Minutes – Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

January 28, 2013 Regular Public Meeting – Adopted 2/25/13

 

The meeting was called to order at 7:08 PM, Sara Green, Chair (and ANC 4B01) presiding.  It was held at the MPD’s 4th District Community Room, 6001 Georgia Avenue, NW. Also present 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 Douglass Sloan.  A quorum was present for all votes.

 

Actions:

 

1)         The agenda as presented was revised to remove item #11, application for modification of an approved Planned Unit Development at 6000 New Hampshire Avenue N.E.  Commissioner Wheeler noted that she had a resolution related to an item in the September 24, 2012 meeting minutes and asked that it be placed on the agenda after approval of the September 24 minutes.  There was no objection.

 

Commissioner Wheeler moved that the agenda be adopted as amended.  Commissioner Jefferson seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted unanimously, 9 yes, 0 no.

 

2)         Election of Officers

 

Mr. Gottlieb Simon, Executive Director, Office of Advisory Neighborhood Commissions, conducted the election of officers for the year 2013.

 

Commissioner Wheeler nominated Commissioner Green for Chairperson.  There were no other nominations.

 

Commissioner Green was elected Chairperson, 8 yes, 1 no.

 

Commissioner Green nominated Commissioner Wheeler for Vice Chairperson.  There were no other nominations.

 

Commissioner Wheeler was elected Vice Chairperson, 8 yes, 1 no.

 

Commissioner Grant nominated Commissioner Jefferson for Secretary.  There were no other nominations.

 

Commissioner Jefferson was elected Secretary, 8 yes, 1 no.

 

Commissioner Jefferson nominated Commissioner Grant for Treasurer.  There were no other nominations.

 

Commissioner Grant was elected Treasurer, 8 yes, 1 no.

 

Commissioner Green nominated Commissioner Parks for Sergeant-at-Arms.  There were no other nominations.

 

Commissioner Parks was elected Sergeant-at-Arms, 8 yes, 1 no.

 

 

 

3)         Vote:  Commission Meeting Schedule for 2013

 

Commissioner Green moved that the Commission approve a resolution setting the meeting schedule for 2013.  Commissioner Sloan seconded the motion.  Commissioner Jones suggested that the resolution should be amended to note that meeting dates for May and November will be determined and announced at a later date.  Commissioner Green accepted this amendment.

 

The motion, as amended, was adopted unanimously by show-of-hands vote, 9 yes, 0 no.

 

The adopted resolution:

 

RESOLVED:

 

That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B hereby adopts the following meeting schedule for the year 2013:

 

The fourth Monday of the month, in the community meeting room, MPD Fourth District Headquarters, 6001 Georgia Avenue N.W., beginning at 7:00 PM.

 

February 25

March 25

April 22

May To be determined and announced at a later date.

June 24

July 22

August – no meeting

September 23

October 28

November To be determined and announced at a later date.

December – no meeting

 

4)         Vote:  Resolution Approving Participation in ANC Security Fund

 

Commissioner Green moved that the Commission adopt a resolution authorizing participation in the ANC Security Fund.  Commissioner Grant seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted unanimously by show-of-hands vote, 9 yes, 0 no.

 

The adopted resolution:

 

RESOLVED:

 

That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B approves its participation in the Advisory Neighborhood Commission Security Fund and authorizes the Treasurer to pay the $25.00 fee for the period January 1, 2013 through December 31, 2013.  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:

 

Resolution

Agreement

ANC Check

Statement of Information-Chairman

Statement of Information-Treasurer

Bank Survey

Copy of Current Bank Signature Card

 

5)         Vote:  Resolution Approving Walter Reed Programmatic Agreement

 

Commissioner Green reviewed the final Programmatic Agreement between the U.S. Army and other concurring parties to support and maintain the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, especially historically significant sites, during the transition period while the property is transferred from the Defense Department to the Government of the District of Columbia.  She moved that the Commission adopt a resolution authorizing her to sign the agreement on behalf of the Commission.     Commissioner Wheeler seconded the motion.  The motion was approved unanimously by show-of-hands vote, 9 yes, 0 no.

 

The adopted resolution:

 

RESOLVED:

 

That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B (ANC 4B) authorizes its Chair, in representation of ANC 4B, to sign as a Concurring Party the Programmatic Agreement Among the Department of the Army, The District of Columbia State Historic Preservation Office and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Regarding the Closure and Transfer of Select Parcels of Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, District of Columbia.

 

The former Walter Reed Army Medical Center is a major historic site in the city and our neighborhood and we are grateful that so many individuals, civic and professional groups and city and federal staff will ensure and monitor its preservation. We thank everyone who participated in the development of this agreement.

 

6)         Vote:  Resolution Advocating Period Street Lighting in Old Takoma

 

Commissioner Wheeler directed the Commission’s attention to page two of the September 24, 2012 meeting minutes, item #3, relating to a public space occupancy permit.  She stated that successful business districts adjacent to Takoma D.C. had installed period street lighting, and advocated that the Commission should urge the installation of “Washington Globe” street lights in D.C.’s Old Takoma to extend the old-time period lighting and make the business district more attractive.

 

Commissioner Wheeler moved that the Commission approve a resolution urging the installation of these street lights.  Commissioner Austin seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted unanimously by show-of-hands vote, 7 yes, 0 no.

 

The adopted resolution:

 

RESOLVED:

In order to help attract more shoppers into business districts within the District of Columbia which are near successful business districts in bordering areas in Maryland where funds have been invested in attractive, old-time lighting, ANC 4B promotes and supports the installation of Washington Globes along the Old Takoma business corridor.  The DC section of the Old Takoma business corridor runs from the Takoma Theatre, north along 4th Street, NW, east along Cedar/Carroll Street, NW, to the DC/MD line.  

(Letter to DDOT)

 

 

Community Concerns

 

1)         Mr. Michael Sindram expressed concern about missing checks from 2005-2006.  He said he had requested copies of quarterly reports for that period but they were not forthcoming.  He said that if the books of the Commission aren’t in order, it should not be getting money from the D.C. Government.  He questioned why Commissioner Grant had spent $100.00 at a print shop when the Commission had a copying machine.  He also questioned the accessibility of the Commission office.  He said he can’t get into the office because it is located in the back of the building.

 

2)         Minister Alfeda Chi Mauuso stated that she had eight complaints against Commissioner Grant relating to his failure to respond to her concerns.  She asked that she have time at a future meeting to address these complaints.  She provided a written statement to Commissioners.  Commissioner Grant responded that Minister Mauuso’s concerns were better referred to the Metropolitan Police or other D.C. agencies, and were not the proper responsibility of an ANC Commissioner.

 

3)         Ms. Renee Bowser, representing Empower DC, thanked the Commission for its support of the lawsuit against the Mayor regarding the proposed Crummell School bus parking depot.  She stated that they had won the lawsuit and anticipated that they would prevail in any appeal.  She asked to be on the meeting agenda in the near future to discuss their lawsuit against DC Public Schools regarding the closure of numerous public schools in Washington D.C.      

 

4)         Willie Baker, representing residents who filed an appeal of the granting of a building permit to WalMart before the Board of Zoning Adjustment, told the Commission they would be appealing the BZA decision not to consider their appeal to the courts and thanked the Commission for its support.  He also expressed concern about the rewriting of zoning regulations and asked the Commission to keep a close eye on it.

 

5)         Ms. Jocelynn Johnson, 807 Tewkesbury Place, NW, expressed concern about trash being dropped in the alley behind her residence by the DC trash collection trucks and crews.  She said she could not get any response from different DC agencies and could not get a response from Commissioner Grant.  She was also concerned about getting street lights replaced when they burn out.  She said it should not take so long to get lights replaced and suggested that the police should call in a report when they see lights out.  Commissioner Grant said he had advised Ms. Johnson how to file a complaint about streetlights and said that she had not contacted him about the trash problem.

 

6)         Lt. Walter Lawson, DC Fire Department, said he was not representing the fire department, but was at the meeting as Minister Lawson, From the Heart Church Ministry.  He wanted to introduce himself and his church, which is establishing services in the neighborhood.

 

7)         Mr. Paul E. Montague asked Councilmember Bowser whether she swore Commissioner Ron Austin into office.  She said she did.  Mr. Montague asked Councilmember Bowser and Mr. Gottlieb Simon whether an elected commissioner can be sworn in and serve with a criminal record.  Mr. Simon responded that the law says that qualified electors are eligible to serve in elective offices.  The law also states that only “incarcerated felons” are disqualified as electors and therefore cannot vote or serve in D.C. government elective offices.  Therefore, a police record or criminal record by itself does not disqualify a person from serving as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner.  Mr. Montague also reviewed the circumstances relating to the missing checks from 2005-2006.

 

Presentations and Reports

 

1)         Officer White, Metropolitan Police Department, 4th District, presented a brief report on recent crime in ANC 4B.  He answered questions from Commissioners and the public.

 

2)         Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser presented information on current District issues and answered questions from Commissioners and the public.

 

3)         Dr. Saul Levin, D.C. Department of Health, gave a presentation on group homes in the District of Columbia, agencies that have regulation or oversight responsibilities for group homes, and the specific status of Oxford House and Rising Above Transitional Place.  He answered questions from Commissioners and the public on these issues and other health issues, particularly the current flu epidemic.

 

4)         Commissioner Jefferson, Secretary, presented the draft minutes from the September 24, 2012, October 22, 2012 and November 26, 2012 meetings.  Commissioner Wheeler noted one spelling correction in the September 24, 2012 minutes.  Commissioner Austin moved that the September 24 minutes, as corrected, be approved.  Commissioner Parks seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted unanimously, 7 yes, 0 no.

 

For the record, Commissioner Green noted the presence of a quorum:  Commissioners Green, Wheeler, Grant, Parks, Austin, Jefferson and Sloan.

 

Commissioner Green moved that the minutes of the October 22, 2012 and November 26, 2012 meetings be approved.  Commissioner Austin seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted unanimously, 7 yes, 0 no.

 

For the record, Commissioner Green noted the presence of a quorum:  Commissioners Green, Wheeler, Grant, Parks, Austin, Jefferson and Sloan.

 

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

 

ANC 4B Treasurer’s Report – January 28, 2013

 

As of October 31, 2012 the Industrial Bank checking account balance was  $15,878.83.

 

Balance – 10/31/12                                                                                     $15,878.83

 

Income – 10/31/12-12/31/12:                                 $   232.01

            Interest:                                  $    1.16

            DC funds held/released:    $230.85                                                         

                       

Expenditures – 10/31/12-12/31/12                        $4,021.92

 

Ending balance – 12/31/12                                                                                    $12,088.92

 

 

As of October 31, 2012, the Industrial Bank savings account balance was $50,520.13.

 

Interest income – 10/31/12-12/31/12                    $12.73

 

Ending balance – 12/31/12                                                                                    $50,532.86

 

 

 

The following checks were cashed between 10/31/12 and 12/31/12:

Date Cashed

 Name

Check #

Amount

Purpose

Meeting Approval Date

11/2/12

James H. Irwin

4759

$461.70

Staff wages

2013 interim budget

10/22/12

11/6/12

Jamal’s Takoma Park LLC

4760

$600.00

Office rent

2013 interim budget

10/22/12

11/19/12

James H. Irwin

4753

$461.70

Staff wages

2013 interim budget

10/22/12

11/23/12

Verizon

4762

$39.99

Internet

2013 interim budget

10/22/12

11/23/12

Verizon

4761

$117.48

Landline telephone

2013 interim budget

10/22/12

11/26/12

Konica Minolta

4763

$133.55

Printing & Copying

2013 interim budget

10/22/12

 

 

Date Cashed

 Name

Check #

Amount

Purpose

Meeting Approval Date

11/30/12

James H. Irwin

4767

$461.70

Staff Wages

2013 interim budget

10/22/12

12/3/12

Jamal’s Takoma Park LLC

4766

$600.00

Office rent

2013 interim budget

10/22/12

12/17/12

James H. Irwin

4771

$461.70

Staff Wages

2013 interim budget

10/22/12

12/20/12

Konica Minolta

4768

$68.43

Printing & Copying

2013 interim budget

10/22/12

12/21/12

Verizon

4770

$39.99

Internet

2013 interim budget

10/22/12

12/21/12

Verizon

4769

$113.98

Landline Telephone

2013 interim budget

10/22/12

12/28/12

James H. Irwin

4772

$461.70

Staff wages

2013 interim budget

10/22/12

 

 

The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 PM.