March 2014 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

HELD March 10, 2014

 

Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on March 10, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:57 pm.  In attendance were:  Bill Chrismer, Lara Davies, Josh Davies, Kelly Dick, Andrew Guerra, Joyce Lozow, Kirstan Marks, Debbie O’Neill, Jack Tone, Jenny Usaj, and Mike West.

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

Minutes:

A motion was made by Bill Chrismer and seconded by Jack Tone to approve the minutes of the February Meeting with edits.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Welcome:

Josh welcomed our new board members Jenny and Kelly to the meeting.

Guest Presentation:

Joshua Solis and Farrah Peek gave us an update from the Denver 

Transit Partners on the East Rail Line to DIA. 

GNC:

Debbie presented the letter of agreement between S&G and LoDoNA.  Jennifer Jasinski has never signed a GNA with LoDoNA so this letter of agreement was important progress.  A motion was made by Bill Chrismer and seconded by Kelly Dick to approve the letter of agreement the GNC prepared.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Debbie presented an addendum to the GNA we have with Chloe that they can have DJs on the patio.  We agreed to this last year but this is an official addendum.  A motion was made by Joyce Lozow and seconded by Jack tone to approve the addendum to the GNA.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

The GNC is working on Machete’s GNA but a few tweaks still need to be made before it can be presented. 

2014 Annual Meeting Recap:

Josh thanked all board members for helping and we came out about $900 ahead on our budget.  The attendance was good and the food was fine even though we didn’t have Coohill’s for the desserts.  Everyone seemed ok with the Costco substitution.  Board members thought IMA didn’t quite understand the impact of having a 200 person event in their space might have.  The space is designed for their employees more so than an event of our size and scope.  

Registration went okay.  We need tables in the future for the different groups to display brochures and have a home base. 

2014 Budget and Planning:

The executive committee needs to set a budget after we do our year planning.  The executive committee will then come back to the board for a vote.

Josh asked us to think about what we want to do for the year: large summer event, meet and greets, and neighborhood forums.  It was brought up that the loft rep get together was a good event and nice way to thank these volunteers.  Bill Chrismer brought up the idea of doing a fundraising event.   The funds we raised could help us to give to more philanthropic opportunities.  A suggestion was to hold the summer event in front of union station on the plaza.  We would need to ask DDP about this.  A suggestion was also made to partner with LoDo District on any forums we do.

Presidents Update:

Chrisanta Duran came to visit last month.  Her bill regarding bar closing times was withdrawn and not put to a vote. 

Per Josh, RTD has stated that instead of changing the plan for the bus routes now she will have the first six months serve as a test period and then groups like LoDoNA can give feedback and they will evaluate.

Next Meeting - The meeting was adjourned at 7:12 pm and the next meeting will be April 14, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Lara Davies, Secretary