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Downtown Neighborhoods Association

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Monthly Meeting

April 5, 2017


The April 2017 meeting of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association was held at Lew Wallace School, pursuant to prior approval.


Board Chair Reba Eagles called the meeting to order at 6:50 p.m. Board members in attendance: Chan Graham, Alice Bergman, Reba Eagles, David McCain, Holly Siebert, Gabe Campos, Rick Miera, Daniel Gutierrez, Brandon Roach, Minerva Camp, Asra Ahmad and Rowan Wymark. Three board members were absent. Seven other neighbors and guest speakers also attended. Sign in sheets are on file.


Introductions were made. The agenda was approved. The March 1 minutes were approved.


Holly Siebert gave the Treasurer’s Report. For the month of March, income totaled $478.82 and expenses totaled $288.92. The March 31 balance was $24,562.70. The Treasurer’s Report was approved and is on file.



            Leslie Naji is the Historic Preservation Planner with the City of Albuquerque. (924-3927, She described the tax advantages available for improvements made to homes recognized by the state as historic homes. Homeowners must get the historic designation (“the plaque”) before improvements are begun. Any contributing building in a Historic Overlay Zone (e.g., Fourth Ward, Eighth and Forrester) can get the designation. Homeowners outside of a HOZ may apply individually for the designation. Minerva Camp described her application experience and said that the process is not easy. Leslie can identify consultants who can facilitate the process.



            Tim Keller is the New Mexico State Auditor. (505-476-3800, He is also a candidate for mayor of Albuquerque. He reviewed the annual audit of the City of Albuquerque. The proceeds of the public safety tax are being properly used. In the last ten years, there have been $70 million in civil rights judgments against APD, mainly for shootings. The 2018 federal budget may eliminate anticipated funding for the Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART) project, so the City needs to be prepared for a possible $50 million shortfall. The City has $328 million in unspent capital funds from the state, not an unusual figure. Mr. Keller said the full report could be accessed by googling “New Mexico auditor”.



            Jesse Scott lives near the intersection of Roma and 15th. He distributed pictures of areas near his home that have no sidewalks. He says he has gotten no response from his city councilor. There was a discussion of the legal responsibilities of homeowners versus responsibilities of the City: the practical situation may be that if there is already a sidewalk then the City is responsible to maintain it, but if there is no sidewalk the City may not be responsible to install one. Chan Graham said that DNA could apply for a PNM grant to build sidewalks and/or repair sidewalks that have been dangerously uprooted by tree roots. Jesse volunteered to work up a cost estimate to install sidewalks, based on a prior DNA survey of locations in the neighborhood where no sidewalk currently exists.





            Holly Siebert reported that many neighborhood associations have submitted comment letters regarding the proposed IDO. She proposed that DNA submit an opinion soon in order to have any impact. Leslie Naji said that the IDO would do away with the DNA Sector Development Plan but replace it with a “Character Protection Overlay Zone” that would incorporate the main protections of the SDP.  Rick Miera said that we need to know more about the IDO before we comment. Reba said that the IDO would be discussed at the board retreat on April 23.



            Chan Graham reported that he had gotten a quote of $15 per book to print 300 copies of the DNA History Project. Minerva Camp reminded the meeting that she had previously volunteered to print the pages. She proposed that board members could collate and a friend of hers could do the binding.


Rowan Wymark asked everyone to notify her (366-7279, if the movable letters on DNA signs are not correct. The signs are on the Lomas median at 6th Street and 18th Street.


Susan Deichsel (504-2601, made several announcements: the Greater Central Avenue Committee hosts discussions about the impact of ART on neighborhoods. The DNA historic overlay zones will become Character Protection Overlay zones if the Integrated Development Ordinance (IDO) is passed. She described several sites on Central that are considered “opportunity sites” by advocates of the IDO.


Reba reminded board members that the annual board retreat would be held at her home (610  11th NW) at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 23.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:45.


Respectfully submitted,

David McCain