Adopted Minutes

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

January 24, 2008 Public Meeting, Adopted on March 8, 2008

 

 

The meeting began at about 7 p.m. at Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Avenue, N.W., Chair Blondine Hughes (4B05) presiding.  Also present were Commissioners 4B01 Sara Green, 4B02 Faith Wheeler, 4B03 Frederick Grant, 4B04 Malik  F. M. Johnson, 4B06 Gloria Palmer, 4B07 Judi Jones, 4B08 Yvonne Jefferson, and 4B09 Douglass Sloan.  A quorum was present for all votes.

 

Actions

1) In a 7-1 roll-call vote, the Commission agreed to Commissioner Sloan's motion to adopt the agenda but amend it so that items 11, 12, and 13 (Historic Preservation, Signal Light, and Driveway Permit) will be heard just after the agenda is approved.

 

Voting '"yes" were Commissioners Green, Grant, Johnson, Hughes, Palmer, Jones and Sloan.  Commissioner Jefferson voted "no."

 

2) In a unanimous roll-call vote, the Commission agreed to Commissioner Jefferson's motion to amend the adopted agenda so that the Treasurer's Report will be heard as the next item, before any others.

 

3) In an 8-0-1 roll-call vote the Commission adopted Commissioner Jones' motion, as follows: "ANC 4B accepts the Quarterly Report for the 4th Quarter of Fiscal Year 2007 (July, August, September 2007) and to include the documents to satisfy the December 28, 2007 letter from the Auditor's Office, acknowledging that the Commissioners have not reviewed the documents supporting the 4th Quarter report."

 

Voting "yes" were Commissioners Green, Wheeler, Grant, Hughes, Palmer, Jones, Jefferson and Sloan.  Commissioner Johnson abstained.

 

Treasurer's Report and Discussion

Treasurer Palmer reported that, for the 4th Quarter, there was an opening balance of $31,363.57 and disbursements totaled $6,042.79, for a new balance of $25,300.71.  The savings account had an opening balance of $42,250.47. Interest totaled $86.24, for a closing balance of $42,336.71.

 

Commissioner Wheeler noted that she, and other Commissioners, had not had an opportunity to see the supporting documents, and was not comfortable approving the report.  Commissioner Green agreed.

 

Commissioner Jones asked that the documentation for the grants for Lamond Day 2006 and 2007 Celebrations, some of which were recently submitted or resubmitted, all be included with the documents sent to the Auditor.  Treasurer Palmer agreed, stating that she would note their inclusion in her cover letter to the Auditor.                  (more)

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Commissioner Green asked that the Takoma, D.C. Neighborhood Association's grant report for the National Night Out 2007 Celebration, which was submitted to Chair Hughes on September 25, 2007, also be included.  She noted that a copy of the report was included in each Commissioner's packet. Treasurer Palmer agreed.

 

Treasurer Palmer said her difficulties with the reports were due to the incomplete records given to her by the previous treasurer, and that she is still looking for documents.  Commissioner Wheeler noted that she is stating again, for the record, that she was the previous treasurer, and that she turned over complete records for bills.

 

Mr. Paul Montague asked for a list of those who received grants during this period and the list was read to him.  Mr. Thomas requested a copy of the 4th Quarterly Report for FY '07. 

 

4) In a 7-0-2 roll-call vote, the Commission accepted Commissioner Jones' motion with respect to Treasurer Palmer's verbal report on the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2008 (October, November, December 2007).  

 

The motion: "ANC 4B acknowledges the Treasurer will take the documentation available to the auditor for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2008, but the material is not in an acceptable format to be approved tonight.  The Treasurer will present a complete report in February."

 

Voting "yes" were Commissioners Wheeler, Grant, Hughes, Palmer, Jones, Jefferson and Sloan.  Commissioners Green and Johnson abstained.

 

Treasurer's Report and Discussion

Treasurer Palmer said she is still looking for documents for this period and has started to work on the report.  She said she will submit the documents to the Auditor so he can tell her what it missing. She noted that she is not asking for the Commission's approval of the Quarterly Report for the First Quarter of Fiscal Year 2008 at this time.

 

Commissioner Hughes showed the Commission color photographs of the Emery Divas Cheerleading Teams in their new uniforms. The uniforms were purchased with a $4,000 grant from ANC 4B. 

 

Ms. Brenee Taylor-Burke, the Divas' coach, told the Commission that the teams won a city-wide competition.  She also gave the Commission a thank-you card and some documents.  Commissioner Green asked Ms. Taylor-Burke to give the Commission a written grant report, and Ms. Taylor-Burke agreed.

 

Commissioner Sloan asked to clarify who would give the Treasurer's Report in Februrary.  Treasurer Palmer and the rest of the Commission informally agreed it would be the Treasurer elected later in the evening.                                                 (more)

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5) In an 8-1-0 roll-call vote, the Commission adopted Commissioner Jones' motion with

 respect to a recommendation to the Historic Preservation Review Board on a proposed

house design for 7112 Chestnut Street, NW. 

 

The adopted motion: "ANC 4B approves the proposed design concepts for the new home to be built on 7112 Chestnut Street, NW.  We ask that the architect and owner continue to negotiate with the Historic Preservation Review Board.  We designate Commissioner 4B01 Sara Green to represent the Commission before the Historic Preservation Review Board."

 

Voting "yes" to the motion were Commissioners Green, Grant, Johnson, Hughes, Palmer, Jones, Jefferson and Sloan.  Commissioner Wheeler voted "no."

 

The home's architect, Mr. Herbert Grevious, and the home's owner, Mr. Leon Leftenant, presented several drawings, including a computer-generated photograph that showed the proposed new home next to its existing neighbors. 

 

Mr. Grevious said the lot is 61 feet wide and 97 feet deep and that the house occupies 29 percent of the lot, less than maximum permitted.  It will have two floors, an attic and a basement. It is set back 22 feet from the property line, a distance similar to its neighbors.  He said that the two existing trees will be saved.

 

Mr. Grevious said he is continuing to work with Anne Brockett, of the Office of Historic Preservation.

 

Mr. Leftenant said he does not have any letters of support from neighbors.

 

Mr. Michael Sindram, who lives on Georgia Avenue, said he thinks the house blends in "masterfully" with its neighbors and that neighbors should not micromanage design details, but permit the owner to build as quickly as possible. Commissioner Jones agreed.

 

Commissioner Wheeler distributed a drawing showing her request for several modifications, including the roof over the two-story bay windows and the porch columns.  She said that the design is not ready for the Commission's vote.

 

 

6) In a unanimous show-of-hands vote, the Commission adopted Commissioner Grant's motion to support a signal light for the intersection of Sheridan and Georgia, NW. 

 

The motion: "ANC 4B asks that the D.C. Department of Transportation and any other affected agencies install a signal light and/or other improvements at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Sheridan Street, NW to improve safety there. These improvements

 

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were approved about a year ago but have not yet been installed.  We ask for a date certain for their installation."

 

7) In a unanimous show-of-hands vote, the Commission adopted Commissioner Sloan's motion to approve the driveway at 501 Riggs Road, NE. 

 

Mr. David Janifer, of the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, Ms. Tania Jackson, of the Jair Lynch Companies, and Ms. Irina Jamison, of Alpha Construction, showed the Commission drawings of the proposed driveway.  They explained that the driveway was needed to improve access to the Riggs La Salle Recreation Center.

 

8) In a unanimous show-of-hands vote, the Commission adopted Commissioner Green's motion to accept the minutes for the November 29, 2007 public meeting. Commission Grant noted, for the record, that he reviewed the election records and found that he received 21, not 16 votes, when he ran for his seat.

 

Election of Officers

Chair Hughes declared ANC 4B's officer positions vacant. She asked Mr. Jim Jones to conduct the election.  He read the ANC 4B by-laws governing the election.

 

9)  In a show-of-hands vote, Commissioner Sloan was elected Chair.  He was nominated by Commissioner Green and received six votes.  Commissioner Judi Jones nominated herself. She received two votes. There was one abstention. Commissioner Hughes nominated Commissioner Jefferson, who declined.

 

10) In a show-of-hands vote, Commissioner Wheeler was elected Vice Chair. She was nominated by Commissioner Sloan and received five votes.  Commissioner Palmer nominated Commissioner Jefferson.  Commissioner Jefferson received four votes.

 

11) In a show-of-hands vote, Commissioner Green was elected Secretary. She was nominated by Commissioner Sloan. Commissioner Palmer nominated Commissioners Johnson and Jones.  Both declined.

 

12) In a unanimous show-of-hands vote, Commissioner Grant was elected Treasurer.  He was nominated by Commissioner Wheeler. Commissioner Palmer nominated Commissioner Jones, who declined.

 

Other Reports

Representatives from the Metropolitan Police Department and the D.C. Department of Fire and Rescue Services spoke and answered questions.

 

The meeting adjourned at about 9:15 p.m.

 

--- Submitted by Sara Green, Secretary

 

 

 

 

 

 

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