encourage contributions. Israel Chavez said that there might be funding available from Councilor Benton’s office.

 

COMMITTEES AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

            Melanie Lewis (768-0836, sunnymel42@yahoo.com) solicited volunteers for Lew Wallace Elementary School. Volunteers can tutor or read to the children, among other things.

 

Ric Higginbotham said that DNA should consider a one-time annual gift to Lew Wallace at our November meeting.

 

Dick Deichsel said that the Citizens Policing Council supports the reinstitution of bike patrols but APD says they don’t have the funding. There is a part-time bike patrol (two officers) in the Southeast, which has received good feedback. There is an issue with the D. O. J. monitor’s criticism of APD’s use of force training, but the exact criticisms have not been made public.

 

Chan Graham announced that all 40 trees have been committed for the tree project. There are also six additional residents who have requested trees. Chan said that six additional trees would cost $475 each for a total of $2850. Dick Deichsel suggested that those funds could come from the $4000 remaining in the Community Projects budget. Margaret Connealy moved and Alice Bergman seconded a motion to approve the $2850 expenditure from the Projects budget. The motion passed.

 

Rowan Wymark will try to get “Slow Down Albuquerque” signs for requested streets.

 

Rowan also reported that the Communications Committee wants to consider a single sheet, two-side hard copy of the newsletter in addition to the online version. Minerva Camp volunteered to print the newsletter. The committee has also considered another big event besides the National Night Out, perhaps a night of Holiday caroling. Susan Deichsel will approach Lowe’s Grocery about a community bulletin board. Noelle Baroody encouraged people to engage in online neighborhood conversations on sites like nextdoor.com.

 

David McCain made two announcements: 1. Brixen’s (400 Central S W) is applying for a liquor license, with a hearing scheduled for October 10 at 9:00 a.m.  2. The developers of the Ninth and Tijeras project are waiting for a decision on their request for a variance, which DNA supported. They will present DNA with more detailed drawings for their submission to the LUCC.

 

Alice Bergman and others discussed coyote sightings in the neighborhood.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:40.

 

Respectfully submitted,

David McCain

Secretary