MINUTES , April 27, 2006 Public Meeting

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

Adopted, May 25, 2006

The meeting was called to order at 7:15 p.m. at the Takoma Rec Center, 301 Van Buren Street, N.W., Chairman Cherita Whiting presiding. A quorum was present: Commissioners Whiting, Sara Green, Faith Wheeler, Frederick Grant, Blondine Hughes and Michael Burke. Commissioners Judi Jones, Muriel Bowser, and Wesley Hickman arrived after the meeting started. The meeting was hosted by Commissioner Grant.

Actions

A quorum was present for all votes.

1. By a show of hands, with one abstention, the Commission unanimously approved a motion made by Commissioner Burke to approve the March 23, 2006 minutes. (Minutes attached.)

2. Commissioner Burke resigned as the Commission's secretary and nominated Commissioner Green to be the new secretary. Commissioner Green was unanimously elected by a show of hands.

3. By a show of hands, the Commission unanimously accepted a motion made by Commissioner Burke to approve the January 26, 2006 minutes, as amended to include the resolution on Centex's condominium project at 7041 Blair Road, N.W. (Minutes, as amended, attached.)

4. By a show of hands, the Commission unanimously accepted a resolution made by Commissioner Wheeler to support the proposed design for a rear addition to a single-family detached dwelling at 616 Whittier Street, N.W., Square 3166, Lot 812.

The owner, John Coequyt, spoke briefly about the proposal, showed the Commission designs for the addition, and answered questions. The Commission also received a letter of support for the project signed by eight of Mr. Coequyt's neighbors.

The resolution also authorized Commissioner Wheeler to present the resolution to the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment. (Commissioners Judi Jones, Muriel Bowser, and Wesley Hickman were present for this and for subsequent votes.) (Full resolution text attached.)

5. By a show of hands, with two abstentions, the Commission unanimously accepted the resolution made by Commissioner Green on issues surrounding two small multi-family buildings (10-units total) to be built on vacant land at the intersection of Eastern Avenue, Blair Road and Juniper Street in Montgomery County. The land is on the border with the District of Columbia.

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Adopted Minutes

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The resolution asks the D.C. Department of Transportation and the Office of Planning to evaluate the impact of the buildings on D.C. residents and traffic and to report their conclusions in writing to ANC 4B, among other points. The land's owner, Alan Nash, made a brief presentation and answered questions. The Commission was also given a letter about concerns and questions related to the property from Shirley Richardson, the President of Concerned Neighbors, Inc. (Note: Commissioner Muriel Bowser recused herself from this vote.) (Full resolution text attached.)

6. In a show of hands, the Commission unanimously approved a motion made by Commissioner Hughes to give Peaceaholics, Inc., of 606 Raleigh Place, S.E., a $1,000 grant for the group's "Rebuilt the Village Week" activities at Emery Playground near the intersection of Madison and Georgia Avenue, N.W. Executive Director Jauhar Abraham made a brief presentation and answered questions.

7. In a show of hands, the Commission unanimously approved a resolution made by Commissioner Green, as amended by Commissioner Bowser, to support HPA #06-078, the application of Darlene Bolar for a proposed design for a single-family home to be built on a vacant lot at 7112 Chestnut Street, N.W. The home is in the Takoma Historic District and the proposed design is on the Historic Preservation Review Board's May 25 agenda. Ms. Bolar presented her design and answered questions. (Resolution, as amended, attached.)

8. In a show of hands, the Commission agreed unanimously, with one abstention, to approve a motion made by Commissioner Burke to support keeping a fence that has already been built at 6325 N. Dakota Avenue, N.W. The question of whether the fence can remain is before the D.C. Board of Zoning Adjustment. (Resolution attached.)

Reports

1. ANC 4B Treasurer Commissioner Faith Wheeler reported that, as of March 31, 2006, ANC 4B had $43,595.99 in its checking account and $41,741.43 in its savings account. She also told the Commission that in September 2005 a D.C. government allotment of $4,422.60 was incorrectly deposited to ANC 4B's account, but the error has finally been corrected.

2. A Lamond-Riggs Athletic Association representative presented the Commission with receipts from its recent awards banquet. The association received a $2,000 grant from ANC 4B to help fund the banquet.

3. Commissioner Frederick Grant shared a letter he wrote to Chairman Whiting about the Safeway Store at 6500 Piney Branch Road, N.W. The letter noted that Commissioner Grant plans to meet with Safeway representatives to address problems at the store and will report back to the full Commission.

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Adopted Minutes

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Presentations

1. Cynthia Simms, a Community Resource Officer with the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration, talked about ways the community and ANCs can protest the renewal of alcohol licenses, among related issues.

2. Principal L. Nelson Burton, of Coolidge High School, talked about changes at the school for Fall 2006, including mandatory ROTC and band for all 9th grade students. Several Coolidge students who are current ROTC members shared their support for the program.

Community Concerns

1. Julie Guerrero-Schor, of 318 Aspen Street, N.W., talked about Safe Takoma, a $150,000 crime prevention initiative that would put a crime prevention coordinator and a community organizer to work on crime issues that cross the border between the District of Columbia and the City of Takoma Park, Maryland. The program's cost would be evenly divided between the two jurisdictions.

2. Regina Page, of Eastern Avenue, N.W., asked ANC 4B to write to At-Large D.C. City Council Member Phil Mendelson in support of full funding for a DNA Laboratory for the D.C. Medical Examiner's Office. Council Member Mendelson chairs the committee reviewing the funding, Ms. Page said. (Note: The Commission informally agreed to invite Council Member Mendelson to the June 2006 ANC 4B meeting to talk about the lab.)

3. Glenda Harrison spoke briefly about a meeting on bird flu and the need for residents to clean up after their pets and clean up trash and debris from the streets and alleys around their homes.

The meeting adjourned at 9:27 p.m.

---- Submitted by Commissioner 4B01 Sara Green, Secretary