Minutes - April 27, 2009 Public Meeting - Adopted June 22, 2009

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

 

The meeting started at 7:10 p.m. at the Metropolitan Police Department's 4th District Station, 6001 Georgia Avenue, NW, Vice Chair Faith Wheeler (4B02) presiding.

 

Also present were Commissioners 4B01 Sara Green, 4B03 Monique Michelle Smith, 4B05 Brenda Speaks, 4B06 Idriys Abdullah, 4B07 Judi Jones, and Chair Douglass Sloan (4B09). A quorum was present for all votes.

 

Actions

 

1. In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion made by Commissioner Wheeler, the agenda was adopted with several changes.  Item No. 7 was amended so that its new title is the "DDoT Study Resolution for 4B07." The Emery Ballfield item was deleted and a discussion and possible resolution about the Takoma Recreation Center was added.

 

2.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion made by  Commissioner Wheeler, the Commission adopted a resolution calling on the city to adopt energy saving measures in its facilities.

 

The adopted resolution:

 

"In order to avoid uncomfortable conditions and in light of the critical need to reduce the use of energy, ANC 4B recommends that city buildings in the ANC 4B Commission be maintained at a comfortable temperature so that it is not necessary for people to wear sweaters inside in the summer, pare down to short sleeves inside in the winter, or experience the HVAC systems not operating properly as is the case tonight.

 

ANC 4B also recommends that the Department of Energy make periodic spot checks to ensure that an appropriate energy-saving temperature is set and maintained in our city buildings."

 

3.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a resolution from Commissioner Wheeler, the Commission agreed to support a petition for a Traffic Calming Study of the 6000 - 6600 Blocks of Blair Rd., NW.  Blair Road Resident Luke Turner, who collected the signatures of 22 Blair Road residents, spoke.  He described the safety problems due to speeding and noted that the Department has been unresponsive.

 

4.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a resolution from Commissioner Jones and a friendly amendment from Commissioner Sloan, the Commission

 

 

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adopted a resolution calling on the Department of Transportation to provide a series of improvements and modifications to address traffic problems in SMD 4B07.

 

5. In a 6-0-1 show-of-hands vote following a motion made by Commissioner Green and a presentation from Commissioner Wheeler, the Commission adopted a resolution to obtain more information about the use of ballfield(s) at the Takoma Recreation Center by the Montgomery County Rams, a semi professional football team based on Montgomery County.  Several commissioners and residents spoke about their concern and in support of the motion.

 

 The adopted resolution:

"ANC 4B will submit a Freedom of Information Act request for all information about the use of the Takoma Recreation Center and its ballfields by the Montgomery County Rams.  We also will ask the D.C. Department of Recreation to come to the May public meeting to answer questions about this issue."

 

6. In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion made by Commissioner Green, the Commission agreed to write a letter of support for the alcoholic beverage license renewal of Cork N Bottle Liquors, 7421 Georgia Ave., NW.  The vote followed a presentation from Owner Karl Kennedy.

 

7.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion made by Commissioner Green, the Commission agreed to send a letter of support to the Historic Preservation Review Board for a design proposal for a house to be built on a now-vacant lot at 7112 Chestnut St., NW.  Michael Murphy, the home's builder and prospective resident, made a presentation, displayed drawings and a site plan, and answered questions.

 

8.  In a 6-0-1 show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Abdullah, the Commission adopted the minutes from the March 23 and April 2, 2009 public meetings.

 

Discussions, Presentations and Community Concerns

 

1.  Helen Ghiocel, of Ogelthorpe St., NW, Michael Sindram, of Georgia Ave, NW, Ruth Rucker, of Oneida Pl., and 4B04 Residents Walter Mallett (spelling may be incorrect), Mary Sanford, and Betty Florence asked for updated information on the Curtis Chevrolet site (Georgia and Peabody), including a March 3 letter written to the Office of Planning about the site.  Ms. Ghiocel asked to see an email from Commissioner James Sydnor asking to have the item withdrawn from the agenda.

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2.  Michael Sindram spoke about several issues and made several requests. These include writing additional letters to the staff at Walter Reed Army Medical Center on his behalf and giving a grant to help residents adapt their televisions for the upcoming digital conversion.

 

3.  Sharon Campbell, of Roxboro Pl., NW, is concerned about additions, paint colors, and other exterior features and modifications to some of the homes on her street, including hanging laundry outside, and gaudy statues.

 

4.  Department of Fire and Rescue Services Batallion Chief Maxim Saunders discussed the new signage that identifies inoperable fire hydrants and some of the safety programs the Department offers to help residents.

 

5.  Denice Rhodes discussed her work helping seniors and others install the devices that will permit their television sets to convert to digital television.

 

6.  Terry Goings asked the Commission to add a presentation from the Bedford Academy to the May 18 meeting. The Bedford Academy will operate Coolidge High School in the Fall of 2009.

 

7.  Donna Alexander, of the D.C. Police Foundation, discussed the new D.C. Forensic Laboratory, scheduled for completion in the Fall of 2011.

 

8.  Sarbjit Kochhar discussed the Voluntary Agreement for the proposed Cedar Crossing Tavern and Wine Bar, a new business to be located at 343 Cedar St., NW.  Mr. Kochhar, who has applied for a Tavern license, said that discussions on the agreement continue.  Commissioner Green asked that the agreement be placed on the May 18 agenda.

 

9.  Following a presentation from Owner Sarbjit Kochhar and written and oral comments from several residents and commissioners, the Commission took no action on the alcoholic beverage license renewal of S & S Liquors, 6945 4th St., NW.  Commissioner Jones requested that the Commission discuss the store and its Voluntary Agreement at a future meeting.

 

The meeting adjourned at 9:38 p.m.

 

--- Submitted by Sara Green, Secretary