LPNA Minutes 2017-04-26

Date posted: June 26, 2017


La Alma Lincoln Park Neighborhood Association
Monthly Meeting Minutes

Meeting took place at Greenlee Elementary School at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Attendee list: Available upon request.

DENVER POLICE DEPARTMENT, Officer Robert Gibbs, Robert.gibbs@denvergov.org

  • Officer Gibbs provided a summary of the overall criminal statistics for the district and talked about how information is processed to guide policing to be more effective.
  • Overall criminal activity is down slightly throughout the district, including Lincoln Park. The only statistic that went up this year over last was auto thefts. A majority of those thefts were ‘puffers’.
  • Once a month, the district commander goes before his higher ups to discuss strategy for addressing the information they’re gleaning from the data presented.
  • He also talked about his general information distribution method for the neighborhood. In order to avoid ‘over spamming’ people, he uses the facebook page for more ‘fluff’ type pieces and NextDoor for the more immediate and urgent information, such as BOLOs. He typically posts to NextDoor 1 -2 times a week.
  • Neighbors indicated ongoing problems with bicycle thefts.

DENVER GREEN ROOFS INITIATIVE – Brandon Rietheimer brietheimer@gmail.com

  • Brandon Rietheimer is leading a grassroots campaign to mandate that a portion of roofs in Denver have rooftop gardens/landscaping.
  • He highlighted the multiple benefits of green roofs included from their website:
    • The benefits are many! Green Roofs are a Best Management Practice for storm-water management. They reduce the Urban Heat Island Effect through evapotranspiration. This also reduces energy costs. Air quality is improved and noise pollution is lessened. Roof longevity is extended. City beautification is achieved which, study’s show, lead to a better quality of life and workplace environment.
  • Several buildings already have working green roofs, including the EPA, CCD, the Justice Center, Metro State, and the Denver Library.
  • They are currently working to get a ballot initiative on this November’s ballot to mandate some green roofs throughout Denver. For more details regarding this initiative, the full text can be found on their website at http://www.denvergreenroof.org/
  • If you’re interested in volunteering to help with signature gathering or other duties to support this initiative, contact Brandon directly.

HISTORIC DENVER ACTION FUND UPDATE – Fatima Hirji, Dave Stauffer

  • The survey process is underway. The committee has walked the neighborhood, with a focus on the buildings built before 1900.
  • Fatima provided a summary of the findings, including the wide variety of interesting architecture of the existing homes in the neighborhood.
  • The group is now looking for block captains to start the engagement process.
  • More information regarding the goals and deliverable of this project will be outlined in the summer presentation.

GO BOND UPDATE – David Griggs and Aubrey Lavizzo, lincolnparkneighbors@gmail.com

  • GO Bond process has two more committee meetings needing representation. Neighbors signed up to participate in those remaining meetings.

DENVER SUSTAINABLE NEIGHBORHOOD UPDATE – Rachel Ohene, Rachel.ohene@gmail.com

  • Lincoln Park held it’s first community clean up day. 25 people participated and trash was picked up from the streets and alleys throughout the neighborhood. An after party with awards was held at the end of the cleanup.
  • Rachel encouraged neighbors to add their email to the listserve for the sustainable neighborhoods program. She passed around a sheet for signing up to do so.
  • You can also go directly to the website to find information regarding Lincoln Park’s sustainable neighborhood program via: https://www.sustainableneighborhoodnetwork.org/sustainable-neighborhoods-denver/la-alma-lincoln-park
  • Future plans include a sustainable neighbors happy hour, a composting workshop and another clean up day.

LPNA BOARD NOMINATIONS – Lisa Shusko, Vice President, lincolnparkneighbors@gmail.com

  • Board nominations were submitted for the June 2017 – May 2018.
  • The following slates of nominees were presented. Additional nominations will be accepted through the end of the month:
    • President – Christine Sprague
    • Vice President – Lisa Shusko
    • Secretary – Alyson Crabtree
    • Treasurer – Michael Simon
    • At Large – Dora Aragon
    • At Large – Roger Callender
    • At Large – Sheila Cassil
    • At Large – Tyler Stanley
    • At Large – Aubrey Lavizzo
    • At Large – David Griggs

OTHER BUSINESS –

  • Dave Stauffer handed out a sheet of fun historic facts for La Alma Lincoln Park.

Next meeting: Wednesday, May 24, 2017, 6:30pm, at Greenlee Elementary School.

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