Minutes Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B
The meeting was held at
Also present when the meeting started were Commissioners 4B01 Sara Green, 4B03 Fred Grant, 4B06 Gloria Palmer, 4B07 Judi Jones, 4B08 Yvonne Jefferson and 4B09 Muriel Bowser. 4B02 Commissioner Faith Wheeler arrived after the minutes were accepted. A quorum was present for all votes.
1. In a unanimous show-of-hands vote, the Commission accepted Commissioner Green's motion to accept the minutes for Jan. 25, 2007.
2. In a unanimous show-of-hands vote, the Commission approved Commissioner Jones' motion to spend $25 to join the city's ANC Security Fund Program.
3. In a unanimous
show-of-hands vote, the Commission adopted Commissioner's Bowser's motion to
adopt a resolution in response to concerns voiced by parents and teachers from
That resolution calls on ANC 4B to write a letter to D.C.
Mayor Adrian Fenty, with copies to the D.C. City
Council stating the Commission's concerns about the school and the principal.
The resolution asks that the Mayor send a neutral person to monitor
The Chair asked Commissioner Grant to walk through the
school and ascertain the problems.
4. In a 5-0-3
show-of-hands vote, the Commission accepted Commissioner Bowser's motion to ask
Loretta Neumann, of
The motion was in response to Commissioner Jones, who said she asked to put the item on the agenda but now wanted to remove it, and did not want Ms. Neumann to speak.
Ms. Neumann explained that a study is proceeding, but there is not yet a proposal. A historian is researching Takoma's architecture and its past, she said. His work and the community's deliberations will continue and the issue will return to ANC 4B for a recommendation before being presented to the city's Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) for approval, she said. She asked for volunteers for the study committee.
Background materials and a map showing the streets being studied in ANC 4B01, 4B02 and 4B07 were distributed.
5. In a 7-1 show-of-hands vote, the Commission agreed to adopt a motion made by Commissioner Bowser to send the draft letter she distributed to the
Developers seek a variance from the residential loading
berth size requirement in Section 2201.1 of the D.C. Zoning Regulations for its
residential units at
Mr. Griffis detailed the proposal,
presented a site plan and maps, and answered questions. A special exception
will be requested in the future for a related project on
Gwen Vample, the secretary of
Citizens Aware, a
Commissioner Wheeler said she supports the proposal. The developer is asking for a small change to build a big project, she said.
1. A woman said she is concerned about teens staying out too late. She supports a return to the 10 p.m. curfew. She said she is concerned about two area establishments selling cigarettes to minors and selling without checking IDs.
2. Mr. Thomas asked to hear from the D.C. Auditor's Office, as promised last month, about its recent letter to ANC 4B. Chair Hughes said she asked Mr. Lawrence Perry, of that office, to come and speak. Mr. Perry's name was called, during the meeting, but he was not present.
3. Mr. Thomas also said he wants to be certain that all Commissioners and the public have access to ANC documents and the ANC office. Chair Hughes said all Commissioners will have keys to the office and the public will have access to documents, upon request.
1. Commissioners Wheeler and Palmer each presented packages of ANC 4B documents, including minutes and grant applications, to Paul Montague. Mr. Montague had requested the documents.
Chair Hughes said that Mr. Montague was welcome to ask Commissioners questions about the documents after the meeting ended.
2. Police Officer Heather Straker discussed area crime statistics. There were three car jackings during a one-week period and car thefts are still "high" for the month of February, she said. There are new foot patrol beats throughout the area, she added.
She also warned residents about a scam artist who is going door to door in PSA 402 and 403 asking to shovel sidewalks.
The meeting adjourned at about 9:30 p.m.
----- Submitted by Sara Green, Secretary