Minutes - Adopted on May 22, 2008, As Amended

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

April 24, 2008 Public Meeting


The meeting began at about 7:10 p.m. at Emery Recreation Center, 5701 Georgia Avenue, NW, Chair Douglass Sloan (4B09), presiding.  Also present were Commissioners 4B01 Sara Green, 4B02 Faith Wheeler, 4B03 Frederick Grant, 4B04 Malik F.M. Johnson, 4B05 Blondine Hughes, 4B06 Gloria Palmer and 4B07 Judi Jones.  A quorum was present for all votes.



1)  Chair Sloan appointed Commissioner Judi Jones as ANC 4B's Sergeant At Arms for the meeting.


2)  In an 8-0-1 show-of-hands vote, the Commission accepted Commissioner Green's motion and adopted the agenda.


3)  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote, the Commission agreed to Commissioner Wheeler's motion accepting the minutes for February 28, 2008, March 8, 2008, and March 27, 2008, as amended. 


The March 8, 2008 minutes were amended to show that in February, former Treasurer Palmer gave the Commission's checkbook to the Auditor, who in turn gave it to newly elected Treasurer Grant.


The March 27, 2008 minutes were amended to note that Commissioner Jones participated in the discussion on the $18,000 personnel item in the adopted FY 2008 ANC 4B Budget.


Presentations, Discussions and Reports

1)  Metropolitan Police Department 4th District Captains Anthony Poteat and James Williams and Lieutenants Juan Espinal, Kevin Johnson, Ronald Thomas, and James Cullen, along with Ward 4 City Council Member Muriel Bowser and D.C. Department of Transportation Director Emeka Moneme, discussed public safety in the ANC 4B community and answered questions. 


Included in their reports:


*   Police and City job coordinators are working on a program to engage young people this summer.


*   Ward 4 has the highest rate of school truancy in the city.


*   The City is adding one new foot patrol officer in each PSA.  One of the 4th District's "Action Plan" goals is to get its fair share of newly sworn officers as they enter the force.


*    Drug sales at the Aspen Court Apartments (Aspen Street and Georgia Ave., NW) are the focus of police efforts.


*    So far this year Ward 4's homicide rate has not increased. A suspect has been identified in a recent homicide at Riggs Place and a suspect was arrested in the recent homicide at 1200 Kennedy Street, NW.


*    4th District Officers are visiting S&S Liquors (4th & Cedar, NW) every hour. The store has been robbed several times, most recently several weeks ago.


*    There was an increase in street robberies in the fall, including the areas around the Takoma and Fort Totten Metro Stations, and in the areas around 6th and Aspen and 2nd and Walnut Streets, NW, particularly during the evening rush hours and late at night.


In a question and answer period following the presentations,


* Captain Poteat, in response to Commissioner Wheeler's request for additional half-time police for higher crime areas, including the area around the Takoma Metro Station, said this decision needs to be addressed by his supervisors but police are looking at increased coverage for "hot spots."


*  Captain Poteat, in response to Aspen Street Resident David Hamilton, said police can patrol the triangle park at 4th and Blair to reduce illegal drinking in public.


*  Commissioner Jones showed Director Moneme copies of letters from 2003 to 2007, three sets of petitions and two ANC 4B resolutions requesting stop signs, speed bumps and other traffic safety solutions requested by her community.  None of the letters have been answered, she said.  Director Moneme apologized, noting he has only been director for less than two years and was unaware of the requests.  The department is working on a Lamond-Riggs study and a new Ward 4 Transportation Coordinator has been hired, he added.  He requested details for follow-up.


*  Commissioner Green asked about the long-promised reconfiguration of the 4th Street/Blair/Cedar intersection and requests for help with dangerous and illegal truck traffic on Blair Road, NW.  Director Moneme said he was unfamiliar with these issues and requested details for follow-up.


*  Commissioner Palmer said she was told a while ago that speed bumps at 2nd and Longfellow, NW, were "on the way," but have not yet been installed.


*  Commissioners Grant and Hughes thanked Director Moneme for his department's assistance with requested lights at Georgia and Sheridan, NW and 9th and Missouri, NW.


*  Aspen Street Resident David Hamilton, a city planner, said he wants to help design neighborhood projects and become involved early in the process.  Director Moneme said this would be welcomed and arrangements could be made with Commissioner Wheeler.


*  Eastern Avenue Resident Regina Page said continuity is a problem when staff leave.


*  Each Commissioner is being asked to identify and prioritize its top traffic/transportation issues and share them with Council Member Bowser and Director Moneme.  D.C. DoT will develop a five-year plan and post it on their web page.


2)  Treasurer Grant reported that as of March 31, 2008, the savings account balance is $42,571.09, including $79.34 in interest.  The checking account balance is $50,582.57.  The Commission spent $1,006.06 during the month on rent and other bills, he said.


Community Concerns

1)  Andrew Thomas, Jr. asked for ANC 4B's cancelled checks from July 2006 to September 2007 and quarterly reports dating back to 1998.  He noted he asked for the checks a few months ago.  Treasurer Grant said he is just learning the job and needs more time to accomplish the request.  Chair Sloan said Mr. Thomas would be contacted, but a specific date cannot be given.


2.  Warner Brown, of W. B. Sports, asked for ANC 4B's support for a permit to erect a barbecue on D.C. Department of Recreation property next to Coolidge High School in during a December sports event at the school's stadium.  Several Commissioners said they need more information.


3.  Loirane Patrick and Chaplain Davis, of Spiritual Enrichment Counseling Services, discussed their organization's program.


4.  Commissioner Hughes said she is still getting mail from the bank and got a call from Douglas Development asking for the April rent payment. Chair Sloan and Treasurer Grant said the rent was paid and new bank signature cards filed.


The meeting ended at about 9:30 p.m. ---  Submitted by Sara Green, Secretary