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Downtown Neighborhoods Association

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Monthly Meeting

December 7, 2016

The December 2016 meeting of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association was held at Reba Eagles’ home, pursuant to prior approval. The December meeting is traditionally a potluck party followed by a short meeting.

Board Chair Reba Eagles called the meeting to order at 7:45 p.m. Board members in attendance: Dick Deichsel, Rowan Wymark, Chan Graham, Alice Bergman, Reba Eagles, David McCain, Margaret Connealy, Noelle Baroody, Rick Miera and Ric Higginbotham. Three board members were absent. (The board currently has only 13 members.) Ten other neighbors and guest speakers also attended. Sign in sheets are on file.

Introductions were made. The November 2 minutes were approved.

Dick Deichsel gave the Treasurer’s Report. For the month of November, there was $40.00 in income. Expenses totaled $2022.70, including a $1000 donation to the Lew Wallace PTA and $959.40 for the Halloween on Forrester. The November 30 balance was $44,957.89.  Dick noted that $20,000 would be spent in December for tree planting. The Treasurer’s Report was approved and is on file.

MAYORAL CANDIDATE

            Susan Deichsel announced her candidacy for mayor. She discussed economic development, citing her role in the renovation of the Lowe’s Grocery. She favors the proposed Integrated Development Ordinance, which is intended to eliminate contradictory and overlapping sections of the current zoning code. The IDO will send clearer signals regarding the locations and uses that are encouraged.

Susan asked attendees for their support. She needs volunteers to collect signatures and $5.00 donations so that she can qualify for public campaign financing. That effort starts on February 15, 2017.

She also said that DNA needs a new Zoning Committee since Robert Bello has left the board. Margaret Connealy and Rowan Wymark volunteered.

CRIME

            Kate Padilla and Paul (last name?) live on 17th St. in the Watson Addition. They said that there have been many break-ins (homes and cars) in their area. They asked if DNA needs to consider private security. There was a lengthy discussion of crime statistics.

TREES AND HISTORY PROJECT

            Chan Graham announced that the planting of 42 trees would start on December 12.

Chan also showed a dummy of his proposed DNA oral history book. Dick Deichsel pointed out that DNA made money on Chan’s architectural history, printed in 2013.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30.

 

Respectfully submitted,

David McCain

Secretary