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Downtown Neighborhoods Association
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Monthly Meeting
January 3, 2018

The January 2018 meeting of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association was held in the library of Lew Wallace School, pursuant to prior approval.

Holly Siebert called the meeting to order at 6:50 p.m. Board members in attendance: Alice Bergman, David McCain, Rowan Wymark, Lucas Elliott, Asra Ahmad, Minerva Camp, Holly Siebert, Daniel Gutierrez, Noelle Baroody and Israel Chavez. Three board members were absent. (Note: the board currently has 13 members.) Sign in sheets are on file.

Introductions were made. The agenda was approved. The December 6 minutes were approved.

Lucas Elliott gave the Treasurer’s Report. For the month of December there was no income and no expenses. The December 31, 2017 balance was $22,536.03.

Burglaries were up during the holiday season, as expected. Two bicycle officers described their duties, including clearing the public parks at 10:00 p.m. Bicycle officers work the 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. shift. Citizens can request a bicycle officer by calling 242-COPS.

Camille Baca is the Public Outreach Manager for Metro Court (841-9897, Metro Court was established in 1980, combining several smaller civil and criminal courts. She described a few basic Court procedures and gave statistics for 2017.
Sandra Engel is a Metro Court judge (841-8283, She described the eleven specialty courts, such as Mental Health, Veterans, and Domestic Violence. The Metro Court flyer says “these courts, often an alternative to jail, offer participants structure and guidance through counseling and treatment, judicial oversight, and court supervision”. Judge Engel also discussed court technology (such as remote hearings from MDC), the self-help center for pro se litigants, mediation services and jury duty.

Alice Bergman said that there are now seven homes committed (four north of Lomas and three south). Minerva Camp will talk to her neighbors around 13th and Marquette. Rowan Wymark said there should be no problem recruiting enough docents, especially with the annual meeting coming up. Rowan also said that we should recruit a few nearby bars and restaurants that would offer discounts after the tour to people with wrist band “tickets” from the tour.

The annual meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 7 at Hotel Blue (8th and Central). Minerva Camp asked about using microphones for the annual meeting. David McCain announced that these board members have terms that will expire in March 2018: Israel Chavez, Lucas Elliott, Daniel Gutierrez, J.J. Mancini, Rick Miera, Holly Siebert and Rowan Wymark. There are two other vacant board positions.

Rowan Wymark announced that the Community Policing Council now meets at the Wells Park Community Center (Fifth and Mountain). The guest speaker at the next meeting will be the director of the APD Police Academy.

Alice Bergman reported for the Zoning Committee that Risten Paschice (sp?) wants to build three houses on his vacant lots at 14th and Granite. Daniel Gutierrez described the variances Paschise is requesting for lot size and setbacks.

Daniel Gutierrez reported that DNA would probably not get a grant for trees from Councilor Benton’s Neighborwoods fund. One of the criteria for that fund is that the applying neighborhood demonstrates a need for additional trees, but DNA’s existing tree canopy is more extensive than other neighborhoods.

Holly announced that the City is sponsoring training sessions on the Integrated Development Ordinance each Friday from January 12 through February 23. The sessions will take place from 1:00 to 2:30p.m. in the Basement Hearing Room of Plaza del Sol (Second and Roma).

Israel Chavez announced that State Senator Jerry Ortiz y Pino would hold a meeting on the 2018 legislative session on Sunday, January 14 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Hotel Blue (8th and Central).

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15.

Respectfully submitted,
David McCain