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Downtown Neighborhoods Association
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Monthly Meeting
April 4, 2018
 

The April 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 6:55 p.m. Board members in attendance: Alice Bergman, David McCain, Asra Ahmad, Minerva Camp, Holly Siebert, Brian Reilly, Rowan Wymark, Russell Janis and Daniel Gutierrez. Three board members were absent.

 

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

 

Asra Ahmad gave the treasurer’s report. For the month of March, there was $1486.00 in income, including $936.00 in advance ticket sales for the home tour. Expenses totaled $587.09, including $354.75 for newsletter printing. The March 31 balance was $25,629.47. The treasurer’s report was approved and is on file.

 

POLICE REPORT

Bailey McCullough (bmccullough@cabq.gov) reported that crime reports were down 58% in March from the unusually high levels in February. There were three auto burglaries.

Officer T. Rosenberg was one of the officers on the scene of the stabbing of a Lowes Grocery employee in March. She confirmed that a shoplifter stabbed an employee who had attempted to detain the shoplifter. The victim has recovered. The shoplifter was arrested fairly soon, after a telephone tip from a neighbor around 8th and Roma.

 

RALLY ABQ

            Dan Gerry (238-1832) said this volunteer organization is based on the idea that small neighborhood problems, if unresolved, lead to larger issues. Danny Whatley (220-6036, danwhatley@aol.com) said that Robinson Park (8th and Central) is an example. Rally Abq believes that if the trash could be picked up regularly, the park would be a more attractive place for the neighborhood. He also proposed that someone should provide referrals for the homeless population at the park.

Asra Ahmad asked if these efforts could make Robinson Park a magnet for the homeless. Russell Janis suggested that the police should be part of any proposed program.

 

GROWERS MARKET

            Holly reported that Saturday, April 14 would be the first day for 2018. Market organizers want DNA to be represented at the Information Booth on the first day. Minerva Camp will send out a digital sign-up sheet for one-hour or two-hour “shifts”.

 

TOUR

            Asra Ahmad summarized plans for parking, docents and business ads for the tour program. Lew Wallace School has requested $500 (itemized in a written request) for supplies for the children’s paintings of tour homes. Later in the meeting Minerva Camp moved and Daniel Gutierrez seconded a motion to approve the expenditure. The motion passed.

Minerva Camp will coordinate with Jim Clark on finishing the description of homes for the tour program. David McCain will contact Lowe’s Grocery about donating water.

Asra said that the DNA website may have a technical issue which causes people to be redirected to a different site. This problem could affect advance ticket sales for the tour.

Asra announced that the next meeting of the tour committee will be on Wednesday, April 11, 6:30 p.m., at her home, 906 Tijeras NW.  Potluck.

BOARD RETREAT

            Holly said that we should hold the annual board retreat soon, since we have to submit City paperwork (with officers) before June 1. She volunteered to host at her home. After a discussion the retreat was scheduled for Sunday, May 20, 12:30 p.m., at 408  11th NW. Potluck. The retreat is the only event of the year that is for board members only. The agenda will include electing officers and planning the upcoming year.

 

COMMUNITY PROJECTS

            The Lew Wallace PTA has requested “seed money” to produce post cards from the children’s tour artwork. David McCain moved and Rowan Wymark seconded a motion to approve the expenditure. The tour committee will determine the dollar amount. The motion passed.

Minerva Camp wants to set a date for a neighborhood yard sale.

Alice Bergman said we need more members to renew.

 

NO MEETING IN MAY

            Holly proposed that we not meet in May since the tour and the board retreat are both scheduled that month. David McCain moved and Rowan Wymark seconded a motion to not meet in May. The motion passed.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15.

 

Respectfully submitted,

David McCain

Secretary