Minutes – Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

July 22, 2013 Regular Public Meeting

Adopted at September 23, 2013 Regular Public Meeting

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:06 PM, Sara Green, Chair (and ANC 4B01) presiding.  It was held in the community meeting room, MPD 4th District Headquarters, 6001 Georgia Avenue N.W.  A quorum was present for all votes.  Commissioners present during the meeting were Commissioners 4B02 Faith Wheeler, 4B03 Fred Grant, 4B04 Brenda Parks, 4B05 Brenda Speaks, 4B06 Ron Austin, 4B07 Judi Jones, 4B08 Yvonne Jefferson, and 4B09 Doug Sloan.

 

Actions:

 

1)         The agenda was adopted as presented.

 

2)         Presentation and Recommendation Vote:  7112 Chestnut Street N.W. – Single-family Home Design – Historic Preservation Review Board

 

Mr. Brien Pollard, developer, presented his design for a new house to be constructed on a vacant lot at 7112 Chestnut Street N.W.

 

Following the presentation and discussion, Commissioner Green moved that the Commission adopt a resolution supporting the design and the Historic Preservation Review Board staff report.  Commissioner Grant seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted by unanimous show-of-hands vote, 9 yes, 0 no.

 

The adopted resolution:

 

RESOLVED:

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B supports the Office of Historic Preservation (HPO) staff report for the design of the home proposed for 7112 Chestnut St., NW. 

We agree that HPO staff can work with the Developer Brien Pollard to add articulation and other details that will improve the way the home fits with its neighbors.

We thank Mr. Pollard for meeting with the community and for reducing the width of the home in response to neighbors’ and HPO staff concerns. We ask that he add a window to the top floor of the rear side of the building and thank him for his commitment to preserving the large and lovely tree in the front yard.

In addition, we thank Mr. Pollard for the mix of patterns -- both shingle and clapboard -- on the home’s exterior.   We also thank him for considering a permeable surface for the driveway and the walkway and for preserving the existing brick sidewalk.

Neighbors have said that they would like to see a home on this lot and we agree that Mr. Pollard’s design should receive concept approval.

3)         Presentation and Recommendation Vote:  DDOT Public Space Occupancy Permit Application:  5516-5520 4th Street N.E.

Ms. Tanya Topolewski, owner of the property and applicant for a public space occupancy permit, presented information on construction of two new townhouses and reasons for the application.

 

Following questions and discussion, Commissioner Sloan moved that the Commission adopt a resolution supporting the application.  Commissioner Austin seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted, 8 yes, 1 no.

 

The adopted resolution:

 

RESOLVED:

Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B supports the application of Ms. Tanya Topolewski to the District Department of Transportation Public Space Committee for a public space occupancy permit for the installation of a driveway and steps at 5516-5520 Fourth Street N.E.  We recommend that no sidewalk be built in front of these lots at this time.

 

We recognize that there was prior approval for this application and that the conditions specified by the Public Space Committee were met.

 

We ask that the developer use a permeable surface whenever possible.

 

4)      Approval Vote:  FY 2013 3rd Quarter Report

Commissioner Grant, Treasurer, presented the FY 2013 3rd Quarter Report..  

 

Commissioner Sloan moved that the 3rd Quarter Report be approved.  Commissioner Austin seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted unanimously, 8 yes, 0 no. 

 

5)         Approval Vote:  ANC 4B Community Shredding Event

 

Commissioner Grant presented a plan for a community shredding event.  This would provide residents of ANC 4B with the opportunity to securely destroy old confidential personal records, especially financial records. 

 

Commissioner Grant moved that the Commission adopt a resolution authorizing the expenditure of up to $850.00 to pay for a shredding service.  Commissioner Austin seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted, 6 yes, 0 no, 1 abstain.

 

Community Concerns

 

Four people addressed the Commission with concerns or questions:

 

1)         Ms. Wanda Oates, ANC 4B05, discussed commissioner meeting attendance.

2)         Ms. Jocelyn Johnson, ANC 4B03, discussed the content of the minutes and a community walk.

3)         Ms. Lisa McGinty Toppin discussed a future presentation regarding plans for the Takoma Theater.

4)         Mr. Michael Sindram, ANC 4B02, discussed ANC financial issues.

 

Presentations and Reports

 

1)         Mr. Brian Lozano, representing Councilmember Muriel Bowser, reported on issues that the Councilmember is working on and answered questions from the Commissioners and the public.

 

2)         Mr. Keith Holman, representing the Executive Office of the Mayor, made a brief report.

 

3)         Commissioner Grant, Treasurer, presented the Treasurer’s Report:

 

ANC 4B Treasurer’s Report –July 22, 2013

 

As of June 28, 2013 the Industrial Bank checking account balance was $16,937.99.

 

Balance – 5/31/13                                                    $24,180.64

                                                                                   

Income –

6/28/13           Interest                                               $         0.70

 

Returned Deposit – 6/3/13                                     $  5,489.27

Overpayment of allotment

 

Expenditures – 6/1/13-6/30/13                              $  1,754.08

 

Ending balance – 6/30/13                                      $16,937.99                           

 

As of June 30, 2013, the Industrial Bank savings account balance was $50,545.32.

 

Interest income – 4/1/13-6/30/13                                       $12.60

 

Ending balance – 6/30/13                                                                         $50,557.92

 

The following checks were cashed between 6/1/13 and 6/30/13:

Date Cashed

 Name

Check #

Amount

Purpose

Meeting Approval Date

6/3/13

Industrial Bank

 

$8.00

Returned item charge

2013 budget

11/26/12

6/4/13

Jamal’s Takoma Park LL

4816

600.00

Office rent

2013 budget

11/26/12

6/17/13

James H. Irwin

4821

461.70

Staff wages

2013 budget

11/26/12

6/20/13

Verizon

4820

39.99

Internet

2013 budget

11/26/12

6/20/13

Verizon

4819

84.87

Landline telephone

2013 budget

11/26/12

6/20/13

Konica Minolta

4818

97.82

Printing & Copying

2013 budget

11/26/12

6/28/13

James H. Irwin

4822

461.70

Staff wages

2013 budget

11/26/12

 

 

4)         Commissioner Jefferson, Secretary, presented the draft minutes of the June 24, 2013 regular public meeting.  Commissioner Jefferson moved that the minutes be approved.  Commissioner Austin seconded the motion.  The minutes were adopted by show-of-hands vote, 7 yes, 0 no.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 9:02 PM.