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  • February 20, 2018 6:00 PM | Jennifer Peters (Administrator)

    6:08 call to order
    6:10 welcome and introductions
    628 Purpose of the meeting. History of the board and how it evolved

    6:34 Community Open Mic:
    parking issues in the neighborhood

    6:40 Bylaw overview and discussion regarding adjusting max board member of 15to 16. Will address at a later date once there are more bylaw issues to address.

    6:45 The Road Ahead- Roseanne Jelacic.
    Discussion of purpose of the board to guide the focus of the board based on the interest of the board members.

    Discussion of elected positions:
    Vice President
    INC liaison listed as Leanne for the time being

    Nominees for positions:
    Roseanne (6 votes)
    Leanne (8 votes)

    Roseanne - Vice President

    Stan Ford- Treasurer will stay in the position, Emily offered back up support

    Secretary Niki Schwab

    Discussion of subcommittee:

    Chairs of committees:
    Zoning/ Michelle chair, Steven
    Events/ Sharon chair, Carrie Bureson
    Communication/ PR Tim Flood chair (non board members to assit) Angela & Meredith
    Membership/ Emily Allred chair- Johnny Chang

    Chairs of the subcommittees with coordinate a time prior to our next meeting to get together as a discovery for committee needs/interest prior to next meeting.

    Adjourned 8:28

    Johnny Kang
    Meredith Hogan
    Carrie Bureson
    Michelle Frankal
    Jim Scott
    Steven Teitelbaum
    Emily Allred
    Kelly Merrion
    Mike Nulty
    Tim Flood
    Paul Voradran
    Sharon Peterson
    Leanne Kerber
    Roseanne Jelocic
    Jay April
    Kasi Steinheimer
    Angela and Nick Gerber
    Niki Schwab
    Ian Steinheimer

  • December 26, 2017 11:06 AM | Jennifer Peters (Administrator)
    • ·         Welcomed prospective Board members. Roseanne spoke 1:1 with each of them then gave presentation focused on actions required to accomplish BRUN goals. Provided handout listing actions/activities discussed.


    • ·         Jay is on Regis University Community Council. Will ask for assistance from Regis for website/ membership help.
    • ·         Sharon and Jennifer have a phone conference with Stacy Simonet, Administrator of Communications and Technology Solutions with Denver City Council, Legislative Services on December 22nd for assistance and guidance for membership management and website.

    Prospective Board Members:

    Jenna Farley – 5th generation N Denver resident. 50th & Osceola. Long invested in neighborhood. Background in non profits (programs for kids) in N Denver. Former employee of Regis, father was a professor.  Can provide outreach especially North of I-70

    Consults with Colorado Women’s Lobby. To engage citizens to engage with their governments. Previously worked on the state level. Would like to branch out and work with city movements.

    Ross Poolino

    From Miami. Lived in Boulder for 1 year. Lives on Tennyson. Wants to be plugged into the community. Corporate attorney with Western Union. He was the treasurer Community Cycles  (a group that recycled bicycles that are then given to kids)  Community Cycles had lots of engagement with city council. Good communication skills as a lawyer. Has instagram account for him and his dog. Has some knowledge about websites.

    Mike Nulty

    Architect 39th and Winona. Architecture is a passion. New practice 2 years ago. Works at the college of planning. Very familiar with zoning and overlays. Density and affordability are issues and as an architect has a good skill set to help address these issues. Helping with homelessness. Has been involved in the temporary homeless housing solutions in Denver.

    Leanne Kerber

    Real Estate appraiser. From Chicago, saw developers come in and ruin old neighborhoods. Moved to Denver and was saddened by the new development within the older neighborhoods. She wanted to get involved and help and put her passion to help the community.  Previously a board member, interested in joining again.

    Leanne was  voted back on the board. Remaining 

    Remaining 3 candidates would like to consult with spouses before committing to becoming a board member. Voting for remaining 3 candidates will be delayed until January meeting.

    • ·         Annual membership meeting will be held on February 6th at the Oriental Theater
    • ·         Leanne will follow up on how to get the funding for the door hangers.
    • ·         Paul will start the conversation via email to set the agenda items for the February membership meetings.
    • ·         Next meeting January 16, 2018
  • September 22, 2017 1:32 PM | Jennifer Peters (Administrator)

    BRUN Neighborhood Meeting Minutes September 19, 2017

    • 1.      GO Bond CCD speaker cancelled last minute. It was felt that polling indicated community outreach was not needed.
    • 2.      Zip car- car share dedicated spaces- Nicole Dalmy from Zip Car
    • Dedicated spaces for care share programs (round trip, not one way like Car2go). Car share identifies potential spots based on user data (zip codes) then car share pays fee to city for dedicated spot. Permit for the spot is good for 1 year. Zip car is a membership-based program. Zip Car members reside in BerkleyZip Car suggests potential spaces for permit but the City of Denver determines where the dedicated parking spaces will be permitted.
    • Pros
    • -Studies indicate for every 1 member of car share programs there is 13-15 cars off the road. People using the car sharing services are our neighbors
    • -Good alternative transportation in high density areas
    • Cons
    • -Concern that city is selling public parking spaces to private businesses
    • -Concern that dedicated spaces are in front of businesses, reducing the already limited parking for the business


             3.      Fluid Market- Niki Robins and Andrew Rowe

    • Fluid Market is an app that allows neighbors and peers to rent their stuff to each other.
    • 4.      Slot Home and Blueprint Denver Taskforce Update
    • There was public meeting last week to determine potential solutions and recommend changes to the zoning code. CU Denver are testing proposed changes t the zoning code to determine potential issues and loopholes.
    • Anything in the pipeline until the changes to the code are made will be grandfathered in. This means it may be 2019 before we actually see any changes for the new zoning codes because developers are requesting all projects be grandfathered in. Developers are saying they are already implementing proposed changes but we would like to see specific examples from the developers.
    • There will be a new “urban townhome building” form
    • 5.      Cultivate Health- Linnea Bjorkman
    • Cultivate health is looking to start a community council with Regis. Purpose of the council is to offer feedback to Regis about decisions and how it will affect the community. They would like BRUN presence on the council. Council will meet monthly ideally 10-15 people.  Jay April expressed interest in potentially representing BURN on the council 
    • 6.      Regis University- Sue Scherer
    • Regis Administration is getting involved with master planning and is asking for community input. Suggested that community input extend to all of NW Denver. Sue will outreach other RNOs and schedule a community input meeting for October (not 10/3 or 10/17). BRUN will help promote the meeting on website and Facebook page.
    • 7.      Sister Gardens- Heather Henfrey
    • Organic Farms on 52nd and Federal.
    • Free/discounted groceries for those in need Mondays 11-12 (pay what you can)
    • 15th Anniversary for Groundwork Denver 10/8 from 12-6
    • BRUN Board Meeting
    • 1.      Zoning Committee update-all recent updates have been communicated via email.
    • Will need to determine of a position needs to be created after consulting the bylaws (will need Paul’s input)
    • 2.      Treasurer’s Report- New members have been added
    • $1400 in the account
    • $15 spent for boost Facebook
    • BRUN Brew Fest Call to Arms, October 3rd starting at 5:30
    • BRUN will buy 1 drink for members renewing membership or joining.
    • 3. Membership and Communication to be tabled to next month’s meeting 

  • July 20, 2017 1:46 PM | Jennifer Peters (Administrator)


    Michelle/ Heather/ Kelly Bates/ Faye Vanderslice/ Paul/ Trevor Greco/ Marie Benedia/ Jay April/ Mike B/ Marie Edger /Karen/ Den Pabon/ Kelly Carper/ Stan/ Tom Quinn/ Marilyn Quinn

    **State legislative update:

    1. Residential property tax – Every two years this is assessed. The increases in property values across the State have skyrocketed and as a result, our share of taxes was going to increase 45%. Legislature agreed to reduce tax rate from 7.9% to 7.2%. So, although property values are increasing but the rate at which they are taxed is decreasing so we should result in a net-value increase. (Not sure how that math works but this is what has been determined).
    2. Marijuana tax money: Issue has been raised that Denver public education hasn’t been benefitting from this tax when the amendment was passed. The tax goes to a fund that goes to schools – 35% of the tax is cultivated by the City of Denver but 0% goes to Denver schools. The formula has been changed so that it can be awarded to technology applications in the classroom vs building new schools (DPS doesn’t need new schools so tech grants have been established as more viable use of funds).
    3. Proposition 13: Colorado’s version is to freeze property taxes whilst they were in the home. Creates a bit of a gap in the Gov’t budget and not yet final, but being worked on.
    4. Question posed: How can the RNO help at the State level?
      1. Dan to host us at the Capital during session. Citizen’s day at the legislature has been proposed by Dan.
      2. ACTION: Dan to suggest dates.

    2017 General Obligation Bond

    • Heather sent around list for what areas will be funded by the GO Bond in District 1. $8.2m allocated to District 1, which is only 1% of all funding, if you include all potential areas.
    • ACTION: Mike is going to write a letter to the committee to attend a BRUN meeting and allow us an opportunity to oppose the funding

    Packard Hill Historic District

    • Multiple RNOs very interested in historic conservation. Visitors from West Highlands RNO – co-chair Marilyn Quinn. Marie Benedicts has been “lobbying” to ensure that the historic integrity of the Packard hill area is preserved. The area is 32nd to 25th and Lowell to Osceola . 82% of the area has remained in tact. District 1 has 35% of demolition of historic landmarks. If council approves it, it is effective in early September.
    • ACTION: Letter from BRUN to the City council will really help us. Motion was made to draft a letter and distribute the draft to all board members and support the Packard Hill Historic District. Unanimous vote to draft the letter. We will then vote on a digital agreement of the content of the letter

    Open Mike/Public Comments

    • Free bike racks are available from the City to put on Tennyson. Leanne is managing this. Table Agenda item until Leanne returns.

    Treasurer Update

    • Stan Ford - No status change. Could do neighborhood get-together’s and use funds accordingly.
    • We have approx. $1400 in the bank


    • Leanne is working on banner and also another piece of signage and is aiming to get funding from the Council.
    • Instead of spending money Heather and Stan said they would donate signage.


    • Heather is reaching out to a candidate to be on board position for this area

    Good Neighbor Agreements

    • Call to Arms: Breweries don’t have liquor licenses through the City of Denver so there are no notifications or public hearings when they first open and RNO's are not typically able to get involved. Call to Arms is currently in the process of seeking to operate a patio. Hearing is on 1st August. It’s a Board of Adjustment hearing and they are looking at a zoning exception. They had no issue signing a Good Neighbor Agreement with our standard conditions in order to gain our support at their hearing.  To our knowledge, this will be the first brewery with a GNA in at least District 1.
    • Gleam: Official compliant from a business across the street. However, the individual that issued the compliant refused mediation with the City. No action from us. 

  • June 30, 2017 1:54 PM | Jennifer Peters (Administrator)


    • ·         Paul V
    • ·         Roseanne
    • ·         Jennifer Peters
    • ·         Dianna Schull
    • ·         Leanne
    • ·         Sieanda
    • ·         Jay
    • ·         Mike Beasely
    • ·         Tom Audley – President of Harkness Heights
    • ·         District 1 Sargent
    • ·         Amanda Sandoval
    • ·         Councilman R. Espinoza
    • ·         Michelle Frankel

    Espinoza Update

    • 1)      Lots of people impacted by Hail Storm
    • 2)      Great Denver Clean-up is this weekend & at Centineeal HS, 9-2pm, you can drop off any acceptable item
    • 3)      Trash removal – place extra trash out this evening as a result of the hail damage
    • a.       Difficult communication challenges with Public Works and also Espinoza’s office
    • b.       ACT: Discuss communications of this kind with Espinoza’s office as a board. We are aiming to work in partnership, not as adversaries.
    • 4)      GEOBOND Infrastructure:  
    • a.       Improvements to Smiley Library
    • b.       Improvements to Inspiration Point – Public Playground
    • c.       Downtown seems to get the most funding
    • d.       The mayor determines this
    • 5)      Pedestrian Crossings
    • a.       46th and Wolf will get a crossing
    • 6)      Dan Pabon
    • a.       The city assessor will walk you through the process for a repeal and protest of your property value assessment
    • b.       Rent Increase: 21 days for individuals on a month-to-month lease
    • c.       Criminal Justice: 2 strikes those criminal convictions will be on their record forever. So they go to apply and even though you’ve not had any issues for 10 years it’s still public for employers. So if you’ve been clean for 10 years, you can seal the 1st crime.
    • d.       ACT: BRUN to communicate to BRUN Members Pabon content – Pabon & Rafael team to send information for us to communicate.
    • e.       JP asked question about political future
    •                                                                i.      ACT: If Reps and Esponoza can send details on how members can get involved then BRUN can communicate to membership
    • f.        Officer:
    •                                                                i.      Neighborhood watch in Harkness Heights as a best practice re: theft and theft reduction
    •                                                              ii.      Call often to report issues


    BRUN Board Issues:

    • 1)      Social Consumption:
    • a.       Heather wants to have an event at the Oriental to discuss the social consumption – the panel that she’s trying to coordinate is liaising on dates
    • b.       Read draft and provide feedback
    •                                                                i.      Licensing requires a sponsor (eg. RNO) to operate
    • c.       LEANNE KERBER Has been elected as the social consumption liaison

    Membership & Communications Head

    Leanne nominated as Membership & Comms Head

    • ·         ACT: Leanne to create job description of her role
    • ·         ACT: Sharon to send Michelle & Leanne breakdown of members interested in helping in that committee
    • ·         ACT: Leanne to own the BRUN email address
    • ·         ACT: Leanne to distribute info to members on Facebook/NextDoor, etc regarding the meeting tonight

    Social & Events

    • ·         ACT: Roseanne is going to take the social and events
    • ·         ACT: A Monthly or Quarterly Happy Hour to be organized by Roseanne


    ACT: JP to email WildApricot Back re: Archive

    ACT: Sharon will upload to Mail Chimp

    Put an Ask Together for Rafael Espinoza

    ACT: Leanne to put a banner together

    ACT: Signage together too


    ACT: Paul to put together a new GNA that’s generic and can cover breweries, etc.




  • February 17, 2016 1:31 PM | Anonymous

    Berkeley Regis United Neighbors | Board Meeting | January 19 2016             

    BRUN Board members in attendance:

    Paul Vorndran (President)

    Enrico Cacciorni (Vice President)

    Michelle Frankel (Secretary; chair of Zoning & Licensing Committee)

    Tom LaRocque (Treasurer; chair of Membership & Communications Committee)

    Mike Beasley (chair of Public Works Committee)

    Courtney Eckert

    Stan Ford

    Osea Nelson (chair of Events Committee)

    Heather Noyes Gregg

    Vince Vigil

    Additional meeting attendees included:

    Meghan Doyle (BRUN member)

    Justin Dunn (BRUN member)

    Marie Edgar (BRUN member)

    Tom Mobley (BRUN member)

    Tara Strazdas (BRUN member)

    Denise Gomez (Denver Police District 1 Community Resource Officer)

    Emily Allred

    Mike Bray

    Rachel Klein

    David McMurtry

    Diane McSheehy

    Karen Taylor

    Ryan Todd

    Justin Weyerhaeuser

    Cassie Wright

    BRUN Board members not in attendance:

    Jay April

    Michael Mathieson

    Christie Schwalbe (liaison to Tennyson Berkeley Business Association)

    President Paul Vorndran chaired the meeting which was held in the Parish Hall at Holy Family Church, 4377 Utica St, and began at 6:00.

    After introductions, the meeting was opened to the public / non-board members to ask questions and present comments:

                Karen Taylor noted that the next Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (“INC”) meeting will take place in our neighborhood at Willis Case Golf Club at 8:30am on February 13th.

                Diane McSheehy, representing Regis University, would like to let neighbors know that they are welcome at many public university events.

                Tara Strazdas, a resident on the corner of 46th and Newton, has an upcoming hearing on March 1st with the Board of Adjustment regarding an appeal of an order to discontinue an unpermitted non-compliant fence.  She asked BRUN for advice and support.  This case typology is common in our neighborhood and several members of the Board involved with our Zoning Committee responded, including Michelle Frankel, Heather Noyes Gregg, and Enrico Cacciorni.  BRUN’s position is to support the official processes of the Denver department of Community Planning and Development.  We support the permitting process and while we sympathize we cannot support ignorance of the code as a valid reason for not obtaining a permit as that would not be fair to the rest of the law-abiding residents of our neighborhood.  If the resident seeks a variance to the code, our Zoning Committee can review the merits of the variance request.  Supporting variances typically requires evidence of hardship or unusual circumstances.  Our committee’s task is to support the greater interests of our neighborhood, and this can mean supporting individual residents but also their nearby neighbors and we aim to be consistent.  Board members expressed sympathy for the resident’s circumstances and offered additional time to answer questions outside of the meeting.  It was noted that the Zoning Committee is currently working on a Design Overlay for our neighborhood which would be an opportunity to review the neighbor’s concerns with the current requirements of the Zoning Code.  The Zoning Committee is also always open to neighbor’s concerns about the current Zoning Code and can bring them to the attention of representatives from Denver’s Community Planning and Development for future Code modifications.

                Marie Edgar reported that the 38th Avenue business group is working with the new CVS development that will be at the southeast corner of 38th and Sheridan on a gateway sign that will signify “Welcome to Historic North Denver” (or something along those lines).

    Officer Denise Gomez, one of our Neighborhood Resource Officers for Police District 1, was present and presented a police report for our neighborhood.  As we have previously heard, burglary is the main crime of concern in our neighborhood.  Unfortunately, burglars are often entering through open windows and doors, so Officer Gomez continues to urge residents to close and lock windows and doors.  She also urges residents to call the cops if you observe suspicious people entering your neighbor’s homes; you can be the police force’s best eyes.  Officer Gomez is initiating a push to develop the Neighborhood Watch program.  Consider becoming a block representative; the commitment includes knocking on your neighbor’s doors and attending as little as one meeting.  Contact Officer Gomez for more information.

    David McMurtry spoke about his development of a Goddard School at 3914 King, known as the Steele Gymnasium.  He is currently in the middle of the permitting process with the city which he hopes to wrap up by April in order to get through construction and open in the fall.  The city wants to rezone the site from a PUD to U-SU-C.  Addressing concerns about the historic value of the building, David said that they have no intention to change the outside of the main building other than some relatively small adjustments needed in order to increase the accessibility for children by adding a fire exit at the west side and enclosing an area of the playground.  At the moment they do not know what they will do with the house on the site, it could be demolished or it could be retained.  They are in the process of figuring out their parking and pick-up/drop-off traffic solutions.  Operation hours are anticipated to be 6:30am-6:00pm.  The school will start as a school for children in the 6-week to 6-year age range.  Marie Edgar expressed a desire to seek Landmark status for the Gymnasium.  Amanda Sandoval requested that David put together an information sheet to pass around to neighbors on adjacent blocks.

    Ryan Todd from Walk Denver spoke about a “Wellness Walk” path.  This pilot project will be placed around Regis and across Federal to the Aria development.  At this point they are reviewing wayfinding signage and asked for community feedback on 3 signage designs.  These designs were posted on a wall and meeting attendees noted preferences on the boards and filled out comment request cards.

    Michelle Frankel reported that minutes from the 11/17/15 Board Meeting were previously reviewed and approved electronically on December 3rd by 9 Board Members.

    Mike Beasley reported on the Public Works Committee. 

    -       The next meeting will be January 27th, from 6-8.  It will include a presentation from the Denver Department of Public Works on traffic, pedestrian safety, and other key topics.  Representatives from Walk Denver will also be present to discuss sidewalk improvements.

    -       Mike has been participating in a mediated workgroup with local residents, the Councilman’s office, and the business owners of the new Gleam Car Wash on a Good Neighbor Agreement.  They are still trying to figure out many details including the specific content (traffic, safety, etc), who will be the signees, and how it would be enforced.  He hopes that this will create a template that BRUN can consider for other businesses in the future.  Michelle Frankel suggested that this might be useful for a new doggie day care that has reached out to BRUN.

    -       Heather Noyes Gregg raised concerns about the streetscapes and desire for trees at the new car wash as well as the new CVS (in WHNA boundaries).  Amanda Sandoval from the Councilman’s office noted that she has already been speaking with the CVS developers about this and Mike reported that this is on the agenda for the next meeting with the car wash.

    Michelle Frankel reported on the Zoning & Licensing Committee:

    -       Brooklyn’s Finest Pizza agreed to a Good Neighbor Agreement with BRUN which the Board approved electronically on December 4th by 8 Board Members.  On December 9th, Enrico Cacciorni attended their Liquor License hearing and presented BRUN’s support and the GNA. 

    -       Axios Estiatorio also agreed to a Good Neighbor Agreement with BRUN which the Board approved electronically on January 5th by 10 Board Members.  On January 5th, Enrico attended their hearing with the Board of Adjustment for expanding their patio and presented BRUN’s support and the GNA.

    Tom LaRocque reported on the Communications and Membership Committee.  Membership renewals are currently being automated through the Wild Apricot platform.  Current members’ have a grace period for renewal through the end of February so that they can vote at the Annual Meeting.

    Tom LaRocque reported that the Treasury currently has around $1,400-$1,500 and that a “Square” reader has been set up and was used successfully at the Holiday Party.

    Osea Nelson presented a report on the Events Committee.  The Holiday Party at Atomic Cowboy on December 10th was a success!  The next scheduled event at this point is the Easter Egg Hunt which will be on Saturday March 26th.  Osea is continuing to seek brainstorming for future events and hopes to present ideas at the Annual Meeting.  New ideas include a “Garden Walk” and a “Meet the New Board” happy hour.

    Courtney Eckert had prepared a conversation for the Board regarding back-of-house functioning using Wild Apricot and Google Apps.  Due to time and priorities this was tabled for a future Monthly Meeting.

    Enrico Cacciorni suggested that the Board consider reducing its size prior to the Annual Meeting at which we will be seeking new members to fill vacancies.  Osea Nelson, Michelle Frankel, and Paul Vorndran raised various concerns with reducing the Board size at this time and the Board chose not to change the bylaws at this time.  The board felt that Enrico’s valid concern that having inattentive Board members can impede our functioning could be addressed in other ways by sanctioning and/or removing such members after inactivity is evidenced.

    The upcoming Annual Meeting was discussed.  It will take place at the Oriental Theater on February 23rd (this date was selected in an electronic vote by the Board on December 10th with 7 votes in favor) and will be run by President Paul Vorndran.  The agenda and meeting order was determined to be as follows:

    1)     President’s Report

    2)     Committee Reports (Treasury, Membership/Communications, Events, Zoning/Licensing)

    3)     Members’ Forum (open mic/ Q&A to the Board)

    4)     Nominations for open Board positions followed by voting

    5)     Speakers from the neighborhood (Police Report, Councilman Espinoza, others as approved by the Board prior to the event).

    Procedures for the open mic, balloting, and nominating elements of the event were discussed and will be fleshed out more fully at the February monthly meeting.

    A proposal to have a Candidates’ Forum at an upcoming Monthly Board meeting for DA candidates was positively received.  The Board felt that the Annual Meeting would not be the appropriate opportunity for candidates to speak.

    It was determined that the Board would hold its regular monthly meeting on February 16th to address general business as well as to address planning for the Annual Meeting the following week.

    These meeting minutes were recorded by Michelle Frankel.

  • December 06, 2015 10:00 AM | Anonymous

    Berkeley Regis United Neighbors | Board Meeting | November 17 2015         

    BRUN Board members in attendance:

    Enrico Cacciorni (Vice President)

    Michelle Frankel (Secretary)

    Tom LaRocque (Treasurer; chair of Membership & Communications Committee)

    Jay April

    Mike Beasley (chair of Public Works Committee)

    Stan Ford

    Michael Mathieson

    Osea Nelson (chair of Events Committee)

    Heather Noyes Gregg

    Christie Schwalbe (liaison to Tennyson Berkeley Business Association)

    Vince Vigil

    Additional meeting attendees included:

    Roseanne Jelacic (BRUN member)

    Melissa Martin (BRUN member)

    Tom Mobley (BRUN member)

    Denise Gomez (Denver Police District 1 Community Resource Officer)

    Emilie Baratta

    Ron Barney

    Nina Cerenna

    Carlo Conti

    Meghan Doyle

    Jan Ebersole

    Nikki Gallegos

    Maria Gentile

    Walter Gude

    Frank Hayden

    Leanne Kerber

    Ayo Labode

    Brenda Lawson

    Rob Madrid

    Connie Mastin

    Lauren Ramsay

    Jim Scott

    Diana Shull

    Marshall Stanley

    Corinna Santini

    Greg Thomas

    BRUN Board members not in attendance:

    Paul Vorndran (President)

    Courtney Eckert

    Vice President Enrico Cacciorni chaired the meeting which was held in the Parish Hall at Holy Family Church, 4377 Utica St, and began at 6:00.

    The meeting was opened to the public / non-board members to ask questions and present comments:

                Corinna Santini, a business owner on 38th Ave, opened a conversation about a car wash that is being built on 38th Ave between Wolff and Xavier.  Emilie Baratta and Rob Madrid, the owners of the car wash, were present to answer questions.  The car wash is currently moving through the permitting process, it has been schematically approved, demolition of the previous building has been approved and completed, and currently the foundation permit is pending with construction expected to begin soon.  They are hoping to open for business as early as March 2016.  Neighboring residents and businesses have concerns about how they will be affected by the business and related traffic.  The BRUN Board offered to facilitate a follow-up meeting between the business and its neighbors and collected contact information for those interested in such a meeting.

    Officer Denise Gomez, one of our Neighborhood Resource Officers for Police District 1, was present and presented a police report for our neighborhood.  As we have previously heard, burglary is the main crime of concern in our neighborhood.  From August through October, the department tracked 29 burglaries, 28 thefts from motor vehicles, and 9 motor vehicle thefts in Berkeley.  There was an increase in burglaries owed to a burglary “ring” this summer.  A particular pattern which Officer Gomez wanted to note is of homes being accessed through unlocked and/or open windows.  To reduce the chance of theft from your motor vehicles, she advises not leaving anything in your car when parked on the street.  If you have a ‘90s Honda, Accord, Jeep, or Civic, you can pick up a free “Club” antitheft device at the precinct.  Officer Gomez informed us that while District 1 is a large area (roughly from 6th-52nd Aves, Speer-Sheridan), there are 12 cops on duty per shift, they will focus their time based upon where the data shows that they are needed.

    Michelle Frankel reported that Charles Moore and Jane Deegan have resigned their positions on the BRUN Board of Directors.

    Minutes from the 10/20/15 Board Meeting was reviewed and approved by all present Board Members unanimously.

    Mike Beasley reported on the Public Works Committee.  He hopes to publish meeting minutes from last month’s meeting soon on the BRUN website.  The next meeting will be January 27th with agents from the City as well as representatives from Walk Denver regarding sidewalk improvements.

    Osea Nelson presented a report on the Events Committee.  On November 11th, the Board electronically approved holding the annual Holiday Party at Atomic Cowboy.  We thank the other businesses who offered space and will make sure to take advantage of them for upcoming events.  After tonight’s meeting, Board members will be heading to the new Nip and Sip Neighborhood Lounge to toast to Dave Decker and thank him for all of his hard work in the past few years.  Osea is continuing to seek brainstorming ideas for future events.

    The date for the upcoming Annual Meeting was discussed.  Dates under consideration are February 9th, 10th, 16th, and 17th.  Mike Mathieson will speak with the Oriental about availability.

    Christie Schwalbe reported that the Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre Foundation, of which she is a Board member, will be holding a wine event/ silent auction fundraiser on December 2nd at Bonacquisti Wine Company.

    Michelle Frankel was approved by the Board unanimously as the new chair of the Zoning & Licensing Committee.

    After providing a brief summary on its roles and responsibilities, Michelle Frankel reported on the Zoning & Licensing Committee:

    -       Brooklyn’s Finest Pizza at 50th & Lowell is seeking a Liquor License.  Their hearing will be on December 9th.  Frank Hayden and Carlo Conti, representing the establishment, were present to answer questions.  The Zoning Committee is working with them on our standard “Good Neighbor Agreement”, all parties are optimistic that this will be agreed upon, especially since most points of the GNA have to do with late hours and the business does not stay open later than 10 any night of the week.  Also, Brooklyn’s Finest Pizza has a history of positive outreach and interactions with their neighbors.  If the GNA is signed, the Committee and the Board are in favor of supporting the liquor license application.  Procedurally, once the GNA is signed, the Board will vote electronically whether to approve or deny this support in time for the hearing.

    -       There was discussion about the Good Neighbor Agreements (GNA’s).  Michelle would like to approach businesses that have not previously been given the opportunity to sign GNA’s with the option to sign them and have the opportunity for window decals.  This idea was supported by the board.  There was discussion about the window decals and how to design them so that they indicate that they are only for liquor-serving establishments, so that non-liquor serving establishments don’t appear to be “bad” neighbors (since only liquor-serving establishments are given the opportunity to sign GNA’s at this time).  The idea to expand GNA’s beyond liquor-serving establishments was considered, especially with regards to the previous conversation about the new car wash, however at this time the Board feels that it would not be feasible to expand the GNA’s.

    -       Upcoming Board of Adjustment case #142-15 regards Axios Estiatorio which is seeking to add an outdoor dining patio.  If they get this approval, they will then need to expand their liquor license to include the outdoor area.  The Zoning Committee is in support of this business expansion, pending the signing of a Good Neighbor Agreement which is in process.  The Board had no concerns about pursuing this GNA and supporting the business.  Procedurally, we hope to have the GNA signed before the December Board meeting at which time the Board can vote to support or oppose the business at their hearing which is on January 5th.

    -       Michelle noted that we have received notification of Schematic Design Review for a CVS store at 38th and Sheridan (on the southeast corner, so this is WHNA jurisdiction).

    Tom LaRocque reported on the Communications and Membership Committee.  The Committee had a productive meeting on November 5th.  Courtney Eckert has recently done a great redesign of the website.  Tom notes that several parts of the site, in particular the individual committee pages, need to be updated (the committee chairs will take a look at updating their information).  Tom renewed his encouragement that Board members become familiar with the Wild Apricot platform and is available to assist if anyone needs it.  An important upcoming item is that BRUN memberships expire every year on February 1st (members who join from November 2015 will be granted membership for 2016).  A re-enlistment campaign will need to be started on January 1st.  Tom has also announced that he will be stepping down from his positions on the Board, as Chair of this committee, and as Treasurer in 2016, and hopes to see enthusiasm in whoever takes over his responsibilities.

    Tom LaRocque noted that he is in the process of setting up a “Square” device for BRUN’s use but the BRUN bank account has encountered technical difficulties that he is working through.

    Christie Schwalbe reported on the Tennyson Berkeley Business Association (TBBA)’s recent Trick or Treat Street which took place on October 31st:

    -       Enrico Cacciorni and Osea Nelson both commented about bringing their children to the event and being thrilled with the experience.  Osea noted that he had had concerns about the crowds at Chavez Park, but felt that those concerns weren’t validated and that the addition of activities at the Park was “awesome”.

    -       Businesses have continued to have concerns about balancing events throughout the year that support bars and restaurants as well as retail and other establishments.

    -       TBBA is continuing to consider ways to help this event be sustainable and beneficial to everyone.

    These meeting minutes were recorded by Michelle Frankel.

  • November 20, 2015 4:31 PM | Anonymous

    Berkeley Regis United Neighbors | Board Meeting | October 20 2015             

    BRUN Board members in attendance:

    Paul Vorndran (President)

    Enrico Cacciorni (Vice President)

    Michelle Frankel (Secretary)

    Tom LaRocque (Treasurer; chair of Membership & Communications Committee)

    Michael Mathieson

    Osea Nelson (chair of Events Committee)

    Christie Schwalbe (liaison to Tennyson Berkeley Business Association)

    Vince Vigil

    Additional meeting attendees included:

    Courtney Eckert (BRUN member)

    Roseanne Jelacic (BRUN member)

    Christian Thompson (BRUN member)

    Dennis Rooney (BRUN member)

    Amanda Sandoval (Denver District 1 Aide to Councilman Espinoza)

    Susan Renaud (Denver Environmental Health)

    Greg Brauntz

    BRUN Board members not in attendance:

    Jay April

    Mike Beasley (chair of Public Works Committee)

    Dave Decker (chair of Zoning & Licensing Committee)

    Jane Deegan

    Stan Ford

    Charles Moore

    Heather Noyes Gregg

    President Paul Vorndran chaired the meeting which was held in the Parish Hall at Holy Family Church, 4377 Utica St, and began at 6:30.

    Susan Renaud from the Denver Department of Environmental Health presented opportunities of interest to our neighborhood.  “Certifiably Green Denver” is a free resource for businesses to help them become more sustainable.  The “Denver Energy Challenge” is a residential program that provides energy experts to give advice and advocate for sustainable initiatives.  The Department of Environmental Health has helped about 65 households in our neighborhood and would like to do a targeted campaign to increase that number.  They are seeking input as to how to proceed.  Ideas presented included placing yard signs at participants’ homes, installing LED lights with an informational sign on a tree in Caesar Chavez Park, a coupon campaign with local businesses, and handing out LED lights to neighbors.  Susan also mentioned that there are currently some great subsidies available for purchasing solar panels and Nissan Leaf hybrid cars.

    Nick, an operations manager for Denver 311, came to share information and answer questions about the 311 service.  Denver’s 311 program was launched in 2006 and is a fabulous resource for all of your “burning questions” (as opposed to your “burning buildings” for which you should dial 911).  311’s hours of operation are 8-5 Sa/Su and 7-9 M-F.  You can dial 311, email, or download the app to your smartphone.  They also invite anyone interested to stop on by their offices at the Webb Building downtown.  It’s worth knowing that call volumes are highest on Mondays, Fridays, and the day after a holiday.  The Department of 311 Operations prides themselves on their customer service which they have received high reports of satisfaction, and they are excited about new systems they have set up to be even more direct and efficient at addressing callers’ questions and concerns.  Nick wanted to make it clear that it is always fastest to call 311 rather than calling city departments directly, and calling 311 helps provide the city and the public with extremely important data. 

    The meeting was opened to the public / non-board members to ask questions and present comments:

                Christian Thompson asked if we knew whether the basketball courts might be getting repaved.  This item was directed to the Public Works Committee and to be passed along to Councilman Espinoza.

                Greg Brauntz raised concerns about recent drag racing occurring at night along 50th Avenue.  The board’s recommendation was to pass this along to the police so that they could increase patrol and monitoring in the area.

                Courtney Eckert presented some charts and information compiled on burglaries and paving issues in the neighborhood based upon data compiled by 311.  This was a great showcase of how important it is to call 311 about public works issues and also to show our Public Works Committee what a great resource their data is for us.

    Michelle Frankel reported on a few items of Secretary business:

    -       Minutes from the 9/15/15 Board Meeting were previously reviewed and approved electronically on September 29th by 9 Board Members.

    -       A motion was presented to move the monthly meeting time up to 6pm.  This was approved electronically on September 29th by 8 Board Members and will go into effect for the November meeting.

    -       We still need several board members to subscribe to the administrative forum to help our communications in between meetings

    Dave Decker is unfortunately resigning his position on the Board as well as his chairmanship of the Zoning & Licensing Committee as he will be leaving the area in the near future.  The Zoning & Licensing Committee will be meeting in upcoming weeks to discuss new chair recommendations and how to move forward with the great work that Dave has done (he is not simply “replaceable”!).

    The Board voted unanimously to replace Dave’s position on the Board with BRUN member Courtney Eckert.

    It was noted that the BRUN bylaws state that missing 3 meetings in a row is grounds for automatic resignation of board members.  Unfortunately we have two directors who have not been in attendance for longer than that.  It was determined that Paul Vorndran would reach out to these directors.

    The date for the upcoming Annual Meeting was discussed.  Dates under consideration are February 9th, 10th, 16th, and 17th.  Mike Mathieson will speak with the Oriental about availability.  Tom LaRocque will set up a “square” device in time to be used at this event.

    Concerns about the legal status of BRUN were raised.  Paul Vorndran will look into what kind of entity BRUN is established as for financial and liability purposes.

    Osea Nelson presented a report on the Events Committee.  He has spoken with Parks and Rec and established that the Easter Egg Hunt will now permanently be set for the Saturday before Easter in order to have grandfathered rights to use park grounds.  The Holiday party will be on December 10th, various board members are reaching out to neighborhood options to select the location.

    Paul Vorndran reported upon attending an RNO Presidents’ meeting with Councilman Rafael Espinoza.  His main takeaway was that many of our neighboring RNO’s are doing similar things to those that BRUN are undertaking.  We don’t need to reinvent the wheel.  He would love to see a listserve or online group initiated to help exchange information between organizations.  It was suggested that the Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (“INC”) is intended to serve this purpose, however it does not seem to be disseminating information usefully for us.  BRUN is also in need of representation and interfacing with INC.

    Tom LaRocque reported on Communications.  He was prepared to give a Wild Apricot user demonstration but this was tabled.  He would like to organize a meeting of the Committee within the upcoming month and will send out invitations/notification.  Interested Committee members include Courtney, Christie, and Osea.

    Courtney Eckert reported on the Public Works Committee.  The Committee met with key agents for the Denver Department of Public Works.  They were informed that due to current budgeting priorities, through next year the City can only focus on items that are safety concerns as they have a bond specifically dedicated to bringing public property up to ADA compliance.  If you have concerns that can be addressed quickly and cheaply, call 311 and they may be able to help, but anything that costs significant time and money will not be addressed at this time.  Courtney touched on a few highlights from the Committee’s meeting that she wanted to share:  Sidewalks are the responsibility of the adjacent property owner; If neighboring property owners group together there are discounted efficient ways to get sidewalks fixed;  If you have safety or other concerns about a construction site, call 311 or the inspector directly.

    Enrico Cacciorni requested that we initiate a more formal agenda-setting procedure.  It was determined that this would be done online using Wild Apricot and ideally we would have agendas finalized by the weekend before the meeting.

    Christie Schwalbe reported on the Tennyson Berkeley Business Association (TBBA):

    -       Trick or Treat Street will take place on October 31st.  Local businesses have concerns about pedestrian safety and losses to businesses and have growing sentiment that they may not want to continue this event in the future.

    -       Small Business Saturday will take place on November 28th.  Tennyson businesses are sponsoring a “Passport” program to encourage shopping.  ReMax is sponsoring a tree lighting.

    -       TBBA is working with First Fridays to connect Denver Art Districts to aide artists.

    -       There is an application in process for a bike corral at Caesar Chavez Park and hopes to work towards a B-Cycle station in the future once more B-Cycle stations expand closer to our neighborhood.

    Christie Schwalbe reported on the Historic Elitch Gardens Theatre Foundation of which she has been recently named a Board member.  Next year is the 125th anniversary of the theater.  There are several upcoming events:  A book reading on October 24th, a ghost tour fundraiser on October 30th, and a wine event/ silent auction fundraiser on December 2nd.

    These meeting minutes were recorded by Michelle Frankel.

  • September 29, 2015 10:35 AM | Anonymous

    Berkeley Regis United Neighbors | Board Meeting | September 15 2015        

    BRUN Board members in attendance:

    Paul Vorndran (President)

    Enrico Cacciorni (Vice President)

    Michelle Frankel (Secretary)

    Tom LaRocque (Treasurer; chair of Membership & Communications Committee)

    Jay April

    Mike Beasley (chair of Public Works Committee)

    Osea Nelson (chair of Events Committee)

    Vince Vigil

    Additional meeting attendees included:

    Courtney Eckert (BRUN member)

    Rafael Espinoza (BRUN member; Denver District 1 Councilman)

    Joe Zemek (BRUN member)

    Josh Vasconcellos (Denver Police District 1 Community Resource Officer)

    Nell Conti

    Michael Kiley

    Amanda Sandoval (Denver District 1 Aide to Councilman Espinoza)

    Tina Sperlak

    BRUN Board members not in attendance:

    Dave Decker (chair of Zoning & Licensing Committee)

    Jane Deegan

    Stan Ford

    Michael Mathieson

    Charles Moore

    Heather Noyes Gregg

    Christie Schwalbe (liaison to Tennyson Berkeley Business Association)

    President Paul Vorndran chaired the meeting which was held in the Parish Hall at Holy Family Church, 4377 Utica St, and began at 6:30.

    Officer Joshua Vasconcellos, the Community Resource Officer for Police District 1 was present and presented a police report for our neighborhood.  He reported that the past month has seen a rough spell of crime: an increase in property crimes, increase in theft from motor vehicles, increase in garage burglaries, and an increase in aggravated assaults.  The increase in aggravated assaults is a direct result of the increase in property crimes which cause officers to be tied up off the street and less available for both preventative patrolling and quick response.  The police department has made a dedicated effort to increase resources and patrolling in our neighborhood as a result.  It is important to note that the majority of thefts from vehicles occur from unlocked vehicles, and the majority of garage burglaries are from open garage doors.  These are preventable crimes!  Officer Vasconcellos urges neighbors to do the following:

    -       Lock your cars and close your doors!

    -       Leave front porch lights on for natural surveillance, lit streets deter criminals.

    -       If you notice dim or out-of-work street lights, Xcel has an excellent online reporting tool and they will take care of it

    -       Let an officer know if you encounter strange people knocking on your door as they may be casing your home and those of your neighbors.

    -       Please call in crimes, the department needs reports in order to be able to appropriately allocate resources and respond.

    Councilman Rafael Espinoza was present and made a few announcements:

    -       The councilman’s office will be open for neighbors to drop in at their satellite office on Thursdays from 9am to 5pm and Fridays from 9am to 2pm at 5094 W Colfax.

    -       There will be periodic meetings open to the community.  Upcoming District meetings will be in October:

    o    Tuesday October 6th, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Riverside Baptist Church (2401 Alcott St)

    o    Wednesday October 7th, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Lake Middle School (1820 Lowell Blvd)

    o    Tuesday October 27th, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Paul Sandoval Lecture Hall at North High School (2960 Speer Blvd)

    o    Wednesday October 28th, 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Community Room at Denver Police District 1 (1311 W 46th Ave)

    -       Councilman Espinoza will have quarterly meetings with the Presidents of District 1 RNO’s (Registered Neighborhood Organizations like BRUN).  The first will be on October 23rd.

    -       Amanda Sandoval, Aide to the Councilman, was present to introduce herself.  She will be the main point of contact, please make sure to CC or address her if you are seeking a quick response (

    -       For more information:



    o    720.337.7701

    Jay April suggested that the councilman consider an advisory committee of local community members with expertise.  Rafael responded that this is a goal, but needs to address how City Council and the Mayor’s office actually function with respect to legislative and executive processes.

    Mike Beasley thanked Rafael and Amanda for helping to facilitate coordination between BRUN’s Public Works Committee and the Denver Department of Public Works.

    Michael Kiley, candidate for Denver Public Schools School Board, was present to introduce himself.  He is campaigning on a platform of strengthening neighborhood schools and emphasizes his personal experience as a DPS graduate and parent.  Contact him at 720.336.0125 or, and find out more at

    The meeting was opened to the public / non-board members to ask questions and present comments:

                Joe Zemek promoted an upcoming rally and caucus training for Bernie Sanders that will be held at the Oriental Theater on September 22nd at 6:30pm.

                Paul Vorndran passed along information from Father Marty about an upcoming “Blessing of the Animals” in honor of the Feast of St Francis.  Bring your friendly family pets for a special blessing on October 3rd at 11:00am in front of Holy Family Church.

    Tom LaRocque presented a report on the state of the Treasury.  After our recent payment to Wild Apricot for web services, we have approximately $1,100.

    Tom LaRocque reported on Communications.  He has fixed the email account, the inbox of which now feeds to Paul Vorndran as President, Enrico Cacciorni as Vice President, Michelle Frankel as Secretary, Tom LaRocque as Treasurer, and Dave Decker as Zoning & Licensing Committee Chair.  It was determined that whenever one of these recipients responds to an incoming email, they will cc: so that all recipients are aware of correspondence.

    In response to poor usage by Board Members of the Wild Apricot management tools, Tom will send out an email reminder and offer assistance to have Board Members set up daily digests.

    Michelle Frankel renewed her call for assistance from anyone with access to drawings of residential properties in the neighborhood, both new construction and drawings of existing properties (for example, those done in the process of renovations).  These would be used to assist the Zoning Committee’s Overlay District task force in modeling and refining recommendations with a clear understanding of current context.

    Osea Nelson presented a report on the Events Committee.  Dates are being finalized for BRUN’s annual Stein Night at Local 46, likely to be September 29th.  Check our website and facebook for updated information and bring your stein!  Also, he is still reviewing venues for the annual Holiday Party and working on ideas for more events.  Enrico Cacciorni suggested we consider an “Alley Cleanup” event or “Yard Sale” day.

    Mike Beasley reported on the Public Works Committee.  On September 30th at 6:30 there will be a Public Works Committee Meeting at Arrupe Jesuit High School (4343 Utica St).  City staff will be present, items of discussion will include the role of the Denver Department of Public Works, pedestrian ramps, storm drainage, sidewalk conditions, construction safety, etc.  Mike intends for this to be the first of several meetings before the end of the year.

    Paul Vorndran requested that Board Members provide him with topics of concern for his upcoming RNO Presidents’ meeting with Councilman Espinoza.

    Minutes from the 9/17/15 Board Meeting were previously reviewed and approved electronically on September 10th by 9 Board Members.

    These meeting minutes were recorded by Michelle Frankel.

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