Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

May 24, 2007 Public Meeting - Approved June 28, 2007



The meeting was held at the Metropolitan Police Department's 4th District Community Room, located at 4th and Peabody Streets, NW.  It started at about 7:15 p.m., Chair Blondine Hughes (ANC 4B05) presiding.


Also present were Commissioners Sara Green (4B01), Faith Wheeler (4B02), Frederick Grant (4B03), Gloria Palmer (4B06) and Judi Jones (4B07).  A quorum was present for all votes.




1.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote, the Commission adopted Commissioner Grant's motion to adopt the agenda.  Commissioner Jones asked that a reference to the ANC 4B web page be removed.


2.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote, the Commission adopted Commissioner Grant's motion to adopt the minutes, as amended.  The amendment strikes one line from page three that said, "Commissioner Jones said the Commission should move forward on the matter" because Commissioner Jones said she did not make this statement.


3.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote, the Commission adopted Treasurer Gloria Palmers' financial report for the month of May.  Treasurer Palmer reported that the starting checking account balance was $46,529.58, and that, as of May 24, 2007, the new checking account balance is $43,762.74.


During the month of May, the Commission paid out a total of $2,766.84, including $600 for rent, $440.95 for copy machine finance charges, $220 for copy machine maintenance, $77.99 for the telephone, $427.90 for stamps, and $1,000 in a grant to the Citizens Aware Civic Association.


She also reported that the savings account has $42,145.40 and the total in both the checking and savings accounts is $85,908.14.


Treasurer Palmer also noted that she is in the process of putting together the next required quarterly report for submission to the D.C. Auditor's office.


4.  In a 2-3-1 roll-call vote, the Commission rejected Commissioner Wheeler's resolution to support community efforts to preserve and purchase the Takoma Theatre.


Voting "yes" to the resolution were Commissioners Green and Wheeler.  Voting "no" were Commissioners Hughes, Palmer and Jefferson.  Commissioner Grant abstained.


Commissioner Jones said she wants to hear from Mr. Milton McGinty, the theatre's owner, before voting and that she was told that Mr. McGinty had withdrawn his request to tear down the building. Commissioner Wheeler responded, reporting that earlier that day Mr. McGinty appeared before the Historic Preservation Review Board to ask that the building be razed.  Mr. McGinty has said will not appear before the Commission, Commissioner Wheeler said.


5.  In a unanimous roll-call vote, the Commission agreed to Commissioner Palmer's motion to send a letter to Mr. McGinty asking him to come to the Commission's June 28th public meeting to answer questions about his plans for the building.


6.  In a single and unanimous show-of-hands vote, the Commission adopted Commissioner Wheeler's resolutions to support the applications of the owners of 606 Aspen Street, NW and 6813 5th Street, NW before the Historic Preservation Review Board.  The Board is reviewing requests to renovate and alter these properties.


7.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote, the Commission adopted Commissioner Green's motion to support signage changes for K-1 bus stops on Eastern Avenue, NW.  Residents want the signs changed to permit parking during much of the day, evening, and on weekends, periods when the K-1 bus does not run.


8.  In a unanimous voice vote, the Commission agreed to Commissioner Grant's motion to adjourn.


Presentations and Discussions


1.  Mr. Cobby Williams, the new Ward 4 Transportation Coordinator, answered questions about specific transportation problems detailed in an April 13, 2007 letter to D.C. Department of Transportation Director Emeka Moneme.  He also answered questions from Commissioners and from those in the audience.


2.  Sgt. Bredet Williams, of the MPD's 4th District, answered questions about crime issues in the community.  She also noted that officers are paying close attention to the Takoma Recreation Center, particularly when it closes, and that a 4D officer signs the log book at the end of the day.


3.  Batallion 4 Chief Maxim Saunders, of the D.C. Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services, reported on his department's program to identify inoperable fire hydrants and repair them. He said that the public is not endangered because should one hydrant not function, many others nearby are available. He said that inspections will be complete by Thanksgiving.                                                        


Commissioner Wheeler asked Chief Saunders for a report on the status of fire safety equipment and fire drills at schools, libraries, and recreation centers. Commissioner Jones asked if the department could visit seniors' homes to inspect for safety.  Chief Saunders said his personnel do this by appointment.


4.  Ms. Alice Kelly, of the D.C. Department of Transportation, discussed the department's new pilot Ward 4 visitor parking permit program.  Instead of issuing visitor permits at the police station on request, each resident living on streets with restricted residential parking will now receive a visitor permit in the mail that can be given to visitors on an as-needed basis throughout the year.


5.  The Commission informally agreed to table a vote on a grant to the Takoma Theatre Conservancy.  Commissioner Wheeler, who submitted the grant request, agreed to ask the D.C. Auditor's office to review the grant and comment on its conformance to D.C. law prior to submitting it for a vote.


6.  Herbert Jones, of the Office of People's Counsel, announced the May 31 and June 2 public hearings on PEPCO's proposed rate increases.


Community Concerns


1.  Mr. Doug Payton, the office manager for newly elected Ward 4 City Council Member Muriel Bowser, said that Council Member Bowser's office is staffed and operational. He distributed a contact information sheet.


2.  A representative of the Friends of Emery Recreation Center said that "Mr. Lou," a staff member there, has been reinstated.


The meeting adjourned at about 9:30 p.m.


                                                                      -----  Submitted by Sara Green, Secretary