Directors are elected at the annual member’s meeting. The next such meeting is September 26, 2019. Any member who has paid dues for the upcoming program year can run for election. Two-year terms begin immediately after the election. The current Board is:
Gary Eyster, President, email@example.com, term ending Sept 2020
Greg Weirs, Acting Secretary, Sept 2019
Govinda Haines, Sept 2019
Eliza Peralta, (505)480-7842, Sept 2019
Dominic Peralta, Sept 2020
Lucille Torres-Long, Sept 2019
Shani Madden, Sept 2019
Our bylaws permit a maximum number of 15 board members. When a vacancy occurs the Board may elect a candidate to the board for a term expiring at the next annual member’s meeting. We have 4 vacant seats. Any member who is willing to join the board until the member’s meeting on September 26 may email theboard@NobHill-NM.com
What we do – an informal crash course
The Board of Directors spends most of its time on the following:
- Board meetings – NHNA business meeting, which is open to all, but is not designed for entertainment and interest of the neighborhood as a whole. The Board discusses request for zoning variances, liquor license requests, zone map amendment requests and, in fact, the timing of the meeting (2nd Mondday of the month) is a consequence of the schedule of the City’s Zoning Hearing Examiner. Neighborhood initiatives are discussed (examples:Lead-Coal Safety Brigade, cross walks on Central Ave., seeking investments in neighborhood needs. Occasionally, guest speakers discuss topics of neighborhood interest or request our assistance or support for their organization.
- Outreach events – Outreach events are designed specifically for neighborhood participation. A topic of current interest, held at a local restaurant with light refreshments, is presented for information and discussion.
- Newsletter – The newsletter is produced twice a year, fall and spring. The fall newsletter has a fairly strict deadline because it is the official announcement of the annual meeting in September; the spring newsletter is usually distributed around the beginning of April. The Board of directors supervises and contributes content to the newsletter, but a volunteer committee does most of the work – identifying stories and finding authors, identifying and contacting advertisers, layout, and organizing distribution (significantly reduces the cost of the newsletter compared to mailing).
- Finances – Our primary income sources include member dues, donations from filming in our neighborhood, and donations from individuals and businesses (often tied to specific activities). Another potential source of income is to apply for grants. Most of our activities are financially self-supporting, particularly the newsletter and the annual Ice Cream Social.
- Requests for Zoning variances, liquor license requests, zone changes – It has been common to hear 1-5 requests per month. The applicant is asked to present their request to the Board, and after questions and discussion, the Board votes to support or oppose the request. The Secretary writes a letter to the ZHE describing the request, and the Board’s deliberations and conclusion. Recent experience suggests that sometimes the ZHE agrees with the Board, and other times does not; in any case, while the Board provides input to the ZHE decision, the decision is ultimately made by the ZHE. If the applicant cannot be reached or does not present their case at the Board meeting, the Secretary writes a letter to the ZHE requesting a deferral; this is usually granted.
- In addition to zoning cases, the Board discusses cases and represents the neighborhood’s interests before other city bodies, such as the Environmental Planning Commission (EPC) and the Land Use Planning and Zoning (LUPZ) meeting.
- Points of Contact – The Board maintains contacts with various City, County, State and Federal elected officials, as well as various city departments. These interactions allow the NHNA to communicate neighborhood issues and concerns to these representatives, and the various officials and organizations to communicate with their constituents.
- Related organizations – The Nob Hill Main Street program is an economic development and community improvement program that focuses on Central Ave. from Girard to Washington. The District 6 coalition is comprised of neighborhood associations in city council District 6, represented by Councilor Rey Garduño. The Federation of University Neighborhoods (FUN) is made up of the neighborhoods that border the University of New Mexico main campus. The NHNA works with these organizations on topics of shared interest, but these relationships could be strengthened.
- Other meetings – Board members often attend other meetings on neighborhood issues. Recently these have included Lobo Development public input meetings on new UNM residence halls, city meetings on the Girard Blvd. Complete Streets Master Plan, and MRCOG meetings on the UNM/CNM/Sunport transit study.