September 2014 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

HELD September 8, 2014

Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on September 8, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:06 pm.  In attendance were: Josh Davies, Andrew Guerra, David Hughes, Joyce Lozow, TJ Johnson, Carol Pike, Cat Tatman, and Jenny Usaj.

Josh Davies chaired the meeting and Jenny Usaj recorded the minutes.

GNC:

There was a discussion about GNAs and why business owners should want to sign them.  It was noted that GNA organizations should get WeeBoT priority.  They could also get a website ad, newsletter ad with links to their website.  TJ made a motion that we move forward with this plan.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

The GNC will need a new President around November.

Finances:

Jim's gave a financial update.  We are doing well.

Advocacy Committee:

Jenny reported that the Survey Monkey on bar closing times is on its way around to neighbors.  

Social Committee:

We will not be having a Rally in the Alley/Between the Streets event.

LoDo Cares Holiday Project:

Josh wants to repurpose an October WeeBoT social as a holiday kick off for the fundraiser and Joyce agrees.  They want to use the social as a way to get the word out about the project and the benefits for the community. 

We will use loft reps to post signs, enlist LoDo Angels to help with coordination of the project, and contact donors from last year to give again.  We raised $25,000 and had a match of $25,000 last year.

Joyce would like to just raise money versus collect boxes for the food drive.  We will also have mention of the Holiday Project at all WeeBoTs the rest of the year.  Joyce and Bill will report on the project to the group next meeting.  We also need to decide which group of non-profits we will support.   

President’s Report:

Ryan King is the new president of the LoDo District

Josh will work on seeing what efforts we can do to help ease panhandling.  

Make sure to come prepared to share feedback about how the 18th street free busses are going and the bus entrance into and out of Union Station – we will discuss this at our meeting.  

Next Meeting - The meeting was adjourned at 7:06 pm and the next meeting will be October 14, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Lara Davies, Secretary

 

August 2014 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

HELD August 11, 2014

Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on August 11, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:05 pm.  In attendance were: Bill Chrismer, Josh Davies, Lara Davies, Kelly Dick, Terry Hershey, David Hughes, Joyce Lozow, Kirstan Marks, Jim Merrill, Carol Pike, Christine Santucci, Jack Tone, and Mike West.

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

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

Guest Presentation:

Barbara Stockin-Steely gave a presentation on the Lower Downtown Design Review Board and the open spots they have on the board.  The two spots should be filled by an owner/operator and a resident of the LoDo District.   The seats are three year slots and they have two applications in already.  The monthly meetings are the 1st Thursday of each month at 7:30 am.  The Board has been working on an overhaul of the sign guidelines.  They would like this project done before the new board members start – around the October/November timeframe.

Currently the seats are held by Barb Gibson (resident) and Jessie Atkins (business owner).  Josh will email out an application to the group and interested candidates can speak with Mike about the board.

GNC:

David moved to approve two GNAs - Crimson (below Ted’s Montana Grill) and Tamayo (modification of premises).  Both of these had conditions on the licenses, which is the strongest language we can have.  Terry seconded the motion.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Finances:

We are doing well.  This month we received $1750 in new memberships and we set up a separate account for the LoDo Lights project, which has $3240 in it. 

Rally in the Alley Update:

Bill reported that Rally in the Alley had been kicked out of Denver Start Up Week.  They felt it had just grown to be something more than just a Denver Start Up Week event.  Bill suggested that we still do an Alley event with Oh Heck Yeah and some of our food and beverage sponsors.  It could be the same time as a WeeBOT and be our “summer” event.  We could do it September 11th or 25th.  Also Holly Barrett is leaving LoDo District and maybe we could also combine it into a going away party.  Beautifying the alley efforts could be a legacy gift for Holly.  We would need to pay for permitting but if it was combined as a going away party for Holly the District could do the food and beverage and we would do the programming with Oh Heck Yeah and others.  It would be a joint LoDoNA and LoDo District event.   It could be called “Between the Streets” a LoDo Social event.  Lisa never signed the original agreement so we could hire Lisa May and each group would pay her $1,250 if we wanted to have her help us with it.    

Bill made a motion that we do an event called Between the Streets – A Rally in the Alley on September 10th.  This would be a social event to raise funds for beautifying the alley and saying goodbye to Holly. Joyce seconded this motion.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Bill made another motion to keep Lisa for $1,250 from us and $1,250 from LoDo District to do the permitting, arrange the vendors, coordinate with building constituents, organize parking for residents, rent tables and chairs, and make a fundraising ask at the event.  Christine seconded the motion.  All were in favor and the motion passed. 

We decided we would collect RSVPs for the event and charge $20 which would go towards our fundraising efforts – as well as do a formal ask at the event.  Perhaps even a raffle for Broncos tickets on the 23rd of November.

Joyce and Carol volunteered to do the posters and flyers and the committee will meet ASAP.

President’s Update:

Josh gave an update about the inclusionary housing ordinance, which sets the guidelines about lower income housing.  This has seemed to hurt the development of for sale units in Denver.

The next WeeBoT will be July 28th at the Thirsty Lion.

Josh met with Commander Lopez about police officers and the additional 10 we will now have on a special beat.  They are recruiting for these jobs by looking for officers who have a philosophy about being part of the community.  There will be two in the day time and six at night.  These new officers may come to WeeBoT in October.

Josh read a thank you for Ayn Fox for winning the Charlie Award in February.  Ayn will also be our rep on a committee that is deciding what to do with Wynkoop Plaza.   If you have thoughts talk to her about them.

Next Meeting - The meeting was adjourned at 7:05 pm and the next meeting will be September 8, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Lara Davies, Secretary

 

July 2014 LoDoNA Board Meeeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

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

 

June 2014 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

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

May 2014 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

HELD May 12, 2014

Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on May 12, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:08 pm.  In attendance were: Bill Chrismer, Josh Davies, Lara Davies, Andrew Guerra, Terry Hershey, Joe Howe, David Hughes, TJ Johnson, Joyce Lozow, Kirstan Marks, Carol Pike, Cat Tatman, Jack Tone, Jenny Usaj, and Mike West.

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

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

Good Neighbor Committee Update:

David reported on the four GNAs to be approved and made a motion that we pass them.  Bill seconded this motion.  The four agreements were: Kitchen Next Door, Alliance Center, Union Station Alliance, and the Mercantile Center.  Andrew recused himself from the Union Station Alliance vote.  All were in favor and the motion to approve all GNAs passed.

Note: We broke up into our small groups to discuss our plans for the year.

Advocacy:

This group wants to do a residents survey about bar closing times.  Jenny is going to find out about using survey monkey to do this.  We should send this out as a single email to members as well as include it in the newsletter.  The group wanted to include three or four scenarios with a couple of bullet points listing the pros and cons of each.  Then we should share the results in the following newsletter.

HOA Presidents:

The group thought we would have difficulty getting the Presidents to a separate meeting but thought perhaps they might come to our monthly board meeting.  The purpose of the event would be to have open communication and to discuss issues of the neighborhood.  The group suggested doing this in the Fall timeframe.

Membership:

We are going to keep a notice to renew membership in the newsletter for every issue.  Kirstan is going to write a draft letter to go out to all email addresses that we have in the system that are not members.  Josh will edit it and Lara will send it.  We will continue to have the membership flyer at all LoDoNA events so that folks can sign up for membership.  We will discuss the volunteer process at a future meeting.

TJ is going to explore some options for us for a true membership database rather than a communications database. 

Community Building/Social:

Lisa May has run into many issues with hosting an event at Union Station in the Grand Hall so it is doubtful this will happen.  We will table this until next year. 

We are instead thinking of an event at confluence park.  We want to build community, have fun, do a WeeBOT on steroids. Perhaps host a block party or alley event.  We will come up with something definitive by the next meeting.

Presidents Notes:

The next WeeBOT is May 29 at Machete. 

LoDo Bites is June 18 – please try and attend.

Jack made a motion that we approve the slate of officers for the year.  (Josh Davies President; Terry Hershey Vice President; Lara Davies Secretary; Jim Merrill; Treasurer).  David seconded this and all were in favor.  The motion passed.

Next Meeting - The meeting was adjourned at 7:08 pm and the next meeting will be June 16, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Lara Davies, Secretary

April 2014 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

HELD April 14, 2014

Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on April 14, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:12 pm.  In attendance were: Bill Chrismer, Josh Davies, Lara Davies, Kelly Dick, Terry Hershey, David Hughes, TJ Johnson, Kirstan Marks, Jim Merrill, Cat Tatman and Jack Tone.

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

Minutes: David Hughes made a motion to pass the March minutes.  TJ seconded this motion.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Treasurer Report:

Jim filed our 2013 990 and our books are current through end of March.  So far this year we have raised $5,500 in membership dues.  On the annual meeting we broke even.  We collected just a bit more membership dues last year at the annual meeting.

2014 Budget:

The executive committee will set a budget based on what the group wants to do in 2014.  Tonight we will break into small groups to come up with what we want to do for 2014 based in three areas. 

1.    Community Building/Social – Summer Social, Fundraiser, WeeBOT

2.  Advocacy/Communication  - Loft Gatherings/HOA President’s Roundtable

3. Membership – Increase membership numbers.

Bill talked about LoDoNA possibly doing a fundraising opportunity for the Social group.  He said we could hire Lisa May to do this and make it very professional.  It could be perhaps a gala in the September time frame.  He mentioned that the LoDo District has fundraiser and the money they raise goes towards operating costs.  He said they raise close to $50K.  We could have sponsors and also do a silent auction.

Advocacy – Jim Merrill spoke on behalf of his group.  He said our newsletter works well as does the website maintenance.  He said it would be nice if we could get the minutes right after the previous meeting. 

Jim’s group wants to do a restaurant closing time survey in case the issue comes back, which we believe it will.  This group would like to have a community stake holder as a speaker at every board meeting.

Membership – Josh spoke on behalf of the group and said that the group wants to send reminders to those folks who are about to renew but haven’t; have flyers and announcements at WeeBOTs about membership (we could also congratulate new members); send an email non-members on the newsletter distribution list; and have a link to join in the newsletter each month.  We also agreed to clean up the area of volunteering and just have one category.

Social - Bill spoke on behalf of the social group.  They would like to do a fundraiser but look at other venues and do an HOA President’s Roundtable.

WeeBOT:  The next WeeBOT is April 24 at Upstairs Circus and then on May 29th at Machete.  Make sure any invites to WeeBOT go through Bill.

Scout Car:  Josh mentioned the Scout Car needs to be refunded for 2014.  They would like us to come in at same amount last year - $1K.  Terry made a motion that we refund the Scout Car at $1K for 2014.  Bill seconded this.  All were in favor and the motion passed.

Next Meeting - The meeting was adjourned at 7:13 pm and the next meeting will be May 12, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Lara Davies, Secretary

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

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

January 2014 LoDoNA Board Meeting Minutes

MINUTES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

OF THE LOWER DOWNTOWN NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION

HELD January 13, 2014

Pursuant to proper notice, a meeting of the Board of Directors of the Lower Downtown Neighborhood Association was held on January 13, 2014 beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The meeting was adjourned at 7:03 pm.  In attendance were:  Bill Chrismer, Josh Davies, Lara Davies, Andrew Guerra, Terry Hershey, David Hughes, Joyce Lozow, Kirstan Marks, Kynnie Martin, Jim Merrill, Christine Santucci, Jack Tone and Mike West.

Josh Davies chaired the meeting.  Lara Davies recorded the minutes.

Guests attending the meeting were: Kelly Dick, Jenny Usaj, Joe Howe, and TJ (Tschanen Johnson). 

Financial Update: We are essentially break-even.  In 2012 we spent an extra $3K and we wanted to pay that back in 2013, which we did so we pretty much broke even.

2013 Holiday Project Update:  We raised $51,555 – more than ever before.  Thank you to everyone who helped out with this project.

Transportation Update: There is a group of residents that are concerned about the increased bus traffic as well as safety concerns and environmental concerns (w/ the diesel buses) on 18th street.  They sent a letter to RTD about their concerns and met with Judy Montero.   The group wants to make sure that RTD has investigated enough other options for the bus traffic and they will also present their concerns on Jan 21 at an RTD meeting.  Josh has also been working on this issue for a while with Holly of the LoDo District as well. 

Kirstan made a motion that LoDoNA write a letter voicing our concern with the increased bus traffic as well as the environmental and safety concerns. The letter could also invite Angie Rivera-Malpiede to come speak to us and LoDo District so we could confirm that RTD has also looked at other options in addition to just having the bus traffic go down 18th Street.  Jim seconded this motion. All were in favor and the motion passed. 

2014 Annual Meeting: Confirmation of our Annual Meeting location at IMA building has been delayed.  We are now hoping to be able to do it the last week of February. 

The theme for the event is I heart LoDo.  We will have residents – both new and old talk about why they love LoDo and a transportation representative perhaps Chris Frampton to give an update on developments with Union Station, etc.  We can also discuss the Compassionate City effort. 

We discussed just having desserts and starting at 6:30.  We also discussed doing “I heart LoDo stickers” and having guests register for the event as well as renew their memberships at the same time through eventbrite.    We need to confirm up our sponsorships.  The budget is $5K and we usually get about $3K in sponsorships.  

Charlie Award:  Joyce will order the awards.  The group also voted on the Charlie Award – which goes to a resident or business that has greatly improved the quality of life in downtown. The group also decided to create a Compassionate Neighbor Award.  The group voted to give the Charlie Award to Tattered Cover. 

New Year’s Eve:  There were some beatings on New Year’s Eve in downtown.  The police have decided to put additional plain clothes police at night on the streets as well as more uniformed ones too. They are also increasing the amount of halo cameras.  We are also lobbying Stephanie O’Malley to permanently fund the scout car on Sat and Fri nights.  The funding would come from the 2A fund.  

Annual Meeting Tasks:

Temporary permit for alcohol-David

Put together poster and get them printed – Joyce and Andrew

Catering (Coohills) – Bill Christmer

Membership Tables – Kirstan

Volunteers – Lara/Kirstan/Joyce/Terry

Fundraising-Jim to call Sopra about sponsorship ($1K perhaps – premier sponsor)

Bill, Joyce, and Josh

Email Communications-Lara

Ticket prices - $15 and $25 at the door

Membership renewal - $35 with a free drink at the door for renewing. 

Next Meeting - The meeting was adjourned at 7:03 pm and the next meeting will be February 10, 2014 at 5:30 pm.

Respectfully submitted, Lara Davies, Secretary