July 2014 LoDoNA Board Meeeting Minutes



HELD July 21, 2014

Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on July 21, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 6:38 pm.  In attendance were: Bill Chrismer, Kelly Dick, Josh Davies, Lara Davies, David Hughes, TJ Johnson, Joyce Lozow, Kirstan Marks, Jim Merrill, Carol Pike, Jack Tone, and, Jenny Usaj.

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

Minutes:  David made a motion to approve the minutes from June, Jack seconded, and all were in favor.  The motion passed.

GNC: David made a motion that we approve Brian Brutsch (owner of Marg’s) as a member of the GNC who will not have voting rights since he doesn’t live in LoDo.  Jack seconded this motion. All were in favor and the motion passed.

David made a motion that we approve the addendum to the Blue Sushi GNA.  The addendum included use of speakers and succession language.  TJ second this motion.  All were in favor and the addendum was approved.

The GNC is trying to get a GNA for Provisions Drinkery and Eatery.

Snooze in Union Station will not be doing a GNA.

Finances:  Finances are well – we have about $32K in total assets.

Membership:  We sent out an email for non-members to join LoDoNA.  We will try and also send a few more versions this year.  Kirstan recommended we include the physical mailing address in the email and a link to the lodona.org section of the website where they can join.  Jim reported that we have recently had about 12 new memberships and renewals come in.

Advocacy – The advocacy group is meeting about their survey after the board meeting.

Between the Streets: We are planning to do an event during Denver Start Up week in a LoDo Alley and Lisa May is managing the event.  We are going to have one of the headline events.  There are about 400-500 events during the week of Denver Start-Up Week, which starts on September 15.  Our event will be September 17, which is a Wednesday.  This is the first time a non-profit and community organization has had an event during the week.  The alley where the event will be is between Wazee and Wynkoop and 18th and 17th streets.  LoDo District is managing a lot of the responsibility of getting restaurants involved while Lisa May is doing logistics.  There was an agreement signed between Lisa May’s company - Unconventional Productions and the LoDo District.  Lisa May will work to get “sponsors” and if she can’t get any we can make a decision to pull out within 30 days of the event.  Denver Start-Up Week frowns on sponsors so Lisa May will actually be getting “larger members”.    The official name of the event will be Between the Streets – It’s a Rally in the Alley.

The event will be from 6:30-9:30 and restaurants are going to participate by supplying food.  The theme for the event will be a conversation about LoDo and why we love entrepreneur ship.  Oh Heck Yeah will have a role during the event.  If we have a surplus from the event we will use it to make a permanent improvement to the alley.  There will be three entrances – with one being just for LoDoNA residents.  All business owners in this alley have approved the event being held here.

The next meeting for the committee will be Monday at 5:30 pm.

President’s Report: The next WeeBOT will be in the Elephant Corral on July 31st.

The funding for $1.8M to go toward downtown safety improvements did pass the council and Josh will meet with Cmdr. Lopez about this in a few weeks.

Josh is still working on the best way to make sure that the sundial area of Commons Park is not a hang out spot for vagrants, etc.  Perhaps we should partner with some other Riverfront Building groups?

Next Meeting - The meeting was adjourned at 6:38 pm and the next meeting will be August 11, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Lara Davies, Secretary