Silver Hill Reforestation Project – 13th Anniversary Update

Many people (and their animal companions) walk along beautiful tree-lined Silver and Gold Avenues on a daily basis. Others have bought homes or arrived as renters in Silver Hill over the past few years. All benefit from the architecture of the trees, the shade in the summer, fall colors, and the friendliness which grows out of a walkable neighborhood. The transformation of these streets 13 years ago from heaving, cracked, and non-accessible sidewalks and a few, dying trees to the scene today is remarkable and started many years ago.

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SHNA Board Meeting 5/8/2017

Time and Location of SHNA Board Meeting: The meeting was held at the Heights Community Center and was called to order at 7:05 pm.

Board members present: Cathy Ruhl, James Montalbano, Katy Braziel, Elizabeth Doak, Rich Braziel, Richard Hallett, Gordon Reiselt, & Bob Stembridge Sign-in Sheet

Others present: Jeremy Sment, Edger Avilla Director – Heights Community Center, & Don McIver Sign-in Sheet Continue reading

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SHNA Board Meeting 4/10/2017

Time and Location of SHNA Board Meeting: The meeting was held at the Heights Community Center. The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm.

Board members present: Cathy Ruhl, James Montalbano, Katy Braziel, Elizabeth Doak, Richard Hallett, Bob Stembridge, & Tom Ocken. Sign-in Sheet

Others present: Tucker Green, Tim Keller-Mayoral candidate, Brittany Silvas-Assistant to Mr. Keller, & James Burton. Sign-in Sheet Continue reading

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SHNA Board Meeting – 2/13/2017

Time and Location of SHNA Board Meeting: The meeting was held at the Heights Community Center. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm. Agenda

Board members present:  James Montalbano, Elizabeth Doak, Cathy Ruhl, Tom Ocken, Katy Braziel Sign-in Sheet

Others present:  Don McIver Sign-in Sheet Continue reading

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SHNA Board Meeting – 1/9/17

Time and Location of SHNA Board Meeting: The meeting was held at the Heights Community Center. The meeting was called to order at 7:05 pm.

Board Members Present: Jim Montalbano, Elizabeth Doak, Katy Braziel, Tom Ocken, Bob Stembridge, & Rich Braziel. Sign-in Sheet

Non-Board Members Present (Residents, Home Owners, & Guests): Cathy Ruhl, Richard Hallett, Christina Villegas, Benjamin Fowler, Tucker Green, Peter Heald, Mindy Grossberg, Brian Colon & Don McIver (Mayoral Candidate). Sign-in Sheet

Notice of Annual Meeting: About 650 “Notice of Annual Meeting” flyers were handed out. Flyer

ART Update: There was another discussion of the ART Project and Terry Appodaca’s email to Jim Montalbano. Jim responded to Terry’s email in writing. ART Email Response Continue reading

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Monthly Meeting Information

The Silver Hill Neighborhood Association meets the second Monday of every month at 7 p.m. at the Heights Community Center, 823 Buena Vista Southeast.  All are welcome.

The Board’s annual meeting is held in January, on that second Monday.

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SHNA Board Meeting – 11/14/16

Time and Location of SHNA Board Meeting: The meeting was held at the Heights Community Center. The meeting was called to order at 7:10 pm.

Board Members Present: Jim Montalbano, Elizabeth Doak, Katy Braziel, & Rich Braziel. Sign-in Sheet

Zoning – 1611 Lead: There is a dumpster size pile of trash in the driveway for the last 6 months. There was a DEA raid there about that time and several people in the back apartments were taken away. The property owner was taken to court over the neglected property but did not show up at the hearing and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. The trash problem has been reported to the head of City Zoning, Brennen Williams, but he has not acted. Jim will set up a meeting with the SW Command to see if there is anything the police can do to help. Jim will also contact the Safe City Task Force to see if they can intervene.

Zoning – 1911 Lead: This property has a large lighted sign in violation of the City sign ordinance. The head of the City Zoning department, Brennen Williams, has been notified repeatedly but has not acted.

Medians and Parkways: Solid Waste has replace the dead trees and bushes caused by the lack of proper maintenance by the Parks Department. Solid Waste also sprayed for weed in the medians and parkway and now would be the perfect time to reseed. However, because of the end of the watering season, the Board will revisit the possibility of reseeding in the spring.  As we continue to fight for the maintenance of the parkways and mediums, we would encourage all the members of our community to stand with us in demanding that the maintenance that we all pay for in out water bill thru a special add-on is used to maintain our mediums and parkways.

Treasurer’s Report: The Previous Balance was $2,372.51 and there were Deposits of $50.00 and Interest of $0.08. Payment for “Fabrication and Installation of new Tree Plaques” resulted in a withdrawal of $249.92 resulting in an ending Balance of $2,122.59. There is $719.62 Encumbered for HCC, Keep Albuquerque Pretty, Neighborhood Nite Out Grant For Safety, & Signage resulting in an Available Balance of $1,402.97. Treasurer’s Report

Approval of Board Meeting Minutes: Due to the lack of a quorum, the SHNA Board Meeting Minutes for 10/10/16 were not approved. They will be resubmitted at the December Board Meeting.

Meeting Adjourned: 7:55pm

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SHNA Board Meeting – 10/10/16

Time and Location of SHNA Board Meeting: The meeting was held at the Heights Community Center. The meeting was called to order at 7:07 pm.

Board Members Present: Jim Montalbano, Robert Stembridge, Elizabeth Doak, Rich Braziel, & Tom Ocken. Sign-in Sheet

Zoning – 1512 Gold: The request to fence the parking lot in front of 1512 Gold: was heard before LUCC. Jim & Tom attended the meeting and spoke in favor of securing the property at the dwelling not at the street. They have been approved for a 6’ high wire mesh fence with a narrower gate.

Titan Development: The Construction North of Presbyterian of mixed use, retail/residential, is breaking ground in November. Foundational work has started on one of the Northern lots in the area.

Approval of Board Meeting Minutes: The SHNA Board Meeting Minutes for 9/12/16 were reviewed and unanimously approved.

Meeting Adjourned: 7:45pm

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SHNA Board Meeting – 9/12/16

Time and Location of SHNA Board Meeting: The meeting was held at the Heights Community Center. The meeting was called to order at 7:00 pm.

Board Members Present: Jim Montalbano, Katy Braziel, Elizabeth Doak, Rich Braziel, & Tom Ocken. Sign-in Sheet

Zoning – 1512 Gold: The request to fence the parking lot in front of 1512 Gold was heard by the LUCC. Jim & Tom attended the meeting and spoke in favor of securing the property at the dwelling not at the street. No decision has been made to date.

Presbyterian Screening Variance: Presbyterian has requested a variance to the screening requirements for Spruce between Central & Lead. Spruce has been vacated by the city and is embedded in the Presbyterian campus. SHNA does not have an objective to not having screening at this location.

Titan Development: The Construction, North of Presbyterian, of mixed use retail/residential is breaking ground in November

Presbyterian Entrance: Relocation of Presbyterian car entrance will be moved to Spruce & Central from the current location at Cedar & Central with construction starting soon.

ART Related Traffic Calming & Tree Replacement: Councilor Benton sent an email in support of traffic calming measures in the Silver Hill Neighborhood during ART construction and for one-for-one tree replacement of trees removed as a result of the ART project

UNM Central Corridor Neighborhood Study: Tom attended the meeting. The UNM study is funded through the City but is independent of the City. See attached

Committee to Review By-Laws: Jim & Teri will review and prepare recommendations for the Annual 2017 meeting.

Front Yard Parking: The City is preparing to legalize front yard parking throughout the City. The Historic Overlay Zone prohibits this and will continue to prohibit front yard parking in the Historic Overlay Zone. However, this will affect housing in our neighborhood that is not in the Historic Overlay Zone. Katy will write an email for Jim to send to Councilor Benton stating our opposition to this change.

Tree Replacement: The dead trees on Lead/Coal between Carlisle and Broadway have been replaced and the weeds have been sprayed. Thanks to Dan Humbles and his crews. A special thanks also goes out to Katy Braziel for working diligently over the years to get this to happen.

Approval of Board Meeting Minutes: The SHNA Board Meeting Minutes for 7/11/16 were reviewed and unanimously approved.

Meeting Adjourned: 8:15pm

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SHNA Board Meeting – 7/11/16

Time and Location of SHNA Board Meeting: The meeting was held at 1900 Silver Ave SE because the Heights Community Center was closed. The meeting was called to order at 7:10 pm.

Board Members Present: Jim Montalbano, Robert Stembridge, Katy Braziel, Rich Braziel, Tom Ocken & Alanna Apodaca. Sign-in Sheet

Visitors: Terry Apodaca & Richard Hallett Sign-in Sheet

Albuquerque Rapid Transit (ART): Teri Apodaca wrote a document outlining some serious concerns that she has concerning ART. Many of the concerns had already been shared with Jim and were included in a letter from the SHNA, which Jim Montalbano sent to Katherine Cordova and Ike Benton. After discussions it was decided that Jim & Teri would work to see if any additional concerns needed to be addressed. ART – Serious Concerns Continue reading

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