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Downtown Neighborhoods Association

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Monthly Meeting

July 5, 2017


The July 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 Vice Chair Israel Chavez called the meeting to order at 6:50 p.m. Board members in attendance: Chan Graham, Alice Bergman, David McCain, Minerva Camp, Rowan Wymark, Israel Chavez, Lucas Elliott, Noelle Baroody, Asra Ahmad and Reba Eagles. Four board members were absent. (Note: the board currently has fourteen members after the resignation of Brandon Roach.) Nine other neighbors and guest speakers also attended. Sign in sheets are on file.


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


Lucas Elliott gave the Treasurer’s Report. For the month of June, there was $250 in film and membership income. Expenses totaled $10.51. The June 30 balance was $24,850.89. The Treasurer’s Report was approved and is on file.



            Valerie Hermanson is a Transportation Planner with the Mid-Region Council of Governments. (724-3611, She described the MRCOG bike share program. A recent MRCOG survey received over 800 responses regarding the bike share program (



            Wayne Johnson is on the Bernalillo County Commission, representing a district including parts of the far northeast heights and the East Mountains. (379-7540, He described his experience with a variety of issues: crime, economic development, homelessness and behavioral health. Two of his major priorities as mayor would be the community-school partnership and reducing the number and cost of lawsuits that the city government settles out of court.



            Chan Graham described the advantages and disadvantages of DNA becoming a 501(C)3. Board members would have a reduced individual liability and DNA would not need a fiscal agent in order to apply for grants. A disadvantage would be a large increase of required paperwork. Reba Eagles said that DNA would no longer be as closely tied to the city government. Minerva Camp described her experience preparing the necessary documents for another non-profit: if DNA paid the full legal costs involved, Minerva said the expense would be very high. No motion was made.



            Israel reported that a recent community meeting was poorly attended.



            Sergeant Sanders reported that there has been little statistical change in crime in DNA. There was a discussion of crime in Robinson Park (8th and Central). There will be an Officer Appreciation Day on Friday, August 11 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Gerald Cline Substation, 5408 Second NW. Food, music and soft drinks provided.






            Rowan Wymark described the goal of the Citizen’s Police Council as getting input from the community. She asked for volunteers. She described the Downtown Alliance Against Crime.


Rowan announced that the summer newsletter is nearly done. Hard copies will go out next week by U.S. mail.



            Alice Bergman discussed three issues for the Zoning Committee:


The Zoning Committee has met three times to consider the Integrated Development Ordinance.  They concluded that “the IDO is not that different from the Sector Development Plan”. Alice distributed a detailed printed summary of the IDO. The City Council Land Use, Planning and Zoning Committee will hold hearings on the IDO on Wednesday, August 16 and Wednesday, August 30 (both at 5:00 p.m.). The full Council will consider the IDO on September 13. Brian Reilly said that a “Character Protection Overlay Zone” for all of DNA would replace the current historic overlay zones.


The Zoning Committee has also looked at the proposal from the Garcia family to rezone a large property on Rio Grande Boulevard north of I-40. The change would allow a “big box” store and a 268-unit residential complex. Over 150 people from adjoining neighborhoods attended a recent meeting to protest the change. A DNA email vote had previously received seven votes to send a letter in opposition to the zone change. An additional vote at the meeting made eight votes to approve the letter (on file).


The last zoning issue was the request by Monica Rempen to increase the hours of operation of her acupuncture practice (1419 Roma NW) from 16 hours per week to 20-24 hours per week. This issue was deferred from the June 7 DNA meeting. DNA had originally supported a conditional use of this residential property, for two days per week at our January 2014 meeting. Alice Bergman summarized the relevant section of the January 8, 2014 DNA minutes and the letter from Robert Bello in opposition to Dr. Rempen’s current request. In response to questions from David McCain, Dr. Rempen said that she currently only sees patients two days per week and she is the only practitioner. Alice Bergman moved and Rowan Wymark seconded a motion to support Dr. Rempen’s request to operate three days per week. The variance, if approved, should attach only to the current business, not the property. The motion passed with seven votes for, one against and two abstentions.



            Chan Graham needs two more volunteers for the Tree Committee. He is considering making a grant proposal for Councilor Benton’s discretionary fund. Councilor Benton is specifically requesting proposals for tree projects. Israel Chavez volunteered for the committee and asked Chan to reach out to Margaret Connealy, a former board member who was active in previous rounds of tree projects. Chan moved and Noelle Baroody seconded a motion to authorize Chan to apply for a grant from Councilor Benton’s fund. The motion passed.


Lucas Elliott said there is no meeting scheduled yet for the Budget Committee.


Israel Chavez reminded the meeting that the National Night Out is scheduled for Tuesday, August 1 at Mary Fox Park, 14th and Roma. The event is an ice cream social.


The meeting was adjourned at 8:50.


Respectfully submitted,

David McCain