Adopted MINUTES - Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

January 22, 2009 Public Meeting

Adopted on  February 23, 2009

 

The meeting was held at the 4th District Metropolitan Police Department's Community Room, 6001 Georgia Avenue, NW.  The meeting started at 7:10 pm.

Chair Douglass Sloan presiding.  Also present were Commissioners 4B01 Sara Green, 4B02 Faith Wheeler, 4B03 Monique Michelle Smith, 4B04 James Sydnor, 4B05 Brenda Speaks, 4B06 Idriys Abdullah, 4B07 Judi Jones, and 4B08 Yvonne Jefferson.

 

Election of 2009 Officers

Renee Bowser, the former chair of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4D, presided over the election of officers.

 

*   Commissioner Sloan was nominated for Chair by Commissioner Green. He was elected in a 7-2-0 voice vote. 

 

*   Commissioner Wheeler was nominated for Vice Chair by Commissioner Sloan. She was elected in an 8-1-0 voice vote. 

 

*   Commissioner Green was nominated for Secretary by Commissioner Wheeler.  She was elected in an 8-1-0 voice vote. 

 

*   Commissioner Sydnor was nominated for Treasurer by Commissioner Wheeler. He was elected in an 8-0-1 voice vote.

 

Other Actions

1.  Following a motion made by Commissioner Sydnor, the agenda was adopted in an unanimous show-of-hands vote, with one amendment.  A discussion about the Takoma Transportation Improvements Project was added to follow the Curtis Chevrolet item on the agenda.

 

2.  In a 7-0-2 show-of-hands vote following a motion made by Commissioner Green, the minutes for the November 20, December 1, December 17, 2008 public meetings were adopted, with one change.  The third paragraph on page one of the December 1 minutes included several changes. 

 

The corrected paragraph reads: "There were questions about the checks written for the September mailing. Chair Sloan noted two checks were written to H & W Printing totaling $3,909.53, which cover both printing and postage for the postcards sent to residents about the September hearing on gun control issues, initiated by ANC 4B and cosponsored by several other Commissions. Chair Sloan also explained that some confusion was due to the fact that the H & W invoices did not clearly indicate the distinction between printing and postage costs."

Adopted Minutes - ANC 4B - Jan. 22, 2009 Minutes - Page Two

 

 

3.  In an 8-1-0 show-of-hands vote following a motion made by Commissioner Green, the minutes for the February 22, 2007 public meeting were amended to eliminate paragraphs two through eight on Item No. 3, which begins on page one. The new second paragraph reads: "That resolution calls on ANC 4B to write a letter of concern 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."

 

Also, the Commission is to send a letter to the former Whittier Elementary School Principal apologizing for any problems she has had stemming from any unproven allegations noted in ANC 4B's minutes.

 

4.  In an unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion made by Commissioner Green, the Commission authorized the expenditure of $25 to participate in the District of Columbia Advisory Neighborhood Commission Security Fund.

 

5.  In an unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion made by Commissioner Jefferson, the Commission agreed to support a request for a traffic calming study to install speed bump(s) and other related signs and improvements in the 300-400 Block of Quackenbos Street, NE.  This request was made by James P. Key, of Quackenbos St., NE. 

 

Mr. Keys and his neighbors are requesting speed bumps for the 300-400 Block of Quackenbos between Eastern and New Hampshire Avenues.  The adopted resolution notes that the Commission will send the letter to the D.C. Department of Transportation after it receives a copy of the supporting residents' signatures from Mr. Keys.

 

6. In an 8-0-1 show-of-hands vote following a motion made by Commissioner Sydnor, the Commission adopted the following resolution:

 

"ANC 4B asks that the Office of Planning delay their comment deadline until February 26 to give the affected community an opportunity to comment on the designs.  We need a response to this request by January 26."

 

7.  In a 7-0-1 show-of-hands vote following a motion made by Commissioner Green, the Commission agreed to send a list of initial, but incomplete, comments to the Office of Planning about the Curtis Chevrolet site. The Commission also established a committee, to be headed by Commissioner Sydnor, to gather affected community views.

 

 Initial comments:

·        Concerns about the impact of increased traffic in the area

Adopted  Minutes - ANC 4B - Jan. 22, 2009 Minutes - Page Three

 

 

 

·        Concerns about stucco building materials used in construction.  Consider brick.

 

·        Concerns that the sidewalks are wide enough to comfortably accommodate two couples passing each other in the opposite direction.

 

·        The project should be safe and attractive

 

·        Barney House may be looking for a new home. Is it possible for Barney Senior House to move there?

 

·        We would like to establish an ad-hoc constituent committee to meet monthly with developers/owners to track the progress of development.  The committee will give developers feedback on the types of stores located in the project and will gather information from the community and address other concerns.  Will the Office of Planning and the project's developer work with the Committee on a monthly basis?

 

·        The "low-income" rents are too high.

 

·        How is this project being funded and if the apartments/retail space is not filled to capacity? How will the lost income be made up?

 

·        Are there any plans to invest in the surrounding neighborhood (i.e. road and green space improvements)?

 

·        What is the projected environmental impact due to increased residential, retail, and public transportation traffic?

 

·        How will property values and property taxes be affected?

 

·        Is 8% a large enough allocation for low- income residents?

 

·        What is the estimated difference in pollution impact between transporting the new apartment residents to the Silver Spring Metro Station and transporting them to the Takoma Metro Station, given the added distance to the Silver Spring Metro Station?

 

·        What is the estimated difference in travel time during rush hours between transporting the new apartment residents to the Silver Spring Metro Station and transporting them to the Takoma Metro Station?

 

·        Can 20% of the units be allocated to screened city service employees (e.g., teachers, police, and firefighters)?

 

 

Adopted Minutes - ANC 4B - Jan. 22, 2009 Minutes - Page Four

 

 

 

·        What is the plan for increased security and human services considering the significant increase in population?

 

8.   In an unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion made by Commissioner Wheeler, the Commission agreed to send a letter to the D.C. Humanities Council in support of the Takoma Mural Committee's grant application for up to $5,000 to provide seed money and research for a mural to be placed in the underpass at the Takoma Metro Station.

 

Resolution

 

WHEREAS, the Takoma Metro underpass on Cedar/Carroll Street, NW is unattractive and unwelcoming;

 

WHEREAS, for several years, individuals in the community as well as the Old Takoma Business Association have expressed interest in finding a way to put a mural there;

 

WHEREAS, several residents in the area have formed the Takoma Mural Committee in order to work on getting an appropriate mural conceived, funded and created for the Takoma Metro underpass;

 

WHEREAS, the Takoma Mural Committee has met with representatives from the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority – which owns most of the property – and from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities – whose mission in part is to “provide grants, programs and education activities that encourage diverse artistic expressions and learning opportunities so that all District of Columbia residents and visitors can experience the rich culture of our city”;

 

WHEREAS, the Humanities Council of Washington DC has announced a Request for Proposals for projects that “highlight, enrich, and/or bring about a greater awareness of Washington DC history, neighborhoods, and residents”, its culture and civic engagement;

 

WHEREAS, the Takoma Mural Committee proposes to apply for a “Major Grant” from Humanities Council of Washington DC in the amount of  $5,000 to advance the mural project toward fruition;

 

WHEREAS, the Humanities Council requires a “Humanities Scholar” who is “keyed into the discipline and topic” of the program and whose expenses will require funding;

 

Adopted Minutes - ANC 4B - Jan. 22, 2009 Minutes - Page Five

 

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B supports this endeavor and will send a letter of support to the Humanities Council of Washington DC.

 

Reports and Discussions

1.  Jason Turner, of the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, reported on the on-going construction of the Emery Recreation Center ballfield and the needed repairs at the Lamond Recreation Center.

 

2.   Commissioner Wheeler discussed the proposed Takoma Transportation Improvements Project now being designed by the D.C. Department of Transportation.  She noted that the city engineer working on the project asked for one and one-half hours to make a presentation to the Commission in advance of

its recommendation vote. These street and intersection improvements affect several SMDs. 

 

Four copies of the 130-page plan were given to the Commission.  One copy was given to Commissioner Jones for placement in the Lamond-Riggs Public Library. Others were to be put in the Takoma and Shepherd Park Public Libraries and in the ANC 4B office. 

 

3.  Commissioner Jones asked for and was given an office key.

 

 Community Concerns

1.  Michael Sindram, of Georgia Avenue, NW, said he is concerned about the switch to digital television and his access to the Walter Reed Army Hospital campus.

 

The meeting ended at about 10:00 p.m.

 

 

--- Submitted by Sara Green, Secretary