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Minutes - Downtown Management Commission - 05/03/2010CITY OF BOULDER, COLORADO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS MEETING MINUTES FORM NAME OF BOARD /COMMISSION: DOWNTOWN MANAGEMENT COMMISSION NAME/TELEPHONE OF PERSON PREPARING SUMMARY Ruth Weiss - 303413 -7318 NAMES OF MEMBERS, STAFF, AND INVITED GUESTS PRESENT: BOARD MEMBERS: DAHL, KOVAL, MCMULLEN (absent), PATTERSON, RUTHERFORD STAFF: WINTER, JOBERT, WEISS, MATTHEWS, CUNNINGHAM, LANDRITH, VANDERLEEST, CUNNINGHAM, GUEST: SEAN MAHER TYPE OF MEETING: MINUTES REGULAR: May 3, 2010 AGENDA ITEM 1— Meeting called to order 5:36 pm AGENDA ITEM 2 — Roll Call: All commissioners were present with the exception of Matt McMullen. AGENDA ITEM 3 — Approval of April 5, 2010 Minutes: (See Action Item Below) AGENDA ITEM 4 —Public Participation: None AGENDA ITEM 5 —Police Update: Officer Vanderleest, Pearl Street Mall unit, commented that the April 2010 stats for calls for service were down from 2009. On April 13, the Drug Task Force arrested 9 drug dealers. Patterson questioned any undue activity on May I` and Vanderleest replied that there were no problems reported. 420 day was quiet on the mall. AGENDA ITEM 6 —Parks Update: Martin thanked Vanderleest and Rech for their training with parks maintenance staff, Farmers' Market staff and some downtown management staff regarding the homeless and transients. Martin continued that the tulips are in full bloom and annual flowers will be planted shortly. Parks maintenance staff is focusing on bench sanding and painting. The family gathering area on the 1200 block will be constructed in 2011 by the department. On May 14, approximately 300 folks from Crocs will be pulling weeds, painting and working on the arboretum. May 15'" is the City of Boulder Clean Up Day. Koval questioned if it was a money concern with the family gathering area and Martin replied that the project costs had increased dramatically with additional maintenance needs that were not previously discovered but funds were available for the project. Koval commented about Crocs and wondered if it could be promoted to other business even those outside of downtown. Martin replied that REI is a big supporter of the Clean Up Day; they bring REI tee shirts and have donated $10,000 to update the shelter at Scott Carpenter Park. Other supporters include Whole Foods, Smart Wool, Eagle Scouts and along with fraternities, sororities and churches. AGENDA ITEM 7 — BID Update: Maher distributed the new DBI directory to the commissioners. DBI membership is 359 and last year it was 343. BID marketing discussed the Downtown Boulder Guide in Denver for distribution to key hotels in downtown Denver and their visitor center. A mock up was presented to the commission. Full page DBI marketing ads begin in the Daily Camera that will focus on events. The 5280 ad is being cooped with 5 or 6 merchants and DUHMD/PS was a sponsor. Taste of Pearl was a huge success, nothing but positive feedback by all involved and will do again next year. Bands on the Bricks begins next month and looking to provide a beer and wine garden in a quality Fashion, just west of the pop jet fountain, to off set expenses. Patterson questioned the size of the crowd and Maher replied that it's from 1000 to 1300. June 16" will be the first day. On the economic vitality front, the small business consulting program has about 12 participants. Currently working with a team of MBA's from the university on a retail recruiting project to bring quality retailers and uses downtown to add vitality and traffic. A potential tenant is a Portland, Oregon theater company to fill one of the available spaces on the mall. AGENDA ITEMS — Matters from the Commissioners: Patterson reported that she represented the DMC at the Boulder Police Long Range Planning meeting and, with their trimmed budget, they were looking for new ways to do what they do. Patterson commented that people have mentioned to her the increased panhandling on the mall. AGENDA ITEM I2— Matters from the Staff: Winter mentionedthat the Downtown Improvements Task Force meeting had 4 areas that need improvements and a replacement fund is being worked on. Future improvement priorities include the Farmers' Market area, 15'" from Canyon to Arapahoe, 13" and 11 Street Connections, and West Pearl Streetscape from 11" to 7' ". Winter continued that the importance is to have money available for its maintenance, For example, the different components of the different areas were reviewed and the task force will meet again to prioritize further. Koval mentioned that it isn't just about maintaining but also creating innovating economic stimulators. For example, Farmer's Market and its sales tax generation, what are ways to make the vendors more successful to obtain more tax revenue, things to enhance the area to generate more revenue. Winter mentioned the priority based budget to the commission and the need to prioritize the programs that benefit the most number of people. Rutherford questioned the Blue Ribbon Commission. Winter mentioned that there are three primary focuses: economic, social and environmental. Patterson mentioned that the tone of Attachment A was to celebrate diversity and embrace inclusiveness and mentioned that where there is a common interest, it needs to be supported. Summer events were shared to the board to give an idea of all the different events across the city along with parks events. Winter relayed to the commission about an article in the Camera regarding that someone said PMO's have quotas to generate more revenue and the fallacy of the statement. Rutherford questioned the retail vacancies in the 15 and Pearl parking structure. Winter commented on the outreach meetings with downtown school principals, Winter found it illuminating and interesting. Boulder High issues were primarily parking. Koval suggested to widen the circle of schools and thought the principals were dynamitic and committed. Koval mentioned the facilities in the schools as usable to the community for events, artistic potential at Boulder High, internships in art were discussed. Tour of the garage improvements will take place before the next DMC meeting. Meeting adjourned at 6:25 pm —Dahl motioned for adjournment. Rutherford seconded. All commissioners were in favor. ACTION ITEMS: MOTION Patterson motioned to approve the April 5, 2010 meeting minutes. Rutherford seconded.. Approved unanimously by all commissioners. FUTURE MEETINGS: June 7, 2010 Council Chambers Regular Meeting 5:30 p.m. APPROVED BY: Attest: Ruth Weiss, Secretary