January 2014 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

HELD January 13, 2014

Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on January 13, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:03 pm.  In attendance were:  Bill Chrismer, Josh Davies, Lara Davies, Andrew Guerra, Terry Hershey, David Hughes, Joyce Lozow, Kirstan Marks, Kynnie Martin, Jim Merrill, Christine Santucci, Jack Tone and Mike West.

Josh Davies chaired the meeting.  Lara Davies recorded the minutes.

Guests attending the meeting were: Kelly Dick, Jenny Usaj, Joe Howe, and TJ (Tschanen Johnson). 

Financial Update: We are essentially break-even.  In 2012 we spent an extra $3K and we wanted to pay that back in 2013, which we did so we pretty much broke even.

2013 Holiday Project Update:  We raised $51,555 – more than ever before.  Thank you to everyone who helped out with this project.

Transportation Update: There is a group of residents that are concerned about the increased bus traffic as well as safety concerns and environmental concerns (w/ the diesel buses) on 18th street.  They sent a letter to RTD about their concerns and met with Judy Montero.   The group wants to make sure that RTD has investigated enough other options for the bus traffic and they will also present their concerns on Jan 21 at an RTD meeting.  Josh has also been working on this issue for a while with Holly of the LoDo District as well. 

Kirstan made a motion that LoDoNA write a letter voicing our concern with the increased bus traffic as well as the environmental and safety concerns. The letter could also invite Angie Rivera-Malpiede to come speak to us and LoDo District so we could confirm that RTD has also looked at other options in addition to just having the bus traffic go down 18th Street.  Jim seconded this motion. All were in favor and the motion passed. 

2014 Annual Meeting: Confirmation of our Annual Meeting location at IMA building has been delayed.  We are now hoping to be able to do it the last week of February. 

The theme for the event is I heart LoDo.  We will have residents – both new and old talk about why they love LoDo and a transportation representative perhaps Chris Frampton to give an update on developments with Union Station, etc.  We can also discuss the Compassionate City effort. 

We discussed just having desserts and starting at 6:30.  We also discussed doing “I heart LoDo stickers” and having guests register for the event as well as renew their memberships at the same time through eventbrite.    We need to confirm up our sponsorships.  The budget is $5K and we usually get about $3K in sponsorships.  

Charlie Award:  Joyce will order the awards.  The group also voted on the Charlie Award – which goes to a resident or business that has greatly improved the quality of life in downtown. The group also decided to create a Compassionate Neighbor Award.  The group voted to give the Charlie Award to Tattered Cover. 

New Year’s Eve:  There were some beatings on New Year’s Eve in downtown.  The police have decided to put additional plain clothes police at night on the streets as well as more uniformed ones too. They are also increasing the amount of halo cameras.  We are also lobbying Stephanie O’Malley to permanently fund the scout car on Sat and Fri nights.  The funding would come from the 2A fund.  

Annual Meeting Tasks:

Temporary permit for alcohol-David

Put together poster and get them printed – Joyce and Andrew

Catering (Coohills) – Bill Christmer

Membership Tables – Kirstan

Volunteers – Lara/Kirstan/Joyce/Terry

Fundraising-Jim to call Sopra about sponsorship ($1K perhaps – premier sponsor)

Bill, Joyce, and Josh

Email Communications-Lara

Ticket prices - $15 and $25 at the door

Membership renewal - $35 with a free drink at the door for renewing. 

Next Meeting - The meeting was adjourned at 7:03 pm and the next meeting will be February 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Lara Davies, Secretary