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Downtown Neighborhoods Association
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Monthly Meeting
June 7, 2017

The June 2017 meeting of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association was held in the meeting room of the Bow and Arrow Brewery, pursuant to prior approval. Lew Wallace School is not available for the June and July meetings.


Board Chair Holly Siebert called the meeting to order at 6:45 p.m. Board members in attendance: Chan Graham, Alice Bergman, David McCain, Holly Siebert, Rick Miera, Minerva Camp, Rowan Wymark, Israel Chavez, Lucas Elliott, Noelle Baroody and Daniel Gutierrez. Three board members were absent. (Note: the board currently has fourteen members after the resignation of Gabe Campos.) Twelve other neighbors and guest speakers also attended. Sign in sheets are on file.


Introductions were made. The agenda was approved. The May 3 minutes were approved.


Lucas Elliott gave the Treasurer’s Report. For the month of May, there was $3.70 in interest income. There were no expenses. The May 31 balance was $24,611.40. The Treasurer’s Report was approved and is on file.



            Gabe Campos has resigned from the board. J.J. Mancini volunteered to be nominated for the vacant position. He described his interest in the neighborhood. Israel Chavez moved and Rowan Wymark seconded a motion to elect J.J. Mancini. The motion passed unanimously.



            Vicente Quevado is the Neighborhood Liaison for the City’s O.N.C. (768-3332, He explained the ONC move to the office of the City Council. He described the ONC’s on-line presence ( Rowan Wymark said that the ONC neighborhood map did not have the correct boundaries for DNA.



            Sergeant Nicholas Sanders (761-8808, cell 259-3608, and two other APD representatives gave the May statistics for DNA, which included a low number of auto and home burglaries. He reminded the meeting to lock the doors of residences and vehicles. Only more serious incidents are recorded on APD’s facebook page.



            Melanie Lewis is on the board of the school’s PTA. She said that student field trips are an important part of a student’s experience but are often not supported by the school’s funds. She asked DNA to make a donation to the PTA (not the school) to support field trips in the 2017-2018 school year. Minerva Camp moved that DNA donate the same annual amount ($1000) that we formerly donated to the Harwood Art Center when DNA met at Harwood. Rowan Wymark seconded the motion. The motion passed. The letter of transmittal will specify that the donation is intended to support field trips.



            Sol Luna Solar is a solar energy company based in Dixon, NM. (505-455-8875, Micah Reynolds (505-901-3029) said that the company has made 10,000 installations in Albuquerque. Their systems are guaranteed for 25 years. He discussed their experience with flat and pitched roofs in historic districts.



            Alice Bergman reported on the recent meeting of the Zoning Committee. She said the IDO would make very few zoning changes in DNA. (See the IDO conversion map on

Daniel Gutierrez (for the Zoning Committee) said that the IDO and the subsequent “A to Z” Comprehensive Plan would replace DNA’s Sector Development Plan. DNA’s Historic Overlay Zones would be included in the IDO as “Character Protection Overlay Zones”. DNA will be part of “Central Albuquerque”, one of twelve “community planning areas” and we should insure that DNA is well represented in the planning area discussions. Daniel said that DNA has an August 9 deadline to comment on the IDO if we want a response from the City, or an August 30 deadline without a response. Daniel will email the board some pertinent references to sections of the IDO.

Brian Reilly (, 216-659-6287) is a planning consultant and an advocate for the IDO. He said that “zoning is a tool to define the future”. He announced an event coming up in early July at a date yet to be scheduled. The event is intended as a forum on the IDO for DNA and adjoining neighborhoods.

Daniel Gutierrez said he would send an email to the board with comments on the IDO. Alice Bergman will schedule a Zoning Committee meeting.



            Rowan Wymark solicited contributions for the July newsletter, which will be sent out in time to announce the August National Night Out.


Alice Bergman said that the Garcia family is proposing a Wal-Mart for their property on Rio Grande Boulevard just north of I-40. The Garcias own 19 acres and the Wal-Mart would be 55,000 square feet. Rick Miera described the opposition from adjoining neighborhoods. Holly Siebert said that DNA should support the positions from adjoining neighborhoods.


Daniel Gutierrez has looked at grants available to 501(c)3 organizations. DNA is not a 501(c)3. Holly said we should discuss this at the July meeting.



            Monica Rempen described her Oriental Medicine practice at 1419 Roma N W. (Note: at our January 2014 meeting, DNA supported Dr. Rempen’s request for a conditional use to operate her practice for two days per week.)  She is asking for DNA’s support to increase her hours of operation from “16 hours per week” to “20-24 hours per week”. She said she would still be the only practitioner.  David McCain said that he would email Dr. Rempen’s neighbors Robert Bello (across the street) and Jesse Scott (next door) to solicit their opinions about this proposal. The request was deferred to the July 5 DNA meeting.



            Rick Miera announced that he is running for Lieutenant Governor.


Holly Siebert announced that the National Night Out working group will meet in July.



            Israel Chavez announced that he will attend an upcoming community meeting to oppose PNM’s proposal for a rate increase. He wants DNA’s support for that opposition. A discussion ensued regarding whether the rate increase is an appropriate issue for DNA to support or oppose. Israel moved and Alice Bergman seconded a motion to oppose the rate increase and authorize Israel to represent that position for DNA. The motion passed with seven board members in favor, two opposed and one abstention.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:40 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

David McCain