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Downtown Neighborhoods Association
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Monthly Meeting
July 11, 2018
The July 2018 meeting of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association was held at the Harwood Art Center, pursuant to prior approval.


Prior to the formal meeting, DNA committees met from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.


Then from 6:30 to 7:30 Brian Reilly led breakout discussions for the Projects Committee. Approximately twenty neighbors participated, sharing ideas for DNA projects.


Holly Siebert called the formal meeting to order at 7:30 p.m. Board members in attendance: David McCain, Asra Elliott, Minerva Camp, Brian Reilly, J.J. Mancini, Rick Miera and Holly Siebert. Four board members were absent. Six other neighbors and guest speakers attended.


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


There was no Treasurer’s Report. Brian Reilly will give a three-month report at the August meeting, after resolving questions about PayPal fees.



            Jim Clark and Melanie Lewis have both previously served on the DNA board and both have agreed to be nominated to serve again. Melanie introduced herself and described her interest in rejoining the board. David McCain moved and Rick Miera seconded a motion to elect her to the board. The motion passed.


Jim Clark was not present. Holly Siebert and David McCain described Jim’s qualifications. Asra Elliott moved and Rick Miera seconded a motion to elect Jim to the board. The motion passed.



            Laura Trujillo is the new APD Crime Prevention Specialist. (ltrujillo, 761-8805) She gave the June statistics for DNA. Sergeant Peter Silva is a supervisor of bicycle officers. He encouraged the meeting to report any unusual activity. But “911” is only for imminent threats to persons or property.



            Judge Gallegos was appointed to the N.M. Court of Appeals in January 2018. (gallegosfor He will be on the ballot in November as a candidate for retention. He described his experience and qualifications.



            Julia Mandeville is the Program Officer of the Harwood Art Center. (, 242-6367) She described the center’s master plan for $650,000 in capital and program funding. Harwood serves 10-12,000 people annually.



            Brian Reilly spoke for the Budget Committee. He said that the budget should be about ideas, not just numbers.


J.J. Mancini described his proposal to improve the DNA website for the purposes of streamlining dues and improving communications with the member list. He asked for a maximum of $100 per month for three months to try different hosts and ways to improve functionality. David McCain moved and Asra Elliott seconded a motion to approve the expenditure. The motion passed, six votes to one.


Brian described the next steps in the Projects Committee’s effort to solicit ideas for DNA projects and events. He will send out notes from tonight’s breakout sessions to the 20 neighbors who participated.


Asra Elliott reported that she received no responses to her request for board member nominations on David McCain said he didn’t see any urgency to fill the two vacant positions just to reach the maximum of 15 board members. Minerva Camp will look for potential board members among downtown business owners.


Minerva said that board members should be aware of the difference between projects and grants when considering potential allocations of DNA funds. A project is something undertaken by DNA board or committee members. A grant is awarded to someone outside of the organization- DNA assists only with funding.


Two requests for DNA grants were tabled: the Working Classroom mural project and the eventual removal of Julianna Kirwin’s banners on Mountain Road.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,

David McCain