Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B
The meeting was held at the Metropolitan Police Department's
4th District Community Room,
A quorum was present for all votes.
1. Following a motion from Commissioner Speaks, the agenda was unanimously adopted in a show-of-hands vote.
2. In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion made by Commissioner Green, the Commission voted to support a publicly-funded art project at the Takoma Metro Station.
The adopted resolution:
"Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B supports the
Takoma Mural Committee's request to the DC Commission on the Arts and
Humanities to place a mural or other piece of art at the
This public art project will improve the quality of life for
commuters, residents, and businesses.
The Takoma Metro Station is a key community gathering place and landmark
and a gateway to the
The vote followed a discussion with members of the Takoma Mural Committee, including its Chair, Daniel Turbitt, and other residents. Those who spoke or were present included Sarah Hewitt, Alice Giancola, Andre Carley, Richard Holzsager and Marie Ringwald.
3. In a unanimous
show-of-hands vote following a motion made by Commissioner Green, including
friendly amendments from Commissioners Sydnor and Jefferson, the Commission
adopted a resolution with respect to a pedestrian crossing signal at
The adopted resolution:
"ANC 4B calls on the DC Department of Transportation to install the Hawk Signal Light at the intersection of Hemlock Street and Georgia Avenues, NW by the end of May 2009 as promised by Department officials.
We also request that DDoT evaluate pedestrian use at this device periodically to determine if a 3-way traffic light is warranted.
We request also that DDoT notify ANC 4B of their findings following their periodic evaluations.
A device to ensure that pedestrians, including charter
schools, Shepherd Park Library patrons and others can safely cross
The vote followed a discussion with several residents who supported the resolution, including Kelly Shuy and Andre Carley.
4. In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Speaks, the Commission adopted its budget for 2009.
The budget totals $53,207.48, including projected allotments of $27,566 and $360 interest. Currently available funds total $81,133.
Budgeted disbursements are: $17,000 for net salaries and wages; $1,000 for workers' compensation; $600 for federal wage taxes; $500 for state wage taxes; $600 for unemployment insurance; $100 for local transportation; $8.400 for office rent; $2,500 for telephone services; $3,000 for postage and delivery; $3,000 for printing and copying; $1,800 for flyer distribution; $2,000 for purchase of service; $1,000 for office supplies; $2,800 for office equipment rental; $4,000 for office equipment purchase; $18,000 for grants; and $2,500 for miscellaneous and other expenses, such as room rental for ANC and SMD meetings, light refreshments at meetings, and advertisements in local papers.
The adoption of the budget followed a lengthy discussion among Commissioners and included comments from Betty Florence, a resident.
5. In a unanimous
show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Jefferson, the minutes
for the public meeting of
1. David Janifer, of
the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation, reported on the on-going ballfield
construction project at the
2. Esther Siegal and William Fesson, who work at the DC Weatherization and Asset Program and DC Wrap, described the programs their office offers, including grants to replace insulation and other energy-efficient appliances in private homes.
3. Joseph Martin, of the DC Department of Community Services, discussed the city's graffiti removal program.
4. Commissioner Wheeler discussed a loitering bill that was recently withdrawn from D.C. City Council consideration by its sponsor, Council Member Jim Graham.
5. Commissioner Green described the proposal from the Office of Planning to revise the current zoning regulations for low and moderate-density residential buildings.
The proposal is before the D.C. Zoning Commission at an April 9 public hearing.
The Commission agreed to hold a Special Public Meeting on
6. Emerald Becker, of the Higher Achievement Program, a program for 5th and 6th graders, discussed the program.
A motion to adjourn was unanimously adopted at about
--- Submitted by Sara Green, Secretary.