Minutes – Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

February 25, 2013 Regular Public Meeting, Adopted at March 25, 2013 regular public meeting


The meeting was called to order at 7:05 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.




1)         The agenda as presented was revised to add one item at Commissioner Green’s request:  a resolution asking that meetings of the Community Advisory Group for the Walter Reed site redevelopment be open to the public.


The agenda as revised was approved by a show-of-hands vote, 8 yes, 0 no.


2)         Amendments to Voluntary Agreement between ANC 4B and Georgia Avenue Food Barn, 6205 Georgia Avenue N.W.


Commissioner Grant noted that the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board had approved the voluntary agreement between the Commission and the Georgia Avenue Food Barn with two modifications.  The owner of the Food Barn has agreed to accept these modifications.  Commissioner Grant moved that the Commission adopt a resolution approving the modifications.  Commissioner Jefferson seconded the motion.  Following discussion, the motion was adopted by unanimous show-of-hands vote, 8 yes, 0 no.


The adopted resolution:



That Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B hereby approves the following amendments to a Settlement Agreement with Georgia Avenue Food Barn dated January 27, 2012, as follows:

1.         Strike Section 4 (Transferability), which is now prohibited under the Omnibus      Alcohol Regulation Amendment Act of 2012.

2.         Amend Section 7 (Grounds for Petition for Show-Cause Order) to read as follows:

Applicant acknowledges that failure to adhere to the restrictions recited in paragraphs 1 and 2, inclusive, above, will constitute grounds for representatives of the Commission whose signatures are affixed hereunto, or their successors, to petition the Board for issuance of an Order to Show Cause, pursuant to DC Official Code Section 25-447 (2001 ed.), to ascertain Applicant’s compliance with the terms of this Agreement and/or if necessary to obtain compliance with these terms.   to file a complaint with the ABC Board, which will be investigated by ABRA’s Enforcement Division, and may subject the Licensee to a Show Cause proceeding, or any other penalty available to the Board under the law.  Prior to so petitioning, filing such a complaint, however, the designated representatives, or their successors, shall notify Applicant of any perceived violations and afford Applicant a minimum of fourteen (14) calendar days in which to address or rectify the perceived violation.

3)         2013 Budget


Commissioner Green noted that, at the January meeting, newly-elected commissioners were asked to review the 2013 budget, originally approved on November 26, 2012   She asked if there were any amendments to the budget.  There were none.  Commissioner Green moved that the FY 2013 budget as approved in November be approved as final.  Commissioner Austin seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted by show-of-hands vote, 8 yes, 1 no.


The adopted budget:




1.       Net Salary and Wages                                           $19,000

2.       Workers Compensation                                             -0-

3.       Insurance

          a.       Health                                                              -0-

          b.       Casualty/Property                                           -0-

4.       Total Federal Wage Taxes                                      $  3,000

5.       State Wage Taxes                                                  $     720

6.       Unemployment Taxes                                           $     600

7.       Tax penalties                                                        $     720

8.       Local transportation                                             $     500

9.       Office rent                                                             $  7,560

10.     Telecommunication services

          10a.  Landline telephone                                      $  1,600

          10b.  Cellular telephone                                       $     -0-

          10c.   Cable/internet services                               $     600

11.     Postage and delivery                                             $  1,500

13.     Printing and copying                                            $  3,600

14.     Flyer distribution                                                 $  1,000

15.     Purchase of services                                              $  1,800

16.     Office supplies                                                      $  2,000

17.     Office equipment

          17a.  Rental                                                                      -0-

          17b.  Purchase                                                     $  2,000

18.     Grants                                                                  $  9,000

19.     Training                                                                  -0-

21.     Transfer to savings                                               $  1,000

22.     Bank charges                                                       $     200

23      Other                                                                    $  1,000

TOTAL DISBURSEMENTS:                                           $57,400


4)         DC Department of Parks and Recreation Design of Triangle Park, 4th Street and Blair Road NW


Commissioner Wheeler described the beginning of construction of Triangle Park and noted that the community had not been notified of the start date of construction, which began before the community was able to present their comments on the DPR park design.  She moved that the Commission adopt a resolution providing comments and recommendations regarding the park design and requiring greater consultation with the community.  Commissioner Grant seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted unanimously, 9 yes, 0 no.



The adopted resolution:


Whereas, for several years, neighbors have searched for ways to transform the 4th Street and Blair Road Triangle Park so that it would be an asset to the community rather than a liability;


Whereas, the landscape architect for the Department of Parks and Recreation requested a letter of support for their “illustrative drawing” for Phase I of the Triangle Park renovation;  


Whereas, several neighbors have provided thoughtful comments and suggestions and have expressed concerns about DPR’s proposed design which are copied in the attached pages;   


Whereas, this morning a construction fence was erected around Triangle Park;




·         Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B (ANC 4B) fully supports the objective of transforming the 4th Street & Blair Road Triangle Park to become an asset to the community;


·         ANC 4B recommends that the design proposal for Phase I be refined, taking into consideration the several thoughtful comments, suggestions and concerns from interested neighbors, business owners, and police summarized in the attached Annex, plus concerns from ANC 4B Commissioners;


·         ANC 4B recommends that the refined design accommodate the proposed relocation of the civil rights sculpture, the “Hand” to Triangle Park;


·          ANC 4B02 Commissioner Faith Wheeler is designated to continue discussions and coordinate plans and action steps with the corresponding city Departments and offices.  




Comments, Suggestions, Concerns of neighbors, business owners, police


Instead of grass as a ground cover, drought and shade tolerant plants are suggested.


Parts of the park are heavily shaded all of the time and other parts, most of the time, while other parts are sunny most of the time.   Neither grass nor sun-loving plants would grow well in the shaded sections of the Park.

Also, grass may be inviting to lie down on, which neighbors want to discourage.


Please note that the Blair Road side is higher than the 4th Street side.   And the point (where 4th Street and Blair Road converge) is higher than the southernmost part of the Park, against the BARAC wall.


Storm water management:

This is an opportunity to incorporate storm water management features in the design of the Park.
Consider the pros and cons of using stepping stones instead of a brick walkway. 

Police, business owners and residents consider ample lighting to be helpful to improve both the perception and reality of public safety.


We request that the Washington globes, the official old-time lamplights of Washington DC, continue to be used in Triangle Park.

The purpose of fencing should be discussed further in order to identify an appropriate style and location.

The "Hand":
We propose to bring the civil rights sculpture, the "Hand", to Triangle Park.   The sculpture is currently in front of the Washington Historical Society, just south of the Convention Center.  It is important that the design of the Park renovation accommodate relocating the “Hand” in the Park. 


Thank you for planning to keep the magnificent River Birch tree!  Consider:

(i) enlarging the tree boxes for the Maple trees on the 4th Street side of the sidewalk, OR  (ii) replacing the Maple trees with appropriate street trees.

5)         Freedom of Information Act Request to Deputy Mayor for Economic Development regarding the Walter Reed Redevelopment Plan


Commissioner Green informed the Commission that the Walter Reed Community Advisory Group, appointed by the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development to advise on the implementation of plans for redevelopment of the Walter Reed site, had stated that its meetings would be closed to the public.  She offered two resolutions for the Commission’s consideration.


Commissioner Green moved that the Commission adopt a resolution requesting that the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development announce all Community Advisory Group meetings to the public in advance and that all meetings of the group be open to the public.  Commissioner Jefferson seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted unanimously by show-of-hands vote, 9 yes, 0 no.


The adopted resolution:



Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B calls on the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development to announce all meetings held with the Community Advisory Group (CAG) and to open them to the public as per the provisions of the City’s Open Public Meetings Law.

We join Commissioner Sara Green’s February 25, 2013 letter to the Office of the Attorney General opposing the Office of the Deputy Mayor’s decision to close the CAG’s January 23, 2013 meeting.

Commissioner Green moved that the Commission approve a resolution requesting documents and other materials generated by or related to the Community Advisory Group under the terms of the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act.  Commissioner Wheeler seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted by show-of-hands vote, 8 yes, 0 no, 1 abstain.


The adopted resolution:



As per the provisions of the District of Columbia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B asks for documents that detail the Walter Reed Community Advisory Group.  Our letter is attached.

We make this request so that we can better understand the group’s mission and actions and their impact on the redevelopment of the Walter Reed site and on Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B residents.

We also understand that no fees are levied on Advisory Neighborhood Commissions making FOIA requests.

6)         Quarterly Report – First Quarter FY 2013


Commissioner Grant, Treasurer, presented the FY 2013 First Quarter Report for approval.  Commissioner Grant moved that the First Quarter Report be approved.  Commissioner Austin seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted unanimously by show-of-hands vote, 7 yes, 0 no.


Commissioner Green noted for the record that Commissioners Speaks and Jones were not present.


Community Concerns and Announcements


1)         Commissioner Jones said that the Lamond list serve is not getting the announcement of the ANC 4B public meeting in a timely manner and she did not receive any announcement or the agenda.  She encouraged people to support the Large-Box Retailer legislation that would require a living wage. 


2)         Mr. Michael Sindram said he sent a letter to Councilmember Bowser on April 19, 2011 and had not received a written response. 


3)         Minister Alfreda Chi Mauuso asked the Commission to put her on the agenda so she could discuss the thirteen concerns she had given the Commission in writing at the January 28 meeting.  Commissioner Green responded that one concern was a police matter.  She said the others would be reviewed.


4)         Mr. Fred Gorman, representing the Firefighters Association of the District of Columbia, introduced himself and outlined some of the services they have provided to the community.


5)         Mr. Luke Turner said he used to live in ANC 4B02, but was told that boundaries had changed.  He asked what single-member district he lived in.  He was concerned about traffic calming measures on Blair Road.  Commissioner Jones said he now resided in ANC 4B07 and she has been working on the issue.


6)         Ms. Jocelynn Johnson, 807 Tewkesbury Place, NW, expressed concern about trees that might be hazardous and in danger of falling.  Several commissioners made suggestions on contacting DDOT Urban Forestry to get the trees inspected.


6)         Commissioner Jones noted widespread community concern about crime and said that the Commission should work with the police to achieve concrete outcomes rather than just having meetings and receiving police reports.


7)         Commissioner Sloan announced that there would be a construction job fair in his single-member district on Saturday, March 23, 2013, from 9 AM to 12:00 noon.  The jobs are related to the construction of the new Wal-Mart and would take place at the intersection of 3rd Street N.E. and Riggs Road N.E.  About 220 construction jobs will be available.


Presentations and Reports


1)         Mr. Brandon Todd, representing Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser, presented information on current District issues and answered questions from Commissioners and the public.


2)         Rabbi Jeffrey Kahn and Mrs. Stephanie Kahn reported on the status of the Takoma Wellness Clinic, which will provide medical marijuana services to eligible residents of the District.  They expect to have their final inspection in two weeks, begin registering patients in March, and begin serving patients in April.


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


ANC 4B Treasurer’s Report – February 25, 2013


As of January 31, 2013 the Industrial Bank checking account balance was $9,683.29.


Balance – 12/31/12                                                 $12,088.92


Income – 1/1/13-1/31/13 (interest)                        $          0.47


Expenditures – 1/1/13-1/31/13                              $  2,406.10


Ending balance – 1/31/13                                                                          $9,683.29





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


Date Cashed


Check #



Meeting Approval Date


Jamal’s Takoma Park LLC



Office rent

2013 budget



U.S. Postal Service


$  45.00


2013 budget



James H. Irwin



Staff wages

2013 budget







2013 budget






Landline telephone

2013 budget



Konica Minolta



Printing & Copying

2013 budget



James H. Irwin



Staff Wages

2013 budget



Jamal’s Takoma Park LLC



Office rent

2013 budget



4)         Commissioner Jefferson, Secretary, presented the draft minutes from the June 25, 2012, July 23, 2012, January 28, 2013 public meetings, and the February 5, 2013 special public meeting.  .  Commissioner Jefferson moved that the June 25 and July 23, 2012 minutes be approved.  Commissioner Austin seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted, 6 yes, 0 no, 1 abstain.


Commissioner Austin moved that the January 28 and February 5, 2013 minutes 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.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:40 PM.