Minutes – Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

ANC 4B – January 23, 2012 Public Meeting – Adopted February 27, 2012


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



1)  The agenda was adopted in a 5-0 show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Green, following the removal of items related to a recommendation vote to the Historic Preservation Review Board regarding 7112 Chestnut St., NW (New Single-Family Home) and 7222 Blair Rd., NW (Curb Cut), and a report on a 5th Street bus btop in Single Member District 4B04.

2)  ANC 4A Commissioner Stephen Whatley conducted the election of ANC 4B’s officers for 2012.

   a) Commissioner Jefferson nominated Commissioner Green for Chair.  She was elected in a unanimous voice vote.


  b) Commissioner Grant nominated Commissioner Wheeler for Vice Chair.  She was elected in a unanimous voice vote.


  c)  Commissioner Wheeler nominated Commissioner Smith for Treasurer.  He was elected in a unanimous voice vote.


 d)   Commissioner Grant nominated Commissioner Jefferson for Secretary.  She was elected in a unanimous voice vote.


 e)   Commissioner Green nominated Commissioner Grant for Sergeant At Arms.  He was elected in a unanimous voice vote.


3)   Commissioner Green assumed the Chair and thanked Commissioner Jefferson for her dedicated service as Chairperson.


3)   Commissioner Smith moved that the meeting schedule for 2012 be approved as stated below:


The fourth Monday of the month, in the community meeting room, MPD Fourth District Headquarters, 6001 Georgia Avenue N.W.

February 27

March 26

April 23

May 28

June 25

July 23

August – no meeting

September 24

October 22

November 26

December – no meeting


Commissioner Wheeler seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted unanimously by voice vote, 7 yes, 0 no


4)  In a unanimous voice vote following a motion from Commissioner Wheeler, the Commission agreed to participate in the City’s ANC Security Fund and spend the $25 needed to do so.


The adopted resolution:


"Resolved that this Commission approves the ANC's participation in the Advisory Neighborhood Commission Security Fund and authorizes the Treasurer to pay the $25 fee for the period January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.  The Chairperson and Secretary are authorized to execute the attached agreement.


It is understood that: (1) the check for participation in the ANC Security Fund should be made payable to 'ANC Security Fund,' (2) the ANC is not considered a participant in the Fund until the ANC has received the acceptance section of the agreement which has been signed by the District of Columbia Auditor, and (3) the agreement will not be accepted by the Auditor until all required documents have been received by the Office of the Auditor.  The required documents are the resolution, the agreement, the ANC check, statements of information for the Chairperson and the Treasurer, the Bank Survey, and a copy of the current bank signature card."


5) In a show-of-hands vote of 5 yes, 0 no, 1 abstain following a motion from Commissioner Sloan,  seconded by Commissioner Smith, the Commission adopted a resolution supporting the implementation of the new IGaming law recently adopted by the D.C. City Council.


The adopted resolution:


"Whereas the new iGaming law is estimated to generate more than 3 million dollars a year in revenue for the District of Columbia;


Whereas the District’s new iGaming law has been approved by Congress and is currently one of the only laws of its kind in existence in the United States;


Whereas the District government has the unique opportunity to utilize iGaming revenues for city programs that will have a profoundly positive effect on some of the neediest residents in the District;


Therefore, being that iGaming is currently law in the District of Columbia, let it be resolved that, Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B supports the implementation of that new law with the stipulation that 75% of those revenues received from iGaming be allocated for educational programs to modernize District schools, for job training programs to create employment opportunities, for social improvement programs to eradicate homelessness and for infrastructure repair.  And that those revenues allocated are in addition to the money that is already budgeted for those purposes.”


6) In a unanimous show-of-hands vote following a motion from Commissioner Grant, the Commission approved a voluntary agreement between the Commission and the Georgia Avenue Food Barn, 6205 Georgia Avenue, NW (License No. ABRA-071950).

Community Concerns

1)    Mr. Joe Membrino called the Commission’s attention to an upcoming hearing of the DC Council Committee on Government Operations on January 25.  He said it was an oversight hearing on DC Government procurement and contracting.  He expected to be testifying regarding the issues surrounding redevelopment of Building 18, part of the Walter Reed complex.  He provided a copy of his prepared testimony.  The major concern is the potential waste of millions of dollars if Building 18 is turned over to a private developer.


2)    Mr. Wendell Jones, 528 Sheridan Street N.W., thanked the Commission for placing the Walmart public space permit application and related plans at the reference desk of the public library for public review.  He also said that he had gotten a speed bump petition form from Commissioner Grant, who represents him, but that it was reported that residents did not correctly sign the petition form.  He wanted to know if there was a better way to get speed bumps installed.  Commissioner Grant said that the only method was to file a petition, but many of the signatures and printed information were illegible, so the petition was rejected.  He said he had tried unsuccessfully to contact Mr. Jones.  Commissioner Grant urged Mr. Jones to let him know when and how he could meet with him.  Mr. Jones also asked if street lights on his street could be made brighter.  Commissioner Grant said that he understood it was necessary to show special circumstances such as an increase in crime, but that a petition might work.


3)    Mr. Taalib-din Uqdah, President, 14th Street Uptown Business Association, said that he had delivered to all Commissioners a book listing all businesses  and commercial properties in Ward 4 and had arranged for this list to be posted on the Commission website.  He said that he would later ask all Commissioners to help him by updating information for businesses in their single-member districts.  He said that the Commission can take credit for the production of this book because it came directly from the work of the Commission’s special committee on Walmart.  Commissioner Jefferson thanked Mr. Uqdah for his tremendous effort in producing this comprehensive information and for taking the work of the Walmart committee an extra step to benefit the community.


4)    Michael Sindram, of 4B02, said that ANC 4B should recommend, with great weight, that City Council members should voluntarily dock their pay 20% minimum to restore public trust in government.  Mr. Sindram also noted that Councilmember Bowser sits on the Metro Board and that there are major problems with increased fares and diminished services that should be addressed.


5)    Commissioner Green said that the health kiosk located in the lobby of MPD 4th District Headquarters, 6001 Georgia Avenue NW, had been placed there at the urging of the Commission.  She said it is a source of very helpful health information and encouraged everyone to make use of it.


6)    Commissioner Green announced that the Commission would be holding a special public meeting on February 6, 2012, to address several important issues, including Walmart’s public space occupancy permit application.


7)    Commissioner Wheeler requested that candidates for City Council that were present would like to introduce themselves.  Other Commissioners objected to such announcements, as the 4B Commission has not done so in the past.  Commissioner Wheeler moved that any candidate present at the meeting can introduce themselves by stating only their name and the office for which they are running.  The motion failed for lack of a second.


Presentations and Reports


1) DC Fire/EMS Chief Kenneth Ellerbee reported on issues related to the Fire/EMS Department:

(a)       Expenditures have been reduced and new equipment, including new ambulances, has been purchased.

(b)       The uniform patch is being changed because the patch in use was not officially adopted and is not consistent with the image of the department.  The replacement patch was originally approved by the City Council and was placed in the department order book.  It is the only official approved symbol of the department.

(c)        Current proposed changes in the work shift schedule are necessary to reduce personnel costs and increase operational efficiency.  The change was also mandated by law in 1994.


2)  Chief Ellerbee responded to questions:

(a)       A resident asked if there was a fee for ambulance transport.  He answered yes.  He also said that the fee helped to reduce the costs of emergency response, especially overtime.  Residents and Commissioner Grant suggested that more information about the fees be distributed to the community.  Chief Ellerbee agreed to work with ANC 4B to do that.

(b)       Commissioner Wheeler asked about Building 18 on the Walter Reed campus and its proposed use as a fire/EMS station.   Chief Ellerbee said that he could not comment in detail on the proposal, but the building could be helpful as an EMS station for access to the northern part of the Georgia Avenue corridor.

(c)        Mr. Michael Sindram, 4B02, asked if Building 18 could be used as the administration building for Fire/EMS. Chief Ellerbee observed that the building had previously been a hotel.  Locating a fire/EMS unit at the building would be a better use of the facility in terms of providing services to the northern part of Ward 4.  He thought locating an  administrative building so far north would be impractical.

(d)       A resident asked if the water hydrants have enough pressure.  Chief Ellerbee said that all battalion chiefs have a water main map in their units and must demonstrate their knowledge of the water main system.  He said there is always enough water and pressure in the mains.  He said no one should be concerned about the department’s ability to put out a fire.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:17 PM.