ANA Board Approves Additional Administrative Budget for Junta Vecinal

June 14, 2013 PUERTO VALLARTA:  At its regular Board meeting today, the Board of the Amapas Neighborhood Association (ANA, Asociacion de Vecinos de la Colonia Amapas, A.C.) voted to allocate funds to additional administrative help to get its new work as a Junta Vecinal underway.

Specifically, the Board voted to allocate $18,000 pesos to cover an additional half time person to support the JV’s administrative work for 3 months.  This “seed fund” comes from surplus funds raised thanks to beating our member projections, now exceeding 200 ANA members.

Separately, the Board agreed to ask members to contribute to our special AIM Higher fund to “seed” operations of the JV.  It is anticipated that in the future, fees will be charged for permit approvals to help pay for JV administration.  However, until that time, the Board anticipates needing to fund 6 months of operations, plus consulting and legal fees. The recent clearing of landslides on Gardenias by the city is the JV’s first success in getting city action for neighborhood issues (click here for story).

A goal of $100,000 pesos was set in time for high season in October 2013.  All members are urged to consider a contribution (click here for budget and details).

ANA JV’s First Success: Clearing Landslides on Gardenias

On Monday, June 16, workers and trucks appeared on Gardenias street to clear the road of debris and landslides, and to clear drainage for the rainy season.

Landslide clearing on Gardenias.

Landslide clearing on Gardenias.

Landslide clearing on Gardenias.

Landslide clearing on Gardenias.

Previously as a neighborhood association, our requests to the city for this work went unheeded.  But as a Junta Vecinal, we made the official request throught the Department of CIty Participation.  Director Hector Gallegos helped organize a tour of the area in the week of June 10, and the next week city crews were at work.

This is a real example of what we can get done, neighbors working through ANA as the new Junta Vecinal to get action from the city.

Amapas Infrastructure Mission

ANA President, Tom Swale, addressed the membership at a cocktail party that took place this past April 5, and explained the ANA’s most important new initiative, AIM

As its acronym suggests, the Amapas Infrastructure Mission’s goal is to AIM higher by improving neighborhood, streets, lighting, and other important needs that make Amapas more livable for its residents.

To learn more information about this important initiative, please click here.

Here are some of the other members that attended the event.