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Downtown Neighborhoods Association

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Monthly Meeting

November 7, 2018

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

            Board chair Holly Siebert called the meeting to order at 6:45. Eight board members were present: Jim Clark, Asra Elliott, Melanie Lewis, J.J. Mancini, David McCain, Holly Siebert, Rick Miera and Rowan Wymark. Three board members were absent. Eight other neighbors and guest speakers also attended.

            The agenda was approved. The October 3 minutes were approved. There was no treasurer’s report since the treasurer’s position is vacant. David McCain is recorded as a check signer with the Bank of Albuquerque.


            Jim Clark had previously volunteered to serve as Treasurer. Rowan Wymark moved and J. J. Mancini seconded a motion to elect Jim to the position. The motion passed unanimously.


            J. J. Mancini updated the board on progress with website hosting and the other services provided by Tidy HQ. He would like to have twenty minutes at a future DNA meeting to conduct training for the board.


            Holly Siebert proposed that we not meet on January 2, 2019 since several board members may be out of town. After some discussion, there was a consensus to vote at the December 5, 2018 meeting whether to meet on January 2 or January 9 or to not meet at all in January 2019.

            The December meeting is traditionally a short business meeting combined with a holiday party. J. J. Mancini will look into “kid-friendly” venues for the December meeting.


            Holly Siebert reminded the board that the Winter 2019 DNA newsletter should announce the March 6 annual meeting. Rick Miera said that the First Bilingual Baptist Church (8th and Fruit) might be a good location.


            Darrell Dady (468-7364, is a Neighborhood Coordination Specialist with Bernalillo County. He discussed the DNA history book, written by Chan Graham. The book is at the printers now. Half the printing costs are covered by the County grant and half by DNA matching funds. Darrel asked about DNA’s experience working with the County. Jim Clark asked if a PDF of the book could be posted on the County website.

            Rowan Wymark said the Winter 2019 newsletter is in process.

            Rick Miera described this year’s Halloween event on Forrester and 8th streets. He said that approximately 1300 to 1500 books were distributed to children at his house.

            DNA had previously budgeted $1000 to buy candy for residents of 8th or Forrester who cannot afford candy for 1500 children. This year Rick spent $864.56 for that purpose. David McCain moved and Jim Clark seconded a motion to reimburse Rick for that amount. The motion passed.

            Asra Elliott discussed the nominating process for the 2019 annual meeting. J. J. Mancini said he intends to nominate his wife, Sara Mancini, now that Sara no longer works for the City Office of Neighborhood Coordination.

            Rowan Wymark said she has “Slow Down Albuquerque” signs on her porch so anyone can take one.

            Melanie Lewis discussed the Downtown Community School Collaborative, a joint effort by Lew Wallace, Longfellow and Eugene Field elementary schools. She announced that the group’s next meeting would be held at the Johnny Tapia Center at Wells Park (5th and Mountain) on Tuesday, November 27 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The group is looking for partners. The three schools have declining enrollments and APS might consider closing one or more.

            Jeremy Weidner (492-6156, is the minister at the First Bilingual Baptist Church (8th and Fruit). He attended with a group from the church. Jeremy asked board members what they consider DNA’s accomplishments: responses included the biannual tours and the enactment of the historic overlay zones. There was a discussion that included homelessness, the condition of neighborhood sidewalks and the image of “downtown”, a term that only refers to Central Avenue bars for many people in Albuquerque. Jeremy encouraged people to contact the church if someone in the neighborhood has suffered a fire or other emergency.

            The meeting was adjourned at 8:35.

Respectfully submitted,

David McCain