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The Board of Directors of the Downtown Neighborhood Association met on Thursday, March 10, in the public room at the Florencia on Beach Drive.

The meeting was called to order by president Marilyn Olsen at 7 p.m.

Present were Ms. Olsen, treasurer Allan Brockway, secretary Timothy J. Baker, and board members John Belovitz, Bill Stokes and Joe Pugliano.

Minutes – Two changes were made to the minutes that had been sent out by email. The list of committees was corrected, and a mistake in reported guests was deleted. Mr. Belovitz moved to approve the amended minutes, and Mr. Stokes seconded. The motion was approved unanimously.

Treasurer – The report for February was received and filed. There was a discussion about archiving on the DNA web site the final treasurer’s report for each year, along with the annual budget.

Committee reports:

Membership: Mr. Belovitz is the new membership chair. He reported that several new members had signed up at the most recent Urban Porch Party. There was a general discussion about reducing the cost of the DNA brochure. No action was taken.

Beautification: Mr. Stokes now chairs this committee. He is looking for ideas to pursue, and will talk with John Harte, a former board member and committee chair.

Planning: Ms. Olsen reported in place of committee chair Tim Clemmons, who was not present. The rpeort included updates on the city’s Pier planning process, and the city’s approval of a site plan for an 11-story condominium on the site of the Blocker Mansion on 4th Avenue N.

Culture and Arts: Ms. Olsen report for Marlys Meckler, who was absent. The board was brief on the unveiling at the Morean Arts Center of a conceptual study of a “glass arbor” that would be placed somewhere on the Downtown waterfront. The arts center is just beginning to raise funds for the project. When completed, it would be donated to the city. The concept drawing shoed a structure like a garden arbor, but decorated with glass art by local artists.

Treasurer Position Ð In January, Nancy Watson was elected to the board and as treasurer. However, she has notified Ms. Olsen that she will not be able to serve in either post. The board is looking for a replacement. Mr. Brockway, who had served as treasurer for several years, will fill in as treasurer, but only on a short, interim basis.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:39 p.m.

Submitted by

Timothy J. Baker


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