June 2019 Meeting Minutes

June 18, 2019 BRUN Meeting Notes

  1. Call to order 6:03pm (Kelly Merrion gavels)
    1. Change of Board announcements and Call for New Members
      • Jeff Stine added to the board
    2. Internal elections for President and Vice President
      • Kelly M. Interim President for one month only
  2. Speakers 6:05 – 6:43pm
    1. Smiley Library Community Meeting Announcement – Hannah Evans
      • 7/2 from 6-7pm meeting to receive feedback on renovation
      • Renovation approved (bond money)
      • Closed from 5/2020 (6 months)
      • Architect (Studiotrope) to present some ideas
    2. Statement by new District 1 Councilwoman – Amanda Sandoval
      • Not present
    3. Historic Berkeley Regis update – Bill Killam and Marie Edgar
      • Presentation update from 5/29 on Berkeley Bathhouse renovation
      • History of bathhouse, how the project meets criteria of 5-year parks plan
      • Community piece as opposed to storage use
      • Park master plan is a decade old, should be updated to include bathhouse renovation
      • Discussion of challenges for this project to be approved
      • Olinger Mortuary to Berkeley Chapel update (Landmark staff found that it is potentially significant in all three categories – Architecture, geography and history)
        • Put in notice that HBR will submit a designation application to extend to July 10th
        • Discussion on what options there are to adjust development plan
        • Path of Landmark status: Landmark staff makes recommendation to city council, city council votes
        • Current development plan does not include anything outside the zoning code and will most likely not look for any variances
        • $875 application fee if a city council person does not submit the application
        • Historic Denver is involved and in support of landmark designation
        • Neighborhood is losing a community asset, hope to get something back from developer to replace and make up for that loss.
        • Online petition to sign and other efforts to get word out via Facebook
  3. Open Mic 6:43 – 6:47pm
    1. Status on Yates hearing
      • Waiting for decision on liquor license decision
  4. Committee Updates 6:48 – 7:45pm
    1. Treasurer
      • BRUN $35 in the red after movie night
      • One new member signed up during movie night
    2.  Events
      1. Attendance for movie was higher but spend was lower
      2. Oriental offered some dates for both July and August if we want to do another movie night
      3. Another poll and time movie night a few weeks after poll
      4. Combine Happy Hour with Movie Night
      5. Matinee options? Video Gaming night to encourage a teen population?
    3. Zoning
      1. New chair (Dave Marshall)
      2. Setting up standing meeting, encourage attendance and engagement
      3. Establishing a standing committee group based on attendance that are allowed to vote
      4. Open forum, involvement encouraged
    4. INC Meeting update
      • June 1st meeting update:
        1. National Western Stock Show Complex rezoning
        2. Sloan’s Lake rezoning (neighborhood organizations opposing development plans)
        3. Group Living Task Force (proposing develop criteria for free standing SRO)
        4. Landmarks Ordinance Update (from three points to 10 points – add items such as cultural significance, would make designation more difficult)
        5. Proposed text amendments for large developments
    5. Membership
      1. Goals for the year
        1. Looking at ways to expand membership (Looking at different models – present proposal in July)
    6. Communications
      1. No Update
    7. Regis Community Alliance
      1. Build more support within community to promote the sustainability of the community including small business needs
      2. Working on a survey to better understand needs
      3. Addressing safety along Federal BLVD
      4. Working with Walk Denver to create a partnership
      5. Affordable Housing
      6. First Tuesday of the month standing meeting (No July meeting)
    8. Denver Sustainability
      1. Annual Summit on 12/5 (can recommend topics for consideration)
        1. org/sustainability
      2. Denver hosting an organization called “10 10 10”
        • Tech organization that discusses very difficult problems
        • Focus on climate and water event in November
  5. Adjourn 7:49pm
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May 2019 Meeting Minutes

May 21, 2019 BRUN Meeting Notes

  1. Call to order 6:05pm (Kasi gavels)
  2. Speakers 6:05 – 6:57pm
    1. Bathhouse revitalization project – Noel Copeland and Marie Edgar
      • Show BRUN what the bathhouse used to be and what it might be
      • Asking for BRUN’s support of revitalization project in the form of a letter
      • Potential as a community center and many other public uses, augment Scheitler Rec. Center
      • Looking at other city examples such as city park pavilion, Wash Park boat house, etc.
      • Serious need for this type of quality facility
      • Currently being used as storage by Park and Rec, offices for First Tee Program temporarily
      • Time frame for renovation: October
      • Potential funding via measure 2A?
      • Background on Historic Berkeley Regis (HBR) by Marie
      • Master Plan overview (recommended uses for Bathhouse)
      • Task force assembled (5) to educate the neighborhood
      • On the National Register of Historic Places
      • $1,500,000 estimated budget to renovate it
    2. Regis Economic Development Study – Susan Scherer, Director of Community Relations
      • What should Regis’ role be in the community? How can it contribute to the “local” economy?
      • Are local businesses important to Regis? Yes
      • Needed to understand what the local economy is.
      • Present initial findings and gather feedback
      • Looked at small businesses (food, fitness, retail) Lowell, Tennyson and Federal corridors
      • “Stroad” (Street-road) idea that does not do a great job of supporting commerce
      • Case study and outreach with Berkeley business association
      • Draft 30-page report with survey results and findings
      • Looked at Stanley Marketplace and others as case studies
      • Presented opportunities and how Regis can support
    3. Historic Berkeley Regis update – Bill Killam
      • Bathhouse topic
      • Brewery Award
      • Yates Theater project
      • Mortuary (46th and Tennyson) just sold to a developer this weekend
      • Documenting some of the houses and historic character of the neighborhood (windshield survey)
  3. Open Mic 6:57 – 7:51pm
    1. Community Updates
      • District 1 and County Clerk and Recorder Runoff Debate – May 22, 6:30 p.m., Regis University
      • BRUN Movie Night at the Oriental – The Princess Bride, June 10, 6:30 p.m.
      • Yates Tavern Cabaret and Liquor License Hearing, rescheduled for June 13, 6:00 p.m., Wellington Webb Building, Second Floor
        • GNA finalized and posted
        • Extensive conversation about Yates Tavern GNA development and negotiation process
    2. Committee Updates 7:51 – 8:02pm
      1. Treasurer
        1. No update
      2. Zoning
        1. 4425 Winona Ct ADU Variance (Unanimous support from BRUN vote)
      3. Regis Community Alliance
        1. No update
      4. Denver Sustainability
        1. No update
  4. Adjourn 8:02pm
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April 2019 Meeting Minutes

April 16, 2019 BRUN Meeting Notes

  1. Call to order 6:00pm (Niki gavels)
  2. Speakers 6:05 – 6:45pm
    1. Denver Animal Protection – Julian Wolff: Julian.Wolff@denvergov.org
      • Denver Animal Shelter (public representative)
      • Partners (Dumb Friends League, etc.)
      • Open door shelter (regardless of behavior issues)
      • Best “Live Release” rates in the country
      • Resources (low cost vaccines Saturdays and Sundays, will take animals for 2-4 weeks if someone is experiencing temporary homelessness)
      • Call 311 with issues and questions
    2. Public Works – Karen Good
      • Intersections 46th and 48th near I-70 update
        • Data driven solutions, no “voting” for intersections to improve
        • 46th and Irving – no proposed improvements
        • 46th and Stuart – work orders in for improvements
          • crosswalks, bike symbol, striping changes, bulb outs and signs
          • Summer 2019
        • 48th and Lowell – changing striping to clarify where cars should and should not be (no work order yet).
        • 48th and Tennyson
        • Direct questions to: council office or 311 or Denverpocket.gov
    3. Historic Berkeley Regis – Marc Cherveny
      • Group has identified building and homes that they are focused on
        • Document on 44th and Irving (Baptist Church)
        • Berkeley bath house – city is planning to re-purpose
    4. Amanda Sandoval
      • Candidate for CD1 Councilperson
      • For more information, visit www.amandasandoval.com
  3. Open Mic 6:45 – 7:20pm
    1. Yates Tavern Update
      • Denver Property Services to meet with BRUN members to discuss plans and GNA
      • Liquor license hearing at Webb building May 8, 2019 at 6 pm
      • Discussion on Needs and Desires hearings
    2. Business owner (Ketch Boutique) at 44th and Yates
      • Request for feedback on possible pop-up market behind 44th and Yates shops
  4. Committee Updates 7:20 – 7:45pm
    1. Treasurer
      • Balance $2,300
    2. Regis Community Alliance
      • Regis is re-zoning and starting open public forums
    3. Denver Sustainability
      • Committee looking at what city can do to sequester greenhouse gases
    4. Membership and Communications
      • 120 active households (out of 5,000)
      • 83 members (93 last year)
    5. Events
      • Big Lebowski Showing at Oriental de-brief
      • Easter Egg Hunt – April 20, Berkeley Park
      • Happy hour schedule on website
      • Looking at another movie night in June (Princess Bride)
  5. Board Member Review 7:45 – 7:50pm
    1. Budget Discussion
      • 2018 expenses $1,000 (events, happy hours)
      • 2019 expenses $580 YTD (Nation Builder, events, happy hours, magnets)
      • PayPal contact information problems and may have to stop using it
    2. Events calendar update
  6. Adjourn 7:52pm

 

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March 2019 Minutes

March 19, 2019 BRUN Meeting Minutes

Don’t forget to join your fellow neighbors at The Oriental on Monday, April 8, 2019 6:30 p.m., for our BRUN Move Night – The Big Lebowski!

Call to order 6:05pm (Niki gavels)

  1. Scheduled Speakers
     
    • Council Candidate Mike Somma
      • Platform: safety, growth challenges, pro-active, trolley service, working with developers, homelessness

    • Jamie Giellis for Mayor
      • Platform: Urban planning, sensible growth, transportation
    • Conservation Colorado – Mireille Bejjani
      • Discusses serious air quality problems in Denver (health impact)
      • Taking action now and building public support (calling campaigns)
      • Event next week in Thornton (Public Health Forum) – more information at: https://www.facebook.com/events/401803357036668/
    • Regis University Update – Jay April
      • Newsletter available via Regis website to better understand events and resources
      • Pop up on Federal in April (Federal is a state highway which makes it difficult to change the flow of traffic)
      • District 1 candidate forum 3/20, 6:30pm, Claver Hall, entrance 4
    • Sustainability – Jay April
      • Focus on climate change

  1. Open Mic

    • The Joint Owner
      • Update on move to new building
      • Hearing on April 5th to review move to new building.
      • Considering demo of existing building to provide more parking
      • Trash pick-up and effort to be good neighbors

    • New attendees topics and discussion
      • Zoning discussion, challenges on Tennyson
      • Yates Theater (hearing schedule, liquor license, good neighbor agreement)
      • Movie night on April 8 (The Big Lebowski)
      • Easter egg hunt (Rocky Mountain Park, April 20, 2019, 9 a.m.)
      • Development and growth impact on infrastructure
      • Funeral home at 46th and Tennyson update – property has not yet been posted for sale
      • Regis master plan (zoning being discussed now during public meetings, parking structures being considered)

  2. Board Brainstorm for New Year

    • Alley clean-up project
    • Paper shredding event for neighbors
    • E-waste recycling
    • Provide Block Party Check List to neighbors
      • Plan to host numerous block parties during Denver Days in August
    • INC Membership
      • Motion by Niki to approve renewing membership dues – passed
    • Communications and Membership Committee
      • Will meet the first Tuesday of every month, 6:30-7:30 at the Grateful Gnome

Adjourn 7:45pm

 

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Feb 2019 meeting minutes

February 19, 2019 BRUN Meeting Notes

Call to order at 6:02 pm

Introductions and induction of new board members:

  • David Marshall
  • Kelly Merrion
  • Jackie Cooper
  • Erin Walls
  • Eli Madden

Voted in at annual meeting

  • Keely Scott
  • Erin Spear
  • Joe Sertich

Nominations for Officer Positions  

  • New President: Niki Schwab
  • New Vice President: Kasi Steinheimer
  • New Secretary: Mike Nulty
  • Treasurer: Stan Ford

Nominations for Committee Chair

  • Zoning: Milo Schwab (Interim); Mike Nulty to take over in May
  • Membership/Communications: Kelly Merrion
  • Events: Steve Teitelbaum

Committee Updates

Treasurer’s Update: update on NationBuilder accounts; current account is $2,795

Regis update by Jay April: candidate forum for City Council hosted by your local RNOs to take place at Regis. March 20, 2019, location and time TBD. See Facebook page and website for details on event.

Sustainability update by Jay April

Open Mic:

  • GMs of The Joint
  • City Council candidate – Scott Durrah; meet and greet on Thursday, 2/21, Café Brazil 6 pm. See his website, wwww.Scott4denver.com.
  • Marc – update on Baptist Church at 44th and Irving

Yates Tavern Project Update

  • Developers are requesting a 60 day extension of the March 7 hearing date; BRUN will post new date as soon as it is available. Developers will request an evening hearing time again.

Adjourn

 

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2019 Annual Meeting Agenda

ANNUAL MEETING AGENDA: FEB 6TH  2019

 

  1. LEANNE: OVERVIEW OF TONIGHT’S AGENDA /PRESIDENT’S REPORT/UPDATE YATES THEATRE: NEW HEARING DATE MARCH 8TH, DEVELOPER TO ATTEND NEXT BRUN MEETING ON TUESDAY, FEB 19TH.

 

  1. HISTORIC BERKELEY-REGIS (TOM SIMMONS) – PROVIDING A HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD (10 MIN)

 

  1. SPEAKERS:

 

  • DENVER SUSTAINABILITY REPORT (10 MIN)

 

  • DENVER FIRE AND POLICE: NEIGHBORHOOD REPORTS/ 3 speakers fROM DPD: Bradley Whitfield city attny. Robert Gibbs Community Resource Officer and Commander Jeff Martinez - INFORMATION ON “the Right to Survive Initiative” that will be on Denver’s May Municipal Election Ballot (15 MIN)

 

  • DISTRICT 1 UPDATE- COUNCILMAN ESPINOZA (10 MIN)

 

  1. COMMITTEE REPORTS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS:

 

  • -ZONING(MICHELLE) 5 MINUTES
  • -COMMUNICATIONS (EMILY) 5 MINUTES
  • -EVENTS /GNA’S (STEVE) 5 MINUTES

 

  1. STAN: BREAKDOWN OF QUALITIES WE’RE ARE LOOKING FOR IN NEW BOARD MEMBERS. (5 MIN)

 

  1. VOTING FOR NEW BOARD MEMBERS: LEANNE/ROSE/MIKE B.

 

***OPEN BOARD POSITIONS FOR 2019: 10 POSITIONS***

 

ADJOURN

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Jan 2019 Meeting Minutes

BRUN January Meeting – January 15, 2019

6:03     Call meeting to order

6:07     Update from Heather Noyes on Yates Theater/Tavern

  • Meeting with Ken Wolf
    • Plan is to create event center for weddings, plays, concerts, business events for day time and evening use
    • Liquor license hearing may be moved from 1/24 to 3/7 – new date will be posted on BRUN website (Thursday, 6 pm at Dept of Excise and Licenses 201 W Colfax Ave., Dept. 206. )

6:44     Zoning update

  • 4495 Meade Street
    • Request for accessory unit (ADU); lot size is 4600 sf (limit is 5500 sf)
    • BRUN will submit letter opposing variance
  • 3928 Xavier Street
    • Variance for 17’ raised porch with railing
    • BRUN will submit letter opposing variance
  • BluePrint Denver will host drop in session at Sheitler Rec Center 1/24 5-7pm
  • Regis University Master Plan presentation occurred on 1/14 regarding its rezoning efforts

7:12     Overview for Annual Meeting

  • Speakers
    • Leanne – Overview of meeting
    • Tom Simmons – Historic Berkeley Regis
    • Yates Theater Update
    • Denver Sustainability Speaker
    • Police and Fire neighborhood reports
    • District 1 update from Councilman Espinoza
  • Overview of Board Openings
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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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