SNHM BOARD MEETING MINUTES – June (6/8/15)

SHNA BOARD MEETING MINUTES – 6/8/2015

Board members present: Elizabeth Doak, Craig Wallace, Robert Stembridge, James Montalbano, Katy Braziel. Attachment 1

Guest: Gordon Reiselt

Meeting called to order:7:05 pm

Approval of Minutes: to be done at next meeting (Katy forgot to print out copies.)

Parkways and medians on Silver, Gold, Lead and Coal: Katy has been talking to, meeting with, touring the neighborhood with, and e-mailing staff at the Solid Waste Department which is now responsible for repair and maintenance of these areas. Although a crew appeared to dig up and repair the watering system in parkways in front of 1600 and 1610 Silver over the past two weeks, nothing else has been done and several blocks are in dire straights. Katy sent an e-mail to Dan Humbles, Project Supervisor to inquire about the long list of needs and plans to meet those needs. If no response as of Wednesday, June 10th, James, Katy, and Craig will schedule a meeting with Councilor Benton and ask if Dan would like to come too.

APD: As planned at the May meeting, James thanked Commander Whisonant of the Southeast Command for the increased police presence in Silver Hill and at Roosevelt Park. There was also discussion about militarization of APD according to an article in the ABQ Free Press.

Historic Overlay Zone: We expressed our appreciation for Mary Ellen Hennessey’s attendance at our May meeting and for the card she subsequently sent out to all property owners in the HOZ. Katy will call Mary Ellen this week regarding the following:

  • Was the Colonial era door surround on 1924 Silver approved by her office? If not, what will be done about it?
  • Early morning on Saturday 6/6/15 a wall was removed from the house at 1500 Gold SE. Was this a Saturday Morning Special stealth removal of a historic feature, or did the owner talk to MEH and get permission? No sign was posted indicating this had been approved.
  • When will the HOZ booklet be ready so that we can schedule our workshop?

Development of the four blocks north of Presbyterian Hospital (Oak to Sycamore) and one block further north: James and Katy attended an initial meeting at Consensus Planning with Titan Development who has been hired by Presbyterian. Members of Sycamore NA and Spruce Park NA were also present. Anyone wishing to get more information can call or e-mail James or Katy. More meetings are forthcoming.

ABQ-Z:Elizabeth received notification about the City’s intention to overhaul the ABQ Comprehensive Zoning/Sector Development Plans. She downloaded the 60 page document prepared by an outside consultant. We believe it is important that Silver Hill become knowledgeable about this proposal and that at least one of us attend the meeting on June 23rd, 5:30 pm, location TBA. Elizabeth, Gordon and Robert might be able to go, but no one could make a firm commitment to be there.

Meeting was adjourned: 7:46 pm

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SHNA BOARD MEETING MINUTES – 05/11/2015

Board Members Present: Elizabeth Doak, Craig Wallace, Robert Stembridge, Tom Ocken, James Montalbano, Katy Braziel. Attachment 1

Guests: Jeremy Sment, Gordon Reiselt, Michael Pitula, and Mary Ellen Hennessey (Senior Planner, City of Albuquerque Historic Preservation). Attachment 1

Meeting called to order: 7:03pm

Approval of Minutes: Minutes from the April meeting will be reviewed when our secretary returns in June.

Presentation and Q and A regarding the Historic District (HD) and the Historic Overlay Zone (HOZ) in Silver Hill – Mary Ellen Hennessey, Senior Planner, City Historic Preservation Department: Mary Ellen discussed the history of the HD and the HOZ in Silver Hill. She was able to contract for a house-to-house survey, removing historic status from a few houses which have been irremediably altered since 1986 when the first survey was done and adding some houses not previously eligible (pre-1947) . These will now qualify for state historic tax credits.

A new Preservation Handbook addressing the history and guidelines for the Early Automobile Suburbs is being developed. Photographs are being added. Silver Hill requested 20 copies when it is printed. These will be used in the HD/HOZ workshop to be presented this summer by Robert Stembridge and Katy Braziel for the neighborhood.

Mary Ellen also stated that she will get a postcard out to all property owners in the SHNA HOZ explaining the procedure which is mandatory for any exterior alterations to properties in the HOZ.

KAB Great American Cleanup: A group of 4 SHNA members and 4 UNM students from the Omega Delta Phi Service group picked up trash on Lead and Coal, as well as University Blvd. on April 25, 9:00-12:00. Thanks to all who participated! We’ll participate again in the Fall Cleanup, maybe with block captains getting more people involved.

Keep Albuquerque Beautiful/Solid Waste Department report: Katy met again last week with employees and contractors with Solid Waste Dept. This time the focus was on substandard maintenance of Lead and Coal. We agreed that:

1) The contractor for Lead/Coal will complete maintenance (pruning trees and plants, raking up pruning debris)

2) SW will get a count of dead and missing trees and plants from the two streets, Yale to Sycamore, to Katy ASAP, and SHNA will approach Councilor Benton about funding the replacement if existing City funds are not available,

3) SW will clean up the remains of the accident at Coal & Pine where bollards and landscaping were destroyed for the 4th time in 3 years,

4) SW will appropach Traffic Safety Division about funding a guard rail in that location (A SHNA Board member voiced disapproval of this), and SHNA will ask Traffic Safety to do a Crash Analysis of the Coal & Pine crash site.

Zoning:

1924 Silver – Isaac Chavez has withdrawn his request to build a two car garage off the alley. The first coat of stucco has been applied on the house. (reported by Mary Ellen Hennessey, Historic Preservation Div. of C of A.

210 Sycamore, 1721 Silver, 1609 Silver, and 1810 Gold all appear to have done unauthorized modifications to the properties, including unapproved windows and adding illegal units. All of these have been reported to Zoning to no avail. We will request a meeting with a Zoning Dept. representative, possibly Matthew Conrad to discuss.

Juntos-Conservation Voters New Mexico: Mike Pitula, and new neighborhood resident presented an update on the PNM request to the PRC to increase our utility rates. The increase would compensate PNM for the closure of two coal-fired power plants in the 4-Corners area of the state and would assure shareholders that they wouldn’t take a financial hit. Instead of a rate increase Junto advocates that the PRC vote “NO” on the rate increase and a fee for roof-top solar panels and “YES” on the use of renewable energy sources (solar, wind). Several of those present will contact Karen Montoya, our PRC representative, at karenl.montoya@ state.nm.us or (500) 827-8015 to provide our input.

Street-side Trash Bins: Tom will locate the assessment Matt Sexton did a few years ago so that the Board can re-allocated some bins. Elizabeth will order a couple more bins. The Board voted to spend some of our KAB Bin money on replacing the tree identification plaques in the medians on Silver.

Meeting adjourned:  8:15 pm

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GREAT AMERICAN CLEAN UP – 4/25/2015

The Silver Hill Neighborhood Association is organizing the cleaning up of Lead and Coal between Yale and Sycamore as part of the “Great American Clean-up” on Saturday April 25, 2015.  We invite you to join in and help keep our neighborhood beautiful.  The city is providing bags, gloves, & a large dumpster that usually gets emptied a couple times.  We will have a couple pickups but more is always better than less.

Supplies and coffee will be available at 1606 Silver at the start of the clean up (9:00 am).  We will finish by noon.  Join in, do a good deed, and meet like minded neighbors.  Call 242-8192 with questions.

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SHNA BOARD MEETING MINUTES – 04/13/2015

Board Members Present: Rich Braziel, Alana Apodaca, Elizabeth Doak, Craig Wallace, Robert Stembridge, & Katy Braziel. Attachment 1

Guests: Jeremy Sment, Terry Apodaca, Jim Duncan, Priscilla Duncan, Maureen Kohn, Dave Kohn, and Ike Benton (Albuquerque City Counselor). Attachment 1

Meeting called to order: 7:02pm

Approval of Minutes: The March 9, 2015 Annual Board Meeting minutes were approved unanimously.

Commissioner Benton Discussion: Jim initiated the discussion by talking about seeing more street people, drug deals and prostitution lately and seeing no patrol cars or bike officers. Commissioner Benton explained that he has been concerned about homeless for many years. The “Coming Home” program has proven to be quite successful but is targeted at a small segment of the homeless population. The City has set aside $1.2 Million plus another $750K for Albuquerque Supportive Housing projects. It also attracts 4 to 1 private funding and supports the local construction industry. Most of the homeless are suffering from mental/behavior health issues and Supportive Housing not only finds people a home but also provides case managers to follow and proactively check to see if people are taking their medications and getting the city services they need. Many of these people now qualify for Medicaid thanks to Obama-Care (The Affordable Care Act) so local residents are not funding the entire cost of the program. We need a centralized triage center to take in people with problems and then get them the help they need. These low-income housing units are located around the facilities that serve them and where there is public transit available. SHNA expressed support for these programs but also pointed that our neighborhood has way more than its share of this housing. We recommended that other neighborhoods also be used for these facilities.

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SHNA BOARD MEETING MINUTES – 03/09/2015

Board Members Present: Rich Braziel, Alana Apodaca, Tom Ocken, Elizabeth Doak, Craig Wallace, Robert Stemridge, & Katy Braziel. Attachment 1

Guests: Jeremy Sment, Caite Caperton, & Laura. Attachment 1

Meeting called to order: 7:20pm

Approval of Minutes: The February 9, 2015 Annual Board Meeting minutes were approved unanimously.

Police Commander Wisonet Meeting: Katy & Jim met with Commander Wisonet and discussed issues and concerns. The Commander explained that Albuquerque has less than 900 officers with 96 assigned to the SE. Most of the 96 officers are focused in the La Mesa-Trumbell neighborhood which is the most crime intense. DOJ may mandate more officers but that is not an immediate solution. As it stands right now we will be losing the bike cops. To everyone is encouraged call their City Councilor, Ike Benton (West of Buena Vista) and Ray Garduno (East of Buena Vista.) Also call the Mayor. Silver Hill Neighborhood issues that were discussed are: Continue reading

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Great American Cleanup April 25th

The Silver Hill Neighborhood Association is organizing the cleaning up of Lead and Coal between Yale and Sycamore as part of the “Great American Clean-up” on Saturday April 25, 2015.  We invite you to join in and help keep our neighborhood beautiful.  The city is providing bags, gloves, & a large dumpster that usually gets emptied a couple times.  We will have a couple pickups but more is always better than less.

Supplies and coffee will be available at 1606 Silver starting at 9:00 am.  We will finish by noon.  Join in, do a good deed, and meet like minded neighbors.  Call 242-8192 with questions.

 

 

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SHNA BOARD MEETING MINUTES – 02/09/2015

Board Members Present: Rich Braziel, Jim Montalbano, Elizabeth Doak, Craig Wallace, & Gordon Reiselt. Attachment 1

Guests: Richard Hallett. Attachment 1

Meeting called to order: 7:07pm Continue reading

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SHNA BOARD MEETING MINUTES – 01/12/2015

Board Members Present: Rich Braziel, Alanna Apodaca, Tom Ocken, Jim Montalbano, Elizabeth Doak, Craig Wallace, & Robert Stembridge. Attachment 1

Guests: Katy Braziel, Jeremy Smoot, Sasha Lotas, Matt Sexton, Rachel Langer, Carson Metzger, & Richard Hallett. Attachment 1

Meeting called to order: 7:10pm

Luminarias: Thanks to Craig Wallace who did a great job of leading the effort for the Luminarias and to all of you who helped. Continue reading

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SHNA BOARD MEETING MINUTES – 08/11/2014

Board Members Present: Gordon Reiselt, Rich Braziel, Jim Montalbano, & Bob Stembridge. Attachment 1

Visitors: Andrew Brungard & Ryan Logan Attachment 1

Meeting called to order: 7:05pm Continue reading

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SHNA BOARD MEETING MINUTES – 07/14/2014

Board Members Present: Gordon Reiselt, Rich Braziel, Jim Montalbano, Craig Wallace & Elizabeth Doak. Attachment 1

Visitors: Andrew Brungard & Ryan Logan  Attachment 1

Meeting called to order: 7:00pm

2109 Gold Variance: The owners of 2109 Gold are trying to put in a small dwelling unit in the back of their house. Their architectural plans calls for 24’ long parking spaces instead of the 28’ long as required in the Sector Plan. Gordon told them that SHNA concern is that we don’t want to set a precedent that weakens the Sector Plan. Continue reading

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