November 2014 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

HELD November 10, 2014

 

Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on November 10, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:50 pm.  In attendance were: Josh Davies, Lara Davies, Kelly Dick, Andrew Guerra, Terry Hershey, Joe Howe, David Hughes, Joyce Lozow, Kirstan Marks, Jim Merrill, Carol Pike, Christine Santucci, Jack Tone, Jenny Usaj, and Mike West.

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

Commons Park and Safety:

Neighbors from Riverfront Park (Nancy et al) addressed the board with their concerns about Commons Park especially around the sundial.  Commander Lopez also updated us on his efforts in the neighborhood.  He is working and training his officers on how to deal with the homeless versus the transients – two different types of issues.  Because of a recent initiative from the city, there are now 10 new community officers that serve our neighborhood (fully staffed by 2015).    

He will refocus attention on Commons Park around April after winter.  Josh will pass along our concerns to Scott Gilmore and Lauri Dannimiller at Parks and Rec.  If a resident sees an issue that needs police, but isn’t an emergency, they should call 720.913.2000 or email tony.lopez@denvergov.org.

LoDoNA (Josh) agreed to work closely with the neighbors that are concerned with this park (Nancy’s group) and they will do the same.

Per Lopez, legalization of marijuana has had an impact in the number of citations – 176 for posession in 2013 and 575 in 2014.  This is because of the public consumption issue.  Violent crime is down slightly in LoDo – a lot of these issues are homeless on homeless, phones theft, and fights around bars.  There is a slight drop in larcenies (bike thefts) and car thefts as well this year as well. 

Minutes:

David made a motion to approve the October minutes.  Terry seconded this motion.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Treasurer’s Report:

Our net income is $4500. 

GNC Report:

There were 2 GNAs to approve - Cholon and GQ Barbershop.  (Bill Chrismer applied for tavern liquor license.)  Both agreed to succession language.  David moved to accept the agreements.  Jack seconded them.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

The former Old Chicago space (Rhinehaus) will not have a rooftop and is moving ahead with the rest of the modifications to the property.  They want to rent the parking lot for outdoor space on the 14th side.  Stay tuned for further updates.

Holiday Project:

The posters and fact sheets will be distributed to all buildings.

Our goal is to double residential donations.  We will be doing a direct mail campaign to people in the LoDoNA database and previous contributors.

We will also be targeting LoDo businesses this year as well. 

Bill Chrismer is working on a restaurant night and we are also going to be publicizing the project in the Denver News.

Committee Reports:

Terry reported that there will be a Polar Express Party on 12/11/14 at Union Station to benefit the Barth. 

Jenny reported that 2 more people did the survey this month.  34 total people filled it out and the overwhelming majority want to keep things the same way re: the bar closing times.

President’s Update:

We may need to re-start our discussions about the impact of the bus routes going two directions on 18th Street, since our current RTD representative, Angie Malpiede, was not re-elected. It appears that Bonnie Archuleta was elected to serve the next term.

The intersection of 17th and Wynkoop is becoming dangerous for pedestrians.  We need to stay on top of this and Josh has reached out to officials with Public Works to see what options are available.

Denver Day of Rock will be Memorial Day Weekend again in 2015, and they are thinking about having a stage at 17th and Wynkoop.  They are working with Ayn Fox and the Union Station Plaza group to address any neighbor concerns with noise, etc.

There will be a new charter school downtown that will open in 2016.  It will be a middle school.  Everyone should think of new board members for 2015 and Annual Meeting Locations.  We will address this at the December board meeting.