The board of directors of the Downtown Neighborhood Association met at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 13, in the public room at the Florencia.
Present were: Marilyn Olsen, President; board members Timothy J. Baker, Paul Carder, Tim Clemmons, Gary Grooms, Marlys Meckler, Joe Pugliano, Bill Walsh; and Cheryl Banks, Finance. Absent were: Lottie Belovitz, Treasurer; Peter Belmont, Bill Stokes.
The treasurer’s report will be posted on the web site.
The minutes from the November meeting were posted on the DNA web site after email distribution.
The January DNA general meeting agenda will include a presentation by Dave Goodwin of the Central Avenue Revitalization Project and DNA board elections.
Marlys Meckler, Lottie Belovitz and Cheryl Banks will greet members, offer membership renewals and give ballots to members (1 for individual members, 2 for household members if both are attending) who have not already voted
Gary Grooms, Elections Committee Chair, will take nominations of eligible candidates from the floor, close nominations and offer each qualified candidate an opportunity to give a 30 second introduction. Members will be asked to vote for 12 candidates. Tim Clemmons has volunteered to oversee the tabulations during the program. Results will be announced at the end. The 2013 board will meet briefly immediately following the general meeting adjournment to elect officers.
Tim Baker will send out an email ballot form for those members unable to attend the meeting. They may either email Tim Clemmons or mail their ballot to DNA. Ballots must be received by January 9, 2013.
The position of secretary will be unfilled until the elections in January. Tim Baker offered to take minutes at the January meeting.
Marilyn Olsen updated the board on the Downtown Waterfront Master Plan (“DWMP”). City Council moved forward on the ULI panel Assignment and reviewed a draft scope of services for a consultant selection process. She has been asked and will serve on a Chamber of Commerce initiated DWMP Task Force.
Tim Baker, Newsletter Editor, announced plans to discontinue advertising; self-print 1 page newsletters with expanded copy available on the web site to be mailed quarterly to members. This would eliminate the need to label and seal.
Allan Brockway has requested that someone be found to assume responsibility for the web site. This will need to be addressed immediately by the new board.
There was an update and general discussion of noise/sidewalk café issues and current development proposals. No action was taken.
The meeting was adjourned.
Respectfully submitted by Marilyn Olsen, President
Marilyn R. Olsen, President
Downtown Neighborhood Association
Note: Subsequent to this meeting, DNA received noticed that an application had been filed by the owner of the cottage at 146 4th Avenue North to have that building moved to a site on 12th Avenue North. The building is a designated local landmark.
Peter Belmont in an email to board members on January 10 moved that the association oppose the application on the grounds that it did not meet the criteria required by the city for approval. One of the criteria is that there be definite plans for the property from which the building is being moved. Mr. Belmont noted that no applications for redevelopment of the property had been submitted, and that this criteria was therefore not me.
Board members voted unanimously by email to approve the resolution.