Meeting called to order by North Downtown Neighborhood Association President Tim Baker at 7:10 p.m. Twenty-four members and guests of the North Downtown and University Park Neighborhood Associations were present.
Secretary’s Report: Minutes from the October general meeting of the North Downtown Neighborhood Association were read and approved.
Treasurers’ Reports: The North Downtown has a checking account balance of approximately $2,200 and University Park has a balance of approximately $100. After the merger of the two associations the accounts will be combined.
Neighborhood Merger: Richard Lane moved and John Owen seconded a motion to merge the North Downtown and the University Park Neighborhood Associations into a new single association. The association will be known as the Downtown Neighborhood Association. The boundaries will be from 5th Avenue South to 5th Avenue North and from Tampa Bay to Dr. M.L. King Jr. Street plus from 11th Avenue South to 5th Avenue South from 1st Street to 4th Street. Tim Baker highlighted the main points of the by-laws for the new association that were prepared by a committee comprising members of the two associations. The motion passed unanimously.
Elections: Tim Baker presented the names of 12 people previously nominated for the Board of Directors for the new association and then asked for nominations from the floor. After no additional nominations were made, Tim Clemmons moved and Richard Lane seconded a motion to close nominations. Motion passed unanimously. Tim Clemmons then moved and Allen Brockway seconded a motion to accept the 12 nominations by acclamation. Motion passed unanimously. Tim Baker then explained that under the new by-laws the Board of Directors first order of business would be to elect a president, secretary, and treasurer from within the board.
President’s Report: Tim Baker recapped the highlights of 2003, including the Courtyard Tour, the merger with the University Park Neighborhood, and working with the city on such issues as the Straub Park waterfront promenade, downtown rezoning, and the Mirror Lake Recreation Complex.
The meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.