Minutes – Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B - February 28, 2011 Public Meeting

Adopted on March 28, 2011


The meeting began at about 7:10 pm at Nativity Catholic Church, 6000 Georgia Avenue, NW, Chair Yvonne Jefferson (also ANC 4B08) presiding. 


Also present were Commissioners 4B01 Sara Green, 4B02 Faith Wheeler, 4B04 Douglas Smith, 4B05 Brenda Speaks, 4B06 Gloria Palmer, and 4B09 Douglass Sloan.  A quorum was present for all votes.  About 30 residents signed the attendance sheet.



1. In a 2-5-0 roll call vote, the Commission rejected Commissioner Palmer’s motion to read and approve the minutes toward the beginning of the meeting.  Commissioners Smith and Palmer voted “yes” to the motion.  Commissioners Green, Wheeler, Speaks, Jefferson and Sloan voted “no.”


2. In a show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Wheeler, the Commission agreed to end discussion and vote on a motion made by Commissioner Palmer to strike the personnel item from the agenda and discuss it at an upcoming planning meeting.


3. In a 5-2-0 roll-call vote following a motion from Commissioner Palmer, the Commission agreed to strike the personnel item from the agenda and discuss it at an upcoming planning meeting. Commissioners Green, Smith, Speaks, Palmer, and Sloan voted “yes.”  Commissioners Wheeler and Jefferson voted “no.”


4.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Sloan, the Commission adopted the agenda, as amended.  The personnel item was struck and the Commission added Community Concerns and Announcements as agenda items and placed these items after the Quarterly Report.  Also, the grant report item is to be heard as agenda item number five.


5. In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Green, the Commission adopted the Quarterly Report for the Period Covering October through December 2010.  Treasurer Smith read the key items in the report.  


The checking account balance forward was $34,764.69 and receipts totaled $6,376.89 for a total of $41,141.58 in available funds.  Disbursements for the period totaled $6,596.13.  The ending balance was $34,535.45. The savings account balance forward was  

$44,012.92.  The account received $16.64 in interest, for a new balance of $44,029.56. There were no expenditures from the savings account.


6. In a unanimous 7-0-0 roll-call vote following a motion from Commissioner Green, the Commission adopted the 2010 budget as its 2011 budget.  Voting “yes” to the budget were Commissioners Green, Wheeler, Smith, Speaks, Palmer, Jefferson and Sloan.  


Commissioner Green said that the Commission needed to adopt a budget to accompany the Quarterly Report but had not had the time to develop a new document.  She proposed that the Commission adopt the 2010 budget on a temporary basis and discuss a new budget at the March planning meeting so that it could be placed on the March agenda.  Commissioner Palmer asked if the $18,000 in grants is to be evenly divided between each Commission.  Treasurer Smith asked that this issue be discussed at the next planning meeting. 


7.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Smith, the Commission agreed to table a recommendation vote to the Board of Zoning Adjustment on a request by Little Rascals Doggy Daycare for a Special Exception to operate an animal care facility at 5913 Georgia Ave., NW.  The business is currently operating at 5917 Georgia Ave., NW.


The vote followed a discussion with Little Rascals’ Owner Debbie Gomes. 


Bettie Florence, of 4B04, said she and other residents oppose the business. She said she is concerned that Little Rascals’ employees do not pick up after their dogs as they walk in the neighborhood. Commissioner Speaks said she is concerned because the owner did not notify the community.  Ms. Florence and Commissioner Speaks asked that the item be tabled. Commissioner Smith said he had asked Ms. Gomes to solicit comment from neighboring businesses prior to the meeting.                                      


Ms. Gomes distributed a copy of a petition signed by area businesses in support of the special exception.  She said she has never received a complaint about animal waste and that her employees wear yellow t-shirts and do pick up after the animals.   A notice of the special exception application is posted on the business’s front door and property owners within 200 feet were notified by letter, as the law requires, she said.


8.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Jefferson, the Commission agreed to support the alcoholic beverage license renewal for the Jackie Lee Lounge, a nightclub located at 116 Kennedy Street, NW. 


Nicholas Gabbidon (may not be the correct spelling), Jackie Lee’s new owner, said he has renovated the establishment and plans to offer live entertainment and food, with room for private parties. Commissioner Jefferson said she heard no opposition to the license and support for it from leaders with an area business group, Emory Beacon of Light.


9.  In a 4-1-0 show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Wheeler, the Commission adopted the minutes from the January public meeting, with the addition of a note at the beginning of the minutes to state that 53 people signed the Commission’s attendance sheet.  Commissioner Speaks distributed a paragraph to include in the minutes detailing her request that Commissioners have two weeks to review draft resolutions.



1.  Leaders from the Lamond Riggs Athletic Association distributed a written report on their football team’s December 2010 trip to Daytona Beach, Florida to compete in the AAU Championship Tournament.  They thanked the Commission for the $395 grant, which was used to pay the Tournament’s registration fee.


2. Commissioner Green, of the Walmart/Square 2986 Committee’s Community Benefits Subcommittee, and Mr. T. A. Uqdah, who chairs the Committee’s Alternatives Subcommittee, summarized their subcommittees’ reports. Commissioner Speaks asked for a calendar of subcommittee meetings and that reports include references to facts            

and recommendations.  Speaks and several residents, including 4B07 Resident and 4B01 Businesswoman Pennye Napier-Jones, said they oppose the Walmart.   


Community Concerns

1.  Wanda Oates, of 4B05, said she is concerned about the development at the corner of Riggs Road and South Dakota Avenue. She asked if ANC 4B voted on the project and had its views given “great weight.” Commissioner Wheeler said the Commission did vote.


2. Michael Sindram, of 4B02, asked why the meeting was being held within ANC 4A.  He wants hard copies of ANC 4B reports. He said he has a pending lawsuit against Commissioner Green. He is concerned that he was not notified of Community Benefits Subcommittee meetings.


3.  Diana Weiss, of the Rising Above Transitional Place, a group that helps female offenders, asked for support for a home at 215 Underwood St., NW.  Commissioner Palmer said she will meet with neighbors about the issue.


4.  Paul Montague, of 4B02, said he will file a lawsuit over the way ANC 4B has handled the budget.


5.  Robert Schiller and Alba Waller, of 4B06, discussed their long-standing problems, such as excessive late-night noise, with a church that has located in a home near 2nd and Tuckerman St., NW.  The church lacks a Certificate of Occupancy, they said. Commissioner Palmer said she is working to negotiate an agreement with the pastor and get DCRA to enforce the law.  Brandon Todd, of Council Member Muriel Bowser’s office, said he would help.


6.  A 4B04 resident asked when and where Commissioner Smith holds his SMD meetings. 


7.  Carol Joiner, of Blair Road in ANC 4B01, asked for more trash cans between the park and Piney Branch Road, NW. 


8.  Norman Watts (may be misspelled), of Missouri Avenue, NW said he is concerned about speeding on Missouri Avenue. 



--- Submitted by Sara Green, Secretary