December BRUN Meeting Minutes

12/4/18 MINUTES

 

~Don’t Forget – BRUN Holiday Party 12/11 6-9 p.m. Brooklyn’s Finest Pizza~

 

6:00        Introductions and call to order

6:03        Open mic

Yates Tavern discussion led by Roseanne

  • Property owned and investor: Ken Wolf
  • Terms of previously agreed to Good Neighbor Agreement automatically apply to this business
  • Business is willing to sign new Good Neighbor Agreement
  • Hearing as to tavern/cabaret license on 12/19 9am Wellington Webb Building – see Facebook page for more details: https://www.facebook.com/events/187119458896195/

 

Sustainability

Jerry Tinianow, Chief Sustainability Officer, Department of Public Health and Environment, City and County of Denver

  • Xcel proposed and adopted a Colorado energy plan under which they will produce 55% of their energy with renewable methods with no increase in rates
    • They plan to be carbon neutral by 2050
  • City of Denver will be operating at 100% renewable energy by 2030
  • Denver is partnering and working with other cities in making and reaching these goals

 

Treasurer’s Report

 

Yearly meeting at the Oriental – date TBD – please be on the look out for date.

 

Committee Updates

 

Zoning Committee

  • Meeting scheduled for 12/12 – Location TBD – See Facebook page for update

 

Communications Committee

  • Holiday party 12/11 at Brooklyn’s Finest Pizza – RSVP at the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/281251282504752/
  • Discussion re: strategic meeting on direction and messaging
  • Membership promotion at January social event – stay tuned for more news!

 

 

 

Be sure to attend our January meeting – January 15, 2019 at 6pm. 4377 Utica Street.

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Oct BRUN meeting minutes

Berkeley-Regis United Neighbors, Inc. (BRUN)

Board Meeting Minutes for October 16, 2018

 

West 38th Avenue & Historic Berkeley Regis

West 38th Avenue Neighborhood Association, in existence for four years as West 38th Avenue Coalition, is now an RNO that works to improve West 38th Avenue along both the Berkeley and West Highlands side of this corridor. The group is focused on getting the City to do a corridor study of West 38th, improving bus stops along the route, and evaluating transportation options such as scooters and B-cycles.

 

Their membership includes interested residents and owners of businesses located on West 38th. They are currently working on a liquor license for Enigma Bazaar, located in the building previously occupied by Ziggie’s.

 

Historic Berkeley-Regis (HBR) works to protect historical buildings that (somehow) still stand in Berkeley-Regis. While pursuing the history of Berkeley Lake and Park, the group uncovered the original masterplan for this park and also learned of improvements and masterplan updates for another historic park, Inspiration Park.

 

Other HBR projects include: the Steele Center Foursquare (39th & King), Feral’s move to the Alcott Theater, and other landmarks along Tennyson Street between 39th & 41st.

 

Thank you to Marie Edgar for attending and reporting this to us.

 

Regis University Activities & Updates

Last month’s Walk Federal Avenue event, organized by Regis University, in which Mayor Hancock participated, did bring attention to a variety of issues relevant to Federal (between 48th & 52nd).

 

Regis is developing a community-focused newsletter that will feature Regis events and activities that are open to the public in areas such as music, lectures, exercise classes, etc. If you do not receive an email copy of the newsletter in late December/early January, check the Regis website where you can sign up for it.

 

Thank you to Jay April for attending and reporting this to us.

 

RTD Trains & Busses

RTD wants Northwest Denver residents to be aware of safety issues related to increased train traffic.

 

STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN when busses, trains, tracks, crossings, transit hubs and construction areas are nearby. Remove your headset. Lower the volume on your music source. Listen for the sound of an approaching train. Quiet zones, in which commuter rail and freight trains do not sound their horns, will be implemented. And, should you notice safety issues or suspicious activity, you can report them via RTD Transit Watch, a reporting app that’s available for iOS / Android devices.

 

Unlike light rail vehicles that run in downtown Denver, commuter rail vehicles (G-Line and A-Line trains, for example) are heavy, like freight trains, and require longer stopping distances. For this reason, pedestrians, drivers of automobiles, etc. must protect their own safety by following rules when crossing train tracks at pedestrian and/or vehicle crossings.

 

Night Stops Program:  Bus riders can request non-standard stops between 7 P.M. and 5 A.M. Ask the driver to let you off at the end of your block, for example, or anywhere along the route.

 

Change Is Coming:  RTD changes are coming on January 1, 2019. Check RTD’s website for details.

 

Thank you to Lindsey Alarcon, RTD Senior Specialist, for attending and reporting this to us.

 

2022 Olympic Games

In May 2019, Denver voters might get a chance to vote on whether the City should:
(1) host the 2022 Olympic Games, or (2) spend another dime in pursuit of hosting the games. Petitions aimed at placing these issues on the May 2019 ballot are circulating now.

 

Thank you to Marie Benedix, West Highlands Neighborhood Association, for attending and reporting this to us.

 

FREE Halloween Family Concert

Talented young musicians, ages 4-to-17, will perform during the Tunes and Treats concert scheduled for Sunday, October 28th at 3:30 P.M. in the Julian Pavilion at the Highlands Center, 2945 Julian Street, Denver.

 

Thank you to Dennis Gallagher for attending and reporting this to us.

 

Board News

The BRUN Board voted 7-to-2 in favor of sending a letter supporting Denver Streets Partnership’s request for a grant from The Colorado Health Foundation. If granted, Denver Streets Partnership will use the funds to ensure that healthy, active transportation options, such as walking and biking, are safe, convenient and available to Denver residents of all ages, incomes, and abilities.

 

BRUN’s Annual Meeting, typically held in February at the Oriental Theatre, was discussed.

 

BRUN’s next board meeting is scheduled for December 4th. There will no meeting in November.

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September 2018 Meeting Minutes

Tuesday

25 September 2018

BRUN Board Meeting

Roseanne gavels.

 

  1. Glad you’re here. Rose J.

Berkeley Park Clean Up, Saturday, Sept 29th, 9 A.M.

 

  1. Open Mic Today’s Guest Speakers

Regis U Update                                                                                           Jay April

  • Update on safety event was a success. Attendees included Mayor Hancock, Councilman Espinoza, and Debbie Ortega.
  • There is an allocation for Federal Blvd. improvements but is not yet in the city’s budget; meeting on Monday 10/1 at 5pm for the public to make comments on allocation.
    • If you are interested in making a comment, please email dencc@denvergov.org by noon on Friday, September 28.
  • Ongoing discussions on Regis’s sustainability efforts – get more information on Regis’s long range plan here - https://www.regis.edu/About-Regis-University/Master-Plan.aspx

 

Blueprint Denver                                                                                        Heather Noyes

 

Danny Katz

  • Fourth Annual Pumpkin Eve – 10/30, 5:30-6:30 at 4895 Osceola Street, Denver, CO 80212 – fundraiser and pumpkin carving contest

 

Jason Lewis

  • Requesting rezoning of four-plex at corner of 41st and Sheridan.

 

 Blueprint Denver Heather Noyes

  • - City is accepting comments on Blueprint Denver draft o For more information, check out https://www.denvergov.org/content/dam/denvergov/Portals/Denveright/documents/comp-plan/Comprehensive_Plan_2040_Public_Review_Draft.pdf
  • - If you’re confused about what Blueprint Denver is, check out https://denver.streetsblog.org/2018/09/20/wtf-is-blueprint-denver-join-streetsblog-and-local-advocates-for-a-happy-hour-conversation-october-4/ o Happy Hour Conversation on 10/4 at 5:30 at the Alliance Center at 1536 Wynkoop.

 

  • Danny Katz withdrawn

 

Kyle and Thomas (Designer/Builder)  

  • ADU project that requires variance for lot size - 44th and Newton

 

Rico Aragon – owner of Barbed Wire Reef

  • Requests modification to the Good Neighbor Agreement, which currently restricts use from 1am-8am. BWR is looking to serve breakfast 7 days a week.
  • Hearing is on 10/1

 

  1. Update, Elaborate, Deliberate

Treasurer’s Report                                                                                    Stan              

 

 

  1. Committee Updates! Committee Chairs

Events

Membership

Zoning

  • Next zoning meeting on 10/22

 

 

  1. Adjourn

 

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August 2018 Meeting Minutes

August 21, 2018 Minutes

Call meeting to order at 6:04 pm by Leanne

Open Mic

  • Christian Thompson – issue regarding parking of RV’s camping out for multiple days at a time on 46th along Berkeley Park
    • Request for solutions and support from BRUN
      • Overnight parking ban
      • Solutions used by Sloan’s Lake?
    • Linnea Bjorkman – improving community communications between students and neighbors
      • Cultivate Health and Fitness – opportunities around the neighborhood
      • Research regarding affordable housing issues
      • Communicating activities happening on campus to the community
      • Pedestrian safety on Federal Blvd.
        • Federal Blvd. Traffic calming event on October 6 from 10am-3pm at Intersection of Federal and 50th
        • Prosperity Denver
          • Proposal which will be on the ballot on Nov. 6 – sales tax proposal of .08% to run for 12 years – expected to raise $14M a year
            • All funds will go to low income students to pay for post-high school education
            • All schools who receive these funds will be nonprofit
            • Proposal has backing by Hickenlooper and Denver School Board
          • Marie Edgar – Historic Berkeley Regis
            • Learn more about history of Tennyson Street
            • Maintain character of the neighborhood and history of flagstones
            • West 38th Avenue group meeting at Zook’s are now an RNO
          • Jay April – Sustainability
            • Program which certifies neighborhoods for sustainability
              • Neighborhoods are taking action towards ride sharing, recycling, and other sustainable programs
            • See Facebook page for Denveright updates

Treasurer’s Report

Committee Reports

  • Zoning
    • Brad Harris – owner of Joint Dispensary; requests opinion/support from BRUN regarding parking issue on 38th and Wolff.
    • Jeff Laws – Zoning Appeal Application for Case No 128-18
      • Request variance for encroachment into bulk plane by 11 inches
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July 2018 Board Meeting Minutes

July 17, 2018 Board Meeting Notes

Open Mic

Justin Schmitz – City traffic engineer

  • Addresses concerns regarding cross walks in the intersections near Berkeley Lake Park
  • Has introduced pedestrian crossing at 46th/Wolff
  • Is considering narrowing road space at 48th on Tennyson; is also conducting a stop sign analysis at this location
  • City is also looking at pedestrian crossing options at 48th/Lowell and 46th/Irving  

Jay April – Regis Update

Enigma Bazaar – coming in to former Ziggy’s location. Immersive art bar with plans to expand into workshop space. If you’re a local artist interested in showcasing your work, send an email to BRUNbrd@gmail.com

Treasurer’s report

Committee Updates

Communications

  • Adopting use of Slack
  • Committee will be hosting general interest meeting – check BRUN website/Facebook page for details

Events

  • Second monthly happy hour was a success
  • Plan to continue this monthly tradition
  • Inviting ideas from neighbors including backyard movie nights

Zoning

  • Meeting on Monday, July 23, location TDB – check BRUN website/Facebook page for details  



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City Traffic Engineers Office Updates BRUN at July's Meeting

Dear Neighbors,

The City Traffic Engineers Office joined us at YOUR Monthly BRUN (Berkeley-Regis United Neighbors) Meeting Tuesday, July 17th to inform us on the recent results of the traffic studies surrounding Berkeley and Rocky Mountain Parks, as well as their suggested next steps.

I'd like to mention that they took time out of their personal life to attend the 6pm Meeting, to which we are very Thankful.

Here's what we learned (some of this may seem like common sense, but it's important to know); City Engineers and Public Works have certain restrictions and requirements as to how to proceed based on traffic volume, traffic flow and density. These are set in place despite how we as residents feel because they must address the bigger picture of actual traffic considerations for Our Neighborhood as well as any precedent throughout the rest of the City of Denver.

(For Example: If a Stop sign was put up northbound on Lowell at south 48th, it could cause irreparable stoppage and traffic backup far worse than what occurs today)

This specific study dealt with both parks and their crossings at 48th (Tennyson and Lowell) as well as Rocky Mountain Park and it's crossing at Irving. A further study is required at Irving due to existing pedestrian and handicapped sidewalk access, another condition we as residents may not process the impact of.

In short, their suggested first steps were to re-mark, stripe and add additional signage and markers and Bollards? to these locations to better structure and tighten automobile paths and predictability for drivers and pedestrians. There are some suggested additional steps if the challenges are not greatly reduced, but stats show that these solutions do address some of them.

It is possible that some of this work may be able to occur as soon as September.

After feedback from the BRUN Board and other attending Members, some revisions and added items were noted to be reviewed by the City Traffic Engineers Office.

**PLEASE Remember All Berkeley-Regis United Neighbors are always welcomed and encouraged to attend our Meetings held the 3rd Tuesday of every month."

 

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June 2018 Meeting Minutes

Amanda Sandoval spoke on a new 200 foot notification requirement for zoning variance requests, an update from Marie of Historic Berkeley-Regis, Jay April spoke on affordable housing, safety, and sustainability, Aero Craft Brewing to open this Fall.

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May 2018 Meeting Minutes

Comments from local business Joint Dispensary, future business Empourium Brewery, and neighborhood group 38th Avenue Coalition. Discussions about a new website roll-out and much interest in planned and proposed neighborhood events. 

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April 2018 Meeting Minutes

Our April, 2018 meeting was cancelled due to severe weather and power outages.

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March 2018 Meeting Notes

Topics include a new brewery opening, Historic Berkeley-Regis meeting, Rocky Mountain Human Services, community Easter Egg Hunt, and a new platform for BRUN. 

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