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Downtown Neighborhoods Association
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Monthly Meeting
September 2, 2015

The September 2015 meeting of the Downtown Neighborhoods Association was held at the Harwood Art Center, pursuant to prior approval. Board chair Reba Eagles called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.
Board members in attendance: Noelle Baroody, David McCain, Reba Eagles, Dick Deichsel, Rowan Wymark, Chan Graham, Margaret Connealy, Sandy Gregory, Jeni Pope, Fernando Pizarro, Rick Miera and Ric Higginbotham. Three board members were absent. Eleven other neighbors also attended. Sign in sheets are on file.
Introductions were made. The agenda was approved with the addition of a presentation about Lew Wallace School. There was no meeting in August and no August minutes to approve. The July 1 minutes were approved.
Dick Deichsel gave the Treasurer’s Report. For the month of August, there was $290.53 in income and $1040.39 in expenses (for the National Night Out). The August 31 balance was $24,341.83. The Treasurer’s Report was approved and is on file.

Scott Seibel is an APD Crime Prevention Specialist and can be reached at 761-8805 and He is available to address groups and to advise individual residents or business owners on effective means to secure their property against crime. The APD Telephone Reporting Unit can be reached at 768-2030. Scott reported that there have recently been counterfeit $10, $20 and $50 bills circulating downtown. Crime statistics generally are down in DNA. There were recently three arrests in Robinson Park for drug sales.

The seventeenth annual burning of the effigy is scheduled for Friday evening September 11 in front of Chris Isengard’s home on 16th two blocks south of Lomas. Neighbors are invited but the event is already quite large. Chris said that “no bad people” are invited.

Several years ago DNA incorporated the Watson Addition into its boundaries, but that addition did not include the west side of 19th Street and San Pasquale between Central and the Old Town Plaza. These are residential blocks that currently are not part of any neighborhood association. Phyllis Harper lives on the west side of 19th and was an active member of the 2014 Tour Committee. Several months ago, she proposed that DNA expand its boundaries to include this area. The Summer 2015 DNA newsletter announced that the September 2 DNA meeting would be a General Meeting to consider this issue. Dick Deichsel and Reba Eagles met with residents and found no opposition. David McCain moved and Fernando Pizarro seconded a motion to add this area to DNA’s boundaries. Two residents of the affected area spoke in favor of the motion. The motion passed unanimously. Rowan Wymark volunteered to hand deliver a letter to residents of the new area.

Rick Miera described the annual event, which DNA has supported with volunteers and a donation for many years. Rowan Wymark moved and David McCain seconded a motion to donate $500 to buy candy for those residents of Forrester who can’t afford to buy candy for the one thousand or more children who attend every year. Dick Deichsel moved and David seconded an amendment to increase the donation to $750. The motion passed as amended. David and Reba will buy the candy and deliver it to Rick.
Rick said that Eighth St. would also be closed off this year from Slate to Mountain. Rick solicited volunteers to relieve residents at their homes for brief periods. Volunteers should contact Rick at
Each Halloween, Rick gives out books to children instead of candy. David McCain said that he and Rick had discussed the idea of DNA buying used books from the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Broadway. David has negotiated the purchase of 400 children’s books @30 cents each. (They are normally 50 cents.) David moved and Dick Deichsel seconded a motion to approve $120.00 for books. The motion passed.

Ric Higginbotham announced that six homes are already committed for the 2016 Mother’s Day tour. The homes are concentrated in a small area south of Lomas. He would like two more, preferably north of Lomas. Ric and Reba will schedule the first meeting of the tour committee for October. He will propose that the number of tickets available be capped at 1000. He solicited volunteers for the many tasks required to make the tour successful. Each board member should volunteer to have some role. Lissa Knudsen proposed that Lew Wallace Elementary School be on the tour.

Lissa Knudsen reported that Lew Wallace (Sixth and Roma) will have a healthy food tasting on September 24. The PTA wants to start a garden on the 6th St. side of the school and is considering a craft fair at some time in the future.

Reba reported that the owners of 1024 Forrester N W installed clearly visible solar panels on their roof with a building permit, but without approval from the Landmarks and Urban Conservation Commission (LUCC). The home is in the 8th and Forrester historic overlay zone (HOZ) and LUCC approval is needed for exterior modifications. Normally the contractor should have been notified of the need for LUCC approval when he applied for the building permit, but he says that did not happen in this case. Current LUCC guidelines would require removal of the panels, which the owners are reportedly willing to do. Ric Higginbotham moved and Rick Miera seconded a motion to retroactively support retention of the panels and to encourage the LUCC to incorporate the issue of solar panels into the guidelines for HOZ’s. Reba showed photographs of the panels on 1024 Forrester and said that she thought they were not objectionable. Several people agreed. The motion passed.

Rowan Wymark reported for the Safety Committee that the DNA table at the Growers Market gets lots of questions and comments on safety. She wants to meet with Steve Sink to explore the possibility of forming a larger Neighborhood Watch, possibly encompassing all of DNA.

Susan Deichsel (Projects Committee) described the Downtown Discovery Club, which gets together periodically to visit downtown restaurants or events. A group dined at the Cellar (11th and Lomas) last month. Susan said the Cellar has flamenco scheduled every other Wednesday. She proposed a get-together there on Wed., September 16. Contact Susan in advance at 504-2601 or (The “co” is not a typo.)
The renovation of Mary Fox Park (13th and Roma) has not begun and there is a possibility of losing the state funding if the work is not started in a timely fashion. Susan encouraged letters to the mayor. Rick Miera volunteered to hand deliver a letter from DNA. Rowan Wymark moved and David McCain seconded a motion for DNA to write this letter encouraging the City to begin the work and have it completed by the date of the Mother’s Day tour in May 2016, since Mary Fox is the organizing place for the tour.

Sandy Gregory thanked the many volunteers who worked on the August 4 National Night Out.

Chan Graham made a motion and Rowan Wymark seconded it. Chan had submitted the motion in writing:
Concerning the Street Tree Project, I move that we authorize the treasurer to sign and mail a copy of the proposal to Desert Gardens for the planting of 8 trees on 14th Street. I also move that the treasurer be authorized to make payment to Desert Gardens when the trees have been planted and the work has been approved by the Street Tree Committee.
This proposal had been discussed at length at the June 3 and July 1 meetings. The motion passed.

Mark Solomon said that the DNA website does not announce many events happening downtown. After some discussion, Jeni Pope (who manages the website) said that she posts any events that are sent to her at

Respectfully submitted,
David McCain