Month: April 2016

Town Hall Meeting Agenda

Below is the agenda for our next town hall meeting on Monday, May 9 at 6pm in the Downtown Central Library.

  • Vote on bylaws amendments
  • Updates from Aldermen
  • Update from Downtown STL, Inc.
  • Update from neighborhood police officers
  • Presentation from NCADA on emerging drug trends
  • Presentation from Dr. Jason Purnell from Washington University on violence prevention efforts underway in the region
  • Updates from DNA Committees

The after-meeting will be at Flannery’s Pub so everyone can cheer on the Blues!

Amendments to the DNA Bylaws

Update

The amendments to the bylaws were approved with 71 voting in favor (95.9%) and 3 voting against during the Town Hall Meeting on Monday, May 9, 2016.

Thank you to everyone who voted in person or gave someone their proxy to vote in their stead.


–BACKGROUND–

We held a vote on March 14, 2016 on the issues below, and the amendments passed among the people who voted with 78.8% in favor. However, 14 of the 67 general members present during the meeting failed to cast a vote. Therefore, those abstentions counted as a no vote. This means that two of the amendments fell shy of the 2/3 vote in favor required for an amendment.

With this in mind, we will be holding the vote at the beginning of the meeting and having people walk around collecting ballots during the meeting to ensure we receive everyone’s vote.


The updated Articles and Sections of the DNA Bylaws listed below are intended to clarify the membership structure of DNA to better reflect the evolved landscape of the association. With our growing member base, the DNA Board thought it was necessary to make these structural changes now before it became impossible for us to do so in the future due to potential issues with not having a large enough quorum of voting members. We also want to change the voting ability of businesses that join the association to one vote per business as opposed to one vote per employee as it currently stands.

Voting yes on these amendments will remove the current language in Article V – Section 1 and Article VII – Section 5 that describes membership and quorum size and replace it with the Sections listed below.

ARTICLE V.  MEMBERSHIP.

Section 1.  Qualifications. Membership in the Neighborhood Association shall be open to the following: (1) any person who resides in the Neighborhood Association’s boundaries; (2) an entity that is deemed to be a “Small Business” by the Executive Director or Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Association, is located within the Neighborhood Association’s boundaries, and has paid its yearly membership dues (example:  street-level owner-operated businesses open to the public). People who own property within the Neighborhood Association’s boundaries and who do not reside in the Neighborhood Association’s boundaries may join as a “Small Business Member” of the Neighborhood Association as determined by the Executive Director or Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Association.

Anyone who does not fit the criteria listed above may join the Neighborhood Association as a non-voting member, and for the purposes of these Bylaws shall not be considered a “member” or “General Member”. An entity that is deemed too large to be considered a “Small Business” by the Executive Director or Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Association may join the Neighborhood Association as a non-voting member, and for the purposes of these Bylaws shall not be considered a “member” or “General Member”.

For the purposes of these Bylaws, any member of the Neighborhood Association shall be deemed a “General Member”, and the general membership of the Neighborhood Association shall be collectively referred to as the “General Members”.

ARTICLE VII.  ANNUAL, GENERAL, AND SPECIAL MEETINGS.

Section 5.  Quorum. In order to conduct business at any Annual Meeting, General Meeting or Special Meeting, a quorum must be established. For the purposes of these Bylaws, a quorum is five (5%) percent of the General Members as of the date of that meeting.

Plan Your Neighborhood

We have two one upcoming meeting where you will have an opportunity to lend your voice to what is happening in your neighborhood.

First:  we are holding a meeting with Great Rivers Greenway on Tuesday, April 19 from 6-7pm in the Training Room (2nd floor) of the Downtown Central Library to discuss what kind of programming downtowners what to see on the newly redeveloped riverfront promenade. This meeting has already occurred.

Second:  we are holding a meeting on Saturday, April 30 from 9-10am to discuss what people want to see done with the portion of 13th Street between Washington Avenue and St. Charles Street. We will first meet at the Washington Avenue Post and then walk less than a block away to the site in question.

You may also email us your thoughts here.

Marketing Your Building Presentation

Sarah Tadlock with Tadlock|Bruggemann Group will discuss the pitfalls and landmines for high-rise residential developments and how to make your building attractive to buyers in today’s real estate market on Thursday, April 21 at 6pm in Downtown STL, Inc.’s office.

This presentation is open to condo owners, members of condo owner associations, and property managers who serve condos in Downtown St. Louis.

Click/press here to register for this free event.

April Happy Hour

Join us for for this month’s happy hour at 314 The City Bar on Thursday, April 28 from 5:30-8pm.

Our happy hours are open to all residents and businesses in downtown, and they’re an excellent way to meet your neighbors and build a stronger community.

Click/press here to view the Facebook event page.