Minutes – ADVISORY NEIGHORHOOD COMMISSION 4B – November 22, 2010

Adopted on January 24, 2011 In A Unanimous Show-Of-Hands Vote


The meeting began at about 7 pm at the MPD’s 4th District Station Community Room, 6001 Georgia Avenue, NW, Chair Yvonne Jefferson (also 4B08) presiding.

Also present were Commissioners 4B01 Sara Green, 4B02 Faith Wheeler, 4B03 Monique Michelle Smith, 4B04 James Sydnor, 4B05 Brenda Speaks, and 4B09 Douglass Sloan.  A quorum was present for all votes.


1.  The agenda was adopted without objection, with two changes.  The grant request was withdrawn and a presentation from Casey Trees was added.

2.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion from Treasurer Sloan, the 4th Quarterly Report (July – September 2010) was approved. 

The checking account balance forward was $34,799.03. There were $5,344.52 in receipts, for a total of $40,143.55 in available funds.  Disbursements totaled $5,378.86.  The ending checking account balance was $34,764.69.  The savings account balance forward was $43,996.29, plus $16.63 in interest, for a total of $44,012.92.  There were no withdrawals from the savings account.

3.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Green, the Commission agreed to support renewing the alcoholic beverage license for Cedar Crossing Tavern and Wine Bar, 343 Cedar St., NW.

Several residents, including Richard Holzsager, Andre Carley and Doug Payton, all ANC 4B01 residents, spoke in support of the establishment.  Commissioner Green said she received many emails in support of the business.  Michael Sindram, of 4B02, said the business discriminates against some customers.

4.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Wheeler, the minutes for the October 25, 2010 public meeting were approved, with several corrections.

1) Page two, third paragraph from the bottom: “… and people stand out on the sidewalk and are not smoking.”  2) Page two, fifth paragraph from the bottom: “She is becoming more of a restaurant and often closes much earlier than the 3 am closing time that is permitted in her license, but always by 2 am, and sometimes as early as 10 or 11 pm.” 3) Page two, fourth paragraph from the bottom: “Commissioner Green said that Charlie’s is a business that has been open at that address for about 50 years and its hours predate current ABC laws.” 4) page two, last paragraph: “In response to concerns about crime, he offers rides to pedestrians who feel unsafe on the street.”

Presentations & Reports

1. Commissioners-Elect 4B04 Douglas Smith and 4B03 Frederick Grant were introduced and spoke briefly.  Outgoing Commissioners 4B03 Monique Michelle Smith and 4B04 James Sydnor spoke.

2.  Ward 4 City Council Member Muriel Bowser discussed the alternative lending bill with its provision giving ANCs “great weight” with respect to the issuance of pawnbroker licenses, the November 30 budget hearing, and the new Walmart store that may be built at the Curtis Chevrolet site at the corner of Peabody Street and Georgia Avenue, NW.

3. Commissioners Jefferson and Sloan announced their joint SMD meeting on December 9, from 7-9 pm at Riggs-LaSalle Community Center, 501 Riggs Road, NE.                                     (continued)

Adopted Minutes – November 22, 2010 - Page Two


4.  Commissioner Speaks withdrew the agenda’s speed hump item to give residents additional time to obtain the necessary signatures

5.  Terri Thompson Mallett and Chassidy Butts, of Howard University, discussed the Howard University Hospital’s plans for health care services in Buildings #6 and 7 at the Walter Reed Campus when it is redeveloped. There is a long list of possibilities, including an urgent care facility that would close at around midnight.  Unlike an emergency room, it would not be serviced by ambulances.

6.  Andre Carley, of 4B01, the Vice President of Concerned Neighbors, Inc., reported on the on-going voluntary agreement negotiations with the owners of the Sunshine Bar and Lounge, 7337 Georgia Avenue, NW.  He said the next meeting will take place on November 23.

7. Carol Herwig, of Casey Trees, spoke about the group’s programs to plant trees on public and private properties.  They are now accepting applications for their Spring plantings.  They also hire teens to maintain trees.

8.  Chair Jefferson announced that the Commission will hold its first meeting to establish Commission committees on December 20, from 6:30 – 8:30 pm at the MPD’s Community Room, 6001 Georgia Avenue, NW.  Each Committee will be chaired by a Commissioner and members of the public are invited to participate as members.  The Committees are Economic Development/Land Use, Education/Libraries/Recreation, Public Safety/Alcoholic Beverages, Public Works/Infrastructure, and Social Services/Health.

Community Concerns

1. Paul Montague, of 3rd Street, NW, asked if Council Member Muriel Bowser prohibited him from speaking at a forum with Mayor-Elect Vincent Gray.  She said she did not.

2. Luke Turner, of 4B02, Richard Holzsager, of 4B01, and Rebecca Mills, of 4B04, asked Council Member Bowser about the location, content, and timing of the Walmart proposal.  Council Member Bowser said a public forum is being organized and there is nothing on paper detailing the proposal, which is subject to a Large Tract Review.

3.  Loretta Parker Brown, who lives in the cooperative apartment building located directly behind the Curtis Chevrolet site at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Peabody Street, said she learned of the Walmart proposal on the news and wants to make sure her community participates in all discussions.

4. Walter Mallette, of 4B04, said he is concerned because the Commission was not informed in a timely manner about the Walmart proposal.

5.  Alva Waller, of 242 Tuckerman St., NW, asked for assistance.  The home next to hers has been converted into a church.  Amplified music plays late in the evening and disturbs neighbors, she said.

The meeting adjourned at about 9 pm.

--- Submitted by Sara Green, Secretary