DRAFT DRAFT MINUTES , May 25, 2006 Public Meeting

MINUTES, May 25, 2006 Public Meeting, Adopted

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

Adopted, June 22, 2006

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:07 p.m. at the Emery Recreation Center, Georgia and Madison Streets, N.W. , Chairman Cherita Whiting presiding. A quorum was present: Commissioners Whiting, Sara Green, Faith Wheeler, Frederick Grant, Blondine Hughes and Judi Jones. Commissioners Wesley Hickman, Muriel Bowser, and Michael Burke arrived after the meeting started. The meeting was hosted by Commissioner Hughes.

 

Actions

A quorum was present for all votes.

 

1. By a unanimous show of hands, with one abstention, the Commission approved a motion made by Commissioner Grant to adopt the agenda, amended to include the treasurer's financial report. (Commissioner Michael Burke voted on this action.)

 

2. By a unanimous show of hands, the Commission adopted the minutes from the February 23, 2006 and April 27, 2006 public meetings, as amended. The amendment added one sentence to the end of the first paragraph of the April 27, 2006 minutes. That sentence is: "The meeting was hosted by Commissioner Grant." (Commissioner Wesley Hickman voted on this action.) (Minutes attached.)

 

3. By a unanimous show of hands, the Commission approved a $1,000 grant to the Friends of the Takoma Recreation Center for medallions and transportation stipends for student referees participating in the Saturday Takoma Youth Soccer League. (Commissioner Muriel Bowser voted on this action.)

 

Presentations

1. Anita Hairston, of the Office of Planning, talked about the upcoming city wide workshops on the Comprehensive Plan, the Great Streets Initiative on Upper Georgia Avenue, N.W., and development on the Walter Reed site. She also answered questions.

 

2. Dr. George Rutherford, the principal of Ideal Academy Public Charter School, now located in the second floor of the former Rabaut Junior High School building, 100 Peabdy Street, N.W. (in ANC 4B06) talked about his school's program and successes and its plan to purchase the nearby 65,000 square-foot Eagle Recycling Building, 6130 North Capitol Street (in ANC 4B07) and relocate there. He also answered questions.

 

3. At Large D.C. City Council Member Phil Mendelson, who chairs the Committee on the Judiciary, talked about a wide range of issues that came before the committee, including overcrowding at the D.C. Jail, training programs for the incarcerated, tougher standards for city security guards, and the need for full funding to construct a DNA laboratory for the D.C. Medical Examiner's Office.

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Adopted Minutes - May 25, 2006

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

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Council Member Mendelson also answered questions and spoke as a candidate for re-election. Commissioner Jones objected to Council Member Mendelson discussing his re-election campaign. Chairman Whiting responded that any candidate is welcome to speak to ANC 4B and that others have made the request and will be coming.

 

4. Cynthia Simms, of the Alcoholic Beverage Regulatory Administration, explained the criteria for protesting a license to sell alcoholic beverages. She also said that Kennedy Liquors, 5501 1st Street, N.W., a business located within ANC 4B, had returned its license to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board for "safekeeping," which means the business is not selling alcohol at this time. She also answered questions.

 

Reports

1. Commissioner Hughes distributed a written report about the $1,000 grant given by ANC 4B for a Spanish language class at Emery Recreation Center, Georgia and Madison Street, N.W. She talked about the class and noted that $160 will be returned to ANC 4B. (Report attached)

 

Agenda Items Not Discussed

1. Inspector Vance, of the D.C. Department of Public Works, did not appear.

 

2. Five agenda items were not discussed -- the 4th District Police Report, the financial report, the DCPS School Closings/Consolidation Report, the WMATA Update, and Community Concerns.

 

3. Two alcohol license renewal issues were discussed -- Kennedy Liquors and Cork 'N' Bottle Liquors. The new owner of Cork 'N' Bottle spoke briefly. Several other establishments in ANC 4B with upcoming renewals or proposed license changes were not discussed.

 

The meeting adjourned at about 9:20 p.m.

------ Submitted by Sara Green, Secretary