Minutes

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

March 8, 2008  Special Public Meeting - Adopted on April 24, 2008, As Amended

 

The meeting began at 12:30 p.m. in the lobby of 6856 Eastern Ave., NW, Chair Douglass Sloan (4B09) presiding.  Also present were Commissioners 4B01 Sara Green, 4B02 Faith Wheeler, 4B03 Frederick Grant, and 4B04 Malik  F. M. Johnson. A quorum was present for all votes.

 

Actions

1)  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote on a motion made by Commissioner Wheeler, the Commission adopted the agenda, as amended. 

 

Three items were added to the printed and previously announced agenda; a recommendation to the City Council of the District of Columbia, re: Extended Hours for Recreation Centers, the appointment of a Commissioner to organize a Commission web page, and the establishment of a separate $9,000 savings account to be used for grants.

 

2)  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote on a motion made by Commissioner Grant, the Commission approved the minutes of the January 24, 2008 Regular Public Meeting and the February 20, 2008 Special Public Meeting.  The January 24th minutes had one correction, the word, "the," was added before the word, "roof," in the last sentence of paragraph number nine on page three.

 

3)  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote on a motion made by Commissioner Green, the Commission agreed to ratify the voluntary agreement with the owners of Haydee's Restaurant, 6303 Georgia Ave., NW, as signed on March 7, 2008 by Commissioners Grant and Wheeler and Ms. Haydee Vanegas and forward it to the D.C. Alcoholic Beverage Regulation Administration along with the resolution of ANC 4B's acceptance. Commissioners Grant and Wheeler were designated as the Commission's representatives before the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board in the matter.

 

Commissioner Grant said he was pleased with the agreement, which included a one-half-hour reduction in operating hours.  Commissioner Grant said that Ms. Sang Nahm, the neighbor concerned about soundproofing, was also pleased.  The group also learned that the tenant who complained about the noise admitted that he had complained to get out of his lease.

 

Commissioner Wheeler said that she promised Ms. Vanegas she would ask the Commission if it would agree to change the signed agreement so that the first point would require that Haydee's "continue to serve food during all operating hours but not be limited to the Class C food ratios."  The current restaurant ratios mandate sales that are 45 percent food and 55 percent alcoholic beverages, Commissioner Grant said. The signed agreement requires that Haydee's maintain the existing restaurant ratios.

 

Commissioners Sloan, Green, and Johnson said they could not agree to the change,

noting they want the establishment to remain a restaurant.  Haydee's should live up to the signed agreement and the commitment made during the February 28 public meeting to continue operating as it does today, with the exception of the construction of the stage, Chair Sloan said.  If the change is made, it would be possible that Haydee's could serve only snacks and operate very differently than it does today, Commissioner Green added. 

 

Commissioner Green said that it is also possible that the license could be sold. The community needs to be assured that the business will continue to operate as a restaurant, she said.

 

Ms. Regina Page, of Eastern Avenue, NW, asked if the Commissioners knew of any cases where an establishment had deteriorated after selling its license.  The Commissioners said they had no examples to share.

 

4) In a unanimous show-of-hands vote, the Commission adopted Commissioner Green's motion to adopt a resolution in support of extended hours for the city's recreation centers. 

 

The Adopted Resolution:

"Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B urges that the Washington, D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation provide extended weekend and evening hours at all recreation centers throughout the city, including those facilities within our boundaries -- Takoma, Lamond, Emery, and Riggs La Salle.  We also ask that the Council of the District of Columbia mandate the additional hours in the Department's upcoming budget.

 

We are proud of our four new centers but call upon the city to provide a wide range of appropriate programs and adequate staffing on the weekends so that our residents can take advantage of the more than $40 million we have invested in new facilities.

 

It is particularly crucial that the centers be open and operating all day Saturday, Saturday evening and on Sunday so that school-aged residents and working adults can benefit.

 

We understand that the Department's own budget estimates show that it would cost $369,000 in additional operating salaries to run all of the city's centers from 4 p.m. to midnight on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday for 20 weeks during the summer, and that it would cost $591,000 to operate them for the same additional hours throughout the year.  We believe this modest additional outlay is a relative bargain to provide meaningful and safe opportunities to the community. We also believe the extended hours will save the city money in the long term regarding the cost of police

and emergency services and will help deter juvenile crime."

 

Discussions and Reports

1)  Treasurer Grant said he did not have a report due to the fact that he had just recently received the checkbook and that the previous treasurer has not yet given him the Commission's records. He noted that the Auditor sent him two emails this week detailing deposits and other checkbook issues, and did not ask for any additional information. There will be a Treasurer's report at the March public meeting, he added.

 

Note For The Record:  During the Commission's April 24,2008 Public Meeting, Former Treasurer Gloria Palmer noted that she gave the Auditor the checkbook in February and that he, in turn, gave it to newly elected Treasurer Grant.

 

Commissioner Wheeler said she has seen some omissions in the Quarterly Report for the First Quarter of 2008 that should be corrected.

 

Chair Sloan and Treasurer Grant said they are meeting this week with Financial Secretary, Commissioner Malik F. M. Johnson, to work on the budget and the reports.

 

2)  Chair Sloan said he would like to create a third bank account, a $9,000 savings account to be used for grants.  This way, significant monies could be placed in a Certificate of Deposit that would yield a higher interest rate than a regular savings account.  

 

Chair Sloan also said that he would like to develop a more detailed grant request form and discuss ways to attract more meaningful community grant requests. Commissioner Green said the existing form is good, but is often not completed by grantees. Commissioner Wheeler said she would like to receive grant applications well in advance of the public meeting, so they can be discussed and reviewed.

 

Commissioner Johnson suggested that ANC 4B add its grant application to the city's published "Request For Proposals" publication so that more ANC 4B residents would learn about it.

 

Chair Sloan created a Grants Committee and Commissioners Green and Wheeler agreed to coordinate it.

 

3)  Chair Sloan asked Commissioner Johnson to coordinate the design of an ANC 4B web page.

 

4)  Commissioner Johnson distributed information about photocopy machines that could be purchased as an alternative to the Commission's current leased equipment.  The machines ranged in price from $2,000 to $9,000.

 

The meeting adjourned at about 1:45 p.m. -- Submitted By Sara Green, Secretary