Minutes - Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

March 23, 2006

Adopted by Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B on April 27, 2006

The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m. at Albright Memorial United Methodist Church, 411 Rittenhouse Street, N.W., Chairman Cherita Whiting presiding. A quorum was present (Commissioners Judi Jones, Wesley Hickman, Cherita Whiting, Sara Green, and Blondine Hughes).

A special election for the vacant seat, ANC 4B03, was held between 7:15 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. in the same room as the meeting. Gottlieb Simon, the Director of the City's Office of Advisory Commissions, ran the election. There were two candidates, Frederick D. Grant and Calvin H. Gurley. Mr. Simon tallied the ballots and determined that Frederick D. Grant won the election. Ward 4 D.C. City Council Member Adrian Fenty administered the oath of office to newly elected Commissioner Grant.


A quorum was present for all votes.

1. Following a motion made by Commissioner Green, the agenda, with two additions, was unanimously approved by a show of hands. The additions were Pat Tyson, to talk about the Brightwood Heritage Trail, and the budget for ANC 4B01.

2. A motion made by Commissioner Green was approved by a show of hands (4-1), to read the minutes at the end of the meeting.

3. In a show of hands, the commission unanimously passed a motion made by Commissioner Jones to award a $1,000 grant to the Black Aesthetics Institute, Inc. The money is to be used for part of the liability insurance required for the Youth Vanguard Rites of Passage Program, which will serve about 30 Coolidge High School students during a Saturday program to be held from May 27 to August 19, 2006. Students will learn appropriate behavior during job interviews, among other things, and will make a film. (Commissioner Faith Wheeler was present for this and for subsequent votes.)

4. The commission passed a motion made by Commissioner Hickman to send a resolution to the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics approving the election of Frederick D. Grant as ANC 4B03. The roll call vote was seven in favor (Commissioners Muriel Bowser, Hughes, Burke, Green, Wheeler, Whiting, and Hickman), with one abstention (Commissioner Jones). (Commissioner Bowser was present for this vote and for subsequent votes.)

5. In a show of hands, the commission unanimously passed a motion made by Commissioner Green to approve ANC 4B's Quarterly Report, covering the period from October 2005 to December 31, 2005. The report shows total disbursements during the period of $5,308.50, and an ending checking account balance of $52,370.74. The ending balance in the savings account is $41,656.12. (Commissioner Jones was not present for this vote or for subsequent votes. Commissioner Grant voted in this vote and also in subsequent votes.)

6. In a show of hands, the commission passed a motion made by Commissioner Hickman, 6-0-1, to approve two changes to the FY06 ANC 4B Budget. A $1,570 budget was created for ANC 4B01's expenses, specifically $1,000 for postage, $300 for flyer/poster delivery, and $270 for room rental. Previously, no money had been budgeted for that single member district. Also, new allocations in ANC 4B04's budget were approved, but the total, $1,040, was not changed. The new allocations are $740 for flyer/poster delivery and $280 for light refreshments.

7. In a show of hands, a motion made by Commissioner Wheeler to approve, provisional to the acceptance of the D.C. Auditor and the Attorney General of the District of Columbia, a $150 retroactive payment to LaCarey Entertainment, LLC, failed by a vote of 3-3-2. The firm provided a spoken word performance in honor of Black History Month at ANC 4B's February 23, 2006 public meeting.


1. Robin Hayes and Rachel Lazarus, of the D.C. Water and Sewer Authority, spoke about the authority's lead pipe replacement program and answered questions.

2. Michael Latessa, of the Office of Unified Communications, spoke about 911 and 311 service and answered questions.

3. Col. Peter Garibaldi, of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, spoke about the disposition of the medical center site and answered questions.

4. Paul Milstein, of Douglas Development, spoke about his company's plans to build 66-80 condominium units on the vacant lot between Willow and Maple (behind the CVS Store) and answered questions.

5. Pat Tyson, of the Military Road School Preservation Trust, talked about the Brightwood Heritage Trail, approximately 10 signs to be placed at historical sites in the community.

6. Craig Muckle and Ed Tippett, of Safeway Corporation, spoke about renovation plans for the store and answered questions about problems at the store on 6500 Piney Branch Road, N.W., including trash, cleanliness and charging the incorrect amount for sales tax.

The meeting adjourned at 10:10 p.m.

---- Submitted by Commissioner 4B01 Sara Green