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Downtown Neighborhoods Association

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Monthly Meeting

October 3, 2018

            The October 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 6:55. Eight board members were present: Noelle Baroody, Jim Clark, Asra Elliott, Daniel Gutierrez, Melanie Lewis, J.J. Mancini, David McCain and Holly Siebert. Two board members were absent. Five other neighbors and guest speakers also attended.

            The agenda was approved. The September 5 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.


            Former board member Rowan Wymark volunteered to rejoin the board. David McCain moved and Jim Clark seconded a motion to nominate Rowan for a term expiring in 2020. The nomination was approved unanimously. David McCain said that after Rowan’s election, the board now has eleven members, eight with terms expiring in March 2020 and three with terms expiring in March 2019.


            APD Sergeant Stuart Vigil ( described the Community Resource Officers based at the Alvarado Transit Center. The unit currently has eight officers patrolling an area roughly bounded by Iron, Mountain Road, 8th Street and the railroad tracks. They are mostly on foot or on bicycles. The vacant APD substation at Central and Rio Grande Blvd may be staffed.


            Chan Graham described his latest DNA book. He has gotten four printing quotes. He prefers the quote from A Good Sign: 500 books at $8.96 for a total of $4479.99. At the September 2018 DNA meeting, the board approved up to $2500 for printing. Combined with the $2500 County grant, there is a maximum of $5000 available for printing. Chan will work with A Good Sign to produce the book.           There was a discussion of marketing. Chan said that he would not be much involved with promoting and delivering this book.


            Improvements to the DNA website have been discussed for a long time. J.J. Mancini has been researching alternatives. He stressed that he is proposing not just a different host for the website but also a way to integrate DNA’s contact list, membership, dues, communication and event registration. J.J. gave a thorough presentation on Tidy HQ, the company he is proposing. J.J. described several Tidy HQ payment options and proposed that DNA commit to one year at $39 per month, a total of $468. Noelle Baroody moved and Rowan Wymark seconded a motion to approve the expenditure. The motion passed 8-0.

            Rowan Wymark reported on the Community Policing Council.

            The meeting was adjourned at 8:35.

Respectfully submitted,

David McCain