January 2019 Meeting Minutes

Board Reports and Introductions

Invited Speakers

Denver Police District 4

Officer Rueben Garduño spoke about the district and neighborhood’s crime stats, a shooting incident that happened in Ruby Hill, and the importance of not puffing. He also discussed upcoming events—the February 13th Commanders Meeting and an upcoming Pups on Patrol class. Both CROs will be on parental leave coming up in the next few months, and there will be another CRO handling our area until they return. Officer Garduño answered several questions from the members.

City Council District 7

Councilman Jolon Clark gave an update on the rescheduled Grandoozy community meeting, which has been moved to February 28th. He briefly touched on several other topics, including Xcel Energy’s pledge to go carbon-free by 2050, the 16 city offices that will be up for election in May, and his own re-election campaign. Councilman Clark answered several questions from the members.

Lastly, Councilman Clark and aide Ms. Tate presented our Past Presidents, Scott Bolt and Sharona Thompson, with City Council Proclamations to honor them for all of their hard work. Read Scott’s Proclamation here, and read Sharona’s Proclamation here!

David Berton

David Burton, a developer, architect, and builder, requested a letter of support from the RNO for his zoning change request application to the City. The properties he wishes to rezone are at 1901 S. Navajo (currently an office building) and 1900 S. Osage (currently a vacant lot used by neighborhood truckers to park their trucks). He is looking to rezone from IMX3 to IMX5 and already has letters of support from Denver Fencing Company and other nearby neighbors. The Board asked that we consider this request and provide an answer at our next meeting.

Mr. Burton is also the one who alerted Ruby Hill Neighbors and the City to the fact that the Blueprint Denver plan had the area south of Jewell, right across the street from Ruby Hill Park, marked as heavy industrial. This turned out to be a mistake but could have had ramifications down the line. The heavy industrial area has been updated in Blueprint Denver to south of Evans.

Housekeeping and Updates

  • A Loretto Heights Community Meeting was taking place at the same time as our meeting. Cathy was attending and representing us and would provide us an update next month
  • The Grandoozy Community Meeting has been pushed back to next month, Drew is our representative on the advisory board
  • A call out to other neighbors representing or serving on any committees that are affecting or involving Ruby Hill, to let us know so that we can
    • make sure you get on our agenda to provide updates and report out what you learn
    • have the support you need to attend meetings or have someone cover you if needed
  • Other boards or committees that RHN members serve on include
    • People Pollinator Action Network – Sharona
    • Levitt Advisory Board – 3 members
    • Gates project – Scott
  • Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC) representative needed – first Saturday of every month, and we’d need to renew our membership


Six speakers, 5 minutes each

Meeting Adjourned

View the Facebook Live video here.

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