February 2014 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

HELD February 10, 2014

Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on February 10, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:03 pm.  In attendance were:  Bill Chrismer, Josh Davies, David Hughes, TJ Johnson, Jim Merrill, Kirstan Marks, Kynnie Martin, Jim Merrill, and Christine Santucci.

Josh Davies chaired the meeting.  Bill Chrismer recorded the minutes.

Minutes: A motion was made by Bill Chrismer and seconded by Jim to approve the minutes of the January Meeting.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Annual Meeting: It was confirmed that the Annual Meeting will be held on February 27, 2014 at 6:30 pm in the IMA Headquarters at 18th and Wynkoop Street.  Posters have been distributed and are displayed in the residential buildings in LoDo.  Early RSVP's are strong and running ahead of last year.  There will be a tribute to Gunther Vogt at the meeting.

Sponsors include

Sopra ($1,000)

Kentwood ($500)

Oxford Hotel ($500)

Bouquets

IMA (in kind)

Denver News (in kind)

PostNet (in kind)

Guest Presentations: Representative Duran presented on HB 1132 that, if approved, would give local governments to ability to extend the hours for establishments serving alcohol until 4:30 am.  This bill was brought forth in response to rising violence in Lower Downtown Denver.  Rep. Duran distributed a backgrounder memo "Public Involvement in Liquor Licensing" prepared by the Colorado Municipal League.  Metro State University is currently conducting a study related to the impact of the 2:00 am closing requirement.

Rep Duran stated that all local rights of local governments will be protected in the bill and, if approved, will be a long term process as the issue is undertaken at the local level.

Several organizations have indicated support of the bill including the Colorado Municipal League, Denver Police Department, Downtown Denver Partnership and Colorado Restaurant Association and the Mayor and City Council.

Concern was expressed and there was significant discussion by the board regarding potential adverse impact on the quality of life for LoDo residents and visitors.

Jerry Arca and Nina O' Kelly expressed their opposition to the bill and requested that LoDoNa take a position opposing the Bill.  Ms. O' Kelly also requested that the position be determined by a full vote of the membership.

A letter was read prepared by the Good Neighbor Committee expressing opposition to the bill.

The Board decided to prepare a memorandum presenting both sides of the issue and to email a survey to the membership regarding HB 1132.  (However the bill later died before a survey or memorandum could be prepared.)

President’s Update:

Josh mentioned that board candidates TJ Johnson, Joe Howe, Kelly Dick, Carol Pike and Jenny Usaj have agreed to serve as board members.

Josh reported that there has been no response to a meeting with or presentation by RTD regarding bus traffic in LoDo at one of our meetings.

Next Meeting - The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 pm and the next meeting will be March 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

 Respectfully submitted, Lara Davies, Secretary