June 2015 Board of Directors Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD

ASSOCIATION Held June 8, 2015

Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on June 8, 2015 beginning at 5:30 p.m. The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 pm. In attendance were: Lara Davies, Kelly Dick, David Hughes, Jim Merrill, Jenny Usaj, Terry Hershey, Joe Howe, Joyce Lozow, Kirstan Marks, Jack Tone, and Chuck White. Three members from the public were also present.

Kelly Dick, Co-President, chaired the meeting and Kelly Dick, recorded the minutes.

Guest Speakers:

 Mark Bernstein from Denver Parks and Recreation was present. He spoke about the Confluence Park project. He spoke about the redesign of the park area to comply with ADA standards. Shoemaker Plaza will be redesigned along with the existing bridge and pedestrian walkways to ease congestion and promote  multi user compatibility. The projects master plan can be downloaded by using the following link; http://www.denvergov.org/sirepub/cache/2/vtub1l45euh5ktyolqcc4lje/30858006082015084848585.PDF

The project’s completion date is slated for October 2016. He then spoke briefly about a new initiative called Outdoor Downtown which is a 20 year plan that is looking at how best to plan, develop,  and utilize our existing and proposed new  city’s parks.

James Creasey from Jiminywicket.org spoke about the lawn croquet tournament that will be taking place at Union Station Plaza on July 10, August 14, September 11. It will raise money to help alleviate the isolation and loneliness of Alzheimer’s and the elderly by pairing up younger individuals with the elderly for a game of croquet. The website can be found at:

http://www.jiminywicketgovcup.org/

Treasurer’s Report: Jim has implemented the financial records  onto Quicken Books Online. He reported that $1000 has been collected from donations from sponsors at the annual meeting. He will reach out to collect the final $500 from Downtown Denver Partnership.

Minutes: Terry made a motion that we approve the May minutes. Jack seconded. All were in favor and the motion passed.

WeeBoT Chair: Joe reported that the last WeeBoT w as  at Pourtions at the back of Nativ Hotel on June 4th. Joe has received a list of past WeeBoT  venues from Carol and Bill. David expressed we should favor holding WeeBoTs at establishments that have signed a GNA agreement. Joe will reach out to ZipCar and see if he can get them to sponsor a few WeeBots since they had told him that at a prior WeeBoT.  Future suggestions for this event were  Coohills, Wazee Suppr Club, Dorchester Eatery.

GNC: Adam was not present

LDDRB Chair: Christine was appointed to the board. The painting on the side of the new Nativ Hotel was discussed. It must have been approved for it to proceed. The covering of an old sign painting on the Rockmount building was discussed. She will attend the next LDDRB meeting which is to be held on July 2 at 7:30am in the Northern Trust Board room. It is open to the public.

Partnership Chair: Jenny has met with three other neighborhood groups: Rino, Golden Triangle and Highlands. She reported there will be six new electronic informational, interactive touchscreen devices located on the 16th street mall. People can use them to find out what is going on, maps, directories etc.. It is the first of their kind in the country.

Advocacy Chair: Jack reported back about the bus stop issue near Larimer Place Condo.  RTD said this current location is safe and they were not going to move it. He has reached out to our new Councilman Albus Brooks and will try to get him to present at our next board meeting on July 13. We may start at 5:00pm instead of 5:30pm to accommodate his schedule. Josh was invited to attend the 21st Street/Wynkoop Street Design Plan Committee Meeting to be held June 18th. Kelly & David can’t attend. Kirstan volunteered to attend. This committee is soliciting input from area groups about future plans for these two streets.

Communications Chair: Lara reported that the newsletter will be sent out this week. Our website has been updated. It was suggested that we list in the newsletter any new restaurant that has signed a GNA.

LoDo Cares Chair: Terry reported that the outing with the Barth Hotel residents to Union Station was a success. They will have an outdoor grilling event the end of July at the Barth Hotel. Cherry Creek trail clean-up takes place every other Tuesday starting June 9th.  The Creative District proposal is a works in progress.  Terry is also on the LoDo District board and will report on their meetings monthly. She also reported that the Denver Board of Education was going to be voting on the new proposed Middle School.  LoDo Bites event on June 16th was brought up.

Membership Chair: Kirstan will attend the 21st Street/Wynkoop Street Design Plan Meeting on June 18th

Board Recruitment Chair: Joyce mentioned the LoDo Women’s Series Event that will be held June 10th at Lux salon with a gathering at a Titanium Loft afterwards.

Union Station Liaison:   Andrew was not present

Annual Meeting Chair: Josh was not present

Next Meeting - The meeting was adjourned at 7:10 pm and the next meeting will be July 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm. Or 5:30pm depending on if Councilman Albus Brooks will be present

Respectfully submitted, Kelly Dick