October 2014 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

HELD October 14, 2014

Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on October 14, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 pm.  In attendance were: Josh Davies, Lara Davies, Andrew Guerra, Terry Hershey, Joyce Lozow, Kirstan Marks, Jim Merrill, Carol Pike, Cat Tatman, and Jenny Usaj.

Josh Davies, President, chaired the meeting and Secretary, Lara Davies, recorded the minutes.

 Minutes:

Cat made a motion to approve the August and September minutes.  Joyce seconded this motion.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

18th Street Update:

Residents of the Franklin Lofts building came to our meeting to request our support in stopping a proposed increase to RTD bus traffic on 18th Street by making the street two-way. These residents believed that the original routes were working and asked us for our support in keeping the routes as they were - one way.  The argument for making the street two-way is to decrease bus traffic on 17th street which is an area many would like to keep more pedestrian friendly.  The public comment for the hearing on the 28th of October was due by October 16th.  

We sent a letter to RTD in April to ask them to consider rerouting some of the bus traffic off 18th street. In response they did move one bus route and agreed to do a study after a year on traffic impacts to our neighborhood.

Terry made a motion that we reach out to Angie and ask for our study by May 31, 2015.  At this time we should also note our concern with increased traffic on 18th street and the impact on our neighborhood.  We want the study to include safety issues and environmental issues.  Jim seconded this.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Other Issues of Concern:

During the discussions, board members brought up dumping bottles at the Icehouse by Union Station to Andrew.  He said that the current rule is that they are not allowed to dump trash between 10pm and 7am and they will adhere to this rule. 

The group also discussed the Commons Park issues and asked if Commander Lopez could come in November to our meeting to discuss.  Nancy Green in Riverfront is also organizing a group of folks to talk about the issue.  This group doesn’t want to just move homeless and transients around (from park to park) but find a solution. Perhaps this group could also organize through LoDo Cares.  Ryan King is also supportive of this.  The group should address the difference between homelessness and vagrants.  

Treasurer’s Report:

Through September 2014 we are $4,900 in net income.

Advocacy Report:

32 people did our bar closing time survey.  51% want to keep hours the same and 61% are against local choice. 

President's Update:

Our next WeeBOT is October 23rd at the Terminal Bar from 5:30-7:30pm in the Beer Garden.

Market Street Station will be a parking garage until at least this time in 2015.  Users will enter the garage off of Blake St.

Scout Car is now permanent and will be staffed year-round Wednesday-Saturday.  We will add something about this to the newsletter.

Committee Announcements:

The Holiday Project committee met after our board meeting. 

There will be an Annual Holiday Party supporting the Barth Hotel in the Great Hall of Union Station on 12/11 at 8pm.

Next Meeting - The meeting was adjourned at 6:55 pm and the next meeting will be November 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Lara Davies, Secretary