June 2014 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes



HELD June 16, 2014

Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on June 16, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:03 pm.  In attendance were: Bill Chrismer, Josh Davies, Lara Davies, Kelly Dick, Andrew Guerra, Joe Howe, David Hughes, Joyce Lozow, Kirstan Marks, TJ Johnson, Cat Tatman, Jenny Usaj, and Guest Lisa May.

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

Minutes: David made a motion to pass the May minutes.  Cat seconded this motion.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Good Neighbor Committee:

David made motion to approve the Refinery GNA.  TJ second this motion.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

When new members are added to the GNC - they need to be agreed to by this group first.  David motioned that TJ Johnson be approved as a member of the GNC.   Bill seconded this motion.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

The board decided that Brian Brutsch, who owns Marg’s but doesn’t live in the neighborhood, could be a member but be non-voting.  David will go back to the committee and discuss.

TJ recommended Adam Smith as a new GNC member and the committee will be reviewing him.

Membership: – Lara will be sending out a request for dues to non-members this month.

TJ has a recommendation for a new database for membership which could also do our newsletter, etc.  Kirstan, Jim, Josh, Lara and TJ will meet separately about this and report back to the board.

Advocacy: Jenny researched and we can use Survey Monkey for our bars closing survey.  This group will discuss which questions they want to include and report back to the board next meeting. 

Community Building/Social: Lisa May reported on the idea of doing an event in an alley in LoDo as part of Denver Start Up Week for our community building/social event.  We submitted an idea to Denver Start Up Week to be voted on and we were one of the groups that won.   Other LoDo groups will also help us with this idea including LoDo District and the young professionals group of Downtown Denver Partnership.  We would like to be one of the headliner groups for the events during this week.  The group discussed if we would like to do this considering the event isn’t really for residents like our normal events.  We would just be one of the groups included as a part of the event – others would be attendees from Denver Start Up Week and other LoDo groups.  It’s really more about showcasing our organization to the city.  We are the first non-profit to submit a proposal to Denver Start-up Week.

LoDoNA’s Social committee would create the “what” for this event and Lisa May would put the “what” into action.  We would pay Lisa for her services but are budgeting it so we come out revenue neutral. 

Bill made a motion that we make this event our community/building social event for the year.  Andrew seconded it. There was further discussion about if this event was an event for the residents or not.  Our community/social events normally are.  Discussion ended and nine members voted yes, three abstained and zero voted no.  The motion passed.

The Social Committee will now work to plan the event and report back to the board with their plans.  Lisa will then implement the plans. The biggest question right now is what is the objective and goal of the event.

Presidents’ Update:

There is no WeeBOT for June.

Josh recommended that Ayn Fox serve on a committee for the Downtown Denver Partnership about the public space in front of Union Station.  She will represent LoDoNA.

The Mayor moved forward with allotting $1.8M to sheriff and police enforcement on the 16 Street Mall, LoDo and Ballpark areas (this includes a scout car). Council will vote on it on June 14.

The Riverfront community is concerned over the sketchy visitors to the sundial area of Commons Park.  Josh is working with Cmdr Lopez and Councilwoman Montero about how to step up patrols. 

Next Meeting - The meeting was adjourned at 7:03 pm and the next meeting will be July 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Lara Davies, Secretary