Minutes – Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B

May 20, 2013 Regular Public Meeting

Adopted at June 24 Public Meeting


The meeting was called to order at 7:04 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, and 4B09 Doug Sloan.




1)         The agenda as presented was approved with one addition:  Commissioner Wheeler requested time to comment on the Zoning Regulations rewrite as it affects alley lots.


2)         Discussion & Recommendation Vote:  Busboys and Poets Application for Alcoholic Beverage Class C Restaurant License at 225-255 Carroll Avenue N.W.


Commissioner Jones reviewed the application.  Ms. Erica Byrd Thompson, Vice President of Busboys and Poets, and Mr. Paul O’Brien, legal counsel, described the business and the details of the application.  Following discussion of the proposed operating hours and other details of the application, Commissioner Green moved that the Commission adopt the following language:


“ANC 4B is protesting the application of Busboys and Poets Restaurant, 235-255 Carroll Street NW.  We are submitting a protest of this application based on concerns about possible problems of peace, order, quiet, and parking.  We are eager to enter into a settlement agreement and our initial conversations with the applicant have been positive.  We look forward to working with him.  We designate Commissioner Judi Jones to represent the Commission on behalf of this issue.”


Commissioner Jones seconded the motion.


A roll call vote was taken.  The result was:


YES                                                    NO                                          ABSTAIN

Green                                                 Austin                                                Wheeler

Jones                                                 Sloan                                     Grant

Speaks                                                                                               Parks


Commissioner Grant stated that he wished to change his vote and requested that the vote be taken again.  On the second vote, the motion was not adopted.


The second roll call vote:


YES                                                    NO                                          ABSTAIN

Green                                                 Grant                                      Wheeler

Jones                                                 Parks                                      Speaks




3)         Presentation, Discussion and Recommendation Vote:  Sela Public Charter School Application – 6015-6017 Chillum Place N.E.


Commissioner Jones reviewed Sela Public Charter School’s application to operate at 6015-6017 Chillum Place N.E. and their consultation with the community.


Commissioner Jones moved that the Commission adopt a resolution supporting Sela PCS’s application.  Commissioner Austin seconded the motion.  Following discussion, the motion was adopted by show-of-hands vote, 7 yes, 1 no.


The adopted resolution:




Ø  Sela Public Charter School (Sela PCS), properly notified the surrounding community of their intent to locate at 6105 Chillum Place, NE well over a year ago;

Ø  Have appeared at least twice at ANC 4B07’s single member district meetings, as requested;

Ø  Properly negotiated a valid lease for the facility at 6105 Chillum Place, NE;

Ø  Actively seek a diverse school population

Ø  Actively participate in community events

Ø  Communicate with residents about any concerns and

Ø  Consider applications from neighbors in the surrounding community.




That Sela PCS be approved to locate and operate at the address in Lamond as requested by DC PCS and Sela PCS with the understanding the Sela PCS continually seek to achieve and maintain the items listed above. Commissioner Judi Jones, ANC 4B07, will represent ANC 4B in all matters relating to Sela PCS.


4)         Presentation, Discussion and Recommendation Vote:  Legislation regarding Walter Reed Community Advisory Group


Mr. Brandon Todd, representing Councilmember Muriel Bowser, gave a brief presentation and answered questions regarding the Walter Reed Army Medical Center Site Reuse Community Advisory Committee Establishment Amendment Act of 2013, which Councilmember Bowser had introduced.  Following discussion, Commissioner Green moved that the Commission adopt a resolution supporting and making recommendations regarding the legislation.  Commissioner Wheeler seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted unanimously by show-of-hands vote, 8 yes, 0 no.


The adopted resolution:




Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B reaffirms its June 4, 2012 resolution in support for the establishment of a community advisory committee for the Walter Reed site that includes “requirements for significant transparency and continuous public participation in the decision-making process.”

We ask that the Council hold public hearings on the bill so that the community can comment.


We are concerned that the current committee, the “Community Advisory Group,” does not have a meaningful role in the redevelopment of the site and that the provisions of the city’s Open Public Meetings Act do not apply to this group as it currently operates.


We thank Councilmember Muriel Bowser for introducing the legislation and thank the rest of the Councilmembers who cosigned it.


We support the legislation establishing a Community Advisory Committee (CAC) and ask for some amendments that will, in our view, strengthen it.


1.  The provisions of the Open Public Meetings Act shall apply to the CAC.


2.   The CAC shall meet at least 6 times a year.  The object of the meetings is to advise the Local Redevelopment Authority (LRA), the Master Developer, the Mayor and the affected departments and agencies in advance of decisions that affect the redevelopment and the community.  Members are encouraged to hold their own meetings to hear community views. Adequate resources shall be provided for public notification and meeting space.  (Page 3, Line 8, Page 4, Line 15)


3.   The Mayor and city departments and agencies, in addition to the LRA and Master Developer, shall consult and receive comments from the CAC prior to the adoption of a request for proposal or contract modifications  for economic development projects, streetscape or pedestrian movement projects and transportation and parking projects, as well as interim or temporary uses. (Page 3, Lines 9-12)


4.  Storm water management and LEED certification or similar programs are among the issues to be included under the development of environmental guidelines noted in the bill. (Page 4, Line 10)


5.  The CAC shall advise the Mayor and city agencies and departments as well as the LRA and the Master Developer (Page 3, Line 13 through Page 4, Line 14) on the issues detailed in the bill as well as the following additional issues.


           *    employment and contract opportunities for Ward 4 and DC residents.


          The Master Developer and city agencies and departments will issue semi-annual reports on the number of Ward 4 and city residents employed by the Developer and its contractors and subcontractors and the number of contracts or subcontracts issued to Ward 4 and DC businesses. 


           *    conformity with the adopted Small Area Plan, particularly changes in density, open space, and use 


           *    the preservation of the site’s historic resources, including the Heritage Trail


6.    The CAC shall operate for a minimum of ten years provided that, before such time, the CAC Chairperson may submit a request for renewal. (Page 4, Line 16)


7.     The CAC should include at least one veteran.       


5)         Discussion and Recommendation Vote:  Large Retailers Accountability Act


Commissioner Green noted that Walmart declined ANC 4B's invitation to speak on the Large Retailers Accountability Act, introduced by City Council Chairman Phil Mendelson.  She asked for comments from supporters.  Ms. Lee Williams presented information on the bill.  Following discussion and questions from commissioners and the public, Commissioner Green moved that the Commission adopt a resolution supporting the legislation.  Commissioner Austin seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted unanimously by show-of-hands vote, 8 yes, 0 no.


The adopted resolution:




Advisory Neighborhood Commission 4B supports the Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013.


We support the bill because it should be the policy of the District of Columbia government to promote a living wage and to especially ensure that employees have affordable health insurance.  Currently, many employees who work for large retailers do not earn enough money to purchase adequate housing and private health insurance, requiring that DC taxpayers provide subsidies.


We are not convinced that the bill will result in store closures or undue economic hardship for large retailers.


6)         Approval Vote:  FY 2013 2nd Quarter Report.


Commissioner Grant, Treasurer, presented the FY 2013 2nd Quarter Report. Commissioner Grant and Jim Irwin, Staff Assistant, explained an administrative correction in the report necessary to correct a discrepancy between the ending balance of the report and the ending balance of the March 31, 2013 checking account statement.  The quarterly report balance showed $6,000 less than the Commission actually has in its checking account.  Commissioner Grant stated that Mr. Irwin was obtaining checking account records from Industrial Bank to identify the reason for the discrepancy.   


Commissioner Sloan moved that the 2nd Quarter Report be approved.  Commissioner Parks seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted unanimously, 7 yes, 0 no.  Commissioner Green noted the presence of a quorum:  Commissioners Green, Wheeler, Grant, Parks, Speaks, Austin and Sloan.


7)         Presentation and Approval Vote:  4Ever Emery Grant Application - $1,000.00


Following a presentation by Mr. Lonnie Mack, representing 4Ever Emery, Commissioner Grant moved that the Commission approve their grant application for $1,000 to pay for a tent for their annual community picnic in August, contingent on the submission of a written cost estimate for the tent.  Commissioner Austin seconded the motion.  The motion was adopted unanimously, 7 yes, 0 no.


Community Concerns


Six people addressed the Commission with concerns or questions:

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

2)         Ms. Jocelyn Johnson, 807 Tewkesbury Place N.W., discussed the way in which commission meetings are conducted.

3)         Minister Alfreda Chi Mauuso asked about separation of church and state with regard to the location of a public charter school.

4)         Mr. Paul Montague, ANC 4B07, delivered a communication to the commission.

5)         Mr. Chris Hauser, a Shepherd Park resident, discussed a property he owns that is located in ANC 4B.

6)         Commissioner Faith Wheeler discussed concerns regarding zoning regulations affecting alley lots.









Presentations and Reports


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


ANC 4B Treasurer’s Report – May 20, 2013


As of April 30, 2013 the Industrial Bank checking account balance was $15,776.84.


Balance – 3/29/13                                                    $  5,428.10


Income –

4/22/13           DC Allotment                                                $  6,861.15

4/26/13           DC Allotment                                                $  5,489.27

4/30/13           Interest                                               $         0.31


Expenditures – 4/1/13-4/30/13                              $  2,001.99


Ending balance – 4/30/13                                      $15,776.84                           



The following checks were cashed between 4/1/13 and 4/30/13:

Date Cashed


Check #



Meeting Approval Date


James H. Irwin



Local transportation

2013 budget



Community Printing Service LLC



Printing & Copying (business cards-Sloan)

2013 budget



James H. Irwin



Staff wages

2013 budget



Konica Minolta



Printing & Copying

2013 budget



Jamal’s Takoma Park LLC`



Office rent

2013 budget



Community Printing LLC



Printing & Copying (business cards-Austin)

2013 budget







2013 budget





Landline telephone

2013 budget


James H. Irwin



Staff Wages

2013 budget



2)         Commissioner Jefferson, Secretary, was necessarily absent.  Commissioner Wheeler presented the draft minutes for the April 22, 2013 regular public meeting.  Commissioner Wheeler moved that the minutes be approved.  Commissioner Austin seconded the motion.  The minutes were adopted unanimously by show-of-hands vote, 5 yes, 0 no.


Commissioner Green noted the presence of a quorum:  Commissioners Green, Wheeler, Grant, Speaks and Austin.


The meeting was adjourned at 9:45 PM.