Minutes -  Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

September 26, 2011 Public Meeting  - Adopted In A Unanimous Show-Of-Hands Vote on October 24, 2011

 

The meeting was held at MPD’s 4th District Community Room, 6001 Georgia Avenue, NW.  It started at about 7:05 pm, Chair Yvonne Jefferson (also ANC 4B08), presiding.  Also present were Commissioners 4B01 Sara Green, 4B02 Faith Wheeler, 4B03 Fred Grant, 4B04 Douglas Smith, 4B05 Brenda Speaks, 4B06 Gloria Palmer, 4B07 Judi Jones and 4B09 Douglass Sloan.  A quorum was present for all votes.

 

Actions:

1.  In a unanimous show-of-hands hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Green, the Commission agreed to add to the agenda a vote with respect to a proposed 140-unit apartment project on Spring Street, NW.

 

2.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Smith, the Commission agreed to replace the Walmart report agenda item with a vote on the historic landmark designation of the Car Barn,  5917 - 5929 Georgia Avenue, NW.

 

3.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Wheeler, the Commission agreed to add a vote in support of the Festival Mexico Centro Americano to the agenda.

 

4.  In a unanimous show-of-hand vote following a motion from Commissioner Speaks, the Commission deleted the 4Ever Emery grant report from the agenda.

 

5.  In a unanimous show of hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Speaks, the Commission agreed to discuss purchasing cell phones for Commissioners.

 

6.  In an 8-1-0 show of hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Sloan, the Commission agreed to move the iGaming item to follow community concerns.

 

7.  In an 8-1-0 show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Wheeler, the Commission agreed to add reports on two grants to the agenda.

 

8.  In an 8-1-0 show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Palmer, the Commission moved the Capitol City Public Charter School item to follow Community Concerns.

 

9.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Jones, the Commission removed the Coolidge High School agenda item.

 

11.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Green, the Commission adopted the agenda as amended.

 

12.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Palmer, the Commission amended its May 23, 2011 resolution on the Capitol City Public Charter School.

 

The adopted resolution: 

“Resolved:  that ANC 4B amend the resolution regarding the disposition of the Rabaut School building adopted on May 23, 2011 as indicated below:

 

*  Whereas CCPC School will allow community meetings at the facility, including SMD 4B06, 4B07 and other community meetings,

 

*  Whereas CCPC School will continue to support the City in its efforts to use the facility for City elections or as a voting precinct,

 

*  Whereas CCPC School has indicated they will take a stake in the neighborhood and consider residents that live in or near the Rabaut property for employment and student enrollment,

 

*   Whereas CCPC School will work with and cooperate with other charter schools in the area and establish a security and dismissal plans as benefits the community and all schools in the area,

 

*   Whereas CCPC School will occupy and grow the student population at the entire building that is now Rabaut School;

 

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED:  That Advisory Neighborhood 4B fully supports the relocation of Capital City Public Charter School to the Rabaut Junior High School building at 100 Peabody Street N.W., requests that the District of Columbia Department of Real Estate Services (DRES) take all necessary measures to transfer the building to the CCPC School for their use, and that DRES accords “great weight” to this action of the Commission.

 

The recommendations in this resolution are made pursuant to DC Code 1-309.10(a), 1-309.10(d)(3)(A) and 1-309.10(d)(3)(B), which require, among other things, that ANC recommendations regarding a proposed District government action or actions receive “great weight” from the DC government, and that DC government officials respond in writing.  In addition, Section 1-309.10(h)(1) of the code permits ANCs to initiate proposals for DC government action and it requires that the DC government provide a written acknowledgement within ten days and a status report within 60 days of receipt.”

 

13.  Commissioner Sloan’s motion, including friendly amendments, calling on the city to earmark iGaming revenues for social services and other programs, failed in a 4-4-1 roll call vote.  Voting “yes” were Commissioners Wheeler, Grant, Jones, and Sloan. Voting “no” were Commissioners Smith, Speaks, Palmer and Jefferson.  Commissioner Green abstained. 

 

The vote followed a discussion.  Several residents and Commissioners said that they were concerned that the City Council did not hold a public hearing before approving iGaming.  They did not want the resolution to be interpreted as a vote of support for iGaming.  Others said that it is unlikely the decision will be overturned and the best course of action is to make certain that revenue is earmarked for the neediest residents and for a rainy-day fund.

 

14.   In an 8-0-1 roll-call vote following a motion from Commissioner Green, which included a friendly amendment from Commissioner Jones, the Commission adopted a resolution with respect to an amendment to the zoning regulations that would permit retail gun sales at police stations that are within 300 feet of homes, special purpose zones, a place of worship, a school, library or playground.

 

Voting “yes” were Commissioners Green, Grant, Smith, Speaks, Palmer, Jones, Sloan and Jefferson.  Commissioner Wheeler abstained.

 

The adopted resolution:

“Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B opposes the adoption of the proposed Text Amendment to Section 721.3 of the zoning regulations (Case No. 11-16), which would permit the retail sale of guns at a site within 300 feet of a Residence or Special Purpose (SP) Zone District, or a church other place of worship, a public or private school, a public library, or a playground.

We are particularly concerned about this proposal because it means that, if adopted, guns could be sold at the Metropolitan Police Department’s 4th District Station, which is located within the boundaries of ANC 4B.  A school and a church are located across the street from the station and there are many homes and apartments in close proximity to the station.  Care needs to be taken to locate retail gun and ammunition sales in areas not close to schools and homes.

The recommendations in this resolution are made pursuant to DC Code 1-309.10(a), 1-309.10(d)(3)(A) and 1-309.10(d)(3)(B), which require, among other things, that ANC recommendations regarding a proposed District government action or actions receive “great weight” from the DC government, and that DC government officials respond in writing.”

The vote followed a presentation from Kelly O’Meara, of the Metropolitan Police Department, and discussions with Commissioners and residents.  

 

Ms. O’Meara said the zoning change is needed to permit gun sales at MPD Headquarters on Indiana Avenue. The city is under pressure from the courts and the Congress to permit sales and the city’s single gun dealer has no place to sell.   There is no intention to sell guns at other police stations and it is unlikely there will be other dealers because it is not a profitable business in DC. 

 

Several Commissioners and residents said, among other things, they are concerned that the draft language is broad enough to permit sales at the 4th District Police Station in Ward 4 and at other sites close to homes, churches and schools.

 

15.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Green, the Commission asked the Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB) to delay its public hearing on a proposal for 140 apartments to be built on Spring Place, NW in the Takoma Historic District.

 

The adopted resolution:

“Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B asks that the Historic Preservation Review Board delay consideration of a proposal for Spring Place, NW, until November, at the earliest. 

 

We understand that Advisory Neighborhood Commissions are entitled to an automatic one-month extension of a public hearing upon request.”

 

The vote followed a brief discussion.  Commissioner Green said that the community has had little time to review the proposal.  Several Commissioners said they are also concerned about potential traffic and environmental problems at the site.

 

16.  In an 8-0-0 roll-call vote, following a motion from Commissioner Wheeler, with friendly amendments from other Commissioners, the Commission “agrees to consider different cell phone plans for one phone, five

phones and nine phones, to consider it in writing and consider it at a special public meeting in which the Commission will decide to accept or reject” the expenditure.

 

Voting “yes” were Commissioners Green, Wheeler, Grant, Smith, Speaks, Palmer, Jones and Jefferson.

 

The vote followed a discussion.  Several Commissioners said they needed the phones to communicate with constituents and that other Commissions were also providing them.  Other Commissioners said they are concerned about the cost and also requested that Commissioner Speaks provide written estimates to review prior to a vote.

 

17.  In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Smith and including a friendly amendment, the Commission agreed to support an application from the Brightwood Preservation Association to have the car barn at the Curtis Chevrolet site designated a historic landmark.

 

The adopted resolution:

"Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B (ANC 4B)supports the Brightwood Neighborhood Preservation Association and their efforts to make the Car Barn [on 5917 Georgia Avenue] a designated historic landmark. ANC 4B urges all city agencies to act aggressively and with all its power and speed to stop any further demolition of the buildings.”

 

The vote followed a discussion with Baruti Jahi, of the Association, residents, and Commissioners.  The building is being destroyed each day and the Commission’s immediate support is needed, he said.  A resident noted that there were only five car barns remaining in the city. 

 

18. In a unanimous roll-call vote following a motion from Commissioner Smith, the Commission adopted a resolution with respect to the hiring of Eugene Quick and James Irwin.  Voting “yes” were Commissioners Green, Wheeler, Grant, Smith, Speaks and Jefferson.

 

The adopted resolution:

“That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B hereby confirms that it intended to approve the hiring of Eugene Quick as Office Assistant in June 2009 at the rate of $15.00 per hour for twenty hours per week, and

 

That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B hereby confirms that it intended to approve the hiring of James Irwin as Staff Assistant as of November 9, 2010 at the rate of $15.00 per hour for twenty hours per week, to fill the position vacated by Eugene Quick, and

 

That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B hereby approves both appointments retroactively.”

 

The vote followed a brief discussion. Treasurer Smith and Mr. Irwin explained that the Office of the Auditor requires that the Commission vote in a public meeting to confirm its employment of Mr. Quick and Mr. Irwin.

 

Community Concerns and Announcements

1.  Commissioner Jones thanked the community for their support for the Lamond Community Day, held earlier that month.

 

2.  Frank Fountain, of 4B04, said he is concerned about the Office of Planning’s lack of support for any of ANC 4B’s recommendations on the Walmart Large Tract Review. 

 

3.  Barbara Patterson, of 4th and Marietta Place, said she is concerned about out-of-state license plates parked in her area.  She also said she is concerned about dog waste on area green spaces near her home.

 

4.   A representative of America Speaks announced an October 5 public meeting on the redevelopment of the Walter Reed site.

 

5.   Tory Smith discussed Whittier Education Center’s Safe Routes To School program.

 

6.    Calvin Gurley, of 4B03, said he is concerned about a proposed PEPCO rate increase.

 

7.    Clinton Perrow, of the DC Prevention Center, discussed the program and its efforts to reduce underage drinking and substance abuse in Wards 3 and 4.

 

8.    Karen Dresden, of the Capitol City Public Charter School, said the school is holding an Oct. 6 community focus group meeting.

 

9.    Max Skolnik, the Executive Director of Kid Power, discussed the group’s program and an October 1 event in support of DC Statehood.

 

10.     Brendan Todd, of Council Member Muriel Bowser’s office, introduced himself and offered to assist residents.

 

11.    Valencia Becks, of the Mayor’s Office, introduced herself and offered to assist residents.

 

Presentations and Reports

1. Commissioner Wheeler distributed an email from Fredericka Shaw, of the DC Auditor’s Office, explaining that ANC 4B does not need to reconsider its grant to Safe Takoma as long as the money is spent by December 31, 2011.

 

2.  Commissioner Wheeler said Trinity Episcopal Church provided additional documents with respect to its $1,000 ANC 4B grant.  The materials were submitted during the meeting, so she has not been able to review them. 

 

3.  Representatives from Festival Mexico Centro Americano asked ANC 4B for support to hold a festival on October 9 on the grounds of the Takoma Recreation Center.  It was noted that Commissioner Wheeler’s letter of support is sufficient and that the Commission did not need to vote on the request.  A Festival spokeswoman said the group will notify neighbors, will keep the volume of music as low as possible, and will clean the site.

 

4.  Treasurer Smith reported that as of August 31, 2011 the Industrial Bank balance was $23,594.73.  The balance on June 30 was $29,837.05.  Expenditures from July 1 through July 29 were $1,920.33 and expenditures from July 30 through August 31 were $4,321.73.

 

The meeting ended at about 10:20 pm.  --- Submitted by Sara Green, Secretary