Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B
The meeting began at about at
A quorum was present when the meeting opened and for every vote. Present at the start of the meeting were Chair Cherita Whiting (4B08), presiding, and Commissioners Sara Green (4B01), Frederick Grant (4B03), Blondine Hughes (4B05), Judi Jones (4B07), and Muriel Bowser (4B09).
Commissioner Michael Burke (4B06) arrived after the agenda was adopted. Commissioners Faith Wheeler (4B02) and Wesley Hickman (4B04) arrived after the minutes were adopted.
1. In a show of hands, the Commission unanimously agreed to
Commissioner Grant's motion to adopt the agenda with the addition of a
discussion and possible vote on the draft Comprehensive Plan for the
(Note: Some commissioners had a printed agenda with a different order than the one used by the Chair to run the meeting. This was discovered toward the end of the meeting.)
2. In a 6-0-1
show-of-hands vote, the Commission accepted Commissioner Burke's motion to
adopt the minutes from the
3. In a
4. In an 8-1-0 show-of-hands vote, the Commission agreed to Commissioner Hughes' motion to have a copy of the D.C. Auditor's report on ANC 4B available for all constituents at the 4th District Police Department on Georgia Avenue by Friday, September 29, 2006 at 3:30 p.m.
Paul Montague, an ANC 4B resident, asked for a copy of the report. Treasurer Faith Wheeler said she had received it the week before.
5. In an
Regina Page, a 4B01 resident, along with other residents, said that the agenda is often too long and the Community Concerns portion of the meeting is often eliminated entirely.
6. In a 7-0-2 roll-call vote, the Commission adopted the
following motion made by Commissioner Bowser: "ANC 4B has not approved a
memorandum of understanding with the West Group related to the property at
The vote followed a lengthy discussion initiated by several
ANC 4B residents concerned about the West Group's proposal to put single-family
homes, townhouses and apartments on the
Other residents, including Savannah Gibson and Yvonne Jefferson, said they were also upset about the signature. Commissioner Bowser said there had been no authorizing ANC vote.
Commissioner Green asked Mr. Martin for a copy of the memorandum but was not provided with one. Instead, Mr. Martin gave each Commissioner a copy of a letter/resolution about the issue and asked for the Commission's vote on the resolution.
Chair Whiting said she signed the memorandum as the Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner from ANC 4B08, not as the chairman. She explained that the word "chair" was used as a title, but not as an indication of the support from the entire Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B. Other community leaders who signed the memorandum had their titles next to their names but were also only signing as individuals and not for their organizations, she added.
7. In a
of the legislation. It would establish the Office of Disability Rights in the D.C. government. Currently, these issues are handled by other agencies.
8. At about , in a show-of-hands vote, the Commission unanimously agreed to Commissioner Hughes' motion to adjourn.
1. Treasurer Faith Wheeler discussed the Quarterly Report for the period of April to June 2006. Commissioner Jones asked Commissioner Wheeler about the figure, $25,538.23, which appeared in parenthesis at the bottom of the first page. Commissioner Jones asked if the parenthesis mean a deficit of $25,538.23. Commissioner Wheeler answered that there was not a deficit, but would investigate and report back at the next meeting.
2. Assistant Police Chief Peter Newsham and 4th District Police Commander Hilton Burton discussed the closed circuit television cameras now placed at Ward 4 intersections and the D.C. City Council emergency legislation that permitted their installation, along with curfews for young people, and police overtime. Both men said crime has decreased as a result of the measures and both said they wanted support at the D.C. City Council to renew the legislation, which expires on Oct. 19.
Commander Burton said that there are now six cameras in the
4th District -- on
3. Sgt. Williams, also of the 4th District, reported on crime statistics in the 4th District.
4. Drew Pasek, a project architect with GTM Architects, gave a
presentation on Douglas Development's current proposal to build an 82-unit
garden apartment project behind the CVS Drug Store on
Commissioner Wheeler said she had attended the HPRB hearing that morning on the condition of the bungalows. One bungalow had deteriorated significantly so it cannot be moved, as planned, but must be dismantled and rebuilt as best as possible. She noted that one HPRB member said other Douglas Development properties in historic districts had similar problems. He asked HPRB staff to investigate the firm's record.
6. Eric Rogers, of
DCRA, reported on a safety issue at
An inspector will visit the
The Underwood address is a church building and there are legal issues with a contractor, Commissioner Grant said.
7. Commissioner Green noted that the report for ANC 4B's $500 grant to the Takoma, D.C. Neighborhood Association for PSA 401's August 1, 2006 celebration of National Night Out was given to Treasurer Wheeler on September 20, 2006. The report detailed $489.62 in expenditures, and receipts were attached. The group gave Treasurer Wheeler a check for $10.30 to cover grant monies not spent.
Mary Minor, a resident who identified herself as a teacher
Grant Applications, the WMATA Report (Oct. 11, 2006 Compact Hearing), the Discussion on the Committee for Development Projects, the Report on the Safeway Liquor License, and the Discussion and Possible Vote on the draft Comprehensive Plan for the District of Columbia were on the adopted agenda but not discussed.
----- Submitted by Sara Green, Secretary